VEGETABLES AND FRUITS.
Beets, per pound 3
Celery, per head - ■ • • 6
Carrots, per pound 3
Cabbage, per pound 3
Cucumbers, per pound 10
Cauliflower, per pound 10
Lettuce, per pound 25
£ pound 13
Onions, per pound y 3
Potatoes, white, per pound 3
Sweet, per pound 2 J
Squash, per pound 4
Turnips, per pound 3
Yams, per pound 3 J
Apples, per pound 5
Cranberries, per pound 10
Grapefruit, each 4
Lemons, dozen 24
Limes, per 100 80
Oranges, per dozen 12
*Indicates reduction from last list.
**Indicates 5 cents allowed for return of bottle,
flndicates advance on last list.
ISold only from commissaries; no orders taken for
Supplies for Canal Work.
The following steamers with supplies for the Isthmian
Canal Commission arrived at the ports of Cristobal and
Colon during the week ending December 10, 1910:
Colon, December 4. from New York, with 3 cases
motor parts, 4 cases electrical supplies for Atlantic
Division; 9 pieces 24" pipe for Pacific Division; 500
bundles bolts, 450 pieces malleable iron castings, 28
cases welding material for Mechanical Division; 36
annual rcpo r ts for Chief Engineer; 500 ash cans, 29
bundles strawboard, 65 kegs bolts, 91 bales hose. 9
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barrels cable grease, 17 barrels nonliquid oil for stock;
and a miscellaneous cargo, the whole consisting of 1 ,885
packages, weighing 154 tons.
Snested, December 4, from Baltimore, with 5 cises
steam hammer parts 169 pieces steel beams, 362 pieces
steel plates. 150 tons material for electric return railway
for Atlantic Division; 6 dipper frames for Central
Division; 567 tons lock construction material, 960
pieces corrugated steel bars, 150 tons material for
electric return railway for Pacific Division; 525 pieces
steel plates. 745 pieces steel angles, 25 pieces steel beams,
95 barrels fire brick for Mechanical Division; 13.500
cases dynamite, 210 cases window glass, 1,000 cans
gasoline, 10,000 bundles tie plates. 20 cases neatsfoot
oil. 1 .978 pieces black pipe, 73 bundles black pipe, 6,250
bundles splice bars, 100 pieces steel plate, 205 pieces
steel angles, 29 pieces steel beams for stock.
Sarnia, December 5, from New York, with 5 barrels
brake shoes for Mechanical Division; 10 cases steel
shafting, 200 barrels carbolic acid, 61 cases paper for
In tow of tug M.E, Luckenbach, December 7, from
Newport'News, 2 steel barges for Atlantic Division.
Cristobal, December 7, from New York, with 24.000
barrels cement for Atlantic Division; 112,000 bags
cement for Pacific Division.
Turrialba, * December S, from New Orleans, with
469,282 feet yellow pine lumber, 12 crates concrete
mixing machinery for Atlantic Division; 29,488 feet
white oak lumber, 498 bales straw, 25 bundles bed
springs, 7 cases paint for stock.
Mctapan, December 8, from New York, with 50 tons
lock construction material for Atlantic Division; 50
tons lock construction material for Pacific Division;
18 cases tools for stock.
. idvanee, December 10, from New York, with 7 cases
brake equipment, 7 cases electrical supplies, 17 pieces
castings. 15 crates machinery for Atlantic Division; 9
barrels baffle brick, 26 pieces 24" pipe for Pacific Divi-
sion; 10 pieces castings, 15 pieces steel plates for Cen-
tral Division; 6 cases electrical material, 32 pieces steel
bars, 4S locomotive tires, 622 bundles malleable castings
for Mechanical Division; 32 cases drugs and sundries
for Sanitary Department; lObales mattresses, 100 crates
ivory soap, 10 bales rope, 14 cases steel bars, 34 barrels
rosin, 75 cases water coolers, 16 bales rubber hose, 10
cases paper for stock; and a miscellaneous cargo, the
whole consisting of 1.299 packages, weighing 217 tons.
