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4.18


3.58


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2.68


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3.08


1.82


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1.24


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3.85


1.65


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2.96


1.31


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1.83


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2.21


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1.91


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4.58


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1.96


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7.29


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The average rainfall over the Isthmus for the month
of January was the least monthly rainfall of record
since the American occupation of the Canal Zone.



Found — One watch, which owner can have by iden-
tifying. Call at house No. 129, room No. 15, W. H.
Jones, Gorgona, C. Z.



WEATHER CONDITIONS


, CANAL ZONE. JANUARY, 1911.








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THE CANAL RECORD



Vol. IV., No. 24.



COMMISSION CLUBHOUSES.



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

CULEBRA.

Wm. Dubois met all comers in simultaneous chess on
Tuesday evening, January 31, playing J. F. Warner, F.
E. Sterns, E. A. Putnam, E. C. Bartlett, A. B. Goodenow.
Mr. Dubois won three games and lost two.

High scores in bowling for the week ending February
4 were made, as follows: Bigpins — Mengle, 203; Case,
211; Huttlemeier, 217, 213; Hall, 211. Duckpins —
Lindsay, 111; Mcllvaine, 100; Palmer, 101. Thetwo-
raan bowling tournament opened on Thursday evening,
February 2. Nine teams have entered.

A "smoker" will be given for the men of Culebra on
Friday evening, February 17. All the men of Culebra
are cordially invited.

The monthly "social" will be omitted for February,
because of the large number of other events scheduled.
Arrangements are being made for a special program for
the "social" on March 24.

EUPKB*

On February 5, members of the camera club went to
Pedro Miguel for the purpose of taking pictures. As
soon as the exhibition board is completed, the pictures
will be exhibited week by week.

On Tuesday evening, January 31, the Examination
of Accounts team took three bowling games from the
Cential Division in the local league, and on Thursday,
the machine shop took two out of three games from
Civil Administration. Thefollowing scores were made:



Central Division.

Hobbs 126 170 145

Koperski.... 136 163 153

Booth 170 146 172

Cohen 157 148 156

Potter 199 156 202



Examination of Accounts

Drake 178 156 168

V-Brooklyn 127 188 155
Johnson.. . 201 147 146
Bardelson. 192 189 210
Pearson. . . 178 155 152



Total 788 783 828

Civil Administration.

Davis 172 136 146

Pinney 152 144 136

Jones 145 139 127

GUvelli 133 148 !61

Goolsby 182 163 155



Total. . . 876 835 831
Machine Shop.
Gustavson. 151 146 137

Fretz 146 122 137

Anderson.. 141 136. . . .



Snyder. .
Edwards . .



171 152 143
165 189 188



Nelson 161



Total 784 730 725 i Total... 774 745 766

Outside of tournament games, the high score rolled
during the week in bigpins, was 212, by Reiman. In
duckpins, Henry made 104, Giavelli, 101, and Scull,
102,104. and 103.

Five members were added to the gymnasium class
last week. Members who join at this time get the bene-
fit of a full term's work.

On account of the absence of Mr. Wagg, the literary
society discussion on February 3. was led by Mr.
Brown, who took "Character building" as his subject.

The ladies' club will give an entertainment in the hall
on February 14.

There will be a moving picture entertainment on
Saturday, February 11.

Two new members were added to the Sunday morn-
ing Bible class last week. The class is taught by Mr.
Nellis.

The ladies of the Empire Christian League will hold
a sale of home baked foods at the clubhouse on Saturday i
February 1 1 , from 2 to 5 p. m.

GORGON A,

The following scores were made in a match game of
duckpins between the car department and the machi-
nists on Friday night, February 3: Machinists — 405,
384, 375. Car Department— 439. 434, 390.

The following 100, or over, scores were rolled in duck-
pins during the week ending Saturday, February
4: Davis, 100; R. Varenkamp, 109; Montgomery, 107,
101,107; Otis, 114. The following 200, or over, scores
were rolled in bigpins: Stewart, 212; Tretter, 216;
Gailliot, 221, 223; H. McConaughey. 214. 210, 206;
Bordt. 205; M. Varenkamp, 223; Stoehr, 207.

The discussion club on Wednesday. February 1, was
led by A. A. Nellis of Empire, topic, "Does the church
keep pace with modern industrial progress?"

