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PAGE TEN .... THE CATALINA ISLI MR. SIKE OLOGY (Continued from Page 2, Column 3) he grinned to himself in a manner that didn't appeal to me hardly any. It was the kind of a grin that has flaws in it under a microscope. It wasn't a grin that you'd want to take home and let the children play with it. It was sar- castic, that's what. I reckon there were twenty-five or thirty visitors among those present, in- eluding Sally Pritchett and Jessie Hope and Oneida Prance; and then there was Lime Huggins and his camera along with him. Green, he took a good look at the camera and sized up the crowd and seemed to loose his nervousness. Yes, ma'am, that there camera appeared to make a lot of difference, and I began to jingle a dollar and a key in my pocket as though they really belonged to me. It looked as though I was go- ing to keep 'era. Just about the time Dug and I had hazed in a couple of the broncs and Green was getting ready to rope one of 'era out, why Sheriff Farnham rode in and became a spectator. Lime Hug- gins had told him about the exhibi- tion and he, being a kind of a buster himself, wanted to pick up a few poin- ters, I guessed. "Come over here and get acquainted with the high sheriff," I said to the cowboy beauty. "Mebbe he'd like to know where to ship the remains," I told him, cheerfullike. So I introduced 'era and then went and helped Dug with the cayuses. Green and the sheriff seemed to get on right friendly terms, because the actor took a paper of some kind from the sheriff and read it, then handed it back and shook his head, all of which I saw out of the corner of my three- cornered eye. Then the actor person came over and Dug and I held one of the mus- tangs while he forked him. Well, sir, it was a case of fine rid- ing. You'd have been plum astonished. Green, he was nervous, all right, and kind of scared, but he didn't let none of them things interfere with the bus- iness before the meeting. No, ma'am, from the minute Lime started turning the empty camera, that there cowboy actor just naturally rode --that's all. He rode! Everybody was fooled, but me and Professor Musgrove. We knew what did it, all right, and I went and told Dug all about it. "Well, he fooled me, all right," Old Man Wortham said. "I figured, like you boys, that he was a four-flusher, and I caged him on--but he fooled us, didn't he ?" "But he donh handle himselt ]i~.e no rider, at that," ' Shorty" Jones insisted. "He ain't no regular rider; it must have been an accident, or some.thing-- I dunno." But it didn't look like no accident, because he rode two more of 'era with- out pulling leather. Then he got off the third pony and went and laid down in the shade back of the barn, all in, down and out. "It sure gets me," Dug Turner said. "That guy don't' know the first thing about riding--but he rode. How come ~" "Psychology, I told you," I said. Then I showed the fellows my letter from Professor Musgrove. "I've heard of such things," said Old Man Wortham, "and I believe it is possible--only it doesn't look possible, considering the subject." .' "It was psychology, all right," batted out Sheriff Farnham. "But it wasn't the camera that did it. Here, read this." He handed Old Man Wortham a handbill, and the old man read it out loud to us. "One thousand dollars reward for the arrest of A. P. 'Curley' Del Ruth. Claims to be a motion-picture actor; black curley hair, even teeth, flashing smile. Also claims to be a rider and cowboy. Wanted for holding up and robbing the El Kiyo stage on March 10th. Got away with forty thousand dollars. He is neither a motion-pic- ture actor nor a rider, but puts up a good bluff at it. Arrest and hold him in jail. He is a clever man and hard to handle. "Sheriff Bill Harding, "Mindoka County, Idaho." "I showed him that there little hand- bill and he said he wasn't the man. 'All right,' I says, 'prove it.' "'How'?' he wants to know. " 'By ridin' them broncs,' I says. "Well, he done it." "Gosh, I hate to see a person with that much nerve sent to jail," said Old Man Wortham, the darn old soft- head. "Let me talk to him, Ed," he said to the sheriff. In about an hour the actor and Old Man Wortham and Sheriff Farnham came out of the house smacking their lips, and the sheriff threw a bag con- taining forty thousand dollars across his saddle, and then he rode on away from there. Then the old man, he hollered at me. "Come here, Sike," he said. "Sike ?" I yiped. "What do you mean --Sike ?" "Your new, well-earned name---Sikd Ology," said Old Man Wortham. "Here'S a check for five hundred dol- lars," he went on, handing it over like a gentleman. "Don't you collect that bet from Dug Turner. But you two fellows take a couple of weeks off and see if you can't take on a little pep so's you can, together, do one man's work. That's psychology," besaid. "It pains me to see such high-class psy- chological efforts go to waste." Old Man Wortham went on the cow- boy-actor's bond, and gave him a job learning how to cow-punch, and Sally Pritchett, she up and married the fel- low she was going to marry all the time--some guy back where she went to school. Yes, ma'am, psychology is a fine thing--only you have to apply it with a pair of tongs instead of tweezers. The End. WE WILL FIND OUT FOR YOU! Los Angeles, Fe asy kO. Editor Catalina Islander: Could you tell us the difference