350 Mass. 772

March 7, 1966

A final decree after rescript was entered on February 27, 1958. Thereafter, on January 28, 1959, Angus M. MacNeil filed a special appearance, and on February 27, 1959, five corporations not previously party to the proceedings were allowed on motion to intervene. The defendant moved to vacate the order allowing the motion to intervene and to dismiss said motion, and moved also for rehearing on the motion to intervene. Additionally, the defendant moved to vacate the order on motion and to dismiss or strike the special appearance of MacNeil, as well as moving for a rehearing of its motion to strike the appearance of MacNeil. These four motions were denied and the defendant excepted. The final decree disposed of the case and there was no further power in the Superior Court to deal with it save upon a bill of review or in certain exceptional circumstances which do not apply here. Smith v. Weeks, 252 Mass. 244, 252. See Kingsley v. Fall River, 280 Mass. 395, 398. The appearance of MacNeil was a nullity. The duty of the Superior Court was "to follow implicitly the terms of the rescript and not to travel outside what . . . [was] there laid down." Bourbeau v. Whittaker, 265 Mass. 396, 399. Had it done so it is conceivable that there would not have been presented to us this further and useless question in a litigation which for nearly twelve years has placed a heavy burden on all connected in any way with it.

Exceptions sustained.


350 Mass. 772

March 8, 1966

This petition for leave to file a bill of review was properly dismissed in the Superior Court as "not based upon a ground for which a bill of review may be granted." If, as alleged, the assent of the petitioner's then counsel to the entry of a final decree dismissing his bill in equity in a suit in that court was without authority and contrary to instructions so that the petitioner had lost his day in court, that was a subject for consideration on a motion to set aside the decree, not for a bill of review. Hyde Park Sav. Bank v. Davankoskas, 298 Mass. 421, 423-425. See Winchester v. Winchester, 121 Mass. 127. Compare Doris v. State Realty Co. of Boston, Inc. 333 Mass. 425. We note from the original papers in the other suit that, after the entry of the final decree herein, the judge who had entered the final decree in that suit denied a motion to vacate that decree. There is no merit in the petitioner's contention that the final decree, because of ambiguity, shows error of law on the face of the record. The decree is in usual form; the assent of all parties to the dismissal at the conclusion of the petitioner's case was noted by the judge in his findings of fact and order for decree on the counterclaim and not, according to the original paper and its copy, before us as exhibit M, on the decree itself, as appears on a purported copy in the petitioner's brief. We think there was no basis for doubting that the decree was assented to; had there been, an appeal would have resolved the issue.

Decree affirmed.


350 Mass. 772

March 8, 1966

The only issue on this appeal is the narrow one whether camp trailers, travel trailers, and mobile camp units to be occupied by campers on the petitioner's

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"public camp ground" for sleeping quarters, eating quarters, cooking, and storage of personal property are within the prohibition of the zoning by-law of Stow: "No trailer shall be moved onto any lot within the Town for use as a dwelling." The Land Court judge in this proceeding under G. L. c. 240, Section 14A, rightly ruled that they are. The wording of the by-law is, we think, inclusive of all trailers to be used for living purposes even though not so affixed to the land and served with facilities as to take on some of the characteristics of a permanent home. See Marblehead v. Gilbert, 334 Mass. 602; Manchester V. Phillips, 343 Mass. 591, 595-596. No question has been presented as to the validity of this exercise of the zoning power. See Granby v. Landry, 341 Mass. 443, 446-447.

Decision affirmed.