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secure its payment; upon the first of the above described pieces of real estate, to secure the note for $1200; upon the second, to secure the note for $2500; upon the third, to secure the note for $1500; and upon the fourth, to secure the note for $500. These mortgages were all duly recorded.

Before the notes fell due, and before they were presented for allowance against the estate of Bryan, in the probate court having jurisdiction thereof, and without application to any court for an order to pay the notes or any of them, or to sell any property of the estate to pay them, and “while holding in his hands as administrator sufficient money


all the principal and interest which might become due on said notes or any of them,” Kales on the 28th of September, 1883, instituted, in the District Court of the Second Judicial District of Arizona, in and for Maricopa County, in his individual name, an action against himself as administrator. He .declared, in that action, upon the notes and mortgages, and prayed judgment against himself as administrator for the sum of fifty-seven hundred dollars, with interest on twelve hundred dollars of [that] sum from the 11th day of June, 1883, on twenty-five hundred dollars from the 23d day of May, 1883, on fifteen hundred dollars from the 26th day of May, 1883, and on five hundred dollars from June 14, 1883, the interest on each sum to be at the rate of one and a half per cent per month; with a like rate of interest upon the principal sum named in any judgment or decree that may be obtained from the date thereof until the same shall be fully paid and satisfied; and for ten per cent for attorneys' fees upon forty-two hundred dollars of the principal sum, and five per cent for attorneys' fees upon twenty-five hundred dollars of the principal sum, and for costs of suit.

He also prayed that the usual decree be made for the sale of the premises by the sheriff according to law and the practice of the court; that the proceeds of sale be applied in payment of the amount due the plaintiff ; that the defendant and all persons claiming under him or his decedent subsequent to the execution of the mortgages upon the premises, either as purchasers, incumbrancers, or otherwise, be barred and

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foreclosed of all right, claim, or equity of redemption in the premises and every part thereof, and that the plaintiff have judgment against the defendant, as administrator of the estate of J. M. Bryan, deceased for any deficiency remaining after applying the proceeds of the sale of the premises properly applicable to the satisfaction of the judgment, and that such deficiency be made a claim against the estate of the said J. M. Bryan, deceased, to be paid as other claims against said estate.

He further prayed that the plaintiff or any other party to the suit might become a purchaser at the sale ; that the sheriff execute a deed to the purchaser; that the latter be let into the possession of the premises on production of the sheriff's deed therefor; and that the plaintiff have such other or further relief in the premises as to the court seemed meet and equitable.

A summons was sued out by M. W. Kales as an individual against himself as administrator, requiring the latter to appear ·and answer the complaint. It was personally served on the day it was issued, and, on the succeeding day, October 6, 1883, in his capacity as administrator, he made the following answer to the complaint filed by bimself in his individual capacity :

“The defendant, M. W. Kales, administrator of the estate of J. M. Bryan, deceased, answering the complaint on file in this action, admits each and every material allegation in the said complaint, and consents that judgment and decree be entered in accordance with the prayer thereof."

In other words, M. W. Kales consented that he might as an individual take judgment against himself as administrator.

On the 16th of October, 1883, the court, D. H. Pinney being the judge thereof, rendered a decree of foreclosure and sale, finding, upon the complaint, answer and proofs heard, that there was due to the plaintiff, M. W. Kales, from the defendant, M. W. Kales, administrator, the sums, with interest, specified in the several mortgages, with the attorney's fee provided for in the mortgages and claimed in the complaint, and directing the proceeds of the sale of each parcel to be applied to the debt secured by the mortgage on that parcel.


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The decree further provided :

“That the defendant, M. W. Kales, as administrator as aforesaid, and all persons claiming or to claim from or under him or from or under the said J. M. Bryan, deceased, and all persons having liens subsequent to said mortgages by judgment, decree, or otherwise upon the lands described in said mortgages or either of them, and they or their personal representatives, and all persons having any lien or claim by or under such subsequent judgment or decree, and their personal representatives, and all persons claiming under thein, be forever barred and foreclosed of and from all equity of redemption and claim in, of, and to said mortgaged premises and every part and parcel thereof from and after the delivery of said sheriff's deed.

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“And it is.further adjudged and decreed that if the moneys arising from said sale of any of the separate parcels of said lands described in either of the respective mortgages shall be insufficient to pay the amount so found due to the plaintiff, as above stated, upon each of the respective mortgages, with interests and costs and expenses of sale as aforesaid, the sheriff specify the amount of such deficiency and balance due the plaintiff upon each of the respective mortgages separately in his return of sale, and that on the coming in and filing of said returns of deficiency the same shall become a claim against the estate of J. M. Bryan deceased, to be paid as other claims are paid.”

