Pres Rooseveel visits Culebra Cut
EVErJITJG HERALD. 84. of re in He la - at of of to as of to "I in - AT THE CULEBRA CUT President Roosevelt Puts in Time C Carefully Inspecting the : , ; Great Excavation. WORKMAN EEQISTEES A EICK Tells the President He Is Not Paid for i Overtime Work, Investigation ' Promlaed Hand - Shak ing All Along the Lino - Day Marred by a Torrent of Rain, Panama, Nov. 17. President Roose velt who stopped at the Tlvoli hotel Thursday night, started at 7 a. m with Mrs. Roosevelt and the other members of bis party to make an examination examination of. the Culebra cut. The weather was overcast, threatening rain. . At 8 - S0 a. m. the presidential train arrived at Tedro Miguel, where 6ome steam shovels were at work. The president had bis train stopped for the purpose of making a personal examine tion. At this point in the cut the pecn liar soil conditions have resulted In more or less frequent landslides, and this fact was brought to the president's attention. He Hrara a Labor Grievance. President Roosevelt descended from his train and climbed up on one of the etcam shovels, taking a seat alongside Engineer Gray, whom he subjected to a searching fire of question regarding the work. During his conversation En gineer Gray took the opportunity, on behalf of himself and the other engin eers, to declared thnt unlike the railroad engineers they were not paid for over time. The president promised to look into this matter. He stayed on the steam shovel about twenty minutes, By this time it was ruing hard. Wants to See the Whole Thing. President Roosevelt told Chief Engineer Engineer Stevens thnt he wanted to see nil the works in connection with ex cavation, even to the temporary laying of tracks. With this in view he board cd a work. train near Pedro Miguel and went on,to the next point where steam . shovels were at work. Here there was no danger of landslides. The presidential train continued on the regn ular line toward Panama. The work of the second steam shovels was observed, observed, and the president made a de tour to examine the site of the Tedro Mlgnel lock. - Shake Hands with Compatriots. He shook handd' with alt - hls com patriots he met while walking over the ground. At about 0:25 a, m. the president entered the deep, portion of Culebra cut, hlsr train going slowly in order that be might observe the work ing of the drill machines and shov els. One shovel was decorated with a sign reading: ,' "We .will do our best to help you build it" 8KK8 SOME IYNAMITE 'GO OFF" Inspects tbe Quart era of the Laborers from Jamaica. , The president spent some time In the deepest portion of the cut where last Sunday twenty - two terns of explosives were used to throw down 35,000 cubic yards of material. The rain was now coming down In torrents, and the water water poured In rivulets down the funnel - shaped sides of the famous cut Several Several charges of "dynamite were exploded in order that the president might see the effect, after which he "went back to his own train. At Rio Grande, with the rain still falling steadily, Stevens pointed out to the president the laborers' quarters under under construction there. The president decided to leave his train again nnd inspect inspect personally the sleeping quarters of the Jamaicans. He inquired how the men were fed, and patiently listened listened to their complaints. He went through the commissary when his visit wag unexpected, and also penetrated Into the living quarters of the fami lies of several Jamaican laborers. This inspection lasted for three - quarters of an hour, at the end of which the presi dent returned to Culebrnn wt through and spattered with mud. At , Culobrn the president went through the local offices - of tbe canal constructors. The presidential party had lunch with Stevens at 1 p, ra, and after this meal' the ladles of the part returned to Panama.. " The president went as far as Gor - gona. i While passing through Bas Obispo a salute of twenty - one charges of dynamite was lire. At Matacbin President Roosevelt went through the rrachlno shops, the foundries, the planing planing mills, etc. Before leaving Matachln a crowd of United States citizens assembled and cheered the president He replied to this greeting with a short speech. The president arrived at Tlvoli station at 8 p. m. Today, beginning at 8 a. m. he started' to visit the rest of the e - : Upon leaving the train yesterday Pres ident Roosevelt said he felt in "great shape." . " '