District of Columbia v. Johnson,
165 U.S. 330 (1897)

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District of Columbia v. Johnson, 165 U.S. 330 (1897)

District of Columbia v. Johnson

Nos. 617-618

Submitted January 4, 1897

Decided February 15, 1897

165 U.S. 330


The Act of February 13, 1896, c. 87, 28 Stat. 664, providing that in the adjudication of the claims against the District of Columbia therein referred to, the Court of Claims should allow the rates established and paid by the Board of Public Works, simply conferred a gratuity upon the persons covered by its provisions, which became "due and payable" only from the time when the act which gave it was passed.

The claim of the District of Columbia to offset against any recovery here the amount of the interest from June 1, 1874, on its counterclaim found due in its favor against the claimants cannot be admitted.

The case is stated in the opinion.

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