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which the plaintiff was entitled, to the amount of $146.82, "a detailed and itemized account of which said sales, showing the machines received from plaintiff and sold by said Crockwell & Bassett, and the amounts remitted, with the proper credits thereon, and the amounts due and not remitted, as well as the balance thereon now due plaintiff, is hereto attached marked Exhibit A, and made a part of this complaint." Exhibit A is a commission account, Crockwell & Bassett with the company, containing sales reported with prices, and notes received with dates, times, and amounts, and in which Crockwell & Bassett are debited with moneys retained by them, and rent of wagon, and collection charges, and a machine consigned over four months, and commission before allowed and now charged back on a machine returned, and are credited with their commissions, and the arnounts of the notes taken for the returned machine, showing a balance of $146.82 due to the plaintiff.
The complaint further alleges that the defendants failed to perform the condition of the bond that Crockwell & Bussett should pay to the plaintiff all moneys due or to become due to it under the agreement, and should perform the agreement, in that the plaintiff, between July 3, 1875, and February, 1876, under clause 6 of the agreement, at the request of Crockwell & Bassett, consigned to them parls of machines at 40 per cent. discount from list prices, and attachments at the lowest wholesale rates, to be settled for in cash by them every 30 days, unless time was agreed for, when 20 per cent. was to be added to regular cash prices; but Crockwell & Bassett did not settle therefor with cash in 30 days, and had not paid therefor; that the money which, by clause 6, they were required to pay to the plaintiff, amounted to $87.97;*and that “a detailed and itemized account, showing the parts of machines and attachments so furnished Crockwell & Bassett, and the amounts paid plaintiff therefor, and showing the amounts which should have been, but were not, paid plaintiff by defendants Crockwell & Bassett, with the balance now due plaintiff by Crockwell & Bassett, is hereto attached, marked • Exhibit B,' and made a part of this complaint." Exhibit B is an attachment account, by items, debiting Crockwell & Bassett with articles furnished, and giving them credits, resulting in a balance of $87.97 due the plaintiff.
The complaint further alleges that the defendants failed to perform the condition of the bond that Crockwell & Bassett should pay to the plaintiff all moneys due, or which should become due, to it, under the agreement, or which should arise therefrom, and should perform the agreement, in that the plaintiff, between July 3, 1875, and February, 1876, under the agreement and bond, at the request of Crockwell & Bassett, consigned to them sewingmachines, which they sold after July 3, 1875, and before April, 1876; that, under the bond and clause 8 of the agreement, Crockwell & Bassett, between the dates named, gave to the plaintiff their personal promissory notes for the price of the machines, and at the rates for the machines, mentioned in the agreement; and that “a list and description of said notes is herewith filed, marked • Exhibit C,' and made a part of this complaint.” Exhibit C shows the date of each note, the time of its maturity, that all the notes were made by Crockwell & Bassett, and payable to the plaintiff, and the amount of each note, or the balance due thereon, exclusive of interest. The complaint alleges that the whole amount of them is $1,766.10, to which is to be added $609.93, for interest on them, and $237.60, for attorney's fees for collection, making in all, $2,613.63, and that Crockwell & Bassett have failed to pay that sum,
and owe it to the plaintiff. The complaint further alleges that the defendants failed to perform the condition of the bond that Crockwell & Bassett should pay to the plaintiff all moneys due, or which should become due, to it, under the agreement, or which should arise therefrom, and should perform the agreement, in this, that, between July 3, 1875, and February 10, 1876, the plaintiff, under the bond and agreement, and at the request of Crockwell & Bassett, consigned
to them sewing-machines, which, prior to the last date, they sold, and took therefor the promissory notes of the vendees, payable to the order of the plaintiff, which notes Crockwell & Bassett indorsed and guarantied, and delivered to the plaintiff, this being done under clause 2 of the agreement; and that “a list and description of said promissory notes is herewith filed, marked • Exhibit D,' and made a part of this complaint.” Exhibit D shows the date of each note, the time of its maturity, and its amount. The complaint alleges that the principal of the notes amounts to $358.83; and that neither their makers nor Crockwell & Bassett have paid them, but owe them to the plaintiff.
It thus appears that the suit covers four claims: (1) proceeds of sales of machines; (2) purchase price of attachments; (3) personal notes for machines consigned; (4) guarantied notes for machines consigned.
