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MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL
COMMISSION.


ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SIXTH MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, April 23, 1910.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at. 2.30 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Hodges, Gaillard,
Sibert, Rousseau, and Gorgas.
The Commission elected the Chairman's Chief Clerk, Mr. Cloyd A.
McIlvaine, as Acting Secretary of the Commission for the meeting.
The minutes of the one hundred and fifty-fiftlh.meeting were read
and approved.
1. ThelChairman read the following executive orders, which were
ordered to be spread upon the minutes:

EXECUTIVE ORDER.

By direction of the President, it is ordered:
That the executive order of March 12, 1907, effective July 1, 1907, be, and the same
hereby is, amended by the addition of the following:
Provided, That indemnity insurance companies whose business within the Canal.
Zone consists solely of furnishing fidelity bonds of employees of the United States,
which are required by the laws of the Canal Zone, or regulations of the Isthmian
Canal Commission, shall hereafter be exempt from liability to pay the annual fee of
fifty dollars and the license tax of one and one-half per centum of their premium
receipts.
ROBERT SHAW OLIVER,
Acting Secretary of War.
WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, D. C., October 15, 1909.


EXECUTIVE ORDER..

By authority of the President of the United States, it is ordered:'
That act 14, enacted by the Isthmian Canal Commission by authority of the Presi-
dent under date of September 3, 1904, entitled "An act to establish a penal code for
the Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama," be, and the same is hereby, amended by adding
after paragraph 6 of section 450 the following:
7. As a member of a rifle, gun, or pistol club, organized for the promotion of rifle,
gun, or pistol practice, a certified copy of whose constitution and by-laws has been
approved by the Chief Executive of the Canal Zone and filed with the Collector of
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Revenues, when going to and from a target range and when engaged in target practice
at a target range. For the purposes of this section certificates of membership in such
rifle, gun, or pistol club shall be issued under regulations approved by the Chief...:*;
Executive of the Canal Zone."
And section 456 be, and the same is hereby, amended as follows:
"The license fees for permits issued by the Treasurer under the provisions of this
title shall be as follows: For every permit issued to carry a firearm abroad, five dollars
($5.00); for every permit authorizing an overseer or watchman engaged by a private.
employer, ten dollars ($10.00) for each watchman or overseer so authorized to carry a
firearm; for each hunting permit, five dollars ($5.00): Provided, That no charge shell
be made for hunting permits issued to enlisted men of the Marine Corps stationed on.
the Isthmus of Panama. The treasurer shall keep a record of all licenses issued by..'
him, with the name and residence of the persons to whom they are issued, and the
date and serial number thereof." .
J.M. M. DICKINSON, Secretary of War .
WrAR DEPARTMENT, ,''
Washington, D. C., December 1, 1909. '



EXECUTIVE ORDER.

- The Isthmian Canal V'ommission may, from the necessities of sanitation, cause such
improvements to be made in the Canal Zone as the construction of streets, roads, and
trails, water and sewer systems, and similar sanitary improvements, andnay charge'.
such proportion of the cost thereof, not to exceed one-half, to the owners of the property
adjacent to, abutting upon, or within the district in which such improvement is
necessary and has been made, as may be decided by the Isthmian Canal Commission-
to be just and equitable.
Due notice of all such improvements shall be given to persons affected thereby,
together with the estimated assessment, in accordance with rules to be issued by the
Isthmian Canal Commission. Any unpaid assessment shall become a lien upon the
property affected thereby, collectible as provided by law.
Wm. H. TArr.
WASHINGTON, January 26, 1910.
(No. 1158.)



EXECUTIVE ORDER.
By authority of the President of the United States, it is ordered:
That each member of the Board of Local Inspectors, appointed under the authority "j
of Executive Order No. 1131 of the President, dated October 2, 1909, is hereby author- .
ized to administer oaths necessary in conducting the business of the Board.
J. M. DICKINSON, Secretary of War.
WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, b. C., February 8, 1910.


EXECUTIVE ORDER.
The provisions of the second paragraph of the executive order of March 13, 19007, ;-1H
which fix the duties of the district tax collectors of the Canal Zone, shall not requftr -
the collection by them of moneys to be paid for liquor licenses under the regulation
respecting the sale of intoxicating liquors in the Canal Zone, approved by the Isthmiani..
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Canal Commission, April 27, 1907; but such moneys shall be collected by the Collector
of Revenues or his deputy or assistant.
WM. H. TAFT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, April P, 1910.
(No. 1184.)


2. The Chairman presented a statement showing appointments,.
promotions, and other changes in the personnel of the Washington
Office and Assistant Purchasing Agencies, covering the period from
July 1, 1909, to December 31, 1909, inclusive; all of which were rati-
fied and approved.
3. The Commission formally confirmed the following resolution
"auth6rizihg the remodeling of the dining saloon of the steamship
Colon, which was adopted by letter ballot of February 17, 1909:
"It being deemed necessary for the good of the service and for the
accommodation of additional passengers to remodel the dining saloon
of the steamship Colon, owned by the United States Government and
operated by the Commission,
"Resolved, That the Chairman of the Commission be authorized to.
approve a contract to be entered into by the Panama Railroad Com-
pany for the making of needed changes to the dining saloon of the
said steamship Colon, and the disbursing officers of the Commission
are directed to pay the expense bills for said improvement when certi-
fied to be correct by the officers of the Railroad Company.
"Resolved further, That the charter rate to be paid by the Railroad
Company for the use of said steamship shall be increased by an
amount equal to 4 per cent upon the cost of said improvement, and
that the charter party between the Railroad Company and the Com-
mission of November 10, 1905, be modified, and the modification
accepted by the Railroad Company accordingly."
4. The Commission formally confirmed the following resolution,
respecting the organization of the Police Department, which was
.adopted by letter ballot of February 2, 1910:
"Resolved, That article 7 of the Rules and Regulations for the Gov-.
ernment of the Canal Zone Police Force, approved at the one hundred
and forty-fifth meeting of the Commission, held at Culebra on July
18, 1908, and amended at the one hundred and fifty-fourth meeting
of the Commission, held at Ancon on August 6,1909, be, and the same
hereby is, amended to provide the following rates of pay for members
of the Police Force:
"Policeman, $40, $45, and $50 per month; first-class policemen, $80,
$90, $100, and $107.50 per month; Corporals, one-half the number
in service, $122.50 per month and one-half $132.50 per month; Ser-
geants, one-half the number in the service $142.50 per month and
one-half $157.50 per month; four (4) Lieutenants, at $160 per
month; two (2) Inspectors, at $175 per month; one Assistant Chief
of Police, at $275 per month; one Chief of Police, at $333.33 per
month. The number of policemen and first-class policemen in the



