118 US 228 Johnson v. Wilkins

118 U.S. 228

6 S.Ct. 1048

30 L.Ed. 210

JOHNSON and others
WILKINS, Sheriff, etc.

Filed May 10, 1886.

Alex. Porter Morse, for the motion.


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This case was submitted under rule 20, on the seventh of January last; but, on looking into the record, we found nothing from which it could fairly be inferred that the value of the matter in dispute exceeded $5,000, and consequently, on the nineteenth of January, entered an order of dismissal, on our own motion; as it rested 'on the plaintiffs in error to show our jurisdiction, either from the record or by affidavits,' and this had not been done. The present motion was not filed until April 26th, and we are not willing, at this late day, to receive and consider affidavits to supply a defect in the record which has existed since the case was docketed on the eleventh of August, 1883, and of which the appellants have neglected to take any notice until the expiration of more than three months from the time the court acted upon it, and entered an order of dismissal on that account. This is one of the class of cases in which the parties are required to act promptly, after they have actual notice of what is required of them, or they will not be heard.


The motion to reinstate is denied.