Edward Wilkinson & Co., Inc. v. Universal Safety Ash Tray Co., Inc., 6149.

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM.
Citation133 A. 658
Docket NumberNo. 6149.,6149.
Decision Date11 June 1926
133 A. 658


No. 6149.

Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

June 11, 1926.

Exceptions from Superior Court, Providence and Bristol Counties; Edward W. Blodgett, Judge.

Action for labor and materials by Edward Wilkinson & Co., Inc., against the Universal Safety Ash Tray Company, Inc. Verdict for plaintiff, and defendant brings exceptions. Exceptions sustained in part and overruled in part, and case remitted.

Frank H. Wildes, of Providence, for plaintiff.

Alfred G. Chaffee and Ira Marcus, both of Providence, for defendant.

PER CURIAM. In an action for work and labor done and materials furnished at the request of one Golde, who represented himself as the agent of defendant, plaintiff recovered a verdict for $972.95. No express authority for Golde to so act was shown. Plaintiff made no inquiry about Golde's authority. Defendant's liability, if any, rested upon inferred ratification by receipt of some of the goods after alleged receipt of bills charging them to defendant.

A motion for a new trial was denied in a rescript expressing no opinion on the issue of ratification. Refusal to grant a new trial however stands, under our rule, as an approval of the verdict. With such decision on the weight of evidence alone, this court is reluctant to interfere. In conjunction with other circumstances, however, it sometimes has been done.

Of defendant's exceptions, the second and twelfth only possess merit. The others need no consideration. The second exception relates to a question by plaintiff to its first witness McCabe, who had no dealings with defendant about the subject-matter of this contract until after the work was completed. The question asked was, "In the month of January, 1923, was any work done under your direction at the Edward Wilkinson & Co. shops for the Universal Safety Ash Tray Company?" to which the witness, subject to defendant's exception, answered, "Yes." This plainly was a conclusion and not a statement of fact. The answer could only be made by the jury, not by the witness, and witness' answer was prejudicial to defendant.

In the course of the trial plaintiff offered in evidence certain papers marked "Exhibits 1, 2, and 3," which were called by the bookkeeper original entries. Exception 12 relates to their admission. Exhibit 1 consisted of four sheets from a loose-leaf holder showing time spent by certain workmen and some materials charged to defendant. Exhibit 2 was three typewritten loose-leaf sheets selecting and combining certain charges from Exhibit 1 under dates of February 28, March 23, 24, and 31. These were the bills which plaintiff claims to have sent to defendant. Exhibit 3 was the ledger total of each bill on Exhibit 2. The bookkeeper testified that the entries of time and materials on Exhibit 1 were taken from time cards turned in by workmen. None of the workmen testified relative to the accuracy of the cards, nor was there any explanation of the absence...

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  • Central Soya Co. v. Henderson, 10690
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Rhode Island
    • 16 Marzo 1965
    ...the best evidence rule. The situation here is not identical with that in Edward Wilkinson & Co. v. Universal Safety Ash Tray Co., R.I., 133 A. 658. The evidence proffered in that case consisted of time sheets, the content of which was data copied from time cards of employees. In this case t......
  • Manchester v. Anthony, 710.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Rhode Island
    • 18 Junio 1926
    ...and therefore the cause is not ready for hearing for final decree. Morris v. Morris, 43 R. I. 161, 110 A. 643. Also it does not appear in 133 A. 658 the bill or answer how the codicil to the will of Abner Potter is material or relevant to the issue raised, or that any parties who might be i......

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