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.
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.
Panama P. R. R. . .Saturday. . .Dec. 10
Allianca P. R. R . . . Friday Dec. 16
Colon P. R. R . . . Thursday. . . Dec. 22
Advance P. R. R. . .Thursday .. .Dec. 29
Panama P. R. R. . .Wednesday. Jan. 4
Allianca P. R. R. . .Tuesday Jan. 10
Colon P. R. R. ..Monday Jan. 16
Advance P. R. R. . .Saturday. . .Jan. 21
Panama P. R. R . . . Saturday . . . Jan. 28
Allianca P. R. R. . .Saturday. ..Feb. 4
CRISTOBAL TO NEW YORK.
Advance P. R. R . . .Friday Dec. 16
Cristobal P. R. R. . .Friday Dec. 16
Panama P. R. R. . .Thursday. ..Dec. 22
Allianca P. R. R . . . Wednesday . Dec. 28
Colon P. R. R. . .Tuesday.... Jan. 3
Advance P. R. R. . .Tuesday Jan. 10
Panama P. R. R. . .Monday Jan. 16
Allianca P. R. R. . .Monday. .. Jan. 23
Colon P. R. R . . . Sunday .... Jan. 29
Advance P. R. R. . .Friday Feb. 3
Panama P. R. R . . . Friday Feb. 10
A fortnightly service of the Cristobal and A neon will
be maintained as nearly as possible, leaving Ciistobal
on or about the 11th and 28th 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.
Zacapa U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Dec. 8
Thames R.-M Saturday . . . Dec. 10
Sibiria H.-A Saturday. . .Dec. 10
Almiran' : U. F. C . . .Thursday.. .Dec. 15
Santa Marta U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Dec. 22
Tagus R.-M Saturday. . .Dec. 24
Metapan • U. F. C. . .Thursday. ..Dec. 29
Zacapa U. F. C . . . Thursday. . . Jan. 5
Oruba R.-M Saturday . . . Jan. 7
Almirante U. F. C. . .Thursday.. Jan. 12
Santa Marta U. F. C. . .Thursday.. Jan. 19
Magdalena R.-M Saturday . . . Jan. 2 1
COLON TO NEW YORK.
Metapan U. F. C . . . Thursday. . . Dec. 15
Prinz Joachim H.-A Tuesday Dec. 20
Zacapa U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Dec. 22
Oruba R.-M Monday Dec. 26
Almirante U. F. C . . .Saturday. . .Dec. 29
Santa Marta U. F. C . . .Thursday. . Jan. 5
Magdalena R.-M Monday. . . . Jan. 9
Metapan U. F. C. . .Thursday.. Jan. 12
Zacapa U. F C. . .Thursday. . Jan. 19
NEW ORLEANS TO COLON.
Abangarez U. F. C. . .Saturday. . .Dec. 10
Parismina U. F. C. . .Wednesday. Dec. 14
Atenas U. F. C . . . Saturday . . . Dec. 1 7
Heredia U. F. C. . .Wednesday. Dec. 21
Turrialba U. F. C. . .Saturday. ..Dec. 24
Cartago U. F. C. . .Wednesday. Dec. 28
Abangarez U. F. C. . .Saturday. . .Dec. 31
Parismina U. F. C. . .Wednesday. Jan. 4
COLON TO NEW ORLEANS,
Turrialba U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Dec. 15
Cartago U. F. C. . .Thursday. ..Dec. 15
Parismina U. F. C. . .Thursday. ..Dec. 22
Abangarez U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Dec. 22
Heredia U. F. C. . .Thursday. ..Dec. 29
Atenas U. F. C . . .Thursday.. .Dec. 29
Turrialba TJ. F. C . . . Thursday. . . Jan. 5
Cartago U. F. C . . .Thursday. ...Jan. 5
COLON TO BARBADOS, CALLING AT TRINIDAD.
Thames R.-M Tuesday Dec. 20
Tagus R.-M Tuesday Jan. 3
Oruba R.-M Tuesday Jan. 17
The next sailing of the Leyland Line will be as fol-
lows: Mercian, on or about December 17, i or New Or-
leans, via Kingston, Ja.