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several ranks shall be fixed by the head of the Department of Chi
Administration, with the approval of the Chairman'."
5. The following memorandum of agreement between the Isthmit '
Canal Commission and the Panama Railroad Company respecting the. ::
operation of dock 14 at Cristobal was read and approved:
Memorandum of agreement between the Isthmian Canal Commission and the
Panama Railroad Company with reference to (a) the cancellation of so much of the
lease executed November 15, 1906 (which rents Isthmian Canal Commission docks '
11 and 14, Cristobal, and the wharves at Balboa to the Panama Railroad Company),
as relates to that portion of dock 14, Cristobal) running north and south at right angler d ,
with what is known as the "coal dock;" and (b) the resumption by the Isthmian ,
Canal Commission on December 1, 1909, of the entire control and supervision of th *
dock and the operations thereon.
1. The annual rental provided for in the above-mentioned lease to be paid by th
Panama Railroad Company to the Isthmian Canal Commission shall be reduced by
$1,448.78, which represents the proportionate rental of that part of dock 14 reverhit .?
to the jurisdiction of the Isthmian Canal Commission as obtained by a compatisoi of
its area in square feet with the total area of all the leased docks and wharves.
2. The Quartermaster's Department of the Isthmian Canal Commission will stevr,
dore, check, load on cars, and ship all material arriving in vessels berthed at this dock.
While handling material consigned to private parties and what is known as throughk
freight" the Isthmian Canal Commission shall be considered as agents for the Paama ;
Railroad Company and will render bills for such services against the Panama RaikieSd
Company, the railroad in turn to bill consignees or connecting transportation liN .L
3. All matters relating to overs, shorts, or damages in private shipments and Shromh
freight" are to be taken up and handled by the Claim Department of the Panamo
Railroad Company.
4. The ownership of the cantilever crane and its appurtenances at dock 14 and
of all stevedoring tools and appliances which may be in use on dock 14 on Decembdi
1, 1909, is to be transferred to the Isthmian Canal Commission (Quartermastete
Department), for which the Panama Railroad Company shall be paid at such valuatica
as may be placed thereon by the Surveying Officer of the Isthmian Canal Commiakft.
5. The lsthmian Canal Commission will bill the Panama Railroad Company r.e
services in handling material over this dock which is consigned to the Panama Bail-.
road Company and for "through freight" at the following tariff rates: .

Handling. Rehandling. Assorting.

General cargo, per ton ........................... $0.32 ..................
Track material, per ton........................... .30 ............. ....
qross-ties, each.................................. .02 $0.01 ........
Lumber, per M feet.............................. .55 .-...-.... 8
Piling, per foot.................................. .0035 .0035 ------- -;-.

For material consigned to private parties the Panama Railroad Company wiT be
billed for services at the following tariff rates:

Handling. Rehandling. Assorting.

general cargo, per ton........................... 0. 40 .......... ..........
Track material, per ton........................... .35 .......... .... -A
Cross-ties, each.................................. .02j 30.021 ...... .. i.
Lumber, per M feet.............................. .65 .......... i0.40
Piling, per foot.................................. .004 .004 ..... ...



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6. This memorandum agreement will be'terminable on thirty days' written notice
by either party or by any supplementary agreement.
Approval recommended, effective December 1, 1909.
*J. A. SMrrTH,
General Superintendent P. R. R.
C. NIxoN,
Depot Quartermaster, I. C. C.
Dated at Colon, November 30, 1909.
6. The following resolution, adopted by letter ballot, authorizing
F. L. Grosvenor, foreman in the Central Division, to enter January
21, 1910, upon forty-two days' leave of absence with pay, for his
service year beginning May 11, 1909, was formally confirmed:
Resolved, That F. L. Grosvenor be granted forty-two days' leave
of absence with pay, effective January 21, 1910, for his service year
beginning May 11, 1909, which ordinarily would not be due until
March 11, 1910.
7. The Chairman stated that Mr. Louis K. Rourke, Assistant Divi-
sion Engineer of the Central Division, had tendered his resignation
and desired to sail for the States on May 31, 1910.
It was, thereupon
Resolved, That Mr. Louis K. Rourke be granted forty-two days'
leave of absence with pay, effective May 31, 1910, for his service year
beginning August 9, 1909, which ordinarily would not be due until
June 9, .1910; that his resignation be accepted at the expiration
thereof, and that he be paid in the States for the period of his leave
under the regulations of the Commission.
8. The following resolution, adopted by letter ballot, authorizing
J. W. Kendall, locomotive engineer in the Central Division, to enter
April 1, 1910, upon forty-two days' leave of absence with pay, for
his service year beginning June 5, 1909, was formally confirmed:
Resolved, That J. W. Kendall be granted forty-two days' leave of
absence with pay, effective April 1, 1910, for his service year begin-
ning June 5, 1909, which ordinarily would not be due until April 5,
1910.
9. The Commission formally confirmed its action by letter ballot
of December 14, 1909, authorizing the closing of the Canal Zone pub-
lic schools for the Christmas holidays from December 25, 1909, to
January 2, 1910, inclusive.
It was further
Resolved, That holiday intermissions for the Canal Zone public
schools during the school term shall hereafter be fixed by the Super-
intendent of Schools, with, the approval of the Head of the Depart-
ment of Civil Administration.
10. The Commission formally recommended for approval the fol-
lowing draft of an ordinance requiring proprietors of hotels, boarding,


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or lodging houses in the Canal Zone to enter certain information
respecting guests in a register book kept for that purpose: f*
Every proprietor or manager of any hotel, boarding, or lodging house in the Canal
Zone shall keep a register of all guests; which register shall clearly show the name6
nationality, and date of arrival of each guest, the place from whence he came, and
the date of his departure and destination. Any proprietor or manager failing to
keep such register, or any guest failing or refusing to give true information for entry
in such register shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
11. The regulations governing the treatment of persons by the'
physicians and in the hospitals of the Department of Sanitation, as
adopted by the Commission at its one hundred and twenty-fourth
meeting, were amended by authorizing a rate of 30 cents gold per
day for the treatment of servants of employees of the Isthmian Canal
Commission and of the Panama Railroad Company.
12. Upon motion it was
Resolved, That section 2 of the order of the government of the
Canal Zone, dated September 23, 1905, respecting the management,
organization, and maintenance of Santo Tomas Hospital in the city
of Panama, ratified and approved at the eighteenth meeting of the
Executive Committee of the Isthmian Canal Commission and the
ninety-ninth meeting of the Commission be, and the same hereby is,
amended to provide that two of the members of the Board of Directors
to be -appointed by the President of the Republic of Panama shall
be physicians on the Santo Tomas Hospital staff, and that. the Sec-
retary and Treasurer of that institution shall be ex officio members
of the Board of Directors, but shall have no voice in the proceedings
of the Board.
13. Resolved, That in accordance with the provisions of section 4
of the regulations respecting the sale of intoxicating liquors in the
Canal Zone, adopted by the Commission April 27, 1907, and approved
by the Secretary of HWar May 17, 1907, the towns and villages of the
Canal Zone, in which saloons and drinking places may be licensed for
the year commencing July 1, 1910, and the areas in such towns and
villages within which such saloons and drinking places may be located
be, and the same hereby are, fixed as follows:
Rio Grande.-On the west side of the old line of the Panama
Railroad,: facing the railroad, in line with the saloons at present
licensed there.
Culebra.-Lots 11 to 19, inclusive, block 1; lots 12 to 20, inclusive,
block 2; lots 1 to 9, inclusive, block 4; lots 2 to 10, inclusive
block 5, in West Culebra.
Empire.-The area bounded by Second avenue, Main street,
Seventh avenue, and Front street.
Las Cascadas.-The section known as the new town, where private
houses are now located, on the west side of the Panama Railroad.
Bas Obispo.-On the west side of the Panama Railroad,. in line
with the buildings in which saloons are now located.
Matachin.-On the main street of the town, on the north side of
the Panama Railroad, in line with the buildings in which saloons are
now located.


