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THE CANAL RECORD
Vol. IV., No. 22.
Activities of the Young Men's Christian Asao
STATISTICAL REPORT FOR DECEMBER.
Total number of bowling games . .
Number different tournaments . . .
Total number tournament players
Total number pool and billiard games
Total income from soda fountains $2,808.95
Number different men using gymnasiums. . .
Total attendance of men using gymnasiums .
Number enrolled in chess and checker clubs.
Number enrolled in glee clubs
Number enrolled in dramatic and minstrel
Number enrolled in camera clubs
Number enrolled in orchestras
Number enrolled in Bible clubs
Number enrolled in educational classes
Number of members of libraries
Total number of books withdrawn
Number of religious meetings
Number of lectures
Number of local entertainments
Number functions outside association man-
Number afternoons for women
Number evening functions to which women
Number different men on committees
Number of men called on in hospitals
Number of letters written at public tables . .
Total attendance at buildings
Average attendance per day
Number of beds used during the month. . . .
Number of members
Number of afternoons for boys
Average attendance per afternoon
Total attendance In systematic gymnasium
Outings and other special features
The second handicap billiard tournament was finished
last weak with the following scores:
Name. Handicap. Won. Lost.
In the play-off of the tie for first place, Mr. Case won.
Mr. Conlan made the best single average, 2.27; also
the best run, 33rpoints.
The regular monthly social at the clubhouse on Fri-
day evening, January*20, attracted a large attendance.
Interest in the simultaneous chess tournament held
on Tuesday evening was keen. Mr. C. M. Wilson met
six opponents — Messrs. Stearns, Warner, Dubois,
Bartlett. Goodenow, and Putnam — and broke even,
winning three and losing three. Mr. Stearns will meet
all comars in the next simultaneous match on Tuesday
evening, January 30.
The first session of the topic club will be held on
Wednesday evening, January 24. This session was
postponed from January 17. H. F. French will lead the
The 200, or over, scores on the bowling alley for the
week ending January 21 are, as follows: Case, 201, 201,
208; Huttlemeier, 209, 202.
There will be a motion picture entertainment at the
clubhouse on Friday evening, January 27. Members,
free; nonmembers, 25 cents; children, IS cents. The
entertainment will begin at 8.15 sharp.
On account of the large number of entries in the
December pool tournament, the finals have just been
played. H. M. Pearson winning first place, and R. A.
A meeting of the camera club was held on January 23
for the purpose of reorganization. Plans were made for
outings and other events, announcement of which will
be given in the near future.
A "smoker" to which all the men of Empire are invited
will be held on Wednesday evening, February 1 .
The following high scores were made last week:
Duckpins — Rhodghiero. 100; Parkis, 100; Fisher, 100;
Reimann, 101. Bigpins — Danielson, 202; Gustavson,
208; Koperski, 216.
The glee club will resume rehearsals on Saturday
The last game of the Isthmian Bowling League was
played between Gatun and Empire on the Empire alleys,
Saturday night, January 21. Gatun took two out of
three games. This gives Empire the championship,
with 19 games won and five lost, a percentage of 792,
which is a new record. Following are the scores:
Severn 177 155 207
Wolf 172 155 131
DeMoll 175 166 175
Harrington.. 165 158 133
Barte 212 181 153
Total 901 815 799
Gustavson. 204 164 175
Goolsby... 168 144 140
Bardelson. 154 126 198
Pearson. .. 187 180 157
Huson 183 179 137
896 793 807
Three new members were added to the gymnasium
class during the week beginning January 16.
The glee club rehearsal was omitted on January 19,
but from now on will be held every Thursday night.
The club now numbers 20.
Last week the track and jumping pit were placed in
good condition for those who wish to train for the track
and field meet at Empire. The regular practice nights
for coaching will be Mondays and Thursdays. Those
wishing to may use the track at any time.
