The Canal Record from Ancon,  on September 21, 1910 · Page 3
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Ancon, Panama
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Wednesday, September 21, 1910
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th;e canal record 27. September 21, 1910. N. J., on September 7, in the eightieth year of his age. He was appointed Superintendent on the Isthmus in November, 1895, was promoted to General Superintendent in 1898, and left the service in May, 1904. During this period he was in direct charge of all the company's interests on the Isthmus, both railroad and steamship. Request for Special Trains. As requests for permission to run Commission equipment over the main line of the Panama railroad are occasionally submitted to the office of the Chairman in incomplete form or too late for action, the following circular is republished for the information of all concerned: Culebra, C. Z., October 9, 1909. Circular No. 286: Employes will hereafter be governed by the following regulations in submitting requests for permission to run Commission equipment over the main line of the Panama railroad: Requests for permission to run Commission equipment over the main line of the Panama railroad must be submitted in writing to the office of the Chairman at least three days prior to the date on which the train is desired. This is necessary in order to allow sufficient time for forwarding the request to the Panama railroad and receiving reply as to whether it is practicable to grant the permission for the date specified. Requests should state: Whether permission has been secured for the use of Commission equipment. Whether a qualified crew will man the train. The points between which the train is to be run. Time of leaving and arriving at terminals, and intermediate points at which train will stop, in order that the despatcher of the Panama railroad may arrange a schedule accordingly. In all cases qualified crews must be used, and train equipped with flags, markers, torpedoes and fusees. H. F. Hodges, Acting Chairman, Isthmian Canal Commission. Second Vice-President, Panama Railroad Company. barrel held vertically and the pull exerted f of an inch from the tip of trigger. Sights may be adjustable, but must be strictly open, in front of the hammer and not over 10 inches apart. The position of the contestant shall be standing, free from any support, the revolver being held in one hand with arm extended to be free from body. A new target is supplied for each string of 10 shots and cost is covered by entrance fee. Cost of medals and inscription will be defrayed from balance of entrance fees. Further printed information will be on hand at the range, near the Culebra incinerator. Fatal Accident on Gatun Labor Train. John J. Coit, a white American, was killed, and a West Indian negro was seriously injured in an accident to the Gatun-Culebra labor train, near Mamei, on the morning of September 21. About 200 feet from Bridge 47 on the main line of the Panama railroad, engine No. 500, hauling the labor train, ran into a cow. The locomotive left the track and turned over on the south bound main line track. The engineer, John J. Coit, was killed instantly, and the negro fireman sustained serious injuries. The south bound track was clear by 8.45 o'clock in the forenoon. John J. Coit was 35 years of age, a resident of Los Angeles, Cal., and had been on the Isthmus since July, 1908. He was a locomotive engineer in the employ of the Atlantic Division, and his residence in the Canal Zone was at Culebra. He was unmarried. A sister, Mrs. C.J. Stanton, 418 Solano avenue, Los Angeles, Cal., survives him. Canal Zone Rifle Club. The Canal Record: All persons interested in military rifle shooting and desirous of becoming members of the Canal Zone Rifle Club, are requested to correspond with the Secretary, Pedro Miguel, C. Z. This club is affiliated with the National Rifle Association of America and purchases its arms and ammunition from the Government. The club .holds four shoots annually for members to qualify as marksmen, sharpshooters and experts, as provided for under the rules and regulations of the National Rifle Association. Lapel buttons are furnished members by the association, showing the class in which they qualify. An order for arms and ammunition will be placed in the near future, so send for an application blank for membership as soon as possible. H. L. Bridges, Secretary. Pedro Miguel, September 18, 1910. Masonic Temple in Colon. The Panama Railroad Company has been authorized to lease to Sojourners Lodge, No. 874, F. and A. M. of Colon, the lots in that city bounded on the east by Bolivar btreet, on the north by 11th street, and on the west by Bottle alley, to be used as a site for a Masonic temple. Tentative plans for the building provide for a fireproof structure of concrete, 120 feet long, 90 feet wide, three stories high, at a cost of about $50,000. Culebra Cut construction trains, running into the Cut north of the summit, began using the incline at Whitehouse on September 16, after several months during which the tracks were not considered safe. A pocket of earth