Nos. 177, 234, 207.

162 U.S. 439 (1896)

16 S.Ct. 853

40 L.Ed. 1032


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 13, 1896.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. George A. King (of Boston) for plaintiffs in error.

Mr. Francis V. Balch and Mr. Felix Rackemann, for defendant in error.

Mr. William Warner Hoppin for plaintiffs in error in Foote v. Women's Board of Missions, No. 207, submitted on his brief.

Mr. James H. Webb and Mr. John W. Alling for defendants in error in No. 207.

Mr. Jabez Fox, (with whom was Mr. W.G. Russell on the brief,) Mr. William Gray Brooks and Mr. Harvey D. Hadlock for plaintiffs in error in Brooks v. Codman, No. 284.

Mr. Joseph B. Warner for defendants in error in No. 284.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE FULLER, after stating the case, delivered the opinion of the court.

The French spoliation claims arose from the depredations of French cruisers upon our commerce and from the judgments of French prize courts, and could have been enforced against France only by our government, either by diplomacy or by war. In the negotiations leading up to the treaty of September 30, 1800, 8 Stat. 178, these claims of individuals...

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