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interview with the officers of the company. At this interview propositions were made on both sides, but no conclusion was reached. On the return of Mr. Walker from New York he made a report in writing to the Board of Fund Commissioners, under date of February 24, 1881, giving an account of what he had done and the suggestions he had made. This report was communicated by the Governor to the General Assembly the next day, accompanied by a message, of which the following is a copy:
"CITY OF JEFFERSON, February 25, 1881.
"SIR: I have the honor to lay before you a communication from Hon. John Walker to the Board of Fund Commissioners of Missouri. Mr. Walker, as a member of that board, recently visited the city of New York for the purpose of conferring with the officers of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company in regard to the proposition of that company to discharge the full amount of what it claims is its present indebtedness to the state. The result of Mr. Walker's conference with those officials is fully set forth in the accompanying communication.
“I recommend that you adopt such legislation as will enable the Fund Commissioners to use or dispose of whatever sum, if any, may be accepted by the state from the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company.
"I do not mean to say that the state will accept the sum of $3,000,000 in complete satisfaction of the liability incurred by the state in aid of said company. I think the liability extends to the maturity of the bonds; and as the company has heretofore met its obligations to the state promptly, and has thereby secured the confidence of the people of the state, who were for many years in doubt as to the final result of our complications with that road, I trust that it will be equally as honorable in the future, and so act as to retain the confidence which its past conduct has inspired.
"In case the whole or any part of the money due from the
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company is accepted, its receipt ought not to find us unprepared for its prompt and profitable disposal.
"THOS. T. CRITTENDEN. “Hon. T. P. BASHAW, Speaker of the House of Representatives."
Afterwards the General Assembly passed the following act, which was approved March 26, 1881. Stats. Missouri, 1881,
"AN ACT to provide for the transfer to the state sinking fund [of] any surplus money that may be in the state treasury, not necessary to defray the current expenses of the state government and to meet the appropriations made by law, and to authorize the Fund Commissioners to invest the same in the redemption or purchase of the bonds of the state and bonds of the United States, Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad bonds excepted.
"Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows:
"SECTION 1. Whenever there is any money in the state treasury not necessary to defray the current expenses of the state government and to meet the appropriations made by law, it shall be the duty of the state auditor, and he is hereby authorized and required, to transfer the same to the credit of the State Sinking Fund for the purpose of paying the state debt, or any portion thereof, and the interest thereon as it becomes due.
"SEC. 2. Whenever there is sufficient money in the sinking fund to redeem or purchase one or more of the bonds of the State of Missouri, such sum is hereby appropriated for such purpose, and the Fund Commissioners shall immediately call in for payment a like amount of the option bonds of the state, known as 'five-twenty bonds.' Provided, That if there are no option bonds which can be called in for payment, they may invest such money in the purchase of any of the bonds of the state, or bonds of the United States, the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad bonds excepted."
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On the 30th of April, 1881, the company executed to Rolston, Dowd, and Root, trustees, a mortgage such as was contemplated by the act of February 20, 1865, and in which the provisions of that act were recited, to secure an issue of bonds to the amount of $3,000,000. These bonds were negotiated by the trustees, and with the money realized therefrom, and $90,000 furnished by the company, they, on the 20th of June, 1881, paid to the treasurer of state the full face of the bonds of the state for which the company was liable, and the unpaid interest thereon, to fall due July 1 thereafter, the total amount of principal and interest being $3,090,000, and demanded from him the certificate provided for by the act of February 20, 1865, to entitle them to an assignment from the Governor of the liens of the state. The treasurer thereupon gave the trustees a receipt, of which the following is a copy:
"TREASURER'S OFFICE, STATE OF MISSOURI, "CITY OF JEFFERSON, June 20, 1881. "Received of R. G. Rolston, Heman Dowd, and Oren Root, Jr., trustees Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad Company, three million and ninety thousand dollars on account of the statutory mortgage now held by the State of Missouri against said railroad.
