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Brown. C. R. Harrington. A. J. McLean, G. A. Barte.



F. H. Wang, Chas. Berg, V. Kerrnisb L. Crowell, and
E. DolHver.

The executive committee of the G.< un Carnival
Association met on Friday evening, Febru. ry 10. The
tentative dates for the carnival are March 15. 16 and 17.
A meeting of the association will be held on Thursday
night, February' 16.

A departmental bowling league is being organized.
It is probable that the team 1 - will represent the civil
engineers, timekeepers, tran- poitation men, concrete
foremen, wood form men, draughtsmen, district quart-
ermaster, and cableway men.

W. H. Green won a Gatun pennant for the single high
score for tenpins for the month of January*. 1911.

Gatun won two out of three bowling games, and also
the total pinfall in the match with Empire on Saturday
night, February 11.

A handicap duckpin tournament will be started on
February 20.

A large number of the members met on Wednesd; y,
February 8, and formed a debating club. E. C. Soule
was elected temporary' chairman, and W. H. Brown
temporary secretary- An executive committee was ap-
pointed to draw up a constitution and by-laws. Thom-
as Walsh, business agent for Glenn Curtiss, gave a talk
on modern aviation. A number of photographs of re-
cent flights were then exhibited. The club will meet on
Wednesday evening of each week.

E. C. Howe of Washington, D. C, will give an illus-
trated lecture on "Florida and the Everglades" on
Saturday night, February 18. No admission will be
charged.

The Gorgona Dramatic Society will give a play at
the Gatun clubhouse on Monday, February' 27.

Twenty-one men listened to C. O. Purdy's address to
the "Life Problem Club", on Sunday. February' 12. A
discussion on "Preparation of a life work" followed.

CRISTOBAL.

In the local duckpin tournament the following games
were played during the week ending February 11:



Miscellaneous.

Morrell 79

Furlong 95

Blackburn ... 84

Rabbitt 89

Herring 118



Total 465 425 402

Commissary-Subsistence.

Herrington.. 83 75 90

Thompson. . 83 94 82

DeCora 85 81 79

French 81 92 90

Bullard 87 94 94



Dry Dock.
Claherty... 78 81
Wheeler... 80 80
Rosteck... 76 77

Gibson 93 108

Adams 80 93



91
73
74
84
85



Total ... 407 439 407
Quartermaster's

Barrett.... 89 87 86

Jacques. . . 76 80 94

Hess 75 76 69

Howard. . . 113 106 80

Louch 90 89 86



Total 419 436 435

Miscellaneous.

Morrell 84 81 82

Furlong 96 80 78

Grover 81 79

Rabbitt 72 99 75

Herring 86 82 98

Blackburn 86



Total.. . 443 438 415
Quartermaster's.

Barrett.... 96 86 84

Jacques... 93 83 99

Hess 87 78 80

Howard. . . 100 76 76

Louch 68 82 91



Total 419 421 419 Total... 444 405 430

The following scores were made during the month of
January: Bigpins — Blackburn, 247; greatest number of
games rolled. Furlong, 104; high average for the month.
Louch, 171.8. Duckpins — High score, Louch, 113;
greatest number of games rolled, Gibson 36; High aver-
age, Louch. 91.6.

A vaudeville show will be given on Friday night,
February 24. Tickets will be on sale on Monday.
February 20. at 7 p. m.

Fifteen men and six boys have entered the track meet
to be held at Empire on February 22. J. H. Weller
was elected captain of the track team at a meeting held
on Tuesday, February 7.

The first series of topics of the "Life Problem" club
was finished during the week ending February 1 1. under
the leadership of H. L. Stuntz. The next series will
begin on Wednesday, February 22, under the leader-
ship of Judge Thos. E. Brown. Jr., who takes for his
subjects, "Friends." "Clubs." "Social amusements."
"The city'.' "The family," and "The church."



Supplies for Canal Work.

The following steamers, with supplies for the Isth-
mian Canal Commission, arrived at the ports of
Cristobal, Colon and Balboa during the weeks ending
February 4 and 11. 1911:

Aztec, January 29, from San Francisco, with 31 crates
stovepipe for stock.

Queen Wilhelmina, January 30, from New York, with
14,077 barrels cement for Atlantic Division; 56,292
bags cement for Pacific Division.

