Barnes v. Pelham

Decision Date17 September 1897
Citation18 Ind.App. 166,47 N.E. 648
PartiesBARNES v. PELHAM et al.
CourtIndiana Appellate Court


Appeal from circuit court, Delaware county; George H. Koons, Judge.

Action by Robert Pelham and others against George W. Barnes. From a judgment for plaintiffs, and an order overruling a motion for a new trial, defendant appeals. Affirmed.

La Follett & Adair, O. N. Cranor, and J. H. Gokie, for appellant. B. H. Hartford and D. T. Taylor, for appellees.


Appellees recovered judgment for the value of certain gas and oil leases which they claimed to have sold appellant. The sufficiency of the complaint and the overrulingof the motion for a new trial are questioned by the errors assigned. In the record there is a bill of exceptions which contains the evidence, and a second bill containing the instructions given and those requested by appellant and refused. The record begins with the usual entry, after which is the following: “Be it remembered that heretofore, to wit, on the 5th day of July, 1895, the following papers on change of venue were filed in the clerk's office of the Delaware circuit court by the clerk of the said Jay circuit court, as follows, to wit.” This is followed by copies of various pleadings, with no order-book entries to show what disposition was made of any of them. This is followed by what is called a “transcript,” in which certain order-book entries are set out reciting the filing of certain pleadings, which are not copied into the transcript, but are referred to by “here insert.” There is nothing to indicate where the pleading which is to be inserted is to be found, nor that the pleading has been set out anywhere in the record. Following this transcript is a certificate of the clerk of the Jay circuit court, in which he certified “that the foregoing is a full, true, and complete copy of all the order-book entries in said cause.” It further appears from this transcript that a motion to make the complaint more specific was sustained, and the transcript contains the following entry: “Come the parties by counsel, and comes the plaintiff by counsel, and file their amended complaint as follows, to wit: (H. I.) and the defendant is ruled to answer plaintiff's amended complaint.” Appellant's brief contains the following statement: “The appellees, Robert Pelham and Louis J. Craig, were the alleged owners of certain gas and oil leases, which they claim to have sold to the appellant, George W. Barns. They filed a complaint in the Jay circuit court, which, after certain motions and demurrers, resulted in the filing of an amended complaint upon which the case was finally tried in the Delaware circuit court.”...

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