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MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL
COMMISSION.


ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, January 27, 1909.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at. 2.30 o'clock
p.m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Hodges, Gaillard,
Sibert, Rousseau, Blackburn, Gorgas, and Secretary Bishop.
The minutes of the one hundred and forty-ninth meeting were read
and approved.
1. The Chairman read the following Executive Orders, which were
ordered to be spread upon the minutes:

EXECUTIVE ORDER.
Under authority vested in me by law, it is ordered:
1. The requirements of the act of Congress, relating to the use on trains of certain
described apd approved driving-wheel and train brakes, couplers, hand holds, and
drawbars of required height for freight cars, approved March 2, 1893 (contained in 27
Statutes at Large, p. 531), and known as "An act to promote the safety of employees
and travelers upon railroads by compelling common carriers engaged in interstate
commerce to equip their cars with automatic couplers and continuous brakes and their
t* locomotives with driving-wheel brakes, and for other purposes," as amended by an
; act approved April 1, *1896 (contained in 29 Statutes at Large, p. 85), and as amended
by an act approved March 2, 1903 (contained in 32 Statutes at Large, p. 943), shall be
extended to apply to that zone in the Republic of Panama mentioned and described
in section 2 of the act of Congress dated June 28, 1902, and entitled "An act to provide
for the construction of a canal connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific
oceans," and commonly known as the "Canal Zone."
5 2. The various appliances for the protection of trainmen on freight train cars with
reference to running boards, ladders, sill steps, roof band holds, and the position of
: brake shafts, as designated in the existing standards of the Master Car Builders'
: Association in the United States, shall be used by all carriers in the aforementioned
SCanal Zone.
i The equipment and appliances required to be used in sections 1 and 2 of this order
shall be constantly and at all times maintained in good and working order, by any
and: all railroads engaged in the business of a common carrier and operating in the
aforementioned Canal Zone.
4. In-particular, sections 1, 2, and 3 of this order shall be carefully observed and
obeyed by the Panama Railroad, a carrier operating in the said Canal Zone.
5. All railroads operated and cars used by the Government of the United States
iftbia nsvy-yards, arsenals, military reservations, government wharves, and any and
Hl' tflothetetritories under the jurisdiction of the United States, shall be equipped with
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the safety appliances required in the safety appliance acts mentioned and described
in section 1 of this order, and in the codes of rules mentioned and described in section
2 of this order, and said equipment and appliances shall at all times be maintained in
good and working order.
6. This order shall take effect not later than six months from the date of the pro-
mulgation thereof.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, January 6, 1909.
EXECUTIVE ORDER.
By authority of the President it is ordered:
That the Executive Order of February 8, 1908, restricting the personnel of gold
employees to American citizens be amended to read as follows:
On and after this date the employment by the Isthmian Canal Commission of
skilled laborers, clerks, and all others who have heretofore been known as gold em-
ployees of the commission shall be restricted to American citizens and citizens of
Panama, except where American or Panamanian labor or service of the character
required is not available.
Foreign employees now upon the pay rolls of the commission shall not be affected
by this order, save in the event of any reduction of force preference shall be accorded
to American citizens and citizens of Panama.


ROBERT SHAW OLIVER,
Acting Secretary of War.


WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, D. C., December 23, 1908.


2. Upon the recommendation of the head of the Department of
Civil Administration, it was-
Resolved, That the application submitted by Louis H. Cavailler,
pursuarit to the provisions of section 14 of the regulations respecting
the sale of intoxicating liquors in the Canal Zone, for authority to
transfer to Fred Darnard his license for* the sale of intoxicating
liquors at retail, in the town of Empire, be approved.
3. Upon the recommendation of the head of the Department of
Civil Administration, it was-
Resolved, That the application submitted by Wing Wo Tai, pur-
suant to the provisions of section 14 of the regulations respecting,
the sale of intoxicating liquors in the Canal Zone, for authority
to transfer to B. Duboski his license for the sale of intoxicating
liquors at retail, in the town of Gatun, be approved.
4. Upon the recommendation of the head of the Department of
Civil Administration, it was-
Resolved, That the application submitted by R. S. Brady, pur-
suant to the provisions of section 14 of the regulations respecting
the sale of intoxicating liquors in the Canal Zone, for authority to
transfer to Prudencio San Martin his license for the sale of intoxi-
cating liquors at retail, in the town of Gatun, be approved.
5. Upon the recommendation of the head of the Department of
Civil Administration, it was-
Resolved, That Pedro Ros, the holder of license No. 48, at Empire,
be permitted to remove his saloon from the room now occupied into
an adjoining room of the same building.


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E .6. Upon the recommendation of the head of the Department of
SCivil Administration it was-
Resolved, That Wong You Kee, holder of liquor license No. 39 on
the French Dump at Culebra, be permitted to remove his saloon
from the building in which it is now located to house No. 662 on the
same dump.
7. Upon the recommendation of the head of the Department of
Civil Administration it was-
Resolved, That the application submitted by Wing Hing Sanchez,
pursuant to the provisions of section 14 of the regulations respecting
the sale of intoxicating liquors in the Canal Zone, for authority to
transfer to Chow Bing & Co. his license for the sale of intoxicating
liquors at retail, in the town of Tabernilla, be approved.
8. Be it resolved (under authority of section 7 of the Executive
Order of the President of the United States dated March 30, 1907),
That section 5 of the resolution adopted at the one hundred and
thirty-sixth meeting of the Isthmian Canal Commission, prescribing
rates, rules, and regulations for the use of water from public water
systems in the Canal Zone, be, and the same is hereby, amended to
read as follows:
SECTION 5. The Superintendent of Public Works shall have authority to place a
meter on any water connection, without notice to the owner or lessee, and to render
bill for the actual quantity of water consumed as shown by the meter at the rates
prescribed in section 11 of these regulations in lieu of the fixed monthly charge for each
faucet or fixture. Should the owner or lessee of any premises having water connection
prefer to pay by meter rates for water consumed a meter will be installed by the
Superintendent of Public Works.
All meters shall be installed by the Superintendent of Public Works under the
same conditions as are prescribed in section 2 of these regulations for the installation
of water or sewer pipe for private individuals. The cost of any meter installed
under the authority given the Superintendent of Public Works, without the advance
cash deposit provided for by section 2, together with the cost of installation, shall
be a lien against the building or property where the water is used, and in default
of its payment the same measures shall be taken for its collection as are provided
in section 4 of these regulations for the collection of delinquent water bills.
All meters installed under the provisions of this section shall remain the property
of the Canal Zone Government. Upon the termination of any water contract, and
the return to the Canal Zone Government in good condition of the meter used in the
building or property covered by such contract, there shall be refunded from the
.: Canal Zone Treasury to the owner or lessee the cost of such meter paid by him.
Section 7 of the resolution is amended to read as follows:
[ SECTION 7. The Isthmian Canal Commission reserves the right to shut off the
i water in any main, upon notice, for the purpose of making extensions or repairs,
or to shut off the water, without notice, whenever the exigencies of the service may
require. Neither the Isthmian Canal Commission, the Government of the Canal
Zone, or the United States, nor their agents, officers, or employees, shall be liable for
.damage caused by any failure to deliver water or for any interruption of the sewer
s erimce, whether such failure or interruption results from natural disturbances, the
a:;.." iag of pipes or fixtures, or from any other cause; nor shall they be liable for
u. '. injury for damage resulting to any person or property, in any manner, from the
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The Isthmian Canal Commission also reserves the right to disapprove any applica-..:-...
tion and to cancel any existing contract for the use of water for other than domestic "
purposes, in the event it should be necessary, in the opinion of the Commission, to
limit the consumption of water at any place in the Canal Zone in order to provide
an adequate supply of water for domestic purposes or properly to carry on the work
of canal construction.
Section 11 of the resolution is amended to read as follows:
SECTION 11. The following rates shall be collected for the use of water drawn from
the public mains in the Canal Zone through private connections:
For domestic purposes: Residences, boarding houses, and rooming houses, not
more than three fixtures, for each connection, $1.50 per month.
For business purposes: General stores and shops, banks, bakeries, barber shops,
and other similar establishments, not more than three fixtures, for each connection,
$1.50 per month. Bars, canteens, and restaurants, not more than three fixtures, for
each connection, $3 per month.
For each fixture in addition to those provided for above, 75 cents per month.
The above rates are subject to a discount of 331 per cent if paid within fifteen days
from date of bill.
For bottling establishments, laundries, stables, truck gardens, amusement parks,
distilleries, hotels, and other similar establishments, meters shall be installed, under
the provisions of section 5 of these regulations.
Water furnished through meters will be charged for at the following rates:
In the administrative districts of Cristobal, Gorgona, and Empire, 50 cents per
thousand gallons, or any fraction thereof including and above 500 gallons, with a
minimum rate per quarter of $5, for which 10,000 gallons may be used. A discount
of 20 cents per thousand gallons will be allowed if payment is made within fifteen
days from date of bill.
In the administrative district of Ancon 20 cents per thousand gallons, or any frac-
tion thereof including and above 500 gallons, with a minimum rate per quarter of
$2, for which 10,000 gallons may be used. A discount of 5 cents per thousand
gallons will be allowed if payment is made within fifteen days from date of bill.
All charges herein specified are in United States currency.
Water furnished the Panama Railroad Company shall be charged for as provided
in the special contract between the Railroad Company and the Isthmian Canal
Commission.
Rates for the use of water for purposes not enumerated in this schedule, and for all
special purposes, shall be fixed by the Superintendent of Public Works, with the
approval of the head of the Department of Civil Administration.
This amendment shall be in effect on and after its approval by'
the Secretary of War; provided that bills for Water furnished during
the quarter ending February 28, 1909, shall be rendered at the
revised rates prescribed herein.
9. The Chairman presented the case of Biscoe A. Kibbey, time-
keeper in the Mechanical Division, who was granted leave of absence
with pay for forty-two days, effective November 17, 1908, and who
was prevented from reporting for duty within fifteen days after the
expiration of his leave of absence because of disastrous floods in
Costa Rica, which interrupted railroad communication.
As these floods occurred prior to the expiration of Mr. Kibbey's
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beyond his prevention, the Commission considered that his case
warranted an exception to the rules under the resolution adopted at
the one hundred and forty-seventh meeting, and it was ordered that
payment be made to Mr. Kibbey for his authorized leave of absence.
10. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That effective April 1, 1909, the amounts on all pay rolls
and accounts of the Isthmian Canal Commission shall be stated in
United States currency, but nothing herein shall in any way affect
the payment of laborers and others in the currency of the Republic
of Panama, as heretofore.

There being no further business before the Commission, the meet-
ing was adjourned at 3.50 p. m., subject to the call of the Chairman.


















ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FIRST MEETING.


CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, March 26, 1909.
The Commission met at the call of the Acting Chairman at 2.30
o'clock p. m.
Present: Commissioners Hodges (Acting Chairman), Gaillard,
Sibert, Rousseau, Blackburn, and Gorgas.
Absent: Chairman Goethals.
The Commission elected the Chairman's Secretary, Mr. William H.
May, as Acting Secretary of the Commission for the meeting.
The minutes of the one hundred and fiftieth meeting were read and
approved.
1. The Acting Chairman read a letter addressed to the Washington
Office by Hon. Frank P. Flint, United States Senator, in which he
requested an expression of opinion by the Commission respecting the
bill (S-9484)
directing the Secretary of War to establish and operate a line of steamers along
the' Pacific coast, and making provision therefore.
The Commission proceeded to consider the proposed measure and,
after discussion, the following decision was reached-
That as the proposed legislation involves a national policy to be
determined by Congress, the Isthmian Canal Commission does not
feel justified in expressing any opinion in regard to it.
2. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That the Attorney for the Commission on the Isthmus
be authorized and directed to'file a petition in the Circuit Court of
-the Second Judicial Circuit of the Canal Zone praying for a decree
establishing and confirming the title of the United States to a tract
of land at or near Las Cascadas, in the Canal Zone, occupied and
claimed by B. Burns Duncan; the petition to be filed under the pro-
visions of section 272 of the Code of Civil Procedure of the Canal
Zone.
3. The Commission formally confirmed its action of March 5, 1909,
by letter ballot, permitting Frederick E. Waldron, Sanitary Inspector
at Colon, to spend on the Isthmus the forty-two days' leave of absence
I granted him, effective March 7, 1909. It was ordered to be noted
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that this action shall not have the force of a precedent, but shall be .
considered as a special case, for the reasons set forth in the letter ad-
dressed by the Chief Sanitary Officer to the Acting Chairman under
date of March 4, 1909.
4. The Acting Chairman stated that Walter S. Standifer, Sanitary
Inspector, E. E. Bailey, Powderman, and Alexander Green, a negro
laborer, who were bitten by dogs suffering from hydrophobia, had
been authorized to proceed to Washington, D. C., to take the neces-
sary treatment for the prevention of rabies, the expenses necessarily
incurred by them to be borne by the Commission. The action taken
was approved.
5. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That Section I of the regulations governing the treatment
of persons by the physicians in the hospitals of the Health Department
of the Government of the Canal Zone, as adopted at the one hundred-
and twenty-fourth meeting held at Culebra April 24, 1907, be changed
to read as follows:
I. Canal Zone Charity Patients.-Indigent sick persons, including insane and
lepers, who are permanent residents of the Canal Zone, shall be admitted to
such hospitals as may be designated for their treatment. The Chief Sanitary
Officer and the Head of the Department of Civil Administration are authorized to
agree upon a lump sum to be paid periodically from Canal Zone funds for their
treatment, the sum to be based upon the rate of thirty cents a day.
6. Upon motion, it was--
Resolved, That the action of the Chairman in fixing the pay of
the First. Lieutenant of the Canal Zone Police Force at $275 per
month, effective January 20, 1909, be approved.
7. The Acting Chairman presented statements showing the appoint-
ments, promotions, and other changes in the personnel:
(a) In the Department of Construction and Engineering for the weeks ending
April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; June 6, 13, 20, and 27; July 4, 11, 18, and 25;
August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; September 5, 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,
and 31;: November 7, 14, 21, and 28; December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1908; January
2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1909.
(b) In the Department of Labor, Quarters, and Subsistence for the weeks
ending April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; June 6, 13, 20, and 27; July 4, 11, 18,
and 25; August 1, 1908.
(c) In the Department of Civil Administration for the weeks ending April
25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; June 6, 13, 20, and 27; July 4, 11, 18, and 25;
August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; September 5, 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,
and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1908; Januarj
2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1909.
(d) In the Department of Sanitation for the weeks ending April 25; May 2, -
9, 16, 23, and 30; June 6, 13, 20, and 27; July 4, 11, 18, and 25; August 1, 8,-
15, 22, and 29; September 5, 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; Novem-
ber 7, 14, 21, and 28; December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1908; January 2, 9, 16, 23,
and 30, 1909.
(e) In the Quartermaster's Department for the weeks ending July 18 and
25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; September 5, 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17,
24, and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1908; Jan-
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(f) In the Subsistence Department for the weeks ending July 18 and 25;
August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; September 5, 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,
and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1908; January
2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1909.
(g) In the Department of Disbursements for the weeks ending April 25; May
2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; June 6, 13, 20. and 27; July 4, 11, 18, and 25; August 1, 8,
F 15, 22, and 29: September 5, 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10. 17, 24, and 31; No-
vember 7, 14, 21, and 28; December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1908; January 2, 23, and
30, 1909.
(h) In the office of the Examiner of Accounts for the weeks ending April 25;
May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; June 6, 13, 20, and 27: July 4, 11, 18, and 25; August
1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; September 5, 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31;
November 7, 14, 21, and 28; December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 1908; January 2, 9, 16,
23, and 30, 1909.
(i) In the Isthmian Canal Commission Band for the weeks ending June 20
and 27; July 11, 18, and 25; August 15; September 5, 12. and 19; October 10
and 24; November 14, 1908; January 16, 23, and 30, 1909.
(j) In the Panama Railroad Commissary Department for the weeks ending
September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; Decem-
ber 5, 12, 19, and 26, 190S;'January 2. 9, 16, 23 and 30. 1909.
All of which were ratified and approved.
8. The Acting Chairman presented a statement showing appoint-
ments, promotions, and other changes in the personnel of the Wash-
ington Office and Assistant Purchasing Agencies, covering the period
from July 1, 1908, to December 31, 1908, inclusive; all of which were
ratified and approved.
9. The Acting Chairman presented the case of Charles B. Burrer,
Conductor in the Central Division, who was granted leave of ab-
sence with pay for forty-two days, effective September 30, 1908, and
was prevented from reporting for duty within fifteen days after the
expiration of his leave on account of the wreck of the steamship
Cartago, on which he sailed.
After discussion, it was decided that Mr. Burrer's case was not one
which warranted an exception to the regulations, the views of the
Commission being expressed in the resolution adopted at the 147th
meeting, as follows:
Employees are expected to report for duty on the expiration of their author-
ized leave-the additional fifteen days, return within which will preserve their
right to pay during leave, being intended to cover all contingencies, and not to
be considered additional leave without pay.
10. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That section 14 of the Regulations Respecting the Sale
df Intoxicating Liquors in the Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama,"
adopted by the Commission at its one hundred and twenty-fifth meet-
Fi:ng& held April 27, 1907, be changed to read as follows:
*ML, l Bc. 14. No license shall be transferred from one person to another, or from
S.. place to another, without the approval of the Head of the Department of
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11. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That the action of the Acting Chairman and Chief En- -
gineer in promulgating the following rule, effective February 24,
1909, concerning payments of all injured employees, whether engaged
in hazardous employment or not, be approved, ratified, and con-
firmed: J
An employee may le granted, in the discretion of the head of the department
or division in which employed, with the approval of the Chairman, pay for
time necessarily lost as a result of injuries received in the course of employ-
ment, not exceeding in the aggregate thirty days in any calendar year. The
amount of compensation to be paid an employee for time lost on account of
injury will be calculated on the basis of an eight-hour day for consecutive days,
including Sundays and holidays. Leave on account of injury shall not be cumu-
lative, and payment for same will be made on the first payroll following its
authorization.
12. The following letter, addressed by the Acting Chairman to the -
Secretary of War, under date of February 23, 1909, was approved
and ordered to be spread upon the minutes:
To the honorable, the SECRETARY OF WAR,
Washington, D. C.
SIR: Dr. H. R. Carter. of the United States Public Health and Marine-Hos-
pital Service. who has been assigned to duty under the Isthminn Canal Commis-
sion since June 1, 1904, has submitted the inclosed request that he be relieved
at the expiration of forty-two days' leave of absence, with pay, which ivill be
due him August 1, 1909.
Doctor Carter's service on the Isthmus, as set forth in the accompanying
letter from the Chief Sanitary Officer. entitles him to consideration, and his
request for relief has the approval of the Commission.
Respectfully,
H. F. HODGES,
Acting Chairman.
13. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That confirming action of the Chairman and Chief
Engineer of the Commission, the La Boca electric light and 'power
plant, not including the portion of the plant on the Panama Railroad
wharf at La Boca, be transferred to and become the property of the
Isthmian Canal Commission, and the Cristobal machine shops of the
Commission (which have been under lease to the Panama Railroad
from the IJthmian Canal Commission) be transferred to and become
the property of the Panama Railroad, effective July 1, 1908; and
that in consideration thereof the Panama Railroad shall pay to the
Isthmian Canal Commission $1,374.60, such amount being the excess
in value of the Cristobal machine shops over La Boca electric light
and power plant, as ascertained and reported on by a committee of
five representatives of both the Commission and Panama Railroad, of
which Mr. W. G. Comber was Chairman.
14. The Commission formally confirmed the following resolutions
adopted by letter ballot of March 20, 1909:
Resolved, That the application submitted by Lee Fung Yuen; holder of a
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to remove his saloon from House No. 13, at Tabernilla. to House No. 5. at
Tabernilla, be approved.
Resolved, That the application submitted by Peter Hansen, pursuant to the
provisions of section 14 of the Regulations Respecting the Sale of Intoxicating
Liquors in the Canal Zone, for authority to transfer to Lai Hing his license for
the sale of intoxicating liquors at retail in the town of Empire, be approved;
and
Resolved further, That Lai Hing be permitted to remove the saloon from the
building in which it is now located to a building situated at the corner of
Second Street and Seventh Avenue. facing the market, on Lot No. 123 of the
Panama Railroad Company's plat of the town of Empire.



There being no further business before the Commission, the meet-
ing was adjourned at 4.55 p). m., subject to the call of the Chairman.









































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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SECOND MEETING.


CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, April 24, 1909.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 2.30 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Hodges, Gaillard,
Sibert, Rousseau, Blackburn, Gorgas, and Secretary Bishop.
The minutes of the one hundred and fifty-first meeting were read
and approved.
1. The Chairman read the following executive order, which was
ordered to be spread upon the minutes:
By authority of the President, it is ordered:
That the limitations in section 1 of act No. 24, enacted by the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission March 1, 1905, providing for the administration of certain estates are hereby
waived, in so far as they prevent the Collector of Revenues taking possession of and
administering upon the estate of John J. Korp, deceased, and the Collector of Revenues
is hereby authorized and directed to take possession of and settle the estate of said
John J. Korp, deceased, in accordance with the terms of said act.
J. M. DICKINSON,
Secretary of War. -
WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, D. C., March 20, 1909.

