There is no error in the record in this case, prejudicial to plaintiff in error.
The cross-petition of plaintiff in error, defendant below, was properly stricken off, because, the ease coming on appeal from a justice court, the amount set up for the first time in the common pleas court, by cross-petition, was beyond the jurisdiction of a justice of the peace. Bank v. Waldridge, 19 O. S., 427; Bill Publishing Co. v. Curtiss, 7 N. P., 202
*410There was no error in refusing leave to refile said cross-petition as part of the answer.
This ruling was made at the trial. Some time before that defendant had been granted leave, to answer, and his time therefor expired without his taking advantage of it. Ilis last request came too late, and it was within the discretion of the trial judge to refuse it.
There was no error in refusing the request for leave to file a supplemental answer, setting up the fact that the plaintiff, since the commencement of the action, had made a general assignment for the benefit of creditors. Section 5012, Revised Statutes; Lowrey v. Anderson, 57 O. S., 179.
The denial in the answer of the allegation in the petition that on the account sued upon “there is due and payable from the defendant to this plaintiff the sum of $25'7.86 with interest,” is but the denial of legal conclusions.
The words “due and payable,” as used by the pleader means “owing.” See 5 Enc. Digest oi! Ohio Reports, 235, where the authorities on this subject are collected.
Interest arises by operation of statute and to deny that interest is due on an unpaid account, is to deny a matter of law, and not of fact.
Judgment was properly rendered on the pleadings, for the defendant in error, and it is affirmed.