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MINUTES OF MEETINGS

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JULY-DECEMBER
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MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS OF THE ISTHMIAN
CANAL COMMISSION.


ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FIRST MEETING.
CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, August 1, 1907.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 11.15 a. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Blackburn, Gorgas,
Sibert, Gaillard, and Rousseau.
Absent: Commissioner Smith.
The Commission elected the Chairman's Chief Clerk, Mr. M. B.
De Putron, as Acting Secretary of the Commission for the meeting.
The minutes of the one hundred and twenty-eighth and one hun-
dred and thirtieth meetings were read and approved.
1. The Chairman called attention to the case of Mr. W. A. Martin,
clerk, who was granted twelve weeks' leave of absence with pay,
effective July 16, and stated that because of peculiar circumstances
he had authorized Mr. Martin to be paid in the States on regular pay
periods during such leave up to September 15, payment for his leave
after that date to be made on his return to the Isthmus.
The action of the Chairman was approved.
2. The Chairman presented a letter from Mr. F. M. Dearborn,
clerk in the office of the Chief Engineer, who was granted eighty-one
days' leave of absence with pay, effective April 20, 1907, requesting
that because of ill-health his resignation be accepted and that he be
paid in the States for the leave granted him. In view of the fact
that Mr. Dearborn, by reason of two years' service, would be entitled
to free transportation from Colon to New York, if required to return
to the Isthmus, it was
Resolved, That he be paid in the States for the leave granted him
on submission of Doctor's certificate showing his inability to return
to the Isthmus because of illness.
3. On motion, it was
Resolved, That in case of death, from injury or disease contracted
in the line of duty, of any laborer who may be indebted to the Com-
mission for transportation to the Isthmus, no further deduction shall
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such laborer, but that such wages due shall be turned over to his
executor, and any balance due the Commission for transportation
shall be made a charge against recruiting.
4. On motion, it was
Resolved, That two Assistant Secretaries of Club Houses, capable
of conducting gymnastics, be appointed at $125 per month.
5. On motion, it was
Resolved, That a suitable carriage be provided for each member
of the Commission.
6. The following schedule was adopted, fixing the pay of the mem-
bers of the police force, to become effective August 1, 1907:
Entrance salary of first-class policemen $80. to be increased after six months'
service to $91l, and after one year's service to $10u.
Entrance salary of second-class policemen $40.
Corporals to receive $105 after one year's service, including -service as first-
class policemen. If less than one year's service has been rendered when pro-
moted to the rank of cor)orporal, salary to be $1400 for the remainder of the year.
Sergeants to receive $120 per month after continuous service of one year on
the police force. excepting six sergeants now receiving $125 per month, who will
continue to be paid at this rate until their separation from-this position, when
the $125 rate will lapse.
All ordinary policemen after having served two years continuously as police-
men shall be entitled to an increase in pay of $5 per month, and after having
served five years continuously shall be entitled to an additional increase in pay
of $5 per month.
All other members of the police force below the rank of Second Lieutenant
who shall have served in the police force two years continuously, whether in one
rank or another, shall be entitled to a service increase, in addition to the regular
pay of their respective ranks, of $7.50 per month, and after a continuous service
of five years in the police force to a further increase in service pay of $7.50 per
month: Provided. ho-arever, That members of the force who have served in a
higher rank than that of corporal for two and five years, respectively, shall be
entitled to an additional increase of $2.50 per month for two years' continuous
service, and $2.50 additional for five years' continuous service, overhand beyond
the regular service increase.
Longevity increases hereunder shall be conditioned upon continuous faithful
service and good conduct.
7. Upon motion of Commissioner Blackburn, it was
Resolved, That the regulations respecting the sale of intoxicating
liquors in the Canal Zone, approved at the one hundred and twenty-
fifth meeting of the Commission, held April 27. 1907, be, and the
same are hereby, amended, by inserting at the end of section 11, as a
part thereof, the following:
This section is not intended to prevent the proprietor of any hotel or restau-
rant, holding a license for the sale of liquor in a room in the same building with
such hotel or restaurant, from serving to guests in the dining room of such hotel
or restaurant, with bona fide meals, liquors sold at his bar in the same
building.
8. The following regulations in regard to longevity increases in
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Secretary of War, and with the approval of the President, were
adopted:
(a) All employees not native to the tropics, who occupy the positions herein
designated. shall be granted. the following increases in pay for length of con-
tinuous service on the Isthmus:
Five per cent of the basic or class rate for the second year, with a cumulative
addition of ': per cent of the basic rate for each subsequent year; provided, how-
ever, that such cumulative increase shall not exceed a total of 25 per cent of the
basic rate.
(b) The positions to which these regulations apply are as follows:


Boilermakers
Blacksmiths
Bricklayers
Car Repairers
Carpenters
Cabinet Makers
Coppersmiths
Channelers
Captains of Barges.
Dredges. Tugs and
Launches
Drill Runners
Diamond Drill Setters


Engineers of Barges,
Dredges. Tugs, and
Launches
Firemen
Hostlers
SIron Workers
Locomotive Engineers
Masons
Millwrights
Molders
Machinists
Motormen
Patternuiakers
Painters


Pipefitters
Plasterers
Plumbers
Planing M ill Machine
Hands
Shipwrights
Steam Shovel Engineers
Steam Shovel Cranemen
Trainmen
Train Conductors
Tinsmiths
Well Drillers
Wiremen
Yardmasters.


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(c) In the case of an employee transferred to the Commission from the
Panama Railroad Company, his service on the Isthmus with the latter will be
reckoned the same as service with the Conmmission.
(d) By "service" is meant all time on the Colunission's rolls in any class of
employment, from the date of entering the Isthminan service to the date of
termination of same.
(e) The class rate may be changed at any time if circumstances arise justify-
ing such action.



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




ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SECOND MEETING.

CUIEBRA, CANAL ZONE, A ugust 15, 1907.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 2 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Blackburn, Gorgas,
Sibert, Gaillard, Rousseau, and Secretary Bishop.
Absent: Commissioner Smith.
1. By invitation, Judge H. A. Gudger appeared before the Com-
mission and made a statement in support of his request that he be
provided with a house at Ancon. As the senior associate justice,
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official station, and that he had taken up his residence at Empire
only at the earnest solicitation of the Governor of the Canal Zone,
with the understanding that if his location at that point did not
prove agreeable to himself and family there would always be an
opportunity to exchange his residence at Empire for a house' at
Ancon. He stated that on the strength of this understanding, and
the statement of the Head of the Department of Labor, Quarters,
and Subsistence, that his house at Empire could be reassigned without
loss to the Commission, he had relinquished it and taken quarters at
the Hotel Tivoli because of the ill health of his wife and also in
order to have convenient access to legal works of reference which
could be obtained only in Panama.
On motion, it was
Resolved, That in view of the fact. that the house constructed for
Judge Gudger at Empire had been reassigned to the Local Auditor,
a type ten house (to which the Local Auditor would be entitled) be
constructed for him at Ancon.
2. Commissioner Blackburn presented a revised draft, containing
amendments submitted by the Government of Panama since June 7,
of the agreement approved at the one hundred and twenty-eighth
meeting of the Commission, held June 7, 1907, between the Canal
Commission and the Panama Government, respecting water rates in
the City of Panama.
The revised draft of the contract, as presented, was approved, and
the Chairman was authorized to sign it on behalf of the Commission.
3. Commissioner Blackburn presented a draft of a contract to be
entered into between the Commission and the Government of Panama,
providing for reimbursement to the United States for the cost of in-
stallation and maintenance of the water and sewer systems, and
construction and repair of pavements in Colon, effective July 1, 1907.
The draft of the contract, as presented, was approved, and the
Chairman was authorized to sign it on behalf of the Commission.
4. Attention was called to the fact. that, under the regulations of
the Commission an employee who resigns after two years' satisfactory
service on the Isthmus is entitled to free transportation to the States,
which costs the Commission $50 to San Francisco and $45 to New
York. As a measure of economy, it, was therefore
Resolved, That employees who resign while on a leave of absence
may, with the approval of the Chairman, be paid for leave with pay
granted them less one week without being required to return to the
Isthmus, provided they shall have completed at. least two years'
service at the expiration of such leave.
5. The Chairman presented the case of T. A. Bryan, an employee
of the Division of Building Construction, who was granted eighty-
four days leave of absence with pay, effective April 1, 1907, and sixty





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days without pay, it appearing from the report of the Medical
Examining Board that Mr. Bryan was found to be suffering from
tuberculosis prior to going on leave; it was
Resolved, That he be paid in the States for the eighty-four days'
leave with pay granted him without being required to return to the
Isthmus.
6. On motion it was
Resolved, That the allowance of furniture for families of employees
receiving less than $400 per month, be fixed as follows:
1 range 1 refrigerator
1 double bed 1 double mattress
2 pillows 1 kitchen table
2 kitchen chairs 1 dining table
6 dining chairs 1 sideboard
1 chiffonier 1 dresser
2 center tables 1 bedroom mat
1 mosquito bar 3 wicker rockers.
That, for employees receiving $400 per month, or over, the follow-
ing additional articles be authorized, and that same come up to speci"-
fications laid down for the former C class of furniture:
3 dining chairs 1 serving table
1 chiffonier 1 dresser
2 towel racks 1 bedroom mat
1 parlor desk 1 parlor, wicker rocker
2 parlor chairs 1 morris chair
1 porch swing 1 porch double seat.
That the issue of beds, mattresses, and mosquito bars in excess of
this allowance be authorized to families with children.


