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\V. P. LEBER, Governor-President

R. S. HAr'TLINE, Lieutenant Governor


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Panama Golf Club_ _

Pifiatas -_ _

New Lieutenant Governor

Panama's Boat Builders

Anniversaries _..

Canal History __.

Chiriqui Highlands

Modern Medicine __.

Work Down Under ..

Shipping Story, Statistics

Shipping Notes ---

about Our Cover

2 THE PAINTING on the cover of this issue of THE
PANAMA CANAL REVIEW shows an area of 50th Street
6 in Panama City during 1925. Today, this region is

9 part of the Panama Golf Club. The original painting
is the work of Louis Celerier, a retired professor who
----- ------- 10 lives in Longview, Tex. Celerier is French by birth
but is a naturalized citizen of Panama.
. . . 12
Beginning on this page is an article about the
13 Panama Golf Club, telling how it started with little
more than a bohio and a cow pasture, as shown on
_____--______ 14 the cover. Enthusiastic love of the game plus imag-
18 nation on the part of a few persons served as vital
ingredients in building it into the beautiful layout
.--- -- - 21 it is today.
The Canal Zone's new Lieutenant Governor, Col.
Richard Sides Hartline, and his family are introduced
--.--.-------- 27 to our readers in an article on page 9.


GOLF: A game widely played since
the 15th century, by gentlemen driv-
ing, putting, whacking, or otherwise
devastating a little white ball whose
role is to follow a fixed trajectory
across a course and terminate by
plopping into a small hole in the
center of a green. This sport, of
no mean skill, provides 20th cen-
tury man with three basic needs-
to excel, to expound, and to explode.
-Golfer's Dictionary.
That daffynition failing, it should
be rephrased to more accurately
mirror the game's magnetism: "There
is thinking about playing it, there is
playing it, and then there is thinking
about having played it."
About 50 years ago, a few fellows

were sitting around Panama thinking
about playing it, without much play-
ing. So they began to weigh the
problem. When they decided it
wasn't overwhelming, they set about
to build a golf club. In the words of
John Westman, the proclamation
went something like this:
"When Admiral Johnston, General
Morrow, don Francisco Arias Paredes
and don Raul Espinosa, decided that
the pastures of Las Sabanas could be
transformed into a golf course, the
Duke jumped up on the bandwagon,
threw off a keg of Balboa Best
Brewed, and hollered, FORE!"
Thus was born the Panama Golf
Club, or, as it is known today, the
Club de Golf de Panama. S.A. The

exuberance of the Duke of Balboa
(the late Theodore McGinnis) as he
lent spirit to the commencement was
not a passing thing-except that he
passed it on to the members who fol-
lowed. Their enthusiasm can only be
expressed as passion. They swing,
and putt, and smile-or explode-
with equal equanimity. The difficulty
of exploding with equanimity is a
secret only a gentleman golfer knows.
Golfs affinity to explosions, at the
Panama Golf Club or alny other, is
not recent. In fact, it may have all
started because of an explosion. In
15th century Scotland, the parlia-
ment of King lames II decreed that
" . golfe is to be utterly cryed
down, and not to be used-the




sporte interferes with the practise
of archerie-an essential defence of
the realme." But as the end of that
century drew closer to an end, gun-
powder was invented and suddenly
archery declined-so much so that
by the time James IV came along in
1473 he was an avid golfer. Forty
years later, even Mary, Queen of
Scots was teeing off.
The sport thus has a noble back-
ground, and somewhat like the Nobel
Prize, got started more because of
-rather than with-a bang. But not
at the Panama Golf Club. They
were not going to wait around too
long before they could get a game
up-and they did-with one hole, a
bohio, and a cow pasture. They
played on sand greens. They fenced
out cows. They scratched-(chig-
gers). They saw their precious
sand greens washed away every
time it rained. Thev built them back
up. They added others. And-they
played golf.
Besides Westman himself, who
was treasurer of the club for 45
years, there were many mainsprings
in the early club-among them Col.
Jay J. Morrow (later to become
governor of the Canal Zone), Johnny
Putter (the famous journalist Jules
Dubois) and the already-mentioned
Duke of Balboa (manager of the
forerunner to today's Cerveceria
Nacional.) With the spirited imag-
ination and wry humor so character-
istic of golfers, they went ahead im-


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Expert Alberto Sarra (he's the Club pro) and current Panama Golf Club Woman's
champion Fusae Takahashi team up for some twin-putting. Sarra has been
instrumental in further professionalizing the course layout.

It was a sizable problem. But, as
with Col. Morrow directing the re-
pair of sand greens, there always

sweet-for the knowledge of having
built the club from nothing. The
original club site was on what is now


proving their club until the game be-
came cowless, chiggerless, and a man
could exult or explode at the pure
game itself and not at the vagaries
of nature.
"But not overnight," Westman
adds, "did all this happen." With
a twinkle in his eye, this septuagena-
rian golfer who still plays the game
and plays it well, relates some of
the early club problems with fond
memory, ". . although we weren't
so fond of some of the problems we
had. Take the chiggers. Now, you
know what kind of concentration a
good golf shot takes. Can you imag-
ine trying to make a drive when
you're one massive itch? That's how
many chiggers we had!"


seemed to be somebody in the mem-
bership with the answer. Chiggers
became the project of Dr. William
M. James.
"He had an effective, if powerful,
solution," Westman says. "Before we
went out to play, we would lather
our bodies with a mixture of sul-
phur and Lifebuoy soap. That kept
the chiggers off-i assure you. They
left right away. But you never knew
if your wife would let you in the
house that night. Doc James' lather
was a little stronger than modem
But later, as the course grew
greener and the members' tenacity
began to pay off in other improve-
ments, the playing became twice as

Calle 86-A. The present site, close-
by, covers 155 beautiful acres and
is a course the pros rave about.
The clubhouse was built in 1931,
has been expanded since with a com-
plete pro shop, and ranks with some
of the finest clubs in the world.
Since the early club was built,
and as it later developed into the
present one, there has never been a
lack of incident, nor the good humor
to face problems with grace as well
as courage.
"Col. Morrow was particularly of
this bent," Westman says. "His
humor was extra dry, even for a
golfer. Once, B. C. Poole drove out
(See p. 4)



(Continued from p. 3)
for a game in a PanCanal govern-
ment car. He parked it right out
front, came in, and got his clubs.
When he walked out, Col. Morrow
was standing next to Poole's car,
dusting off the PanCanal emblem
with a handkerchief. 'You want to
always keep that symbol pretty, B.
C.,' the colonel said. Poole stopped
short, turned back into the club-
house, came back out and drove the
car to his office. He returned 20
minutes later-in his own car."

Westman's Anecdotes
Westman's anecdotes about the
old club are innumerable, but the
best ones he tells are on himself. At
an all-male luncheon held at the end

of a tournament one year honoring
those members who had taken part
in the official preparation for it, he
rose at the table after the others had
listed their various distinctions,
and said:
"I'm delighted that each of you
had a particular role to fill in this
last tourney, but you're probably un-
aware that this year my function was
unique-a distinction not likely ever
to be equaled in this club."
The heads at the table turned,
wondering what the distinction could
be. Westman told them. "I saved
eight of your wives from possible
death by drowning, or panic, at the
party last night."
The heads turned some more.
"Last night," Westman said, "at

about 2:30 a.m., there were screams
coming from the Ladies Room. I
mean-lots of screams. There was
4 inches of water on the floor. I
found the trouble, a stoppage in the
plumbing which I fixed-dressed in
my tuxedo. You're lucky I don't bill
the club for cleaning it." The mem-
bers roared, and thanked Westman
for his nocturnal chivalry.

Best-known Names
The club has had some of the
best-known names in Panama for
president, among them the late Louis
Martinz and Dr. Frank A. Raymond,
and Richard L. Dehlinger-the only
three ever elected to the post twice.
The presidency alternates between
a Panamanian and an "extranjero"

The front entrance to Panama Golf Club-a far cry from the Bohio it was in 1918.


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each year. Current president is
Geoffrey Lee, general manager of
Tabacalera Istmefia which is chief
sponsor of the Panama Open each
year. A native of England but a Pan-
ama resident for 12 years, Lee shoots
in the high 70's. He has only praise
for the evolution of the club from
early begimnings to the modem
facility it is today.
Club Pro Sarra
Part of the continuing improve-
ments have been due in the last 5
years to Club Pro Alberto Sarra,
an Argentinian who came with
plans of only staying a year, and
has remained five.
"He's turned our club from a
good one to a better one-to one the
pros rave about," Lee says. "The only
thing is, I hope we can hold
onto him."
Sarra redesigned several tees,
greens and traps and laid out new
landscaping for some areas. The re-
sults are such that Lee says of him:
"He's a fine golfer, knows the game
intimately, but his first love is build-
ing or improving golf courses. He
does exactly that."
Continuing accomplishment and
loyalty permeate the Panama Golf
Club. For example, there is Mrs.
Norma L. de Crisopulos, accountant
and all-round administrative girl for
26 years. For a long time, she and
Westman just about ran the club,
but now-with a membership of al-
most 600-Norma has two assistants.

La Touche, Another Landmark
Another landmark at the club is
Aubrey La Touche, who has been
with them 40 years. He has been
everything-bartender, waiter, chauf-
feur, and locker room attendant.
"When you want to get it done-see
Aubrey," is the byword. Another
loyal employee is waiter Gooding
McMillan, with 24 years' service.
Current Officers
Current officers are Alfonso Brid,
vice president; Dr. Juan Correa, sec-
retary; and Bob Chandler, treasurer.
President Lee has been on the
14-member board in the past, and
has served in various committee
The club, celebrating its 50th
Anniversary this year, will host the
1968 Central American Golf Tour-



Winner and still champ-John Westman, long-time patriarch of the club, holds up
one of its many trophies. Owner of Office Service Co., Westman joined the club
when it was 1-year old in 1919, and served as treasurer for 45 (count' em) years.

nament this month. Teams of eight
from each of the six Central Amer-
ican nations will compete. A busy
week of activity is slated, including
formal flag ceremonies of the par-
ticipating countries, dances, parties,
and of course, a celebration awarding
the prizes.
Probably playing in this tourna-
ment will be Anibal Galindo, pres-
ent club champion, and Jaime de la
Guardia, whom Lee calls the finest

Geoffrey Lee, current president of the
Panama Golf Club, and general man-
ager of Tabacalera Istmneiia, is just
completing a year's term as Club prexy.

player on the Isthmus. Sandy Hinkle
and Roberto DurAn just finished
representing Panama in the Domi-
nican Republic Invitational Tourna-
ment, where they placed third in
a field of 20 countries.

