Title: Spillway
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098946/00016
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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 28, 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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Bibliographic ID: UF00098946
Volume ID: VID00016
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 07258071
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Succeeded by: Panama Canal spillway

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Gift of the Panama Canal Musea


Vol. 1, No. 15 Weekly Publication of the Panama Canal Friday, September 28. 1962

8 Canal Employees Bring Home Awards UF APPEAL:

From Panama Marlin, Sailfish Contest

Casting her line in the Gulf of Panama
along with 350 other anglers, a pretty
brunette from Los Rios bested all comers
and took the major prize for the largest
fish caught in the 10th International Marlin
and Sailfish Tournament. The 510-pound
black marlin she boated after a 22-minute
fight in Pifias Bay weighed almost four
times as much as the 132 pounds at which
Mrs. Ruth B. Krziza, secretary to the
Canal's Maintenance Engineer, tips the


"It was mostly luck," said modest fisher-
woman Ruth B. Krziza of her champion
catch. After the 510-pound black marlin
struck, the hook somehow became em-
bedded in its tail while the leader line cut
through its jaws, handicapping its fighting
power. Like most fish caught in the tourna-
ment, this one went into the pot at a
Panama City orphanage.

She was fishing aboard the private craft
Seri with husband Leo Krziza, Administra-
tive Assistant.at the Motor Transportation
Division. At the awards party last week,
she accepted not only the top award but
also a prize for the largest fish caught by
a woman. The second major tournament
prize went to Porfirio Saiz of Panama who
caught the largest sailfish. It weighed
182 pounds. Both Mrs. Krziza and Mr. Saiz
used 80-pound-test lines.
Seven,otther Canalers took firsts among
the 46 awards. Almost 50 members of the
Canal family fished from the official
launches Corbina and Anayansi which
were made available for the contest
sponsored by the Panamna Tourist Com-
mission and private clubs. About a dozen
anglers came from the United States.
Besides Mrs. Krziza, the Canalers with
prize catches were: Richard Bailey, Mira-
flores Locks guard, biggest dolphin (27 lbs.
8 oz.) caught on 12-pound-test line; Miss
Marie Weber, nurse, Palo Seco Lepro-
sarium, largest sailfish (120 lbs.) caught on
50-pound-test line; Lester R. Norton,
Pacific Locks operator, second largest sail-
fish (116 lbs.) caught on 50-pound-test line;
Leroy B. Magnuson, Chief, Budget and
Rates Division, wahoo (55 lbs.) caught on
80-pound or less test line; Mrs. Cornelia
(Chubby) Wright, Accounts Receivable
Section, amberjack (68 lbs.) caught on
80-pound or less test line; Richard T.
Hayden, automotive mechanic, Motor
Transportation Division, mackerel (8 lbs.);
and Elmer B. Orr, Supervisory Accounting
Assistant, dolphin (43 lbs.) caught on
30-pound-test line.

ALL TOLD, the Canal Guide Service
took care of 2,338 visitors during the week
though only one passenger ship docked at
Canal Zone ports. It brought 751 people,
900 others visited Miraflores, 201 called at
Gatun, 32 inspected the waterway from the
decks of the Reina Manuelita I and 454
made the Las Cruces trip.


An overall goal of $140,000 has been set
for the Canal Zone 1962 United Fund
campaign which got under way this week.
The Panama Canal organization's quota is
"One Gift Works Many Wonders" is the
slogan for the 1962 United Fund campaign.
A single donation to the Canal Zone United
Fund can help toward mee ig financial
needs of 20 Canal Zone health, welfare,
service, and scouting organizations.
The Panama Canal organization has 576
keymen, working with 9 bureau chairmen
and 73 division chairmen, during the 1962
campaign. Contributions by Panama Canal
employees may be made through either of
two payment plans: by cash or check, or
payroll deduction.
"International Varieties" will include the
folk dances of ten countries October 4 at
Balboa Theater. It's $1 for the United Fund.

