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On dock No. 16, one thousand one hundred
feet of false work for the bulkheads have been
completed, four of the caissons are down to
rock, and four more are under way (these
were manufactured on the Isthmus); and the
concrete platform for the casting of the rein-
forced concrete sheet piling has been built.
On dock No. 17, the false work necessary for
the sinking of the cylinders has been begun.



Gatun Dam Spillway.

The concrete work in the Spillway of Gatun
Dam is over 67 per cent completed, 150,752
cubic yards, out of a total of 225 000, having
been placed at the close of the work on August
12. A statement of the amount laid each
working day last week, and of the total in
place, follows;



Date.



Concrete
Laid.



August 7

August 8

August 9

August 10

August 11

August 12

Total

Previously reported

Grand total



216
160
184
144
200
152



1.056
149.696



150.752



Hours
worked.



13.00
11.00
12.00
12.00
14.00
12.00



74.00



No.

Mixers.



Cash Sale of Commissary and Hotel Books.

The sale for cash of commissary and hotel
coupon books to gold and silver employes
of Gorgona shops will be continued during
the month of August. Books are also sold



to silver employes by the deduction from
pay roll method. A recent poll indicates
that the employes are in favor of the cash
method about three to one.



Sanitary Department Changes.
During the absence of Major Robert E.
Noble, temporarily detailed for duty in Porto
Rico, the position of general inspector in the



Sanitary Department will be filled by Dr.
M. E. Connor, health officer at Colon and
Cristobal. Dr. A. E. Mayner, assistant health
officer, Panama, will fill Dr. Connor's place
while the latter is engaged in the inspection
work, and Dr. Harry Eno, district physician
at Pedro Miguel, has been detailed for duty
in connection with the office of assistant
health officer, Panama.



CONCRETE WORK IN THE LOCKS.



Over 60 per cent of the concrete for all the locks is in place, the amount at the close of
the work on August 12, being 2,575,507* cubic yards, out of a total of approximately 4,284,400.
A total of 33 199^ cubic yards of concrete was laid in the locks during the weekending August 12.

GATUN LOCKS.

Over 73 per cent of the concrete for the system of three twin locks at Gatun has been
laid, the amount in place at the close of the work on August 12, being l,529,392i cubic yards,
out of a total of 2,085,000.

A statement of the amount of concrete placed in the locks each working day for the week
ending August 12, and of the total, follows; and a similar statement for the work in the Spill-
way of Gatun Dam is published elsewhere in this issue. The construction plant works 12
hours daily, and the auxiliary plant 9 hours.



Date.


Construction Plant.
2-cubic yard mixers.


Auxiliary Plant.
2-cubic yard mixers.


Large
stone.






Concrete
placed.


Hours
worked .


No. of
mixers


Concrete
placed.


Hours ' No. of
worked, mixers






Cu. Yds.
2,050
1,724
1,938
2,320
2.246
1.650


32.58
30.16
31.06
40.28
36.24
26.12


Cu. Yds.
6 560

6 SJ.K


8.40 2

8.40 ] 2


Cu. Yds.
178
202
264
196
252
244


Cu. Yds.
2.788
2.474
2,764






6
6

8
8


562
450
442
494
417J




7.40
7.40
7.40


2
2
2




2.940
2,388
417*




















Total


11.928


197.24


6.66


3,473!


48.45


2


1.336


16,7374
1,512,655
























1.529,392*



*The 417 J- yards shown for the portable mixers are reinforced concrete, and were placed on the following days:
August 7th, 72; August 8th, 51; August 9th, 71; August 10th, 94; August 11th. 49J; August 12th, 80.

PEDRO MIGUEL LOCKS.

Concrete work in the locks at Pedro Miguel is about 84 per cent completed, 702,270 cubic
yards, out of a total of 837.400, having been placed at the close of work on August 12. The
record for each of the six 8-hour working days of last week, follows:



Date.





Auxiliar


y Plant.






Large
stone.


2-cubic yard mixers.


§-cubic yard mixer.


Concrete
placed.


Hours
worked.


No. of
mixers


Concrete
placed.


