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ROSENBLUM v. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS R. CO. et al. (Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department. November 1, 1912.) 1. NEGLIGENCE (8 121*)—"RES IPSA LOQUITUR DOCTRINE."
The “res ipsa loquitur doctrine" applies only where the circumstances speak for themselves, and, unexplained, point to negligence.
[Ed. Note.-For other cases, see Negligence, Cent. Dig. $8 217-220, 224 228, 271; Dec. Dig. § 121.*
For other definitions, see Words and Phrases, vol. 7, pp. 6136-6139;
vol. 8, p. 7787.) 2. CARRIERS ($ 300*)-INJURIES—NEGLIGENCE.
Where there was a clearance of from 18 inches to 2 feet between a coal truck, which was driving in the same direction with defendant's street car when they collided, injuring a passenger, and 6 of the 10 windows had passed the truck when they collided, apparently by the rear wheels of the truck slipping against the car, it could not be said that the street car company was guilty of negligence, causing the collision.
[Ed. Note.-For other cases, see Carriers, Cent. Dig. 88 1211, 1212; Dec. Dig. $ 300.*] Appeal from Trial Term, Kings County.
Action by Pauline Rosenblum, an infant, by Rebecca Rosenblum, her guardian ad litem, against the Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company and others. From a judgment dismissing the complaint against the first-named defendant, plaintiff appeals. Affirmed.
Argued before JENKS, P. J., and THOMAS, CARR, WOODWARD, and RICH, JJ.
Leon N. Futter, of Brooklyn, for appellant.
WOODWARD, J. This action, for personal injuries, was originally brought against the Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company, A. J. McCollum, and the city of New York. Upon the trial the complaint was first dismissed as against the city of New York, and subsequently against the Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company, going to the jury upon the cause of action alleged against A. J. McCollum. A verdict against the last-named defendant has been reversed, and the plaintiff now appeals from the judgment dismissing the complaint as against the railroad company.
The facts, briefly stated, on which the plaintiff claims the right to go to the jury, are as follows: The plaintiff, a girl 19 years of age, was a passenger on one of the defendant's trolley cars. The defendant McCollum owned a large coal truck, which was being driven along Flushing avenue in the borough of Brooklyn. The driver testifies that he was driving as near to the curb as possible, and the evidence is undisputed that there was a clearance of from 18 inches to 2 feet between the coal truck and the overhang of the defendant's trolley car. The coal truck and the trolley car were traveling in the same direction, and the defendant's motorman drove his car past the rear end of the coal truck, and had passed the truck with 6 of the 10 windows of the car, when the truck in some unexplained manner *For other cases see same topic & $ NUMBER in Dec. & Am. Digs. 1907 to date, & Rep'r Indexes
came into collision with the car near the seventh, eighth, and ninth windows, breaking the glass in these, and the car was stopped in time to save the tenth window. The plaintiff sustained her injuries through the falling of the glass.
There is some evidence that there was a slope from the curb toward the trolley car tracks; but this does not appear to have been such as to attract any attention, though it is assumed that the rear wheels of the truck slipped, and thus came into collision with the car as above described. But where is the evidence of negligence on the part of the defendant the Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company?
[1, 2] The rule of "res ipsa loquitur” applies only where the facts and circumstances speak for themselves, and, unexplained, point to negligence. Here the plaintiff's own evidence shows the facts-makes the explanation—and the explanation does not establish negligence on the part of the defendant. To hold that a clearance of not less than 18 inches was not sufficient for the passage of a troliey car in the streets of the great city of New York and its principal boroughs would be to practically stop all traffic, and the law is not thus impracticable. This case is well within the rule of Freeland v. Brooklyn Heights Railroad Co., 109 App. Div. 651, 96 N. Y. Supp. 251, and the judgment ought not to be disturbed.
The judgment appealed from should be affirmed, with costs. All concur.
In re ROSE et al.
(Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department. November 1, 1912.) 1. COURTS (8 202*)-SURROGATE'S COURT—New TRIAL.
Under Code Civ. Proc. $ 2481, subd. 6, giving the Surrogate's Court power to grant a new hearing for newly discovered evidence, to be exercised only in the same manner as in a court of record of general jurisdiction, an order granting a new hearing for newly discovered evidence is improper, where no case containing the newly discovered evidence has been made and settled as required by the rules of practice, and it does not appear that the parties have consented that the motion may be heard upon the pleadings and affidavits without a case; such being the general rule in courts of record.