Sarnin, January 30, from New York, with 50 cases
paint , 1 36 cases blasting caps for stock.

Atcnas, February 2, from New Orleans, with 201
bundles car parts for Mechanical Division; 75,129
feet yellow pine lumber. 1 .043 bales prairie hay for stock.

Metapan. February 2, from New York, with 21 crates



wooden handles, 60 bundles turnbuckles, 75 kegs boat
spikes, 50 bundles steel bars, 29 pieces steel plate for
stock.

Panama, February 3, from New York, with 25 pack-
ages pump parts, 91 packages dredge parts, 34 reels
wire rope. 17 cases rubber dredge sleeves. 16 cases elec-
trical machinery for Atlantic Division; 1 1 pieces cast-
ings, 19 cases castings for Central Division; 40 carboys
acid, 1 ambulance for Sanitary Department; 16 pack-
ages carborundum wheels. 15 crates meat blocks, 63
cases enamel ware. 389 kegs rivets. 39 bales wool waste,
311 kegs bolts. 75 cases bolts. 72 cases air brake parts,
13 cases incandescent lamps for stock; and a miscella-
neous cargo, the whole consisting of 1,508 packages,
weighing 391 tons.

Snested, February 6, from Baltimore, with 809 tons
lock construction material for Atlantic Division; 360
tons lock construction material. 630 tons steel rods and
bars. 5 cases glass for Pacific Division; 220 pieces mal-
leable iron castings for Mechanical Division; 224 tons
steel bars, angles, etc.. 60 cases steel shafting, 630 bun-
dles galvanized pipe. 51 cases glass, 250 cases turpentine.
667 pieces sewer pipe for stock.

Musician, February* 6, from Liverpool, with 6 coils
wire lope. 1 case springs for Pacific Division.

Turrialha, February 9, from New Orleans, with 12
crates concrete machinery for Pacific Division; 20 bun-
dles car repair parts for Mechanical Division; 25,837
feet B. M. yellow pine lumber. 3 crates track levels for
stock.

Zacapa, February 10, from New York, with 40 cases
scrub brushes. 160 bundles handles. 45 crates tool nan-
dies, 122 pieces steel angles, 3,539 sacks oats for stock.

Cristobal. February* 10. from New York, with 23.770
barrels cement for Atlantic Division; 116,600 bags
cement for Pacific Division.

AUianca, February 10, from New York, with 29
pieces castings, 4 reels wire rope for Atlantic Division;
25 packages electrical material for Atlantic and Pacific
Divisions; 11 cases machinery for Pacific Division;
1,12J pieces castings for Mechanical Division; 375
cases glassware, 32 cases drugs and sundries for Sanitary
Department; 34 cases drill parts, 20 pieces chain. 7
casks chain, 30 crates iron valves. 526 pigs lead, 307
kegs bolts, 104 cases bolts, 106 kegs rivets. 34 barrels
rosin. 48 crates ranges. 83 bundles corn brooms for
stock; and a miscellaneous cargo, the whole consisting
of 2,513 packages, weighing 264 tons.

OFFICIAL CIRCULAR.

Standard Envelopes.
Culebra. C. Z.. February 11. 1911,
Circular No. 366-a:

1. The standard sizes of envelopes for use of the
Isthmian Canal Commission and of the Panama Rail-
road Company shall be as follows:

No. White. Size.

6* 3|x 6h

9k 4ix 9k

Manila.

6* 3? x 6?

9i A\ x 9k

111 5 x 11*

12} 9} x 12{

15 10 x 15

2. On envelopes for the Isthmian Canal Commission,
one form of printing shall be used for all departments
and divisions. In the upper left hand corner: "Isth-
mian Canal Commission. Canal Zone — Official Busi-
ness;" in the upper right hand corner: The penalty
stamp.

3. The printing of addresses on envelopes shall be
discontinued. For this purpose the Depot Quarter-
master has been authorized to furnish, on requisition,
rubber stamps containing the names and addresses of
the departments and divisions desired.

4. All departments and divisions of the Isthmian
Canal Commission using memorandum letter heads
shall use a stock form (C. E. 292-d), printed on 8x5 J
paper of the same quality as the regular letter head
(C. E, 292-a), and put up in pads of 50 sheets each.

