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the issues made by the parties, and as neither party saw fit to set up the former decree as a bar to the action, the state court was not bound to notice it. It did not affect in any way the jurisdiction of that court. In addition to this, however, Campbell relied upon a wholly different defence from that set up by him in the former suit, and one which had accrued to him after the decree in that court was rendered. Whether the decree, if properly pleaded, would have operated as a bar it is unnecessary to determine. As the same issues are presented here as were presented in the state court, it is entirely clear that they cannot be relitigated.
The judgment of the state court was conclusive upon these issues, and the decree of the Circuit Court of Appeals to that effect was correct, and it is
THE CARLOS F. ROSES.
APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA.
No. 243. Argued January 12, 1900.- Decided May 14, 1900.
The Carlos F. Roses, a Spanish vessel, owned at Barcelona, Spain, sailed from that port for Montevideo, Uraguay, with a cargo which was discharged there and a cargo of jerked beef and garlic taken on board for Havana, for which she sailed March 16, 1898. On May 17, while proceeding to Havana, she was captured by a vessel of the United States and sent to Key West, where she was libelled. A British company doing business in London, laid claim to the cargo on the ground that they had advanced money for its purchase to a citizen of Montevideo, and had received bills of lading covering the shipments. The vessel was condemned as enemy's property, but the proceeds of the cargo, which had been ordered to be sold as perishable property, was ordered to be paid to the claimants. Held,
(1) That as the vessel was an enemy vessel, the presumption was that the cargo was enemy's property, and this could only be overcome by clear and positive evidence to the contrary;
(2) That on the face of the papers given in evidence, it must be presumed
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that when these goods were delivered to the vessel, they became the property of the consignors named in the invoices;
(3) That the British company got the legal title to the goods and the right of possession only if such were the intention of the parties, and that that intention was open to explanation, although the persons holding the papers might have innocently paid value for them;
(4) That in prize courts it is necessary for the claimants to show the absence of anything to impeach the transaction, and at least to disclose fully all the surrounding circumstances, and that the claimants had failed to do so;
(5) That the right of capture acts on the proprietary interest of the thing captured at the time of the capture, and is not affected by the secret liens or private engagements of the parties;
(6) That in this case the belligerent right overrides the neutral claim, which must be regarded merely as a debt and the assignment as a cover to an enemy interest.
THE Carlos F. Roses was a Spanish bark of 499 tons, hailing from Barcelona, Spain, sailing under the Spanish flag, and officered and manned by Spaniards. She had been owned for many years by Pedro Roses Valenti, a citizen of Barcelona. Her last voyage began at Barcelona, whence she proceeded to Montevideo, Uruguay, with a cargo of wine and salt. All of the outward cargo was discharged at Montevideo, where the vessel took on a cargo consisting of jerked beef and garlic to be delivered at Havana, Cuba, and sailed for the latter port on March 16, 1898. On May 17, when in the Bahama Channel off Punta de Maternillos, Cuba, and on her course to Havana, she was captured by the United States cruiser New York and sent to Key West in charge of a prize crew. The bark and her cargo were duly libelled May 20. All of the ship's papers were delivered to the prize commissioners, and the deposition of Maristany, her master, was taken in preparatorio. Kleinwort Sons and Company of London, England, made claim to the cargo, consisting of a shipment of 110,256 kilos of jerked beef and 19,980 strings of garlic, and a further shipment of 165,384 kilos of jerked beef, alleging that they were its owners and that it was not lawful prize of war. In support of the claim the firm's agent in the United States filed a test affidavit made on information and belief. In this it was alleged that
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Kleinwort Sons and Company were merchants in London; that the members of the firm were subjects of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; that in February and March, 1898, the bark, being then in Montevideo, bound on a voyage to Havana, took on board a cargo of jerked beef and strings of garlic shipped by Pla Gibernau and Company, merchants of Montevideo, to be transported to the port of Havana, and there to be delivered to the order of the shippers according to the condition of certain bills of lading issued therefor by the bark to Pla Gibernau and Company; that the members of the firm of Gibernau and Company were citizens of the Argentine Republic; that the bark left Montevideo on March 16, and proceeded on her voyage to Havana, until May 17, when, being at a point in the Bahama Channel off Martinique, she was captured by the United States cruiser New York, without resistance on her part, and sent into Key West as prize of war. That after the shipment of the cargo in Montevideo claimants made advances to the shippers and owners of the cargo in the sum of £6297, British sterling, to wit, £2714 item thereof, upon the security of said lot of 110,256 kilos of jerked beef and 19,980 strings of garlic, and £3583 item thereof, upon the security of said lot of 165,384 kilos of jerked beef; that at the time of making said advances and in consideration thereof, bills of lading covering the shipments were delivered to claimants duly indorsed in blank with the intent and purpose that they should thereby take title to said bills of lading, and to said shipments of jerked beef and garlic, and should, on the arrival of the vessel at her destination, take delivery of the shipments and hold the same as security for their said advances until paid, and with the right to dispose of said shipments and to apply the proceeds to the payment of their said advances; and accordingly the said Kleinwort Sons and Company did become and ever since have been and still are as aforesaid the true and lawful owners of the said bills of lading and of the shipments of jerked beef and garlic therein referred to. The affidavits further stated that the advances were equivalent in money of the United States to about $30,644.35, and that no part of the same had been paid, or otherwise secured to be paid.