Club's Woman Champ
The club's woman champion is
Fusae Takahashi, 21-year-old daugh-
ter of_ the Japanese Ambassador to
Panama, also a member.

Best of Pros
The best of the pros have played
the Panama course, and Arnold
Palmer played in one of his first
major tournaments here in 1957. The
club has had an Open every year
since 1952, when Sam Snead and
Roberto DeVicenzo competed. Plans
are going ahead for the 1969 tourna-
ment, which is expected to be
played the week before Carnival.
As always, there will be players in
this Open excelling, expounding and
exploding-but then, that is what
good golf is all about-if done with
equal equanimity. At the Panama
Golf Club, a player never loses it.


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ANYONE WHO has ever been to a
children's birthday party in Latin
America knows how much joy is gen-
erated by a festive-bedecked object
suspended from the ceiling, a bal-
cony, or the branch of a tree on the.
patio. Hidden within the trappings
of this brightly colored creation,
which may look like a bird, an ani-
mal, a fish, or any number of things,
is a treasure chest of surprises. The
treasure chest is called a "pifiata."
In it are many kinds of candy, fruits,
nuts, and even small toys for the
young guests.
Usually made of paper mach6
and filled to the brim with these
goodies, the pifiata holds the promise
of magic for the intent youngsters
who hit at it over and over again
with a lowly broomstick. And, oh,
what excitement and merriment

when it is finally broken by the vio-
lent thrust of a stick-wielding attack-
er, its contents spilling to the floor,
and the frantic scramble for goodies
is on!
The pifiata originated in Italy,
probably in the early 16th century,
when people used to think up home-
type amusements. They played
guessing games, told stories, present-
ed skits, and often played tricks on
a blindfolded player. In one of the
games, a cone-shaped earthenware
pot, containing goodies of the day,
was suspended from the rafters,
swung around a bit, and broken with
a stick. The Italians called it pignat-
ta, from pigna, which means "pine
Italian adventurers took the pig-
natta custom to Spain and there it
became pifiata. The Spanish pifiata

was an ordinary clay pot, the "olla"
used for food or water. The rough,
unsightly olla often was camouflaged
by putting figures around it. These
probably were the first efforts to dec-
orate the squatty round pot which
evolved into the myriad of elaborate
pifiatas of today.
The Spaniards gave the pifiata a
religious significance and designated
the first Sunday in Lent as Pifiata
Sunday. The pifiata was broken at a
masquarade ball on that day with
the treats tumbling down on the
masked dancers.
As time went on, the pifiata cus-
tom waned in Spain but became pop-
ular in Latin America. Probably, it
came with the Spanish explorers to
the New World about 400 years ago
-most likely to Mexico first.
Although it has undergone changes


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. . Unlei you're Strong enough

Guests are warned to give the stick-wielding player ample swinging room as Guillermo Eduardo Bricefio, son of Dr. and Mrs.
Alejandro Bricefio J. of Panama City, takes his turn at breaking the windmill pifiata at his birthday party.

in structure since its humble begin-
ning, the pifiata game has remained
more or less the same. The custom
continues in Spain and Italy and has
spread to man)' other countries, such
as Portugal, British Honduras, sev-
eral South American countries (west
coast), all of Central America, Pan-
ama, Mexico, the United States, and
History shows that in Mexico the
pifiata retained its religious conno-
tation, but instead of a Lenten tra-
dition it became, with the passing of
years, a Christmas festivity. The pi-
fiata came to be associated with the
posada, the procession of neighbors
which takes place the nine nights
before Christmas and symbolizes the
Holy Family's struggle to find shel-
ter. The group goes from house to
house and is refused lodging until
it is welcomed at the last house.
Here, the pifiata is broken and every-
body gets a treat.
While often a fun activity for
children, the pifiata also is enjoyed


by adults. In areas of northern Italy,
for example, three piiiatas are filled
-one may contain ashes or flour, the
second, water, and the third will
have the goodies. To the delight of
the onlookers, the blindfolded play-
er can only guess which of the three
he should aim for. Guests are warned
to give the broomstick-wielder plenty
of "swinging room."
In another variation of the game,
the entire contents of the pifiata go
to the one who succeeds in breaking
it. In this version, an extra-hard
baked clay pot is probably used.
In Venezuela, a beautifully dec-
orated, bell-shaped pifiata of paper
mach6 or cardboard is filled with
rice and suspended near a doorway.
With a pull of a ribbon, newlyweds
passing through the door are show-
ered by a cascade of rice. The tradi-
tional birthday pifiata in this South
American country is large and very
In Costa Rica, the pifiata has re-
tained its colonial simplicity. A clay

pot, brim-filled with goodies, is still
the usual custom at children's par-
ties and only recently have the dec-
orated paper mach6 or cardboard
variety of pifiatas appeared at Costa
Rican parties.
,-The broomstick is missing from
the Cuban pifiata, and the children
pull at gay ribbon streamers attached
to the paper mach6 pifiata which
virtually pours out its contents with
each yank at the streamers.
In Guatemala, as in Mexico, the
pifiata is associated with the posadas,
and in both countries the clay pot
is still the thing. At Christmas time,
a party is not a real party without
a pifiata. Of special interest is the
Judas pifiata which appears in cer-
tain parts of Mexico the day before
Easter. Armed with sturdy sticks, the
Mexicans figuratively, and almost
literally, beat the devil out of Judas.
A most charming surprise is a
pifiata used in Ecuador where two
or three beautifully decorated figures
(See p. 8)


(Continued from p. 7)
are hung together for the fiesta. One
or two contain the usual goodies.
The other, when shattered, liberates
live birds! Imagine the children's
shouts of glee at the flutter of wings
Another lovely pifiata custom for
a young lady's 15th birthday party
is a basket-shaped pifiata filled with
In Panama, the pifiata is always
found at children's parties and fre-
quently at baby showers and fare-
wells, and just about any fiesta.
Starting about 20 years ago, the pa-
pier mach6 and bag version of the
pifiata began to replace the "olla de
barro." Several pifiata makers, work-
ing in their homes or at their places
of business, are presently supplying
at least five or six specialty shops in
Panama City with beautifully execut-
ed pifiatas in a variety of shapes and
color combinations ranging from
elaborate airplanes and rabbits to a
simple decorated paper bag. Should
a particular shaped pifiata not be
readily available, expert hands will
create the appropriate one for the
season or the occasion.
In recent years, United States
tourists in Panama have discovered
the gay and delightful pifiatas and
have taken them home. Panama
shops are proud of filling pifiata or-
ders for customers as far away as
Ohio and New York City and cities
in South America. It has been found
that the attractive pifiata, filled with
small gifts, goodies of all kinds and
gag gifts, is an excellent way to get
a party on its way or to spread good
cheer during the holidays.
A pifiata provides fun and gives
the participants an opportunity to
break something-at times, a most
satisfying experience. Because of the
unlimited range of shape, color, and
content, the pifiata may be adapted
to almost any festive occasion.
Perhaps the easiest way to make
a pifiata is the balloon and paper
mach6 method: blow up a big bal-
loon and tie a knot at the neck. Hang
it up and cover the balloon with
four of five layers of paper machb.
After this has dried, let the air out
of the balloon and remove it. Cut a
hole at the top big enough to receive

Jeffrey Morgan, broomstick in hand, looks on as his little friends scramble for the
lollipops that have just spilled from the pifiata at his birthday party. Jeffrey is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Morgan of Los Rios.

the candy and small gifts. Tie a criss-
cross of heavy twine around the pi-
fiata, gathering the long ends of the
twine at the top. Put more paper
mache over this, and when it is dry
decorate it with brightly colored
crepe paper.
For those who know how to work
with paper mach6, it is the ideal
method for making pifiata animals
and figures. There are no rules and
no color specifications. Imagination
has no limit, and the resulting pifiata
is so beautiful that the guests are

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often sorry to break it. A paper
mach6 pifiata is much harder to break
than the earthenware pots. This
provides opportunities for more tries
at spilling the treasure chest inside.
Another method for making a pi-
fiata is by using a large, strong paper
bag and cardboard, and anything
that can be sewed, stapled or glued
to it to give it shape and make it
sturdy. The bag, when decorated
with crepe paper, can be converted
(See p. 26)

Cardboard, glue, crepe paper, and deft hands at work making the fun-giving pifiata.
Mrs. Araceli Diaz also makes party favors seen on shelf at right.


New Lt. Gov.

Arrives at

Crucial Time

AT NOON on October 11, Col.
Richard Sides Hartline, serving as
Acting Governor of the Canal Zone
for the first time since his arrival
8 days earlier, attended a military
ceremony at Old Panama at which
command of the Panama National
Guard changed hands.
At midnight, he was in conference
with Washington by telephone, re-
porting on the military coup which
brought about a change of govern-
ment in the Republic. The events
posed high-level decisions by the
United States, with the Canal Zone
suddenly becoming a temporary ref-
uge for the principal figures of the
ousted regime.
It was a swift introduction for the
new Lieutenant Governor to the oft-
times unusual responsibilities of his
new post in a unique area-the
Canal Zone.
He and his family had just settled
in their new home at Balboa Heights.
For Mrs. Hartline it had meant a
change-over from suburban living in
the Washington, D.C., area; for Colo-
nel Hartline, the change-over was
from duty in Vietnam.
A tall professional soldier engineer,
Colonel Hartline has been on the
move ever since he was graduated
from the U.S. Military Academy at
West Point in 1945. He has served
in the Philippines, Okinawa, Ger-
many, Korea and Vietnam. He was
born in Goshen, N.Y.
Mrs. Hartline, the former Harriet
Dicke, was born in Salt Lake City,
Utah, but lived most of her youth
in Allentown, Pa., and Boston, Mass.
She met her husband while he was
studying for his master's degree in
civil engineering at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
Their son Douglas, who soon will
be 17, was born in Albuquerque,


Lt. Gov. and Mrs. Richard Sides Hartline, with their daughter, Nancy. For Mrs.
Hartline and their children, Nancy and Douglas, this is the first time they have
made their home in the tropics.

