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and 122 New York State Reporter but there is no provision in the decree requiring the testamentary trustees to vest title in him in the securities. As the executor is required to pay cash to the estate, he becomes the equitable owner of the bonds and mortgages in which he has invested the proceeds of the estate, and it may very well be that, unless he can make use of these bonds and mortgages, he will be without funds to comply with the decree, and therefore, being unable to make compliance, may be punished for contempt. He cannot transfer the bonds and mortgages, because he cannot give good title thereto to a purchaser. In speaking of a similar situation, Judge Gray said:
“It is easily imagined how it might happen that an administrator, if possessed of no individual resources, would be rendered incapable of making pay. ment under such a decree. He might have acted in good faith, but mistakenly as to the law of his duties; and, if called upon to replace the moneys represented by investments disallowed as improper, finds himself without the possession of securities, but yet required in some way to make the payment. There is something in this which shocks the legal as well as the moral sense.” Matter of Niles, 113 N. Y. 547, 21 N. E. 687.
The executor should be vested by the trustees with title to these mortgages, in order, if necessary, that he may make use of them to raise the cash, and thus comply with the decree. This court has recently held that under such circumstances the decree should contain such a provision. Matter of Maitland, 81 App. Div. 633, 81 N. Y. Supp. 19. In all other respects we think the report of the referee and the decree rendered upon its confirmation by the surrogate is correct, and should be affirmed.
It follows that the decree should be modified as indicated in this opinion, and, as modified, affirmed, with costs of this appeal to all parties'payable out of the estate. All concur.
WELLS V. TOWN OF CHAZY. (Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department. May 4, 1904.) 1. Towns-NEGLIGENCE-EVIDENCE-SUFFICIENCY.
In an action against a town for death owing to the alleged negligence of the cominissioner in leaving an end of a platform unguarded, evidence held insufficient to show that deceased fell from the unguarded portion of the platform. Appeal from Special Term.
Action by Delia Wells, as administratrix of George Wells, deceased, against the town of Chazy. From a judgment for defendant, plaintiff appeals. Affirmed.
Argued before PARKER, P. J., and SMITH, CHASE, CHESTER, and HOUGHTON, JJ.
T. F. Conway, for appellant.
PER CURIAM. Without considering the question whether the town is liable in this case for any negligent act of its commissioner concerning the platform in question, we are of the opinion that the
and 122 New York State Reporter the "lapper” machine to the "picker," that there were rollers at the end thereof, which received and carried away the cotton from the revolving apron upon which the plaintiff was required to place it. There were two futed steel rollers across the machine, about 37/2 feet long, up to which the revolving apron carried cotton placed thereon, and between which such cotton was then pinched, and by their revolutions was carried into a covered part of the machine, where it was picked apart and dust and all extraneous matter was blown from it. The upper of such rollers was about three inches above the level of the apron, but, when the inachine was working and cotton was on the apron, it covered the rollers so that they were not visible. This apron was about 3/2 feet wide and 3 feet long, and the plaintiff claims that he was told to spread or pad the cotton down upon this apron, and that after he had so worked at this machine about five minutes his left hand was drawn between such rollers and his fingers so badly crushed that they had to be amputated. His claim is that such rollers were a dangerous feature of that machine, of which he should have been notified.
It is plain that if, at the time he began to work on that machine, he knew of the existence of such rollers and the manner in which they were operating, then the defendant's omission to notify him of the same cannot be deemed negligence which caused the injury. He would, in that event, have begun his work fully possessed of all the knowledge that the defendant could have given him. The plaintiff is exceedingly positive that he did not know of the rollers; that he could not see them because they were covered with the cotton placed upon the apron; and he insists that he worked there without having any knowledge that any rollers were there. It is probable that he could not then see the rollers because they were so covered, but can it be credited that he did not know they were there? The plaintiff had worked on the lapper machine for five weeks. It stood in the same room, parallel to and by the side of the picker, and distant about four feet therefrom. A revolving apron carried cotton to two rollers, which picked it up and took it from the apron precisely as those upon the picker operated, and the plaintiff's work upon the lapper was to keep the apron covered with cotton, so that the revolving rollers could so deliver it to other parts of the machine. When he began work on that lapper he was shown how it worked and what he must do to keep it at work, and it would seem that instruction as to the one machine was plainly applicable as to the other. For five weeks the plaintiff had seen the picker machine run by O'Hearn within four feet of his own work, had seen the two aprons revolving and the cotton taken from the end of each in apparently the same way, and he well knew that it was taken from his own machine by the two rollers which were revolving thereon. During all that time the rollers on the picker, when it was not running, were in plain sight, and not only were such machines not running nights and mornings, but on every Saturday he helped clean both of such machines, as well as one or two others in that room. His statement that he had not, during all that time, discovered that there were rollers on the picker operating exactly as those on the lapper, is so strongly contradicted by the situation that it is incredible. And it is a very serious question whether the defendant, knowing of such surroundings, and of the similarity of the ma
and 122 New York State Reporter that the plaintiff has established his statement by a preponderance of evidence because the witness who contradicts him is an employé of the defendant. To award damages for alleged negligence against any defendant on such a theory is practically a denial of justice to the employer. And vet it is a method of reasoning that easily satisfies the conscience of very many juries, and enables them to follow the dictates of their hearts instead of their judgments.
There are so many facts in this case which should be proven by a preponderance of evidence on the part of the plaintiff, in order to entitle him to recover, that have been left in great doubt, and upon which the evidence is most unsatisfactory, that I am of the opinion that this verdict should be set aside and a new trial had before another jury.
Judgment and order reversed, and a new trial granted; costs to appellant to abide the event. All concur; CHASE, J., in result.
(94 App. Div. 429.)
SMITH v, DUNN et al.
(Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. May 13, 1904.) 1. REFERENCE-IMPARTIALITY OF REFEREE-FEES-ASKING FEES IN Excess OF
Code Civ. Proc. $ 3296, declares that a referee is entitled to $10 for each day spent in the business of the reference, unless, at or before the commencement of the trial or hearing, a different rate of compensation is fixed by the consent of the parties. Held, that where a referee requested that there be a stipulation for fees additional to the statutory ones, which was refused by one of the parties, such party was entitled to an order appointing a new referee.
Appeal from Special Term, New York County.
Action by Terence A. Smith against Thomas J. Dunn and another. From an order denying a motion to appoint a new referee, defendant Thomas J. Dunn and another appeal. Reversed.
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Jacob Marks, for appellants.
INGRAHAM, J. In this action, which was brought for an accounting between copartners, an interlocutory judgment was entered directing an accounting and appointing a referee to take and state the accounts of the copartnership. This accounting was brought on before a referee on September 28, 1903. From the affidavits upon which this application was made it appeared that, as soon as the counsel for the defendants Dunn arrived in the referee's office, the referee made this statement in the presence of counsel for the plaintiff and counsel for the defendants Dunn:
“It is customary for a referee, before proceeding with a reference, to enter into some agreement as to his fees. I have thought over the matter, and