White v. Int'l Text-Book Co.

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Iowa
Writing for the CourtLADD
Citation144 Iowa 92,121 N.W. 1104
Decision Date02 July 1909

144 Iowa 92
121 N.W. 1104


Supreme Court of Iowa.

July 2, 1909.

Appeal from District Court, Linn County; Wm. Treichler, Judge.

Action for damages resulted in a directed verdict for defendants, and judgment thereon. The plaintiff appeals. Reversed.

[121 N.W. 1105]

John N. Hughes, for appellant.

W. F. Fitzgerald and D. C. Harrington, for appellees.


This is an action for malicious prosecution. On an information, accusing plaintiff of the crime of embezzlement, filed with a justice of the peace of Marshall county by R. C. Griswold, at the instance of O. O. Crane, under direction of the International Text-Book Company, plaintiff was arrested and lodged in jail. After all the evidence had been introduced, the trial court, being of opinion that it failed to make out a case, directed the jury to return a verdict for the defendants. The correctness of this ruling alone is challenged on this appeal.

The plaintiff had been engaged in soliciting contracts for scholarship in the international correspondence schools of, and making collections for, the International Text-Book Company of Scranton, Pa., since January 28, 1907, but had not met expectations in the results accomplished, and on September 24th of that year was discharged. On that day, and the one before, he had collected $89.30 for the company, and so reported to the company, adding that he was holding the collections until it settled with him, and that he was ready to remit as soon as settlement could be made. Under the contract of employment he was not to “have the right to retain, for any purpose whatever, any moneys collected by him for said employers, but shall account for and deliver or transmit each day to the superintendent of said district, or other authorized representative of said employers, all moneys and contracts for scholarship received by him for them.” He was to bear his own expenses, and receive “a salary of two and sixty eight and one third one hundredths dollars per day, except Sundays, payable weekly,” and in addition certain commissions. Other conditions are not material. He received what is called a “window display outfit,” for which he agreed that $5 per month for four months should be deducted from his salary as a guaranty of its return in good condition. Should any parts not be returned, or be returned in condition unfit for use, schedule prices thereof were to be deducted from this $20, and also cost of repairing trunk in which display articles were packed, and the balance returned on the termination of the contract. Upon discharge he had delivered this trunk and outfit to Griswold, who was division superintendent, acting under the direction of Crane, the district superintendent, in pursuance of the agreement under which he received them, providing “that the amount deducted from my commissions shall be refunded to me upon the return of this window display outfit to the district office, less any charges as specified above, authorized by the superintendent of the district, and less the return transportation charges.”

It is important to note that plaintiff was to “account for and deliver or transmit each day to the superintendent of said district or other authorized representative,” and that his display outfit and trunk were to be returned to such superintendent who was authorized to make the deductions mentioned. On September 25th the district superintendent inquired by telephone whether plaintiff was going to turn over to the company the money collected, and was told by plaintiff that he was ready to settle, and would pay over the difference between what he owed to the company and what the company owed him. To this, according to plaintiff, Crane replied that, unless he sent the whole amount at once, he would have him arrested. Three days later Crane called on him, and refused an offer to pay the difference, and insisted that he remit the entire amount to the company, and receive what was due him from it, adding that he did not believe he intended to embezzle the money, but that he (Crane) must obey orders from the company or lose

[121 N.W. 1106]

his job. Another call was made the same day, when the above threat is said to have been repeated. A week later Crane called, when plaintiff repeated his offer, which again was refused. This was repeated on September 14th, when Crane said plaintiff's salary and commission checks were there, save $4 of his salary, and he requested settlement without...

To continue reading

Request your trial
13 cases
  • Schnathorst v. Williams, No. 47346.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • April 5, 1949
    ...Iowa 333, 338, 106 N.W. 751, 6 L.R.A., N.S., 143; Wilson v. Thurlow, 156 Iowa 656, 659, 137 N.W. 956;White v. International Text-Book Co., 144 Iowa 92, 98, 121 N.W. 1104;Krehbiel v. Henkle, supra, 178 Iowa 770, 780, 160 N.W. 211;Plecker v. Knottnerus, 201 Iowa 550, 554, 207 N.W. 574;Bair v.......
  • White v. Int'l Text-Book Co., No. 30462.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • December 16, 1915
    ...and has been tried to a jury at least five times, with varying results. The opinions heretofore pronounced will be found in 144 Iowa, 92, 121 N. W. 1104, in 150 Iowa, 27, 129 N. W. 338, in 156 Iowa, 210, 136 N. W. 121, 42 L. R. A. (N. S.) 346, and in 164 Iowa, 693, 146 N. W. 829, and these ......
  • Wilson v. Lapham, No. 35446.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • October 23, 1923
    ...Necker v. Bates, 118 Iowa, 545, 92 N. W. 667;Wilson v. Thurlow, 156 Iowa, 656, 137 N. W. 956;White v. Text-Book Co., 144 Iowa, 92, 121 N. W. 1104; Parker v. Parker, supra; Pierce v. Doolittle, supra. We said in Wilson v. Thurlow, supra, that the-- “advice of an attorney to constitute a good......
  • Granteer v. Thompson, No. 36723.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • April 9, 1926
    ...Necker v. Bates [92 N. W. 667] 118 Iowa, 545;Wilson v. Thurlow [137 N. W. 956] 156 Iowa, 656;White v. International Text-Book Co. [121 N. W. 1104] 144 Iowa, 92;Parker v. Parker, supra [71 N. W. 421, 102 Iowa, 500];Pierce v. Doolittle [106 N. W. 751] 130 Iowa, 333 [6 L. R. A. (N. S.) 143]. W......
  • Request a trial to view additional results

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT