and still another season passed, and on October 21 he ‘appeared’ again.
By this time a decision had been rendered by the court, adversely to Mr. Wood
, and it was then ‘voted, that a committee appear before the Harbor
Commissioners and request them to carry out the decision of the court.’
On November 11 that committee reported that written application had been made for the dam's removal.
Just when it was finally removed is a matter of uncertainty.
Doubtless, Mr. Wood
felt himself aggrieved in the matter, and it would seem as if some amicable arrangement might have been made, whereby the boats of the pleasure-seekers might have passed by the obstruction which had at least had the precedent of years of use— years so many that Mr. Brooks
, in 1855, was unable to ascertain.
The decision of the court was that no structure could be built in tidal water outside of high-water mark.
A few years ago the late Dr. Hedenberg
furnished the writer a photographic copy (by Wilkinson
) of the ‘dam’ poetry alluded to, which he had carefully preserved as a memento of the great naval exploit of which we have written, and it is here partially presented:—
You've built a wooden dam, old W—d,
Across the tidal stream,
Why have you built the dam, old W—d,
Please tell us what you mean.
On each end of your dam, old W—d,
You say you own the shore,
The Almighty owns the water, W—d,
We won't allow your dam, old W—d,
To keep small craft from floating,
And we'll tear down your dan, old W—d,
While there is boats and boating.
Fiat justitia rust [?] coelum