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and its loss the loss of anticipated profits | upon him, to suffer his title to be defeated, of a speculative character, not recoverable in and the conveyance to him to become wholly an action at law, and yet an injury sustained | inoperative, and of no effect as a transfer of by Mosier's wrong. Taking the allegations | any interest in the lots conveyed. He was of the petition alone, as the trial court was bound by his contract, and bound to know compelled to do in determining the merits of that, when the time for performance on his the demurrer, it cannot be said that an action part had expired, no equity existed in his for the value of the property conveyed was favor, nor any right to insist on notice of disa plain legal remedy by which to obtain ad- affirmance of a contract which he himself had equate compensation for the injuries sustain- disregarded, except in so far as it benefited ed. The contract in this case was an ex- him. As was well stated in the case of Kenecutory one, and the inability or refusal of nedy v. Embry, 72 Tex. 387, 10 S. W. 88: the vendee to comply with his executory "Where there has been no attempt to per'agreement, as disclosed by the petition, was form any part of a contract for the sale of amply sufficient to give the court equitable ju- a tract of land, and the time for performance risdiction, although the specific allegation of has expired, no equities exist in favor of the a lack of an adequate remedy at law was not vendee, and the vendor may rescind, without made; and this irrespective of any question notice to the vendee of intention to do so. of fraud. We fully agree with the views of
If the vendee has actually abandonJustice Maxwell, as expressed in Willard v. ed the contract, or has so acted as to create Ford, 16 Neb. 543, 20 N. W. 839, a case par
the reasonable belief on the part of the venallel to the one at bar: “It would be a re
dor that he has abandoned it, the vendor may proach upon the law if a party could secure rescind, without notice of his intention, notthe title to real estate in consideration, in withstanding part performance by the vendee. whole or in part, that he would erect certain
When there has been no attempt to perform buildings thereon, and, upon receiving a con- any part of the contract, and the time for veyance, refuse to perform his agreement. performance has expired, * * * the venThe law favors good faith and fair dealing. dor may rescind, without notice to the vendee This required the defendant to erect the
of his intention to do so, and convey the land building in question, according to his agree
to another. * * *” And this we think the ment, or, in case of his failure to do so within
better rule, and one sustained by the weight a reasonable time, to submit to a cancella- of authority. So that, in this case, under the tion of his deed. In a contract of this kind, facts pleaded, we cannot say that the trial the court will look at the entire transaction,
court erred in holding the petition sufficient, and grant or withhold relief as the circum
when attacked for this reason. stances of the case may seem to require."
Nor does the plaintiff in error the First Nor do we think notice of disaffirmance of
National Bank of Walter occupy any better the contract was necessary to be pleaded, position than its grantor, Mosier, by reason since under the facts in this case no such
of its deed from him. At the time it attemptnotice was necessary to be given. Some of ed to purchase an interest in the property the the authorities go to the extent of holding
suit seeking the cancellation of its grantor's that no notice whatever is required to be giv
deed had been pending more than two years, en, other than the institution of the suit, and it will be held to have had constructive and all unite in upholding the doctrine that and presumptive notice of Mrs. Walter's where, in a purchase and sale of real estate, rights at the time it purchased. Under the the vendee has so acted as to create the rea- facts in this case, as against the plaintiff in sonable belief on the part of the vendor that error Mosier, Mrs. Walter is entitled to a dehe has forsaken his contract, and no longer cree canceling the deed from her to Mosier considers himself obligated by it, the vendor and a reconveyance of the premises, and as may rescind without notice to the vendee of against the purchaser, the bank, its purchashis intention to do so. Herbert v. Stanford, ing under circumstances reasonably sufficient 12 Ind. 503; Knappen v. Freeman, 47 Minn, to apprise it of Mrs. Walter's equities entitles 191, 50 N. W. 533; Kirby v. Harrison, 2 Ohio her to a reconveyance against it. Reid v. St. 326, 59 Am. Dec. 677. Under the terms of Burns, 13 Ohio St. 49. the contract between the parties in this case, The remaining errors assigned arise out of Mosier was bound to move his stock to the the giving of certain instructions and the relots conveyed to him on or before July 1, fusal of the court below to allow certain spe1902, or the contract became null and void. cial interrogatories to be submitted to the jury. If he desired to acquire full and complete We have carefully examined the instructions title to the property, which then rested in in this case, having in mind the