February 1 5
February 1 7
Suction Dredging Near Mindl.
A trestle about 6,500 feet long has been com-
pleted at Mindi, parallel with and east of the
Panama railroad, and it is now being filled
with spoil from the excavation at Mindi and
the locks. This fill will make a dike, behind
which the suction dredge at work in the Canal
channel between Mindi and Gatun Locks will
pump about 4,000,000 cubic yards of material.
The dredge Sandpiper is already excavating
in this section, depositing its spoil on the
flats between the dike which parallels the
Canal in this place, and the Panama railroad.
The pumping of the spoil back of the new
dike will begin about March 1.
Gatun Filtration Plant.
The laying of concrete for the filter plant
at Gatun has been begun, and the amount
required will be about 1,200 cubic yards.
The work includes the construction of a sedi-
mentation basin about 75 feet square, of a
filter house three stories high, and a clear
water basin, with a capacity of about 225,000
gallons. The filter house will contain four
rapid gravity sand filters on the first floor, an
operating gallery on the second floor, and a
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storage room for materials on the third floor.
Commencing with the sailing of the cement
ship Cristobal from New York about March 3,
daily deliveries of cement to the Pacific Divi-
sion will be reduced 800 barrels and deliveries
to the Atlantic Division will be increased 500
barrels. Under the new arrangement, the
Pacific Division will receive 2,700 barrels, and
the Atlantic Division 3.500 barrels of cement
per day. Five hundred barrels of the con-
signment to the Atlantic Division will be in
bags. The deliveries to both divisions, begin-
ning with the sailing of the Cristobal, will
total 6,200 barrels per day. as compared with
6,500 barrels per day at the present time.
Since January 19, 1911, the Pacific Division
has been receiving on an average 4.2S1 bar-
rels of cement daily and a considerable
stock has been accumulated. On this ac-
count, in addition to serving the concrete
mixing plants, and in order to ship empty
cement bags to Colon, the division has
been compelled to hold in service from
40 to 45 box cars. The matter of box car
detention was recently made the subject of
an investigation by a committee, consisting of
Mr. S. B. Williamson, chairman; Messrs.
W. J. Holmes and A. K. Stone, members,
and the following recommendations were sub-
mitted, all of which have been approved by
the Acting Chairman and Chief Engineer:
1. That as the detention of cars in the
Pacific Division is primarily due to the irregu-
lar sailings of chartered cement steamers, thus
causing a congestion in the shipments, the
dates of their arrival be regulated, so that
the Panama Railroad Company ship daily to
the Pacific Division the approximate amount
2. That the Pacific Division be allowed to
ship cars containing empty cement bags as
soon as loaded, so that they may be stored in
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Vol. IV., No. 26.
NOTES OF PROGRESS.
the Cristobal yard where there is more track
room, and where, in cases of emergency, they
can be unloaded on the docks to await the
sailing of the Ancon or Cristobal. Hitherto,
the Pacific Division has been required to hold
these cars until the day previous to the sailing
of one of these ships.
3. In order to provide against possible
irregular deliveries in future, it was recom-
mended that the Pacific Division increase
its unloading forces temporarily, and that
sheds, capable of holding one or two cars of
cement, be erected at such of its mixing plants
as are reasonably permanent, so that when a
car shortage arises, these sheds may be utilized
for supply purposes.
Gatun Dam Spillway.
Concrete was placed in the spillway of
Gatun Dam during the week ending February
18, as follows:
After the sailing of the Print August
Wilhehn from Colon on February 28, the
steamers Prinz Joachim and Prinz August
Wilhelm will call at Santiago de Cuba both
outward and inward bound.
Canal Zone School Notes.
Two additional teachers have been engaged
for the Canal Zone white schools. One has
charge of the fourth grade, and one-half of the
fifth, at the Ancon school; and the other, the
third grade, and one-half of the fourth, at the
Cristobal school. The corps of teachers at
the four largest schools now number, as fol-
lows: Gatun, 8; Ancon, 7; Empire, 6; Cris-
tobal, 6. The total teaching force in the
Canal Zone schools at present consists of 42
white, and 25 colored teachers. This is an
increase over the last school year of six white,
and four colored teachers. The enrollment
also shows an increase. In January, 1911,
it was: White, 1,048; colored, 1,209, a total
of 2,257. In January 1910,, it was: White,
819; colored, 1,086; a total of 1,905. The
January, 1911, enrollment shows an increase
in the number of white scholars over the same
month in 1910 of 229, and in the number of
colored scholars of 123, a total of 352.
