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at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island. California. Avalon's IDer. containing tbi,: local news ,ff this wonderful Island 'Publication of the Light Tackle Club. an organization of ~l~ortsmen Baseball nTaining field f-r Chica~zo "Cubs." Avalon : Year round mecca for tourists and ,travelers. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, hiking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. ., } t~VALON. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1930 VOL. XVll NO. 7 II TFIEN" AND NOW .t of Business Admlnistra- tlon for AvMon ]~Y Ernest--"-~Windle the progress of this past ,eleven years, :ban a decade, re- interests al- and foremost in review the Is- the period between of 1915 to the purchased th'e steamship line, in ted then could be ~n a couple of par- on the story of the :rial development resources many colurdns of HOwever, most of have been made years have by week, in the Today we newspaper files of and history in in- building new an interesting his- of the Santa Cat- passed from the owners, the docu- transfer were Wrigley Jr. in ter at date was 1919. prior to the Mr. and and a party visited Ava- Future histor- .chronicle this all- In the following William Wrig- of the Island. of Los An- nod between Feb- the exact pur- e not made public." hundred persons Avalon, the new matter of consid- ~hat was going an easterrf capi- the property ? former company, and others await- waited with the that usually ac- changes mer- organizations men and that that time have our files and are community in the "fruits of :he old residents past eleven victimized estate values, or taxation. The has been healthy, hundred "old- numbers to more than 2,500 }~9a city of tents ~, Avalon today-- t)rl "" rag 2, eohunn 1) A "SOUTHPAW" PITCHER WITH CONTROL" By Ed W. Smith Not the least interesting of incidents incidental to the Cubs' training trip to Santa Catalina and its insular envir- ons will be the desperate efforts of Joe McCarthy to some sort of a pretty good southpaw pitcher. Also the efforts of the Los Ange!e~ club's efforts to shake this same Mc- Carthy loose from what's left out of the heap, if such there be. Just now the generally comical southpaw is worth a kingdom. And in this situation he has com.~ into his own. Doubtless the harassed Mr. Mc.- Carthy could induce the less-harassed but deeply interested Mr. Wrigley to turn over one of his numerous king- doms if the southpaw could be ob- tained. The thing might be funny as the dickens if it wasn't such a tragedy. Cubs won the National League pen- nant last year, but during the course of that staggering, and at times wob- bly battle, nothing was more clearly shown in the way of weaknesses that their lack of a good man who could stroke 'era over from the port side. Charles W.ebb Murphy, who once owned the Cubs and made the name famous with one of history's greatest~ if not the greatest of all teams, knew long before the late Frank Chance told him the value of a steady south- paw, perhaps the rarest bird in all of baqeball's avla:y. tc p . Ha, ha, he s here, ha-ha.ed Mr. Murphy one fine afternoon. "We have secured the highest prize in the game --a southpaw with control," and th'e chubby on.e proceeded to tell of the prize. He had it all right--Jack Pf{ies- ter (Correct), who proved to be ex- actlythat and then a little on top of it. What a world of meaning is con- tained in that expression--a southpaw with control! If Joe McCarthy had a Jack Pfiester today he could feel assured of breezing through the N. L race from the first pitch and never lose the lead. Such a man could b~ counted on for twenty victories. McCarthy figured he and Bill Veeck have gathered in all of the best pros- pects that could possibly be pried loose from previous entanglements. Perhaps the most interesting of these is Malcolm Moss, the young college student obtained from Louisville. Most interesting of all of Joe's young pitchers out here during the training grind undoubtedly will be Bud Teachout, who comes originally from Occidental College of. this vicin- ity. He'd be a wow of a card for the Angels and wouldn't Jack Lelivelt give seventeen or eighteen cheers if he could get him for W'rigl.ey Field l It appears that the Cub executives have given the Angels first call on Bud and it is said McCarthy is of the opinion the young ex-collegian would do well to haw another year's sea- soning in a league like the un-Pacific. The Cubs purchased him outright from Indianapolis, where he had a good season last year. Certainly no young man in baseball has done more commuting and train riding than Bud (Continued o'n page 2, Column 3) ENGINEER CALLS AVALON P. U. AN "IDEAL PLANT" By James W. Marsh Among the million or more yearly visitors to Catalina Island, compara- tively few know about or even hear about one of the most interesting fea- tures ofl the island to students and en- gineers-the big Diesel-Electric plant. This plant is unique and outstand- ing in the Great Southwest, being the largest, the most flexible and one of the most economical and efficient elec.