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Gorgona.-Area bounded by Second street, Avenue E, Fifth street,
and Central avenue (or Avenue A); but no saloons will be permitted
to face on Central avenue.
Tabernilla.-On the front street of the town, east of the Panama
Railroad, facing the railroad and running a distance of about 500
feet in a northerly direction from the building in which a saloon is
at present located, north of the Panama Railroad passenger station.
Bohio.-On the main street of the town, on the southwest side of
the Panama Railroad, fronting the railroad.
Gatun.-Blocks 7 and 8 of the new town laid out by the Panama
Railroad Company.
All of the areas described are more particularly indicated on maps,
numbered 1 to 11, inclusive, prepared in the office of the Chief
Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission and approved by the
Head of the Department of Civil Administration.
The designation of the areas hereinbefore made, however, shall
not be construed as prohibiting the renewal of the licenses of dealers
now engaged in the retail sale of liquor, under proper license, in any
of the towns mentioned, outside of the areas designated, the places
of business of all such dealers outside of the areas described being
shown on the maps hereinbefore referred to.
Resolved, further, That the number of saloons to be located in each
town within the area designated shall not be restricted, but that
each reliable and responsible applicant shall be granted a license for
the sale of liquor within any such described area, in conformity with
the regulations, upon the payment of the necessary fee.
14. Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That economy in the administration of the Panama
Canal, both before and after completion, requires adherence to the
principle that such facilities, appurtenances, etc., as may be required
for its construction, sanitation, operation, maintenance, repair,
defense, and commercial use, and by the Panama Railroad and by
the Canal Zone government, shall be combined and consolidated, so
far as practicable, without duplication, regardless of their use by
more than one executive department of the government.


There being no further business before the Commission, the meet-
ing was adjourned at 4 o'clock p. m., subject to the call of the
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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SEVENTH MEETING.


CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, June 9, 1910.
The Commission met at the call of the Acting Chairman at 2.30 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Hodges (Acting Chairman), Sibert, Rous-
seau, Thatcher, and Secretary Bishop.
Absent: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Gaillard, and Gorgas.
The minutes of the one hundred and fifty-sixth meeting were read
and approved.
1. The Acting Chairman read the following executive orders, which
were ordered to be spread upon the minutes:

EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Maurice H. Thatcher is hereby appointed a member of the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion with compensation at the rate of $14,000 per annum, effective upon date of sailing
for the Isthmus of Panama.
Commissioner Thatcher will be allowed the use of a furnished dwelling house on the
Isthmus of Panama and will be allowed and paid his actual and necessary expenses
while away from the Isthmus on official business.
WM. H. TAPT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, April 12, 1910.
(No. 1188.1



EXECUTIVE ORDER.

By virtue of the authority vested in me I hereby establish the following order for
* ie Canal Zone:
ARTICLE 1. The Counsel and Chief Attorney for the Isthmian Canal Commission shall
be legal adviser to the Commission, the Chairman thereof and to the Head of the Depart-
Sment of Civil Administration; he shall submit his opinions in writing when requested
by the Commission, the Chairman thereof or the Head of the Department of Civir
Administration; he shall have the direction and control of all litigation before the
courts of the Canal Zone or the Republic of Panama in which the Commission, or the
Government of the Canal Zone or any of its dependencies are interested or involved,
and he may appear for them, or either of them, before said courts when he deems it
necessary; he shall have the supervision and direction of all prosecutions for offenses
against the laws of the Canal Zone, and he may inquire into criminal matters and
prosecute the same in person before the courts, when in his opinion it may be necessary
to do so.
ARTICLE 2. The Counsel and Chief Attorney for the Isthmian Canal Commission, the
Prosecuting Attorney, the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, or other counsel specially
deftnated by the Head of the Department of Civil Administration, shall have equal
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authority with the judges of the courts of the Canal Zone to issue sulipcenas for wi- t,
nesses in criminal cases, and each of said officers, as well as any judge of any of the
courts of the Canal Zone, may examine witnesses under oath in the investigation of' :.!
offenses against the laws of the Canal Zone.
ARTICLE 3. The information in a criminal case may be filed by the Prosecuting.
Attorney, the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, or other counsel specially designated4"y.
the Head of the Department of Civil Administration, as well as by the Counsel and
Chief Attorney for the Isthmian Canal Commission, and it may be verified by any of
said officers, and the affidavit shall be sufficient if it states that the information is based A
upon the sworn testimony of witnesses and that the affiant solemnly believes that there-
is just cause for the filing of the information.
ARTICLE 4. Section 138 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is hereby amended to
read as follows:
SECTION 138. When the information is not subscribed and sworn to by the Prose-
cuting Attorney, or other officer authorized to file informations, it must be set aside'by
the court in which the defendant is arraigned, upon his motion. a* *
ARTICLE 5. Civil and criminal process issued from any court or tribunal of theCanal"
Zone may be executed and return thereon made by any peace officer of the Canal .
Zone.
The following are peace officers: The Marshal and Deputy Marshals of the Supremt
Court; the Marshal of each of the Circuit Courts; the Bailiffs of the Supreme and
Circuit Courts and all officers and members of the police force of the Canal Zone.
The provisions of this Article are cumulative, and shall not be construed to repeal
or modify the existing laws relating to the execution of process and return thereon. :
ARTICLE 6. All laws or orders, or parts thereof, in conflict with this Order arehereby
repealed.
WM. H. TnAr.
THE WHITE HOUSE, April 16, 1910.
(No. 1190.)

EXECUTIVE ORDER.


Under authority vested in me by law, it is ordered that so much of Act No. 8, enlicted
by the Isthmian Canal Commission September 2, 1904, as provides that certain duties
be performed by the Executive Secretary, is hereby amended.
The office of Executive Secretary will be abolished on June 1, 1910, and the duties
heretofore devolving upon that official will on and after that date be performed by any
official of the Department of Civil Administration that may be designated by the-
proper authority.


J. M. DICKINSON,
Secretary of Wiar


MAY 24, 1910.


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2. The Acting Chairman read the following letter addressed by tin
Chairman, under date of May 7, 1910, to Mr. H. L. Mayhew, Secre-
tary, in response to petition presented by members of the T1des
Council on the Isthmus for an increase in pay of 20 per cent to .4a4
hourly gold employees, and the same -was ordered to be spread upon
the minutes.
MAY 7, 1910.
Mr. H. L. MAYHEw,
Secretary, Trades Council, Pedro Miguel.
SIR: I have laid before the Isthmian Canal Commission the petition of the holy
gold employees on the Isthmus for 20 per cent increase in pay, as explained further by
typewritten copies of the hearing given representatives of the Trades Council on the