H. F. Hodges,
Acting Chairman, Isthmian Canal Commission.
Second Vice-President, Panama Railroad Company.

Tide Table.

The following table shows the time of high and low
tides at Panama for the week ending February 22, 1911.
(75th meridian time) :



Date.



February 16.

February 17 .
February 18 .
February 19 .
February 20.
Februaiy 21 .



12.23
1.05
1.47
2.30
3.17
February 22 4.10



Low.



A. M.



High. Low. High.



A. M.
5.45

6.25
7.05
7.45
8.25
9.10
10.10



M.

12.00

P. M.

12.40

1.20

2.05

2.45

3.35

4.40



P.M.
6.07

6.45
7.23
8.00
S.42
9.30
10.25



200



THE CANAL RECORD



Vol. IV., JVo. 25.



COMMISSARY DEPARTMENT.



Commissaries Closed on Washington's Birthday.

Cristobal, C. Z.. February 15, 1911.
Circular No. 269:

This store will be closed on Washington's Birthday,
Wednesday, February 22, 1911.

Patrons will be guided accordingly in placing their
orders.

John Burke, Manager.
Approved: Eugene T. Wilson, Subsistence Officer.



The hours during which commissaries are open are
as follows:

Cristobal and Culebra, 8 a. m. to 12.30 p. m.; 2 p. m.
to 7 p. m.

All other commissaries. 8 a. m. to 1 p. m.; 3 p.m. to
7 p. m.



Retail prices of cold storage provisions for the week
beginning February 10.

FRESH MEATS.

Price.

Mutton — Stewing, per pound 6

Shoulder, neck trimmed off, (4 lbs. and

over) , per pound <

Entire forequarter (not trimmed) 10

pounds and over, per pound 8

Leg, (8 to 10 pounds), per pound. . . 17

Cutlets, per pound 18

Short cut chops, per pound 20

Lamb— Stewing, per pound 6

Entire forequarter, neck trimmed off,

per pound 9

Leg (5 to 8 pounds), per pound 20

Chops, per pound 24

Cutlets, per pound 24

Veal — Stewing per pound 8

Shoulder for roasting (net under 4

pounds) . per pound 1 2 £

Loin for roasting, per pound 19

Chops, per pound 24

Cutlets, per pound 28

Pork cuts, per pound 16

Beef — Suet, per pound 2

Soup, per pound 5

Stew, per pound 8

Corned, per pound 12. 14. 16

Chuck roast, (3 pounds and over), per

pound 12

Pot roast, per pound 12$

Rib roa3t. second cut (not under 3J

pounds) . per pound 16

Rib roast, first cut (not under 3 pounds).

per pound 18

Sirloin roast, per pound 19

Rump roast, per pound 19

Porterhouse roast, per pound 20

Steak, Chuck , per pound 1 2 $

Round, per pound 13

Rib, per pound 18

Sirloin, per pound 19

Rump, per pound 19

Porterhouse (not less than 1 Jibs.)

per pound 20

Tenderloin (Western) per pound . 24

Tenderloin (Native) per pound. . 30

MISCELLANEOUS.



Liver*— Beef, per pound

Call, each

Half, each

Sausage — Pork, per pound

Bologna, per pound

Frankfurter, per pound

Lieberwurst, per pound

Sweet bread — Veal, per pound 1.20



7
60
30
IS
10
12
10



Beef, per pound.

Eggs, fresh, dozen

J dozen only

Bluefish, fresh, per pound

Cod, fresh, per pound

Halibut, fresh, per pound

Oysters, In 1-qt. kegs, keg



25

*29

*16

16

10

15

50

POULTRY AND GAME.

Chickens — Fancy roasting, large, each 1.25

medium, each 1.00

Fowls, each 60, 70, 80, 90, 1 00

Ducks, large, each 1 30

medium, each 1.10

60
28
35
40



Broilers, each.

Turkeys, per pound

Squabs, each

Rabbits, dressed, each.

Pheasants, each 70, 1.00

Partridges, each 50

Grouse, each 85



CURED AND PICKLED MEATS.



