Chicago, M. & St. P. Ry. Co. v. United States
127 U.S. 406 (1888)

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Chicago, M. & St. P. Ry. Co. v. United States, 127 U.S. 406 (1888)

Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Company v. United States

No. 238

Argued April 19, 1888

Decided May 14, 1888

127 U.S. 406

APPEAL FROM THE COURT OF CLAIMS

Syllabus

Section 5 of the Act of March 3, 1879, 20 Stat. c. 180, 355, 358, did not operate to repeal § 3962 Rev.Stat., and when it was itself repealed by the Act of June 11, 1880, 21 Stat. c. 206, 177, 178, § 3962 of the Revised Statutes remained in force against railroad companies contracting to carry the mails.

When there are two provisions of law in the Statutes relating to the same subject, effect is to be given to both, if practicable.

A statute will not operate to repeal a prior statute merely because it repeats some of the provisions of the prior act and omits others, or adds new provisions, but in such cases, the later act operates as a repeal of the former one only when it plainly appears that it was intended as a substitute for the first act.

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