N. Mex., and their daughter Nancy,
12, arrived when the Hartlines were
stationed on Okinawa.
The family has a wide variety of
interests. Colonel Hartline, who
played football and lacrosse when
he was at West Point, now favors
handball. He promptly found other
handball enthusiasts on the Isthmus
and had a game lined up soon after
his arrival.
Mrs. Hartline modestly describes
herself as an average housewife and
mother. She is a self-taught seam-
stress and an enthusiastic gardener,
but her deepest interest is in
painting, a hobby she took up in
Son Douglas has an overpowering
enthusiasm for football. A star mem-
ber of the football team at Annandale
High School, near Washington, he
will join his parents on the Isthmus

after the stateside football season is
over. He will be a senior at Balboa
High School.
Daughter Nancy already is en-
rolled in the seventh grade at
Curundu Junior High. Okinawa-
born, Nancy is in line as the second
member of a Canal Zone Lieutenant
Governor's family to obtain a U.S.
citizenship certificate here.
Another member of the Hartline
family is to be residing soon at the
Lieutenant Governor's house at Bal-
boa Heights. He is Mrs. Hartline's
father, Henry Dicke, a lively 87-year-
old retired corporation executive
and engineer. He also has traveled
extensively in Iran as a consultant.
This is the first time that the
entire Hartline family will be to-
gether outside the temperate zone.
Their first reaction: Love at first sight
with the Isthmian landscape.

Boatbuilders of Panama

"OS BARCOS pesqueiros da INA-
PE foram fabricados pelos estaleiros
DECO MARINE S.A.-do Panama.
A Deco d indtistria de muito res-
peto. Seu know-how e da melhor
That was from "O Cruzeiro," the
mass circulation Brazilian magazine,
and translates: "INAPE's fishing
boats were built by the DECO MA-
RINE S.A. shipyards-in Panama.
Deco is a highly respected industry.
Its know-how is of the highest

In all of Central America, there
is nothing that equals Deco Marine.
Started 8 years ago as a ship re-
pair facility, it has expanded in the
last 2 years into a full-fledged ship-
yard specializing in fishing vessels-
and its reputation is now known
throughout the hemisphere.
"O Cruzeiro's" tribute to Deco's
know-how is a good example of how
this has been achieved. When Bra-
zil's fishing industry asked for designs
for its growing fleet of shrimp trawl-
ers, Deco Marine's plans were chosen

FISHING VESSELS FOR BRAZIL-At Deco Marine shipyard in Panama City,
Panamanian craftsmen trained in the shipyard are building three fishing boats for
a Brazilian company.

in competition with 37 others from
Latin American, European and
United States bidders. Deco's know-
how was the key.

Unique Chill Tanks
A unique feature of the Deco-built
fishing vessels is the chill tanks for
storing the catch while the boat is at
sea. Deco has patented a glass-fiber
tank so well insulated that even in
the case of compressor failure the
water temperature in the tank loses
only 1 to 2 degrees in 5 days. Every
boat being built by Deco for Brazil's
INAPE-Industria Nacional de Pes-
ca-will carry 10 of these tanks, each
with a capacity of 2,200 pounds.
Another feature of Deco-built boats
is that they can be converted from
shrimp trawlers into purse-seiners
in just 2 days.
The three vessels now being
constructed in the Deco shipyard
for Brazil are scheduled for delivery
in early 1969. Eventually, Deco may
build as many as 30 boats for INAPE,
ranging from 76- to 100-footers at
an average cost of $100,000 each.
Already, Deco is eyeing boat
building contracts in El Salvador,
Ecuador, Venezuela and possibly
10-Acre Site
The Deco shipyard covers 10 acres
in San Francisco de la Caleta, a sub-
urban section of Panama City. It is
located on the only spot along the
entire Pacific coast of the Isthmus
that has a rock-bottom basin and a
natural rock-bottom channel to sea.
Texas-Born Contractor
The choice of the site for the
shipyard is typical of the way Joseph
M. "Mike" Byrne does things. A
Texas-born contractor who came to
the Isthmus 30 years ago, he was
in the paint business for years until
his interest switched to fishing ves-
sels. This occurred in about 1960
when shrimp fishing became the fast-
est growing industry in Panama.
Like many others, Byrne was aware
that there were no haul-out facilities
for the mushrooming shrimping fleet.
Boats had to be careened on the


beaches for repairs; laying a keel or
replacing a shaft or a propeller were
next to impossible.
Finding the 10-acre site was the
first break for Byrne. Buying the land
from the various owners was a com-
plicated process, but Deco finally
became the sole title-holder to the
10 acres.
A Modest Beginning
Operations began on a modest
scale, limited to repairs of small
boats-one at a time. The original
work force numbered seven men.
One 80-ton cradle was all that was
available for drvdocking vessels.
Deco's expansion started when
Byrne brought into his organization
A. J. "Tony" Ghiloni, a graduate
naval architect from California with
40 years' experience in the design and
construction of fishing vessels. Ghil-
oni had operated his own shipyard in
Puntarenas, Costa Rica, before com-
ing to Panama to work for a shrimp-
ing firm. When the latter went out
of business, Ghiloni joined Deco.
It was the use of fiber-glass in the

manufacture of chill tanks, vents,
stacks, and sinks that started Deco's
reputation growing. These Deco-
made installations proved so superior
to those made of galvanized iron
that as word of them spread among
the fishing companies, orders poured
in-and Deco's reputation grew.
Deco Builds and Repairs
So did its customers. Deco Marine
provides repair and maintenance
services for U.S. Armed Forces sea-
going craft and for tuna clippers and
yachts. It also builds sand and
oil barges, ferry boats, launches,
and unsinkable fiber-glass lifeboats.
About 2 years ago, the Panama Re-
finery contracted with Deco Marine
for the maintenance of all its vessels.
This required substantial expansion
of the shipyard facilities which in
turn led to shipbuilding operations.
It was typical of Deco that the
first steel-hulled shrimp trawlers it
turned out for local companies were
better than any other operating in
these latitudes. Their biggest feature
was a marked increase in efficiency
-the Deco boats could fish at 100

fathoms in comparison with the 35
fathoms that was the maximum foi
the small wooden trawlers then in
use. This was achieved by increasing
the length from 50-60 feet to 76
feet and up, installing more power-
ful engines, hydraulic winches, and
enough cable to shrimp at a depth
of 100 fathoms.
In the past 2 years, Deco Marine
has turned out about 25 fishing ves-
sels. And its spectacular growth
seems to have no limit in the fore-
seeable future.
More Than 40 Boats a Year
Deco now is equipping to build
40-50 vessels a year and-more im-
portant-has the business to reach
that capacity. It has cut construction
time from 13 months to 5. It can
handle 15 vessels simultaneously for
repairs and can accommodate boats
of up to 1,200 displacement tons.
Its work force numbers 200 men at
present-all of them Panamanians
trained in the shipyard by a "revolv-
ing school" system. When full capac-
ity is reached, the work force will
be more than doubled to 500 men.
The shipyard has become self-
sufficient with its own foundry, pro-
peller repair and balancing shop,
diesel engine overhaul shop, wood
mill, and machine shop. Plans are
underway to enlarge and length-
en the larger haul-outs. Safety-a
watchword at Deco-is being in-
creased by an addition to the break-
water protecting the drydocking

4- ^

Z^i '*//,

TONY AND MIKE-A. J. "Tony" Ghiloni, left, and Joseph Nh. "Mike" Byrn
the top men at Deco Marine. Ghiloni, a graduate naval architect, directs shipbu
and repair operations. Byrne founded Deco Marine and has made it the li
operation of its kind in Panama.

S High Caliber Work
The high caliber of shipwork
done by Deco is indicated by the
fact that its vessels are certified by
." the American Bureau of Shipping:
the efficiency of its work force by
the absence of a single major acci-
dent since the shipyard was estab-
lished; the growth of its operations
by the fact that Deco is now a $2
million facility.
At the age of retirement, Mike
g Byrne speaks with youthful enthusi-
S asm of bigger things to come at
Deco, his creation.
e are "I love action," is his simple
ildmig explanation. "And this is where the
action is."



(On the basis of total Federal Service)

John A. Redway
Launch Dispatcher
Hubert A. Thompson
Norman A. Bennett
Helper Electrician
Alvin A. Bracey
Pedro Urriola
Lead Foreman (Materials Handling)
Telfield D. Landers
Truck Driver
Emanue l re
Ba I
Mic a a t
A I en c Cle

Superv untm ance
Azariah C. Coke
Victoriano Ortega
Laborer (Heavy)
Winfield Ford
Cargo Classification Specialist
Jos6 Arias
Leader Core-Drilling
Eric T. Nevers
Truck Driver
Sidney I. Brooks
Harris Campbell
Asphalt or Cement Worker

James A. Yates
Supervisory Personnel Staffing and
Employee Relations Specialist
Thomas J. Ebdon, Jr.
Supervisory General Engineer
Leroy Griffiths
Cargo Classification Specialist
John Stephens
Motor Launch Operator
Eric A. Greene
Oiler-Floating Plant
Victor M. Luscap
Time and Leave Clerk
Wilfred E. Rawlins
John B. Willis

Lock Operator (Operating Engineer-
Hoisting Equipment)
Cristopher L. Lynch
Helper Lock Operator
George Palmer
Irvin F. Headley
Bernardo Frio
Albert S. Hunter
Motor Launch Operator
Ervin A. Rolli
Guard Supervisor
Edward J. Friedrich
Chief Foreman Machinist (Marine)
Henry L. Davis
Maintenanceman-Rope and Wire
Wilfred A. Melise
Ruben E. Douglas
School Bus Driver
W. W. Wellington

George A. Grimes
Charles E. Chase
Leader Liquid Fuels Whar
Santos Estrada
Gilbert G. Wilson
Automotive Mecha
Arthur A. Lewis
Truck Driver
Lilias I. Hurley
Cargo Classification Specialist
John F. Manning
Program Manager (General Manager)
Walter G. Thorne
Field Tractor Operator
Kenneth T. Bowen
Truck Driver
Violet L. Cave
Sales Store Checker
Prince Bennett
Meat Cutter
Harry A. Dockery
Distribution Facilities Officer
Ulpiano Marmolejo
Cemetery Worker
LAzaro Martinez
Garbage Collector
Thomas H. Riley
Truck Driver
Fitzgerald White

Sibert F. R. Haynes
Supervisory Supply Clerk
Wilfred A. Richards
Leader Crane Hookman
Herman A. Reid
Assistant Baker
Linton G. Roberts
C. L. Brathwaite
Laborer (Heavy)
William H. Egger
Central Office Repairman
Lothen E. Boyd
Cement Finisher
Harold J. Charles
Hot Water Tank Repairman
William H. Fergus
Oiler-Floating Plant-Boom
Norton B. Stephenson
Administrative Assistant
Antenor J. de la Rosa
Leader Blaster
Clarence G. Wilson
Irvin C. Boyce
Station Light Serviceman

er ( at Plant)
C J. Br ne
upervisY neral Engineer
L el L. gh
ad F m (Facilities and
u. e Repair)
es s les

John E. Ridge, Jr.
Water System Operator
David Murrain
Clyde E. Boxill
Ira G. Barber
Eriberto Pascual
Jose Alzamora
Leader Painter
Frederick D. Wade
Cardinal E. Husband
Arthur A. Nedrick
George Carrington
Swimming Pool Operator
Joseph S. Corrigan
Customs Inspector
Cleveland D. Ennis
Teacher (Senior High L.A. Schools)
(See p. 13)



50 |yearJ 4go
IN OCTOBER 1918, an executive
order requiring the licensing of all
motor vehicle operators in the
Canal Zone was issued by President
Woodrow Wilson. The Canal Zone
Executive Secretary was empowered
to appoint examiners at Balboa and
Cristobal who would be responsible
for examining applicants for li-
censes, and make recommendations
to the Executive Secretary as to the
fitness of each applicant to operate
motor vehicles over the streets and
roads of the Canal Zone. This order
repealed earlier Isthmian Canal
Commission ordinances regarding
the same subject, which had been in
effect up to that time.

