19. That if any owner or possessor of any meadow, lying in company, or any other person,
by his or her order, shall willfully cut his or her bank or dam, or open his or her
floodgate, or sluice or sluices, and thereby let in the tide, at any time between
the first day of April and first day of December, in any year hereafter, without the
consent of the other owner or owners, or possessors, of meadows lying within the same
bank or dam, and thereby damage the property of his or her neighbors, such person
or persons so offending, shall make good all damages occasioned thereby, to be adjudged
by two or more freeholders, chosen by the parties, and recovered by the owner or owners,
or possessor or possessors, receiving the damage, in any court in which the same may
be cognizable, with costs of suit.
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