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Rate of Pay for Shoemaker.

Culebra, C. Z., October 5, 1910.
Circular No. 229-n:

The following additional designation and rate of pay
is hereby authorized:

Designation. Unit. Rate of Pay.

Shoemaker Hour $.16

H. F. Hodges,
Acting Chairman and Chief Engineer.



Acting Purchasing Agent.

Culebra, C. Z., October 6, 1910.
Circular No. 353:

Effective October 6, 1910, and during the absence on
leave of Captain Courtland Nixon, Mr. Charles L.
Parker, Assistant Depot Quartermaster, will perform
the duties of Purchasing Agent on the Isthmus.

H. F. Hodges, Acting Chairman.



Acting Assistant Chief Sanitary Officer, i
Ancon, C. Z.. October 10, 1910.
Special Order:

During the absence on leave of Lieut. -Col. John L.
Phillips. Assistant Chief Sanitary Officer, Major Robert
E. Noble is assigned as Acting Assistant Chief Sanitary
Officer and as such, in accordance with paragraph 2,
minutes of the 119th meeting of the Isthmian Canal
Commission, held in Washington, D. C-, January 21,
1907, is authorized to approve for payment all vouchers,
payrolls, and public bills relating to this department
"By direction of the Chief Sanitary Officer."

W. C. Gorgas,
Chief Sanitary Officer.



Acting Fire Chief.

Ancon, October 10. 1910.
Circular No. 100:

During the absence on leave of Charles E. Weidman,
Fire Chief, Charles F. Koerner, Assistant Fire Chief,
is designated Acting Fire Chief.

M. H. Thatcher,
Head of Department of Civil Administration.



Acting Depot Quartermaster.

Culebra, C. Z.. October 5, 1910.
Mr. Charles L. Parker,

Assistant Depot Quartermaster.
Mount Hope, C. Z.
Sir: Effective October 6, and during the absence of
Capt. C. Nixon, on leave, you will act as Depot Quar-
termaster.

You are authorized to receive and receipt for supplies
of the Isthmian Canal Commission consigned to Col.
C. A. Devol. or the Chief Quartermaster, Isthmian Ca-
nal Commission; to accomplish bills of lading; to cer-
tify invoices for payment as to quantity and quality of
supplies shown on such invoices; and in general to
perform such duties as properly belong to the position
of Depot Quartermaster.

Respectfully,
C. A. Devol, Chief Quartermaster.



Private Work in Quartermaster's Shops.

Culebra. C. Z., October 8, 1910.
All District Quartermasters:

Private work, or work for outside parties, will not be
permitted in the shops of the Quartermaster's Depart-
ment, without an order from this office in each case.
C. A. Devol, Chief Quartermaster.



Culebra Telephone Exchange.

Colon. R. P.. October 10. 1910.

Effective this date, the telephone exchange at Cule-
bra is abolished, and all Culebra telephones are connect-
ed to the Empire telephone exchange. This will result
in changes in number in case of the telephones located
in Paraiso and Pedro Miguel, which were heretofore
connected to the Culebra exchange. In calling these
telephones, parties will please make the call by name.

A private branch exchange has been installed in the
office of the Chairman and Chief Engineer. In calling
any of these 'phones, parties will ask the Empire opera-
torfor the Chief Engineer's office, and connection will be
made by the private branch operator to any 'phone
desired in the Chief Engineer's office.

A. B. Kratz,
Superintendent Telephone and Telegraph.



The following vessels arrived at and departed from
the port of Balboa during the week ending October S :

Arrivals — October 3. Peru, from San Francisco;
October 4. Chile from south ports; October 5, Manavi,
from intermediate ports.

Departures — October 5, Newport, to San Francisco
Arica, to Guayquil; Ay5en t to south ports.



56



THE CANAL RECORD



Vol. IV., No. 7.



COMMISSION CLUBHOUSES.



Activities of the Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation.

CULEBRA.
The present standing of the men in the chess tourna-
ment is as follows:



Won.
3
9
5
2
3
3



Lost.

