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Mrs. Douglas Johnston will serve this
. year as Director of the Community Chest
campaign. William Jump, an oldtimer in
Community Chest campaigns as well as
in service, will head the campaign for
local-rate employees, with Stanley Loney
as his Pacific side vice chairman and
James A. Hassocks as vice chairman for
the Atlantic side.

Mrs. J. B. Clemmons, Jr. will serve again
this year as secretary of the Community
Chest campaign and* Mrs. E. A. Doola'n
will be treasurer. Their headquarters will
be the office in the Credit Union in Balboa.

E. D. White, Jr. of Margarita is Fi-
nance Chairman for this year's drive.

Members of the Executive Committee
are: Charles A. Garcia of Balboa, R. S.
Ralph of Gatun, Truman H. Hoenke of
Pedro Miguel, E. J. Didier of Margarita,
and M. J. Goodin of Gamboa, all repre-
senting the Civic Councils in their Com-
munities. The Chest campaign this year,
for the fourth time is under the sponsor-
ship of the civic councils.

Representatives of the Armed Services
on the Executive Committee are: Capt.
V. F. Gordinier, for the 15th Naval Dis-
trict; Col. H. H. Schulz for the United
States Army Caribbean; Col. Edgar Gun-
ther for the Caribbean Air Command, and
Maj. William D. Ceely, who served on
the Community Chest Committee last
year, for the Caribbean Command.

all through the Canal Zone, got their first
general test on September 28, 1941. The
test was the first of a series which was
planned to acquaint Isthmians with various
types of signals: i.e., an oscillating blast
for an alert signal, a long steady blast for
an all-clear.



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THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW



October 5,1951



370 Hours of Police Work End With Capture
Of Hotel Tivoli's Young Second Story Man



A policeman's lot is not a happy one;
everyone knows that. It's especially un-
happy when he is trying to catch a second-
story burglar at the Hotel Tivoli.

(Of course, it can be argued that the
burglar, 19-year-old Steve Augustus Wil-
liams, will not have a hilariously happy
time in Gamboa penitentiary for the next
10 years— he can get 46 months off that
sentence if he behaves himself— but this
piece is about the police!)

The Canal Zone police were justifiably
annoyed at five o'clock on the morning of
last July 14 when the desk clerk at the
Tivoli reported a burglary. That sort of
thing is a breach of Canal Zone hospital-
ity as well as of law. Police Sergeant Troy
Hayes, Sergeant R. G. Nichols, Detective
Tom Frensley, and Policemen C. H.
Peavley and Arthur L. Blystone went to
the hotel to investigate. They didn't
know then that they and their colleagues
were going to spend some 370 tiresome,
tedious hours on the case before they had
Williams started to Gamboa.

The first case was simple enough. The
victim was one Lee Hines, a transient
guest about to leave by plane. His ran-
sacked suitcase, its contents spread all
around, was found in a hallway near Mr.
Hines' room, No. 164. Clothing, eye-
glasses, a fountain pen, and other miscel-
laneous items, worth together some $48,
were missing, as well as a $100 plane-
ticket. There was no indication that the
doors had been forced and smudged finger- #
prints on the luggage and elsewhere were'
valueless, as identification. (By this time,
Police Sergeants H. V. Crooks and Har-
vey Rhyne and Officer N. J. Lewter had
joined the burglary detail.)

No. 2 — Three Hours Later

Three hours later, Dr. and Mrs. James
G. Townsend, in room 268, reported that
their room had been entered while they
were asleep. A $1,400 ring and a $150
wrist watch were missing. In his haste,
the burglar had overlooked $285 in cash
in an overnight bag. The print of a bare
foot was found outside on a porch and



powder brought out several good finger-
prints in the Townsend's room.

But the prints fitted none of the 100
hotel employees or former employees who
were investigated and no such prints were
found in the comprehensive police files.
All-night watches were placed around the
hotel, with special attention to week-ends.

Nothing developed, no one suspicious
was seen. On August 1 1 a guest in room
164 (scene of the first burglary) reported
a theft. His billfold containing $480, was
missing. The wallet, empty and wiped
clean of prints, was found later near the
porch steps. As luck would have it, Ser-
geant Nichols, who had planned to watch
the hotel all night, was discovered by a
hotel employee at 3:30 a. m. and, con-
cluding that further surveillance was use-
less, had left his hiding place.

