No Annulment for Butterfield

The breaking up of that company’s line and the stopping of mail to California over it presented the government with as pretty a dilemma as one could hope to find. The Overland Mail Company had faithfully discharged its obligations under its contract, and the stoppage of the mail to California could in no manner be charged to it. The case was so simple and plain that everybody’s sympathy was aroused, and no one thought of attempting to find grounds for annulling the contract and awarding it to the Central Overland California & Pike’s Peak Express Company. Neither was there any complaint against the Central Overland’s handling of the mail on the Central Route; nor was there any reason for annulling its two contracts and awarding them to the Overland Mail Company.