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Caimitillo and Camaron rivers, north of
Miraflores, over which the Canal road to
Pedro Miguel will extend, were completed
some time ago, and the dumping of material
for the fills is in progress. At the north end
of the embankment, the road gradually swings
back and joins the relocated line of the Pana-
ma railroad near the Pedro Miguel River. For
half a mile north of the river, the roadbed
parallels the railroad embankment on a berm
graded out of it. Before the Pedro Miguel
depot is reached, the road again diverges
from the berm to the ground level, which is
above elevation plus 60 in this vicinity and,
therefore, a permanent location so far as the
future Miraflores lake level is concerned.



Ancon Crusher.

A report of the rock crushed at Ancon quar-
ry during the weeks ending December 24 and
31, follows:



Date.


Hours
worked.


Cubic
Yards.




8:30
11:30

9:30
10:25

9:10

7:35


2,771




3,825




2,893




3,320




2,651




2,073








56:40


17,533






Date.


Hours
worked.


Cubic
Yards.


December 26 — Holiday
December 27


10:10
9:25
8:45
9:35
7:30


3,480
2.516


December 29


2.927
3,060




2,184








45:25


14.167







Steam Shovel and Dredge Men.

Local No. 19, I. B. of S. S. and D. M., will
hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, January
15, at 12.15 p. m., at the I. C. C. 'lodge hall,
Empire. Important business will be trans-
acted at this meeting. All brotherhood men
should use every effort to attend.

Walter P. Tudor,
Secretary and Treasurer.
Empire, C. Z., January 7, 1911.



Ladder Dredge Records.

The record of 176,082 cubic yards excavated
hv Atlantic Division ladder dredge No. ?. in



July, 1909, was based on 26 working days of
20s hours per day, a total of 533 working
hours, equivalent to an average excavation
per hour of over 330 cubic yards. The record
of 219,795 cubic yards made by the Pacific
Division ladder dredge Marmot, in December,
1910, was based on 30 actual working days of
24 hours each, a total of 720 working hours,
equivalent to an average excavation per hour
of over 305 cubic yards. The best average



hourly output for any one month is, therefore,
still held by dredge No. 5.



Visit of Japanese Training Ships.

The Asama and Kasagi, two cruisers of the
Japanese Imperial Navy, used as training
ships for midshipmen, arrived at Panama on
January 6, in command of Rear Admiral
Yashiro. On January 9 and 10, the officers
were taken over the Canal work by the Chief
Engineer.



CONCRETE WORK IN THE LOCKS.



GATUN LOCKS.

Nearly 50 percent of the concrete for the system of three twin locks at Gatun has been laid,
the exact amount in place at the close of work on January 7 being 1,017,191s cubic yards,
out of a total of 2,085,000.

A statement of the amount of concrete placed in the locks each day for the week ending
January 7. 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:



Date.


Construction Plant.
2-cubic yard mixers.


Auxiliary Plant.
2-cubic yard mixers.


Large
stone.


Total.




Concrete
placed.


Hours
worked.


No. of
mixers


Concrete
placed.


Hours No. of
worked, mixers






Cu. Yds.

2,218
2.506
2,228
1,842
2,200


37:13
40:17
42:47
31:37
48:30


6
6
6
6
8


C». Yds.

420
424
476
464
460


9:40
9:40
9:40
7:25
7:10


2
2
2
2
1


Cu. Yds.

245}

231

277J

177

323


Cu. Yds.




2,883}
3,161






2.98H
2,483






*2,983








10,994


200:24




2,244


43:35




1,254}


14,492}




1,002,699}






















1,017,191 J





















*Of this amount 25 cubic yards were mixed by a portable i-yard mixer.

PEDRO MIGUEL LOCKS.



Concrete work in the locks at Pedro Miguel is 58 per cent completed, 487,763 cubic yards,
out of a total of 837,400, having been placed at the close of work on Saturday, January 7.
The record of concrete laid during each of the five 8-hour working days of last week, follows:



Date.


Construction Plant.
2-cubic yard mixers.


Auxiliary Plant.
2-cubic yard mixers.


Total.




Concrete
placed.


Hours
worked.


No. of
mixers


Concrete
placed.