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Isthmus at Culebra, on April 10, and the members of the Commission have expressed
their views and opinions in regard to this matter as stated hereinafter.
The reasons given both in the petition and at the hearing why the increase in pay
requested should be granted are substantially as follows:
1. Insufficient pay as compared with pay for the same class of work in the United
States.
2.. Lack of ability to obtain and retain on the Isthmus the necessary number of
skilled employees under the existing wage scale.
3. No increase has been granted hourly gold employees for over four years.
4. Increased cost of living on the Isthmus.
5. Recent increases in wage scale in the United-States.
6. Risk to health and inconvenience resulting from giving up homes in the United
States to come to the Isthmus.
7. Longevity increase has been eliminated and overtime pay reduced.
8. Compensation of some monthly employees is on a higher level than that of the
hourlfhgold employees.
First of all, I desire to say that the Commission is thoroughly in sympathy with the
'hourly gold employees and appreciates fully the conscientious, hard work which they
* are performing and which is assisting so materially in the rapid and economical
progress of construction work, and, so far as it considers practicable, it desires always
to relieve any inequitable conditions and to promote the welfare of all employees.
The petition referred to would, if granted, involve increased expenditures for wages
of approximately $500,000 per annum. This is a large amount and can not be lightly
passed upon and can not be granted without clear and indisputable reasons for the
necessity thereof.
The present practically uniform wage scale of 65 cents an hour was made effective
December 1, 1905. The base rate of pay of those who earned longevity increases during
the time same was in effect is greater. A 20 per cent increase to all hourly gold
employees will increase the base rate to 78 cents an hour and increase the average
monthly compensation to hourly gold employees to something over $160 per month.
It will therefore naturally result in a request for increase in pay from a large number
of the monthly gold employees who consider that the work they perform merits at
least equal compensation. Monthly gold employees are two and a half times as
numerous as the hourly gold employees. The total increased cost to the Commission
and to the Panama Railroad, therefore, for all increases requested resulting from this
petition, if granted, might easily exceed three-quarters of a million dollars per annum,
and without any appreciable increased output of work.
The present scale of wages has remained constant on the Isthmus for the past four
years, notwithstanding that during that period there has been a marked depression
in industrial pursuits in the United States, with a reduction in wages two years ago,
which only now is being wiped out by the increases in pay that are now being granted
there. It has been the endeavor of the Commission all along to adjust the standard
wage scale on the Isthmus, so that it would be equitable and fair when compared with
the wage scale in the United States, taking into consideration the difference in living
conditions, and privileges accorded employees on the Isthmus that similar employees
in the" United States do not receive. There is inclosed for your information copy of
comparison instituted between wages on the Isthmus and those paid in the United
States in the different navy-yards, compiled some little time ago. It is understood
that this comparison is essentially correct at the present time, there having been
only a few small increases in the navy-yards' schedule of wages since that time. Com-
parison of the Isthmian wage scale with the average wages paid in commercial estab-
lishments in the United States is even more favorable to the Isthmian wage scale.
The increase in wages, alone, on the Isthmus is, with few exceptions, from 25 to 50
per cent, as compared with the wages paid in the United States.






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In addition, Commission employees are accorded certain privileges, incelias
special transportation rates, quarters, hospital privileges, leave, etc., which have a
definite money value the monthly average of which is not far from the following:
________ *

Privilege.



Fuel...................................................
L igh t........................... ......................
W ater..................................................
Removing garbage and care of grounds....................
Free transportation.....................................
Y. M C. A. and band....................................
Medical attendance......................................
Quarters and furniture...................................
Total monthly cost ..... ... .............


Per capital per month. .

Married
employees. Bachelor.

$3.30 .............
5.13 $0.57
1.25 .26
1.51 .
1.00 1.00
.75 .75
7.50 5.00
20.00 5.00

40.44 13.98


The cost of the sum total of these privileges is large item and, if taken into cwi-
sideration, will, with the present wage scale, cause the compensation of employee
on the Isthmus to, on an average, almost double the compensation of similar employees
in the United States.
With reference to the statement as to the increased cost of food supplied on the ,
Isthmus and that the commissary prices are greater than they were a year ago, the
Subsistence Department has prepared a careful and complete comparison. The table
submitted at the hearing, comparing the prices in the fall of 1907 with those in the
spring of 1910, is hardly fair, as meats and vegetables are as a rule cheaper in the.
fall than in the spring, and therefore any comparisons should be based on the same
months. A comparison of the prices for the items mentioned at the hearing for. the
past three years for the month of April is inclosed herewith. From the careful com-
parison that has been made by the Corimissary Department the Commission does not
understand that any necessity for an increase in wages would be justified on the
ground of increase in commissary prices on the Isthmus.
While the commercial revival in the United States has opened the way to employ ..
ment to a large number of those who would otherwise have been attracted to the-
Isthmus by the existing wage scale, the present supply of suitable men to fill vacancies
as they occur does not offer any special difficulties or any reasons for making any
increase in wages on account thereof.
The fact also that no increase has been granted to hourly gold employees for over
four years can not in itself be given weight. by the Commission in passing on yoepr
petition for such reason, if recognized, would be claimed in parallel instances by
other classes of employees than the hourly gold employees. As a matter of fa.t,
the two weeks' annual leave with pay, which was recently granted to hourly gold '
employees, is a privilege which should be considered practically as an equivalent
increase in pay of about 4 per cent. Moreover, by existing law longevity increaee.:
in pay can not be made. The risk to health and inconvenience resulting from coming: ...
to the Isthmus from the United States are admitted, but the fact that these factor :
have been very much lessened within the past three years and since the establish-
ment of the present wage scale must be taken into consideration; and it must a .h ,
be considered that the compensation and allowances of employees have been fie41. ".. ..
with due regard to these factors. ..
Longevity increase in pay has been eliminated and overtime pay reduced, as stated, ,
Such action has been taken in obedience to existing laws, and it must be appreciated "::
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resulted from said laws would nullify the action of Congress and subject the Com-
mission to such criticism as would be proper for an action of that kind.
The opinion expressed at the hearing given at Culebra does not indicate that.over-
time work is desired, and does not indicate that the hourly men desire, as a class,
transfer to the monthly basis.
So far as the Commission is aware, the compensation of monthly employees, as a
class, is not on a higher level than that of the hourly gold employees.
After careful consideration and investigation, therefore, the Commission has not
been able to reach the opinion that the present wage scale of the hourly gold employees
on the Isthmus is insufficient or that there has been any change in the conditions
since it was first established that would render an increase at the present time justi-
fiable. It regrets, therefore, that it can not see its way clear to grant the petition of
the hourly gold employees for an increase.
Respectfully, GEo. W. GOETHALS,
Chairman and Chief Engineer.
3. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That the Head of the Department of Civil Administra-
tion be, and he is hereby, authorized to take the necessary steps for
the issuance of licenses for the retail sale of liquor in the Canal Zone
for the year beginning July 1, 1910, to the following applicants:


Rio Grande:
Wing Wo Yuen.
Lee Hop.
KwongHing Yan.
Julio Victorero.
P. Canavaggio.
Low Chong.
Culebra:
Wong You Kee.
Pedro Colomar.
Ho Chong & Leon Chow.
Coyne & McFarlane.
Hip Woo.
Nemisio Victorero.
Empire:
Jose Sandi.
Juan A. Martinez.
Yuen Hing Chong.
Chee Hing.
Lai Hing.
Manuel Leones.
Mezele Gustave.
Alfred Charles Bowley.
James Ferguson.
'Wai Loy.
Las Cascadas:
Justiniano Richefort.
Lai Wo.
Sam Lee.
Charles Bryant.
Bohio:
Wing Lee.
Hing Lee.
Yee Shun.


Bas Obispo:
Joaquin Terrago.
See Lee.
Chee Chung Hing.
Tuck Ching.
Curtis A. Brothers.
Matachin:
Jose C. M. de la Puerta.
Agapito Centeno.
Kwong Sang.
Gorgona:
Esteban Duran.
Jacob Kowalsky.
Tracy Smail.
George Andrade.
Lin Tai Chong.
Tabernilla:
Henry Charles Wong.
Lam Hing Lung.
M. Alfonso Fon.
Tomas Santi.
Chow Bing.
Chong Tai.
Gatun:
Lam Hing & Co.
Yee Chong.
Yee Kee.
Pedro Arranz.
Primitivo Velasco.
Prudencio San Martin.
Yee San Lun.
John Richard Drummond.


