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(actual working time) . .■

Average amount of concrete and
large stone laid per hour, per
crane (actual working time)



Large rock laid .
Concrete laid . .



Total concrete laid .



Permanent
Plant.



8.00

3.99
Cu.Yis.



350.00
15.556.00



Auxiliary
Plant.



6.58

Cu. Yds.

24.24



373.00
7.592.00



15.906.00 I 7,965.00



The output of the above plant was placed by berm



CHAME SAND EXCAVATION.

Approximately 43,600 cubic yards of sand
were excavated at Punta Chame and delivered
at Balboa.

PROPOSED NAVAL RESERVATION.

A total area of 58,625 square feet was
cleared on the site of the proposed naval
reservation.

HYDRAULIC EXCAVATION PLANT.

The work of the hydraulic excavation plant
was continued during the month, bed rock
being reached in several places. Of the coffer
dams being built to form a pool for the pump-
ing station, the one at the south end of Rio
Grande was practically completed, and the
one immediately in front of the central pump-
ing station was about 50 per cent completed.

DISTRICT NO. 3 — MUNICIPAL AND SANITARY
IMPROVEMENTS.

The reservoirs, water mains, sewers, and
oil pipe lines were maintained, and work was
continued on the municipal improvements in
the city of Panama.

DISTRICT NO. 4 ANCON QUARRY.

The installation of the dust screen was com-
pleted and the screen placed in operation.
During the month, 3, 270 cubic yards of screen-
ings were obtained:

PERFORMANCE OF ROCK CRUSHER PLANT.

Hours.

Length of working day 9:00

Average number of hours per day (actual

working time) 6:99

Cu. Yds.
Average amount crushed per hour of working

day 262.83

Average amount crushed per working hour. . . 338.40
Total output for the month 59.136

Relocation of Panama Railroad.

During the month, 232,715 cubic yards of
material were excavated, making the total
excavation at the close of the month 5,019,357
cubic yards, and 299,740 cubic yards of ma-
terial were placed in embankment, making a
total of 10, 342.37S cubic yards for this pur-
pose.

During the month, 915 linear feet of tem-
porary trestle were driven. No permanent



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Vol. IV., No. 17.



track was laid during November. The total
force averaged 1,451 men.

Quartermaster's Department.

Labor — On account of the resignations of a
number of boilermakers, there was a shortage
of this class of labor on the Isthmus during
the month. There was a surplus of all classes
of unskilled labor.

Quarters — Both family and bachelor quarters
at Gorgona were filled. Bachelor quarters at
Gatun are nearly filled, and it may become
necessary to provide some additional accom-
modations for the force of the gate contractor.

Material and Supplies — Active steps were
undertaken to begin the reduction in the
amount of stock carried on the Isthmus, and
arrangements were made which, it is believed,
will materially reduce the amounts ordered
in the future, not only of general stock, but
repair parts as well. Supplies during the
month were received in 27 vessels, with cargo
aggregating 36,470 tons. In addition, 2,962,-
118 feet, B. M. of lumber, 73,810 linear feet of
piling and 68,458 cross-ties were received.
One steel tug, Miraflores, and two steel barges
were also delivered. The value of all material
received was $1,083,431.24.

Subsistence Department.

The operation of the European laborers'
messes, the colored laborers' kitchens and the
line hotels showed a net profit of $1,999.55;
the operation of the Hotel Tivoli showed a net
profit of $2,771.76, and there was a net profit
on restaurants and penitentiary of $132.39.
The net profit on subsistence operations was
$4,903.70.

Department of Civil Administration.
COURTS.

Forty-six civil and 25 criminal cases were
disposed of in the Supreme and Circuit Courts,
and 62 civil and 440 criminal cases in the
District Courts.

DIVISION OF POSTS, CUSTOMS AND KEVENUES.

Money order sales for November amounted
to $434,905.55, and the fees to $1,938.85.
Receipts from stamp and card sales, and news-
paper postage, aggregated $6,537.72. The
total collection of revenues made by the divi-
sion amounted to $16,400.20, and the collec-
tion on account of court fines, costs and fees
$2,077.70.

Twenty vessels entered at and 19 vessels
cleared from the port of Ancon;and 22 ves-
sels entered at and 23 vessels cleared from the
port of Cristobal.