The "Life problem" study club was led by Melville
Booz at the meeting on Friday night, Febraury 3.
All men are invited to these meetings which are held
every Friday night.

J. Selenkow will give an old-fashioned Punch and
Judy show in the clubhouse on February 14.

GATUN.

The Gatun Carnival Association was organized on
Thursday, February 2, with the following officers
President. Frank Gardner Smith; vice-president, A. O.
Ludwig; secretary-treasurer, F. J. Severy. The object
of the association is to hold a carnival at the clubhouse
in the first part of March. The various subcommittees
will be announced at the next meeting.

C. O. Purdy was elected leader of the "Life problem"
club which was organized on Wednesday evening, Feb-
uary 1. General Secretary Freeman was present and



addressed the meeting. The club decided to hold its
discussions every Sunday in the game room at 6.15
p. m. The officers of the club are: President, H. T.
Critchlow; vice-president, E. C. Ryle; secretary,
Frank J. Severy. Sixteen men were present on Feb-
ruary 5, when the "Value and choice of a life work"
was discussed.

The indoor baseball season opened on Monday,
February 6, when a large number of men appeared on
the gymnasium floor for practice. A team will be
selected in the near future for the coming interassocia-
tion tournament.

On Wednesday evening. February* &. a society for
literary work will be organized at the clubhouse. The
purpose of the society is to train men along the lines
of public debate, recitation, quotation, and parliamen-
tary rules. The various political and social questions
of the day will be debated and discussed. These meet-
ings will be held in the gymnasium.

A chess and checker club will be organized on Satur-
day evening, February 11. Members interested in
these games are invited to be present.

For the benefit of those who desire to continue the
study of Spanish, Mr. Kiernan will hold a Spanish
"conversacion" in the game room every Thursday night.
No charge will be made. The mechanical drawing class
is still open for beginners.

Much interest was shown in the two-man ragtime
bowling tournament which was held during January.
Following are the winners: First prize, gold medals,
W. L. Dalton and G. A. Barte, 570; second prize, silver
medals, Louis DePoorter and G. A. Barte, 569; third
prize, bronze medals, F. N. Bull and E. A. Wright, 569.
Mr. DePoorter won the tie against Wright and Bull.
Other scores of 550, or over, were as follows :Durand and
DeMoIl, 564; Kiernan and Wells. 562 ; Duryeaand Barte
561; C. R. Harrington and DeMoll, 555; Dillon and,
Barte, 555; Luckey and Barte, 551; Severn and Barte,
550.

CRISTOBAL.

Gorgona won the indoor baseball game played at
Cristobal on Saturday night, February 4, the score
being 12 to It. The batteries were: Gorgona — Weiser
and Ridge; Cristobal — Russell and McSparren.

A members' "smoker" will be held on Friday night.
February 10, in honor of the basketball team which
won the interassociation league championship for 1910.
Statistics will be read showing the standing and final
results. The Gatun team has been invited to attend.

Entries for the athletic meet to be held at Empire
on Washington's Birthday will close on February 10.
Cristobal expects to enter 15 men.

The pool and billiard match between Gatun and Cris-
tobal played on Saturday night, February 4, resulted
inGatun winningthree out of fivegames^andthematch.

Owing to the band concert to be given on Wednesday
night, February 1 , the "Life problem" club meeting will
be postponed until the next night, Thursday. The
leader will be H. L. Stuntz. Hereafter, Wednesday
night will be the regular meeting night of the club.

Two additional bowling alleys have been ordered for
the Cristobal clubhouse and will probably be ready for
use about March 1. Two alleys will be held for large
pins and two for duckpins, so that special matches may
be carried on simultaneously. Additional space for
spectators will also be arranged for.

PORTO BELLO.

Fifteen men have entered the pool tournament.
Each game consists of 100 points. All games must be
played by February 25. and a prize of a bath robe will be
awarded to the winner of the tournament. The follow-
ing men are entered: Beardsley, Bradley, Carpenter;
Elliott, Hays, Hill, Jackson, Millar, Ross. Thomson;
Tuttle, Wallen, Morrison, Morgan, and Humburg.

The standing in the checker tournament up to Feb-
ruary 4, is as follows :

Name. Played. Won. Lost.