Hours

worked


No. of
mixers



Total.





Cu. Yds.
480
626
494
424
686
432


13.50
18.00
14.00
11.00
19.00
15.00


3
3
3
3
3
3


Cu. Yds.
188
198
155
168
120
79


12.17

14.00
9.75
8.82
7.00
4.50


3
2

2
2
2

1


Cu. Yds.


Cu. Yds.
668




824




649




592




806




511








3.142


90.50


3


908


56.24


2


4.441


4,050




698,220




















4,441


702,270



















MIRAFLORES LOCKS.

Over 25 per cent of the concrete for the system of two twin locks at Miraflores was in
place on August 12, the total amount on that date being 343,845 cubic yards, out of a total of
approximately 1,362,000. The record for each of the six 8-hour working days of last week,
follows:







Auxiliary Plant.




Datf.


2-cubic yard mixers.


2-cubic yard mixers. j-cubic yard mixer.


Total.




Concrete
placed.


Hours
worked.


No. of

mixers


Concrete Hours
placed, worked.


No. of Concrete
mixers placed.


Hours No. of
worked. ' mixers


Large

stone.




Aug. 7 . .
Aug. 8 . . .
Aug. 9. . .
Aug. 10. .
Aug. 11..
Aug. 12 . .


Cu. Yds.
1.152
1.022
1.054
1.294
1.198
1.304


24.85
22 77
20.82
25.00
26.67
21.17


5
5
5
5
5
5


Cu. Yds.
880
900
832
704
814
696


13.50
15.00
14.00
7.00
13.50
12.50


2
2
2
2
2
2


Cu. Yds.
181
139
40
71
96
35


17.00
14.50
6.00
7.00
8.00
3.50


3

2

1
I
1
1


Cu. Yds.


Cu. Yds.
2.213
2,061
1,926
2.069
2,108
2,035


Total . .
Previously
reported .


7,024


131.31


5


4.826


75.50


2


562


56.00


1.5


3,693


12,412
331,433






















Grand


3.693


343.S45























August 16, 1911.



THE CANAL RECORD



403



SOCIAL LIFE OF THE ZONE.



Women's Clubs.

The Empire Woman's Club held a musicale
and informal reception in honor of Mr. and
Mrs. A. B. Dickson on Thursday afternoon,
August 10, members of the Paraiso and Gor-
gona women's clubs being present as guests.
The following program was given: Piano solo,
Pierette, Chaminade; Mrs. Shivers. Songs,
(a) The charmer, Strelezki; (b) A china trag-
edy; Mrs. Roberts, with violin obligato by
Mrs. Decker. Piano solos, (a) Polonaise,
Chopin; (b) Etude No. 1, Wollenhaupt; Mrs.
Regan. Songs, (a) Answer, Robyn; (b) Tears
are pearls; Mrs. Young. Violin solos, (a)
Romania, Reis; (b)Spanish dance, Moskozski;
Miss Smith. Presentation of a gift to Mrs.
Dickson by the president of the club.

The study course outlined by the club for
the coming year will begin at the meeting
on the first Tuesday in September.

A called meeting of the Paraiso Woman's
Club will be held at the lodge hall on Wednes-
day afternoon, August 23, to arrange the
program of work to be undertaken by the or-
ganization for the coming year, and to prepare
for the election of officers, which will be held
at the first regular meeting on September 6.

Regular meetings of the Gorgona Woman's
Club will be resumed on Thursday, September
21, at which time there will be an election of
officers.

An euchre club, composed of 35 women, has
been organized in Empire, and the initial
meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Davies
on Thursday afternoon, August 10. The club
will meet once a week at the homes of mem-
bers. Small weekly dues are charged, and
the money will be devoted to the purchase of
prizes.



Church Notes.

On Wednesday, August 9, the Woman's
Altar Guild and members of the parish of
St. Ferdinand's Roman Catholic church at
Empire, held a reception in the lodge hall in
honor of the newly arrived resident priest,
the Rev. Father McCarthy of Buenos Aires.
The Rev. Father Allot, rector of the parish,
gave an address in which he outlined the aims
and scope of the parish work.