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4. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That, effective October 1, 1910, children of nonresidents
of the Canal Zone may attend the public schools of the Canal Zone,
when, in the opinion of the Superintendent of Schools, it is practicable
to admit them, on payment, in advance, of the following tuition,
to be accounted for to the Treasurer of the Canal Zone:
Per mouth.
Graded schools........................................................... $4
H igh school.................................................................. 8
Provided, however, That no tuition shall be charged in case of
children whose parents or guardians are employees of the Isthmian
Canal Commission or the Panama Railroad Company.
5. The following resolution, adopted by letter ballot, authorizing
Harry M. Payne, clerk, department of sanitation; to enter May 12,
1910, upon forty-two days' leave of absence with pay for his service
year beginning August 13, 1909, was formally confirmed:
Resolved, That Harry M. Payne, clerk, department of sanitation,
be granted forty-two days' leave of absence with pay, effective
May 12, 1910, for his service year beginning August 13, 1909, which-
ordinarily would not be due until June 13, 1910.



There being no further business before the Commission, the meeting
was adjourned at 3.30 o'clock p. m., subject to the call of the Chair-
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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-EIGHTH MEETING.


CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, August 25, 1910.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 2.30 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Hodges, Gaillard,
Sibert, Rousseau, Gorgas, Thatcher, and Secretary Bishop.
The minutes of the one hundred and fifty-seventh meeting were
read and approved.
1. The Chairman read the following Executive orders, which were
ordered to be spread upon the minutes:

EXECUTIVE ORDER.

By virtue of the authority vested in me, 1 hereby establish the following
Executive order for the Canal Zone and its auxiliary lands and waters:
SECTION 1. The Isthmian Canal Commission is hereby empowered to establish
rules and regulations to facilitate and protect the works of excavation, dredg-
ing, and other canal construction within the Canal Zone and the lands and
waters auxiliary thereto; as well as such rules and regulations respecting the
use, or passage through any of the canal channels, lakes, and other auxiliary
waters as from time to time the Commission may deem needful to fully protect
such channels, lakes, and auxiliary waters, and to facilitate and protect the
operations of canal construction therein.
The rules and regulations that may be adopted by the Canal Commission in
accordance with the provisions of this order shall have the force and effect of
law when approved by the Secretary of War.
SECTION 2. Any person violating any of the provisions of the rules and regu-
lations established hereunder shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on convic-
tion thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars
($500), or by imprisonment in the district jail for not more than six months,
or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.
WM. H. TAFT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, July .5, 1910.

(No. 1230.)



EXECUTIVE ORDER.

By virtue of the authority vested in me, I hereby establish the following
order for the Canal Zone Government:
SECTION 1. No civil action or special proceeding shall be brought or pro-
"ceeedtd with in the courts of the Canal Zone, in any case in which both of the
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parties, plaintiff and defendant, are alien nonresidents of the Canal Zone, and
the cause of action is one which arose without the territorial limits of the
Canal Zone Government, and the party proceeded against has no property
within said territorial limits, subject to the jurisdiction of the Canal Zone
courts.
Neither shall any civil action or special proceeding be brought or proceeded
with in the courts of the Canal Zone when both parties, plaintiff and defendant,
though citizens of the United States, are found transiently within the limits
of the Canal Zone Government. unless the cause of action is one arising within
the said territorial limits, or the party proceeded against has property within-.
the said limits, subject to the jurisdiction of the Canal Zone courts.
This Order shall not be construed to exclude from the jurisdiction of the
Canal Zone courts cases between parties who have an official or business resi-
dence within the territorial limits of the Canal-Zone Government, or who reside
therein for the purpose of any occupation or employment, notwithstanding that
they may not have acquired a permanent residence within said territorial
limits.
SECTION 2. All laws, orders and decrees, or parts thereof, in conflict with th4.
order, are hereby repealed.
WM. H. TArT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, Ju1ly 2S, 1910.

S(No. 1231.)



2. The Chairman reported that as to the agreement in effect May 1,
1909, for telephone and telegraph service to be furnished by the
Panama Railroad Co., he had agreed with that company, in accord-
ance with the recommendations of the committee representing both
interests, that the Commission shall pay, beginning September 1,
1910, the sum of $10,000 per month for this service, instead of $7.50
per telephone per month; and that the existing contract, as approved
at the one hundred and fifty-second meeting of the Commission, re-
mains unchanged in other particulars. *
The Chairman's action was approved.
3. To facilitate the reduction of force that will be necessary as the
construction of the canal nears completion, and for the benefit of 3
those employees who are unable to meet the expense of an annual .
vacation in the United States without encroaching on the .savings mm
which they may require to tide them over a period of enforced .
idleness when their employment on the Isthmus is finally terminated, :k
it is--
Re8olved, That any employee whose 42 days' leave of absence with
pay shall become due on or after January 1, 1911, may defer suck ..h
leave until his service is terminated, and if an employee serves WW.i
months continuously he may be granted not to exceed 84 days' let ve
with pay, provided that his resignation is accepted to take effect. a t2
the expiration of such leave, or that he is to be discharged on account
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Resolved further, That an employee who has deferred his leave and
who is discharged on account of reduction of force may be granted,
in addition to 42 days' leave of absence with pay, 3 days' cumulative
leave for each month's actual service in excess of 12 months to a
total of not more than 84 days.
An employee who has accumulated 84 days' leave, but does not
propose to leave the service, may be allowed 42 days' leave of absence
with pay and may be credited with the 42 days still due him; and
may again accumulate an additional 42 days, not to exceed a total
of 84 days as provided above.
This resolution amends the clause in the resolution of June 11,
1907 reading: "* leave is not to be cumulative unless an
employee is prevented by the Government from taking such leave
when due."
4. In view of the exceptional circumstances, the Commission author-
ized Lieut. Col. Charles F. Mason, Superintendent of Ancon Hospital,
to defer his leave of absence with pay for his service year beginning
May 3, 1909, until December 15, 1910, with the proviso that no leave
will be earned for the period from May 3, 1910, until the effective
date of his leave.
5. Whereas it is at times necessary for employees, in order to
hasten recovery from injury or disease contracted in line of duty on
the Isthmus, to temporarily return to the United States; and
Whereas, by reason of such absence they are required to surrender
family quarters,
Resolved, That the applications of such employees may be placed
at the head of the list for assignment to the first quarters vacated
after their return to duty, provided their sojourn in the United States
was upon the recommendation of the medical examining board.
6. Attention was called to the fact that family quarters in some
instances have been held unoccupied longer than 56 days by being
reassigned to the same employee upon a new application, thus depriv-
ing the Commission of the quarters for assignment to other employees.
This practice being deemed an evasion of the regulations governing
the assignment of family quarters, upon motion it was-
Resolved, That no new assignment of family quarters shall be made
to an employee within 15 days after the quarters previously assigned
are forfeited or released.
7. After discussion the following was adopted as representing the
views of the Commission as to the policy which should be followed by
the Isthmian Canal Commission in its relations with the Panama
Railroad Co., and the opinion was expressed that as soon as practicable
all existing contracts with the Panama Railroad Co. should be modi-
fied to conform with this policy:
Resolved, That it is the opinion of the Commission that loans of
* plant and equipment between the Isthmian Canal Commission and


