United States Supreme Court
CALIFORNIA v. SOUTHERN PAC CO, (1894)
Argued: Decided: April 30, 1894
Exhibit A, referred to in the foregoing motion, was the order above mentioned, made on the motion of the city of Oakland for leave to intervene. Exhibit B was a statement and stipulation, entitled in the suit, and signed by the solicitors for the parties, as follows:
'Now come the parties to the above-entitled suit, by their respective solicitors, and state to the court as follows: That on the 17th day of January, 1894, it was stipulated and agreed between the parties to the said suit, by their solicitors, as follows: 'The defendant herein having given the plaintiff notice of the taking of the depositions of Horace W. Carpentier and others, for the purpose of using said testimony as evidence upon the trial of this cause; and whereas, some doubt may arise as to the legality of the taking of the same; and whereas, the said plaintiff also desires to take certain testimony to be used on the trial of said action, and in order to obtain the testimony desired by each of the parties hereto: Therefore, it is hereby stipulated by and between the parties hereto that the testimony may be thus taken of said Horace W. Carpentier, and of such other persons as each of the parties hereto may determine from time to time until the testimony is closed, subject to such objections as either of the parties may deem proper to make. Said testimony may be taken before John A. Robinson, commissioner of the United States circuit court for the northern district of California, and the same may be used upon the trial of this cause the same as if taken in any other manner agreeable to the court, and may be used by either party with the same effect as though taken upon an order
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regularly made by the honorable supreme court of the United States, and the same may be used upon said trial upon any and all issues that may be made, either upon amendment of the pleadings, or otherwise.'
'That under and in pursuance of the said stipulation the defendant took, before the said John A. Robinson, commissioner of the United States circuit court for the northern district of California, the depositons of certain persons, as witnesses on its behalf, in the above-entitled suit, namely, Horace W. Carpentier, C. F. Allardt, Calvin Brown, L. J. Le Conte, G. L. Lansing, E. B. Ryan, R. J. Wilkinson; and the plaintiff took before said commissioner the depositions of certain persons as witnesses on its own behalf, namely, Lyman Bridges, G. D. Flack, L. J. Le Conte, Charles Morris, and J. R. Wilkinson. That the defendant, on the examination of the witness Horace W. Carpentier, offered in evidence on its behalf certain documents, which were marked by the said commissioners as defendant's exhibits, Nos. 1 to 66, inclusive, and the defendant, in connection with the testimony of its witnesses, introduced in evidence certain map exhibits, which were marked by the said commissioner from No. 1 to No. 8, both inclusive. That the plaintiff, on the examination of witnesses on its behalf, offered certain exhibits, which were marked by the said commissioner, respectively, as 'Plaintiff's Exhibit A,' 'Plaintiff's Exhibit B,' and 'Plaintiff's Exhibit C,' and 'Map Exhibit No. 8.'
'That on the 9th day of February, 1894, the parties, by W. H. H. Hart, attorney general, solicitor for plaintiff, and Harvey S. Brown, solicitor for defendant, filed a stipulation in writing as to certain facts bearing upon the issues in said suit, wherein it was agreed as follows: 'It is further stipulated that this case shall be submitted to the court for its decision upon the amended bill and answer herein and replication thereto, and upon the depositions and exhibits hereto annexed, and upon map exhibits referred to in the said depositions, numbered from 1 to 8, both inclusive, and upon this stipulation.'
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(The depositions and exhibits referred to being the depositions and exhibits taken and offered by the parties before the commissioner, as mentioned.)
'That John A. Robinson, the commissioner, transmitted by mail to the clerk of this court, in sealed packages, the said stipulation in writing as to facts, and the said depositions and exhibits; and the said packages are in the hands of the clerk, unopened.
'Wherefore, the said parties, by their solicitors, hereby stipulate that an order be made and entered herein, directing that the said packages be opened by the clerk of the court, and that the said stipulation as to facts, and the said depositions of the said witnesses for the parties, respectively, taken before the said John A. Robinson, commissioner of the United States circuit court for the northern district of California, and the said exhibits offered by them, and marked by the said commissioner as mentioned, be filed by the clerk in this cause; and further directing that the said depositions and the said exhibits shall and may be used by the parties, respectively, upon the hearing or trial of the above-entitled cause, with the same effect as if the same had been taken and offered in evidence before the said commissioner, under an order of this court duly appointing him an examiner to take the testimony and proofs on behalf of the parties to the said cause, and to certify and to return such testimony and proof to this court.'
Exhibit C was a statement by the attorney general of the state of grounds for desiring to have the cause brought to a hearing early in the next term. Exhibit D was defendant's consent to the granting of the orders in accordance with plaintiff's motion
W. H. H. Hart, Atty. Gen. Cal., for complainant.
Harvey S. Brown, John K. Cowen, J. Hubley Ashton, and W. M. Stwart, for defendant.
PER CURIAM. The motion of the state of California, by its attorney general, in this behalf, having been considered:
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It is hereby ordered that depositions heretofore placed in the custody of the clerk of this court, as taken in this cause, may be opened and filed, together with the map exhibits therein referred to.
And it is further ordered that William A. Maury, Esq., of the District of Columbia, be, and he is hereby, designated and appointed a commissioner to take testimony herein, and he is hereby empowered and instructed to take and return such testimony as may be offered by either of the parties hereto, and to receive and return such documents and maps illustrative of the alleged title of the city of Oakland as said city may deem proper to offer, pursuant to the order of this court made herein on March 12, 1894
It is further ordered that said commissioner notify the respective parties and the city of Oakland of his appointment; and thereupon, within 10 days thereafter, or as soon as convenient, he shall proceed to take such evidence as either of the parties hereto may produce; and he shall receive and take such documents and maps as may be offered by the city of Oakland under said order of March 12, 1894, as hereinbefore specified; and that the taking and receiving of said evidence, documents, and maps shall be completed and certified by said commissioner and forwarded to the clerk of this court on or before the first Monday of September, 1894, upon the receipt whereof the clerk is hereby instructed to open and file the same.
It is further ordered that in printing the record it shall not be necessary for the clerk to print copies of map exhibits, provided there shall be furnished to the court a sufficient number of map exhibits as required by the rules; and that the parties hereto, and the city of Oakland, are hereby permitted, during the vacation of this court, to file their briefs and points in said cause with the clerk without the further order of the court; and the question of setting said cause for hearing is hereby reserved until the next term.