Schoonmaker v. Gilmore
MOTION to dismiss a writ of error to the Supreme Court of the State of Pennsylvania, to which is united a motion to affirm.
This was an action on the case, brought in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, by Gilmore against Schoonmaker & Brown, owners of the steam-tug 'Jos. Bigley.' The declaration avers in substance that, by reason of the negligence of the defendants, the tug, when descending the Ohio River, a few miles below Pittsburgh, collided with and damaged certain barges belonging to the plaintiff.
The point was made by the defendants that the courts of the United States have exclusive jurisdiction in cases of collision on navigable waters.
There was a judgment for the plaintiff, on the affirmance of which by the Supreme Court the defendants sued out this writ.
Mr. Alexander M. Watson in support of the motions.
Mr. Hill Burgwin, contra.
MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE delivered the opinion of the court.