This case is affirmed on the authority of United States v.
Alexander, ante, 148 U. S. 186
The case is stated in the opinion.
MR. JUSTICE SHIRAS delivered the opinion of the Court.
This suit was brought in the Court of Claims to recover damages
for the loss of a well occasioned by the construction of an
extension of the Washington aqueduct, and for compensation for a
right of way across land of the complainant taken for the purpose
of constructing a tunnel, by virtue of an Act of Congress of July
15, 1882, entitled "An act to increase the water supply of the City
of Washington, and for other purposes." 22 Stat. 168.
So far as the recovery of the plaintiff below was based on the
claim for compensation for land actually taken, the United States
do not, in this appeal, complain. But they contend that the injury
caused by the destruction of the well was damnum absque
The liability of the United States, under the
statute, by virtue of which the work in question was done and the
damages occasioned, has been declared in the opinion of this Court
in the case, just decided, of United States v. Alexander,
ante, 148 U. S. 186
where the facts were similar, and we do not need to repeat what is
The judgment of the court below is accordingly