or more, when the cars on which the was were caught in a great freshet in the Tennessee river, and swept away, and the tobacco lost. The supreme court held that, "where there is a loss of which the proximate cause was the act of God or the public enemy, the common carrier is excused, though his own negligence or laches may have contributed as a remote cause." It held that the loss was from the freshet, and that, whather the delay at Chattanooga was negligent or not, the carrier was not liable. The court in its opinion cited Denny v. Railroad Co., 13 Gray, 481, to same effect. In the case of Scheffer v. Railroad Co., 105 U. S. 249, the supreme court held that the proximate cause of the injury sued for must be looked to, and not the antecedent one. The case went from the eastern district of Virginia, and was a suit by the personal representative of an intestate, who had been injured in the head in a railroad collision. caused by the gross negligence of a conductor. Eight months afterwards the injuries received brought on insanity, in a fit of which the lunatic killed himself. Here was a case in which the remote cause of the death was gross negligence on the part of the defendant railroad company, but the proximate cause an act of suicide. ' The -court sustained the demurrer of defendant to the declaration, re-citing the facts, and the supreme court on appeal affirmed the judgment below. In the case at bar the storm was the proximate cause of the subjection of the schooner and cargo to salvage services, and the grounding, whether through negligence or not, the remote cause, and the vessel -is not liable. The decree below is affirmed.
&: NAV. Co.
THE EMMA KATE Ross et al.
(Circuit Court of
Thira Ci,rcu1.t. June 21, 1892.)
COLLISION-DAMAGES FOR DETENTION.
An excursion steamer, with a tug through the latter's fault, was so injured to be delayed for repairs 21 days, during all but 1 of which she was under charter. Her owners hired another boat to fill her engagements. during 8 of these days, at $110 per day, and during the rest of the time substituted other vessels of their own. Held, that the proper measure of damages for the detention during the latter period was not the value of the charters, but the cost of the substitution, and, in the absence of evidence, the cost would be presumed to be the same as in the case of the vessel hired, namely, $110 per day. 46 Fed. Rep. 872, modified.
:9. 8Al.m. In the absence of any suggestion that the hired vessel was not competent for the purpose, 1t was immaterial that the other substituted vessels were larger than it; nor could the recovery be alrected by the fact that the substituted veBSels woula otherwise' have been idle. '
Appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of :New Jersey·.
In Admh'lllty. the Myers Excursion & Navigation Company,ow;ners of the steamer Crystal Stream, against the Emma Kate Saqdford Ross, and another, claimants,) for damages for collision. Decree for the libelants in the district 41 Fed. Rep. 826. On appe.lt9the circuit court, this decree was afJi'rmed, and a decree there entlilred for $5,801.99 and costs. See 46 Fed. Rep. 872, where a full statement of facts, ",ill be found. The circuit court found that the Emllla Kate Ross was in fault; that the Crystal Stream was fret> from fault; that the measure of damages for her detention during repairs was the cost of a, vessel hired to fill her charter engagements during a part of the time she was detained, plus the net value of her charters for the rest of the time, her place having been filled during the latter period by other boa.ts belonging to the libelants. Claimants appeal. Modified and affirmed. Robert D. Benedict, appellants. Wing, Sh6udY,J: Putnam, (Charlea Burlingham, of counsel,) for appellees. Before DALLAS, BUTLER, and WALFS, JudgeI'!.