6

2

6

7



Bartlett

Dubois

Goodenow

Mengel

Putnam

Stiles 3 3

Warner 8 1

The Gorgona basketball team lost to Culebra on
Saturday night, October 8, the score being 34 to 13 in
favor of Culebra. The lineup of the teams was as
follows: Gorgona — Clements, Stripling, Simka, Forstcr,
Calvit, Hodgson. Culebra — Cushing, Purchase, Vif-
quain, Steen, Koperski and Case.

The discussion club met on Wednesday evening,
October S, with Mr. R. G. Goodman as leader. His
subject was "What Is Happiness?"

On Saturday evening, October 15, Cristobal's first
team bowls at Culebra, and Culebra's second team goes
to Cristobal.

The local bowling tournament will close this week.
Any one who has not rolled all the games should do
so at once.

The 200, or over, scores during the week ending Oc-
tober 8 were made by Hall, with 205 and 203.

Another informal "social" is planned for Thursday
evening, October 20. A cordial invitation is extended
to all.

GORGONA.

The meeting of the discussion club held on Tuesday
evening, October 4, was led by Mr. A. B. Dickson of
Empire, his subject being "Responsibility." Mr. J. D.
Safford of Camp Elliott will take charge of the meeting
to be held on Tuesday evening, October 18. His sub-
ject will be "Leadership." All men are invited.

The moving picture entertainment on Tuesday
evening, October 4, was one of the best yet given. The
next entertainment of this kind will be given on Sat-
urday night, October 15.

The present standing of the men in the billiard tourna-
ment is as follows:



Heltemes..

Evans

Orr

Ashman . . .

Clapp

Clark

Chambers .

Ryan

Robitoy. . .
Hopkins. . .



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Won.


Lost


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A "nighthawk" bowling tournament was started last
week. Following are the names of the men entered,
with their handicaps: McConaughey. scratch; Hopkins,
scratch; Watkins, 11 pins; Strock, 12 pins; Hoover, 15
pins; Calvit, 15 pins; Sennernger, 19 pins; Williams, 19
pins; Whitehead, 22 pins; Junker, 22 pins.

Gatun's first team took three games from Gorgona's
first team on Saturday night, October 8, by the follow-
ing scores:



Gatun.

Barte 200 170 155

Severn 131 163 135

DeMoll 143 169 158

Wolf 177 160 184

Ponton 147 164 161



Gorgona.

Roper 161 188 115

Gaedkie... 180 143 147

White 165 172 150

Stewart. . . 124 129 174

Otis 138 184 178



Total 798 826 793 Total... 768 816 764

The 200. or over, scores for the week ending October
8, were made by the following men: Misal, 201 ; Frances,
209; Stewart, 221; Roper. 231; Hopkins, 230.

Basketball practice is scheduled for Monday and
Thursday nights at 8 o'clock. All men are asked to
come and take part in the game. Every one that comes
will have an opportunity to play.
GATUN.

The moving picture entertainment given on Thurs-
day evening, October 6, was enjoyed by a good-sized
audience. The next entertainment of the kind will be
given on Thursday night. October 13. The price of
admission is as follows: Members free; nonmembers,
25 cents; children. 15 cents.

Gatun'ssecond team won three games from Gorgona's
second team on Saturday evening, October 8, by the
following scores:



Gorgona.

Stoehr 166 106 126

Frances 168 129 165

Bordt 141 168 154

Varenkamp.. 167 150 113
Haldeman... 112 105 140



Gatun.

Dalton 140 111 169

Herrington 178 172 168
Myers. ... 161 163 141
Wilson. ... 155 143 200
Hodges 168 159 166



Total 754 718 698 Total... 802 748 844

Mr. DePoorter of Gatun and Mr. Wilson of Porto
Bello will be matched in a game of pool in the near
future to decide the championship of the Isthmus.
Following are the men'entered for the three cushion



billiard tournament, and their handicaps: Grant, Por-
ter, Hughes, scratch; Tonsley, Kemper, Durand, 3
points each.

The contestants in the October pool tournament,
with their handicaps, are as follows: Prados, 15 balls;
McLain, 5 balls; Meyers, 10 balls; Miller, 5 balls;
Eggleston, scratch; Ourand, 10 balls; Durand, 5 balls.

