Vacher played the piano. A collation was
The congregation of St. Mary's Church in
Empire tendered a reception to Chaplain and
Mrs. H. A. Brown at the Commission club-
house in the village on the night of November
30. During the evening, songs were sung by
W. G Ross, A. B. Dickson, and Mrs. A. Faure,
and Miss Smith played the violin and Mrs.
Dickson and Mrs. Hall, the piano. Refresh-
ments were served and there was dancing
A missionary meeting will be held by the
Women's Foreign Missionary Society at the
Methodist church in Panama at 7.15 o'clock
on the evening of December 11. Mrs. Gray
will read a report of the meeting of the general
executive body held recently in Boston.
A bazaar will be held in the Commission
clubhouse at Empire, on December 14, for the
benefit of the organ fund of St. Mary's Epis-
copal church. It will be conducted by the
Woman's Guild and will be followed by dan-
The committee of the Colon Humane Soci-
ety in charge of the Christmas entertainment
for the poor children of that city announce
that it will be held on Saturday afternoon,
December 24. The exercises will take place
in the children's playground, but if rain inter-
feres, the new schoolhouse for girls, situated
close by, will be used. There will be a Christ-
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mas tree, and Mrs. P. T. Murphy, who is now
in the States, has been commissioned to pur-
chase 1,000 small presents for distribution on
Improved Order of Red Men.
A joint meeting of the tribes will be held
at Paraiso on Saturday evening, December 10,
in the wigwam of Aztec Tribe, No. 4. This
will take the place of the monthly intertribal
meeting, usually held the first Sunday in the
month, but which was postponed on account
of the Kangaroo memorial services last Sun-
day. Matters of interest to all the tribes will
be brought up at this meeting and a large
attendance is expected. Degree teams from
three tribes will be in attendance and the
tribes are requested to bring their "palefaces"
to this meeting for adoption. An entertain-
ment and "smoker" will be held after the
W. H. Kromer, D. G. I.
Cristobal, C. Z., December 5, 1910.
whereabouts of Thomas J. Fitzpatrick, who
left Mechanicsville, N. Y., about five years
ago to come to the Isthmus, is requested to
communicate with The Canal Record.
Taxes on Vehicles for Public and Private Use.
The following ordinances enacted by the Isthmian
Canal Commission at its 158th meeting on August 25,
1910, were approved by the Acting Secretary of War.
October 31, 1910:
Be it Enacted, by the Isthmian Canal Commission,
that paragraph "a", section 7, of the "Regulations
Providing for Certain Taxes and Licenses in the Canal
Zone other than for the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors,"
effective July 1, 1908. is hereby amended to read as fol-
For operating for hire a public coach or carriage, not
operated by motor power, for the transportation of
passengers, a license tax of $1.25 per month shall be
charged; for a public cart, dray, or other public
vehicle, not operated by motor power, the following
license taxes shall be charged, namely: For each two-
wheel vehicle, S2.50 per month; for each four-
wheel vehicle. 85 per month. Provided, however.
that in the construction and application of this sec-
tion all vehicles which are used on the public roads of
the Canal Zone for the transportation of merchandise,
or other articles of value, by merchants and dealers,
shall be held to be subject to license as provided in
this section. Provided, however, that the license taxes
in this section enumerated shall not apply to con-
veyances of the herein indicated character wherein
passengers are transported for hire, which are duly
licensed in the Republic of Panama.
Any one having information regarding the
whereabouts of John H. Fisher, who was at
one time employed as a locomotive engineer
on the relocation of the Panama railroad, will
please communicate with J. W. Benjamin,
Mechanical Department, P. R. R., Cristobal,
Information regarding Roy Gamier, sup-
posed to be on the Isthmus, is desired by his
mother, Mrs. J. II. Dairy, La Plata, Mo.
Any one having information regarding the
Providing for the licensing and regulation of motor
vehicles in the Canal Zone.
