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January 18, 1911.



THE CANAL RECORD



165



LUBRICATING OIL.



Consumption at Electric and Compressor Plants
Shows a Reduction.

The report of the use of lubricating oil in
the electric and air compressor plants during
the month of November shows a marked
advance in economy in the use of oil in these
plants, and a favorable record as compared
with lubrication of similar plants in the States.
In the air compressor plants at Rio Grande,
Empire and Las Cascadas there are 14 com-
pressors; rated horsepower of each compressor,
425; steam pressure, 125 pounds, steam end
of engines, double cylinder, simple; air end,
double cylinder, cross compound; area of two
steam cylinders, 9.42 square feet; area of high
pressure air cylinders, 9.42 square feet; area
of low pressure cylinders, 15.17 square feet;
speed of compressors, from 127 to 137 revo-
lutions per minute. All engines are equipped
with individual lubricators on steam cylinders,
and on each valve on the air end. The re-
turn oiling system is in use on all bearings, and
engine oil is filtered before returning to the
supply or pressure tank. The reports for
each plant show:

Rio Grande — Valve oil used, 27 j gallons;
revolutions per gallon, 275,332; square feet
of area rubbed over per pint of oil, 1,296,752.
Air compressor oil used, 37 gallons; revolu-
tions per gallon of air compressor oil, 202,770;
square feet of area rubbed over per pint of
oil, 1,246,516. Stationary engine oil used,
33J gallons; revolutions per gallon of sta-
tionary engine oil, 222,481. Plant of five
compressors runs 10J hours per day, except
Sunday.

Empire — Valve oil used, 71 3-10 gallons;
revolutions per gallon of valve oil, 256,577;
square feet of area rubbed over per pint of
valve oil,. 1 ,208,492. Air compressor oil used,
73J gallons; revolutions per gallon of air
compressor oil, 248,723; square feet of area
rubbed over per pint of air compressor oil,
1,529,064. Stationary engine oil used, 84£
gallons; revolutions per gallon of oil, 216,346.
Plant of five compressors runs 22j hours per
day.

Las Cascadas — Valve oil used, 25 gallons;
revolutions per gallon of valve oil, 256,732;
square feet of area rubbed over per pint,
1,209,188. Air compressor oil used, 28 gal-
lons; revolutions per gallon, 229,224; square
feet of area rubbed over per pint of oil, 1,409,-
154. Stationary engine oil used, 40 gallons;
revolutions per gallon, 160,456. Plant of
four compressors runs 10j hours per day,
except Sunday.

The consumption of oil at Balboa and Em-
pire electric plants was: Balboa — Valve oil,
33 gallons; stationary engine oil, 20 gallons;
air compressor oil, 10 gallons. Empire —
Valve oil. 17 gallons; stationary engine oil,
15 gallons.



Accidents at Toro Point.

A premature explosion of dynamite oc-
curred at the quarry on Toro Point about 3
o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, January 10,
causing injuries to four West Indian work-
men, which resulted fatally in the cases of
A. Bowman, check No. 31563, and John
Aaron, check No. 107621, after their removal
to Colon Hospital. The men were tamping
a charge of 30 pounds of explosive when the
loading stick they were using broke. Another
one was substituted, leaving a part of the
broken stick in the hole, and the two pieces
of wood scraping against each other and the



dynamite, is believed to have caused the
latter to ignite. The powder foreman
noticed the odor, called a warning, and ran,
reaching a point about 20 feet distant from
the spot, but the dynamite exploded before
workmen could reach a place of safety.

Gordon Grant, a West Indian, check No.
48040, employed on a construction train at
Toro Point, was caught between a car and a
pile driver on the breakwater trestle on Wed-
nesday, January 11, and almost instantly
killed.

Unloading Record in Pedro Miguel District.