Empire's first team bowls at Gatun on Saturday
night, October 15.

The discussion club will meet on Friday night. Octo-
ber 14, the Subject being "What Is Failure?"

The "social smoker" for October has been postponed
until the 20th of the month. Some excellent talent is
being secured and a good program is assured.

The basketball game on Saturday night, October 8,
between the Gatun and Cristobal teams, was won by
the Gatun team, the score being 23 to 20.
CRISTOBAL.

The regular meeting ot the discussion club held on
Thursday evening, Octdber 6, was turned over to Mr.
E. T. Colton, one of the secretaries of the interactional
committee of the Young Men's Christian Association.
He gave a very interesting talk of his trip through South
America, making special reference to the stu lent life
in that land. On Thursday night of this week,
Mr. Dickson of Empire will lead the discussion, his
subject being "Responsibility."

The first and second teams rolled a match game on

Thursday night, October 6. with the following results:

First Team.

Bullard 138 203 167

Rabbitt ISO 182 155

Qollins 164 169 T25

Burns. T 122 159 157

Thomas 154 181 149



Second Team.

Barreti 176 142 171

Weston ... 169 160 167
DeCora. . 167 101 168
Adams, H. 170 185 128
Blackburn . 1S5 123 160



Total 758 894 753 Total 8'.7 711 794

Empire's first team took three games from Cristobal's

first team on Saturday night, October 8. Following ire

the scores:



Emoire.
Gorham. ... 169 136 161

Potter 168 179 179

Shaughnessy. 204 144 161

Pearson 148 189 168

Huson 209 165 174



Cristobal.

Bullard. 177 183 146

Rabbitt. . . 175 138 185

Collins. ... 162 181 164

Bums, T. . 142 132 134

Thomaf. . . 139 153 159



Total S98 813 843 Total... 795 787 788

TheY. M. C. A. "Picks" defeated the U. S. S. Tacoma
basketball team on Saturday night, October 8, by a
score of 38 to 4. The lineup of the two teams was as
follows: Tacoma — Ford, Stohlman, Goertz, Huber,
Desenfants. Cristobal — Simms, Goodm?n, Hunter,
Duer, Herrington. and Schwallenberg.

A "smoker" will be heldon Friday night, October 14.
An attractive program has been planned, and all men
of Cristobal are cordially invited to be present, whether
members of the Y. M. C. A., or not.

A dramatic club is being organized with a view to
presenting a play in the near future.



Supplies for Canal Work.

The following steamers with supplies for the Isthmian
Canal Commission arrived at the ports of Cristobal and
Colon during the weekending October 8, 1910:

Cristobal, October 1, from New York, with 28,000
barrels cement for Atlantic Division; 90,800 bags ce-
ment for Pacific Division.

Prinz Aug. Wilhelm, October 3, from New York with
2.000 cases mineral oil, 92 pieces jacks and vises, 12
cases sledges and vises, 130 bundles turnbuckles, 114
barrels ammonia alum for stock.

Keyingham, October 4, from Philadephia, with 551
pieces piling, 10,360 pieces yellow pine lumber for At-
antic Division; 439 pieces white oak. 551 pieces steel,
plates, 210 pieces steel bars, 1,140 pieces steel angles
for Mechanical Division; 76 pieces piling. 11,282 cross-
ties, 1,060 pieces yellow pine lumber, 3,167 pieces steel,
rails, 8,449 bundles splice bars, 3,864 pieces steel pipe
562 pieces steel plates, 450 pieces steel angles, 1,273
pieces black pipe for stock.

Panama, October 5. from New York, with 50 pieces
switches, 80 crates handles, 31 bales leather belting
637 bundles shovels, 33 kegs coach screws, 75 cases
water coolers, 18 cases tackle blocks, 34 barrels rosin,
88 cases caustic soda, 100 cases sapolio, 73 crates ranges,
28 bundles pad boards for stock; 371 pieces steel bars,
235 pieces castings for Mechanical Division; 10 pack-
ages electrical material for Pacific Division; 50 packages
drugs for Sanitary Department; and a miscellaneous
cargo, the whole consisting of 2,103 packages, weighing
244 tons.