2. The Chairman, stated that Allen B. Tucker, Sanitary Inspector,
who was bitten by a dog suffering from hydrophobia, had been
authorized to proceed to Washington, D. C., to take the necessary
treatment for the prevention of rabies, the expenses necessarily
incurred by him to be borne by the Commission. The action taken
was approved.
3. The Chairman presented a letter from the Chief Sanitary Officer,
dated April 22, 1909, recommending that Miss Bertha M. Knudtson,
S urse, be permitted to spend her leave on the Isthmus, and, in view
othe special circumstances surrounding the case-
SUpon motion, it was-
-:Resolved, That Miss Bertha M. Knudtson, nurse, be permitted to
spend on the Isthmus the forty-two days' leave of absence, with pay,
..anted her effective May 23, 1909.
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4. Upon motion, it was-
Resolved, That Paragraph 7 of the Building Regulations, as
amended by the Commission at its one hundred and forty-third .
meeting, be further amended to read as follows:
7. Gutters may be placed on buildings if, in the opinion of the Chief Sanitary Officer,
the same are deemed necessary.
5. Upon the recommendation of the Chief Sanitary Officer it was-z-
Resolved, That paragraph 2, section A, of the regulations governing ._
the treatment of persons by the physicians and in the hospitals of the
Department of Sanitation, as amended by the Commission at its one
hundred and forty-sixth meeting, be further amended to read as
follows:
A charge of $1 shall be made for each visit by a physician of the Health Department
to an employee at his home or quarters, provided that if he is unable to go to the dia-
pensary no charge shall be made for the first visit to such employee. Employees
living with their families in Commission quarters who, in the opinion of the visiting
physician, can not safely or conveniently report at the dispensary for treatment, shall,
if they so desire, be treated at their homes without charge, except, when, in the opin-
ion of the District Physician, convalescence will be unduly prolonged, thereby causing.
an increased expenditure by the Commission in payment of sick or injury leave.
6. Whereas various tracts of land in the Canal Zone shown by
public records and otherwise to be public land are claimed by private
persons, and it is desirable that the title to them should be determined,
it is, therefore,
Resolved, That the Attorney of the Commission on the Isthmus is
authorized and directed to institute proper proceedings under the.
provisions of chapter 10 of the Code of Civil Procedure of the Canal
Zone to inquire into and determine the title of the United States, or
the government of the Canal Zone, to all lands in the Canal Zone
claimed by the United States or the government of the Canal Zone by
virtue of the grants contained in the treaty of February 26, 1904,
between the Republic of Panama and the United States.
7. 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 War 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, 1909, 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 rail-
road, in line with the saloons at present licensed there.
Culebra.-On either side of the main street of the new town on the French Dump
east of the Panama Railroad passenger station; also lots 11 to 19, inclusive, block J.;
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
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I Las Cascadaa.-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 three saloons are now located.
S Mfathin.--On the main street of the town, on the east side of the Panama Railroad,
:in line with the buildings in which saloons are now located.
Gorgona.-Area bounded by Second street, avenue "A," Fifth street, and Central
avenue (or avenue "E "); fbut no saloons will be permitted to face on Central avenue.
Tabdrnilla.-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 passen-
ger station.
Bohio.-On the main street of the town, on the west 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 I to
11, inclusive, prepared in the office of the Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission in December, 1908, and approved by the Head of the Department of Civil
Administration January 27, 1909.
The designation of the areas hereinbefore made, however, shall not be construed am
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 desig-
nated-the places of business of all such dealers outside of the areas described being
shown on the maps herein before 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.
: 8. The Chairman submitted correspondence relating to the eon-
struction by the Pacific Division of a macadam road from Panama
to Corozal and from Corozal to Pedro Miguel, at a total estimated
8 0t af $118,200, on which a number of European contract laborers
were kept at work under the terms of their contracts, pending opening
of canal construction work to which they could be assigned. In view
of the necessity of retaining these laborers to control the labor situ-
:ation, and in view of the use of this road for canal construction pur-
poses, it was-
Resolved, That payment for a portion of the cost of the Panama-
Corozal and Corozal-Pedro Miguel roads be authorized from appro-
Spriations for the Department of Construction and Engineering not
exceeding the sum of Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000), such expense
being deemed necessary to best promote the construction of the
i: Panama Canal, the remainder of the cost to be defrayed from Canal
.. .Zone revenues.
6. 9. The Chairman presented the report submitted by the committee
o a pointed to consider all questions connected with the ownership,
L:operation, and maintenance of the telegraph and telephone lines
S::bilonging to the Isthmian Canal Commission and the Panama Rail-
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road Company. In accordance with the recommendation made by";::i"
the committee, the following agreement between the Isthmian Canal
Commission and the Panama Railroad Company was approved:
On and after May 1, 1909, the Panama Railroad Company will construct, maintain, .
and operate all telegraph and telephone lines and equipment that may be needed: in,
the work of the said company and of the Isthmian Canal Commission; that said com-
pany will furnish to the Isthmian Canal Commission all such telegraph and telephone'
service and facilities as the Commission may require, and as may be requested by
officers of the Commission with the approval of the Chairman and Chief Engineer.
In consideration of this agreement on the part of the Panama Railroad Company, the
Commission agrees to pay to aid company, monthly, an amount equal to seven and a
half dollars for each telephone instrument used during the preceding month or fraction
thereof, and the Commission further agrees that the Panama Railroad Company shall,
on and after May 1, 1909, have the use, without charge, of the-Commission's part of the
telegraph and telephone plant and equipment then owned by the Commission, and
shall not be liable for deterioration or necessary changes or destruction thereof; and -
that on the termination of this agreement the Railroad Company shall pay to the Corn- >
mission the value at that time, then to be agreed on, of the Commission's interest on
May 1, 1909, in the plant and equipment which is turned over to the company on said
date.
The Commission also agrees to pay to the railroad company the sum of $2,400 per
month in full payment for all services rendered by the company in maintaining extra
operators, signalmen, and other employees made necessary by the operation of lath-
mian Canal Commission trains over the railroad company's tracks. The Commission
will pay telegraph operators in its own offices as heretofore.
This agreement shall continue in effect till revoked by either party on sixty days',
notice, and it is understood that the rate per telephone per month, herein agreed to be
paid by the Commission, and the amount of $2,400, shall be increased or diminished
at the beginning of any month during the continuance of this agreement, when the
chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission shall determine such change is proper.


There being no further business before
was adjourned at 3.20 p. m., subject to


the Commission, the meeting
the call of the Chairman.


















ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-THIRD MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, June 10, 1909.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 2.30 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Sibert, Rousseau,
and Blackburn.
Absent: Commissioners Hodges, Gaillard, and Gorgas.
The Commission elected the Chairman's Secretary, Mr. William H.
May, as Acting Secretary of the Commission for the meeting.
The minutes of the one hundred and fifty-second meeting were read
and approved.
1. The Chairman read the following executive orders which were
ordered to be spread upon the minutes:

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, May 14, 1909.
By authority of the President of the United States:
It is ordered, That the executive order of March 13, 1907, effective April 15,
dividing the Canal Zone into four administrative districts, be amended so that the last
sentence of the fourth paragraph will read: "Fines and fees shall be paid into the
Treasury of the Canal Zone."
J. M. DICKINSON,
Secretary of War.
By authority of the President, it is ordered:
That so much of Act No. 8, enacted by the Isthmian Canal Commission September
2, 1904, as provides that certain duties be performed by the Director of Hospitals, is
hereby amended. The office of Director of Hospitals will be abolished on September
12, 1909, and the duties referred to will be performed on and after that date by any
official of the Department of Sanitation of the Isthmian Canal Commission who may
be designated.
J. M. DICKINSON,

WAR DEPARTMENT, Secretary of War.
Washington, D. C., May 14, 1909.
(Culebra, C. Z.)

S2. In deference to the wish expressed by a number of employees,
the following order respecting the engraving of canal medal bars was
adopted:
That canal medal bars be numbered consecutively to show the order in which each
e.i&amed, and that the years of service represented be also indicated thereon.
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3. The Chairman presented a letter from the Acting Chief Sanitary
Officer recommending that Alessandro Comba, an Italian laborer who
lost both legs as the result of an accident incurred in line of duty
September 21, 1907, be sent to New York City to be refitted with
artificial limbs, and from thence deported to Marseilles, France. the
necessary expenses incident to his travel, his maintenance in New
York City, and the cost of artificial limbs to be borne by the Com-
mission. The recommendation was approved.
4. The Chairman stated that Charles Perryman, a negro laborer,
who was bitten by a dog suffering from hydrophobia, had been author-
"ized to proceed to Washington, D. C., to take the necessary treatment
for the prevention of rabies, the expenses necessarily incurred by
him to be borne by the Commission. The action taken was approved.
5. Attention was called to the following provision in the'act making
appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government approved -
March 4, 1909:
No part of the foregoing appropriations for the Isthmian Canal shall be applied, to
the payment of allowances for longevity service or layover days other than such as
may have accumulated under existing orders of the Commission, prior to July first
nineteen hundred and nine.
It was thereupon
Resolved, That, effective July 1, 1909, the regulations governing
longevity increases in pay to employees, adopted by the Commission
at its one hundred and thirty-first meeting, be rescinded, and that,
effective the same date, all existing authority for the allowance of
layover time to employees be revoked.
SResolved further, That employees shall continue to draw the benefits
of all increased allowances in pay for longevity service earned prior to
July 1, 1909, and all layover time accumulated up to and including
June 30, 1909, may be taken any time after that date on the Isthmas
or added to annual vacation leave in accordance with existing rules.
6. The Chairman stated that as the needs of the service required
an increase in the cold-storage capacity of the steamships Colon and
Panama, he had authorized the Panama Railroad Company to have
specifications prepared and undertake the work generally in accord-.
ance with the report submitted by Mr. Roland Allwork, Inspecting
Engineer, the cost of the improvements being estimated at $25,000
for the Colon and $26,000 for the Panama.
Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That the action of the Chairman in authorizing the per-
formance of this work, under the direction of the Panama Railroad
Company, be approved, and the Disbursing Officers of the Commission
are directed to pay the expense bills covering same when certified'
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 steamships shall be increased by. an
amount equal to 4 per cent of the cost of said improvements, and
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s; mission of November 10, 1905, be modified, and the modifications
accepted by the railroad company accordingly.
7. Upon motion, it was
7, Resolved, That the action of the Chairman in entering into a contract,
on behalf of the Commission, with the Republic of Panama, providing
for the payment by Panama of $4,735.19 on account of street cleaning
and garbage removal in the city of Colon from July 1 to December 31,
*;, 1908 (the total cost of the work being $9,235.19), and also providing
for the payment by Panama of one-half the cost of the work beginning
January 1, 1909, and continuing from year to year until the contract
is canceled by either party upon notice of not less than thirty days
before the expiration of an annual period, be ratified and confirmed.
8. The Chairman presented for consideration a letter from Mr.
Frank S. Pascoe, in which he requested that he be granted the
benefit of forty-two days leave of absence with pay. It appeared
that Mr. Pascoe, who was employed in the Central Division as
General Foreman, was entitled to forty-two days leave of absence
August 16, 1908, but, as he did not enter upon the same within the
four months' period it was forfeited under the rules. Mr. Pascoe
submitted his resignation April 30, 1909, and the same was accepted.
If he had remained in the service, he would have been entitled to
forty-two days leave of absence with pay August 16, 1909.
In view of the fact that Mr. Pascoe's previous vacation leave
was forfeited of his own accord and as he had no leave due at the
ri: time of his separation from the service, his request was disapproved.
9: Upon motion, it was-
; "Resolved, That the Head of the Department of Civil Administration
Sbe, 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, 1909, to the following applicants:
Rio Grande............... Kwong Chong.
Yuen Lee.
Kwong Chong Chang.
: :Lee Hop.
I Wing Wo Yuen.
Kwong Hing Jan.
Culebra..................... Pedro Colomar.
Hip Woo.
Wo Chan.
Wong You Kee.
Sing On.
Pow San Chong.
: Jean'Murati.
*. James McFarland and Roger J. Coyne.
Winpire...................... Jas. Ferguson and Jas. Johnson.
Mezele Gustave.
Juan A. Martinez.
Manuel Leones.
Jose Sandi.
Hop Hing.
Chee Hing.
: Ni Yuen Hing Chong.
Charles R. Cantor.
Lai Hfgu
S* Thomas Powers.
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Las Cascadas................ Lai Wo.
Justiniano Richefort.
Charles Bryant.
Sam Lee.
Bas Obispo..................Chee Chung Hing.
J. J. Speer.
Kwong Chong Kee.
See Lee.
Tuck Chong.
Matachin....................Agapito Centeno.
Jose C. M. de la Puerta.
Gorgona................... Antonio Guerra.
Isaac L. Maduro, jr.
George Andrade.
Jacob Kowalsky.
John G. Kurtenacker.
Tracy Smail.
Alejandro Ramos.
Tabernilla................... Lee Fung Yuen.
Lam Hing Lung.
Emelio Capurro.
Chow Bing & Co.
Henry Charles Wong.
Bohio....................... Wing Lee.
Yee Shun.
Hing Lee.
Gatun..................... Yee Chong.
Prudencio San Martin.
Lam Hing.
Barney Duboski.
John B. Schuetz.
Yee Kee.