Ham— English York Cut, per pound

German. Westphalia, per pound

Sugar cured, per pound

Sliced, per pound

Half, for boiling, per pound

Boiled, per pound

Hocks, per pound

Picnic, Winchester, per pound

Bacon — Breakfast, whole piece, per pound

Breakfast, sliced, per pound

Beef, salt, family, per pound

Pork, salt, family, per pound

Ox tongues, each

Pigs' feet, per pound

Tongues, per pound



30
36
18
20
19
25

:o8

15
23
24
9*
14
75
09
14



Price.

Sliced Bacon in 1-lb tins, per tin 30

In 1 -lb jars, per jar 30

DAIRY PRODUCTS-

Butter — Creamery special, per pound *32

Cheese — Roquefort, per pound 38

Philadelphia Cream, cake 10

Young America, per pound 20

Swiss, per pound 26

Edam, each 1.00

Camembert, in large tins, tin 38

Camembert, in small tins, tin 14

Neufchatel, each 6

Gouda, per pound 34

Milk (Inspected or cei tified) per bottle **25

(Pasteurized), bottle **18

Buttermilk, bottle. **15

Ice cream, quart 125

Ice cream. J-gallon 150

VEGETABLES AND FRUITS.

Beets, per pound 3

Celery, per head 6

Carrots, per pound 3

Cabbage, per pound 3

Cucumbers, per pound 10

Lettuce, per pound 15

J pound 8

Onions, per pound 3 £

Potatoes, white, per pound 2\

Sweet, per pound 2

Parsnips, per pound 3

Squash, per pound 4

Turnips, per pound 3

Yams, per pound 3

Apples, per pound 6

Cranberries, per pound 10

Grapes, per pound 16

Grapefruit, each 4

Lemons, dozen 24

Limes, per 100 80

Oranges, per dozen 12

Tangerines, each 2

""Indicates reduction from last list.
**Indicates 5 cents allowed for return of bottle,
tlndicates advance on last list.

tSold only from commissaries; no orders taken for
delivery.

Misdirected Letters.

Ancon, C. Z., February' 13. 1911.
The following insufficiently addressed letters origi-
nating in the United States and its possessions, have
been received in the office of the Director of Posts, and
may be secured upon request of the addressee:

LETTERS UNCALLED FOR FEBRUARY 6, 1911.

Bignone. Tos6 Miller, J. C.

Brown. W. F. McCullough. D. H.

Butterfield, Mrs. J. McDonald. H. J.

Carrier, Henry F. Ogston. Mrs. A.

Conner, Mrs. Frank Panagopulo, Pantaleon

Culemea, Thos. Perkins. Samuel

Dawdy. Mrs. Stella Pots. F. A.

Dilfill, Mrs. C. W. Racelo. Lorenzo

Ellcock. A. Ralich, Frank

Estes. Dr. W. B. Reichwaldt. C. H.

Geiger, J. F. Rhods, Harry H.

Hartell. Mrs. Rhoads. Samuel N.

Head. Fred A. Riddle W. R.

Hockenberry. C. P. Riley. M. J.

Hodapp, Frank Rowf. Abdul

Hogan, Andrew V. Seaton. H. R.
Holt, Mrs. John Mack Schreiber. Max Wm.

Johnston, A. B. Schiller. Mrs. Emmie

Kearney. Edward Shaffer, Carl

Kerber. S. Smith. A. B.

Kimball W. S. Stewirt. R. D.

Kitts. J, A. Sloyds, John H.

Lampson, Orson Turnbull, Ida M. H.

Lowe, Dr. F. E. Twitcnell. James

Luker, R. B. Weidner. Fraley N.

Markham. William Wheeler. Pelhitm

Martin. Walice Zane, Fred W.

LETTERS UNCALLED FOR FEBRUARY 13, 1911,

Armstrong. Joseph McDonald. Lloyd

Barnard. Mrs. Merry, Mr.

Bates, Fred Morrison. C. H. (OrC. W.)

Bronso, F. R. Murray. W. E.

Cave. E. J. McGee. Richard

Chisholm, Earl Xouland. Capt. C. P.

Craft, Mrs. Florence Patterson. Bartley
D'Apanjoider. K., 107713 Perez. Louis

Duncan. Chas. C. Ravlunovich, Anobrija

Farlee. William A. Reynolds. W. J.

Harrison. W. Shell. Bertram E.

Healy. Georye W Stone D.

