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MINUTES OF MEETINGS
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ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


NINETY-FIRST MEETING.


Held at the office of the Commission, in the City of Washington,
on the 3rd day of April, 1905, at 2.30 o'clock p. m.
Present: Commissioners Shonts, Magoon, Hains, Harrod, Endi-
cott, also Mr. Wm. Nelson Cromwell by invitation.
4 The Chairman, Mr. Shonts, occupied the chair, and Mr. Murphy,
the Secretary, acted as such.
The Chairman presented to the meeting the Executive Order of
the President, dated April I, 1905; the preceding letter of the Secre-
tary of War, Mr. Taft, addressed to the President, March 30, 1905,
and the Supplementary Order of the Secretary of War, dated April I,
concerning compensations, etc., and upon motion the same were di-
rected to be placed upon the minutes of this meeting as follows:

THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D. C., April I, I905.
The practical result of the operations of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission, appointed and acting under previous executive orders, has
not been satisfactory, and requires a change in the personnel of the
Commission and in the instructions for its guidance.
The Commission will hold quarterly sessions the first of January,
-April, July and October, of each year, at the office of the Governor
on the Isthmus of Panama, and will continue each session as long as
S public business may require. Further notice of such meetings shall
not be necessary to thlir regularity. The Commission may hold
special sessions at the call of the Chairman. Four members shall
S constitute a qudrum, and the action of such majority shall be the
action o the Commission.
The Commission, under the supervision and direction of the
Secretary of War and subject to the approval of the President, is
.charged with the general duty of the adoption of plans for the con-
S struction and maintenance of the canal and with the execution of the
7i: work of the same; with the purchase and delivery of supplies, ma-
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chinery and necessary plant; the employment of the necessary officers, .;.i
employes and laborers, and with the fixing of their salaries and wages; ,
with the commercial operation of the Panama Railroad Company and ,
its steamship lines as common carriers; with the utilization of the
railroad as a means of constructing the canal; with the making of
contracts for construction and excavation, and with all other matters
incident and necessary to the building of a waterway across the
Isthmus of Panama, as provided by the Act of Congress of June 28,
1902.
For convenience, and to secure the uninterrupted course of the
work, an Executive Committee of not less than three members of the
Commission, shall be appointed by the Commission to act in place of
the Commission during the intervals between the meetings of the
Commission and to report its doings in full to the Commission at the
next regular meeting. A minute of every transaction of the Executive
Committee shall be made and one copy of the minutes shall be for-
warded to the Secretary of War and another copy transmitted for the
consideration of the Commission at its next meeting. Regular meet-
ings of the Executive Committee shall be held at the office of the
Governor on the Isthmus of Panama, at io o'clock in the forenoon
on each \Ionday and Wednesday of every week, and further notice
of such meeting shall not be necessary to their legality. A ma-
jority of their number shall constitute a quorum for the transaction
of business at such meetings. The action of such majority shall be
the action of the Executive Committee.
For convenience of executing the work to be done, there shall be
constituted three Executive Departments.

(a.) The head of the first department shall be the Chairman of
the Commission, who shall have direct and immediate charge of:
i. The fiscal affairs of the Commission;
2. The purchase and delivery, of all materials and supplies;
3. The accounts, bookkeeping and audits;
4. The commercial operations in the United States of the
Panama Railroad and steamship lines;
5. He shall have charge of the general concerns of the Corn-
mission subject to the supervision and direction of the '
Secretary of War, and shall perform such other duties as
may be placed upon him from time to time by the Secre-
tary of War.

(b.) The head of the second department shall be the Governor of
the Zone, with the duties and powers indicated in the Executive Order
of May 9, 1904, which includes in general:
i. The administration and enforcement of law in the Zone; .
2. All matters of sanitation within-the Canal Zone, and also in:..!'.


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the cities of Panama and Colon, and the harbors, etc., so
far as authorized by the treaty, the Executive Orders and
Decrees of December 3, 1904, between the United States
and the Republic of Panama relating thereto;
3. The custody of all supplies needed for sanitary purposes,
and such construction necessary for sanitary purposes as
may be assigned to this department by the Commission;
4. Such other duties as he may be charged with from time to
time by the Secretary of War;
5. He shall reside on the Isthmus and devote his entire time
to the service, except when granted leave of absence by
the Secretary of War.

(c.) The head of the third department shall be the Chief Engineer.
He shall have full charge on the Isthmus:
I. Of all the actual work of construction carried on by the
Commission on the Isthmus;
-2. The custody of all the supplies and plant of the Commission
upon the Isthmus;
3. The practical operation of the railroad on the Isthmus with
the special view to its utilization in canal construction
work.
4. He shall reside on the Isthmus and devote his entire time to
the service, except when granted leave of absence by the
Secretary of War.

APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS.

All officers and employes shall be appointed and their salaries shall
be fixed by the head of the department in which they are engaged.
Their appointment and salary shall be subject to the approval either
of the Commission, of if the Commission is not in session, of the
Executive Committee. The employment of laborers where the con-
tract of employment is made in the United States or outside of the
Isthmus, shall be negotiated and concluded by the Chairman of the
Commission, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
Where the employment of laborers is effected upon the Isthmus, it
shall be conducted under the supervision of the Chief Engineer, sub-
ject to the approval of the Executive Committee.

CONTRACTS.

Contracts for the purchase of supplies or .for construction involv-
ing an estimated expenditure exceeding $o1,ooo shall only be made
after due public advertisement in newspapers of general circulation,
arid shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, except in case
of emergency, when with the approval of the Secretary of War,
advertising may be dispensed with. In the making of contracts for




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supplies of construction involving an estimated expenditure of more ..i
than $i,ooo and less than $o1,ooo, competitive bids should be secured .'
by invitation or advertisement whenever practicable.
As soon as practicable after the date of this order, the Isthmian
Canal Commission, as hereafter constituted, shall hold a session in
the City of Washington for the general purpose of reorganization
under this order, and for the special purpose of fixing the number
and character of officers and employes to serve in the City of Wash-
ington in the work of the Commission. The Commission is especially
charged with the duty of maintaining a complete system of accounts
on the Isthmus, which shall be duplicated in Washington, so that there
may always be in \ashington the proper means of informing the
President, the Secretary of War and the Congress of the amount of
work done, the cost of the same, the amount of money available, the
amount of money expended and the general financial condition of the
enterprise.

BOARD OF CONSULTING ENGINEERS.

There will hereafter be appointed by the President, nine civil
engineers of the highest standing, having experience in works of canal
construction and hydraulics, to constitute a Board of Consulting Engi-
neers, to which will be submitted by the Isthmian Canal Commission
for its consideration and advice the important engineering questions
arising in the selection of the best plan for the construction of the
canal. The recommendation of the Board of Consulting Engineers
shall be considered by the Isthmian Canal Commission and with the
recommendations of the Commission shall finally be submitted through
the Secretary of War, to the President for his decision.

REPORTS.

The executive officers of the Commission shall make duplicate
reports upon the work and operation of their respective departments
to the Secretary of War and the Isthmian Canal Commission from
time to time and as often as may be required by the Secretary of War
or the Chairman of the Commission.
The Secretary of War will make to the President a report at least Q
annually and as often as he may deem advisable or the President may .
require.
All executive orders relating to the subject of the Panama Canal,
except so far as they may be inconsistent with the present order, remain
in force.
Theodore P. Shonts is hereby appointed a member of the Isthmian
Canal Commission and its Chairman; Charles E. Magoon is hereby








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appointed a member of the Commission and Governor of the Canal
Zone; the appointment as Governor shall take effect upon the date of
his arrival on the Isthmus, and the resignation of the present incum-
bent of said office shall thereupon take effect; John F. Wallace is
hereby appointed member of the Commission and Chief Engineer;
Rear-Admiral Mordecai T. Endicott, U. S. N.; Brigadier-General
Peter C. Hains, U. S. A. (Retired) ; Colonel Oswald H. Ernst, Corps
of Engineers, U. S. A., and Benjamin AI. Harrod are hereby appointed
members of the Isthmian Canal Commission.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, March 30. 1905.
MR. PRESIDENT:
In the matter of the reorganization of the machine by which the
Panama Canal is to be built, I beg first to call your attention to the ex-
treme importance of fixing a definite plan with respect to which you
may feel reasonable certainty, first, that it can be practically executed
and will result in a navigable canal; and, second, that the navigable
canal will be the one best adapted to the demands which may be made
upon it by the commerce of the world.
The Act of Congress evidently contemplates a canal with locks.
the cost of which shall be in the neighborhood of $200.ooo,ooo, in-
cluding the money already expended. It is quite within the bounds
of possibility that the best form of canal will be a sea-level canal with
a tidal lock only, at one end, and that the cost of it may exceed the
$200,ooo,ooo in the mind of Congress by at least $Ioo.ooo,ooo mnre.
The work of the engineering department of the present Commis-
sion has been largely devoted to obtaining the data upon which the
plan of the canal must be determined. These data include topograph-
ical measurements, borings, the character of the soil, the flow of water
in the rivers-all stated with sufficient exactness to secure the closest
calculations by experienced engineers, though not on the ground. It
is probable that with the next few months these data will have been so
fully ascertained by the Chief Engineer, Mr. Wallace, and his assist-
ants, that they may be submitted to a board of engineers of the highest
standing for recommendation as to the best plan upon which to proceed
with the work.
-It also has been made apparent, by the reports of Mr. Wallace and
the Commission, that whatever plan is likely to be adopted, work of
excavation and construction which would have to be done under any
plan may proceed without waste of energy for a period quite long
enough to enable you to decide which is the best plan.
I suggest, therefore, that the first work to be done is the appoint-








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ment of an advisory board of engineers, say seven or nine in number,
to be selected from the engineers having especial knowledge of hy-
draulic engineering and canal construction, to whom shall be submitted
all possible information with respect to the projected Panama Canal,
both that obtained by the French engineers before our purchase of the
plant, and the data obtained by the Chief Engineer of the present Canal
Commission, together with all projects suggested for the solution of the
problem which the Canal Commission deem reasonably possible or
practicable; that this advisory board be invited to Washington for the
purpose of agreeing upon its recommendations in the premises, and
that if possible such recommendations be made before the regular
meeting of Congress in December; that the recommendations be sub-
mitted to the Canal Commission, as then constituted, for its approval
or modification, and with the recommendations of the Canal Gommis-
sion be submitted to the President for his action and transmission to
Congress. As already suggested, this work of securing the best plan
and its approval by Congress need not delay in any way the prelim-
inary work adapted to any possible plan, or the highly critical work of
sanitation, the extreme importance of which you have already empha-
sized in your previous instructions to the Canal Commission.
It is conceded, even by its own members, that the present Commis-
sion has not so developed itself into an executive body as to give hope
that it may be used successfully as an instrumentality for carrying on
the immense executive burden involved in the construction of the
canal, and it remains for the President, in the failure of Congress to
act, to reorganize the Commission, both by change in personnel and
by certain instructions as to its internal procedure and distribution of
powers and authority, to secure greater rapidity and efficiency in the
doing of the work.
It is not to be supposed that Congress intended that the Commis-
sion was personally to do the work, or to come nearer to the direct
agencies in doing the work than the directory of a railroad comes to
the construction of railroad work, and we may assume, therefore, that
it was quite within the Congressional intention that the Commission.
might, for convenience and rapidity of action, after formulating the
general plan of work, delegate to a committee or committees the doing
of the work in detail, the result to be reported subsequently, of course,
to the full Commission. The Commission should, therefore, appoint
an Executive Committee, to be constituted and empowered as hereafter
stated.
The actual executive work must be divided by the Commission into
departments. One department would naturally be the Political De-
partment-that is, the control of the Zone, over which there should be
an administrator or governor, and to secure harmony. of action the.


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wise policy is that already followed of appointing a member of the
Commission to be Governor. This department should include, as it
does now, the Bureau of Sanitation, because the latter involves policing
the Zone and the two cities of Colon and Panama. Another depart-
ment should be the Engineering Department, or Department of Con-
struction, under which the work is to be organized and actually done.
It should include the custody of supplies and the care of plant, and the
practical operation of the railroad on the Isthmus, with the special
view to its utilization in canal construction. The Chief Engineer
must be the head of this, and is so important a factor in the whole
enterprise that he should be given the powers and dignity of a member
of the Commission also. Another, and in many respects the most im-
portant, department, is that which embraces the functions of financing
the operations of the Commission, of purchasing the supplies, of the
accounts and audits, the commercial operations of the Panama Railroad
Company and the steamship lines, the general oversight of the work
and the duty of reporting the progress of the same through the Secre-
tary of War to the President. The head of this department should be
the Chairman of the Commission. All subordinates in departments
should be appointed by the heads thereof under those provisions of the
civil service law which may have been made applicable, and their sala-
ries fixed by same authority, subject to the approval of the Commission,
or in the intervals between the meetings of the Commission by the
Executive Committee.
An important change from the present condition of affairs should
be the transfer of the headquarters of the Commission from Washing-
ton to the Isthmus of Panama, where the work is to be done. No
meeting of the Commission or Executive Committee should be held
out of the Isthmus except by express authority of the Secretary of
War. The attention of all engaged in the enterprise will thus be fixed
on the work. With the general authority of the Executive Committee
it will be entirely possible for the work to proceed unhindered without
more frequent meetings of the Commission than once a quarter. The
Executive Committee should have power to act while the Commission
is not in session in the purchase of all supplies, to confirm all officers
and employes except heads of departments and to fix their salaries,
and to make contracts for construction. The Executive Committee
thus appointed should keep accurate minutes of its transactions, and
submit them to the Secretary of War and the Commission, which, hav-
ing found the same to be within the authority of the Committee and
executed, shall ratify and confirm them, or, if unexecuted, may revise
tlfem. Contracts for the purchase of supplies or of construction, the
estimated cost of which may exceed $ro,ooo, should be let after due
public advertisement, upon plans and specifications approved by the


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Executive Committee or by the Commission, unless with the approval
of the Secretary of War, on grounds of an emergency in a special
case, such advertisement be dispensed with. In all other purchases or
contracts involving the expenditure of more than $r,ooo, real compe-
tition should be invited when practicable. By means of an Executive
Committee constantly in session, the delays incident to awaiting the
decision of a large body like the Commission may be avoided, while
its examination of the doings of the Executive Committee every three
months and its power to reverse unauthorized acts and to revise every-
thing not completely executed, will insure the conservation sought by
the establishment of the larger board.
The change of headquarters and power from Washington to the
Isthmus will doubtless require a radical change in the office of the
Commission in \ashington. I am quite sure that greater economy
and more satisfactory methods of accounting can be secured than now
exist. Machinery for purchase of supplies and a force sufficient to
maintain a duplicate set of accounts and the necessary correspondence
must, of course, be maintained in Washington, but very little else is
needed. But these changes may be safely left to the Commission and
the Executive Committee as newly constituted.
I beg to submit herewith the resignations of all the present Canal
Commission, to take effect at your pleasure.
I respectfully recommend the appointment of a new Commission
and a designation of the Chairman of the Commission, the Governor
of the Zone, and the Chief Engineer, and the issuing of an executive
order embodying the recommendations herein.
Respectfully yours,
WM. H. TAFT,
Secretary of War.
THE PRESIDENT.


By direction of the President and in accordance with his Order of
April I, 1905, each of the seven members of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission shall be allowed and paid a salary of $7.500 per annum as such,
member. In addition to their several salaries as members of the Cor- "
mission, the Chairman of the Commission shall be allowed and paid a
salary of $22,500 per annum; the Chief Engineer shall be allowed and
paid a salary of $r7,5oo per annum, and the Governor of the Zone shall
be allowed and paid a salary of $1o,ooo, and each of said officers shall
be allowed the use of a furnished dwelling house on the Isthmus; the
members of the Commission other than the heads of the above named
departments will be allowed and paid their actual and necessary ex-
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of the Commission held on the Isthmus, and also their actual traveling
expenses to and from the meetings of the Commission on the Isthmus
or at Washington, as the case may be; and the three heads of the de-
partments above mentioned shall be allowed and paid their expenses of
travel while on the business of the Commission.
The present Governor of the Zone, Major-General George W.
Davis, will be allowed and paid up to the date when his resignation
as Governor becomes effective, and notwithstanding his resignation as
a member of the Commission, compensation at the same rate as he is
now receiving as a member of the Commission and as Governor of the
Zone, together with his actual and necessary traveling expenses to his
home in the United States.
WILLIAM H. TAFT,
Secretary of War.
April 3, 1905.


The Chairman also advised the meeting that Messrs. Davis, Harrod,
Grunsky, Parsons and Burr had resigned as members of the Commis-
sion; that Mr. Walker has resigned as a member and as Chairman; and
that General Davis had resigned as Governor of the Zone; that all of
these resignations had been accepted, and had taken effect, except that
the resignation of the Governor of the Zone had been accepted, to take
effect upon the date of the arrival of his successor on the Isthmus; that
all of the appointees under the President's Order of April Ist, 1905,
had accepted their respective appointments, and that all but Messrs.
Ernst and Wallace had qualified by taking the oath of office; and that
as all the qualified members of the Commission were present, this
meeting should proceed to the conduct of business, and had been
directed so to do by the Secretary of War and pursuant to the Presi-
dent's Order of April Ist.
It was noted that the Commissioners had taken possession of the
office, of the office records and affairs of the Commission; and the
Secretary was directed to advise by cable the Governor of the Zone
and the Chief Engineer on the Isthmus of the new organization of the
Commission.
The Commission considered the best method of securing results in
construction and of making more effective the administration of the
work of the Commission; and after consideration, the Commission,
upon its own judgment and by its own conclusions, duly and unan-
imously adopted the following resolutions:
Resolved:
i. The Commission shall hold quarterly sessions the first day of
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Governor, on the Isthmus of Panama, and shall continue each ses-
sion as long as public business may require. Further notice of such
meetings shall not be necessary to their regularity. The Commission
may hold special sessions at the call of the Chairman. Four members
shall constitute a quorum, and the action of such majority shall be the
action of the Commission. A copy of the Minutes of each meeting of
the Commission shall be immediately forwarded to the Secretary of
War.
2. For convenience, and to secure the uninterrupted course of the
work, an Executive Committee of three members of the Commission
is hereby appointed by the Commission to act in place of the Com-
mission during the intervals between the meetings of the Commis-
sion, and to report its doings in full to the Commission at the next
regular meeting. A minute of every transaction of the Executive
Committee shall be made, and one copy of the minutes shall be imme-
diately forwarded to the Secretary of War, and another transmitted
for the consideration of the Commission at its next meeting. Regular
meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at the office of the
Governor on the Isthmus of Panama, at o1 o'clock in the forenoon, on
each Monday and Wednesday of,every week, and further notice of such
meetings shall not be necessary to their legality. A majority of their
number shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at
such meetings. The action of such majority shall be the action of the
Executive Committee.
On motion, the following Commissioners were appointed members
of the Executive Committee-i. e., Theodore P. Shonts, Charles E.
Magoon and John F. Wallace.
3. For convenience of executing the work to be done, there shall be
constituted three executive departments:
(a) The head of the first department shall be the Chairman of
the Commission, who shall have direct and immediate,'
charge of:
i. The fiscal affairs of the Commission;
2. The purchase and delivery of all materials and sup-
plies;
3. The accounts, bookkeeping and audits;
4. The commercial operations in the United States of
the Panama Railroad and steamship lines. k
5. He shall have charge of the general concerns of the
Commission, subject to the supervision and dire- .
tion of the Secretary of War, and shall perform
such other duties as may be placed upon him from
time to time by the Secretary of War. '
(b) The head of the second department shall be the Governor: ':
of the Zone, with the duties and powers indicated in the :
Executive Order of May 9, 1904, which includes in
general:
I. The administration and enforcement of law in the
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2. All matters of sanitation within the Canal Zone,
and also in the cities of Panama and Colon and
the harbors, etc., so far as authorized by the treaty
and the Executive Orders and Decrees of Decem-
ber 3, 1904, between the United States and the
Republic of Panama, relating thereto;
3. The custody of all supplies needed for sanitary pur-
poses, and such construction necessary for sani-
tary purposes as may be assigned to this Depart-
ment by the Commission;
4. Such other duties as he may be charged with from
time to time by the Secretary of War;
5. He shall reside on the Isthmus and devote his en-
tire time to the service, except when granted leave
of absence by the Secretary of War.
(c) The head of the third department shall be the Chief Engi-
neer. He shall have full charge on the Isthmus:
I. Of all the actual work of construction carried on by
the Commission on the Isthmus;
2. The custody of all the supplies and plant of the
Commission upon the Isthmus other than all sup-
plies needed for sanitary purposes;
3. The practical operation of the railroad on the Isth-
mus with the special view to its utilization in canal
construction work;
4. He shall reside on the Isthmus and devote his en-
tire time to the service, except when granted leave
of absence by the Secretary of War.
4. All officers and employees shall be appointed and their salaries
shall be fixed by the head of the. department in which they are engaged.
Their appointment and salary shall be subject to the approval either
of the Commission, or, if the Commission is not in session, of the Ex-
ecutive Committee.' The employment of laborers where the contract
of employment is made in the United States or outside of the Isthmus,
shall be negotiated and concluded by the Chairman of the Commission,
subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. Where the em-
ployment of laborers is effected upon the Isthmus it shall be conducted
under the supervision of the Chief Engineer, subject to the approval
of the Executive Committee. The Commission shall maintain a com-
plete system of accounts on the Isthmus, which shall be duplicated in
Washington, so that there may always be in Washington the proper
means of informing the President, the Secretary of War, and the Con-
gress of the amount of work done, the cost of the same, the amount of
money available, the amount of money expended, and the general finan-
cial condition of the enterprise.
5. Contracts for the purchase of supplies or for construction in-
volving an estimated expenditure exceeding $o1,ooo, shall only be
made after due public advertisement in newspapers of general circula-
tion, and shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, except in
-case of emergency, when, with the approval of the Secretary of War,
advertising may be dispensed with. In the making of contracts for


