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UNDER WAY IN
63 Acres in Motion Near Bridge
of Culebra, With Workmen
Prepared for It
Annual Report of Commission
Shows Satisfactory Progress
in All Departments
"WASHINGTON. Nov. 17.—Sometime
next summer or fall, no exact date be
ing specified, a vessel t-*ii pass from
the Atlantic to the Pacific across what
is now the Isthmus of Panama, which
consequently must disappear from the
world's geography and by the same hu
man agency, the western hemisphere
will bo divided into two continents.
The vessel will be one of the many i
small water craft in daily use by the i
canal builders: and probably the only j
passengers will be Col. George W. Goe
thals, and the staff of American engi
neers, who for eight years have been
carrying on the greatest engineering
work the world has ever seen.
Tt will be later than that, anywhere
m six months to a year perhaps,
ttif fore the formal opening of the water
tray and a naval fleet headed by the fa
mous old Oregon, will pass through into
the western ocean, and the canal may
be fairly said to be open to trade.
These facts are not of official record |
v*t: the date of January 1, 1915, still J
nda for the opening predicted by Col.
But that the opening will be antici
pated is shown in the annual report of
the canal commission, just published.
It is disclosed while the completion of
the great locks by January 1 will not
he possible, owing to contract de
lays, within six months thereafter the
channel will be finished, while to In
sure the safe passage of the locks, the
■ <->ntractor has been called on to finish
the gates In one flight.
The report shows most satisfactory
progress of the whole great work.
SLIDES CAUSE TROUBLE
The most interesting feature of the i
report relates to the operations in the
great Culebra cut.
In the last year nearly 16,500,000 cu
bic yards of earth was taken out of
this cut, leaving nearly 12,000,000 to
be displaced before the canal can be
opened. The damage caused by the
slides may be appreciated from the fact
that nearly 6,000,000 yards of earth ex
• dvated was so composed or nearly 36
per cent of the total excavation.
There is only one way to deal with
these slides, and that is to dig them
out as they occur, though some help is
gained by terracing the upper banks.
That is because the geological forma
tion changes so frequently and sudden
ly that no other effective treatment has
been found. So unstable is the earth
that the material in one part of the
cut begins to move on an inclination as
low as 1 on 7. owing to the mass of
stratified rock sliding over a layer of
lignite. One slide now in motion, near
the bridge of fulebra, covers an«r«t of
61 from ■■which , 2.710.000 yards!
have already been removed, leaving 1,- J
r>o still to be handled.
I There is another slide of fO acres on
the opposite side of the canal. The \
result of these earth movements has j
l>eeti tn leave the canal In its deepest '
portions with flat slopes.
The report says that none of th*» I
f-i\6>s which occtwred during the year j
would have interfered with th* 1 pas- !
page of ships had the canal been in I
Already the appropriations made by
congress for the canal total to June 30 '
last $293,561,468, and since that date j
there have been additional appropria
tions, exclusive of those for fortifica
tions, amounting to $2?.980.000. making
the grand total $322,541,468. June 39, ;
of all these appropriations the engi
neers had expended 69 per cent of the |
total estimated cost of the canal.
SPECIAL MACHINERY USED
For the work of constructing th#
srr*at locks at Gatun and Miraflores and j
Pedro Miguel lock machinery has been
"instructed of special designs of a I
magnitude never before heard of. So i
big are the valves at the side of the
locks that a test showed it required a j
pull of more than ten tons on the stem
te open one of these valves. All this j
work is done electrically, and here
again the engineers were confronted
with new difficulties. Owing to the
peculiar climatic conditions on the
Isthmus, with tropical heat and •*
--tr»me humidity, and the deteriorating
effe< t of these conditions on the in
ation of electrical machinery, the
ordinary Insulation proved unreliable,
and the engineers found it necessary
t'i make many experiments, no less
than 16 sample motors being pitted
against one another.
These electric motors under tests are
now swinging the great gates of the
canal, each weighing many tons and
as taH and broad as a gr»»at sky scrap
ing building in the remarkable time of
J minute and 4S seconds.
Incidentally it appears that to make
these gates the iron ■workers must
drive and head 5.750. rivets.
Outside of the canal proper the re
port shows that work has been going
on rapidly in preparing harbors for the
shelter of ships at each end of the
The work of fortification has also
been progressing well.
The sanitation of the isthmus also
has been maintained at the high level
get by Colonel William C. Georgas.
'"ontrary to the common impression.
sanitary work in the way of clear
ing land does not extend over the entire
zone, but le«s than 1.2«0 of the 278,848
acres in the tract are kept clear for
sanitary purposes, and almost the en
tlre zone i« in its original condition as
regards brush and jungle.