Hours
worked.


No. of
mixers


Large
stone.




January 2 — Holiday


Cu. Yds.

1,232

1,176
1.250
1,476
1,392


16:50
16:50
17:00
9:00
15:25


3'
3
2
3
3


Cu. Yds.
572


18:00


3
2
1
1
3


Cu. Yds.

8
3


Cu. Yds.
1.804




452
344
146

422


10:00
7:50
5:00

18:00


1,628




1,594




1,630




1,817








6,526


74:25


2.8


1,936


58:50


2


11
4,039


8,473




479,290




















4,050


487.763



















MIRAFLORES LOCKS.

The record of concrete placed in the upper lock at Miraflores, during the five 8-hour working
days of the week ending January 7, follows:





Auxiliary Plant.




Date.


2-cubic yard mixers.


J-cubic yard mixers.


}-cubic yard mixer.


Total.




Concrete
placed.


Hours
worked .


No. of
mixers


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


Concrete
placed.


Hours No. of
worked. Imixers


Large
stone.




Jan. 2

Jan. 3. . . .
Jan. 4. . . .
Jan. 5 . . . .
Jan. 6 . . . .
Jan. 7...


Cu. Yds.

Holiday
204
560
534
382
422


3:50
10:00

9:33
11:83

8:67


2
2
2
2
2


Cu. Yds.

142
195
300
178
319


7:50
12:00
17:25
14:50
21.50


2
3
3
3

4


118
78

151
83


7:00
5:00
8:45
7:00


1
1
1


Cu. Yds.

30

35

20

5


Cu. Yds.

494

868

1,005

*662

t754












Total
Previously


2.102


43:33


2


1.134


72:75


3


430


27:45


.80


90

2.371


3,783
96,886
























Grand


2.461


100.669























* Includes 14 cubic yards by hand.
I TncluHpp 13 riihir varH*j hv hand.



January 11, 1911.



THE CANAL RECORD



155



COLON BREAKWATER.



Trestle Advanced Nearly One-Half Mi!e — Post-
office Faculties— Electric Plant.

At the close of work on December 31, the
double trestle for the Toro Point breakwater
had been advanced to a point 2,430 feet from
the shore, 352 feet having been driven during
the month. Two bents of the trestle were
carried away during the "norther" of Decem-
ber 2 and 3, and in a high sea a few days after-
ward, five more bents gave way. On the last
occasion, the pile drivers were set at work
opposite a reef over which the water broke
with considerable force expending itself upon
a bent which had been partly driven. This was
finally carried away, and the strain exerted by
the stringers upon the other four bents also
caused them to go down.

A total of 49,922 cubic yards of material,,
place measurement, was dumped on the break-
water in December. In addition, 19 acres of
ground were cleared for prospective quarry
operations, and 4,190 feet of new track were
laid, 2,400 feet, consisting of doubling track
from the storehouse to hill No. 1, and the
remainder, of quarry track.

Work on the installation of the water sys-
tem, and on the reservoir, continues. A total
of 3,415 feet of pipe was laid in December, as
follows: 600 feet of 6-inch; 2,500 feet of
4-inch, and 315 feet of 3-inch pipe. The 4-
inch pipe line was completed. Operations
at the reservoir site consisted in continuing
the construction of the three dams required
to impound the water, and of the building of
the diversion dam at Nombre Falls, near the
head of the supply. A total of 6,708 cubic
yards of material was placed in the reservoir
dams, and 597 cubic yards of clay and rock
in the diversion dam, in December.

The new post-office is about completed.
It will be run as a branch of the Cristobal
office, and there will be two dispatches of
mail each way daily. The mail from Cristo-
bal will leave at about 6.30 a. m., and 4.30
p. m., respectively, and the mails at Toro
Point will close each time before the boat
returns. A money order clerk will visit Toro
Point immediately after pay days, to issue
money orders to those who desire them, fol-
lowing out the same plan as at Porto Bello.
The installation of an electric light plant
was begun this week. The current will be
supplied by a 50-kilowatt generator, capacity
800 to 900 lights of 16 c. p., formerly in serv-
ice at Gatun. Two old boilers, one taken
from the machine shop at Tabernilla, and
the other from Gatun, where it was used in
the operation of a centrifugal pump, will be
set up to furnish steam power.