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supplies or construction involving an estimated expenditure of more
than $1,ooo and less than $1o,ooo, competitive bids should be secured
by invitation or advertisement whenever practicable.
6. The executive officers of the Commission shall make duplicate
reports upon the work and operation of their respective departments to
the Secretary of War and the Isthmian Canal Commission from time
to time, and as often-as may be required by the Secretary of War or
the Chairman of the Commission.
Upon further motion, it was duly and unanimously:
Resolved, That the accounts and financial records and affairs of this
Commission, as recently constituted, be examined, audited and reported
upon by auditors engaged independently of the existing office force,
and that for this purpose the Public Accountants' Corporation, now in
the service of the Commission, be employed to make such examination,
audit and report at the earliest practicable date.
Resolved, further, That the books of account of the Commission at
the Panama and Washington offices be promptly balanced as of this
date, and that the books, vouchers and records of the Commission up
to this date be carefully identified and preserved for-reference in the
future, but that the transactions of the Commission as newly consti-
tuted be not entered therein, but be entered in an entirely new set of
books of account, and that the records thereof be separately kept and
preserved; so that the proceedings of the Commission, as constituted,
can be readily and conveniently distinguished and accounted for inde-
pendently of each administration and the Secretary is directed to trans- *
mit copies of this resolution to the heads of Departments for their in-
formation and guidance.
Resolved, further, That the Chairman be, and he is hereby author-
ized and directed to cause to be inaugurated a system of bookkeeping,
accounting and reports by which most conveniently, accurately and in-
telligibly, the operations of the Commission can be noted and consid-
ered, both as respects this Commission itself and the authorities to
which it is directly accountable-the President, the Congress and the
Secretary of War; and for this purpose he is authorized to employ such
person or persons and incur such expenses as he may deem advisable
to accomplish the purpose.
The Commission considered the subject of Office Organization in
Washington, in view of the resolutions adopted at this meeting and
the concentration of practical work more largely upon the Isthmus.
Thereupon it was duly and unanimously:
Resolved, (i) That so far as practicable the work of the Commis-
sion be concentrated on the Isthmus of Panama. and that the Washing-
ton Office be conducted upon this basis; and that the Commission
promptly proceed in the examination and consideration of the present
organization and personnel thereof in the Washington Office, for action
of the Commission in due course.
Resolved, (2) That for greater effectiveness in the administrative.
work of the Commission there is hereby established at Washington -an..'.:.
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"Office of Administration" for the conduct of such operations as the
Commission may, from time to time, determine to there conduct, and
which shall include:
Records concerning all purchases and delivery of material and
supplies (including commissary stores).
Fiscal affairs.
General books of account, containing details of all transactions
of the Commission in the United States and adequate sum-
mary of all other accounts on the Isthmus. Duplicate ac-
counts in summary being regularly transmitted from the
Isthmus to the Washington )Office: vouchers and contracts
to be taken in sufficient number in original to at all times fur-
nish to the office at Washington a complete and original set
thereof.
General auditing and accounting.
Correspondence of the Commission in the United States.
Orders and directions from the President and the Secretary of
War.
Engineering reports and plans.
Reports from officials and committees of the Commission.
Reports of the Commission and its offices and committees to the
Secretary of War, the President, and Congress.
There was reported to the Commission a cablegram from General
Davis to the effect that in view of his resignation as a member of the
Commission it was necessary to designate some person on the Isthmus
to approve pay rolls and other vouchers concerning disbursements in
the Engineering, MIaterial and Supplies and Disbursing Departments.
It was unanimously :
Resolved, That in view of the resignation of the Member of the
Commission resident on the Isthmus, and until further ordered, the
Governor of the Canal Zone is hereby authorized, for and on behalf of
the Isthmian Canal Commission, to approve pay-rolls and other vouch-
ers covering disbursement in the Engineering, Material and Supplies
and Disbursing Departments; and the Secretary of the Commission is
directed to at once communicate by cable this order to the Governor
of the Zone.
The subject of the present status of the work of the Commission
was considered.
It was recognized by the Commission that affairs in progress and
pending should be facilitated to a conclusion, without embarrassment
or delay.
The several Departments of the present organization were consid-
ered, and, pending more detailed examination, the office force were di-
rected to continue their several duties.
A requisition for commissary stores was presented, with the recom-
mendation.of Major Gallagher, the Purchasing and Shipping Agent,
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It appeared to the Commission that the estimated expenditure
thereunder would not exceed $3,000, and that there was urgent need
for the stores in question.
It was thereupon
Resolhed, That the Purchasing and Shipping Agent be authorized
and directed to purchase the stores covered by said requisition upon
the best obtainable terms, after inviting by circular, competitive bids
therefore; and to cause the same to be shipped to the Isthmus at the
earliest practicable moment.
The Commission considered it important to examine, act upon, and
promptly dispatch to the Isthmus all requisite material and supplies
and commissary stores, and therefore it was determined for this pur-
pose, and for the performance of other duties, to hold daily sessions
of the Commission for the immediate present.
The Chairman announced that, as it was necessary for him to at
once visit Chicago to close up business affairs, incident to the severance
of other official duties in connection with his acceptance of the duties
upon this Commission, he contemplated a hasty visit to Chicago which
would probably not require an absence of more than one week; and he
desired that the Commission actively proceed with its work on the lines
indicated in the proceedings of today and the conferences which have
been held between the members of the Commission.
Upon motion, the meeting adjourned to meet tomorrow morning
at Io o'clock a. m.



















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NINETY-SECOND MEETING.


Held at the office of the Commission in the City of Washington, on
the 4th day of April, 1905, at 10.15 a. m.
Present: Commissioners Magoon, Hains, Endicott, Harrod.
In the absence of the Chairman, Commissioner Magoon was desig-
nated as Acting Chairman.
The minutes of the meeting of April 3rd, 1905, were read and ap-
proved.
Major Gallagher. Purchasing and Shipping Agent, was present by
invitation, and gave information as to pending requisitions, recom-
mending that an emergency purchase be made of a portable rock
crusher, called for in requisition No. 378-A from the Isthmus.
He stated that he needed additional room and clerical help in his
office, additional room and help at the office in New York of the As-
sistant Purchasing and Shipping Agent, and he asked that an appoint-
ment be made of an Assistant Purchasing and Shipping Agent at San
Francisco.
The Purchasing and Shipping Agent also gave information as to
purchases of medical stores and supplies for the service on the Isth-
mus. through the Surgeon-General of the Public Health and Marine
Hospital Service, who by arrangement with the former Commission
is allowed Io% commission, which charge includes cost of inspection.
The Acting Chairman stated that the Purchasing Department is
exclusively in charge of the Chairman, under the President's order re-
organizing the Commission.
Commissioner Harrod read the resolutions adopted by the former
Commission respecting the purchase of machinery, material and sup-
plies, and the resolutions adopted March 23rd, 1905, by that body, rela-
tive to the purchase of rock crushers.
The rock crusher called for by Requisition No. 378-A, being a
proprietary article, it was resolved that the Purchasing and Shipping
Agent be authorized to make an emergency purchase, after inviting
competitive bids, of the rock crusher, with elevator and revolving
screen, called for in said requisition.
The Acting Chairman announced that with the approval of the
Secretary of War, a cablegram had been sent to General Davis, advising
that until further ordered, the Governor of the Canal Zone is author-
ized to approve pay rolls and other vouchers covering disbursements
in the several Departments of the Commission on the Isthmus of
Panama.
At 12.40 p. m. the Commission adjourned.







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NINETY-THIRD MEETING'




Held at the office of the Commission in the City of Washington, on
the 5th day of April, 1905, at o1 o'clock a. m.
Present: Commissioners Magoon, Hains, Endicott, Ernst, Harrod.
The Commission met for an informal conference, and adjourned to
meet at 10 o'clock a. m. on April 6th, 1905.












































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NINETY-FOURTH MEETING.



Held at the office of the Commission in the City of Washington, on
the 6th day of April, 1905, at io o'clock a. m.
Present: Commissioners Magoon, Hains, Endicott, Ernst, Harrod.
In the absence of the Chairman, Commissioner Magoon was desig-
nated as Acting Chairman.
The minutes of the meetings of April 4th and 5th were read and
approved.
The Acting Chairman announced that Mr. John F. Wallace had
accepted appointment as member of the Commission and Chief Engi-
neer, and had qualified as such.
A communication from \Vm. Nelson Cromwell, dated April 5th,
1905, was read, together with a letter from Mr. Joel B. Erhardt, Presi-
dent, Public Accountants' Corporation of New York, advising that the
Chairman had closed an agreement with that corporation for the audit-
ing of the accounts and affairs of the Commission as of April 3rd, 1905,
the price agreed upon being $25 per day for the principal, $15 and $Io,
respectively, for his assistants. In the event of the Manager visiting
the Washington office, it was agreed that his rate of pay be $25 per
day. Necessary expenses of the Manager, the principal, and the as-
sistants are to be in addition.
Commissioner Harrod remarked that the present contract with the
Public Accountants' Corporation for establishing a system of account-
ing was upon a basis of an amount not exceeding $5.500.
After an informal discussion respecting the general plan of canal
construction and the problems involved therein, the Commission, upon
motion, adjourned at 12 o'clock noon.
















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NINETY-FIFTH MEETING.



Held at the office of the Commission, in the City of Washington,
on the Ioth day of April, 1905, at Io o'clock a. m.
Present: Commissioners Magoon, Wallace, Hains, Endicott, Ernst,
Harrod.
In the absence of the Chairman, Commissioner Magoon was
designated as Acting Chairman. The minutes of the meeting of April
6th, were read and approved.
The Acting Chairman presented copies of cablegrams from Gov-
ernor Davis, dated April 6th and 7th, 1905, respecting the entry of
fictitious names on the labor pay roll, copy of cablegram from the
Auditor of the Commission to the Deputy Auditor, dated April 7th,
1905, relative to the same, and the method of payment, and copies of
cablegrams from the Acting Chairman, dated April 7fh and 8th, 1905,
to Governor Davis, urging the necessity for prompt payment of wages
and directing, by authority of the Secretary of War, that the Disburs-
ing Officer on the Isthmus be ordered to continue temporarily to pay
on rolls as certified heretofore.
On motion, it was resolved, that the action of the Acting Chairman
respecting certification of pay rolls on the Isthmus, as set forth in the
cablegrams to Major General George W. Davis, Governor of the
Canal Zone, dated April 7th and 8th, 1905. and the cablegram to
Deputy Auditor West, signed by Auditor Armstrong, dated April
7th, 1905, is hereby approved.
Commissioner Wallace explained existing conditions on the Isth-
mus relative to labor and methods used in checking and paying the
labor roll. He stated that his department, as at present organized,
could readily assimilate 1,000 laborers per month for several months
to come, and that it was his intention to secure 500 men of the expert
class while in the States.
At 1.30 o'clock p. m. the Commission adjourned to io o'clock a. m.,
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NINETY-SIXTH MEETING.



Held at the office of the Commission, in the City of \ashington,
on the 15th day of April, 1905.
Present: Chairman Shonts, Commissioners Magoon, Wallace,
Hains, Endicott, Harrod.
The minutes of the meeting of April Ioth, were read and approved.
The Chairman presented for the action of the Commission the
following memorandum, outlining the duties of the Engineering Mem-
bers of the Commission, which he submitted as a result of discussion
by the Executive Committee:
."Resolved, That there shall be and hereby is established an Engi-
neering Committee of the Isthmian Canal Commission constituted as
follows: Commissioner Wallace, Chairman; and Commissioners Har-
rod, Endicott, Hains and Ernst. This Committee, under the direction
of the Chief Engineer, shall consider the general plans for the canal
work, and shall devise with and assist the Chief Engineer in the pre-
paration of'general plans and in the general engineering problems
connected with the work.
In addition to the foregoing, Commissioner Harrod shall be as-
signed the duty of investigating the problems and considering the
plans connected with the sea-level project;
To Commissioner Hains, the projects involving the use of one or
more artificial lakes as links in the canal similar to the project pro-
posed by the first Isthmian Canal Commission in the their report
dated November 16th, 1901 ;
To Commissioner Ernst is assigned all plans of the type involving
the construction of the canal at any elevation above sea level neces-
sitating the use of locks and the construction of dams for the regula-
tion of the Chagres River or the supply of water for the top reaches
of an ordinary lock canal;
To Commissioner Endicott is assigned the duty of investigating
those features of any of the plans under consideration involving mat-
ters connected with the docks and harbor improvements.
The purpose of this assignment of duties being to systematically
investigate, consider,, classify and prepare the various designs to be
submitted for consideration of the Advisory Board of Engineers, with
the view of submitting to that body the general questions in such a
manner as to enable such Advisory Board to determine-
1st. The type of project which.will be preferable.
2nd. The most desirable plan for constructing a canal of the type
selected.
This Committee shall report through its Chairman to the Executive
Committee."
After discussion, action in the matter was deferred.
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of the urgent need for increased facilities for receiving material and
supplies for canal construction at Cristobal, advertisement be made
for bids for the dredging of that harbor and the entrance thereto, ac-
cording to the plans and specifications submitted by the Chief Engi-
neer.
On motion of Commissioner Wallace, it was resolved, that Com-
missioner Hains shall have charge of the plans and other drawings
of the various canal projects, and will supervise the Draughting De-
partment in the office of Administration of Isthmian Canal Affairs,
Washington, D. C.
There being no further business, the Commission adjourned at
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NINETY-SEVENTH MEETING.



Held at Washington, D. C., May 3, 1905.
Present: Chairman Shonts, Commissioners Magoon, Endicott,
Hains, Ernst and Harrod.
I. The minutes of the meeting of April 15th were read and ap-
proved.
2. Further consideration was given to the subject of the duties of
the engineering members of the Commission, and the memorandum
submitted at the meeting of April loth, and deferred for further ac-
tion, being taken up, the Chairman submitted certain correspondence
exchanged between the Chairman and members of the Commission
and the Secretary of War relative thereto, as follows:

ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.

WASHINGTON, D. C., April 24, 1905.
HON. WM. H. TAFT,
Secretary of War.
MR. SECRETARY:
The members of the Isthmian Canal Commission who are not
members of the Executive Committee, find themselves in a position of
considerable embarrassment which they beg leave respectfully to pre-
sent to you, having full confidence that you will give them relief if it
be in your power to do so.
When we accepted places on the Commission we fully understood
the President's intention to concentrate authority for the executive
work of constructing the canal in the hands of an Executive Com-
mittee of three, and that policy has our unqualified support. We did
not expect and we do not wish any share in the executive work.
The selection of a general plan for the canal and the solution of the
more important engineering problems which may arise from time to
.time during its construction, is not executive work, but is of a wholly
different character. It involves prolonged studies, and great deliber-
ation, and is much aided by conference and discussion. For this,
unlike the executive work, several heads are better than one. We
supposed that we should each have a voice of some potency in the
determination of plans. We now find that we were mistaken.
Although surprised, we make no complaint. We are content to serve
simply and purely as consulting engineers, if that be your wish, leaving
it to the Chief Engineer to accept or reject as much of our recom-
mendations as he may think proper, but we shall be gratified if you
will issue a formal order to that effect. Without such an order it
seems to us that we shall occupy a false position before the engineer-
ing profession and the country at large.
It was announced to us, however, on the 22nd instant, by the







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Chairman of the Commission, that we were expected to serve subordi-
nately and under the orders and in the department of the Chief Engi-
neer. We cannot but think that there is some misunderstanding
about this. It does not concede to us the consideration usually ac-
corded to consulting engineers. We have all passed the age when
men make satisfactory assistants, and we submit that it does not ac-
cord with the proper dignity of a Commissioner to serve under the
orders of another Commissioner, even of the distinguished gentleman
who is now Chief Engineer. We are ready and anxious to give him
all the assistance in our power, either as members of an engineering
committee, of which he shall be chairman, and of which the duties shall
be prescribed by such committee: or as a board of consulting engineers
to report upon such matters as he may submit to us. We do not seek
authority, but ask .for such a definition of our duties as will limit our
responsibilities to the authority granted to us.
We venture to hope. \Ir. Secretary, that you will see your way
clear to issuing formal instructions which shall clearly fix our re-
sponsibilities. and that, if they are to be those of consulting engineers,
we shall receive the same consideration that would be accorded us
if we were called in for that purpose and were not members of the
Commission at all.
Very respectfully,
MORDECAI T. ENDICOTT,
Rear-Admiral, U. S. Navy.
PETER C. HAINS,
Brig.-Gen., U. S. A., Retired.
O. H. ERNST,
Col. of Engineers.
B. \I. HARROD.


WAR DEPARTMENT,
WASHINGTON, D. C., April 25, 1905.
MY DEAR GENERAL ERNST:
This is an answer to the communication of April twenty-fourth,
of yourself, Rear-Admiral Endicott, General Hains and Mr. Harrod,
in respect to the functions which you, as members of the Isthmian
Canal Commission, who are not members of the Executive Committee,
should discharge in the work of the Commission.
You say:
"When we accepted places on the Commission we fully under-
stood the President's intention to concentrate authority for the
executive work of constructing the canal in the hands of an
Executive Committee of three, and that policy has our unqualified
support. We did not expect and we do not wish any share in the
executive work."
You say further:
"The selection of a general plan for the canal and the solution
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from time to time during its construction is not executive work,
but is of a wholly different character. It involves prolonged
studies, and great deliberation, and is much aided by conference
and discussion. For this, unlike the executive work, several
heads are better than one. We supposed that we should each
have a voice of some potency in the determination of plans."
You then state that you were told by the Chairman of the Com-
mission that you were expected to serve subordinately and under the
orders and in the Department of the Chief Engineer, and you cannot
but think that there is some misunderstanding about this.
The creation of a Department of Engineering and Construction
and the placing of the Chief Engineer at the head of that department
indicated the intention on the part of the President that the Chief
Engineer was to do the work required for the execution of the ac-
cepted plan, and this necessarily implies that the Chief Engineer and
his subordinates would have authority to solve the engineering prob-
lems in detail which may arise as the work of execution progresses.
It was not intended, however, to take from the members of the Com-
mission, whether on the Executive Committee or not, the function of
acting with respect to typical or capital plans, if I may call them such,
proposed for the construction of the canal. At present the work is
proceeding under the typical plan of the French Canal Company, as
Modified by the first Panama Commission, which was the plan contem-
plated by Congress at the time of the passage of the Act providing
for the construction of the Isthmian Canal. Previous reports of the
Commission and the Chief Engineer show that the work which can be
done for the next two years under this plan, is work that would be
required by any or all of the numerous plans from which a selection
may be made.
It is quite probable that the present plan is not the one which will
ultimately be adopted, and it therefore follows that in addition to the
executive work of excavation and construction, there is the important
work of examining, analyzing, classifying and reporting on the
various plans which are now or may hereafter be proposed, studying
and stating the arguments pro and con as to each, so that the whole
Commission may be advised as to the salient features of all the plans
and then without deciding what is the best plan in the first instance,
may submit said plans to the Board of Consulting Engineers which,
by direction of the President, is to be assembled during the coming
year. When the judgment of the Consulting Board is received, it
will then be incumbent upon the Commission, each member thereof
casting one vote, to announce the determination of the Commission as
to the proper type and plan of canal. Meantime it would seem wise,
but upon this I express no opinion, for it is left to the discretion of the
Commission as a whole, that an engineering committee should be
named for the purpose of formulating the questions to be submitted
to the Consulting Board, the work of that committee to be performed
by the chairman and its members as any committee work is discharged.
This does not involve the subordination of any member of the Com-
mission to the Chief Engineer as an assistant, for even if the Chief
Engineer be the chairman of the committee, as suggested in your
communication, it only means on the part of all the members of the







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committee including the chairman, co-operation' and co-ordination in'
the accomplishment of a common endeavor.
It seems to me that in this way the functions of the executive and
of the engineering members of the Commission will not conflict, and
may be performed so as to facilitate prompt decision as to the best
type of canal and the best plan of that type. When a type and plan
shall have been finally determined upon by the President and Congress
after the recommendation of the Commission in passing on the views
of the Consulting Board, then the work of carrying out those plans
will be chiefly executive. It may be that even after that important
engineering questions will arise of such magnitude as still to require
the action of the Commission, but "Sufficient unto the day is the evil
thereof." It seems to me that I have indicated a workable solution
of the present difficulties which you have presented, and which does
not involve your subordination to the Chief Engineer as his assistants,
but retains you each as an equal member of the Canal Commission.
I have sent a copy of this letter to Mr. Shonts, and I hope that this
explanation of my view will dissipate the misapprehensions which
seem to have arisen.
Very sincerely yours,
WM. H. TAFT.
BRIG.-GEN. OSWALD H. ERNST, U. S. A..
Isthmian Canal Commission.



ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.

WASHINGTON, D. C., April 26, 1905.
HON. WM. H. TAFT,
Secretary of War.
MR. SECRETARY:
On behalf of Admiral Endicott, General Hains, Mr. Harrod and
myself, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of
yesterday, and to thank you for the careful consideration which you
have given to our letter .of the 24th instant.
Your lucid instructions have relieved us entirely of the embarrass-
ment under which we labored.
Very respectfully,
O. H. ERNST,
Colonel of Engineers, U. S. A.

April 27, 1905,
MY DEAR GENERAL ERNST: t
In order that all'misapprehension may be removed with respect to
the differences of opinion that seem to have arisen as to the functions to
be performed by the engineer members of the Commission, and re-
ferred to in my letter of April 24th, I beg to take upon myself the
blame for the misunderstanding which Mr. Shonts doubtless labored
under, when he announced what my conclusion was. He merely fol-








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lowed a reasonable construction of a resolution which I did see and
which I did approve. I approved it, however, quite hastily and mis-
taking the effect that it might have. I say this for the purpose of
putting Mr. Shonts in-the right and assuming all of the blame for the
misunderstanding myself.
I send a similar note of this sort to Mr. Shonts because it is just
as well in matters of this kind, in an auspicious beginning of what I
am sure will be a successful commission, that all causes of difference
should be dissipated.
Very sincerely yours,
WM. H. TAFT.
GENERAL OSWALD H. ERNST,
Isthmian Canal Commission.

'After discussion of this correspondence, on motion of Commis-
sioner Harrod, it was
Resolved, That a Committee of Engineering be and hereby is ap-
pointed, consisting of the following members: Commissioner Wallace,
Chairman; and Commissioners Endicott, Hains, Ernst and Harrod.
This committee is charged with the work of examining, analyzing,
classifying and reporting on the various plans which are now or may
hereafter be proposed, studying and stating the arguments pro and con
-as to each, so that the whole Commission may be advised as to the
salient features of all the plans and then without deciding what is the
best plan in the first instance, may submit said plans to the Board of
Consulting Engineers which, by direction of the President, is to be
assembled during the coming year; and said committee shall formulate
the questions to be submitted to the Consulting Board, and directed
that a copy of this correspondence and resolution be sent to the Chief
Engineer with the statement that it met with the approval of all mem-
bers of the Commission present, but that before being formally passed
his opinion thereon be secured.
3. On motion it was
Resolved, That so much of the unexpended appropriation for the
purchase of books made by a resolution of the former Commission,
be utilized for the further purchase of books, and that Commissioner
Ernst be empowered to make the selection, vice Burr.
4. On motion of Commissioner Harrod, the action of the Executive
Committee in meetings previous to this date, the minutes of which
were read, were ratified.







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NINETY-EIGHTH MEETING.



Held at Washington, D. C., July i, 1905.
Present: Chairman Shonts, Commissioners Endicott, Hains, Ernst,
and Harrod, and by invitation, General Counsel Cromwell and Gen-
eral George W. Davis. Chairman of the Advisory Board.
I. The minutes of the meeting of May 3rd, were read and ap-
proved.
2. The minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee held
subsequent to the meeting of the Commission, on May 3d, i. e., May 6th,
May 8th, May I6th, May 24th. May 29th, June 5th. June 7th, June I6th,
June 12th, and June 14th, were read. The minutes included the action
of the Executive Committee in authorizing the pavement of the City
of Panama as a part of the sanitary measures adopted by the United
States in the City of Panama at the cost of this Government under
the treaty with the Republic of Panama. Free discussion was had
as to the nature and propriety of this expenditure for account of this
Government, and it was the unanimous sense of the Commission that
such expenditure was necessary and advisable in the construction of
the canal, in view of the special conditions of the case-the fact that
the City of Panama was practically a terminus of the canal, the head-
quarters of the business and operations of the Commission, and would
be largely populated and used by citizens of the United States,
employes of the Commission and the commercial and traveling public
using the Panama Railroad and the Isthmian Canal. Commissioner
Ernst, however, desired to be recorded as excepting to the use of
Telford pavement if the prime object of the use of such pavement was
for sanitary purposes.
The minutes of all said meetings were, upon motion, duly approved,
except that the matter of the use of Telford pavement at the places
indicated by Commissioner Ernst should be subject to review and
further consideration by the Commission.
3. The minutes of the i ith meeting of the Executive Committee,
held between May 29th and June 5th, were not submitted because of
the fact that they had not been received from the Isthmus.
4. On motion of Commissioner Harrod, record is made of the fact
that Chief Engineer Wallace, since the meeting of the Commission
held May 3rd, 1905 (at which meeting he was not present), has given
his full approval of the organization of the Committee on Engineering
as set forth in the minutes of said meeting held on May 3rd.
5. The Chairman presented the resignations of Mr. John F. Wal-
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Committee, Chief Engineer of the Canal Commission, and Director,
Vice-President and General Manager of the Panama Railroad Com-
pany, which were approved, ratified and confirmed by the Commission
so far as comes within the province of the Commission. The Presi-
dent and Secretary Taft had already accepted the said resignations as
Chief Engineer and member of the Commission, and the President of
the Railway Company had accepted the resignations in relation to that
corporation. The resignations and acceptance follow:

JOHN F. WALLACE, Chief Engineer.

ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION,
NEW YORK, June 26, 1905.
THE PRESIDENT,
White House, Washington, D. C.
(Through the Secretary of War.)
SIR:
I have the honor to hereby respectfully tender my resignation as
member of the Isthmian Canal Commission, to take effect at such time
as may suit your pleasure and convenience.
Very respectfully,
(Signed) JOHN F. WALLACE,
Member Isthmian Canal Commission.

JOHN F. WALLACE, Chief Engineer.
ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION,
NEW YORK, Ilne 26, 1905.
THE PRESIDENT,
White House, Washington, D. C.
(Through the Secretary of War.)
SIR:
I have the honor to hereby respectfully tender my resignation as
Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission, to take effect at
such time as may suit your pleasure and convenience.
Very respectfully,
(Signed) JOHN F. WALLACE,
Chief Engineer.


CAMBRIDGE, MASS., June 28, 1905.
SIR:
Your resignations as member and Chief Engineer of the Isthmian
Canal Commission, tendered in accordance with the request of Secre-
tary Taft, which request under the circumstances has my entire ap-
proval, is hereby accepted to take effect immediately.
Very truly yours,
J F. WALLACE, (Signed) THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
MR. JOHN F. WALLACE,
Isthmian Canal Commission,
Washington, D. C.







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PANAMA RAILROAD COMPANY,
NEW YORK, June 26, 1905


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MR. T. P. SHOTS,
President Panama Railroad Company,
New York City.


SIR:
I have the honor to hereby respectfully tender my resignation as
a Director, Vice-President and General Manager of the Panama Rail-
road Company, to take effect at such time as may suit your pleasure
and convenience.
Very respectfully,
(Signed) JOHN F. WALLACE,
Vice-President and General Manager.


WASHINGTON, June 29, 1905.


SIR:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of 3
as Director, Vice-President and General Manager
Railroad Company, and beg leave to advise you of
of the same, effective June 30. 1905.
Very respectfully,
(Signed) T.

MR. JOHN F. WALLACE,
Vice-President and General Manager,
Panama Railroad Company, New York.


'our resignation
of the Panama
my acceptance


P. SHOTS,
President.


The Secretary of War prepared and made public the following
statement which fully sets forth the conditions surrounding Mr. Wal-
lace's separation from the position of Chief Engineer:
Mr. John F. Wallace was on May 5th, 1904, appointed Chief
Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission, under action of the
Commission as follows:
"The Commission reconvened and the Chairman reported that he
had had a conference with Mr. Wallace who had declared himself
ready to accept the position of Chief Engineer at a salary of $25,000
per year and a residence on the Isthmus, and had stated that he would
be prepared to enter upon the duties of Chief Engineer on June 1st."
Reorganization of the then Isthmian Canal Commission being
under consideration, Mr. Wallace wrote the Secretary of War on
December 2oth, 1904, as follows:


"If you will kindly pardon me for doing so, I would like to make
a personal suggestion that if the President and yourself should decide
at any time to reduce the Commission to three members, resident on
the Isthmus, the Governor of.the Zone and the Chief Engineer should.
be members of this Commission ex officio.


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"An organization of this kind, with the Chairman of the Com-
mission resident in Washington to look after general departmental
matters would no doubt work satisfactorily and be much less cumber-
some than the present one;"
and again on March i5th, 1905, he wrote the Secretary:
"I hope you will not consider me presumptive if I respectfully ask
that I be granted a personal interview before any radical change is
decided upon in the governmental organization which would affect me
unfavorably.
"I am not requesting additional emoluments of any nature what-
ever, but simply that no condition of affairs be created which will un-
necessarily interfere with my efficiency here."
On March 24th, 1905, the Secretary submitted to Mr. Wallace in
detail, by cable, the plan of reorganization, which the President pro-
posed to make (substantially as embodied in the subsequent Executive
Order of April Ist), and on the following day Mr. Wallace cabled
the Secretary as follows:
"Plan excellent. Satisfactory. Gracias. (Thanks.)"
Thereafter the President issued his Executive Order of April Ist,
creating a new Commission and defining their duties; among other
things that of the Chief Engineer as follows:
"The head of the third department shall be the Chief Engineer.
He shall have full charge on the Isthmus:
"i. Of all the actual work of construction carried on by the Com-
mission on the Isthmus.
"2. The custody of all the supplies and plant of the Commission
upon the Isthmus other than all supplies needed for sanitary purposes.
"3. The practical operation of the railroad on the Isthmus with
the special view to its utilization in canal construction work.
"4. He shall reside upon the Isthmus, devote his entire time to the
service except when granted leave of absence by the Secretary of
War."
Mr. Wallace expressed his unequivocal approval of the distribu-
tion and powers as above defined by the Executive Order, especially
those relating to the office of the Chief Engineer; and during his sub-
sequent stay of six weeks in the United States, daily participated with
his associates in carrying out the same. To the President, Secretary
of War, members of the Commission and its counsel he frequently
expressed his unqualified approval and acceptance of the distribution
of duties and powers as in the order embodied, .and particularly those
relating to himself, which required the performance by him of the
duties of constructive engineer upon the Isthmus.
Mr. Wallace sailed for the Isthmus on May I7th, accompanied by
his family, and as late as May 26th wrote Mr. Cromwell from the Isth-
mus as follows:
"In looking back over the events of the last few months, I become
more and more impressed with the wisdom underlying the action of the
President and the Secretary of War, and the manner in


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which matters have been guided over the troubled waters of the sea
of complication which has surrounded the situation."
He reached the Isthmus May 24, but within twelve days thereafter
cabled the Secretary of War as follows:
"PANAMA, June 5, 1905.
"SECRETARY OF \VAR,
Washington.
Important complicated business matters which cannot be arranged
by correspondence, and which may affect my relations as Chief Engi-
neer of Commission, necessitates immediate return to the United
States to confer with vou and others. An order for me to return for
official consultation will prevent apprehension on the part of employees.
Suggest Shonts remain until my arrival. Please answer.
(Signed) WALLACE."
To this, reply was sent the following day as follows:
"Secretary of War and Shonts, in accordance with your request,
and without knowledge of circumstances that justify, approve your
return for consultation with them at Washington."
By letter of June 4th, addressed to the Secretary of War, Mr. Wal-
lace states:
"Certain complications are arising in my personal affairs which
may render it necessary for me to go to the States on receipt of a cable-
gram at any time. Will you kindly cable me permission to do so? It
is needless for me to say that I will not do this unless I consider it ab-
solutely necessary."
On June 8th, a few days before he sailed for New York, Mr. Wal-
lace wrote the Secretary of War a letter, in which he referred to his
intended visit to the United States, but gave no explanation of his
personal plans.
Mr. Wallace arrived at New York the evening of the 22nd instant,
and the Secretary made appointment for a conference on Sunday
morning, the 25th instant, at the Manhattan Hotel, in New York City,
the Secretary being then en route to New Haven and Boston.
The conference took place at the Manhattan Hotel as arranged.
There were present the Secretary of War, Mr. Wallace and Mr. Crom-
well, who for some time has been charged by the President and Secre-
tary with general advisory duties in all Panama Canal affairs.
Mr. Wallace stated that part of the interview would be personal to
himself, and part would concern the general Canal work on the Isth-
mus. The Secretary referred to the foregoing cables, and acquiesced
in Mr. Wallace's suggestion that he first speak of the personal matters.
Mr. Wallace then said that a few days before he sent the above
cable to the Secretary, he had received a cable from prominent business
men in New York asking if he would consider an offer to accept an
important position in New York, and that he had cabled in reply that
it was "simply a question of terms and conditions," and that he had re-
quested particulars; that the particulars came, and it proved to be a
definite offer of a position as President of a large holding company,
controlling several other corporations, with certain stock benefits and
other advantages to himself, which, with the salary, made it equivalent







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to $50,ooo per year; that he did not at once accept the offer, but de-
layed it a few days in order to cable the Secretary of War, during
which the parties increased their proposal between ten and fifteen thou-
sand dollars a year, making it equivalent to $6o,ooo or $65,000.
He stated that the position was an especially attractive one," and
such as he had only hoped to obtain after the completion of the Canal-
and thus only after years of further service on the Isthmus; that the
duties of the new position were especially agreeable, and afforded op-
portunities to make money through investments, etc.; further, that
the position was such a good one that he did not consider that he could
decline it; that life on the Isthmus was lonely and accompanied with
risk to himself and wife, and was another reason for accepting a better
offer; but that his new duties would not require all of his attention for
the.next two months, and that the parties had agreed that he could close
up his Canal work in the meantime, always provided that it did not
take him from New York to the Isthmus. He referred to the Presi-
dent's order, appointing the original Commission, and in which the
President had stated that the Commissioners would hold office subject
to the due fulfillment of their duties, and, he stated, that this made the
office subject to termination by the President, and that, consequently,
he (Mr. Wallace) considered that the holder of the office had an equal
right to retire from it at his option at any time.
Concluding, he stated that, while he was thus severing his connec-
tion with the Canal work, he was willing to make up his annual report,
and he would, if desired by the Government, continue to serve as a
Commissioner; but not as Chief Engineer in charge of the construction
work on the Isthmus.
Mr. Wallace said that this was all he had to say in regard to his
personal relation to the work, and that he would then proceed to dis-
cuss generally the conditions on the Isthmus, if the Secretary desired.
Secretary Taft said he wished Mr. Wallace would continue his general
statement.
Mr. Wallace then discussed conditions on the Isthmus and the work
impersonally for half an hour. At the conclusion of Mr. Wallace's
general statement the Secretary of War said, in substance, as follows:
"Mr. Wallace, I am inexpressibly disappointed, not only because
you have taken this step. but because you seem so utterly insensible of
the significance of your conduct. You come with the bald announce-
ment that you quit your task at a critical moment, on the eve of im-
portant work and in the midst of reorganization plans under which you
accepted your position, with your department unperfected in organiza-
tion, and when you know, too, that my public duties call me to the
Philippines for several months. I must be allowed to remind you that
when you were employed by the Commission a little over a year ago
you were only receiving $15.000 per annum under your former posi-
tion, and that your salary was fixed at the sum demanded by yourself,
$25,000. That was f6r constant service on the Isthmus, where the
construction work was to be performed and your services were re-
quired. You knew the risks to yourself and to your family, if they
went with you, in the work you assumed an obligation to do. If you
hid not desired the position you need not have sought nor accepted it,
b;: it Ii understand that quite the contrary was the case. I can refer
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more positively to recent events within my own knowledge. When'
the President found it necessary to make a reorganization of the former
Commission, you were consulted in the frankest manner about every
feature of the reorganization, and were encouraged freely to express
your opinions. Indeed, your voluntary suggestions from the Isthmus
embraced the proposal that you, yourself, be made a member of the
Commission and Chief Engineer on the Isthmus. The substance of
the plan of reorganization, as afterwards embodied in the President's
Executive Order of April Ist, was cabled to you by me, and you cabled
me your fullest approval of it and your thanks, for it included the ap-
pointment of yourself as a Commissioner, as you had solicited, and a
member of the Executive Committee. The new plan of organization
was warmly accepted and endorsed by you when you arrived in Wash-
ington, and you expressed your hearty approval of it in the most un-
equivocal manner, not only to the President and myself, but to mem-
bers of the Commission and its.counsel, and just before sailing for the
Isthmus you called upon us and voluntarily thanked me in the warmest
terms for what had been done in the reorganization of the Canal work
and in the positions which had been given you. You co-operated for
all these weeks in the work of reorganization, and accepted the position
assigned you under the President's Order of April Ist. The President
and myself relied upon this fact in making up the plans, and the other
members were selected with that in view. Now, within twelve days
after your arrival upon the Isthmus, you send me a cable which; read
in the light of what you say today, signifies your practical acceptance
of an offer of another position inconsistent with the performance of
your duties on the Isthmus. I am astonished that you should be so
disregardful of the splendid opportunities of the position which would
have made you famous the world over by the honorable performance
of your duties of Chief Engineer.
"For mere lucre you change your position over night without
thought of the embarrassing position in which you place your Govern-
ment by this action, when the engineering forces on the Isthmus are
left without a real head and your department is not perfected in organ-
ization when the Advisory Board of Engineers is to assemble under
call of the President within two months, and when I am departing for
the Philippines on public duty. All this you knew as well as I know
it, but it had not the least influence upon your action-you have
thought of yourself, and yourself alone. I consider that by every
principle of honor and duty, you were bound to treat the subject dif-
ferently. You have permitted the President and all of us to proceed
in full confidence that you would perform the functions of Chief Engi-
neer, and now, in an hour, you drop your great duties and throw them
back upon us as if it were a matter of no consequence, and all this for
personal advantage solely.
"Mr. Wallace, I do not agree with your idea of your rights, nor
with your idea as to your duties. I do not agree that the President's
original order giving him the right to discharge an unfaithful Com-
missioner, gave you the right to abandon your duties at a critical mo-
ment: but independent of that original order, you accepted the duties
of Chief Engineer on the Isthmus, under the recent order of April Ist,
which was made in co-operation with you, and to suit your views.







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More than this, your duty in the premises is not measured by your
mere legal contractual rights. It should be measured by the high
obligation of a public officer with a sacred allegiance to the Govern-
ment it should be his honor and his pleasure to serve. You were,
therefore, in honor bound, by all that has preceded, to continue to per-
form your duties upon the Isthmus until such time-a year at least-
as would have afforded us reasonable opportunity to select a competent
successor and prepare him for the great duties of that office.
"You make not the least complaint against your associates, superior
or inferior (I know of no possible ground for any). You are influ-
enced solely by your personal advantage.
"Great fame attached to your office, but also equal responsibility,
and now you desert them in an hour. Even from a standpoint of
policy, you are making a profound mistake. If \ou could withdraw
from your new arrangement, which I do not suggest. I could have no
confidence (since I know now your conception of duty) that you would
not in the future repeat the same act at a moment even more critical,
when the consequences might be even more embarrassing and injurious
to the Government.
"Under these circumstances. Mlr. Wallace, and with great personal
pain and disappointment, I am bound to say that I consider the public
interest requires that you tender vour resignation at this moment, and
turn over the records of your office to the Chairman of the Commis-
sion."
In reply, Mr. Wallace stated that he was deeply disturbed at the
view of the subject taken by the Secretary: that he had considered that
he had a right to retire when he chose, but that, as he had said, he was
desirous of talking it all over and making some arrangement whereby
the Government could use his services in some capacity.
The Secretary answered in substance: "Mr. Wallace. further talk
is useless. It would be to dicker. I cannot dicker on such a grave
subject. I have assumed that you had given this subject the greatest
consideration, and you have approached it deliberately and stated to
me your action in set and definite terms. You have unmistakably an-
nounced that you purpose to accept a position so attractive that you
could not possibly afford to decline it, and that you would not hence-
forth perform any duties for the Government as inconsistent with serv-
ing your new masters, who require your constant presence in New
York, and therefore, that you could not and would not go back to
Panama as Chief Engineer."
Mr. Wallace again stated that he deeply regretted that the Secre--
tary's point of view was different from his own, and said that he would
send his resignations as soon as he got back to his hotel, and would
address them to the President, through the Secretary. He added:
"Mr. Secretary, while there is a difference between us as to the point
of view we take concerning my duty, I consider that there can be no
question that I have performed my full duty up to this hour."
To this the Secretary replied, in effect: "Mr. Wallace. I do not
consider that 'any man can divide such a duty up to any one point
where it suits him to stop, and then claim that he has fulfilled his duty
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view a duty is an entirety, and is not fulfilled unless it is wholly ful; ':
filled." :
Agreeably to the said request of the Secretary, Mr. Wallace sub-
mitted his resignation as follows:

"NEW YORK, June 26, 1905.
THE PRESIDENT,
White House,
Washington, D. C.
(Through the Secretary of War.)
SIR:
I have the honor to tender my resignation as Member of the Isth-
mian Canal Commission, to take effect at such time as may suit your
pleasure and convenience.
Very respectfully,
(Signed) JOHN F. WALLACE,
Member Isthmian Canal Commission."

Similar resignations as Chief Engineer and Vice-President, General
Manager, and Director of the Panama Railroad were.submitted.
After consideration of the foregoing, and personal conference with
the Secretary of War, the President issued the following order:

"WHITE HOUSE,
Washington.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS., June 28, 1905.
SIR:
Your resignation, as Member and Chief Engineer of the Isthmian
Canal Commission, tendered in accordance with the request of Secre-
tary Taft. which request, under the circumstances, has my entire ap-
proval, is hereby accepted, to take effect immediately.
Very truly yours,
(Signed) THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
MR. JOHN F. WALLACE,
Isthmian Canal Commission,
Washington, D. C."

The successor of Mr. Wallace as Chief Engineer will be announced'
within a few days.



6. The Chairman reported to the Commission the steps which he
had taken looking to the selection of a successor to Mr. Wallace as
Chief Engineer; and reported that consideration had been given to at
least a score of names; that he had conferred with a number of leaders
in the transportation and engineering world; that Mr. John F. Stevens,


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already in the service of the Philippine Commission as expert railway
adviser and constrdctor, and recently Vice-President of the Rock
Island system, had, after full consideration of all available engineers
of the requisite rank and experience, been selected and appointed Chief
Engineer, subject only to the formal ratification of the Commission.
He explained that the duties of Chief Engineer were chiefly those of
construction and operation in the execution of plans to be devised and
determined by the Commission; that the appointment, compensation
and principal conditions of the agreement of employment of Mr. Ste-
vens is embodied in the following correspondence:

(TELEGRAM.)
"O. K.
By order of the President.
WM. H. TAFT,
Secretary of War.
June 30, 1905.
MR. JOHN F. STEVENS,
67 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Ill.
Confirming the talk Mr. Cromwell had with you this morning over
the 'phone: You are hereby appointed by the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion as Chief Engineer, with headquarters at Panama, iin charge of
the construction of the Isthmian Canal, with duties to be performed
upon the Isthmus. You, will also be General Manager of the Panama
Railroad, in charge of the operations of the road on the Isthmus. Your
appointment will become effective tomorrow, July Ist, 1905. Your
compensation will be at the rate of thirty thousand dollars per annum,
and also free use of furnished residence on the Isthmus. As Chief
Engineer you will report direct to the Chairman, and as General Man-
ager of the Panama Railroad, you will report direct to the President
of that Company. Please confirm by wire.
(Signed) THEODORE P. SHONTS,
Chairman.".

(TELEGRAM.)
"CHICAGO, ILL., June 30, 1905.
THEODORE P. SHONTS,
Chairman Isthmian Canal Commission,
Mills Building, Washington, D. C.
Your message of even date, covering my appointment as Chief
Engineer Commission and General Manager Panama Railroad re-
ceived, noted, and terms accepted.
(Signed) JNo. F. STEVENS."



Upon motion, it was unanimously

"Resolved, That the appointment on June 30, 1905, of Mr. John F.
Stevens, as Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission, as em-
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bodied in the foregoing correspondence, be and the same is hereby rati-
fied and approved; and Mr. John F. Stevens is hereby appointed Chief
Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission upon the terms set forth
in the foregoing correspondence."

7. On motion, the action of the Engineering Committee as set forth
in the following report was approved, ratified and confirmed:

ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION,
I'Washington, D. C., June 30, 1905.
MR. T. P. SHONTS,
Chairman Isllihian Canal Coinmission.
Washington, D. C.
DEAR SIR:
Complying with your instructions of the i6th instant, as communi-
cated by the Chief of Office, the Committee on Engineering has con-
sidered the proposals opened upon the i5th instant for the work of
dredging Colon harbor, and after careful consideration of all the cir-
cumstances attending the invitation for bids and the proposals re-
ceived, as well as protests referred to the Commission, the Committee
has adopted the following resolution:
Resolved, That all bids relative to the dredging of Colon harbor he
rejected, and if the work is re-advertised, that the project with the
specifications be entirely revised and recast.
Respectfully,
(Signed) MORDECAI T. ENDICOTT,
Acting Chairman, Committee on Engineering.

8. The Chairman reported his action upon the resolution of the
Commission of April 3 authorizing and directing the organization of
an Office of Administration at Washington. As a result of two
inonths' careful consideration of the requirements of the Commission
as to its personnel and administration, both in the United States and
upon the Isthmus; and, after personal consideration of each employee
in the office at Washington. both as to fitness and compensation; and,
after closely studying the practical requirements of the work of the
Commission, the Chairman had, with the aid of the heads of the several
departments concerned in the work, and, therefore, with their hearty
co-operation, prepared and put in execution the following order for
the organization of the Office of Administration at Washington, to wit:

OFFICE OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION,
Washington, D. C., June 21, 1905.
CIRCULAR NO. 16.
CHAIRMAN.
On April 3, 1905, the Isthmian Canal Commission in full session
adopted the following resolution:
"The Commission considered the subject of office organization in


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Washington, in view of the resolutions adopted at this meeting and
the concentration of practical work more largely upon the Isthmus.
Thereupon it was duly and unanimously
Resolved, (i) That so far as practicable the work of the Commis-
sion be concentrated on the Isthmus of Panama and that the Washing-
ton office be conducted upon this basis; and that the Commission pro-
ceed in the examination and consideration of the present organization
and personnel thereof in the Washington office, for action of the Com-
mission in due course.
Resolved, (2) That for greater effectiveness in the administrative
work of the Commission there is hereby established at Washington an
'Office of Administration' for the conduct of such operations as the
Commission may, from time to time, determine to there conduct, and
which shall include:
Records concerning all purchases and delivery of material and
supplies (including commissary stores).
Fiscal affairs.
General books of account, containing details of all transac-
tions of the Commission in the United States and adequate
summary of all other accounts on the Isthmus. Duplicate ac-
counts in summary being regularly transmitted from the Isth-
mus to the Washington office; vouchers and contracts to be taken
in sufficient number in original to at all times furnish to the office
at Washington a complete and original set thereof.
General auditing and accounting.
Correspondence of the Commission in the United States.
Orders and directions from the President and the Secretary *
of War.
Engineering reports and plans.
Reports from officials and committees of the Commission.
Reports of. the Commission and its offices and committees to
the Secretary of War, the President, and Congress.
The duties outlined in the above resolution being comprehended
within the Chairman's, or First Department, as set forth in the Execu-
tive Order dated White House, April I, 1905, the Chairman, with the
approval of the Commission, and pursuant to authority conferred in
-such order, on April 12, 1905, appointed a Chief of Office, with an As-
sistant, to be the executive officer in the conduct of Isthmian Canal
Affairs in the United States. This officer in representation of the
Chairman and the Commission, is in charge, under the Chairman, of
the Office of Administration, reporting and responsible to the Chair-
man while he is present, and in his absence to the Secretary of War.
The officer so appointed is Col. Clarence R. Edwards, U. S. A.
The duties imposed upon the Office of Administration will be per-
formed by sections, or divisions, as follows:
(a) Central Office, or Office of Administration proper.
In direct charge of the Assistant Chief of Office, W.
Leon Pepperman, appointed April 12, 1905.
This office is charged with the preparation of all correspondence
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of Office, and his Assistant, and the keeping of the records thereof..:
This duty will comprehend the exchange of cables between the Wash-.
ington office and the Isthmus, the promulgation of all orders of the
President, the Secretary of War, the Commission, its Executive Corn-
mittee, and Chairman; keeping a record of the proceedings of all
meetings of the Commission and its subordinate committees; the mak-
ing of all appointments, in representation of those vested with the
power of appointment, as specifically delegated, and the transporta-
tion of appointees to the Isthmus; the care of the building and neces-
sary office supplies and fixtures.
Correspondence relating solely to the specific duties of the re-
spective offices as hereinafter set forth, and involving no new adminis-
trative principle or policy, is to be disposed of in the divisions, or
offices, to which it pertains, and the record kept therein; but other cor-
respondence, including all correspondence with other Departments,
Bureaus and Commissions of the Government, is to be conducted
through the Central Office.
(b) Office of the General Auditor.
Ernest S. Benson, General Audtior, appointed April 27,
1905.