There being no further business before the Commission, the meeting
was adjourned at 5 p. m., subject to the call of the Chairman.



ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-THIRD MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, lAugust 31, 1907.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 2 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Blackburn, Gorgas,
Sibert, Gaillard, Rousseau, Smith, and Secretary Bishop.
The minutes of the one hundred and thirty-first meeting were read
and approved.
The minutes of the one hundred and thirty-second meeting were
read and approved. 6
1. The Chairman presented the recommendation of the Head of the
Department of Excavation and Dredging that Thomas C. Thompson,
engineer of barge, be granted leave of absence with pay. It appears
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the rolls from February 8, 1907, to February 21, 1907, on an hourly
basis, when prior and subsequent to those dates he had been borne on :'
the monthly rolls, and there appears to be no authority for the change ..
that was then made in his status. On motion, it was'
Res.lied, That. his record be corrected to show him as having con- "
tinuous service on a monthly basis since September 10, 1906, and that
he be granted leave of absence with pay under the regulations of the
Commission.
2. The Chairman presented a letter from the Chief Sanitary Officer,
relating to paragraph 10 of the minutes of the one hundred and
twenty-ninth meeting, concerning general conditions of employment,
and recommended that the name of Dr. H. A. Lewis, Official Vacci-
nator in the Department of Sanitation, he added to the number of
those employees to whom the provisions governing leave were extended,
owing to the conditions surrounding their original employment. Inas-
much as Doctor Lewis's service in the Department has been continuous
since 1904, upon motion, it was
Retxo/r That thie provisions covering leaves of absence be extended
to Dr. H. A. Lewis.
3. The Chairman presented a statement showing appointments,
promotions, and other changes in the personnel of the Washington
Office and Assistant Purchasing Agencies, covering the period from
January 1, 191>7, to June 30, 1.07, inclusive, all of which were ratified
and approved.
4. The Chairman presented the recommendation of the Head of the
Department of Excavation and Dredging that Panai Correndes,
employed in the Colon Division as winchman, at the rate of $100 per
month silver, be paid for thirty days' sick leave, on account of injury
incurred in the line of duty prior to July 1, 1907. On motion, it was
Renolvtid. That payment to Panai Correndes for thirty days' merito-
rious sick leave is approved.
5. The Chairman presented a letter from the Head of the Depart-
ment of Civil Administration, recommending that the reduced passen-
ger rates on the ships of the Panama Railroad Steamship Company,
from Colon to New York and return, now granted to Panamanian
students desiring to enter schools and colleges in the United States,
be also extended to the students of Peru. In respect to this matter
the Secretary of War, in a letter to the Chairman of the Commission,
dated May 8, 1907. has expressed the'following opinion:
Sefnor Pezet suggested the making of low rates for the transportation of Peruvian
students over the Peruvian line by way of Panama and the Panama Railroad steam-
era, provided such students attend American schools, and pointed out the advantage
that there was in having in Peru the influence of Peruvians educated in American
schools, with a knowledge of American institutions, and with a predilection for Amer-




MINUTES OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


ican associations. I concur that this advantage is sufficient to justify a lowering of
rates to Peruviain students who are shown by certificates to be coming to American
schools, and any rule that the Commission may see fit to adopt in this regard will
meet my approval.
On motion, it, was
Re.'olved, That upon application duly certified by the consular or
diplomatic representative of Peru at Panama or Colon, students of
Peru above the age of 12 years desiring to enter schools and colleges
in the United States will be furnished tir-t-class tickets on the ships of
the Panama Railroad Steamship Company from Colon to New York
and return at, the regular rate for one way.
6. The Chairman presented a letter addressed by the Secretary and
Treasurer of the Empire Athletic Association to the Head of the
Department of Civil Administration relative to subsection 2, under
section "i" of section 7 of the regulations providing for certain taxes
and licenses in the Canal Zone, approved May 17, 1907, which reads
as follows:
SEC. 7 "i" (2). Minstrel, musical, variety, athletic, and all other similar shows
or exhibitions given under canvas or within an enclosure, S5 for each performance
or exhibition. *
Under this section the Empire Athletic Association and other asso-
ciations formed for the purpose of promoting baseball are required to
pay a tax of $5 for each game of baseball played on their grounds.
Inasmuch as it is the policy of the Commission to encourage healthful
amusement and recreation for employees of the Com m sion, and as it
is not desired to tax the individual efforts of employees in this direc-
tion, it was
Resolved, That, subsection 2, under "'i," of the regulations provid-
ing for certain taxes and licenses in the Canal Zone, other than for the
sale of intoxicating liquors, be amended by striking out the word
"athletic," so that as amended it will read as follows:
SEC. 7 "i" (2). Minstrel, musical, variety, and all other shows or exhibitions
given under canvas or within an enclosure, $5 for each performance or exhibition.
7. The Chairman presented to the Commission the report of Miss
Beeks, Secretary of the Welfare Department of the National Civic
Federation, New York City, relative to her investigation of conditions
of employment on the Isthmus of Panama. In order to carry out the
wish of the Secretary of War, he requested that each member of the
Commission carefully read the report and submit comments upon
those portions relating to the work of his department.
8. The Secretary of the Commission presented a plan for an official
newspaper, to be published weekly, under the authority and super-
vision of the Commission, to be called "The Canal Record," and to be
issued free of charge, one copy each to all employees on the Gold
Roll, additional copies to be bought at the Panama Railroad news
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stands at 5 cents each. After consideration the plan was unanimously
approved, and the Secretary was authorized to begin the publication
of said newspaper on September 4.



There being no further business before the Commission, the Meet-
ing was adjourned at 3.15 p. m., subject to call of the Chairman.


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ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FOURTH MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, September 5., 1907.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 2 o'cl-ock p. rn.
Present: Commissioner's Goethals (Chairman), Blackburn, Gorgas,
Sibert, Gpillard, Rousseau, Smith, and Secretary Bishop.
The minutes of the one hundred and thirty-third meeting were
read and approved.
1. Resolved, That the position of stationary engineer be included
among those positions to which the regulations governing longevity
increase in pay apply, as adopted at the one hundred and thirty-first
meeting of the Commission
2. Resol ed, That paragraphs 4, 9, and 11 of the Building Regu-
lations, approved by the Commission at its one hundred and thirtieth
meeting, be changed to read as follows:
4. There shall be either a free sipae'of not less than fifteen (15) feet between
buildings. r" else the walls hall he joined together with no intervening space:
Prorided that vno new building shall be erected in intmedliate hi.rtaposition to an
existing building. c.rcrfpt I'ith the prior orounfl.nt in rriitng of the owner of the
existing buildhi/g. In this free space ni outhou-es. a nnexe,. or verandas. steps
nor staircases shall be built, and no material nf a;iu nature shall be stored
therein. On land held under lease from the itlirmiian Canal Commlission, and
adjacent to a building the property of the Isthinmian Canal Commission, no
new building shall be construcltd except at such distance from adjoining build-
ings of the Isthmian Canal Conimission as nmay be prescribed by the Department
of Sanitation.
9. There shall be a free space of fifty (50i feet between the back of one
house and that of another, when the houses face on different streets with .back
to back; provided that in special cases, to be determined by the Head of the
Division of Municipal Engineering, they may adjoin. Furthermore, there shall
not be built sheds, balconies, or annexes of any description. except privies as
proricded in paragraph 11, in this free space, and no material of any nature
shall be stored between houses.
11. Attached to each house there shall be a fly-proof privy, the front line of
which shall be located at a distance of not less than twenty (20) feet from the
house. There shall be a free space of four feet between the backs of privies.
This requirement shall not apply when sewer connections are made.
3. In view of certain circumstances surrounding the forfeiture
(under section 17 of the regulations governing the sale of intoxicat-