There being no further business before the Commission, the meet-
ing was adjourned at 3.45 p. m., subject to the call of the Chairman.








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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FOURTH MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, August 6, 1909.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 2 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Hodges, Gaillard,
Sibert, Rousseau, Blackburn, Gorgas, and Secretary Bishop.
The minutes of the one hundred and fifty-third meeting were read
and approved.
1. The Chairman read the following executive orders, which were
ordered to be spread upon the minutes:

EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Under authority vested in me by law, it is ordered:
Paragraph 6 of Executive Order No. 1002, dated January 6, 1909, is hereby amended
as follows:
6. This order shall take effect not later than six months from the date of the promul-
gation thereof, except for the use of old French dump cars in use on the Panama
Canal, including also the couplers of locomotives necessary to operate them, until
July 1, 1910, after which date it shall likewise apply to this equipment.
WM. H. TAFT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, June 11, 1909.
EXECUTIVE ORDER.
By authority of the President of the United States, it is ordered:
That the authority of the Collector of Revenues under Act No. 24 of the laws of the
Canal Zone, entitled "An Act Providing for an inexpensive method of Administra-
tion upon the Estates of Employees of the Government of the Canal Zone, or of the
Isthmian Canal Commission, who are citizens of the United States and who die in the
Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama, leaving estates of small value upon which regular
administration is deemed inadvisable," enacted by the Isthmian Canal Commission
March 1, 1905, be, and the same is hereby, extended to include all estates of the
character described in said act as amended by the executive order of June 22, 1907,
which do not exceed in value the sum of one thousand dollars.
J. M. DICKINSON,
Secretary of War.
WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, D. C., July 21, 1909.

2. Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That authority is given for the expenditure of the funds
in the Treasury of the Canal Zone on hand March 4, 1907, carried
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under the appropriation heading "Public Improvements and
Schools," for the construction, maintenance, and operation of public
works and improvements and the maintenance of public schools in
the Zone, at such time and in such manner as in the opinion of the
Head of the Department of Civil Administration, with the approval
of the Chairman, will best promote the public interests in the Canal
Zone.
3. The Chairman presented a letter from the Chief Sanitary Officer,
dated July 6, 1909, recommending that Miss Victoria Ray, nurse,
be permitted to spend her leave on the Isthmus, and in view of the
special circumstances surrounding the case,
Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That Miss Victoria Ray, nurse, be permitted to spend on
the Isthmus the 42 days' leave of absence, with pay, granted her,
effective July 31, 1909.
It was the further sense of the Commission that the conditions of
employment, adopted at the one hundred and twenty-ninth meeting,
requiring an employee to spend his leave of absence with pay in a
country affording the necessary change of climate, should be modi-
fied in the case of an employee resigning after two years' satisfactory
service, or an employee notified of his discharge at the expiration of
his leave period. It was thereupon
Resolved, That hereafter an employee whose resignation is accepted
to take effect at the expiration of a leave of absence with pay, and
who shall have completed two years' satisfactory service on that date,
may be paid for such leave, less seven days, regardless of where such
leave may be spent.
Resolved further, That an employee who is notified that his employ-
ment will cease at the expiration of a leave of absence with pay, and
who has rendered satisfactory service, may spend his leave wherever
he elects and receive payment therefore.
4. Upon the recommendation of the Head of the Department of
Civil Administration, it was
Resolved, That article 11 of the Police Rules and Regulations,
approved by the Commission at its one hundred and forty-fifth meet-
ing, be amended to read as follows:
ARTICLE 11. All police officers shall be required to serve at least
two years in the police force, from the date of their enlistment, unless
sooner discharged; and a police officer who voluntarily leaves the
service or is discharged for cause before the expiration of two years
from the date of his enlistment, shall not be eligible for employment
in any other Department of the Isthmian Canal Commission, except
upon the approval of the Head of the Department of Civil Admin-
istration.
5. Upon the recommendation of the Head of the Department of
Civil Administration it was
Resolved, That article 7 of the Rules and Regulations for the (,ov.
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and forty-fifth meeting of the Commission, held at Culebra, July 18,
1908, be, and the same hereby is, amended to provide the following
rates of pay for members of the police force:
Policemen, $40, $45, and $50 per month.
First-class policemen, $80, $90, $100, and $107.50 per month.
Corporals, one-half the number in the service, $122.50 per month
and one-half $132.50 per month.
Sergeants, one-third of the number in the service, $142.50 per
month, one-third $157.50 per month, and one-third $160 per month.
Second lieutenants, $175 per month.
First lieutenant, $275 per month.
Chief of Police, $333.33 per month.
The number of policemen and first-class policemen in the several
ranks shall be fixed by the Head of the Department of Civil Adminis-
tration, with the approval of the Chairman.
6. Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That article No. 103 and No. 104 of the Rules and Regula-
tions of. the Canal Zone Police Force, as amended by the Head of
the Department of Civil Administration and approved by the Chair-
man on July 14, 1909, are approved.
7. The Chairman called attention to the resolutions adopted by
the Commission at its one hundred and forty-sixth and one hundred
and forty-ninth meetings, approving the agreement entered into
by the Chairman for the payment to the Panama Railroad Company
of the lump sum of $57,000 monthly, beginning August 1, 1908, for
all freight transportation by rail furnished the Commission. The
Chairman stated that, it having appeared from statistics that the
monthly amount of freight transportation by rail actually furnished
the Commission was considerably more than the lump sum authorized,
he appointed a committee on May 19, 1909, consisting of Mr. E. J.
Williams, Disbursing Officer, and Mr. W. W. Warwick, Examiner of
Accounts, representing the Commission, and Mr. H. L. Stuntz, Local
Auditor, representing the Panama Railroad Company, to reconsider
this question. In accordance with the unanimous recommendation
of this committee, the Chairman proposed to the Panama Railroad
Company that it agree to accept the sum of $90,000 monthly in full
payment for all freight transportation by rail furnished the Com-
aission, the same to be effective August 1, 1909, and to be confirmed
by resolution of the Commission and of the Board of Directors of the
Panama Railroad Company. This proposition having'been accepted
by the General Manager of the Panama Railroad Company, on
behalf of the Company, upon motion, it was
Rewlved, That the action of the Chairman in entering into an
agreement with the Panama Railroad Company for the payment of
$90,000 monthly, beginning August 1, 1909, for all the freight trans-
portation by rail provided for in the resolution of the Commission at
Ate one hundred and forty-sixth and one hundred and forty-ninth

