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a, UARY 13. AND PERSONAL Hoover was here last week visit with his family. Emma Pallas was here for a returning to her Los Angel- this morning. note tells us that John ~Willacy received a promotion. He is now U. S. Army. Chellberg was home for a returning to San Diego morning. E. A. McCurry and her three retdrned Sunday, having three weeks with her mother mainland. Opal Concienne spent the with her daughter and fam- Oscar Wicks, returning to Sunday last. Messert is progressing nicely recent operation. :He re- to Los Angeles 'this morning urther treatment. mother of Mrs. M. ~rson, is a patient at the We all wish her recovery. Heywoods returned to Avalon had a fine visit with Alice Lee, who, due to furlough,was unable to to the Island. CLEARING HOUSE JIM RAMSEY DIES (Continued from Page 1, column 4) ed in a pit of hot stones, along wi~.h chickens and what have you. Served with baked bananas and little fresh pineapples. I asked, "Was it good?" "Boy" exclaimed Jimmy, "we could smell it cooking for miles before we got there. It was delicious." I asked about gardens there. (I'll wager the deer don't eat theirs.) He told me about cooking taro roots in salted water in a helntet. I suggest- ed baking them before 'the 4ire with a little brown sugar and a dash of nutmeg. Jimmy says he'll try it if 1 send the brown sugar to him. The root tastes somewhat like sweet po- tatoes but is much larger, growin~ to a length of two or three feet. They also grow a red berry about the size of an egg which looks but does not taste like our tomatoes. "Papaya?" I asked. Jimmy rolled his eyes. "Fresh pa- payas taste something like melons, only sweeter--If they could be chill- ed they would be simply out of this world." Next I wanted to know about houses and cooking. The houses are simple: Take four logs--,one for each corner of your house--place upright, ~asten a few logs at the top for a frame to which attach your grass or braided palm fronds for a roof about a foot thick. This roof sheds rain-- not a drop falls through. However the same cannot be said for spiders and ants. The cooking is done over an open fire covered by a flat rock. Word was received in Avalon last week of the death of James Ramsey, Sr former Island resident, and late of Pasadena, on Jamlary 2, 1944 Fu- neral services were held in Pasadena last Saturday. Jim, as he was known and will be remembered by Islanders, was a na- tive of Scotland, being born in Perth, on the 15th of February, 1881. In 1905 he became a working associate with David M. Renton in Pasadena. In 1921 he came to Avalon and as- sumed charge of the furnit~ory located at Pebble l~each. Being an expert cabinet maker, he built much of the furniture for ".he Wrigley home on Mt. Ada; for the Casino building; the HVtel Atwater and the Country Clu~o. He was a consciencious workman, a man of sterling character, well liked among his companions and friends. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, and two sons, James, Jr. and William, both of whom are serving with the Army. BEYOND FACTS AND FIGURES By Rev. Leland L. Williams The wonderful thing about religion is that it takes us beyond facts and figures. We can always take courage and comfort in the fact that there is infintely more to life than what we can see or measure. Irt this profound truth is found the explanation of the undying irresistible fascination of life. Religion goes beyond science. Those who base their all only upon what That is how Jimmy broiled the lizard can be seen or measured are traveling ny Marincovich left Avalon steaks. He did not eat any prepareddown dead streets. Science may r mornin~ enroute to Chicago by native cooks, but he said those through its complex instru~nents of Western for training. His they cooked themselves were plenty measuring things take a ~or~eotl~ Ler and father accompanied him good. The finest steaks are 4from the sunset and reduce it to a e-'-, Avalon and saw him on his way. LnGriffith, daughter of Mr. and TO Scar Griffith 'has taken Up her on the mainland. She is g rote the possibility of either or going on with her ed- Christianson returned to her Beach home Saturday. She us her husband is much inprov- his recent dlness, and that Will return to their Avalon very soon. ~NT BIRTHS AT HOSPITAL )rn : To Mr. and Mrs. E. L. 315 Clemente avenue, a ba- 27, 1943~ weighing eight ~ufices. The arrived at 3:10 a. m. and Ann. To Mr. and-Mrs. Theodore 344 Eucalyptus avenue, a ,ember 30, 1943, at 6:15 ~elghing six pounds, six ounc- e is named Karen Faye. : To Mr. and Mrs. Antonio of L-3 Tremont street, a December 30, 143, at 4:25 seven pounds, twelve $'0ung lady was named MONEY-BACK 6UARANT -E nd Pharmac tail. The meat is white, juicy and delicious. At the barbecu'e J.immy attended the natives danced for them after the feast. The dances, which told a story, were interpreted by the son of a chief. He had been born on the Solomons but educated in Australia and England. The men wore high wooden combs, inlaid with beautiful colored shells. The comb= wer- -vc-- as the Soanish women wear theirs. but one would never mistake one of the ha.tires for a Spanish beauty. Men and women have blue black teeth from chewing Betel nuts, which they use as some people here dip snnff. I asked Jimmy if he had tried it. He had, but had no words to describe the taste. He thought perhaps a nice blend of tobacco and tobasco sauce would be the closest comparison he could think of. I asked about the children. Jimmy says they are very shy, pot bellied little things who stand back and peer at the boys curiously. Like our childrenhere, who, when there is a strangernear, hang on to mother's .