Sanitary conditions continue to improve.
A total of 6,939 linear feet of new ditches was
dug; 25,500 square yards of pools were oiled,
and 2,800 water receptacles were destroyed
during December. The engineering and san-
itary operations in and around the settlement
have involved the removal, under the lease,
to January 1, 1911, of 516 fertile, and 465
barren coconut trees.



application to ticket agents at Panama and
Colon, or to the porter in charge of the car.

Guides, for tourist parties desiring to in-
spect Canal operations on the Isthmus, will be
furnished on application to ticket agents at
Colon or Panama, at the rate of $7.50, U. S.
currency, a day.

Gongs will be sounded at Colon and Pana-
ma, indicating starting time of trains, as
follows: Five taps, five minutes before the
train starts; one tap, one minute, and two
taps for starting. Parties desiring to pass
through the station gates, with friends leaving
on trains, may secure permits upon applica-
tion to ticket agents.

Packages left on trains, if found by com-
pany employes, can be procured upon appli-
cation to agents. The company, however,
assumes no responsibility for such packages.



Information for Panama Railroad Travelers.

Pocket time table No. 8, shortly to be
issued by the Panama Railroad Company, will
contain, in addition to other information, the
following:

Effective February 1, 1911, trains Nos. 2,
5, 6, and 7 will carry an observation parlor
car on the rear. Seats may be reserved on



I. O. O. F. Elections.

At the semiannual election of officers in the
several I. O. O. F. lodges on the Isthmus, the
following was the result:

Isthmian Canal Lodge, No. 1, of Gorgona —
Noble grand. S. J. Boyd; vice-grand, H. L.
Greely; secretary, S. E. Goree; treasurer,
C. E. Whipple, past grand.

Cristobal Lodge, No. 2, of Cristobal — Noble
grand, J. L. Greene; vice-grand, Harry A.
Collins; secretary, J. P. Mead, past grand;
treasurer, Arthur Cotton.

Canal Zone Lodge, No. 3, of Culebra —
Noble grand, Henry N. Rice; vice-grand,
Chas. C. Cameron; secretary, Edwin W. Pal-
mer; treasurer, Claude Peters.

Pacific Lodge, No. 4, of Ancon — Noble
grand, George C. Ferris; vice-grand, James
S. George; secretary-, Olin E. Granberry;
treasurer, E. M. Keyser.

Gatun Lodge, No. 5, of Gatun — Noble
grand, J. Frank Houston; vice-grand, John J.
Walsh; secretary, H. N. Tweed; treasurer,
Peter Filter.

Isthmian Canal Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, of
Gorgona — Noble grand, Mrs. Louisa McLotz;
vice-grand, Mrs. Miriam Beetham; recording
secretary, Mr. L. N. Cole, past grand; finan-
cial secretary, Mrs. Gearste; treasurer, Mr.
S. J. Boyd.

District Deputy Grand Sire B. F. Sisson,
and suite, will install the newly elected officers,
as follows: Canal Zone Lodge, No. 3, Mon-
day evening, January 23; Pacific Lodge, No.
4, Thursday evening, January 19. Gatun
Lodge, No. 5, will hold a public installation
of officers on Friday evening, January 20,
at 8 o'clock. Refreshments will be served
and everybody is cordially invited to attend.
The officers of Cristobal Lodge, No. 2, were
installed on Monday evening, January 9, and
those of Isthmian Canal Lodge, No. 1, on
Tuesday evening, January 10. Isthmian Canal
Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, of Gorgona, will hold
a public installation of its officers on Friday
evening, January 13. Arrangements are
being made for a special train from Colon, and
from Panama, for this occasion.



It was shown that the goods embezzled were
delivered by Hines, who was in charge of com-
missary' supplies for the floating equipment at
Balboa, to the Hotel Metropole wagon, by
which they were carried from Balboa to the
hotel in Panama. The evidence showed that
the embezzlement had been committed about
once a week for a period of nine months. On
Monday, January 9, Petersen and Silvers were
sentenced to two and one-half years each in
the Culebra penitentiary at hard labor. An
appeal was taken, and the bail was raised
from $5,000, to $6,000 each.



