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NDER THE CATALINA ISLANDER DOES lANE GREY MEAN WHAT HE SAYS rox i It ' ad by | ! long II aerie, l! in, ye/i )wing [ :./} i i I , s~ ..-cannot remain silent -For years he has followed the for- :tunes of the Tuna Club. Never fortu- :aate or skillful enough to reach that ultimate of angling bliss, to-wit: Active membership in this organization, :never-:the-less he has plugged along, trying from year to year to make the grade, ,and all this time glorying in the :achievement of his more fortunate Competi~ors. He ~emembers back in 1898, when a lilfle gro.up, headed by the late Pro- fessor I~lder, formed the Tuna Club. He kn~e~ ~and admired the men them- selves, and their ideals. He knew that Ihey w~ere bonded together for but one purpose, :iz: to give the fish a better chance. H,e painfully remembers those early days--the uncomfortable skiffs. boards tot r,.eats, two and three-piece rods; direct action reels, with only a piece of leather pressed against the line for a drag; reel cranks flying around madly, and often crushing and mangling the hands; lines that we Would not use on yellowtail today-- all these things he remembers, and it makes him 'think. ACross the scene of the past come the names and faces of those 01t- timers : Holder, Ryder, Morehouse, Eddy, Beebe, Schenk, Doran, Manning, Dickerson, Potter, Streeter, Rabbeth, Boschen and, following them, and just as great but still with us, Hooper, Murphy, Jump, Adams, Stearns, and others too many to enumerate. He sees these men at their play. IIe knows their sportsmanlike qualities. Vie knows how closely they ~dhered to the first ideals. He sees the club grow from a little informal band to the leading organization of its kind ,n the world, and all the time, througn- out the,years, "the slogan has been: "More sport and fewer fish." Now, out of a clear sky, comes an article by Zane Gray, a man with an international reputation as a sports- man, and in one fell swoop seeks to destroy this structure so painstakingly and painfully built up. At one blow he attempts to bring to naught the cou, tless unsung fights between angler and fish, our hard won victories, (he even mote splendid defeats! And for what purpose is this done ? Apparently, there is but one answer : "Get the fish. Get them quicker, and in greater quantities, and get them easier." Is this fair? Is it fair to the men who have built up the Tuna Club? Is it fair to the great anglers passed over to the "Happy Fishing Grounds ?" ]s is fair to the men who are carrying on the old ideals today ? Is Grey fair to himself? And, most important, is it fair to the fish ? In numerous articles Grey has praised these game fish of Catalina ~'aters. "Plfiggers of the Blue Pacific," "Gladiators," "Sea Tigers," he has named them. Nowhere in the world can their equals be found, he has claimed. He has fairly gloried in his boat in 1923) was taken on regulation 24-thread line; that during that season the world's record broadbill, 474 pounds, was taken by A. R. Martin on a 24-thread line. Incidentally, any one who saw Mar- tin's h~ckory rod after that fight would have a fair amount of confi- dence in the strength of regulation "24." It is very doubtful if the line that took the record 251 pound tuna tested more than fifty pounds. Boschen's line undoubtedly never exceeded fifty- five pounds. Jump has taken twenty- two marlin and nmnberless tuna, the largest tuna weighing 145~. pounds, and the marlin 314 pounds, on 9- thread line, testing less than twenty- five ponnds. Mrs. Spalding, a slight woman, but a finished angler, took a broadbill weighing 426 pounds, larger than any of Grey's, on standard 24-thread. Grey's biggest fish, 418 pounds, was taken on 24. Surely, in the bottom of his heart, he has more pride in that achievement than in a whole boat load of fish on 39 line. If it is necessary to get more fish, and to have more pictures, let us abandon rod and reel fishing entirely. Why not resort to hand lines, or, bet- ter yet, purse seines and harpoons? Then the wharf could be loaded with fish, and the angler could be photo- graphed with his kill piled about him! Thank God, real sportsmen still use a hard name for persons of this cali- ber. They are called "Fish hogs." Personally, the writer cannot believe that Zane Grey really believes the . doctrine he is apparently preaching. Isn't it just possible that such teach- ings are merely "copy?" Let us hope so! Grey, as an excuse for taking all chance away from the fish, claims that fish, where the line has broken off, are crippled and then devoured by the sharks. Possibly he is correct, but Imw does he know ? A great scientist once made the positive assertion that there was no such thing as a sea serpent. A daily paper, commenting upon lifts assertion