Turrialba, October 6. from New Orleans, with 4,793
bales hay, 529 bales straw, 40 cases yellow ochre, 680
pieces yellow pine for stock; 3,195 pieces yellow pine
for AtlanticDivision; 445 pieces yellow pine for Mechan-
ical Division; 452 tons dump car parts for Cristobal
shops (for erection).

Santa Maria, October 7, from New York, with 20
packages castings for Atlantic Division.

Aldershot, October 7, from Gulfport, with 651 pieces
piling for Atlantic Division; 159 pieces piling, 3,718
cross-ties for stock.



MOVEMENT OF OCEAN VESSELS.



The following is a list of the sailings of the Panama
Railroad Steamship Company, of the Royal Mail Steam
Packet Company, of the Hamburg-American Line, and
of the United Fruit Company's Line, the Panama Rail-
road Company's dates being subject to change:

NEW YORK TO CRISTOBAL.

Colon P. R. R. Tuesday Oct. 11

Advance P. R. R. Monday Oct. 17

Panama P. R. R. Saturday Oct. 22

Allianca P. R. R. Friday Oct. 28

Colon P. R. R. Friday Nov. 4

Advance P. R. R. Thursday Nov. 10

Panama P. R. R. Wednesday .. .Nov. 16

Allianca P. R. R. Tuesday . . . .Nov. 22

Colon P. R. R. Monday Nov. 28

CRISTOBAL TO NEW YORK.

Allianca P. R. R. Monday Oct. 17

Colon P. R. R. Sunday Oct. 23

Advance P. R. R. Saturday Oct. 29

Panama P. R. R. Friday Nov. 4

Allianca P. R. R Thursday Nov. 10

Colon P. R. R. Wednesday... Nov. 16

Advance P. R. R. Tuesday Nov. 22

Panama P. R. R. Monday Nov. 28

Allianca P. R. R. Sunday Dec. 4

Colon P. R. R. Saturday Dec. 10

A fortnightly service of the Cristobal and Ancon will
be maintained as nearly as possible, leaving Cristobal
on or about the 4th a ad 25th of each month. Due
notice of the sailings of these ships from the Isthmus
will be given. On the outward voyage these ships sail
from the pier at the foot of 12th street, Hoboken, N. J.

NEW YORK TO COLON.



Metapan

Prinz Joachim

Zacapa

Tagus

Almirante

Prinz Aug. Wilhelm. .

Santa Marta

Oruba

Metapan

Prinz Joachim

Zacapa

Magdalena

Almirante

Prinz Aug. Wilhelm. .

Santa Marta

Clyde



U. F. C.
H.-A....
U. F. C.
R.-M...
U. F C.
H.-A. . . .
U. F. C.
.R.-M...
.U. F. C.
H.-A. . . .
U. F. C.
R.-M . . .
.U. F. C.
.H.-A...
,U. F. C.
■ R.-M...



Thursday Oct. 6

Saturday Oct. 8

Thursday Oct. 13

Saturday Oct. 15

Thursday Oct. 20

Saturday Oct. 22

Thursday Oct. 27

Saturday Oct. 29

Thursday. .. .Nov. 3

Saturday Nov. 5

Thursday Nov. 10

Saturday Nov. 12

Thursday Nov. 17

Saturday Nov. 19

Thursday Nov. 24

.Saturday Nov. 26



COLON TO NEW YORK.



Santa Marta

Oruba

Metapan

Prinz Joachim

Zacapa

Magdalena

Almirante

Prinz Aug. Wilhejm .

Santa Marta

Clyde

Metapan

Prinz Joachim

Zacapa



.U. F. C. Friday Oct. 14

.R.-M. . .Monday Oct. 17

. U. F. C. Friday Oct. 21

. H.-A. . . . Tuesday Oct. 25

.U. F. C. Friday Oct. 28

.R.-M Monday Oct. 31

. U. F. C. Friday Nov. 4

.H.-A .. .Tuesday Nov. 8

.U. F. C. Friday Nov. 11

..R.-M.. . Monday Nov. 14

..U. F. C. Friday Nov. 18

..H.-A. . .Tuesday Nov. 22

.U. F. C. Friday Nov. 25



NEW ORLEANS TO COLON.