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ing liquors in the Canal Zone) of the liquor license, at Empire, held
by Melchor R. Esquivel, and upon motion of the Head of the Depart-
ment of Civil Administration, it was
Resolved, That the license issued to Melchor R. Esquivel. for the
sale of liquors at. retail, and forfeited under section 17 of the regula-
tions, be renewed without the payment of an additional fee.
4. Resolved, That section 5 of the order of the Governor of the
Canal Zone, promulgated January 18, 1906, and approved at the one
hundred and thirteenth meeting of the Commission, held on July 9,
1906, amending the Rules and Regulations Governing the Sanitary
Installation of Water and Sewers in the Cities of Panama and Colon,
prescribed by the Executive Order of August 25, 1905, be amended to
read as follows:
SEC. 5. All buildings that are now or may hereafter be erected, abutting on or
adjacent to any street in which there is an accessible public sewer or water
main, shall be connected with one or both thereof, as the case may be, and proper
sanitary fixtures installed, in strict accordance with the terms and conditions
of these Rules and Regulations" (the application for .such installation haring
been first submitted to thc Health Officer and by him approved), upon written
notice from the Superintendent of Public Works, unless permission to omit such
connection and sanitary fixtures is specifically given in writing by the Chief
Sanitary Officer of the Government of the Canal Zone, a copy of surh permission
being forwarded to the Superint.ndcnt of Public Wurks by the Chief Sanitary
Officer. Where permission is not given in writing to omit such connections with
sewer or water main, or both. and such sanitary fixtures. as above provided, the
owner or representative of -the owner of. said premises must comply with the
written order of the Superintendent of Public T orks and make said connections,
and install proper sanitary fixtures, in strict accordance with the terms and con-
ditions of these Rules and Regulations." within thirty days from the receipt of
such written notice from the Superintendent of Putblic Works; and in the event
that said owner, or representative of said owner, fails. neglects, or refuses to
comply with the naid written notice. it shall be lawful for the Superintendent of
Public Works to make such connections and install said sanitary fixtures, in
accordance with the terms and conditions of these Rules and Regulations," and
the entire expense incurred thereby shall be chargeable against said property,
become a lien thereon, and be collected in the manner in which water rents are
collected. Every building used as a dwelling house shall have at least one water-
closet for each family, also one sink and one bath. In a tenement, lodging house,
or hotel there must be at least one water-closet for every fifteen persons, and one
bath for every twenty-five persons. No permit will be issued to occupy a house
or to renew the lease on a lot until the above sanitary requirements hare been
complied with..
5. The Chairman presented the recommendation of the Advisory
Committee of the Young Men's Christian Association of the Canal
Zone for the appointment of two additional Secretaries of Club
Houses, capable of conducting gymnastics. It being considered desir-
able that one Assistant Secretary should be stationed at each of the
four organized points, on motion, it was
Resolved, That two additional Assistant Secretaries of Club
Houses, capable of conducting gymnastics, be appointed at $125 per
month.





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The Chairman was also authorized to have the following work per-
formed: ..
Installation of barber equipment in the Club Houses at Empire,
Gorgona, and Cristobal.
Construction of bleacher seats at the rear of the run way of the
bowling alleys in each of the four Club Houses.
6. Upon motion, it was
Resolved. That band stands be erected at Las Cascadas, Empire,
Bas Obispo, Paraiso, Ancon, and Cristobal.
7. Circular No. 20 of the Isthmian Canal Commission, dated Janu-
ary 1, 1906, provides expenses which will be allowed employees of
the Commission when traveling in the United States, and Circular
No. 21 of the Isthnmian Canal Commission, dated January 1, 19061,
provides expenses which will be allowed persons traveling in the
United States on business of the Commission, whose services have
been secured through contract or agreement.
It appearing that Inspectors employed by the Panama Railroad
Company or the Isthmian Canal Commission have been held to he
subject to the terms of Circular No. 21; and it appearing further that
these Inspectors are in the joint employ of the Panama Railroad
Company ana the Isthmian Canal Commission, at the direction of
the latter as a matter of expediency and routine in the prompt and
efficient inspection and forwarding of supplies purchased for the con-
struction of the Canal; on motion, it was
Resol hed, That the Inspectors in the force of the Inspecting Engi-
neer, in the joint employ of the Panama Railroad Company and the
Isthmian Canal Commission, are entitled to and shall be given the
travel allowances enumerated in Circular No. 20, when traveling on
business of the Commission.
8. Whereas, it. appears from statistics prepared by the officers 1hat
the monthly amount of transportation on the Panama Railroad fur-
nished to officials and employees of the Isthmian Canal Commission
on the Isthmus at. one-half the regular passenger rates exceed the
sum of $11,000, authorized by resolution of the Commission at its
one hundred and twenty-ninth meeting, held June 11, 1907; there-
fore, be it
Resolved, That beginning September 1, 1907. and thereafter until
statistics again warrant change, the lump sum of $12,000 per month
be paid by the Commission for the transportation of their officials
and employees on the regular scheduled trains of the Panama Rail-
road Company: Provided, however, That said lump-sum allowance
per month shall not include the railroad company's proportion of
the rate from New York to Panama on through business; but, on
the contrary, that, as formerly, the sum of $1.20 per passenger shall
be allowed and paid for the transportation of the Commission's em-
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9. Resolved, That during the absence of the General Purchasing
Officer of the Commission from Washington, the Acting General
Purchasing Officer be authorized to sign all contracts on behalf of
the Commfssion for the purchase of materials and supplies; and
further
Resolved, That the action of the Acting General Purchasing Officer
heretofore in executing such contracts on behalf of the Commission
be, and the same is hereby, ratified and approved.



There being no further business before the Commission, the meet-
ing was adjourned at 4.10 p. m., subject to call of the Chairman.



ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FIFTH MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, October 5, 1907.
The Comm.ission met at. the call of the Chairman at 2 p. im.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Blackburn, Gorgas,
Gaillard, Rousseau, Smith, and Secretary Bishop.
Absent: Commissioner Sibert.
The minutes of the one hundred and thirty-fourth meeting were
read and approved.
1. In view of the large number of applications for family quarters
now pending, upon motion, it was
Resolved, That it will be impracticable hereafter to provide other
than bachelor quarters for employees who have been hired on the
Isthmus and who are not citizens of the United States.
2. The Chairman submitted the question whether the Conmmission
would authorize the construction of a house at Culebra to be used as
a residence for four women school-teachers, and upon motion, it was
Resolved, That it is not deemed expedient to provide special quar-
ters for any class of employees, with the exception of members of the
fire department and of certain employees of the postal service, the
nature of whose duties requires that such accommodations be fur-
nished.
3. The Chairman presented the report of the board appointed
by the Chief Sanitary Officer to investigate the causes of pneumonia
on the Canal Zone. in which report it is recommended that each
newly arrived laborer be furnished two suits of underclothing and
two blankets. In accordance with these recommendations, it was
the sense of the meeting that each laborer, upon his arrival, should
be advised of the importance of being provided with necessary under-
'clothing and blankets, notices to this effect to be conspicuously posted.
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No. 79811, who was injured by a premature blast on June 5, 1907, and
recommended that he be paid for thirty days' sick leave on account of
injury incurred in line of duty. Upon motion, it was *
Resolved, That payment to Antonio N. Gonzales for thirty days'
meritorious sick leave is approved.
5. Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That the provisions covering sick leave on account of
injury incurred in the performance of duty, adopted at the one:
hundred and twenty ninth meeting of the Commission, should be
applied as follows:
For'employees on both the gold and silver rolls, including labor-
ers, the amount of compensation in such cases shall be calculated on
the basis of an eight-hour day for consecutive days, including Sun-
days and holidays, no charge to be made for subsistence while at the
hospital; provided, that before payment, is made to any laborer who
may be indebted to the Commission for transportation'to the Isth-
mus, the usual deductions on that account shall be made, from the
amount due him.


There being no further business before the Commission, the meet-
ing was adjourned at 3.25 p. m., subject to call of Chairman.




ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SIXTH MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, October 28, 1907.
The Commission met. at the call of the Chairman at. 2 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Blackburn, Gorgas,
Gaillard, Smith, and Secretary Bishop.
Absent: Commissioners Sibert and Rousseau.
The minutes of the one hundred and thirty-fifth meeting of the
Commission were read and approved.
1. Upon motion, it, was
Resolved, That the regulations governing the treatment of per-
sons by the physicians and in the hospitals of the Health Department
of the Government of the Canal Zone, as adopted at the one hundred
and twenty-fourth meeting of the Isthmian Canal Commission, held
at Culebra, April 24, 1907, be amended by the addition of the follow-
ing paragraph:
The officers and men of the United States Marine Corps, stationed for duty
on the Canal Zone, shall be treated in all respects upon the same basis as
employees of the Isthmian Canal Commission, and the members of their fam-.
ilies may be admitted- to hospitals and treated at dispensaries on the same
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2. The Chairman presented statements showing the appointments,
promotions, and other changes in the personnel:
(a) In the Department of Construction and Engineering for the weeks
ending May 18 and 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; July 6, 13, 20, and 27; August
3, 10, 17, 24, and 31: September 7. 14. 21, and 28; October 5, 12, and 10.
(b) In the Department of Labor, Quarters and Subsistence for the weeks
ending May 18 and 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, August
3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, September 7, 14. 21, and 28, October 5, 12, and 19.
(c) In the Department of Sanitation for the weeks ending May 18 and 25,
June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, August 3, 10, 17. 24. and 31,
September 7, 14, 21, and 28, October 5, 12, and 19.
(d) In the Department of Civil Administration for the weeks ending May 18
and 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and
31, September 7, 14, 21, and 2S, October 5, 12, and 19.
(e) In the Department of Disbursements for the weeks ending May 18 and 25,
June 1, S, 15, 22, and 29, July 6, 13. 20, and 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31,
September 7, 14, 21, and 2S, October 5. 12. and 19.
(f) In the Department of Auditing for the weeks ending May IS and 25,
June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, July 6. 13. 20, and 27. August 3, 10, and 17.
(g) In the Office of the Examiner of Accounts for the weeks ending August
24 and 31, September 7, 14, 21,, and 2S, October 5, 12. and 19.
(h) In the Isthmian Canal Commission Band for the weeks ending September
28, October 5 and 19.
All of which were ratified and approved.
3. The Chairman presented an Executive Order, approving, in a
slightly modified form, the resolution of the Commission adopted at
a meeting held at Culebra, September 25, 1907. amending Section 5
of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Sanitary Installation of
Water and Sewers in the Cities of Panama and Colon.
The Executive Order is as follows:

EXECUTIVE ORDER.

