Springs & Co. v. Carpenter, 735.

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
Citation154 F. 487
Decision Date31 May 1907
PartiesSPRINGS & CO. v. CARPENTER et al.
Docket Number735.

154 F. 487

SPRINGS & CO.
v.
CARPENTER et al.

No. 735.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

May 31, 1907


[154 F. 488]

C. P. Sanders (H. E. De Pass, on the brief), for plaintiff in error.

H. J. Haynsworth, for defendants in error.

Before GOFF, Circuit Judge, and WADDILL and BOYD, District Judges.

GOFF, Circuit Judge.

The plaintiffs below, plaintiffs in error here, instituted this suit to recover the amount due on a note held by them, executed by the defendants below, now defendants in error. The defendants in their answer pleaded that the transactions, in settlement of which the note in suit was given, were all gambling transactions, and that said note was simply security for losses which had accrued on certain gambling contracts for the future delivery of cotton, without any intention on the part of defendants, or either of them, or of the other parties thereto, to take or deliver said cotton, the purpose being to speculate upon the rise and fall of the markets; and that the transactions mentioned were in violation of the laws of the state of South Carolina, whereby said note became void. Upon the trial before the jury the plaintiffs introduced evidence showing the nature of the contracts, and that under the rules of the New York Cotton Exchange, where the cotton was purchased and sold, such contracts required the actual delivery of the cotton, and also that such contracts were made in contemplation of such actual delivery. The plaintiffs testified that they had no knowledge of any intention on the part of defendants not to receive or deliver cotton when the contracts matured. The evidence offered by defendants did not show knowledge on the part of plaintiffs of the intention of defendants not to receive or deliver the cotton on the maturity of the contracts, other than that indicated by the character of the contracts themselves. At the close of the testimony the plaintiffs moved the court to direct a verdict in their favor, as the undisputed testimony demonstrated that the cotton was bought, and the contracts were made, under the regulations of said Cotton Exchange, and that they contemplated the actual delivery of the cotton, which was actually delivered when such contracts matured. The court below refused to so direct, but instructed the jury that it was the duty of the defendants to satisfy them that it was the intention of defendants, when they entered into the contracts, to gamble on the future price of...

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  • Lamson Bros. & Co. v. Turner, 5557.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (8th Circuit)
    • December 27, 1921
    ...gambling contracts cannot be sustained, because of the lack of mutual intention to make wagering transactions. Spring & Co. v. Carpenter, 154 F. 487, 488, 83 C.C.A. 327; Parker v. Moore, 115 F. 799, 803, 53 C.C.A. 369; Parker & Co. v. Moore (C.C.) 125 F. 807, 808; In re Trion Mfg. Co. (D.C.......
  • Lawton v. Carpenter, 1,047.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
    • February 15, 1912
    ...matter of fact, in the light of the evidence here, that your honor could not direct a verdict. A very significant fact in the Springs Case (154 F. 487, 83 327) is that there was no evidence offered by the defendant that went to show that there was knowledge on the part of plaintiffs of the ......
  • McLure v. Wilson, 2102.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
    • July 3, 1923
    ...such secret intention of one of the parties would not vitiate the contract under the South Carolina statute. Springs & Co. v. Carpenter, 154 F. 487, 83 C.C.A. 327; Parker v. Moore, 115 F. 799, 53 C.C.A. 369. In a recent case, however, the South Carolina court has held that since the statute......
  • Moore v. W.R. Grace & Co., 2048.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
    • February 6, 1923
    ...to ship, analyze and tender the same. Parker v. Moore (C.C.A. 4th Circuit) 115 F. 799, 53 C.C.A. 369; Springs & Co. v. Carpenter, 154 F. 487, 83 C.C.A. 327; Sprunt v. Hurst, etc. (C.C.) 180 F. 782; 23 R.C.L. 14-16; 13 C.J. 334. Fourth. Respecting the cross-assignment of error, made by the d......
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6 cases
  • Lamson Bros. & Co. v. Turner, 5557.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (8th Circuit)
    • December 27, 1921
    ...gambling contracts cannot be sustained, because of the lack of mutual intention to make wagering transactions. Spring & Co. v. Carpenter, 154 F. 487, 488, 83 C.C.A. 327; Parker v. Moore, 115 F. 799, 803, 53 C.C.A. 369; Parker & Co. v. Moore (C.C.) 125 F. 807, 808; In re Trion Mfg. Co. (D.C.......
  • Lawton v. Carpenter, 1,047.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
    • February 15, 1912
    ...matter of fact, in the light of the evidence here, that your honor could not direct a verdict. A very significant fact in the Springs Case (154 F. 487, 83 327) is that there was no evidence offered by the defendant that went to show that there was knowledge on the part of plaintiffs of the ......
  • McLure v. Wilson, 2102.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
    • July 3, 1923
    ...such secret intention of one of the parties would not vitiate the contract under the South Carolina statute. Springs & Co. v. Carpenter, 154 F. 487, 83 C.C.A. 327; Parker v. Moore, 115 F. 799, 53 C.C.A. 369. In a recent case, however, the South Carolina court has held that since the statute......
  • Moore v. W.R. Grace & Co., 2048.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
    • February 6, 1923
    ...to ship, analyze and tender the same. Parker v. Moore (C.C.A. 4th Circuit) 115 F. 799, 53 C.C.A. 369; Springs & Co. v. Carpenter, 154 F. 487, 83 C.C.A. 327; Sprunt v. Hurst, etc. (C.C.) 180 F. 782; 23 R.C.L. 14-16; 13 C.J. 334. Fourth. Respecting the cross-assignment of error, made by the d......
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