Abangarez U. F. C. Saturday Oct. 8

Atenas U. F. C. Saturday Oct. 15

Turrialba U. F. C. Saturday Oct. 22

Abangarez U. F. C. Saturday Oct. 29

Atenas U. F. C. Saturday Nov. 5

Turrialba U. F. C. Saturday Nov. 12

COLON TO NEW ORLEANS.

Turrialba U. F. C. Thursday Oct. 13

Abangarez U. F. C. Thursday Oct. 20

Atenas U. F. C. Thursday Oct. 27

Turrialba U. F. C. Thursday Nov. 3

Abangarez U. F. C. Thuisday Nov. 10

Atenas U. F. C. Thursday Nov. 17

COLON TO BARBADOS, CALLING AT TRINIDAD.

Tagus R.-M. . .Tuesday Oct. 25

Oruba R.-M . . .Tuesday Nov. 8

The next sailing of the Leyland Line will be as fol-
lows: Jamaican on or about October 14, for New
Orleans, via Kingston^ Ja.

Hamburg-American steamers leave for New York at
10 a. m. , and for Port Limon every Tuesday or Wednes-
day.

Royal Mail steamers leave for New York on alternate
Mondays at 5 p. m.; for Southampton on alternate
Tuesdays at 10 a. m.

United Fruit Company's ships for New Orleans leave
on Thursday at 3 p. m., and for New York on Friday
at 10 a. m.

Sailings of the French line (Cie Generate Trans-
atlantique) for Venezuelan ports/Martinique and Guad-
eloupe on the 3rd and 20th of each month.



CANAL




RECORD



Volume IV.



ANCON, CANAL ZONE, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1910.



No. 8.



The Canal Record

Published weekly under the authority and supervision of
the Isthmian Canal Commission.



The Canal Record is issued free of charge, one copy
each, to all employes of the Commission and Panama
Railroad Company whose names are on the gold roll.
Extra copies and back numbers can be obtained from the
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cents each.

Address all Communications

THE CANAL RECORD

Ancon, Canal Zone,

Isthmus of Panama.

No communication, either for publication or requesting
information, will receive attention unless signed with the
full name and address of the writer.

NOTES OF PROGRESS.

Acting Chairman's Monthly Report.

The report of the Acting Chairman of the
Isthmian Canal Commission for the month of
September is published in full in other col-
umns of this issue of The Canal Record.
It gives a detailed account of the progress of
Canal work in all departments and divisions.



Shop Order System at Gorgona.

A new work order system will be installed
in Corgona shops to relieve the foremen of
much of the clerical work they are now obliged
to do, and thus give them more time for plan-
ning the methods of shop work and supervi-
sing the men under them. The great increase
in work at the shops, without corresponding
increase in supervisory force, makes it ad-
visable to relieve the foremen of clerical
duties. Two draftsmen will be required for
the new system and, in addition to their
clerical duties, they will be available to explain
to the various foremen the details of drawings,
thus accomplishing a further saving in the
time of the supervisory force. The foremen
who will be benefited especially are those of
the machine shop, boiler, blacksmith, car-
penter, planing, and pattern shops, and the
night foremen.

The new system will be installed gradually,
and for the present will be confined to manu-
facturing orders only. A material bill will
be made out in the drafting room and will
accompany each shop order when it is issued
to the shop. It will show in distinct columns
the nature of the article ordered, the quan-
tity required, the stock on hand, or if not on
hand, the date at which a definite quantity
may be expected, and the shop by which
stock is to be drawn from the storehous i.
In this connection the storekeeper of the
Quartermaster's store at Gorgona has been
instructed to follow certain rules in order
that there may be thorough cooperation.

The effect of the system will be to relieve
the foremen of work in studying out the di -
tails of drawings, preparation of a list of
materials needed for each job, and ascertain-
ing whether the material is in stock or on the



Isthmus. It is estimated that one-fourth of
the time of the foremen can be saved in this
way.

A progress report system will also be in-
stalled by means of which a card catalogue
record of the advance of work will be kept.
This record will be added to each day and it
will be possible therefore to tell in just what
state an order is by merely referring to the
catalogue.

