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MIRAFLORES LOCKS.



The record of concrete placed in the upper lock at Miraflores during the six S-hour working
days of the week ending December 10, follows:





Auxiliary Plant.




Date.


2-cubic yard mixers.


}-cubic yard mixers.


}-cubic yard mixer.


Total.




Concrete
placed.


Hours
worked.


No. of

mixers


1
Concrete J Hours No. of
placed. 1 worked, mixers


Concrete

I>l.u ed.


Hours

worked.


No. of
mixers


Large
stone.




Dec. 5

Dec. 6....

Dec. 7

Dec. 8

Dec. 9... .
Dec. 10...


Cu. Yds.
400
440
404
270
380
448


7:00
7:50
7.50
4:50
4:50
8:00


2
2
2
2
2
2


Cu. Yds.
365
262
276
445
356
288


25:25
18:50
19:50
29:50
25:25
23:75


3
4
4
4
4
4


Cu. Yds.
95
98

51
68
89

87


6:00
6.75
4:00
7:00
8:00
7:00


1
1
1
1
1
1


Cu. Yds.
25
23
15
51
24
10


Cu. Yds.
885
823
746
*844
849
833


Total...
Previously


2,342


39:00


2


1,992


141:75


3.83


488


38:75


1


148
1.975


4.980
77.886
























Grand


2,123


82.866

























*Includes 10 cubic yards mixed by hand.



December 14, 1910.



THE CANAL RECORD



123



STEAM SHOVEL RECORDS.



Work of Central Division Shovels In November.

During the month of November, the total
amount of material excavated in the Central
Division was 1,470,436 cubic yards, of which
417,359 cubic yards were classified as earth,
and 1,053,077 cubic yards as rock. Of this
quantity, 1,444,567 cubic yards were removed
by steam shovels; 21,069 cubic yards were
blasted and washed away, and 4,800 cubic
yards were sluiced by contract.

The high record for the month was made by
shovel No. 221, working 24 days in the Empire
district, which excavated 45,720 cubic yards
of rock. The second best record of the month
was made by shovel No. 228, working 24 days
in the Empire district, which excavated
43,824 cubic yards of rock.

The best record for a shovel of the 70-ton
class was made by shovel No. Ill, working 24
days in the Chagres district, which excavated
30,756 cubic yards of earth.

Shovel No. 204, working in the Culebra
district, made a high record for one day by
excavating 2,603 cubic yards of rock and earth
on November 11.

Shovel No. 128, working in the Chagres
district, excavated 1 ,980 cubic yards of earth
on November 1 7, and this is the high record for
one day for shovels of the 70-ton class, during
the month.

Except where noted, monthly reports are
computed by place measurement, while the
daily reports are based on car measurement.
The best records for the month and for one
day are shown below:

BEST RECORDS FOR THE MONTH.

CHAGRES DISTRICT.







Cubic


Yards.




Shovel
No.


Earth.


Rock.


Total.


No. of
days at
work.


126


37,155
30,756




37,155
30,756


24


Ill


24





EMPIRE DISTRICT






221


45,720


45,720
43,824


24


228


43,824


24











CULEBRA DISTRICT.




213


40,154


40.154
39,007


24


212


19,503 19.504


24







PEDRO MIGUEL.



9,382



37.528



BEST RECORDS FOR ONE DAY.



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Location.


Character of
Date. material
excavated.


Cubic
yards.


1?8


Chagres

Empire

Empire

Empire

Culebra

Culebra

Culebra

Culebra


Nov. 17 Earth


1,980


13'


Nov. 19 Earth


1.770


1 X'.


Nov. 2 1 Earth


1,764


' '4


Nov. 17' Rock


2,366


•>18


Nov. 29 ' Rock


2,325


1(A
204
217
204
256
231


Nov. 18 Rock

Nov. 1 1 Rock and earth . .
Nov. 2 Rock and earth. .
Nov. 1 ' Rock and earth. .
Nov. 30 Rock and earth. .
Nov. 10 Rock


2.277
2,603
2,584
2,527
2,527
1,900




Nov. 1 1 1 Rock


1,900






1.900











Mechanical Draftsman Examination.

