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March 8, 1911.



THE CANAL RECORD



223



PANAMA WATER SUPPLY.



Salt Water Percolates into Cocoll Lake — New
Source of Supply Established.

The water in Cocoli Lake reservoir, which,
in conjunction with the Rio Grande reservoir,
furnishes the water supply for Ancon and
Panama, has been charged with salt since
February 10 to such an extent as to make it
unfit for domestic or mechanical purposes.
The Cocoli reservoir was formed by the build-
ing of a dam west of the lock site at Miraflores,
and, although salt water has been pumped into
the hydraulic fill of this dam since September,
1010, there had been no indication of salt in
the water prior to the above date. New
material was added to the old fill on the west
toe of the dam. and it is supposed that a leak
developed at this point, as the hydraulic fill
containing the salt water was raised above the
old fill about the same time. The salt water
pool has since been lowered, and a puddled
connection is being made between the old
and new parts of the fill for the purpose of
preventing, if possible, further percolation.
No leakage, however, was discovered in dig-
ging the trench for the puddle core.

A board was appointed to consider the best
method of supplementing the Rio Grande
supply, and after determining that it would
be impossible to reduce the amouut of chlo-
rine in Cocoli Lake during the present dry
season, it recommended that the Caimitillo
River, which crosses the Panama railroad
relocation just north of the Miraflores tunnel,
be used for the purpose. This stream has a
discharge at present of 3,000,000 gallons in
24 hours, and an analysis of the water made
by the Commission's physiologist shows it to
be potable, provided it is treated and filtered.
There are comparatively few inhabitants on
the watershed of the stream, and as it will be
used chiefly in the dry season, the small
amount of surface drainage will be of no
consequence. To utilize this supply, the
board recommended that a pump be installed
on the river bank, near the railroad culvert,
and a 10-inch pipe be laid to the settling tank
of the Cocoli Lake pumping plant, about
4,000 feet distant. The pump, as well as the
remainder of the material is now available on
the Isthmus, and the work will probably be
completed this week.



Rock Crushing at Porto Bello.

Improvements in the conveying apparatus,
which carries rock from the crusher to the stor-
age bins at Porto Bello, were largely respon-
sible for the record of 84,072 cubic yards in
January, as compared with 80,244 cubic yards
in December. During December, the crushers
worked 12 hours a day the first half of the
month, and 10 hours the second half; while
in January they worked 12 hours a day to the
15th, and 10 hours the balance of the month.
In February, the daily record for an 8-hour
day, and the best average hourly record, were
broken on the 25th, when 3,389 cubic yards
were crushed, an average of 423 cubic yards an
hour. On February 14, the regular working
day was reduced from 10 to eight hours. The
average number of hours per day worked
between February 1 and 14 was 7.68 out of
10 hours, and in the second half of the month,
it was 6.48 out of eight hours. The average
number of cubic yards crushed per hour of the
working day in the first half of the month was
334.3, and during the second half of the month
365. The average number of cubic yards



crushed per working hour during the first
half of the month was 435.4, and during the
second half of the month 450.8. The force
at Porto Bello now consists of 540 men, 88 of
whom are white "gold" employes.

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



Date.


Hours
worked.


Cubic
Yards.




7:31
5:23
6:54
7:33
7:14
7:53


3.399




2.607




3.19


March 3


3.264
2.953


March 4


2.830






Total


42:28


IS. 251







Visit oi the Civil Engineer-.

Members of the American Society of Civil
Engineers, and their friends, are due to arrive
on the Isthmus on March 9 for a visit of one
week. The Zacapa from New York is bring-
ing 71 men and 22 women, and the Aban-
garez from New Orleans, 42 men, 12 women,
and two children.

In the program for the entertainment of the
party, the following changes have been made:
Tuesday morning, March 10. After visit-
ing Gorgona shops, the party will be taken
to Culebra to view the relief map and the
model of the locks and dams, and later to
view Culebra Cut from the top of the hill;
thence it will return by train to Empire,
where lunch will be served at the Commission
hotel. After lunch, the party will view the
Cut from the Empire suspension bridge after
which, it will return to Panama. The pro-
gram for the afternoon remains unchanged.

The program for Saturday morning [will
omit the visit to Culebra; otherwise^ the
schedule will be unchanged.



Spanish War Veterans.