propositions him merely in form, it was his duty to pro- contended for by the plaintiffs in error, and cure his loan, erect his building, and move cannot see wherein the court erred in giving his stock of goods before the expiration of them. They are as favorable as the defend. the time specified by the contract, as he had ants below could expect, and correctly state obligated himself to do, or, upon his failure the law governing the case. As to the specia) to perform the condition subsequent imposed questions refused by the court, the first and second asked the jury to find upon a point in error cannot complain, since the jury were already admitted by the defend:ints in their instructed that, from the evidence submitted, answers, the execution of the written con- no actual fraud could be found as against the tract, it not having been denied under outlı; plaintiff in error Mosier. Moreover, in such and, moreover, this point was fully cové re: a proceeding as the one at bar, the submisin the general instructions. The fifth and sion or rejection of interrogatories is entre eighth questions submitted and refused re- ly within the discretion of the court. When ferred to the intentions of Josier in pirocuring clothed with equity jurisdiction, it lies within the loan and the attempts he made to comply the power of a court to reject all findings rewith his contract. All this might have been turned by a jury and make such of its own important to be considered, if the court had as it sees fit, or it may adopt as its own the submitted to the jury the question of fraud; answers of the jury, or such portions of them but, not having done so, it is immaterial wilat as it may deem proper. In equitable proceedMosier's intentions were so long as th y ings, a jury is not a matter of right, nor can were not carried out. The ninth and tenth a party, in such case, require of the court questions refer to the consideration for the that any questions or interrogatories be subconveyance of the lots by Mrs. Walter and mitted to a jury for its determination. A to the matter of a tender back of what she jury, if used at all, sits in merely an adreceived. Inasmuch as the court correc:ly visory capacity, and as such its verdict and says in his general instructions that the con- findings are to be treated. sideration for the deed
deed was that Mosier From a reading of the entire record, we are should inove his stock, no tender was ner- convinced that no injustice will be done eiessary, as there was nothing to tender, and, ther of the plaintiffs in error by an affirmnone being required, no questions were nec- ance of the judgment of the court below, essary to be answered in that regard by the and that regard for the rights of the defendjury. The eleventh question asks the jury to ant in error requires that this be done. find whether or not the representations made There being no reversible error in the record, by Mosier to procure the deed sooner than for the reasons above given, the judgment of the contract called for were made intentioni- the trial court is affirmed. All the Justices ally, knowingly, and fraudulently”; but of concurring, except GILLETTE, J., who tried the refusal of this interrogatory the plaintiffs the case below, not sitting.
(12 Idaho, 749)
nied, and then appealed to the Supreme Court In re NEIL.
from the judgment and order. He at once (Supreme Court of Idaho. Dec. 14, 15:0.) applied to the district judge, Ilon. Alfred 1. CRIMIXAL LAW-APPEAL-CERTIFICATE OF
Budge, for a certificate of probable cause, PRODABLE CAUSE.
under the provisions of section S018, Rev. Paragraph 3 of rule 27 (32 Pac. v) of the
St. 1887, and his application was denied. rules of the Supreme Court rejuures that one
It appears, however, from the showing made who applies to a justice of the Supreme Court for a certificate of probable cause under section
by petitioner, that the judge fixed the amount SOAS, Rer. St. 1887, shall have first nad al- of the bond that defendant would be requireil plication to the district judge who tried the to give in the event the Supreme Court, or al case or show good reason why he has failed to
justice thereof, should issue a certificate of do so. and shall give five days' notice to the county attorney or Attorney General of his probable cause. The application was made intention to make such application.
here in conformity with paragraph 3 of rule 2. SAME-PROBABLE CAUSE.
27 of the Supreme Court, which is as follows:
, The phrase "probable cause for thi. pineal"
"Yo application made to a justice of this used in section S013, Rev. St. 1987, Hoes not mean that there is probable reason to suppose
court under section S04S, Rev. St., for a certhe judgment will be reversed, but, rather, means tificate of probable cause will be considered that the appellant has assigned or specifieel until the application has first been made to grounds on which he expects to rely that are open to doubt or honest difference of opinion,
the judge who tried the case, or good reason and over which rational, reasonable, and honest for a failure to do so shown by affidavit. discussion may arise, -that the appeal must pre- and in such cases the party intending to apsent some debatable question, and is not merely ply for certificate shall give at least five frivolous and vexatious.