A children's choir, composed of ten boys
and girls, has been organized, with Father
McCarthy as director. The children sing at
vespers on Friday night, and at the two
Masses on Sunday morning.

The Union Christian League at Culebra
held an informal reception on Thursday
evening, August 10, in honor of the retiring
president, Mr. F. C. Freeman. A program,
consisting of songs and piano solos, was given.
The pastor of the church made an address of
farewell, and Mr Freeman responded. There-
were 75 persons present.



Six- Year Men Formulate Plans for a Society.

At a meeting held at the University Club
on Saturday evening, August 12, plans were
formulated for a society of employes and ex-
employes of the Isthmian Canal Commission,
and of the Panama railroad, who have com-
pleted six years' continuous service on the
Isthmus. The constitution adopted, subject
to final approval at the first general meeting
of the society, provides for an annual reunion
of the members, the publication of a year
book, to contain a roster of the members
with their current addresses and biographical



notes, and the adoption of an emblem of
appropriate design. A committee of five was
appointed, with authority to select a name
for the society and a design for the emblem,
solicit members, and make the necessary
arrangements for the first general meeting.
The members of this committee are: John
K. Baxter (chairman), R. E. Wood, W. F.
Shipley, C. A. Mcllvaine. John J. Meehan.

PERSONAL.



Major Eugene T. Wilson returned to the
Isthmus from New York, on the Santa Maria,
on August 10.

Prof. Emory R. Johnson of the University
of Pennsylvania is making a visit of several
weeks on the Isthmus, for the purpose of
inspecting the Canal work. He was a member
of the Walker Isthmian Canal Commission
of 1900-01, which made the report in 1902
in favor of selecting Panama as the most
desirable route for the construction of the
Isthmian Canal. He is an authority on rail-
way and water transportation, and prepared
for the report of the Walker Commission,
the chapter entitled "The industrial and com-
mercial value of a canal."



Canal Zone Humane Society.

The second annual meeting of the Canal
Zone Humane Society was held at the Hotel
Tivoli on Sunday afternoon, August 13. The
annual report of the secretary showed that the
efforts of the organization are directed toward
the prevention of cruelty to children, and the
prevention of cruelty to animals. Under the
first head, the society has been interested in
two cases. One of these is the case of a 13-year-
old girl, living at Matachin, who was taken
from her parents by order of the court, at the
request of the society, because she was not
properly fed and was surrounded by bad
companions. She was cared for temporarily
at the orphan asylum of St. Joseph, in the
Malambo section of Panama, and is now at
an asylum in Albany, N.' Y., where she is to
be cared for under an endowment of $500,
of which S453 was subscribed by residents of
Gorgona. The society spent about $150 on
this case. A picnic was held in January for
the inmates in the Panama asylum for boys.

A notice, in Spanish and English, forbidding
drivers to ill treat horses, has been posted at
the intersection of the Corozal and Sabanas
roads, near Panama; the watering trough near
the railroad station in Panama city, formerly
dry, is now kept filled, and horses unfit for
service have been taken from work, at the
instance of the society. The Canal Zone
police have been active, and a number of
arrests and convictions have been made. The
treatment of animals in the settlements in
the Canal Zone is. reported to be very satis-
factory, and there is a marked improvement
in the condition of the horses seen on the
streets of Panama.

On October 14, 1910, the Ancon Dramatic
Club gave a performance under the auspices
of the society. This entertainment^ which
was held at the National Theatre in Panama,
resulted in a net profit of $200 for the organ-
ization. In its various branches, the expendi-
tures of the society have been about $700 for
the past year.

It was decided that the society should place
printed cards in Canal Zone villages, calling
attention to the work of the organization,
and stating that the Canal Zone police have
been instructed to investigate any cases that



may be reported to them. Cases of neglect
and cruelty, noted in the villages, should be
reported to the local police, or a statement be
made in writing to the secretary of the
society at Ancon. It was also decided to send
a button to every subscriber. The annual
"Treat" to the boys of the orphanage will be
given during the Christmas holidays. For the
purpose of raising means to carry on the work
of the society, a committee will be appointed
at the meeting of the board of directors.