[Ed. Note.-For other cases, see Courts, Cent. Dig. 88 480-486 ; Dec. Dig.
& 202.*] 2. NEW TRIAL ($ 102*)-NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE—DILIGENCE.
In a proceeding to prove a claim on notes against the estate of the decedent, a new trial, sought on the ground of newly discovered evidence by the claimant's son that he saw the decedent pay interest on the notes within the period of limitation, thus tolling the statute, cannot be granted, in the absence of an explanation why the testimony was not given at trial; it appearing that the claimant's son was present.
[Ed. Note.-For other cases, see New Trial, Cent. Dig. 88 207, 210-214; Dec. Dig. § 102.*] Appeal from Order of Surrogate, Suffolk County.
Judicial settlement of the accounts of Annie E. Rose and Henry A. Smith, as administrators of D. Harold Rose. From an order grant*For other cases see same topic & S NUMBER in Dec. & Am. Digs. 1907 to date, & Rep'r Indexes ing Annie E. Rose a new trial in a proceeding to prove a claim against the estate of decedent, the appeal is taken. Reversed and remanded.
Argued before JENKS, P. J., and HIRSCHBERG, BURR, THOMAS, and CARR, JJ.
Harri M. Howell, of Southampton, for appellants.
BURR, J. The incomplete character of the record in this case makes the determination of the facts difficult. It would seem that in this proceeding, which was instituted before the Surrogate's Court of Suffolk County for the judicial settlement of the accounts of the administrators of the estate of D. Harold Rose, Annie E. Rose, one of such administrators, sought to prove a claim in her behalf arising out of certain notes held by her, and was unsuccessful. Whether a decree has been entered, rejecting said claim and judicially settling said accounts, does not appear. It is not entirely clear whether the order appealed from is an order granting a new trial on the ground of newly discovered evidence, or only an order permitting the giving of further testimony in a proceeding still pending before the surrogate and undetermined. If it were the latter, we might hesitate to interfere with his order, resting so largely in his discretion. But the notice of motion is for a rehearing “on the ground of newly discovered evidence."
 The order which is appealed from directs that a new hearing may be had before the surrogate "on the question of interest payments and indorsements on certain promissory notes held by said Annie E. Rose against decedent, on the ground of newly discovered evidence on behalf of said Annie E. Rose." The notice of appeal refers to the order as one "granting to Annie E. Rose a new hearing on the question of interest payments and indorsements on certain promissory notes, held by the said Annie E. Rose, against decedent on the ground of newly discovered evidence," and the briefs of both appellants and respondent refer to the order as “an order granting a new trial on the ground of newly discovered evidence.” If we treat it as such an order, it cannot be sustained, for various reasons. The Surrogate's Court has power to “grant a new trial or a new hearing for fraud, newly discovered evidence, clerical error, or other sufficient cause. Code Civ. Proc. § 2481, subd. 6. “The powers, conferred by this subdivision, must be exercised only in a like case and in the same manner, as a court of record and of general jurisdiction exercises the same powers.” Id.
It is the general rule that a motion for a new trial upon the ground of newly discovered evidence should be made upon a case containing the evidence, as well as upon affidavits. Code Civ. Proc. $ 997; Bridenbecker v. Bridenbecker, 75 App. Div. 6, 77 N. Y. Supp. 802; Hanor v. Housel, 128 App. Div. 801, 113 N. Y. Supp. 163; Pease v. Pennsylvania R. R. Co., 137 App. Div. 458, 122 N. Y. Supp. 784. No case has been made and settled as required by the rules. General Rules of Practice, 32–34. Notwithstanding this, if the parties consent that the motion may Le heard upon the pleadings and affidavits without a
case, the court has power to entertain it. Russell v. Randall, 123 N. Y. 436, 25 N. E. 931; McIver v. Hallen, 50 App. Div. 441, 64 N. Y. Supp. 26; Rosenthal v. Bell Realty Co., 53 Misc. Rep. 265, 103 N. Y. Supp. 194.
In this case the notice of claim is not made a part of the record, and, referring to the motion papers recited in the order appealed from, we are left in doubt as to the nature of the administrators' claim. It is suggested in one of the moving affidavits that the claim is "for the recovery or allowance of three notes, with interest thereon, against the estate of said decedent.” We are left in ignorance as to the date of the notes, the amount thereof, the periods within which they mature, whether the notes are those of decedent, or whether it is claimed that he became liable thereon as indorser or guarantor.