On January 7, six unloaders, working in the
Pedro Miguel district of the Central Division,
unloaded 80 Lidgerwood trains, and, in addi-
tion, there were unloaded seven Western dump
trains, containing a total of 32,850 cubic yards
of rock and earth. The Lidgerwood trains
were composed of 20 cars, each car containing
19 cubic yards of material, the Western dump
trains being composed of 35 cars, each car
containing 10 cubic yards. The material
contained in these cars was wasted on the
Miraflores and Balboa dumps.



160 hours, were actually working 112 hours,
the principal delay being on account of waiting
for cars, amounting to 37 hours and 5 minutes.
The other delays were on account of mining,
cleaning track, repairing shovel, moving back,
etc.

On January 3, twenty shovels, working in
the Culebra construction district, excavated
33,099 cubic yards of rock and earth in the
working day of eight hours. The shovels were
under steam 160 hours, and were actually at
work 113 hours and 25 minutes, waiting for
cars 35 hours and 20 minutes, the rest of the
time being lost in mining, cleaning track,
repairing shovels, moving back, etc. The
average per shovel, per day, was 1,655 cubic
yards.

Porto Bello Crusher.

A statement of the work done at the Porto
Bello crusher, by days, for the week ending
January 14, follows:



Record Excavation in Culebra District.

On January 11, eighteen steam shovels of
the 200-ton class, working in the Culebra
construction district of the Central Division,
excavated 36,009 cubic yards of rock and earth,
or an average of 2,000| cubic yards per shovel,
for the working day of eight hours. The
shovels were under steam 144 hours, were
actually at work 109 hours and 15 minutes,
were delayed 23 hours and 10 minutes waiting
for cars, the other delays being on account of
mining, cleaning track, repairing shovel,
moving back, etc. This is the highest yardage
ever excavated in any district of the Central
Division, in one day.

On January 5, twenty steam shovels of the
200-ton class, working in the Culebra con-
struction district, excavated 34,985 cubic
yards of material in the 8-hour working day,
or an average of 1,749 cubic yards per shovel,
for the day. The shovels were under steam



Date.


Hours
worked.


Cubic
Yards.




5:50
9:03
9:08
6:59
8:42
7:46


1,739




3.362




3,549




2.550




3,829




3,049






Total


47:28


18,078







Bids for Lease of Buildings.

Bids will be received by the Collector of Revenues
up to and including January 25, 191 1, for the leasing
to the highest bidder, from February 1, 1911, for a
period of not more than three years, of building No. 30
at Paraiso, owned by the Canal Zone Government.
The building is of French construction, one story, con-
tains two rooms, and one oven. Bids should be en-
closed in envelopes addressed to the Collector of Reve-
nues, marked "Bids for a lease to Building No. 30 at
Paraiso." Tom M. Cooke, Collector of Revenues.



Bids will be received by the Collector of Revenues,
up to and including January 25, 1911, for the leasing
to the highest bidder, from February 1, 1911, for a period
of not more then three yeirs, of building No. 16 at
Empire, owned by the Canal Zone Government. The
building is of French construction, two stories, and
contains, in all, 12 rooms. Bids should be in envelopes
marked "Bids for a lease to Building No. 16 at Empire."
Tom M. Cooke, Collector of Revenues.



LABOR FORCE AND QUARTERS IN DECEMBER.



On December 28, there were 35,132 employes actually at work on the Canal and the Panama
railroad, and of that number, 29,0S8 were Canal employes. The gold force on the Canal work,
composed almost entirely of white Americans, was 4,705.

The report of the Chief Quartermaster for December shows that the number of family quar-
ters occupied by "gold" employes was 1,740, which is three more than in November, and the
occupants numbered 5,551, an increase of 121. Of this number, 1,878 were women, and 1,841
children. Bachelor quarters occupied by "gold" employes numbered 2,021, and the occupants
numbered 3,418, of whom 196 were women. The family quarters occupied by^ European
laborers numbered 2S2, and the occupants, 916; bachelor quarters, 108, and the number of
occupants, 5,310. The family quarters occupied by West Indians numbered 1,061, and the
occupants, 4,490; bachelor quarters, 252, and the number of occupants, 4,700. A statement
of the force actually at work on December 28, follows:





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SILVER EMPLOYES.