In the meantime watch was kept on
pawnshops, jewelry stores, the rooms of
possible suspects, all with the full cooper-
ation of the Panama police. Four local-
rate employees of the hotel, who had been
working at the time of the burglaries,
underwent lie-detector tests. Also tested
was the unemployed brother of one of
them. Four of the five were cleared but
the fifth gave indications that he knew
something of the crimes. (Investigators
now believe that he had found the miss-
ing but empty billfold of burglary No. 3,
searched it and wiped off his fingerprints,
all without making a report of his find.
He had been under investigation in Pan-
ama for assault and is serving a three-
month's sentence on this count.)
No. 4— August 19

The hunt went on, on both sides of the
Isthmus, but on August 19 there was a
fourth burglary. Mr. and Mrs. J. Y.
Caldwell, who had been assigned to room
268 (the same as that in which the second
burglary occurred) reported the loss of
Mrs. Caldwell's purse, containing $27 in
cash and commissary coupons. About two
o'clock that morning, she told the police,
she had been awakened by the slamming
of the screen door and had seen someone




EVERY DETECTIVE en the Canal Zone force worked at some time or another on the Hotel Tivoli
burglaries. Three of them compare some of the hundreds of fingerprints which were taken during the inves-
tigation. Standing, left, is Hiram Overall, who spotted burglar Steve Williams as he entered the hotel for
the last time. Sgt. Harvey Rhyne is seated, with Thomas Frensley, right.



running down the outside porch. There
were indications that the burglar had
climbed over the corridor door transom.
The stolen purse, empty, was found on
the grass outside the hotel.

This last was just too much for the
police. Any burglaries, they feel, are no
good, but that many, no! All routine
detective matters were suspended and the
entire force put to work on the Tivoli
burglaries. William R. Dunn, a Cristobal
police officer not well known on the Paci-
fic side, entered the hotel as a guest to
watch from the inside.

The break came the morning of August
24. About two o'clock that morning de-
tective Hiram Overall, outside the north
wing, saw a man come from Tivoli Ave-
nue, remove his shoes and climb over the
railing of the steps leading from the
ground to the first floor porch. Detective
Overall followed, first taking the precau-
tion of hiding the suspect's shoes. A few
minutes later, the burglar slithered over
the transom into his old stamping ground,
room 268, where Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell
were asleep. Overall called his Cristobal
colleague on the first floor for help.
They Caught Him

In the meantime, however, the thief
had gotten into room 266, part of a suite
with the Caldwell's room, but had, as it
later turned out, also made a foray into
nearby room 260 where he helped himself
to some property. He startled Mi s. Cald-
well, who screamed. The burglar fled
down the porch. As he ran he collided
with officers Overall and Dunn and a
third colleague, H. H. Summerford.

What the burglar did not know was
that he had fallen neatly into a trap,
baited with a $20 bill (belonging to Sgt.
Nichols) which had been covered with a
powder which glows under ultra-violet
light. His hands and clothing shone bril-
liantly a short time later, when he was
placed under the special light.

Later, after questioning, the burglar,
Williams, admitted all the thefts and on
September 4 was sentenced to 10 years
in Gamboa.

The case, though, was not ended for
the police. They wanted to get the stolen
property back. Questioned as to Mrs.
Townsend's ring, Williams gave a num-
ber of false leads and finally said he had
sold it to an individual who frequented
a Panama City pool hall. This character
admitted receiving a ring from Williams
but said he had sold it to a woman for
$8. This woman was located at Matias
Hernandez Hospital and the ring traced,
through her to another woman and a
pawnshop, to its present possessor. After
all that, it turned out to be the wrong
ring; its owner has not yet been located.

The Panama and Canal Zone detectives
had to start all over again. Questioned
once more, Williams at last remembered
having given such a ring to his landlady.
She recalled that she had sold it to her
fireman son for $1. The fireman, located
after a lengthy search, eventually remem-
bered this transaction and led the detec-
tives to a Bomberos' dormitory in the mar-
ket section of Panama City. The $1,400
ring was hanging on a nail in the wall!

Pouncing on it, the detectives told the
Bombero and his mother what the ring
was worth. The woman fainted.



October 5,1951



THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW



13



We Don't Have Everything




At Diablo Clubhouse . . .

. . . but we do have a lot of things that bring a lot of people to the Clubhouse
clay after day, year after year, and at all hours of the day and night. In fact, at
Diablo Clubhouse, we have just about everything there is at any Canal Clubhouse,
and more, because we have the big boss, too.

For instance, . . .

if There is food. That's in our cafeteria section. There you get the good solid
variety that you want at mealtime or the sodas and sundaes or cokes or what-have-
you for the calories in between.

