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RUNKLE v. BURNHAM.

decided: April 30, 1894.

RUNKLE
v.
BURNHAM.



ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY.

Author: White

[ 153 U.S. Page 222]

MR. JUSTICE WHITE, after stating the case, delivered the opinion of the court.

 1. By not resting on his motion for a non-suit, and by thereafter offering his own evidence, the defendant waived his motion, and the overruling thereof cannot be assigned for error here. Union Pacific Railway v. Daniels, 152 U.S. 684, and authorities there cited.

2. The exceptions taken during the progress of the trial are numerous. We will content ourselves with examining the merits of those which have been specifically assigned as error.

The plaintiff offered in evidence an account, growing out of the purchase and protest of the draft, and kept between Martinez and Burnham, which was objected to, on the ground that it was res inter alios.

Runkle, Gilson, Lyles, and Maddison & Co. were parties to the water works contract. In order to furnish the $64,000, which was to be deposited with the city of Havana, Martinez bought a draft drawn by an agent of Maddison & Co. on that firm in London. This draft, on being endorsed and guaranteed by Martinez, was discounted by Burnham, who forwarded it to London for collection. There it was protested for nonpayment. The result was that Burnham held Martinez and Maddison & Co. on the draft, which was taken supra protest, by Baring Brothers, at the request of Burnham. Maddison &

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     Co. thereupon deposited with Burnham, as collateral to secure their obligation on the draft, certain shares of the "Charnwood Forest Railroad Company." Inasmuch as Runkle appears, both in the contract sued upon and in the power of attorney upon which the contract is predicated, as the assignee of Maddison & Co., and as standing in their place and stead, we think it clear that the account was not res inter alios as to him. He represented Maddison & Co., and held their rights, and, therefore, the account was as much admissible against him as it would have been against the firm.

3. For the purpose of showing that the power of attorney, under which Mestre acted as the agent of Runkle, had been revoked, the defendant offered a series of telegrams addressed to Olcott, the attorney-at-law of Runkle in New York, which read as follows:

"HAVANA, July 23, 1884.

"To Olcott, 35 Broadway, N.Y.:

"Telegraph if power is coming ...


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