Total
Silver.


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European
Laborers.


West Indian
Laborers.


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Const'ct'nandEng'r'ng.
Civil Administration


4,390
184
666
956
635
7
5


259

2

2

84

1


662
4
3

168
1


2.578
18
4
87


3.128


1,418


112


541


3,217


3,363

5

349

978


256

"s

13


19,962

213

1,037

2.522

637

7

S


3.569
348
3S9
218
54
26

101


23,531
561


1
182


1
21


23




3
9


1,426
2.740




691




















33


Examinat'n of Accounts.


























106




























Total


6.843


17


22


348


838


2.687


3,311


1,440


135


541


3.229


4.695


277


24,383


4.705


29,088



Panama railroad force, 3,426: Panama railroad relocation force. 1,576; Panama railroad commissary force,
1.042. Total, 6,044. I. C. C. force. 29.08S. Grand total, 35.132.



166



THE CANAL RECORD



Vol. IV., No. 21.



SOCIAL LIFE OF THE ZONE.



Miscellaneous Events.

The annual meeting of the Grand Inter-
national Auxiliary, B. of L. E., Las Cascadas,
was held in the lodge hall on Friday afternoon,
January 13. Following the business meeting,
the members adjourned to the home of Mrs.
Charles R. Lingo, where a social hour was
spent, refreshments being served. The order
was organized in 1909, and has a membership
of 47. Mrs. C. R. Lingo is a secretary of the
B. of L. E. journal.

There will be a meeting at the Gorgona
lodge hall on Sunday afternoon, January 22,
at 2 o'clock, for the purpose of preparing the
petition for the charter for a Canal Zone
chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. It
is desired that all those who have expressed
their intention of joining the chapter should
be present at the meeting. The number of
signatures already secured is more than 50.

The Las Cascadas Dancing Club is an
organization recently formed in Las Cascadas.
Dances are held on the second and fourth
Thursday evenings in each month. Special
trains will be run for any dance upon request
of a club, or a sufficient number of persons to
warrant the expense. The club has a member-
ship of 55.

The Army and Navy Union will hold an
entertainment and dance at the lodge hall,
Empire, on Saturday evening, January 21.

Cristobal Dancing Club.

The first of a series of monthly dances by
the newly organized Cristobal Dancing Club
was given at the Cristobal clubhouse on the
evening of January 14. The club is composed
of the younger element of Cristobal, the board
of governors being: President, L. E. Burdge;
vice-president, W. H. Marsh; secretary and
treasurer, W. T. Sexton; other members, E.
E. Rigney and G. K. Weston. The next dance
will be held on February 11.



Church Notes.

A meeting of the Isthmian Ministers'
Association will be held in the Methodist
College, Panama, on Monday, February 6,
at 3 o'clock. The president, the Rev. W. W.
Gray will preside, and an address will be made
by the Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher. The Rev.
S. Moss Loveridgeof Culebra is vice-president
of the association; the Rev. A. A. Nellis of
Culebra, secretary, and the Rev. E. J. Cooke
of Colon, treasurer.

At the meeting of the Isthmian Sunday
School Association held at Gorgona on Sun-
day, January 8, the following officers were
elected for the ensuing year: President, Rev.

A. A. Nellis; vice-president, H. L. Stuntz;
secretary, E. J. Putnam; treasurer, Judge J.

B. Marsh. An address by H. L. Stuntz on
Sunday school work in the Canal' Zone was



followed by a discussion. It was suggested
that an appeal be made to enlist the sympathy
and cooperation of the various chaplains in
the Commission service in Sunday school
work. The association is planning an outing
for the pupils of the federated Sunday schools
to be held some time in the dry season.

