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amount fixed by the schedule of rates for towage. The Belle, Edwards, 66; Ex parte Cahoone, 2 Mason, 87; The Aquilla, 1 C. Rob. 48; Conkl. Adm. Jur. 274. Or a mere remuneration. The Thetis, 3 Hagg. 14; The Mary Ann, Id. 158; The Rapid, Id. 154.

BUTLER, D. J. While the respondent was not, in my judgment, "derelict,” (Conkl. Adm. 359, 360; The Hyderabad, 11 FED. REP. 749,) she was in very great distress and danger; and her rescue was a salvage service.

All who participated in the rescue must be regarded as salvors. The ice-boat and her crew owed the respondent no duty which required the services rendered. As appears by the original city ordinance on the subject, the ice-boats were established for the purpose of breaking up ice on the Delaware river, and keeping the channel open to navigation.

navigation. This is the duty to which they are primarily devoted for the performance of which no compensation can be demanded under any circumstances. Towage was a secondary con. sideration, not referred to in the original ordinance, and is performed under contract, for compensation, as by all other tugs, except that the rate of compensation, is generally established in advance by schedule. The boat was therefore under no greater obligation to rescue the respondent than any other vessel equally competent and similarly situated, would have been. She and her crew, as well as the wreckers taken on board, must, therefore, be treated as salvors. The city's ownership of the boat must, in view of the authorities, if not otherwise, be deemed unimportant.

What sum should be allowed ? It should be sufficient to cover the expense, time, labor, skill, risk to property and person, incurred and expended, and to reward, fully, the enterprise displayed. The risk, skill and enterprise were not large. The time, labor, and cost-considering the value of the boat, and quantity of fuel consumed-were greater. The circumstances of the case do not call for a large award. There are few instances of salvage, in my judgment, considering the value of the property saved, where the sum should be materially less. Twenty-five hundred dollars is, I think, amply sufficient, and this sum is allowed. The libelants are not entitled to any given proportion of the property saved, but simply to compensation and reward according to the merit of their services and conduct.

I am not sure the conduct of the boat's master was in all respects commendable. It looks a little as if he was more intent upon making salvage than discharging the duty of keeping navigation open to vessels, less powerful than his own. This appearance may, however, be dispelled by further investigation. The subject must be considered in distributing the sum awarded ; and if the master's conduct is found to be such as here suspected, he should be rewarded accordingly, or not at all. In pursuance of the understanding between the libelants, the distribution will be referred to a commissioner, before whom further testimony respecting the master's conduct may be heard, if deemed necessary.

It is highly important that the officers of the ice-boats shall not allow their attention to be diverted from the important duty of keeping the channel open, by the temptation to seek prizes, elsewhere.


(District Court, E. D. Pennsylvania. November 20, 1882.)


In an action to recover damages for the loss of a barge three days after alleged negligent towage, the burden of proof rests upon the libelant to show

that the alleged negligence was the proximate cause of the injury. 2. TOWAGE CONTRACT CONSTRUED.

Where a railroad company sold a ticket, stipulating that the tug Delaware would tow the libelant's barge to Smyrna, Delaware, and, by an arrangement with that tug, the tug Mary took the former's place, received the ticket, but with the libelant's consent towed the barge to the mouth of Smyrma creek, eight miles below the town, and three days afterwards the barge, while being poled up, grounded and was lost, the tug Mary is not liable for failure to tow up to the town.

In Admiralty. Hearing on libel and answer.

Libel filed by Michael Reilly, master of the barge Chihuahua, for damages occasioned by the loss of the barge, which, the libelant contended, had been taken in tow by the tug to be towed to the town of Smyrna, Delaware, but was abandoned in an unsafe place in Smyrna creek, eight miles from the destination, and while poling up grounded and became a total wreck. It appeared that an agent of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company sold to libelant a ticket, stipulating that the tug Delaware would tow the barge to Smyrna, Delaware, and that by an arrangement with that tug and the Mary, the latter took her place, received the ticket, and towed the barge four miles up the creek at the first bridge, but eight miles from the town, and three days afterwards, while poling up the creek, the

*Reported by Albert B. Guilbert, Esq., of the Philadelphia bar,

barge grounded and was abandoned. The respondent claimed that her express agreement had been to tow merely to the mouth of the creek; that the injury was too remote, and in fact resulted from unskillful poling; and that a libel in rem was not the remedy for the non-feasance of a towage contract, which was the only cause of action libelant could have.

Alfred Driver and J. Warren Coulston, for libelant. .
Curtis Tilton and Henry Flanders, for respondent.