25 s ear c4go
JASCHA HEIFETZ, world-renowned
violinist, arrived on the Isthmus
to present a series of concerts
throughout the Canal Zone. Heifetz
had completed a concert tour in Pan-
ama 2 years previously, but returned
as part of a program to present name
entertainment to the military person-
nel stationed in the Canal Zone.
Lieutenant General George H.
Brett, Commanding General, Carib-
bean Defense Command, announced
November 2 a relaxation of censor-
ship bans for military personnel in
the area. Servicemen would now be
allowed to inform the folks back
home of their exact location in the
Caribbean, which was expected to
improve morale, as danger of attack
on the Canal waned.
The Atlantic Side War Bond Com-
mittee, headed by Arnold Bruckner
and coordinated by Ernest C. Cot-
ton, received the congratulations of
Canal Zone Governor Glen E. Edger-
ton for having tallied $1,535,503
in war bond sales from October 1942
through October 1943. This was the
first year that the War Bond Commit-
tee had been in operation on the
Atlantic side.
U.S.-citizen workers of the Canal
Zone were instructed to register for


. .

HOW IT WAS THEN-This is 1914 excavation for Balboa Terminals, Drydock No. 1.

the Selective Service in the fall of
1943. Canal Zone Executive Secre-
tary Frank H. Wang was named
Chief Registrar for this initial selec-
tive service registration.

10 yearS c4go
PAT QUINN, member of a well-
known Canal Zone family, was ap-
pearing in a Broadway play by Max-
well Anderson, "The Golden Six."
A graduate of Balboa High School,
Miss Quinn had been attending a
dramatics art college in New York
City when selected for the show.
Theodore Roosevelt Centennial
Week celebrations were climaxed by
a pageant, "The Ordeal of Mr.
Stevens, or Teddy Roosevelt Visits
the Isthmus," in which many res-
idents of Panama and the Canal Zone
took part. The event was held at the
Tivoli Hotel. Among the many guests
attending from the United States,
besides former construction day
workers, were the Honorable Maurice
H. Thatcher, sole surviving member
of the Isthmian Canal Commission,
and Mrs. Richard Derby, one of
President Roosevelt's three surviving

One Year A4go
THE DIVISION of Preventive Med-
icine was completing preparations
for putting its new Mobile X-Ray
Unit into operation. The unit was to
be used to examine employees and
dependents at townsites and jobsites
throughout the Canal Zone for pos-
sible lung disease, on a rotating
basis. In this manner, the greatest
number of persons would be reached
for early detection of health prob-
lems and employees and their fam-
ilies would be benefited by its

(Continued from p. 12)
John Lewis
Medical Technician General
Cecil B. Walker
Nursing Assistant (Medicine and
William C. Allen
Medical Aid (Ambulances)
Wellington G. Myles
Leader Cook
Harold J. Morrison
Leader Hospital Food Service
Marcos A. Mufioz
Leader Laborer (Heavy Pest Control)

Highlands of Chiriqui...

Where Nature Unfolds

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You almost have the Alps next door to you, if you live in Panama. Above is Curt
Hemmerling's chalet in Bambito, a "suburb" of Cerro Punta, where the elevation
is high enough to make you appreciate blankets at night.

Below is one of the rivers that lull you to sleep if you stay at the Dos Rios in Boquete.
The bridge in this photo cuts across the rear of the hotel, and beyond it, upriver
slightly, guests can see where two rivers channel into one.

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YOU GET INTO your automobile at
S o'clock in the morning, when the
tropical sun and humidity already
permeate the air. You drive through
the city amid its early-morning bustle
and noises-horns, vendors' babble
-and all the varying sounds of a
metropolis awake for another day of
activity. Gears grind, tires squeal,
and traffic cops' tempers rise faster
than the sun. You start and stop, veer
and wind, and eventually find your-
self on the outskirts of town, heaving
a sigh of relief. The city is wonderful,
but-intense as always.
Then, as you start to travel west-
ward on the winding Inter-American
Highway, the city retreats behind the
car and the countryside unfolds in
what yon imagine will be an endless
series of rolling hills, studded with
the sensuous vegetation of the trop-
ics. After all, this is Panama-land
of huge, tropical game fish, of intense
sunlight filtered through thick hazes
of humidity and swaying palmeras
that might have inspired the cumbia.
so closely do they mimic its rhythms.
This is the tropics; the very rain here
is a musical instrument.
But, if you travel far enough, and
not very far at that, you will find
yourself in a few hours climbing-
climbing farther and faster than )yo
realize, because the hills are gently
curved and rise subtly-ascending to
an elevation of 3,800 feet. As you
get about midway to that elevation,
you notice the countryside undergo
a change-the trees grow straighter,
truckloads of vegetable-produce and
other cool-climate crops pass by
you, and the tightness in your ears
suddenly tells you Panama is more
than the tropics.

Then, one final turn around the
midsection of a mountain, and the
gentle proof is unfolded to you like
the flower it is-Boquete-a little
town which marks the memory for-
ever. It opens up at the curve like
S a petal and though it were a deadly


Boquete-a valley of bouquets, where there are more flowers than blades of grass, where the pace of life is determined by
nature's slow and easy tide of seasons.

jungle flower you would risk its
But no worry of that. Rather,
Boquete has more subtle weapons.
You spend a few days there in one
of its small hotels or pensions, sleep-
ing to the natural narcotic of its
musical streams (they are every-
where), eating as though you had
a new stomach (and eating well and
inexpensively), and wondering-what
happened to the tropics?
But-there is more. Boquete is just
nature's elegant introduction. Be-
\ond it, on the other side and farther
up the mountain, an encore awaits
you. Ascending a road which now
is no longer quite gentle and where
the word "town" loses meaning, you
enter a mountain forest almost pri-
meval in its beauty, cut through by
a single main road and studded with
a house here and there-or a Swiss
chalet-and other unlikely sights ap-
pear, such as miniature cattle drives.
an occasional vegetable farm, and a
"town" that resembles the one-street
community of the Old American
This is Cerro Punta, an extinct vol-
canic crater and lakebed which rises
and falls across a 10-mile stretch and

is a cool 6,300 feet above sea level.
Slightly down the mountain from the
rolling surface of Cerro Punta whose
rich, black topsoil is 20-feet deep in
some places, are the "communities"
(usually of one or two houses, cabins
or chalets) of Bambito, El VolcAn
and the llanos. The combination of
these areas, only a short drive from
Boquete or David, is like the inner-
most depths of a primitive forest.
Few tourists are in evidence.
The local people are friendly, vig-
orous, and the pioneers among them
literally brought on their backs to the
area much of whatever is there. They)
could switch to mules only after a
road was built. The road opened the
way for new people and enabled the
beginning of the tiny community of
Cerro Punta itself, but the original
majesty of the land is virtually un-
changed from what it has been for
centuries-an untouched region of
sheer-faced mountains and valleys
that spin round and round in a dizzy
series of sights. The streams of Bo-
quete lull, those around Cerro Punta
roar; they are near-rivers whose rap-
ids crash upon gigantic rocks and
fling a challenge at the fishermen
who would dare cross. Not many do.

Thus, in a mere 7 hours, over a
brief 300 miles, a non-tropical wil-
derness is reached-from palmeras to
Panama pines, from tropical oity to
cool high-country-in less than a day.
The mean temperature is now 65,
instead of 85, and in the evening two
blankets feel good as the thermom-
eter sinks to a chilling 500. The
place is still Panama, but the cum-
bia's sensual beat now seems far off in
the tropical distance; at Cerro Punta
one imagines Strauss in the wind,
and the thunder of the streams could
have been written by Beethoven.
But mountains moving men is
rarely as impressive as the reverse.
At Boquete-Cerro Punta, men have
challenged a few. Around Boquete.
coffee grows straight up the side of a
mountain-or at least at so sharp an
incline your neck hurts as you tilt
your head back trying to see the peak
of the planted rows. Flowers, all
kinds of flowers, appear in strangely
wonderful places-on the faces of
concave hills, between rocks in
streams, and along the sidewalks of
the most humble residence. In Cerro
Punta, the dirt roads endlessly twist
the imagination in what it must have
(See p. 16)



The man of many legends-true ones-Glenn Lewis of Cerro Punta, of surveying for Lindbergh, of cutting through the brush
on foot in the 1920's, who came up to die-in 1938. His Oklahoma wife, Virginia, used to be a Peace Corps worker at Boquete.

