Nearly $200,000 Awarded.
Over $185,000 damages were awarded against the board of street and water commissioners of Newark, N. J., Monday by the commissioners appointed in the condemnation proceedings against land at Butler, lying along the Pequannock river, from whence Newark receives part of its water supply. The award is considered very heavy, notwithstanding the fact that between $800,000 and $900,000 was claimed by the owners of the property claimed to have been injured by the building of the East Jersey Water Company’s pipe line to Newark. The money will not be lost by the city, although the suit is directed against its controlling body. The East New Jersey Water Company, by reason of the fact that they agreed to give a clear title to all the property along the line of the pipe lines to this city, will necessarily have to stand the burden of the heavy award. The award of the commissioners will be submitted to Judge Depue for confirmation within a few days, by which time either parties to the suit can give notice of appeal.
The case has attracted a great deal of attention since it commenced. The commissioners, Frederic Adams, the Newark lawyer; Henry W. Miller of Morristown and Frederick A. Canfield of Dover, were appointed June 18. The taking of testimony began August 17, and continued from time to time throughout thirty-eight days. Over 3000 pages of testimony was taken during that lime by Stenographer Salmon, although the four cases were tried together. The trial arguments were ended about three weeks ago. Since then the commissioners have been busy figuring estimates of the damage alleged to have been incurred by the drawing off most of the water supply from the mills. Joseph Coult, Robert H. McCarter of Newark and ex Senator John W. Griggs of Paterson represented the board of street and water commissioners and the water company, and Albert Clark, Gehardi Davis of New York and Joseph L. Munn of Newark represented the mill owners.