School Bus Driver
Vicente Ara Gets New

U.S. Labor Scholarship
Leaving soon for the United States on
a new type of labor-study scholarship is
school bus driver Vicente Julio Ara, a
Panamanian citizen, age 42, who is taking
a year's leave of absence from the
Canal's Motor Transportation Division. The
scholarship was granted by the American
Institute for Free Labor Development. It
was arranged by Harold W. Rerrie,
former president of Local 900, AFSCME
(AFL-CIO) during a visit to the States
last year.
After 3 months of study and training
in the States, Mr. Ara will return to the
Zone and work on the staff of Local 900
during the final 9 months of his leave.
A longtime member, he has served as the
local's steward in the Motor Transportation



Assignments for purchase and occupancy
of new housing units in the Villa Caceres,
suburb of Panama City, have moved a
notch closer to reality for workers high on
the list of applicants. Notification is being
given 17 non-U.S.-citizen employees of
various Federal agencies on the Canal
Zone, according to L. A. Ferguson, who
represents such agencies on a joint commit-
tee to expedite Villa Caceres applications.
Some of these first homes are scheduled
to go to Canal families, provided they meet
the previously announced requirements,
including down payments of 15 percent
of total cost.
For employees who meet all require-
ments, including those of the Instituto
de Vivienda y Urbanismo (IVU), assign-
ment will be made in the order in which
applications were received.
Mr. Ferguson noted that the demand for
three rather than two bedrooms has been
so great that more of this type are planned
in the next construction.
The Villa Caceres housing project is
designed to make it possible for middle-
income families to become homeowners
through a cooperative Panama-United
States program. Latin American civic coun-
cils have data on the opportunities and the

Controllers Post Ships

On Canal "Tote Board"
Mainsprings of Canal operations are the
marine traffic controllers in the port cap-
tains' offices at Cristobal and Balboa.
Working around the clock the year around
they engage in a 24-hour shuffle and
re-shuffle of tankers, banana craft, ore
boats, passenger liners, clear-cuts, daylight
ships, and tandem lockages. It's more like
bridge than poker, because no bluffing is
allowed. But the odds change constantly
with the conditions. Every master wants
his ship to be the number one transit.
Some must wait.
To keep track of all this and decide what
ship goes when, or drops anchor, there's a
big metal representation map of the Canal
channel in the Balboa Office. Controllers
there are in charge as far north as Gamboa,
including the Gaillard Cut bottleneck.
Small, numbered, magnetized ship-indi-
cators are shifted on the board as each
vessel moves along. (See photo of Traffic
Controller Clerk Elton Sealey in Spanish
Sometimes a ship is tied up. Its indicator
stays right in place while another ship
moves up on the line. All in all, the wall
map sometimes reminds the men who run
it of a tote board at a horserace. But there's
a difference. Soon, or not so soon, all
entrants win, by reaching the Big Sea-the
opposite ocean.
SControllers in Cristobal use a onmewhat

Law Librarian Luis Parfait

Recruited in 1905
One of the senior people on the rolls is
Louis Parfait who is Library Assistant in
the Canal Zone Law Library at Ancon
Courthouse. Mr. Parfait was well along in
college in his home city of Fort de France,
Martinique, when he was recruited in
October 1905, to help dig the Canal.
A Frenchman who spoke neither English
nor Spanish, he at first did just that-as
a laborer.
Then and later, while working as a
waiter and dishwasher at hotels along the
railroad line, he learned both languages
used on the Isthmus. His education began
to pay off when he became a timekeeper,
first at Culebra, Paraiso, and Cristobal and
later at the Balboa Shops. (In between
there were jobs at Balboa Commy and as
a flagman aboard an executive scooter.)
He was transferred in 1919 to the U.S.
District Court in a clerical capacity but
resigned in 1927 to take a job with a
Central Avenue merchant. Then in 1939
the district judge requested a custodian for
the law library. The duties were then
neither of such volume or importance as to
justify hiring a professionally-trained libra-
rian. The Judge suggested Mr. Parfait-
"a highly intelligent man who has had
many years of clerical experience." At first
the Frenchman was reluctant to return to
Federal service, but did so and was per-
mitted to continue work in Panama city
after hours.
Many books were missing when he took
over the library work, and there was quite
a mess to be straightened out. Since then
both his duties and the collection have
grown. From the 8,000 volumes, he can

