Knights of Pythias v. Mims
241 U.S. 574 (1916)

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Knights of Pythias v. Mims, 241 U.S. 574 (1916)

Knights of Pythias v. Mims

No. 345

Argued May 1, 2, 1916

Decided June 12, 1916

241 U.S. 574

Syllabus

Where the case necessarily turns on the construction of act of Congress, which is the charter of one of the parties, a federal question is presented, and this Court has jurisdiction under § 237, Jud.

Page 241 U. S. 575

Code, if the construction contended for by plaintiff in error was rejected by the court below.

Under § 4 of the Act of June 29, 1894, constituting the charter of the Knights of Pythias, giving a right to have by-laws and to amend the same, the corporation had power to raise rates for life benefit to such point as was necessary for it to go, and a member continuing to remain therein was obligated to pay the assessments fixed by the laws as amended.

The facts, which involve the construction of the charter granted by act of Congress to the Knights of Pythias and the rights and obligations of a holder of its insurance certificates, are stated in the opinion.

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