The following were installed as officers of
Camp Col. Sibert, No 1, United Spanish
War Veterans, at Gatun on Sunday, March
5, by Commander Col. Gahon : Commander,

C. T. Young; senior vice-commander, W.

D. Rodgers; junior vice-commander, Evon
Monchow; chaplain, the Rev. Mr. Purdy;
surgeon, Dr. E. A. Vaughn; officer of the
day, Geo. H. Hooker,; officer of the guard,
L. Guarion; sergeant of the guard, N. E. Em-
mons: adjutant, A. O. Ludwig; quartermas-
ter, N. Hearn; trustees, D. A. Garson, Col.
Sibert, W. J. Dewey.

Chagres Camp, No. 2 of Culebra, was in-
stalled at the same time with the following
officers: Commander, Charles C. Cameron;
senior vice-commander. E. J. Hoffman; junior
vice-commander, F. R. Bronson; adjutant,
Don H. Beaman; quartermaster, Harry S.
Farish; surgeon, Dr. C. J. McGillicuddy;
officer of the day, Frank E. Frink; officer of
the guard, E. H. Tracy; chaplain, S. J. Boyd.



BASEBALL.



RESULTS OF GAMES, MARCH 5.

At Ancon — Ancon, 6; Empire. 5.

At Colon — Commissary -Subsistence. 8; Atlantics. 6.

STANDING OF CLUBS.

P. W. L.
Com-Sub. 2 2
Empire . . 2 1 1

SCHEDULE OF GAMES. MARCH 12.



».C. 1


P. W. L.


P.C.


000 Ancon . .


2 1 1


.500


500 1 Atlantics.


2 2


.000



COM MISSION CLUBHOUSES.

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

CULEBRA.

The 200, or over, bowling scores for the week arc as
follows: Huttlemeier. 210; Warner. 202; Herring jn,
200. The 100. or over, ducko-P cores are. as follows:
Franks. 106; Hill. 102.

The third period in the "Topic" club will be conducted
by H. N. Sollenberger on Monday evening, March. 13,
at 7:45. Subject to be discussed. "Health, stimulants,
and narcotics."

The billiard tournament will open on Monday, March
13. As this tournament is to be a handicap, all persons
wishing to enter should hand in their names to Mr.
DuEois not later than Saturday evening. March 11.

EMPIRE.

The following high scores were rolled from February
23, until March 4: Parkis, 201. 205; Giavelli, 224;
Goolsby. 205: Pi n y, 203; Bardelson, 213; Brown.
202; Edwards, 2.*R. Duckpins — Rodeghiero, 112,
110; Scull, 102, 101. 101; McLeod, 111.

All pool and billiard tables in the Empire clubhouse
have been put in first-class condition for another year.

There are 15 entries for the March handicap pool
tournament.

GATUN.

"Reciprocity with Canada" will be discussed by the
literary and debating club on March 8. Three new
members have been added to the club.

The "Life problem" club discussed "Social amuse-
ments" on Sunday evening, March 5. The discussion
will be continued on March 12.

The clubhouse has added to its salable merchandise
list large photographic views of Panama and the Canal
Zone, and pennants of the various fraternal orders on
the Zone.

Twenty-five men have enrolled in the health league.
Apply to Mr. Ludwig for particulars.

CRISTOBAL.

In the bowling match with Culebra on Saturday
night, Cristobal won two of the three games, with the
following scores:



Culebra.






Cristobal.






Carlson 85


83


89


Banett.. 75


100


92


Baumei 85


83


90


Howard ... 96


82


8S


Koperski .... 85


69


74


Adams, D . 109


101


<M


Kersey 92


76


05


I ouch 91


95


19


Case 82


83


110


Herring. . . 74


99


107


Total 429


394


458


Total ... 445


477


457



Work will be begun shortly on the two new bowling
alleys, the material being assembled at the building.

The Cristobal vaudeville troupe will present tneir
vaudeville show on Friday. March 10. and will appear
at Gorgona on March 1 1. and at Empire on March 31,
with possibly other dates later on.

The Cristobal chorus has been limited to 14 men, who
will continue to practice with the vaudeville show.

PORTO BELLO.

Twenty members have joined the health league
which at present is being organized in all parts of North
America by Ge^. J. Fisher. M. D. The chief value
for Zone members will be in the health literature re-
ceived from time to time.

The Caveny Entertainment Company from the State*
will be at Porto Bello on Friday evening, March 10.

Ancon Crusher.

A statement of the rock crushed at Ancon quarry
during the week ending March 4. follows:



February 27.
February 28 .

March 1

March 2

March 3

March 4. . . .



Total .




Cubic
Yards.

2.674
2.847
3.201
2.977
2.595
3.357



17.651



At Ancon-
At Empir*



-Ancon vs. Atlantics.

— Empire vs. Commissary-Subsistence.



Pacific Division Sand Service for February.


Destination.


Number
of Cars.