Along the Banks...
numerically stable according to figures
from the License Bureau. About 800
pooches have been registered this dog-year
in Canal communities, plus 400 by military
authorities. But individuals who make up
the statistics vary. Some dogs get shipped
out; new pups come with fresh assignments.
+**AND SPEAKING of dogs, at least
one Los Rios householder gets his after-
noon's exercise by hunting frogs with his
bare hands. He's learned how to grab a
crusty old toadfrog (with inedible legs)
by the back of the neck and pop him into
the nearest garbage can. The connection
is that several Los Rios canines have been
poisoned by frogs they caught by the
throat during the twilight hours.
***A HOUSE-TO-HOUSE survey of the
listening and reading habits of the Canal
Zone public, with relation to television,

different technique. They have no Cut to
squeeze ships through, but do have a larger
and busier harbor traffic on which to hold
a tight rein.
All marine controllers keep in constant
touch through various means of communi-

produce all laws enacted 'by the United
States since 1774. There also are codes
of most States and of Panama and the
Canal Zone.
Now at an age when most people have
retired, Mr. Parfait continues on "for the
convenience of the Government," and
because he likes his job. A quiet man, he
enjoys books, never travels, takes his
recreation in frequent swims in the sea
near his home in San Francisco de la
Caleta. He and his wife have a grown son,
three daughters and a young son still in
school. There are six grandchildren.

radio, and newspapers is under way by a
Panama commercial firm. Both U.S. citizens
and Panamanians are working on the survey
in the several communities. The Panama
concern conducting the survey received
prior permission from the Panama Canal
to take this sounding.
..* PUPILS found a new supervising
principal this year at Ancon and Diablo
Heights elementary schools. She is Miss
Helen M. Starr, an Iowa teacher who came
to the Zone from Alaska 28 years ago.
(Photo in Spanish section.)
*** CLOSING on October 12 when the
new bridge opens are the Miraflores swing
span, which will be mothballed, and the
Thatcher Ferry, which will be abandoned
and its boats sold.

Any day a new craft, small but fleet, will
be seen zipping through Cristobal Harbor
with a Canal Zone policeman at the tiller.
Built in Colon by the Panama Fibre
Glass Co., the white-hulled red-decked
Flecha Roja (Red Dart) is 17 feet long,
with a beam of 81 inches. The Indus-
trial Division, Cristobal, has been installing
a 75 h.p. outboard. Home port for the
craft is a trailer, so it can work in Gatun
Lake, the Canal, the harbor, or the Chagres
River-wherever the officers have to go.


Vol. 1, No. 15 Publicaci6n semanal del Canal de Panam6 Viernes 28 de septiembre de 1962


Ajedrez Maritimo en AL FONDO UNIDO...
SEn $140,000 ha sido fijada la meta del
Fondo Unido para el afio en curso y de
esa suma correspondera a la organizaci6n
Control l e Traves*as del Canal de PanamA contribuir $68,175.
S"Una Contribuci6n Realiza Cosas Asom-
brosas" podria ser el lema para la campafia
de 1962 que se inicia esta semana y cuyos
fondos ayudarin a 20 entidades de la Zona
encargadas de la salud, beneficencia,
escultismo y otros servicios.
i La organizaci6n del Canal de PanamA
ha comisionado a 576 personas claves,
quienes trabajan en conjunci6n con 9 jefes
de despacho y 73 jefes de division para
recabar los fondos necesarios.
Las contribuciones pueden efectuarlas
Slos empleados del Canal de PanamA me-
diante tres m6todos, ora al contado o por
cheque o autorizando descuentos de sus
sueldos; los descuentos se iniciarian en
enero entrance.
La campafia para recaudar fondos con-
tinuarA hasta el 9 de noviembre venidero.