DEMOCRATS TO GATHER
AT JUBILEE BANQUET
Vallejo Leaders Will Celebrate
[Specie/ Dispatch to The Call]
Nov. 17.— In place of the
proposed great ratification 'meeting
s-uggepted by Vallejo democrats as the
proper means of celebrating the na
tional victory, local leaders of the pitrty
decided on a banquet, which probably
will be Samoeet hall Saturday.
It is intended to be the most preten
tious dinner ever held here, and plates
■will be laid for 50.
In addition to prominent democrats
of this city and county there will be
present state leaders including , Theo.
A. Bell, Senator A. J- D. Phe
lan, Gilbert McM Ross and, if possible,
"Modoc" Philip B. Lynch will act as i
Natural looking little turkeys filled
with candy, or miniature candy plom
puddings decked with holly, add im
mensely to the attractiveness of the
Thanksgiving dinner, table. Geo. Haas
& Sons' four candy stores. —Advt.
Diners Bow to Beauty
Indorse Prize Winner
Miss Mar]} Woodward, assistant bookkeeper for the Tait-Zinkand com
pany, who won gold watch in CaWs beauty contest.
Tait-Zmkand Guests Heartily Concede Call's
Award to Assistant Bookkeeper
There was a particular flavor of In
terest attending The Call's pretty girl
wage earner contest yesterday. Every
one who has ever dined at Tait's felt
satisfied that the gold watch awarded
by The Call had fallen to the right
o«*. Even those who were disap
pointed in the failure nf their own
individual ideas to draw the prize were
willing to concede that Miss Mary
Woodward, assistant bookkeeper for
the Tait-Zinkand company. is about
as pretty a girl as one would want to
Of course John Alexander, manager
of Tait's feels fjr» that Miss "Wood
ward will easily carry off the final
prize of a trip to Honolulu, but there
are others in San Francisco who have
their own ideas as to beau|y and they
have pinned their faith to the jury of
famous artists who will decide early
in December just who is the prettiest
Evidence Halted by Confession
to Be Introduced Today in
INDIANAPOLIS. Nov. IT.—Fifteen
■witnesses from California who were to
have testified at the trial in Loe An
geles, had the McNamara brothers not
pleaded guilty to causing explosions
there, will be examined by the gov
ernment when the "dynamite conspir
acy" trial is resumed tomorrow.
The witnesses personally had deals
with James B. McNamara, dynamiter
of the Los Angeles Times building, and
his alleged accomplices, and are siib
penaed in connection with the govern
ments charge that Olaf A. Tveitmoe
and Eugene A. Clancy, San Francisco
labor leaders, knew of McNamara's
purpose in going to the Pacific coast.
Arthur T. Veitch, deputy district at
torney of Los Angeles county, who as
sisted in the county prosecution, and
Oscar Lawler, assistant to the attorney
general who had charge of the CUM*
that resulted in the bringing of fed
eral indictments in California, are to
The Los Angeles explosion is one in
cident of conspiracy fllegally to trans
port explosives on passenger trains on
which the 45 men are alleged to be
Ortie E. McManigal later is to con
tinue his confession, beginning with
his hiding Jn the Wisconsin woods in
December, 1910. It has been brought
nut that James 8., in his flight after
causing the deaths of 21 persons at Los
An«geles, hid for two •weeks at Salt
Lake City and then went to Ballagh,
Neb., whence he was ordered by his
brother to go to work at Sioux City.
James B. insisted on returning to
Indianapolis, but when he reached here
his brother s»nt him to the Wisconsin
woods with McManigal.
McManigal is to relate his confession
up until his arrest In April. 1911. when
he and James B. again were on the
McManigal occupies a cell specially
provided in the federal building, and
is allowed exercise only on the roof
of the building.
The Call In now an absolutely In
dependent ncrmpaper. Try It out
FISHERMAN BURNED TO
DEATH IN LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELi;:-. .:. -. 17.—Albert Hef
ferly, a fisherman, 45 years old,- wu
burned to death In a. flre which de
stroyed his home at Los Angeles harbor
tonight. His body was found In the
ashes, where hi* bed had been. It was
the theory of the firemen that Hefferly
had knocked over a coal oil lamp.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, NOVEMBER I^l9l^
of all the pretty girl wage earners of
Suspense and the dawn of Sunday
have been hand in hand ever since
the beginning of The Call's pretty girl
wage earner contest. Now the excite
ment is running over. A trip to Hono
lulu is something worth while. There
Is ■ not a girl in San Francisco who
would not like to make that trip as
a guest of The Call. Every detail for
her comfort and entertainment will be
carefully looked after. There will be
fun provided from the moment she
leaves this city until she gets back.
