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DAM. A construction of wood, stone, or other materials, made across a stream of water for the purpose of confining it; a mole.
     2. The owner of a stream not navigable, may erect a dam across it, and employ the water in any reasonable manner, either for his use or pleasure, so as not to destroy or render useless, materially diminish, or affect the application of the water by the proprietors below on the stream. He must not shut the gates of his dams and detain the water unreasonably, nor let it off in unusual quantities to the annoyance of his neighbors. 4 Dall. 211; 3 Caines, 207; 13 Mass. 420; 3 Pick, 268; 2 N. H. Rep. 532; 17 John. 306; 3 John. Ch. Rep. 282; 3 Rawle, 256; 2 Conn. Rep. 584; 5 Pick. 199; 20 John. 90; 1 Pick. 180; 4 Id. 460; 2 Binn. 475; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 71; Id. 9; 13 John. 212; 1 McCord, 580; 3 N. H. Rep. 321; 1 Halst. R. 1; 3 Kents Com. 354.
     3. When one side of the stream is owned by one person and the other by another, neither, without the consent of the other, can build a dam which extends beyond the filum aqua, thread of the river, without committing a trespass. Cro. Eliz. 269; 12 Mass. 211; Ang. on W. C. 14, 104, 141; vide Lois des Bat. P. 1, c. 3, s. 1, a. 3; Poth. Traite du Contrat de Societe, second app. 236; Hill. Ab. Index, h.t.; 7 Cowen, R. 266; 2 Watts, R. 327; 3 Rawle, R. 90; 17 Mass. R. 289; 5 Pick. R. 175; 4 Mass. R. 401. Vide Inundation.

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I'd never actually heard of Nelson Mandela, although I knew a lot about the anti-apartheid movement and he was becoming a figurehead for the whole movement," Dammers told CNN.
Dammers recently added fresh data to the topic at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction's annual conference in Minneapolis in September.
The band went their separate ways in 1981 but reformed, without Mr Dammers, in 1993.
Dammers, who scored a top 10 hit with the track performed by Special AKA, picked up the inspiration award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards, which saw stars including Charlotte Church attending.
Byline: JERRY DAMMERS, The Specials star who wrote song FREE NELSON MANDELA recalls the effect Mandela had on his life
Despite band founder, songwriter and keyboardist Jerry Dammers not being part of the reunion, which marked the 30th anniversary of the release of their debut album, The Specials are going from strength to strength.
The Specials' founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers is not part of the 30th anniversary reunion but the band has still been pulling in a new crowd
He admits the band - originally a seven-piece consisting of Terry, Jerry Dammers, Neville Staple, Horace Panter, Roddy Byers, Lynval Golding and John Bradbury - had quite a job in getting themselves back on the road after a gap of almost 30 years.
It said: "On 14 March 2008, you said to Dr Dammers, General Practitioner and Chair of the Refugee Health Workers Programme in the North East, that you were 'going to get them all', or words to that effect, referring to people involved in the scheme, that you wanted to take things to court, that you would cite racist attitudes towards you.
Former Specials founder Jerry Dammers brings his Spatial A.
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