Cubic
Yards.




2.366
9

17
2

1
1


35.400




205




255


Quartermaster's Department


50

25




25








2.396


36.059







224



THE CANAL RECORD



Vol. IV., A'o. 28.



OFFICIAL CIRCULARS.



Inspection and Adjustment of Scales.

Culebra, C. Z.. March 4, 1911.
Circular No. 373:

The Mechanical Division is hereby charged with the
inspection, adjustment, and repairing of all counter,
platform, wagon, and railroad scales used by the different
divisions and departments of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission and of the Panama Railroad Company.

Each scale will be inspected and adjusted once each
quarter, and if repairs are found necessary, their char-
acter and extent will be reported by the Superintendent
of the Mechanical Division to the head of the division
or department concerned.

Division engineers, the General Superintendent of
the Panama Railroad Company, and heads of depart-
ments, will furnish the Superintendent of the Mechan-
ical Division with a list showing the kind and location of
all scales under their jurisdiction.

Geo. W. Goethals,
Chairman. Isthmian Canal Commission.
President. Panama Railroad Company,



Disposition of Surveyed Property.

Culebra, C. Z., February 24, 1911.
All Accountable Officers:

Whenever it becomes necessary or advisable to change
the approved disposition of equipment or property
which has been surveyed, it is directed that request for
such change be made direct to the Surveying Officer,
who will submit his recommendation, and, if approved,
such change will be directed.

H. F. Hodges,
Acting Chairman and Chief Engineer.



No Hunting on Watershed of Reservoir.

Culebra, C. Z., March 1, 1911.
Circular No. 372:

Employes hunting on the watershed of any reservoir
In the Canal Zone will be punished by suspension or
discharge.

II. F. Hooges, A' ting Chairman.



Classified Expenditures.

Empire, C. Z., February 21, 1911.
Circular No. 29:

The following changes in classified expenditure ac-
counts are authorized, effective January, 1, 1911:
370. Miscellaneous General Expenses.

C. Y. M. C. A. Clubhouses.

1. Operation.

To this account will be charged the salaries and
expenses of officers and employes connected with club-
houses, also theexpenses of furniture, fixtures, and sup-
plies; and all other expenses paid by the Commission,
except the cost of constructing, repairing, and furnishing
new buildings.

2. Furnishing New Buildings.

To this account will be charged the initial cost of all
furniture and fixtures for new clubhouse buildings
which are payable from I. C. C. funds.

W. W. Warwick,
Examiner of Accounts.
Approved: H. F. Hodges,

Acting Chairman and Chief Engineer.



Certificates for Injury.

Ancon, C. Z., January 23, 1911.
To All Concerned:

Hereafter, in issuing certificates for injury cases, the
physicians will pay no attention to that part of the
certificate refening to fault, or no fault, as this question
will be determined from the report of accident made out
by the foreman at the time the employe is injured.

Under the head of "Remarks" on the certificates,
the physician is directed to state the exact nature and
extent of the injury in each ea*e.

Respectfully,

John L. Phillips,
A ssittant Chief Sanitary Officer.



the facts in the case, state whether it was through fault*
or no fault.

By order of the Chief Sanitary Officer.

John L. Phillips,
Assistant Chief Sanitary Officer.



MOVEMENT OF OCEAN VESSELS.



Ancon, C. Z.. February 27, 1911.
To All Concerned:

Referring to circular fiom this office under date of
Jan'iary 23. 191 1, directing that physicians in making
out sick certificates, whereemployes are injured on the
work, pay no attention to that part of the certificate
reading "Through Fault," or "Through No Fault,"
w hich was to be covered by foreman's certificate, it was
not intended to cover sick ceitificates through injury
not received on the work, and v. here the injury would be
cov:red by sick certificate in distinction from injury
pay.

Physicians making out ilck ceitifictites in case of
Injury not received on the work will, after ascertaining



Steamer Cristobal to Be Repaired.

Culebra. C. Z., March 4, 1911.
Heads of Departments and Divisions:

The steamship Cristobal will be placed in drydock for
repairs on anival in New York after her next sailing
from the Isthmu*. about March 21 , and no requests for
reduced rate transportation for a later sailing will be
issued until further notice.

By direction of the Chairman.

Respectfully,
C. A. McIlvaine, Chief Clerk.



Supplies for Canal Work.

The following steamers, with supplies for the Isthmian
Canal Commission, arrived at the ports of Cristobal,
Colon, and Balboa during the week ending March 4,
1911:

Clyde, February 26, from New York, with 9 reels wire
cable for Pacific Division; 20 pieces steel channel. 200
cases washing powder.

