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A! C~ n, I1 iIJi le~t n! O~][~hedml weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's ir~gl~}eWspaper, containing the local news of this wonderful Island ~,.{3flicial publication of the Light Tackle Club, an organization of h~--un~ sportsmen. Baseball training field for Chicago "Cubs." Avalon: Year round mecca for tourists and travelers. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, hiking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. ~,~ [~IVE CENTS AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAy, JANUARY 11, 1933 VOL. XX NO. 2 OCAL BOS, ESS ,.EG,O SET,NG Sunshine Psychology" ~ ~Zl~.eNrhTo~t GETHER The third annu--a~-banquet of the Catalina Islan(lPos---t No. 137, Amer- MOTI -TION Catalina Business Men's Associationican Legion held its first meeting of 'i Jeath of Calvin Coolidge, thir- was held last "l"hursday evenir~g at the th new year last "Wednesday evening ':]~[!esident ~f the United States, Hotel St. Catherine, with A. L. Lau- at the Ci'ty Hall. By The Editor '~].raday noon, stunned a nation, rance acting as master of ceremonies. Commander Arch Laurance called A reader of this eolunm recently The retiring president of the associ- the meeting to order promptly at 7:30. said: "Do you believe all that you t0~l~2a, where Mr. and Mrs. Cool- atiou was 5;. Mote. President-After hearing reports from various write in wmr 'Sunshine Psychology' . m~, entertained in the spring of elect Cart W. Carson, and his associ- committee chairman, Comrade Moore column ? "I'd like to argue several 0~1~'t,.a. two-day visit by Mr. and pr( blems with you. .~l~stm Wrigley Jr., as their a tes were duly installed in their re- was introduced and gave an illustrated ,, ~ ts on~Mt Ada, a sob of spective offices, talk that was very interesting to every Our answer to him was: "Let's ar- i/~"~t, ,grief naingled with unbelief After the business men had assem- tsne present. ...~W.ilclerment, caught in the bled in the great banquet hall, Chair- Comrade Ray Arnold was then pre- gue; and while we are arguing psv- chulogy, we are not rawhiding the man Laurance asked the members sented and gave a fine talk on "Ade- neighbors, or gloomily discussing the ~.0[,12~Ys. all who recalled those hap- and their guests to remain standing quate School Support." The talk fol- depression." man, a great statesn3an and terican has been called, his earth done, to enter a re. He has joined that oth- his host, Willimn called from our midst the i~, a year ago. times we feel like children, unable to under- such men as these, our counsellors, whose wisdom Safely through many trou- ts, whose clear thinking could ~.emingly unsurmountable who, through their sim- egrity, kept the faith, ideals, should be US. wrote in his last let- 'I know that my work is work, no matter how its close. To each is according to his stature. given to few, as the clock e. final hour to say: "I know done." William Wrigley say, "My work is done." ~eved the goal he "had set and lived up to his high rear gift holds no life. can be our inspiration but no more than can they do our lessons eir finished work becomes or posterity, illuminated of understanding as Calvin Coolidge and Wil- "Y Jr. have taken their Americans among he- ights illumine Mt. Ada moonlit night over there comes to the writ- of an early afternoon The time had come of Mr. and Mrs. Catalina. The news- egged for a final shot of the garden. Action and needed. 'Phe cameramen lebody to say something. as the nation has known pointed to the hill up and addressed Mr. "That's a fine build- ing up there, Bill." as Mr. Wrigley, in ~:ed at the hill, devoid knew, of any build- Mr. Coolidge, through in the White Camera-broke". He knew S.wanted and was always ~t to them. the good-byes were young son, Jo-J'o e years old, s'haking aand, made this unex- "I hope that you can and stay long enough ~n Page 2, Column 2) for a period of 30 seconds in silent tribute to the late former president, Calvin Coolidge, and the late William Wrigley Jr. Rev. John B. Toomay pronounced the invocation. At the conclusion of the serving of the sumptuous meal, Toastmaster Lau- rance then called on the various speakers who addressed the gathering. Among the speakers were P. S. Allen, organizer and former president of the association; the retiring president, R. E. Mote; the new president, Carl W. Carson; Mayor Fred M. Paulson, Malcolm J. Renton, and the vice-pres- ident and general manager of the Santa Catalina Island Company, David M. Renton. The chairman prefaced each introduction with stories that kept the speakers and listeners in a good humor. Mr. Renton made a very informal talk, and discussed quite frankly with the business men many of the prob- lern~ which arose as the result of the present economic unrest. He stressed the importance of cooperation between the various organizations in Avalon to give relief to those who are unem- ployed; and he also discussed the present need for establishing suitable industries in Avalon that would not discredit this community as a pleas- ure resort, but which would add to rhe stability of the community life and provide a standardized payroll. During his remarks, Mr. Renton re- ferred frequently to the ideals set forth by the late William Wrigley Jr., and paid high tribute to the ability and character of Philip K. Wrigley, who is carrying on the work as the executive of the Santa Catalina Island Company, and the other Wrigley in- terests. Mr. Renton received hearty applause when he completed his talk. The new officers of the Catalina Business Men's Association are: Pres- ident, Carl W. Carson; vice-president, Harold Stamford; secretary-treasurer, L. W. Crandall. Board of Directors-- W. L. White, AI. Bombard, A. L. Lau- rance, Mark Williamson and D. M. Renton. The retiring officers were accorded a vote of thanks for t'he excellent ser- vice they had rendered to the organi- zation during the past two years. After the banquet and the speeches, the entire assembly retired to the Ca- sino as theater guests of the Catalina Bnsiness Men's Association. :0:-~ And They Are Read Nature Teacher: "When do leaves begin to turn?" Witty Willy: "The day before ex- aminations."