County of Ralls v. Douglass

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United States Supreme Court

105 U.S. 728

County of Ralls  v.  Douglass

ERROR to the Circuit Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Missouri.

This suit was brought by Joseph M. Douglass against the County of Ralls, to recover the amount due upon certain interest coupons detached from bonds issued by the defendant in payment of its subscription to the capital stock of the St. Louis and Keokuk Railroad Company, which was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly of Missouri approved Feb. 16, 1857.

The section of the act under which the county claimed the right to subscribe is set forth in the opinion of this court in the following case, p. 733.

The bonds are sealed with the seal of the county court, tested by the clerk, and countersigned by the agent of the county. Those bearing date Feb. 10, 1870, recite that they are issued under the authority of said act, and in pursuance of an order of the county court of Feb. 8, 1870, to subscribe $200,000 to the capital stock of that company. Those bearing date June 13, 1871, differ in their recitals from the others, in stating that they are issued in pursuance of that order and of an order amendatory thereof dated June 13, 1871.

A demurrer was sustained to several of the defences set up in the answer. Upon the issues of fact the jury rendered a verdict for the plaintiff, and, judgment having been rendered thereon, the county brought this writ of error. The questions arising upon the demurrer and during the trial are stated in the opinion of the court.

Mr. Henry A. Cunningham for the plaintiff in error.

Mr. John H. Overall for the defendant in error.

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


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