 Apparently the decision of the surrogate rejecting the claim was based upon the ground that the notes were barred by the statute of limitations. It is essential to the granting of a new trial on the ground of newly discovered evidence that it shall appear that the additional evidence was not known to the party at the time of the previous trial, and could not with due diligence have been ascertained (Matter of McManus, 66 App. Div. 53, 73 N. Y. Supp. 88; Bridenbecker v. Bridenbecker, supra; McIver v. Hallen, supra), and that its character is such that, if received, it would probably have changed the result' (Glassford v. Lewis, 82 Hun, 46, 31 N. Y. Supp. 162). In each respect the affidavits are insufficient.
The evidence alleged to have been newly discovered is that of claimant's son, Clarence J. Squires, and consists of alleged admissions of decedent. Such evidence, given under the circumstances here disclosed, may well be viewed with suspicion. But, although the said Squires states in his affidavit that he saw decedent, his stepfather, pay money to his mother, the claimant, and heard him say that it was for interest due on his notes, which she had against him, there is nothing to connect this transaction, or these statements, with the notes here in controversy. It may have referred to other notes which she held, and which have since been paid. It also appears that said Squires was present in court in company with his mother on the previous hearing, and, for aught that appears, could then have been called as a witness and testified. It would seem from the moving papers that claimant failed to realize the importance of his testimony on that occasion, rather than that she was ignorant of it. McIver v. Hallen, supra; Bridenbecker v. Bridenbecker, supra; Matter of McManus, supra.
It follows that the order appealed from must be reversed, with costs to the appellants, and the motion denied, with costs. We are reluctant to foreclose the claimant of her rights, if she can establish them, and the decision herein will be without prejudice to a new application in her behalf upon proper papers. All concur.
HATCH v. TERRY.
(Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department. November 15, 1912.) 1. APPEAL AND ERROR (8 930*)-ERROR CURED BY INSTRUCTION-PRESUMPTION.
Where, in an action for collision of an automobile with a pedestrian, evidence of defendant's chauffeur was admitted as possible evidence, but the court instructed that this was no evidence of negligence, and that the jury should not consider it, it will be presumed the instruction was obeyed, and the error in admission of the evidence cured.
[Ed. Note.-For other cases, see Appeal and Error, Cent. Dig. $$ 3755–
3761; Dec. Dig. $ 930.*] 2. DAMAGES (8 132*)-PERSONAL INJURY.
A verdict of $14,000 for collision of an automobile with plaintiff, who had been earning $18 a week as a costumer, she being unconscious for three days after the accident, both arms and one leg being broken, and her scalp injured, and the evidence being that the broken leg will be a half inch short, and that the left arm will be of little use, is not excessive.
(Ed. Note.---For other cases, see Damages, Cent. Dig. 88 372–385, 396; Dec. Dig. § 132.*]
Appeal from Trial Term, Westchester County.
Action by Helen Parker Hatch against Edward F. Terry. From a judgment for plaintiff, and from an order denying a motion for new trial, defendant appeals. Affirmed.
Argued before JENKS, P. J., and BURR, THOMAS, WOODWARD, and RICH, JJ.
Joseph M. Proskauer, of New York City. (Charles C. Marsh, of New York City, on the brief), for appellant.
Sydney A. Syme, of Mt. Vernon, for respondent.
JENKS, P. J. The action is for negligence, and the plaintiff has judgment. She complains that, when crossing a city street, she was struck by the motor car of the defendant. The questions of contributory negligence and of negligence were for the jury, and upon the facts we should not disturb the verdict.
 The defendant contends that a new trial should be granted in view of certain testimony offered by the plaintiff. A policeman called by the plaintiff testified that on the day after the accident he had conversation in the defendant's presence with his chauffeur, who was driving the motor car at the time of the accident, and the witness then was asked what he had said to the chauffeur, and what the latter had said to him, "with regard to his having a chauffeur's license." Objection was made upon the ground of incompetency, irrelevancy, and immateriality, that this was not proof tending to show negligence, and not the proper proof of the fact sought. The court said:
"I think if the defendant participated by being there makes it competent. Whether it is proof of negligence or not is a question. It is a conversation which constructively the defendant entered into by hearing and not saying anything. I think I will have to allow it.” *For other cases see same topic & $ NUMBER in Dec. & Am. Digs. 1907 to date, & Rep'r Indexes