Murphy and Streeper answered, denying specifically the breaches alleged; setting up that all the items in Exhibits A and B accrued more than two years before the suit was commenced, and it was not commenced within the time prescribed by the laws of Utah territory; claiming a further credit of $203 on Exhibit A; denying that the non-payment of the notes covered by Exhibit C or by Exhibit D was a breach of the condition of the bond; and alleging that Crockwell & Bassett had no notice of the non-payment of the notes covered by Exhibit D. The answer further sets up that, in March, 1876, the plaintiff, by its agent, applied to Murphy to become surety on a second bond, on a new contract with Crockwell & Bassett; and that a settlement, amounting to an accord and satisfaction, was had between the plaintiff and Crockwell & Bassett, as to the matters covered by the complaint, and its agent informed Streeper and Murphy thereof, and that the existing bond was discharged, and Murphy signed the second bond on that assurance, Crockwell & Bassett being then able to indemnify Streeper and Murphy against liability on the first bond, and having since become insolvent. Crockwell & Bassett also answered.
The cause was referred to a referee to "hear, determine, and report a judge ment."
He reported findings of fact and conclusions of law. He reported the facts to be as alleged in the complaint, as to the items of Exhibits A, B, C, and D, with a credit on Exhibit A of $31.22, and that there was due from Crockwell & Bassett, on Exhibit C, at least $2,750, exclusive of allowance for attorney's fees, and on Exhibit D over $450, and due and unpaid from Crockwell & Bassett to the plaintiff, on account of the several matters set forth in the complaint, more than $3,000; that the Exhibits fully credited all sums remitted by Crockwell & Bassett; and that there was no settlement or accounting between Crockwell & Bassett and the plaintiff, and no adjustment of their indebtedness to it, and no agreement or accord or satisfaction made in regard to such indebtedness. The report then proceeded: "(8) In March, 1876, a new contract for the sale of machines was made between the plaintiff and said Crockwell & Bassett, and a new bond given by the latter, upon which the defendant Edmund H. Murphy became a surety. Pending the negotiations for such new contract, and before said Murphy became surety on the new bond, he inquired of George Wilkinson, who was the agent of the plaintiff, to negotiate the new agreement, in regard to the past business and the object of the new bond, and said Wilkinson informed him, in substance, that said Crockwell & Bassett had done well; that the business was satisfactory to the plaintiff, and the plaintiff was about to give them a new contract, under which they would get a larger per cent. and have a better opportunity to make money. No other or further representations were made to said defendant Murphy prior to the execution by him of the new bond, and said representations were not false. At that time no settlement had been made of the accounts; but, from casually looking over the accounts, it appeared that Crockwell & Bassett had, in the shape of notes and leases, far in excess of what they owed, and, had
the notes turned over to the plaintiff, and the notes and leases held by them, been good and collectible, the same would have far exceeded their liabilities. At that time but a small portion of the indebtedness of Crockwell & Bassett tc plaintiff was due, and it was not known but that the notes and leases taken by Crockwell & Bassett were generally good and collectible. (9) About November, 1876, when the business of plaintiff was taken from Crockwell & Bassett, and turned over to another party, the said defendant Edmund H. Murphy, in the presence of defendant Crockwell and others, inquired of said Wilkinson, who was plaintiff's agent to turn over said business, in regard to the condition of the business of Crockwell & Bassett, when the following conversation occurred between said Murphy and Wilkinson: Question. Mr. Murphy: So far as the bondsmen are concerned, how did they stand? Answer. Mr. Wil. kinson: So far as the boys (Crockwell & Bassett) have acted, they could not do better. Everything is satisfactory, and the business has been turned over to another party, and everything is agreeable. Q. If that is the case, the bondsmen have nothing further to bother about? A. No; everything is satisfactory, and the business has been turned over.' This is the substance of representations made at that time, and I find that said defendant Murphy got the impression that he was released on the bonds. (10) About the twentyeighth of March, 1876, and during the negotiation for the new contract and bond, Crockwell & Bassett, desiring to obtain the defendant Streeper as surety on the new bond, called him into their office, and, in the presence of said Wilkinson, and during a conversation there, Charles H. Bassett informed said Streeper he had nothing to fear; and then Streeper asked Wilkinson if he was released or relieved on the first bond, and Wilkinson informed him he had nothing to fear on that, and made an affirmation which induced Streeper to believe he was no longer liable. Streeper did not execute the new bond. (11) There is no evidence to show that any change has occurred in the financial condition of Crockwell & Bassett since the spring of 1876, and I find that no such change has occurred. (12) At the time of the commencement of this action none of the notes guarantied by Crockwell & Bassett, as aforesaid, had been due four years, and there is no evidence of any change
in the financial condition of the makers. (13) George Wilkinson had no authority from plaintiff to bind the plaintiff by any declaration as to the release of the said bonds, or either of them; and I find he did not intend to make any statement concerning the release which was untrue, or to deceive or mislead the defendants, or any of them, and his statements were rather in the nature of assent to, or zon-denial of, statements made by Crockwell & Bassett in his presence. I do not find he had or exercised any such apparent authority as should induce the defendants to rely on his statements concerning the business of Crockwell & Bassett, or the satisfaction of said bonds, without further inquiry."
