Title: Spillway
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098946/00015
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Title: Spillway
Physical Description: 1 v. : ill. ; 28-43 cm.
Language: Spanish
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Balboa Heights C.Z
Publication Date: September 21, 1962
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Periodicals -- Canal Zone   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Language: Spanish and English.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Oct. 30, 1957 (experimental issue)-v.1 no.32 (Jan. 25, 1963).
General Note: Official publication of the Panama Canal Company.
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Volume ID: VID00015
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 07258071
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Vol. 1, No. 14 Weekly Publication of the Panama Canal Friday, September 21, 1962


Before the end of the month, the Group
Insurance Board serving all U.S. Federal
agencies on the Canal Zone will send out
personal notices to all non-U.S.-citizen
employees informing them of increased
benefits gained under the new contract.
A booklet also is being printed.
A number of changes will be valuable
to individuals. Besides these, the major
gains are: (1) Increased benefits when the
assured prefers to use a hospital in Panama
rather than Gorgas or Coco Solo, (2) a
surgical-dental schedule applying to certain
major dental needs, and (3) waiver of
premiums when an individual is in a leave-
without-pay status.

Square Dancers From CZ

To Join Mejorana Fete
This year, for the first time, a Canal Zone
group performing typical American square
dances will join tamborito groups, masked
"devils," and singers at the Mejorana Fes-
tival to be celebrated at Guarare in the
Province of Los Santos. (Photo in Spanish
Governor Fleming has accepted an
invitation to take part in the gay annual
festival of folk music and dances. He and
Mrs. Fleming, with their daughter, Mrs.
Benjamin B. Beasley, will be in Guarare on
September 24 and 25 and expect to witness
the annual parade of decorated oxcarts
which marks the climax of festivities.
The official party will be preceded to
Guarare by the Summit Garden burros
from the Canal Zone which will offer rides
to children of the Guarare area during the
festival days-September 23 to 27.
Other innovations this year will be a
"Selectro-Vision" machine which will pre-
sent scenes and Spanish narration about
the waterway and a color film titled "El
Canal de PanamA."
The festival committee has issued a
special invitation to Zone residents to
attend and take part in the Mejorana

"Our Job In Picture Stories" To Start

Run At Points Where People Work, Play

A series of picture stories on the Canal
and its people is to be initiated next week
by the Information Office to better fam-
iliarize members of the Canal family with
projects and activities.
There will be English and Spanish
posters on the same topic. They will be

'I a
I .

Dukes handles the controls as technician
in charge of a drill barge boring deeply
for samples of soil conditions near an island
in Gatun Lake. Former Navy man Dukes
learned his skills in Florida where he bored
holes all over the State before joining the
Canal 3 years ago. Married and the father
of three young boys, he lives in Gamboa,
likes it here, and enjoys small-arms target
practice in his spare time. Looking on is
Jos6 Rios of Panama, one of four driller
helpers assigned to the barge.

posted in shops, libraries, post offices,
service centers, and other places through-
out the Canal organization. For some loca-
tions, special display stands will be
provided, but in most cases existing
bulletin boards or other space will be used.
The series is designed to acquaint per-
sonnel with highlights and sidelights on
what actual work is behind job titles-to
give sometimes behind the scene glimpses
into the work done by your neighbor, or
maybe you.
Meanwhile, a recent documentary film
that was made to acquaint people every-
where with the waterway has already won
a national award. It's the Chris Certificate
Award which is coveted by producers of
documentaries. Our film was shot by Bay
State Film Productions, Inc.
Canal Zonians who wish to borrow the
film free of charge for group showings
should write to the Information Officer,
Administration Building, Balboa Heights.
Be sure to specify whether you want
English or Spanish dialogue. The film runs
28/2 minutes, comes 16 mm. or 35 mm., and
in black-and-white or color. Prints may be
purchased directly from Bay State Film
Productions, Inc., Box 129, Springfield,

THAT improved lighting is being de-
signed for the intersection of Diablo Road
near the entrance to Albrook AFB. Equip-
ment is expected by the end of the year.
THAT naming the new townsite adja-
cent to Los Rios and Corozal has been
postponed until after the houses are
occupied, at the request of the Pacific Civic
Council. The council had been asked by
the administration for name suggestions.
THAT partial transits of the Canal by
cruise boat may be made by employee and
non-profit groups at no cost. Trip arrange-
ments may be made by calling the Guide
Service, 2-1492.