days' notice of his intention to make such ap[Ed. Note.-For cases in point, see Cent. Dig. vol. 15, Criminal Law, $ 2730.]
plication by service of notice thereof, either 3. SAME-RIGHT OF ACCUSED--STAY OF PUX
upon the county attorney who tried the ISILMENT.
cause, or the Attorney General.” The AsThe right of appeal by a defendant in a sistant Attorney General stated at the hearcriminal case is absolute, and in no respect de
ing that he was of the opinion that this pendent on his guilt or innocence, and where he is availing himself of this remedy with any
was a case in which a certificate should degree of good faith, and not as a pretext for properly issue, and that he would not resist delay, it would be manifestly unjust to inflict the application. upon him the punishment while he is having the validity of the judginent judicially determined.
Section 8018 of the Rev. St. 1887, under Ed. Note.For cases in point, see Cent. Dig.
which the applicatio:1 is made, provides its vol. 1, Criminal Law, $$ 2728, 2731.)
follows: "An appeal to the Supreme Court 4. BAIL-APPEAL FROM CONVICTION.
from a julgment of conviction, stays the The right of admission to bail after (on- execution of the judgment in all capital cases, viction of a felony does not necessarily follow the right to have a certificate of probable cause
and in all other cases, upon filing with the issue.
clerk of the court in which the conviction (Syllabus by the Court.)
was had, a certificate of the judge of such
court, or of a justice of the Supreme Court. Application of Frank Neil for certificate
that, in his opinion, there is probable cause of probable cause. Granted.
for the appeal, but not otherwise.” The Batch & Bagley, for applicant. J. J. Gu- meaning of the words "probable cause for heen, Atty. Gen., and Edwin Snow, for the the appeal" is the evident subject of disState.
pute and controversy when such applications
are made to the trial judges. The provision AILSHIE, J. In this matter an applica- of our statute is the same as section 1213 tion was made to Mr. Justice SULLIVAN and of the Penal Code of California. (1 Deering, the writer hereof at chambers, under section $ 1243.) The California statute has received
) 8018, Rev. St. 1887, for a certificate of prob- very full and careful consideration by the able (ause. After hearing the matter, it Supreme Court of that state, and in Re appeared that a certificate of probable cause camis, 81 ('al. 163, 22 Pac. 547, Chief Jusshould issue, and it was accordingly granted. tice Beatty has so clearly defined the meanSince there seems to be considerable uncer- ing of these words that we quote him at tainty and doubt among the members of the length as follows: “It would seem that, bar, as well as the trial judges of the state, notwithstanding what has been said by this as to the correct practice in the matter of court respecting this and cognate proviapplications for certificates of probable cause, sions of the statute, the opinion must obtain and some of the trial judges appearing to to some extent that the expression 'probable have declined to issue such certificates in any cause for the appeal is the equivalent of case of conviction in their respective courts, ‘probable ground for the reversal of the it has appeared necessary that we file an judgment, and, consequently, that the suopinion in this case announcing the rule of perior judge who has overruled the defend law as well as of practice to be followed in ant's motion in arrest of judgment, or for this state. The applicant, Frank Neil, was a new trial, cannot, without stultifying convicted and sentenced to serve a term of himself, grant a certificate of probable cause. 10 years in the state penitentiary. He there- If it were true that there is no probable upon moved for a new trial, which was de- cause for an appeal except in a case where
the judgment is probably erroneous, it would issue. In such case there would be no quesnecessarily involve self-stultification for a tion presented over which an honest and fair judge, who, by denying a new trial, and pro- difference of opinion could arise as to its nouncing sentence, has solemnly affirmed merits. Another reason suggests itself in his belief in the validity of the judgment, this connection. Both the Constitution and to make a certificate implying that in his statute guaranty to him the right of appeal opinion the judgment ought to be reversed. from any judgment of conviction rendered The palpable absurdity of such a proceeding and entered against him. Const. art. 5, § 9, sufficiently demonstrates that the Legislature and section 8042, Rev. St. 1887. This right of could never have intended to require it- appeal is in no respect dependent upon the demonstrates, in other words, that the certifi- guilt or innocence of the defendant. One cate which the superior judges are required guilty beyond all question of doubt is guarto grant in proper cases cannot have the antied the same right of appeal as if he were meaning supposed. What, then, is meant by absolutely innocent. If innocent, and he the expression “probable cause for the ap- should appeal and his innocence be finally peal? We answer, as we have answered established, it would be a grave and manifest heretofore, it means only that there is pre- | injustice to have inflicted upon him the punsented a case that is debatable; a case that ishment prescribed by the judgment during is not clearly and palpably frivolous and the very time that he was prosecuting his vexatious; a case upon which there may be appeal and establishing his innocence. On an honest difference of opinion. People v. the contrary, even if he is guilty beyond the Valencia. 10 Cal. 305; Ex parte Hoge, 48 question of a doubt, the state can suffer no Cal. 6. This is all that is required. It mat
