FIRST NAT. BANK OF STONEWALL v. JEFFREY

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FIRST NAT. BANK OF STONEWALL v. JEFFREY
1911 OK 26
113 P. 710
27 Okla. 702
Case Number: 691
Decided: 01/10/1911
Supreme Court of Oklahoma

FIRST NAT. BANK OF STONEWALL
v.
JEFFREY et al.

Syllabus

¶0 APPEAL AND ERROR--Evidence--Sufficiency--Defense to Note. Evidence examined, and held not sufficient to sustain the judgment of the court below.

Error from Pontotoc County Court; Joe Terrell, Judge.

Action by the First National Bank of Stonewall against W. P. Jeffrey and G. H. Angelly. Judgment for defendants, and plaintiff appeals. Reversed and remanded.

Currie & King and J. P. McKeel, for plaintiff in error.
Duke Stone, for defendants in error.

KANE, J.

¶1 In January, 1907, one Harrison sold to the defendant Jeffrey two horses and a set of harness. Jeffrey was unable to pay cash for said, purchase and Harrison, being indebted to the bank, agreed with Jeffrey that he would sell him said property if he (Jeffrey) would make a bankable note, such as he could sell to the plaintiff, the First National Bank. Jeffrey agreed to this, and, by way of carrying the arrangement into effect, went to the plaintiff bank and offered as security on said note his codefendant, G. H. Angelly, which offer was accepted and the note made direct to the bank instead of to Harrison as formerly agreed. The note so given is the basis of this action. The answer of the defendant admits the execution of the note, but alleges that there was a failure of consideration, in that the horses purchased from Harrison were diseased and worthless, whereas said Harrison warranted said horses to be sound and free from disease. The reply of the plaintiff amounted to a general denial. Upon trial to a jury there was a verdict for the defendants, upon which judgment was rendered, to reverse which this proceeding in error was commenced.

¶2 The judgment must be reversed. The answer does not allege facts sufficient to constitute a defense to the cause of action set up in the petition, and the facts developed on trial are not sufficient to sustain a judgment in favor of the defendants. Admitting that the horses were diseased and that they were warranted to be sound by Harrison, yet the liability of the defendants to the bank would not be affected. The question whether the bank was an innocent purchaser does not seem to us to be very material. The case, to us, is in no way different from one where a prospective purchaser of horses borrows money from a bank to make the purchase from a third person who warrants them to be sound and it turns out they are not. The question of the soundness of the horses or any contract of warranty between the vendor and vendee, would be entirely between the vendor and vendee, and would not affect the bank or person who loaned the money. The defendant Jeffrey may have a cause of action against Harrison for damages for breach of warranty, but he has entirely failed to state or prove any facts that constitute a defense against the promissory note given to the bank.

¶3 The judgment of the court below is reversed and the cause remanded, with directions to enter judgment for the plaintiff.

¶4 All the Justices concur.