The girl who wins that trip will be
the prettiest self-supporting woman in
all San Francisco.
Do you know her? If so. send in
her photograph to The Call. The
pretty girl editor wants to make sure
that every pretty business woman in
San Francisco gets a chance to win
that final prize. You can. help.
MARKET AND MAIN
HAS $15,000 FIRE
Defective Wiring Blamed for
Blaze Which Damages Stores
in Callahan Building
Fire cnused a loss of about $15,000
yesterday morning in the building at
the southwest corner of Market and
Main strrets. The building, a one
story r.rick and wooden structure is
owned by Mary E. Callahan and is oc
cupied by several stores.
The heaviest losers were the Alaska
Codfish company, the Tully Rubber
Stamp company, Powell & pjk e sheet
metal v.orkfrs and plumbers: the Eng
lish Voolrn mills and Baer Bros gen
eral merchandise and leather goods.
Other losers were "W. F. Blasse
shoes; the Neptune restaurant, Albert
Magor, novelties; Kenyon's tent store
and G. Hokum's saloon.
Smoke was seen issuing from the
store of the Tully Rubber Stamp com
pany, in Kain street, at 9.50 o'clock by
Patrolman Johnson. He turned in an
alarm and two other alarms were xent
in by Chief Murphy as soon as he ar
rived at the scene. The fire is beloved
to bten caused by defective wir
ing, and started in th* basement, which
Is used almost exclusively by the
Alaska Codfish company. The base
ment was filled with' hundreds of
wooden boxes and other inflammable
From the flooring of the Tully store
and the Alaska Codfish company's sec
tion ths fir« spread to the ceiling and
then throrgh the roof. Within a f*w
minutes the flre spread all along the
Main street side of the building and
for a considerable distance along the
Market street front.
Our distinctive collection of Persian and
Turkish Rugs at marked reductions from
our usual, moderate prices, making this sale
of exceptional interest.
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w\ , : * • _^«
OF OFFICER IS
Major Hill of Marine Corps, in a
Rage Over Illness, Nearly
Ends His Life
One of the most distressing incidents
of the recent trouble in Nicaragua was
the attempted suicide of Major Charles
Sanderson Hill of the marine corps,
attached to the U.S. S. California, which
took place during the early part of Sep-«
tember in the captain's cabin on the
U. S. S. Glacier.
Jn a fit of rage and.disappointment at
being: unable to go into the engage
ment, owing to detention on the Glacier
on the sick list, Major Hill ran into the
cabin of Captain R. S. Douglas and
seizing a pair of shears severed the
arteries of his wriete. He sank in a
heap to the floor and was later discov
ered unconscious by Captain Douglas.
Hill was removed to the hospital
ward, and prompt attention by Dr. C.
M. George, surgeon of the Glacier,
stopped the flow of blood and saved
Major Hill's life.
IDLE RUMORS DENIED
Subsequent rumors spread that the
attempt at suicide was made to avert
the consequences of a quarrel with
Major Smedley D, Butler, senior officer
in charge of the marines in the
troubled zone at that time. These re
ports are dented absolutely by officers
of the Glacier, who report that tem
porary dementia, due to ill health fol
lowing sunstroke, for which Major Hill
was on the sick list, was the cause of
In the early part of September, on
an expedition inland In one of the
first trains, Major Hill broke down
from sheer exhaustion after four days
without sleep. This was followed by
sunstroke and he was removed to the
U. P. W. Glacier in a feeble condition.
A few days later he pleaded with
Captain Douglas for his discharge
from the sick list hi order that he
might be able to go bark and join the
fighting, of which exciting reports were
daily brought in.
ENRAGED AT DETENTION'
Permission was refused on advice of
Surgeon George that the major was
physically unfit for duty. This enraged
Major Hill, who Iβ distinguished for
his headstrong and impetuous spirit,
and he ran to the captain's cabin.
One of the cabin boys noticed his
agitation and reported to Captain
Douglas. When the commander went
below he found Major Hill unconscious
and with the arteries of both wrists
severed. A bloody pair of shears on
the floor told the talc Major Hill had
seized the first weapon he could lay
his hand on as a means of death.
Major Hill recovered two weeks
later and was discharged from the
sick list. He resumed command of
the marines from his cruiser and acted
as adjutant of the expeditionary
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MRS. LESH REACHES
SCENE OF MURDERS
Missouri Sheriff Will Recom
mend Sentence and Parole
SEDALTA, Mo.. Nov. 17.—Mrs. Paney
Ellen Lesh, who confessed November 2
in Loe Angeles to murdering two wo
men in Missouri, arrived here today in
the custody of Sheriff M. T. Henderson.