On Wednesday evening, January 11, the
Woman's Altar Guild of Trinity Church,
Culebra, held a musicale at the home of
Colonel and Mrs. D. D. Gaillard. Those
who assisted in the program were: Mrs. T. C.
Dickson, Mrs. A. O. Ludwig, Mrs. Adolf
Faure, Mrs. Nelson Jacobs, and Mr. A. B.
Dickson. Souvenir programs were presented
to the 50 guests present.

The Woman's Altar Guild of St. Luke's
Church, Ancon, will hold a reception in honor
of Bishop Albion W. Knight at the residence
of Major and Mrs. Henry A. Brown on Satur-
day evening, January 21, from 8.30 to 10
o'clock. All members of the congregation,
and residents of Ancon, are invited to attend.

A Masonic service will be held at the lodge
hall, Paraiso, on Wednesday evening, Jan-
uary 18. The Rev. A. A. Nellis is the chap-
lain in charge.

Colon Humane Society's Christmas Treat.

The cash contributions for the Christmas
tree and entertainment given the poor child-
ren of Colon, under the direction of the
Humane Society, on the afternoon of Decem-
ber 24, amounted to $362.25. The disburse-
ments aggregated $297.22, leaving an un-
expended balance of $65.03.

Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone.

An organization of boy scouts has been
effected in Gorgona, with 16 American boys
between the ages of six and 16 as members.
There is a scout council, composed of T. S.
Booz, W. H. Stevens, Harry Otis, Samuel
Paulus and Jess T. Hopkins, scout master.
The boys are divided into two patrols called
the hounds and the horses. Melville Booz
is leader of the former, and Harry Otis of the
latter patrol. There are two corporals, Eddie
Otis and Hartman Stevens. The organiza-
tion of the Boy Scouts of America is followed
in the local organization, and the official hand-
book, by Lieut. -Gen. Sir Robert Baden- Powell,
and Ernest Seton Thompson, is used as the
authority. The boys pass an examination in
this text book for entrance as tenderfeet,
and work from that to second, and then to
first class scouts, by examinations and tests.
The field activities are somewhat limited,
owing to conditions, but several trips have
been made into the jungle, when one patrol in
advance has marked out the trail by scout
signs for the others to follow. Trips for ob-
servation are also made. The boys make
reports of these trips at their weekly meetings,
held in the clubhouse, and points are given



according to the number of animals sighted
and correctly reported. The scout uniform
is khaki shirt and trousers, tan shoes and can-
vas leggings, and a wide brimmed felt hat.
The corporals wear a white V on the left
sleeve. The scouts have a patrol pennant,
and the American flag is used as their standard .



PERSONAL.



Lieut-Col. Wm. L. Sibert and family, and
Capt. F. W. Altstaetter, Corps of Engineers,
are on the Ancon, which left New York on
January 12, and is due to arrive at Cristobal
on January 18.

Major Smedley D. Butler, U. S. Marine
Corps, in command at Camp Elliott, returned
to the Isthmus on the A Vianra, which arrived
at Cristobal on the 16th.



Anti-Cigarette League.

The meetings of the two sections of the
Boys' Anti-Cigarette League of Gorgona con-
tinue to be held with the usual number present.
In the absence of Mrs. A. L. Hackenberg,
director of section No. 1, the meetings are
held under the direction of her daughter, Miss
Ruth Hackenberg. Section No. 2 held a
Christmas party in December, and a magic
lantern show was the feature of the meeting
held in Christmas week. The membership
of this section has increased to 13.

An anti-cigarette league was organized at
Gatun on January 11, by Mrs. March from
Gorgona. Twelve boys enrolled.

A delegation of members of the Association
of Mexican Engineers contemplates a visit to
the Canal work in the near future. It is
expected that about 50 persons, including the
Hon. Leandro Fernandez, Minister of Com-
munication and Public Works of Mexico, will
make up the delegation.

Alumni and former students of the Pennsyl-
vania State College, now on the Isthmus, are
invited to be present at a reception and smoker
at the Hotel Tivoli on Saturday evening,
January 21.