Una nueva marca de trinsito de naves
registr6 el Canal de PanamA en 1961
cuando la carga que lo transit mont6 a
63,600,000 toneladas.

Elton H. Sealey, quien aparece en la grifica, ingres6 al servicio del Panama Canal como En solo 20 dias, 15 horas y 45 minutes
mensajero al graduarse de la Escuela de La Boca. Su dedicaci6n al studio y a su trabajo el nuevo carguero de la linea japonesa
lo llevaron al cargo que hoy desempefia en la Oficina de Control del Trfnsito Maritimo. Mitsui, el Kinkasan Maru, realiz6 la travesia
de Yokohama a Nueva York, via el Canal
de Panami, estableciendo un nuevo record.

Tanto en la Capitania del Puerto de Balboa cuanto en la de Crist6bal grupos de funcio- VISITANTES DE LA SEMANA
narios se turnan para tender a sus graves responsabilidades del control del trAnsito
maritime, dia y noche, determinando el orden en que deben cruzar el Canal-en ambas Atendidos por el Servicio de Guias
direcciones-las numerosas naves venidas desde todos los rumbos del compis. Cargueros, Septiembre 10 al 16, 1962
buques-cisternas, lujosos barcos de pasajeros, embarcaciones tan grandes que requieren
paso libre por los canales de navegaci6n y otras-pequefias-que pasan en grupo por las Gran Total_ -- - - - 2,338
esclusas, unas y otras son barajadas para asignarles el orden que las circunstancias Esclusas de Miraflores -. 900
determine. Esclusas de Gatd6nn -__- 201
No es juego de nifios el que ocupa a Elton Sealey quien aparece en la grifica manipulando Barcos de pasajeros - 751
fichas magnetizadas-indicativa de naves-sobre el inmenso mapa mural. Numerosos com- Las Cruces (3 viajes) - - 454
pafieros como 61 marcan asi el curso de las naves por los sitios mAs dificiles de la travesia, Reina Manuelita I (2 viajes) 32
moviendo ahora una, luego otra de las fichas conforme progress la march de un barco dado.
Los controladores de Crist6bal confrontan distinto problema, debido a la vastedad de Informacin sumiistrada por e
la rada de anclaje que tienen que tender y el recibo y zarpe de naves que Ilaman al
puerto o se acodan a sus muelles para reabastecerse de agua y vituallas.




Cuando en octubre de 1905 Louis
Parfait abandon su pueblo natal-Fort de
France, Martinica-contratado por la em-
presa canalera, no pudo imaginarse, ni por
asomo, lo que el destiny le deparaba: una
agitada vida de altas y bajas que lo levaria
a una posici6n de responsabilidad como es
la de custodio de la biblioteca juridica de
la Corte Distritorial de Anc6n. (Foto en la
secci6n inglesa.)
A turno mesero y a turno lavaplatos en
posadas que florecian a lo largo de la line
f6rrea, el joven martiniquefio fue apren-
diendo tanto el castellano cuanto el ingles,
idiomas que oyera, por vez primera, cuando
trabajara de jornalero abriendo la gran
zanja del Canal.
De mente viva y despierta, Louis Parfait
fue perfeccionando su educaci6n escalando
a la responsabilidad de "marcador de
tiempo" en Culebra, Paraiso y Crist6bal

QUE el Gobernador Fleming ha expedido
6rdenes en el sentido de que tanto los
buques-balsa (ferries) como el puente osci-
latorio de Miraflores sean puestos fuera
de uso a partir del 12 de octubre, fecha
en que se abrira al trinsito public, el
puente Thatcher Ferry. La estructura del
puente de Miraflores permanecera en
reserve y cerrada.

QUE en 1964 se observer, el cincuente-
nario de la apertura del Canal de Panama,
el cual fue inaugurado por el Presidente
Wilson el 15 de agosto de 1914.
S* *
QUE el senior Robert C. Wick ha aceptado
el cargo de Director de programaciones
del YMCA de las Fuerzas Armadas en
Balboa segin public un diario de Bir-
mingham. Su sefiora, Maria, y sus hijos
Andy y Tom vendrAn con 61 al Istmo.