DIVISION OF POLICE AND PRISONS.

The total number of persons arrested was
471, of whom 434 were men and 37 women.
Forty nationalities were represented. The to-
tal number of arrests for the month was a de-
crease of three from October, 29 from Septem-
ber and 147 from August. Sixteen convicts
were committed to the penitentiary and seven
were discharged, leaving 153 in confinement at
the close of the month. The cost of guarding
and subsisting the convicts was $2,053, and
the value of their work on the Canal Zone
roads $1,940.95.

DIVISION OF FIRE PROTECTION.

Two fires were reported in the Canal Zone
during the month, the total loss amounting
to $10.

DIVISION OF PUBLIC WORKS.

In the city of Panama the average daily
consumption of water was 1,137,890 gallons,
and in Colon, 974,875 gallons.

The usual inspection and maintenance work



of this division was performed during the
month.

DIVU ON OF SCHOOLS.

The to al en- ment in the white schools
during the rnon:h was 978 and the average
da !y atten ' ,i.:e i>65, or 88 per cent of the
enrollment; and in the colored schools the
total en^jilment was 918, and the average
daily attendance 595, or 65 per cent. Thirty-
six white and 24 colored teachers were em-
ployed in the division on November 30.
Department of Sanitation.

The total number of deaths from all causes
among employes was 60. These were divided
as follows : From disease 43 , and from external
cause 17, giving the annual average per thou-
sand of 14.92 for all causes. Dividing the
causes of death into disease and external
causes, an annual average per thousand of
10.69 and 4.23, respectively, is shown for the
month.

The annual average death rate per thousand
among employes for the month of November
in previous years since American occupation
was as follows:

1904 14.47

1905 35.45

1906 30.61

1907 20.66

1908 11.50

1909 15.27

The annual average death rate per thousand
in the cities of Panama and Colon, and the
Canal Zone, including both employes and
civil population, was 25.21

The annual average per thousand for the
month of November among the same class of
population for previous years was as follows:

1904 34.31

1905 67.80

1906 35.76

1907 28.86

1908 23.71

1909 19.14

The increase in infant mortality in Panama
continued, about 30 per cent of the total
deaths in that city being infants under one
year of age.

Segregating the whites from the blacks, tha
annual average death rate per thousand from
disease among employes was: Whites, 5.55,
blacks, 12.59, giving a general average of
10.69. For the same month during 1908, the
annual average death rate per thousand from
disease was: Whites, 8.51, blacks, 8.6S, giving
a general average of 8.63; and for the same
month during 1909: Whites, 5.88; blacks,
11.31, giving a general average of 10.26.

Among employes during November, 1910,
deaths from the principal diseases were as
follows: Malarial fever, 3; haemoglobinuric
fever, 1; pneumonia, 11; tuberculosis, 7;
dysentery, 1; nephritis, 2, leaving a balance
of 18 from other diseases, there being no
deaths during the month from typhoid fever.

No cases of yellow fever, smallpox, or
plague were brought to, or originated on the
Isthmus during the month.

Respectfully,

Geo. YV. Goethals,
Chairman and Chief Engineer.

Obituary.

J. D. Evans, a clerk in the employ of the
Panama Railroad Company, living at Cris-
tobal, died at Colon Hospital on December 15,
after an illness of a little over two weeks. He
was 23 years of age, single, was born at Mem-
phis, Tenn., and had been on the Isthmus 18
months. He is survived by his father and
mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Evans, living at
Las Cascadas, and by his brother, W. A.
Evans, Jr., living at Empire. The body



will be shipped to tlje States on December 22
for interment.

Mrs. Effie Morris Woodburn died at Ancon
Hospital on December 7, after an illness of
11 days. She had been on the Isthmus six
months, living at Empire with her daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Zacharias.
She was 42 years of age, and had come to the
Isthmus from Illinois.



Personal.
Col. J. P. Fyffe sailed for the States on his
annual leave of absence on the Cristobal on
December 16.



Odd Fellows.

A special train will be run from Paraiso to
Panama and return for the meeting of Pacific
Lodge, No. 4, I. O. O. F., at Ancon, on Thurs-
day night, December 22. The train leaves
Paraiso at 7 p. m., Pedro Miguel at 7.05, and
Corozal at 7.20. Returning, it will leave
Panama about 10.30 p. m. All Odd Fellows
living at the above mentioned points are
requested to attend this meeting.

