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8:00


1
1
1

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1


Cu. Yds.
20
18
12
15
33
10


Cu. Yds.

1,060
894
813

1,052
986

1.023


Total, . .
Previously


2,596


60:08


2


2.371


144:25


3.33


700


49:50


1


108
2,915


*5,828
118,950


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3,023


124.778



•The amount of concrete laid by hand, which is included in the total for each day, was as follows: January 30th^
7 yards; January 31st. 9 yards; February 1st, 8 yards; February 2d, 9 yards; February 3d, 11 yards; February.
4th, 9 yards; total, 53 yards.



Ftbruary 8, 1911.



THE CANAL RECORD



187



EXECUTIVE ORDER.



To Create a Land Office for the Canal Zone and
for Other Purposes.

By virtue of the authority vested in me,
I hereby establish the following Order for the
Canal Zone:

Section 1. A Land Office for the Canal
Zone is hereby created under the jurisdiction
of the Department of Law, and subject to
the superior direction of the Chairman and
Chief Engineer. The Land Office shall be in
charge of an official to be known as Land
Agent.

Section 2. The papers, maps, records, and
other documents relating to the lands owned
or controlled by the United States in the
Canal Zone, and the lands auxiliary to the
Canal in the Republic of Panama outside of
the Canal Zone, when not otherwise provided
by law, shall be kept in the Land Office in
the care and custody of the Land Agent, un-
der such rules and regulations as the Isth-
mian Canal Commission may establish from
time to time.

Section 3. It shall be the duty of the Land
Agent to render assistance to the Head of
the Department of Law in all matters rela-
ting to the investigation of land claims and
land titles; and, under the direction of that
officer, he shall have the supervision of Gov-
ernment lands to prevent unauthorized in-
trusions thereon; and shall perform such
other duties as may be assigned to him in ac-
cordance with law. He shall have such assist-
ants and other help as may be authorized by
the Chairman and Chief Engineer.

Section 4. The Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion may adopt rules and regulations for the
government of the Land Office in conformity
with this Order and not inconsistent with the
Executive Order of October 7, 1910, entitled
"Executive Order. To prescribe the manner
of leasing public lands in the Canal Zone."

Section 5. The Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion is hereby authorized to enter into an ar-
rangement with the Panama Railroad Com-
pany to consolidate the said company's
Land Office with the Land Office hereby cre-
ated, and by which the papers, maps, rec-
ords, and other documents affecting the Pan-
ama Railroad Company's lands in the Canal
Zone and the Republic of Panama may be
transferred to the Land Office created by this
Order, there to be kept in the custody of the
Land Agent for the use and benefit of the
railroad company; and the arrangement so
made may provide that the work now done
by the personnel in the Panama Railroad
Company's Land Office, including land sur-
veys and investigation of land claims, may
be done by the Government Land Agent and
other personnel of the Canal Commission.

The arrangement hereby authorized shall
be effected upon such terms, in respect to
reimbursement and other compensation from
the Panama Railroad Company to the Com-
mission, as may be agreed upon by the Isth-
mian Canal Commission, and the Panama
Railroad Company.

Section 6. This Order shall take effect
thirty days from and after this date.

Wm. H. Taft.
The White House,

January 19, 1911.

[No. 1286.]



Repairs to Steel Dump Cars.
Maj. T. C. Dickson, A. L. Robinson, Ad.
Faure, and A. E. Bronk have been appointed



a committee to consider and recommend the
method to be followed by the Mechanical
Division in charging the different divisions
for repairs to steel dump cars, and, if it is
deemed advisable, to include a recommenda-
tion in regard to charging for repairs to
wooden fiat cars.



Accident to Labor Train.

An accident occurred to the Pacific Division
labor train about 6.30 a. m., Wednesday,
February 1, resulting in fatal injuries to
three employes, and more or less serious in-
juries to 14 others. The dead are: Jorge
Ortega, Panamanian, check No. 114161,
aged 21, single, who was fireman on the en-
gine hauling the train; Marco Rodriguez,
Panamanian, check Xo. 115259, aged 19,
single, laborer: Fitz Phillips, Barbadian,
check No. 113925, aged 32, married, laborer.
Three American employes, A. Goulstone,
conductor of the train, J. A. Burrows, and
Eli Sims sustained minor injuries. The acci-
dent took place east of and near the south end
of the lower lock at Mirafiores, where a spur
joins a track extending along the east bank of
the locks. The switch was turned, so that
the train took the spur, instead of continuing
on the main track, and collided with a train
of sand cars. A number of the employes were
riding between the labor cars, and when the
impact occurred, some of them fell and re-
ceived injuries as above mentioned. The
damage to rolling equipment was slight.



