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If Bnehfnstrtnnent be made payable to bearer, and be not made by any col'poratlon, unless such Bult might have been prosecuted In such court to recover the said contents If no assignment or transfer had been made."
In my opinion, the effect of the language quoted is to deny jurisdiction to the courts mentioned, as well in Buits to recover the contents of any promissory note in favor of any aSRignee, as in suits to recover in favor of any subsequent holder, where the instrument be made payable to bearel', and be not made by any corporation, unless, in either case, such suit might have been prosecuted in such court to recover the said contents if no assignment (in the first instance) or transfer (in the second instance) had been made. In other words, I read the clause as if its immediately material terms were thus transposed:
"Nor shall any circuit court have cognizance of any suit In favor of any assignee unless such suit might have been prosecuted In such court If no assignment had been made; or In favor of any subsequent holder, It such instrument be made payable to bearer, unless such suit might have been prosecuted In such court it no transfer had been made."
not jurisdiction. Mullen v. Torrance, 9 Wheat. 537. Judgment for defendant, notwithstanding the verdict.
It follows that the present action is one of which this court has
Parker v. Ormsby, 141 U. S. 81, 11 Sup. Ot. 912.
NORTHERN TRUST CO. v. SNYDER.
CoVENA.NTS IN LUSJ!I-INSURA.NCIil
Lessees who had covenanted to keep the buildings insured for two-thirds their value, the insurance money to be used in rebuilding, executed a trust deed ot the premises containing a like covenant, the trustee having notice of the lease. Thp. buildings were illiSured for their full value, the lessor having no opportunity to select or approve the companies, and no part Or the Insurance being made payable to him. Of a subsequent loss, only about five-sixths was collected. Held. that, as It was the intention of all parties that the Insurance money should be used In rebuilding, the lessor was entitled to the whole amount collected. Where the appeal has substantially prevalled, as where the decree Is reversed as to the most Important part, the appellant is entitled to the statutory costll.
ApPEA.L-STATUTORY COSTS-WHEN ApPELLANT MA.Y CLAIM.
On Rehearing. For prior report, see 22 '0. O. A. 47, 76 Fed. 34. Oharles A. Dupee, Noble B. Judah, Monroe L. Willard, and Henry M. Wolf, for appellant. John A. Henry and Otto Gresham, for appellee. JENKINS, Oircuit Judge. Counsel for the appellant in the peti· tion for a rehearing properly criticiaes the argument of the opinion which is based upon the assumption that the amount of the insurance upon the buildings, '10,207.01, should be taken to represent
NORTHERN TRUST CO. V. SNYDER.
two-thirds of the full value of the buildings; the fact being that the value of the buildings, as stipulated by counsel, was just equal to the amount of the insurance. This stipulation was overlooked by the court. It is therefore contended that, as t' e covenant in the lease required insurance but for two-thirds of the value of the buildings, and as the insurance effected was to their full value, and as the amount collected was but $5,263.55, the appellee is entitled to but two-thirds of the insurance collected. It appears from the record that the insurance. was effected between January 1, 1893, and March 30, 1893, and that the fire occurred on the 17th day of April, 1893, resulting in injury to the buildings, adjusted by the underwriters at the sum of $6,200. It does not appear by the record why the whole of the insurance was not collected. It is somewhat obscurely suggested by counsel that it was due to the failure of one or more of the underwriters. Under such circumstances can the Columbia Straw-Paper Company, or its trustee,-who is chargeable with notice of the covenants of the lease,-properly insist that the lessor shall be limited in his recovery to two-thirds of the sum actually realized for insurance? The lease required that the buildings should be kept insured for two-thirds of their value, and that the proceeds of such insurance should be used in rebuilding, or paid over to the lessor, at the option It also contained a covenant to repair. The proviof the sion in the trust deed required like insurance to the amount of twothirds of the value of the property insured, payable to the trustee, but that money paid to the trustee under any insurance policy may be applied to the reconstruction, replacement, or repair of the property. While it is true that the right of the lessor rests upon the covenant of the lease, is limited and controlled by it, and is not to be extended, it is still true that his contract was for insurance to the extent of two-thirds of the value of the building in solvent companies; and where, as here, there has been no setting aside of insurance policies for the benefit of the lessor, and no opportunity afforded him to accept of any company as solvent and satisfactory, and where, as here, the lessee effecting the insurance to the full value of the property has caused the loss to be made payable to the trustee under a condition that the insurance may be applied to the reconstruction of the property injured or destroyed by fire, the trustee having notice of the rights of the lessor, we see no reason to disturb the finding of the court below with respect to the appropriation of the total amount collected for insurance upon the buildings. It was the design of all the parties that the insurance should go to the restoration of the structures. The lessor covenanted for effectual insurance in solvent companies, but was without the opportunity of selection. He ought not, as against his lessee, and its successor and trustee with notice, to be bound by the selection of the companies made by the trustee. It could not be tolerated that · the lessee or trustee should say to the lessor, "Your two-thirds of the insurance was with the companies that failed; mine, with the companies that remained solvent." If the appellant desired to hold
