The defendants in their answer set up the defense of contributory negligence, and in apt time tendered an issue addressed to that *198question, which the court declined to submit. The court also instructed the jury that the plaintiff, due to his tender years, could not be guilty of contributory negligence.
There was evidence tending to support the defendants’ allegation of negligence on the part of the plaintiff, and the father of the plaintiff testified that at the time of the injury the plaintiff was eight years old lacking a few days, and that he was a bright boy.
We are constrained to hold that the court below was in error in the ruling complained of, and that the issue of contributory negligence should have been submitted, with appropriate instruction, under the rule laid down in Boykin v. R. R., 211 N. C., 113, 189 S. E., 177; Morris v. Sprott, 207 N. C., 358, 177 S. E., 13; Brown v. R. R., 195 N. C., 699, 143 S. E., 536; Foard v. Power Co., 170 N. C., 48, 86 S. E., 804.
The defendants’ motion for judgment of nonsuit was properly denied, but for the error pointed out there must be a