Along the Banks...
..*USING his automobile as a deadly
weapon, Customs Inspector Curtis B.
Darden scored a double bullseye after he
spotted a 6-foot fer-de-lance asleep across
a gravel road behind Cardenas Village.
Taking a running start for speed, he
managed to run over the reptile with both
front wheels, mashing its head and cutting
off several inches of tail. "You'll never fail
to recognize a fer-de-lance if you've once
seen the dark "X" marks right down their
backs," he said. This one was "big around
as a plantain."
**LUCKIEST MEN at Fort Amador
Golf Club, one recent playing day, were
Banksiders W. E. Dodd, Supervisor of the
Administration Mail Unit and Frank J.
Raymond, Pedro Miguel Locks Guard.
Playing with different partners, both made
holes in one, using No. 4 irons on the
15th hole. It was a first for each, and a
particular excitement for Dodd-who has
been a golfer for only 4 months. His ball
never touched the green. It just hit the flag
stick and popped into the hole.
*** A BALBOA COUPLE, Mr. and Mrs.
Sidney Temple, took an oath of citizenship
recently in U.S. District Court at Philadel-
phia, Pa., on behalf of their two adopted
children, Juanita :Grace, 22 months, and
Esther Joy, 8 months old.
*** TWO FORMER Zonians are to sail
from the United States in October to begin
service as medical missionaries under the
Baptist General Convention. Dr. James
Eshenaur served his interneship and res-
idency at Gorgas Hospital, and Mrs.
Eshenaur taught in the public schools here.
*** JOINING the Canal family, Robert
C. Meehan changed bosses, but not his
general line of work. After more than
20 years' service in the Army, he's back in
commissary work here as a Retail Store
Supervisor. In military service, as a master
sergeant, he was cited for outstanding per-
formance in helping provide commissary
support to the military missions in Latin
America. He's a native of Scranton, Pa.,
but has called Los Angeles, Calif., home
for 10 years. He has had Pacific, Europe,
and Korea duty assignments. The Meehans
now make their home in Gamboa.
**. WHO in the world would want to
kill someone named Alphonso Pettijohn?
That question is answered in "Gold in the
Hills or The Dead Sister's Secret," a "new"
19th Century 3-act melodrama being
presented by the Theatre Guild tonight
and tomorrow night (September 21 and 22)
at Balboa High School Auditorium for the
benefit of the United Fund drive. The
79th U.S. Army Band will lend a unique
assist. Fred Berest is directing. . And
just what might the dead sister's secret be?

(spellback) was printed in The Citizen-
Journal of Columbus, Ohio, last month to
mark the 48th anniversary of the opening
of our Canal. It was dedicated to one Bob
Dunbar, a geological engineer, and went
like this: "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama."
Reads the same from ocean to ocean, the
newspaper said. Try it yourself, in reverse,
with proper spacing. It works!

Shipping Official and

Wife Of Diplomat

Commend CZ Guides
Mrs. Sophie V. de Magarinos of
Montevideo, Uruguay, had beei in
Panama four times, but never before
had she taken a step beyond Tocumen
Airport. The fifth time, this week, was
different. She not only visited points of
interest in Panama City, but was given
a VIP tour of the Panama Canal by
the Canal Zone Tour Guide Service.
Mrs. Magarinos was en route to
Mexico to join her husband, Mateo J.
Magarinos de Mello, former Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Uruguay.
On a visit to Miraflores Locks, and
on a partial transit of the Canal, she
looked and listened, and stated she
was most impressed by the complexity
and efficient operation of the locks. The
visitor from Uruguay was delighted,
too, with the "greenness" of the Isthmus.
From a shipping official came another
"We are highly pleased to learn that
you have instituted a formalized guide
service for visitors to the Zone," wrote
Capt. T. C. Conwell in a letter to
Governor Fleming. The vice president
of ship operations, American President
Lines, added: "The Canal continues to
be of keen interest to thousands of
travelers and the new arrangement will
definitely enhance the pleasure of their
Meanwhile the Guides welcomed the
most visitors ever-a total of 7,267
people-of whom 1,567 visited Mira-
flores Locks, 445 stopped at Gatun,
4,106 were persons off visiting ships,
1,040 took the Las Cruces trip, 70
cruised on the Manuelita I, and 45 took
land tours.