Guilty of Stealing Commissary Stores.

After trial before Justice Owen in the Cir-
cuit Court at Ancon on January 4 and 5, F.
P. Petersen and Charles Silvers, proprietors
of the Hotel Metropole in the city of Panama,
were found guilty of abetting and encouraging
Henry J. Hines, a Canal employe, in the em-
bezzlement of commissary stores. Hines was
found guilty on December 24, and sentenced
to five years in the Canal Zone penitentiary.



Canal Zone Postmaster Absconds.

Bernard L. Kearney, postmaster at San
Pablo, absconded on December 29, and an
investigation of his accounts showed that he
was short approximately $1,750. He was
arrested in New Orleans on January 2, and
is returning to the Isthmus under custody, on
the Atenas, due to arrive in Colon on Janu-
ary 12. After his arrival, a formal charge
will be made against him, and he will be tried
for the offense. The Government is amply
protected by his bond.



Notice to Employes.

Employes of the Commission and Panama
Railroad Company on the Isthmus are in-
structed not to advise friends in the States to
come to Panama in the hope of procuring em-
ployment on the Canal, or railroad forces.
Persons wishing employment on the Isthmus
should make application to the Washington
office,* and take their turn on the registers.
No one can be sure of employment unless he
is sent here by the Washington office, and
preference is given to applicants through the
employment agencies in the States.



Stages of the Chagres.

Maximum heights of the Chagres River for the weeks
ending midnight, Saturday. December 31, 1910, and
January 7. 1911. All heights are in feet above mean
sea level.





Station.


Day and Date


Vigia.


3

'rt

<


O

E

5


6
o


c .

82


Sun. Dec. 25. . .
Mon. Dec. 26. .
Tues. Dec. 27 . .
Wed. Dec. 28 . .
Thurs. Dec. 29.

Fri. Dec. 30

Sat. Dec. 31. ...


130.4
128.8
128.0
127.7
127.4
127.4
127.3


96.0
95.1
94.2
94.0
93.9
93.9
93.7


49.2
49.1
47.7
47.6
47.6
47.5
47.5


19.8
19.5
18.8
18.2
17.7
17.3
16.8


19.5
18.9
18.5
18.0
17.4
17.0
16.6


Height of low


125.0


92.0


46.0






Sun. Jan. 1 . . . .
Mon. Jan. 2. . . .
Tues. Jan. 3... .
Wed. Jan. 4....

Thurs. Jan.5

Fri. Jan. 6

Sat. Jan. 7


127.2
127.0
127.0
126.9
126.8
126.8
126.7


93.6
93.5
93.4
93.4
93.5
93.3
93.2


47.5 16.4 1 16.2
47.5 16.1 15.9
47.5 15.8 15.6
46.5 15.5 15.4
46.4 15.3 15.1
40.3 15.1 15.0
46.2 14.9 14.8


Height of low 1

water I 125.0


92.0


46.0



Sale of Animals at Public Auction.

There will be sold at public auction by the district
quartermaster at Ancon. C. Z.. at tne old corral, at 2
p. m., Saturday. January 21. 1911. to the highest bidder
for cash, the following Isthmian Canal Commission
property:

Fifteen (15) mules, American; one (1) pony, native.

The Government reserves the right to accept or
reject any or all bids. For further information apply
to district quartermaster, Ancon C. Z.

C. A. Devol Chief Quartermaster.



LOST — Sunday. January 1. at Toro Point, or at the
hotel at Cristobal, ladies' silver mesh pocket-book, with
name "Ethel C. Michaels" engraved on the inner edge.
Finder please notify Mrs. L. Dean Thorpe. P. O. box
206, Empire, C. Z..



156



THE CANAL RECORD



Vol. iv.;no. 20.



SOCIAL LIFE OF THE ZONE.



Women's Clubs.

At the meeting of the Cristobal Woman's
Club on Wednesday, January 4, an address
was made by Major Eugene T. Wilson on
food and food supplies. The attendance was
the largest of the season. Miss Eloise Brewer
has been elected recording secretary, vice
Mrs. I. P. Eppelsheimer, resigned.