injury on account of the execution of the ters not that the judge before whom the judgment having been stayed, pending the prisoner has been tried may be satisfied final determination of his case on appeal. If that his conviction is in every respect regular not admitted to bail, he is in the meanwhile and valid (which, indeed, must always be the
held in custody of the sheriff of the county (ase before there can arise any necessity for
where he committed the offense, and the an appeal); he is, nevertheless, bound to
term of his punishment will begin to run grant a certificate of probable cause, and from the final determination of his case and stay the execution pending the appeal, unless
nis surrender to the warden of the penitenthe case is so clear as to admit of no rational tiary. In the meanwhile he will have served cloubt or serious discussion."
in the county jail during the period his apIf, as intimated by the California court, peal has been pending, and he will still have the issuance of a certificate of probable cause to serve the full period of his sentence. The were equivalent to saying that the judgment idea seems to have prevailed in some degree will probably be reversed, the statute author
without any foundation in law therefor, that izing such a certificate would become entire- the issuance of a certificate of probable cause ly meaningless and useless. If a trial judge carries with it as a matter of course the adbelieves that there is any reason why the mission to bail. This notion is entirely erjudgment should be reversed, or a new trial
roneous. The admission to bail is a matter granted, it is made his duty to grant a new entirely separate and independent from the trial without entailing upon the defendant issuance of a certificate of probable cause. the necessity, burden, and expense of an ap- While the defendant could not be admitted to peal. The fact that he denies a new trial bail prior to the issuance of such a certificate, is of itself a judicial determination, so far on the other hand, a certificate may and as his court is concerned, that there exists should properly issue in many cases where no good reason why the judgment should be
the defendant should not be admitted to bail. reversed or a new trial granted. But section
Section 8104, Rev. St. 1887. Indeed, it is 8018 has no reference to such a condition ei- true that, in many cases that have come to ther in point of law or fact. That statute this court, certificates of probable cause have must undoubtedly mean that if the appellant been granted, and the defendant has been rehas assigned any error or specified any fused admission to bail. In such cases he is ground on which he expects to rely on appeal held in custody in the county jail until his concerning which a doubt may exist or over case is finally determined on appeal. In those which an honest difference or a reasonable instances the defendant takes his chances of discussion may arise, then and in that case having to serve that period in the county jail a certificate should issue. The trial judge in addition to and over and above the period must of necessity in every case believe that designated in the sentence and judgment the verdict and judgment will be sustained ; against him. If he hasn't reasonable hopes otherwise he would set them aside and grant of securing a reversal of the judgment, he a new trial. On the other hand, where it is will seldom take the chances of procuring clearly evident that the appeal is frivolous, such a certificate. As touching the various as, for example, where the appellant has as- phases of this matter, see People v. Lane, 96 signed no error and specified no ground recog- Cal. 596, 31 Pac. 580; People v. Durrant, 119 nized by law for granting a new trial, or in Cal. 54, 50 Pac. 1070; People v. Gallanar, 144 arrest of judgment, a certificate should not Cal. 656, 79 Pac. 378.
This matter has been considered by the county for an injunction restraining the marcourt sitting with a full bench, and is fully or and council from issuing such bonds, concurred in by STOCKSLAGER, C. J., and which was denied, and it prosecutes this SULLIVAN, J.
Plaintiff in error contends that the peti
tion presented to the mayor and council, ilsk(74 Kan. 661)
ing the city to vote aid and issue the bonds WATER, LIGHT & GAS CO. V. HLTCIIIN
to the corporation, did not bring the petiSON INTERURBAN RY. CO. et al.
tioner within the statute authorizing cities (Supreme Court of Kansas. Nov. 10, 1900.
of the first and second classes to aid in the Rehearing Denied Dec. 8, 1906.)
construction of railroads or to extend aid 1. MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS-RAILROAD AID
in purchasing a right of way, depot grounds, -ISSUE OF BONDS.