Mackintosh 7 7

Arden 7 6 1

Fleckstein 5 4 1

Taylor, T 4 3 1

McDevitt 5 3 2

King 4 2 2

Jackson 3 1 2

Beardsley 5 5

Colberg .* . . 4 4

Rogers 3 3

Taylor, J. B 2 2

Bradley 2 2

Gordon 2 2

Tuttle 1 1

COROZAL.

The pool tournament that was to start on the first
of the month will begin on Saturday, February 11.
The men that desire to join should hand their names
to the secretary.

Gymnasium classes will be started soon. Shoes and
suits can be secured at the clubhouse.

The pressing club opened February 2. Rates are:
Four suits, SI. 50; two suits, $1; nonmember, one suit,
$1, in a period of 30 days.

The club has 104 members.



MOVEMENT OF OCEAN VESSELS.



The following Is a list of the sailings of the Panama
Railroad Steamship Company; of the Royal Mai! 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 CRISEOBAL.

Cristobal P. R. R. ..Thursday. ..Feb. 2

Allianca P. R. R.

Colon P. R. R.

Advance P. R. R.

Panama P. R. R.

Allianca P. R. R.

Colon P. R. R .

Advance P. R. R.

Panama P. R. R.

Allianca P. R. R .

Colon P. R. R .

Advance P. R. R .

Panama P. R. R.

Allianca P. R. R. .



.Saturday. . -Feb. 4

.Friday Feb. 10

.Thursday . . . Feb. 16
.Thursday... Feb. 23
.Wednesday. Mar. 1

.Tuesday Mar. 7

.Monday Mar. 13

.Saturday. . .Mar. '^

.Friilay Mai. 24

.Friday Mar. 31

.Thursday . .Apr. 6
.Wednesday .April 12
.Tuesday .. .April 18

CRISTOBAL TO NEW YORK.

P. R. R. ..Friday Feb. 10

. Thursday . . . Feb. 16
.Wednesday. Feb. 22

.Tuesday Feb. 28

.Tuesday Mar. 7

. Monday Mar. 13

.Sunday.. . .Mar. 19
.Saturday. ..Mar. 25

.Friday Mar. 31

.Thursday. ..Apr. 6
.Wednesday .April 12
.Tuesday. .. April 18



Panama

Allianca P. R. R. .

.Colon P. R. R . .

Advance P. R. R . .

Panama P. R. R. .

Allianca P. R. R. .

Colon P. R. R. .

Advance P. R. R. .

Panama P. R. R. .

Allianca P. R. R. .

Colon P. R. R. .,

Advance P. R. R. .

A fortnightly service of the Cristobal and Ancon 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.



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




.R. M. ..


. . Saturday .


.Feb.


IS


Sarnia


.H.-A....


. .Saturday.


Feb.


18


Metapan


.U. F. C.


.Thursday..


.Feb.


23


Prinz Joachim


..H.-A....


. .Saturday.


.Feb.


25


Tagus


.R. M. ..


.Saturday.


. Mar.


4


Sibiria ,


.H.-A....


.Saturday.


.Mar


4


COLON TO NEW


YORK.






Metapan


.U.F. C.


.Thursday .


..Feb.


9


Prinz Joachim


.H.-A....


. .Tuesday.


.Feb.


14


Zacapa


. .U. F. C.


. -Thursday.


. . Feb.


16




..R. M...




. . Feb.


20


Sibiria


..H.-A....


. .Tuesday. .


.Feb.


21


Almirante


. .U. F. C.


. .Thursday.


.Feb.


21


Prinz Aug. Wilhelm.


..H.-A....


. .Tuesday. .


..Feb


28


Santa Marta


.U. F. C.


. Thursday. .


-Mar.


2


NEW ORLEANS TO


COLON.






Cartago


.U.F. C.


. Wednesday . Feb.


1


Turrialba


.U. F. C.


.Saturday.


.Feb.


4


Parismina


.U. F. C.


. Wednesday . Feb.


8


Abangarez


.U. F. C.


.Saturday.


.Feb.


11


Heredia


.U. F. C.


. . Wednesday . Feb.


15


Atenas


.U. F. C.


.Saturday. .


.Feb.


IS


Cartago


.U. F. C.


. ..Wednesday. Feb.


22


COLON


TO NEW ORLEANS.






Atenaa


.U. F. C.


.Thursday.


.Feb.


9


Cartago


.U. F. C.


.Thursday.


.Feb.


9


Turrialba


.U. F. C.


. Thursday.


.Feb.