By direction of the President, it is ordered:
The resolution of the Isthmian Canal Commission adopted at a meeting held
at' Culebra, September 25, 1907, amending Section 5 of the Rules and Regula-
tions Governing the Sanitary Installation of Water and Sewers in the Cities
of Panama and Colon, Republic of Panama, approved at the one hundred and
thirteenth meeting of the Isthmian Canal Commission, held July 9, 1906, is
hereby approved in the form following:
SEc. 5. All buildings that arc now or may hereafter he erected, abutting on
or adjacent to any street in which there is an accessible public sewer or water
main, shall be connected with one or both thereof, as the case may be, and
> proper sanitary fixtures installed, in strict accordance with the terms and con-
ditions of these Rules anJ Regulations." upon written notice from the Superin-
tendent of Public Works, unless permission to omit such connection and sani-
tary fixtures is specifically given in writing by the Chief Sanitary Officer of the
Government of the Canal Zone, a copy of such permission being forwarded to
the Superintendent of Public Works by the Chief Sanitary Officer. Where per-
mission is not given in writing to omit such connections with sewer or water
main, or both, and such sanitary fixtures as above provided, the owner or rep-
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uf the Superintendent of Public Works and make said connections, and install
proper sanitary fixtures. in strict accordance with the terms and conditions of
these "Rules and Regulations within thirty days from the receipt of such
written notice from the Superintendent of Public Works; and in the event that
said owuer or representative of said owner fails, neglects, or refuses to. comply
with the said written notice, it shall be lawful for the Superintendent of Public
Works to make such connections and install said sanitary fixtures, in accordance
with the terms and conditions of these Rules and Regulations," and the entire
expense incurred thereby shall lie chairgeable against said property, become a
lien thereon, anud be collected in the manner in which water rents are collected.
Every building useJ as a dwelling house shall have at least one water-closet
for each family, also one sink and one bath. In a tenement, lodging-house, or
hotel, there must be at least Mne water-eloset for every 15 persons and one bath
for every 25 persons. All applications for the installation of water fixtures or
for making' sewer connections shall be first submitted to the Health Officer
and by him approved.
ROBERT SHIAW OLIVER,.
Acting Secretary of War.
WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washinglon, D. C., OCtobtTr 1. 1907.
4. Whereas it appears, from statistics prepared by the officers, that
thie amount of transportatio- on the Panama Railroad furnished to
officials and employees of the Isthmian C'anal Commission on the
Isthmus at one-half the regular passenger rates exceeds the lump sum
of $12,000 authorized by resolution of the Commission at its one
hundred and thirty-fourth meeting, held September 25. 1907: there-
fore be it
R:.rsolced, That beginning with the month of October, 1907. and
thereafter until statistics again warrant, change, the lump sum of
$13,000 per month be paid by the Commission for the transportation
of their officials and employees tin the regular scheduled t raihis of the
Panama Railroad Company: Provided, however, That such lump-
sum allowance per month shall not include the Railroad Com-
pany's proportion of the rate from New York to Panama on through
business, but., on the contrary, that, as formerly, the sum of $1.20 per
passenger shall be allowed and paid for the transportation of the
Commission's employees en route from New York to Panama.
5. The following Rates, Rules and Regulations Governing the use
of water on the Canal Zone were read and approved:
Br it rcsolucd, under authority of section 7 of the Executive Order of the
President of the United States dated March 13, 1907, wherein it is provided
that ordinances regulating police, sanitation, and taxation, and other matters
now regulated by ordinance, may be enacted, and existing ordinances may be
repealed. hy the Isthmianu Canal Commission, with the approval of the 1Secretary
of War." that the following regulations governing private connections with the
public water mains and sewers in the Canal Zone and establishing rates to be
collected on account of such private connections, be adopted by the Isthmian
Canal Commission and submitted to the Secretary of War for his approval:
SECTION 1. Applications for the connection of private buildings with the public
water mains or sewers shall be made to the Superintendent of Public Works,
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provided for that purpose or by, letter, shall be construed to have the effect
of contracts for the use of water from the public mains, and of the public
sewer system, subject to the conditions hereinafter stipulated, and binding
upon the owner or lessee of the premises referred to in the application.
SEC. 2. For each f-inch water tap, and for each standard 4-inch, 6-inch, or
8-inch sewer Y tap, a charge of $5 United States currency will be collected;
said amount must be forwarded to the Superintendent of Public Works with
the application for connection. The Superintendent of Public Works shall not
do plumbing or pipe fitting for private individuals or companies within the Canal
Zone; but to facilitate the use of water for sanitary purposes, the Superin-
tendent of Public Works may undertake the laying of water or sewer pipe con-
necting the water mains or sewers with privately owned buildings, if it shall
appear that the owner is unable to procure this work done in any other manner.
When water or sewer pipe is laid, under these circumstances, by the Superin-
tendent of Public Works for a private individual or company, a cash deposit
shall be required, to cover the estimated cost of labor and material, pius 20
per cent, payable at the time application for the work is made.
SEc. 3. A contract may be terminated by the owner or lessee of a building, or
by the agent of the owner or lessee, at the end of any calendar month, but all
contracts shall continue in force, from month to month, unless notice of termina-
tion is given the Superintendent of Public Works, in writing, by the owner or
lessee, or by the agent of the owner or lessee. Such notice of the termination
of a contract must be accompanied with sufficient cash to cover any sum due for
the connection. If the owner or lessee of a building shall request that the water
delivered to his premises be shut off. and that his contract be terminated, at any
time between the first and the last day of a calendar month, he shall, never-
theless, be liable for the full monthly rate for the connection during the month
in which the water is shut off.
SEC. 4. Charge shall be made for all connections with the water mnuins and
sewers in accordance with the schedule contained in section 2 of these regula-
tions. Should the owner or lessee of a building having water connection
refuse or neglect to pay his water bill for a period of forty-five days after the
expiration of the quarter for which bill is rendered, this fact shall be reported
to the Head of the Department of Civil Administration, who shall collect the
bill by due process of law. All charges for water and all costs of collection
shall be assessed against the building or property where the water was used,
and become a lien thereon. When a bill for water becomes delinquent the
water shall be turned off from the connection against which the bill is
rendered, and no water shall be delivered through the connection until the bill
is paid.
SBc. 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 con-
sumed, meters will be provided and installed by the Superintendent of Public
Works, at the expense of the owner or lessee.
.7. Szc. 6. Bills for water shall be due on March 1, dune 1, September 1, and
December I o- each year for the preceding quarter, and shall be payable at
+ the office of the Tax Collector in the district in which the premises are located.
S C. 7. The Isthmian Canal Commission reserves the right to shut off the
water in any main, upon notice, for the purpose of making extensions or repairs,


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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 any damage caused by any failure to deliver water or for any
interruption of the sewer service, whether such failure or interruption results
from natural disturbances, the bursting of pipes or fixtures, or from any other
cause: nor shall they be liable for any injury for damage resulting to any
person or property in any manner from the use of the waterworks or sewers.
SEC. S. Persons using water from the public mains shall keep all pipes and
fixtures within their premises in good condition and repair. The Superintendent
of Public Works shall be authorized, whenever he shall find a fixture or pipe
leaking or in an unsanitary condition, thereby causing waste or a coll-ection of
filth, to require the owner or occupant of the premises, by written notice, to
place his plumbing in sanitary condition within a period of four days. If, at the
expiration If this period, the conditions referred to in the notice have not been
remedied, the Superintendent of Public Works shall be authorized to repair the
fixture or pipe, and the cost of such repairs shall he charged to the owner or
occupant iof the premises, and shal? be collected in the same manner as the
water rent.
SEC. 9. The installation of plumbing within all buildings owned or leased by
private parties in the Canal Zone shall ie made in compliance with sections 4,
5, 6, 7, S, 9. 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. and 31
of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Sanitary Installation of Plumbing
in the cities of Panama and Colon.
SEC. 10. No person, or persons, shall remove, obstruct, injure, molest, or
otherwise tamper with any fire hydrant, standpipe, fire plug, tank, hand
grenade, fire extinguisher, hose, hose reel, cart, engine, harness, valve, box or
cover, stopcock. stop box or cover, or any other tool, fixture, apparatus, pump,
machinery, or building of any kind whatsoever connected with, or necessary to,
the proper and efficient operation of the water systems or for fire protection
within the Canal Zone; nor shall any person, or persons, willfully or otherwise,
misuse or waste, or cause to be misused or wasted, water supplied from the
water mains owned and operated by the Isthmian Canal Commission and the
Government of the Canal Zone. Any person, or persons, violating any provision
of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction
shall be punishable by a flue of not less than $5 nor more than $25, or by impris-
onment for a term not exceeding thirty days, or by both such fine and imprison-
ment : Provideld, however, That the provisions of this section shall not apply to
firemen in the regular discharge of their duties and duly authorized representa-
tives of the Division of Municipal Engineering.
SEC. 11. The following rates shall be collected for the use of water drawn
from the public mains in the Canal Zone through private connections:
Dwelling houses: Per month.
For any number of persons not exceeding seven, one faucet ---------- $1.50
For each additional seven persons, or smaller number--------------- .75
Canteens or restaurants: One faucet ------------------------------ 3.00
Bars: One faucet ------------------------------------------------ 4.50
Smaller hotels and boarding houses:
With not more than 10 rooms, two faucets ------------------------ 4.50
For each room in addition to 10 ----------------------------- .45
Bakeries:
With average consumption of not more than two barrels of flour per
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Per month.
Saloons for sale of ice cream and nonintoxicating beverages; barber
shops, drug stores, stores (general), and blacksmith shops:
One faucet ---------------------------------------------------- 1,50
For each faucet or fixture in addition to those provided for above- _-_ 1.50
The above flat rates are subject to a discount of 33h per cent if paid within
fifteen days from date of bill.
Bottling establishments, large hotels, large laundries, markets, stables, truck
gardens: By meter.
When it shall be deemed proper or necessary to put in a meter, in accordance
with section 5 of these regulations, the following rate will be charged for
Cristobal, Gorgona, and Empire, provided that 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:
A rate of 60 cents per thousand gallons, or any fraction thereof, including
and above 500 gallons. Minimum rate per quarter $6, 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.
When it shall be deemed proper or necessary to put in a meter in accordance
with section 5, the following rate will be charged for Ancon:
A rate of 20 cents per thousand gallons, or any fraction thereof, including
and above 500 gallons. Minimum rate per quarter $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 expressed in terms of United States
Currency.
Rates for the use of water for purposes not enumerated in the schedule, and
for all special purposes, shall be fixed and determined by the Superintendent
of Public Works, with the approval of the Head of the Department of Civil
Administration, except that for public taps and for fire protection. Within
the Administrative Districts the rates shall be determined-by a board composed
of a representative of the Collector of Revenues, the Superintendent of Public
Works, and the Division of Municipal Engineering, which shall establish such
rates at least once each year.
SEc. 12. All previous enactments in conflict with these rules and regulations
are hereby repealed.



