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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA ISLANDER THE RILLS COME THROUGH OUR INGERTIPS? By Ernest Windle (Sunshine Psychology Service) "We bait our hooks to find some thrills And make our lives a pleasure ..... " Recited a well known Catalina light tackle angler, while he put on a flyingfish bait for a tuna. He had lost two baits that morning! He was having a lot of fun. Then the launch rolled, and the angler slid off the fishing seat. The hook, protruding through the body of the flyingfish, pierced his finger. He did not smile; he swore! That tuna hook penetrated the tip of his finger, and made a gash almost to the first joint. It drew a crimson streak! Mr. Angler swore phonetically, poetically and excitedly. Once he stopped--to breathe, and incidentally put the finger in his mouth! Then his remarks were more pathetic than poetical. "Do angling thrills come through our fingertips?" 1 asked. His reply is not to be quoted verbatim, but judging from the words used the "tingling sensation" was right at the tip of his tongue! His "look" to me, for asking such a foolish question--well, I've been "dead" about three years ! That doesn't matter, anyway! Back at the office after our fishing trip my thoughts turned to the word "thrill." The book said: "To pierce with something sharp; to penetrate; especially to cause a tingling sensation that runs through the system .... to feel a sharp tingling, shivering or exquisite sensa- tion." The first part of the definition 1 had witnessed when my friend stood on one foot with his finger in his mouth. It was the "exquisite sensation" that was lacking! Another question in psychology! Do angling thrills come through our fingertips? Psychoanalysis teaches us how to fish for ideas. Fishlng for game fish of the sea, and for "mental monsters," might have some similar characteristics. In a chapter on "'Mental Exploitation" (fishing for ideas), Joseph Ralph, in his book, "How to Psycho-Analyse Yourself," says: "Down in your great unconscious mental depths there is a vast assortment of thoughts and memories which you are supposed to own .... the ideas which are responsible for your temperamental habit~; the good and the bad, the weak and the strong." If the reader will permit us to side-step from sea angling long enough to write a little advice to psychoanalytical students, we might say, if asked: Don't lose sight of the fact that you can fish in your sub-conscious mentality and find some .queer specimens; specimens that startle you; thoughts that the most skillful angler is unable to hook, fight and bring to gaff to be weighed on the scales of reason. Thoughts that, although embryo ideas, are yet as mentally "hefty" as mountains; so undeveloped, imaginary, impossible, that the human brain is disorganized by pondering over their magnitude! By constantly irritating these "mental monsters" a person can keep them in a carnivorous condition, so hungry and vicious that they de- stroy almost every good impulse and desire. It is like the shark grab- bing the angler's half-whipped tuna before he gets it to the boat! Good thoughts and impulses need to be cultivated, like thoroughbred stock; scavengers of the sub-conscious mind and of the sea are par- asites. The later feed on disease and grow fat. Thoroughbreads are graceful in movement and action! it was some twenty-two years ago that the writer heard a promi- nent psychologist say something akin to the following: "Gentlemen, now you think you know all about evolution and psychology. Per- haps you do. There was not much to learn. But when you leave this class room, 1 want you to study very carefully for seven years. Tell nobody! And, seven years hence, tell, t-e-l-l--tell your MOTHER!I She can put ice packs on your head!" After his recent visit to Catalina Island, Sir Arthur Conan Doy{e~ the famous writer of detective stories, went by automobile from Los Angeles to San Diego. En route he saw a wonderful mirage. Writing of that experience he said: "We were greatly interested during our drive by the most vivid mirage I have ever seen. A great lake with trees rising from it lay on our left a mile distant but vanished as we approached. It was incredibly realistic, even to the shadow of the trees on the water .... Could it be that the vibrations of heat might create a condition in which we get a glimpse of some other world than ours? I know how wild such a theory may seem and yet, as Tyndall says, it is imagination which is the pioneer of all scientific knowledge." It is to be noted that Mr. Doyle, the writer of great detective stories, stated that the said mirage, was "a mile distant." However much we disagree with Mr. Doyle regarding his "gum-chewlng" com- ments, or the mile-away mirage or with his spiritualistic theories, we must give him credit for his sincerity of purpose. Sincerity of motive is a predominating factor with a large percentage of psychology stu- dents. They may differ in opinion, but each mind is sincere in the effort to unravel the "mysteries" of the Great Unknown. So much for subconscious mentality fishing! Investigators, be careful! "Safety