16


Parismina


. U. F. C .


.Thursday.


.Feb.


In


Abangarez


.U. F. C.


.Thursday. .


.Feb.


23


Heredia


.U.F. C.


. Thursday .


.Feb.


23


Atenas


.U.F. C.


. .Thursday.


.Mar.


2



COLON TO BARBADOS, CALLING AT TRINIDAD.

Orotava R. M Tuesday Feb, H .

The next sailing of the Leyland Line will be as fol-
lows: Memphian on or about February 18, for New
Orleans via Kingston, Ja.

Ham burg- American steamers leave for New York
every Tuesday at 10 a. m.; for Jamaica every fortnight,
connecting there with steamers for all points in 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
Llmon and Puerto Barrios on Thursday at 4 p. m.,
and for New York on Thursday at 11 a. m.

Sailings of the French line (Cie Generate Transatlan-
tlque) for Venezuelan ports, Martinique and Guade-
loupe on the 3d and 20th of each month.



CANAL




RECORD



Volume IV.



ANCON, CANAL ZONE, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1911.



No. 25.



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
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Railroad Company whose names are on the gold roll.
Extra copies and back numbers can be obtained from the
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cents each.



Address all Communications

THE CANAL RECORD

Ancon, Canal Zone,

Isthmus of Panama.
No communication, either for publication or requesting
information, wit', receive attention unless signed with the
full name and address of the writer.

NOTES OF PROGRESS.



A Dry Season Freshet.
A freshet in the Chagres River on February
12 and 13 delayed work in the Chagres section
of the Central Division. The rise in the river
was quite unexpected, coming as it did in the
middle of the dry season. The record of the
freshet for the principal river stations, follows:



z


Rise began.


Crest of


rise.












Range.










Feet.




Time. : Eleva-


Time.


Eleva-




tion.




tion.






Feb. 12.


Feb. 12.






Vigia . . .


1.30 p.m. 126.2


10.00 p.m.


145.5


19.3


Alha'la.


3.00 p. m. 92.7


11.00 p. m.
Feb. 13.


105.5


12.8


Gamboa


5.00 p. m. 45.6


3.00 a. m.


5S.3


12.7


Gatun. .


■ 10.00 p.m. 13.1


3.00 p. m.


15.7


2.6



The crest of the flood passed Bohio at 10
a. m., February 13, and the following maxi-
mum elevations are reported: Gorgona, 53.4;
San Pablo, 41.0; Tabernilla, 35.1; and Bohio,
21.1; at Gatun Lake the rise was only 2.6
feet.

The discharge at Alhajuela previous to the
beginning of the flood was 1,400 cubic feet
per second; the maximum discharge eight
hours later was 38,500 cubic feet per second.
Only one freshet is recorded for the month
of February reaching a greater height at
Gamboa, that of February 1, 1909 — elevation
64.8. Only three times during the whole of
the year of 1910 was a greater elevation of
the river recorded at this station — May, 61.90;
August. 60.35; and December, 64.50.

The rainfall producing the freshet was near-
ly all in the headwaters of the Chagres River,
and above Alhajuela. The storm passed
southerly across the Isthmus, and was prob-
ably most severe in the extreme upper branches
of the river. From 5 p. m., February 11, to
5 p. m., February 12, the following rates of
rainfall are reported: Porto Bello, 3.67
inches; Alhajuela, 0.98 inches; El Yigia, 1.13
inches; Gamboa, 0.03 inches.

In the section of the Central Division
between Gatun and Gamboa, work was sus-
pended on February 13 and 14, except at



Chagrecito, where the two steam shovels were
not flooded. Eight steam shovels digging
near Gorgona were inundated, as were three
orange peel dredges. The trestle bridge at
Gorgona was damaged. The shovels, forced
to suspend until the water subsides, were ex-
cavating about 10,000 cubic yards a day. All
the shovels will resume digging this week.



Swanip Land at Balboa to be Reclaimed.

The swamp lying between Ancon and
Sosa Hills, and bounded on the north by the
Panama railroad track, will be filled by the
Central Division, which will use the area,
about 68 acres, for a dump for material from
Culebra Cut. The land will be brought up
to the grade of the railroad tracks, which will
require an average fill of between five and six
feet. It is estimated that about 930,000
cubic yards of material will be required to
make the fill. The land thus reclaimed will
be freed immediately from the menace of
mosquito breeding, and in the future will be
valuable for building purposes. A channel
will be dredged through the toes of the old
Sosa-Corozal dam into the terminal basin
proposed for the Pacific end of the Canal, so
that the drainage may pass into the basin.



