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of the United States against Germany could not "be justified even on the plea that it is a war in defence of American rights or American 'honor.' It said "We brand the declaration of war by our Government as a crime against the people of the United States and against the nations of the world. In all modern history there has been no war more unjustifiable than the war in which we are about to engage." Its first recommendation was, "continuous, active, and public opposition to the war, through demonstrations, mass petitions, and all other means within our power." Evidence that the defendant accepted this view and this declaration of his duties at the time that he made his speech is evidence that if in that speech he used words tending to obstruct the recruiting service he meant that they should have that effect. The principle is too well established and too manifestly good sense to need citation of the books. We should add that the jury were most carefully instructed that they could not find the defendant guilty for advocacy of any of his opinions unless the words used had as their natural tendency and reasonably probable effect to obstruct the recruiting service, &c., and unless the defendant had the specific intent to do so in his mind.

Without going into further particulars we are of opinion that the verdict on the fourth count, for obstructing and attempting to obstruct the recruiting service of the United States, must be sustained. Therefore it is less important to consider whether that upon the third count, for causing and attempting to cause insubordination, &c., in the military and naval forces, is equally impregnable. The jury were instructed that for the purposes of the statute the persons designated by the Act of May 18, 1917, registered and enrolled under it, and thus subject to be called into the active service, were a part of the military forces of the United States. The Government presents a strong argument from the history of the statutes that the instruction

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was correct and in accordance with established legislative usage. We see no sufficient reason for differing from the conclusion but think it unnecessary to discuss the question in detail.

Judgment affirmed.



No. 132. Argued January 15, 16, 1919.-Decided March 10, 1919.

A stipulation in an interstate bill of lading conditioning the shipper's right to recover for loss or damage to live stock upon delivery of a verified claim in writing to a designated agent of the carrier within five days from the removal of the stock from the cars, held valid; and not waived; and not substituted by oral notice of the facts to the connecting carrier's agent. St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Ry. Co. v. Starbird, 243 U. S. 592.

173 Kentucky, 452, reversed.

THE case is stated in the opinion.

Mr. William W. Crawford, with whom Mr. Alex. P. Humphrey, Mr. Edward P. Humphrey, Mr. Charles G. Middleton and Mr. Churchill Humphrey were on the briefs, for petitioners.

Mr. Frank W. Hackett, with whom Mr. B. M. Lee and Mr. John S. Blair were on the brief, for respondent.

MR. JUSTICE MCREYNOLDS delivered the opinion of the court.

Respondent Leach sued the petitioners for damages sustained en route by cattle delivered at East St. Louis,

CLARKE, J., dissenting.

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Illinois, October 1, 1914, for shipment to Georgetown, Kentucky. In defense the carriers set up non-compliance with the following provision contained in bill of lading issued as required by act of Congress: "That no claim for damages which may accrue to the said shipper under this contract shall be allowed or paid by the said carrier, or sued for in any court by the said shipper, unless a claim for loss or damages shall be made in writing verified by the affidavit of the shipper or his agent, and delivered to the General Freight Agent of said carrier at his office in Cincinnati, Ohio, within five days from the time said stock is removed from said car or cars, and that if any loss or damage occurs upon the line of connecting carrier, then such carrier shall not be liable unless a claim shall be made in like manner and delivered in like time, to some proper officer or agent of the carrier on whose line the loss or injury occurs." This averment was not denied; but the shipper replied that he promptly advised the railroad's agent at Georgetown of all essential facts and maintained that requirement in respect of written notice to general freight agent had been waived.

The point involved has been discussed in our recent opinions and we can find nothing which takes this case out of the rule requiring compliance with a provision in a bill of lading like the one above quoted. St. Louis, Iron Mt. & Southern Ry. Co. v. Starbird, 243 U. S. 592; Southern Pacific Co. v. Stewart, 248 U. S. 446.

The judgment below is reversed and the cause remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion. Reversed and remanded.

MR. JUSTICE PITNEY and MR. JUSTICE BRANDEIS concur in the result.

MR. JUSTICE CLARKE dissenting.

In this case the shipper sued two connecting interstate


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carriers for damages to a carload of cattle, caused by delay in transit. Three died in the car and four more within three or four days of arrival at destination and the defense sustained by the court is failure to notify the carrier of claim for damages within five days of unloading.

The carrier pleaded that one of the terms of the bill of lading was the five-day limitation, quoted in the opinion of the court. This was immediately preceded, in the same paragraph, by the following:

"That in the event of any unusual delay or detention of said live stock caused by the negligence of said carrier, or its employees, or its connecting carriers, or their employees, or otherwise, the said shipper agrees to accept, as full compensation for all loss or damage sustained thereby the amount actually expended by said shipper, in the purchase of food and water for the said live stock while so detained."

In Boston & Maine Railroad v. Piper, 246 U. S. 439, a provision in exactly these terms was held "illegal and consequently void," as an attempt by the carrier to exonerate itself from loss negligently caused by it. This is the only provision in the bill of lading, as pleaded, which is applicable to a claim for delay, such as the shipper made in this case, and since it is void there is nothing in the contract for carriage on which the five-day limitation could operate, for it applied in terms only to claims "for damages which may accrue to the said shipper under this contract."

The suit of the shipper was based on the common-law liability of the carrier,-not at all on the bill of lading; the five-day limitation is in terms applicable only to claims under the bill of lading; the only provision in the bill of lading applicable to claims for delay was void, and therefore it seems very clear that the five-day limitation was not available as a defense.

Permit me to add that the many cases coming into this

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Counsel for Plaintiff in Error.

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and other courts show that this five-day limitation is un-
reasonably short and in my judgment, for this reason, it
should be declared void upon its face. Certainly it should
not be made a favorite of the law and extended beyond its
strict terms, in presence of the Act of Congress, approved
March 4, 1915, c. 176, 38 Stat. 1196, declaring that where
in such suit the "damage or injury complained of was due
to delay
or damage in transit by carelessness or
negligence, then no notice of claim nor filing of claim shall
be required as a condition precedent to recovery." While
the case before us arose prior to the passing of this act, it
is an important declaration of public policy by Congress,
which should not be overlooked.

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For the reasons thus briefly stated, I cannot concur in the opinion of the court.

MR. JUSTICE MCKENNA also dissents.



No. 10, Original. Submitted March 4, 1919.-Decided March 17, 1919.

Under the constitution and laws of South Dakota, interest received by the state treasurer on state funds deposited by him in bank belongs to the State, and the treasurer must account therefor. Judgment for plaintiff.

THE case is stated in the opinion.

Mr. Clarence C. Caldwell and Mr. Edward W. Wagner for plaintiff.

No appearance for defendant.

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