During the present school year, it is prob-
able that steps will be taken looking to the
establishnemt of suitable schools in the more
important native communities in the Canal
Zone. There are six or seven of these settle-
ments, such as Majagual, situated on the trail
from Mount Hope to Porto Bello; Cucaracha,
near Culebra. and Las Sabanas, for which no
school facilities have as yet been provided.
The preliminary efforts will be confined to
ascertaining, through the assistance of the
police and revenue departments, the number
of children of school age in each of these com-
munities, and the amount of taxes paid. The
places will then be visited by the Superintend-
ent of Schools, or his representative, with a
view of procuring information as to the actual
requirements, including the necessary build-
The school gardens for colored pupils,
planted in 1910 at Balboa, Culebra, and
Empire, have been continued. The one at
Empire is especially prosperous, and, it is
expected that $600, or more, in revenue will
be derived from the sale of produce raised in
it. The soil in the Culebra garden has not
been brought to the same state of fertility as
in the Empire garden, and it will be necessary
to work and fertilize it for one or two more
seasons before it can be made fully productive.
At Balboa, the colored pupils are nearly all too
small to work the garden successfully on their
own account, and outside help, therefore, has
had to be procured to carry it on.
CONCRETE WORK IN THE LOCKS.
Over 54 per cent of the concrete for the system of three twin locks at Gatun has been laid,
the exact amount in place at the close of work on February 18, being l,125,792i cubic yards,
out of a total of 2,085,000.
A statement of the amount of concrete placed in the locks each day for the week ending
February 18, and of the total, follows; and a similar statement for the work in the spillway of
Gatun Dam is published elsewhere in this issue. The construction plant works 12 hours daily,
and the auxiliary plant 9 hours.
2-cubic yard mixers.
2-cubic yard mixers.
Concrete Hours | No. of
placed, worked, i mixers
Concrete Hours No. of
placed, worked, mixers
... 2 .
•The 291 yards shown for the portable mixers were reinforced concrete, and were placed on the following days:
February 13th, 101 yards; February 14th. 32 yards; February 15th. 37 yards; February 16th. 42 yards: February
17th. 43 yards; February 18th, 36 yards.
PEDRO MIGUEL LOCKS.
Concrete work in the locks at Pedro Miguel is over 65 per cent completed, 547,251 cubic
yards, out of a total of 837,400, having been placed at the close of work on February 18. The
record for each of the six S- hour working days of last week, follows:
2-cubic yard mixers.
2-cubic yard mixers. }-cubic yard mixer.
Hours ; No. of Concrete
worked. I mixers Placed.
FeK 16.. .
Feb. 18.. .
About 10 per cent of the concrete for the system of locks at Miraflores was in place on Feb-
ruary 18, the total amount on that date being 134,684 cubic yards, out of a total of approxi-
mately 1,362,000. The record for each of the six 8-hour working days of last week, follows:
2-cubic yard mixers.
}-cubic yard mixers.
i-cubic yard mixer.
February 22, 1911.
THE CANAL RECORD
THE CIVIL ENGINEERS.
Program for Entertainment of Members of Amer-
A party consisting of one hundred members
of the American Society of Civil Engineers,
with a number of friends, will arrive on the
Isthmus on March 9, and will be here until
March 16. It wil! come in two sections, one
by way of New Orleans, which wil! arrive at
Colon in the morning on board a United Fruit
Company ship, and the other by way of New
York, which will also arrive on a United Fruit
Company ship at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.
A special train will leave Colon immediately
after the arrival of the second ship, and the
party first arriving will spend the interim in
Cristobal, Colon, and Mount Hope. An
outline of the program prepared for the enter-
tainment of the engineers, follows:
Friday, March 10. Morning — Special train will leave
Panama promptly at S o'clock. Enter Culebra Cut at
the south end. pass through the 8$-mile Cut, and go out
on the 95-foot berm at the north end. Cross the
Chagres River on Gamboa bridge, and continue over
the tracks of the relocated Panama railroad as far as
New Frijoles. Return to Panama over the main line
of the Panama railroad, making one stop en route at
the principal manufacturing and repair shops of the
Commission at Gorgona. Hotel Tivoli will be reached
in time for lunch. Afternoon — Visits to Ancon^Hospi-
tal and the Quartermaster's corral.at Ancon.