BUTLER"Judge. +he errors assigned may be grouped under four heads: First. the Emma Kate Ross was not in fanlt; second, the Crystal Stream was in faultj third, the award for repairs is excessive; fourth, the award lor detention is\Vrong. As respf'cts the first, second and third, which involve matters of fact only, we agree with the circuit court, and need add nolhing to what it has said on these suhjects. As respects the fourth we think there is some cause for complaint. The vessel was dl:'tained 20 days,-for which she hall charters. During 8 of them the lihelants hired and substituted the Moranj for the remnining 12 they substituted another of their own. For the 8 days, the court awarded'the cost of the Moran's hire,-$110 per day,-nnd for the remaining 12, the amount of the disabled vessel's charter':> during,that petiod. The true measure of loss from detention under the circumstances here shown, is the cost of I'lubstitution. "Then furnishpd a SUItable vessel to take the.piace and do the wOl'k of the other, her owners are fully compellsated, in this respect. The cost of such suhstituteaccul'lltf'ly measures the tnnrket value of the other's services. The value of her charters may notj other considerations enter into this. Charters are the result largely of the business established by ownprs, and the and cnpacity displayed 'in prosl:'cllting it. For this rellson one of severllisitnilar vessels, belonging to different owners, plying between the points. mllysecure twice as many cargoes as anotherj and yet the latter would carry them as satiSfactorily, and command liS good charter rates when employed. The market value of herservices is conquentlyas great as that olthe other. The cost of a proper substitute is therefore the measure of loss tor detention, whenever its applicatiop is practicable. rr a substitute cannot be obtained (as in ordinary cases of deml!rrage) it is, inapplicable. In the case before us, the court applied this measure for the period
'during the Moran was substitllted,-'-awarding sinlply the cost of her hire. 'For the remaining 12 days, however, during which the libelants' ownvessel Was substituted, it awarded the net amount ofchar" ters,""':"'thus in effect allowing for the latter substitute a much higher rate of compensation then was paid f()r the former. This we think is wrong,-the result probably of confining the defense, below, on this branch of the case, to a denial of any loss whatever., The libelants,are entitled to the cost of a proper substitute for the whole period, and, no more; and there is no just reason why they should receive a higher rate for their own substituted vessel than was paid for the other. The fact that a substitute was procured for part of the time at $110 per day justifies an inference that this was the market value of the services, and that this vessel or another could have been obtained at that rate for the entire period. The Moran was chartered'for 10 days, though substituted but for 8. It is of no importance that the libelant's own substituted vessEll was larger. The Moran was large enough, there is no evidence, nor suggestion, that she was not fully compt:tent for the service. Presumably the' libelants substituted their own vessel because it was more advantageous to themselves than to hire, another. ' The libelants cite The Cayllga, 14 Wall. 270, and The Favorita, 18 Wall. 603, where the owners of injured vessels substituted others belonging to themselves, and were awarded the amount of the formers' charters. If these cases support the contention here, the libelants have done themselves injustice in not claiming this measure of compensation for the entire period of 20 days; for if it is applicable at all urider the Ifacts it is necessarily applicable to the Whole period. The cases, how:ever, do not support the position. The question was not before the 'court. The libelants there, as stated, substituted their own vessels throughout the period of detention. There was no hiring, or other evidence of the market value of substitutes. Under such circumstances the inference was probably justifiable that the market value of the vessels used was equal to the value of the others' charters. This seems to have been taken for granted. The subject was not considered or alluded to. The only question raised was whether the libelants were entitled to receive any compensation for the vessels substituted,-as they would otherwise have been idle. This question was decided against the respondents. Notwithstanding the decision, the respondents here, again present the question, contending. for the same reason, that the libelants should receive nothing for the 12 days during which their own vessel was substituted. Whatever we might think of this question if it was open, we are bound by the decision. It is not, however, improper to say that we think the decision is right. The libelants were entitled to the market value of the services rendered by their substitutes,-regardless of the fact that they might otherwise have been idle. The vessels represented a large investment made in prepamtion for which might require their services. Why then should the respondents have their use without paying for it? As the court said in The Cayuga. 7 Blatchf. 390:
"There is neither justice nor equity in allowing a tort feasor the benefit of this outlay, gratuitously. Conceding that a just allowance for the necessary cost of another veesel, hired at a fair value, to perform the services is necessary to indemnify the libelau,ts, there ill no ground for withholding such allowance when the libelants themselves furnish the substitute." We do not see any force in the suggestion that the decision applies to ferryboats only, and that a distinction should be drawn between such vessels and those employed on excursions and other similar services, where substitution is ptaciticable. We are unable to see any reason for such a distinction,and no suggestion of it is found in the cases. The Oity of Pekin,. 6 Marit Law Cas., which the respondents cite, does not sustain theIn.. The facts of that case are numerous and complicated, but the decision, so far as it relates to this subject, determines no more thllD .thatthe libelant,'who operates a line of steamers between Marseilles and Shanghai, in which the Sanghailan and the Melbourne were employed; the former being injured hy collision at Hong Kong, where the latter. (arriving directly after) was transferred to her place, and other vesselsI>rocured as .for the Melbourne, was entitled to be reimbursed the cost of such substitution. instead of receiving demurrage based on ,an estimated':vij:lueof the Sanghailan's services during the periodo(detention. As'the Melbourne discharged all the services the Sanghailan would have performed H she had not been injured, it was held'that 'compensation Jor the expenses which her owners incurred in supplying the Melbourne's place made them whole in this respect. The decree must be modified as before indicated. The commissioner found the net amouritofcharte'rs for the 12 daysdul'ing which the libelants l own.vessel was substituted, to be $1,776.48. The hire of a substitute for this period at rate paid for the Moran ,would be $1,320; This deducted frolu the former leaves $456.48; and the award for detention mU'st be reduced to this extent, making the whole amount allow(ld on that acco'unt .2,200.48. We add nothing to this sum for delay ill 'payment. The'circuit court .added nothing, and under the circumstariceswe do not think justice requires it. The interest on bills paid for repajrs, be increased-to cover the time which has elapsed since the decree 'of the circuit court was entered-$228. With these moditlcationsthedecree is affirmed. Costs of the appeal to this court to betaxed by the clerk and equally borne by the parties.
