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Haslem v. Lockwood

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



Thomas Haslem (plaintiff) hired two men to gather manure left by travelers’ horses on the side of the public highway. Haslem intended to remove the manure to his own land the next evening. The two workmen took two hours to gather the manure into 18 heaps and left the heaps by the roadside overnight. Neither Haslem nor his workmen left any notice on the manure heaps indicating who had gathered them. The next morning, William Lockwood (defendant) saw the manure heaps and tried unsuccessfully to figure out who had made the heaps. Lockwood asked the borough warden if he had given permission for anyone to remove the manure heaps and learned the warden had not. Lockwood then removed the manure heaps to his own land. Haslem demanded payment for the manure from Lockwood, and Lockwood refused. Haslem sued. The trial court entered judgment for Lockwood, finding that Haslem had not made out a sufficient right or interest in the manure heaps. Haslem appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Park, J.)

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