St. Louis v. Western Union Tel. Co. - 149 U.S. 465 (1893)
U.S. Supreme Court
St. Louis v. Western Union Tel. Co., 149 U.S. 465 (1893)
St. Louis v. Western Union Telegraph Company
Submitted April 27, 1893
Decided May 15, 1893
149 U.S. 465
The City of St. Louis is authorized by the Constitution and laws of Missouri to impose upon a telegraph company putting its poles in the streets of the city a charge in the nature of rental for the exclusive use of the parts so used.
The defendants in error in this cause, decided on the 6th of March last and reported 148 U. S. 148 U.S. 92, having asked leave to file a petition for rehearing, the Court, in granting leave, also gave the parties leave to file briefs on the question:
"Whether the City of St. Louis has such interest in and
control over the streets, alleys, and public places within its limits as authorizes it to impose upon the telegraph company a charge in the nature of rental for the exclusive use of portions thereof in the manner stated. "