Chiriqui Highlands

(Continued from p. 15)
been like to cut through this maze
the first time-when they even had
to turn the pack animals back, the
bush was so thick.
The men who helped uncover this
paradise are varied. The first of them
number less than a dozen, and those
who followed now represent, per
capital, the broadest cross-section of
national origins found in all of Pan-
ama. Boquete, for example, has 31
ethnic groups in its population of
13,000, with 50 percent of these first
generation. They include Ecuadorian
and Egyptian, Cuban and Canadian,
German and Jew, Eastern and Vest-
ern European, American, and of
course-Panamanian, besides many
others. Apart from native-born res-
idents, most of the other ethnic
groups have become Panamanian

At sparsely settled Cerro Punta,
there also are Indians. When Glenn
Lewis, Curt Hemmerling and a hand-
ful of others came to the area in the
1920's, the only inhabitants were four
Indian families. During that decade
and the one following, other new-
comers arrived, and the names Shan-
non, Martinz, and others were added
to the list of patriarchs. They know
the area to the square inch, and their
love for it is wedded to a tacit pride
in having overcome it.
They are old people, these patri-
archs-chronologically. Some of them
even came up to Cerro Punta to die-
30 years ago. They're still working at
it. Such "deaths" may be another 30
years in coming. Glenn Lewis, for
example, was told by his doctor in
1938 to retire and enjoy his ". .6
months to live." He had stomach
trouble, arthritis, and was smoking
three packs of cigarettes a day. I

asked him when he had his last
"That was my last, when I was
told to retire," he said. "So I went
up to the States and traveled 50,000
miles looking for a good place to
cave in. I had been to Cerro Punta
in 1924. After all that travel in the
States, I couldn't find a prettier place.
So I came back, built a home, and
'died' here."
He's still dying-at 75-smoking
the same three packs of cigarettes a
day, keeping his own hydroelectric
power plant in running order (which
he brought in on foot in 1938), run-
ning his own ham radio, and helping
"newcomers" John and Henryetta
\Vinklosky "feel set" (they started
in Cerro Punta in 1947 and are mere
youngsters in their sixties).
Lewis' reputation as a good neigh-
bor is outweighed only by his well-
found fame in many fields-sur-


veyor, photographer-newsman, and
pilot. In 1924, he came to the Isth-
mus as a surveyor for the U.S. Army.
His job was to fly World War I "bom-
bers" (bi-wing paper kites) over
Panama and decide where landing
fields should be built for Charles
Lindbergh's newly planned Central
American airmail service. Lewis
found he couldn't see enough by air,
so he took to the ground. He cut his
way on foot from David to Cerro
Punta (50 miles), thence to Chiriqui
Lagoon, and finally, to the Costa
Rican Border (70 miles in all). He
had pack animals with him at first,
but turned them back when they
delayed his progress. The trip took
him 32 days. He got his surveys.
In the course of this task, he flew
with and photographed Lucky Lindy
many times, and the latter's first Cen-
tral American airmail service was
based on Lewis' surveys. Besides his
work there, Lewis was intrigued by
Cerro Punta, so in 1932 he bought
100 acres and built a fishing camp.
At the time, he owned Servicio Lewis
in Panama City, and along with do-
ing photographic publicity for the
Army and Navy, he was movie-news
representative in Panama for MGM,
Fox, and Pathe of New York and
Paris. He additionally made the first
educational films of the Panama
Canal for Eastman-Kodak, and took
many reptile pictures for Raymond
Ditmar's famous books on herpetol-
ogy. He also has filmed alligator
hunts, jaguar forays, and at the Ca-
nal in 1923, took the only photo-
graph ever shot of combined com-
ponents of the U.S. Atlantic and Pa-
cific naval fleets, which were in Pan-
ama Bay at the time for maneuvers.
This was with the old-style photo-
graphic equipment, but Lewis had
his enormous picture printed and
sold in 3 weeks, using 15,000 feet of
paper. His net: $7,000.
Besides these accomplishments
when he was "young," Lewis laid
down a few more after he "retired"
in 1938-one of them building a mile-
long airfield at Cerro Punta in 1955.
His other activities, besides traveling,
are endless. He hunts, fishes (his
251-inch, 54-pound trout is still
the record in the area), and drives
back and forth to Panama frequently.
His first wife died a few years ago,
and he is now married to the former
Virginia Lewis, whom he met when

John and Henryetta Winklosky, both recent retirees from Panama Canal, indicate
by their expression how they like Cerro Punta.

she was doing Peace Corps work in
Boquete. She's from Oklahoma, and
they recently celebrated their second
wedding anniversary.
Trout fishing in Cerro Punta is
without par; they can still be taken
two on a line. (Again, the Lewis
touch; he flew the first trout eggs into
Cerro Punta on ice from the States.)
Hunting includes bandtail pigeons
and tapir, and for those willing to
go farther back in the bush-puma,
ocelot, jaguar, and deer. As to farm-
ing, crops in Cerro Punta are non-
tropical; all temperate zone crops
which do not require frost will thrive
there, and they are cash crops.
Besides pioneers Lewis, Matt
Shannon and the late Louis Martinz
(whose horse-breeding ranch is still
a landmark in the area), there is Curt
Hemmerling, who lives in Bambito,
one of the "suburbs" of Cerro Punta
which is a whole 3 miles down the
road-consisting of one house, his.
It's a Swiss chalet replete with the
many-peaked roof, the little windows
and the cozy rooms of its Alpine
counterparts. Even cool weather

goes with it; only the snow is missing.
Archeologist Hemmerling came to
the mountains in 1924 to do dig-
gings. He is a former Assistant Direc-
tor of Panama's Museo Nacional,
and most of the early archeology of
Panama was done by him. Thousands
of his finds are on display at Pan-
ama's museum and at institutions in
other countries. He also raises coffee
-14,000 trees- and is a great teller
of tales of Cerro Punta. Over a late-
evening glass of wine in front of the
fireplace, he will fuel your imagina-
tion with his memory.
There are other old people at
Cerro Punta, and they're proud of
the word. Their youthful spirit scorns
the euphemism, senior citizen. They
may not have found the Fountain of
Youth, but mountains have proved
more healing than the waters of the
old legend. Spirit abounds in Cerro
Punta. The faces, the voices, the
friendliness, reflect the natural un-
spoiled splendor of the rivers and
streams, the lush valleys, and the
overpowering mountains whose
(See p. 26)



Jelpintg Vkem Walk,

c4nd eeive T lrouAt

I'odern Aedical Practice

IT TOOK 11 major operations to
enable Jorge G. to walk. After a
bed-ridden infancy, he now has the
opportunity to grow up into a use-
ful citizen. And little Moyra M., who
was born with the bladder outside
the abdomen, now has a chance to
grow up, able to achieve mother-
hood. The dark menace of hopeless-
ness in their lives has given way to
the brightness of promise.
Jorge and Moyra are among the
many beneficiaries of the Panama
Canal Health Bureau's teaching pro-
gram which is an integral part of the
training curriculum for intern and
resident physicians-in effect at Gor-
gas and Coco Solo Hospitals for
many decades now. Generally un-
known to the public, the program has
resulted in case after case of out-
standing medical assistance to men,
women, and children in Panama.
When 10-year-old Jorge came to
Gorgas Hospital in mid-1966, he was
doomed to the life of a helpless crip-
ple. The rheumatoid arthritis he had
developed at one and one-half years
of age severely contracted and stiff-
ened his knees, hips, and feet. He
could not bend his right arm and he
had contractures of the wrists and
fingers. No doctor had seen him for
7 years, and by the time he was
brought to the Orthopedic Service of
Gorgas he was completely bedridden.
Intermittently, for nearly 2 years,
Jorge underwent operations on his
feet, knees, hips, right elbow, and
right leg-11 operations in all. When
he was discharged not too long ago,
he was walking-with braces, yes,
but able to move by himself. Today,
he walks five blocks every morning
to school. While he probably will re-
quire some type of mechanical aid
the rest of his life, he is walking
alone-a vast improvement over the


Walking again-even with crutches-is
a milestone for this lad. The Health
Bureau's Teaching-Case Program put
him on his feet again.

helpless condition in which he was
admitted to Gorgas.
Little Moyra's case came to the
attention of doctors the minute she
was born. She came into the world

in a Panama City hospital, doomed
to die before reaching adolescence,
for she was born with her urinary
bladder outside the abdomen, with-
out urethra and vagina, her pelvis
with no frontal bones. She had to
grow a few months before medical
science could do anything for her.
She was admitted to Corgas Hospi-
tal when she was 8 months old.
Though her case was primarily of
interest to the Urology Service, lit-
tle Moyra also was seen by pedia-
tricians and orthopedists. The former
evaluated her congenital defects and
the latter performed reconstructive
surgery to correct the lack of fusion
of her pelvic bones.
Two weeks after her admission,
urologists began the process of plas-
tic reconstruction of her defective or
missing organs. After a five and one-
half hour operation, her reconstruct-
ed bladder was in its natural position
under the frontal bones of the pelvis.
After 11 weeks in a body cast, Moyra
went back to the operating room for
the final reconstructive surgery. After
three major operations, little Movra
has gone home a normal "dry" baby
-the spectre of death before adoles-
cence banished.
These two cases, among the most
dramatic of recent "teaching cases"
in Gorgas Hospital, illustrate the
philosophy behind the Health Bu-
reau's program. One of the basic cri-
teria for admission of a "teaching
case" is the patient's inability to
pay, since the entire treatment is
provided absolutely free. Charity?
In a sense, yes. But the program
goes beyond charity-for-charity's-
sake. A second criterion is the non-
availability to the patient of treat-
ment in Panama. Finally-and this is
what sets the program apart from


mere charity-the caSe must have
teaching value from the medical
standpoint. This is of exceptional im-
portance, for the normal patient load
in Gorgas and Coco Solo Hospitals
does not always supply all the various
pathological and clinical conditions
required for the residency training
program. Through this program,
physicians-both staff and in train-
ing-apply diagnostic and therapeutic
techniques which they will use later
in their care of other patients.
Thus, Jorge was accepted because
his rheumatoid arthritis is rare among
children, and Moyra because her con-
genital abnormality of the urinary
bladder occurs about once in every
30,000 deliveries and was of the
most severe type.
Community Benefit
Implicit in the program is the dis-
tinct benefit to the communities to
which the hospitals provide care,
because the opportunity to minister
to unusual and severe cases and par-
ticipate in such an outstanding train-

ing program stimulates physicians to
join local medical staffs. This in-
evitably leads to higher professional
standards and a better grade of med-
ical practice. A stateside physician,
for example, has little opportunity
nowadays to treat a case of tubercu-
losis of the spine. At this writing, sev-
eral such cases in varying degrees of
severity, have been treated in the
Orthopedic Service in Gorgas, all re-
quiring removal of diseased body
tissue at the vertebrae and spinal
fusions. Three of the cases, inciden-
tally, were Guaymi Indian girls.
Treatment of such cases, even if in-
frequently found in future practice,
provides the involved physicians
with such detailed knowledge of
spinal anatomy and makes them so
familiar with these particular tech-
niques of surgery that they can
apply them with great benefit to
other conditions affecting the same
part of the anatomy. Thus, the direct
benefit to the three Guaymi Indian
girls will later prove of value to

AND SHE'LL BE NORMAL-This tiny lass was born with major congenital birth
defects, which the Teaching-Case Program corrected. Without such treatment, she
either would not have lived or would have survived with tremendous handicaps.

other patients with diverse conditions
of the spine requiring surgery and
As is to be expected, there is a
much more active training program
at Gorgas than at Coco Colo Hospi-
tal. But the requirements are the
same for teaching-cases. The pro-
gram has made Gorgas a teaching
hospital the equal of any in the
United States, and has thus helped
to make available on the Isthmus
medical care comparable to that
practiced in the most outstanding
centers in the United States

Valuable Teaching Cases
It is important to understand that
a teaching program has been in
existence at Gorgas Hospital for at
least 40 years. It started when in-
terns were first recruited for service
at Gorgas Hospital and then was
gradually enlarged to include resi-
dents in training. The bulk of the
teaching cases comes from among
patients-United States and Pana-
manian citzens-who are eligible for
care and medical facilities in the
Canal Zone. It is only the unusual
cases, those which are difficult to
diagnose or which present problems
in treatment, that come from Pan-
ama. Through the program, these
patients are helped and at the same
time the clinical experience of the
physicians in training in enlarged.

