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UNDER WAY IN
63 Acres in Motion Near Bridge
of Culebra, With Workmen
Prepared for It
Annual Report of Commission
Sljows Satisfactory Progress
in All Departments
WASHINGTON. Nov. 17.—Sometime
next summer or fall, no exact date be
ing specified, a vessel -will 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 be divided into two continents.
The vessel will be one of the many
small water craft in daily use by the
canal builders: and probably the only
passengers will be Col. George W. Goe
thals. and the staff of American engi
neers, who for eight years have been
carrying on the greetest engineering
work the world h*s ever seen.
Tt will be later than that,
X ■ ■ m six months to a year perhaps,
ore the fd*rinal opening of the water
way and a naval fleet headed by the fa
mous old Oregon, will pass through into
the wester.i ocean, and the canal may
be fairly said to be open to trade.
These facts are not of official record
y«t; the date of January 1, 1915, still
stands 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
be 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
tractor has been called on to finish
the gates in one flight.
The report shows most satisfactory
progress of the whole great work.
GLIDES CAUSE TROUBLE
The most interesting feature of the
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. Tfce damage caused by the
slides may be appreciated from the fact
that nearly 6.000,000 yards of earth ex
cavated 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 charrges so frequently and sudden
ly that no other effective treatment has
been found. Ho 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 Culebra, covers an area of
63 -from which 2.710.000 yards
Mf-aily been removed, leaving 1,
--00 still to be handled.
' There is another sMfle of 50 acres on j
the opposite side of the canal. The |
result of these earth movements has
been to leave the canal in Its deepest
portions with flat slopes.
report says that none of the
j= which c.N.urred during the year j
; ild have interfered with the pas-
JBB of ships had the canal been in
Already the appropriations made by
congress for the canal total to June 30
la«-t %2 r >".. Mil.46S, and since that date
ther* 5 have been additional appropria
tions, exclusive of those for fortifica
tions, amounting to $28,980,000. making
the grand total 1322.541.468. June Sβ. j
of all these appropriations the engi- i
neers had expended 69 per cent of the
total estimated cost of the canal.
SPBCIAL MACHINERY USED
For the work of constructing the
prpat lorks at Gatun and Miraflores and
Pedro Miguel lock machinery has been
■ instructed of special designs of a
never before heard of. So
big are the valves at the side of the
locks that a test showed it required a
pull of more than te,n tons on the stem
to open one of these valves. All this
work is done electrically, and here
figain the engineers were confronted
with new difficulties. Owing to the
peculiar climatic conditions orf* the
Isthmus, with tropical heat and ex
treme humidity, and the deteriorating
effect of these conditions on the in
sulation of electrical machinery, the
ordinary insulation proved unreliable,
and the engineers found it necessary
to 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 tone and
as tall and broad as a great sky scrap
ing building in the remarkable time of
1 minute and 48 seconds.
Incidentally it appears that to make
these gates the iron workers must
drive and head 5,750,000 rivets.
Outside of tfie canal proper the re
port shows rtiat work has been going
on rapidly in preparing harbors for the
shelter of ships at each end of the
The wosk of fortification has also
been progressing well.
The sanitation of the isthmus also
has been maintained at the high level
set by Colonel William C. Georgas.
Contrary to the common impression,
the sanitary work in the way of clear
ing land does not extend over the entire
zone, but less than 1,200 of the 278,848
in the tract are kept clear for
sanitary purposes, and almost the en-j
tire zone is in its original condition as
regards brush and jungle.
DEMOCRATS TO GATHER
AT JUBILEE BANQUET
Vallejo Leaders Will Celebrate
[Special Ditpalch lo The Call] .
VALLEJO, Nov. 17. —In place of the
proposed great ratification meeting
suggested by Vallejo democrats as the
proper means of celebrating the na
tional victory, local leaders of the party
decided on a banquet, which probably
will be held in Samosot hal! Saturday.
It is intended to be the most preten
tious dinner ever held here, and plates
m ill he laid for 50.
In addition to prominent democrats
of this city and county there will be
present state leaders including Theo.
A. Be)), Senator A. Caminetti, J. D. Phe-
Jan, Gilbert McM Ross and, if possible.
•'Modor ' Philip B. Lynch will act as
r bank Kelvin ie NiiKjtesfioiin
Natural lookins little turkeys filled
with randy or miniature candy plum
puddings d«rkQd wfth holly, add irn
niPnEf attractiveness of the
Thanksgiving dinner t&bie. fifo. Haas
Si tions' four «andy stores. —Advt.