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meetings, be, and the same is hereby, ratified and approved; and the
said sum of $90,000 will be charged to the departments as follows:
Department of Construction and Engineering.............................. $86,000
Department of Sanitation................................................. 1,000
Relocation of Panama Railroad........................................... 3,000
8. The Chairman laid before the Commission the Chief Sanitary
Officer's recommendation that the screening of Commission buildings
occupied by West Indian silver employees and their families be con-
tinued.
After discussion, upon motion, it, was
Resolved, That the screening of married silver quarters will be dis-
continued.
9. Regulations and circulars in force at present regarding the rate
of pay for overtime work were discussed, and, in line with uniformity
and economy, it was, upon motion
Resolved, That, effective September 1, 1909, all hourly employees
who are citizens of the United States will be paid time and one-half
for work over the eight-hour (lay; all other hourly employees will be
paid time and one-half for work over ten hours in one day. All
hourly employees will be paid time and one-half for all work on
Sunday and holidays.
10. The Chairman called attention to the fact that by resolution
adopted by the Commission at its one hundred and eighteenth meet-
ing American employees in skilled-trade occupations and paid on
an hourly basis were allowed pay for certain holidays, in accordance
with the practice prevailing in the Government service of the United
States, with respect to employees similarly employed. By resoli-
tion adopted by the Commission at its one hundred and twenty-ninth
meeting this.gratuity pay was extended to all employees, including
laborers, whose compensation is fixed on an hourly basis.
After discussion, in which it was pointed out that the gratuity
pay to hourly men on the silver roll alone amounts to about $22.0,000
per annum, the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That hereafter hourly employees on the so-called silver
rolls, who are not citizens of the United States, will not be allowed
gratuity pay for holidays. The resolution of the Commission adopted
at its one hundred and twenty-ninth meeting is amended accordingly.
11. The Chairman presented the case of Mr. J. de Lavandeyra, a
clerk in the Department of Sanitation, who requested that he be
granted vacation and sick-leave privileges. He was born in Habana,
Cuba, in 1853; emigrated to the United States in 1859; acquired
American citizenship at the age of 21, in 1874; continued to live in
the United States until- 1885, when he left for Europe and Argentine
Republic, returning to Cuba during the American occupation from
1898 to 1904, and has been in the employ of the Commission since
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After discussion, upon motion, it was
Resolved, That it is the sense of the Commission that the Chair-
man's interpretation of the resolution of the Commission adopted at
its one hundred and twenty-ninth meeting is applicable to Mr.
J. de Lavandeyra's case, to wit:
"Persons born in the Tropics are considered to be accustomed to a
tropical climate, regardless of the fact that they have lived in a
northern climate and away from their birthplace most of their life-
time."
12. The Chairman presented the case of William C. Healy, clerk in
the Central Division, who was granted leave of absence for forty-two
days on May 11, 1909, and was prevented from reporting for duty
within fifteen days after the expiration of his leave, owing to the
delayed departure from New York, change in route via Barbados,
and detention in quarantine of the steamship Cristobal, on which he
returned, reaching the Isthmus seven days later than schedule time.
After discussion, upon motion, it was
Resolved, That Mr. Healy's case was not one which warranted an
exception to the regulations, the views of the Commission being
expressed in the resolution adopted at the one hundred and forty-
seventh meeting, as follows:
Employees are expected to report for duty on the expiration of
their authorized leave-the additional fifteen days, return within
which will preserve their right to pay during leave, being intended to
cover all contingencies, and not to be considered additional leave
without pay.
13. Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That family quarters may he held, with the approval of
the Chairman, for the full period of any extended leave of absence
with pay which may be granted to the employee to whom quarters
are assigned; that family quarters may be held for fifty-six days
during the absence either of the employee to whom they are assigned,
or of his family, or of both simultaneously, provided that this privi-
lege shall not be granted for more than one period of fifty-six days
in any service year. If vacated the second time during the service
year either by the employee, his family, or both simultaneously,
quarters will be held for not more than forty-two days. This rule
supersedes in part the rules governing the assignment of married
quarters adopted by the Commission at its one hundred and thirtieth
meeting.


There being no further business before the Commission, the meeting
was adjourned at 4 p. m., subject to the call of the Chairman.


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ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FIFTH MEETING.

ANCON, CANAL ZONE, December 6, 1909.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 2 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Gaillard, Sibert,
Rousseau, Gorgas, and Secretary Bishop.
Absent: Commissioner Hodges.
The minutes of the one hundred and fifty-fourth meeting were
read and approved.
The Chairman announced that Commissioner Blackburn had sub-
mitted his resignation to the President, and that the same had been
accepted effective December 4, 1909.
1. The Chairman read the following executive orders which were
ordered to be spread upon the minutes.

EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Under authority vested in me by law, it is ordered: That section 149 of Act No. 14
of the Laws of the Canal Zone is amended to read as follows:
SEc. 149. Every person guilty of murder in the first degree shall suffer death, or,
if there be extenuating circumstances, confinement in the penitentiary for life; and
every person guilty of murder in the second degree is punishable by imprisonment
in the penitentiary not less than ten years."
WM. H. TAFT,.
THE WHITE HOUSE, July 30, 1909.

(No. 1115.)


EXECUTIVE ORDER.
Under authority-vested in me by law, it is ordered: That every convict who is
now or who may hereafter be confined in the Canal Zone penitentiary under sen-
tence for a definite time and who shall have no infraction of the rules and regula-
tions of the penitentiary or laws of the Canal Zone recorded against him, and who
performs the duties assigned to him in a faithful, orderly, and peaceable manner
shall be entitled to the diminution of time from hie sentence as follows: For the first
year, one month; for the second year, two months; for the third year, three months;
for the fourth year, tor nmeaoths; for the fifth year, five months; for the sixth and
eadh anceeeding year, six months; and pro rata for any part of a year where the
senteim is for mwre or -ese than a year.
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1722 MINUTES OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.

In case any convict shall be guilty of the violation of any of the rules or regulations
of the penitentiary or laws of the Canal Zone, as above provided, and has become
entitled to any diminution of his sentence by the provisions aforesaid, he shall for
the first offense forfeit, if he has made so much, two days; for the second offense,
four days; for the third offense, eight days; for the fourth offense, sixteen days; and
in addition thereto whatever number of days, more than one, that he is in punish-
ment, shall also be forfeited; for more than four offenses, the warden shall have
power to deprive him, at his discretion, of any portion or all of the diminution of
sentence that he may have earned, but not less than as provided for the fourth offense;
Provided, That the Chief Executive of the Canal Zone shall have the power to restore
to any convict any diminution of sentence forfeited by him.
Whenever any convict is or has been committed under several convictions, with
separate sentences, they shall be construed as one continuous sentence, in the grant-
ing or forfeiting of diminution of sentence.
The warden, in computing the diminution of sentence of any convict now in the
penitentiary, shall allow him for the unexpired portion of his sentence, the same as
if this order had been in effect at the commencement of his sentence, but shall not
allow him for the portion of his sentence already served.
WM. H. TAFT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, July 30, 1909.

(No. 1116.)



EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Under authority vested in me by law it is ordered:
Section 454 of Act No. 14 of the Laws of the Canal Zone is amended to read as
follows:
"SEc. 454. Permits to hunt with firearms upon the public lands of the Canal Zone
or on the lands of private ownership, but without prejudice to the rights of the
owners, may be issued by the Treasurer of the Canal Zone upon application made to
him. But every person who shall hunt at night between the hours of sunset and
sunrise with the aid or use of a lantern, torch, bonfire, or other artificial light, or
who shall hunt by the use of a gun or other firearm intended to be discharged by
an animal or bird, by means of a spring or trap or other similar mechanical device,
shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."
WM. H. TArt.
THE WHITE HOUSE, September 8, 1909.

(No. 1126.)



EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Under authority vested in me by law it is ordered:
1. Chapter II of Title XII of Act No. 14 of the Laws of the Canal Zone is.
amended by the addition thereto of the following section:
"SEc..210j. Every person who shall torture, cruelly beat, abuse, willfully mal- -
treat, or unnecessarily deprive of liberty any child under the age of eighteen, and
every person having custody or possession of a child under the age of fourteen who .
shall expose it in any highway, street, field, house or other place with intent to.
abandon it is guilty of a misdemeanor."






MINUTES OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


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2. Section 423, Chapter XIV, Title XVI, of Act. No. 14 of the Laws of the Canal
Zone is amended to read as follows:
"SEc. 423. Every person who shall overdrive, overload, torture, cruelly beat, or
unjustifiably injure, maim, mutilate, or kill, or deprive of necessary food, drink, or
shelter, or work when unfit for labor, any animal, whether wild or tame and
whether belonging to himself or to another, or who, being the owner or possessor or
having charge or custody of a maimed, diseased, disabled, or infirm animal, shall
abandon it, or leave it to die in a street, road, or other place, is guilty of a misde-
meanor. Any police officer may lawfully destroy or cause to be destroyed any ani-
mal found abandoned and not properly cared for, appearing, in the judgment of
two reputable persons called by him to view the same in his presence, to be injured
or diseased past recovery for any useful purpose."
3. Any duly appointed agent of a regularly organized humane society in the Canal
Zone may be commissioned by the proper authorities of the Canal Zone as a special
police officer for the enforcement of the provisions of this order and of any other
law, regulation, or order in force in the Canal Zone for the prevention of cruelty to
children and animals, and when so commissioned shall be vested for that purpose
with all the authority of a member of the Canal Zone police force.
WM. H. TAFT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, October 2, 1909.
(No. 1130.)



EXECUTIVE ORDER.
Under authority vested in me by law, it is ordered:
SEC. 1. The Chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission shall appoint three per-
sons who shall constitute a "Board of Local Inspectors." The members of this
Board shall be employees of the Isthmian Canal Commission or the Panama Rail-
road Company, or both, and shall perform the duties hereinafter specified without
additional compensation.
SEc. 2. The Board of Local Inspectors shall recommend the classification of mas-
ters, mates, engineers, and pilots of steam vessels propelled upon the waters within
the jurisdiction of the Canal Zone. Upon such recommendation, in writing, the
Head of the Department of Civil Administration, Isthmian Canal Commission, shall
issue licenses.
SEC. 3. Whenever any person applies to be licensed as master, mate, engineer, or
pilot of any steam vessel propelled upon the waters within the jurisdiction of the
Canal Zone, the Board of Local Inspectors shall make diligent inquiry as to his
character, and shall carefully examine the applicant, as well as the proof he pre-
sents in support of his claim; and if, upon full consideration, they are satisfied that
his character, habits of life, knowledge, and experience in the duties of master,
mate, engineer, or pilot are all such as to authorize the belief that he is a suitable
and safe person to be intrusted with the powers and duties of such station, they
shall recommend that a license be issued to him, authorizing him to be employed on
any vessel propelled upon the waters within the jurisdiction of the Canal Zone, in
such duties, for the term of three (3) years; but such license shall be suspended or
revoked upon satisfactory proof of negligence, unskillfulness, or intemperance. The
Board of Local Inspectors will recommend the assignment of mates or engineers to
an appropriate class designated "Chief," "1st," or "2nd."
SEC. 4. The Isthmian Canal Commission shall not engage for permanent employ-
ment upon any of its vessels propelled by steam any master, mate, or engineer who
shall not be duly licensed by the United States, or the Government of the Canal







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Zone, and who is not a citizen of the United States, unless an American citizen is
not available; and all officers at present employed who do not bold United State
licenses will be required to qualify before the Board.
SEc. 5. The Government of the Canal Zone may issue licenses as masters, mates,
engineers, or pilots to persons who are not citizens of the United States.
S-c. 6. The Executive Order of the Governor of the Canal Zone, dated December
8, 1905, is amended by this order only in so far as it provides for the examinatia.
and licensing of pilots.
Wi. H. TArm.
THE \VHTTE HOUSE, October 2, 1909.

(No. 1131.)



EXECUTIVE ORDER.
Under authority vested in me by law it is ordered:
That no operator, train dispatcher, or other employee of the Panama Railroad
Company who by the use of the telegraph or telephone dispatches, reports, transmits,
receives, or delivers orders pertaining to or affecting train movements shall be
required or permitted to be or remain on duty for a longer period than nine hours
in any twenty-four-hour period in all towers, offices, places, and stations continu-
ously operated night and day, nor for a longer period than thirteen hours in all
towers, offices, places, and stations operated only during the daytime, except in
case of emergency, when the employees named in this order may be permitted to be
and remain on duty for four additional hours in a twenty-four-hour period on not
exceeding three days in any week.
This order shall be in effect on and after January 1, 1910.
WM. H. TAFT.
THE WHITE HOUSE, November 23, 1909.

