After the injury the plaintiff and his family moved to Mecklenburg County, and this action was instituted in the Superior Court of said county on 7 August, 1930. The defendants lived in Anson County, where the injury occurred and cause of action arose. In apt time the defendants made a motion before Judge Harwood to remove the cause for trial to Anson County upon the ground of convenience of witnesses. At the hearing upon the motion for removal it was ordered that the cause be removed from the Superior Court of Mecklenburg County to the Superior Court of Anson County for trial as provided by C. S., 474. It was further ordered “that eighteen men duly qualified to act as jurors be drawn from Union County, from which the jury to try this ease shall be selected, the said jury to be drawn from the jury box of said county of Union as provided by law in such cases.” *176The defendants were given thirty days thereafter in which to file an answer. Thereafter, at the September Term, 1931, of the Superior Court of Anson County the plaintiff moved “that a jury be ordered from Union County for the trial of this cause in accordance with the order of Judge Harwood.” The trial judge denied the motion and the plaintiff excepted. Thereupon the cause was regularly tried in Anson County by a jury duly drawn in said county.
The question of law presented upon this aspect of the case is: Was Judge Finley, the trial judge in Anson County, bound by the order of Judge Harwood theretofore made in removing the case from Mecklen-burg County? C. S., 470, authorizes a judge “to change the place of trial . . . when the convenience of witnesses and the ends of justice would be promoted by the change.” When the motion for removal was made before Judge Harwood in Mecklenburg County the cause was not' at issue, as the time for answering had not expired, and, therefore, the sole and exclusive question before the judge was the preliminary motion of removal. The statute authorized the judge to “change the place of trial” in the exercise of his sound discretion, but when the “place of trial” was changed, the statutory power of the judge was thereby exhausted and he was not authorized to exercise further control over the trial of the cause in the county to which it was removed. McIntosh, North Carolina Practice and Procedure, page 284. See, also, Bisanar v. Suttlemyre, 193 N. C., 711, 138 S. E., 1; Turnage v. Dunn, 196 N. C., 105, 144 S. E., 521.
The plaintiff’s appeal is based upon an adverse verdict as to the negligence of T. C. Coxe. Exception was taken to the exclusion of evidence tending to show that the defendant, Billy Coxe, had driven other cars owned by the defendant, T. C. Coxe, prior to the injury. T. C. Coxe admitted that the other car owned by him was a family car, and his defense was based entirely upon the proposition that the Buick roadster, which his son was driving at the time of the injury, was not a family car. Manifestly, the use of a car admitted to be a family car, would have no probative value in establishing the fact that another car not being used at the time was also a family car. Certain exceptions were taken to the charge. An examination of the charge discloses that the trial judge instructed the jury correctly upon the use of the Buick roadster by Billy Coxe as such use related to the liability of his father, T. C. Coxe. Indeed, upon this asj)ect of the case almost the exact language of Wallace v. Squires, 186 N. C., 339, 119 S. E., 569, was used with reference to the liability of defendant, T. C. Coxe.
The defendant, Billy Coxe, excepted to the exclusion of testimony with reference to the dusty condition of the road at the time of the injury. *177A witness for defendant was asked: “State in your opinion, on that particular nigbt, in the condition the road was, the dust, could you have seen a child in front of the car standing still ?” He was further asked: “What were the conditions along there?” The witness would have answered: “Mighty bad, couldn’t hardly see at all for the dust.” Again he was asked: “Could you tell from where you were at the depot anything about the dust in front of the Eaves house before you left the depot?” The witness would have answered: “It was awful dusty. I had to stop to let it settle down before I could go on. It was awful dusty there in front of the Eaves house. The road was not paved there and as well as I remember it had been ploughed up recently and there was about two inches of dust.” A motion was made to strike out the foregoing testimony as to the condition of the road. The motion was allowed and the testimony was stricken out, and the defendant excepted. Manifestly the evidence descriptive of the physical condition of the road at the time of the injury was competent. The plaintiff however, earnestly insists that other witnesses, both for the plaintiff and the defendants, testified with respect to the dusty condition of the road without objection, and that, therefore, the defendant had the benefit of such testimony. Consequently the question of law is: If competent testimony of a witness is excluded by the trial judge, does the fact that similar testimony from other witnesses is admitted in evidence, render the ruling harmless ?
It is clear that this Court will not grant a new trial for excluding competent testimony of a witness when it appears that the same witness gave substantially the same testimony without objection in other portions of the examination. Baynes v. Harris, 160 N. C., 307, 76 S. E., 230. There is an expression in Davis v. Thornburg, 149 N. C., 233, 62 S. E., 1088, as follows: “Such question was undeniably proper, but we think the plaintiff received the full benefit of such evidence in the subsequent uncontradicted testimony which proved that his mare was an animal of gentle quality.” Apparently this excerpt supports the contention of plaintiff, but an examination of the original record discloses that the “subsequent uncontradicted testimony” referred to came from the same witness and not from other witnesses. See, also, Burns v. R. R., 125 N. C., 304, 34 S. E., 495, and Ledford v. Lumber Co., 183 N. C., 614, 112 S. E., 421, dealing with the admission of improper evidence. Obviously if a party offers the competent testimony of a given number of witnesses, but the court excludes the testimony of one, even though the testimony of the others is admitted without objection, notwithstanding the offering party is entitled to the credibility and weight of testimony of the excluded witness. Otherwise the total weight and credibility of the testimony would be reduced for the reason that a jury might have *178believed the testimony of witness whose evidence was excluded and for one reason or another might not believe the testimony of the witnesses whose testimony was received without objection. Hence it cannot be said as a matter of law that the exclusion of such testimony was harmless error.
This conclusion is supported by decisions in other jurisdictions, notably: Mohrenstecher v. Westervelt, 87 Fed., 157; Bibbins v. City of Chicago, 61 N. E., 1030; Chicago Union Traction Co. v. Miller, 72 N. E., 25; McDonough v. Williams, 112 S. W., 164; Moss v. Wells, 249 S. W., 411; Jenson v. Sorensen, 233 N. W., 717.
Plaintiff’s appeal: Affirmed.
Defendants’ appeal: New trial.
Adams, J., not sitting.