and rock had given way in the incline and it was necessary to dump hundreds of carloads of rock before a stable roadbed could be CHANGES IN SHOPS. Increase of Work at Gorgona Cocoli Shop of the Pacific Division Closed. The effect of Circular No. 343 published in The Canal Record of August 31, and of Circular No. 349 published on September 7, is to concentrate all manufacture of material for mechanical equipment in the shops of the Mechanical Division at Gorgona and Pedro Miguel. The concentration is made in the interest of economy during the construction of the Canal, and is only temporary, because the water of Gatun Lake will cover the site of Gorgona shops by January, 1914, and the shops at that place will therefore be abandoned before that time. The site for a central machine shop, to be used after the' completion -of the Canal in making repairs to marine and railroad equipment and to lock operating machinery, will be determined later. Cocoli shop at Miraflores Locks has been closed, but field repair shops will not be abandoned. Steam shovel repairs will continue at Empire shop, as heretofore, and repairs to marine equipment will be made at the Mount Hope and Balboa shops. The work done at Cocoli shop has been the hostling of locomotives, and light running repairing to Pacific Division equipment in use at Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks. The transfer of this work to Pedro Miguel will not necessitate the employment of additional foremen at Pedro Miguel, and it will effect an appreciable saving in the cost of superintendence, because it will make possible the abolition of the Cocoli shop positions of master mechanic, shop foreman, carpenter foreman, and car repair foreman. It is believed that it will also effect a saving in cost of labor, power, lighting, maintenance, and transportation of employes to and from Cocoli. No machinery will be taken out of the Cocoli shop, however, until it is certain that the new plan is more economical. The changes outlined in Circular No.. 349, do not involve the abandoning of steam shovel repairs in the field at Miraflores and Pedro Miguel, nor closing the small repair shop at Ancon quarry. Gray iron castings to the amount of 607,725 pounds were made at Gorgona foundry in August, the largest output for one month since the foundry was opened. The castings included all kinds of work, but the largest orders were caisson seats, culvert liners, and semi-steel washers for anchorage bolts for the locks, and propellers for marine equipment. In the brass foundry also, all records for output were broken in August, the total weight of the castings being 64,691 pounds. The concentration of mechanical work has already begun to affect the output of Gorgona shops and foundry. In the first ten days of September, 300 manufacturing orders were received. The force has been increased about ten per cent, the number now being 846 white men, including skilled artisans and administrative force, and 1,320 laborers of all kinds, a total of 2,166. Since the first of the month, a night force of 200 men has been kept at work in the machine shop, blacksmith, boiler, and erecting shops, and by this arrangement it is possible to work 16 hours a day on important rush orders without working any artisans overtime. Death of Col. J. R. Shaler. Col. James R. Shaler, formerly General Superintendent of the Panama railroad, died at the home of his brother in Ocean City, Pistol Championship Matches. As announced in The Canal Record of August 17, matches A and B are open only to residents of the Canal Zone, while match P is open to residents of the Republic of Panama also. Matches A and B will be shot September 18 to 25, inclusive, as, annnounced, but match P is extended so that entries may be received if postmarked not later than September 28. Entries should be sent to T. E. L. Lipsey, acting governor, official representative of the U. S. R. A. during the absence of L. D. Cornish, and with them should be enclosed the entrance fee (see below), and it should be stated on wliat date and at what time contestant desires to shoot. Match P for the championship of Panama to be shot on any day between October 1 and 8, inclusive, will be shot under the same rules as match A; 50 shots at 50 yards on the standard American target, 8-inch bullseye, 10-ring, 3.36 inches; arm, any revolver within the rules; ammunition, any; the score must be completed within one hour from the time of firing the first shot. No reentries. Prizes: First A Colt, 38 cal. New Army revolver, value, $25 U. S. C, which will be given to the winner, has been offered by a Panama hardware company. It will : be suitably inscribed if the winner so wishes. Second A silver medal suitably inscribed. Third A bronze medal suitably inscribed. The entrance fee has been reduced to $1.50 U. S. currency, and it is hoped that a large number of entries will be received. The rules referred to above state that the revolver may be of any calibre, with a maximum length of barrel, including cylinder, of 10 inches. Minimum trigger pull 2 pounds, to be measured just prior to firing, with the

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