Saturday, March 11. Morning — Special train will
leave Panama at 8 o'clock for the Pacific Division, via
Balboa, and will visit, in turn, the Agua Dulce pumping
plant, hydraulic excavation in the Canal prism and
Miraflores Locks, turbo-electric power plant at Mira-
flores, and Pedro Miguel Locks, thence over the main
line of the Panama railroad to Culebra, where the main
office building will be visited, and inspection made of
relief maps and models of the locks and dam. After-
wards, Culebra Cut will be viewed from the top of the
bank at Culebra. Train will bring party back to Hotel
Tivoli in time for lunch. Afternoon — No special pro-
gram. Evening — Dance and reception at the Hotel
Note — A trip to the Porto Bello rock quarry and
crushing plant, and to the old town of Porto Bello,
may be taken on Saturday, instead of the trip by special
train through the Pacific Division scheduled above, if
desired. Members of the Porto Bello party will leave
Panama on regular train at 6.30 a. m., for Cristobal,
and immediately upon their arrival at dock No. 13,
will embark on a tug which will take them to Porto
Bello and bring them back in time to catch the regular
train which leaves Colon for Panama at 4.35 p. m.
Sunday, March 12 — Trip will be taken to Taboga
Island. Special train will leave Panama at 9.30 a. m.,
for Balboa, where the party will embark on tugs.
Lunch will be served at the Commission's sanitarium
on Taboga Island. Party will be returned to Hotel
Tivoli in time for dinner. Evening — Concert by the
I. C. C. Band at the Hotel Tivoli at 7.30 p. m.
Monday, March 13 — Special train will leave Panama
at 8 a. m.. proceeding over the main line of the Panama
railroad to Frijoles; thence over the tracks of the relo-
cated Panama railroad to Gatun. Day to be spent at
Gatun in viewing locks, dams, spillway, power plant,
reservoir, etc. Lunch at the Gatun Hotel. Return to
Hotel Tivoli for dinner.
Tuesday. March 14. Morning — Leave Panama by spe-
cial train at 8 o'clock for Ancon quarry; thence to view
operations on Balboa dump, and to inspect breakwater
under construction to Naos Island. Return to Hotel
Tivoli for lunch at 11.15 o'clcock. Afternoon — Special
train will leave Panama at one o'clock for Balboa, where
marine shops and docks will be inspected. Party will
embark on tugs at 2 o'clock for inspection of Canal and
dredging work between Agua Dulce, and the end of the
Canal channel. Party will be landed at Balboa and
returned to Panama by special train in time for dinner.
Wednesday, March 15. Morning — Leave Panama by
special train at 8 o'clock going over the main line of the
Panama railroad to Mindi, thence over the tracks of the
Atlantic Division to the intersection of the French and
American canals. After inspection of excavation work
at Mindi. tugs will be boarded which will proceed down
the American Canal, and up the French canal, returning
to dock No. 11. Cristobal, where the party will land
and take lunch at the Cristobal hotel. Afternoon. —
Party may either visit Cristobal and Colon, take a trip
to Toro Point, and inspect the construction of the break-
water there, or board the seagoing suction dredge
Caribbean, and take a trip on it while it is working. The
party going to Toro Point, or on the dredge Caribbean,
will embark at dock No. 11 at 1 o'clock, and will be
returned to Cristobal in time to take special train for
Panama, which will leave dock No. 11, at 4.15 o'clock.
Thursday, March 16 — Special train with entire
party will leave Panama for Colon at 8 a. m.
A ladies' auxiliary has recently been formed
in connection with the Empire Christian
League, the object being to assist in the care
and adornment of the chapel. The auxiliary
holds its meetings on the first and fourth
Fridays in each month. Mrs. Philip Kelly is
The members of the Ladies' Aid Society
of the First Baptist Church, Empire, have
formed a class for Bible study, which meets
at the home of the pastor, the Rev. J. H.
Coin, on Wednesday afternoons.
American Veterans of Foreign Service.
A meeting for the purpose of organizing
a Post of American Veterans of Foreign Serv-
ice will be held at the Cristobal Y. M. C. A.,
on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, February
26. All honorably discharged soldiers, sailors
and marines, who have served in Cuba, Porto
Rico, the Philippines, Guam, and China
during the period from April 21, 1 90S, to
July 4, 1902, are eligible, and are urged to be
present at this meeting.
Red Cross Ball.
As the result of the annual ball of the Canal
Zone Red Cross, held at the Hotel Tivoli on
the night of February 18, seventy-seven mem-
bers have been added to the local organiza-
tion, making a total of about 1,000, and $850
have been added to the treasury.