Diners Bow to Beauty
Indorse Prize Winner
Miss Marx) Woodward, assistant bookkeeper for the Tait-Zinkand com
pany, who won gold watch in Call's beaut}) contest.
Tait-Zinkand 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
one. Even those who were disap
pointed in trhe - failure of 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 sure that Miss Wood-
I 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 beauty and they
have pinned their faith to the Jury of
famous artists who will decide easly
in December Just who is the prettiest
Evidence Halted by Confession
to Be Introduced Today in
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 17.—Fifteen
witnesses from California .wfto were to
have testified at the trial 'n IjOS An
geles, had the MoNamara 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 Jamee B. McNamara, dynamiter
of the Los Angeles Times building, and
his alleged accomplices, and are sub
penaed in connection with the govern
ment's 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. Veitoh, deputy district at
torney of Los Angeles county, who as
sisted in the county prosecution, and
Qecar Lawler. assistant to the attorney
general who had charge of the cases
that resulted in the bringing of fed
eral indictments in California, are to
The Los Angeles explosion Is one in
cident of conspiracy illegally 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 in the. Wisconsin woods in
December, 1910. It has been brought
out that James 8., in his flight after
causing the deaths of 21 persons at Los
Angeles, 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 sent 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 allewed exercise only on the roof
of the building.
The Call Iμ now an absolutely In
dependent newspaper. Try it out
FISHERMAN BURNED TO
DEATH IN LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17.—Albert Hef
ferly, a fisherman, 45 years old, w««
burned to death in a fire which de
stroyed his home at Los Angeles harbor
tonight. His body was found in the
ashes, where his bed had been. It was
the theory of the nremen that Heflferly
had knocked over a coal oil lamp.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, NOyEMBER '18, 1912.
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 tnip 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 caused a loss of about $15,Qn0
yesterday morning in the building at
the .southwest corner of Market and
Main streets. The building, a one
story bricjt and wooden, structure is
owned by Mary K. Callahan and is oc
cupied by several stores.
The hiavleet losers were the Alaska
Codfish company, the Tully Rubber
Stamp company, Powell & Pike sheet
metal v.orkcrs and plumbers; the Eng
lish Woolfn 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. Holtum's saloon. '
Smoke vas seen issuing from th«
store of the Tully Rubber Stamp com
pany, in Vain street, at 9:30 o'erock by
Patrolman Johnson. He turned in an
alarm ami two other alarms were sent
in by Chief Murphy as soon as he ar-*
rived at the scene. The lire is believed
to have b<en caused by defective wir
ing, and started in the basement, which
is usod almost exclusively by the
Alaska Codfish company. The base
ment was filled with" hundreds of
wooden boxes and other inflammable
From the flooring of th* Tully store
and the Alaska Codfish company's sec
tion the flrt- spread to the ceiling and
then tnro.:gh the roof. Within a *few
minutes the fire spread alt 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.
260-363 SUTTER STREET
OF OFFICER IS
Major Hill of Marine Corps, in a
-Rage Over illness, Nearly
Ends His Life
One of the most distressing incident*
of the recent trouble in Nicaragua, was
the attempted suicide of Major Charles
Sanderson Hill of the marine cerps,
attached to the V- S. S. California, which ]
took place during tne jparly part of Sep- I
tember- in the captain's cabin on the
U. S. S. Glacier.
Tn 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 HiFl ran into the
cabin of Captain R. S. Douglas and
seizing a pair of shears severed the
arteries of tiis wrists. 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 pVompt attention by Dr. C.
M. .CJeerge. surgeon of the Glacier,
stopped" the flow of blood and saved
Major Hill's life.
IDLE RUMORS DENIED
Subsequent rumors spread that the
I attempt at suicide was made to avert
I the consequences of a quarrel with
j Major Smedley D. Butler, senior officer '
iin rharge of the marines in the
troubled zone at that time. These re
ports are denied 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. B. B. Glacier in a feeble condition.