The remainder of the decree contains a description of the property or parcels of land covered by the respective mortgages.

On the 8th of November, 1883, the District Court made an order commanding the sheriff to sell upon notice all the property described in the mortgages, and make return thereof. Pursuant to that order, the sheriff, L. H. Orme, advertised, and on the 15th of December, 1883, sold, the property in parcels, as follows: The first parcel to Robert Garside for $1500; the second to M. W. Kales for $2975; the third to William Gilson for $1850; and the fourth to M. W. Kales for

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$600. The amount bid for each parcel was much less than such parcel was worth in open market, or than it would have brought at the usual sheriff's sale. The sheriff delivered to each purchaser a certificate of sale. He made his return of sales on the 26th of December, 1883, but the sales have never been confirmed by the District Court.

After the sales and before the making of any deeds, Kales assigned to J. T. Simms the certificate of sale for the second parcel, and to D. H. Pinney the certificate of sale for the fourth parcel. On the 16th of June, 1884, the sheriff executed a deed for the first parcel to Garside, who, by deed of May 20, 1887, sold and conveyed to J. DeBarth Shorb. Simms, having received from the sheriff, June 10, 1884, a deed for the second parcel, sold and conveyed, by deed of February 28, 1887, to George T. Brasius, who subdivided it into blocks and lots as “ Central Place;" and, subsequently, May 3, 1887, sold and conveyed one lot to John W. Jeffries, and, May 5, 1887, another lot to Henry W. Ryder. Gilson received a sheriff's deed for the third parcel, June 19, 1884, and, April 6, 1886, sold and conveyed to Cordelia L. Beckett, wife of C. G. Beckett. The fourth parcel was conveyed by the sheriff, June 16, 1884, to D. H. Pinney, who, September 10, 1886, sold and conveyed a portion thereof to the Bank of Napa, a corporation existing under the laws of California. - Another portion of the fourth parcel was conveyed by Pinney, November 18, 1886, to F. Q. Story, who sold and conveyed to M. H. Sherman.

Bryan left no descendants. His wife, Vina Bryan, survived him. All the property in question was acquired by him during marriage, and, at the time of his death, — the complaint alleges, - was the common property of himself and wife, and, upon his death, she became and was his sole heir, and to her all of the common property descended, and in her remained until June 29, 1887, when; by deeds of conveyance, she granted, released and conveyed to the present plaintiff all of these lands, together with all her estate, right, interest and claim in the same and every part thereof.

The complaint makes all of the persons hereinbefore named

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as having purchased at sheriff's sale or received conveyances for these parcels of land defendants to this suit. It alleges that of "all the facts herein alleged, the defendants and each of them, at all the times herein mentioned, had full notice; that the defendant, D. H. Pinney, was the judge of the said District Court, and acted as such in all the proceedings had in the said action, wherein said defendant, M. W. Kales, was plaintiff, and said M. W. Kales, as administrator of the estate of J. M. Bryan, deceased, was defendant; and said defendant, D. H. Pinney, rendered and made the said decree of foreclosure and order of sale therein and was so the judge of said District Court at the time of the assignment to him by said defendant, M. W. Kales, of the sheriff's certificate of sale of said block number 98, in said city of Phoenix, and also at the time of the execution and delivery to him by the said sheriff of the said sheriff's deed thereof."

The plaintiff, after alleging that the premises described in the complaint are of the value of $125,000, prayed :

That the proceedings, judgment, decree and order of sale had, made, rendered or entered in the action brought by Kales be annulled, set aside, and declared void;

That the sale of the property, and the certificate of sale and deeds made to Kales, Garside, Gilson, Pinney and Simms be set aside and declared void, and the parts and portions of the property conveyed to the several defendants be decreed to have been received by them and each of them with notice and in trust for Vina Bryan and her grantee, the plaintiff herein ;

That the defendants and each of them, now pretending to claim or own the above property or any part thereof, be decreed to hold the same and each part claimed by them in trust for the plaintiff, and required to convey to him upon his doing whatever the court adjudged should be equitably done by him;

That the defendants and each of them be enjoined from selling, conveying, mortgaging or in any way interfering with the premises; and

That the plaintiff have such other and further relief as may be just and equitable.

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