(No. 1140.)



EXECUTIVE ORDER.
Any person who, as principal or agent, shall, with the intent or for the purpose'
of recruiting on the Canal Zone mechanics, laborers, artisans, or any character of
workmen to go into a foreign country, induce or attempt to induce any person who '
is working for or is under contract to work for, or who desires'to work for, the .
Isthmian Canal Commission or the Panama Railroad Company, or a contractor df
either or both of them, to cease to work for, or break any such contract to work for,
or not to begin Nwork for, the Isthmian Canal Commission or the Panama Railroad
Company, or a contractor of either or both of them, or to leave the Canal 'one with
a view or for the purpose of working in a foreign country, shall be deemed guilty tf
a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a -ine not exceed-.,
ing one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment in the common jafl not-to
exceed six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretionul
the court.
WM. H. Tamr.
THE WHITE HOUSE, November 98, 1909.


(No. 1141.)






MINUTES OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


2. The Chairman read the following letter from the Secretary of
War:
WAR DEPARTMENT,
(AT BELLE MEADE, NASHVILLE, TENN.),
September ?5, 1909.
Sin: You are hereby directed, effective January 1, 1910, to allow American citizens
who are hourly employees on the gold roll of the Isthmian Canal Commission two
weeks leave per year on pay, computed at the rate of eight hours per day, and at the
same pay per hour as they are receiving respectively at the time leave is taken.
Such leave may be taken each year or accumulated to an amount not exceeding
six weeks.
Thesame length of service will be required in earning this leave as is now prescribed
by the regulations of the Commission for monthly employees.
Respectfully, J. AM. DICKINSON,
Secretary of War.
Lieut. Col. GEORGE W. GOETHALS,
Chairman and Chief Engineer, Isthmian Canal Commission,
Culdebra, Canal Zone.

The Chairman stated he would issue a proper circular for the infor-
mation and guidance of all concerned.
3. The Commission formally confirmed its action of October 14, 1909,
by letter ballot, authorizing Capt. G. M. Hoffman, Assistant Engineer,
Atlantic Division, who is an officer of the Corps of Engineers of the
United States Army, to enter October 19, 1909, upon forty-two days'
leave of absence with pay for his service year beginning January 6,
1909. It appeared that Captain Hoffman, being under orders to pro-
ceed to New York for examination for promotion, desired to take
advantage of his regular leave of absence with pay, the time spent in
attending the examination to count as part thereof, and it was consid-
ered to the interest of the Commission to grant him authority to take
his leave before completing ten months' service, in order that it might
not be deprived of his services for the time spent on this duty in
addition to his regular leave.
4. Under a resolution adopted by the Commission at its one hundred
and thirty-seventh meeting, minutes of meetings are required to be
bound semiannually, and attention being called to the fact that the
minutes of meetings held by the Commission for the first six months
of the present year cover but 20 printed pages, it was
Resolved, That beginning January 1, 1909, the minutes of the
Isthmian Canal Commission shall be bound annually.
5. The Chairman stated that in view of the report of a board
appointed by him for the purpose of making an estimate of the actual
cost to the Panama Railroad Company of handling all Commission
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freight, he had, on November 30, 1909, formally proposed to the
Panama Railroad Company that it accept the sum of $47,000 monthly
in full payment for all freight transportation by -rail furnished the
Commission, the same to be effective December 1, 1909, and to be
confirmed by resolution of the Commission and of the Board of Direc-
tors of the Railroad Company. This proposition having been accepted
by the General Superintendent of the Panama Railroad Company on
behalf of the Company, it was
Resolved, That the agreement entered into by the Chairman for the
payment of $47,000 monthly, beginning December 1, 1909, for all
freight transportation by rail furnished the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion by the Panama Railroad Company be, and the same is, hereby
ratified and approved, and the sum of $47,000 monthly will be charged
to the departments as follows:
Construction and engineering............................................ $44, 400
Sanitation ............................................................. 200
Relocation Panama Railroad ............................................ 2,400
47, 000
6. The Chairman was authorized to have a sufficient number of pews
manufactured to accommodate 250 persons, the same to be loaned to
the Baptist Church at Gatun, for use in the church building, but to
remain the property of the Commission.
7. The Commission formally confirmed the following resolution,
adopted by letter ballot of August 30, 1909:
Resolved, That the license issued to H. F. Younge for the sale of
intoxicating liquors in the town of Empire for the period July 1, 1909,
to June 30, 1910, be, and the same hereby is, revoked, to be effective
September 12, 1909, and the Treasurer of the Canal Zone is authorized
to refund to H. F. Younge the license fee for the unexpired portion
of the period for which the fee has been paid.
8. The Chairman presented a statement showing appointments, pro-
motions, and other changes in the personnel of the Washington office
and assistant purchasing agencies, covering the period from Jan- v
uary 1, 1909, to June 30, 1909, inclusive; all of which were ratified
and approved.
9. The Chairman presented statements showing the appointments,
promotions, and other changes in the personnel:
(a) In the Pepartment of Construction and Engineering for the weeks ending Feb-
ruary 6, 13, 20, and 27; March 6, 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 10, 17, and 24; May 1, 8,
15, 22, and 29; June 5, 12, 19, and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; August 7, 14, 21,
and 28; September 4, 11, 18, and 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 13,
20, and 27, 1909.
(b) In the Department of Civil Administration for the *eeks ending February 6,
13, 20, and 27; March 6, 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 10, 17, and 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22,
and 29; June 5, 12, 19, and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; August 7, 14, 21, and 28;
September 4, 11, 18, and 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 18, 20,'and
27, 1909.







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(c) In the Department of Sanitation for the weeks ending February 6, 13, 20, and
27; March 6, 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 10,.17, and 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; June 5,
12, 19, and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; August 7, 14, 21, and 28; September 4, 11,
18, and 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 1909.
(d) In the Quartermaster's Department for the weeks ending February 6, 13, 20,
and 27; March 6, 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 10, 17, and 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29;
June 5, 12, 19, and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; August 7, 14, 21, and 28; Septem-
ber 4, 11, 18, and 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 1909.
(e) In the Subsistence Department for the weeks ending February 6, 13, 20. and 27;
March 6, 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 17, and 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; June 5, 12, 19,
and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; August 7, 14, 21, and 28; September 4,11, 18, and
25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 1909.
(f) In the Department of Disbursements for the weeks ending February 6, 13, and
20; March 6, 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 10, and 24; May 1, 8, 15, and 22; June 12 and 19;
July 3, 10, 24, and 31; August 7, 14, and 21; September 4, 11, 18, and 25; October 2,
9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 13, and 20, 1909.
(g) In the Department of Examination of Accounts for the weeks ending February
6, 13, 20, and 27; March 6, 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 10, 17, and 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22,
and 29; June 5, 12, 19, and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; August 7, 14, 21, and 28;
September 4, 11, 18, and 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 13, 20, and
27, 1909.
(h) In the Isthmian Canal Commission Band for the weeks ending February 27;
March 20; April 3, 10, and 24; May 1 and 29; June 19; July 3 and 31; August 14;
September 4, 11, and 25; October 23; November 27, 1909.
(i) In the Panama Railroad Commissary Department for the weeks ending Febru-
ary 6, 13, 20, and 27; March 6, 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 10, 17, and 24; May 1, 8, 15,
22, and 29; June 5, 12, 19, and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; August 7, 14, 21, and
28; September 4, 11, 18, and 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; November 6, 13, 20,
and 27, 1909.
10. Upon recommendation of the Acting Head of Department of
Civil Administration, it was
Resolved, That the classes and rates of pay for teachers in the Canal
Zone schools, as fixed by the Commission at its one hundred and twenty-
ninth meeting, be amended by the addition of "Teachers, Class IV," to
be paid at the rate of $50 United States currency per month during
the school term: Provided, That principals of schools, where there
are not less than three teachers, high-school teachers, and substitute
teachers, only, shall be eligible for appointment hereafter to Teacher,
Class I."
Resolved further, That the maximum salary of the principal of the
Cristobal High School shall be fixed, effective January 1, 1910, at
$125 United States currency per month during the school term.
11. Paragraph 4 of the building regulations of the Canal Zone was
amendedby the following addition:
Dwellings not within the limits of surveyed and platted town sites in the Canal
Zone will not be permitted to be constructed within less than 200 feet of each other,
and all such dwellings shall comply with existing sanitary regulations for buildings
of this character. They shall likewise comply with the regulations prohibiting the
erection of native houses closer than 1,000 feet to Isthmian Canal Commission
buildings.






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12. The Commission formally recommended for approval the fol-
lowing draft of an executive order, respecting assessments for the
cost of public improvements in the Canal Zone:
The Isthmian Canal Commission 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, and
may 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.



There being no further business before the Commission, the meeting
was adjourned at 3 o'clock p. m., subject to the call of the Chairman.
























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INDEX.



ABSENCE, LEAVE OF. See Employees. Page.
ACCOUNTS:
Examiner of, office of-
Changes in personnel approved................................ 1703,1727
Isthmian Canal Commission, amounts of, to be stated in United States
currency.----....---...........-----------...---.....-----.---.---.........---...-.....-.........-----------... 1699
ACTS:
Safety Appliance, extension of, to Canal Zone.......................... 1695
AGREEMENTS:
Between Commission and Panama Railroad Company-
Ownership and operation of telegraph and telephone lines.......... 1710
Transportation rate for freight approved..------------------- 1717, 1726
ANIMALS:
Cruelty to, a misdemeanor ............................................ 1722
ARTIFICIAL LIMBS:
Allessandro Comba to be fitted with, in New York and deported to France
at Commission expense ---------......--------........-..........-----------.....-....---..--.... 1712
ASSISTANT PURCHASING AGENCIES:
Changes in personnel of, approved ................................ 1703,1726
BA LEY, E. E.:
Treatment of, in United States for prevention of rabies, at Commission
expense, authorized ---.--....----.........---------.....--------....--.....---......---..--... 1702
BAND, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION:
Changes in personnel of, approved ................................ 1703,1727
BUILDING REGULATIONS:
Paragraph 4, re distance between buildings, amended....-...--.......------------..... 1727
Paragraph 7, re placing of gutters, amended............................ 1708
BURRER, CHARLES B.:
Case of, regarding return from leave not considered exception to rules.... 1703
CANAL ZONE:
Extension of Safety Appliance Acts to ................................. 1695
Government. See Government.
Improvements, public-
Authority given for expenditure of Canal Zone funds for............ 1716
Executive order re assessment for cost of, approved................. 1728
Laws of-
Chapter II, Title XII, Act 14 amended, making cruelty to children
and animals a mnisdemeanor..................................... 1722
Section 149, Act 14 amended, fixing penalty for murder............. 1721
Section 454, Act 14 amended, prohibiting hunting by night with arti-
ficial light or with spring guns ................................... 1722
Schools. See Schools.
CARTER, DR.. H11 D.:
Letter of acting chairman, February 23, 1909, re request to be relieved from
aity on sthmus ...............---.................................... 1704







II INDEX.