The following officers were elected for the
term of one year: President, Hon. Frank
Feuille; vice-presidents. Colonel W. C. Gor-
gas, J. P. Fyffe, and Mrs. J. D. Williamson:
secretary, A. J. Orenstein; treasurer, F. B.
Fearon; directors, Colonel Charles F. Mason,
Judge S. E. Blackburn, and Miss J. Macklin
Beattie. A meeting of the board of directors,
which is composed of the officers and directors,
will be held at the Hotel Tivoli on Monday
evening, August 21.



Flamenco Island Launch Service.

The launch Birdena will make daily trips
to Flamenco Island, leaving the Balboa
dredging wharf at 7 a. m., should business
offer. Passage may be procured from the
resident engineer at Balboa.

Public Installation of Kangaroos.

All Kangaroos and families are invited to
attend a public installation of officers and
informal dance, to be given by Ancon Court,
No. 7, I. O. P. K., on August 26. at 7.30
p. m., in Ancon hall.



Ancon Crusher.

A statement of the rock crushed at Ancon
quarry during the week ending August 12,
follows:



Date.



August 7 . .
August 8 . .
August 9 . .
August 10.
August 1 1 .
August 12 .



Total 30.00



Hours | Cubic
worked, j Yards.



6. IS
7.25
6.15



2.55
7.10



2.588
2,626
2.035
*644
469
1,568



9.930



*Shut down, putting new shaft in No. 12 crusher.



Obituary.

Mrs. John Scott Payne, widow of the late
Major J. S. Payne, United States Army,
retired, died at Kanuga Club, N. C, on
August 11. Mrs. Payne had until recently,
made her home on the Isthmus with her son,
William H. Payne of the Subsistence Depart-
ment.

John T. Elsey, an American, 38 years of
age. employed in the Atlantic Division, with
residence at Cristobal, died at Ancon Hos-
pital on Sunday, July 30, of haemoglobinuric
fever. He had been on the Isthmus five years.
He is survived by his wife.

Missing Men.

Any one having knowledge of the where-
abouts of Thomas H. Chancellor, last heard
from at Cristobal over two months ago, is
requested to communicate with John M. G.
Watt, Corozal, C. Z.

Information is desired regarding the present
whereabouts of William F. French of Boston,
a civil engineer, not employed on the Canal
work.



LOST — Two black and tan female hounds in the
vicinity of Mamei. Will answer to the names of Lady
and Bugle. A liberal reward is offered for their return
to Geo. W. Pougher, Gorgona. C. Z.



404



THE CANAL RECORD



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THE CANAL RECORD



405



EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Providing for the Inspection of Steam Vessels.

By virtue of the authority vested in me, I
hereby establish the following Order in the
Canal Zone:

Section 1. Every vessel propelled in whole
or in part by machinery, shall be deemed a
steam vessel within the meaning of this
order.

Section 2. All steam vessels navigating
the waters of the Canal Zone, except public
vessels of the United States or other countries,
shall be subject to the provisions of this order.
Section 3. The Board of Local Inspectors
of the Canal Zone shall cause the hull of each
steam vessel navigating the waters of the
Canal Zone to be carefully inspected at least
once every year, and shall satisfy themselves
that every such vessel so inspected is of a
structure suitable for the service in which she
is to be employed, and las suitable accom-
modations for passen_;:r ■ r,d crew, and is in
a condition to warrant the belief that she
may be used in navigation with safety to life,
and that all the requirements of the law in
regard to fire, boats, pumps, hose, life-
preservers, floats, signals, and other things
are faithfully complied with, and if they
deem it expedient, they may cause the vessel
to be put in motion and may adopt any other
suitable means to test her efficiency and that
of her equipment.

Section 4. Whenever the Board of Local
Inspectors shall find on board any vessel
subject to the provisions of this order any
equipment, machinery, apparatus or appli-.
ance which does not conform to the require-
ments of the law, the Board shall require the
same to be placed in proper condition by the
owner or master of the vessel, and if the said
Board shall find in any such vessel any
life-preserver or fire hose so defective as to