Pittsburgh &c. Ry. Co. v. Keokuk & Hamilton Bridge Co.
131 U.S. 371 (1889)

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Pittsburgh &c. Ry. Co. v. Keokuk & Hamilton Bridge Co., 131 U.S. 371 (1889)

Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railway

Company v. Keokuk and Hamilton Bridge Company

Nos. 11, 13

Argued January 25, 1888

Decided May 13, 1889

131 U.S. 371

APPEALS FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED

STATES FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

Syllabus

A contract made by the president of a railroad corporation, in its behalf and within the scope of its chartered powers, to pay certain sums to the

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proprietors of a railway bridge for the use thereof and made known to the directors and stockholders and not disapproved by them within a reasonable time, binds the corporation.

A contract to pay certain sums for the use of a railway bridge across the Mississippi River, between Illinois and Iowa is not ultra vires of a railroad corporation of Illinois or of Pennsylvania whose road connects, by means of intervening railroads, with the bridge as part of a continuous line of transportation.

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