Prinz Sigismund, February 27, from New York with
133 cases fuses for stock.

Pleiades, Februaiy 27, from San Francisco, with 29
packages fittings for Pacific Division.

Panama, March 1. from New York, with 8 cases
tiles, 15 reels wire rope for Atlantic Division; 7 pieces
castings, 4 cases castings. 72 packages concrete ma-
chinery for Central Division; 140 bundles brake shoes
for Mechanical Division; 12 cases drugs and sundries
for Sanitary Department; 38 crates iron valves, 200
cases toilet paper, 15 kegs wire nails, 11 cases hacksaw
blades, 11 cases iron nuts, 65 bags Sucrene feed, 34
bundles handles, 100 kegs bolts for stock; and a mis-
cellaneous cargo, the whole consisting of 809 packages,
weighing 201 tons.

Turrialba. March 2, from New Orleans, with 63
bundles cypress shingles for Atlantic Division; 75
barrels sea coal facing for stock.

Metapan, March 2, from New York, with one 20-ton
locomotive coaling crane for Pacific Division; 26 bar-
rels drift bolts for stock.



Rainfall from February 1 to 23. 1911, Inclusive.



Stations,


a

a'

a o

s


a

Q




Pacific Section —


J ns.
.32
.71
1.01
1.30
.78
.35

.37
.36
.21
.10
.90
1.57
1.13
.65
.29
.23
.24
,28
.61

.41
.40
.25

4.00
.84

3.25


14
15

11
11
11

11
12
11
12
12
12
12
6
19
**

24

5

26

14

5

13

12

12

10


Ins.




2 75


















Central Section —


74




















2.29
3.19


San Pablo




















Atlantic Section —












Porto Bello










1494



♦Standard rain gage — readings at 5 p. m. (
Automatic rain gage at unstarred stations-
midnight to midnight.

**12thand 14th.



daily,
■values



Tide Table.

The following table shows the time of high and low
tides at Panama for the week ending March 15, 1911,
(75th meridian time):



Date.


High.


Low.


High.


Low.


High.


March 9


A. M.


A. M.
4.00
5.13

6.32
7.45
8.40
9.30
10.15


A. M.
10.05
11.30
P. M.
12.55
2.05
3.00
3.45
4.25


P. M.
4.30
S.55

7.13
8.20
9.10
10.00
10.40


P. M.


March 10






March 13

March 15


12.00
1.20
2.27
3.20
4.05





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 TORE TO CRISTOBAL.



Colon

Advance.
Panama. .
Allianca. .
Colon
Advance.
Panama. .
Allianca. .
Colon. . . .
Ad vance .



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



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



.Tuesday Mar. 7

, . Monday. . . . Mar. 13
. .Saturday... Mar. 18

.Fri.iay Mai. 24

.Friday Mar. 31

.Thursday . .Apr. 6
.Wednesday. Apr. 12
..Tuesday. ...Apr. 18
, .Monday. ...Apr. 24
.Saturday. . .Apr. 29



CRISTOBAL TO NEW YORK.



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



.Monday. .

.Sunday. .

.Saturday.

.Friday . . .

.Thursday

.Wednesday

.Tuesday.

.Tuesday

.Monday
Saturday
Friday.. .



.Mar. 13
. Mar. 19
.Mar. 25
.Mar. 31
.Apr. 6
.Apr. 12
.Apr. 18
Apr 25
May 1
May 6
May 12



NEW YORK TO COLON.

Zacapa U. F. C . . . Thursday. . . Mar. 2

Thames R. M Saturday. . .Mar. 4

Sibiria H.-A Saturday. . , Mar. 4

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

Prinz Aug. WUhelra. . .H.-A Saturday.. .Mar. 11

Santa Marta U F. C. . .Thursday.. Mar. 16

Trent R. M Saturday. . .Mar. 18

Metapan U. F. C. . . .Thursday. ..Mar. 23

Prinz Joachim H.-A Saturday . . . Mar. 25

Oruba R. M Saturday . . . . Apr. 1

Magdalena R. M Saturday Apr. 15

COLON TO NEW YORK.

Metapan U. F. C . . . Thursday . . Mar. 9



Prinz Joachim


H.-A....


. .Tuesday. . ..Mar. 14




.U. F C


. .Thursday... Mar. 16


Oruba


.R. M...


. .Tuesday. . .Mar. 21


Almirante


.U. F. C.


. .Thursday.. .Mar. 23


Prinz Aug. Wilhelm.


..H.-A....


. .Tuesday. ...Mar. 28


Santa Marta


.U. F. C.


