126 Mass. 24 (Mass. 1878), Huff v. Ford

Citation:126 Mass. 24
Party Name:E. F. Huff v. Samuel Ford
Attorney:C. P. Hinds, for the defendant. F. L. Hayes, for the plaintiff, was not called upon.
Judge Panel:Colt & Morton, JJ., absent.
Case Date:November 20, 1878
Court:Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

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126 Mass. 24 (Mass. 1878)

E. F. Huff


Samuel Ford

Supreme Court of Massachusetts

November 20, 1878

Suffolk. Tort for damages occasioned by the defendant's horse kicking a shoe through a window of a store occupied by the plaintiff. Answer, a general denial.

At the trial in the Superior Court, before Pitman, J., there was evidence tending to show that on August 31, 1876, the plaintiff was in the possession and occupancy of a store on Bromfield Street in Boston; that a large plate-glass window of the store was broken by the defendant's horse kicking a loose shoe through it after he had been violently struck twice by the driver; that the city was then repaving that street; that the defendant was the owner of horses and wagons which he let, among others the one in question, and furnished a driver by the day; that the horse, wagon, and driver were, at the time of the injury complained of, let by the defendant to the city, and were then under the exclusive direction and control of the city as to where to go and where to unload, and what to do in the performance of the work of paving; that the defendant had no other connection with the premises than that of letting his horse, wagon, and driver by the day, and they were kept at his expense; that the driver of the horse which damaged the plaintiff's window was furnished by and in the employ of the defendant, who paid him by the week; that the driver had the entire management of this horse; that he had the selection of his route to and fro the street, fed and took care of the horse at noon, and at night fed and put him up in the defendant's stable, and harnessed him in the morning; and that it was his business to see that he was properly shod, and to get him shod if he needed it.

Upon this evidence the defendant contended, and asked the judge to rule, that the defendant was not liable in this action. But the judge refused so to rule, and ruled that the driver was the servant of the defendant; and that, if the window was broken by any want of...

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