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the Panama Railroad Co., including steamships and other marine
equipment, docks and wharves, rolling stock, excavation machinery,
and other classes of property, should be without charge for use and
depreciation; and all services and work that one interest may perform
for the other should be, so far as practicable, without profit-but this
should not affect the usual surcharges on labor and material which
have been or may be adopted.
S. The Chairman was authorized to have 24 pews and 24 kneeling
benches manufactured, at an estimated cost of $128, the same to be
loaned to St. Mary's Catholic Church at Balboa for use in the church
building, but to remain the property of the Commission.
9. The Commission formally confirmed the following resolution,
adopted by letter ballot of August 6, 1910, granting to Dr. A. E.
Mayner, assistant health officer at Panama, the privilege of filing an
application for family quarters:
Resolved, That in consideration of the length of service of Dr.
A. E. Mayner, assistant health officer at Panama, and of his pre-
vious service to the United States Government, an exception in his
favor may be made to the rule of the Commission adopted at its 135th
meeting, providing that it would thereafter be impracticable to pro-
vide other than bachelor quarters for employees hired on the Isthmus
and who are not citizens of the United States, and his application
for family quarters may be accepted.
10. The following resolution, adopted by letter ballot, authorizing
Howard M. Lloyd, clerk, central division, to enter, June 25, 1910,
upon 42 days' leave of absence with pay for his service year begin-
ning September 11, 1909, was formally confirmed:
Resolved, That Howard M. Lloyd, clerk, central division, be
granted 42 days' leave of absence with pay, effective June 25, 1910,
for his service year beginning September 11, 1909, which ordinarily
would not be due until July 11, 1910.
11. The following resolution, adopted by letter ballot, authorizing
Ma. G. M. Hoffman, assistant engineer in the Atlantic division, to
enter, October 5, 1910, upon 42 days' leave of absence with pay for
his service year beginning January 9, 1910, was formally confirmed: .,
Resolved, That Maj. G. M. Hoffman be granted 42 days' leave d .i
absence with pay, effective October 5, 1910, for his service year be-. .
ginning January 9, 1910, which ordinarily would not be due-unt.il
November 9, 1910.
12. The following amendment to Paragraph A, section 7, of the'
" Regulations providing for certain taxes and licenses in the Canal
Zone other than for the sale of intoxicating liquors," was read atiii
approved:
Be it enacted by the Isthmian Canal Commission, That Paragraph A, section" -::
of the Regulations providing for certain taxes and licenses in the Canal ps.W"

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other than for the sale of intoxicating liquors," effective July 1, 1908, is hereby
amended to read as follows:
"For operating for hire a public coach or carriage, not operated by motor
power, for the transportation of passengers, a license tax of $1.25 per month
shall be charged; for a public cart, dray, or other public vehicle not operated by
motor power the following license taxes shall be charged, namely, for each two-
wheel vehicle, $2.50 per month; for each four-wheel vehicle, $5 per month:
Provided, however, That in the construction and application of this section all
vehicles which are used on the public roads of the Canal Zone for the transpor-
tation of merchandise, or other articles of value, by merchants and dealers, shall
be held to be subject to license as provided in this section: Provided, however,
That the license taxes in this section enumerated shall not apply to conveyances
of the herein indicated character wherein passengers are transported for hire
which are duly licensed in the Republic of Panama."
13. The following ordinance, providing for the licensing and regu-
lation of motor vehicles in the Canal Zone, was read and approved:
ORDINANCE Providing for the licensing and regulation of motor vehicles in the Canal Zone.
Be it enacted by the Isthmian Canal Commission as follows:
SECTION 1. That hereafter there shall be collected and accounted for, as
other similar taxes, the following license taxes from the owners or operators
of motor vehicles used or employed on the streets or roads of the Canal Zone,
namely, (a) for each motor vehicle (except motor cycles) used for the trans-
portation of freight or passengers for hire, or for the transportation of merchan-
dise or freight by any merchant or dealer, one hundred and'fifty dollars ($150)
per annum; (b) for each motor vehicle (except motor cycles) operated for
pleasure, twenty-five dollars ($25) per annum; and (c) for each motor cycle
ten dollars ($10) per annum.
SEC. 2. Before any person shall use or operate any motor vehicle on the
public roads or streets of the Canal Zone, he shall procure from the collector of
revenues of the Canal Zone government a license authorizing him to so use
and operate such motor vehicle on said public roads or streets.
SEc. 3. Each motor vehicle operated on said roads or streets shall at all times
when so operated carry thereon, at a conspicuous place at the rear thereof, a
metal tag or card bearing thereon, in large numerals, the number of the license
for such vehicle. It shall be the duty of the collector of revenues, when such
license is issued, to furnish to the licensee said metal tag or card bearing said
number, and the licensee shall, in addition to the license tax, pay to said col-
lector a fee of one dollar ($1) for furnishing said tag or card, which fee shall
be accounted for by said collector to the Zone government in the same manner
as are such license taxes. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use
on said roads or streets any motor vehicle unless the same bears at a conspicu-
ous place at the rear thereof such numeral tag or card.
* SEO. 4. The collector of revenues shall keep a register, wherein he shall num-
ber, in consecutive order, all licenses granted by him under this ordinance, and
the names of the licensees, and a brief description of the motor vehicle licensed.
Such register shall be a public record. Said collector shall, immediately upon
issuing any license herein provided for, give notice thereof, and furnish the
Information shown by the aforesaid register, to the chief of police, who shall
eause arrests to be made for violations of this ordinance.
|Su. 5. Before the collector of revenues shall issue any license hereunder for
the operation of any motor vehicle he must be satisfied, from proof furnished,


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or from his personal investigAtion, that such motor vehicle for which the license
is desired can pass with ease and safety on any turn or part of any public road
or street of the Canal Zone any other vehicle authorized by law to travel
thereon. The said collector's refusal to issue any license indicated herein may,
upon the formal request of the refused applicant, be reviewed by the head of
the department of civil administration, whose decision shall be final.
SEC. 6. All motor vehicles shall, when being operated on any of the Canal
Zone streets or roads, between the hours of 6 p. m. and 5 a. m., carry and promi-
nently display lights as follows: Automobiles, or motor vehicles of similar con-
struction, two bright front or head lights, one on either side, and one red light
at the rear; motor cycles, one bright headlight.
SEC. 7. Except as to requirements for the use of lights, as provided in section
6 hereof, this ordinance will not apply to motor vehicles which may be uaed on
the public roads or streets of the Canal Zone under the authority of the chair-
man of the Isthmian Canal Commission or of the Secretary of War for official
purposes.
SEC. 8. The term motor vehicle," as used herein, shall apply to and include
every vehicle or conveyance which may be drawn or propelled by means of
steam, gas, naphtha, fluid, electricity, or other similar motor power.
SEC. 9. Any person violating any provision of this ordinance shall be deemed
guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall, upon conviction in any district court of the
Canal Zone, be punishable by a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50), or impris-
onment not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine, and imprisonment, in the
discretion of the court.
SEC. 10. This ordinance shall be effective from the date of its approval by the
Secretary of War.
14. The following ordinance, providing for the fixing of rates of
charges to be made for the transportation of passengers over the
streets and roads of the Canal Zone, was read and approved:
ORDINANCE Providing for the fixing of rates of charges to be made for the transporta-
tion of passengers over the streets and roads of the Canal Zone.
Be it enacted by the Isthmian Canal Commission as follows:
SECTION 1. The head of the department of civil administration is hereby
empowered and directed to fix rates of charges which may be made and collected
by persons engaged in the transportation of passengers for hire over the streets
and roads of the Canal Zone by means of any automobile, or other motor"
vehicle of similar construction or operation, or by means of any carriage,.
surrey, wagon, cart, or other conveyance drawn by horses or mules. He is also
empowered and directed, at any time when circumstances may appear to war-
rant, to revise or change such rates as may have been theretofore fixed by him.
Said rates shall be reasonable.
SEC. 2. Immediately upon fixing such rates of charges or upon any revisilon
or change thereof being made by him, the head of the department of ecvil "
administration shall promulgate said rates or charges or any revision thereofS,
in the following manner, to wit: .,,.
(a) By publication thereof in two consecutive issues of the Canal Record; ".77'
(b) By publication thereof, by printed posters posted conspicuously 'n eahli::
of the following places: at the various police stations of the Canal Zone; at."'
the various passenger stations of the Panama Railroad in the Canal Zone arid. i
in the Republic of Panama; at the post office buildings in the Canal Zo1e, andi
at any other points as may seem to him proper in order that due notice ther.!.'
to the public may be given.

