Southwell v. Atl. Coast Line R. Co, (No. 286.)

Docket Nº(No. 286.)
Citation127 S.E. 361
Case DateApril 08, 1925
CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of North Carolina

127 S.E. 361
(189 N.C. 417)

SOUTHWELL.
v.
ATLANTIC COAST LINE R. CO.

(No. 286.)

Supreme Court of North Carolina.

April 8, 1925.


Appeal from Superior Court, New Hanover County; Grady, Judge.

Action by Ida May Southwell, administratrix of H. J. Southwell, against the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company. From a judgment of nonsuit, plaintiff appeals. Judgment of nonsuit set aside, and new trial awarded.

On July 18, 1922, plaintiff's intestate, a locomotive engineer employed by the defendant, at the end of his run from Fayetteville to Wilmington, carried his engine to the roundhouse and, after attending to duties incident to the day's work, started home. While yet on defendant's premises and going along the usual exit about 7 p. m. he was shot with a pistol and killed by H. E. Dallas, who was assistant yard master and special policeman during a strike. At the conclusion of plaintiff's evidence, the defendant's motion to dismiss the action as in case of nonsuit was allowed, and the plaintiff excepted and appealed. The material facts are stated in the opinion.

L. Clayton Grant, and Weeks & Cox, all of Wilmington, and Dye & Clark, of Fayetteville, for appellant.

Rountree & Carr, Thos. W. Davis, and V. E. Phelps, all of Wilmington, for appellee.

ADAMS, J. In the complaint neither the federal Employers' Liability Act (U. S. Comp. St. §§ 8657-8665) nor the state statute (C. S. § 3466) is specifically pleaded, but in the answer it is alleged that, at the time of the intestate's injury and death, the defendant was engaged and the intestate was employed in interstate commerce. The only testimony on the question was that Of E. L. Fonvielle, a witness for the plaintiff. He said that the deceased was the engineer on train No. 322, hauling freight from Fayetteville to Wilmington, and that in the train were cars which were to be carried from places within to places without the state. The carriage of these cars, the defendant argues, constituted commerce among the states. Pennsylvania Co. v. Donat, 239 U. S. 50, 36 S. Ct. 4, 60 L. Ed. 139; Pennsylvania R. Co. v. Son-man Co., 242 U. S. 120, 37 S. Ct. 46, 61 L. Ed. 188; York Man. Co. v. Colley, 247 U. S. 21, 38 S. Ct. 430, 62 L. Ed. 963, 11 A. L. R. 611; Railroad v. Zachary, 232 U. S.248, 34 S. Ct. 305, 58 L. Ed. 591, Ann. Cas. 1914C, 159. It is also contended that the deceased

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was employed in Interstate commerce at the time he was shot by Dallas, though he was then leaving the defendant's yards after his day's work. Erie Railroad v. Winfield, 244 U. S. 170, 37 S. Ct. 556, 61 L. Ed. 1057, Ann. Cas. 1918B, 662; So. Ry. Co. v. Puckett, 244 V. S. 571, 37 S. Ct. 703, 61 L. Ed. 1321, Ann. Cas. 1918B, 69; Railroad v. Zachary, supra; Hinson v. Railroad, 172 N. C. 646, 90 S. E. 772; Davis v. Railroad, 134 Minn. 49, 158 N.. W. 911; Easter v. Railroad, 76 W. Va. 383, 86 S. E. 37; Railroad v. Walker's Adm'r, 162 Ky. 209, 172 S. W. 517. See, also, annotation, 10 A. L. R. 1184.

Upon these propositions the defendant rests its contention that it was engaged in interstate commerce, and that the intestate was employed in such commerce at the time of his injury, and that the controversy must therefore be determined in accordance with the federal law. It is further insisted that under the federal act the right of recovery is always predicated only upon proof of injury or death proximately resulting from the defendant's negligence, and never upon proof of willful homicide committed by the defendant's officer, agent, or other employee. Railroad v. Winfield, 244 U. S. 147, 37 S. Ct. 546, 61 L. Ed....

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    • United States
    • North Carolina United States State Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • 16 d3 Dezembro d3 1925
    ...of the authority with which he vests his representative, and he is liable for any abuse of it (Southwell v. Railroad, 189 N. C. 417, 420, 127 S. E. 361; Hollifleld v. Tel. Co., 172 N. C. 714, 725, 90 S. E. 996; Ainsley v. Lumber Co., 165 N. C. 122, 81 S. E. 4; West v. Tanning Co., 154 N. C.......
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    ...to bring to that profession the exercise of a reasonable degree of care and skill. He does not, however, if he be a physician or surgeon, [127 S.E. 361]guarantee to effect a cure, or warrant a recovery, or promise to use the highest possible degree of skill or all known means to accomplish ......
  • Southwell v. Atl. Coast Line R. Co, (No. 284.)
    • United States
    • North Carolina United States State Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • 17 d3 Fevereiro d3 1926
    ...deceased, against the Atantic Coast Line Railroad Company. From a judgment for plaintiff, defendant appeals. No error. See, also, 127 S. E. 361, 189 N. C. 417. Civil action brought by plaintiff, administratrix of deceased, to recover damages for alleged negligence of the defendant that resu......
  • Norfolk S. R. Co v. Armfield Co, (No. 285.)
    • United States
    • North Carolina United States State Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • 29 d3 Abril d3 1925
    ...Co., 241 U. S. 48, 36 S. Ct. 510, 60 L. Ed. 880; Gaddy v. Railroad, 175 N. C. 515, 95 S. E. 925; Southwell v. Railroad, 189 N. C. 417, 127 S. E. 361. The defendant had been dealing with Dixon for about two years, and had received similar shipments from the plaintiff without producing the or......
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  • Bradford v. English, (No. 537.)
    • United States
    • North Carolina United States State Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • 16 d3 Dezembro d3 1925
    ...of the authority with which he vests his representative, and he is liable for any abuse of it (Southwell v. Railroad, 189 N. C. 417, 420, 127 S. E. 361; Hollifleld v. Tel. Co., 172 N. C. 714, 725, 90 S. E. 996; Ainsley v. Lumber Co., 165 N. C. 122, 81 S. E. 4; West v. Tanning Co., 154 N. C.......
  • Nash v. Royster, (No. 254.)
    • United States
    • North Carolina United States State Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • 8 d3 Abril d3 1925
    ...to bring to that profession the exercise of a reasonable degree of care and skill. He does not, however, if he be a physician or surgeon, [127 S.E. 361]guarantee to effect a cure, or warrant a recovery, or promise to use the highest possible degree of skill or all known means to accomplish ......
  • Southwell v. Atl. Coast Line R. Co, (No. 284.)
    • United States
    • North Carolina United States State Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • 17 d3 Fevereiro d3 1926
    ...deceased, against the Atantic Coast Line Railroad Company. From a judgment for plaintiff, defendant appeals. No error. See, also, 127 S. E. 361, 189 N. C. 417. Civil action brought by plaintiff, administratrix of deceased, to recover damages for alleged negligence of the defendant that resu......
  • Norfolk S. R. Co v. Armfield Co, (No. 285.)
    • United States
    • North Carolina United States State Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • 29 d3 Abril d3 1925
    ...Co., 241 U. S. 48, 36 S. Ct. 510, 60 L. Ed. 880; Gaddy v. Railroad, 175 N. C. 515, 95 S. E. 925; Southwell v. Railroad, 189 N. C. 417, 127 S. E. 361. The defendant had been dealing with Dixon for about two years, and had received similar shipments from the plaintiff without producing the or......
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