August 2, 1893.)
LIGHTERAGElCO. v. THE',PILGRIM.' ' , . ' ', .",:
(Distrtct CoUrt, E. D. New York.
Allghter in tow alongside a tug dumped her deck load in the East river, .and brought suit for damages againSt ilie steamer Pilgrim, alleging that of the steamer caused the accident. It appeared by the evi· that the Pilgrim was not moving at a dangero1;J8 rate of speed at the time, nor did she unusually close to the lighter; 'that the tow met the 'swells head-on, and that no one on these boats anticipated danger on seelp.g the swells'approach; that the heeling of thellghter onto her beam, ends was onecontlnuous movement. she never righting at all after the, first swell struck her: and that she was a vessel cut down from a sharP. ,deep brig. Held; that it was not shown that the accident was due to the swells of the Pilgrim. and the libel should be dismissed.
In Admiralty. Libel for damages alleged to have been caused by steamer's swells. Dismissed. Carpenter & Mosher, for libelants. Shipman, Larocque & Choate, for claimants.
BENEDICT, District Judge. This action is brought by the own· ers of the lighter Alfred to recover of the owners of the Sound Pilgrim the damages arising from a dumpi'llgby the lighter Alfred' 'Of her cargo of iron rails into the east river on the occa· sion mentioned in the libel. The libel alleges that the dumping in question was the result of the swell of the Pilgrim, caused by her fawt in passing the lighter at an improper rate of speed, and an improper prOXimity to the lighter. The accident occurred as the Pilgrim passed the lighter somewhere between a drill at the time moored on Diamond reef and the New York piers; the lighter being bound to Brooklyn, and being towed alongside the tug Howard, and the Pilgrim being bound from the eastward to her pier hi. the North river. As regards the speed with wHich the Pilgrim was moving at the time she approached and passed the lighter, the evidence introduced in ,behalf of the defendants seems to prove that the Pil· grim's speed did not exceed eight miles an hour, which cannot be held to be a dangerous rate of speed at the place in question. In regard '. to the distance from the lighter at which the Pilgrim passed, th,etestimony from those navigating the Pilgrim is that she passed at her usual distance from the New York piers; and upon 'the evidence it must· be held that this course of the Pilgrim was proper, under the circumstances, ,unless it can be found that it carried her dangerously near to the lighter, seen by her to be approaching from the westward in tow of the tug Howard. The witnesses from on board the Pilgx'im declare that ilie distance between the lighter and the Pilgrim, as she passed, was entirely
lReported by E. G. Benedict. Esq., of the New York bar.
safe. The lighter had' been seen, signals had been exchanged between the Haward and the Pilgrim, the navigation of the vessels was not embarrassed by other vessels, and no reason is assigned why the Pilgrim should have passed dangerously near to the lighter. The distance between. the two vessels is variously estimated from 300 to 1,200 feet; but, whatever the distance was, it was at the time deemed safe,not only by those on the Pilgrim, but also by the master of the tug, who was watching the Pilgrim as she approached. This witness was responsible for the lighter. He saw the swells as they came rowards him. He tl11'Iled his boat, to head .them, and stopped his engines. His actions, as n3llTated, very clearly indicate to me that, as the Pilgrim approached, he judged that neither her speed nor her course involved danger to his tug or his tow. He says, distinctly, that he had no fear of trouble from the s,wells. The man in charge of the lighter, who was seated on the forward bitts of the lighter, evidently was of the same opinion. He saw the swells coming, and he left the bitts, not because of threatening danger, but, as he says, simply to avoid getting wet. It is plain from his testimony that he judged that neither the speed nor the course of the Pilgrim was dangerous to his vessel. This testimony produced in behalf of the libelant shows that the swells seen to be approaching the tug and her tow were no greater than are ordinarily to be expected, and were not such as to create alarm. The deck hand of the tug describes the swells as "tidal waves," but exaggeration is to be expected from this witness; he having been knocked overboard by the lighter's. mast, and compelled to swim for his life. The fact is that the waves that caused the lighter to dump her cargo were not considered dangerous by any of the experienced persons who saw them approaching. When the waves struck the lighter, however, she heeled over towards the tug, so far that her entire deck load of rails slid off into the sea between the tug and the lighter, carrying with it the lighter's rail, the planksheer on the starboard side, starting off three or four of the outside plank on that side about the length of 85 to 90 feet, taking the mast out of her, and tearing up her deck in the wake of the tnast for 20 feet, and carrying over the mast, breaking the partners, and the deck beams on the deck forward. How this occurred, is stated by the mate of the lighter, in charge at the time. He says, when the swells came, the lighter heeled over, and he moved to the other side, from fear of getting wet. The swells kept on, and the lighter heeled more 'all the time, and finally, when the lighter's starboard rail was under water, the whole of the cargo went off at once, the lighter's deck then standing at an angle of 80 degrees. This witness makes it plain that the lighter began to heel as soon as the swell struck her, and that she never righted at all, but kept heeling over, until, when about on her beam end, she dumped all her cargo, and this notwithstanding she had been headed nearly head-on to the waves.
