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there were in effect 121 leases for farm lands,
and, since that time, the record at the close
of each fiscal year has been, as follows:



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Leases of land in the Gatun Lake and
Miraflores Lake beds have been cancelled,
asalso leasesof land at Balboa. Leases of lands
in townsites are now made under authority
of the Executive Order of June 28, 1911, and
are in the form of revocable licenses. Leases
for agricultural lands are made partly
in accordance with the custom established
in 1905, when it was erroneously thought that
the law of July 28, 1892, applied to the Canal
Zone, and partly under the provisions of the
Executive Order of March 13, 1907, author-
izing the execution of leases under the direc-
tion of the Collector of Revenues.


Panama railroad lands have been acquired
by grant from the Colombian Government,
and by purchase, at various times, since 1851.
Most of the 21,440 hectares is in agricultural
land, which, at present, is not under lease,
because it has not been known what tracts
will be required for townsites and Canal
purposes. The most valuable holdings are
those in the cities of Colon and Panama,
while those in townsites along the railroad
also have a considerable value at the present
time. Only two "cultivation leases," as they
are called, are now held, and they are not for
agricultural purposes, one being the right to
collect rubber from the trees at Toro Point,
and the other to use Mindi Island, opposite
Mount Hope, for hog raising.

Colon was reclaimed from swamp by the
Panama Railroad Company, and the additions
made by filling since 1904 are largely paid for
by the railroad, because it is the principal
beneficiary. All the water front is owned by
the railroad, except one lot, and a dock by
the Royal Mail Steamship Company, and
one dock by the Pacific Mail Steamship
Company. In the remainder of the city, the
railroad owns all but 104 lots, and title for
these is in the Panama Government. In the
old city, 510 lots, and in the newly improved
section, 346 lots, are owned by the company,
which has 491 leases in the old section and
215 in the new section, the latter having been
made to people holding options and to a few



Vol. IV., No. 49.

bidders. Bids for the balance will be opened
this week. Leases for lots in towns are made
for 15 years for wooden buildings, and 25
years for masonry buildings, and these leases
can be revoked only upon payment for the

In the city of Panama, the railroad has
issued 338 leases, 18 of which are in the rail-
road yards in that city, and on the water front,
leases for two docks and one bulkhead. At
Balboa, two buildings are leased to steamship
companies, and the railroad company's half
interest in Naos Island, the completed pur-
chase of which is mentioned elsewhere in this
issue, has been leased to the Isthmian Cana!
Commission. Between Colon and Panama,
the following number of leases for buildings
are in effect: Folks River, 64; New Gatun,
156; New Frijoles, 19; Empire district, 355;
Culebra district, 286; Corozal, 2.



Lieut-Col. D. D. Gaillard is a passenger
on the Colon, due to arrive August 6.

Mr. Joseph Bucklin Bishop, with his wife
and daughter, is a passenger on the Cristobal,
due to arrive on the Isthmus on August 3.

Major Robert E. Noble, accompanied by
Mrs. Noble, will leave on August 3 for Porto
Rico, where he has been detailed for a period
of six months to start mosquito destruction
work. He will be assisted by Mr. E. W. Mitch-
ell, one of the Commission's sanitary inspec-

Ban on Deck Passengers and Stowaways from

The local quarantine authorities have
served notice on the steamship companies,
whose vessels stop at Trinidad, that no more
deck passengers from that island will be
allowed to land at Colon, without first having
completed the full six days at sea, as required
by the regulations in all cases where stops
are made at infected ports. There are three
steamship lineb that make both Port of Spain,
Trinidad, and Colon, ports of call, but only
one of them brings many deck passengers from
there to the Isthmus. As the enforcement of
the regulations would cause a delay of at least
two days in the steamers' leaving time at
Colon, deck passengers from that island are
now refused passage.

Owing to the recent trouble with stowaways,
the steamship officials are exercising the ut-
most vigilance in getting rid of them before
reaching Colon. The officers of the Royal
Mail Steam Packet Company's vessel, the
Thames which arrived at Colon on July 23,
made a thorough search of the vessel before
leaving Trinidad, and discovered 65 stowaways
hidden away, the same number that was
brought to Colon on a previous steamer.
They were promptly put on shore. Another
search was made at Savanilla, resulting in
the discovery of two more and still another
hunt was made at Cartagena, where one was
found. All were landed, and when the boat
entered Colon Harbor, it was entirely free of
them. As a warning to others, the members
of the crew took some of the stowaways and
painted their heads and faces with red lead
before landing them.

