United States v. Western Union Tel. Co.
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160 U.S. 53 (1895)
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U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Western Union Tel. Co., 160 U.S. 53 (1895)
United States v. Western Union Telegraph Company
Argued December 18, 1894
Decided November 18, 1895
160 U.S. 53
Although the United States was entitled to retain and apply, as directed by Congress, all sums due from the government on account of the use by the Telegraph Company, for public business, of the telegraph line constructed
by the Union Pacific Railway Company, the entire absence of proof as to the extent to which that line was, in fact so used, renders it impossible to, ascertain the amount improperly paid to, and without right retained by, the Telegraph Company, and subsequently divided between it and the Railroad Company.
The case is stated in the opinion.