At a meeting of Gatun Court, No. 6, I. O.
P. K., resolutions of sympathy were passed
on the deaths of W. H. H. Brady and J. S.
Dabbs, Jr.

Band Concert.

A concert will be given by the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission Band, at Gatun, C. Z., on Sunday, January 22,
1911, at 2 p.m. The program follows:

1 March — Niebelungen Moses

2 Selection — Madame Sherry Hoschna

3 Flower Song — Hearts and Flowers Tobani

4 Overture — Stradella Flotow

5 Medley Selection — My Southern Rose. .Von Tilzer

6 Waltz — Wedding of the Winds Hall

7 Procrastination Rag Cobb

8 Selection — Carmen Bizet

9 March — New Colonial Hall

Chas. E. Jennings, Musical Director.
The next concert will be given at Empire on Sunday,
January 29. at 6 p. m.



PANAMA RAILROAD COMPANY.

















Schedule for Balboa Trains— Effective January 2, 1911.
















SOUTHWARD.


STATIONS.


NORTHWARD.


.sun-
days
only.

69


Work-
nights
only.

67


DAILY.


DAILY.


Work-
nights
only.


Sun-
days
only.


65


63


61


59


57


55


53


51


50


52


54


56


58


60


62


64


66


68


P. M.

9.30
9.45


P. M.

10.50
11.00


P. M.

6.45
6.55


P. M.

5.35
5.50


P. M.

1.50
2.00


P. M.

12.30
12.45


A. M.

10.40
10.50


A.M.

7.45
8.00


A.M.

6.35
6.50


A.M.

5.30
5.45


Leave Arrive

Panama
Balboa
Arrive Leave


A.M.

6.20
6.0S


A. M.

7.40
7.25


A.M.

10.30
10.20


A.M.

11.25
11.10


P. M.

1.25
1.15


P. M.

5.25
5.10


P. M.

6.15
6.00


P. M.

7.35
7.25


P. M.

11.25
11.10


P. M.

10.00
9.50



January 18, 1911.



THE CANAL RECORD



167



COMMISSION CLUBHOUSES.



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

CULEBRA.

Culebra won three bowling games from Gorgona on
Saturday night, January 13, as follows:



Culebra.

Herrington.. 175 199 162

Fleischman.. 152 173 149

Huttlemeier. 186 156 140

Mengel 170 161 185

Case 174 184 167



Gorgona.
Halderman 154 118 151

Otis 153 177 153

White 192 162 139

Bordt 139 161 200

Varenkamp 150 130 134



Total 857 873 803 Total... 788 748 777

High scores in duckpins during the week were made

byDakin, 104; Case, 102; bigpins. Mengel 200; Case,

201 twice.

The standing in the chess tournament is as follows:



Name.
Bayne . . .
Case. . . .
Conlan. .
Dubois. .
French. .
Hall



Won.
5
6
6



Lost.
5
3
3
8
3
5



Name.
Hepler. . . .

Silver

Soderberg.
Thomson. .
Clark



Won.
6

4
5
5
2



Lost.
4
9
4
5



A simultaneous chess tournament will be held on
the night of January 27, when Mr. Dubois will play
all comers.

The next in the series of informal "socials" will be
held at the clubhouse on Friday evening. January 20,
at 8 o'clock. A splendid program has been arranged
for the enjoyment of every family and bachelor in
Culebra. The Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher will take
part in the program. An opportunity will be given at
the close of the program to become personally acquainted
with Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher.

The organization of the topic club has been completed,
and the first session will beheld on Wednesday evening.
Theleaderof the first three sessions will beH. F.French.
The topic to be discussed is "Choosing a vocation for
life."

The glee club concert announced in the last issue will
be held on February 2, instead of February 22.

EMPIRE.

Last Saturday night, DePoorter of Gatun defeated
Hirsh of Empire at pool by a score of 150 to 85. Hirsh
will challenge DePoorter again during the next two
months.

At the literary society meeting held on the 13th, the
debate, "Resolved that recent political events indicate
an early disso'ution of the two great political parties,"