Be it Enacted, by the Isthmian Canal Commission,
Section 1. That, hereafter, there shall be collected
and accounted for, as other similar taxes, the follow-
ing license taxes from the owners or operators of
motor vehicles used or employed on the streets or
roads of the Canal Zone, namely: (a) For each motor
vehicle (except motor cycles) used for the transporta-
tion of freight or passengers for hire, or for the trans-
portation of merchandise or freight by any merchant
or dealer, one hundred and fifty dollars (S1S0) per
annum; (b) for each motor vehicle (except motor
cycles) operated for pleasure, twenty-Iivedollars ($25)
per annum; and (c) for each motor cycle ten dollars
($10) per annum.
Section 2. Before any person shall use or operate
any motor vehicle on the public roads or streets of
the Canal Zone, he shall procure from the Collector
of Revenues of the Canal Zone Government a license
authorizing him to use and operate such motor
vehicle on said public roads or streets.
Section 3. Each motor vehicle operated on said
roads or streets shall at all times, when so operated,
carry thereon, at a conspicuous place at the rear
thereof, a metal tag or card bearing thereon, in large
numerals, the number of the license for such vehicle.
It shall be the duty of the Collector of Revenues,
when such license is issued, to furnish to the licensee
said metal tag or c.rd bearing said number, and the
licensee shall, in addition to the license tax, pay to
said collector a fee of one dollar ($1) for furnishing
said tag or card, which fee shall be accounted for by
said collector to the Zone Government in the same
manner as are such license taxes. It shall be unlaw-
ful for any person to operate or use on said roads or
streets any motor vehicle unless the same bears, at a
conspicuous place at the rear thereof, such numeral
tag or card.
Section 4. The Collector of Revenues shall keep a
register, whe'rein he shall number, in consecutive
order, all licenses granted by him under this ordinance,
and the names of the licensees, and a brief description
of the motor vehicle licensed. Such register shall be
a public record. Said collector shall, immediately
upon issuing any license herein provided for. give
notice thereof, and furnish the information shown by
the aforesaid register, to the Chief of Police, who
shall cause arrests to be made for violations of this
Section 5. Before the Collector of Revenues shall
issue any license hereunder for the operation of any
motor vehicle, he must be satisfied, from proof fur-
nished, or from his personal investigation that such
motor vehicle for which license is desired can pass
with ease and safety on any turn or part of any public
road or street of the Canal Zone any other vehicle
authorized by law to travel thereon. The said col-
lector's refusal to issue any license indicated herein
may, upon the formal request of the refused applicant,
be reviewed by the Head of the Department of Civil
Administration, whose decision shall be final.
Section 6. All motor vehicles shall, when being
operated on any of the Canal Zone streets or roads,
between the hours of 6 p. m. and 5 a. m., carry and
prominently display lights, as follows: Automobiles,
or motor vehicles of similar construction, two bright
front or headlights, one on either side, and one red
light at the rear; motor cycles, one bright headlight.
Section 7. Except as to the requirements for the
use of lights, as provided in section 6 hereof, this
ordinance will not apply to motor vehicles, which
may be used on the public roads or streets of the
Canal Zone under the authority of the Chairman of
the Isthmian Canal Commission, or of the Secretary
of War, for official purposes.
Section 8. The term "motor vehicle." as used here-
in, shall apply to and include every vehicle or convey-
ance which may be drawn or propelled by means of
steam, gas, naptha, fluid, electricity, or other similar
Section 9. Any person violating any provision of
this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemean-
or, and shall, upon conviction in any district court
of the Canal Zone, be punishable by a fine not to
exceed fifty dollars ($50) , or imprisonment not to ex-
ceed 30 days, oi by both such fine and imprison-
ment in the discretion of the court.
Section 10. This ordinance shall be effective from
the date of its approval by the Secretary of War.
Rainfall from November 1 to 30, Inclusive.
MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT.
Pacific Section —
Central Section —
Atlantic Section —
The station rainfall for November covered an unusually
wide range, the totals varying from .3.97 inches at
Balboa, to 30.04 inches at Cristobal. The rainfall at
Ancon and Balboa was the lowest of record for November
at these stations. There was a deficiency in average
cloudiness over the Pacific section. The maximum
temperature in the sun at Culebra was 96 degrees
Fahrenheit on November 16.
Proposals for Excavation, Obispo Diversion.
