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TEXAS & PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY v. BIGGER

December 13, 1915

TEXAS & PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY
v.
BIGGER



ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

White, McKenna, Holmes, Day, Hughes, Van Devanter, Lamar, Pitney, McReynolds

Author: Mckenna

[ 239 U.S. Page 331]

 MR. JUSTICE McKENNA delivered the opinion of the court.

Action for personal injuries brought by J. T. Bigger against plaintiff in error and the International & Great Northern Railway Company and the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway Company in the state district court of Bexar County, Texas.

The case made by Bigger's pleading was this:

Bigger was a passenger upon the Texas & Pacific Railway Company's train on a ticket from San Antonio, Texas, to Owensboro, Kentucky, and return, having purchased the ticket from the International & Great Northern Railway Company, at San Antonio, Texas. A partnership was alleged between the companies.

Bigger was returning from Owensboro to San Antonio and was compelled and required to leave the train at

[ 239 U.S. Page 332]

     Longview during a very severe downpour of rain at a place where there was no protection. His clothes became thoroughly drenched with rain, and he was required to ride in them so drenched until he reached San Antonio at about 10 o'clock at night. As a result of such exposure and wetting he became seriously ill.

At the time the Texas & Pacific reached the station at Longview there was in the train a car destined to San Antonio, on the line of the International & Great Northern Railway, of which the employes of the Texas & Pacific knew but they neglected to inform Bigger of the fact and give him an opportunity to transfer to such car.

It was charged in his complaint that such facts constituted negligence on the part of the company and its employes.

In accordance with a petition by the Texas & Pacific Company the case was removed to the United States district court for the western district of Texas. There an amended petition or complaint was filed suggesting Bigger's death ...


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