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With regard to the cost of the additional width of Wendell street now asked for, it has been said that the principal petitioner, already alluded to as so desirous of bringing it about, will guarantee that it shall be no expense to the city beyond $13,000; that is to say, he will pay all the cost over that sum. It is to be presumed, of course, that he does this for the public benefit. The Commissioners do not, however, feel warranted in advising the expenditure of $13,000, or any part of it, unless they adjudge that the public good requires it.
Finally, the Commissioners beg leave to remind the Honorable Council that the responsibility of an unjust or injudicious taking of private property for street purposes rests with the Board of Street Commissioners alone, and cannot be shared by any other department of the City Government; and they, failing to discover such benefit to the public as would justify them in taking the necessary land or expending the necessary money, which the work under consideration must inevitably require, however much they may wish to carry to completion any measure recommended by the Honorable Council, cannot, in conformity with their oath and their duty to the tax-payers of the city, advise the expenditure of any further sum for the widening of Wendell street.
ISAAC S. BURRELL, S Commissioners.
CITY OF BOSTON.
IN BOARD OF STREET COMMISSIONERS, April 20, 1872. Resolved, That the safety and convenience of the inhabitants of the city require that EMERSON STREET should be widened from Broadway to Third street, and extended from Third to Second at Dorchester street; and for that purpose it is necessary to take and lay out as a public street or way of the said city, a parcel of land belonging to MICHAEL HOURIHAN, bounded as follows, viz.: northeastwardly by the proposed line of widening of Emerson street, there measuring fifty-two and feet; westwardly by land hereinafter described as taken from William A. Wood, seventeen and 10 feet; southwestwardly by the present line of Emerson street, fifty-two and feet; and eastwardly by I street, eighteen and feet; containing eight hundred and fiftyfour square feet, more or less.
A parcel of land belonging to WILLIAM A. WOOD, bounded as follows, viz.: northeastwardly by the proposed line of widening of Emerson street, there measuring fortythree and feet; westwardly by land hereinafter described as taken from Michael Hourihan, sixteen and feet; southwestwardly by the present line of Emerson street, forty-three and feet; and eastwardly by land before described as taken from Michael Hourihan, seventeen and 41 feet; containing six hundred and eighty-seven square 100 feet, more or less.
A parcel of land belonging to MICHAEL HOURIHAN, bounded as follows, viz.: northeastwardly by the proposed