Western Union Telegraph Co. v. Pennsylvania - 128 U.S. 39 (1888)


U.S. Supreme Court

Western Union Telegraph Co. v. Pennsylvania, 128 U.S. 39 (1888)

Western Union Telegraph Company v. Pennsylvania

No. 68

Submitted October 18, 1888

Decided October 22, 1888

128 U.S. 39

ERROR TO THE SUPREME COURT

OF THE state OF PENNSYLVANIA

Syllabus

On the authority of Telegraph Co. v. Texas, 105 U. S. 460, and Ratterman v. Western Union Telegraph Co., 127 U. S. 411, this case is reversed and remanded for such further proceedings as justice may require.

The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE FULLER delivered the opinion of the Court.

Judgment was rendered against plaintiff in error for taxes on telegraphic messages sent from point to point within the State of Pennsylvania, on messages sent from points within the state to points in other states, on messages sent from points in other states to points within the state, and on messages sent to and from points in other states which passed over lines partly within the state, and the record discloses the several amounts of taxes upon the several classes of messages, which, with commissions and interest, make up the total recovery. It is clear, and this is conceded by the defendant

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in error, that under the decisions of this Court in Telegraph Co. v. Texas, 105 U. S. 460, and Ratterman v. Western Union Telegraph Co., 127 U. S. 411, the commonwealth was not entitled to recover for the taxes in question excepting in respect to the messages transmitted wholly within the state.

The judgment will therefore be reversed and the cause remanded for such further proceedings as justice may require.



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