Hamburg-American steamers leave for New York
every Tuesday at 10 a. ra., arriving there the following
Tuesday, and for Port Limon every Tuesday or Wednes-
day via Bocas del Toro or Puerto Colombia.
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 direct
leave on Thursday at 3 p.m.; for New Orle.-.ns via Port
Limon and Puerto Barrios on Thursday at 6 p. m.,
and for New York on Thursday at 11 a. m.
Sailings of the French line (Cie Generate Trarjsatlan-
tique) for Venezuelan ports, Martinique and Guad-
eloupe on the 3rd and 20th of each month.
ANCON, CANAL ZONE, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1910. No. 17.
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
news stands of the Panama Railroad Company for five
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.
Chairman's Monthly Report.
The report of the Chairman of the Isth-
mian Canal Commission for the month of
November is published in full in other columns
of this issue of The Canal Record. It gives
a deta'led account of the progress of Canal
work in all departments and divisions.
Boilermakers for Canal Service.
The Washington office has been advised
that the national headquarters of the Boiler-
makers' Union has instructed its subordinate
offices to allow union boilermakers to enter the
service of the Isthmian Canal Commission on
Seven Thousand Barrels of Cement Daily.
During the dry season it is expected that
the amount of concrete placed daily will be
increased, and on this account, the contractor
in the States has been advised that 500 barrels
additional will be required each day. The
total shipment per day will thus be 7,000
barrels, equally divided between wood and
canvas containers. The increased shipments
will be begun about February 25.
Improved Passenger Service.
On January 1, a new schedule of passenger
trains will go into effect on the Panama rail-
road, which provides for a 10-minute reduction
in the time of crossing the Isthmus, so that
trains that now take 2 hours and 15 minutes
will take 2 hours and 5 minutes. In the shut-
tle train service between Colon and Gatun,
the train which leaves Colon at 6.20 a. m., and
that which leaves Gatun for Colon at 8 a. m.,
will be discontinued.
On the first of the new year, or soon there-
after, a parlor car service between Colon and
Panama will be instituted. The car will be
attached to trains leaving Panama at 6.30
a. m. and 1.30 p. m., and leaving Colon at
10.30 a. m. and 4.35 p. m. The private car
"America" is being remodeled for this service:
there will be an observation platform on each
end, and within, there will be 20 movable
rattan chairs. Later, these chairs will be
replaced by rattan reclining chairs of the par-
lor car type. Camp stools will be provided,
so that all the passengers may sit on the obser-
vation platform. A fare of 25 cents will be
charged, in addition to the regular ticket, for
trips representing half the distance across the
Isthmus, or less; and a fare of 50 cents for
trips of more than half the distance across the
Isthmus. If the parlor car service proves
profitable, another car will be remodeled and
all passenger trains will carry a parlor car.
An automatic signal system to control the
movement of trains through Miraflores tunnel
is being installed. The system is the same as
that which controls the movement of trains
over the Black Swamp gauntlet.
Concrete Mixers for Culebra Cut.
The Washington office has been directed
to enter into a contract with the Ransome
Concrete Machine Company of Dunellen,
N. J., for a portable mixing plant with side
discharge to be u=ed in concrete revetment
and retaining wall work in Culebra Cut. A
portable tower concrete mixing and handling
plant for this work will also be purchased from
this company if certain modifications are made
in the trucks of the car on which it submitted
an estimate. The details of both these plants
were published in The Canal Record of
September 7, 1910. The board on revetment
and retaining walls has reported in favor of
carrying on the concrete work in only one
locality during the coming dry season. This
is at Paraiso slide, where it is desirable to
maintain a construction track on the 95-foot
berm. The length of the bank to be retained
is about 900 feet.
Steam Shovel Record at Gatun.
On December 6, the 45-ton steam shovel,
No. 51, working at Gatun Spillway excavated
2,448 cubic yards of earth in an 8-hour day.