CHILDREN: Page.
Cruelty to, a misdemeanor....................... ..................... 1722
CHURCHES:
Baptist, Gatun-
Pews to be loaned to ....-.........--------..----....-....-................----------------------... 1726
CIVIL ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF:
Changes in personnel approved ....--............----------......-.....---....... 1702,1726
COLON (CITY):
Street cleaning and garbage removal in, contract for payment of, approved. 1713
COLON (STEAMSHIP):
Charter payment for, to be increased ..-.....----------------........--.--..--....---...... 1712
Cold-storage capacity to be increased ....-....----.......------...-...------..--.........-------. 1712
COMBA, ALLESSANDRO:
To be refitted with artificial limbs at New York and deported to France
at Commission expense..........-----------------.........---......-----------............------. 1712
COMMISSARY DEPARTMENT PANAMAA RAILROAD):
Changes in personnel approved.................................... 1703, 1727
CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING, DEPARTMENT OF:
Amount to be charged against-
For construction of certain roads fixed.......--..-...................-----------------.. 1709
For freight transportation ...................................... 1719,1726
Changes in personnel approved......-.........-----------..............--------...-.... -------1702,1726
CONTRACTS:
Between Commission and Republic of Panama-
Providing for payment of street cleaning and garbage removal in Colon
approved ....................................................... 1713
See also Agreements.
CONVICTS:
Diminution of time for good behavior allowed.....-...................... ------------------1721
CRISTOBAL:
Machine shops to be transferred by Commission to Panama Railroad
Company..-..............-------------------....---.....--..--.....----..--....--.......-............ -------------1704
CURRENCY, UNITED STATES:
Amounts on pay rolls and accounts to be stated in .....--......---.........----.. 1699
DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING. See Construct-
ing and Engineering, Department of.
DICKINSON, J. M.:
Executive orders of. See Executive orders.
Letter from, September 25, 1909, directing that American hourly gold
employees be given two weeks' leave with pay ....................... ------------------1725
DISBURSEMENTS, DEPARTMENT OF:
Changes in personnel approved ................................... 1703,1727
EMPLOYEES:
Assistant purchasing agencies. See Assistant purchasing agencies.
Band. See Band.
Changes in personnel approved..................................... 1702, 1726
Deceased, administrator of estates. See Estates.
Gold, order restricting personnel of, to American citizens, amended...... 1696
Hourly-
Granted two weeks' leave with pay................................ 1725
Holidays, payment for, allowed.........---.-------------......-..-........-.... 1718
Overtime work, payment for, allowed.............................. 1718
Injured, compensation may be granted to......................--------...... 1704






INDEX.


EMPLOYEES-Continued. Page.
Lay-over time, allowance of-
Revoked......................................................... 1712
Up to June 30, 1909, granted...................................... 1712
Leave of absence-
Additional fifteen days, regulations regarding, applicable to case of
Wm. C. Healy ...--....--...-...-...................------------------.....-.....--.. 1719
Granted Capt. G. M. Hoffman .................................... 1725
May be spent anywhere, with pay, if services are terminated ....... 1716
Pay for, less seven days, in case of resignation, authorized.......... 1716
Payment of salary for period of, to Biscoe A. Kibbey, authorized.... 1698
Permission to spend, on Isthmus, granted-
Knudtson, Bertha M........................................ 1707
Ray, Victoria................................................ 1716
Waldron, Frederick E., not to be considered a precedent........ 1702
Request for benefit of, disallowed Frank S. Pascoe.'................. 1713
Returning from, Charles B.. Burrer's case not considered exception
to rules........................................................ 1703
Medals for. See Medals.
Pay of, longevity increase in-
Benefits earned prior to July 1, 1909, allowed...................... 1712
Regulations governing, rescinded.................................. 1712
Policemen. See Police Department.
Quarters. See Quarters.
Teachers, classes and rates of pay for, fixed ............................ 1727
Telegraph operators and train dispatchers, hours of work of, fixed...... 1724
Treatment of, in hospitals and by physicians, rules governing, amended,
1702, 1708
Vacation and sick-leave privileges, extension of, to J. de Lavandeyra,
disallowed......................................................... 1719
Washington office. See Washington office.
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION, DEPARTMENT OF. See Con-
struction and Engineering, Department of.
EQUIPMENT:
Executive order extending Safety Appliance Acts to certain, amended... 1715
ESTATES:
Administration of-
Act providing for, amended....................................... 1715
Limitations of section 1, waived in case of John J. Korp............ 1707
EXECUTIVE ORDERS:
Draft of, re assessments for cost of public improvements in Canal Zone,
approved .......................................................... 1728
President-
January 6, 1909, extending Safety Appliance Act to Canal Zone..... 1695
June 11, 1909, amending paragraph 6 of order re Safety Appliance Act.. 1715
July 30, 1909, allowing convicts in Canal Zone diminution of time for
good behavior.................................................. 1721
July 30, 1909, amending section 149, Act 14, Laws of Canal Zone,
fixing penalty for murder....................................... 1721
September 8, 1909, amending section 454, Act 14, Laws of Canal Zone,
prohibiting hunting by night with artificial light or with spring gun. 1722
October 2, 1909, amending Chapter II, Title XII, Act 14, Laws of
Canal Zone, making cruelty to children and animals a misdemeanor. 1722





INDEX.


EXECUTIVE ORDERS-Continued. Page.
President-Continued. *
October 2, 1909, providing board of local inspectors to examine appli-
cants for licenses to navigate in Zone waters .......... ........ 1723
November 23, 1909, fixing hours of work for telegraphers and train
dispatchers .--..-......----.........--------..--..-...-...........-...........--------------.. 1724
November 23, 1909, making the enticing of laborers from Commission
or Panama Railroad a misdemeanor-............................. 1724
Secretary of War-
December 23, 1908, amending order restricting personnel of gold
employees to American citizens..---...-.....---------..--..--...----------...... 1696
March 20, 1909, waiving limitations of section 1, Act 24, in adminis-
tration of estate of John J. Korp .....----.--.......---......---------....-......-----------. 1707
May 14, 1909, abolishing office of director of hospitals and arranging
for performance of duties by any official of Department of Sanita-
tion ........................................................... 1711
May 14, 1909, amending fourth paragraph of order dividing Zone into
four administrative districts..-..--.........--------------------.............-....---...... 1711
July 21, 1909, amending Act 24 of Laws of Canal Zone re administra-
tion of estates----..-..-...-----------......---------....---...-------.....--.......--.--.-.. 1715
FINES AND FEES:
Executive order re payment of certain, to treasurer of Canal Zone,
amended .......................................................... --------------------------------------------1711
FREIGHT:
Transportation of, by rail, rate to be paid Panama Railroad by Commis-
sion and amounts to be charged to different departments fixed..... 1717, 1726
GOVERNMENT, CANAL ZONE:
Revenues of, amount to be charged against, for construction of certain
roads.............................................................. 1709
Title to certain lands to be determined................................. 1708
Treasury, executive order re payment of fines and fees to Treasurer
amended ...--..-......-...-.............--------------------..............-........---------...... 1711
GREEN, ALEXANDER:
Treatment of, in United States for prevention of rabies at Commission
expense authorized................................................. 1702
HEALY, WILLIAM C.:
Regulations re additional fifteen days' leave applicable to............... 1719
HOFFMAN, CAPT. G. M.:
Granted forty-two days' leave with pay................................ 1725
HOLIDAYS:
Payment for......................................................... 1718
HOSPITALS:
Director of, office of, abolished.---.----------.......-......---.............-......---.------..--.-- 1711
Treatment of persons in, rules governing amended...................... 1702
HUNTING:
Prohibited at night with artificial light or with spring guns ............. 1722
IMPROVEMENTS, PUBLIC:
Authority given for expenditure of Canal Zone funds for................ 1716
Executive order respecting assessments for cost of, approved ............ 1728
INSPECTORS, BOARD OF LOCAL:
Appointment of, to examine applicants for licensee to navigate Zone
waters ..........................................................-- 1723





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ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION: Page.
Employees. See Empqyes. .... ...
Meetings, minutes of. See Minutes.
Panama Railroad affairs. See Panama Railroad Company.
Washington office. See Washington office.
See also Resolutions, Isthmian Canal Commission.
IEBBEY, BISCOE A.:
Payment of leave-of-absence pay authorized............................ 1698
KNUDTSON, BERTHA M.:
Permission to spend leave of absence on Isthmus granted ............... 1707
KORP, JOHN J.:
Limitations of section 1, Act 24, waived in administering estate of........ 1707
LA BOCA:
Electric light und power plant to be transferred by Panama Railroad to
Commission........................................................ 1704
LABORERS:
Enticing from Commission or Panama Railroad a misdemeanor.......... 1724
LABOR, QUARTERS AND SUBSISTENCE, DEPARTMENT OF:
Changes in personnel authorized ...................................... 1702
LANDS:
Petition to be filed to confirm United States title to...................... 1701
Title of United States or Canal Zone Government to, to be determined... 1708
LAVANDEYRA, J. DE:
Application for vacation and sick-leave privileges disallowed ............. 1719
LAWS OF CANAL ZONE. See Canal Zone.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE. See Employees.
LETTERS:
Chairman and Chief Engineer (acting), February 23, 1909, re request of
Dr. H. R. Carter to be relieved from duty on Isthmus ................ 1704
LICENSES:
Liquor-
Applicants to receive ............................................. 1713
Approval of transfer of-
Wing Hing Sanchez to Chow Bing & Co....................... 1697
Wing Wo Tai to B. Duboski.................................. 1696
R. S. Brady to Prudencio San Martin.......................... 1696
Louis H. Cavailler to Fred Darnard............................ 1696
Peter Hansen to Lai Hing..................................... 1705
Issued to H. F. Younge revoked................................... 1726
To navigate in Zone waters, board of local inspectors appointed to
examine applicants for............................................. 1723
LIGHTS:
Electric light and power plant, La Boca, to be transferred by Panama Rail-
road Company to Commission ....................................... 1704
LIQUOR:
Licenses. See Licenes'.
Sale of, section 14 of regulations.governing, amended.................... 1703
LONGEVITY. See Pay.
MACHINE SHOPS:
. Cristobal, to be transferred by CommiusinQ.to Panama Railroad......... 1704
MEDALS, CANAL:
.. Bar for,. methodof.numberia, adopted ................................ 1711