The Gatun club held an election of officers
on Friday, January 6, the following being
chosen: President, Mrs. V. V. Sessions; vice-
president, Mrs. Charles H. Stoddard; secre-
tary, Mrs. E. L. Waid; treasurer, Mrs. W. H.
Hanna. In the effort to raise money for a
playground for the children of Gatun, the club
will hold an entertainment within the present
month. Bookcases are to be placed in the
chapel, and the library will be open for the
distribution of books on certain days of the
week, when one of the club members will be
in charge. There are over 100 juvenile books
in the library, and an exchange has been made
with the juvenile library of the Cristobal
Woman's Club.

At the semiannual election of officers on
January 4, the Paraiso Woman's Club added a
vice-president and treasurer to the number of
officers, Mrs. W. H. Ellenwood being chosen
for the former, and Mrs. H. Bain for the latter
office. The membership of the club has in-
creased and the organization is on a sound
basis. The meetings will be held hereafter
on the second and fourth Wednesdays in the
month, instead of the first and third Wednes-
days, as hitherto. The next meeting will be
held on January 25, with Mrs. H. M. Couter-
marsh and Mrs. Hopp, as hostesses. It is pro-
posed to devote the remainder of the year to
the development of club programs, and to
the establishment of a playground in Paraiso.

At the meeting of the Gorgona Woman's
Club on Thursday, January 5, a paper on con-
servation of natural resources in the United
States was read. The meeting was held at
the home of the president.

There will be a meeting of the Empire
Woman's Club at the clubhouse on Thursday,
January 12.

A social meeting of the Pedro Miguel
Woman's Club was held on Wednesday.
January 4, with a good attendance.



Church Notes.

The Rt. Rev. Albion W. Knight, Bishop of
Cuba, arrived on the Isthmus on the steamer
Metapan on Thursday, January 5, and will
remain until January 23. On Sunday, Jan-
uary 8, he preached at Trinity Church,
Culebra, at 11 a. m.;at St. Mark's, (colored),
Culebra, at 3 p. m.; and at St.Mary'», Empire,
at 7.30 p. m. On January 11, he confirmed a
class at St. Augustine's, Paraiso. Following
is the itinerary for the remainder of his visit:
January 15, St. James', Empire, 11 a. m.; As-
cension, Bas Obispo, 2.30 p. m.; St. Paul's,
Panama, 7 p. m.; January 16, Nativity,
Tabernilla, 7.30 p. m.j January 18, St.
Andrews, Gorgona, 7 30 p. m.; January 19,
St. Philip's, Las Cascadas, 7.30 p. m.; Jan-
uary' 22, St. Luke's, Ancon, 10 a. m.; St.
Steven's, Gatun, 3.15 p. m.; Christ Church,
Colon, 7.15 p. m.

The intervening days will be devoted to the
administration of affairs pertaining to the
Panama mission. During the first week of
his stay, Bishop Knight will make his head-
quarters at Culebra, as the guest of Colonel
Guethals; the second week, he will be at Em-



pire with Mr. W. W. Warwick, and the third
week, he is expected to be in Ancon, as the
guest of Major Henry A. Brown, Chaplain,
Engineer Corps, U. S. A. Any one wishing
to call upon him is invited to do so at the
above named places. On Friday evening,
January 6, the Woman's Altar Guild of
Christ Church, Colon, held a reception in
honor of the bishop at the residence of Mrs.
Frederick Mears.

The Woman's Altar Guild of St Mary's
Church, Empire, held a social meeting on
Thursday afternoon, December 29, at the home
of the president, Mrs. A. S. Zinn, when
Archdeacon Bryan was the guest of honor.
There were 16 present. The new organ for
the church has been purchased by the money
raised at the recent sale held in the Commis-
sion clubhouse.

