A bill in equity has been filed in the Maine Water company against the Saint Croix Paper company and others of Sprague’s Falls, asking that the paper company be enjoined from throwing refuse matter into the Saint Croix river, the petition alleging that the water in the river is thereby made impure. Associate Justice Whitehouse of the Supreme Judicial court, has issued a temporary injunction and a hearing on the matter will be held at some future date. Master in Chancery Daniels has filed his decree in the case of the Knickerbocker Trust company against the Warsaw Water company with the clerk of the United States court, holding in favor of the complainant. The water company issued bonds to the amount of $00,000, payable on January 1, 1926, and bearing interest of five per cent., the interest to be paid to the trust company, acting as trustee. The water company, it is alleged, failed to make certain payments and the trust company then declared not only the interest, but the principal due. To collect this, suit was brought. Some of the bonds having been taken up, the amount nowdue the holders is $72,112.95. According to the decree of the master, the Water company must pay this amount within ten days or the mortgage given on the plant to secure the bondholders will be foreclosed.
At Akron, Ohio, has been begun suit against the local waterworks company by the administrator of the estate of Clarabel G. Bush to recover $10,000 damages from the company because of the death of Clarabel G. Bush, a girl of nine years, who was drowned in the reservoir on Sherbondy hills on May 23, 1903. It is alleged that, because of the negligence of the company in not having proper gates at the reservoir to prevent persons from walking on the embankment, it is liable for the death of the child.
There is no peace, at best it is only a modified truce that exists between the Houston Water company and the city of Houston. An injunction suit is on in the Federal court, and testimony is being taken. By this action the water company obtained an order from the Federal court restraining the city from enforcing an ordinance which fined the company for going to Buffalo bayou for water. The company’s contract allowed it to get its water supply from Buffalo bayou, and the restraining order was obtained on constitutional grounds, the Federal Constitution upholding the right of contract. The injunction also granted other relief. The council had previously filed suit against the company for $130,000 damages growing out of the burning of the old market house, the loss of which, it was set forth, was due to insufficient water to put out the fire. The company then brought suit against the city for a large sum claimed to be due for hydrant rentals. The city then tried to annul the franchise of the company, on tlie grounds of not having lived up to the terms of the charter contract. The injunction brought a stay to the proceedings, and the other suits have lain dormant. The final hearing in the injunction matter is to come up before Judge Burns of the Federal court in February next. In will probably take several weeks to examine all the witnesses and get evidence in shape for the final hearing. In the meantime, the compromise issue between the city and company remains unchanged, and conferences, it is understood, will be resumed at an early date.
Colorado Springs will supply Manitou with water, and will lay a twenty-four-inch main to bring the water from the mountains. Ten-inch and sixteen-inch mains are already laid. For the right of way Colorado Springs pays Manitou $20,000 and secures the privilege of converting either the ten or sixteen-inch main into another twenty-four-inch main.