Fatal Track Accident at Gorgona.
James F. Davis, an American, was run over
and instantly killed near Gorgona shops, at
about 2.15 p. m., on Saturday, December 17,
by I. C. C. locomotive No. 614, traveling
south with a train of empty dump cars.
Richard T. Crean, another American, who
was with Davis at the time, received a number
of injuries and was removed to Ancon Hospi-
tal. He will probably recover. The men
were walking along the northbound track,
when observing a train approaching on it,
stepped over to the southbound track, directly
in the way of the other train. Davis was 29
years old, unmarried, and was first em-
ployed in the Canal service on November 9,
1907. He was last employed as. a car re-
pairer at Gorgona shops, his services there
terminating on November 17, 1910. A
brother, J. L. Davis, resides at 826 Young
street, Augusta, Ga. Crean arrived on the
Isthmus on September 25, 1910, and was em-
ployed as a boilermaker at Gorgona shops
from October 26 to December 16, 1910.



Fatally Burned.

Mrs. Smith, wife of Richard C. Smith, a
pipefitter employed in the Mechanical Depart-
ment, who resided in house No. 46 at Paraiso,
was fatally burned on Saturday, December
17, in an explosion caused by pouring into a
stove wood alcohol, which she had mistaken
for kerosene. She was taken to Ancon Hos-
pital, where she died about 3 a. m., Sunday
morning, December 18. She was 34 ypars
old, a native of Virginia, and had lived in
Washington prior to Mr. Smith's departure
for the Isthmus in February, 1907. Three
children survive her, two being on the Isth-
us and one in the States.



Baseball.

In a practice game played at the Ancon park
on Sunday forenoon, December IS, between
the Ancon and Gorgona baseball teams, the
home nine won by a margin of one run. Each
club tried out three of its pitchers. The score
by innings follows:

Gorgona ....1000 100 1 0—3
Ancon 2 2 x — 4

A game of baseball will be played at the
Ancon park on Sunday, December 25, be-
tween the Ancon team and a nine from the
U. S. S. Princeton, now in Panama harbor.
The game will be called at 10 a. m.



December 21, 1910.



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135



COMMISSION CLUBHOUSES.



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

CULEBRA.

The standings in the second billiard tournament,
handicap, follows:
Name.

Bayne

Case

Conlon

Dubois

French

Hall

Hepler

Silver

Soderberg

Thompson

Clark



Won.


Lost.


Handicap.


1





100





2


45


1


1


100


1


1


100


1





55





1


45


1





45


1


1


81





1


45


1





86








45



The high scores in duckpins on Friday night were:
Hill, 136, 101; Mcllvaine, 109; Hurst, 101; Cornth-
waite, 101.

Scores of 222 in big pins were made by Cohen and
Mengel. Sickler is the winner of the Putnam medal.
Sickler and Cohen tied for games each winning 8 and
losing 2. Each then rolled one ball which gave the
medal to Mr. Sickler.

Gorgona plays its last game of basketball at Culebra
on Saturday evening.

EMPIRE.

The "Pen-Pushers" beat the Nut-Splitters" two out
of three games on the bowling alleys on Decembei 17.
Score:



"Pen-Pushers."

Brown 193 181 145

Bachelor 95

Goolsby 153 143 184

Hobbs 119 222 155

Gorham 141 156 190

Davis 144 170



"Nut-Splitters."
Edwards. . 160 210 171

Parkes 116 135 150

Giavelli. . . 166 206 146

Argue 154 123 141

Snyder 146 138 153



Total 701 846 844 Total... 742 812 761

The following 200, and over, scores were rolled during
the week: Yount, 200; Gustavson, 208; Koperski, 207;
Hobbs, 201; Davis, 203; Gorham, 213; Goolsby, 209.

Gatun defeated Empire in a basketball game on
December 17. The following players participated:

Gatun — Huber, R. Porter, forwards; C. Porter, cen-
ter; Shell, Connor, guards.

Empire — Laylander, Eason. forwards; Lyon, center;
McCullough, Campbell, guards.