There being no further business before the Commission, the meet-
ing was adjourned at 3.10 p. m., subject to the call of the Chairman.






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ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SEVENTH MEETING.


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CULEBRA,.CANAL ZONE, December 7, 1907.
The Commission met at. the call of the Chairman at 2 p. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (Chairman), Gaillard, Sibert, k ij
Rousseau, Blackburn, and Smith. 4
'Absent: Commissioner Gorgas.
The Commission elected the Chairman's Secretary, Mr. W. H.M 'Ma
as Acting Secretary of the Commission for the meeting.. "
The minutes of the one hundred and thirty-sixth meeting of the
Commission were read and approved.
1. Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That in all cases where the Panama Railroad Company
has leased wharves, buildings, or structures belonging to the Isthmian
Canal Commission under an agreement to repair the same, that .the -
Panama Railroad Company shall not be liable to restore the premises
in their original condition in the event of their destruction by action
of the elements.
Resolved, further, That all contracts pending between the Panama
Railroad Company and the Isthmian Canal Commission containing
covenants to repair be, and the same are hereby, amended to conform
with this resolution.


2. In view of the small size of the volume containing the minutes
of meetings of the Commission for the quarter ended June 30, 1907,
upon motion, it was


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Resolred, That beginning July 1, 1907, the minutes of the meetings
of the Isthmian Canal Commission shall be bound semiannually.
3. Upon motion, it was
Resolved. That the General Conditions of Employment, adopted
at the one hundred and twenty-ninth meeting of the Isthmian Canal
Commission and effective July 1, 1907, be amended as follows:
That paragraph 7 be changed to read as follows-and inserted as
paragraph 4:
Where practicable and in the best interests of the service, an employee will
be provided with such bachelor quarters on the Isthmus as may be available
from time to time. No agent of the Isthmian Canal Commission is- authorized
or empowered to promise family quarters to employees, and notice is par-
ticularly called to the fact that the supplying of family quarters is not a con-
dition of employment. .
That paragraph 4 be changed to read as follows and inserted as
paragraph 5: .
When the exigencies of the steamship service permit, members of the imme- ;.
diate family of an employee who has quarters will be granted, upon request, the
Government rate on the steamers of the Panama Railroad Company operating
between the United States and Cristobal. No charge will be made for children ..
under six years of age, and half rates will be charged for childrenzbetweenAth .

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ages of six and twelve yea rs. The redu-ed rate may he granted to the family of
any employee at the discretion of the Chairman, but the granting of the rate
will not carry with it au obligation to furnish quarters.
That paragraphs 5 and 6 appear as paragraphs 6 and 7, respec-
tively.
4. Upon motion of the Head of the Department of Civil Adminis-
tration, it was
Resolved, That Mr. Tracy Smail, the holder of a liquor' license at
Gorgona, be permitted to remove his saloon from the building in
which it is now located to a building fronting upon the main street
of the native town of Gorgona, and on the block opposite the saloon
of I. L. Maduro.
5. The Chairman read a communication from the Secretuy of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama, stating that the business
of the merchants of Panama and Colon had been seriously affected
by the extension of commissary privileges in the Canal Zone, and
specifying the following measures which he considered necessary to
remedy the conditions complained of:
1. Withdrawal of Resolution No. 17 of August 2. 1905, of the Canal Commis-
sion, and strict compliance with Executive Order of January 7 of that year.
and exclusion from the commissary benefits of all the laborers of the Canal or
of the Railroad, no matter what their nationality may be, thus doing away with
objectionable distinctions, and because such was the spirit of the said Order,
since at that time only such laborers were working ou the Zone as were of
tropical origin.
2. Regulations of the use of the commissary benefits by means of requisitions
made by persons being entitled to do so, which should be checked by the respec-
tive Heads of Departments or administrative sections of the Commission or of
the Railroad, to avoid the nbuse that is being indulged in by the unrestricted
use of the coupons.
3. Limiting the articles carried in stock by the commissaries to such as are
products of the United States (final portion of clause 2 of the Executive Order
of January 7, above referred to) and excluding such as are not strictly in-
tended for the common necessities of domestic consumption.
4. Resumption of the short-term pay of the laborers of the Canal and the
Railroad.
Hte also read a. communication presented to him by a committee
appointed by the merchants of Panama and Colon at mass meetings
held on Sunday, December 1, recommending similar remedial meas-
ures to those specified by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, as follows:
First. That, inasmuch as the extension of the Commissary privileges granted
on August 2, 1905, to all those engaged in the employ or service of the Isth-
mian Canal Commission and Panama Railroad, was only of a temporary char-
acter and to remain effective only until such time as local supplies were suffi-
h, ciently abundant to bring about reasonableness in prices, and as ample supplies
at reasonable prices are held by the merchants to-day, it is respectfully sug-
gested that the above-mentioned extension be rendered null and void, and that
Executive Order dated January 7, 1905, published by the Secretary of War
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forthwith enforced, both as to the restrictions of the privileges of the Com-
missaries and as to the importation of United States products alone.
It is also respectfully suggested, in connection with the above-mentioned
Executive Order, that the privileges of the Commissaries be granted, not only
to those who are citizens of the United States or who receive their compensa-
tion on what is known as the "Gold Pay Roll" of the Isthmuian Canal Com-
mission or the Panama Railroad, but also to all officials and employees, irre-
spective of nationality or of the pay roll on which they figure, and that there
only be excluded from Commissary benefits, as was the original intention, all
workmen and laborers, who, inasmuch as they are now fed by the Ist-hmian
Canal Commission and Panama Railroad, have no need of making purchases
in Government stores.
It is also further respectfully recommended that all the articles allowed to
be sold in the Commissaries be specifically enumerated. It is not thought that
there can be any trouble in doing this at the present time, owing to the con-
siderable experience which has been acquired in attending to the wants of
employees and officials.
Second. As, if these recommendations be adopted, the Commissaries will
only be made use of by officials and employees, it is respectfully recommended
that when an official or employee requires to purchase goods from the Com-
missaries, he shall forward a requisition to the Chief of his Department, who
shall, in his discretion, approve or disapprove same. It is not known whether
the coupon system would facilitate any such operations; but, if so, it may be
found practicable to attach to each approved requisition coupons for the exact
value of the requisition. Owing to the clearness with which the Panama Rail-
road Commissary price lists are published, and the frequency with which they
are circulated, there could never be experienced any difficulty in arriving at
said exact amount. It is thought that this would throw safeguards around the
issue of coupons which do not exist to-day, and would prevent those who are not
entitled to the privileges of the Commissary from receiving same. '
Third. That the former system qf paying labor twice a month instead of once
a month, be again put in force. It is said that this change-which has been
fatal to the mercantile interests in the Republic of Panama-was put into effect
on the grounds of economy; without being fully cognizant of the matter, and
without in any way wishing to interfere in work which does not pertain to
outsiders, it is respectfully submitted that much more will be saved, in clerical
and accounting work and printing, by the nonissuance of coupon books to
laborers than could ever be economized by having one pay period a month
instead of two.
After discussion, the Chairman was authorized to appoint a member
of the Commission to confer with the representatives of the merchants
of Panama and Colon relative to the measures recommended, with" the
exception of a return to semimonthly payments. In view of the
economies effected, the Commission decided it was inadvisable to
reestablish the former system. The Chairman appointed Mr. Jack-
son Smith, member of the Commission, and Head of the Department
of Labor, Quarters, and Subsistence, to represent the Commission in
these investigations and conferences, with Mr. H. J. Slifer, Manager
of the Panama Railroad Company, as his associate; this committee to
report recommendations to the Commission at a subsequent meeting.
6. The Chairman and Chief Engineer read the following letter,