- tric plants in the country. This plant is the outgrowth of the development of Catalina Island under the ownership of William Wrigley Jr., and the highly efficient administrator, D. M. Renton, general manager and vlce-president of the Catalina Island Company. Long before the days of modern Avalon, the Banning Company had purchased a second-hand 110 horse power high pressure steam engine and generator, which was installed near the old Metropole Hotel, and fur- nished electricity for that hotel and the Island Villa. This miniature plant supplied prac- tically all of the .electric energy re.- quired by Avalon up to 1919. In that year the city of Avalon public utilities invested in a big tandem cross com- pound steam engine, directly connect- ed to a suitable alternator; the steam furnished by a big Babcock and Wil- cox water tube boiler. This plant and the old 110 horse.-power outfit were installed in Falls Canyon along with the gas plant, and this was supplying the city under municipal ownership when William Wrigley Jr. bought the Island. 'l~he inadequacy of the plant, and the excesswe cost of operation brought matters to a crisis. During the peak of production in the summer of 1921 the operating condition became so bad that a change was imperative. The new company took over all of the" old plants of the public utilities and installed the first units of~ the present Diesel-electric plant. This in- stallation consisted of two 3-cylinder, 150 horse power and one 4-cylinder 200 horse power semi-D.eisel engines, with direct connected electric gener- ators. These were installed before the surrmaer of 1922 to relieve the load on the big cross compound, and sup- ply more electricity as needed. The economy and flexibility of this experiment was so gratifying that two &cylinder engines of the same type as the first three units were installed the following year, 1923, giving 600 addi- tional horsepower. All of the engines were alike so that parts were inter- changeable. This, in those days, aided in the economical operation and safe- guarded a continuous supply of elec- tricity. With the increasing demand for more electricity, both by the rapidly growing municipality and the island development, more engines and gen- erators were installed; but high com- pression, airless injection, six-cylinder full Diesels were selected. There are now eleven engines, each with its di- rect connected alternator, installed and in operation at the plant, 'ranging (Continued on Page 6, Column 2) Sunshine Psychology MOTIVATION By the- Editor The ties that bind human beings and the motives fortheir existence are no stronger than the threads of motivity. Change the motives of civil- ization and the whole social fabric would be changed. SUNSHINE PSYCHOLOGY "When a motive faces a serious col.- lapse is there any way to re-enforce it?" asks a reader of this column. Answer : Master motives often re- quire re-enforcements after a series of disappointing and disastrous end- ings. How do you brace yourself (con- trol consciousness) for resistance to some trying ordeal? More oxygen, tt firmer grip; and by stimulating the" imagination to quicken the pulse, as in excitement. Courage and encour- agement are required to bolster up motives that ar~ about to collapse. SUNSHINE pSYCHOLOGY Some students of psychology are now inclined to the mechanistic the- ory that mind is an instrument that is used by the invisible forces to enable the individual to contact with tho uni- verse. However, this view. leaves no place for that which is regarded as SOUL. Mind. as they describe it, ceases to ~xist if separated from its physical environment. Using their own minds, they tell us "We have no soul." Of course, we do not wish to argue this question, but it would s-em that mind attracts mind; soul attracts soul. Love, not passion, is the invis- ible force that unites souls. SUNSHINE pSYCHOLOGy One of the most interesting prob- lems in psychology is the study and value of courage and encouragement. The teacher encourages the school boy; the athletic instructor encour- ages the young and untrained athlete, from which the young man .exercises his courage; but the greatest source of inspiration, influence and encour- agement in the history of the work| is that of a mother who is sincerely motivated for the welfare of her fam- ily! Encouragement ! The success- ful mother, housewife or sister, is a living dynamo of kindness, patience, loyalty, love and ENCOURAGE- M,ENT! And, from the opposite side of the problem the female mind seems to regard male success as "a good provider." The ,expression of appreci- ation for female generalship and spir- itual guidance is encouragement. SUNSHINE PSYCHOLOGY It is well to remember that success and happiness do not always unite. Because they are somewhat different in their "compositions," it takes skill- ful manipulation to have them dove- tail harmoniously. Success and achievement are usually concerned with material things. Happiness is a State of Mind. About the only time they run smoothly is when a sucoess is made of expressing happiness for the purpose of making others happy. No matter how hard some individuals work for achievement, they seem un- able to have success and happiness on the horizon at the same time. And they are not contented!