Massive Goiter Removed
Mrs. Eduarda R. came to Gorgas
Hospital with a massive goiter, her
thyroid gland enormously distended.
The normal dimensions of the gland
are about two and one-half inches in
diameter. The weight of the massive
growth caused her to stoop and she
could hardly swallow or breathe. The
case was taken to the Nuclear Med-
icine Section, but the goiter was far
too advanced for treatment with ra-
dioactive iodine. It took 6 months of
inpatient and outpatient treatment
to bring Mrs. R's health back in
balance for surgery. When the goiter
was finally removed, it was found to
be the largest ever taken out at Gor-
gas Hospital in the memory of vet-
eran physicians, and of a size rarely
(See p. 20)


Helping Them Walk, Live

(Continued from p. 19)
recorded in medical textbooks. Mrs.
R. has recovered.
Plastic surgery of cleft lips-a con-
genital defect-is not an easy job,
particularly if the palate also is in-
volved. Under the teaching pro-
gram, several cases of this type have
been successfully treated, most of
them in San Bias Indian babies. This
condition is only occasionally en-
countered in a population the size
of that in the Zone. The opportunity
to see and treat these additional cases
will make physicians in Canal Zone
hospitals more adept in their treat-
ment of future patients.
Snake-Bite Victim
Snake-bite incidents are always of
interest to the medical profession.
One such case was that of Rengifo
A., an Indian boy about 12 years old.
He was bitten by a fer-de-lance below
the right knee while farming in the
Madden Lake area. Neighbors ap-
plied a very tight grass tourniquet on
his leg. It took hours to get him to
the hospital, and during that period
the tourniquet was not loosened. By
the time he was admitted, gangrene
had set in. Young Rengifo recovered
from the effects of the venom, but
his leg had to be amputated where
the tourniquet had been placed. At
the end of his treatment, which
lasted 170 days, Rengifo walked out
of the hospital with an artificial leg.
Not all of the patients treated
under the resident training program
start out as "teaching cases." Eduar-
do B., 7 years old, the corneas of
whose eyes had been badly scarred
by an infection, was "adopted" by
the men of a U.S. Army company
who raised funds to send him to Gor-
gas. The first corneal transplant-a
surgery not frequent in Gorgas be-
cause of the lack of an eye bank
-proved unsuccessful. By that time,
funds raised by the troops had been
exhausted, so Eduardo was taken on
as a "teaching case." He has since had
a corneal transplant of the left eye
and a cataract extraction and has im-
proved, but still is under treatment
in the Ophthalmology Service.

Teaching Cases Are Varied
The variety of teaching cases is
such that every service of the hos-
pitals has them at one time or
another. When 8-year-old Luis E.,
from Escobal, Colon Province, was
operated on for the removal of bone
fragments pressing on a nerve, caus-
ing facial paralysis, it was only the
second time that such surgery was
performed in the Eye, Ear, Nose
and Throat Service of Gorgas. The
boy had suffered a skull fracture sev-
eral months earlier in a fall on a
wharf. The pieces of bone pressing
on the facial nerve paralyzed the
right side of his face. He couldn't
close his right eye-not even when
sleeping. It is only in the very re-
cent past that surgery of this type,
in this area, has become feasible.
Luis, still reporting for observation
once every 3 months, has now re-
covered 95 percent of his facial

Born Without Thumbs
Miriam P., now a teenager, was
born without thumbs and without the
radius bone in both arms. As a result
she could not grasp objects. Ortho-
pedic surgeons reconstructed the in-
dex finger in each hand into a thumb,
which involved moving the digit
from one position to the other. They
also fused the wrist bones. Miriam,
whose treatment has taken about
4 years, now can grasp objects with
her three fingers and thumb in each
These cases are but a few of the
many which show dramatically what
medicine can do for people today,
as well as the benefits for all involved
in the teaching program. A more
complete list of cases of outstanding
medical assistance under the pro-
gram in Gorgas Hospital alone
would include patients who recov-
ered from massive obstructive-dis-
tention of both kidneys, intersex
problems, clubfoot deformities, frac-
tures, wounds, post-polio complica-
tions, skin diseases-and many more.
They Come from Near and Far
The teaching case patients come
to the hospitals in diverse ways.

Sometimes the hospital's doctors dis-
cover them; sometimes they are re-
ferred by doctors in Panama who are
familiar with the teaching program
in the Canal Zone, or by missionary
doctors visiting remote areas in
the Republic; sometimes they are
brought in by their employers in the
Canal Zone.
Participants in the Health Bureau
teaching program are the interns and
resident physicians, under the guid-
ance and supervision of board-
certified specialists on the hospital
staffs. Depending on the specialty in
which they are training, residents
will spend anywhere from 2 to 4
years at Gorgas. At the end of train-
ing, they are board-qualified and
must pass an examination for board
certification, which is official rec-
ognition of their rank as specialists.
Far Reaching' Benefits
The growth of the teaching case
program in the Canal Zone hospitals
over the past 10 years bespeaks its
value. The benefits have been far-
ranging-for medical staffs, patients,
and communities. It is a program of
enormous impact on the health status
of the chronically and severely ill,
both in Panama and in the Zone.
For the patients from Panama, it
means care not normally available
to them for various reasons. To Zone
patients, it means new and improved
techniques which their physicians
would not ordinarily have learned in
their conventional care of patients.
To physicians, it means the opportu-
nity to see and treat diseases of a
type and severity they would per-
haps not see in a lifetime of prac-
tice. There is far more than the
broadening of their field of inter-
est and practice. Direct benefit to the
Canal Zone communities has been
through improvement of the quality
of medical care by providing train-
ing opportunities to interns and
residents and stimulation to staff
Though conceived primarily for
its scientific value, the program has
happily developed into a people-to-
people project which has won last-
ing, and nicest of all, healthy friends.


GREASING JOB-Francisco Wason, oiler (kneeling) greases
sheave on the rising stem valve roller train chain. Leslie C.
McIntosh, oiler (standing) greases guide rollers on rising
stem crosshead.

A LITTLE-KNOWN underground
world exists "down under" that has
nothing to do with Australia or a
resistance movement. Those below
in this case are the men who work
down under the Panama Canal locks,
and who walk the labyrinths that
form a vital network thousands of
feet long under the locks' surfaces.
The operations of the locks fall
naturally into three parts-the con-
trol houses above ground level, the
operations on the ground that involve
the lock walls, and those down under.
The number of men assigned to duty
under locks varies. During an over-
haul period, some 950 extra em-
ployees may be hired, about 700 by
the Locks Division and some 250 by"
Maintenance. After the chambers
are drained, these men descend to
begin the actual overhaul which
involves maintenance and repairs.
But during the normal workweeks
it's a pretty quiet world down under.
About 20 maintenance men-paint-
ers, oilers, craftsmen and helpers-
usually work at each lock during the


day. On the night shift, six men who
handle service calls are assigned at
each lock. And there may be an oc-
casional boa or opossum down there,
but of course they're not on the
duty roster.
The lock operator leader, me-
chanical, and his counterpart, the
lock operator leader, electrical, have
the most responsible positions. Form-
erly, the leader, mechanical, was
"senior tunnel man" and the tunnel
still is his domain. But whatever the
title, the job entails quite a bit of
exercise, especially leg work.
Usually, the lock operator, me-
chanical, "goes for a walk" first thing
in the morning. He walks the length
of the tunnel on the first lockage and
checks to see that all machines are
operating properly. Since the lock
chamber is 1,050 feet and the tun-
nels extend another 300 feet at
either end of the chamber, it's a good
constitutional. All the locks have
essentially the same dimensions.
On duty at Miraflores Locks is
Oliver G. Paterson of Los Rios, lead-

er lock operator, who is the senior
in this position on the Pacific side
of the Isthmus. His U.S. Government
service dates to 1939.
At Pedro Miguel, the supervisor
of leader locks operators in main-
tenance work, Joe Young, has service
that dates from 1941. Leader lock
operator Creg Cramlich's service also
goes back to that year. A close sec-
ond in length of service is Ray F.
Hesch, also a leader lock operator,
whose service dates to 1942.
The dean of leader lock operator
machinists at Gatun Locks is Daniel
A. Lawson, whose service dates
to 1936.
Their underground duty stations
are compact. There's a desk, clip-
boards that hold inspection schedules
for the start of each shift, and hand-
tools for small repairs, filing, or
small assembly operations.
The leader lock operator, electri-
cal, has duties similar to those of his
colleague, except that in his case the
work involves the intricate electrical
(See p. 22)








CENTER WALL TUNNEL, looking north, shows the long, long walk ahead of the tunnel workers. Lubricating boxes
are mounted on either side. Just beyond the lubricating boxes are the guards for the miter gate bullwheels.

They Work Down, Down Under

(Continued from p. 21)
equipment in the tunnels. At some
points, the machines and electrical
equipment are half a mile away from
the control house.
Each tunnel is divided horizontally
into three stories-the lower for
drainage, the middle for wiring and
the top as a passageway with bays
into which the machinery to operate
the locks is set. There are huge cast
steel bullwheels more than 19 feet
across, weighing 35,000 pounds and
mounted horizontally on a large cen-
ter pin. These open and close the
lock gates through a connecting arm.
In the next bay is the tiny 40-horse-
power motor which is able to oper-
ate the wheels, and in turn the gates,
through sharp gear reductions.
A 40-horsepower motor also is
used to operate the miter gate and
the rising stem valves.