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the lessor to the strict letter of the covenant, the insurance to the amount of two-thirds of the value of the building should have been set apart for his benefit, or should have been made payable to him before the loss. When, as here, the covenant to insure was sought to be evaded, and the insurance was sought to be diverted to the benefit of another, who had notice of the lessor's rights, the claim does not come with good grace that they who have defaulted in their duty should be permitted to retai.... from the lessor the insurance which they had stipulated to provide. In view of the manifest intention of all the parties that the insurance should be applied to the reconstruction of the buildings, we are compelled to hold that the lessor was entitled to the total insurance collected under the policies. The appellee suggests, in answer to the petition for a rehearing, that, as the decree of reversal gave the appellee a substantial right, denied by the appellant, and which might have been discharged by payment or tender, the costs of the appeal should be borne by the appellant. The court below awarded to the appellee the amount collected of the insurance upon the buildings, $5,263.55, and also the amount collected of the insurance upon the machinery, $6,600. We were constrained to hold that the latter award was erroneous, but affirmed the court below with respect to the insurance upon the buildings. It is not determined with precision under what circumstances costs of appeal will be denied or apportioned between the parties. Possibly no cast-iron rule could be formulated that would award exact justice in all cases. The question was somewhat considered in Packard v. IJacing-Stud 00., 33 U. S. App. 306, 16 C. C. A. 639, and 70 Fed. 66, and in New England Railroad Co. v. Oarnegie Steel 00., 33 U. S. App. 491,21 O. C. A. 219, and 75 Fed. 54. In the former case the decree was reversed in some substantial particulars, but not in the most important particular, and neither party was allowed costs upon the appeal. In the latter case the decree was modified in a minor particular, and neither party was allowed to recover costs on the appeal. In Mason v. Graham, 23 Wall. 261, 278, the decree below was modified by abating some $450, and, without any discussion of the question, the court directed that each party should pay his own costs upon the appeal. In Railroad Co. v. Harmon's Adm'r, 147 U. S. 571, 590, 13 Sup. Ot. 557, the only error found in the judgment below was in the allowance of interest, and the court ordered that, if the interest should be remitted, the judgment should be affirmed, otherwise reversed; but that, in either event, costs should be paid by the defendant in error. Without undertaking to go further than the case before us requires, we are of opinion that the appellant is entitled to the costs of this appeal. The appellant has succeeded in reversing"the decree in the most important part, so far as the amount of money is concerned. It is true the appeal was from the entire decree, and that · the appellant contested the right of the to the recovery for any amount. We think, however, it would be a harsh rule that would deprive an appellant of the statutory costs of an appeal un·
UNITED STATES V. HARRIS.
less success attended the whole contention. That would be to require a party, at the peril of payment of the costs of the appeal, to correctly forecast the judgment of the appellate court, or to forego . a review upon any doubtful question. Where the appeal has sub· stantially prevailed, we perceive no reason to deny to the appellant the statutory costs which have been incurred in the successful attempt to a right. The petition for a rehearing will be over· ruled.
UNITED STATES v. HARRIS et al. t (Circuit Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. January 9, 1897.) No. 319.
SET·OFF BY FRAUDUI.ENTLY OBTAINED FROM POSTMASTERS.
One H. was arrested upon a charge of· obtaining money from postmasters upon forged money orders, on which charge he was afterwards convicted. While in custody, he was searched by a post-office inspector, and a sum of money was taken from his person, which was afterwards deposited in the treasury of the United States, H. sued the government to recover the money so taken. Held, that although the money taken from H. was not identified as the same money obtained by his forgeries, and although the postmasters, and not the government, were responsible for the money paid on the forged orders, the government could claim, as a set-off to H.'s demand, the amount of any moneys clearly shown to have been fraudulently obtained by him from the postmasters.
SAME-FINIJDIGS OF FACT.
A statement, in a finding by the court, that "no set-off or recoupment against this claim exists," fo.JIowing an explicit finding of facts which establish a set-off, is merely a conclusion, and does not control or affect the facts so found.
The silence of a special finding as to a fact is equivalent to a finding against the party having the burden of proof of such fact.
Appeal from the Circuit Court of the United States for the Northern Division of the Northern District of Illinois.
This was an action against the United States, prosecuted under the Act March 3. 1887, c. 359 (24 Stat. 505). '.rhe original petition was brought by Jesse A. Baldwin, for the use of himself and Lottie A. Harris, the wife of Le Roy S. Harris; and, in substance, it alleged that on February 24, 1894, Le Roy Harris was under arrest, and in the custody of the United States marshal for the 'Western district of New York, charged with violations of the postal laws, in that he had obtained from postmasters at La Salle, Aurora, and Ottawa, IlL, various sums of money upon forged money orders; that, while he was so in custody, James E. Stuart, a special agent of the post-office department, forcibly searched his person, and took from him the sum of $1,310, which belonged to him; that on March 13, 1894, the petitioner was employed to defend Harri& in the trials upon the indictments then pending in the United States district court, at Chicago, and on that day was given by Harris an order on Stuart for the said amount of $1,310, of which he was to retain $350 as and for attorney's fees, and to deliver the remainder to Lottie' A. Harris, to whom Le Roy Harris was indebted for a like amount, for which she afterwards recovered judgment against him; that he presented the order to Stuart before 12 o'clock noon of the day it was drawn; that on the next day Harris sold and assigned to the petitioner, by an
For opinion on motion to dismiss the appeal, see 76 Fed. 241.