This office is charged with the administrative examination of all
accounts of the United States funds as required by Section 22 of an
Act of Congress approved July 31. 1894; it is charged with the exam-
ination of all claims receivable and payable, in advance of settlement
by. collecting and disbursing officers; with the auditing of accounts
of property; with the compilations concerning the operation of the
Construction. Sanitation, and other Departments under the Commis-
sion; and with the final audit of all accounts of the Government of the
Canal Zone, as well as with the control and final audit of the accounts
of the Panama Railroad and Steamship Company.
(c) Office of the General Purchasing Officer.
David W. Ross, General Purchasing Officer, appointed
June I, 1905.
This office is charged with the purchase and shipment of all ma- *
trial and supplies relating to Isthmian Canal Affairs, including the
Panama Railroad, which may be called for on duly approved requisi-
tions.
(d) Office of the Disbursing Officer.
James G. Jester, Disbursing Officer, appointed May I.
1905.
This office is charged with the safe receipt and disbursement of the
funds of the Commission, upon proper vouchers.
(e) Office of the Committee on Engineering.
This office will perform the duties set forth in the resolution of
the Isthmian Canal Commission of May 3, 1905, providing for a Coram .


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MINUTES, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


mittee on Engineering, selected from the membership of the Commis-
sion, and will be in charge of such member of the Engineering Com-
mittee of the Isthmian Canal Commission as the Chairman or Acting
Chairman of that Committee may designate.
Officers in charge of sections, or divisions of work above outlined.
are authorized to grant leaves of absence to their respective subordi-
nate forces, consistent with the needs of the service and the laws gov-
erning the granting of leaves of absence in the Departmental Service
at Washington.
All appointments, promotions, reductions, and removals, must be
approved by the Chief of Office.
T. P. SHONTS,
Chairman, Isthmian Canal Conmmission.






































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MINUTES, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.

EMPLOYES,

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION, ISTHMIAN CANAL AFFAIRS,
On duty in the United States
July I, 1905.


NAME.


POSITION.


DATE OF
ORIGINAL
APPOINTMENT.


Edwards. Clarence R. Chief of Office...... Apr. 12, 1905.......
Colonel, U. S. Army
Pepperman, W. Leon. Assistant Chief of
Office ............ Apr. 12, 1905.......


FOR SERVICE AT WASHINGTON, D. C.
(a) Central Office or Office of Administration Proper.


NAME.


POSITION.


DATE OF
ORIGINAL
APPOINTMENT.


SALARY.


3000


SALARY.


Elmer, Charles W...

Flint. Arthur L......


Seymour, Henry....

Smith, Ray L.......


Pflug, Charles S.....
Starbard. Earl E.....
Griswold, Jessie A..
Webster, Maud M..
Guilford, Frank B...
Gustafson, Robert K.
Colburn, Alvin ......
Manning, L. W......
Crowell, D. J., Jr....
Rea, Irving H.......
Lyons, Charles S.....
Dodge, Frank E., Jr.
Suddarth. Walter E..
Hazard, Florence M.
Durfee, Maude R....
Quackenbush, M.....
Zimmerman. Sallie E.
Reynolds, Eliza A...
Davidson, Emma C..
Simpson, Henry ...
Bernhardt, Adelaide.
McKelden, Louise B.
Cook, John W.......
Roman, Julia B.....
Heil, Lulu C........
Connor, George W...


Clerk (Secretary to
Chairman) ......
Clerk (Chief of Cor-
respondence Di-
vision) ..........
Clerk (Chief of Rec-
ord Division) ....
Clerk (Chief of Ap-
pointment Divi-
sion) ...........
C lerk .............
C lerk .............
C lerk ............
C lerk .............
C lerk .............
C lerk ............ .
Clerk ............
Clerk .............
C lerk ..............
C lerk .............
C lerk .............
C lerk ............ .
C lerk ............ .
C lerk .............
C lerk .............
C lerk .............
C lerk .............
C lerk ............ .
C lerk ..............
C lerk ............ .
C lerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk (temporary).
Telegrapher (tenl-
porary) .........


May 1, ro05.......


Apr. 2'. 1905.......

Apr. 24, 1905.......


Dec.
Aug.
Apr.
Mar.
May
Apr.
Apr.
May
June
Jan.
May
May
.\Iay
June
May
May
June
June
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
Oct.
Oct.
May
Mar.
Mar,


1904.......
1904 .......
1905.......
1904.......
90o4.......
1905 .......
1905 .......
'905.
1905 .......
I9o 5.. .....
1905.......
1905........
1905.......
1905.......
1905 .......

1904 .- .. ...
1904.......
1904 .......
1904...----....
1904 .......
1904.......
1904 .......
1904 .......
1904 .......
9o4 .......
1905 .......
1905 .......
1905 .......


July r, 1905.......


By the terms of appointment, there shall be deducted from the salary named
-by the Commission the pay and allowances received as an officer of the United
States Army.
Amount paid from Army funds, $5,220; amount paid by the Commission.;
$2,280 per annum.


$18oo


S8oo

1800

i8oo
1800
1400
1400
1200
1200
1200
1200
1200
1200
1000
1000
1000
1000
1000
900
o00
900
900
900
900
900

900
goo
900

720
720

1000










MINUTES, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


CUSTODIAN FORCE.


NAME.


White, Michael J....
Long, W. E ........
Fagin, John G......
Smith, Thomas C...
Hudson, Thomas R..
Bowser, Charles W..
Schmidt, August ....
King, Edward C.....
Carey, Alexander E..
Dawson, James J....
Younger, John......
Pearson, Millard L..
Tasker, Henry ......
Pinner, Lewis A....
Bulloch, W. G. G....
Heron. Benjamin F..
Bass, Charlotte M...
Boyd, Eva........
Green, Mary ........
Meyers, Lillie ......
Edwards, Lottie ....
Raum, Lillie .......


POSITION.


Custodian .........
Mechanical Laborer.
Laborer ...........
Laborer ...........
Laborer ...........
Laborer ...........
Watchman........
Watchman........
Elevator Conductor.
Messenger .........
Messenger .........
Messenger .........
Asst. Messenger ...
Messenger Boy ....
Messenger Boy ....
Messenger Boy ....
Telephone Operator.
Charwoman .......
Charwoman .......
Charwoman .......
Charwoman .......
Charwoman .......


DATE OF
ORIGINAL
APPOINTMENT.


Mar.
May
May
June
July
May
May
Apr.
May
May
Nov.
Oct.
May
Apr.
May
May
Oct.
Apr.
Apr.
Apr.
MAay
May


1904 .......
1905 .......
1905.......
1905.......
1905.......
1905 .......
1905.......
1905........
1905.......
1905.......
1904 .......
1904 .......
1905 .......
1905 .......
1905 .......
1905 .......
1904 .......
190o5.......
1905.......
1905 .......
1905-.......
1905.......


(b) Office of the General Auditor.

DATE OF
POSITION. ORIGINAL
APPOINTMENT.


Benson, E. S........



Lewis, Harry C.....

Warwick, Walter W.

Stuntz, Harley L....
SClear, Thomas L....
Merrill, Henry P....
Newman, Harry S...
Rockwell, E. S.......
West, William K....
Birgfeld,'William E..
Warwick, Frank B..
Handy, William Y..
Whitton, Alfred C..
Edwards, Henry H..
Perviel, Charles W..
Brown, George W...
Gibson, Emile L....
Nicholson, Zaida ...
Scott, George......


d


i L. '


General Auditor.
Isthmian Canal
Affairs and Pana-
ma Railroad Co...
Chief Deputy Gen-
eral Auditor....
Chief of Claims Di-


vision ...
Clerk ...


Clerk .............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk .............
Clerk .............
Clerk ............
Clerk ............
Clerk ..............
Messenger .........


'Apr.

Apr.

July
May
July
Sept.
Sept.
June
June
July
Sept.
June
Aug.
Sept.
May
Sept.
July
May
July


27, 1905 ....... $10,000

24, 1905....... 2,500

21, 1904-....... 2.500
15, 1905 ....... 2,Ioo
21, I904....... 2,000
28, 1904 ....... 1,800
22., I904....... ,6oo
12, 1905....... 1,600
I, 1905.......- 1,500
21, 1904....... 1,400
27, 1904....... 1,400
6, 1905....... 1,400
I, 1904....... T,200
22, 1904....... 1,200
T2, 1905....... ,roo0
22, 1904 ....... 900
I, 1905....... 900
19. 1904........ 720
II, 1904....... 6oo


SALARY.


$1200
900
660
660
660
480
840
720
6oo
840
480
360
720
360
360
300
360
240
240
240
240
240


NAME.


SALARY.


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MINUTES, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.

(c) Office of the General Purchasing Officer.


NAME.


Ross, D. W.........



Gallagher. Hugh J.,
Major, U. S. Army.
Armstrong, W. P....
Weatherbee, Wm. C.
Parke, Fred. R......
Faucett, Nathan S...

DeGraw, Ed. B......
Bon Durant, W. W..
Holt, Robert 0......
Anderson, Ed. D.....
Daskam, Ralph......
Dedge, Graham G...
Cunningham, Geo. A.
Perham, Sidney H...
Barnhard, Chas. B...
Fuhrer, Mansfred ..
Newburgh, Frederic.
Norris, Paul C......
Wheeler, Wm. D....
Wells, Vinnetta M...
Robey, Marie M....
Herrings, Georgia D.
Niland, Julia P......
Rous, Bessie D......
MicCormick, Anna F.
-ushing, Sarah K...
Echols, Nina W.....
Schmidt, Fred.......
Landreau, J. C., Jr.
Jones, Wm. R.......


POSITION.


General Purchasing
Officer Isthmian
Canal Affairs and
Panama R. R. Co.
Deputy General Pur-
chasing Officer ...
Law Clerk ........
Chief Clerk .......
Asst. Chief Clerk...
Abstract and Award
Clerk .......... .
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
C lerk ..............
C lerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ............
Clerk ............ .
C lerk ..............
C lerk ..............
C lerk ..............
C lerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk (temporary).
C lerk ..............
C lerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk ..............
Clerk (temporary).
Clerk (temporary).
Clerk (temDorarv).


Messenger .........
Messenger .........
Messenger Boy ....


DATE OF
ORIGINAL
APPOINTMENT.




June I, 1905.......


Feb.
July
Feb.
Mar.

June
June
Mar.
Sept.
Jan.
Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
Apr.
June
Mar.
June
June
May
Oct.
Oct.
Mar.
Mar.
Mar.
May
May
May
Oct.
Feb.


1905.......
1904 ......
1905.......
1905.......

1904.......
1904.......
1905 .......
1904.......
1905.......
I905.......
1905........
1905.......
1905.....-.
1905.......
1905.......
1905.......
1905........
1904.......
1904.......
1904.......
1905.......
1905..-....
1905 .-..- .
1905. ......
1905.......
1904.......
I904.......
1904.......
1905.......


SALARY.


$10,000

*6,480
2,400
2,000
1,500

1,800
1,400
1,400
1,200
1,200
1,200
1,2OO
1,200
1,200
1,200
1,200
1,200

1,000
1,000

7230
720
720 4
720
720
75 per mo.
75 per mo.
600
480
400


.;...

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mmi: -


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By the terms of appointment, there shall be deducted from the salary named
by the Commission the pay and allowances received as an officer of the United
States Army.
Amount paid from Army funds, $4,076 per annum; amount paid by the Com-
mission, $2,404 per annum.

FIELD SERVICE.


NAME.


POSITION.


DATE OF
ORIGINAL
APPOINTMENT.


SALARY.


New York.


Anderson, Alfred ...

Rutherford, Robt. E.
Nordsick, Frank C....
Birgfeld, Herman W.
Norton, William J...
Lutze, Ludwig .....
Hearst, Maurice ....
Eldred, George .....
Kelaher, John P....


A s s t. Purchasing
Agent ..........
Warehouse Man ...
Clerk ............ .
Clerk............
Clerk .............
Clerk .............
Clerk .............
Checker ..........:
Messenger Boy ....


Nov.
June
Mar.
June
June
Apr.
Mar.
May
May


1904.......
I905........
1905........
1905........
1905.......
1905--.
1905.......
1905.......
19o05 .. ....


S,i
dt.
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;: i


$2,400
1,200
1,200
1,200
900
6o0
000
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MINUTES, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.

New Orleans.

DATE OF
POSITION. ORIGINAL
APPOINT MENT.


Redfern, S. E......

Murray, John A ....



Haradon, F. H......


A s s t. Purchasing
Agent ............ June 22,
Messenger ......... Mar. II,


Tacoma.


A s s t. Purchasing
Agent ............ June 20,


1904....... $2,ooo
1905...... 6oo


San Francisco.


Devol, Carroll A., Ass t.
Major, U.S. Army. Agent


Purchasing
............ June 30, 1905....... *$5,076


By the terms of appointment, there shall be deducted from the salary named
by the Commission the pay and allowances received as an officer of the United
States Army.
Amount paid from Army funds, $4,076 per annum; amount paid by the Com-
mission, $1,ooo per annum.



(d) Office of the Disbursing Officer.


NAME.


POSITION.


DATE OF
ORIGINAL
APPOINTMENT.


SALARY.


Jester, James G.....
Warfield, Lillian ...
Miller, Virgil C.....
Root, Anna M......
Moore, Augusta I....
Dregen, Robert......


Disbursing Officer..
C lerk ..............
Clerk .............
Clerk .............
Clerk .............
Asst. Messenger ...


May I, 9o5 .......
May 22, 1905.......
May 27, 1905.......
June 3, 1904.......
Mar. 23, 1904.......
May I, 1905.......


(e) Office of the Committee on Engineering.


Harden, E. B.......
Storm, Robert F....
Wansleben, Thos. O.
Whitman, Ralph ....

Pawling, Jesse, Jr....

Clark, Fred. B.......
Koontz, Ralph ......












P.i.i..... .


Chief Draftsman ..
Asst. Draftsman ...
Draftsman........
Draftsman (tempo-
rary) ...........
Computer .(tempo-
rary) ....


Apr.
Jan.
June


1904 .......
-1905.......
1904......


June 12, 1905.......


June 12,


Clerk ............. Jan. 20,
Messenger Boy .....June 5,


1905.......
1905.......
1905 .......


NAME.


SALARY.


1905....... $2.o00


$3,100
1,400
1,400
1,000
900
720


$2,400
1,200
900oo

1,500

i,8oo
I,5o00
360


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46 MINUTES, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.

SUMMARY.

Enoed. Position. Salary.
Enrolled.
I Chief of Office......................... $7,500
I Assistant Chief of Office ................ 3,000
I General Auditor......................... 0o,ooo
I Chief Deputy General Auditor ........ 2,500
I Chief of Claims Division............... 2,500
1 General Purchasing Officer.............. m,ooo
I Deputy General Purchasing Officer...... 6,480
I Assistant Purchasing Agent ........... 5,076
I Assistant Purchasing Agent ............. 2,400
2 Assistant Purchasing Agents ............ 2,000
I Law Clerk .............................. 2,400
I Disbursing Officer........................ 3,oo
I Chief Draftsman ........................ 2,400
1 Clerk ................................. 2,100oo
2 Clerks ................ ............... 2,000
7 C lerks ................................. 1,800
2 C lerks ................................. i,6oo
4 Clerks ................................. ,500
9 C lerks ................................. 1,400
21 C lerks ................................. 1,200
i Clerk ................................. I,Ioo
9 C lerks ................................. I,ooo
18 C lerks ........... ............... ...... 9oo
8 Clerks ................................. 720
I C lerk .................................. 600
I Checker ............................... 600o
i Custodian .............................. 1,200
I T elegrapher .......................... 1,000
I M echanical laborer ...................... 900
3 Laborers ............................... 660
I Laborer ................................ 480
I \W atchm an ............................. 840
1 W atchm an ............................. 720
i Elevator conductor....................... 6oo
I M essenger ............................. 840
I MIes-enger .............................. 720
I Assistant messenger.................... 720
3 M essengers ............................ 600
2 M essengers ............................ 480
I M essenger ............. .. ............ 400
i M messenger ............................. 360
5 M essenger boys ......................... 36o
I Telephone operator ..................... 360
5 Charwomen ............................ 240








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.MINUTES, ISr-IHMIAN CANAL COMMISStiON. 47

9 EE employees.
$Io,ooo per year...................................... ..-
7,500 per year ...................................... I
6,48o per year......................................... .
5,076 per year.........................................
3,100 per year.................................... .... .
3,000 per year............................. .. ....... .
2,500 per year........................................ 2
2,400 per year.................................. .. ... .. 3
2.100 per year......................................... I
2,000 per year ....................... ............... 4*
1,8oo per year...................................... 7
1,600 per year........................... ............. 2
1.500 per year...................................... 4
1,400 per year....................................... 9
1,200 per year.................................... 21
I,100 per year .......................................
I,ooo per year ......................................... 9
goo per year..................................... .. 19
840 per year .........................................
720 per year................. ........ ............... 1I
660 per year............................ ............ 3
600 per year.......................................... 6
480 per year...................................... 2
400 per year .................... ... ............... I
360 per year ...................................... 7
240 per year....................................... 5

Grand total .................................... 129

The Commission considered the order aforesaid. and, upon motion.
it was duly and unaninouslv
"Resolved, That the order aforesaid and plan of organization of
the Office of Administration, together with the appointments made
thereunder and as therein set forth, be and the same are hereby ap-
proved, ratified and confirmed."

9. The Chairman reported that pursuant to authority conferred by
Paragraph i of the Executive Committee meeting of May 8, 1905, an
agreement had been entered into by the Chief of Office of Adminis-
tration with the Central and South American Telegraph Company.
effective June ist, for the term of one year, to transmit all messages
for the Commission, the Government of the Canal Zone, and the Pan-
ama Railroad Company between Galveston and the Isthmus at the
rate of 25 cents per word. This agreement includes also the messages
of employes of a family or social character, provided they were sent
in plain language.
Tiis action was approved.

Io. The Chairman presented to the meeting the matter of acquir-
ing steamers to be operated between New York and Colon, especially
for the carriage of the material and supplies in the construction of the
canal. He reported that the steamers at present employed by the Pan-
ama Railroad Company were entirely inadequate to meet the increased
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MINUTlIS, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


the construction of the canal; that also the passenger movement to and
from Colon had greatly increased, due to the transportation of em-
ployees to the Isthmus for work in connection with the construction of
the canal; that it was necessary to secure steamers especially adapted
for the transportation of cargo and passengers and approximating
5,ooo tons burden with a speed of at least 16 knots and with an eco-
nomical coal consumption, and also with exceptionally large hatches
and betW\een-decks. He also reported that the railroad company had
sent abroad its general agent. Mr. Farnham, to visit the principal ship-
ping ports of Europe and to report upon vessels of the requisite capac-
ity and size and adapted to the requirements of this trade, that might
be there acquired; that Mr. Farnham had covered the whole field of
inquiry abroad in the .most thorough fashion, and the Chairman had
exchanged with him frequent cables concerning the progress of his
inquiries and the nature and character of vessels that might thus be
purchased; that several ships aboard were thus offered, but that they
were considerably less in speed than 16 knots, and the passenger ac-
commodations were not well adapted to tropical service; that the
Chairman had opened negotiations with the Ward Line for the pur-
chase of the two steamers "Mlexico" and "Havana," owned by that
Line. and in operation between New York and Cuba; that the asking
price was $700,ooo. and that two lower offers had been refused until
a few days ago, when an offer of $650.oooo each by the Chairman
had led to acceptance: that these vessels are 5.500 each, and capable
of sustaining a speed of 16 knots, and accommodate Ioo first-class and
50 second-class passengers; are provided with large hatches and side
ports, enabling the shipment of heavy cargoes; can be immediately
turned over for use: that the increased speed of these vessels will save
four days on each round trip, giving five round trips a year more than
any foreign vessel available; that these vessels were built for the trop-
ical trade, and therefore are specially adapted for the New York-
Colon service: that accordingly and after full discussion of the subject
with the Secretary of War the Chairman has authorized the purchase
of these vessels at the price mentioned.
The Chairman presented the following correspondence, which cov-
ered the essential points of the purchase in question:


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PAN.AMA RAILROAD COMPANY,
NEW YORK, JIine 29th, '1905.
Mr. T. P. SHOTS.
President. Panama R. R. Co.,
Washington, D. C.
DEAR SIR:
I confirm my telephone advice to ycu this afternoon to the effect
that Mr. Brown had closed an agreement with the Ward Line to pur-'
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MINUTES, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


chase their two ships, the "Mexico" and "Havana," at $650,000 each,
subject only to the condition of his action being approved and con-
firmed by you. I at once communicated to him the confirmation which
you transmitted, subject to the result of a survey and inspection of the
vessels. In this he concurred, but wished to have some communication
in writing from you, and I accordingly telegraphed you as follows:
"Purchase concluded subject only to your approval and confirma-
tion. Please send special delivery letter to-night's mail to Vernon H.
*Brown, care Cunard Steamship Company, 29 Broadway, New York.
directing him to close definitely on terms authorized. He will await
receipt of letter before concluding."
The first telegram read "letter accepting," but was changed by a
later telegram to read as above.
Upon receipt of your letter he will, in case there has been no
misunderstanding, definitely conclude the transaction. There are no
details agreed upon concerning payment, except that it is to be cash,
nor terms of delivery, which can be arranged later to our satisfaction.
I consider that an exceptionally good bargain has been made.
Truly yours,
E. A. DRAKE,
Secretary.
P. S.-I confirm my advice that one ship, the "Havana," is in the
harbor undergoing some alterations to increase her passenger accom-
mrodations at the expense of her cargo space to meet the requirements
of the Ward's tourist trade. The "Mexico" is partly loaded and pas-
sengers booked to sail on Saturday, to return to this port on or about
the 13th of July.
I am able to enclose a copy of the preliminary agreement, the
original of which is signed and in AIr. Brown's possession awaiting
receipt of your written confirmation to him as requested by my tele-
gram above confirmed.
As above mentioned, the alterations to the "Havana" were to
increase her passenger accommodations to a degree not required by
our trade at present, and I have instructed AIr. Brown, subject to your
confirmation by wire to-morrow morning, to call upon the Ward Line
to restore the ship to her original condition at their own expense.
In view of all the above, we may expect delivery of both vessels
within the next thirty days.
In accordance with your instructions I will arrange with Mr.
Brown and the present owners for an official inspection and survey.
I was in communication to-day with the owners of the Hoboken
property, and am in a position to take up this negotiation with you at
any time that suits your convenience. We will need additional dock
room at once for these ships, and I remind you of the suggestion made
to you recently concerning the renting of our present pier at an ad-
vanced rental, and securing the Hoboken property at little, if any,
advance.
E. A. DRAKE.
Memo. Agreement between James E. Ward & Company, Gen-
eral Agents of the New York & Cuba Mail Steamship Company, and
Vernon H. Brown, acting for and under instructions from Mr. Theo-
dore P. Shontd, Chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission.
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50 MINUTES, ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION. :.