In connection with the announcement pub-
lished two weeks ago of an examination for
mechanical draftsman, Isthmian Canal Serv-
ice, information has been received that a
separate register will be established for eligi-
bles who have had sufficient experience in



marine work to qualify them for the position
of mechanical draftsman with marine exper-
ience, the entrance salary of which position
will be $125 per month. This position is in
addition to those mentioned in the announce-
ment as first published.

Applications will be received up to the close
of business on December 17. Form 1312
should be requested from the undersigned, and
filed complete, with medical certificate. Those
whose applications might be received too late
should telephone to this office that they wish
to apply for the above examination.

John K. Baxter,
Secretary, Isthmian Civil Service Board.

Culebra, C. Z., December 10, 1910.



Strangers' Club Election.

At a meeting of the members of the Stran-
gers' Club held on Monday evening, December
5, officers were elected for the ensuing year,
as follows: Chairman, Maj. Eugene T. Wil-
son; vice-chairman, R. H. Wardlaw; secre-
tary, Robert Beverly; treasurer, J. B. Wil-
liams; governing committee, H. O. Chalkley,
Surgeon William H. Bell, R. G. Castel, J. M.
Hvatt, Lieut. Frederick Mears, Robert Wilcox.



Culebra Colored Association.

In November, 1909, an institute for negroes
in the Canal service was opened at Culebra in
a building set apart for that purpose. It was
equipped with writing tables, game tables and
games, such as dominoes, checkers and chess,
supplied with newspapers from the West
Indies, magazines and other periodicals, and
in April, a billiard table was added. The
playing of cards, dancing, and the use of
liquor and profane language in the building
were forbidden. The conduct of the institute,
was placed under the Rev. S. Moss Loveridge,
one of the Commission chaplains whose work
has been largely among the West Indian
negroes. In the first month 33 men joined the
institute, and in October, 1910, the twelfth
month, two joined. The total number that
ever joined was 58, about two per cent of the
available male colored people in the vicinity.
At present there are seven men on the rolls.
The membership fees were 50 cents for one
month; $1 for three months;* $1.50 for six
months, and $2.50 for twelve months. The
total receipts from all sources, and the dis-
bursements, have been as follows:

RECEIPTS.

Membership tickets $67.50

Social and concerts 18.50

Billiard table receipts 91.75

Donations 58.00

Church outing (donated) 38.55

Proceeds of entertainments in four churches. . 36.77

Portion of steward's salary paid by church. . . 250.00

Total receipts $561.07

DISBURSEMENTS.

Subscriptions to newspapers $16.90

Table games 11.73

Printing and stationery 52.42

Decorations 9.00

Billiard table 146.87

Refreshments (social) 2.70

Ice 25.32

Sundries 5.39

Salary of steward at $50 per month 600.00

Total disbursements $870.33

Balance due $309.26

On November 1, 1910, the Rev. Mr. Love-
ridge recommended that the institute be closed
and his recommendation was approved. A few
days later, the Rev. H. A. Brown, chaplain of
the Engineer Corps, U. S. A., in charge of the
Episcopal churches at Culebra and Empire,
asked for, and was given authority to reopen
the building for the benefit of the Culebra



Colored Association, composed of men and
women. Beginning November 24, the build-
ing has been opened every night from 7.30
to 11 o'clock. Twice a week informal dances
are held, and it is proposed to hold a formal
dance once a month. A new billiard table
has been ordered. Alterations will be made
in the interior of the building, so that the rooms
formerly occupied by the janitor will be used
as a retiring room, and for serving ice cream.
Only members will be served, and only cou-
pons issued to them will be accepted in pay-
ment for ice cream. There are now 60 mem-
bers. The entrance fee for men is $1, and
the membership dues 50 cents a month. There
is no entrance fee for women, but they pay a
monthly due of 25 cents.



Ancon Quarry Plant.

Beginning December 1, a 12-hour working
day, divided into 8-hour shifts, was placed in
effect at the Ancon quarry plant. This was-
done to increase the production of crushed
rock, the consumption of which has grown
with the concrete operations in the locks at
Pedro Miguel and Miraflores. An additional
dust screen of small mesh has recently been
installed and the crushed rock is now cleaned
of all dirt and fine particles. The screenings
fall into a bin built for the purpose and are
afterwards hauled away to be used as a top
dressing on Canal Zone roads, or disposed of
by sale to private users. Private sales are
made on the basis of 50 cents, United States
currency, per cubic yard, f. o. b. cars at the
quarry.

