103 US 753 Williams v. Claflin

103 U.S. 753

103 U.S. 753

26 L.Ed. 606


October Term, 1880

APPEAL from the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of South Carolina.

Motion to vacate the supersedeas, or for a new bond.

Mr. George F. Edmunds and Mr. James Lowndes in support of the motion.

Mr. Philip Phillips and Mr. Samuel Lord, Jr., in opposition thereto.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE delivered the opinion of the court.

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In Jerome v. McCarter (21 Wall. 17), we said that if, after security on an appeal which operated as a supersedeas had been accepted, the circumstances of the case, or of the parties, or of the sureties on the bond, had changed, so that the security, which at the time it was taken was sufficient, did not continue to be so, we might, on proper application, so adjudge and order as justice should require. The present appellants are interested only in preserving their security for a debt of the railroad company amounting, when the decree was rendered, to about $152,000. When they took their appeal, execution of the whole decree had been stayed by another appeal of the present appellees, who were the complainants below. Consequently the amount of security to be given then by these appellants was a matter of but little importance comparatively. The other appeal has been dismissed, and in this way the circumstances of the case are materially changed. It is easy to see that what was sufficient security on this appeal when taken is probably not so now. The bonds secured by the mortgage according to the decree amount to several millions of dollars, and the value of the security is necessarily subject to the fluctuations of trade. The appellants are to a considerable extent interested in the same bonds, but if their debt is paid in full they cannot complain at the execution of the decree.


The supersedeas herein will be so far modified as to allow a sale of the mortgaged property to be made under the decree, but the court below will retain in its registry, subject to the order of this court until the final determination of the present appeal, so much of the proceeds as shall be sufficient to satisfy and discharge any balance that may remain of the debt due these appellants, after the proportionate share they receive under the decree upon the bonds and coupons held by them as collateral shall have been applied thereon; and it is


So ordered.