St Louis Ry Co v. Schumacher, No. 239

CourtUnited States Supreme Court
Writing for the CourtBROWN
Citation38 L.Ed. 361,152 U.S. 77,14 S.Ct. 479
Decision Date05 March 1894
Docket NumberNo. 239
PartiesST. LOUIS & S. F. RY. CO. v. SCHUMACHER

152 U.S. 77
14 S.Ct. 479
38 L.Ed. 361
ST. LOUIS & S. F. RY. CO.

v.

SCHUMACHER.

No. 239.
March 5, 1894.

Statement by Mr. Justice BROWN:

Page 78

This was an action by Schumacher to recover for personal injuries received by him while in the employ of the defendant railway company as a laborer upon a gravel train, which was engaged in 'surfacing' or ballasting defendant's tracks in the Indian Territory.

The complaint alleged that the plaintiff boarded the train at Tuscahoma, to aid in unloading the gravel when the car should reach its destination; that when the train reached Talihina, it was stopped on the main track to take on several cars loaded with gravel, which were then on the side track; that after these cars were switched to the main track from the side track, they were cut loose from the engine and run with great force and violence down grade, until they struck the train on which plaintiff was riding; that the brakeman was unable to diminish the speed or check the cars, by reason of a defective brake, of the condition of which the defendant had notice, or might with proper diligence have had notice; and that, by reason of the negligence of the defendant in permitting such defective brake to be used, plaintiff was, by the striking of the cars against the train on which he was riding, violently thrown from the car upon the track, the wheels running over his left foot and inflicting painful and serious injuries. In a supplemental complaint, plaintiff further charged the defendant with negligence in failing to make and enforce suitable regulations as to the manner of switching and making up trains, regulating the speed thereof, and providing a sufficient number of brakemen to check and control the cars.

The answer put in issue all these allegations, and pleaded contributory negligence on the part of the plaintiff.

Upon the trial the case was submitted to a jury, who returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the sum of $8,000, upon which judgment was entered, and defendant sued out this writ of error.

Geo. R. Peck, E. D. Kenna, A. T. Britton, and A. B. Browne, for plaintiff.

A. H. Garland, for defendant.

Page 79

Mr. Justice BROWN, after stating the facts in the foregoing language, delivered the opinion of the court.

We do not find it necessary to consider in detail the specification of errors assigned to the charge of the court in this case, as we are of opinion that, upon the conceded facts, there was such contributory negligence on the part of the plaintiff as required the court to direct a verdict for the defendant.

The testimony showed that plaintiff was employed as a common laborer by defendant; that it was his...

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  • Mooney v. Terminal Railroad Assn. of St. Louis, No. 39202.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 5 Marzo 1945
    ...U.S. 236, 48 S. Ct. 80, 72 L. Ed. 259; Toledo, St. L. & W.R. Co. v. Allen, 276 U.S. 166, 72 L. Ed. 513; St L.-S.F.R. Co. v. Schumacher, 152 U.S. 77, 38 L. Ed. 361; Chunn v. City & Suburban Ry., 207 U.S. 302, 52 L. Ed. 219. (4) Comparative negligence as a governing principle of the Federal E......
  • Mooney v. Terminal Railroad Association, No. 38122.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 3 Enero 1944
    ...U.S. 236, 48 S. Ct. 80, 72 L. Ed. 259; Toledo, St. L. & W.R. Co. v. Allen, 276 U.S. 166, 72 L. Ed. 513; St. L.-S.F.R. Co. v. Schumacher, 152 U.S. 77, 38 L. Ed. 361; Chunn v. City & Suburban Ry., 207 U.S. 302. 52 L.Ed. 219; Smith v. Gould (dissenting opinion), 110 W. Va. 579, 159 S.E. 53, 92......
  • Graham v. Thompson, No. 39898.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 27 Mayo 1948
    ...U.S. 236, 48 S. Ct. 80, 72 L. Ed. 259; Toledo, St. L. & W.R. Co. v. Allen, 276 U.S. 166, 72 L. Ed. 513; St. L.-S.F.R. Co. v. Schumacher, 152 U.S. 77, 38 L. Ed. 361; Chunn v. City & Suburban Ry., 207 U.S. 302, 52 L. Ed. 219. (17) The last clear chance doctrine is appreciably a narrower field......
  • Neeley v. Sw. Cotton Seed Oil Co.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
    • 10 Septiembre 1903
    ...as a matter of law that contributory negligence has been shown. ¶17 It was observed in the case of St. L. & S. F. Ry. Co. v. Schumacher, 152 U.S. 77, 38 L. Ed. 361, 14 S. Ct. 479, that where it plainly appears from the evidence that the plaintiff was guilty of contributory negligence, and t......
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  • Mooney v. Terminal Railroad Assn. of St. Louis, No. 39202.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 5 Marzo 1945
    ...U.S. 236, 48 S. Ct. 80, 72 L. Ed. 259; Toledo, St. L. & W.R. Co. v. Allen, 276 U.S. 166, 72 L. Ed. 513; St L.-S.F.R. Co. v. Schumacher, 152 U.S. 77, 38 L. Ed. 361; Chunn v. City & Suburban Ry., 207 U.S. 302, 52 L. Ed. 219. (4) Comparative negligence as a governing principle of the Federal E......
  • Mooney v. Terminal Railroad Association, No. 38122.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 3 Enero 1944
    ...U.S. 236, 48 S. Ct. 80, 72 L. Ed. 259; Toledo, St. L. & W.R. Co. v. Allen, 276 U.S. 166, 72 L. Ed. 513; St. L.-S.F.R. Co. v. Schumacher, 152 U.S. 77, 38 L. Ed. 361; Chunn v. City & Suburban Ry., 207 U.S. 302. 52 L.Ed. 219; Smith v. Gould (dissenting opinion), 110 W. Va. 579, 159 S.E. 53, 92......
  • Graham v. Thompson, No. 39898.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Missouri
    • 27 Mayo 1948
    ...U.S. 236, 48 S. Ct. 80, 72 L. Ed. 259; Toledo, St. L. & W.R. Co. v. Allen, 276 U.S. 166, 72 L. Ed. 513; St. L.-S.F.R. Co. v. Schumacher, 152 U.S. 77, 38 L. Ed. 361; Chunn v. City & Suburban Ry., 207 U.S. 302, 52 L. Ed. 219. (17) The last clear chance doctrine is appreciably a narrower field......
  • Neeley v. Sw. Cotton Seed Oil Co.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Oklahoma
    • 10 Septiembre 1903
    ...as a matter of law that contributory negligence has been shown. ¶17 It was observed in the case of St. L. & S. F. Ry. Co. v. Schumacher, 152 U.S. 77, 38 L. Ed. 361, 14 S. Ct. 479, that where it plainly appears from the evidence that the plaintiff was guilty of contributory negligence, and t......
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