The musical section has received an invitation to
repeat the recent sacred concert at the Gatun club-
house.

GORGONA.

The discussion club "smoker" held on Thursday. De-
cember 18, was well attended. The following officers
were elected to preside over club discussions: Chairman,
C. Patterson; vice-chairman, H. Otis; secretary. F. G.
Swanson; directors. E. L. Emery, Ed. Mostyn. A.
reference library of 40 volumes has been given to the
club by the following members: Ed. Mostyn, James
Casey. Wm. E. Dickson, Robt. Varenkamp, Fred'k
Einerman, C. Patterson, C. S. Boyer, M. J. Lynch,
Geo. Lowe, Chas. H. Beetham.

The following 200, and ovei, scores were bowled
during the weekending December 17: Varenkamp, 234;
W. J. Humphrey, 221; Jess T. Hopkins, 201; Jas.
Stewart. 200; Mrs. Lowe, 201 . High average, M. Var-
enkamp, 203.

GATUN.

The "smoker" held on Saturday night brought out
250 men. Cigars, punch, and sandwiches were served.
The program was as follows: Selection, Arnold's
orchestra; recitation, H. A. Guerrard; piano solo. Mel-
ville Booz; tenor solo, G. R. D. Kramer; patriotic
selection, Arnold's orchestra; monologue, H. A. Guer-
rard; baritone solo, Wm. A. Booz; poetry, A. H. Ste-
venson; yodel, R. Kling; Dutch comedy, Robinson and
Richardson; Spanish dancing, Sefior and Sefiora
Gamonet; farewell impersonations, H. A. Guerrard.

Sixty-five members have been added since the
membership campaign was begun, making a total of
445. The date set for 500 is February 1. Chas. E.
Wood is chairman of the committee. An electric
device announcing the increase of the membership from
time to time has been placed over the entrance of the
building. This device is the invention of Fred Huber,
a member of the committee.

Several new members have been added to the Gatun
glee club. With the exception of this week, rehearsals
will be held every Thursday night at 8 o'clock. A. B.
Dickson, for several years a musician in New York City,
is director.

The mechanical drawing class has selected Wednes-
day as its regular meeting night. R. E. Chatfield of
Yale Sheffield scientific school is the teacher.

This week, Thursday night, Cristobal plays basket-
ball at Gatun. * There will be music by an orchestra.
If Cristobal wins, the championship will be decided. C.
C- Carr and,C. A. Christopherson will act^as referees.



The pool match between Mr. Hirsch of Empire and
Mr. DePoorter of Gatun was played on Saturday night
before a large audience. Mr. DePoorter winning by a
score of 100 to 77. A return match for the champion-
ship of the Isthmus will be played in the near future.

CRISTOBAL.

The members' "smoker" on Friday night was well
attended. The program was as follows: Monologue,
Mr. Sexton; bugle calls, Mr. Yeiser; solo, Mr. Jamison;
sketch, "Firestein and Bernstine," Messrs. Manley and
DeLong; musical reading, "What a Little Smoke Will
Do," Mr Weston; solo, Mr. Bennyhoff; drawings,
Mr. Glick; solo, Mr. Weston; three numbers by Senores
Enriquez and Gamonet, and Seiiora Montenegro.

A business meeting of the chess and checker club is
called for Tuesday, December 27, at 8 p. m., to elect
officers for 1911.

The 200. and over, bowling scores for the week ending
December 17, are as follows: Barrett. 212, 223, 204;
Blackburn, 213; Bullard, 209, 227. 208, 206. 220, 225,
203,200; Collins. 206; Howard, 206; Louch, 220, 208,
200,201; Rigney, 212; Simms, 216; Weston, 207.

Thursday night. December 22, a special train will be
run from the Cristobal station to Gatun and return, for
the benefit of those wishing to witness the closing game
of the basketball league. The Cristobal bowling team
will bowl Gatun on the same evening. There will no
charge for fare to members, and members accompanied
by ladies. Fare for nonmembers, 35 cents.

Cristobal's basketball percentage is 1000 for seven
games played.



Stages of the Chagres.

Maximum heigtits of the Chagres River for the week
ending midnight. Saturday, December 17, 1910. All
heights are in feet above mean sea level.





Station.


Day and Date


Vigia.