The referee found the following conclusions of law: "(1) The non-payment of the several sums found due and unpaid from Crockwell & Bassett to the plaintiff, as in the findings of fact specified, constitute breaches of said bond, and for which breaches the sureties, as well as the principals, are liable. (2) The action on the bond, at the time of the commencement thereof, was not barred by the statute of limitations in respect to any of said breaches. (3) The plaintiff is not estopped, nor its action barred or affected, against any of the debts, by reason of any representations made to the defendant Murphy or Streeper prior to or since the execution of the second bond referred to in the answer, nor was the execution of the second bond by the sureties procured by fraud. (4) The plaintiff is entitled to judgment that it have and recover of and from the defendants the sum of three thousand dollars, and the costs of this action to be taxed.” Streeper and Murphy filed exceptions to the findings of fact, after the seventh, and to all the conclusions of law. Judgment was entered for $3,000 and costs against all the defendants. Streeper and Murphy appealed to the supreme court of the territory, which affirmed the
judgment. Murphy having afterwards died, his administratrix and Streeper appealed to this court. See 2 Utali, 557, and 1 Pac. Rep. 470.
*It is assigned for error that the complaint is insufficient to support the judgment, because the first two causes of action, those relating to Exhibits A and R, do not allege the value of the goods consigned, either by the article or in the aggregate. The objection made is that, although the agreement states the shares to which the plaintiff and the consignees are to be respectively entitled, it fixes no price on the machines. The answer to this is that the agreement states that the retail prices for which the machines consigned are sold, as reported by the consignees, are the prices on which the commissions of the consignees are to be calculated; and that the agreement fixes the prices of parts of machines at 40 per cent. discount from list prices, and the prices of attachments at the lowest wholesale rates. By the agreement, when the fixed commissions are deducted from the retail prices of sales, the rest belongs to the plaintiff; and Exhibit A shows the retail price of each machine sold, as reported by the consignees, and how much they retained beyond what they were entitled to retain as commissions, and Exhibit B shows the price of each attachment sold to the consignees. The Exhibits, in connection with the complaint, make the matter definite.
It is also contended, as to the first two causes of action, that the liability of the defendants arose on the sales of goods to the consignees, and that the twr years' limitation applies to those causes of action. Murphy and Streeper we:9 not parties to the agreement. Their liability arose on the bond exclusively. All the defendants were parties to the bond. This is a suit on the vond, and what are called by the defendants causes of action are only breaches of the condition of the bond. As the agreement was executory, it was necessary to set out consignments and sales, and resulting amounts due, to establishi breaches. Even as regards the consignees, an action against them, if not on the bond, would be on the written agreement. The condition of the bond is that the consignees shall pay all moneys which shall become due “under or pursuant to the within contract, or which shall arise therefrom, whether by book-accounts, notes, renewals, or extensions of notes or accounts.” We are of opinion that, this suit being on a written instrument, the limitation was four years, and the action was not barred. It is also urged that Streeper and Murphy are not bound for the payment of the notes made or guarantied by the consignees, and that their obligation was discharged when those notes were made or guarantied. But it appears clear to us that the condition of the bond is that the consignees shall pay all money which shall become due by their notes or their indorsements, or otherwise, (the agreement making the indorsement a guaranty of payment.) Language could hardly be stronger or more full. Dixon v. Holdroyd, 7 Él. & Bl. 903. It is also urged that the facts found constitute an estoppel, as to Murphy and Streeper. The findings of fact negative the allegations of the answer setting up this defense. What occurred in November, 1876, is outside of any issue raised by the answer.
