No. 334.

165 U.S. 275 (1897)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 25, 1897.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. Jackson H. Ralston for appellants. Mr. James G. Maguire and Mr. H.W. Hutton were with him on the brief.

Mr. Solicitor General for appellees.

MR. JUSTICE BROWN delivered the opinion of the court.

Upon what ground the court below dismissed the writ, and remanded the petitioners, does not appear, but the record raises two questions of some importance. First, as to the constitutionality of Rev. Stat. §§ 4598 and 4599, in so far as they confer jurisdiction upon justices of the peace to apprehend deserting seamen, and return them to their vessel; Second, as to the conflict of the same...

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