119 US 385 Street v. Ferry

119 U.S. 385

7 S.Ct. 231

30 L.Ed. 439


December 13, 1886.

J. G. Sutherland and Arthur Brown, for the motion.

John A. Marshall, in opposition.


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This appeal was taken since the act of March 3, 1885, c. 355, (23 St. 443,) went into effect. That statute, by section 1, limits appeals to this court from the supreme courts of the territories, and from the supreme court of the District of Columbia, to cases where the value of the matter in dispute exceeds $5,000, except, by section 2, the validity of a patent or copyright is involved, or the validity of a treaty or a statute, or an authority exercised under the United States is drawn in question. The value here referred to is the value at the time of the final judgment or decree, not at the time of the appeal or writ of error. Nothing whatever appears on the face of the record proper to show the value of the matter in dispute. The judgment was rendered July 22, 1886, and an appeal allowed the same day in open court. Affidavits of value were filed in the court below after this allowance, and these affidavits were sent here with the transcript. Other affidavits have been filed in this court since the case was docketed, and, on consideration of the whole, we are satisfied that the value is not sufficient to give us jurisdi tion. The appellant himself puts the value of the land alone at only $4,000, and the fair inference, from all the affidavits taken together, is that the improvements on the land are worth much less than $1,000. A large number of witnesses, who seem to be well qualified to judge of the value, put it at from $3,000 to $3,500, including all improvements.


The patent referred to in the second section of the act is a patent for an invention or discovery, not a patent for land.


The motion to dismiss is granted.


S. C. 7 Pac. Rep. 712, and 9 Pac. Rep. 299.