Sealed proposals for excavation of about 21,942 cubic
yards of earth, located between stations 1602 and 1612
on the east bank of the Canal, will be received until
2 p. m., December 15, 1910, and then opened. Full
information will be furnished by the division engineer,
Empire. Envelopes containing proposals must be
endorsed "Proposals for Excavation, Obispo Diver-
sion," and addressed C. A. Devol, Chief Quartermaster.
WEATHER CONDITIONS, CANAL ZONE, NOVEMBER, IQIO.
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December 7, 1910.
THE CANAL RECORD
Activities of the Young Men's Christian Asso-
STATISTICAL REPORT FOR OCTOBER.
Total number of bowling games
Number different tournaments
Total number tournament players
Total number pool and billiard games
Total income from soda fountains $2,
Number different men using gymnasiums. . .
Total attendance of men using gymnasiums.
Number enrolled in chess and checker clubs.
Number enrolled in glee clubs
Number enrolled in dramatic and minstrel
Number enrolled in camera clubs
Number enrolled in Bible clubs (discussion)..
Number of members of libraries
Total number of books withdrawn
Number of religious meeting
Number of local entertainments
Number functions outside association man-
Number afternoons for women
Number evening functions to which women
Number different men on committees
Number of men called on in hospitals
Number of letters written at public tables. .
Total attendance at buildirlgs
Average attendance per day
Number of beds used during the month. . . .
Number of members
Number of afternoons for boys
Average attendance per afternoon
Total attendance in systematic gymnasium
Outings and other special features
The bowling game between Gatun and Culcbra re-
sulted in Culebra winning all three games. Scores:
Culebra. 876. 950, 768; Gatun, 667. 598. 654.
The following is the standing in the big pin tournament
for the Putnam medal:
Herrington . .
Koperski. . .
The following is the standing in the duckpin tourna-
Cushing. . .
Dubois. . . .
Freeman. . .
Frederichs . .
Fleischman . .
The following are the winners of the monthly prizes
for the month of November: Duckpins — Kersey, high
score. 114; Fleischman. high average, 86.1. Big pins —
Huttlemeier, high score. 229; Case, high average, 174.
A glee club was organized on November 29 and it will
meet every Tuesday.
An informal "social" will be held on Friday, Decem-
The following program will be given under the aus-
pices of the musical and dramatic society, Sunday
evening, December 11, at 8 o'clock:
Mr. Young, chorus, and instrumental quartet.
Mr. Dohrmann. with violin obligato by Mrs. Decker.
Mrs. Ludwig. chorus, and instrumental quartet
"Fear not ye, O Israel!" Buck
Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher.
Violin solo, selected.
"When Night Involves the Skies" Shelly
Mixed quartet, accompanied by the instrumental
"The Birthday of a King" Neidlinger
At the meeting of the literary society on December 9,
the following program will be presented: Essay. Mr.
Rossiter; address, Mr. Wagg; political discussion on
the recent election in the states; parliamentary quiz,
led by J. R. McNiel.
The following high scores were rolled during the week:
Shaughnessy, 206, 204; Sawtelle, 206, 215; Rieman,
209; Potter, 204. High score for the month of Novem-
The following program will be given as a vaudeville
entertainment under the auspices of the musical and
dramatic society, Tuesday evening. December 13:
Sketch, "Two busted coons," Young and Evans;
cartoons, E. W. Stolberg; tenor solo, "Dreams,"
S. H. Brodsky; "Winter song," glee club; soprano solo,
Mrs. Ludwig; monologue, Ed. Keeling; soprano and
tenor duet, Miss Gnuey and Mr. Ross; "Kathleen,"
Mrs. Faure; songs, Miss Gorham and Mr. Evans; sextet
from "Lucia di Lammermoov," Mrs. Ludwig, Mrs.
Faure, Messrs. Ross, Dohrmann, Young, and Conner.
Persons wishing to enter a class in mathematics will
kindly leave their names at the desk. Mr. Oscar
Kuentz, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, will
act as instructor. The class will meet Tuesday and
and Friday nights at 7.15 o'clock.
The "Every Day in the Year Club" meets every
Friday at 7.05 p. m., in the committee room of the
clubhouse. All men are cordially invited.