Chapter 67, p. 96, of the Laws of 1886 or terminal facilities. The petition reads: (sections 5907 to 5912, Gen. St. 1901), does not "The conditions upon which said bonds shall authorize a city of the first or second class to
be voted and issuer are: That the Ilutchinvote aid and issue bonds to purchase lands for
son Interurban Railway Company shall cona right of way, depot grounds, and terminal facilities to a railroad company whose entire struct and build a line of railroad, standard line is confined within the corporate limits of gauge, propelled by electric current or other such city.
mechanical power, including all necessary 2. SAME-ACTION BY TAXPAYER-INJUNCTION. Under chapter 334, p. 550, of the Laws of
side tracks and switches, preparatory to run1905, a taxpayer may enjoin any board or ning the cars thereon, from a point on Sevenbody from entering into any contract or doing teenth street, in said city, and over Main any act, not authorized by law, which might result in the creation of any public burden.
street, Fourth avenue, and Avenue A, to [Ed. Note.-For cases in point, see Cent. Dig.
the distance now occupied by the Hutchinson vol. 36, Municipal Corporations, § 2162.] Street Railway Company. Said bonds to be (Syllabus by the Court.)
delivered to the Hutchinson Interurban Rail
way Company as soon as the track is laid Error from District Court, Reno County ; upon said streets, provided said track is laid P. J. Galle, Judge.
and cars running thereon on or before the Action by the Water, Light & Gas Company first day of September, 1906, delays by litiagainst the Hutchinson Interurban Railway gation and unavoidable casualties excepted." Company and others. Judgment for defend- The objection to this petition is that it deants, and plaintiff brings error. Reversed. scribes the railroad for which aid was reH. Whiteside, Geo. A. Vandeveer, F. L.
quested to be a line wholly within the city. Martin, and Fairchild & Lewis, for plaintiff It may also be mentioned that the ordinance, in error. Prigg & Williams and A. C. Mal
calling the election and making it obligatory loy, for defendants in error.
on the mayor and council to issue the bonds
when the railroad company had complied GREENE, J. This is a proceeding to re
with the conditions expressed in the peti• verse an order of the district court of Reno
tion, followed the exact language of the peticounty, refusing to grant an injunction re
tion in this respect. The aid was attempted straining the mayor and council of the city
to be secured under the provisions of the of Hutchinson from issuing $20,000 of the
act of February 26, 1886, being sections 5907 city's bonds to the Hutchinson Interurban
to 5912 of the General Statutes of 1901. The Railway Company. The material allegations
grant of authority to cities of the first and of the petition are that the plaintiff is a large
second classes to aid railroad companies in real estate owner and taxpayer in the city of securing and paying for land for a right of Hutchinson; that the city of Hutchinson is
way, depot grounds, and terminal facilities a city of the second class; that the defend- is found in section 5.07, which provides that: ant is a railroad corporation organized and “When a petition in writing, signed by at existing under and by virtue of the laws of
least two-fifths of the resident tax payers the state of Kansas, with its principal place of any incorporated city of the first or second of business in the city of Hutchinson; that class, shall be presented to the mayor and a petition, signed by more than two-fifths of council of such city, asking that a vote be the resident taxpayers of the city of Ilutch- taken and an election held upon the question inson, was presented to the mayor and coun- of aiding any railroad company constructing cil of such city, January 18, 1906, requesting or proposing to construct its line of railroad the mayor and council to submit at a special into or through said city, in securing and election to the qualified voters of the city a paying for land for right of way, depot proposition to extend aid to the amount of grounds, and terminal facilities, the mayor $20.000 to said corporation, to be used in the and council of such city shall cause an elecpurchase of its right of way, depot grounds, tion to be held to determine whether such and terminal facilities, and to issue its bonds city shall aid such railroad company in setherefor. An election was called, at which a curing and paying for lands for right of way, majority of those voting voted in favor of ex- depot grounds and terminal facilities." It tending the aid and issuing the bonds. The will be observed that such cities are only auplaintiff applied to the district court of Reno thorized to grant aid for such purposes to