editorially, stated that the learned gentleman, having crawled upon his hands andknees over the bottom of the ocean, was al~le to announce au- thoritatively to a breathless public that sea scrpents were a myth. Cannot the same editorial connnent be made about Dr. Grey ? Speaking of pictures of fish, the writer has always felt when viewing the photograph of an angler beside his catch that the human made the poorer showing of the two, He had won, it's true, and to the victor be- longs the spoils, and we have his tale, which loses no fat in the telling; and yet, how about that fine, desperate battle for life and freedom carried on down in the depths of the sea? Who will ever tell the tale of the gigantic PAGE THREE strivings against the inexorable drag that is pulling, pulling, pulling, towards what the quarry's instinct tells him is death? No, that story will never be told ! In the face of all this, why take:the few chances the fish has away from him? If it must be a sure-thing- game, let us stop calling it sport. For heaven's sake, let's be honest with ourselves! Let's either keep it a sport, or make it a profession. There are no half-way measures. Fifteen-hundred-dollar-reels and the thirty-dollar lines do not, of themselves, constitute sportsmanship. It is some- thing deeper than that: It is love of the blue sea, the clouds overhead, the tang of wind and sun, and the best of all the pitting of your skill and strength against an equal or greater skill and strength--with the chances fifty-fifty. The Tuna Club has come to a fork in the road. One way, stormy and rough, leads to sportsmanship. The other, wide and smooth, to oblivion! Which one will be followed? The writer, for one, very humbly gives it as his opinion that the members of that club will never permit Zane Grey, or any other man, to tear down the structure built up with love and work and pain by those men who have gone before. "HOT STOVE," JR. A fire of 'unknown origin started at four o'clock Sunday morning in a store house on Eucalyptus avenue, and for a time the fire-fighters who first went to the scene were doubtful as to whether they could cope with the sit- uation. A general alarm was sounded. First to the scene were Jack Botello, C. Shuemaker and "Bob" Cobb. In less. than five minutes after the general alarm was sounded, through the still- ness of the early morning hours, every volunteer fireman in the department was "on the job." The damage was estimated at $300. A tank containing carbide exploded. The owner of the building was in Los Angeles at the time the fire was said to have been discovered. Mr. Fred C. Nelles, superintendent of the Whittier State School brought the school band over on the steamer "Avalon" last Saturday for an outing. Since last summer the boys have had considerable training and the band has become quite a creditable organization. The boys paraded along Crescent av- enue, and several of the Avalon resi- dents remarked that "It looked like summer time." Mr. and Mrs. William Wrigley, Jr., were among those who enjoyed the music and loudly applaud- ed the boys for their excellent work. Come again, Mr. Nelles! Wesley Price of Price's Confection- ery is preparing to open an eating house in the room on the southeast corner of Crescent and Catalina ave- nues. Long Beach is advertising that one of the fishermen from the pier caught a giant bass weighing 1200 pounds last week. Note the figures, twel*e hun- dred pounds! And one of the Los Angeles daily papers printed that as "news." It is confidentially rumored that a certain young man, at the Hotel At- water, got married one day last week while visiting the mainland. He thinks that his friends do not know it, but folks, watch the Catalina Islander next week! The H. S., which means "high society" will be dumfounded. Card of Thanks We desire to thank the members, of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Depart- ment, and all others who worked so faithfully to help us extinguish the fire that would have destroyed not only our home but several other dwel- ling places on Eucalyptus avenue, had the flames been given an opportunity to spread. Mr. and Mrs. Cobb and son "Bob." I WANT TO BUY [ A home in Avalon, furnished or[ unfurnished, about $2500 to $3000. [ State full particulars, location, price, [ etc.Address letters (only) to[ C. C. "VAN O'LINDA [ Care F. S. Deneau [ 721 West 1st St., Los Angeles, Cal. [ MARINE LAUNDRY AGENCY C. F. RICHEY, PROP, I.IrE S. RENFROE, MGR. High Quality Laundry Work Dry Cleaning and Pressing PROMPT AND EFFICIENT SERVICE ASSURED Phone 32 P.O. Box 1325 I15 CATALINA AVENUE NEW WRIGLEY BLDG. CATALINA AVE. COLDS ARE QUICKLY RELIEVED WITH A. D. S. COLD & GRIPPE TABLETS and an application or Bronchial Salve on the chest. 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