Missouri Pacific R. Co. v. United States
271 U.S. 603 (1926)

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Missouri Pacific R. Co. v. United States, 271 U.S. 603 (1926)

Missouri Pacific Railroad Company v. United States

No. 280

Argued April 28, 1926

Decided June 7, 1926

271 U.S. 603

Syllabus

1. The Act of July 28, 1916, authorized the Interstate Commerce Commission to determine on a space basis the compensation to be paid railroads for transportation of mails in railway post office cars and for the service connected therewith, and to allow land grant roads only 80% of this compensation although part of the space in such cars by which such compensation is gauged is not occupied for mail matter, but is used for the distribution of mail on the trains. P. 271 U. S. 606.

2. The obligation of land grant railroads, as espressed in granting acts passed in 1852 and 1853, to transport the mails at all times "under the direction of the Post Office Department at such price as Congress may direct," looked to the future and includes the furnishing of space in railway post office cars for distribution purposes as required in this case by the Department pursuant to the Act of July 28, 1916. P. 271 U. S. 607.

59 Ct.Cls. 524, 60 id. 183, affirmed.

Appeal from a judgment of the Court of Claims dismissing on demurrer a petition of the railroad seeking

Page 271 U. S. 604

additional compensation on account of space in railway post office cars used by post office employees in distributing mails.

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