•a

a
"3"

<


Q

a
o


6

!S
o
m


D .


Sun. Dec. 11. . .
Mon. Dec. 12. .
Tues. Dec. 13 . .
Wed. Dec. 14. .
Thurs. Dec. 15.

Fri. Dec. 16

Sat. Dec. 17. . .


130.0
129.4
136.2
129.3
140.0
133.4
130.0


95.9
95.5
100.0
<95.5
102.2
97.9
96.2


49.8
49.2
55.0
50.0
57.4
52.1
51.9


20.6
20.8
23.0
23.0
23.6
22.8
21.9


;19.8

H 19.6
f 20.4
20.6
20.6
20.6
20.3


Height of low


125.0


92.0


46.0







Tide Table.

The following table shows the time of high and low
tides at Panama for the week ending December 28,
1910. (75th meridian time) :



Date.


High.


Low.


High.


Low.


High.




A.M.


A. M.
1.58
2.54
3.54
4.57

6.00
6.58
7.48


A. M.

7.59

8.57

10.01

11.11

P. M.

12.23

1.27

2.18


P. M.
2.21
3.17
4.17
5.18

6.22
7.18
8.08


P. M.
S.33






9.30






10.32






11.34








December 27. . . .
December 28 ... .


12.35
1.28





Married.

MASON-JOHNSON— At Deadwood, Texas, on Fri-
day morning, November 18, at the bride's home,
Beulah Johnson to Chauncey J. Mason of Fort Wayne,
Ind., the Rev. Mr. Lee of Deadwood officiating. Canal
Zone residence, Las Cascadas.

LAWLOR-KEYS— At 8 p. m.. on December 10, at
the Roman Catholic Chapel in Balboa, Ida Keys of
Greenville, S. C, to William A. Lawlor of Catlett. Va.,



the Rev. H. A. Pouget officiating. Canal Zone resi-
dence, Culebra.

HATHAWAY-McCULLOUGH— On Thursday, De-
cember 15, at the residence of Mr. W. M. Wood, Em-
pire, Miss Elsie Hannah McCullough to Mr. Milton
Smith Hatnaway, the Rev. W. W. Gray officiating.
Canal Zone residence, Empire.



Rainfall from December 1 to 17, Inclusive.

MIDNIGHT TO MIDNIGHT.



Stations.


c
.5 <u


Q


fa
H


Pacific Section —


Ins.
1.86
2.00
2.03
2.54
2.41

2.95
3.48
1.71
2.57
2.63
3.55
3.40
3.24
2.47
3.02
2.64

3.09

2.82
2.51
6.01
3.72


2

10

3

3

1
1

4
4
6
3
3
3
3
4
4

4
4
4
15
4


Ins.
9.08




7.69


*Miraflores


8.17
9.21




10.24


Central Section —


11.09




10.97




8.56




12.11




15.04




15.14




12.92




14.50




14.05




13.34




12.50


Atlantic Section —


11.24




12.20




10.S6




flS.57




IS. 51



'Standard gage. Readings at 5 p. m. daily. Auto-
matic rain gage at unstarred stations. Values midnight
to midnight.

tTo 5 p. m.. December 16.



Family Quarters.

Applications for married quarters were on file on
December 1. as follows:



No. 1
List.



Ancon

Ancon Hospital

Balboa

Corozal

Cristobal

Culebra

Empire

Gatun

Gorgona

Las Caseadas-Bas Obispo.

Miraflores

Pedro Miguel-Paraiso. . . .

Porto Bello

Tabernilla

Toro Point



(3)



Total 61 111)647(120)



3
6

1
25
11



(S)



1



No. 2
List.



(9)
(5)



24
4

38

37

133

6

34
150 (60)
133 (33)

11 (5)

54 (8)
19



The figures in parentheses show the number of appli-
cants already occupying regular or nonhousekeeping
family quarters at stations, other than those at which
applications are filed.



The following vessels arrived at and departed from
the port of Balboa during the week ending December
17, 1910:

Arrivals — December 7, Cavalier, from Guayaquil;
December 11. Peru (P. M. S. S. Co.). from San Fran-
cisco; December 12. Rupanco, from Buenaventura and
Tumaco; December 13, Peru (P. S. N. Co.), from Val-
paraiso; December 14, Aztec, from San Francisco; De-
cember 17, Melville Dollar, from San Francisco.