Hillier. C. A. Vivian, Charles

Kirby. J. F. Weintraub. Louis

Major. John J. Wilcox. Mis? Ruth

Malcolmson. Harry del Wright's studio
McAleer. Mrs.



MOVEMENT OF OCEAN VESSELS.



The following vessels arrived at and departed from
the port of Balboa during the week ending February 11,
I'M i:

Arrivals — February 4. MeiitUe Dollar, from San
Francisco; Manavi, from Buenaventura and Tumaco;
February 6. Peru, from Callao; February 9. Pectan,
from Port Harford; Ecuador, from Guayaquil.

Departures — February 5. Aztec, to San Francisco;
Barracouta. to Central American ports; February 6,
Rupanco. and Quito, to Buenaventura and Tumaco;
February 8, Loa. to Valparaiso; February' 10. Henry
Villard, to San Francisco.



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.

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

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 . . .
Allianca. . .

Colon

Advance . .

Allianca. . .
Cristobal. .

Colon

Advance . . .
Panama. . .
Allianca. . .

Colon

Advance. . .
Panama. . .
Allianca. ...

Colon

Advance. . .
Panama. . .
Allianca. . .



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

.Tuesday Mar. 7

.Monday Mar. 13

.Saturday.. .Mar. IS

..Friday Mai. 24

. .Frid.y Mar. 31

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



P. R. R

P. R. R.

P. R. R

P. R. R

CRISTOBAL TO NEW YORK.

P. R. R. . .Thursday

P. R. R.

P. R. R .

P. R. R .

P. R. R.

P. R. R.

P. R. R.

P. R. R.

P. R. R.

P. R. R.



.Apr. 24
Saturday. . .Apr. 29

.Feb. 16

Sunday Feb. 19

Wednesday. Feb. 22

Tuesday Feb. 28

.Mar. 7
.Mar. 13
.Mar. 19
-Mar. 25



. .Tuesday..
. .Monday. .
. .Sunday.. .
. .Saturday.

. .Friday Mar. 31

. .Thursday... Apr. 6
. .P. R. R. ...Wednesday.Apr. 12



.Tuesday Apr. 18

.Tuesday. .. Apr. 25
. Monday . . . May 1
.Saturday. ..May 6
.Friday May 12



.P. R. R.
P. R. R.
P. R. R.

Colon P. R. R.

Advance P- R. R.

A fortnightly service of the Cristobal and A neon will
be maintained as nearly as possible. 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.

Almirante U. F. C . . .Thursday.

Prinz Aug. Wilhelm. . .H.-A Saturday.

Santa Marta U- F. C . . .Thursday

Thames R. M Saturday.



Sarnia H.-A Saturday .

Metapan U. F. C. . .Thursday.

Prinz Joachim H.-A Saturday.

Zacapa U. F. C. . .Thursday.

Tagus R. M Saturday.

Sibiria H.-A Saturday .

Almirante U. F. C. . .Thursday. ..Mar. 9

COLON TO NEW YORK.

..U. F. C. . .Thursday... Feb. 16



.Feb.
..Feb.

.Feb.
..Feb.
. Feb.

.Feb.
..Feb.
. .Mar.
. . Mar.
. . Mar.



Zacapa

Tagus

Sibiria

Almirante

Prinz Aug. Wilhelm

Santa Marta

Metapan



.R. M Tuesday.



Feb. 21

...H.-A Tuesday Feb. 21

. .U. F. C. . .Thursday.. .Feb. 23

..H.-A Tuesday Feb. 28

,.U. F. C. . .Thursday.... Mar. 2
U. F. C. . .Thursday ...Mar. 9

NEW ORLEANS TO COLON.

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. 18

Cartago U. F. C . . ..Wednesday. Feb. 22

Turrialba U. F. C. . .Saturday. ..Feb. 25

Parismina U. F. C. . .Wednesday. Mar. 1

COLON TO NEW ORLEANS.

Turrialba U. F. C. . -Thursday.. .Feb. 16

Parismina U. F. C . . . Thursday. . . Feb. 16

Abangarez U. F. C . . . Thursday. . . Feb. 23

Heredia U. F. C. . .Thursday. .Feb. 23

Atenas U. F. C Thursday. .Mar. 2

Cartago U. F. C . . . Tnui sday . . Mar . 2

Turrialba U. F. G. . .Thursday . .Mar. 9

Parismina U. F. C . . . Thursday. . . Mar. 9



U. F. C

U. F. C

U. F. G

U. F. C

COLON TO BARBADOS, CALLING AT TRINIDAD.