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SEC. 3. The head of the department of civil administration shall also cause
to be printed a sufficient number of cards or pamphlets containing such rates
of charges so fixed or revised by him as may be necessary to furnish a copy
thereof to each person driving or operating any conveyance of the hereinbefore
indicated character for the transportation of passengers for hire in the Canal
Zone; and it is hereby made the duty of all such persons to secure from the
head of the department of civil administration such copy, and to keep same
at all times conspicuously posted or displayed in each such conveyance so used
or operated; and a failure so to do will constitute a violation of this ordinance.
SEC. 4. When rates for such transportation shall have been fixed and pro-
mulgated, as by this ordinance directed, any person who shall charge and
collect for the transportation of any person over the streets or roads of the
Canal Zone in either of the hereinbefore indicated conveyances any sum in
excess of such prescribed and promulgated rates, shall be held to have com-
mitted a violation of this ordinance; and any person who has received for him-
self or others such transportation in the Canal Zone, and who fails or refuses
to pay therefore the rate thus prescribed and promulgated, shall, likewise, be
held to have committed a violation of this ordinance: Provided, however, A
rate different from that promulgated hereunder may be charged and paid if
the parties to the transaction may agree thereon; but if there be any dispute
as to such agreement the duly prescribed rate shall prevail.
SEC. 5. Any person, firm, or corporation who fails to comply with any require-
ment or provision of this ordinance, or who charges and receives any rate in
excess of that prescribed' by the head of the department of civil administra-
tion, or who refuses to pay any rate prescribed by the head of the department
of civil administration agreeably to the provisions of this ordinance, shall be
held to be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined for each
offense a sum not exceeding twenty-five dollars ($25).
15. The Chairman presented a statement showing appointments,
promotions, and other changes in the personnel of the Washington
office and assistant purchasing agencies, covering the period from
January 1, 1910, to June 30, 1910, inclusive; all of which were ratified
and approved.
16. The Commission favorably considered a petition from em-
ployees at Corozal requesting that the recreation building at that
place be turned over to the division of clubhouses for operation, and
authority was granted for the employment of a secretary, for the
purchase of additional equipment, and for alterations to building.
17. The head of the department of civil administration sub-
mitted the revised rules and regulations for the government of the
division of police and prisons, Canal Zone, prepared by a board ap-
pointed for that purpose, and upon motion it was
Resolved, That the revised-rules and regulations for the govern-
ment of the division of police and prisons, Canal Zone, be, and the
same hereby are, approved, to become effective September 1, 1910.


There being no further business before the Commission the meeting
adjourned at 4.15 p. m., subject to the call of the Chairman.


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INDEX.



ABSENCE, LEAVE OF. See Employees.
AGREEMENTS:
Between Commission and Panama Railroad Company- Page.
Operation anil payment for telegraph and telephone service, amended.. 1744
Operation of Dock No. 14, at Cristobal............................. 1732
ASSISTANT PURCHASING AGENCIES:
Changes in personnel approved..................................... 1731, 1749
CANAL ZONE:
Courts. See Courts.
Laws-
Act No. 8 amended by abolishing office of executive secretary........ 1738
Code of Criminal Procedure amended............................... 1738
Penal Code amended............................................... 1729
Ordinances. See Ordinances.
Schools. See Schools.
Taxes and licenses, paragraph A, section 7 of regulations governing,
am ended ...........................-................................ 1746
Transportation of passengers over streets and roads in,.rates of charges
fixed............................................................... 1748
CHURCHES:
St. Mary's Catholic, pews to be loaned to................................ 1746
CLUBHOUSES, DIVISION OF:
To take charge of Corozal Recreation building......................... 1749
COLON (STEAMSHIP):
Charter payment for, to be increased.................-.................. 1731
Diping saloon to be remodeled........................................ 1731
CONTRACTS.. See Agreements.
COUNSEL AND CHIEF ATTORNEY:
Duties of, prescribed.................................................. 1737
COURTS:
Jurisdiction of, limited ............................................... 1744
.7 DICKINSON, J. M.:
S Executive orders. See Executive orders.
DOCKS:
Cristobal, No. 14, agreement between Commission and Panama Railroad
Company regarding operation of ...................................... 1732
EMPLOYEES: *
S." Assistant purchasing agencies. See Assistant purchasing agencies.
Chge in personnel approved..................................... 1731,1749
hourly, letter of chairman to H. L. Mayhew, secretary of trades council in
response to petition for increase in pay................................ 1738



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EMPLOYEES-Continued.
Leave of absence, with pay granted-
Cumulative leave authorized.......................................
Grosvenor, F. L....... ....... .......................... .......
Hoffman, Maj. G. M ...............................................
Kendall, J. W ......................................................
Lloyd, Howard M .................................................
Payne, Harry M ..................................................
Rourke, Louis K ..................................................
Permission to defer granted-
Mason, Col. Chas. F........ ...... .."......................
Until service is terminated.....................................
Policemen. See Police department.
Quarters. See Quarters.
Recreation Building at Corozal turned over to Division of Clubhouses for.
operation.............................................. ........ ......
Washington Office. See Washington office.
EQUIPMENT:
Loan of, between Commission and Panama Railroad Company to be with-
out charge if practicable..............................................
EXECUTIVE ORDERS:
President-
January 26, 1910, authorizing sanitary improvements in Zone........
April 2, 1910, authorizing collector of revenues instead of district tax
collector to collect moneys for liquor licenses......................
April 12, 1910, appointing Maurice H. Thatcher a member of Com-
m mission ...................................................... ...
April 16, 1910, prescribing duties of counsel and chief attorney-.......
July 25, 1910, empowering Commission to establish rules and regula-
tions to facilitate and protect canal work............................
July 28, 1910, limiting jurisdiction of Canal Zone courts ..............
Secretary of War (Acting)-
October 15, 1909, amending order of March 12, 1907, re payment of fee
and tax by indemnity insurance companies.......................
Secretary of War-
December 1, 1909, amending sections 450 and 456 of act No. 14 of Penal
Code re carrying of fire arms and issuance of hunting licenses......
February 8, 1910, authorizing board of local inspectors to administer.
oaths..................................................... ......
May 24, 1910, amending act No. 8, laws of Canal Zone, by abolishing
office of executive secretary......................................
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY:
Office of, abolished....................................... ....... .....
GROSVENOR, F. L.:
Granted leave of absence with pay........................... .........
HOFFMAN, MAJ. G. M.:
Granted leave of absence with pay......................................
HOLIDAYS:
Schools. See Schools.
HOSPITALS:
Rules governing treatment of persons in, amended........................
Santo Tomas, section 2 of order re management of, amended.............
HOTELS:
Proprietors required to enter certain information respecting guests in
registry book.............................. ... .......................


