New York State Firemen’s Association.
The printed report of the proceedings of the New York State Firemen’s Association has come to hand, and in glancing over its pages the following report of Treasurer L. H. Groat is found:
WATERTOWN, N. Y., August 18, 1890. To the Officers and Members of the Firemen s Association of the State of New York:
Your treasurer would most respecttully beg leave to report, as follows:
It will be seen that upon the face of the report all the cash the treasurer would appear to have received was a check from his predecessor of $12.18, the remainder being handed to him in the form of vouchers and receipts. There has been considerable criticism of the report by members who think they should know the details of the receipts and expenditures of the association, and it has been understood that the matter would be brought up and considered at a meeting of the executive committee at Albany this week.
THE WATER UNLAWFULLY SHUT OFF. — The Massachusetts Supreme Court has decided a question of interest in the case of the Merrimac River Savings Bank vs. the city of Lowell, holding that a city or town which is authorized by statute to furnish water to its inhabitants, to be paid for by them, and which has received from a householder payment in advance for water to be furnished, and has arbitrarily cut off his supply, can be held liable in damages in an action at law. In the case before the court the city ordinances of Lowell provided that in all cases of non-payment of the water rates for thirty days after the same are due, the superintendent shall cut off the supply, and the water shall not be let on again for either the present or any subsequent occupant until the amount due is paid, etc. Water rates are assessed as of April 1, and are payable in advance. The assessments on the premises over which the present suit arose, for the year commencing April I, 1886, were not paid, and on January 13, 1887, the plaintiff bank, which held a mortgage on the premises, dated April 28, 1885, entered to foreclose the same for breach of condition thereof, and continued in possession under the entry. On or about June 1, 1887, the bank paid the full amount of water rates assessed on the premises for the year commencing April 1, 1887, and on August 1, 1887, the bank was notified by the water board that unless the assessments for the year beginning April 1, 1886, were paid the water would be shut off. The bank refused to pay this assessment, the water was shut off, and the present suit begun to recover for damages sustained by reason of the shutting off. At the trial in the Superior Court, the judge found for the plaintiff, assessing damages in the sum of $56, and the defendant excepted. The Supreme Court now overrules the exceptions.