-k Then there are all kinds of things to buy. They're in our merchandise section.
People go there for a new lipstick, a cigar, a candy bar, a New York Times, a roll
of film, a phonograph record and all kinds of things like that.

ir And there's a theater. If you're interested in statistics, it has 450 seats. If
you're interested in movies, it has them too — the common garden variety Hollywood
productions most of the time, the "arty" variety on the last Thursday of the month,
chiller-mystery-horror shows at 10:30 o'clock one Friday night a month . . . and
sometimes, dramatic productions, by Isthmians for Isthmians and their mutual
entertainment.

if The ballroom on the second floor brings a lot of people to the Clubhouse, too.
They gather there for meetings, bingo, dinner dances, and banquets, and all kinds
of things people find to get together for.

if A dance floor and a juke box draw the just-beyond-small-fry crowd through
a red door to (what do you know?) the "Red Door," a new and special little gather-
ing place where people sometimes have small informal parties.

if There's an eight-lane bowling alley accredited by the American Bowling Con-
gress, and bowled on by many a local league.

if We even have a Library in the building, a new branch of the Panama Canal
Library.

if Some people who are run down at the heels come to the Clubhouse because it
has a shoe shop.

* Others who want a new suit or their pants pressed come to see our tailor.

if Grown-up girls who want a new dress or drapes to match the new slip covers
talk their problems over with the seamstress.

ir Lots of ladies come regularly for their wave sets and manicures. They go to
the beauty shop.

• Employees of the offices of the General Manager of the Clubhouse Division,
and the General Manager too — that's Wilson Crook — arrive every morning bright
and early and stay here all day because that's where they work on the second floor
of the building.

if Motion picture equipment from theaters all over the Isthmus is brought here
every now and then because here's where it is fixed — in the motion picture equip-
ment maintainer shop on the first floor of the building.

We don't say the place is just like Grand Central Station — because we don't have
any trains. But, we repeat, we do have a lot of things that bring a lot of people to
the Diablo Clubhouse day after day, year after year, and at all hours of the day
and night.

And that's just the way we like it.

Why don't you come, too?



MUD AN D DUMP TRAINS

{Continued from page 6) Culebra Cut, La Boca,

then left the Canal to become a bartender
in the Hotel Normandie in Panama.

A Canal official who used to play poker
at the hotel asked Holder if he would like
to come back to work in the Canal Zone,
and he took a job in 1911 as messenger in
the Executive Department at Culebra.
He left Canal service again in 1920,
worked in the Metropole Bar and drove
his own bus in Panama until 1940, when
he came back to his present Canal job.

Todd's first job for the Canal was in
the "feeble ward" at Ancon Hospital
"farm" in the area now occupied by the
houses of the Health Director and Lieut-
enant Governor, at Balboa Heights. It
was commonly called "the farm" Todd
says, because at some earlier time the
land had been used to raise foodstuffs for
the hospital.

As attendant at the hospital, Todd says
he saw them "come in droves with dysen-
tery, malaria, and typhoid."

Gorgas A "Sweet Gentleman"

Colonel Gorgas, later General, the
Canal's famed first Chief Health Officer,
was "a sweet gentleman who never lost
his temper and always had a smile and
talked nice." Todd says his daughter,
"Miss Eileen," was the same way.

When the present Administration Build-
ing at Balboa Heights was opened in 1914,
Todd was transferred to the Record Bu-
reau as messenger. He became a clerk in
1919 and since 1926 has been an office
helper. Douglas came to the Isthmus in
1909 with his mother to join his brother
who was already working for the Canal.

He worked in Panama as clerk and
watchman for a short time, then became
an attendant at Ancon Hospital, where
his brother was working. He first worked
in the "private" wards where the nurses
quarters are now located, then in the
isolation wards, at that time located near
the present site of the Governor's house
at Balboa Heights. He remained there
until 1918, then took over his present job
as messenger for the Executive Depart-
ment in the Administration Building.

Daniels is a second generation Canal
employee who came to the Isthmus to
join his father who had been here since
1907. Daniels' first Canal job was that
of janitor in the old Administration
Building at Ancon — the present District
Court Building. He became a messenger
in the present Administration Building in
1918 and has been at the "Governor's
Station" since March 1930.

Fire, Our OLD Enemy

(Continued from page 5) prevented had a

little care been taken. Prevention could
also have whittled down the figure of
$700,000,000, which is the report of prop-
erty losses from fire in the U. S. per year.
All Canal Zone residents are invited to
visit the fire stations on the Zone during
Fire Prevention Week. You will be given
a warm welcome by the men on duty who
will be glad to show the equipment on
display and to discuss your particular fire
hazard problems. Further announce-
ments concerning the program for Fire
Prevention Week will appear in the local
newspapers.

532,695 persons were killed in all nine
American Wars through May 1951.

979,700 Americans were killed in motor
vehicle accidents through May 1951.