The Gorgona Dramatic Club will put on the comedy-
drama "Esmeralda" some time this month. The
actors are: Dan Hays, Fay Kramer, M. Meeks, Roy
Ling, Ed Emery, Mrs. Spencer, Nell Wertz, Mrs. Fahr,
and Mrs. Treabor.
Empire's bowling team took three straight games from
the local team on Thursday December 1.
Following are the 200, or over, scores for the month of
November: Arnold, 209. 204, 200, 200. 202, 201. 200,
200; Humphrey, 212; White, 202, 202, 238; Hopkins,
203, 212, 200, 201, 245; Witmer, 209, 200, 208. 220;
Roper, 216, 205, 227, 200; Halderman, 202. 206, 202,
234; McConaughey, 226, 223, 212. 203, 201; Cleary,
204; R. Varenkamp, 218; Haggerty, 206; Stewart,
215, 225; M. Varenkamp, 221; Mrs. Corcoran, 202, 207,
The basketball game on Saturday night, December
12, between Cristobal and the local team is the [ast
match between these two teams in the present series.
The educational committee met on Thursday night,
December 1, and elected W. H. Brown, chairman, and
G. H. Dougherty, secretary. It was decided to start
classes in mechanical drawing and stenography on
Wednesday. December 7. Classes in other studies will
beorganized providing a sufficient number are interested.
The membership committee, which is conducting a
lively campaign for 500 members by February 1, re-
ported on December 1st. 391 members.
A "smoker" will be held on Thursday. December
15. at which an informal reception will be given to
the new members.
A glee club was organized last Thursday under the
direction of A. B. Dickson of Empire.
A phonograph "social" was given on Friday night,
December 2. About 50 records, owned by H. Levy, were
played. Refreshments were served.
Wilson finished firs' in the pool tournament and won
the billiard cue. F. M. Hill won the second prize, a
box of cigars.
A committee has been appointed to arrange for a
Christmas program, consisting of Mrs. E. B. Pflueger.
C. E. Van Fleet, and W. J. Washburn.
The discussion club on Tuesday night, November 30,
was led by F. C. Freeman; subject. "Leadership."
Twenty-five men attended the meeting, and Messrs.
Bradley and MacDougal gave a short entertainment,
with songs and readings.
Sale of Sheds at Public Auction.
There will be sold at public auction by the district
quartermaster at Gatun. C. Z.. at his office, at 3 p m..
Tuesday. December 13. 1910. to the highest bidder for
cash, the following Isthmian Canal Commission proper-
Two small galvanized iron sheds now half covered
by Gatun Lake, which were forrnerly used as dynamite
sheds by the Central Division.
These buildings will be removed from the premises
I ly the successful bidder within thirty (30) days from
date of sale.
The Government reserves the right to accept or reject
any or all bids. For further information apply to the
district quartermaster, Gatun. C. Z.
C. A. Devol. Chief Quartermaster.
Seniority of Locomotive Engineers and Conductors
Culebra. C. Z., December 1, 1910.
Circular No. 348-B. (Superseding Circular No. 348) :
The seniority of locomotive engineers and conductors
of the Isthmian Canal Commission and Panama rail-
road relocation will be governed by the following rules,
effective December 1. 1910:
1. The seniority of engineers and conductors will be
determined by the date they entered the service as
engineers or conductors, regardless of transfers from
one division to another. Increase to qualified pay will
depend on the date started on main line work.
2. When additional qualified men are needed, the
senior unqualified man in the service (all divisions) will
be given an opportunity to qualify, provided he has the
requisite railroad experience.
3. If it becomes necessary to qualify a man. and the
employe entitled to promotion is sick or on leave of
absence, a temporary promotion of the man next on the
list may be made with the understanding that the senior
man will supersede him on his return to duty. In such
case, the date the temporary man qualifies will also be
given the senior.
4. Seniority will not hereafter be affected by absence
from duty so long as the employe's service is continuous.
5. In case of reduction of force, discharges will be
made as follows, all divisions being considered as one
B. Men who have been reported for being in the
hospital for alcoholism.
C. Men habitually sick, or physically unfit for Isth-
mian service, as shown by repeated absences from duty.