A possible invitation to an accredited
university to establish a resident program
of graduate study could hinge on the results
of a current survey. To determine student
potential USARCARIB Headquarters has
launched a survey of interested Canal Zone
personnel, military and civilian. The
program would give opportunity to qualify
for a master's degree in absentia. Study
fields considered are education, interna-
tional relations, public administration, and
personnel management.

Donation By Deduction
Payroll deduction for donations to the
United Fund will again be possible this
year because of a special exception granted
by the Civil Service Commission at the
request of Governor Fleming. Canal em-
ployees can authorize withholding of cash
from bi-weekly paychecks. Donations may
be spread over 10 paydays, with the first
deduction in January. The United Fund
Drive starts September 24.

Bridge Lights Up-

First Day Drivers

Get Souvenir Coin
Residents near the Thatcher Ferry
Bridge, and passers by, have now and
then had the treat of seeing the bridge
lights on at night while equipment and
circuits are being checked.
Eighty 400-watt mercury vapor lights
on the bridge and approaches bathe the
roadway in 1,600,000 "lumens" of light.
There are 33 lights on the bridge, 47 on
the approaches. There also are 16 "obstruc-
tion" lights on the east approach, under
the Albrook Air Force Base flight-approach
path, and 3 flashing hazard lights atop the
bridge-1 in the center and 1 at each end.
Eight pier lights, 6 channel navigation
lights, and 2 channel center-line lights
complete the lighting pattern.
Part of the electrical systems are actuated
by photoelectric cells, part by time clocks.
Not everybody will be able to stand on
the bridge itself for the dedication cere-
mony to start at 9:30 a.m. on October 12,
but each person who drives across on the
opening day will be given a souvenir coin.
The ceremony of dedication will take
place, rain or shine, on the approach road-
way at the east end of the span linking
the Americas. A band concert will start
at 9 a.m.

3 New Executives Named

For Supply and Community

Services Bureau
James DesLondes, who has been Admin-
istrative Officer in the office of the Director
of the Supply and Community Services
Bureau since 1960, has been named Super-
intendent of the Storehouse Branch. He
succeeds H. E. May, who retired. Mr. Des-
Londes attended Balboa High School and
has been in supply and storehouse work
for the Canal since 1936.
Moving into his position at the Admin-
istration Building is Earl Sears, former
Administrative Services Assistant and
Budget Officer in the Community Services
Division. Mr. Sears has been with the Canal
since 1945.
Another appointment in the Supply and
Community Services Bureau is that of
Richard Erbe who becomes Assistant to
the Director. A second generation Canal
employee, Mr. Erbe was born in Ancon.
Until recently he had been with the Execu-
tive Planning Staff as a budget examiner
and management analyst.

business-pleasure trip, Walter Dryja,
Assistant to the Marine Director, lugged a
briefcase while he conferred in Washing-
ton, fed bears in Yellowstone, parked among
deer herds in Yosemite. When he opened
the fattened case on return to duty, out fell
a rash of comic books-his 9-year-old
daughter's contribution.


Vol. 1, No. 14 Publicacl6n semanal del Canal de Panam6 Viernes 21 de septiembre de 1960

El Gobernador y Familia Van a Guarar6

El Gobernador y la sefiora de Fleming
acompaiiados de su hija la sefiora de
Benjamin B. Beasly, viajarfn al Interior
para asistir a la afamada Fiesta de la Mejo-
rana que se celebra anualmente en Gua-
rar6, alojindose en el Hotel Prado, de
Atienden asi invitaci6n de los organiza-
dores del pintoresco festival tipico que este
aiio se realizara del 23 al 27 de septiembre.
El Gobernador, sefiora e hija permane-
cerAn alli los dias 24 y 25, ya que en este
l6timo es cuando se verifica el famoso

desfile de carretas aleg6ricas.
El comit6 organizador ha invitado a todos
los zoneitas a que concurran al festival y
se espera que centenares aprovecharfn la
circunstancia para admirar los cantares y
bailes interioranos de PanamA.
Este afio, por primera vez, se presentarA
un conjunto de la Zona que bailarA el bailey
folkl6rico norteamericano conocido por
"Square Dance" (contradanza, especie de
lancero); tambidn se enviarA a Guarar6 un
aparato de "Selectrovisi6n" que proyecta
vistas y ofrece una narraci6n-grabada-

alusiva a los mismos t6picos visuales.
Por primera vez, tambi6n, sera exhibida
en el Interior la nueva e informative cinta
titulada "El Canal de PanamA" en vistosos
Otra de las contribuciones de la Zona
seran los dos burritos de Summit que haran
su debut en el Interior para solaz de la
nifiez. Para transportarlos se ha construido
un vag6n especial, pintorescamente deco-
rado, en el cual realizarAn el viaje de re-
greso a los jardines de Summit una vez
concluido el Festival de la Mejorana.