Vicente Julio Ara, panamefio de 42 afios,
quien ha servido al Canal de PanamA por
28 afios, saldra pr6ximamente para los
EE. UU. en goce de una beca para estu-
diar asuntos laborales. La beca de 3 meses
le ha sido concedida por el Instituto Ame-
ricano de Desarrollo del Trabajador Libre,
por gestiones hechas por Harold W. Rerrie,
ex-presidente dcl Local 900.
Ara, conductor de un bus escolar, traba-
jara con esa organizaci6n laboral AFSCME
de la AFL-CIO durante los 9 meses res-
tantes del permiso de 1 afo que se le ha

pasando, despu6s, a los talleres de
Balboa sirviendo ocasionalmente en el
"comisariato" de Balboa.
De 1919 a 1927 fue escribano de la
Corte Distritorial, renunciando el cargo
para trabajar en un almac6n de la Avenida
Central de donde volvi6 a la Corte en
atenci6n a llamado del Juez.
"Su inteligencia y experiencia-en opi-
ni6n del Juez-hacian de Parfait la persona
indicada" para encargarse de la custodia
de la biblioteca juridica que, en aquel
entonces, no contaba con los 8,000 voli-
menes de sobre asuntos legales, leyes y
c6digos que ahora tiene.
Amante del libro, Parfait es perfect
para su cargo que lo hace uno de los deca-
nos de la n6mina de empleados. Parfait
reside en San Francisco de la Caleta con
su esposa; tienen 3 hijas, 1 hijo y 6 nietos.

Flecha Roja ...
Cualquier dia de estos se podri ver
navegando con la rapidez do una flecha,
un patrullero de la Policia de la Zona del
Canal, ora en la Bahia de Crist6bal, ora
en el Lago Gatun o en aguas del Chagres.
Se trata de la Flecha Roja un bote de
17 pies de largo impulsado por motor
fuera de borda de 75 caballos de fuerza.
Construido en Col6n por la Panama Fiber
Glass Co., el bote sera transportado en un
remolque para scr echado al agua donde
las circunstancias determine que la acci6n
policiaca cs requerida.

Ejercio el Magisterio
De Alaska al Tropico


Se va acercando para 17 empleados de
varias dependencias del Panama Canal la
hora de convertirse en propietarios de
bellos inmuebles en Villa Caceres; algunas
de las primeras unidades estin destinadas
a families no norteamericanas conectadas
con la Zona si es que pueden depositar el
15 por ciento de su valor, que es lo exigido.
Para aquellos que llenan todos los requi-
sitos exigidos por el IVU, la asignaci6n de
su vivienda se region por estricto orden de
precedencia en la presentaci6n de sus
Seg6n informa L. A. Ferguson, quien
represent a los interesados, la demand
por viviendas de 3 recAmaras ha excedido
tanto a las de 2 que se piensa edificar mis
do ese tipo.
La barriada de Villa CAceres es empresa
conjunta de PanamA y los Estados Unidos
para resolver el problema de la vivienda
para families de entradas medianas.
Los Consejos Civicos Latinoamericanos
pueden ofrecer toda la informaci6n
necesaria a los interesados.
Ya se ha ordenado el nuevo sistema de
iluminacion que sera colocado en la inter-
secci6n de Diablo Road con la entrada a
la base area de Albrook. A petici6n
del Consejo Civico del Pacifico se ha pos-
puesto bautizar la nueva urbanizaci6n
entire Los Rios y Corozal hasta que las
casas estin habitadas. Al Consejo Civico
le encantaria escuchar sus sugestiones de
nombres para esa barriada. No desapro-
veche la oportunidad de un cruce parcial
del Canal que puede realizar sin costo
alguno; si le interesa-y disque 2-1492 y haga los arreglos del caso.

0 *


Miss Helen Starr, Supervisora Principal de las Escuelas Elementales de Anc6n y Diablo
Heights, vino desde Alaska al Istmo hace 28 afios en su misi6n educativa.


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