committee, made investigation.
It concluded that the subject demanded favorable action, but agreed to insert a section in the bill to safeguard the interests of the town of Medford, viz., Section 2 of Chapter 193 of the Acts of 1874.
The Broadway tide-gates were erected near the Broadway bridge over Alewife brook.
They were constructed by the city of Cambridge (by an agreement with the town of Arlington) in 1875, and were in use up to the time of the completion of the Metropolitan sewer in 1897.
The town of Medford never experienced any discomfort from the sewage from Alewife brook.
All the insoluble portions were deposited in the tortuous channel of the brook and they created a nuisance therein.
That, together with the unsanitary conditions prevailing in part of the cities of Cambridge and Somerville and the towns of Arlington and Belmont, was the principal cause of the erection of the Cradock dam in Medford center.
In the year 1861 the city of Charlestown obtained an act