James DesLondes, quien venia desem-
pefiando el cargo de Oficial Administrativo
en la oficina del Director de Abastos y
Servicios Comunales desde 1960, ha sido
nombrado Superintendente de la Secci6n
de Almacenaje en reemplazo de H. E. May,
quien se jubil6.
El senior DesLondes estudi6 en la Es-
cuela Superior de Balboa y ha estado tra-
bajando en asuntos de abastos y almacenaje
desde 1936.
El cargo que antes desempefiaba en el
Edificio Administrativo el senior DesLondes
serA ahora ocupado por Earl Sears, quien
antes fuera Ayudante de Servicios Admi-
nistrativos y funcionario de Prcsupuesto en
la Division de Servicios Comunales. El
senior Sears trabaja con el Canal de PanamA
desde 1945.
Otro cambio registrado en la Direcci6n
de Abastos y Servicios Comunales consiste
en la designaci6n de Richard Erbe como
Ayudante del Director. Nacido en Anc6n,
el senior Erbe trabaj6 con la Oficina de
Planificaci6n desde 1948 como analizador
de presupuestos y administraci6n.

Danzas Fo lkricas
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Escenas como 6sta se veran durante el Festival de la Mejorana que se celebrari del 23
al 27 de septiembre en Guarare. Aqui aparecen varies bailarines interpretando la danza
folkl6rica de los Diablicos, que podrA verse el martes 25 de septiembre por la mariana.

El Rostro Familiar



Mangos, guineos, pisbaes, papaya, pifia,
kool-aid algunas veces y hasta el peri6dico
de la maiiana, se pueden comprar todos
los dias en el puesto que tiene Lily Brath-
waite frente al desembarcadero de Gatin
desde que se abri6 el Canal de Panama en
1914. Pero antes de sentarse en su puesto,
la popular Lily sale a las 6 de la mariana
con una canasta llena de frutas sobre su
cabeza y un fajo de peri6dicos debajo del
brazo, recorriendo las calls de Gat6n para
ofrecer su mercancia. Lily naci6 en Bar-
bados hace unos 70 afios, seg6n confiesa
ella misma, y vino al Istmo durante la cons-
trucci6n del Canal. En el sector Atlantico,
quinn no conoce a Lily?

A la Orilla del Canal ...
Cuatro veces estuvo antes en Panama
pero nunca sali6 del Aeropuerto de Tocu-
men . hasta que, a la quinta, lleg6 la
vencida cuando la sefiora Sophie V. de
Magarinos, esposa del ex-Ministro de Rela-
ciones Exteriores del Uruguay y actual
President de la delegaci6n uruguaya a la
Conferencia de Zonas Libres latinoameri-
canas, Dr. Mateo J. Magarinos de Mello,
fue escoltada por nuestro Servicio de Guias
en una jira por los puntos de interns en la
capital y en la Zona del Canal. La
ilustre visitante conocia el Canal de Suez
pero qued6 maravillada con las esclusas
del de Panama y el verdor tropical del
Istmo. Dos "zonians" saldran en octu-
bre para Etiopia: El Dr. James Eshenaur
y sefiora despubs de haber hecho 61 su
internado medico en el Hospital Gorgas
y haber ella ejercido el magisterio en
escuelas zoneitas. Los Eshenaurs viajan
como Misioneros de la Convencj6n General
Bautista. Visit6 el Istmo a principios del
mes el ex-Jefe de Estado Mayor de la
754 Divisi6n de Infanteria durante la
II Guerra Mundial, General Herbert B.
Powell. Actualmente es comandante Ge-
neral del Ej6rcito Continental acantonado
en Fuerte Monroe, Virginia. Encontr6
aqui a un antiguo subalterno suyo: Robert
D. Kerr, Editor de Publicaciones de la
Oficina de Informaci6n del Canal de
PanamA, quien sirvi6 como Oficial de
Enlace bajo el General Powell durante la
pasada guerra.