A few days later he pleaded with
Captain Douglas for his discharge
from the sick list in order that tie
might, be able to go back 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 is 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 command*?! , went
below he found Major Hill unconscious
and with the arteries of both wrists
severed. A bloody pair of shears on
the floor told th* tale. 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. H-e resumed command of
the marines from his cruiser and acted
as adjutant of the expeditionary
Tsie Call Iβ now an absolutely in
dependent newspaper. Try It out
MRS. LESH REACHES
SCENE OF MURDERS
Missouri Sheriff Will Recom
mend Sentence and Parole
SEDALTA, Mo., Nov. 17.—Mrs. Pansy
Ellen Lesh, who confessed November 2
in Los 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.
Sheriff Henderson scoffs at the idea
that the woman is insane.
"We traveled together the last four
days," said the officer tonight, "and T
would wager my last dollar that she is
Sheriff Henderson, who has looked
fully into Mrs. Leah'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
"For the Bigger, Better San Fran
ciaeo" in 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
onejijhird of the motive power on
fipflttit 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
t!ie new Scottish rite temple here. Pro
fessor C. H. Garrett of Ix>s Angeles be
came deranged. The recital ended ab
ruptly. TProfessor 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
New Church at Yesterday's
Two impassioned appeals from the
pulpit yesterday by Dr. Charles . F. Aked
resulted in. the collection of $S5,000
fruni his hearers. T*he money is to be
devoted to the s 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 001 individuals I contrib
uted their : offerings, ranging from a
t-inglt* dollar to a gift of $25,000 by Ed
ward Coleman, a member of the con
gregation. His brother, John O. Cole
man, gave $5,100, as did L. L. Morse.
Doctor Aked and Mrs. H. L. Dodge each
gave $2,000. ; -, •
"At the services this morning $83,000
wag 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
from such a large number of | per
sons. Generally a church is built by a
few, but today more than 300 persons
made offerings. Each one. I am sure,
represents gfjeat generosity and some
sacrifice. Many who gave were strang
' ers hi f!ie church. - ,^^M
"Dr. Charles M. Sheldon, who wrote ,
'In His Steps,' v was in the church this;
morning, and when I told him he would'
some day preach in the new church he
drew a : $10, piece from his pocket 'to
pay for a brick.' " ■'&*$&
The largest contributor last night
Mass Charles E. Benedict, who gave $250.
James Hazelett gave $200. As it jf ex
pected that the sale I of the i Plymouth
church property will realize $25,000,
Doctor^Akedsemimates' that there is
still to be raised $50,000.
||f Plans f 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
exceed 1.500. ... . . '" "
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Twd More Arrests Made; Thir
teen Well Known Men Now
Charged in Portland Affair
(Special Dispatch to The Call] . JB'\
PORTLAND. Ore., Nov. 17.— While tw<
more arrests, making 12 *n all; wen
made" today id the scandal that hm
shaken Portland, several of the mos
prominent. business and • professtona
men named in written^ confessions o
youths.are still aulibertyf- ■ j , ./.■' <
Dr. Harry Start, a physician of higl
standing here, .- ■■'. • />f the latest m*r
- -, ■•.:..vs ■ ■••'.- ■*•>. /•■■ -^-. •„'-: *..lf.«s,jf*«i*S*-f;-t.,r i -'
to be- arrested. '.■The, police fear/suiqidrt
-„-* -. - - , .. , , . ■ v • .
will follow the sensational exposures
'*>eaES»J'j>1 -.v " <■ > I- *- . , / ,,r «••.-■
One , - man whose name & implicated i:
known to have tied. . - . . ,.,.s v
Secretary Stone of the Portland Y M
* *> - . , .-.",■-. . -i
C. A. in an address before larcp Sun
day audience said lesg than six mem-
• . r- '".
bers of the association were lnvoKe<l
in the scandal, and that the invest i =. i ■
tion. had originated f witli: ,the aeeocia
tion instead of b.?ing ftfrcedjonit. Th«
citizens nm\ the newspapers are vigor
ously defending the%..M, r: A. -
. William Allen, " one. of ,S the first ; ■ mer
accused, was removed from his room i ir
the Y. M. C. A. building to a hospital
The police say he took- poison. He U
still unconscious^and his d<=ath is ex
pected. In ai.'farewell a not» he 1 - says
•I am innocent, but the disgrw
more than I can bear. , , There are .if
cumstances that look unfavorable, hu
there are any number. Of young • mer
who i an tell of tux helpfulness to them
A ny way ?f. I can see ftiy life *- i sH ruined
I| have tried to best. Telephone
my son'." ' '"' '*,,<*'.' - <*
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