An 'attentive perusal of the testimony of the witnesses from the tug and the lighter conveys to my mind the impression that the effect produced by the waves upon the lighter was an effect wholly unexpected. And this fact at once gives rise to the conjecture that the dumping of the lighter's cargo is to be attributed to some other cause than waves of a dangerous character that fell upon ,her. Evidence given in regard to' the construction of the lighter shows this conjecture to be well founded. She was a brig originally built to carry cargo below deck. She was cut down to be a lighter, and thereafter used to carry all her cargo on deck. The 'brig was a very sharp vessel. One witness says she was sharper than any other 'tessel he had ever seen put to such a business, and two witnesses declare her unsafe for such a cargo as she had, on this ,occasion, because of her form. That she had often carried heavy cargoes on deck in safety, appears. She had frequently been loaded with rails as heavy, and heavier, than those she dumped on this occasion. She had never before dumped her cargo. ,Such evidence is, of course, deserving of consideration, but it is not conclusive, because the circumstances may have bee;} different. It does not overthrow the fact, proved here, that the lighter dumped her cargo when meeting, nearly head-on, waves that were not considered dangerous by experienced persons who were observing them with care. She was a keel vessel, and might have been affected by tides and currents which did not appear on the surface. The presence of the drill might have caused eddies which affected her. Of this there is no evidence. But, as it seems to me, there is proof that the waves which the lighter to dump her cargo were not of a dangerous character, and were not such as to cause a properly constructed lighter, properly loaded, to dump her cargo as this lighter did. This finding compels a dismissal of the libel.
ILWACO -RY. &: NAV. CO. II. OREGON SHORT LINE &: U. N. RY. CO.
ILWACO RY. & NAV. CO. v. OREGON SHORT LINE & U. N. RY. CO. (Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. No. 77.
CARRI1IlRS-INTERSTATE COMMEROE AOT-CONNEOTING LINES-DISORIMINATION.
July 17. 1893.)
A transportation company operating a railway and a line of steamboats connecting at the company's wharf is not required, by the third section of the interstate commerce act, to permit the boats of a competitor to land at such wharl.
Appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the Western Division of the District of Washington. In Equity. Bill by the Oregon Short 'Line & Utah Northern Railway Company against the llwaco Railway & Navigation Company for violation of the interstate commerce act. A decree was rendered for clIDlplainant. 51 Fed. Rep. 611. Respondent appeals. Reversed. Thomas N. Strong, (C. W. Fulton and C. A. Dolph, on the brief,) for appellant. W. W. Cotton, (Zero. Snow, on the brief,) for appellee. Before McKENNA and GILBERT, Circuit Judges, and HAW· LEY, District Judge. McKENNA, Circuit Judge. The plaintiff contends that defendant, by preventing it from landing 'its boats at a wharf owned and used by defendant, discriminates against it, contrary to section 3 of the interstate commerce act. The facts are as follows: That prior to the month of August, 1888, the defendant was named the llwaco Steam Navigation Company, but in that month it filed supplemental articles of incorporation, changing its name to llwaco Railway & Navigation Company, and proceeded to construct a line of railway from a point at or near the town of llwaco on the Pacific ocean, in the state of Washington, to a point on the navigable waters of Shoal Water bay, in Pacific county. That the construction of sa'id railway was commenced before, but completed after, the filing of said supplemental articles. 