The closing games of the bowling league were bowled
Saturday night between Culebra and Cristobal. The
score was as follows:
Herrington.. 188 165 133
Mengel 165 148 132
Hayes, G. C. 166 187 198
Huttlemeier. 116 127 137
Dougherty. . 167 211 149
Barrett.... 167 161 152
Weston. . . 156 127 137
Rabbitt... 186 180 138
Burns 119 133 185
Bullard. . . 148 170 169
Total 802 838 749
776 771 781
Friday night, January 27, a moving picture enter-
tainment will be given.
On Wednesday night, the "Life Problem" Club will be
started, and will take up the following topics: "Prob-
lems of a livelihood," "Problems of social and family
relationships," "Problems of physical temptations,"
and "Problems of service." Each topic is subdivided
into six heads, and two will be handled each evening.
The first two for Wednesday night were "The value of
work," and "The choice of a life work."
Regular indoor baseball practice will begin this week.
The enlarged clubhouse was formally opened to the
public on Tuesday evening. January 24. It will be
operated under the management of the Y. M. C. A.,
like the other Commission clubhouses in the Zone.
Colonel W. C. Gorgas presided at the opening exercises,
which included vocal and instrumental music and ad-
dresses by Major H. A. Brown, Mr. Maurice H. Thatch-
er, and Mr. F. C. Freeman. The clubhouse contains
privileges for members similar to those provided in the
Geo. R. D. Kramer, Jr., formerly assistant secretary
at Culebra, has been promoted to the position of sec-
tary. All white gold employes of the I. C. C. and P. R.
R. are eligible for membership.
A Spanish class has been organized with 20 members.
Mr. Quail, the sanitary officer, is to act as instructor.
The class will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday nights
Thursday night, the discussion club had its second
meeting in the study of life problems. "Preparation for,"
and "Rewards of a life work" were the topics discussed.
Friday night, a large crowd enjoyed a moving picture
show at the clubhouse. Five thousand feet of film were
Stages of the Chagres.
Maximum heights of the Chagres River for the week
ending midnight, Saturday, January 21, 1911. All
heights are in feet above mean sea level.
Day and Date
Sun. Jan. 15. . .
Mon. Jan. 16. ..
Tues. Jan. 17...
Wed. Jan. 18...
Thurs. Jan. 19..
Fri. Jan. 20
Sat. Jam. 21. . .
Height of low
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
Advance P. R. R. . .Saturday. . Jan. 21
Panama P. R. R. . .Saturday. . .Jan. 28
Allianca P. R. R. . .Saturday . ...Feb. 4
Colon P. R. R. . .Friday Feb. 10
Advance P. R. R. . .Thursday... Feb. 16
Panama P. R. R. . . Thursday ... Feb. 23
Allianca P. R. R. . .Wednesday. Mar. 1
Colon P. R. R... Tuesday Mar. 7
Advance P. R. R . . . Monday. . . . Mar. 13
Panama P. R. R. . .Saturday.. .Mar. 18
Allianca P. R. R. . .Friday Mar. 24
CRISTOBAL TO NEW YORK.
Colon P. R. R. . .Sunday Jan. 29
Ancon P. R. R. ..Sunday Jan. 29
Advance P. R. R. ..Friday Feb. 3
Panama P. R. R. . .Friday Feb. 10
Allianca P. R. R. . .Thursday ...Feb. 16
Colon P. R. R. . .Wednesday. Feb. 22
Advance P. R. R. ..Tuesday Feb. 28
Panama P. R. R. . .Tuesday Mar. 7
Allianca P. R. R. . .Monday Mar. 13
Colon P. R. R. . .Sunday.. . .Mar. 19
Advance P. R. R. . .Saturday . ..Mar. 25
Panama P. R. R. . .Friday Mar. 31
A fortnightly service of the Cristobal and A neon will
be maintained as nearly as possible, leaving Cristobal
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.