Messrs. James E. Ward & Company, of the first part, hereby agre.l...I.
to sell the two steamers "Havana" and "Mexico," of about 5,500 tons-'-*:
register each belonging to the aforesaid company for the sum of six: "
hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($650,000) each, or in the aggre-i:
gate thirteen hundred thousand dollars ($1,300,ooo), in their present -
condition with everything belonging to them subject to usual and. '
reasonable government survey, the said sum being in full of any and .'"
all charges up to date of delivery.
Mr. Vernon H. Brown, acting for and under instructions from Mr. ':`
Theodore P. Shonts, Chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission, of:
the second part, hereby agrees to purchase the two steamers aforesaid ..
at the price named, viz., six hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($650,-
ooo) each, or in the aggregate thirteen hundred thousand dollars
($1,300,000), it being understood and agreed that this agreement is.::
subject to prompt confirmation by Mr. Theodore P: Shonts, who is at
present in Washington and will be promptly communicated with.
It is understood that the "Mexico" is partly loaded and engaged
with passengers to sail on Saturday for Havana and that consequently
her delivery cannot be made until her return from Havana on or about
July 13th, proximo. .:
And that furthermore, the "Havana" was undergoing certaiif .
changes in her passenger accommodations, which work has been stop-
ped-the ship may, at the option of the purchaser, be delivered to them
in the condition she arrived from sea, or withthe improvements com-
pleted as projected, in which case the cost of said improvements shall
be paid for by the purchaser, otherwise the cost of putting the ship
into her previous condition to be borne by the sellers.
Signed in duplicate at New York, this twenty-ninth day of June,
1905.
(Signed.) JAMES E. WARD & COMPANY,
General Agents of the New York & Cuba Mail Stearmship Co.
By ALFRED GILBERT SMITH,
iice-President and Secretary.
Signed.) VERNON H. BROWN,
Acting for and under instructions from Theodore P. Sh.onts, Chairman
of the Isthmian Canal Commnission.



TELEGRAM.
Official Business,
ISTHMIAN CANAL AFFAIRS,
OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION,
Washington, D. C. '
June 30, 1905.
VERNON H. BROWN, .
Care Cunard Steamship Company, '
29 Broadway, New York.
Mr. Drake forwards me copy of preliminary contract signed by -'::.
you yesterday for the purchase of the two steamers "Mexico" and .
"Havana." In behalf of the Commission I confirm your action with,
the following additional understandings, namely: First; that all legal...::


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questions concerning titles, mortgages, liens, etc., shall be subject to
the approval of our counsel, Sullivan and Cromwell. Second, that they
shall be delivered in good order and condition for immediate sea ser-
vice, and guaranteed at the time of delivery to maintain a speed of
sixteen knots per hour. Third, that upon delivery the vessels shall be
fully equipped and apparalled for sea service. Both vessels to be
delivered at our Panama dock in New York, the "Havana" before
July twentieth, and the Mexico before July thirtieth. Payments to
be made in cash upon delivery qf each vessel. If the sellers agree
to these conditions, please at once have Mr. Drake instruct our counsel
to have the necessary legal documents formally drafted and forwarded
for my signature. For regularity's sake I feel it my duty to confirm
the understanding that the price named in the contract is the net cost
to the Government without any charges or commissions to yourself
or any other party. I avail myself of this opportunity to again express
to you the gratitude and appreciation of the Government for your
able intervention in the matter.
SHONTS.


TELEGRAM.
Official Business,
ISTHMIAN CANAL AFFAIRS,
OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION,
Washington, D. C.
June 30, 1905.
Charge Panama Railroad Company Collect.
DRAKE,
Secretary Panama Railroad Company,
24 State Sreet. New York City, N. 1'.
I confirm your instructions to Mr. Brown to have "Havana" re-
stored to former condition at owner's expense.
SHOTS,
President.

29 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, June 30, T905.
THEODORE P. SHONTS, ESQ.,
Chairman, Isthmi an Canal Co mission,
Washington, D. C.
DEAR SIR:
Re Purchase Steamers "Mexico" and "Havana."
I duly received your telegram of this a. m. as recapitulated in en-
closed letter to me from Messrs. James E. Ward & Company, of New
York & Cuba Mail Steamship Company, which letter I enclose for your
information and trust the statements therein made will meet your
requirements and prove satisfactory. I feel confident that everything
will be done on the part of Messrs. Ward & Company to fully carry
out the spirit of the agreement.
Upon receiving your reply I will, after conference with Mr. Drake,
if you desire, call upon Messrs. Sullivan & Cromwell, giving them such
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compliance with your instructions in preparation of the necessary
papers.
I also enclose copy of the report referred to in Messrs. Ward's
letter relating to the speed on trial trip of the two steamers "Mexico"
and "Havana," by which you will see that the resultant mean speed
was 17.181 knots.
I thank you for your kind expressions in regard to my connection
with the negotiation and shall be happy to be of any further service
in my power.
Very truly yours,
VERNON H. BROWN.


NEW YORK AND CUBA MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY,
SNEW YORKI, June 30, 1905.
VERNON H. BROWN, Eso.,
29 Broadway, New York City.
DEAR SIR:
Steamships "MMexico" and "Havana."
Referring to the telegram dated at Washington, D. C., June 30th,
1905. received by you from Mr. Theodore P. Shonts, Chairman of
the Isthmian Canal Commission, copy of which you have to-day ex-
hibited to me, reading as follows:
"Mr. Drake forwards me copy of preliminary contract signed by
you yesterday for the purchase of the two steamers 'Mexico' and
'Havana.' In behalf of the Commission I.confirm your action with the
following additional understandings, namely: First, that all legal ques-
tions concerning titles, mortgages, liens. etc., shall be subject to the
approval of our counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell. Second, that they
shall be delivered in good order and condition for immediate sea
service and guaranteed at the time of delivery to maintain a speed of
sixteen knots per hour. Third, that upon delivery the vessels shall
be fully equipped and apparelled for sea service. Both vessels to be
delivered at our Panama dock in New York, the 'Havana' before July
twentieth, and the 'Mexico' before July thirtieth. Payments to be
made in cash upon delivery of each vessel. If the sellers agree to these
conditions, please at once have Mr. Drake instruct our counsel to have
the necessary legal documents formally drafted and forwarded for my -
signature. For regularity's sake I feel it a duty to confirm the under-
standing that the price named in the contract is the net cost to the
Government without any charges or commissions to yourself or any
other party. I avail myself of this opportunity to again express to you
the gratitude and appreciation of the Government for your able inter-
vention in the matter."
and confirming what I verbally stated to you in my interview this after-
noon. I beg to state as follows:
Tst. The vessels are free of all liens, mortgages, etc. At the tire
of delivery, however, there may be some bills pending settlement, which
we will, of course, agree to settle.
2nd. The "Mexico" is now in commission, in good order and ready
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made, the same in all respects as with vessels of this company which
we have from time to time delivered under charter to the Panama Rail-
road Company.
The "Havana," which has been undergoing certain alterations, is
also in good order and condition, and will be in like good order and
condition and ready for service when she is delivered.
As to the speed of both vessels, we beg to submit herewith, for your
inspection, copies of the official Government reports made upon the
occasion of the steam trials of these vessels before their acceptance
by the Government, as Naval Auxiliary Cruisers. \VWe believe that
these reports, which speak for themselves, and the originals of which
are on file in the Department in Washington, will fully satisfy the
demands of the Commission.
3rd. The vessels will be, at the time of delivery, fully equipped and
apparelled as usual with all their permanent fixtures as supplied and
installed by us for our own service; but it is understood that all coal
and other stores are to be paid for by the purchasers at the market
value at the time of delivery.
Regarding the time of delivery, I beg to make the following re-
marks: With the "Havana," all due diligence shall be observed to com-
ply with Mr. Shonts' request to have the vessel ready by the time
named in his despatch, but it must be borne in mind that the vessel is
well stripped in connection with certain work that was commenced
with a view to increasing her passenger accommodations. Subject,
therefore, to labor conditions, the weather, etc., it may not be possible
to live literally up to the requirement as to date of delivery, but every
effort shall be made on our part to meet the wishes of the purchasers,
and at the very worst, the delay cannot be but that of a few days.
As an offset, however, to the possible delay in delivery) of the
"Havana" we will endeavor to give you the steamer "Mexico" several
days in anticipation of the date named for her delivery, and in all
probability this will be not later than the 15th of July.
As to the purchase price, it is understood that it shall be paid in
full in cash upon delivery of each vessel.
If the above is understood and agreed to, we will proceed at once
to prepare the bills of sale and we will also obtain the necessary
Custom House certificates attesting that there are no liens, etc., on
the ships.
Yours truly,
JAMES E. WARD & COMPANY,
By ALFRED G. SMITH,
Vice-President.


EXTRACT FROM THE REPORT MADE BY THE NAVAL INSPECTORS OF THE
BOARD OF INSPECTION AND SURVEY-JANUARY 30, 1899--UPON
-* TTHE OCCASION OF THE EXAMINATION AND STEAM
TRIAL OF S. S. "HAVANA."

The yessel left the dock at.Cramp's Ship Yard, Philadelphia, at
7.15 a. m., on January 26th, 1899, and made the run of IIo miles from
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and a half. At 5 p. m. the full speed trial began, the course being frodim..
Five Fathom Lightship to N. E. Lightship, thence back to Five Fathom":
and on to Fenwick Shoal Lightship, and back over the same course to
N. E. Lightship. The total distance made was 84.02 nautical miles,
and the time consumed, 4 hours, 54 minutes, 31 seconds. This gave a
mean speed of 17.12 knots for the full trial; the speed over the last
stretch of the course, a distance of 11.25 miles from Five Fathom to ..
N. E. Lightship, was 18.43 knots. The wind was fresh (force 6 to 7)
from the S. S. \V., and the sea moderate. The vessel had been in the
water since her launching on October Ist, and her bottom was only
coated with red lead. With her bottom properly painted, and were
she fitted with composition instead of steel propellers, we feel confident
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EXTRACT FROM THE REPORT MADE BY THE NAVAL INSPECTORS OF THE
BOARD OF INSPECTION AND SURVEY-JUNE I2, 1899-UPON
THE OCCASION OF THE EXAMINATION AND STEAM
TRIAL OF S. S. "MIEXICO."
The vessel left the dock at Cramp's Ship Yard. Philadelphia, at
8.oo a. m., on June 7th, 1899. Draft upon getting under way:
Forward ........... 14' 5
A ft ............... 7' 6"
M ean .............. 15' ii. "1
After running down the Delaware River and Bay, and swinging
the ship for compass deviation, the full speed trial was begun off Five
Fathom Shoal Lightship at 6.20.50 p. m., the course being as follows:
Five Fathom Lightship to N. E. Lightship ...... 11.25 miles
N. E. Lightship to Five Fathom............... 11.25 "
Five Fathom Lightship to Fenwick Shoal .......24.82 "
Fenwick Shoal Lightship to Five Fathom ........ 24.82 "
This gave a total distance of 72.14 nautical miles, which was run
in 4 hours, II minutes, 55 seconds, the resultant mean speed being
17.181 knots. The sea was smooth, with no swell, and there was a
gentle breeze from the southwest. The vessel had been docked some
two weeks before and her bottom had received a coat of Maginnis'
paint, so that all conditions were favorable for the trial.



Upon full consideration and upon due motion it was duly and unani- '
mously-
Resolved, That the Isthmian Canal Commission for and in behalf
of the United States do purchase from the New York and Cuba Steanjy
* ship Company (The Ward Line), the steamships "Havana" and
"Metico," for the sum of $650,000 each, payable upon delivery and
upon the general terms and conditions set forth in the foregoing -::
correspondence; that the Chairman of the Commission acting tinder the.
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purchase under such bills of sale and agreement and in such manner as
he may deem advisable upon the approval of titles, documents and all
legal questions by said counsel.
Resolved further, That payments therefore be made upon the.order
of the Chairman of the Commission in the customary manner.
I I. The Chairman presented to the Commission the Executive
Order of the President, dated White House, June 24, 1905, reading as
follows:
EXECUTIVE ORDER.

"It is hereby ordered that a Board of Consulting Engineers, con-
sisting of:
General George W. Davis,
Mr. Alfred Noble,
Mr. William Barclay Parsons,
Mr. William H. Burr,
General Henry L. Abbott,
Mr. Frederic P. Stearns,
Mr. Joseph Ripley,
Mr. Herman Schussler,
Mr. Isham Randolph,
Mr. Henry Hunter, nominated by the Bristish Government;
Herr Eugen Tincauzer, nominated by the German Government;
M. Guerard, nominated by the French Government;
M. Quellennec, Consulting Engineer, Suez Canal, and one engi-
neer to be designated. by the Government of the Netherlands,
shall convene in the City of Washington, at the rooms of the Isthmian
Canal Commission, on the first day of September, nineteen hundred
and five, for the purpose of considering the various plans proposed
t6 and by the Isthmian Canal Commission for the construction of a
canal across the Isthmus of Panama between Cristobal and La Boca;
and that the deliberations of the Board of Consulting Engineers shall
continue as long as they may deem it necessary and wise before they
make their report to the Commission.
"The Isthmian Canal Commission is directed to have all the pro-
Sposed plans in such detailed form, with maps, surveys, and other
documents sufficient to enable the Consulting Engineers to consider
and decide the questions presented to them. Should it be deemed
necessary by the members of the Consulting Board, they may visit
the Isthmus before making their final report. If there is a difference
of opinion between the members of the Consulting Board, minority
reports are requested.
"General George W. Davis is hereby designated as Chairman of
the Board of Consulting Engineers. Instructions more detailed will
be given in time to be presented to the Board when it first convenes
bn the first of September.
"The Chairman is charged with the duty of communicating to the
other members of the Board this order and the other details that 'may
be necessary."
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The Commission discussed with General Davis, Chairman of the,::
Advistory Board of Engineers, very fully the matter of the foregoing-
order of the President. The topics to be considered, the method of
their presentation. and the place of meeting were fully considered and
a general program of concerted action was arrived at between this
Commission and the C(hairman of the Advisory Board. Adequate
quarters in this building were assigned for the Advisory Board. The
Engineering Committee members of the Commission stated that they
had all available data and information in shape ready for submission .
relative to the various levels, but that there was not in the Washington
office adequate data and information to enable it to prepare plans for
the sea-level project or for the presentation of such plans to the
Advisory Board. It was believed that the late Chief Engineer, Mr.
Wallace, had brought with him from the Isthmus some data of this
character in accordance with his statement to that effect made to the
Secretary of \Var. Accordingly, the Chairman of the Commission was
directed to make a formal request of Mr. \Vallace for the delivery
by him to the Commission of all data and material concerning the
canal which he had brought with him from the Isthmus. The Chair-
man at once prepared and dispatched' this letter. The Commission
realized, however, the urgent necessity of gathering and preparing
for submission the requested data for this most important purpose and
to avoid the delay incident to correspondence and also to obtain the
advantage of personal inspection it was determined that General Hains
and Major Harrod, and, if possible, also Colonel Ernst, should at once
proceed to the Isthmus for this purpose.
Upon motion it was duly and unanimously-
"Resolved, That the Engineering Committee of the Commission
be and it is hereby charged with the duty of preparing the data and
plans for submission to this Commission in advance of the meeting of
the Advisory Board of Engineers called by the President to be held
in Washington, September 1st, next; and that the Engineering Com-
mittee submit to this Commission this data by the 15th of August; that
General Hains and \lajor Harrod of the Engineering Committee, and,
if possible. Colonel Ernst also, proceed as quickly as possible to the7
Isthmus, there to secure the requisite data for the purpose aforesaid
and also there to inspect the condition of the work for a report as of
July Ist, or a later date if practicable."

12. The Chairman presented for the consideration of the Commis-
sion the statement that it is the wish of the other members of the.
Executive Committee to designate some one within their departments
to sign correspondence and orders, as well as to approve vouchers by
direction of the head of a department, in line with authority conferred
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26, 1905, and stated that if desired appropriate, limit might be placed
on the amount to which authority shall be delegated for approval of
vouchers. It was-
Resolved, That the Chief Engineer be authorized to direct that the
General Quartermaster. or any other person selected by the Chief
Engineer, shall sign such correspondence and orders relating to the
work of the Chief Engineer as the Chief Engineer may direct, and
that the officer designated may be authorized by the Chief Engineer to
approve vouchers by direction of the Chief Engineer; and
Further Resolved, That the Governor of the Canal Zone be author-
ized to direct that the Executive Secretary shall sign such correspond-
ence and orders relating to the work of the Governor of the Canal
Zone as the Governor of the Canal Zone may direct, and that the
Executive Secretary may be authorized by the Governor of the Canal
Zone to approve vouchers by direction of the Governor of the Canal
Zone.
It uas further Resolved, That in the exercise of this authority by
the heads of departments, as well as authority conferred upon the
Chairman by resolution of April 26th, 1905, there might properly be
placed any desired limit upon the amount for which authority is given
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ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.


FIRST MEETING.



Held at Washington, D. C., Friday, April 21, 1905.
Present: Commissioners, Shonts, Magoon and Wallace.
i. Resolved, That there shall be and hereby is established an Engi-
neering Committee of the Isthmian Canal Commission constituted as
follows: Commissioner Wallace, Chairman; and Commissioners Har-
rod, Endicott, Hains and Ernst. This Committee under the direction
of the head of the department of Engineeting and Construction, shall
consider the general plans for the canal work, and shall advise with
and assist the Chief Engineer in the preparation of general plans and
in the general engineering problems connected with the work.
That the several members of said Committee shall perform such
other and special service connected with the engineering work as shall
be assigned to them by the head of the department of Engineering and
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SECOND MEETING.



Held at Washington, D. C., Wednesday,; April 26, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Shonts and Magoon.
I. The Treasurer submitted for consideration the subject of Marine
Insurance of United States currency sent to the Isthmus for official
purposes, with correspondence relating thereto, and "Blanket" form of
policy.
In view of the facts as set forth in letter of the Comptroller of the
Treasury showing that it has been against the policy of the United
States Government to place insurance upon any of its property, and the
further fact that it is hoped to obviate the necessity of large shipments
of currency by means of exchange drafts; it was
Rcsolvcd, That until otherwise directed, no action will be taken
looking to the plating of insurance upon moneys of the Commission.
2. The Security General Underwriting Company stated that at
present neither life nor accident companies would write risks on per-
sons residing or traveling in Panama, and requested the views of the
proper authorities on this subject, stating that rates might be adjusted
so as to cover; it was-
Rcsolecd, That the Executive Committee are of the opinion that
insurance companies must act independently of the assistance or guar-
antee of the Commission, and at present there are no laws restricting
or regulating the insurance business in the Zone. Furthermore, that
they be advised of the steps taken by the Commission with a view to
promoting the sanitation and health of the Canal Zone.
3. The Chairman read a communication from the President of the
United States Civil Service Commission calling attention to the fact
that under authority granted by it over 700 permanent appointments
had been made without examination to classified positions, because
of the failure to secure sufficient eligibles as a result of examinations
conducted by the Commission : and that no report of the action taken
had been reported to them. The Civil Service Commission further
suggested that hereafter it be furnished detailed reports relating to all'
appointments made without examination, and suggesting therefore
the use of certain printed forms, which would afford complete infor-
mation relative to the appointee's age, physical condition and experi-
ence. The Civil Service Commission also expressed the desire that .
as far as practicable it be furnished data along these lines relating to
appointments already made; also that the needs of the service be :
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notice to enable it to secure eligibles through the regular channels: it
was-
Resok'led, That the Chief of the Office of Administration at Wash-
ington advise the Civil Service Commission that the Isthmian Canal
Commission is in entire accord with the views set forth in their letter
of April 24th. and to further state that the W\ashington office would be
directed to take the necessary steps to see that the wishes of the Civil
Service Ccnmmission are met with reference to the making of appoint-
ments; and that it regretted the fact that in the past it had not been
advised of action taken with reference to appointments, as required.
Future appointments without examination to classified positions are to
be made in the manner set forth by the Civil Service Commission, and
reports to that Commission promptly rendered. If additional clerical
force is necessary to accomplish this, the Chief of the Office of Ad-
ministration is required, with the approval of the Chairman, to make
the necessary appointments.
4. Resolved, That the Chairman be authorized to direct that the
Chief of Office of Administration shall sign such correspondence and
orders relating to the work of said office and to the duties of the Chair-
man as the latter may direct: and that the Chief of Office may be
authorized by the Chairman to approve vouchers "Byv direction of the
Chairman."
5. The Chairman read a letter addressed by the Secretary of War
to Commissioners Ernst, Endicott. Hains and Harrod, in respect to
their functions as members of the Isthmian Canal Commission, and
ordered the same spread upon the minutes.
Following is the letter:
WAR DEPARTMENT,
WASHTNGTON, April 25, 1905.
MY DEAR GENERAL ERNST:
This is an answer to the communication of April twenty-fourth,
of yourself, Rear-Admiral Endicott. General Hains and Mr. Harrod,
in respect to the functions which you. as members of the Isthmian
Canal Commission who are not members of the Executive Committee,
should discharge in the work of the Commission.
You say:
"When we accepted places on the Commission we fully understood
the President's intention to concentrate authority for the executive
work of constructing the canal in the hands of an executive com-
mittee of three, and that policy has our unqualified support. We did
not expect and we do not wish any share in the executive work."
You say, further:
"The selection of a general plan for the canal and the solution of
the more important engineering problems which may arise from time
to time during its construction is not executive work, but is of a wholly
different character. It involves prolonged studies and great delibera-
Stion, and is much aided by conference and discussion. For this, unlike
the executive work, several heads are better than one. We supposed

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that we should each have a voice of some potency in the determinate on ::
of plans." ...
You then state that you were told by the Chairman of the Comrn-
mission that you were expected to serve subordinately and under the
orders and in the department of the Chief Engineer, and you cannot.
but think that there is some misunderstanding about this.
The creation of a department of Engineering and Construction
and the placing of the Chief Engineer at the head of that department,
indicated the intention on the part of the President that the Chief
Engineer was to do the work required for the execution of the accepted
plan, and this necessarily implies that the Chief Engineer and hfs
subordinates would have authority to solve the engineering problems .
in detail which may arise as the work of execution progresses. It was
not intended, however, to take from the members of the Commission,
whether on the Executive Committee or not, the function of acting
with respect to typical or capital plans, if I may call them such, pro-
posed for the construction of the canal. At present the work is pro-
ceeding under the typical plan of the French Canal Company, as modi-
fied by the first Panama Commission, which was the plan contemplated
by Congress at .the time of the passage of the Act providing for the.'
construction of the Isthmian Canal. Previous reports of the Commis-
sion and the Chief Engineer show that the work which can be done
for the next two years under this plan, is work that would be required
by any or all of the numerous plans from which a selection may be
made.
It is quite probable that the present plan is not the one which will
ultimately be adopted, and it therefore follows that in addition to the
executive work of excavation and construction, there is the important
work of examining, analyzing, classifying and reporting on the various
plans which are now or may hereafter be proposed," studying" and stat-
ing the arguments pro and con as to each, so that the whole Commis- :
sion may be advised as to the salient features of all the plans and then
without deciding what is the best plan in the first instance, may sub-
mit said plans to the Board of Consulting Engineers, which, by
direction of the President, is to be assembled during the coming year.
When the judgment of the Consulting Board is received, it will then
be incumbent upon the Commission, each member thereof- casting one
vote. to announce the determination of the Commissidn as to the proper
type and plan of canal. Meantime it would seem wise, but upon this
I express no opinion, for it is left to the discretion of the Commission"'
as a whole, that an engineering committee should be named for the
purpose of formulating the questions to be submitted to the Consulting
Board, the work of that committee to be performed by the chairman
and its members, as any committee work is discharged. This does:..:::f
not involve the subordination of any member of the Commission to'
the Chief Engineer as an assistant, for even if the Chief Engineer .'::
be the chairman of the committee as suggested in your communication, -
it only means on the part of all the members of the committee including::
the chairman, co-operation and co-ordination in the accomplishment. I
of a common endeavor.
It seems to me that in this way the functions of the executive aind
.of the engineering members of the Commission will not-conflict, andt';;..
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may be performed so as to facilitate prompt decision as to the best
type of canal and the best plan of that type. When a type and plan
shall have been finally determined upon by the President and Congress
after the recommendation of the Commission in passing on the views
of the Consulting Board, then the work of carrying out those plans
will be chiefly executive. It may be that even after that important
engineering questions will arise of such magnitude as still to require
the action of the Commission, but "Sufficient unto the day is the evil
thereof." It seems to me that I have indicated a workable solution
of the present difficulties which you have presented, and which does
nrot involve your subordination to the Chief Engineer as his assistants,
but retains you each as an equal member of the Canal Commission.
I have sent a copy of this letter to Mr. Shonts, and I hope that this
explanation of my view will dissipate the misapprehensions which seem
to have arisen.
Very sincerely yours,
WM. H. TAFT.
BRIG.-GEN. OSWALD H. ERNST, U. S. A.,
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THIRD MEETING.