A point is made that the complaint does not aver that Murphy and Streeper had notice of the default of the consignees; that no notice is shown; and that the bond contains no waiver of such notice. Assuming that the point may now be taken, the findings are silent as to notice, but they show there was no prejudice for want of notice. Moreover, the condition of the bond is absolute that the consignees shall pay all moneys which shall become due to the plaintiff under the agreement, the obligors waiving notice of non-payment on all notes executed, indorsed, or guarantied. As Murphy and Streeper did not make or indorse the notes, their waiver could only apply to å default by the consignees. We see no error in the record, and the judgment is affirmed.
See Murphy v. Victor S. M. Co. ante, 324.
(112 U. S. 693)
WHITNEY and another 0. MORROW.1
(January 5, 1885.) 1. PUBLIC LANDS-ACT OP CONGRESS-MILITARY RESERVATION-DISPOSSESSION OF OO CUPANT-PROOF NECESSARY.
A party who contests the title of another to land held under an act of congress, in which an exception was reserved saving from its operation land occupied by the United States for military purposes, must establish the exception, when his
right to the premises depends upon its existence. 2. SAME-EVIDENCE-SCOPE AND EFFECT OF A PATENT.
If, by a legislative declaration, a specific tract of land is confirmed to any one, his title is not strengthened by a subsequent patent from the government. Such a patent would be an instrument of quiet and security to the patentee, but it would not add to the validity and completeness of the title confirmed by the act of congress. In Error to the Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin. Enoch Totten, for plaintiffs in error. No appearance for defendant in error.
FIELD, J. This case was before this court at the October term of 1877. 95 U. S. 551. It is an action of ejectment for the possession of a tract of land, consisting of 94 acres and a fraction of an acre, situated in the borough of Fort Howard, in Brown county, Wisconsin. The plaintiffs derived their title to the premises from one Pierre Grignon, to whom, on June 2, 1870, a patent was issued by the United States. The defendant, in his answer, sets up an adverse possession of the land in himself, and those through whom he derived his interest, for more than 40 years, under a claim of title, exclusive of any other right, founded upon a written instrument as a conveyance of the premises. It was admitted that he was in the possession of the land at the commencement of the action, and on the trial he relied, not only upon his adverse possession, but also upon a legislative confirmation of a claim to it, under the act of February 21, 1823, by Alexis Gardapier, from whom he traced his title. It appeared on that trial that commissioners under the act, which revived and continued in force certain previous acts for the adjustment of land claims in the territory of Michigan, which then included Wisconsin,had confirmed a claim to land presented by said Gardapier and one presented by Pierre Grignon. The confirmations were subject to the condition that the tracts confirmed did not interfere with certain previous confirmations. On April 17,1828, congress confirmed the acts of the commissioners respecting these claims; that is, “confirmed the confirmations,” with a proviso, however, that they should not be so construed as to extend to any lands occupied by the United States for military purposes. The act also made it the duty of the register of the land-office at Detroit to issue to the claimants certificates, upon which patents were to be granted by the commissioner of the general landoffice. But it did not appear on the trial that any patent had ever been issued to Gardapier. The court held that if, at the time of the confirmation, the land claimed by him was not occupied by the United States for military purposes, it operated to vest in him a perfect title to the land; a legislative confirmation always operating, unless accompanied with reservations, as a conveyance of the estate, or right of the government, to the party who is in possession of the premises or has an interest in them.
The tract confirmed appeared to have clearly defined boundaries, or, at least, such as were capable of identification. The question, therefore, whether the land was thus occupied was of the utmost consequence, and the defendant offered, in various forms, to prove, by witnesses produced for that purpose, that it was not thus occupied on the confirmation by congress, and had not been previously; and also that for a period of nearly 40 years the land had been in the actual, open, notorious, and exclusive possession of Gardapier and parties claiming under him, and that during that time it had been cultivated, improved, and built upon without objection from any one. But the court ro
'S. C. 6 N. W. Rep. 494.