D. Men with unsatisfactory records(to be determined
by the Division Engineer.)
E. Men at the foot of seniority list.
6. The seniority of a qualified man transferred to the
Panama railroad will date from his transfer.
7. The conductors and engineers on the P. R. R.
relocation work will be included in the I. C. C. seniority
lists and will be subject to these rules the same as though
they were employes of the Commission.
8. If a qualified man refuses an offer to transfer to
the Panama railroad operating department, he will
thereafter have no right to such a transfer, and his name
will be marked on the seniority list as having refused
9. In case of reduction of P. R. R. force, qualified
men may be transferred to the I. C. C, and resume their
10. Personnel of crews in charge of existing runs will
not be changed by this seniority order, except as vacan-
cies occur. Geo. W. Goethals.
Chairman. Isthmian Canal Commission.
President. Panama Railroad Company.
LOST— A card case containing membership cards to
the Kangaroos. International Brotherhood of Steam
Shovel Engineers. U. B. of R. E., and an I. C. C. annual
pass book. Finder will receive reward by returning to
owner. R. B. Leftwich. house No. 106, Paraiso. C. Z.
Vacations in Costa Rica.
Culebra. C. Z.. November 30, 1910.
Heads of Departments and Divisions:
On account of improved sanitary conditions in Costa
Rica, employes of the Isthmian Canal Commission and
of the Panama Railroad Company will again be per-
mitted to spend their vacations there, but they will be
subject to five days' quarantine at Colon upon their
return, unless they go directly from the train to the
steamer at Port Limon. and can produce a certificate
from the American Consul at San Jose, showing that
they spent the last five days of their leave in that city.
By direction of the Chairman,
C. A. McIlvaine. Chief Clerk.
Sale of Miscellaneous Articles at Public Auction.
There will be sold at public auction by the district
quartermaster at Empire. C. Z.. at his office, at 3 p. m..
Thursday. December 15. 1910. to the highest bidder
for cash, the following Isthmian Canal Commission
One lumber wagon. 13 duck balls. 39 bowling balls,
assorted sizes. 8 old French axes. 20 old worn tires.
Payment will be effected and articles removed imme-
diately upon completion of sale. The Government
reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.
For further information apply to the district quarter-
master. Empire. C. Z..
C. A. Devol. Chief Quartermaster.
The following vessels arrived at and departed from
the port of Balboa during the week ending December 3:
Arrivals — November 27, Stanley Dollar, from San
Francisco. Chile, from Valparaiso; November 28.
Pennsylvania, from San Francisco: December 1. New-
port, from San Francisco and way ports; December 3.
U. S. S. Yorkloun. from Corinto, Arica. from Guaya-
Departures — November 27. Ecuador, to Guayaquil;
November 29. City of Panama to San Francisco and
way ports; November 30. Aysen, to Valparaiso;
December 2. G. II". Fenivick. to San Francisco. Beachy,
to Puget Sound.
THE CANAL RECORD
Vol. IV., No. 15.
The hours during which commissaries are open are
Cristobal and Culebra, 8 a. m. to 12.30 p. m.; 2 p. m.
to 7 p. m.
All other commissaries, S a. m. to 1 p. m.; 3 p. m. to
7 p. m.
Retail prices of cold storage provisions for the week
beginning December 1.
Shoes at the Commissaries.
Panama Railroad Company.
Cristobal. C. Z., December 1, 1910.
Circular No. 240:
To All Concerned: This department does not guaran-
tee canvas or patent leather shoes, as we cannot obtain
any guarantee from the manufacturers. Purchasers
will understand that such shoes are bought at their own
risk. John Burke, Manager.
Approved: Eugene T. Wilson,
Mutton — Stewing, per pound
Shoulder, neck trimmed off. (4 lbs. and
over) , per pound
Entire forequarter (not trimmed) 10
pounds and over, per pound
Leg, (S to 10 pounds), per pound. . .
Cutlets, per pound
Short cut chops, per pound
Lamb — Stewing, per pound
Entire forequarter, neck trimmed off,
Leg (5 to 8 pounds), per pound
Chops, per pound
Culltts. per pound
Veal — Stewing per pound
Shoulder for . oasUng (not under 4