Held at Washington, D. C., Thursday. April 27, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Shonts and Magoon.
The Chairman presented certain correspondence exchanged between
the Purchasing Agent of the Canal Commission and the Assistant
Purchasing Agent, Mr. Anderson, located in New York, relative td
securing warehouse and storage facilities for the better identification,
inspection and shipment of material to the Isthmus, the same affording
the following advantages:
All material purchased f. o. b.. New York, to be tallied at the
warehouse.
Inspection to be made there when practicable.
No material to be delivered at pier without identification.
Employment of checker at warehouse.
The Terminal Warehouse Company proposes to lease a portion of
the first floor of its building at the corner of 28th Street and 13th
Avenue, 50x25x0o0 feet, for one year with privilege of renewal, at
$2,00ooo per annum, such warehouse being 250 feet removed from the
pier of the Panama Railroad Ste'amship Company, at foot of 27th
Street; it was-
Resolved, That such rental be made and the Purchasing Agent
advised accordingly.







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FOURTH MEETING.


Held at Chicago, Illinois, Monday, May I, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Shonts and Wallace.
I. It was
Resolved, That the Purchasing Agent be directed to get in touch
with the manufacturers of the McCullough Rock Crusher and ask
them to bid on the second crusher, giving an efficiency guarantee,
specifying that they will be expected to set this machine up and operate
same to the satisfaction of the Chief Engineer before final payment
is made. This with the understanding that order for only one rock
crusher has been placed, that with the firm of Manning, Maxwell &
Moore.
2. Resolved, That the Purchasing Agent be directed to increase the
order for dump cars, from 1oo to 300.
3. Resolved, That an order be placed for twenty-five rock drills
with each the Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Company, the Rand Drill Com-
pany, the Sullivan Machinery Company, and the Chicago Pneumatic
Tool Company, in lieu of the two orders of fifty drills each placed with
the Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Company and the Rand Drill Company.



























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FIFTH MEETING.
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Held at Washington, D. C., Wednesday, May 3, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Shonts and Magoon.
I. The Head of the Department of Government and Sanitation
submitted his first report, which was approved and ordered spread upon
the minutes, as follows:
ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.
Report No. I.
From the Head of the Department of Gove'rnieAct and Sanitation to the
Executive Committee of thie Isthmian Canal Commission.
HON. THEODORE P. SHOTS,
Chairman, Executive Committee
of the Isthmian Canal Commission.
SIR:
I have the honor to bring to the attention of the Executive Com-
mittee, and to ask confirmation of my action in certain matters con-
nected with the Department of Government and Sanitation, as follows:
In re vacating the buildings at Empire, heretofore occupied by a
detachment of U. S. Marines, and devoting said buildings to the uses
of the Chief Engineer.
Conference was had with Major-General Elliot, head of the U. S.
Marine Corps, and communication had with MIajor-General George
W. Davis, Governor of the Canal Zone. by cable, as the result of which
General Davis was instructed to install the water supply and prepare
the buildings at Bas Obispo at the expense of the Commission, and with
as little delay as possible. General Davis was also advised to confer
with the Commandant of Marines and employ the services of the
Marines in the work of preparing the new quarters. General Elliot
issued orders for the transfer of the Marines from Empire to Bas
Obispo upon completion of arrangements to the latter point.
In re application of Rev. P. Odell Russell, Chaplain at Ancoh
Hospital. for increase of his salary from $45.00 to $125.oo per month;
favorably recommended by Colonel W. C. Gorgas, Medical Corps,
U. S. A., and supported by letter from his Grace the Bishop of Panama,
and very favorable reports respecting the applicant's efficiency and
character of service heretofore rendered.
Upon consideration and consultation with the Secretary of War,
it was determined that Chaplain Russell's salary should be the same
as that of a Chaplain in the U. S. Army, and it was therefore ordered
that dating from May Ist, 1905, his salary should be $125.oo per
month, gold, with quarters, but without board. General Davis was
advised by cablegram and the new appointment has been signed and
forwarded.
In re utilizing the office of the Surgeon-General U. S. Army, as
purchasing agency for medical stores and supplies for use in the
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Supplies of this. character have heretofore been secured through
the Public Health and Quarantine Service of the United States, but
on April 25th, I was advised by the Purchasing Agent, I. C. C., that
the Purveyor of the United States .Public Health and Quarantine
Service, theretofore stationeD in New York and available for our
purposes, was about to be removed to Washington and his service for
our purposes would be available no longer. Thereupon the request
was made of the Secretary of War to permit us to avail ourselves of
the services of the office of the Surgeon-General, U. S. Army. That
office reported favorably on the application, and the necessary orders
were issued. Until further orders, medical stores and supplies will be
secured through that channel, and the Purchasing Agent of the Com-
mission should be so advised.
In re increase of personnel in the Department of Health, Govern-
ment of the Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama, and the force of common
laborers employed in the work of sanitation on the Isthmus.
I am in receipt of a letter dated April 4, 1905, from Major-General
George W. Davis, U. S. A. (Retired), Governur of the Canal Zone.
transmitting estimates for the personnel of Ancon Hospital; Colon
Hospital; Office of Chief Sanitary Officer; Office of Director of Hos-
pitals; Maritime Quarantine Service; Panama Quarantine Station;
Health Department of Panama; Street Department; Mosquito Brigade:
Contagious Diseases; Health Department of Colon; Asylum fbr W
the. Insane; Chronic Diseases and Lepers; Pedro Miguel Hospital;
Paraiso Hospital; Bas Matachin Hospital; Liamboa and Las Obispo
Hospital, for the year commencing July Ist, 1905. The estimates sub-
mitted are recommended by Colonel W. C. Gorgas, Medical Corps.
U. S. Army, Chief Sanitary Officer, Isthmian Canal Commission, and
are based upon the proposition that the forces of the Commission will
be largely augmented by July Ist, 1905. The present personnel of the
Department of Health was based upon the necessities of the case, as
they appeared in August, 1904, and I have no doubt is inadequate for the
conditions which will arise during the twelve months immediately suc-
ceeding July Ist, 1905. I submit herewith a recapitulation of these
estimates, from which it appears that the present organization calls for
an annual expenditure of $319,258.oo00. The estimates submitted show
a decrease in certain offices, aggregating $29,344.oo, but an expansion
of the force of the Health Department necessitating increased expend-
iture, so that the total amount necessary for salaries is $469,398.00,
making a net increase of $150,r4o.oo.
To this must be added $187,o46.oo, for payment of laborers em-
ployed in the health offices of Panama and Colon, and on the work and
sanitation of the Zone, making a total for salaries and wages of $656,-
444.oo. I am not advised as to the amount heretofore expended for
the item of common labor, and therefore cannot state whether or not
an increase is desired.
This estimate does not include the cost of buildings, medical stores,
etc. No estimates for these have been received.
I take it that it is unnecessary to discuss the paramount importance
of supplying adequate means for the accomplishment of the great work
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mission to accomplish the best possible results in the matter of sanita:;i
tion in the least possible time.
I have examined these estimates with care and with such personal :-i
knowledge of the situation as I have heretofore acquired, and deter- .',
mined to rely upon the recommendation tf the Chief Sanitary Officer .:
and to approve his recommendation, with certain additions which in-
volve a further increase as follows":
The expansion of the force involves considerable increase of duty
and responsibility upon the heads of the several offices and institutions .
included within the Department of Health, and this increase of duty
and responsibility will take place immediately upon beginning the work
of arranging for the expansion and selecting the members of the addi-
tional personnel. After conferring with the Secretary of War and as-
certaining that he would approve the action, I have determined, subject
to the approval of the Executive Committee, to increase the salaries
of said officers as follows:

PRESENT PROPOSED
NAME OF OFFICE. SALARY. SALARY. INCREASE.
Chief Sanitary Office................... $7,500 $ro,aoo $2,500
Director of Hospitals.................... 7,000 8,oo ,ooo0
Chief Quarantine Officer................. 6.000 7,ooo 1,000
Superintendent of Ancon Hospital........ 6,ooo 7,000 I,ooo
Superintendent of Colon Hospital ........ 4,ooo 5,ooo 1,000
Health Officer of the Panama Health Office 3,000 3,600 600
Health Officer of the Colon Health Office. 2,400 3,000 6oo
Resident Physician, Emergency Hospital
along line of canal................... 2,400 3,000 6oo each
Chief Sanitary Inspector................. 3,000 3,600 6oo
Total ............................ $4T,300 $50,200 $8,9oo
NoTE.-The amount of increase resulting from the additional com-
pensation to each resident physician of the emergency hospitals along
the line will depend upon the number of hospitals established.
It is not intended that the expansion provided for in these estimates
will be effected by July Ist. 1905. The purpose of the present action
is to authorize the expansion, and to accomplish it at such time as neces-
sity may require. In connection with this subject, I submit the follow-
ing communications:
One letter from Major-General George W. Davis, Governor of the
Zone, dated April 4, 1905.
Two letters from Colonel W. C. Gorgas. Chief Sanitary Officer, each
dated Mafch 3, 1905.
One letter from Colonel W. C. Gorgas, Chief Sanitary Officer, dated
March 14, 1905.
One letter, with exhibit attached, from Dr. H. R. Carter, Acting
Director of Hospitals, dated March 8, 1905.
One letter from Dr. H. R. Carter, Acting Director of Hospitals,
dated March I, 1905.
I have the honor to request the adoption by the Executive Commit- ,
tee of the following resolution:
Resolved, That the action of the Head of the Department of Gov.-
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of the personnel of the Department of Health, Government of the
Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama, and the increase of the salaries of
the heads of the several offices and institutions included within that
department, is hereby approved.
That authority is hereby given to expend the sum of $478,298.00,
or so much thereof as may be necessary, in the payment of salaries of
officers and employees of said Health Department, for the fiscal year
beginning July I, 1905.
That authority is hereby given to expend the sum of $187,o46.oo,
or so much thereof as may be necessary, for the employment of labor-
ers in the work of sanitation upon the Isthmus of Panama.
The expenses incurred and the moneys disbursed in payment
thereof, to be in accordance with the requirements of the law and the
rules and regulations governing expenses and disbursements of the
Isthmian Canal Commission, in the work of constructing the Isthmian
Canal connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
I also request the adoption by the Executive Committee of the fol-
lowing:
Resolved, That the action of the Head of the Department of Gov-
ernment and Sanitation, as set forth in the following order, is hereby
ratified and approved:
ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION,
WASHINGTON, D. C., April 24, 1905.
It is hereby ordered that on and after May I, 1905, the compensa-
tion of the officers of the Department of Health. Government of the
Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama, hereinafter designated as follows:
The Chief Sanitary Officer shall receive a salary of ,$o.ooo per
annum; the Director of Hospitals shall receive a salary of $8.ooo per
annum; the Chief Quarantine Officer shall receive a salary of $7,000
per annum; the Superintendent of Ancon Hospital shall receive a
salary of $7,000 per annum; the Superintendent of Colon Hospital
shall receive a salary of $5,ooo per annum: the Health Officer of the
SPanama Health Office shall receive a salary of $3,600 per annum; the
Health Officer of the Colon Health Office shall receive a salary of
$3,00ooo per annum.
Each resident physician in charge of an Emergency Hospital along
the line of the Canal shall receive a salary of $3,000 per annum; the
Chief Sanitary Inspector shall receive a salary of $3,600 per annum.
In addition to such salaries, each of said officers during his term of
office shall be furnished quarters.
CHARLES E. MAGOON,
Head of the Department of Government and Sanitation,
Isthmian Canal Commission.
APPROVED:
WM. H. TAFT, Secretary of War.






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RECAPITULATION.

TOTAL ANNUAL SALARIES.

PRESENT PROPOSED
ORGANIZATION. ORGANIZATION. INCREASE. DECREASE..

Ancon Hospital .............. $ 10.564 $203,200 $92,636 ........
Colon Hospital .............. 48,604 78,772 30,168 ........
Office, Chief Sanitary Officer.. 17,300 30,000 12,700 ........
Office, Director of Hospitals... 13,00 ........ ....... $13,600
Maritime Quarantine Service. 7,500 7,500 ........ .....
Panama Quarantine Station... 14,180 11,360 ...... 2,820
Colon Quarantine Station.... 7,820 8,900 ,80 ..........
Detention Barracks, Colon... 3,420 3,336 ........ 84
Immigrant Building, Colon.... ,5oo 1,500 ........ ........
Sanitary Service, Canal Zone.. 39,180 37,980. ........ 1,2o
Health Dept., Panama Office.. 8,700 8,400 ........ 300
Health Dept., Panama Street
Dept. ....................... 1,100 8,400 ........ 2,700
Health Dept., Panama Mosqui-
to Brigade................. ........ 1,2oo ,oo ........
Health Dept., Panama Conta-
gious Diseases ............. ........ 2,400 2,400 .. ..
Health Dept., Colon.......... 9,600 8,88o ........ 720
Asylum for the Insane, Chronic
Diseases and Lepers........ 7.530 16,170 8,640 ........
Pedro Miguel Hospital....... ........ 4,920 4,920 ........
Paraiso Hospital ............. ........ 4,920 4,920 .. ..
Bas Matachin Hospital ....... ......... 4.920 4920 ........
Gamboa and Bas Obispo Hos-
pital .............. ... ..... ........ 4,920 4,920 ........
Culebra Hospital ............ 5,820 7,200 1.380 ........
Gorgona Hospital ............ 4,320 4,920 600 ........
Bohio H ospital............... 4,320 ............ 4,320
Panama, Corozal & La Boca
Disnensary .............. ........ 4,200 4,200 ........
Cristobal & Line as far as
Bohio Dispensary ......... ........ 4,200 4,200 ........
Empire Dispensary .......... ........ 600 6oo ........
Physicians in charge of Dis-
pensaries .................. 3,6oo ........ ........ 3,6oo
Convalescent Station, Taboga
Island ..................... 6oo00 6oo ........ ........

Grand total .......... $3T9,258 $469,398 $179,484 $29,344
29,344
N et increase .............................. $150,140

Laborers for Health Offices,
Panama and Colon, and San-
itation of Zone............. 187,046

Total salaries and wages...... $656,444

NOTE.-This estimate does not include cost of buildings, supplies, medical
stores, etc. No estimates for these have been received.

2. The President presented a communication from the Secretary
and Treasurer of the Panama Railroad Company requesting an opinion
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Department on the Isthmus, is entitled to compensation from the Rail-
road Company in his capacity of Commissary, in view of the relations
of both interests to the United States Government; it was
Resolved, That the Chief of the Department of Material and Sup-
plies should not be given additional compensation by the Panama Rail-
road Company by reason of his duties as Commissary, but that if the
responsibilities of the position demanded, and it was necessary to retain
or secure the services of a qualified person, the question of necessity
for increased compensation would be determined by the Isthmian Canal
Commission without the consideration of extra pay from the funds of
the Panama Railroad Company.















Held at Washington, D. C., Saturday, May 6, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Shonts and Magoon.
I. On motion of Commissioner Magoon, the Purchasing Agent was
instructed to insert in each contract for the purchase of material, sup-
plies, etc., a provision as follows, the amount of the reduction by reason
of default to be fixed and determined by the Purchasing Agent at the
time the contract is entered into:
"In case said party of the second part shall fail or'neglect to deliver
the goods at the time and place herein stipulated, the purchase price
hereinbefore set forth shall be reduced in the sum of $- for each
day such default continues, or until the goods are supplied.by purchase
in the open market or otherwise, by the Commission."
2. The President presented a communication from' the Disbursing
Officer on the Isthmus, dated April 24th, transmitting the resignation
of a clerk in his office; on motion, it was
Resolved, That as the power of appointment carries with it author-
ity to accept resignations, all resignations should be accepted by the
Head or Acting Head of the Department in which the person was em-
ployed, and that if resignations were tendered by persons in the De-
partment presided over by the Chairman on the Isthmus, they should
be provisionally accepted by the Head of the Auditing Office on the
Isthmus, and that a report of all such resignations should be made to
the Office of Administration at Washington, in connection with other
reports of changes in the personnel, in order that the Washington Office
may at all times have a complete service record of the officers and em-
ployees of the Isthmian Canal Commission.
3. The Chairman presented a communication from the General
Auditor, showing the condition of the appropriation for the Canal, on
May I, 1905, and directed that the same be spread upon the minutes:
ISTHMIANN CANAL COMMISSION,
OFFICE OF AUDITOR,
WASHINGTON, D. C., May 5, 1905.
TO THE CHAIRMAN,
ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION.
SIR:
SIn accordance with your verbal request, I have the honor to state
that the balance to the credit of the appropriation, "Canal Connecting
the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans," on May 1, 1905, was $7,178,932.74.
During the month of March, 1905, the total disbursements were,
for salaries and wages $226,374.23; other expenditures, including sup-
plies and materials purchased, $228,87553; a total of $455,249.76 for
the month.
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It is estimated that the monthly expenditures from May I, 1905, to
January I, 1906, will amount to $600,ooo. On this basis the expendi-
tures for the entire period would be $4,800,ooo.oo.
Which, deducted from the balance to the credit of the appropriation
on May I, would leave a balance on January I, 1906, of $2,378,932.74.
On May I, 1905, contracts had been entered into for which pay-
ments had not been made in the aggregate amount of $964,343.37,
under the agreements, deliveries, and consequently the accrued indebt-
edness, in part, on the first of the coming year, so that the balance at
that time would equalize this balance, and there would be an outstand-
ing indebtedness of say $1.ooo.ooo.oo on January l, 1906.
If we deduct this liability from the $2,378,932.74. otherwise esti-
mated as being our available fund, the same would he reduced to $i,-
378,932.74.
I believe it reasonably safe that these are the outside figures, and
that they will not be exceeded unless there are purchases made or con-
tracts entered into which at this time have not been contemplated by
present plans of the Commission.
Respectfully,
E. S. BENSON,
General Auditor.
4. A form for use in the Office of Administration at Washington in
making provisional employment in behalf of the Heads of Depart-
ments, as requisitioned by such Departments, and setting forth the
allowances and conditions governing such employment, was submitted
and approved, as next attached, and this is a part of these minutes.
5. The question of method of despatching cables was considered,
and it was-
Resolved, That to centralize this important method of communica-
tion, and in the interests of economy, cables from Washington to Pan-
ama would be addressed to the Head of the Department to which they
pertained, and not to the many different sub-heads, the intent being that
the Head of the Department would make the proper distribution of the
data contained in the cables, and that, to afford a better understanding,
copies of all cables would be exchanged by these two Heads on the
Isthmus. All cables from the Isthmus to the United States are to be
sent to the one address used to designate the Office of Administration
at Washington, and to be distributed to the officials interested by that
central authority.


(Form No. Iio.)
OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF ISTHMIAN CANAL AFFAIRS
IN BEHALF OF
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CANAL ZONE,
THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE COMMISSION.
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION.
WASHINGTON, D. C.
You are hereby provisionally employed as for duty on the
Isthmiis of Panama, your compensation to be for the performance

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of such duties as may be determined by "The Governor of the Canal-
Zone, the Chief Engineer of the Commission, the Chairman of the Com-
mission," to serve at the pleasure of that official, subject only to the
allowances and conditions shown on the reverse of this sheet.
This paper should be presented by you upon arrival in the harbor
at Colon to the authorized representative of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission, who will come aboard ship at that port and advise you as to
your assignment to duty.
Very respectfully,

Assistant Chief of Office.


EMtPLOYEES \VHiSi S.\..IERS ARE FINED ON A MONTHLY OR ANNUAL
BASIS.
Services ullst he Satisfactory to the Head of the Department in which
Employed.
The salaries of such employees begin upon the date of embarkation
at port of departure from the United States. They will be granted
free transportation from port of departure, which includes meals on
the steamer, but \\ill be required to pay all expenses of the journey to
that city. which is not to be refunded. Where practicable, and in the
best interests of the service, they will be provided with such quarters
on the Isthmus as may be available from time to time, and if such
quarters are not available they will be granted, in lieu thereof, a sum
payable monthly equal to 15 per cent. of their monthly compensation.
They inay be granted, in the discretion of the head of the Depart-
ment in which employed, leave of absence at the rate of six weeks for
each twelve months of service rendered, or at the rate of 3,4 days for
each full month's service actually rendered, such leave to be accumula-
tive for a period of two years, and to be granted at any time after eight
months' service, in the discretion of the head of the Department. If
such leave is granted they will be entitled to the Government rate of
$20oeach way on the steamers of the Panama Railroad and Steamship
Company, operating between New York and Colon. This grant of
leave of absence is not to be considered a vested right, but is made to
promote the welfare and interests of the service, and compensation for
the period of their leave will not be paid until after their return to duty..
Employees whose salaries are fixed on a monthly or annual basis
will receive no extra pay for overtime work required of them.
Free medical and hospital attendance in case of illness is provided,
and free transportation to a port of the United States upon the termina-
tion of satisfactory service, the character and length of such service to
be determined by the head of the Department.
Members of the immediate families of such employees will, upon
request, when the exigencies of the steamship service permit, be granted
the Government rate of $20 between New York and Colon. No charge-` ,
will be made for children under six years of age, and half rates will be
charged for children between the ages of six and twelve years. Em-
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The assignment of duties is vested in the head of the Department
in which employed, and employees are expected to perform such duties
as may be assigned them by competent authority.
HO1'RLV EMPLOYEES.
Services Must be Satisfactory to the Head of the Department in which
Employed.
Employees appointed with rate of pay per hour will be allowed com-
pensation on a basis of a ten-hour day from the date of departure from
port of embarkation until they actually enter upon the performance of
their duties, after which time their wages will be based on a ten-hour
day, with time and a half for overtime work, including Sundays and
holidays, but will not be entitled to any leave of absence with pay.
They will be granted free transportation from port of departure in the
United States, including meals, but will be required to pay all expenses
of the journey to that city, which is not to be refunded. Where practi-
cable, and in the best interests of the service, they will be provided with
such quarters on the Isthmus as may be available from time to time,
and if such quarters are not available they will be granted, in lieu
thereof, a sum, payable monthly, equal to 15 per cent. of their compen-
sation, based on 260 hours per month.
Free medical and hospital attendance in case of illness is provided,
and free transportation to a port of the United States upon the termina-
tion of satisfactory service, the character and length of such service to
be determined by the head of the Department.
Members of the immediate families of such employees will, upon re-
quest, when the exigencies of the steamship service permit, be granted
the Government rate of $20 between New York and Colon. No charge
will be made for children under six years of age, and half rates will be
charged for children between the ages of six and twelve years. Em-
ployees will not he permitted to take their families to the Isthmus until
they have gone there first and secured quarters for them.
The assignment of duties is vested in the head of the Department
in which employed, and employees are expected to perform such duties
as may be assigned them by competent authority.


















