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which the Canal Commission has erected and equipped. In each of these buildings the main structure provides

business office, social lobby, ice cream parlor, billiard and pool room accommodating five tables, lounging and small game room, reading room, committee room and an entertainment hall, which has a seating capacity of three hundred and which is also used for gymnasium classes and such games as basket ball and volley ball.

There is an annex providing two bowling alleys, baths, lockers, lavatories, and additional gymnasium apparatus which can not be used in the entertainment hall. Connecting the main structure and annex are two corridors, , in one of which is installed a barber shop. Spacious verandas encircle both floors of the main building and add much in attractiveness and comfort. The reading room receives regularly about one hundred carefully selected magazines and papers, and there is a five hundred volume library furnished by the Government. Free use of the entertainment hall is granted outside social clubs on application, for dancing purposes.

The club houses are the centers of community interests and the associations are wholesome attractive clubs which the average American of whatever position or trade is glad to join without being urged. There is no initiation fee; membership dues are $12 per year, $7 per half year, or $4 per quarter year. A nominal fee is charged per game on bowling, billiards and pool. The cost to members for all privileges is small as compared to most clubs because of the Government's support given liberally to practical methods of serving the recreative, social, physical and moral needs of employes. The four Associations have about seventeen hundred members in good standing and the attendance averages between 700 and 750 per day. The organizations are a part of the international organization of Young Men's Christian Associations whose International Committee gives direct supervision to the conduct of the work. Membership tickets from any Young Men's Christian Association in the world are honored by the Associations on the Canal Zone. The activities promoted include those usually found in similar organizations elsewhere. Members form themselves into groups and arrange for tournaments in chess, checkers, pool and billiards, and bowling. Another group finds interest in the gymnasium, where boxing, fencing, wrestling, work on mats and bars, basket ball, fiell and track work take up their attention. Then others find enjoyment and profit in study. Classes are organized in Spanish, mechanical drawing, mathematics, and the Bible. Camera and debating clubs are conducted: hiking, riding and excursion parties in season. The Sunday Club is an organization that takes charge of the various activities of the day, such as arrangements for afternoon addresses, concerts, and in a general way looks after the welfare of men who are in the hospitals.

The work of the associations is carefully supervised by an Advisory Committee, and the Executive Councils. The Advisory Committee consists of five representative men appointed by the Commission, whose duty it is to have general supervision of the work of the organization as a whole. Each Association has its Executive Council, and its duty is that of outlining the policy of the Association it represents. It is composed of representative men of the local Association.

The following men are the secretaries in charge of the work: Wm. H. Baxley, Culebra; Robert G. Goodman, Assistant Secretary; J. Floyd McTyier, Empire; Ralph R. Wolf, Gorgona; L. F. La Rose, Assistant Secretary; M. J. Stickel

, Cristobal; F. C. Freeman, Traveling Secretary; A. Bruce Minear, General Secretary.

The Young Men's Christian Associations of the Canal Zone extend the most cordial invitation to all strangers on the Zone to make themselves at home in the buildings, and upon application at the desk a guest's ticket will gladly be given them.

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BY ALEJANDRO DUTARY.
The following selection is from the pen of the Isthmian poet, Mr. Alejandro

Dutary, who has contributed largely in the past to the Heraldo
del Istmoand other publications. Some time ago the Pilot
and Guide requested Mr. Dutary to let it have his favorite
production, for publication in this volume. The

Rondelwas his choice.

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The eight inch oil pipe line crossing the Isthmus from La Boca to Mount Hope was installed by this company for the purpose of doing away with the long journey by sailing vessels around Cape Horn in order to market its products on the Atlantic coast, as the trans-continental railroad freight rates are absolutely prohibitive. The plant consists of a large pumping station at Petrolia, near

La Boca, connected by an eight inch pipe line forty-eight miles in length with another pumping station on the other side of the Isthmus at Mount Hope. The actual laying of the line was commenced on April 16, 1906, and completed on October 16, 1906. The company has four 37,500 barrel tanks at each terminal site, making a total storage capacity of 300,000 barrels. The ocean-going oil-carrying vessels of the company land in specially dredged berths on either side of the Isthmus and discharge their cargoes by means of a flexible hose into the company's tanks, and receive their cargoes from the same source and in the same manner. The oil comes from Santa Barbara County, California, and is loaded on the ships at Port Harford, the voyage south occupying from twelve to fourteen days. Besides supplying the needs of the Atlantic coast, the company purposes to furnish such oil as may be needed to the Isthmian Canal Commission and the Panama Railroad Company, thus giving them the advantage of a very substantial eco!omy in fuel and relieving the congestion of transportation to some extent.

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