The original machinery, installed
54 years ago by Panama Canal con-
struction workers, is still in use today.
For over half a century the original
rising stem valves have been in oper-
ation, the wheels have been turning,
the chain has been extended across
the locks chambers and then re-
cessed, and the little motors have
been doing the work. Only the motors
have undergone a slight change.
Once a 25-horsepower motor was
used, as a predecessor to the
40-horsepower motor.
Along the passageways down
under, there are the transformer
rooms at intervals, and in the center
-walls are float wells to determine
the depth of the water in each lock
chamber for the gages in the control
Machinery for the chain fender, a
safety device to prevent a ship from

striking the miter gates, requires
periodic lubrication and is in a pit
approximately 70 feet deep. Stairs
go down most of the way, with the
last 20 feet traveled down a ladder.
The chain stretches across the lock
chamber and is worked by a hydrau-
lically operated system of cylinders
controlled remotely from the tower.
A lighted red indicator on the wall
shows when the chain is up. When
the chain is down, the indicator is
recessed in the wall. There are slots
in the side wall and bottom of the
lock chamber, and when a vessel is
transiting, the chain falls into its
grooves in the lock floor and out of
the wav. The intricacy of the oper-
ation is spelled out in a diagram
sketch on one side of the tunnel wall.
Most of the work underground is
at a level of about 8 feet, although
the rising stem lubricators weekly


go down into a pit about 20 feet
below the tunnel surface. Another
weekly lubrication operation is the
care for the miter gate moving-
machinery. The lubrication crew, a
leader, and five or six men provide
lubrication for all the machinery,
check to see that everything is as it
should be, and call attention to
anything that might be wrong.
Periodic inspections are made of
electricity and water lines and the
sump pumps in the lower tunnel.
A hole, about 3 feet by 4 feet,
gives access to the shaft for the lower
under-tunnel, below the floor of the
locks chambers. At first glance, it
looks like the black hole of Calcutta.
Over half a century ago, the men
assigned to do the inspections in that
under-tunnel area made the descent
by a ladder set flush against one wall.
Over the years, an improvement to
the operation was made, and the
inspectors rode down to the under-
tunnel area in a "bosun's chair," a
board rigged on a line, kind of a
close relative to a child's swing.
The newest development, which
is just being installed, consists of a
wire cage or man-hoist, in which a
man stands as he is lowered down.
The underground world of the
Panama Canal also has an emergency
pump and sprinkler system in case

of fire, primarily for protection of the
miter gates in event of a floating fire,
and for protection of control house
A little-known role of the under-
ground locks area is that it is also a
shelter area. Civil defense emergency
rations and drinking water are stored
in each tunnel and are checked
All the locks machinery is activa-
ted from the control tower. Before
any maintenance, service is per-
formed, the control tower is advised
as to exactly what part of the
machinery is to be out of operation.
The accident rate in the under-
ground area is extremely low, due
to implementation of good safety
regulations. After the control tower
has been notified what machinery is
to be out of operation and worked on,
the machinery in question is tagged
at two locations. Each employee
responsible has a lock with his own
key to the equipment on which he
is working. Leaders have four locks
mastered to their own personal keys,
and a tag with the workman's name
is placed on the machine and the
equipment locked to prevent its
being turned on while work is
Although all the locks are essen-
tially the same, the men who work

at Miraflores and Gatun Locks also
have bridge maintenance responsi-
bilities. At Miraflores, the swing
bridge is maintained so that it can be
operated in an emergency. The
bridge itself is operated from the
bridge control house, but there is
intercommunication with the locks.
At Gatun, maintenance work is done
on the vehicular bridge, which is
operated from the control house.
Life down under has its moments
of excitement, too, wholly apart
from the locks operation and yet
linked to it. The White Rabbit of
Alice's Wonderland may not be
found in the tunnels, but once in a
while the men come across snakes,
mostly boas, especially at the begin-
ning of the rainy season. The snakes
are washed down-river during the
heavy rains, and when the lock gates
are open, they slither up on the gate
arms and then inside. While most of
the snakes found in the lock tunnels
are boas, a number of fer-de-lance
have made locks' tunnel visits, too.
Opossums have found their way
inside the lock tunnels, and a few
times sloths have crawled up over
the fence and into the tunnel, where
they curled up like raggedy balls
until they were found and evicted.
You see, there is plenty of variety
"down under."

i .... .. .

I, ... .... .


GO!-James E. Farrell begins the descent to the cross-under area beneath the locks' floors. Center, flush to the wall, is the
ladder the first locks' workers used. The bosun's chair, in which Farrell sits, is due to be replaced in the near future by a wire
cage or man hoist, in which a man stands as he is lowered.


(All cargo figures in long tons)
Pacific to Atlantic
First quarter, fiscal year-

Commodity 1969 1968 5-Yr. Avg.
Commodity 1969 1968 191

Ores, various ________ 1,231,354 1,037,172 282,514
Iron and steel, plates, sheets, and coils __- 820,697 156,297 N.A.
Boards and planks ._--_-_ 806,677 150,127 N.A.
Sugar .. 741,682 832,038 693,908
Fishmeal e-- ------------------ 414,055 360,526 N.A.
Metals, various .------- __------ 329,865 354,308 274,741
Iron and steel manufactures, misc._--- 315,711 580,635 N.A.
Bananas_ --_ --- 296,801 319,838 274,753
Pulpwood --- -----_ 282,618 238,167 130,271
Food in refrigeration
(excluding bananas) --- -------- 274,150 300,276 196,404
Plywood and veneers -----------_---- 208,441 121,409 N.A.
Canned food products ------------ 179,491 210,355 253,387
Potash------------------- ---------- 158,284 115,546 130,271
Petroleum and products------------- 150,126 618,861 490,599
Coffee ------------------------ 148,325 105,582 109,537
All others ------- ------------ 2,469,938 2,990,402 4,507,046
Total 8,828,215 8,491,539 7,343,431

Atlantic to Pacific

First quarter, fiscal year-
Commodity 1969 1968 5-Yr. Avg.
________________________19_9 19681961-65
Petroleum and products --------____ 4,199,180 3,594,632 2,848,139
Coal and coke ----- 3,544,096 2,504,584 1,521,383
Phosphates ---------------_--- 1,225,062 931,022 497,992
Corn --.------------------------- 736,428 607,078 299,197
Metal, scrap ---- -------------- 704,733 1,260,135 812,008
Sorghum ___---------_ 556,250 365,211 N.A.
Wheat__ __ ____--- 506,225 296,723 179,668
Soybeans --- _- ------------ 486,988 554,388 279,937
Ores, various ------------ 397,495 431,630 70,671
Metal, iron ------ -------------- 373,884 969,036 48,694
Sugar ---------------_ -_-- 262,432 297,063 367,986
Paper and paper products ---------- 227,536 167,788 108,532
Chemicals, unclassified .. --- 161,048 252,706 161,332
Rice --------------- ------- 149,353 85,376 28,632
Cotton, raw _---------------- 145,004 97,441 79,961
All others ---------------------- 2,730,438 2,493,467 2,122,496
Total ----- ---------------- 16,406,152 14,908,280 9,426,628

The following table shows the number of transits of large, commercial vessels (300 net tons or
over) segregated into eight main trade routes.
First quarter, fiscal year-
Trade routes Avg. No.
trade routes 1969 1968 Transits
United States Intercoasta-----------_ -- ------- 102 99 116
East coast United States and South America -- 411 392 590
East coast United States and Central America -- 177 159 124
East coast United States and Far East-- 821 730 566
East coast United States/Canada and Australasia_ 117 103 87
Europe and West coast United States/Canada___ 232 227 215
Europe and South America_ _ __ 312 361 303
Europe and Australasia --------------- 91 115 85
All other routes----------------__ 1,083 1,130 731
Total traffic _-_- ---__-_-- 3,346 3,316 2,817

New Queen

To Arrive

In February

A NEW QUEEN of the seas, the
Cunard Line's $75-million Queen Eli-
zabeth II-biggest ship capable of
passing through the Panama and
Suez Canals for worldwide cruising-
will make her maiden voyage next
year and soon after visit the Panama
Canal. Her first voyage will be from
Southampton to New York in Jan-
uary, and she'll arrive on the Isthmus
February 24.
Hailed as the safest ship on the
seas, the Queen Elizabeth II is a dual
purpose liner. Six months a year she
will ply the North Atlantic between
England and the United States; the
other half of the year she'll be a cruise
ship from America's West Coast sail-
ing to Pacific ports. Because of this
double duty, she's much smaller than
her predecessors. The Queen Eliza-
beth II's gross tonnage is 58,000,
compared to the Queen Mary's
81,237 and the Queen Elizabeth's
82,997. Overall length of the new
liner is 963 feet; her beam, 105 feet.
The Queen Elizabeth II can boast
many unique features, including
drive-on, drive-off facilities for 80
cars; all restaurants on upper public
room decks; 75 percent of passenger
cabins with a view of the sea; pri-
vate bath facilities in every passen-
ger room, more open deck space than
any other liner, and bow thrusters to
facilitate berthing when tugs are not
Basically, the Queen Elizabeth II
will be a ship without classes as
known among the world's present
great liners. The vessel will have just
one deck of public rooms reserved
for passengers who pay a premium
The ship is mainly built of non-
combustible materials. Her safety
standards are claimed to be in ad-
vance of all current regulations.
Pacific-Ford, S.A. is agent for the
vessel in Panama.




THE 1968-1969 cruise season, start-
ing this month, will bring the Hol-
land-American luxury liner, SS
Statendam, to the Isthmus on five
"festival cruises." The vessel transit-
ed the Panama Canal last month
on what was to have been the first
of two Caribbean Festival cruises,
one this year and the other in 1969.
The cruises proved so popular, how-
ever, that additional Caribbean Fes-
tival cruises are scheduled for No-
vember 14, January 9, February 8,
and March 11.
The SS Statendam, whose local
agent is Pacific-Ford, S.A. on these
cruises, sails from Los Angeles and
anchors in seven Caribbean ports as
well as several Mexican and South
American harbors. The Festival
cruises will bring the SS Statendam
on 10 trips through PanCanal. Each
cruise is for 25 days and covers
9,300 miles.
The Southern Cross will transit the
Canal November 6 and again Decem-
ber 18, according to Pacific-Ford.
The Akaroa will transit December 4,
and Christmas Eve will see the
Northern Star in Balboa for a transit
on Christmas Day. A New Year's Eve
arrival will be the Stella Oceanis,
which will dock in Cristobal and sail
New Year's Day.
C. B. Fenton & Co., Inc. had its
1968-1969 cruise vessel schedule
inaugurated last month with the ar-
rivals of the Bergensfjord and the
Kungsholm at Canal ports.
On November 3, Panama's Inde-
pendence Day, the Sagafjord arrived
in Cristobal for immediate transit.
The vessel berthed in Balboa from
mid-afternoon until 1 a.m. the fol-
lowing day.
The Federico C, also represented
by Fenton, will make a series of calls
at Cristobal starting December 30.
Federico C will sail from Port Ever-
glades, Fla., cruise through the Ca-
ribbean and then dock at Cristobal
for about 10 hours. The ship will
come back to Cristobal for half-day
visits January 13 and 27, February
(See p. 27)