BUTLER, D. J. The libelant's contract was with the Reading Railroad Company. The latter, having arranged with the tug Delaware for the towage of barges from Fairmount to the mouth of Smyrna creek, and other places, was in the habit of issuing towage tickets between the points; and in this instance issued one to Smyrna, for libelant. In pursuance of an understanding between the respondent and the tug Delaware, the former occasionally took the latter's place in towing vessels for the railroad company; and did so in this instance. While the ticket issued shows a contract by the company to tow the barge to Smyrna, there is evidence of a different understanding between the company's agent and the libelant. Whether the railroad company may be held to the terms shown by the ticket need not be considered. The respondent was not a party to this contract. Taking the Delaware's place in her arrangement with the railroad company, she became obliged to do what was thereby stipulated for, but

In this instance it became her duty to tow the libelant into the mouth of the creek; but unless it is shown that she, in some way, made herself a party to the railroad company's contract for towage to Smyrna, her duty ended there. This is not shown. Had she known the terms stated by the ticket, before entering upon the service, she should, probably, be held to an undertaking to comply with them. She did not, however, see the ticket, or become aware of its language, until near the mouth of the creek. Learning that the barge was loaded for Smyrna she informed the libelant that she would not take him there, and called his attention to the preparations necessary for getting up the creek alone. These preparations, in part at least, were made The respondent nevertheless did tow the libelant up through the mouth of the creek, to the first bridge, a distance of several miles, and there cast off the lines and returned. Her duty was thus fully discharged.

The libelant's allegation that he requested to be taken to a wharf, near the bridge, and that he was left in an unsafe position, from which the wharf could not be reached without aid, is not, in my judgment

no more.

sustained. There is testimony that he requested to be taken to the wbarf, but it is met by testimony to the contrary, to my mind, of greater weight. Aside from what the respondent's witnesses say on the subject, the probabilities are against the libelant. That he intended to pursue his way up the stream with the tide, can hardly be doubted. He had provided for doing so, in procuring a boat and anchor, and, as he doubtless believed at the time, a pilot familiar with the channel. As no motive whatever can be seen for refusing the alleged request, the inference is reasonable that it would not have been refused if made. Furthermore, it is not shown that the situation in which the libelant was left was dangerous, even if he proposed to go no further at the time.

Sufficient has been said to indicate the court's reasons for the decree, It would be out of place to inquire into the railroad company's liability under its contract, as shown by the ticket, or to enter apon the question whether the libelant's misfortune arose from failure to comply with the contract, or from fault of his own in neglecting to employ the pilot whose services were tendered, and attempting to pole his boat up a channel of which he was ignorant, or failing to seek the aid of the steam-barge, which passed him on the way. The libel must therefore be dismissed.


(District Court, D. New Jersey. December 8, 1882.) 1. COLLISION-EIGHTEENTH SAILING RULE.

Where two vessels are approaching each other nearly end on, involving the risk of a collision, the eighteenth sailing rule requires that the helms of both vessels should be put to port so that each vessel should pass on the port side of the other, and the vessel failing to obey this rule will be held in fault in case


By the first rule of “the regulations for the government of pilots" It is pre. scribed that when steamers are approaching each other head and head, or nearly so, it shall be the duty of each steamer to pass to the right or on the port side of each other, and the pilot of either steamer may be first in determining to pursue this course, and shall give, as a signal of his intention, one short, distinct blast of his steam-whistle, which the pilot of the other steamer shal answer promptly by a similar blast, and if the answer be two blasts of the steam-whistle, in response to a single blast, such steamer will be held in fault in case of a collision.

In Admiralty.

Bedte, Muirheid & McGee, for libelant.
Goodrich, Deady d Platt, for claimants.

Nixon, D. J. This action is brought by the owners of the steamtug Johnson Brothers against the steam-tug Clifton for damages arising from collision. The libel alleges that on the evening of the tenth of October, 1881, the tug-boat Johnson Brothers was steaming down the East river from Seventeenth street, New York city, bound for Jersey City; that said tug left Seventeenth street at 6:30 o'clock in the afternoon on a flood-tide; that shortly afterwards she discovered a tug-boat coming up the river in shore with a sloop in tow, and so shaped her course as to pass on the outward or eastern side of said tug and tow; that she then saw coming out from under her stern the tug-boat Clifton, showing a red light and a high white light. The Johnson Brothers immediately ported her helm and blew one whistle, and still seeing the red light of the Clifton and not hearing any answer to the whistle, put her helm hard a-port and again blew one long whistle, and the pilot rang four bells to stop, slow, and back said Johnson Brothers, which were at once obeyed. Upon the second whistle being blown the Clifton replied with two short whistles, and then swung around and showed both of her head-lights, and about five seconds afterwards struck the Johnson Brothers on the port bow, about four feet aft of her stem, and cut her about two-thirds in two, and left her in a sinking condition. The said collision occurred a few minutes after half-past 6 o'clock on the evening aforesaid, off Tenth street, in the East river, and on the New York side; that just previous to the collision, and immediately before putting her helm hard a-port, the Johnson Brothers was heading straight down the river; that it was not dark, but the weather was fair, and lights at the time could be plainly distinguished. It further alleged that at the time when the two vessels first came in sight of each other they were meeting end on, or nearly end on, so as to involve risk of collision, and that if the Clifton had put her helm a-port, or if she had kept her course, or if she had backed or taken any of the precautions to avoid a collision which the Johnson Brothers did, the collision would have been 'avoided. The answer of the respondents denies the statement of facts in the libel, and claims that on the evening in question the Clifton had landed near the south ferry in New York and was going up the river to Twelfth street for water, and was running pretty close along the piers on the New York side; that when off Fifth or Sixth street she sighted ahead the tug-boat Sarah with a schooner in tow on her starboard side; that when the Clifton got about off Ninth

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