"In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal of office the day and year above.
PHIL. E. CHAPPELL,
"TO THOMAS T. CRITTENDEN,
[The State treasurer's seal of office.]
At the same time he gave to them the following certificate:
"Governor of Missouri.
"I, Phil. E. Chappell, treasurer of the State of Missouri, do hereby certify that R. G. Rolston, Heman Dowd, and Oren Root, Jr., trustees, have paid into the treasury of the State of Missouri three millions and ninety thousand dollars, ($3,090,000,) under the act entitled 'An act to provide for reducing the indebtedness of the state,' approved February 20, 1865, on
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account of the statutory mortgage the state holds against the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad Company.
"Given under my hand this 20th day of June, 1881.
PHIL. E. CHAPPELL
He refused to put the certificate in any other form, although requested to do so by the company.
No special provision was made by the company for the payment of the interest which fell due January 1, 1882, and on such failure the Governor threatened to take measures for the enforcement of the lien which the state held under its statutory mortgages as upon a default by the company in the payment of interest. Thereupon the trustees began this suit, on the 6th of January, 1882, which was at first against the Governor alone, to have him execute the assignment provided for by the act of 1865, and also to enjoin him from selling the road under the statutory mortgage. On the filing of the bill a temporary restraining order was granted by the circuit judge. Afterwards, on the 10th of February, 1882, the court in session, being of opinion that the payment which had been made did not operate as a satisfaction of the obligation of the company to the state under the act of 1865, refused to grant a temporary injunction, but did not pass further on the rights of the parties. Rolston v. Crittenden, 10 Fed. Rep. 254; S. C. 3 McCrary, 332. The company thereupon, to stop a sale by the Governor, paid to the state the interest which fell due January 1, 1882, and the cause proceeded without any injunction. Afterwards, on the 20th of March, an amended and supplemental bill was filed, on leave of the court, by which Chappell, the treasurer of state, and Walker, the auditor, were added as parties, and the railroad company also. The Governor and auditor, with whom was united D. H. McIntyre, were also proceeded against as Fund Commissioners of the state, so that, if necessary, a decree might be had for a return of the money which had been paid. In other respects the prayer of the bill was not materially changed. Answers and replications were filed and testimony taken. After hearing upon bill, answers,
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replication and proofs, a decree was entered September 15, 1882, to the effect that the trustees were entitled under the act of 1865 to an assignment by the Governor of the liens of the state upon payment to the treasurer of state of a sum of money, which, together with that already paid, if it had been applied and invested within a reasonable time in accordance with the provisions of the act of March 26, 1881, would have indemnified the state against loss by reason of its obligation to pay interest on the bonds to their maturity, and "that the complainants were and are entitled to have the said $3,000,000 paid as aforesaid to the said treasurer of the State of Missouri, under the provisions of the aforesaid act of February 20, 1865, applied and invested under and in accordance with the provisions of the said act of March 26, 1881, to the payment of the option bonds of the State of Missouri known as 5-20 bonds as rapidly as they were subject to call and payment, and in the meantime, and until such bonds became subject to call and payment or other portions of the state debt or interest thereon became due, to have the remaining and unapplied balance of the said moneys invested in bonds of the United States at the market rates, and when any portion of the said 5-20 bonds became or should become subject to call and payment, or any portion of the state debt or interest thereon became or should be subject to redemption or payment, to have the said moneys applied from time to time to the redemption or payment thereof."
The case was then referred to a master to ascertain and report "what sum, including the said $3,000,000, was necessary to indemnify the state as aforesaid, if the same were applied and invested as hereinbefore provided within reasonable time in the exercise of due diligence by the officers of the state after the 20th of June, 1881." In this decree the Governor was enjoined from selling the road until a final judgment in
From the report of the master it appears that after the order of the court referring the case, the state officers used $1,446,000 of the money that had been paid in by the company to take up and pay an equal amount of option and other bonds of the