The respondent, a workman in the employ of Prindle & Averill and a brother-in-law of Prindle, was charged with stealing money from the partnership safe. The defence was that the money was taken by Prindle’s direction.
During Averill’s cross-examination he testified that he had never had any considerable trouble with his partner, and upon objection being made to a further inquiry, respondent’s counsel offered to show declarations and sworn statements made by the witness relative to the respondent and Prindle, and that witness had caused the arrest of the respondent and been active in the prosecution, and that one object he had in view was to drive Prindle out and get control of the business. The court said that any feeling the witness had against the respondent might be shown in a general way, but that counsel would not be permitted to go very much into detail. Counsel took an exception to this ruling, and made no furthér inquiry. The court’s disposition of the matter was. correct. It permitted further inquiry as to the feelings of the witness towards the respondent, but with an intimation that not much detail would be allowed. It was within the''discretion of the court to limit the inquiry. 2 Wigm. Ev., §951; Bertoli v. Smith, 69 Vt. 425. We do not know where the court would have drawn the line, for the inquiry was not pursued.
At the close of the State’s evidence the respondent moved the court to direct his acquittal, on the ground that the State *260had failed to show that the money was not taken by the direction of Prindle. The State meets this point without claiming that the motion was waived by proceeding with the defence, and we dispose of the matter as argued. The motion was properly overruled. There was evidence that after the store was closed for the night the respondent went into it and opened the safe, appeared to take something out of the safe and put it into his pocket, and closed the safe and went out; that counts of the money made just before and just after this occurrence showed that two and one-half dollars had been taken; and that when the respondent was arrested he said that he had not been to the safe and did not know the combination. This was evidence tending to show that the taking was felonious.
The respondent offered to show by Prindle, who was called for the defence, that for some time before this occurrence there had been trouble between the partners; that Averill was desirous of getting witness out of the business to make a place for his prospective son-in-law; that a conspiracy was entered into by these people to make a scapegoat of the respondent for the purpose of bringing about this result; that a bill in chancery setting up this matter was brought to secure a dissolution of the partnership; and that Averill and the person referred to have since become partners, and are now doing business at the Prindle & Averill stand. Evidence of this character was clearly inadmissible. The respondent had already testified that he went to- the safe at the time and in the manner testified to by the State’s witnesses, and took the amount claimed to be missing, but that Prindle sent him to get it. The only point in controversy was whether the respondent had this authority. This was something upon which the State’s witnesses had said nothing and could say nothing. The offered *261testimony had no bearing, direct or indirect, upon the controverted point.
The State showed by Averill in its opening that there was no entry of the amount taken as charged to any one, and that no settlement of it had been made with the firm. The witness was cross-examined as to the manner of keeping the cash account and the contents of the change bag, and was briefly inquired of upon that subject in re-examination. Prin-. die, a witness for the respondent, testified that the money was accounted for by. being included in a twenty dollar item charged to him. In its rebuttal the State was permitted to show by the bookkeeper that the money taken could not have been included in that item. The respondent excepted to this on the ground, that it was part of the State’s case, had in fact been inquired about in its opening, and was not proper rebutting evidence. The objection-was not well taken. It was clearly permissible for the State to meet with further and more particular evidence - the specific claim developed by the defence. Stillwell v. Farewell, 64 Vt. 286.
Judgment that there is no error in the proceedings and that the respondent take nothing by his exceptions. Let sentence be executed.