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January 16, 1924     The Catalina Islander
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January 16, 1924

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I Published weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's official tlewspaper containing the local news of this wonderful Island World. Official ~ Publication' of the Light Tackle Club, an organization of sea-angling sportsmen. Baseball training field for the Chicago "Ct, bs" and Los Angeles "'Angels." ~ P~e. Five Cents WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 1924 VOL XI No. I Avalon: Year-round mecca for tourists and travelers. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, walking. fishing, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. 1 i NTA CATALINA ISLAND. IN AI.L THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! ,11 CONAN DOYLE WRITES MAGAZINE ARTICLE BOOSTING I ATALINA ISLAND "What I think of America Now" is the golden perch of a beautiful orange the flyingfish. The only simile whichi He would certainly have died had it the title of an article written by Sir red. The striped rock bass was the would convey the impressionnot been that by a perfect miracle Arthur Conan Doyle, the writer of the most numerous, and we caught glimp- would be to imagine a deep blue trop- there was in New York at the moment Sherlock Holmes stories, after his visit ses far below us of strange sea slugs ical sky criss-crossed by shooting stars, on a visit a Brazilian doctor who is to Catalina Island. The article appears and sea cucumbers crawling on a sandy each of which came to an end in a the greatest authority in the world in the January issue of the Metropoli-ibottom. Later, we turned outbound, little silvery exlYlosion. It was an ex- upon the subject, and who had some tan Magazine. Mr. Doyle does not and watched a great colony of sea lcursion which none of us would for- rattlesnake serum among his luggage. like those who chew gum, and gave his lions which lay basking on the rocks, get. We were amused by the patter A few injections of this saved the reasons for saying "Venus would look some of them barking at us as we of the guide who has to explain mat- man's life. vulgar if she chewed." But, how passed. Finally we wound up our ex- ters to the tourists. Such people are "Our jaunt down the coast left us could Venus chew anything ? Why,, periences by an amazing exhibition of usually a nuisance, but this particular with vague remembrance of deep blue she couldn't take the wrapper off a, diving by a white man named Adargo, one had a wit of his own. His last sea, of cinnamon and melon cliffs, of package of gum! She would have to l who was an Islander, and may from words were 'If you liked the excur- scrub oak vegetation, with occasional chew the wrapper and the wax. ! his swarthy appearance have had some sion please tell your friends, but if you gum-trees, of limestone caves with the Other than the remarks about "gum,"iof the great Spanish blood in him. He didn't like it then keep quiet about it.' sea foanfing into them, and of little 1 coves with sandy beaches at the Mr. Doyle has written a splendid des-!swam down forty feet--fifty-six is his "Next morning we had a ong boat-i h f he mouth of steep wooded valleys In one cription of his visit to Catalina:I record--and a world record I believe ing excursion down t e coast o t I ' ' !and there gathered some shells for us, Island to a point where it narrows to]f these clearings there was recently "Catalina Island hes twenty-fiveifinally lying on his back at the bot- an isthmus, across which we walked. " ' " found an Indmn burml ground with miles fromthe mainland" . It as' a, tom, with his mouth open, gazing up Some white-headed fish eagles flew two hundred and fifty skeletons, fine, though cloudy day, the ocean was" , at us. He can keep under water for over the boat and some wild goats i though how they could have lived on smooth andthe passage very pleasant 'three minutes The shells were orna- were seen in the distance, but other- this mountainous island is hard to un- as we were allowed the privilege of the i mental abalones, and we were glad to wise there was no great sign of life. ', derstand. They must have been fugi- Captain's bridge. The children were bring a couple away with us as a re- Round the hotel in the morning we tires from the mainland. At the isth- delighted to -see the fins of numerous membrance of a remarkable experience, had seen some alleged humming birds, mus we saw a sinster old Chinese junk, 'sharks' so-called. P e r s o n a 1 1 y I "In the evening we set forth in a tiny creatures, but more drab in color anchored there as a curiosity. She was thought they were really large dogfish, launch with a powerful searchlight in than I had expected. The boy, s rmn- built, it was said, in 1530 and so solidly which arc the jackals of the ocean. A order to attract flying fish. We cruis- maged everywhere for a rattlesnake, that she was still seaworthy. In size number of pelicans flew near the ship ed close to the shore as the creatures but to our relief they failed to find she seemed about the same tonage as and a few flyingfish skinlmed over the avoid their larger enemies by coming one. I told them the old story of 'Is Columbus' ship of a generation before. gentle Pacific heave, to the shallows. It was really a won- this nigger a-fishin', or is this fish a- Her more recent history was entirely "There is a good hotel, the St. Cath- derful Spectacle, unlike any that we niggerin'?' to point my moral thatof piracy, slavery, mutiny; she was erine, at Avalon, which is the little have seen in our travels. The brilliant there were two sides to a snake hunt. finally used as a floating prison--a town at which one lands. The whole ibeam of light lit up the cragy, dim It had already been pointed out at the most disreputable bit of ocean flotsam. place belongs to Mr. Wrigley .....!colored base of the cliffs, while the iBronx gardens in New York where our "So ended our adventures at Cata- "Catalina Island has a general re- stretch of sea between was broken particular friend, the keeper of the lina, save that we went fishing upon semblance to Capri, though less pre- continually by the shining streaks of/snakes, had been bitten by a rattler, the last morning, with no success save mPltous. It rises at its highest to two , for one very large mackerel. We were thousand feet, and it is the home of invited into the Tuna Club, however, thousands of wild goats which are where the trophies are kept, and there rounded up from time to time. The we were shown what we might have length of the Island is fifteen miles, got had we been more fortunate or and the breadth about eight. It has more skillful. Enormous swordfish ta- been cleverly exploited as a pleasure ken on a thin line and played often resort, and its glass-bottomed boats for ten hours, tuna fish of three hun- are famous the world over. They are dred pounds which average an hour in good sized steamers and the people sit the taking, a huge deep sea bass of in rows, their backs to the ocean, star- three hundred and fifty pounds, long ing down into the glass tanks, con- snouty barracuda, yellowtail, rock cod, suming Mr. Wrigley's products while ribbon fish, dolphins (reminiscent of they admire, through the crystal water, old Greek coins), ghost fish, sun fish the wonders of the deep. It is certain- (looking as though they had been cut ly very beautiful--the huge fronds in in two and the front end had never slow, rythmical motion, the deep blues got over the wqnder of it), sucker fish, and greens where the vegetation opens pilot fish--every kind of queer fish out, the unconscious fish who go about adorn the walls of that angler's para- their lawful occasions, with no regard dis'e, which is presided over by an at all to the boat above them. It is a] ancient picture of Izaak Walton who huge natural aquarium and I have seen would certainly have thought he had a nothing like it. None of the fish was] nightmare had he really seen the hor- large--nothing over five or six pounds;! rible un-English creatures around him. , b but some were very brilliant, espectallyIAvalon as Seen From FlyinRboat in 1921--Photo by Windle (Continued on Page 11, Column 2)