ANDERST v. ATCHISON TOPEKA & SANTA FE RY. CO.

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ANDERST v. ATCHISON TOPEKA & SANTA FE RY. CO.
1907 OK 91
91 P. 894
19 Okla. 206
Decided: 09/05/1907
Supreme Court of Oklahoma

Supreme Court of the Territory of Oklahoma.

ANDERST
v.
ATCHISON, T. & S. F. RY. CO.

Sept. 5, 1907.

Syllabus by the Court.

¶0 When on the trial of a case in the district court the defendant interposes a demurrer to plaintiff's evidence, which is sustained by the court and the cause dismissed, such ruling will not be reviewed by this court on appeal, unless the case-made contains all of the evidence introduced upon such trial; and where the case-made contains a statement that all of the evidence introduced upon the trial is contained therein, but the record upon its face shows that it does not, and that a material plat or chart was omitted therefrom, the record is the best evidence, and will prevail over such statement.

[Ed. Note.-For cases in point, see Cent. Dig. vol. 3, Appeal and Error, § 2911.]

W. S. Roark, A. C. Towne, and T. J. Womack, for plaintiff in error.
Henry E. Asp, Charles H. Woods, George M. Green, and Jesse J. Dunn, for defendant in error.

BURWELL, J.

¶1 This action was brought by the appellant for the death of his infant child, alleged to have been caused by the negligence of the defendant company. When the plaintiff rested his case, the defendant company interposed a demurrer to the evidence, which was sustained, and the cause dismissed at the cost of the plaintiff.

¶2 On the trial of the case, a certain plat or chart showing the location of the plaintiff's house from which the infant strayed, the fences, railway track, railway crossing, and the location of different important objects, and the conditions generally in the immediate place and vicinity of the accident, was admitted in evidence. This chart was used in examining the different witnesses, and, instead of detailing conditions, references were made to the objects on the chart, which were designated by letters, etc. This chart is omitted from the case-made, and, although the Supreme Court gave leave to amend the case-made, this omission of evidence was not supplied. The parties and the trial court were of the opinion that it was necessary to exhibit this chart or plat to the jury and have the witnesses testify in relation thereto, and this court should have the benefit of the same in reviewing the evidence. This omission is fatal to a consideration of the evidence. This identical question was decided in the case of Pappe v. American Insurance Co.,

¶3 The ruling on the demurrer to the evidence cannot be reviewed because the case-made does not contain all of the evidence introduced upon the trial, and on which the ruling was based.

¶4 The judgment of the lower court is affirmed, at the cost of appellant. All of the Justices concurring, except PANCOAST, J., who presided at the trial below, not sitting, and IRWIN, J., absent.