Saalfield v. United StatesAnnotate this Case
246 U.S. 610 (1918)
U.S. Supreme Court
Saalfield v. United States, 246 U.S. 610 (1918)
Saalfield v. United States
Argued March 27, 1918
Decided April 22, 1918
246 U.S. 610
Where a contract for the manufacture of guns for the United States provided for a preliminary test subject to the decision of the Chief of Ordnance and the Secretary of War, those officials were to decide, not arbitrarily, but candidly and reasonably, whether the test had been satisfied.
The findings of fact justify the conclusion that the test gun did not meet the contract requirement; the report of the Chief of Ordnance, viewed as a whole in the light of the circumstances, is consistent with this conclusion; there is no ground for the charge that the Chief of Ordnance and the Secretary of War, in annulling the contract, acted in bad faith or under gross mistake, or for holding that the government, by delay injurious to the contractor, waived the right to annul.
51 Ct.Clms. 22 affirmed.
The case is stated in the opinion.
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