A revolver marksmanship match wilL be
held at Culebra on March 19 to 26, inclusive,
under the auspices of the Culebra Pistol Club,
governed by the rules of the United States
Revolver Association. It will be open to all
comers; no entrance fee will be required, but
contestants must use a Colt's revolver. A first
prize, known as the Barham championship
trophy — a 38-calibre, Colt's, officer's model,
target revolver will be awarded for the best
shooting. The match will consist of 30 shots
at 20 yards at the American standard 20-yard
target, any calibre and ammunition being
permitted. The range will be open all day
on the 19th and 26th, and from 12 to 2, and
from 5 to 6.30 on week days. For additional
information, address L. D. Cornish, Culebra,
Henry G. Day, an American employed in
the Atlantic Division, residing at Cristobal,
died at Colon Hospital on February 16 of
chronic nephritis. He was a native of Mary-
land, 37 years of age, single, and had been on
the Isthmus since December 10, 1908. His
cousin, John C. Day, lives at 547 Tenth street,
E. H. Allison, an American employed in
the transportation service of the Central
Division, with residence at Gorgona, died at
Ancon Hospital on February 19, after an
illness of about six weeks. He was a native
of Ohio, aged 50 years, and had been on the
Isthmus four and a half years.
typewriter; on March 12, for clerk. The
next examinations to be held for typewriter,
and for stenographer and typewriter will be
about April 30, and for clerk, in October next.
Applications for examination on March 5
will be received only up to March 1, and for
the clerk examination, only up to March 7.
All directions in application form and the
Manual of Examinations concerning an exam-
ination applied for should be carefully fol-
lowed before forwarding application to this
office. John K. Baxter,
Secretary^ Isthmian Civil Service Board.
Culebra, C. Z., February 17, 1911.
McGUIGAX-GALE— At the Ancon Catholic chapel,
on Wednesday, February 15, 191 1, Irene Gale of Vicks-
burg. Miss., to Joseph J. McGuigan of Wilkes-Barre,
Pa., the Rev. Father Daniel Quijano officiating. Canal
Zone residence, Ancon.
A concert will be given by the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission Band at Bas Obispo. C. 2., on Sunday, Feb-
ruary 26, 1911. at 6 p. m. The program, follows:
1 March — Victorious Phalanx Morse
2 Selection — The Chocolate Soldier Straus
3 Waltz— Idle Hours Wood
4 Overture — Semiramide Rossini
5 Intermezzo — Silver Bell Wenrich
6 March — Tannhauser Wagner
7 Medley Selection — My Southern Rose. .Von Tilzer
8 Selection — Carmen Bizet
9 March — With Sword and Lance Starke
Chas. E. Jennings, Musical Director.
The next concert will be gien at Gatun on Sunday,
March 5, at 2 p. m.
Rainfall from February 1 to 18, 1911. Inclusive.
Pacific Section —
Central Section —
Atlantic Section —
♦Nombre de Dios.
♦Standard rain gage — readings at 5 p. m., daily.
Automatic rain gage at unstarred stations — values
midnight to midnight.
tTo 5 p. m.. February 17.
**12th and 14th.
Stages of the Chagres.
Maximum heights of the Chagres River for the week
ending midnight, Saturday. February 18. 1911. All
heights are in feet above mean sea level.
Civil Service Examinations.
Examinations are scheduled to be held for
the Isthmian Canal Service, as follows: On
March 5, for typewriter, and stenographer and
Day and Date
Sun. Feb. 12. . .
Mon. Feb. 13. .
Tues. Feb. 14. .
Wed. Feb. 15...
Thurs. Feb. 16.
Fri. Feb. 17
Sat. Feb. 18....
Height of low
THE CANAL RECORD
Vol. IV., No. 26.
CANAL WORK IN JANUARY.
Monthly Report of the Acting Chairman and
Chief Engineer to the Secretary of War.
Culebra, C. Z., February 15, 1911.
The Honorable the Secretary of War,
Washington. D. C.
Sir: I have the honor to submit the fol-
lowing report of operations on the Isthmus
for the month of January, 1911:
Department of Construction and Engineering.
The following table summarizes the prin-
cipal items of construction work accomplished
by the Atlantic, Central, and Pacific Divi-
sions during the month:
of the power plant and pumps during the
month was satisfactory. The electric pumps
were operated during the month by the
electrical subdivision for pumping out the
Iron and Steel Work — During the month,
the setting of steel in Stoney gate valves was
continued, and the setting of the sills for all
gates of the upper lock was completed.
Concrete Work — There was a decrease of
8,293^ cubic yards in the amount of concrete
laid, as compared with the figures for the pre-
ceding month. The daily average for the
25 working days was 2,916 cubic yards. The
Cubic yards.. . .
Cubic yards... .
Excavation — Shovel excavation during the
month was carried on in the lower chamber,
and on a hill north of the machine shop.
This hill is being excavated in order to furnish
impervious material for the back fill south of
the intermediate gate of the upper lock. A
total of 82,931 cubic yards of material was
removed. Of this quantity, 24,678 cubic
yards were excavated for back fill. On Jan-
uary 31, the total material removed amounted
to 5,660,841 cubic yards, of which 4,904,162
cubic yards had been removed from the Canal
prism. The shovel excavation in the locks