'Dhat prior to the construction of said railroad line the defendant owned and operated a line of steamboats between the town of Astoria, Or., and the town of llwaco. That the shores of the Pacific ocean in that vicinity were popul'ar summer resorts during the months of July and August and the first week of September. That prior to 1888 the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company owned the boats and line between Astoria and Portland, Or., which plaintiff now owns, and carried passengers from Portland to Astoria, which were then transferred to plaintiff's boats, and carried to ilwaco, from whence they went to the ocean beach in wagons. That in the summer season of the years 1888, 1889, 1890, and 1891 the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company asked and obtained permission to land its passengers on the wharf at llwaco, paying a compensav.57F.no.6-43
tion therefor. That complainant only ran its boats during said SlUD.mer months,and only whilepeQPle were tmveling to said summer resorts. Sajd town of Portland, Or., is situated on the Willamette river, about 100 miles 'inland, easterly from the said city of Astoria, which latter city' is situated on the left bank of the. qolU1;Ubia river, and 12 miles inland :from the ocean; and the town of nwaco is situated on the right bank ·of the Oolumbia. river, at a part thereof known. as "Baker's Bay," and about 15 miles distant, 'in a northwesterly direction, 'fromaaid city of Astoria. That in the year 1892 complainant desired the same privileges,' but respondent refused. When defendant constructed its said railway" leading from its said wharf·to a point on Shoal Water bay, ittnade the said wharf the southern terminus ofsucih line of railway, and there arranged and provided its terminal facilities for its said railway line,and also'llronded for ianding its d,wn boats thereat, but made no provision for landing any other boats; and said wharf ever since has been, an;d is, the southern terminus, and the pl,1pcipal terminus, of said line; and the principal office of the defendant is at said town of ilwaco. 'l'hat when the complainant and its said lessor commencedrunning its boats during said summer seasons, and continued so doing, 3.S aforesaid, it commenced and continued carrying passengers from said city of Astoria to defendant's said terminus as well, and defendant soon ascertained that its business, instead of 'increasing, as it should have done; with its additional facilities for accommodating travel on its said railway, and also in new and better boats, which it also constructed and operated, was decreasing, and that it was necessary for it to take some to protect and increase its business, and to recover its old' business. That respondent is able to accommodate all the travel. That there is but one slip or landing place at said wharf, and defendant was sometimes obliged to moor its boats outside of plaintiff's, and transfer the freight and passengers across the same. That confusion was thereby caused, and the patronage of defendant's boats lessened. That said wharf is constructed at the end of 'a trestle running out from the shore of the Oolumbia river thereto, on which trestle is also a wagon road for teams and footpassengers to travel,-safe, secure, and convenient. That said trestle extends over and across the tide land adjacent to the bank of said river, but said trestle and wharf were constructed there by defendari.t, under a claim of ownership of the said tide land, prior to the date of the a:dmission of the state of Washington, as a state" into the Union, and while it was yet a territory of the United said town of ilwaco is, and during all the times herein stated, since tb,e admission of the state of Washington into the Union, ,has been, an incorporated town, under the laws of Washington, but the corporation limits thereof extend only to the line of ordinary high tide, of said Oolumbia river. That the harbor lines of the said town of, ilwaco have not yet been located, but the United States govermpent, through its proper officials, is now
ILWACO BY. &: NAV. CO'. V. OREGON SHORT LINE &: U. N. BY. CO.
