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Haslem v. Lockwood

Supreme Court of Errors of Connecticut
37 Conn. 500 (1871)


Facts

The plaintiff hired two men to gather manure left by travelers’ horses on the side of the public highway, intending to remove the manure to the plaintiff’s land the next evening. The two men took two hours to gather the manure into eighteen heaps and left the heaps by the roadside overnight. The next morning, the defendant saw the manure heaps, asked the borough warden if he had given permission for anyone to remove them and learned the warden had not, and took the heaps to the defendant’s own land. The plaintiff sued and the trial court found the plaintiff had not made out a sufficient right or interest in the manure heaps. The plaintiff appealed.

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