President Taft's Visit.

It is officially announced from Beverly,
Mass., that President Taft will sail for the
Isthmus on November 10 from Charleston,
S. C, on board the armored cruiser North
Carolina, and under the convoy of the sister
ship Montana. It is expected that he will
arrive on the Isthmus on November 14, and
remain here four days.



Unloader Performances in Chagres District.

During the month of September, there were
four unloaders at work in the Chagres district
of the Central Division, two of which were
working on the Tabernilla dumps and two
on the dumps on the relocation of the Panama
railroad between Gamboa and Caimito. The
unloaders on the Tabernilla dumps unloaded
an average of 20 trains per day, and those on
the relocation dumps, 24 trains per day. The
unloadersat Tabernilla were delayed 31 hours
and 12 minutes waiting for trains, while those
on the Panama railroad relocation were de-
layed 38'A hours for the same cause. In
addition to this delay, there were numerous
other delays on account of derailments,
changing unloader, changing plow, and re-
pairs. From September 1 to 15, the Lidger-
wood trains averaged 19 cars to the train,
after which date an additional car was added,
giving an average of 20 cars per train.



Sanitary Work in Panama Suburbs.

The work of removing the unsanitary houses
and shacks in the newly improved districts of
Guachapali and Santa Cruz, including also
the districts known as Marafion and San
Miguel, which was begun on June 21, 1909,
in accordance with the Health Office order of
that date, is practically completed. One
hundred and fifty-two buildings were ordered
destroyed in Guachapali and 57 in Santa
Cruz, and most of them were demolished by
the Health Office forces. The district of
Santa Cruz, with San Miguel, comprises
about all of the settled portion of the city
lying between the Panama railroad, the Cale-
donia road and the Zone boundary line. As
a result of the recent street improvements and
the installation of water mains and sewers in
this section, there has been an impetus in
building operations, and up to October 15, a
total of 63 permits had been issued, as com-
pared with one permit on September 30, 1909.
These permits mostly cover two-story frame
buildings, the tloor joists of which, in accord-
ance with existing sanitary regulations, must be



set in concrete to prevent the entrance of
germ-carrying vermin. Building operations
in Guachapali continue, but on a smaller
scale than a few months ago. , The permits
issued in that district to October 15 number
148, as compared with 35 on September 30,
1909. The street improvements made in
these districts by the municipal engineering
forces of the Pacific Division are about con-
cluded, and most of the men have been laid
off.

Hotel Improvements.

The dining room of the Washington Hotel
at Colon has recently been renovated and
repainted. A hat rack has been placed near
the entrance for the convenience of guests, a
linen room has been added, and some improve-
ments made in the kitchen arrangements.
The grounds in front of the hotel have been
newly seeded, and additional plants have been
set out. The driveway along the beach in
front has been remetaled and rolled. An
inquiry was received a few days ago from
Delft, Holland, regarding accommodations for
a party of four that desire to spend the months
of February and March on the Isthmus in-
specting the Canal.

The location of the stairway leading to the
upper floor of the Cristobal Hotel has been
changed to the front of the building, and the
space enclosed, so that employes who have
quarters in the hotel can gain access to them,
without having first to enter the section of the
lower veranda reserved for dining purposes.



Growth in Isthmian Shipping Trade.

The total number of vessels arriving at the
ports of Colon, Cristobal and Balboa during
the first six months of 1910 shows a consider-
able gain over the last half of 1909. At Colon
and Cristobal, the increased growth amounted
to over 20 per cent, and at Balboa the gain
was over ten per cent. The vessels arriving
at Colon and Cristobal from January to June
30, 1910, inclusive, numbered 455, as com-
pared with 384 for the period from July 1 to
December 31, 1909, inclusive. The vessels at
Balboa for the same periods were 127 and 115,
respectively.

The record for July, August and September
of this year at Colon and Cristobal indicates
a continued growth at these ports, the
total of arrivals for August being 8S, a larger
number than has been recorded in any pre-
vious month for over a year. During the
week ending October 1st, 24 vessels entered the
ports. While this number has been equalled
in one or two previous weeks of record, it has
never been exceeded. The average number i >l