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THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW



October 5,1951



TOUR HEALTH our out-of-doors



Questions About The Blood Bank



Since the establishment of the Blood
Bank at Gorgas Hospital almost two
years ago the Canal Zone public has
taken a great deal of interest in donating
blood for other people. The staff at the
Blood Bank has cheerfully answered hun-
dreds of questions concerning the giving
of blood, many questions being repeated
almost daily. Why not?— everyone who
donates blood has a natural curiosity to
find out all he can about the procedure
and how it will affect him.

The staff of the Blood Bank has pre-
pared a list of a dozen questions which
are asked frequently, together with the
answers. These are printed below for the
information of all concerned.

1. How much blood can I give?

The usual amount taken is 500 cc, or
one pint. The same amount is usually
given to the patient.

2. How much blood is in my body?
The average person has 12 to 15 pints

of blood in his body.

S. Will the procedure hurt me?

Certainly not! A needle is inserted
through the skin into a vein in the arm,
and the the blood flows into the receiving
bottle.

4- Why does the blood flow uphill into
the bottle?

There is a vacuum in the receiving
bottle which causes the blood to flow
into the bottle.

5. Will I suffer any ill effects from
donating a pint of blood?

No. You will be kept lying down for
a few minutes after the donation is com-
pleted, then you may resume your usual
activities. Your body will make up the
loss of blood in a short time.



6. How often can I donate blood?
Blood can be donated every eight weeks

with safety. However, for the Blood
Bank purposes, a donor is not permitted
to give blood oftener than once in three
months.

7. How many types of blood are there?
There are four major types: Type A

occurring in 39 percent of people, Type
B in 12 percent, Type AB in 4 percent,
and Type in 45 percent (this is the
International Classification and is based
on studies made in the U. S.; studies
based on the Isthmian population are
slightly different).

8. Will the type of my blood change after
donation?

No. Normally a person's blood type
never changes.

9. Can Type A blood be given to a pa-
tient who has Type B blood?

No. As a rule, donor's blood and pa-
tient's blood must be of same type; how-
ever, Type blood may be given to any
patient in an emergency.

10. How do yon know if donor's blood is
acceptable to the patient?

The blood of the donor and the blood
of the patient are always cross-matched
before a transfusion is given to be sure
they are compatible.

11. Will I be given a card after giving
blood that will show my blood type?

Every donor is typed and a card show-
ing his blood type is mailed to him.

12. Where is the Blood Bank, and when
is it open?

The Blood Bank is located in Gorgas
Hospital, first floor, Section B (old Ward
6); it is open from 8:30 to 10:30 each
morning from Monday through Friday.



THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR



OCTOBER

5th — American Legion, Post No. 6,

Gamboa Legion Hall, 7:30 p. ra.

7th— Masters, Mates, and Pilots, No.

27, Diablo Clubhouse, 9 a. m.
8th — American Legion, Post No. 1 , Bal-
boa Legion Home, 7:30 p. m.
Blacksmiths, No. 400, Balboa

Lodge Hall, 7:30 p. m.
Machinists, Xo. 699, Margarita K.
of C. Hall. 7:30 p. m.
9th— American Legion Auxiliary, No.
1 . P.. ill >o.i 1. 1 -ion I lome, 7 :30 p. m.
V. F. W., Post Xo. 100, Old Bov
Scout Bldg., Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
Electrical Workers, Xo. 397, Bal-
boa Lodge Hall, 7:30 p. in.
Painters, No. 1232, Cristobal Legion
Hall, 7 p. m.
10th— Pacific Civic Council, Jewish Wel-
fare Board, 7:30 p. m.
American Legion, Post No. 2, Cris-
tobal Legion Home, 7:30 p. m.
AmericanTegion, Post Xo. 7, Fort
Clayton, 7:30 p. m.
14th— Plumbers, Loral Xo. 606, Balboa
Lodge Hall, 9:30 a. m,
Steamfitters, No. 652, Margarita
Clubhouse, 9:30 a. m.
15th Electrical Workers, No. 677, ('..nun

Masonic Temple, 7:30 p. m.
16th — Operating Engineers, No. 595,

Margarita K. of C. Hall, 7 p. m.
17th— A. F. G. E., No. 14, Balboa Club-
house, 7 p. m.
American Legion Auxiliary, Xo.
3, Gatun Legion Hall, 7:30 p. m.



Octob


er Sailings


From Cristobal


Panama


October 5


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__ October 12


Ancon


October 19


Panama...


