ride, On the upward flowing tide,’ and ‘When the works of Wood
are seen,’ there was a mighty shout to be made, that would ‘Make the echoes leap and roar.’
It was also directed that if the ‘vandal’ resisted, they should ‘Duck him in the limpid stream’ and ‘Rub him with a muddy paste.’
These latter operations, savoring strongly of the ‘tar and feather’ discipline of the recent war time, were not performed, though no doubt the limpid stream became muddy enough in the destructive work that followed.
No lives were lost in the struggle, though bloodshed was imminent, as the ‘vandal’ did ‘defy’ them, the attacking party suffering from a bombardment of stones from the irate proprietor.
They succeeded, however, in wrecking the dam, and it is said one of the number contracted a severe rheumatism by his efforts in the water.
Ere long Mr. Wood
had the dam rebuilt, though in a less substantial manner, by driving stakes into the river and placing planks against them, this developing some power by turning the river's current against the millwheel.
On November 14 following, the Medford
selectmen ‘voted, that Mr. Richardson
make inquiry in regard to “Wood
's dam” and report at meeting on Monday evening next.’
On November 21 they ‘voted, that counsel be engaged to take charge of the matter of Wood's Dam now pending before the Supreme Court, the same to be referred to Mr. Richardson
Winter was setting in, and the boating season over.
No more appears of record till July 17, 1871, when ‘Messrs.
’——and——‘appeared on account of Wood
's dam,’ and it was ‘voted, that Mr. Richardson
be a committee to take legal advice,’ and so the summer passed away.
It is probable that Mr. Wood
continued to use the water-power, but on February 5, 1872, the complainant who first appeared came again with the ‘old, old story,’