A mediados de abril del afio entrante
una caravana de omnibuses dotados de aire
acondicionado saldra de Panama transpor-
tando delegados al Noveno Congreso Pana-
mericano de Carreteras que se inaugurarA
en Washington el 6 de mayo, segin planes
que abriga el comit6 organizador de dicho
En esa forma quedaria oficialmente
inaugurado el tramo de la Carretera Inter-
americana que une al Istmo con los Estados
Unidos y Canada.
Se han cursado invitaciones a las repi-
blicas latinoamericanas y al Canada para
que envien delegados a participar en esa
hist6rica jira en que se recorreria, por tierra,
un trecho aproximado de 2,500 kil6metros
hasta M6xico. Desde la capital mexicana
los delegados volarAn a Detroit, Michigan,
donde visitaran fabricas de autom6viles
siguiendo, luego, para las Catardtas de
Niagara y de alli a Nueva York de donde
pasarAn a Washington el 4 de mayo para
la apertura del Congreso 2 dias mis tarde.

Atendidos por el Servicio de Guias
Septiembre 3-9 de 1962
Gran Total ------------- 7,267
Esclusas de Miraflores -- 1,567
Esclusas de Gat6n _----- 445
Barcos de pasajeros----- 4,100
Las Cruces--------- 1,040
Reina Manuelita I ----- 70
Jiras por tierra ------- 45
Informaci6n suministrada por el
Servicio de Guias

Luz Sobre el Puente
Un mill6n seiscientos mil "lumens" de
luz brotan de 80 faroles de 400 vatios cada
uno, colocados en el Puente Ferry Thatcher
y su brillo bafia las cercanias, cayendo,
como en cascadas, sobre las tranquilas
aguas a la entrada del Canal de PanamA.
El espectAculo es impresionante: desde
el puente 33 faroles lucen su iluminaci6n
de vapor mercurial que prolonga la luz
que arrojan los otros 47 faroles en ambos
ramales de acceso.
Las 16 luces de navegaci6n contribuyen
a la belleza y sirven para marcar la ruta
de acercamiento al campo de aterrizaje de
Albrook; alla arriba, encima de la super-
estructura 3 luces mas, una al centro y
otras 2 a cada extreme del puente,
parpadean su serial de admonici6n.
Ocho luces en los estribos o pilones,
6 que sefialan el canal de navegaci6n y
2 que indican el canal central, completan
el ingenioso sistema de iluminaci6n, parte
del cual es actuado por celdas fotoelectricas
y parte por relojes de control.

QUE ademAs de la estampilla que emitira
el Correo de la Zona del Canal con motivo
de la inauguraci6n del Puente Ferry
Thatcher el 12 de octubre pr6ximo, el
Correo de PanamA tambi6n emitirA estam-
pillas de correo ordinario y a6reo por tal

QUE el Comit6 Organizador del Festival
de la Mejorana que se celebrara en Gua-
rare del 23 al 27 de septiembre ha ofre-
cido una carreta engalanada para la
Reina del Carnaval de la Zona del Canal.
QUE la Oficina de Informaci6n del
Canal de Panama enviara un aparato de
Selectrovisi6n al Festival de la Mejorana.
0 o *
QUE el edificio donde por muchos afios
estuvo el antiguo Comisariato de La
Boca sera reacondicionado para que la
Imprenta de Mount Hope se mude para
allA el pr6ximo afio.
QUE el artist panameiio Dante A. Fiori
es la nueva adquisici6n de la Secci6n de
Fotografia del Canal de Panama.
o o
QUE la cinta documental "El Canal de
Panama" rodada a colors en 16 mm. por
la Bay State Film Productions, Inc., de
Massachusetts, ya se gan6 un Premio
0 0 0
LA pelicula tiene una duraci6n de 28
minutes y puede ser obtenida, para ser
exhibida a grupos, en dos ediciones: colo-
res o blanquinegro y en dos tamafios:
35 mm. o 16 mm. Llame a la Oficina de
Informaci6n, Edificio de Administraci6n,
Balboa Heights.
0 a 0
QUIENES desearan adquirir copias en
compra pueden dirigirse a la Bay
State Film Production, Inc., Box 129,
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

"Estamos sumamente complacidos al
saber que se ha establecido un servicio de
guias para tender a quienes visiten la
Zona" describe el Capitan T. C. Conwell,
vicepresidente de operaciones de la
linea de vapores American President al
Gobernador Fleming.
"El Canal-aiiade-contin6a interesando
a millares de viajeros y ese servicio con-
tribuira decididamente a hacerles mis
placentera la visit a la Zona."

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