Western Union Telegraph Co. vs. A. L. Scott 1908
By JUSTICI3 SHIELDS. Western Union' Telegraph Company vs. A. L. Scott. Dickson Law. An action brought to recover damages for tho pecuniary loss sustained by reason of a mistake made in' transmitting a telegram to a point In Texas. Scott was engaged in the business of promoting oil Industries in Texas, and was at the 'wad of a company engaged in such a business. It appears that Scott desired to get rm better terms with flic employes oi' he company, tnd offered stock at a reduction. A man by the name of Butler Uoin-lug of this telegraphed Scott about tho value of u. hall' sharo In tTie com pa . v. Scott telegraphed him that the price it a half share was fcn .but the niesoao.' when delivered, read E!0. Butler accepted this. On trial in the Circuit Court tho trial Judge overruled the motion for peremptory Instructions nnd judgment against the company In tho sum of wad found. The Supremo Court was of" the opinion that fiie.se "Instructions -should have been given unit tTitt Scott's remedy lay In the recovery of tho additional sifio trnm BuUer lo whom the stork had oeen 'eoTl. Reversed; however. Scott was given a verdict of $1 and tho costs of the cuse.