This section is from the book "The Law Of Contracts", by William Herbert Page. Also available from Amazon: Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Deals, Contracts, Agreements and Promises.
For breach of a contract to make an improvement which will increase the value of certain realty, such improvement not being made upon the realty, the measure of damages is said by some courts to be a difference between the value of such realty on the day when such improvements should have been completed and its value upon that day had the improvement been completed as contracted for.1 If a contract to levy an assessment is broken, the prima facie measure of ordinary damages is the amount which would have been realized from such assessment.2 On a breach of a contract for support for life by the party to furnish such support, the measure of damages is the value of such support for the life of the person to be supplied.3 On breach of a contract by a carrier to land passengers at a certain point, where the carrier lands them elsewhere, the measure of damages is the loss of time, including fhat of the plaintiff and his employes who were landed with him, the extra cost of living and the expense of getting to their destination.4
3 New. York Life Ins. Co. v. Pope (Ky.), 68 S. W. 851; McGee v. Wineholt, 23 Wash. 748; 63 Pac. 571.
1 Ft. Dearborn National Bank v. Bank, 87 Minn. 81; 91 N. W. 257.
2 Deering v. Johnson, 86 Minn. 172; 90 N. W. 363.
3 First National Bank v. Park. 117 la. 552; 91 N. W. 826.
1 Blagen v. Thompson. 23 Or. 239; 18 L. R. A. 315; 31 Pac. 647: Belt v. Water-Power Co., 24 Wash. 387;
64 Pac. 525. In Hudson v. Archer. 9 S. D. 240; 68 N. W. 541, damages caused by a failure to operate a mill in a given town for a specified time were held too remote to allow recovery by one who had paid money to induce such mill to be located there.
2 Assessment by beneficial society. Lawler v. Murphy. 58 Conn. 294: 8 L. R. A. 113; 20 Atl. 457.
3 Paro v. St. Martin. 180 Mass. 29: 61 N. E. 268.
4 Bullock v. S. S. Co., 30 Wash. 448; 70 Pac. 1106. (No other elements of damage being shown.)