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addressed by him to the Secretary of War, recommending certain
changes in the adopted project for the location and general arrange-
ment of the locks and dams at the southern terminus of the Canal:

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, December, .9, 1907.
Hon. WM. H. TAFT,
Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.
SIR: The adopted plan for the building of the Panama Canal contemplates the
formation of a lake on the Pacific side by the construction of three earth dams
- (Sosa-Corozal, Sosa-San Juan and Corozal-Diablo), the differences of level
between the lake and the Pacific being overcome by a flight of two locks pro-
jecting into the Pacific on the west side of Sosa Hill.
The Board of Consulting Engineers that accompanied you to the Isthmus in
April last inspected the sites of the dams, as finally located, with the view to
outlining a detailed description ci the preparation of the foundations for the
structures to be erected, reporting thereon as follows:
"The borings showed so-called mud in the swampy portion, having a depth
of S or 10 feet. This material is firmer than we had expected, and at the time
of our visit, about two days after it had been flooded by spring tides, it could
be walked on in most places. * *
For the dam construction * we do not think it will be necessary to
remove the soft material at either of these places (Sosa-Corozal, Sosa-Sau
Juan). The very softest material will either be displaced or consolidated by
the material disposed on it. We do not think the amount displaced beneath
the impervious portion of the embankment will be great, and if compressed in
place, the material will be impervious."
As regards the character of the material that should compose the body of
the structures, the same Board reported: *
For the Sosa-Corozal and La Boca dams the bottom width of the impervi-
ous portion should not be less than would result from a top width of SO to 100
feet at 15 to 20 feet above the water level in the lake, with slopes not steeper
than 1 on 4 to I on 5. The resulting width at sea level would be 640 feet or
more. The comparatively small cross section suggested for the impervious
portion of each of the Pacific dams is permissible only if it is reenforced by
wide and heavy rock embankments on both sides. * On account of the
nature of the bottom on which this rock fill will be deposited for the dams on
the Pacific side, it should extend a long distance outside of the impervious por-
tion in accordance with the principle adopted for the La Boca dam by the mi-
nority of the Board of Consulting Engineers in 1905-6, of spreading the base on
soft bottoms so that the change in weight imposed on the foundations from the
toe towards the'crown will be gradual. This protection at the Sosa-Corozal
and La Boca dams may be given great width with economy since they will
afford convenient dumps for the Culebra material."
To construct the dams in accordance with these views, trestles were built
along the toes of the Sosa-Corozal dam, from which to dump material from the
Culebra Out. The trestles failed, after the dumping of the material from them
began, and the material overlying the rock moved laterally carrying the super-
imposed mass with it, the dumps flattening out until the side slopes were about
1 ona12 and even less. In places this lateral motion continued for two weeks
after dumping had stopped. The ground on either side of and at some distance
from the dump was forced up forming mounds of mud, the crests of which
gradually approached the level of the top of the dump proper. After an
equilibrium was established between the dump and the adjacent mounds, the







MINUTES OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


hump or wave would again move out when the track was shifted towards it,
accompanied by a sudden vertical settling of the track of 6 to 10 feet when
loaded trains were applied. It was thought that if the trestle were lower, bet-
ter results might obtain, but with the west trestle only S feet above the surface
of the ground and the piles driven to rock, similar failures followed.
When the difficulties on the east trestle developed, an investigation, by
borings and test pits, was made to determine the character of the material
overlying the rock. It was found to be for the greater part an unctuous blue
clay without grit, possessing but little supporting power, instead of stiff clay
as indicated on existing profiles.
Sheet No. 1. accompanying, indicates the effect that dumping produces on the
ground adjacent to the dumps; sheet No. 2, the distribution of the underlying
material; the photographs illustrate, to some extent, the effect on the trestles
and the sudden settling of the dumps.
The investigations clearly demonstrate that the construction of dams which
would remain in place after the lake is fillePcan be accomplished only by the-
removal of all material overlying the rock, and, after preparation of the rock
surface, by building the dams of selected material. The depth to which the
material will have to be removed is from 10 to 70 feet. and suitable material
for dam construction will have to be transported to the site. Investigations
of the foundations of the Sosa-San Juan dam show that the material is the
same; the difficulties to be encountered will be greater because of the river.
It is estimated that the cost of building the two dams, following the plan
that the investigations and work done indicate as necessary, will be about
$11,573:.800. The estimate submitted by the minority of the Board of Consult-
ing Engineers for these dams is $4,314,000, a difference of $7,259.800.
As this difference to secure stability is excessive, an examination of the
canal route from Pedro Miguel to the Pacific was undertaken to ascertain if
more suitable*places for the locks and dams could be found. In making these
examinations care was taken to secure samples of the materials to be en-
countered at various depths and cores procured of the rock. A careful study
was made of all data obtained and four possible projects present themselves
for constructing that portion of the Canal extending from the south end of
Culebra Cut to deep water in the Pacific Ocean.
First Project.-This is the. present project and consists of one lock at Pedro
Miguel and two at La Boca, with dams of suitable material on rock. The
estimates submitted by the Board of Consulting Engineers .are corrected to
conform to methods, quantities, and unit prices that additional information and
experience show will give more nearly the actual cost of the work.- The project
provides a i00-foot channel from Pedro Miguel to Miraflores, a 1,000-foot chan-
nel through Sosa Lake to La Boca, and a 500-foot channel from La Boca locks
to deep water.
Second Project.-Two locks at Pedro Miguel and one at Miraflores, with a
500-foot channel through the lake from Pedro Miguel to Miraflores and a 500-
foot channel from Miraflores to deep water in the Pacific Ocean.
Third Project.-One lock at Pedro Miguel and two at Miraflores with a
500-foot channel through the lake from Pedro .Miguel to Miraflores and a 500-
foot channel from Miraflores locks to deep water in the Pacific Ocean.
In this and in Project No. 2, provision is made for diverting the waters of the
Rio Grande and the Corundi and the Cocoli Rivers, as well as for a channel of
uniform width to the sea, having no connection with any other tidal basin; as
a consequence the currents in the channel will result only from the tidal flow
and will not attain a velocity as great as one foot a second, which will not in-
terfere with navigation.





MINUTES OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


Fourth Project.-One lock at Pedro Miguel, one at Miraflores and one at
La Boca, with 500-foot channels between locks and to deep water in the Pacitic.
In each case locks and dams are on rock foundations. Blueprints of these
various projects are herewith, with profiles showing the brings. Assuming
that inverts are used, the total cost of the various projects are as follows:
Project No. 1 ------------------------------ $5S,395.540.00
Project No. 2 -------------------------------- .4;7T.4.
Project No. 3 ------------------------------- 50,927,268.00
Project No. 4 ------------------------------- 66,690,61t.00
From the foregoing it is seen that Project No. 3. one lock at Pedro Miguel
and two at Miraflores, is the most economical. It has the advantage over the
present project in that the dams of lower height, less length, and resting on rock
comparatively near the surface can be more easily constructed and completed
at an earlier date. It is to be preferred to Project. No. 1 by reason of the fact
that the location of the locks secures them against all possibility of distant bom-
bardment and affords them greater security against gunboat or torpedo boat
attack.
The Commission unanimously recommends the adoption of Project No. 3 and
its substitution for the existing project.
Very respectfully, GEO. W. GOETHALS.
Chairman.
After consideration, it was unanimously
Resolved, That the project for the location and general arrange-
ment of the locks and dams at the southern terminus of the Panama
Canal, as submitted by the Chairman and Chief Engineer in his letter
dated December 9, 1907, be, and the same is hereby, approved, subject
to such modifications as may be deemed necessary during the prose-
cution of the work.
7. As the law requires that the locks of the Isthmian Canal shall
be of such size as will afford convenient passage of ships of the
greatest tonnage and draft now in use and such as may be reasonably
anticipated," and
As it is the opinion expressed by the General Board of the Navy,
stated in a Memorandum to the Secretary of the Navy, dated Wash-
ington, October 29, 1907, that the width of the locks as now fixed,
namely, 100 feet, is insufficient for probable ships of future construc-
tion, and that sound policy would dictate an increase to a clear width
of 110 feet,"
Upon motion, it was
Resolved, That the width of the locks be increased from 100 feet
in the clear to 110 feet in the clear, in order to meet requirements of
the Navy that can be reasonably expected in the near future.



There being no further business before the Commission, the meeting
was adjourned at 3.35 p. m., subject to the call of the Chairman.






MINUTES OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-EIGHTH MEETING.