The Thames, on its last trip, brought 145
contract laborers for the Canal work, recruited
principally at Barbados.

Summary of Regulations Affecting Americans
Returning Home with Personal Property.

Persons who have been keeping house on
the Isthmus and wish to return to the United
States for good, can fill out a form before the
Collector of Customs, Administration build
ing, Ancon, or before the Deputy Collector
of Customs, building No. 1, Cristobal, setting
forth the character of the goods, the fact that
they are of American manufacture, and have
not been changed in value or altered in con-
dition, and these goods will be admitted to
the United States free of duty.

A similar form may be made out for goods
purchased abroad of foreign manufacture,
such as household goods, books, etc., if they
have actually been used in housekeeping for
a period in excess of one year, and such goods
will then be admitted free of duty.

A summary of the principal customs
regulations applying to Americans returning
to the United States, is appended, herewith.
Tom M. Cooke,
Collector of Revenues.

Ancon, C. Z.. August 1, 1911.

The tug Reliance is in the Cristobal dry
dock undergoing an overhauling.

Paragraph 709, appearing in the free list of
the present tariff act, governing passengers'
baggage, reads, as follows:

Wearing apparel, articles of personal adornment,
toilet articles, and similar personal effects of persons
arriving in the United States; but this exemption shall
only include such articles as actually accompany, and
are in the use of, and as are necessary and appropriate
for the wear and use of such persons, for the immediate
purposes of the journey and present comfort and
convenience, and shall not be held to apply to mer-
chandise or articles intended for other persons or for
sale: Provided, That in case of residents of the
United States returning from abroad, all wearing
apparel and other personal effects taken by them out
of the United States to foreign countries, shall be
admitted free of duty, without regard to their value,
upon their identity being established, under appropriate
rules and regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary
of the Treasury, but not more than one hundred dollars
in value of articles purchased abroad by such residents
of the United States shall be admitted free of duty
upon their return.

Residents of the United States must declare all
articles which have been obtained abroad by
purchase or otherwise, whether used or unused, and
whether on their persons, in their clothing, or in their
baggage. The foreign value of each article, stated
m United States money, must also be declared.

Articles taken from the United States and re-
modeled, repaired, or improved abroad must be
declared, and the cost of such remodeling, repairing,
or improving, must be separately stated.

The following articles are dutiable: Household
effects, including books, pictures, furniture, tableware,
table linen, bed linen, and other similar articles,
unless used abroad by the owner for a period of a year
or more. Goods in the piece. Articles of any nature
intended for sale, or for other persons.

The following articles are free if under $100 in
value, and if necessary for comfort and convenience
for the purposes of the journey, and not for sale nor
for other persons: Clothing; toilet articles, such as
combs, brushes, soaps, cosmetics, shaving and manicure
sets, etc.; personal adornments, jewelry, etc.; similar
personal effects, which may include cameras, canes,
fishing tackle, glasses (field, opera, marine), golf sticks,
guns, musical instruments, parasols, photographs,
smokers' articles, steamer rugs and shawls. . toys,
trunks, valises, etc.; clothing and other personal
effects taken out of the United States by the passenger
if not increased in value or improved in condition while
abroad. If increased in value or improved in condition,
they are dutiable on the cost of the repairs.

The above lists of articles, which are dutiable and
nondutiable, are stated for the assistance of passengers,
and are not exhaustive. All articles are dutiable unless
specifically exempted by law.

Pack in one trunk, if practicable, all dutiable articles.

Receipted bills for foreign purchases should be
presented whenever possible.

Use does not exempt from duty wearing apparel
or other articles obtained abroad, but such articles
will be appraised at their value in the condition as
imported, due allowance being made for depreciation
through wear and use.

Nonresidents of the United States are entitled to
bring in free of duty without regard to the one hun-

dred-dollar exemption, such articles as are in the
nature of wearing apparel, articles of personal adorn-
ment, toilet articles, and similar personal effects,
necessary and appropriate for their wear and use for
the purposes of the journey and present comfort and
convenience, and which are not intended for other
persons or for sale.