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INSPECTORS, BOARD OF LOCAL: Page.
Authorized to administer oaths ......................................... 1730
INSURANCE COMPANIES. INDEMNITY:
Order re payment of fee and tax by, amended........................... 1729
ISTHMIAN CANAL. See Panama Canal.
ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION:
Chairman and chief engineer, letter of, to secretary of trades council in
response to petition for increase of pay for hourly gold employees....... 1738
Counsel and chief attorney, duties of, prescribed......................... 1737
Employees. See Employees.
Maurice H. Thatcher appointed member of............................... 1737
Meetings, minutes of. See Minutes.
Panama Railroad affairs. See Panama Railroad Company.
Washington office. See Washington office.
S'e also Resolutions.
KENDALL, J. W.:
Leave of absence with pay granted..................................... 1733
LEAVE OF ABSENCE. See Employees.
LICENSES:
Liquor-
Applicants to receive............................................ 1741
Issuance of..................... .. .............................. 1735
Moneys for, to be collected by collector of revenues instead of district
tax collector.................................................... 1730
Motor vehicles, issuance of ............................................ 1747
Paragraph A, section 7, of regulations governing, amended .............. 1746
LIQUOR:
Areas in which intoxicating drinks may be sold fixed.................... 1734
Licenses. See Licenses.
LLOYD, HOWARD M.:
Leave of absence with pay granted...................................... 1746
MASON, COL. CHARLES F.:
Permission to defer leave granted...................................... 1745
MAYHEW, H. L.:
Letter of chairman to, in response to petition for increase of pay for hourly
gold em ployees....................................................... 1738
MAYNER, DR. A. E.:
Acceptance of application for family quarters authorized ............... 1746
MEETINGS. See Minutes.
MINUTES:
One hundred and fifty-sixth meeting, Culebra, April 23, 1910............. 1729
One hundred and fifty-seventh meeting, Culebra, June 9, 1910............ 1737
One hundred and fifty-eighth meeting, Culebra, August 25, 1910 ......... 1743
ORDINANCES:
Draft of, requiring proprietors of hotels, boarding or lodging houses in Zone
to enter certain information respecting guests in registry book, approved. 1734
Providing for fixing of rates of charges for transportation of passengers over
streets and roads in Zone........................................... 1748
Providing for licensing and regulation of motor vehicles in Zone approved. 1747
PANAMA CANAL:
Commission empowered to establish rules-and regulations to facilitate and
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PANAMA RAILROAD COMPANY:
Agreements with Commission-
Operation of and payment for telegraph and telephone service amended.
Operation of Dock No. 14 at Cristobal .................................
Charter payments to Commission for steamship Colon to be increased......
Facilities, appurtenances, etc., to be combined and consolidated with those
of Commission so far as practicable -...................................
Loans of plant and equipment between Commission and company to be
without charge and service and work performed without profit, if prac-
ticable...............................................................
PAYNE, HARRY M.:
Leave of absence with pay granted......................................
PENAL CODE:
Sections 450 and 456 of act 14 re carrying of firearms and issuance of hunting
licenses amended ................ ............................


PEWS:
Chairman authorized to have made and loan to St. Mary's Catholic Church.. -1746
PHYSICIANS.
Rules governing treatment of persons by, amended ..................... 1734
POLICE AND PRISONS, DIVISION OF:
Rules and regulations governing, approved............................... 1749
POLICE -DEPARTMENT:
Article 7 of Police Rules and Regulations re rate of pay amended.......... 1731
PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES. See Taft, William H.
QUARTERS:
Family-
Acceptance of application of Dr. A. E. Mayner for, authorized ........ 1746
Assignment of-
Application of employees returning from sojourn in United States
on account of illness to head list............................... 1745
Regulations regarding, adopted.................................. 1745
RECREATION BUILDING:
Corozal, turned over to Division of Clubhouses for operation.............. 1749
RESOLUTIONS:
Employees-
Leaves of absence with pay-
Cumulative leave granted ..................................... 1745
Granted-
Grosvenor, F. L.......................................... 1733
Hoffman, Maj. G. M...................................... 1746
Kendall, J. W .............................................. 1733
Lloyd, Howard M ......................................... 1746
Payne, Harry M ............................ ............... 1742
Rourke, Louis K ........................................... 1733
Permission to defer until service is terminated granted........... 1744
Quarters-
Assignment of, application of employees on return from sojourn.in
United States on account of illness to head list................. 1745
Family-


Application of Dr. A. E. Mayner for, accepted..............
Assignment of, regulation governing, adopted...............
Facilities, appurtenances, etc., of Commission and Panama Railroad Com-
pany to be combined and consolidated so far as practicable............


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RESOLUTIONS-Continued. Page.
Hospitals, Santo Tomas, section 2 of order prescribing the management of,
am ended ........................................................... 1734
Licenses, liquor, applicants to receive same............................. 1741
Loans of plant and equipment between Commission and Panama Railroad
Company to be without charge and all service and work performed with-
out profit, if practicable .............................................. 1745
Police and Prisons, Division of, rules and regulations governing, approved. 1749
Police Rules and Regulations, article 7 re rates of pay, amended.......... 1731
Saloons-
Location of, in Zone fixed ........................................ 1734
Num ber of, in Zone.............. ................................. 1735
Schools-
Conditions governing admission of children of nonresidents ......... 1742
Holiday intermissions to be fixed by superintendent, with approval
of head of Department of Civil Administration .................. 1733
Steamship Colon-
Charter payment for, to be increased................................. 1731
Dining saloon to be remodeled.................................... 1731
ROURKE, LOUIS K.:
Leave'of absence with pay granted...................................... 1733
SALOONS:
Location of, in Zone fixed............................................... 1734
Number of, in Zone................... .............. ...... ........ 1735
SANITATION:
Canal Zone, improvements authorized................................... 1730
SCHOOLS:
Conditions governing admission of children of nonresidents ............. 1742
Holiday intermissions to be fixed by superintendent with approval of head
of'Department of Civil Administration ............................... 1733
SECRETARY OF WAR. See Dickinson, J. M.
TAFT, WILLIAM- H.:
Executive orders. See Executive orders.
TAXES:
Paragraph A, section 7, of regulations governing, amended............... 1746
TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE LINES:
Amount of payment for service fixed.................................... 1744
THATCHER, MAURICE H.:
Appointed member of Commission...,................................. 1737
TRANSPORTATION:
Rates of charges fixed for transportation of passengers over streets and roads
in Zone............................................................. 1748
2 VACATION:
Permission to defer, until service is terminated granted.................. 1747
VEHICLES:
S Motor, ordinance providing for licensing and regulation of................ 1747
WAR, SECRETARY OF. See Dickinson, J. M.
WASHINGTON OFFICE:
Personnel, changes in, approved.................................... 1731, 1749


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