Santa Marta U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Jan. 19
Magdalena R. M Saturday. ..Jan. 21
Metapan U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Jan. 26
Prinz Joachim H.-A Saturday . . . Jan. 28
Zacapa U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Feb. 2
Orotava R. M Saturday . . . Feb. 4
Sibiria H.-A.... . .Saturday. . .Feb. 4
Almirante U. F. C . . .Thursday .. .Feb. 9
Prinz Aug. Wilhelm. ..H.-A Saturday. ..Feb. 11
Santa Marta U. F. C . . .Thursday... Feb 16
Thames R. M Saturday. . .Feb 18
Sarnia H.-A Saturday. . ..Feb. 18
Metapan U. F. C. . . Thursday. .. Feb. 23
COLON TO NEW YORK.
Almirante U. F. C . . .Thursday ...Jan. 26
Prinz Aug. Wilhelm ... H.-A Tuesday Jan. 31
Santa Marta U. F. C. . .Thursday... Feb. 2
Thames R. M Monday Feb. 6
Sarnia H.-A Tuesday Feb. 7
Metapan U. F. C. . .Thursday ...Feb. 9
Prinz Joachim H.-A Wednesday. Feb. 14
Zacapa U. F. C. . .Thursday... Feb. 16
Tagus R. M Monday Feb. 20
Sibiria H.-A Tuesday. . .Feb. 21
Almirante U. F. C. . . Thursday. . . Feb. 23
Prinz Aug. Wilhelm. . . H.-A Tuesday . . . Feb. 28
NEW ORLEANS TO COLON.
Parismina U. F. C. . .Wednesday. Jan. 18
Abangarez U. F. C. . .Saturday. . Jan. 21
Heredia U. F. C. . . Wednesday . Jan. 25
Atenas U. F. C. . .Saturday. . Jan. 28
Cartago U. F. C . . .Wednesday. Feb. 1
Turrialba U. F. C. . .Saturday. . .Feb. 4
Parismina U. F. C . . . Wednesday . Feb. 8
COLON TO NEW ORLEANS.
Turrialba U. F. C. . .Thursday.. Jan. 26
Parismina U. F. C . . .Thursday.. Jan. 26
Abangarez U. F. C. . .Thursday . .Feb. 12
Heredia U. F. C. ..Thursday ..Feb. 12
Atenas U. F. C. . . Thursday. .. Feb. 19
Cartago U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Feb. 19
COLON TO BARBADOS, CALLING AT TRINIDAD.
Magdalena R. M Tuesday Jan. 31
Orotava R. M Tuesday.. . .Feb, 14
The next sailing of the Leyland Line will be as fol-
lows: William Cliff on or about January 28, for New
Orleans via Kingston, Ja.
Hamburg-American steamers leave for New York
every Tuesday at 10 a. m.; for Jamaica every fortnight,
connecting there with steamers for all pointsiin Cuba;
for Port Limon every Tuesday, direct, or by way of
Bocas del Toro.
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 Orleans 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 Generals Transatlan-
tlque) for Venezuelan ports, Martinique and Guild-
•loupe nn the ^rl =inH IClth of «s»rb month
ANCON, CANAL ZONE, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1911. No. 23.
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.
Dismantling Berm Crane at Pedro Miguel.
Concrete operations at the Pedro Miguel
Locks have reached the point where the out-
put of only one of the two berm cranes can be
used advantageously. The two auxiliary
mixers, one each on the east and west storage
trestles, are supplying concrete for the exten-
sion of the side walls of the locks north, and
the output of one berm crane is sufficient for
the operations at the south end of the locks,
in addition to furnishing material for the
extension of the center wall north, which was
begun a few days ago. The work of dismantling
berm crane "G" was begun by the contractors,
the McClintic-Marshall Construction Com-
pany of Pittsburg, on Monday, January 30,
and the removal of the electrical material,
which is being done by the Pacific Division,
on the previous day. The two 150-foot
cantilever arms on the crane will be transfer-
red at once to the two berm cranes in service
at Miraflores, one to each crane, which, with
the installation of the mixing machinery, will
equip them for effective service.
Work on Gold Hill Section of P. R. R. Relocation.