Citizens of the United States, or persons who have
at any time resided in this country, shall be
deemed to be residents of the United States, unless they
shall have abandoned their residence in this country
and acquired an actual bona fide residence in a foreign

Such citizens or former residents who desire the
privileges granted by law to nonresidents must show
to the satisfactoin of the collector's representative on
the pier, subject to the collector's approval, that they
have given up their residence in the United States and
that they have become bona fide residents of a foreign

The residence of a wife follows that of the husband ;
and the residence of a minor child follows that of its

Household effects of persons or families from
foreign countries will be admitted free of duty only if
actually used abroad by them not less than one year,
and if not intended for any other person, nor for sale.
Such effects should be declared whether the passenger
be a resident or a nonresident of the United States.

Articles intended for use in business, or for other
persons, theatrical apparel, properties, and sceneries,
must be declared by passengers, whether residents or

All cigars and cigarettes must be declared. Each
passenger over eighteen years of age may bring in free
of duty 50 cigars or 300 cigarettes if for thebo?ia fide use
of such passenger. Such cigars and cigarettes will be
in addition to the articles included within the $100 ex-

The law provides that every person entering the
United States shall make a declaration and entry of his
or her personal baggage. The law further requires
that the values of articles shall be determined by cus-
toms officers, irrespective of the statements of pass-
engers relative thereto.

It will thus be seen that there is no discourtesy in the
requirement that both a declaration and an independ-
ent appraisal shall be made. Taken together, these
requirements place the passenger in the same position
as any other importer of merchandise.

Passengers should observe that on the sheet given them
there are two forms of declarations ; the one printed in
black is for residents of the United States; the one in red,
for nonresidents.

The exact number of pieces of baggage, includ-
ing all trunks, valises, boxes, packages, and hand bags
of any description accompanying the passenger, must
be stated in the declaration.

The senior member of a family present as a
passenger, may make declaration for the entire family.

Ladies traveling alone should state that fact in
their declarations, in order that an expeditious ex-
amination of their baggage may be made.

When the declaration is prepared and signed,
the coupon at the bottom of the form must be detached
and retained by the passenger, and the form given to
the officer of the ship designated to receive the same.
A declaration spoiled in its preparation must not be
destroyed, but turned over to the purser, who will
furnish a new blank to the passenger.

After all the baggage and effects of the passen-
ger have been landed upon the pier, the coupon
which has been retained by the passenger must be
presented at the inspector's desk, whereupon an in-
spector will bedetailed to examine the baggage. Pass-
engers must acknowledge in person, on the pier, their
signature to their declarations.

Examination of any baggage may be postponed
if the passenger requests the officer taking his dec-
laration to have it sent to the appraiser's store.

Passengers must not deduct the $100 exemption
in making out their declarations. Such deductions
will be made by customs officers on the pier.

Passengers dissatisfied with values placed upon
dutiable articles by the customs officers on the pier
may demand a reexamination, but application there-
for should be immediately made to the officers there
in charge. If for any reason this course is imprac-
ticable, the packages containing the articles should
be left in customs custody and application for reap-
praisement made to the collector of customs, in wri-
ting, within ten days after the original appraisement.
No request for reappraisement can be entertained after
the articles have been removed from customs custody.


Under Sections 2802 and 3082 of the Revised Statutes
of the United States, articles obtained abroad and not
declared are subject to seizure, and the passenger is
liable to criminal prosecution.

August 2, 1911.




Activities of the Young Men's Christian Associ-


The following is a complete record of moves made in
the wireless chess game between Porto Bello and

Porto Bello. Culebra.

White. Black.

1— P K4 PK4.

2— K Kt— B3 QKt B3.

3— B B 4 B— B4.

4— P QB3 Kt— B3.

5— P Q4 P X P.

6 — P X P B— Kt5 check.

7— B Q2 B X B check.

8— QKt X B P— Q4.

o— P X P KKt X P.

JO— QKt 3 QKt— K2.

11—0 oo.

12— KR— KSq P— QB3.

13— P— QR4 Q— B2..

14— Kt— K4 P— KR3

15— QR— QBSq Kt— QKt3.

16— B X P check RXB

17— Kt— K5 KKt— Q4.

18— Kt X R K X Kt.

19— Kt— B3 B— K3.

20— R— K5 Kt— B5.

21— QB2 Q— Q3.

22— Q— K4 QKt— Kt3.

23— R— KSq R— KSq.