~pron--only ' n~tive rr~0thers do not wear aprons. The natives are very strong. They have extremely tough feet--feet that walk over sharp coral and shells that riddle shoes but fail to make a dent in native skin. Jimmy says the soles of their feet are actually thicker ~.han horsehide--a good inch thick. Esquire Magazine is first choice of our boys down there. Jimmy says when some fdtow .gets a COlby as many as can crowd around it on the floor, the rest-have to maneuver ,for best places to read ever shoulders. E ,en: a commander is just another guy crowdin,r in with the rest of the fellows when pop-eyed little Mr. Es- quire arrives. A great leveller, Mr. Esquire. Reade~'Digest is a close second, but then of course it doesn't have Petty or Varga girls. Jimmy visited many of the islands. He told of the bi!z bells in New Calc- ,donia that rang to tell time. Not al- '=ways the i:ort'cct time, but no one :-was concerned about that. There is lilenty;o-f, time there. He visited a French family- having a couple of daughters, who sp0kc no English. of ether waves that canse the color. That much is true about the sun but it is not the whole truth. Science may take a boy, any boy, and put a number on him and after all of the measuring which they do to reduce him to his chemical elements and then proclaim hisvalue to be about 90 cents, that~ is according to pre-war prices. But that does hot give the true value of an individual. They may use only the simpler bertillon measure- ments and write above his analysis the name John Jones, but that does not speak the whole' truth about John Jones A soldier may be taken from the ranks on a battle field and classified according to his inheritance, the state and home town from which he came, the kind and amount of ed- ucation and military training he has (Continued on Page 12, (3oi. 2) However, they had a radio that play- ed good old U. S. dance music. Also he made out in making himself un- derstood as he was lucky enough to have along his buddy, a French speaking boy from L~uisiana. It takes more than a di4ference in language to cramp the style of our Avalon boys in the South Seas. But, perhaps, I'm prejudiced. m Now is a good time for Frances Cowell's friends to begin dropping in just before dinner--for just a few minutes of in{0rmal chi.t-chat, you know. Because up around Huron, South Dakota, whereHarvey is sta- tionedthe pheasantsare destroying crops to sn'ch ani.extent that the boys are urged to help shoot them/ So the chances are very g~oc~d that Frances Will be having pheasant some night soo.n, t{ar~ev says he can't understand how such little ki([~ can be so' pfoflcient on.ice skates a,g they are up in that country He.is at- tendin~ the Link Trai!ter. School, which was named after its .ifivenlor. The I, ink trainer is a miniature ~ype airplane on a stationary base, in tvhich the studel:t Ca~ :sil.mflate aclt~al flying. It teacheg.:st~itte~tS2> rely almost whol'ry ib~ i.instinnkqtttS .when weathdr Co.nditionL Pr.evefft::";%istlal contact with the earth. @ ADLETS i0 cents per line. Minjmumdaargc 25 For Sale---Income property. Furnish- ed. See to appreciate;' Block from beach. Mrs. A. L Clark, 238 Ctarissa. E O. Box 581. P-6 &ourr For Sale---Records from the Juke box-~,s, Big name bands. Latest hits. 15c each at office back of Whiffs Ice House. Hours: 1-2 p m. daily, ~0-11 a. m. Saturday. - " --~'~ Aot ~T ~- Avalon ln~ur~te~ Alreac --Avalon phone, 147; San Pedro phone, Harbor 1288. 39ff ADLET ~mremteed Watda Repairinff---4denti- fi'cation Bracdets, name and address engraved free.FRESOO'S, l~facRae Hotel Building. 3Ytf -----ON TO VICTORY AVALON CHURCH SERVICES Catholic--St. Catherine, s Father Mkhael J. O'Connor, Chaplain U.S.M Sunday--Mass at 7:30 a. m. at St. Catherine's Church ,Mass at 10:00 a. m. ~t the Casino. Week Days--Evening Mass at 6:15 in the new Chapel on Stunner Ave. Confessions--Saturdays and the Eve of First Fridays and Holy Days from 3 to 6, and from 6:30 to 9 p. m. in the new ~hapel on Suma~er Avenue. Cht*rch School. 9:00 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Christian Science Soc~ty A branch of the Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, holds Sun- day service at 11 a. m. Testimonial meetings at 2 p. m. on :he third Wednesday of the month. Church Edifice, East Whitfl.ey ave- nue. Try our Adlet Column. It helps. copy today. RIVIERA THEATRE m ONE SHOW ONLY 7:30 P.M. Any Seat 39c Children :, 17e Above prices include Federal Tax IN OLD CHICAGO THURSDAY, JANUARY 13th: Starring Ali~e Faye and Tyrotm Power. Plus March of Time and News. FRIDAY, JANUARY 14th: CRIME SCHOOL Featuring" Humphrey Bogart an~[ Dead End Kids. Also Serial and News. SATURDAY, JANUARY ISth: Special Double Feature Program: GIRLS ON PROBATION With Jane Bryan and Ronald Reagan. AND: MURDER ON THE WATERFRONT Featuring John Loder and Ruth Ford. Added Cartoon and Passing Parade. SUNDAT and MONDAY: .JANUARY 16 and 1~ THE GANG'S ALL HERE (Technicolor) Starring Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda. Plus N~: vs and C~t~on. WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY: JANU~Y~19 and 20 " SA tffe re THE M a NES i(:~'egbni~olor ) Starring Wallace Beery and Fay -B~. Also Color Cartoon and News.