She is being held at the county jail but
is not locked in a cell, the sheriff be
lieving such precaution unnecessary.
Sheflff Henderson scoffs at the idea
that the woman is insane.
"We traveled together the last four
days." said the officer tonight, 'and I
would wager my last dollar that she is
Sheriff Henderson, who has looked
fully into Mrs. Lesh's life in Califor
nia and other states, said that he .would
make a recommendation to the circuit
court that the woman be sentenced to
five years' imprisonment and immedi
"Far the Blffser. Better San Fran
cisco" Is the pledge and aim of
SANTA FE WILL SPEND
$1,000,000 ON LOW GRADE
Railroad Projects Two Tunnels
Through' Cajon Pass
SAN BERNARDINO. Nov. 17.—The
Santa Fβ railroad will at once spend
$1,000,000 to secure a lower grade
through Cajon pass, according to an
nouncement made today.
The distance Is 10 miles in the San
Bernardino mountains, and two tunnels
will be bored. Officials estimate that
one-third of the motive power on
freight transportation will be elim
inated by the improvement.
The present line will be retained as
a portion of the double track system,
but the new track will be used for
uphill trains. The preliminary con
tracts for the new work already have
PROFESSOR LOSES MIND
WHILE GIVING RECITAL
Angeleno Becomes Deranged
Before Great Audience
SANTA FE. N- M., Nov. 17.—While
giving an organ recital this afternoon
as part of the dedicatory ceremonies of
the new Scottish rite temple here. Pro
fessor C. H. Garrett of Lios Angeles be
came deranged. The recital ende.d ab
ruptly. Professor Garrett was removed
to a local hospital. The new temple
southwest were in attendance.
when completed will cost $200,000. Hun
dreds of Masons from many parts of the
IN RESPONSE TO
Dr. Aked Raises $85,000 for
New Church at Yesterday's
Two impassioned appeals from the
pulpit yesterday by Dr. Charles F. Aked
resulted in the collection of $85,000
from his hearers. The money is to be
devoted to the building of a new home
for the recently combined First and
Plymouth Congregational churches,
which is to cost not less than $160,000.
More than 300 individuals contrib
uted their offerings, ranging from a
single dollar to a gift of $25,000 by Ed
ward Coleman, a member of the con
gregation. His brother, John G. Cole
man, gave $5,000, as did L. L» Morse.
Doctor Aked and Mrs. H. L. Dodge each
"At the services this morning $83,000
was contributed," said Doctor Aked.
after he had coaxed $2,000 more from
his audience last night. "This remark
able generosity is even more, wonder
ful when it is considered that the gifts
are from such a large number of per
sons. Generally a church is built by a
few, but today more than 300 persons
made offfrings. Each one, I am sure,
represents great generosity and some
sacrifice. Many who gave were strang
ers in the church.
"Dr. Charles M. Sheldon, who wrote
'In His Steps," was in the church this
morning, and when I told him he would
some day preach in the new church he
drew a $10 piece from his pocket 'to
pay for a brick.'
Thi largest contributor last night
was Charles E. Benedict, who gave $250.
.Tamos Hazelett gave $200. As it is ex
pected that the sale of the Plymouth
church property will realize $25,000.
Doctor Aked estimates that there is
still to be raised $50,000.
Plans for the new auditorium have
been completed. It will be built of
white stone in the Italian renaissance
style, supported by Corinthian columns
on all sides. Its seating capacity will
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Two More Arrests Made; Thir*
teen Well Known Men Now
Charged in Portland Affair
(.Specie/ Dufxitch to The Call]
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 17.—While two
more arrests, making 13 in all, were
made today in the scandal that has
shaken Portland, several of the most
prominent business and professional
men named in written confessions of j
youths are still at liberty.
Dr. Harry Start, a physician of high
standing here, is one of the latest men
to be arrested. The police fear suicides
will follow the sensational exposures. |
One man whose name is implicated is ■
known to have tied.
Secretary Stone of the Portland Y. M. ',
C. A. in an address before a large Sun- j
day audience said less than six mem- |
bers of the association were involved !
in the scandal, and that the investiga- j
tion had originated with the associa- \
tion instead of being forced on it. The j
citizens and the newspapers are vigor- ;
ously defending the Y. M. C. A.
William Allen, one of the first men ■
accused, was removed from his room in
the Y. M. C. A. building to a hospital.
The police say he took poison. He is
still unconscious and his death is ex
pected. In a farewell note he sayp.
"I am innocent, but the disgrace is
more than I can bear. There are cir
cumstances that look unfavorable, but,
there are any number of young men
who can tell of my helpfulness to them.
Anyway. I can see my life is ruined.
I have tried to do my best. Telephone
Allen's standing in Portland has been
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