A statement of the rock crushed at Ancon
quarry during the week ending December 3,
follows:



Date


Hours
worked.


Cubic
Yards.




6:10
8:20
5:40
10:55
11:20
8:40


2,295




2,835




1,695




3,675




4,290




3,090






Total


51:05


17,880







Porto Bello Crusher.

A statement of the work done at Porto
Bello crusher, by days, for the weeks ending
December 3 and 10, follows:



Date.


Hours,
worked.


Cubic
Yards.




6:29
9:14
9:43
10:36
11:15
1:47


2,317




2,887




2,600




2.955




3,453




600






Total


49:04


14,812








11:50
11:19
11:38
7:16
6:48
10:52


2,070




2.481




2.946




3.272


December 9


3,014
3,741








59:43


17,524







Notice to Steam Shovel Men and Dredge Men.
Local No. 19, I. B. of S. S. and D. M. will
hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, Decem-
ber 18, at the I. C. C. lodge hall at Empire, at
12.15 p. m. It is important that all brother-
hood men attend this meeting.

Walter P. Tudor,

Secretary- Treasurer.
Empire, C. Z., December 12, 1910.



124



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THE CANAL RECORD



125



LOCK VALVE MACHINERY.



Bids to Be Advertised for, both in the United
States and in Europe.

The Washingtonoffice has been directed to
advertise for bids for the machinery to oper-
ate the Stoney gate valves and cylindrical
valves in the locks at Gatun, Pedro Miguel
and Miraflores. Bids on this machinery will
be requested, both in Europe and in the United
States. There will be required 116 machines,
motors, and limit switches for operating the
Stoney gate valves, and 120 machines, motors,
and limit switches for operating the cylin-
drical valves. Tests of the type of valves to
be used are being made at Gatun and Pedro
Miguel.

The Stoney gate valves will be used for
letting the water into and out of the lock cul-
verts or tunnels. The machinery for which
bids are to be asked will operate a rising valve
stem fastened to the gate valve at the lower
end and to a guided crosshead at the upper end.
The crosshead will move vertically through a
distance of 18 feet by means of two vertical
revolving screws which transmit the pull
through two nonrevolving nuts in the cross-
head. Each screw will be driven from the
motor shaft by a gear and pinion reduction
and two bevel gears.

The 78-inch cylindrical valves will let the
water from the main culvert of the center wall
of the locks into the lateral culverts, or vice
versa. The machinery for operating them
will consist of a guided rising stem fastened
at its lower end to the cylindrical valve and
having a nonrevolving nut fastened to its
upper end. This nut, and hence, the valve and
valve stem, is moved vertically through a
distance of three feet by means of a revolving
screw, the end thrust being taken up by a rol-
ler-bearing at the upper end of the screw. The
screw is actuated by a bevel gear which is
driven by a pinion on the motor shaft.

The motors for operating the machinery-
will be induction, totally inclosed, moisture-
proof, squirrel cage form, mill type, high
torque, designed for 25-cycle, 220-volt system.
It is the desire of the Commission to purchase
motors which have been developed and suc-
cessfully used in the operation of steel rolling
mills for a period of at least one year, such
service being comparable with that which
will be required on the lock valves. The
service for which they will be used will be
intermittent, and the excessive moisture of
the Canal Zone, with its deteriorating effect,
must be guarded against. Tests will be made
on the Isthmus to ascertain whether the motors
furnished are fit to stand the effects of the
moisture, and to this end the Commission
may buy a sample of any, or all, of the motors
offered.

All of the above apparatus will be installed
by the Commission, and the time of delivery
extends over a period of about two years, in
order that the material may be on hand when
the completion of successive parts of the con-
crete will permit its erection.



Arrested for Embezzlement.

