56 N.W. 208 (Neb. 1893), 4423, Hanisky v. Kennedy

Docket Nº:4423
Citation:56 N.W. 208, 37 Neb. 618
Opinion Judge:RAGAN, C.
Attorney:John D. Carson and Hastings & McGintie, for plaintiff in error, cited: Richard Cunningham, contra, cited:
Case Date:September 20, 1893
Court:Supreme Court of Nebraska

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56 N.W. 208 (Neb. 1893)

37 Neb. 618




No. 4423

Supreme Court of Nebraska

September 20, 1893

ERROR from the district court of Fillmore county. Tried below before MORRIS, J.



D. Carson and Hastings & McGintie, for plaintiff in error, cited: Cottrell v. State, 9 Neb. 127; Jones v. State, 14 Neb. 210; Hinton v. Dickinson, 19 Ohio St. 583; Meredith v. Wall, 14 Allen [Mass.] 155; Smith v. Lint, 37 Me. 546; Maxwell v. Campbell, 8 Ohio St. 265; Hauskins v. People, 82 Ill. 193; Evans v. State, 58 Ind. 587; Jardee v. State, 36 Wis. 170; State v. Zeitler, 35 Minn. 238; Scatterwhite v. State, 32 Ala. 578.

Richard Cunningham, contra, cited: State v. Beatty, 16 N.W. 149 [Iowa].


[37 Neb. 619] RAGAN, C.

On the 15th day of May, 1889, Emma Hanisky filed a complaint before the county judge of Fillmore county, alleging she was a single woman and pregnant of a bastard child, and that M. C. Kennedy was the father of such child. Such proceedings were had that Kennedy was held to answer said complaint at the next term of the district court of said county. This court convened in November of that year, and it being made to appear to the court that the child was born on the 22d day of September and had died on the 26th day of October following, the district court, on motion of the defendant Kennedy, dismissed the action. The plaintiff took an exception to this, and brings the case here on error.

The sole question presented by this record is, whether or not the pending action abated by reason of the death of the child. The answer to this question must depend upon the construction of section 6, chapter 37, entitled "Illegitimate Children," Compiled Statutes, which provides: "That in case the jury find the defendant guilty, or such accused person, before the trial, shall confess in court that the accusation is true, he shall be judged the reputed father of said child, and shall stand charged with the maintenance thereof, in such a sum or sums as the court may order and [37 Neb. 620] direct, with payments of costs of prosecution, and the court shall require the reputed father to give security to perform the aforesaid order. * * *" It will be seen from this statute that the object of this proceeding is that the complainant may have the verdict of a jury and a...

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