be- tween the tuna of Nova Scotia and those caught around Catalina island, Yours, ANGLER. (Editor's Note--We have not had any experience with the Nova Scotia tuna. We have written to several an- glers who have fished in those waters and we expect to publish their an- swers as soon as the letters reach Av- alon.) Jack Hendricks, formerly of Indian- apolis, is to assist Manager Moran, of the Cincinnati "Reds," Don Rader, "Tiger" shortstop, is re- ported sold by Vernon to the Dallas club of the Texas League. THE MYSTERY OF THE UNSEEN A friend shows you some iron filings on a sheet of paper, and while you look the filings began to move, first to the right, then to the left, and then in circles. It looks very mysterious, but the observer knows that there is some hidden force at work. Ignor- ant and superstitious persons would exhibit fear, as such persons always do in the presence of the unknown, but intelligent people would simply ex- hibit curiosity to know the nature of the unseen force. Of course, in this instance we would at once guess that our friend was moving a magnet un- der the paper to cause the iron filings to move in response to its attraction. We have the same sense of an un- seen power as we look out into the world. We see a plant develop thru shoot and branch, leaf and bud, blos- som and fruit, and we realize with awe that here is at work a force infinitely beyond our understanding or the pow- er of man to duplicate. We see an Abraham Lincoln arise from the Ken- tucky back-woods, a saintly character blossom from the city slums, we note the swing and play of human emotions everywhere, and in the whole sweep of hmnan history we see evidences of a great unseen power. We cannot ex- plain life unless we realize the ex- istence of the unseen. Visibly and physically man is sinfilar to tl~e other animals--in bone and muscle; in or- gans of sight, of breathing, of blood circulation, of food digestion and assi- milation; in method of reproduction, of birth and death. And yet man is infinitely removed from the other ani- mals in essential characteristics. The most intelligent ape never dreamed of filling a library with books, of building an electric power house, of spanning the earth with steamships and rail- roads, of engaging in the worship of his unseen Creator. And yet the es- sential and vital difference between man and brute creation is an unseen difference. The ancient poet-philoso- pher grasped a great truth when he said that God "breathed into his nos- trils the breath of life; and man be- came a living soul." Beauty is universal in nature. You see it when you go up on Mount Ada, whether you look out over the calm blue waters of the Pacific or back over the hills and valleys of Catalina Island. You see it as you look into the wond- erful submarine gardens thru the glass-bottom boats. You see it on the fern-covered sides of Hamilton Beach canyon. You see it in human char- acter. And yet beauty has no direct economic value. It helps to make life worth ?lying, brrt is su!~plie,e no physi- cal need Thc bezuty of ~he world and our instinctive response to i1: speak of an Infinite Creator with a love for the beautiful. It is true that "no man has seen God at any time," but there once lived a Son of Man who lived such a perfect, Godlike life that he could consistently say, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." Again, it was a case of the seen revealing the unseen. The ancient Psalmist, in looking out upon the surface of human life, said, "It was too painful for me; until I went into the sanctuary of God." Then life looked altogether different to him. We too, need to interpret time in the light of eternity, the seen in the light of the unseen, the material in the light of the spiritual. Let us, then, place ourselves in harmony with the unseen forces of the universe and spiritual vision what our ses cannot grasp. Rev. LaRue C. On Tuesday of last week versity of Southern California, ball team defeated Arizona by of 36 to 15. On Wednesday beat them again, 31 to 26. Final standing of the at Chamonix, France, were as follows: Norway, 134 land, 76~; Great Britan, 30; States, 29; Sweden, 26; Aust: Switzerland, 24; France 19~ ; 11 ; Czecho-Slovakia, 8 ; Italy, 1--Total, 391. Watch the world come to RA Wednesday, February 13, `THE PASTEBOARD Also Harold Lloyd in "CAPT. KID'S KID" Thursday, February 14 Jack Hoxie in '`THE FORBIDDEN A typical Western drama with cM Western Star. Also Charlie Chaplin in "THE RINK" Friday, February 15 Elinor Fair and Robert 'The MYSTERIOUS A gigantic Western drama of love. Also Hall Room Boys "FULL OF PEP" Saturday, February 16 Dorotl~y Dalton and Rudolph no in George Melford's feature "MORAN of the LADY A gripping sea story Also Joe Rock in "CHOP SUEY LOUI" .Sunday, February 17 "BARRIERS OF With George Larkin and Eva A drama of adventure and Also Aubrey Comedy "THE HAYSEEDS" Also INTERNATIONAL NE Monday, February 18 "RADIO MANIA" An astonishing scientific communicating with Mars Radio, featuring Grant Also "A GOOD SCOUT" Tuesday, February 19 Herbert Rawlinson in "JACK O' CLUBS" A thrilling romance of a fighting Cop. Also "CORN FED SLEUTH" Also INTERNATIONAL NE~ ---- ~ J, Wednesday, February 20 Charles Ray in "TWO MINUTES TO One of the greatest football ever filmed. Also Buster Keaton in "THE PLAYHOUSE" PRICES--28, 39, a~d 50 Cents. Children under 12 in First