McCandless v. Pratt
211 U.S. 437 (1908)

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McCandless v. Pratt, 211 U.S. 437 (1908)

McCandless v. Pratt

No. 109

Argued November 6, 9, 1908

Decided December 21, 1908

211 U.S. 437

Syllabus

The jurisdiction of this Court can only be invoked by a party having a personal interest in the litigation. Smith v. Indiana,191 U. S. 138. A writ of error will not lie to review a judgment of the Supreme Court of Hawaii dismissing the bill in a suit brought by a taxpayer to enjoin the land commissioner from an alleged unauthorized use of public lands where it does not appear that complainant would be personally injured by the threatened use.

Page 211 U. S. 438

Quaere, and not decided, whether any citizen and taxpayer has a right to maintain a suit in the courts of Hawaii to enjoin the land commissioner from acts involving unauthorized use of public land, or whether, if that right exists, a personal loss to complainant must appear.

Quaere, and not decided, whether the land laws of Hawaii are federal statutes within the meaning, and by virtue of § 83 of the Organic Act of April 30, 1900, 31 Stat. 141, c. 339, so that their construction involves a federal question.

Writ of error to review 18 Haw. 221 dismissed.

The facts are stated in the opinion.

Page 211 U. S. 440

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