I First quarter, fiscal year-


Belgian __-. -
British ----
Chinese (Nat'l.)
Colombian .__
Cuban_ -----
Danish --___-
German, West_
Greek_ __---
Honduran ___-
Israeli _------
Irish -----_
Italian --____
Japanese _---
Liberian ____-
Mexican ---
Netherlands -
Nicaraguan --
Norwegian -_
Peruvian ---_
South Korean_
Soviet ----
United States_
All Others----

No. of Tons of
transits cargo
32 41,347
358 3,041,454
30 196,193
34 269,534
49 131,801
13 135,797
111 672,463
10 13,772
63 297,870
307 1,139,646
118 1,330,420
56 32,019
10 138,413
29 177,936
12 65,973
60 414,611
263 2,303,735
385 5,733,048
38 143,895
113 516,715
14 29,467
346 3,648,181
151 665,703
40 181,874
27 149,850
12 81,617
23 158,922
132 920,907
13 4,340
427 2,194,535
70 402,329
3,346 25,234,367

No. of


1968 1961-65
Tons of Avg. No. Avg. tons
cargo transits of cargo
70,367 12 37,985
2,966,604 310 2,047,775
161,043 31 212,446
200,338 20 141,456
104,221 64 107,839
95,641 1 3,747
581,532 78 359,38(
32,174 12 14,195
279,679 35 198,935
1,335,386 278 849,50,
1,090,789 164 1,612,077
24,091 49 37,823
147,991 14 60,33'
6,836 1 7,79,
538,727 51 300,464
1,754,164 221 1,266,48;
4,740,073 225 2,186,98'
42,846 7 16,40;
376,851 147 701,98'
32,594 15 25,29;
4,166,718 347 2,520,861
576,246 112 468,19,
158,897 30 145,53:
100,058 15 58,71
10,821 1 9,31J
111,120 2 16,60;
787,315 91 529,291
36,266 10 20,41
2,211,600 439 2,623,81
517,155 35 188,40
23,399,819 2,817 16,770,05!










First quarter, fiscal year-
Avg. No.
1969 1968 Transits
Atlantic Pacific
to to Total Total Total
Pacific Atlantic
Commercial vessels:
Oceangoing --------- 1,668 1,678 3,346 3,317 2,817
Small ------------------- 77 58 135 170 146
Total commercial _-_- 1,745 1,736 3,481 3,487 2,963
U.S. Government vessels: **
Oceangoing ------------ 225 156 381 350 57
Small *---------------- 22 18 40 36 38
Total, commercial and U.S.
Government--- ------ 1,992 1,910 3,902 3,873 3,058
Vessels under 300 net tons or 500 displacement tons.
Vessels on which tolls are credited. Prior to July 1, 1951, Government-operated
ships transited free.

Refreshing Chiriqui Highlands

(Continued from p. 17)
11,000-foot peaks rise no higher than
the spirit of the people who call them
home. Along with those already men-
tioned, there are the Leonard Butzes,
both in their 80's, and the broth-
ers Gutierrez-one of whom came to
die at Cerro Punta of tuberculosis
20 years ago. They farm broad
stretches of land-themselves. And
there is the "old" barber who walks
up 3 miles each week to cut John
Winklosky's hair-on a road with 40
percent grades. Winklosky and his
wife Henryetta are recent retirees
from PanCanal.
There are youngsters in the area
now-40-year-old Tommy Carruth,
for example, who provided the initial
impetus for this story. When I told
him over coffee one afternoon we
were looking for story ideas, he said:
"You know, there's kind of a pretty
place up in the Interior you might


(Continued from p. 8)
into a clown, an animal face or any
number of figures.
An empty gallon ice cream con-
tainer or a hatbox is an excellent base
for a pifiata. Dress it up with crepe
paper and add features to make an
animal face, a bird, a flower or a fruit.
The paper bag and cardboard pifia-
tas are safer than the pottery pifiata
and will not hurt anyone when
Make a pifiata by any method.
Hang it up, being sure the rope is
strung through a hook on a pulley so
it can be raised up and down and
moved about. This way, the master
of ceremonies can move the pifiata
out of the path of the whooshing
Now watch the fun as the blind-
folded child or adult flails at the
empty air. He gets three tries and
the game goes on until a guest gives
the pifiata a good whack and breaks
it, spilling out the goodies.
The party is launched

be interested in. Everybody goes up
there to die-and lives for 30 years."
Carruth has mountain fever, too. A
building contractor in Panama City,
he gets up to his Cerro Punta retreat
as often as possible.
The ease of enjoying Boquete-
Cerro Punta advantages for merely
a weekend-and a weekend only
whets the appetite-may tax your
credibility. You can stay in Boquete,
after a short 6-hour drive from
Panama City, for less than $20 a
night for two, with private bath
and including all meals. The food is
well-prepared, and varied, and the
streams that lull you to sleep near
the hotels Panamonte, Dos Rios and
the quaint Pensi6n Marilos cost noth-
ing extra. Most rates remain un-
changed from one time of the year
to the other. The entire year is the
season. If you stay at the Marilos,
you will meet its engaging host,
Gregory Chuljak, Austrian-turned-
Yugoslav-turned Panamanian, a man
whose 65 years cross several coun-
tries, careers, and turns of fortune.
You'll feel fortunate to have known
As you go over to the other side
of the mountain-range toward Cerro
Punta, you can stop at the Dos Rios'
sister hotel, of the same name in
El Volcan. Farther up toward Cerro
Punta itself, there is Curt Hem-
merling's chalet, which he has

supplemented with comfortable lodg-
ing and excellent cooking-at out-
rageously low rates.
The drive from Panama City itself
is smooth, fast, and only the varied
landscape will delay you as you stop
for pictures. Otherwise, the trip is
rapid. Beyond Rio Hato, about 75
miles out from Panama City on the
Inter-American Highway, the road is
new all the way to David and feels
like it. From David, it is only a short
drive to either Boquete or Cerro
But by no means accept this
verbal imitation as even a partial mir-
ror of such a journey. It is yours as
it was mine, for the easy taking. It
will take you away-to the cool,
primitive forests you dream of, to the
meadows, to the brooks and rivers,
and to the mountains-the mountains
that make you suddenly stand still
and stare up, way up high.
As mother nature re-unfolds her-
self to you, a masculine touch is
evident in her stroke; perhaps there
is another-older-Patriarch in Cerro
Theodore Barrington

/^ '
0 9-T-%

Vessels of 300 tons net or over-(Fiscal years)


August -.....
September ---
October ----
November -_--
December ---
January ------
February ----.
March --------
Totals for
fiscal year






Avg. No.

* Before deduction of any operating expenses.

Gross tolls* (Thousands of dollars)








* Before deduction of any operating expenses.


(Continued from p. 25)
10 and 24, March 10 and 24, and
April 7 and 21.
The Bcrgensfjord, due in Cris-
tobal in late January, will transit the
Panama Canal and dock in Balboa.
The Oceanic, on Fenton's winter
cruise schedule, will visit Cristobal
January 25 and again February 12.

Steady Customer
LLOYD TRIESTINO, one of Italy's
most" important shipping lines, con-
tinues as a Panama Canal customer
after the first two transits by its lux-
ury ships earlier this year. The first
to transit was the Guglielmo Mar-
coni, a 27,900-ton passenger liner
which arrived in Balboa February
23, transiting northbound. The Gali-
leo Galilei, a sister ship, went through
the Canal October 29, and will tran-
sit again, northbound, on March 16
and August 6, 1969.
The Guglielmo Marconi will be in
Canal waters again November 11,
1969, and will transit northbound.
Because of the closing of the Suez
Canal, these ships are now circling
the world. Both are 701.59 feet long,
with a beam of 93.80 feet. Each can
accommodate 1,629 first- and tourist-
class passengers. With a speed of 24
knots, they are among the fastest


ships transiting the Canal. Both were
put in service in 1963.
Holland-American Line announced
that the company will invest 4 million
dollars this fall in refurbishing the
line's three big vessels-SS Rotter-
dam, SS Nieuw Amsterdam, and SS
Statendam, all of which are Panama
Canal customers.

TRANSITS (Oceangoing Vessels)
1969 1968
Commercial 3,346 3,317
U.S. Government--_-- 381 350
Free --------- 19 27


Commercial _
U.S. Govern-

3,746 3,694
$21,932,274 $20,531,957

ment -- 2,426,073 2,284,978
Total --_$24,358,347 $22,816,935
Commercial 25,236,502 23,403,346
U.S. Govern-
ment ---- 2,312,423 2,331,434
Free--- 38,041 138,268
Total. 27,586,966 25,873,048
o Includes tolls on all vessels, oceangoing
and small.
00 Cargo figures are in long tons on all
vessels, oceangoing and small.

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1100 M
1000 E
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"The investment underscores Hol-
land-America's confidence in the
growth of steamship travel, partic-
ularly in the field of cruising," said
John H. Reurs, General Manager.
Each of the "big three" will un-
dergo a general facelifting.
In addition, the following improve-
ments will be made aboard the Rot-
terdam: 50 new cabins will be added,
a new lido restaurant and outdoor
terrace will be built on the Prom-
enade Deck, the outdoor swimming
pool reshaped, 650 new deck chairs,
music piped to all cabins, new wall-
to-wall carpeting in cabins and cor-
ridors, and considerable new hotel
New wall-to-wall carpeting will
also be installed in the dining rooms,
cabins and corridors of the Nieuw
Amsterdam and Statendam.
All three ships are represented at
the Panama Canal by Pacific Steam
Navigation Co.

Wallenius Expands
ager of Victram Shipping Corp..
Miami, general agents for Vallenius
Caribbean Lines, has announced a
new trailer service between Miami
and Aruba and Curacao in the Dutch
West Indies. This service comple-
ments one which was started earlier.
this year to Panama.
Victram is also general agerft for
the Blue Ribbon Line, serving the
Dominican Republic, the Windward
and Leeward Islands, Barbados, and
Trinidad. Trades Routes, Inc. is the
agent for these lines in New York.

R Huge Tankers Ordered
0 A A $16.4 MILLION order for the
N construction of two 61,440-ton tank-
0 S ers has been awarded to Bethlehem
T Steel Corp. by the Maritime Overseas
S Corp. The ships, 734 feet long, will
0 be assigned to Ocean Tankships
Corp. and the Intercontinental Bulk-
tank Corp.




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