Slide on East Bank of Culebra Cut.

About 10 o'clock on the night of February
9, a section of the east bank of the Canal
1,100 feet in length, opposite the V. M. C. A.
clubhouse at Culebra, broke away and settled
almost vertically for a distance of about 30
feet, carrying away the berm below it on the
135-foot level, and displacing laterally this
berm and all material west of it up to the
pioneer drainage cut, which was almost com-
pletely closed. The berm on the 135-foot
level, below the break, varied in width from
about 20 feet at the south end to 100 feet in
the middle of the break, and 50 feet on the
north limit of the break. All loose or broken
material lying above this berm had been en-
tirely cleared away by steam shovel only a
few days previously.

The entire amount of material in motion
aggregates about 550,000 cubic yards, of
which about 375.000 cubic yards lay outside
of the theoretical slope of the Canal and about
175,000 cubic yards within the theoretical
limit of the Canal prism. In addition to the
material now in motion, as stated above, from
50,000 to 75,000 cubic yards of moving clay
will have to be removed from the upper level
on the east bank, connecting the shovel cuts
thus made with the old French 90-meter level.

The season since December 27 has been
unusually dry, less than one-quarter of an
inch of rain having fallen since that date, and
the material in motion, as a consequence, was
almost perfectly dry'- There had not been
any drill holes loaded with dynamite fired
along the east bank in the vicinity of this
break for about 10 months, the little blasting
done in this vicinity being confined solely to



"dobeying," or breaking up, of pieces of rock
brought down in the preceding slides.

A steam shovel, a coal train with its loco-
motive, and two trains of Lidgerwood flats,
without locomotives, were caught in the slide,
but all have been extricated. All four of the
tracks east of the center pioneer cut were
carried away, but two of them were restored
and ready for operation of trains Friday after-
noon. The pioneer cut was filled up, but a
pump was installed to the north, and, it is
expected, no inconvenience from this source
will be experienced.

The 550,000 cubic yards estimated for the
slide of February 9, added to the yardage of
the slides that have occurred since July, 1910,
do not exceed the total of 6,104,000 cubic
yards allowed for slides in the Central Divi-
sion in the revised estimate of total excava-
tion made at that time; nor will the added
excavation increase the estimate of cost of
excavation in the Central Division made in
October, 1908.



Removal of Culebra Hotel.

On account of the breaks in the ground
under the hotel at Culebra, indicating that
the building is within the limits of the
slide on the west side of Culebra Cut at
that village, it has been decided to tear down
the annex to the hotel, and from the material
to build a mess hall on some site removed from
the region of slides. This mess hall will be a one
story structure large enough to accommodate
the white bachelor employes now at Culebra.
It will be ready for use, and will be moved
into, as soon as the slide develops to an extent
that will make further occupancy of the present
hotel undesirable.



Consolidating Stores.
The storehouse near Las Cascadas, and the
small supply house at Empire, formerly main-
tained by the Central Division, will be aban-
doned, and the stock therein transferred to
the storehouses of the Quartermaster's De-
partment at those points, from which the Cen-
tral Division will draw its supplies for the
work in the vicinity, in future. A list of
supplies, including lubricants and spare parts,
required to be carried in the storehouse at
Las Cascadas, will be furnished the Quarter-
master's Department. The storehouse car
near Juan Grande, the storehouse at Bas
Obispo, and the storehouse car in the Cut
between Culebra and Cucaracha will be
maintained by the Central Division until the
steam shovel work in those neighborhoods
has been completed.

Freight Transportation for Gatun River Natives.
It has been customary for the natives liv-
ing along the upper Gatun River to bring
bananas, and other fruits and produce, to
Gatun by boat. The recent closing of the
river, near Mitchellville on the Panama rail-
road relocation, has shut off this traffic, com-
pelling the natives to follow the railroad



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right-of-way into Gatun, and to carry their
produce on foot, or pack it on a pony. In-
asmuch as only a few own ponies, and, in
order" to relieve the people of any hardship
caused by the closing of the Gatun River to
navigation, the railroad company has been
authorized to transport their market produce
to Gatun, and to carry back for them, free