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United States Supreme Court


No. 38

Argued: Decided: November 11, 1895

James A. Tawney, for plaintiff in error.

H. W. Childs, for defendant in error.

Mr. Justice BREWER delivered the opinion of the court.

This case is similar to the one between the same parties just decided ( 16 Sup. Ct. 83), in that the questions presented to the state courts involved the taxability of lands included in the legislative grants of May 22, 1857, and March 10, 1862, the Barney contract of October 31, 1867, and the decree in the United States circuit court of March 7, 1887. The tax proceedings were under the law of 1881, but were had in the county of Brown instead of the county of Redwood. The case, however, differs from the preceding, in that the federal questions sought to be raised in this court were not seasonably presented in the state courts. The alleged immunity from taxation and lack of due process of law were not 'specially set up or claimed' prior to the decision in the supreme court. The failure so to do prevents this court, as has been frequently held, from acquiring jurisdiction. Spies v. Illinois, 123 U. S. [159 U.S. 540, 541]   131, 181, 8 Sup. Ct. 21; Brooks v. Missouri, 124 U.S. 394 , 8 Sup. Ct. 443; Chappell v. Bradshaw, 128 U.S. 132 , 9 Sup. Ct. 40; Brown v. Massachusetts, 144 U.S. 573 , 12 Sup. Ct. 757; Bank v. Bollong, 150 U.S. 85 , 14 Sup. Ct. 24; Powell v. Brunswick Co., 150 U.S. 433 , 14 Sup. Ct. 166; Miller v. Texas, 153 U.S. 535 , 14 Sup. Ct. 874; Morrison v. Watson, 154 U.S. 111 , 14 Sup. Ct. 995; Sayward v. Denny, 158 U.S. 180 , 15 Sup. Ct. 777.

The writ of error must therefore be dismissed for want of jurisdiction.

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