--American Boy. Do you know that Avalon has one of the finest all-year climates on the Pacific Coast of the United States? lo~vs : Adequate School Support The question of adequate financial support for public schools in Califor- nia is a timely one for discussion, for the reason that the State legislature is new in session. One of the most dif- ficult matters confronting it is that of balancing the budget. Court decisions in various states have established the principle that support of public educa- tion in any state is a duty incumbent on the government of that state. Due to the fact that large sums of money are required for operation of t'he schools, legislators are inclined to consider the possibility of reducing school costs, when they endeavor to lower taxes. Everyone believes in ecc.nomy in school expenditures, but it should be wise economy. If it leads to a material lowering of efficiency or of school standards; if it means poor materials for instruction, insufficient funds for upkeep, maintenance and replacements; if it means radical re- duction of teachers' salaries to the point where able teachers leave the profession because they can be em- ployed more lucratively in other lines (and 'history shows this is bound to occur), then citizens should consider carefully whether it is not advisable to balance the budget in a way that will not penalize our children. The children of the years of depres- sion are worth just as much to their parents and to the community as po- tential citizens as are the children of the years of prosperity; and the com- munity will surely pay the price for present lowering of educational stan- dards by a future decline in the qual- ity of citizenship. The following quotation from the Long Beach Press-Telegram of De- cember 31, 1932, shows that our own board of education has made a com- mendable effort to economize without lowering standards : In the matter of tax rates, the Long Beach rate, which last year was $1.90, was reduced this year to $1.81 in spite of the tremendous drop in assessed valuation not under control of local authorities. A comparison of achieve- ment of the Long Beach board in ac- complishing this reduction may be in- dicated by the statement that of all the other larger districts in Los An- geles County, Alhambra maintained its tax rate and every other large district increased its tax rate, according to the figures shown in the following table: 1931 1932 Alhambra ............................ 1.91 1.91 Beverly Hills .................... 1.60 1.72 Burbank ............................. 1.81 2.01 Compton ............................ 2.45 2.90 Glendale ............................ 2.00 2.11 (Continued on page ll, column 3) Psychology, we told him, is a topic for discussion that offers an unlimited fiekt for mental exercise. The student can start with the theory of the im- portance of the physical and chemical stimulation of food, drugs, and gasses on the imagination; or he can discuss t'he nature of emotions; or, if he wants to get in the metaphysical field, he can attempt to locate the reservoir of ideas that seem to float into the hu- man consciousness as cosmic forces, and thus motivate individuals to do things they "never before dreamed of." Psychology teaches man to find the riches in thought, emotion, lan- guage and behavior. The chief purpose of argument is not so much to "create" ideas, but to clarify them and keep rhem in a healthy environment so that they will expand, grow, and become useful con- tributions to Motivation and Beha- vior. It was somewhere along in this point of our discussion that the aforemen- tioned reader of this column suddenly piped up and asked: "What has Mo- tivation to do with the growing of ideas ?" To give our friend a little mental exercise, we asked him to develop a few ideas around the following exam- ple of motivation: A well-known pro- hibitionist of Virginia recently died. The will left by the said Virginian contained a clause that said, "if any of his heirs spent any part of their in- heritance for liquor, they would for- feit all rights to any portion of t'heir inherited estate." A fiction writer could develop sev- eral apparent motives for the Virgin- Jan's attitude toward the behavior of those who would inherit his wealth, and each motive, technically speaking, might be in error if compared with the actual facts of the case. As to the question of whether the editor believes all that he writes for this column, we might answer .it by stating that we have discussed in pre- vious issues the difference between belief and ideas that are the result of the accumulation of knowledge and experience. When man first became motivated to invent machinery, heseemed to have the idea that his inventions would relieve the burden of human slavery and make thingsmore com- fortable for himself. Later, 'he began to profit financially by his patents and tfis inventions. This same machinery that added to man's comfort also made life more easy for horses and mules. Since the discovery of electricity, many irksome duties have been re- moved--the machine now does tim work. (Continued on page 2, column 1)