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MEDICAL TREATMENT: Page.
Rules governing, amended ........................................... 1702, 1708
MEETINGS. See Minutes.
MINUTES:
Isthmian Canal Commission-
One hundred and fiftieth meeting, Culebra, January 27, 1909........ 1695
One hundred and fifty-first meeting, Culebra, March 26, 1909........ 1701
One hundred and fifty-second meeting, Culebra, April 24, 1909...... 1707
One hundred and fifty-third meeting, Culebra, June 10, 1909........ 1711
One hundred and fifty-fourth meeting, Culebra, August 6, 1909...... 1715
One hundred and fifty-fifth meeting, Ancon, December 6, 1909...... 1721
Printing of, in annual volumes, authorized .......--------------------- 1725
MURDER:
Penalty for, fixed........................................-------------------------------------------............ 1721
OVERTIME:
Payment for ......................................................... 1718
PACIFIC COAST:
Establishment and operation of line of steamers along, discussed......... 1701
PANAMA (STEAMSHIP):
Charter payment for, to be increased ...-..........-------------------.............------..--.. 1712
Cold-storage capacity of, to be increased ....................-.......... 1712
PANAMA RAILROAD COMPANY:
Agreement with Commission re ownership and operation of telegraph and
telephone lines approved..........................................------------------------------. 1710
Charter payments to Commission for steamers Colon and Panama to be
increased ...........-...-..-.........---..........................-------...... -----1712
Commissary. See Commissary.
Equipment of, Safety Appliance Acts extended to cover ................ 1695
Transfer of-
La Boca electric light and power plant to Commission .......... 1704
Cristobal machine shops from Commission..................... 1704
Transportation, freight by rail-
Rate to be paid by Commission and amounts to be charged different
departments fixed.......................................... 1717, 1726
PANAMA, REPUBLIC OF:
Contracts. See Contracts.
PASCOE, FRANK S.:
Application for benefit of leave of absence disallowed.......--------........---.---... 1713
PAY:
Longevity, increase in-
Benefits earned prior to July 1, 1909, allowed....................... 1712
Regulations governing, rescinded-..........---..........----------....--........---.--. 1712
PAY ROLLS:
Amounts on, to be stated in United States currency.----.........-----..-....---... 1699
PERRYMAN, CHARLES:
Treatment of, for prevention of rabies in United States at Commission
expense, authorized................................................ 1712
PEWS:
Chairman authorized to have manufactured and loan to Gatun Baptist
Church ............................................................ 1726
PHYSICIANS:
Treatment of persons by, rules governing, amended................. 1702,1708





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POLICE DEPARTMENT: Page.
First lieutenant, rate of pay of, fixed................................... 1702
Police rules and regulations-
Article 7 re rate of pay amended..-.....----..-.......---.....------------...-...---. 1716
Article 11 re length of service amended ..........---.----......-----------------........... 1716
Articles 103 and 104 amended ..................................... 1717
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. See Taft, William H.
PRINTING :
Annual volume of minutes authorized........-...-----------..........--.....-....... ----------1725
PURCHASING DEPARTMENT:
Assistant purchasing agencies. See Assistant purchasing agencies.
QUARTERMASTER'S DEPARTMENT:
Changes in personnel approved..--....-..-.....----------------...........-.......-...-. 1702,1727
QUARTERS:
Family, holding of, rules governing, adopted..--------....-......-......-------.....-----. 1719
Married, silver, screening of, to be discontinued...--..............-----------......----. 1718
RABIES:
Treatment of, in the United States at Commission expense, for preven-
tion of-
Messrs. Walter S. Standifer, E. E. Bailey, and Alexander Green ..... 1702
Charles Perryman................................................ 1712
Allen B. Tucker.................................-................. 1707
RAY, VICTORIA:
Authorized to spend vacation on the Isthmus........................... 1716
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA. See Panama, Republic of.
RESOLUTIONS:
Isthmian Canal Commission-
Building regulations, paragraph 1, amended........................ 1708
Contract with Panama for payment of street cleaning and garbage
removal in Colon approved...................................... 1713
Employees-
Hourly-
Holidays, payment for, allowed............................ 1718
Overtime work, payment for, allowed...................... 1718
Injured, may be granted compensation......................... 1704
Leave of absence-
Additioinal fifteen days, regulations regarding, applicable to
case of William C. Healy................................ 1719
May be spent anywhere, with pay, if services are terminated.. 1716
Pay for, less seven days, in case of resignation authorized... 1716
Permission to spend on Isthmus granted to-
Bertha M. Knudtson.................................. 1717
Victoria Ray......................................... 1716
Pay of, longevity, increase in-
Benefits earned prior to July 1, 1909, allowed and layover
time accumulated to that date granted ................... 1712
Regulations governing rescinded and layovqr time revoked.. 1712
Principal of school, salary of, fixed............................ 1727
Quarters-
Family, rules governing holding of, adopted................ 1719
Married, (silver) screening of, to be discontinued...---.....-... 1718
Teachers, classes and rates of pay for, fixed ..... .............. 1727


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RESOLUTIONS-Continued.
Isthmian Canal Commission-Continued.
Employees-Continued.
Vacation and sick leave privileges, extension of, to J. de Lavan-
deyra disallowed ...........................................


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1719


Lands-
Filing petition to confirm United States title to, authorized--..... 1701
Title of United States or Canal Zone Government to, to be deter-
mined .................................................... 1708
Licenses, liquor-
Applicants to receive same.---.------------.......--...-..-........-..........------------.. 171.3
Approval of transfer of-
R. S. Brady to Prudencio San Martin...................... 1696
Louis H. Cavailler to Fred Darnard..---....-..--.----.....------......--. 1696
Peter Hansen to Lai Hing.....----------...-...---.-------.....-.......-..... 1705
Wing Hing Sanchez to Chow Bing & Company............. 1697
Wing Wo Tai to B. Duboski.............................. 1696
Issued to H. F. Younge revoked............................... 1726
Liquor, regulations governing sale of, amended..................... 1703
Minutes, printing of, in annual volume authorized.................. 1725
Pay rolls and accounts, amounts on, to be stated in United States
currency....................................................... 1699
Physicians, rules governing treatment of persons by, amended.. 1702,1708
Police-


Rate of pay of first lieutenant fixed.--.--...--..------------..........-...... 1702
Rules and regulations governing force-
Article 7 re rate of pay, amended .......................... 1716
Article 11 re length of service, amended ...................--. 1716
Articles 103 and 104 amended............................. 1717
Roads, payment for construction of certain, to be charged against
Department of Construction and Engineering and Canal Zone
revenues...................................................... -----------------------------------1709
Saloons-
Location of, in Canal Zone, fixed.............................. 1708
Number of, in each town not to be restricted................... 1709
Removal to another location permitted-
Lai Hing -----------------------------............................................... 1705
Wong You, Kee .......................................... 1697
Pedro Ros ................ .............................. 1696
Lee Fung Yuen ......................................... 1704
Schools and public improvements, authority given for expenditure of
Canal Zone lunds for ............................................ 1715
Steamships Colon and Panama-
Charter payments for, to be increased-.......................... 1712
Cold storage capacities to be increased ......................... 1712
Transfer of-
La Boca electric light and power plant from Panama Railroad to
Commission .........--.--..........-.....---------..............----------------........--.. --------1704
Cristobal machine shops by Commission to Panama Railroad.... 1704
Transportation, freight by rail, rate to be paid to Panama Railroad by
Commission and amounts to be charged against different depart-
ments fixed................................................ 1717,1726
Water, sections 5, 7, and 11 of rates, rules, and regulations governing
use of, in Canal Zone, amended ................................. 1697


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ROADS: Page.
Panama-Corozal and Corozal-Pedro Miguel, payment for construction of,
to be charged against Department of Construction and Engineering and
Canal Zone revenues............................................... 1709
SAFETY APPLIANCE ACTS:
I- Extension of, to Canal Zone..--....-.......-------....-----------..........----......--.-----........ 1695
SALOONS:
Location of, in Canal Zone fixed....................................... 1708
Number of, in each town not to be restricted........................... 1709
Authority to transfer to another location granted-
Lai Hing ........................--------------------....--------......--......---------------................ 1705
Wong You Kee .................................................. 1697
Pedro Ros ....................................................... 1696
Lee Fung Yuen .................................................. 1704
SANITATION, DEPARTMENT OF:
Any official in, to perform duties heretofore performed by Director of
Hospitals ........................................................----------------------------------.. 1711
Changes in personnel approved ....-------...---------...--..........-------.......-......-. 1702,1727
SCHOOLS:
Authority given for expenditure of Canal Zone funds for................ 1716
Principal of, salary of, fixed .......................................... 1727
Teachers, classes and rates of pay for, fixed.--.--------.....---........-------------........... 1727
SECRETARY OF WAR. See Dickinson, J. M.
STANDIFER, WALTER S.:
Treatment of, in the United States for prevention of rabies at Commission
expense authorized.........-........-----------------------.......-..............-.......--------------... 1702
STEAMERS:
Establishment and operation of line along Pacific coast discussed........ 1701
See also Colon and Panama.
SUBSISTENCE DEPARTMENT:
Changes in personnel approved..-..........---........................ 1703, 1727
TAFT, WILLIAM H.:
Executive orders. See Executive orders.
TEACHERS. See Schools.
TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE LINES:
Agreement between Commission and Panama Railroad re ownership and
operation of, approved.............................................. ------------------------------------1710
TELEGRAPH OPERATORS:
Hours of work fixed .......................................... ........ 1724
TIME:
Lay over, allowance of-
Revoked......................................................... 1712
Up to June 30, 1909, granted...................................... 1712
TRAIN DISPATCHERS:
Hours of work fixed.................................................. 1724
TRANSPORTATION;
Freight, by rail, rate to be paid by Commission to Panama Railroad and
amounts to be charged to different departments, fixed....----------..... 1717, 1726
TUCKER, ALLEN B.:
Treatment of, for prevention of rabies, in the United States at Commission's
expense authorized................................................. 1707
UNITED STATES:
Petition to be filed to confirm title to lands............................. 1701
President. See Taft, William H.






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VACATION: Page.
Permission to spend on Isthmus granted-
Bertha M. Knudtson ............................................ -------------------------------------1707 ,
Victoria Ray..................................................... 1716 "']
WALDRON, FREDERICK E.:
Permission to spend leave of absence on Isthmus not to be considered a
precedent.------- ----------------------------.................. ------. 1702
WAR, SECRETARY OF. See Dickinson, J. M.
WASHINGTON OFFICE:
Changes in personnel approved.................................... 1703, 1726
WATER:
Rates, rules and regulations governing use of, in Canal Zone, amended.... 1697

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