KITCHEN V. RANDOLPH, 93 U. S. 86 (1876)

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Kitchen v. Randolph, 93 U.S. 86 (1876)

Kitchen v. Randolph

93 U.S. 86


Unless an appeal is perfected or a writ of error sued out and served within sixty days, Sundays exclusive, after the rendition of the decree or judgment complained of it is not within the power of a Justice of this Court to allow a supersedeas.

This is a motion by the appellee to vacate and set aside an order made by an Associate Justice of this Court granting the petition of the appellant for a supersedeas directing a stay of all proceedings, under a decree of the Circuit Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, foreclosing a mortgage on property of the Wilmington and Reading Railroad Company, and ordering a sale of the same.

The bill for the foreclosure and sale was filed by Randolph, as holder of coupon bonds of that company, secured by a certain deed of trust and mortgage against the company, the trustees named in the deed and two other junior mortgages, and the Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York Railroad Company, as original defendants.

Subsequently Kitchen, a bondholder under a junior mortgage of the Wilmington and Reading Railroad Company, was allowed to intervene as a defendant and file an answer.

The case was heard on the bill, the answers of the original defendants, and that of Kitchen, and, on the 6th of June, 1876, the court below entered a decree foreclosing the mortgage as against certain of the property and franchises covered by it and ordering a sale by the trustees, after due advertisements for three months prior to the day of sale.

The sale was accordingly fixed by due advertisements, as prescribed by the decree, for the 2d of October, 1876.

No appeal from this decree, or any part of it, was prayed in the court below by any of the defendants, but on the 29th of September, 1876, the appellant filed his petition for the allowance of an appeal and for a supersedeas, both of which were allowed on that day by the Associate Justice, and a citation addressed to the complainant below, returnable on the first day of the present term of this Court, was issued.

Page 93 U. S. 87

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