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Southern Kansas Railway Co. v. Briscoe, 144 U.S. 133 (1892)

Southern Kansas Railway Company v. Briscoe

No. 869

Submitted February 1, 1892

Decided March 28, 1892

144 U.S. 133


Under the provisions of the Act of July 4, 1884, 23 Stat. 73, c. 179, the United States Circuit and District Courts for the Northern District of Texas, the Western District of Arkansas, and the District of Kansas have concurrent jurisdiction, without reference to the amount in controversy and without distinction as to citizenship of the parties, over all controversies arising between the Southern Kansas Railway Company and the inhabitants of the Indian nations and tribes through whose territory that railway is constructed.

This was a motion

"to dismiss the writ of error herein, because the court has no jurisdiction to hear and determine the same or to affirm the judgment, it being manifest that even if the court has jurisdiction, the question on which the jurisdiction depends is so frivolous as not to need further argument."

The case is stated in the opinion.

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