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Annual Report of the Attorney-General of the State of Virginia for the Year 1878-79

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REPORT. COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA Attorney-General's Office, Richmond, November 18, 1879. His Excellency F. W. M. Holliday, Governor of Virginia: SIR: I respectfully submit the following report of the state and condition of the several causes in which the Commonwealth is a part or has an interest, pending in the Court of Appeals of Virginia and in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond; and also in the District and Circuit Courts of the United States for Virginia, and in the Supreme Court of the United States at Washington. IN THE SUPREME COURT. Haunstein's heirs vs. Lynham. Hartman vs. Greenhow, treasurer. These two cases will probably be heard and disposed of this winter. My report of the 28th of October, 1878, will show the questions involved. Skiddy, &c. vs. Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad Company. This suit was instituted in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Virginia, to foreclose a mortgage upon the property and franchises of the defendant company. A decree was entered at Norfolk some months ago overruling exceptions of the Pennsylvania Steel Company, and also of the State of Virginia, to the master's report and foreclosing the said mortgage. The Pennsylvania Steel Company has obtained an appeal which is now pending in the Supreme Court. Under a resolution of the last General Assembly, I was directed to test in the courts the constitutionality of so much of the act incorporating the defendant company as transferred the indebtedness of the divisional companies to the defendant company. For this purpose the proper exceptions were taken to the master's report, which, as stated above, were overruled. Unless the General Assembly shall direct other-wise, I shall apply to the Supreme Court for an appeal from so much of the decree of the Circuit Court as overruled the exceptions. The amount involved is about $2,000,000.