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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 15, 1914

After nearly six months' search throughout the United States to find a descendant of Admiral David Bushnell to christen the submarine to be named after him, an Oregon girl has been submitted to Secretary Daniels as a candidate for the honor. She is Miss Jesamine Bushnell, daughter of James H. Bushnell, residing on a fruit ranch at Gold Hill. Mr. Bushnell is believed to be a descendant of the famous Connecticut admiral, the inventor of the submarine.

Miss Bushnell is the direct descendant of a Connecticut family of Bushnells, who trace their antecedents back to David Bushnell, an admiral in the Revolutionary War. The genealogy and family records were compiled nearly 60 years ago by James Bushnell, of New York, an intimate friend of James G. Blaine. These records have been sent forth to establish the record of the Oregon girl, with whom Secretary Daniels is in communication.

The maximum care exercised by the Southern Pacific company in protecting shipments routed over its lines is aptly illustrated in the use of the thermograph as one measure of protection for its perishable fruit and vegetable shipments.

The thermograph is a temperature recording device in which the fluctuations of heat and cold are traced on a revolving chart by a fountain pen. So accurate is the instrument that during the whole 24 hours of the day the data is registered continuously and can be read as closely as half a degree.

By means of the thermograph vent clerks at stations on the Southern Pacific can carefully close or open the heat and cold vents in the freight car when needed so as to give the best protection to the shipment.

The original temperature charts are sent to the general office of the company, where blue print copies are made and filed and the original returned to the observer. By the maintenance of these records the company is able to keep close check on the way its agents handle shipments en route.

At 500 other points on the line, the thermograph observations are supplemented by records taken by thermometers three times a day.

W.D. Smith of the Southern Pacific engineering department has installed thermographs at Dunsmuir, Ashland, Oroville, Carlin, Sparks, Ogden, Bakersfield, Mojave, Colton, Yuma, Tucson, Nogales, Deming and Colton.