Law: Undelivered Wires

The Supreme Court of Alabama recently imposed a liability on the Western Union Telegraph Company under rather unusual circumstances. The father of the plaintiff, whose name was Swindle, died, and a friend telegraphed to Swindle: " Your father is dead. Come at once." The telegram was not delivered promptly and the plaintiff was unable to make the proper arrangements for his father's burial. The jury allowed him $500 damages and their verdict was upheld on appeal.

The first clause of the contract on the back of the customary Western Union Telegraph Company...

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