T. P. Kelliher was runner, and L. P. Bonnell,
craneman. The best record previously made
by a 45-ton shovel was thp f by shovel No. 58
of the Central Division, which excavated
1,356 cubic yards of earth and rock on Feb-
ruary 5, 1908.
Excavation Work at Mindi.
When the excavation in the pit at Mindi
was resumed on October 24, dredge No. 86 was
withdrawn from Gatun Dam and set to work
there, and about the same time, the suction
dredge Sandpiper began pumping mud and
coral sand from the bed of Folks River into
the Colon flats. On November 13, dredge No.
86 was transferred to Folks River, exchan-
ging positions with the Sandpiper, the move
being made with a view of advancing the
Colon work more rapidly. Up to the date of
the transfer, dredge No. 86 had pumped 141,-
679 cubic yards of material out of the Mindi
pit, and from November 14 to the end of the
month, the Sandpiper pumped 72,318 cubic
yards, making a total of 213,997 cubic yards
removed at that point to December 1. The
mud and water at Mindi is allowed to flow on
to the lowland east of the pit, the water pass-
ing under the Panama railroad tracks, thence
to the ocean via the Mindi River. The esti-
mate made prior to the resumption of work at
Mindi showed that there were 552,000 cubic
yards of wet excavation and 562,000 cubic
yards of dry excavation to be removed from
Terminal Facilities and Freight Business.
The great increase in freight business be-
tween San Francisco and New York, by way
of the Panama railroad steamships, since
the California and Atlantic Steamship Com-
pany instituted its new service in October and
the Pacific Mail Steamship Company im-
proved its service between San Francisco and
Panama, makes necessary an extension of the
cargo handling facilities at both terminals of
In November, 1910, the through freight
from Colon to Panama amounted to 26,513
tons, ascompared with 21,571 tons in the same
month of 1909, and the freight from Panama
to Colon for transportation to the States
amounted to 22,734 tons, as compared with
12,049 tons in 1909. This increase in business
has made it necessary for the Panama railroad
to send forward on the cement ships Ancon
and Cristobal from 1,000 to 2,000 tons of cargo
each voyage, in addition to the freight handled
on the four ships in the regular service. The
freight carried from San Francisco to New
York consists of wine, canned goods, and
general merchandise, and that carried from
New York to San Francisco is largely struc-
tural iron and pipe. The improved steam-
ship service, both on the Pacific and the Atlan-
tic, has resulted in freight being transported
more rapidly in some instances by the Panama
route than by the railroads across the con-
tinent. The time in transit takes from 23 to
In order that the freight may be handled
more expeditiously, dock No. 11 at Cristobal
is being remodeled. All the offices will be
taken from the cargo floor and placed over the
waiting room, and the waiting rooms and
baggage rooms will be reduced in size, and
thus all available space will be utilized for
freight. Borings are being made north of
dock No. 11, with a view of extending the
wharf 500 feet into the bay. Dock No. 1 at
Colon is being extended 150 feet, in order to
provide additional facilities for ships of the
United Fruit Company and the California-
Plans for the extension of the docks at
Balboa, the Pacific terminal, were published in
The Canal Record of September 14, 1910.
A requisition has been made on the New
York office of the Panama Railroad Company
for eight cranes to be erected on this wharf
to take the place of four Wellman-Seaver-
Morgan, and six old French cranes now in-
stalled there. The part of the dock on which
THE CANAL RECORD
Vol. IV., No. 17.
NOTES OF PROGRESS.
the new cranes will be erected is known as the
"steel pier" and it was first used in 1899. It
is now provided with 10 "A" frame, swing
boom, traveling cranes of \\ tons capacity, and
work has already been begun to strengthen
it, so that it can support a concrete floor and
the .eight 4-ton cranes which will take the
place of the old cranes.
