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[p. 53] away toward the pumping station. Suspecting that they were going to start up the pumping engine, some of Medford's people started in pursuit and arrived at the station before the engine could be started up. After the arrival of the party, which had walked to the pumping station, the mayor was informed of the action of the employees. He was asked if it was his intent that all the sewage should be passed through the filter beds, and he answered ‘yes.’ Then said one of the selectmen of Medford, ‘Stop up the sewer so that no unpurified sewage will pass into the pond, and thus compel all the sewage to be pumped into the filter beds.’ Turning to the city engineer, the mayor said, ‘How would that do, Mr.——?’ ‘It would not do at all,’ was the answer. The mayor made no reply. The city of Boston never did, and never intended to purify all the sewage before discharging it into the pond. The condition of matters was never satisfactory to Medford people until the completion of the Metropolitan system of sewerage. After the Metropolitan Water Board was established, Mystic pond was abandoned as a water supply.
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