Clyde R- M Tuesday Feb, 28

The next sailing of the Leyland Line will be as fol-
lows: Memphian on or about February 18. 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 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
Tuesdays at 12 noon; 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 Generale 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 22, 1911.



No. 26.



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
cents each.



Address all Communications

THE CANAL RECORD

Ancon, Canal Zone,
Isthmus of Panama.

No communication, either for publication or requesting
nformation, wit. receive attention unless signed with the
ull name and address of the writer.

NOTES OF PROGRESS.

Acting Chairman'* Report.

The report of the Acting Chairman of the
Isthmian Canal Commission for the month of
January is published in full in other columns
of this issue of The Canal Record. It
gives a detailed account of the progress of
Canal work in all departments and divisions.



Reduction in Prices at Commissary.

A reduction in prices of staple articles at the
commissaries has been made that will result
in a net saving of SI 1,000 a month to the
purchasing public. All tinned milk, of which
4,200 cases of 4S cans to the case are used each
month, has been reduced from 10 to nine
cents a tin; 5-pound bags of sugar, from 22 to
20 cents; American peas and corn, in tins, from
12 to 10 cents; fresh pork, from 16 to 14 cents
a pound; fresh eggs, from 29 to 27 cents a
dozen; working shirts and overalls, of which
12,000 are sold each month, reduced five
cents a garment ; and corresponding reductions
have been made in many articles of wearing
apparel.

Major Wendell L. Simpson, Assistant
Purchasing Officer at New York, was on the
Isthmus two weeks ago in consultation with
the commissary on the purchase and delivery
of supplies. He was accompanied by repre-
sentatives of various firms in the States that
supply goods to the commissaries, who wished
to study local conditions, in order that their
goods, and the packing of them, may conform
with the requirements on the Isthmus.



Gatun Locks.

The placing of concrete in the third or
lowest pair of locks at Gatun has been begun.
Concrete work is in progress in all of the
locks at Gatun, and the amount already
placed, together with its proportion to the
whole, is shown in a statement published
elsewhere in this issue. On account of the
unstable condition of the banks of the lower
locks, where small slides have caused much
inconvenience, the plan of construction
during the dry season will be to complete



the outer walls to a height of 25 feet
in the places where the material is sliding,
thus forming a retaining wall. The tracks
for the cableways may then be extended the
full length of the locks, and the walls may be
completed during the next rainy season to
their full height of 79 feet. The excavation
in Gatun Locks is almost completed. All
that remains to be taken out is a small amount
of material in the northeast corner of the
lower locks where a slide occurred recently.
It is expected that the first shipment of
structural steel for the lock gates will arrive
about April 1, and the preparations for hand-
ling it are advancing.



Apparatus for Lock Gate Construction.

Two 75-kilowatt motor-generator sets, with
a switchboard for control of each, were re-
ceived on the Isthmus on February 10. One
of these sets will be placed in a substation
at Gatun Locks, and the other in a sub-
station at the Pedro Miguel Locks. They
are furnished by the Commission in connec-
tion w r ith the construction of the lock gates,
and will operate on 25-cycle, 2200 volt energy
transmitted from the power stations at Gatun
and Miraflores. The motor-generators will
convert the alternating current from the
power houses to direct current at 220 volts
for use on the various small tools required in
the construction of the gates. In addition,
the gate contractors will install, at their own
expense, two motor-driven air compressors at
each of the substations to operate the pneu-
matic tools.



Increase in Output of Porto Hello Crusher.

The increase in output of the crusher plant
at Porto Bello. since the installation of the
large No. 21 crusher, has made it possible to
reduce the number of working hours each day
from 16 to eight. In September, the day was
reduced from 16 to 12 hours; in January, from
12 to 10, and on February 16, from 10 to
eight hours. The output of the plant has
increased from 150 cubic yards an hour to
300 cubic yards, and 70,000 cubic yards of
crushed stone are now in storage at Gatun, a
supply sufficient to last almost a month, even
if no more rock was delivered there. A
statement of the rock crushed during the
weekending February 18, follows:



Date.



Hours Cubic
worked. Yards.