CULEBRA, CANAL ZONE, December 9, 1907.
The Commission met at the call of the Chairman at 11.30 a. m.
Present: Commissioners Goethals (chairman), Gaillard, Sibert,
Rousseau, Gorgas, and Smith.
Absent: Commissioner Blackburn.
The Commission elected the Chairman's Secretary, Mr. W. H. May,
as Acting Secretary of the Commission for the meeting.
1. Upon motion, the following ordinance to provide for the punish-
ment of vagrancy, mendicancy, trespass, intoxication, and disorderly
conduct in the Canal Zone was read and approved:
That Title XIV, of Act No. 14 of the Penal Code of the Lavws of the Canal
Zone be amended, effective January 15, 1908, by adding thereto the following
section:
SECTION 293-A.

SUBSECTION 1. Every vagrant or person found within the Canal Zone without
legitimate business or visible means of support; and
SUBSECTION 2. Every mendicant or habitual beggar found within the Canal
Zone; and
SUBSECTION 3. Every person found within or loitering about any laborers'
camp, mess house, quarters, or other Isthmian Canal Commission building, or
any railroad car, or station, or other building of the Panama Railroad Com-
pany, or any dwelling or other building owned by any private person, without
due and proper authority and permission so to be; or peddling goods or mer-
chandise about any laborers' camp or mess house during hours when laborers
are ordinarily employed at work, or in or about places where groups of men
are at work; and
SUBSECTION 4. Every person found in the Canal Zone in an intoxicated con-
dition or under the influence of liquor; and
SUBSECTION 5. Every person who shall, in the Canal Zone, engage in any kind
of disorderly conduct or breach or disturbance of the peace shall be guilty of
a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not to
exceed $25, or by imprisonment in jail not to exceed 30 days,, or by both such
fine and imprisonment.


There being no further business before the Commission, the meet-
ing was adjourned at 11.40 a. m., subject to call of Chairman.











INDEX.



ABSENCE, LEAVE OF. See Employees. Page.
ACCOUNTS, EXAMINER OF:
Office of-
Personnel. changes in, approved.................................... 15
AUDITING, DEPARTMENT OF:
Personnel, changes in, approved........................................ 15
BAND:
Personnel, changes in, approved........................................ 15
Stands to be erected at certain towns.................................... 12
BEEKS, MISS GERTRUDE:
Report of, submitted to each Commissioner for comments ................ 9
BISHOP, JOSEPH BUCKLIN:
Authorized to begin publication of The Canal Record on September 4, 1907. 9
BRYAN, T. A.:
Payment of leave of absence pay in United States authorized............ 6
BUILDINGS:
Construction of, authorized-
Ancon, residence at, for Judge H. A. Gulcger......................... 6
Regulations, paragraphs 4, 9, and 11 amended .......................... 10
CANAL, ISTHMIAN. See Panama Canal.
CANAL RECORD:
D distribution of......................................................... 9
Publication of, approved................................................ 9
CANAL ZONE:
Laws of--
Penal Code amended to provide punishment for vagrancy, intoxica-
tion, etc ......................................................... 26
CARRIAGES. See Vehicles.
CIRCULARS:
Isthmian Canal Commission-
No. 20, travel allowances enumerated in, extended to Inspectors in
Joint Inspecting Engineer's Office ............................... 12
CIVIC FEDERATION, NATIONAL. See National Civic Federation.
CIVIL ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF:
Personnel, changes in, approved......................................... 15
Police Department. See Police Department.
CLUBS:
Appointment of two assistant secretaries for, authorized.................. 4,11
Construction of bleacher seats at rear of runway in bowling alleys author-
ized ................................................................ 12
Installation of barber equipment in certain, authorized.................. 12
COLON CITY:
Paving in, contract to reimburse United States for cost of, approved ...... 6
Sanitary installation of water and sewers in-
Rules governing-
Am ended...................................................... 11
Executive Order amending section 5............................. 15
27






INDEX.


COMMISSARY: Page.
Extension of privileges of-
Complaints against-
Committee appointed to investigate ............................. 21
Measures recommended to remedy conditions.................... 21
Merchants of Panama and Colon ................................ 21
Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama................ 21
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT. See Employees.
CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING, DEPARTMENT OF:
Personnel, changes in, approved ....................................... 15
CONTRACTS:
Between Panama Government and Canal Commission-
Approval of-
Providing for reimbursement to United States for cost of instal-
lation and maintenance of water and sewer systems and pave-
m ent of 'olon .............................................. 6
W ater rates in City of Panama .................................. 6
Between Panama Railroad Company and Canal Commission-
Amendment of, providing that Panama Railroad Company need not
restore docks, etc., leased from Commission if destroyed by ele-
m ents, authorized ................................................ 20
Material and supplies, purchase of-
Acting General Purchasing Officer authorized to sign, in absence of
General Purchasing Offier ...................................... 13
Action of Acting General Purchasing Officer heretofore in executing,
approved ....................................................... 13
CORRENDES, PANAI:
Payment for thirty days' sick leave authorized.......................... 8
DEARBORN, F. M.:
Payment of leave of absence pay in United States authorized upon presen-
tation of doctor',s certificate .................................... I ....... 3
DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING. See Con-
struction and Engineering, Department of.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, QUARTERS, AND SUBSISTENCE. See
Labor, Quarters, and Subsistence, Department of.
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION. See Sanitation. Department of.
DISBURSEMENTS, DEPARTMENT OF:
Personnel, changes in, approved ........................................ 15
EMPLOYEES:
Band. See Bands.
Clubs for. See Clubs.
Conditions of employment-
Quarters, bachelor and family, paragraph 7 providing for, changed.-.. 20
Transportation, paragraph 4, re furnishing Government rate to mem-
bers of families, changed ....................-------------------------------------.... 20
Families of, allowance (if furniture to, fixed.............................. 7
Leave (if absence-
Annual-
Granted Thomas C. Thompson with pay........................ 7
Payment in United States of salary for period of, authorized-
Bryan, T. A...............----------------..--------..........---.....--....---....----------..-- 7
Dearborn, F. M., upon presentation of doctor's certificate.... 3
Less one week upon resignation of employee after two years'
service--.............------......--..-----------.......-...............----------- 6
Martin, W. A., up to September 15, 1907--..-...--...----------......... 3





INDEX. 29

EMPLOYEES--Contipued. Page.
Leave of absence-Continued.
Provisions governing, extended to Dr. H. A. Lewis ................... 8
Sick-
On account of injury, application of provisions covering.......... 14
Payment for thirty days, granted Antonio N. Gonzales.......... 14
Thirty days, granted Panai Correndes.......................... 8
Pay of-
Longevity increases in-
Regulations regarding-
Approved ............................................. 4
Positions affected by...................................... 5
Stationary engineer to be included in........................ 10
Personnel, changes in, approved....................................... 8,15
Quarters-
Bachelor-
Not to be furnished non-American citizens engaged on Isthmus.. 13
To be provided when available ................................ 20
Family, supplying of, not a condition of employment................. 20
Special for school teachers, construction of, not deemed expedient .... 13
Recreation. See Clubs and Bands.
Teachers. See Schools.
Transportation-
Amount of monthly charge of Panama Railroad Company for. increased. 12,16
Government rate furnished members of families when assigned quar-
ters ............................................................. 20
EMPLOYMENT, CONDITIONS OF. See Employees.
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION, DEPARTMENT OF. See Con-
struction and Engineering. Department of.
ENGINEER'S OFFICE, JOINT INSPECTING. See Joint Inspecting Engi-
neer's Office.
ESQUIVAL, MELCHOR R.:
Renewal of liquor license to, authorized................................. 11
EXAMINER OF ACCOUNTS. See Accounts. Examiner of.
EXECUTIVE ORDERS:
Secretary of War-
October 16, 1907-Amending section 5 of Rules Governing Sanitary
Installation of Water and Sewers in Panama and Colon.......... 15
FURNITURE:
Allowance of, to families of employees fixed............................ 7
GOETHALS, LIEUT. COL. GEO. W.:
Letter of-
December 9, 1907, re changes in location of locks and dams.......... 23
GONZALES, ANTONIO N.:
Payment of thirty days' meritorious sick leave approved................ 13
GUDGER, JUDGE H. A.:
Erection of house at Ancon for, authorized .............................. 6
HEALTH DEPARTMENT. See Sanitation, Department of.
HOSPITALS:
Treatment of persons in, rules governing amended...................... 14
INSPECTING ENGINEER'S OFFICE, JOINT. See Joint Inspecting Engi-
neer's Office.
ISTHMIAN CANAL. See Panama Canal.







INDEX.


ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION: Page.
Auditing Department. See Auditing Department.
Chairman. See Goethals, Lieut. Col. Geo. W.
Chief Engineer. See Goethals, Lie-ut. Col. Geo. W.
Disbursing Department. See Disbursing Department.
Joint Inspecting Engineer's Office. See Joint Inspecting Engineer's Office.
Meetings, minutes of. See Minutes.
Official newspaper. See Canal Record.
Panama Railroad affairs. See Panama Railroad Company.
Purchasing Department. See Purchasing Department.
Secretary. See Bishop, Joseph Bucklin.
Washington Office. See Washington Office.
See also Resolutions, Isthmian Canal Commission.
JOINT INSPECTING ENGINEER'S OFFICE:
Inspectors in, travel allowances enumerated in Circular No. 20 extended to. 12
LABORERS:
To be advised on arrival of importance of being provided with necessary
underclothing and blankets ......................................... 13
Transportation, deduction from wages due on account of, not to be made
in case of death from injury or disease contracted in line of duty......... 3
LABOR, QUARTERS, AND SUBSISTENCE, DEPARTMENT OF:
Personnel, changes in, approved........................................ 15
LEAVES OF ABSENCE. See Employees.
LEWIS, DR. H. A.:
Provisions covering leaves of absence extended to........................ 8
LICENSES:
Liquor, renewal of, to Melchor R. Esquival authorized.................. 11
Section 7 "i' (2) of regulations providing for certain, amended .......... 9
LIQUOR:
Licenses. See Licenses.
Regulations governing sale of, amended ................................ 4
LOCKS. See Panama Canal.
MARINE CORPS. UNITED STATES:
Members of, and their families, treatment of, by physicians and in hospitals. 14
MARTIN, W. A.:
Payment of portion of leave of absence pay in United States authorized... 3
MATERIAL AND SUPPLIES:
Contracts for, signing of ............................................... 13
MEETINGS. See Minutes.
MERCHANTS:
Panama and Colon-
Complaint of, against extension of commissary privileges and recom-
mend remedial measures........................................ 21
MINUTES:
Isthmian Canal Commission-
One hundred and thirty-first, meeting, Culebra, August 1, 1907.. ..... 3
One hundred and thirty-second meeting, Culebra, August 15, 1907... 5
One hundred and thirty-third meeting, Culebra, August 31, 1907..... 7
One hundred and thirty-fourth meeting, Culebra, September 25, 1907.. 10
One hundred and thirty-fifth meeting, Culebra, October 5, 1907...... 13
One hundred and thirty-sixth meeting, Culebra, October 28, 1907 .... 14
One hundred and thirty-seventh meeting, Culebra, December 7, 1907.. 20
One hundred and thirty-eighth meeting, Culebra, December 9, 1907.. 26
Printing of, inlsemiannual volumes, authorized.................. ... 20





INDEX.


NATIONAL CIVIC FEDERATION: Page.
Welfare Department, Report of Secretary of, submitted to each Commis-
sioner for comm ent ................................................. 9
NEWSPAPER, OFFICIAL. See Canal Record.
ORDINANCE:
Providing punishment for vagrancy, intoxication, etc., approved ........ 26
PANAMA CANAL:
Laborers. See Laborers.
Locks-
Increase in width of, approved ................................... 25
Southern terminus-
Locks and dams at, change in location of, approved ................. 25
PANAMA CITY:
Sanitary installation of water and sewers in-
Rules governing-
Am ended...................................................... 11
Executive Order amending section 5............................. 15
Water rates in, revised draft of contract with Panama Government ap-
proved ............................................................. 6
PANAMA RAILROAD COMPANY:
Commissary. See Commissary.
Contracts with Commission for leasing premises to be amended........... 20
Joint Inspecting Engineer's Office. See Joint Inspecting Engineer's Office.
Not liable to restore premises leased from Commission when destroyed by
elem ents ............................................................ 20
Transportation-
Canal officials and employees, monthly charge for, increased......... 12, 16
Special rate to be granted Peruvian students........................ 8
PANAMA, REPUBLIC OF:
Contracts. See Contracts.
Complaint of Secretary of Foreign Affairs re extension of commissary privi-
leges ............................................................... 21
PAVING:
United States to be reimbursed for work done in Colon ................... 6
PAY:
Longevity increases in-
Regulations regarding-
Approved...................................................... 4
Positions affected.............................................. 5
Stationary Engineer to be included in........................... 10
PERU:
Students from, to be granted special transportation rate to United States
and return................... ...................................... 8
PHYSICIANS:
Rules governing treatment of persons by, amended........................ 14
PNEUMONIA:
Recommendation of board appointed to investigate cause of.............. 13
POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Schedule filing pay of force adopted..................................... 4
PRINTING:
Minutes of Commission to be in semiannual volumes .................... 20
PURCHASING AGENCIES, ASSISTANT:
Changes in personnel of, approved....................................... 8






32 INDEX.

PURCHASING DEPARTMENT: Page.
Acting head authorized to sign contracts ............................... 13
Signature heretofore of acting head to contracts approved................. 13
QUARTERS:
Employees. See Employees.
Family, supplying of, not a condition of employment..................... 20
RECREATION. See Clubs and Bands.
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA. See Panama, Republic of.
RESIGNATIONS:
Payment of leave of absence pay in United States less one week upon
receipt of, may he made ............................................. 6
RESOLUTIONS:
Isthmian Canal Commission-
Bands, stands for to be erected in certain towns ..................... 12
Buildings-
Construction of residence at Ancon for Judge H. A. Gudger author-
ized ........................................................ 6
Regulations, paragraphs 4, 9, and 11 of, amended................ 10
Carriage, each Commissioner to be provided with..................... 4
Clubs, appointment of two assistant secretaries fqr, authorized........ 4,11
Contracts-
Purchase of material and supplies-
Acting head of Purchasing Department, authorized to sign.... 13
Action of acting head of Purchasing Department in signing
previous, approved ...................................... 13
Employees-
Conditions of employment, paragraph 4 re transportation of mem-
bers of fam ilies changed ...................................... 20
Families of, allowance of furniture to, fixed...................... 7
Leave of absence-
*Annual-
Granted Thomas C. Thompson and record as to status cor-
rected ............................................... 8
Payment in United States of salary for period of, author-
ized-
Bryan. T A ...................................... 7
Dearborn, F. M .................................... 3
Less one week, upon resignation of employee, after
two years' service .................... . ....... 6
Provisions covering extended to Dr. H. A. Lewis............. 8
Sick-
Application of provisions covering, in case of injury, fixed. 14
Payment for thirty days authorized to Antonio N. Gon-
zales .......................................... ..... 14
Thirty days granted Panai Correndes................... 8
Quarters-
Bachelor, not to be furnished non-American citizens engaged
on Isthm us ............................................. 13
Paragraph 7 re providing bachelor and family, changed ..... 20
Licenses, liquor, renewal of, to Melchor R. Esquival, authorized...... 11
Liquor, regulations governing sale of, amended....................... 4
Minutes, printing of, in semiannual volumes authorized ............. 20





INDEX. 33

RESOLUTIONS-Continued. Page.
Isthmian Canal Commission-Continued.
Panama Canal-
Changes in locks and dams at southern terminus, approved ....... 25
Increase in width of locks, approved ........................... 25
Panama Railroad Company-
Amendment of contracts with Commission for leasing premises,
approved ................................................... 20
Amount of monthly charge for transportation of canal officials and
em ployees increased ........................................ 12, 16
Not liable to restore premises leased from Commission if destroyed
by elem ents ................................................ 20
Physicians, rules governing treatment of persons by. amended ....... 14
Removal of Tracy Smail's saloon, approved......................... 21
School-teachers, construction of special quarters for, not deemed
expedient ...................................................... 13
Students, special transportation rate to United States to be granted..... 9
Taxes and licenses, section 7 of regulations providing for certain,
am ended ....................................................... 9
Transportation, deduction from wages due laborers on account of, not
to be made in case of death from injury or disease contracted in line
of duty ....................................................... 3
Traveling expenses, allowances for, enumerated in Circular No. 20
extended to Inspectors of Joint Inspecting Engineer's Office ....... 12
Water and-sewers, rules governing sanitary installation of, amended .... 11
SALARIES:
Employees. See Various Departments.
SANITATION, DEPARTMENT OF:
Personnel, changes in, approved ....................................... 15
SCHOOLS:
Teachers, construction of special quarters for, not deemed expedient ....... 13
SECRETARY OF WAR. See Taft, William H.
SEWERS:
Rules governing sanitary installation of-
A m ended ........................................................ 11
Executive Order amending section 5............................... 15
System, contract to reimburse United States for cost of installation and
maintenance of, approved ........................................... 6
SMAIL, TRACY:
Removal of saloon approved ............ .............................. 21
STUDENTS:
Peruvian, special transportation rate to be granted to, from Colon to New
York and return...................................................... 8
SUPPLIES. See Material and Supplies.
TAFT, WILLIAM H.:
Executive Orders. See Executive Orders.
TAXES:
Section 7 of regulations providing for certain, amended................... 9
THOMPSON, THOMAS C.:
Leave of absence with pay granted...................................... 7
TRANSPORTATION:
Employees. See Employees.
Laborers. See Laborers.






INDEX.


TRANSPORTATION-Continued. Page.
Panama Railroad Steamship Company, special rate on, to be granted Peru-
vian students from Colon to New York and return...................... 8
TRAVELING EXPENSES:
Allowances enumerated in Circular No. 20 extended to Inspectors of Joint
Inspecting Engineer's Office......................................... 12
VEHICLES:
Each Commissioner to be provided with suitable carriage................. 4
WAR. SECRETARY OF. See Taft, William H.
WASHINGTON OFFICE:
Personnel, changes in, approved......................................... 8
WATER:
Rates-
Approval of........................................................ 16
Revised draft of contract with Panama Government approved-......... 6
Rules Governing Sanitary Installation of-
Amended.......................................................... 11
Executive Order amending section 5................................. 15
System, contract to reimburse United States for cost of installation and
maintenance of, approved ............................................. 6
WHARVES:
Panama Railroad Company not liable to restore to Commission in original
condition if destroyed by elements................................... 20

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