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SEVENTH MEETING. .



Held at Washington, D. C., Monday, May 8, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Shonts, Magoon and Wallace.
I. The Chief of Office presented all correspondence with the Cen-
tral and South American Telegraph Company in regard to granting
said Company an exclusive franchise for Government business between
the United States and the Isthmus, at a rate of 25 cents per word be-
tween the Isthmus and Galveston, the present rate being 55 cents per
word.
A tentative agreement as drawn by the Counsel of the Central and
South American Telegraph Company was read, and after discussion,
on motion, it was
Resolved, That the Chief of Office be authorized and directed to
enter into a tentative agreement, subject to the approval of the Isth-
mian Canal Commission and the Panama Railroad Company, with the
Central and South .American Telegraph Company, for the exclusive
transmission of cable communications, and submit the same for the
approval of those bodies.
2. The Chairman presented a communication from the Post-Office
Department, addressed tc it by the Secretary and Treasurer of the
Panama Railroad Company, in regard to an application of the Gov-
ernment telegraph rates to messages received and sent by that corpora-
tion ; on motion, it was
Resolved, That the .Panama Railroad Company be advised that as
it is an independent and separate corporation, in our view it is not feas-
ible to take the position that officials and employees of the same are
officials and employees of the United States Government, and there-
fore entitled to the benefit of the Government contract telegraph rates.

3. The president presented a communication from the Governor
of the Canal Zone, transmitting a request of the Chief Nurse of the
Ancon Hospital, asking commutation of rations while op leave of ab-
sence from February 15th to March 28th, at the rate of $i.oo per day;
on motion, it was
Resolved, That officials and employees of the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission whose compensation while on duty carries with it subsistence,
will not be entitled to subsistence or commutation in lieu thereof while
on leave of absence. ..
4. The President presented a copy of a proposed Auditing Organ-
ization for the Canal, Canal Zone, and the Panama Railroad, which,' '
after discussion and modification, was approved, as follows: .


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AUDITING ORGANIZATION OF THE ISTHMIAN CANAL, CANAL ZONE,
AND PANAMA RAILROAD.
The accounts of the Isthmian Canal Commission, Government of
the Canal Zone, and Panama Railroad Company, to be in charge of'the
General Auditor, located at Washington, who will .have full control
and full authority in respect to the methods and system of accounts
to be followed, and whose jurisdiction shall be exclusive, and shall
extend over all departments, so far as relates to the accounts of the
above organizations.
A Chief Deputy to the General Auditor in charge of the Auditing
Office at Washington, representing the General Auditor as occasion
may require, and performing such general duties as the General Auditor
may prescribe.
A Local Auditor in charge of the Accounts of the Panama Rail-
road, located at New York.
A Local Auditor in charge of the accounts of the Panama Railroad,
located on the Isthmus, who reports to the Local Auditor in New
York. The accounts audited on the Isthmus being taken up on the
books of the New York office.
A Local Auditor in charge of the accounts of the Isthmian Canal
Conunission and the accounts of the Government of the Canal Zone,
located on the Isthmus.
The accounts audited on the Isthmus for the Isthmian Canal Com-
mlission to be forwarded to the \ashington Office of the General
Auditor for incorporation in the reports and exhibits covering the con-
struction of the Canal.
The Local Auditors in charge of the accounts of the Panama Rail-
road, and the Local Auditor of the Isthmian Canal Commission and
Government of Canal Zone, are subject to the jurisdiction and instruc-
tions of the General Auditor, in all matters pertaining to the duties of
their offices.
Original record of accounts of the Government of the Canal Zone
will be kept on the Isthmus, duplicate records of all transactions in
relation thereto to be kept in the office of the General Auditor at Wash-
ington.
All accounts of the Isthmian Canal Commission, whether audited in
Washington or on the Isthmus. to be sent to the Treasury Department
through the Washington office: necessary duplicates to be retained in
the office of the General Auditor.
A comprehensive system of bookkeeping and accounting methods
in line with existing laws to be adopted for the construction of the
Isthmian Canal.
A recommendation for proper executive action to provide an ac-
counting system for the Government of the Canal Zone to be fashioned
after those of the Government of the Philippine Islands, so far as prac-
ticable.
BUREAU OF MATERIAL AND SUPPLIES.
A Chief of Bureau in charge of the handling and disbursing of all
material and supplies for the construction of the Isthmian Canal, and
for the sanitation and Government of the Canal Zone.
The Bureau of Material and Supplies to be under the jurisdiction


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of the Head of the Department of Construction and Engineering, there
being a separate storekeeper in charge of the handling and disbursing
of supplies for the Department of Government and Sanitation, who
shall be appointed upon the recommendation of the Head of that De-
partment.
The Bureau of Material and Supplies to be subject to the control
and instructions of the General Auditor in respect to the proper ac-
counting for material and supplies.
TIIME-KEEPING BUREAU.
It is reconuicenled that a tinme-keeping bureau be organized on the
Isthmus under the jurisdiction of the Chief Engineer. covering labor
employed in the construction of the Isthmian Canal: and under the Gov-
ernor of the Canal Zone covering labor employed for sanitation and
*;,-verV mient of thi Canal 'i.ne. Rtles and regulations for the proper
keeping of time of employees to be prescribed or approved by the Gen-
eral Auditor.
E. S. BENSON,
General Auditor.
WASHINGTON. D. C., AIay 2, 1905.
5. The Chairman presented a communication from the General
Auditor inquiring whether or not the practice of the former Commis-
sion not to place marine insurance on shipments of supplies to the
Isthmus should be continued, stating that such practice is consistent
\ith Governmental methods; it was-
RI'solved. That, consistent with the policy outlined in a former meet-
ing of the Executive Committee with reference to shipments of cur-
rency, no insurance would be placed by the Commission upon the ship-
ments of supplies to the Isthmus.
6. The action of the Governor of the Canal Zone in fixing the salary
of MA. C. Rerdell, as Treasurer of the Municipality of Cristobal, at $125,
gold, per month, with no compensation as Judge, a position also held
by. him, the effect of which is to afford a net increase in salary to Mr.
Rerdell of $25 per month, and which is favorably recommended by
Commissioner Magoon, was approved.
7. The action of the governor r of the Canal Zone in appointing Mr.
Tadeo Paredes as Secretary and Treasurer of the Municipality of
Gorgona, at $75 per month, with no compensation as Mayor, a position
also held by him, and which is favorably recommended by Commis-
sioner Magoon, was approved.
8. The action of the Executive Committee, as set forth in the min-
utes of May 6th, approving a form of employment, with rules and reg-
ulations governing employment, to be used by the Office of Adminis-
tration in behalf of the Heads of Departments, was submitted to the
Chief Engineer, who approves the same.








MINUTES, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.


EIGHTH MEETING.



Held at New York, N. Y., Tuesday, May 16, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Shonts, lagoon and Wallace.
i. It was
Rcsolved, That the Chairman of the Isthmian Canal Commission
is hereby authorized to sign for and on behalf of the Commission the
Memorandum of Agreement. dated April 29, 1905. by and between the
United States Isthmian Canal Commission, the Panama Railroad Com-
pany, the Republic of Panama. acting through \illiam Nelson Crom-
well, its fiscal Commissioner in the United States: Messrs. Ehrman
and Company, a co-partnership; Messrs. Isaac Brandon and Brothers
a co-partnership; the International Banking Corporation, a corporation
organized under the laws of Connecticut. and the Americ.un Trade De-
veloping Company. a corporation organized under the laws of New
Jersey, respecting the maintenance of the parity of the Panama coinage
and the price of exchange between the Republic of Panaina and the
United States.
2. It was
Resolved, That appointments to service with the Isthmian Canai
Commission made by the Chairman, the Chief Engineer, or the Gov-
ernor of the Canal Zone, shall be binding on the Commission until such
appointment is disapproved by the Executive Committee or the (Corn-
mission. Notice of each appointment made by the Head of a Depart-
ment shall be reported promptly to the Executive Committee for its
action thereon forthwith. The Executive Committee, if it disapproves
any appointment, shall at once give notice to the Head of Department
in which such appointee shall be employed, to the General Auditor,
and to the Disbursing Officer. and such employee shall be immediately
dropped from the rolls. The Head of a Department may delegate to a
member or members of his immediate corps of assistants the power to
sign for and in his behalf appointments to service within the department
over which he presides.
3. The Chairman presented a communication from the Chief of
Material and Supplies Department, setting forth that that Department
is without authority to make emergency purchases, and recommending
the temporary appointment of Victor S. Jackson to the position of
Isthmian Purchasing Agent; it was
Resolved, That Victor S. Jackson be appointed Isthmian Purchas-
ing Agent, with authority to make only emergency purchases, when
approved, either by the Chief Engineer or the Governor of the Canal
Zone.
4. The Chairman presented a'communication from the General
SAuditor, Isthmian Canal Affairs, inviting attention to a paragraph
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80 MNl.UTITS, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

April 3, 1905, providing that "vouchers and contracts to be taken in":
sufficient number of original to at all times furnish to the office at
Washington a complete set thereof," and asking to be informed as to
whether or not his office would be required to secure all vouchers in
quadruplicate, including the autograph signature to receipts and cer-
tificates to each of the four copies. The communication stated that -
the only requirement of the United States Statutes is that the original
voucher shall go to the Auditor for the War Department with the ac-
count-current of the Disbursing I.)fficer for his file of retained papers,
one to the Local Auditor on the Isthmus, and one to the General
.uditor at Washington. if the Commission ruled that this meets the
requirements of the paragraph above referred to. Tihe communication
also suggested the practicability, in case legible water copies cannot be
obtained, of preparing certified copies for any or "all of the officers
named, where it is not practicable to secure the necessary number -of
originals. Further, that the securing of more than one receipt upon
pay-rolls will delay payments, and to secure four receipts for each pay- '
ment will be impracticable: it was
Rcsoh'cd. That it is the sense of the Commission that vouchers,
pay-rolls and accounts-current covering all transactions of the Isth-
mian Canal Commission and the Government of the Canal Zone shall
be taken when practicable in sufficient numbers to afford a complete
file of original papers for the General Auditor at Washington, and an-
other for the Local Auditor on the Canal Zone, in addition to the copies
required by the Auditor for the War Department. and those desired by
the disbursing officer for his files. The General Aud;tor is authorized
to exercise reasonable discretion in regard to securing original papers
for these purposes. Whenever. in the opinion of the General Auditor,,
it is impracticable or inexpedient to obtain all papers in quadruplicate,r'
he is authorized to substitute therefore other copies properly authenti-
cated, including certified abstract and impression copies of abstracts
and vouchers.
Further. that it is the desire of the Commission that the General
Auditor's office at Washington and the office of the Local Auditor on
the Canal Zone shall be prepared at all times to furnish on authorized
request, complete data concerning the fiscal affairs under the control'..
of the Isthmian Canal Commission, and to this end each office shall:
be provided with properly authenticated abstracts and vouchers, as
provided in the preceding section, covering all settlements made by the
other office, and shall retain permanently in its files full and exact
*copies of all settlements made within these respective offices.
5. The action of Governor Davis in transferring Mr. Howard' "":
Ferguson from the Executive Office to the Sanitary Department and'
assigning him to duty in the Colon Health Office, with salary of $1,50oo 0
per annum-the same salary as received by Mr. Ferguson while serv-'"
ing in the Executive Office-was approved.
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NINTH MEETING.



Held at Panama, May 24, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Magoon and Wallace.
I. On motion, Commissioner Magoon was designated as Acting
Chairman.
2. The Chief Engineer called attention to the fact that appoint-
ments and promotions in his department subsequent to April, 1905,
had not been approved by the Isthmian Canal Commission; that power
to make this approval now being vested in the Executive Committee,
it was
Resolved, That all appointments or promotions heretofore made
by the Chief Engineer or Governor of the Canal Zone, be and hereby
are ratified, approved and confirmed.
By virtue of the foregoing resolution, the following appointments
and promotions stand approved:

As Stenographers and Typewriters at $1,500 per annum.


Howard B. Hopps......
Gerhard F. Schmitt....
Dana C. McDonald....
Louis A. Poltrino......
William P. Simpson....
T. Paul Wilcox........
Robert H. Dodson......
John A. Power........
Frank M. Dearborn....
Frank J. Sanborn......
Fred. W. Reuter.......
David R. Wolverton....
Arthur E. Start........
M. Edison Pellett......
Hugh F. Farrell........
Edgar Lowe ...........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


A pril 2 ...............
A pril 2 ...............
April 8................
April o1 ...............
A pril 10...............
April 25...............
A pril 12...............
A pril 17 ...............
A pril 15 ...............
April 17 ..............
A pril 12...............
A p'ril 15 ...............
April 15...............
April 17...............
April 22.................
M ay 3 .................


New Orleans.
New York.
San Francisco.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
San Francisco.
New York.
New Orleans.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
New York.
New York.
New York.


As Stenographers and Typewriters at $r,200 per annum.


Rose E. Lueiell........
T heo. E. Longabaugh..
Geo. W. Waldie........
SRalph W. Henry......
Willis A. Simmons.....
Gustav C. Hertz........
Lon. C. Stevenson......
iHorace R. Fowle......


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April 12 ...............
April r7...............
April 17...............
A pril 12...............
April 17 ...............
A pril 12...............
April 22...............
M ay 3 .................


SAs Carpenters at $1oo per nonth.


Thomas Ogden ........
J. Olive Gist...........
Robert C. Schutt.......
Charles Marlman ......
SCharles F. Barre ......


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April


10................
10 ...............
12................
4....... ...... .
4................
4-


New
New
New
New
New
New
New
New


York.
York.
York.
York.
York.
Orleans.
York.
York.


New
New
New
New
New


York.
York.
York.
York.
York.




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As Carpenters at $Ioo per month (Continued).


George Kabel .........
George E. Sellar.......
R. L. Reum.............
A. W. Simons..........
H. F. Bauserman......
C. J. Phagan..........
Otto L. Zerbel.........
Scott R. Taylor........
John F. Johnson .......
rheo. A. Stone ........
Frank S. Buchanan.....
Armour E. Thayer.....
A. H. Kingsbury......
Robert E. Patterson....
R. L. Negus............
L. L. Lounsbury........
George Anderson ......
B. S. Sturtevant ........
Jeremiah F. Kirby......
Edwin Rozzell ........
William R. Owen......
George W. David......
Jacob M iller ..........
Frank G. Scott........
Henry-W. Pease.......
W. H. H. Brady........
Fred. Darres ..........
i. A K itts.............
E. E. Harrod...........
R. Sharp ..............
John M. Corson........
Samuel L. Keyes......
C. A. Carroll..........
Ernest L. Bitley........
Arthur Bredlaw ......
Felix B. W inter........
Henry G. Edgington....
A. G. Evans ............
A. P. W hite............


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April 4 ...............
April 4...............
April ro...............
April o. ..............
A pril 28...............
April 5 ...............
A pril 4 ................
April 12. ..............
A pril 17...............
A pril 19...............
A pril 17............. .
A pril 12...............
A pril 12...............
A pril o ...............
A pril io...............
A pril o ...............
A pril 12...............
A pril 17...............
A pril 17...............
A pril 12...............
A pril 15...............
A pril 15...............
A pril 15 ...............
April 12. ...............
A pril 17...............
A pril 15 ...............
A pril 19...............
April 15...............
A pril 19...............
A pril 17 ...............
A pril 17...............
A pril 17 ...............
A pril 17...............
April 29)...............
A pril 29...............
A pril 22...............
A pril 28...............
M ay 3 .................
April 28...............


New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
San-Francisco.
New Orleans.
New York.
San Francisco.
New Orleans.
San Francisco.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.


As Carpenters at $1,ooo per annum.


John C. Coontz........
Joe Ramsey ...........
Albert F. M iller........
Chas. A. Koehler......
Dan. St. Clair .........
P. S. Griffin...........
Andrew C. Patterson...
Edward Slayback ......
David R. Candlish......
Clyde N. Nelson.......
John F. Knapp..........
Sam'l Booth ..........
Roy McCandless........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
Aoril
April
April
April
April


5 ... .. .. .. .. .. ..
5 ................
5-------------
2 ... ............
12 ...............
17 ...............
15 ...............
15 ...............
17 ...............
15...............
15...............
12 ...............


New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
New York.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
New Orleans.


As Carpenters at $goo per annum.


Raleigh F. Werts...... Sails April
Mack Ramsey ......... Sails April
James V. Miller........ Sails April


12............... New York.
12............... New Orleans.
12............... New York.


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As Carpenters at 35c., gold, per hour.


Fred. B. Maddock......
Geo. H. Maddock......
Con Murphyv...........
Robert Murphy .......


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


A pril o ...............
A pril 12...............
M ay 3.................
M ay 3.................


New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.


As Foremen Carpenters at $1,200 per annum.


William H. Macfarlane.
George W. Greer......
William B. Strickland..
W illiam Laier .........
Robert F. Christie......
John' F. Mehegan......
Melvine L. Lancaster...
J. W W alter..........
M T. M iller...........
William Harrison .....
William T. Fox........
Oscar T. Coulson......
Thomas L. Rea........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April


o1 ............ ..
o. ..............
1o. ............
12 ...............

59 ...............
1 .. .. .... ... ...
12 ... .. ..... .... .
15.-.-..........
17...............
7 ...............
22 ...............


New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New York.
New Orleans.
San Francisco.
New York.
New York.
San Francisco.


As Foremen Bridge Carpenters at $125, gold, per month.

D. E. Harrington...... Sails April 4................ New York.
Henry A. Campbell..... Sails April Io.............. New York.

As Foremen at $r,20oo er annum.


Carl A. Montelin......
Michael J. Gearin......
Thos. F. Cody.........
John F. Rohr..........
Geo. W. Rush..........
H. J. Harrington.....
Jas. D. Kirkpatrick....
John J. Burton........
Robt. S. McComb......
William J. Fallon......
Newton S.- Mack......
Eugene McCullum......
James C. Sutherland....
J. C. Zimmerman......
Lee L. Fenley...........
Chas. C. Gerard........
James L. Aldridge......


Sails
Sails
Sail's
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April


10 ...............
12...............
4...............
12 ...............
125 ...............
15 ...............
15. ..............

22...............
28 ...............
28 ...............
28 ............. .


M ay 3.................
April 29............
M ay 6.................
M ay 3.................


New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
New Orleans.


As Bridge Carpenter at $r,200 per annum.

James Y. West......... Sails April 26............... New Orleans.

As Bridge Carpenters at $r,ooo per annum.

Matthew D. Cantwell... Sails April 28............... New York.
George H. Skinner.... Sails May 3................. New York.

As General Foremen at $o50 per month.

George F. Tait......... Sails April 28............... New York.
Henry M. Smith....... Sails May 3................. New York.
John J. Condon,......, Sails May 3.............. New York.









84 MINUTES, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

As Foreman at $1,500 per annum.

Wm. J. Thompson...... Sails May 6................ San Francisco.


As Foremen at $S,ooo per annum.


William T. James......
Jacob Cohen ..........
Ellef Ellefson .........
Arthur Thill .........
M. M. Holland........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


A pril 15...............
A pril 17...............
A pril 12...............
A pril io...............
M ay 6.................


San Francisco.
New York.
New York.
New York.
San Francisco.


As Foremen Pipe Fitters at $I,20o per annum.


John N. Bailey..........
David W. Wilkes......
William E. Maxon.....
Chas. McNeill........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April


4 ................
19 ...............
12 ...............
19...............


New York.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.


As Foremen Masons at $125, gold, per month.

W m. C. Dotson........ Sails April 12............... New York.
John J. Conion........ Sails April 17.............. New York.

As Trainmen at $90, gold, per month. -


Timothy B. Culligan....
Harry Rae Galbraith...
W. H. Carmedy.........
Henry W. Hefele......


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


A pril 17...............
April 17...............
A pril 22...............
April 28...............


As Trainmen at $1,ooo per annum.


Alvin J. Detemple......
Edward J. Hayes......
Wm. L. Wilson.......
John H. Duke.........
Harry Brainard ........
Harry N. Latham......
Louis Heinemeyer ....
Anthony Dana ........
Ray B. Osborn........
Alexander J. Dougherty.
Jas. P. M\cEneany......
H. L. Thomoson.......
Isaac A. Haralson......
T. S. Foltz.............
Roland L. Still .........
Francis R. T. Ward....
Edward S. Kaneen.....
Clarence E. Sopher.....
Frank J. Paulsen......
Horatio H. Wilson....
Stonewall J. Henderson.


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April


4 ................
o.1 ...............
47...............
4. ...... ... .. ,

17...............
IO .. .. .. .. .... ..

17 ...............
17 ...............
10. .... ......... .
12 ..............
12...............
7 .............. .
17...............
12 ...............
22 ...............
29 ...............


June 3.................
April 28...............
A pril 28 ...............


New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
New York.
New York.


As Trainmen at $9oo per annum.


Blair W. Peck..........
H. N. Beemblossom....
Martin J. Kurtz........
Chas. A. Barnes........
Jos. L. Davy.........
Edward C. Day........
Wm. F. Good...........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April
April
April


To..............
1...............
28...............
12................
12...............
17 ..............


New York.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.


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As Trainmen at $goo per annum Continued).
Fred. L. Burdette...... Sails April j................ New York.
H. E. Bartholomew.... Sails April 12............... New York.
John C. Moody........ Sails April 12.............. New Orleans.
Angus J. Livingston.... Sails April r9............... New Orleans.
Norman E. Winnie..... Sails April 28............... New York.
David Appert ......... Sails June 2................. New York.

As Trainmen at $60 per month.

Geo. J. Haneke........ Sails April 28............... New York.

As Pipefitters at 45c. per hour.

Chas. K. Rogers........ Sails April 4................ New York.
Robt. G. Wigmore...... Sails April io............... New York.

As Timekeepers at $r,2oo per annum.

M. J. Brosnan.......... Sails April 28............... New York.
Thos. P. Garland..... Sails April 17 ............... New York.
John E. Burns......... Sails May 3................. New York.

As Timekeepers at $goo per annum.

Henry R. Newcomer.... Sails April 17............... New York.
Albert B. Hunter...... Sails April 12................ New Orleans
Robt. E. Goodwin...... Sails April _26............... New Orleans
Howard C. B. Fanning.. Sails April 28................. New York.

As Assistant Timekeeper at $goo per annum.

Chas. R. Chisholm..... Sails April 12............... New York.

As Assistant Timekeeper at $6oo per annum.

,. Cornelius M. Shannon.. Sails May 3................. New York.
As Bookkeeper at $1,5oo, gold, per annum.

Henry G. Porter........ Sails April 15............... San Francisco.

As Bookkeepers at $1,2oo per annum.
Maurice W. Hagerty... Sails April 4................ New York.
SEdw. S. Nicolai........ Sails April r2............... New York.
Sidney L. Davis........ SAils April 17.............. New York.
SReville M. Scherer..... Sails April 17............... New York.
Max Beck ............ Sails April 15............... San Francisco.
Louis Kemper.......... Sails April 17.............. New York.
Richard Riley ......... Sails April 28............... New York.
'L, E. Barton........... Sails May 3................. New Orleans.
As Boilermakers at 45c. per hour.

Patrick T. White...... Sails April 4................ New York.
Jas. Woodside ........ Sails April 9 ............... New Orleans.

As Locomotive Firemen at $1,ooo per annum.
Geo. M, Lipscomb..... Sails April 4................ New York.
Wm. Butler ........... Sails April n............... New York.
: s. C. Davis ....... .. Sails April 12............... New Orleans.
E. J. Stenrud.......... Sails April 22............... New York.