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The cause was heard on the libel and claims of the master of the bark and Kleinwort and Company, and the evidence taken in preparatorio. The vessel was condemned as enemy property, and the court ordered the claimants of the cargo to "have sixty days in which to file further proof of ownership;" and because of its perishable nature the marshal of the court was ordered to advertise and sell the same, and deposit the proceeds in accordance to law. No appeal was taken on behalf of the vessel. The cargo was sold and the proceeds deposited with the assistant treasurer of the United States at New York, subject to the order of the court. The time for claimants to take further proofs was twice extended. No witnesses were produced by claimants, but Charles F. Harcke, claimants' manager in London, made three ex parte affidavits before the United States consul general, which were offered in evidence by claimants. Appended to the affidavits were a large number of exhibits purporting to be papers, or copies of papers, relating to the shipment of the cargo, and some of the financial transactions of some of those who had to do with it. From these affidavits and papers it appeared that the voyage of the Carlos F. Roses was a joint venture entered into by Pedro Pagés of Havana, a Spanish subject; the Spanish owners of the vessel, and Gibernau and Company. The whole cargo was made up of two shipments, one of jerked beef and one of garlic, which had been purchased by Gibernau and Company on commission, and by them delivered to the Carlos F. Roses "consigned to order for account and risk and by order of the parties noted" in the invoices. The shipment of jerked beef containing 275,640 kilos in bulk was divided thus: 60 %, 165,384 kilos, "to the expedition or voyage of the Carlos F. Roses;" 40 %, 110,256 kilos, "to Mr. Pedro Pagés of Havana." The shipment of garlic was divided thus: 9990 strings, "account of Mr. Pedro Pagés,” and 9990 strings for "account of" Gibernau and Company. Both invoices were signed by Gibernau and Company, and bore date March 11 and 12, 1898.
Harcke stated in one of his affidavits that: "The said cargo was ultimately destined for Don Pedro Pagés, of Havana, who in the ordinary course of business would by payment to or in
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demnification of Kleinwort Sons & Co. or their agents in that behalf take up the said bills of lading and thus be enabled thereon to take the goods. No payment whatever has been made to Messieurs Kleinwort Sons & Co., or their agents, on account of the payments made by them through the said advances by said Don Pedro Pagés, or by any person on his behalf, or otherwise, and the said Kleinwort Sons & Co. have been and are wholly unindemnified in respect of their said payments except so far as the proceeds of the said cargo and the insurance thereon which as the owners of the said goods they have become entitled to collect, thereby subrogating to their own right to the extent of such payments the insurers of the said goods."
The ship's manifest appears to have been signed by Maristany, her master, at Montevideo, on March 15, 1898, and was viséd by the Spanish consul at that port the previous day. It described the ship's destination as Havana, and her cargo as made up of two lots of jerked beef containing 248,076 kilos and 29,970 kilos respectively, and one lot of garlic containing 19,980 strings, all shipped by Gibernau and Company, "to order." On March 14, Maristany issued three bills of lading, in which it was stated that the shipments were received from Gibernau and Company for transportation to Havana " for account and at the risk of whom it may concern;" one of the bills covering a shipment of 165,384 kilos of jerked beef; another of 110,256 kilos of jerked beef; and the third of 19,980 bunches of garlic. March 15, Gibernau and Company drew this bill of exchange: "No. 128. Montevideo, March 15, 1898. For £2714 13 8. Ninety days after sight you will please pay for this first of exchange (the second and third being unpaid), to the order of the London River Plate Bank, L'd, the sum of £2714 13 8, value received, which you will charge to the account of Pedro Pagés of Havana as per advice.
"PLA GIBERNAU & Co.
"To Messrs. Kleinwort Sons & Co., London."
On the same day Maristany drew this bill of exchange:
"No. 129. Montevideo, March 15, 1898. For £3583 11 6.