A part of the excavation for the roadbed of
the Panama railroad relocated line between
Paraiso Junction and Gamboa, passing back
of Gold Hill, will be done by contract. This
comprises a section of the road opposite Las
Cascadas, extending from station 1461 + 30
to station 1537, a distance of about one and
one-half miles. The contract for the work,
which will be performed on the task plan, has
been awarded to J. B. Hull at 57 cents a
cubic yard. There were six bidders in all,
and the figures submitted by them ranged
from 34 cents to 71 cents a cubic yard.
Another section was also advertised to be
let to private contractor, viz., that between
stations \ T os. 1580 and 1700, opposite the
town of Empire, but it was subsequently
determined, that a passing track and station
grounds would be laid out at that point,
and, therefore, the grading could be handled
to better advantage by steam shovels.
The last section of the relocation, between
Paraiso Junction and Gamboa, about 9J miles
long, on which operations have been delayed
pending a decision as to a departure from the
original plan of constructing the roadbed
through Culebra Cut along a berm on the
east bank, has been surveyed and cleared.
Work on the roadbed is in progress at both
ends, and the construction of culverts has been
begun. There are three large cuts to be made,
and several heavy embankment fills, although
none of the latter approximate in size some
of the fills on the line between Gatun and
Monte Lirio. A considerable part of the
material in these cuts is rock, and its excava-
tion will be accomplished by steam shovels.
The road will cross the Obispo diversion, the
only stream of size in this locality, by means of
a triple 10 x 10 box culvert, made of reinforced
concrete. It is expected that the Gold Hill
section of the line will be ready for traffic in
the early part of 1912.
Seismograph Station at Gatun.
A seismograph station will be established
on the island of Guarapo in Gatun Lake for
the purpose of obtaining more detailed in-
formation with reference to the directions and
distances of seismic disturbances. With one
station, only approximate directions and dis-
tances can be obtained, while with two, a
much more correct determination of the prob-
able foci of disturbances is possible. A sta-
tion for seismological observations is now
maintained at Ancon, where there are four
instruments of the Bosch-Omori type; two 100
kg. machines and two 25 kg. machines.
Two of these instruments will be used to
equip the new station at Gatun, for which a
suitable building and foundation will be pro-
Experimental Laboratory and Kitchen.
A chemical laboratory and experimental
kitchen has been built for the Subsistence
Department. It is situated directly back of
buildings Nos. 1 and 2 on Cristobal Point, and
is connected with the offices of the Subsistence
Department in building No. 2 by a covered
The laboratory is equipped with the
necessary apparatus for making tests of
groceries, provisions, and other supplies sold
at the commissaries, and a sample of every
new shipment received will be analyzed,
catalogued and placed away for future refer-
ence. The purpose of these tests is not only
to guard against the acceptance of goods,
which are inferior in quality to the samples
submitted by the successful bidders, but also
to secure an accurate and complete analysis
record which will be of value in placing future
An expert chemist is in charge of the labora-
tory. In addition to inspecting food sup-
plies, pronouncing on the quality and texture
of cloth goods, etc., he will guard against the
inroads of boiler scale, and flue and ammonia
gas troubles in the engine rooms at the manu-
facturing plants, which, it is expected, will
result in a considerable yearly saving in the
cost of maintenance. Another of his duties
will be to look after and verify weights and
New Fire Station at Mount Hope.
A fire station is being erected at Mount Hope,
near the cemetery entrance. It will be of the
same size as the stations at Bas Obispo and
Balboa, with one room below for the hose reel
and accessories, and living quarters above for
the fireman in charge. At the present time,
the quarters for the fireman stationed at
Mount Hope are in the quartermaster's
depot, but this arrangement has proved inad-
equate. The new building will make 17 fire
stations within the jurisdiction of the Canal
Zone Fire Department. There are paid
departments at seven of these stations, and a
paid fireman and volunteer companies at nine.
There are also volunteer companies at Mata-
chin, Miraflores, San Pablo, and Toro Point,
but no regular buildings have been provided
at those places.