Henry J. Hines, an American employed by
the Pacific Division at Balboa, was placed
under arrest on Wednesday, December 7,
charged with embezzling United States Gov-
ernment property, consisting of commissary-
stores consigned to his charge and destined
for the use of the Pacific Division floating
equipment. He waived examination before
Judge Blackburn in the District Court at



Ancon, and on Monday, December 11, was
arraigned before Judge Gudger in the Circuit
Court of the First Judicial District, where
he pleaded "Not guilty" and was placed under
bond of $4,000 for his appearance for trial on
Monday, December 19. Information was
filed against him in six cases of embezzlement,
one occurring in October, four in November,
and one in December. Charles Silvers and
F. P. Petersen, proprietors of the Hotel
Metropole in Panama, have been extradited
and will be tried in the Canal Zone courts for
embezzlement for having received the stolen
goods. They were admitted to bail on Tues-
day in the sum of $5,000 each. Two Pana-
manians, drivers of the wagon in which the
goods were hauled from Balboa to the hotel, are
also held under bond.



Canal Zone Schools. -

The attendance in the Canal Zone public
schools during November was as follows:





Attendance.


White.




Enrolled


Average
daily.




178
31
28
91

209
19

109
18

147

148


164




29




24




79




172




18




103




13




128




135






Total


978


865


Colored.


39
39
139
145

44
27
43
40
43
37
76
47
132
27
40


23




34




92




105




36




17




27




32




29




22




28




32




73




15




30






Total


918
1,896


595




1,460







Red Cross Finances.

A statement of the financial condition of
the Canal Zone chapter, American National
Red Cross, for the month of November, 1910,
follows:

RECEIPTS.

November 1. Balance on hand. $1,895.05

November 15. Miscellaneous
contributions at Paraiso Red
Cross meeting 15.00

November 15. Membership dues

paid at Paraiso meeting 54.00

November 30. Membership dues 6.00

$1,970.05

DISBURSEMENTS.

November 30. Postage, as per
receipts S10.00

November 30. Isthmian Canal
Commission, printing and
supplies 1 1.25

$21.25

November 30. Balance on hand $1,948.80

John L. Phillips, Treasurer.
Approved:

C. A. Devol, Chairman.

Examinations for Rodmen and Levelmen.

The second examination to test the fitness
of rodmen and levelmen for promotion will be
held in the clubhouse at Culebra, beginning
at 9 a. m., on Sunday, January 8,1911. Rod-
men and levelmen who did not enter the first
examination; those who entered, but failed to
pass; and those appointed since November 6,



1910, will be admitted to this second exami-
nation upon written application addressed
to the Chairman of the Examining Board,
Culebra, C. Z., prior to January 1, 1911.
A. B. Nichols,
Chairman, Examining Board.
Culebra, C. Z., December 9, 1910.



Sailing of Cristobal.
The P. R. R. steamship Cristobal will sail
from Cristobal at 5 p. m., Friday, December
16.



Gatun Dam Spillway.

Concrete was placed in the Spillway of
Gatun Dam during the week ending Decem-
ber 10, as follows:





Cubic Yards.


Date.


Concrete


Large
rock.


Total.




208
212
308
264
220
128






























Total


1,340








109 180












110,520



Minnesota Residents.

. Will all residents of the Canal Zone who are
now, or who have been, residents of the State
of Minnesota kindly communicate with E.
Dow Gilman, office of Assistant Chief Engi-
neer, Culebra. E. Dow Gilman.
Culebra, C. Z., December 10, 1910.



Resignation of Justice Owen.

Judge Wesley M. Owen, associate justice
of;the Canal Zone Supreme Court, has ten-
dered his resignation effective at the end of
his annual leave in February, when he will
have been on the Canal Zone bench two years.
He states that his resignation is due to ill
health and to the demands of business interests
in Illinois.



Central Division Unloaders.

A statement of Lidgerwood cars unloaded
in the Central Division during the month of
November, follows:



Location.


No. of
unloaders.


No. of
trains.


N«. of
cars.




3

3
3

1


860
627
763
290


17,200




12,540




15,260




5,800






Total


10


2,540


50,800







Odd Fellows.

At the annual communication of the sover-
eign grand lodge of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows held at Atlanta, Ga., recently,
B. F. Sisson of Gatun was reappointed dis-
trict deputy grand sire for the Canal Zone for
the fourth consecutive year.



Traffic on the old line of the Panama rail-
road through the section between Gatun and
Frijoles, which was suspended during the
freshet of December 2 to 6, was resumed on