The Rev. Aquila Lucas, secretary of the
International Sunday School Association for
the West Indies and South America, spent the
last week in December on the Isthmus visiting
the various Sunday schools and conferring
with the church and Sunday school workers
in the Canal Zone. On Christmas Day, he
visited the Wesleyan Methodist churches in
Colon, Empire, and Panama. On Monday,
December 26, he preached at the Baptist
Church, Culebra; on Tuesday, December 27,
a conference of Sunday school workers was
held in Cristobal; on Wednesday evening, he
preached at the Commission chapel at Gor-
gona; on Thursday, he was in Pedro Miguel,
and on Friday evening, December 30, he
addressed the Christian League at Gatun.
New Year's Day was spent in visiting the
missions in Gorgona and Matachin, and in
the evening, he preached at the Commission
chapel in Culebra. He sailed for Kingston
on Tuesday, January 3.

The annual convention of the Isthmian
Sunday School Association was held at Gor-
gona on Sunday, January 8. There was an
election of officers. An address was made by
Mr. H. L. Stuntz, which was followed by a
round table discussion. A meeting of the
Isthmian Ministers Association was held in
the Commission chapel, Gatun, on Monday
evening, January ').

On Wednesday evening, December 21, the
Gatun Christian League held a reception in
honor of the Rev. Charles O. Purdy. Mr.
Edgar Clarke Soule, president of the league
presided, and made the address of welcome to
the new pastor. Mrs. A. O. Ludwig sang,
and addresses were made by the Rev. Carl
H. Elliott, who welcomed Mr. Purdy in the
name of the chaplains of the Canal Zone; by
E. G. Putnam, acting superintendent of Canal
Zone clubhouses, who expressed the welcome
of the 2,000 members of the Young Men's
Christian Association, and by Judge Thomas
E. Brown, Jr. Mr. Purdy responded in a short
speech. The program was followed by an
informal reception, when the pastor was intro-
duced to all present. Refreshments were
served. There were about 100 present.
The services in the Gatun chapel will be as
usual — Sunday morning at 10.30, and evening
at 7.45. The Sunday school will meet at
9.30 a.m. Since the arrival of Mr. Purdy on
the Isthmus interest in the league and church
has increased; the membership has tripled,
and the attendance at the services is large.



bra penitentiary-, were able to send a large
number of home made cakes which were
donated in response to their solicitation.
The sum of $71 was also subscribed, and
a portion of this was used for the purchase of
fruit, nuts, ice cream, candy, and tobacco.
The remainder of the fund will be expended
for French and Spanish books for the prison
library. The penitentiary chaplain desires
to thank all who contributed for this cause,
and to state that the gifts were greatly ap-
preciated by the men.



K. of P. Dance.

Paradise Lodge, No. 6, Knights of Pythias,
Paraiso, C. Z., will have a public installation
of officers, folowed by a dance, on Saturday
evening, January' 14. All Knights are wel-
come, and invitations will be issued to the
public. Special trains will be run from Las
Cascadas and Panama.



I. O. P. K. Meetings.
At Paraiso Court, No. 5, I. O. P. K.,

Saturday night, January 7, the following
officers were installed to serve for the first
term of 1911: Honorable judge, W. M.
Williams; prosecuting attorney, R. B. Swarte-
vant; defendant attorney, Wm. Claus; chap-
lain, W. B. Jordan; comptroller and clerk,
H. L. Bridges; sheriff, R. B. Leftwich.

The Supreme Court, I. O. P. K., will hold
its next regular meeting at the I. C. C. hotel,
Las Cascadas, Sunday, January 15, 1911, and
all members of Las Cascadas Court, No. 4, are
requested to be present, as important business
pertaining to that court will be taken up.



I. A. of M. "Smoker."

A "smoker" was given by the members
of Empire Lodge, No. 684, I. A. of M., at
Empire, on Friday evening, January 6. There
was a short entertainment, consisting of a
vocal selection, sketches, a reading, and piano
selections, after which refreshments were
served and speeches given by several of the
members.

Eastern Star.

The charter list of the auxiliary^order of
the Eastern Star is still open, 28 names having
been enrolled. The list is circulated in
Cristobal, Las Cascadas, and Gorgona. The
charter will be closed on January 18.



Missing Men.

Any one having information regarding the
whereabouts of relatives of the late Andrew R.
Murphy is requested to communicate with
T. V. Casanova, Empire.

Any one having information regarding the
whereabouts of Thomas Bale, a mechanical
engineer, who is supposed to have come to
Panama from Staten Island, N. Y., is re-
quested to communicate with Messrs. Dulon