92 U.S. 31 (____)


Supreme Court of United States.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. James W. Gerard for the appellants.

Mr. Henry J. Scudder for the appellees.

MR. JUSTICE CLIFFORD delivered the opinion of the court.

Usages, called sea laws, having the effect of obligatory regulations, to prevent collisions between ships engaged in navigation, existed long before there was any legislation upon the subject, either in this country or in the country from which our judicial system was largely borrowed.

Plenary jurisdiction was conferred upon the courts in such controversies; and the judicial reports show, beyond peradventure...

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