24— R— KB5 check K— KtSq.

25— R— KS Kt X R.

26— QXQKt QXQ.

27— PXQ Kt— Q6.

28— R— K2 B— B2.

29— P— KKt3 Kt X KP.

30— P— KB4 Kt— B6 check.

31— K— Kt2 R X R check.

White resigns, because if

32— Kt X R Kt — K8 check.

33 — K moves Kt — Q6

with the loss of another pawn.


A reception was given on Wednesday evening,
July 26, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. R. D. Kramer, Jr., at
which a program of songs, readings, piano solos, a
comedy sketch, and addresses was carried out.

The high duckpin scores for last week are. as fol-
lows: Palmer, 104, 112, 101; Fox, 100.

The following high scores were rolled during the
week: Pinney, 202; Gustavson. 222; Kosier, 219;
Spinks, 200, 203. 202; Goolsby, 201; Coombs, 206;
Parkis, 231. 221, 200; Peterson. 203. 220; Pearson.
203; Huson, 226. Duckpins — Payne, 106; Grund, 106.
110; Davis, 103; Graves, 100; Dakin, 109.

The subject for discussion at the meeting of the
literary and debating society on Friday evening will
be, "Government ownership of railroads." The leader
will be Dr. Valelly.

There was a large attendance at the second "open
house" held on Saturday evening, July 29. Music was
furnished by Reinhold's orchestra of Gorgona. A
basketball game was played between two local teams,
and there was a local bowling tournament. Refresh-
ments were served in the lobby. The next in this series
of entertainments will be on August 12.

There will be a sacred concert under the auspices
of the musical and dramatic society on Sunday evening,
August 6. There will be solo numbers, choruses from
oratorios, and other vocal and instrumental selections.

In the local bowling tournament, those who average
500, or better, are:

Won. Lost P.C.

Johnson 8 1 .888

Gorham 17 3 .878

Anderson. . 10 3 769

Sullivan 9 4 .692

Spinks 9 5 .643

Kosier 10 6 .625

Davis 3 2 .600

Scull 4 3 .571

Peterson 12 9 .571

Whaler 8 7 533

Finch 7 7 500

Walling 3 3 500

High average — Anderson, 16 games, 188.5; high
average, Spinks. 26 games. 187.5; high score (handicap
30pins) — Kosier, 249; high score, flat — Gustavson, 222.


A farewell reception was held in honor of Mr. and
Mrs. F. C. Freeman at the Gorgona V. M. C. A. on
Thursday night, July 27. Several short addresses were
given, and a program, consisting of vocal solos, reci-
tations, and an exhibition wrestling match, was ren-
dered. Music was furnished by the Gorgona orchestra,
and refreshments were served.

Members of the health league met Friday night,
July 28, and organized a local league, electing the
following officers: President. Jess T. Hopkins; vice-

president, F. G. Swanson; secretary and treasurer,
Geo. H. Auer.

Basketball practice was started on Wednesday night,
July 26. About a dozen men were out. The work con-
sisted only in throwing baskets and passing, and will
be confined to such for the present.


Two hundred and fifty men attended the "Pumpkin
pie smoker," held at the clubhouse on Saturday night.
July 29. The program included selections by the Camp
Elliott orchestra, vocal solos, bag punching, wrestling,
a comedy sketch, impersonations, and a pie eating

Mr. Fox of Gorgona, and Mr. Barte of Gatun. were
the two principal speakers at the meeting of the
literary club on Wednesday evening, July 26. The sub-
ject for discussion was "The present political situation
at Washington."

At the moving picture entertainment on Tuesday
evening, July 25, the orchestra from the Prt'nz Joachim


The debating club, at its regular session on Wednes-
day evening, July 26, discussed the proposition that
"The present day church has a destructive influence
on the spiritual and intellectual life of its members."
The affirmative won. The subject for the meeting on
August 9 will be "Vivisection." This club is open to all
who may desire to join, and every one is invited to
attend the meetings.

High bowling scores for the week ending July 29 were,
as follows:

Duckpins — Claherty, 122; Gibson. 118; Jacques,
113. 104; Smith. 110, 105; Hess. 107; Weston, 107;
Barrett, 105, 103, 100.

Tenpins — Furlong, 219; Groves, 216; Gibson. 215,
207, 206. 201; Collins, 215, 206; Wheeler, 215; Bullard.
214, 207; T. Burns, 214; Rigney, 204.