Pacific Division Sand Deliveries.

The reports of sand shipped from Balboa
during the months of December, 1910, and
January, 1911, show total deliveries of 42,420,
and 41,130 cubic yards, respectively. The
distribution in detail for each month is, as
follows:

December, 1910.



Destination.


Number
of Cars.


Cubic
Yards.


Pacific Division


2.776
23
4
6
4
4


41.640
345




95




150
100




90






Total


2,817


42.420







January. 1911.



Destination.


No. of
Cars.


Cubic
Yards.




2,674
3
38
1
5
3
6


40,110


Atlantic Division

Central Division


75
580

25
125


Panama Railroad Company

Miscellaneous (Private individuals)


75
140


Total


2,730


41,130



Fire at Paraiso Bridge.

The Panama railroad bridge at Paraiso
caught fire about 1.30 o'clock on the afternoon
of February 7, and several bents in the trestle
were burned or damaged. Traffic over the
bridge, which was temporarily interrupted,
was resumed at noon on February 8.



Missing Men.

Any one having information regarding the
whereabouts of John C. Sotherton, who is
supposed to be on the Isthmus, will please
communicate with the Director of Posts,
Ancon, C. Z.

Any one having information regarding the
whereabouts of William Patterson, who left



the service of the Isthmian Canal Commission
on August 10, 1910, is requested to communi-
cate with the office of The Canal Record.

Any one having information regarding the
whereabouts of Paul Hoefler, who is supposed
to have come to the Isthmus of Panama in
May of last year, is requested to communicate
with J. H. Hoefler, LaGrange, Ky.



Sailings of Coastwise Ships to New Orleans.

Commencing with the Cartago, sailing from
Colon on February 9, the United Fruit Com-
pany's coastwise steamers calling at Port
Limon and Puerto Barrios, en route to New
Orleans, will sail from Colon at 4 p. m., instead
of 5 p. m., as heretofore.

Porto Bello Crusher.

A statement of the work done at Porto
Bello crusher, by days, for the week ending
February 4, follows:

Date.



January 30
January 31
February 1
February 2
February 3
February 4

Total . . .



Hours


Cubic


worked.


Yards.


8:31


3.531


7:37


2,837


6:39


2,674


7:30


3,012


6:44


3,012


7:15


3.514



44:16



Ancon Crusher.

A statement of rock crushed-at Ancon quarry
for the week ending January 28, follows:



Date.



Hours
worked.



January 23
January 24
January 25
January 26
January 27
January 28

Total . . .



8:05
8:55
8:45
8:55
8:35
7:05



50:20



Cubic
Yards.



2,434
3,217
3.088
2,892
2,786
2,894



17.311



Convicted of Embezzlement.

The trial of Bernard L. Kearney, on the
charge of embezzling Canal Zone post-office
funds, while postmaster at San Pablo, was
held in the Circuit Court of the Second
Judicial Circuit at Empire, on Tuesday,
February 7. He was found guilty and will
be sentenced on Tuesday, February 14.

Stages of the Chagres.

Maximum heights of the Chagres River for the week
ending midnight, Saturday, February 4, 1911. Ail
heights are in feet above mean sea level:







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126.1


92.7


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13.3


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126.0


92.6


45.5


13.2


13.2


Tues.'Jan. 31.. .


126.0


92.6


45.4


13.2


13.2


Wed. Feb. 1....


126.0


92.6


45.4


13.1


13.1


Thurs. Feb. 2 . .


126.0


92.6


45.5


13.1


13.1


Fri. Feb. 3


125.9


92.5


45.4


13.0


13.0


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125.9


92.5


45.3


13.0


13.0


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 February 15, 1911
(75th meridia n time) :



Date.



High. Low.



February 9 . .

February 10.
February 1 1 .
February 1 2 .
February 13 .
February 14.
February 15 .



A.M.



12.12
1.28
2.30
3.28

4. IS



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5.35

6.45
7.53
8.52
9.45
10.30



5.00 | 11.15



High. ' Low.



A.M.
11.45
P. M.
1.05
2.12
3.10
4.00
4.45
5.27



P. M.
6.10

7.20
8.25
9.20
10.10
11.00
11.40



188



THE CAN'AjL RECORD



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The canal record



189



PERMANENT CANAL BRIDGE.



Board Recommends a Structure of the Arch Type
Over the Cut at Empire.

