This was an action brought by the plaintiff Heaton against the defendants for the recovery of certain personal property (18 figured birch logs) specified in the complaint. On the trial there was evidence going to show that Heaton was not the sole owner of the property, but that it belonged to him and W. W. Avery as partners or tenants in common. In this connection his Honor instructed the jury that “If the relationship between Avery and the plaintiff was that of partners in the transaction, then the plaintiff and Avery are owners of the logs, and the fact that Avery is not a'party would not prevent the plaintiff from recovering possession of the logs in this action and you should answer ‘yes’ as to the number of logs which you may find were severed by plaintiff and taken possession of by defendants.”
There was error in the instruction. The .plaintiff under that charge got all of the logs, the wholé of the personal property sued for (the value thereof, as the defendants had converted them) and if he was a partner he got more than he was entitled to. The objection could have been taken advantage of by demurrer, or by motion in arrest of judgment, or upon the general issue as was done here. Cain v. Cain, 50 N. C., 282. It is said in Holmes v. Godwin, 69 N. C., 467, that the old action of replevin is but a shorter name for the action of claim and delivery. And one of several tenants in common could not maintain an action of replevin. Cain v. Cain, supra; Heart v. Fitzgerald, 2 Mass., 509. Certainly it is the general rule that in all suits relating to a partnership all the partners are necessary parties, either as plaintiff or defendant. Bank v. Railway, 11 Wall., 628; McCaig v. Helt, 42 Md., 231; Dunham v. Bistehoff, 47 Ind., 214.
*400There are other and more important questions in-' volved in this appeal, but we have concluded for satisfactory reasons to make no decision upon them at this, time. For the error pointed out there must be a new trial.