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As Locomotive Fireman at $75 per month.
Wm. Rockefeller ...... Sails April 19............... New York.


As Steam Shovel Cranesmen at $165 per month.


Martin C. Welch.......
Harry V. Fleming......
Thos. Custy ..........
Henry F. Cartier......
W. E. Trapnell........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April 12................
A pril 4 ................
A pril 17...............
M ay 23...............
M ay 3.................


As Rodmen at $1,000 per annum.


Chas. T. Waring .......
\\ilbur D. Stanton.....
Horace P. Warren......
B. C. Whitaker........
Ralph C. Soper........
Robt. W. Charieton....
Donald B. Fegles.......
Ray W. Clyde..........
Henry B. Howland....
Jos. D. Moughner......
Wmn. J. Powell.........
Wmn. E. Elam..........
J. A. M iner............

Geo. S. Pollock........

Fred'k A. Potts........

A. R. Brown..........
Frank W. Stephens....
Harold F. Hamlin......

Omer E. Malsbury.....
Max W. King...........
Herbert C. Lallier......


Sails April I7...............
Sails A pril 17................
Sails April 17...............
Sails A pril 12...............
Sails April 17...............
Sails April 17...............
Sails A pril 17..............
Sails A pril 17...............
Sails April 12 ...............
Sails M ay 10................
Sails June 21................
Sails June 21................
Sails within the next two
months
Sails within the- next two
months
Sails during week ending
June Jo ..................
Sails June 2.................
Sails June 2.................
Sails during week ending
June 24 ..................
Sails June 7.................
Sails M ay 3 .................
Sails June 21................


As Rodmen at $75 per month.


W. Howell McElfresh..
Geo. J. Hastings.......
Chas. R. French........
Robert Hall ...........
John A. White ........
Chas. J. Neal..........
Oscar B. Nelson.......
Jos. N. Coons...........
A. Roscoe Stroup......
Ray P. Hovey...........
P. L. Wells ............

Edw. F. Sinz..........

Karl A. Sinclair........
H. J. Mueller..........


Chas. E. Dattier .......
Sam'l Snyder ........
Jos. H. Luther.........
Harvey Price ..........
C. E. Hodgdon..........


Sails April 4...............
Sails April Io...............
Sails April zo.............
Sails April io...............
Sails April 17..............
Sails April 17 ...............
Sails M ay 3 .................
Sails June 2..............
Sails April 26.............
Sails June 2.................
Sails during week ending
June 24 ..................
Sails during week ending
June 1o ..................
Sails M ay 3 .................
Sails M ay 3 .................


Sails April zo.............. New
Sails April Io.............. New
Sails April 17............... New
Sails April 17............... New
Sails May 3................. New


New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.-
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.

New York.


New
New
New


York.
York.
York.


York.
York.
York.
York.
York.


New
New
New
New
New


York.
York.
York.
York.
Orleans.


York.
York.
York.
Orleans.
York.
York.
York.
York.
York.
Orleans.
Orleans.
Orleans.





York.
York.
York.

York.
Orleans.
York.
Orleans.


New
New
New
New
New
New
New
New
New
New
New
New





New
New
New

New
New
New
New


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MINUTES, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

As Yardmasters at $1,500 per annum.


John D. Hoover.......
C. R. Littlejohn .......
Jos. T. Woods...........
Jas. Callahan ..........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April


10 ...............
17.............. .
15 ...............
22 ...............


New York.
New York.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.


As Switch Enginemen at $115 per month.


E. M. Rabb.........
Frank Palmer........
Arthur B. Thrush......
Edgar G. Hamilton....
M. A. Griley..........
Leon O. McKean......
Frank B. Hawkins......
Thos. R. Faherty......
Thos. G. Craig........
John K. Steedman......


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


M ay 3.................
April o. ..............
A pril io ...............
A pril 12...............
A pril 12...............
A pril 17..............
A pril 12...............
A pril 19...............
M ay 3.................
A pril 22..............


As Switch Enginemen at $1,2oo per annum.


Alfred O. Van Sickle..
Chas. W ells............
Edw. H. Peterman......
Kenneth E. Thornton..
Chas. R. Campbell......
J. B. Jost Rensing......
Alfred E. Rogers......
Alonzo D. Hunt........
Albert E. Branham....
James J. Richardson....
Earle C. Mitchell......


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April
April


4 .. ...... ...... .
I9 ................
9. .............
12 ...............
12 ..... .. ... .... .
12 ... .. .. ... .... .
17 .. .. .... .. ....
15 ...............
22 ...............
22 ...............
rg


New York
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
San Francisco.
New Orleans.
New York.
San Francisco.


As Switchmen at $r,200 per annlnm.


C. B. W est............
William F. Krause....
W. W. Lindersmith....
R. M. Akers............
R. H. Cox............


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


A pril To...............
April 28...............
M ay 3.................
April 26.............
A pril 28 ...............


New York
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.


As Patternmakers at 45c. per hour.


Chas. E. Boltz.........
Fred. O. Pernin........
F. W. Boland..........
William Butler ........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


A pril 12...............
A pril 12...............
A pril s ...............
April 28...............


New York.
New York
San Francisco.
New York.


As File and Record Clerk at $1,500 per annum.

Wm. F. Shjpley........ Sails April ro............... New York.

As File Clerk at $r,5oo per annum.

Wm. E. Hall........... Sails April I7............. New York.

As Clerks at $1,200 per annum.

Alfred R. Taylor...... Sails April 12............... New Orleans.
F. E. Merrill ........ Sails May 3.....-........... New York.
W. E. Russell.......... Sails April 26............... NewpOrleans.





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New
New
New
New
New
New
New
New
New


Orleans.
York.
York.
York.
York.
York.
York.
Orleans.
Orleans.
York.






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4s Clerks at $1,ooo per annum.
John H. Halley........ Sails May 3................. New York.
F. W. Leydecker....... Sails April 22............ .. New York.
A. E. Cornwell........ Sails April 22............... New York.
Claude B. Dore....... Sails April 22......... ..... New York.
Chas. L. Welteroth.... Sails April 22............... New York.

As Superintendent of Road Engines at $115 per month.
Laurence P. Murray.... Sails April 12............... New York.


As Foremen Painters at $1,200 per annum.


Thomas F. McGrath ....
William H. Garrettson..
Enoch H. Townsend....
'James E. Darcy.:.......
Fred'k T. Jones........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April


17. .. .--. ....
7...............
4..............
28 ...............

22...............
9..


As Foreman Painter at $1,500 per annum.
Robert H. Lee......... Sails April 17.............. New York.


James E. Tucker.......
John L. Turner........
Owen M. Daly........
John D. Hart..........
Isaac WV. Cherry ......
Joseph C. N. Rowell....
John Koufner ........
John H. Morrison......


As Aloulders at 45c. per hour.
Sails A pril o ...............
Sails April Io..............
Sails April 7 ...............
Sails April 22...............
Sails April 28...............
Sails M ay 3.................
Sails April 28............ ..
Sails M ay 3........... ......


New York.
New York.
New York.
San Francisco.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.


As Coppersmith at 45c. per hour.
W m. Young .......... Sails April 15..... ......... San Francisco.

As Plumbers at 45c. per hour.


Michael J. Fox........
George C. Sharpe......
Francis T. Foley......
John B. Kaiser..........
Bert Gamble ..........
Wm. Ea Golding......
Wm. H. Seabrook ......
R. E. Shellenberger....
J. Walter Hughes......
Wm. B. Houston......
Wayne J. Nevins.......
John B. Coyle..........
E. G. Carter............
John H. Smith.........
Watt A. Henderson....
Robert J. Huntoon.....
A. C. Hopewell.........
Chas. H. Brewster......
J. Leon Webster........
Thos. A. Knightly......
Henry M. McKeever....
Chas. D. Connor......
Louis Sutter ..........
Rufus P. Edie..........
Daniel M. Richardson..
Richard O'Brien .......
Neil McEachern.........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sail's
Sails
Sails
Sails


April io...............
A pril 29...............
A pril 29...............
M ay 6.................
A pril 22...............
M ay 3.................
M ay 3.................
M ay 3 .................
A pril 28 ..............
May 3 ....... ..........
A pril 26..............
A pril 26.............
April 26............
A pril 9. ..............
A pril 19...............
April 22...............
A pril 22...............
M ay 3.................
April 28...............
Aprfl 22...............
A pril 22...............
April 22...............
April 22 ...............
April 26............
April 22...............
A pril 22...............
April 22...............


New York.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
San Francisco.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New York
New Orleans.
New Orleans.
New Orleats.
New York.
New York
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
New York.
New York.
New York. .



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New
New
New
New


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As Work Train Conductors at $r40 per month.


Chas. S. Cross.........
Harvey F. Dunlap......
David R. Sparks........
Thos. J: Hutchinson....
John W. Currier.......
Wm. Toyn ............
A. E. Ditch............


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


April
April
April
April
April
April
April


17... ............
17 ...............
12................
22 ...............
i7 ..............
17 ...............
29...............


New
New
New
New
New
New
San


York.
York.
York.
York.
York.
York.
Francisco.


As WVork Train Conductors at $120 per month.


Robt. J. Harvey........
Chas. E. Stump........
George M. 'Wells .....
Chas. S. Morton ........
Cyrus N. Shannon......
Wm. B. Speed........
Harry M. Brown.......


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


A pril 12...............
A pril 17...............
A pril 12 ...............
A pril 17...............
A pril 17...............
A pril 29...............
M ay 6.................


New Orleans.
New York
New York.
New York.
New York.
New Orleans.
San Francisco.


As Supervisors of Dumps at $175 per month.


H. B. Delaigne........
John Cameron ........
Joseph F. Claffy........
Leslie J. Perry .........


Sails
Sails
Sails
Sails


A pril 2. ...............
M ay 3.................
M ay 2.................
A pril 22...............


As Chainmen at $60 per month.


Geo. W. Meyers........
Geo. B. McIntyre......
Carl D. Smith...........
James T. Voshell......
Jesse L. Black...........
Chas. H. Parks........
Matthew O'Reilly......


Sails April 22...............
Sails A pril 8 ...............
Sails April 26...............
Sails June 2 .................
Sails April 26...............
Sails June 2 ................
Sails April 22...............


As Draftsmen at $I,5oo per annum.

John H. Flynn, Jr...... Sailing early in June........ New York.
Herbert H. Baumer.... Sails April 28............... New York.

As Steam and Air Drill li"orkmen at $1,ooo per annum.
W. C. Oliver.......... Sails April 17.............. New York.
Edw. Tighe............ Sails May 3................. New York.
Arthur W. Camp...... Sails May 3.............. ... New York.


At $2,475, gold, per annunlm.

Lieut. Robert E. Wood. Sails April 15............... New York.

As Arch. and Structural Steel Draftsman at $r,500 per annum.

Perry T. Benton........ Sails May 8................. New York.

As Levelman at $1,500 per annum.
John H. McElroy...... Sails April 22................... New York.

As Chief Clerk at $1,500 per annum.
Chas, M., Stype........ Sails Ap;il 2S....'........... San Francisco.


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New
New
New
New


York.
York.
York.
York.


New
New
New
New
New
New
New


York.
York.
Orleans.
York.
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As Trackmen at $1,ooo per annum.
William Mason ....... Sails May 3................. New York.
D. Donovan .......... Sails May 27................ New York.
J. J. Trexler.......... Sails April 28............... New York.
N. Leonard ............ Sails May 3................. New Orleans.
As Track Foremen at $Ioo per month.
J. F. Flaig, Jr........ Sails May 3................. New York.
John V. Wright, Jr..... Sails April 28.............. New York.

As Steam Shovel Firemen at $75 per month.
\Vm. F. Dorn.......... Sails April 29............... San Francisco.
Robert E. Markisch.... Sails April 22................ New York.
Chas. L. Carson......... Sails May 3................. New Orleans.
Tobias F. Meyer....... Sails May 1 o................ New Orleans.
As General Yard Foreman at $175 per month.
J. E. Callahan ......... Sails April 22............... New York.
As Foremen Laborers at $1,200 per annum.
John C. Ellerbe........ Sails May 3................. New York.
Wm. H. King.......... Sails April 15............... San Francisco.
John Blackhurst......... Sails April 22............... New York.
As Locomotive Machinist at 45c. per hour.
Charles F. Vogt....... Sails May 3................. New York
As Track Supervisors at $175 per month.
D. Nowland ........... Sails May 18............... New York.
George A. Fossett...... Sails May 13 ................ New York.
As Miner at $150 per month.
Peter Nelson .......... Sails April 17............... New York.

As Copyist at $900 per annum.
Geo. B. Halloran..... Sails April 22............... New York.
Eugene A. Pond....... Sails May 8................ New York.
Joseph V. Smith....... Sails April 22............... New York.
Wm. E. Baldwin ....... Sail April 22 ................ New York.

3. IWhereas, For the good of the service as a santitary measure a
large number of the employees in the Department of Government and
Sanitation and in the Department of Engineering and Construction
were required to remove from Panama to Corozal and other points
along the line of the canal; and
Whereas, The duties of these men require their presence daily at
the Administration Building in Panama; and
Whereas, The railroad station of the Panama Railroad is such a
distance from the Administration Building as to require the use of
conveyances by these employees in passing from the railroad station
to the Administration Building and from the Administration Building
to the railroad station; and


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'Whercas, The payment for this transportation puts the employees
to additional expense:
Resolved, That payments made by employees for transportation be-
tween the railroad station and the Administration Building in Panama
since April I, 1905, not to exceed one trip each way per day, at regular
rates, be considered a proper charge against the Commission, and that
employees be reimbursed therefore in the usual way.
4. Resolved, That all vouchers covering expenditures on the Isth-
mus in the Department of Administration (First Department), shall
be approved by the Chairman of the Commission when he is on the
Isthmus, and in his absence from the Isthmus by the Commissioner
who is the head of the Department of Government and Sanitation
(Second Department);
That all vouchers covering expenditures on the Isthmus in the
Department of Government and Sanitation ( Second Department),
shall be approved by the Commissioner who is the head of that De-
partment;
And that all vouchers covering expenditures on the Isthmus in
the Department of Canal Construction (Third Department), shall be
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MINUTES, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.


TENTH MEETING.


Held at Panama, Mayl 29, 1905.
Present: Commissioners MIagoon and Wallace.
The minutes of the previous meeting of May 24, 1905, were read
and approved.
i. The Acting Chairman called attention to Section 5, of the
minutes of the Executive Committee of May 6th, providing that
cables from Washington to Panama be addressed to the head of the
department to which they pertain, and expressed the opinion that a
plan giving less opportunity for error could be adopted, and which
would also comprehend those cables of general policy pertaining to
both departments. It was, therefore,
Resolved, That cables from Washington to Panama be addressed
"Isthmian," and immediately upon being deciphered complete copies
to be furnished to all members of the Executive Committee on the
Isthmus at the time, and that the Washington office be advised ac-
cordingly..
2. Resol'cd, That the working hours of laborers and mechanics
employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission on the Isthmus of Panama
in the Department of Construction and Engineering (Third Depart-
ment), and in .the Department of Government and Sanitation (Second
Department), shall be eight 18) hours per day, divided into periods,
as the exigencies of the work may require.
The foregoing provision shall apply only to laborers and mechanics
employed to work by the day or by the hour. The hours of labor of
the men so employed will be adjusted by the heads of the various
divisions by whom they are employed.
Laborers and mechanics heretofore working ten hours per day and
being paid by the hour, will have their .compensation increased so as
to enable them to earn in eight hours the amount heretofore paid for
ten hours work: announcement of the increased rates of compensation
will be made as soon as the necessary data can be secured.
3. Commissioner Magoon offered the following motion, which was
approved:
Resolved, That the paving, guttering and curbing of the streets of
the city of Panama are indispensable to the proper sanitation of the
Isthmus of Panama.
Therefore, be it further Resolved:
(1) That the Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commission be
authorized and directed, forthwith, to enter upon and perform the work
of paving, guttering and curbing said streets:
(2) That the expense incurred in the work aforesaid be -defrayed
from the funds available for the Isthmian Canal Corimrission -for the

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construction of the interoceanic canal and the sanitation of the Isthmus
of Panama;
(3) That the Chief Engineer report as to the material needed and
the plans for said paving, guttering and curbing, together with an esti-
mate of the cost of material and work.
4. As per resolution No. 2 in the Minutes of the previous meeting
of this Committee, held on May 24, 1905, in Panama, Governor Ma-
goon submitted the following appointments and promotions made in
his department and in the municipalities of the Zone since April I,
1905, to be, and which are ratified, approved and confirmed, as follows:


NAME.


POSITION AND SALARY.


H. Herrera R........
Hartley Rowe .......
Robert Dollander....
James Murray. .....
R. Ayarza A ........

John McGregor......

T. J. Butler.........
E. Lemonier........
Tadeo Paredes.......

David W. Ogilvie....
R. Doran............
John Walker........

J. W. Th. Daal......

Dr. A. Boyd.........
Rev. Fabio Urriola..
Lloyd Noland........

Thos. Cody..........
Chas. M. Graham...
Howard Ferguson....

John H. Purnell.....
Dr. A. E. Mayner...
R. I. Smith .........
Dr. Geo. Engman....

Herbert E. Webb....
Martinas Arze.......
R. K. Booth........

A. Remey..........
G. O. Mitchell ......
Pedro Carrera V.....
L. C. Yannah.......
SMrs. P. U. Carter....


SValentine


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Ancon Municipal Judge, at $60 per month, beginning May r, 1905.
Councilman, Ancon, May 12. 1905. vice J. A. Rodriguez.
Councilman. Ancon, May 12, 1905, vice Geo. Driscoll.
Councilman, Buenavista, lMay 13, 1905, vice C. Douglas.
Mayor, Buenavista. April 7, 1905, designated to perform duties
of Municipal Judge, without extra compensation, until ap-
pointment of Judge.
Slaughter House Inspector, Emperador, $720, local currency, per
year. April 18, 1905.
Municipal- Judge, Emperador, $Ioo per month, May 1, 1905.
Councilman, Gorgona, April 5, 1905, vice M. Saravia.
Mayor, Secretary and Treasurer, Gorgona, $75 per month, April
o1, 1905, vice J. MA. Diaz. No salary as Mayor after April
ro, 1905.
Councilman, Gorgona, May 13, r9o5, vice Gabriel Jolly.
Councilman, Gorgona, May 13, 1905, vice Alexander Ramos.
Watchman Administration Building, Executive Department, $50
per month, April I, 1905.
Clerk, Executive Department, temporary, $75 per month, May
I5, 1905.
Physician, temporary, $1,800 per year, April I, 1905.
Catholic Chaplain, Colon Hospital, April II, 19O5, without salary.
Physician, Superintendent Miraflores Hospital, $2,400 per year,
April r8, 1905.
Sanitary Inspector, $Ioo per month, April 22, 1905, temporary.
Sanitary Foreman, $75 per month, April 27, 1905, temporary.
Clerk, Health Department, $1,500 per year. Transferred from
Executive Department, same salary, April 24, 1905.
Physician, $1,8oo per year, May 4, 1905, temporary.
Physician, $1,200 per year, May 15, 1905, temporary.
Druggist, Colon Hospital, $r,2oo per year, April 26, 1905.
Physician, $i,5oo per year, May 22, 1905. Promoted from Sani-
tary Inspector.
Sanitary Foreman, $75 per month, May 19, 1905.
Messenger, Judiciary Department, $25 per month, May r, 1905.
Clerk, Police Department, $i,ooo per year, May 5, 1905, tem-
porary..
Postmaster, Tabernilla, $9o per year, April I, 1905.
Postmaster, Paraiso, $g9 per year, April I, 1905.
Postmaster, Gatun, $go per year, April I, 1905.
Postmaster, La Boca, $120 per year, May 9, r9o5.
Clerk, Deputy Auditor's Office, $Ioo per month, May I9, 1905;
temporary.
Secretary and Treasurer, Ancon, $75 per month, April 27, 1905.
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NAME.
Miss M. E. Hibbar

H. E. Bovay......

M. E. Connor....

Dr. E. P. Beverly.
Dr. Fred R. Barton

Robt. Blum.......

Miss A. E. McDonn
Miss E. J. Smith.
Miss Grace Larnec
Miss T. A. Pritche
Miss M. Prial....
Miss Ada Colcleug
Miss Anna R. Tur
Miss Winnies Farr
Miss M. L. Meech
R. K. Vibert ......

A. M. Wert ......

Dr. A. H. Wilton.
Dr. A. L. Haines.
Dr. Sam'l T. Darlir
Alexander Ludisne

John J. Moran....

Claude B. Dore...


Dexter Sutcliffe...


Geo. Francke.....


R. W. Unckles....

John R. Williams.


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POSITION AND SALARY.
Chief Nurse, Ancon Hospital, $125 per month, April I, 1905-.
Increased from $Ioo.
Clerk. Health Department, $125 per month, April xo, 1905. In-:
creased from $zoo.
Physician. $i,5oo per year, April 18, 1905. Promoted from In-
terne.
Physician. $1,8oo per year, May I, o905. Increased from $1,5oo.
Physician, $.500oo per year, May I. 1905. Promoted from Interne
at $6oo.
Temporary Nurse, $50 per month. May 1. 1905. Promoted from
Ward Attendant at $25.


iell Nurse, $720 per year. Mavl 5. 1905. Promoted from $600.
... Nurse, $720 per year. May 5. 1905. Promoted from $6oo.
d.. Nurse. $720 per year. May 5. 1905. Promoted from $600.
tt. Nurse, $720 per year. May 5. 1905. Promoted from $600.
... Nurse. $720 per year. May 5. 1905. Promoted from $6oo.
gh. Nurse, $720 per year. May 5. 1905. Promoted from $600.
ier Nurse. $720 per \ear. May 5. 1905. Promoted from $600.
ish Nurse, $720 per year, May 1905. Promoted from $600.
... Nurse. $720 per year. May 5, 1905. Promoted from $6o0.
... Sanitary Inspector, $125 per month, May 28. 1905. Promoted
from $ioo.
... Clerk in Health Department, $r.400 per year. April 26, 1905.
Promoted from $1.2oo.
... Physician. $r,Soo per year, June i, 1905. Promoted from $1,500.
... Physician, $2.400 per year. June I, 1905. Promoted from $i,8oo.
ig. Physician, $i,5oo per year, June I. I905. Promoted from Interne.
f.. Quartermaster and Ship's Keeper. Quarantine Station, Panama,
$720 per year, June I, 1905. Promoted from $6oo.
... Sanitary Inspector, $125 per month, May 26, 1905. Promoted
from $1oo.
... Clerk. Judiciary Department, $1,500 per year. May ro, 1905.
Transferred from Engineering Department, at $r,ooo per year,
to Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
... Superintendent. Administration Building. $ioo per month, April
I, 1905. Transferred from Revenues Department, where he
was serving at Clerk at same salary.
... Clerk. $I.2oo per year, May I, 9Io5.' Promoted from Sanitary
Foreman to Clerk. Office of Chief Sanitary Depattment, vice
A. M. Wert, promoted.
... Sanitary Inspector. $125 per month, May r, 1905. Promoted
from $100 per month.
... Clerk, Revenfies Department, $ioo per month, May 8, Igo5;
temporary.


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MINUTES, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.


ELEVENTH MEETING.



Held at Panama. Wednesday, May 31, 1905.
Present: Commissioners Magoon and Wallace.
The minutes of the previous meeting of May 29, 1905, were read
and approved.
i. The following appointments, promotions, resignations and dis-
charges, submitted by Commissioner Wallace. in the Department of
Construction and Engineering (Third Department), for the week end-
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