The b »a d consisting of Lieut.-Col. H. F.
Hodges chairman; Lieut.-Col. D. D. Gail-
lard, Mr. H. H. Rousseau, Mr. J. A. Smith,
and Lieut. Frederick Mears, members, ap-
pointed to consider nd report on the matter
of a permanent combined railway and high-
way bridge over the Canal, has made its re-
port and recommendation. The board was
unanimous in the opinion that a bridge,
which shall not interfere with navigation, is
necessary and desirable, and should be built,
providing the cost does not exceed a reason-
able amount; and that only the high, fixed
type of bridge should be considered, with a
clearance sufficient to accommodate the lar-
gest steam vessels in existence, and the largest
sailing vessels with lowered top masts. While
the board had no complete data before it
regarding the height of vessels, it had, how-
ever, information that a height of 135 feet
at high tide is considered sufficient for the
bridges in New York Harbor, this height di-
minishing to about 118 feet at the shores of
the river. The height of the largest steam
vessels afloat, viz., the Olympic and Titanic,
measured from the keel to the top of the
smokestack is 175 feet. The least draft will
be about 25 feet, so that the height of 150
feet would accommodate all the necessarily
fixed parts of these vessels. For the purpose
of estimate and recommendation, the board
assumed as necessary, a clear height of 175
feet above a lake level of 87 feet.

The most suitable location for a bridge of
the high, fixed type was regarded by the
board to be in the neighborhood of the ex-
isting suspension bridge at Empire. Here,
connection can be obtained with the relocated
line of the Panama railroad; the old line of
the Panama railroad on the west side of the
Cut; and also, with the projected line to
David, if the last named be built in the loca-
tion that has been surveyed for it. A suit-
able foundation can be found, and, it is be-
lieved, owing to the character of the rock,
which will stand at a steep slope, a minimum
length of span can be secured. The location
favored is a crossing either just north, or
south, of the present temporary' suspension
bridge, and at right angles to the axis of the
Canal.

To assist the board in its consideration of
the type of bridge to be recommended, two
designs were prepared, one for a cantilever
truss, and the other for a plate girder arch
structure, which should have sufficient length
to span the entire width of the Canal with
the desired clearance, and with sufficient
margin on each side of the edge of the Cut to
insure the safety of the abutments; the ap-
proaches to be on embankments, with one or
more spans next to the abutment, in order to
avoid bringing the fill too close to the edge of
the Cut. The designs provided a superstruc-
ture which should carry a railroad about 16
feet wide, a roadway of about the same width,
and one or more footwalks, each about six
feet wide, the bridge to be constructed to
carry standard railway and highway loads.

The members of the board recorded them-
selves in favor of the plate girder arch struc-
ture. It was believed that while this may
be found more difficult to erect than the can-
tilever, there is less exposed metal requiring



prese -v-Mon, and it will be stiffer and more
satis! acrory after completion.

In conclusion, the report stated that final
selection o( design, or definite decision as to
details should not be made until after careful
estimates fuivc been worked out along the
different lines that have been proposed, or
that may hereafter suggest themselves, but
recommends that a bridge of the arch type be
constructed.



Safety Measures for Labor Trains.

Owing to the practice of jumping on and off
labor trains when they are in motion, and the
menace to life and limb caused by employes
riding on the roofs and platforms of cars,
together with the fact that these trains have
been used to a considerable extent by nonem-
ployes, the transportation committee has
recommended that sign boards be placed on
all labor trains, with the following warning
printed both in English and Spanish: "For
employes only. Passengers must remain in-
side of cars and not get on or off train while
it is in motion. Offenders will be prosecuted."
The Counsel of the Commission has been re-
quested to draft an executive order prohibiting
unauthorized persons from jumping on and
off moving trains, as the Canal Zone laws do
not contain such a provision. In addition to
these precautions, an extra car has been
authorized placed on labor trains, where
crowded conditions exist.



Additional School Faculties.

A building of American construction, near
Rio Grande, formerly used by the Central
Division as a timekeeping office, has been
transferred to Pedro Miguel, and is being
reerected there as a schoolhouse for colored
children. No provision has hitherto been
made toward educating colored children in
that settlement, and it is estimated that
there are now about 50 children of school age.

The erection of^a schoolbuilding at Bas
Obispo, and its transfer up the Chagres River,
by raft, to Cruces, has been successfully ac-
complished, and the building is now occupied.
It stands near the church, and both buildings
will be above the high water level when Gatun
Lake is filled, although a portion of the town
will be inundated.



Civil Service Examinations.

Examinations will be held, probably on
March 5, for the positions of stenographer
and typewriter and of typewriter in the Isth-
mian Canal Service. Examination for clerk