Supplies for Canal Work.

Tne following steamers, with supplies for the Isthmian
Canal Commission, arrived at the ports of Cristobal.
Colon, and Balboa, during tiie week ending July 29:

Prinz Joachim,, July 24, from New York, with 7
pieces steel beams for stock.

William Cliff, July 27. from Liverpool, with 61
pieces dipper lips for Central Division.

Pana?na. July 25, from New York, with 70 pieces
steel beams, 123 bundles steel bars, 90 cases bolts and
rivets. 135 kegs bolts and rivets, 9 cases files, 2,545
bundles pipe. 16 cases rubber packing, 20 cases lubri-
cating oil, 30 barrels rosin, 12 cases soap, for stock;
380 coils copper wire for Panama Railroad Company;

72 coils copper wire, 25 pieces car couplers, for Mechani-
cal Division; 30 cases mechanical fog horns for Atlantic
Division; and a miscellaneous cargo, the whole con-
sisting of 3,618 packages, weighing 197 tons.

Zacapa, July 27, from New York, with 52 pieces
steel bars and channels, 11 bundles steel bars, for stock;

73 pieces steel angles for Atlantic Division.
Turrialba, July 27, from New Orleans, with 9 crates

paste. 252 barrels fire clay. 2,724 pieces yellow pine
lumber, 126 pieces white oak lumber, for stock; 34
pieces white oak lumber. 4,165 bundles yellow pine
lumber, for Mechanical Division; 5 lengths steam
shovel chains for Central Division.

Cuzco, July 28, from Seattle, with 1,108 pieces lumber
(flooring), 11,051 pieces lumber, Douglas fir. for stock

PrinzEitel Friedrich, July 29, from New York, with
200 barrels carbolic acid, 224 cases blasting caps, for
stock; 12 barrels hardware for Mechanical Division;
18 packages electrical material for Panama Railroad

Tide Table.

The following table shows the time of high and low
tides at Panama for the week ending August 9. 1911,
(75th meridian time) :

August 3 .
August 4 .


August 5
August 6
August 7
August 8
August 9

High. Low



2 15

3 32

5 45
6. 13
7 18
8. 10
9 38





12. 15

1 211

2 12

9. 14

The following vessels arrived at, or departed from,
the port of Balboa during the week ending July 29:

Arrivals — July 23. Leelanaw, from San Francisco;
July 24. i'rubatnba. from Callao; Cily of Sydney, from
San Francisco; Chile, from Guayaquil; Guatemala, from
Valparaiso; July 20. Riverside, from San Francisco;
July 27. Cusco, from San Francisco; July 28. City of
Para, from San Francisco.

Departures — July 25, Manavi, to Buenaventura;
Quito, to Guayaquil; Kansas City, to San Francisco;
July 26. Limari, to Valparaiso; July 29, Urubatriba,
to Callao


Drinking Water for Men at Work.

Culebra, C. Z., July 26, 1911.
Heads of Departments and Divisions:

I am in receipt of the following letter from the Chief
Sanitary Officer:

"I have the honor to recommend that instructions
be issued, so that foremen, and others, in charge of
gangs on the Canal Zone, will see that water boys get
their drinking water supply only from the authorized
supplies, whenever available, and that the use of water
from springs or streams be forbidden.

"Sanitary inspectors report some little carelessness
in this regard, and I believe that such instructions
issued from time to time will refresh the memories of
the old. and call the attention of the new. foremen, to
the necessity, as far as possible, of drinking water only
from the regular reservoirs."

Please issue the necessary instructions to insure
compliance with the foregoing recommendation.

Geo. W. Goethals, Chairman,

Transfer of Employes.

Culebra, C. Z., July 25, 191 1 .
Heads of Departments and Divisions:

In requesting the transfer of an employe from one
division or department to another, the party making
the request for transfer should state definitely the
vacancy to be filled.

In order that this office may be able to properly
identify the vacancy, the name of the last incumbent,
the number of the position, when numbered, and
authorization for same, should be stated.

Geo. W. Goethals,
Chairman and Chief Engineer.

Rate for Use of French Locomotive.

Culebra, C. Z.. July 31, 1911.
Circular No. 169-i:

Circular No. 169-F prescribes a rate of $6 an hour
for the use of a French locomotive, including crew,