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COURT OF APPEALS
S TA TEOF NEW YOR K.
By NATHAN HOWARD, JR.,
COUNSELLOR-AT-LAW, New YORK.
LAW BOOKSELLERS AND PUBLISIERS.
Entered according to act of Congress, in the year eigbtoen hundred and seventy-three, .
BY WILLIAM GOULD & SON,
Coleman agt. Livingston..
Cook agt. Soule.... Agricultural Insurance Com Corwin agt. Campbell. pany agt. Bean
444 Crouse agt. Garlock. Alsheimer agt. Krohn.. 127 Cunningham agt. White... American Bible Society agt.
160 Ayer agt. Kobbe
9 78 486
Dainese agt. Allen.....
430 Delamater agt. Bush..
382 B. Delavergne agt. Dean.
206 Driggs agt. Smith...
447 Baker agt. Wales.
137 Dry Dock, East Broadway, &c., Bangs agt. Blue Ridge Railroad R. R. Co. agt. Cunningham, 458 Co....
169 Dusenbury agt. Hoyt..... 147 Beach agt. Mayor, &c., of New York....
357 Benedict agt. De Groot..., 384
E. Bendell agt. Hettrick..
198 Billings agt. O'Brien.
Edelmuth agt. McGarren..... 191 Bogert agt. Gulick.
Eldredge agt. McNulty... 440 Bowen agt. Hunter
198 Bradley agt. Dodge
57 Brown agt. Elliot..
Fudicar agt. Guardian Mu. Life
Campbell agt Kearney..
G. 70 40 | Gorham Manuf. Co, agt. Fargo, 90
People ex rel. Curtiss agt. Com
mon Council of the city of Holland agt. Hayman.. 16
289 Home Insurance Co. agt. Jones, 498 People ex rel. Macdonnell agt.
Pitts agt. Pitts..
504 Pumpelly agt. Village of Owego, 219
Woolf agt. Jacobs..
Wood agt. Merritt.. Palmer agt. Foley...
110 People agt. Clark..
12 People agt. Green.
SAMUEL PIERCE, respondent, agt. CHARLES S. Wright et al.,
An action by a tax-payer of a town to perpetually enjoin and restrain com
missioners from issuing the bonds of the town, for the purpose of aiding in the construction of a railroad, cannot be maintained where the allegations of the complaint do not show that the alleged commissioners are officers of the town having any authority by legal appointment or color of appointment to act as commissioners for the purpose of bonding the
town. The only fact stated on the subject being that they either are or claim to be
commissioners, with an allegation of ignorance as to the truth of the claim. This is to be construed most strongly against the pleader, and it amounts to this: That here are certain persons who say they are commissioners of
the town, but whether they are so or not we neither affirm nor deny. An attempt or threat by an individual or individuals to do an act which,
when done, would be a nullity, neither binding upon nor injurious to any one, according to the allegations of fact in a complaint, or, for aught appears there, lays no foundation whatever for an action to restrain the
commission of such act. Where the complaint alleges and charges that some of the persons signing
the consents filed in the town clerk's office were not tax-payers of the town, and did not even own the property assessed to them, and that the owners had never given their consents, &c., -Held, that these and similar allegations of insufficiency raise the question whether every or any individual tax-payer in the town may challenge and assail the facts as they appear from the record, which the statute makes evidence, by action in this collateral way Vol. XLV