Meyer v. Atlantic & Pacific R.R. Co.

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Missouri
Writing for the CourtNORTON
Citation64 Mo. 542
Decision Date30 April 1877
PartiesJULIUS MEYER, Defendant in Error, v. ATLANTIC & PACIFI RAILROAD COMPANY, Plaintiff in Error.

64 Mo. 542

JULIUS MEYER, Defendant in Error,
v.
ATLANTIC & PACIFI RAILROAD COMPANY, Plaintiff in Error.

Supreme Court of Missouri.

April Term, 1877.


[64 Mo. 543]

Error to Gasconade County Circuit Court.

J. N. Litton, for Plaintiff in Error, cited: Atkinson vs. A. & P. R. R. Co., 63 Mo. 367; Marshal vs. Schricker, 63 Mo. 308; Kenney vs. Han. & St. Joe. R. R. 63 Mo. 99; Walther vs. Warner, 26 Mo. 146; Kennayde vs. Pacific Railroad, 45 Mo. 255.

Lay & Belch, for Defendant in Error, cited: Wagn. Stat. 310, § 38; 808, § 3.


NORTON, Judge, delivered the opinion of the court.

This was an action, instituted in the circuit court of Osage county, to recover damages for a heifer charged to have been killed through the negligence and carelessness of defendant in operating its road. The trial resulted in a verdict and judgment for plaintiff for twenty-nine dollars, to reverse which defendant prosecutes his writ of error. The error complained of is that the court gave improper, and refused to give proper, instructions.

The court gave the following instructions for plaintiff:

“If the jury believe from the evidence that the cow was killed at a crossing of a traveled public road, and that the whistle was not sounded at least eighty rods from such road, and sounded at intervals until such train crossed said road or rang a bell at least eighty rods from such road and rang it at intervals till it crossed such road; and they further believe that the injury to plaintiff's cow resulted from the neglect to sound the whistle or ring the bell they will find for plaintiff.”

In the second instruction the jury were told that if they found for plaintiff they would assess his damages at what, from the evidence, they may believe he sustained together with interest from the time of such damage at the rate of six per cent.

The precise question as to the allowance of interest in cases like this has been expressly decided in the cases of Kenney vs. Han. & St. Joe. R. R. Co., 63 Mo. 99; Atkinson vs. A. & P. R. R. Co., 63 Mo. 367, and necessarily leads to a reversal of the judgment in this case; and as it will be retried, it may be well to observe that this action is founded upon the...

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  • Lober v. Kansas City, No. 34710.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • December 14, 1936
    ...in actions founded in tort for unliquidated damages before judgment. Atkinson v. Railroad Co., 73 Mo. 367; Meyer v. Railroad Co., 64 Mo. 542; DeSteiger v. Railroad Co., 73 Mo. 33; Slack v. Railroad Co., 187 S.W. 275; Oliver v. Railroad Co., 190 S.W. 361; Jordan v. Railroad Co., 206 Mo. App.......
  • Ford v. Wabash Rv. Co, No. 26261.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • July 13, 1927
    ...be allowed. To the latter class belong damages for killing stock, or setting out fires. De Steiger v. Railway, 73 Mo. 33; Meyer v. Railway, 64 Mo. 542; State ex rel. [Planet Property & Financial Co.] v. Harrington, 44 Mo. App. 297. But this case seems to belong to the first class. It seems ......
  • New York Co v. Estill, No. 127
    • United States
    • United States Supreme Court
    • March 6, 1893
    ...interest was not allowable. The same ruling was made in Atkinson v. Railroad Co., 63 Mo. 367, in 1876. In Meyers v. Railroad Co., 64 Mo. 542, in 1877, which was an action for damages for the killing of a heifer through the negligence of a railroad company, the court held, citing two of the ......
  • Patton v. St. Louis & San Francisco Ry. Co.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • October 31, 1885
    ...under its allegations. Lynn v. C., R. I. & P. Ry. Co., 75 Mo. 167; Schneider v. Mo. Pac. Ry. Co., 75 Mo. 295; Meyer v. A. & P. Ry. Co., 64 Mo. 542; Mack v. St. L., K. C. & N. Ry. Co., 77 Mo. 232; Werner v. Citizens' Ry. Co., 81 Mo. 368. (2) There was no substantial error or injustice done t......
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  • Lober v. Kansas City, No. 34710.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • December 14, 1936
    ...in actions founded in tort for unliquidated damages before judgment. Atkinson v. Railroad Co., 73 Mo. 367; Meyer v. Railroad Co., 64 Mo. 542; DeSteiger v. Railroad Co., 73 Mo. 33; Slack v. Railroad Co., 187 S.W. 275; Oliver v. Railroad Co., 190 S.W. 361; Jordan v. Railroad Co., 206 Mo. App.......
  • Ford v. Wabash Rv. Co, No. 26261.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • July 13, 1927
    ...be allowed. To the latter class belong damages for killing stock, or setting out fires. De Steiger v. Railway, 73 Mo. 33; Meyer v. Railway, 64 Mo. 542; State ex rel. [Planet Property & Financial Co.] v. Harrington, 44 Mo. App. 297. But this case seems to belong to the first class. It seems ......
  • New York Co v. Estill, No. 127
    • United States
    • United States Supreme Court
    • March 6, 1893
    ...interest was not allowable. The same ruling was made in Atkinson v. Railroad Co., 63 Mo. 367, in 1876. In Meyers v. Railroad Co., 64 Mo. 542, in 1877, which was an action for damages for the killing of a heifer through the negligence of a railroad company, the court held, citing two of the ......
  • Patton v. St. Louis & San Francisco Ry. Co.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • October 31, 1885
    ...under its allegations. Lynn v. C., R. I. & P. Ry. Co., 75 Mo. 167; Schneider v. Mo. Pac. Ry. Co., 75 Mo. 295; Meyer v. A. & P. Ry. Co., 64 Mo. 542; Mack v. St. L., K. C. & N. Ry. Co., 77 Mo. 232; Werner v. Citizens' Ry. Co., 81 Mo. 368. (2) There was no substantial error or injustice done t......
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