first!" There are students who claim to get "ex- qulslte thrills" from their mental angling. Thought travels more rapidly than any other known element or combination of elements. Our sensations seem to be an inseparable activity from our thought processes. Modern psychologists estimate that we have more than twenty different sensations, instead of only five~sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. That rod and reel anglers only get thrills through their fingertips is a debatable question among the sportfish-getting fraternity. Nerve communication to the brain extends from all parts of the body. Some heavy tackle enthusiasts say they experience no thrill in landing a game fish. They fish for food, or to pass away the time! The light tackle enthusiasts argue differently with their "thrill stuff." What makes a THRILL? Is it vibrations? Skillful anglers using light lines, and even many commercial fish- ermen using handlines, can "sense" the touch of a fish at the bait in water one thousand feet deep. Is it our sensations that make the thrill? What causes the blood to flow, the nerves to tingle (vibrate), the heart to beat more rapidly, and to produce a feeling of exhileration? Then you take a deep breath! What makes a sea angler travel thou- . sands of miles to feel the "exquisite sensation?" His brain imaginings, or drugs (dope), or food stimulants passing through the sensatory organs, would cause the "exquisite sensation" for a moment! Then comes the reaction! But there is something in sea angling, and fresh water angling also, that charms, soothes and rebuilds the vital forces of the angler. Mental angling uses up the vitality! To be Websterian in our definition of "thrill," it is perfectly honest to jab yourself with a tuna hook and then pour on carbolic acid, caustic soda, or some similar thrill-producing chemical. But, why make the joy (thrill) complete? When you shake hands you come into contact with "magnetic forces," and you like the stranger, or dislike him. Water is known to be a conductor of vibra- tions, and perhaps the sulking fish, that refuses your bait, has your vibration! Oh, 1 have trailed baits for hours at a time! Remember, it is the sea angling thrills that soothe and rebuild the physical vitality, and the mental angling that saps up energy, vitality and "pep." THE GIRL'S VIEW OF MAN In Porterville a few days ago, a school girl was told to write a compo- sition on man. Her thoughts on the subject should have a salutary effect on those misguided persons who ar~ wont to boast of masculine superiority in all things. "Men," she wrote, "are what women marry. They drink and smoke and swear but don't go to church. Per- haps if they wore bonnets they would They are more logical than women and also more zoological. Both men and women sprang from monkeys, but Women sprang farther than men." The child's definition might be am- plified in the interest of equal and ex- :act justice, but there is enough of truth to make the feminine viewpoint inter- esting. Occasional introspection and the ability to see ourselves as others see us might result in general improve- ment of the species.--San Francisco Chronicle. TIPS FOR TAXPAYERS In making out his income-tax return for the year 1923 the business man, professional man, and farmer will be required to use Form 1040, regardless of whether his net income was or was not in excess of $5000. The smaller form, 1040A, is used for reporting net income of $5000 or less derived chiefly from salary wages. All items of gross income must be reported. In case of a storekeeper gross income usually consists of the gross profits on sales, together with in- come from other sources. The return must show the gross sales, purchases, and cost of goods sold. The professional man, lawyer, doc- tor, dentist, must include all fees and other compensation for professional services. The farmer must report as gross income the proceeds of sale or exchange of products raised on the fanu and the profits from the Sale of products purchased by him and resold. He must also report gross income from all other sources. Taxpayers, in order to take full advantage of the deductions to which they are entitled, are advised to study carefully the instructions on the forms under the head "Income from business or profession." Always Sdmething A man who had wheedled a dealer out of a ton of coal for the long arctic spring went away grinning, but came back the next day looking glum. "What's the matter, now ?" asked the dealer. "Didn't you get the coal?" "I got the coal, but now I want a book of instructions on how to burn it."--Louisville Courier-Journal. Subscribe now--S2 per year. LOVE --..-----..._ Some love cheese, Some love wit, But what we love Is a place to quit. --Macon Telegraph. Some love vegetables, Some love meat. But what we love is a Place to eat. --P. H. A. Some like whiskey, Some like gin; Which makes the un- Der taker grin. --Youngstown Telegram. Some love cookies, Some love cakes, But what we love Is the pie Ma bakes. --H.F.M. Some love flowers, Some love bugs; But editors love Paid-up subs. --C. H. S. OE W, A is A gl "1 t~ di h al Sl a o a C t t 8