Assistant Purchasing Agent, New Orleans.
Col. George B. Davis, assistant purchasing
agent, has been relieved from duty at New
Orleans, and the duties heretofore performed
by him, pertaining to both the Isthmian
Canal Commission and the Panama Railroad
Company in that city, were taken over by
Capt. Frank H. Lawton, Subsistence Depart-
ment, U. S. A., effective January 18, 1911.
The old style magneto telephone switch-
board at Mount Hope has been replaced by a
new Western Electric common batten* private
branch exchange switchboard, known as type
No. 101. The magneto, or bell-ringing
instruments, formerly in use, have been re-
moved, and telephones of the common battery
type installed in their place. The new board
is equipped for furnishing service to 30 sub-
scribers, and is connected with the main
exchange at Cristobal by trunk lines. Power
for the batteries is also supplied from the
Cristobal exchange, by means of a line
recently strung to Mount Hope, consisting of
an old No. 00 wire taken down in Colon.
Service tests, in connection with the opera-
tion of the railroad company's system, are
now regularly conducted. These are made
with a view of determining: (1) The time con-
sumed by the operator in making a connection,
and (2) The time elapsed before the subscriber
answers. A recent test in Cristobal showed
an elapsed time of three seconds in the first,
and of 3.50 seconds, in the second instance.
A traffic manager was appointed a short time
ago, whose duties consist in looking after and
remedying defects in service. Chief opera-
tors have been engaged for the exchanges at
Cristobal and Empire, to supervise the serv-
THE CANAL RECORD
Vol. IV., No. 23.
NOTES OF PROGRESS.
ice. and the work of the operators, at those
The construction force on the permanent
telephone line along the Panama railroad re-
location is now at work between Caimito and
New Frijoles, and as soon as this section is
completed, it will start the building of the
line between Gatun and Monte Lirio. It is
expected that by the time the latter section
is finished, the railroad fills between Monte
Lirio and New Frijoles will have been so far
completed that the telephone line can be lo-
cated and the work begun there. Old steel
rails, 28 feet long, are used for poles. They
are set in concrete bases, the amount of con-
crete in the bases varying according to the
character of the ground, the swampy sections
requiring heavier foundations than where the
land is high and easily drained. The concrete
base has been a valuable adjunct in iron pole
construction on the Isthmus. It has served
not only to prevent rusting, but the pole
stands up under a greater strain, and, through
wet, marshy places, it has obviated an ex-
pensive system of bracing.
Gatun Dam Spillway.
Concrete was placed in the spillway of
Gatun Dam during the week ending January
28, as follows:
Central Division Unloaders in December.
Additional Police Station Facilities.
A subpolice station and jail will be estab-
lished at Golden Green, the native settlement
in the outskirts of Empire, and an unused
building belonging to the police department,
situated at Cerro near the Lirio planing mill,
where a post was formerly maintained, will
be moved to the site at Golden Green, which
is on Panama railroad land.
A new substation will also be established
at New Gatun, in the vicinity of the public
market, and a building, 16 by 22 feet in size,
similar to the police station at West Culebra,
will be erected by the Constructing Quarter-
master. The populous part of the village is
over one-half mile distant from the Gatun
police station, and a temporary place of
detention has been regarded as necessary on
account of the difficulty of marching prisoners
over the path along the Panama railroad
track, the only means of communication by
pedestrians between the two sections of the
An additional cell will be provided at the
Ancon jail by curtailing the dormitory space
formerly allotted to the colored police officers
on the first floor. It will be used for confining
colored prisoners, and will be considerably
larger than the other two cells in the building.
Postal Business and Canal Zone Revenues.
The report of the Director of Posts for the
month of December shows that 21,748 money
orders were issued, amounting to $473,032.41,
an increase of $38,126.86 over November.
Of the $473,032.41 issued^in December, the
sum of $372,049.57 was drawn payable in the
United States, $100,512.34 in orders payable
in the Canal Zone, and $470.50 in orders
payable in Martinique. The fees collected