.Thursday.. .Mar. 30


Magdalena


.R. M...


..Tuesday Apr. 4


NEW


ORLEAN3


TO COLON.


Parismlna


..U. F. C


. .Wednesday. Mar. 1


Abangarez


U. F. C.


. .Saturd.iy .Mar. 4


Heredia


. .U. F. C.


. .Wednesday Mar. 8


Arenas


,.U. F. C


. .Saturday. ..Mar. 11




..U F C.


. .Wednesday. Mar. 15


Turrialba


. .U. F. C.


. .Saturday. ..Mar. 18


COLON


TO NEW ORLEANS.


Turrialba


. ,U. F. C.


. .Thursday. ..Mar. 9


Parismlna


.U. F. C.


. . Thursday . . .Mar. 9


Abangarez


. .U. F. C.


. .Thursday... Mar. 16


Heredia


..U. F. C.


. .Thursday . .Mar. 16


Atenas


. ,U. F. C.


. .Thursday. ..Mar. 23


CarUgo


.U. F. C.


. . Thursday. . . Mar. 23


COLON TO BARBADOS, CALLING AT TRINIDAD.


Thames


.R. M...


. .Tuesday.. . .Mar. 14


Trent


.R. M....


. .Tuesday.. . .Mar. 28




.R. M...






.R. M...




The next sailing of the Leyland Line will be as fol-


lows- Colonian on or about March 19, for New Orleans,


via Kingston, Ja,







Stages of the Chagres.

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





Station.






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rt






Date and Date


Vlgia.


3


J2

a


d


3,1










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<


o


PQ


OJ


Sun. Feb. 26. . .


126.2


92.8


45.6


13.6


13.6


Mon. Feb. 27. .


126.3


92.8


45.6


13.5


13.5


Tues. Feb. 28. .


126.3


92.8


45.6


13.4


13.4


Wed. Mar. 1...


126.1


92.8


45.3


13.4


13.4


Thurs. Mar. 2..


126.2


92.7


45.3


13.3


13.3


Fri. Mar. 3


126.2


92.8


45.3


13.2


13.2


Sat. Mar. 4


126.0


92.6


45.2


13.2


13.2


Height of low












water


125.0


92.0


45.0







CANAL




RECORD



ANCON, CANAL ZONE, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 1911. No. 29.



Volume IV.



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 rol'..
Extra copies and back numbers can be obtained from the
news stands of the Panama Railroad Company for jSte
cents each.



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.



Highest Daily Excavation.

All daily records for excavation in the
Central Division were broken on Saturday,
March 11, when the total amount of material
excavated within the limits of the Central
Division aggregated 80.3-11 cubic yards. Of
this amount, 79.4S4 cubic yards were removed
by 51 steam shovels and two orange peel
cranes, the latter excavating 1,191 cubic
yards of material from the Canal prism.
The following amounts of material were re-
moved from the different sections of the
Central Division:

In the Chagres construction district, nine
steam shovels of the 100-class and two orange
peel cranes excavated 13,331 cubic yards of
material.

In the Empire construction district, 20
shovels excavated 27,374 cubic yards of
material, principally rock.

In the Culebra construction district, 21
shovels excavated 37,639 cubic yards of rock
and earth.

In the Pedro Miguel construction district,
one shovel excavated 1,140 cubic yards of
rock.

In addition to the amounts already men-
tioned, there were excavated by hand work
482 cubic yards, and by scraper 375 cubic
vards.

Of the total amount excavated on March
11th, 79,206 cubic yards were removed from
the Canal prism, 1.105 cubic yards from the
Obispo diversion, and 30 cubic yards from
outside work.

Previous to the beginning of the present
month, the highest daily record was made on
April 8, 1909, on which date the total ex-
cavation vuthin the limits of the Central
Division aggregated 78,559 cubic yards. At
this time, however, Lidgerwood flat cars were
credited with a capacity of 20 cubic yards,
place measurement, while at the present time
they are counted as containing but 19 cubic
yards, place measurement, although they are
loaded as heavily as in 1909. Had figures
now used for the contents of Lidgerwood cars



been applied to the excavation of April 8,
1909, the output for the day would have
aggregated 76,253 cubic yards, instead of
78,559 cubic yards, as was then reported, or
about 4,000 cubic yards less than the total
excavation of March 11, 1911.



Canal Fortifications.



An initial expenditure of S3, 000, 000 for the
fortification of the Panama Canal is author-
ized in the Sundry Civil Act approved on
March 4, 1911, in the following terms:

"For construction of seacoast batteries on the Canal
Zone, two million dollars.

"For the purchase, manufacture and test of seacoast