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Board at that time, and at one point, so carefully was a case being prepared that a diver was hired to examine holes and leaks in the upstream piling of the dam to prove a point!

Everything seems to have been cleared up without either side being too badly hurt, but faith in a needle dam was shattered, and it was agreed that a different system of bringing water into the lake must be tried. Messrs Bailey, Sharpe and Babb were appointed to look into the cost of putting a pump at the River, putting up a pump-house, and power to run the pump.

An itemized cost-sheet was presented at a Parks Board meet­ ing on Oct. 6, 1911, and was followed by a call for tenders for machinery. The Westinghouse Co. were the most reasonable at $1.- 356.00. Work was done by day labor under the supervision of a com­ mittee.

Mr. P. Handcock was the foreman and he, with his crew, built a concrete well, laid intake pipes from the River, and built a flume 2' x 6' to carry the water from the pump to the bulkhead.

By Feb. of 1912, the pump had been installed, and shortly after, the water in Crescent Lake reached a depth of 4' 4". The total cost for completion of this satisfactory project was $5,193.04.

Two men, Hodgson and Lee, were hired as engineers at the River Pump House @ $65.00 and $40.00 per month, which was con­ sidered a fairly good salary at that time. The pump had to be kept running at a speed suiting the elevation in order to obtain a con­ stant capacity. It also had to be primed, and was operated by pulleys and a motor.

Weeds had made a little headway in the Lake by this time, and a submarine weed-cutting-saw was purchased to eliminate them. The' cost of saw, freight and duty was $80.00. A raft was built later to facilitate the work of this machine.

The Board, anxious to promote further improvemen ts, made ar­ rangements for cutting a canal to connect both ends of Crescent Lake. Mr. H. Ogletree consented to give them the right of way with­ out conditions or considerations. Tenders were called, and Joseph Nadon was hired to do all the work, cutting brush from the channel and excavating the canal, for $325.00.

At last the Lake was in condition to be enjoyed as a lake.

Private boat houses were built, with owners leasing the land. The Parks Board erected a large one too, and in 1915 were charging