Olney v. The Steamship Falcon - 58 U.S. 19 (1854)
U.S. Supreme Court
Olney v. The Steamship Falcon, 58 U.S. 17 How. 19 19 (1854)
Olney v. The Steamship Falcon
58 U.S. (17 How.) 19
Where it was alleged in a libel, that the libellant was "entitled to recover from the vessel the damages by him sustained, which amount to the sum of eighteen hundred dollars and upwards," the sum was not sufficient to bring the case within the jurisdiction of this Court.
Interest, not being specially claimed, cannot be computed, for it is considered as a part of the damages, being merged in that claim, and is not estimated as a distinct item.
A libel was filed in the district court by Olney, alleging the shipment and nondelivery of a box of merchandise, in consequence of which he was entitled to recover the damages by him sustained, which amounted to the sum of eighteen hundred dollars and upwards.
The district court dismissed the libel, and the circuit court affirmed the decree. The libellant appealed to this Court.