The specifications call for 4-ton electric
cargo handling cranes, capable of handling
general merchandise or lumber from the holds
of vessels tied up at the dock, and delivering
it under cover in the dock. They must be
capable of lifting the full load of four tons a
maximum distance of 90 feet at a speed of
300 feet per minute, carrying it along the boom
at the rate of 600 feet per minute, and deposit-
ing it on the wharf, the operation not to
occupy over one minute. The cranes will
move longitudinally along the front of the
dock at a speed of 100 feet a minute, and
the booms must extend over the ship a dis-
tance of 40 feet from the center of the crane
tower to the center of the ship. All movements
must be controlled from an operating plat-
form, so located as to enable the operator to
observe and control the load from the time
it is raised from the hatch until it is safely
deposited on the wharf. The first crane must
be delivered within four months of the award-
ing of the contract and all of them Vithin
Gatun Dam Spillway.
Concrete was placed in the spillway of
Gatun Dam during the week ending Decem-
ber 17, as follows:
Previously reported. . .
A statement of the rock crushed at Ancon
quarry for the weeks ending December 10
and 17, follows:
December 5 .
December 7 .
ber 13, by the members of the three volunteer
companies, and their friends. The house was
attractively decorated. During the evening
' arrangements were made for a competitive
run by the three Gatun volunteer companies,
with a flag for a prize, to be held on Washing-
Opening of New Fire Station at Gatun.
The new west side fire station at Gatun was
formally opened on Tuesday evening, Decem-
Excavation on Bas Obispo Diversion.
The contract for excavating about 21,942
cubic yards of earth for the Obispo diversion
on the east bank of the Canal opposite Las
Cascadas, has been let to Vernon Holiness of
Empire at 29J cents a cubic yard. The only
other bid received was that of B. B. Duncan
of Las Cascadas for 33% cents a cubic yard.
The excavation is for the relocation of the
diversion eastward of the present location
opposite Las Cascadas, because at this point
it is in danger from the Whitehouse slide.
CONCRETE WORK IN THE LOCKS.
Concrete work in Gatun Locks is over 46 per cent completed, 969,279 cubic yards, out of
a total of 2,085,000, having been placed at the close of work on December 17.
A statement of the amount of concrete placed in the locks each day for the week ending
December 17, and of the total, follows; and a similar statement for the work in the Spillway of
Gatun Dam is published elsewhere in this issue. The construction plant works 12 hours daily,
and the auxiliary plant 9 hours.
2-cubic yard mixers.
2-cubic yard mixers.
*The 117 yards shown for the portable J-yard mixer were placed on the following days, and are included in the
total shown for each day: December 12th, 30 yards;December 13th, 30 yards; December 14th, 19 yards; December
15tn. 19 yards; December 16th, 19 yards.
PEDRO MIGUEL LOCKS.
Concrete work in the locks at Pedro Miguel is about 55 per cent completed, 460,095 cubic
yards, out of a total of 837,400, having been placed at the close of work on Saturday, December
17. Berm crane "E" was placed in operation again on Wednesday, after a shut-down of four
days. The record of concrete laid during each of the six 8-hour working days of last week,
2-cubic yard mixers.
2-cubic yard mixers.
The record of concrete placed in the upper lock at Miraflores, during the six 8-hour working
days of the week ending December 17, follows:
2-cubic yard mixers.
i-cubic yard mixers.
}-cubic yard mixer.
December 21, 1910.
THE CANAL RECORD
A CANAL ZONE CHRISTMAS.
Church Services and Community Celebrations.
The Christmas Day services in St. Luke's
Church, Ancon, will be as follows: 7 a. m.,
holy communion; 9 a. m., Sunday school; 10
a. m., divine service, with sermon; 8 p. m.,
evensong. The Rev. Henry B. Bryan will
The Sunday school celebration of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, Panama, will
be held on Christmas Eve at 7.30. There
will be exercises, consisting of songs and reci-
tations, and a cantata entitled "The Star of
Peace" will be sung by the pupils of the school.
The services on Christmas Day will be: Span-
ish service at 9 a. m., the Rev. Charles W.
Ports, preacher; English service at 10 a. m.,
the Rev. W. W. Gray, preacher, and Sunday
school at 11 a. m.
The Corozal Sunday school celebration will