Departures — December 11, Cavalier, to Guayaquil;
Newport, to San Francisco; Manavi. to Buenaventura
and Tumaco; December 12. Ucayali. to Callao; Decem-
ber 15, Limari, to Valparaiso.



CLASSIFIED EXPENDITURES.



A statement of classified expenditures of the Isthmian Canal Commission to October 31,
1910, follows:



Period.


Department
of Civil Admin-
istration.


Department
of Sanitation.


Department of

Construction

and Engineering.


General Items.


Total.


Total to June 30, 1910. .
Total, fiscal year 1910. .
July. 1910


$3,427,090.29
709,351.37
58,474.88


$9,673,539.28

1,803.040.95

156,006.64


$69,622,561.42

26.300,167.05

2.216.849.78


$78,022,606.10
2,863,088.83
280,015.85
336.961.35
236.170.76
295.537.33


$160,745,797.09

31,675,648.20

2,711,347.15




63.887.05

60.586.46
37,250.26


164.220.65 2,348,777.07
153.433.27 2.516.814.41
146.587.47 2.565,042.28


2,913,846.12


September. 1910


2,967,004.90
3,044,417.34


Total




$4,356,640.31 ' $12,096,828.26 $105,570,212.01


$82,034,380.22


$204,058,060.80



136



THE CANAL RECORD



Vol. IV., No. 17.



OFFICIAL CIRCULARS.



Christmas and New Year's Holidays.

Culebra, C. Z., December 19, 1910.
Circular, No. 363:

As Christmas Day, December 25, 1910, and New
Year's Day, January 1, 1911, fall on Sunday, Monday,
December 26, and January 2, will be observed as holi-
days in the Canal Zone, and as far as practicable, all
public business will be suspended on those days.

Geo. W. Goethals, Chairman.



Patterns Sent to Shops.

Culebra. C. Z.. December 17, 1910.
Circular No. 197-h:

An article sent to a shop for use as a manufacturing
model or pattern will be returned upon the completion
of the order, unless it is specifically stated in the work
request that the article should not be returned.

Geo. W. Goethals.
Chairman , Isthmian Canal Commission.
President, Panama Railroad Company.



Nozzleman.
Culebra, C. Z., December 17, 1910.
Circular No. 299-i:

A maximum rate of $150 a month is authorized for
nozzlemen employed on hydraulic excavation work.
Geo. W. Goethals.
Chairman and Chief Engineer.



Acting Chief of Police.

Ancon, C. Z., December 15, 1910.
Circular No. 101:

During the absence on leave of Colonel J. P. Fyffe,
Chief of Police, Lieutenant C. W. Barber is designated
Acting Chief of Police, effective December 16, 1910.
M. H. Thatcher,
Head of Department of Civil Administration.



Regulations Governing Public Markets of the
Canal Zone.
Ancon, C. Z., December 16, 1910.

1. The markets are provided as places for the sale
to residents of the Canal Zone of meat, fish, vegetables,
fruits, and other articles of food, and the space in them
will not be leased for any other purpose; provided that,
in the discretion of the Superintendent of Public Works,
not more than one-half of the space available in a pub-
lic market may be leased for the sale of dry goods, gro-
ceries, notions, cigars, tobacco, soda water, and other
soft drinks, and for use as lunch counters and news
stands where no application has been received for the
leasing of the space for the sale of food products, but
the Superintendent of Public Works shall have author-
ity to cancel the assignment of space leased for the
purposes enumerated in this proviso, should application
be made for such space for use for the sale of food pro-
ducts; provided further, that when space is leased for
the sale of dry goods, groceries, notions, cigars, tobacco,
soda water, and other soft drinks, and for use as lunch
counters and news stands, the rate of rental shall be
twenty (20) per cent, in advance, over that charged
when used for the sale of food products.

2. All assignments of space shall be for the period
of one month, beginning on the 16th day thereof, and
ending on the 15th day of the succeeding month,
except that assignments made after the first of any
month shall be for a half month, counting from the first
of the month, and shall be paid for at one-half the month-
ly rate; and except also, that this shall not apply to
tables and other similar space rented by the day and so