October 26




From New York


Cristobal


_ __ __ ^October 3


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October 10


Panama


October 17


Cristobal


. .October 24


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October 31



V. F. W., Post Xo. 40, Balboa K. of
C. Hall, 7:30 p. in.

18th — American Legion Auxiliary, No.
6, Gamboa Legion Hall, 7:30 p. m.

19th— V. F. W., Post No. 3857, Cristobal,
7:30 p. m.
Commissary Toy Sale Preview
Margarita Hospital and Ancon
Theater, 3-5:30 p. in., 7-9 p. m.

20th Commissary Toy Sale begins, Mar-
garita Hospital and Ancon Thea-
ter, 8:30 a. m.-12:30 p. m., 2:30-
5:30 p. m.

21st — Central Labor Union- MetalTrades
Council, Balboa Lodge Hall, 8:30
a. m.

22d— V. F. W. Auxiliary, Post Xo. 3822



(Editor's Note: the material for this
column has been prepared by Walter R.
Lindsay, Chief of the Grounds Maintenance
Division who is also in charge of the Canal
Zone Experiment Gardens.)

October is a poor month for flowers but
there are several worthy of mention. The
Heliconias (wild bananas or plantanilla)
have been especially colorful this year. At
least three species may still be seen along
the Madden Road.

Heliconia latispatha is the most com-
mon species of wild banana found on the
Pacific side of the Isthmus. It is the
species with upright inflorescence com-
monly found growing along the highways
and other waste places.

Heliconia mariae or Beefsteak Helico-
nia is one of the tallest species found in
this region. The plants often reach a
height of 20 feet or more and have flat, red
inflorescence which are often a yard long.
Heliconia curtispatha is the most showy
species of Heliconia found in Panama. Its
handsome pendant inflorescence is pre-
dominantly red and yellow with bright
blue seeds. The plants are common on
the Atlantic side of the Isthmus and may
still be seen in flower along the road to
Fort San Lorenzo.

The Panama Poinsettia (Warscewiczia
eoccinea) is starting to bloom. The long
panicles of fiery red bracts make this small
tree one of the handsomest in Panama.
It is a relative of the coffee tree — but who
but a botanist would ever guess it? Plants
in flower may be seen as one drives
through the Canal Zone Experiment Gar-
dens at Summit.

Two of the showy, yellow-flowered Cas-
sias (Cassia multijuga and C. spectabilis)
may also be seen in flower at the Experi-
ment Gardens.

Many people have inquired recently
about the large showy tree on the west
side of Gamboa Highway near the en-
trance to the Experiment Gardens. This
is a fast-growing timber tree, Terminalia
myriocarpa, which was introduced into
the Canal Zone in 1927 from West Africa.
The wood is comparable to that of the
Central American mahogany. The abun-
dant small, fuzzy flowers are cream-
colored and are followed by clusters of
small, crimson, winged fruits.

Those who are interested in orchids
might like to know that September and
October are the months when the Cattleya
deckerii is in bloom. This, by the way, is
the only species of Cattleya found grow-
ing wild in Panama.

The flowers are small compared to the
commercial species of Cattleya but their
lack of size is compensated for by their
profusion. There are commonly five to
20 lavender flowers on a stem.

Post Home, 7:30 p. m.
23d— V. F. W., Post No. 100, Old Boy Scout

Building, Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
Operating Engineers, No. 595,

Balboa Lodge Hall, 7 p. m.
24th American Legion Auxiliary, No.

2, Cristobal Legion Home, 7:30

p. m.
American Legion, Post Xo. 7, Fort

Clavton, 7:30 p. in.
A. F. G. E., No. 88, Margarita Club-
house, 7:30 p. m.
25th Governor-Employee Conference,

Board Room, Administration

Bldg., 2 p. m.

NOVEMBER

1st — Carpenters, No. 667, Margarita
Clubhouse, 7:30 p. m.



October 5, 1951



THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW



15



Order Of Draft Call
Outlined For Zone
By Selective Service



Procedure which will be followed for
the induction into the service of Canal
Zone residents, or of those registered with
the two Canal Zone Selective Service
Boards has been outlined by local Select-
ive Service officials.

First to be called will be those who vol-
unteer for service. They will be inducted
in the order in which they volunteered.

The volunteers may be either United
States citizens who have registered for
Selective Service but who have not yet
been called, or non-U. S. citizens who are
within the 18-25 year age group, residents
of the Canal Zone, without dependents
and with no record of conviction of a
felony. Additional information concern-
ing the voluntary induction of aliens is
obtainable from either of the two Canal
Zone Local Boards.

After the volunteers, non-volunteers
will be called up in order of their dates
of birth, with the oldest being selected
first. The sole exception to this procedure
is that in case of a delinquent, i. e., a


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