KEBRILL ,. FLOYD.
(Cfnm.ft OouTt of Appeals, FW8t Oircuit. .TUB 80, 18111.)
APPBJ.L-J'tJBISDIOTIoN......;Bn.L 0 .. ExCBP'I'IONII-W.A.ITlIL A jury was waived, and the cause tried to the court, which
made ll.ndingll of fact, and returned a "verdict" thereon. Afterwards a motion "to set aside the verdict on the ground that there was no evidence to support the same" was denied. The cent then allowed a biIl of exceptions to the findings and rulings at the trial, on the grounds that there was DO evidence to support the findings, and that, upon the findin/l"Ii,defendant was not liable. Held, that the question whether defendant had right to except to the suftlciencyof the evidence to support the findings by failing- to ask a ruling thereon before the court announced its conclusionl\ did 'not affect the jUrisdiction of the appellate court, but merely raised the question ,whetbllrdefendant was not limited to a review of the sufticiencyof findings to port the judgment.
I. 'BAXli-DnIMJSSAL-BILL OP EXCEPTIONs-CERTIORARI. Where, on a writ of error to the circuit court of appeals the question of the sufI ficiency of the evidence to support the findings of fact made by the court in lieu 01 a jury is raised, the fact that the bill of exceptions does not embody all the evi denceis no ground for dismissing the appeal; the proper remedy is by certiorari for diminution of the record, under rule 18 of that court.
In Circuit Court of the United States for the District of :M:assacllusetts. Actionby Byron B. Floyd against Ezra F. Merrill for fraudulent represen.'4\tions. Judgment for plaintiff. Defendant brings error. Heard on motion to dismiss the writ of error. Denied. WilliarriA. Macleod and Robert D. Trash. for plaintiff in error. Benjamin F. Butler and T. Henry Pearse, for defendant in error. Before' 'GRAY, Circuit Justice, and PUTNAM and NELSON, Circuit Judges'.
GRAY, Circuit Justice. The original action was brought on September 6,,1889, by Floyd against Merrill, for fraudulent representations as to the condition of a corporation in which both parties owned shares, whereby the defendant inuuced the plaintiff to sell his shares to the defendant for much less than their value. The answer denied all the allegations Of the declaration. On February 2, 1892, the counsel for both parties signed and filed a stipulation in writing in these words:
"It is agreed by counsel for plaintiff and defendant in the above-entitled case that the same be marked, 'Jury waived' tentatively."
The case was thereupon tried by ALDRICH, J., who, on March 10th, filed th,e following" findings of fact and verdict:"
''',rhis was a trial before the llourt, the partiell having waived a jury trial. Having heard l\nd considered all the evidence submitted, and the arguments as well, I find that the defelldant had peculiar knOWledge of the condition of the corpotatiolJand its affairs and the value of the stock; that the plaintiff was comparatively ignorant of the situation, and the defendant knew this; that the defendant, having such knowledge, sought the plaintiff for the purhimself of his interest in the corporation, and in the nepose of following studiously and artfully concealed facts as to value. and artfully misrl'presented the true condition, and, having deceived the plaintiff by such ml'ans, secured his stock for the silm of one thousand