proceeding to locate the same. That prior to the commencement of this suit, to wit, on the - - - day of - , 1892, defendant duly applied, in writing, to the state board of equalization of Washington, to have such tide lands appraised, and has duly applied to purchase the same, but no appraisement thereof has been made yet, but defendant has the prefe1"red right to purchase the . same, aild it intends to avails itself of such right. That defendant has, during all the time since it constructed said wharf, used it as its own private property, and not as a public wharf, and has refused at all times to allow any other person or persons, firm or corporation, to use it, or share in the use thereof, and has refused at all times to allow any boats, steamers, or craft, excepting its own, to land thereat, except the times when it permitted complainant's boats and said Oregon Railway & Navigation Company's boats to land thereat, as aforesaid, and for the consideration aforesaid paid to defendant, and it is not now permitting, and it never has permitted, any other boats than its own, with the exception hereinbefore stated, to land thereat; and, since the complainant discontinued landing its boats at said wharf, no boats whatever, excepting defendant's own boats, have been allowed or permitted to land thereat. That provision is made at the defendant's terminus for selling tickets, but that this is only for the purpose of supplying persons brought there by defendant's boats, and there is no general or public station there. The regular station, and the first station on defendant's said line of railway, going north, is the· one in said town of llwaco, aforesaid, at which station the defendant has the usual station facilities and accommodations for receiving passengers and freight. That this station is 4,035 feet distant from the wharf. That there is another wharf at said town 1,600 feet from defendant's wharf, and 2,567 feet distant, over the regularly traveled streets from defendant's station at llwaco, at which complainant's boats landed in 1892. That, on its said wharf, defendant leaves cars, when not in use, and whereon it places them to be loaded, and this affords the only terminal facilities which it has. That complainant and defendant are competitors. On these fructs the plaintiff contends that defendant, by excluding the plaintiff's boats from its wharf, offends against section 3 of the act to regulate commerce. It attempts to support this contention by dividing defendant's line, and making its railroad part and its steamboat part connecting lines, as defined in said section 3. The first subdivision of the section is as follows:
"That it shall be unlawful for any common carrier subject to the provisions of this act to make or give any undue or unreasonable preference 01' advantage to any particular person, company, firm, corporation or locality, or any particular description of traffic, in any respect whatsoever, or to subject any particular person, company, firm, corporation or locality, or any particular description of traffic, to any undue or unreasonable prejUdice or disadvantage, in any respect whatsoever."
But is the division of defendant's line justifiable? The parts of the line have not independent ownership. The defendant company
was, organb.ed ,for the purpose :01 constructing a transportation route from Astoria, Or., to Shoal Water bay, Wash. Its means of transportation are [email protected]
"Every common carrier subject to the provisions of this act sbaJ.l, according to their respective powers; afford all reasonable, proper and equal facilities
LEVI tI. EVANS.
for the Interchange of traffi.c between their respectIve. ltnes, and· for the l"e< <'eIvlng, forwarding, and. dellvering of pa.ssengers and property to and from their several llnes and those connecting therewith. and shall not discriminate In their rates and charges between such connecting lines; but 11I1is shall not be construed as requiring any such common carrier to give the use of its tracu or terminal facillties to another carrier engaged In like business."
The oontention of complainant is not that defendant's facilities are inadequate, but that it is excluded from them. The exclusion, however, only consists in the prevention of the landing of its boats at defendant's wharf. We have probably said enough to indicate our views of this, but we may add that the wharf does not seem to· be a public station. It is a convenience, only, in connecting ita railroads and boats; the general station being at ll· waco, where ample facilities exist. Judgment reversed, and cause remanded for further proceedings.
LEVI EVANS. S.llME v. SIEBERLING. Nos. 45-47. SAME v. WILD. October 2, 1893.)
(Circuit Court of ADPea1s, Seventh Circuit.
Where a defendant In a suit In equity. voluntarily enters his appearance therein, expressly waiving the question of the jurisdiction of the court, he cannot afterwards object that the court Is without jurisdiction because of the exIstence of an adequate remedy at law, especially when such objection is not made untll atter answer filed. A court of equity has jurisdiction of a suit to establIsh and enforce an alleged trust, secure an accountinJl: for a fraudulent breach thereof, and settle confiicting claims to a fund in the registry of the court. Whp,reone who subscribed for corporate stock in his own name testifies that he subscribed solely for himself, a trust In part of the stock for another, who paid no part of the subscription price, cannot be establlshed by vague and indefinite oral declarations of the subscriber. Three stockholders executed an instrument whereby they professed to sell their stock to the fourth stockholder In the same corporation, "for and during the period of 6 months, in trust for the use and benefit of the grantors," with power to sell the same on certain specified terms. Held, that said Instrument in no Wr!.y prevented the latter from selling his own stock on such terms as he chose, it not appearing that his so doing in any way prevented the sale of the stock named In said Instrument. A stockholder who sells his own stock, together with stock held by him In trust for another, to a purchaser, who, as an Inducement to the sal... buys from him without Inquiry a worthless patent right, must account to such other stockholder for a share In the price received tor such patent right, proportioned to the amount of the latter's stock.
SAMIC-RIGHTS OF TnUSTEE-CORPORA'I'E STOCK.
SAME-FRAUD BY TRUSTEE-ACCOUNTING.
:Appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the D18trict of Indiana. Statement by BAKER, District Judge:
The appellee James L. Evans commenced an action In attachment In the circuit court ot Hamilton county, Ind., against the appellant, Emil S. Levi.