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PAGE TWO KILLEFER'S CHICAGO CUBS LIKELY IN PENNANT RACE (Continued from Page l, Column 2) vasion that gave them the pennant• "The Cubs are the only team in the west we fear," McGraw declared at the time. "If we can stop those wild men on the bases we'll grab the rag." But McGraw guessed wrong in a way. He dropped three out of four games to the Cubs in bitterly fought tilts, but at the same time drew a break when Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis wilted under the club's assault. Seven new pitchers came to train- ing camp this spring• They are Rip Wheeler and Bob Osborne, both from Wichita Falls club of the Texas League, Phil Collins from Rockfort of the Three-Eye League, Elmer Jacobs and Jack Blake from Seattle, Guy Bush from Greenville, Mississippi, and Raymond Pierce, the little left-hander, who first played the game at Kansas University. Jack Curry, from London, Ontario, is the new catcher• Uzmann is also a back-stopping recruit• Gene Turgeon, who was a wiz with Beaumont in the Texas League, and Bobby Barrett from Wichita Falls, are working at short- stop and third, alongside of Grantham at second and Ace Elliott at first• This quartet of youngsters was brought along early for special instruction. Grantham is the only regular, but the other three youngsters have excellent chances of winning their major league spurs for the 1924 season• Barrett has shown great improvement and Turge- on is getting better every day. Killefer's chief problem has been on the infield. Injuries and illness repeat- edly handicaped the Cubs in 1923 and rarely did the Cub leader have a reg- ular quartet working at the same time during the campaign• Sparkle Adams came through in nice style at short- stop after a bad start, and Barney Friberg developed into a sensation at third. In fact, the majority of the critics believe he will be as great, if not greater, than Willie Kamm of the Sex and Traynor of the Pirates, be- fore the coming season is half gone. Grimes' illness and subsequent oper- ation, which caused him to be off form all season, was a bitter pill for Kille- fer and Cub fans. But the youngsters battlecl gamely along and won thous- zmds of supporters by their unceasing battle against overwhelming odds. Otto Vogel, who incidentally was considerable of a star at the Univer- sity of Illinois in football, basketball and baseball, will be along one of these days. He played the outfield last year, hut Killefer will work him on the infield to ascertain how he rates there. Tony Murray, another young outfielder from the Chicago sandlots, is also being brought along for a •trial. The others, while only youngsters, were here last year. It will be inter- esting for Island fans to note the im- provement in Denver Grigsby, Leo Cotter and others. The boys will get in next Sunday in charge of Secretary John O. Seys, and the real work will immediately start. Killefer and his peerless aides, Oscar Dugey (even if he does wear the writer's golf suit) and Bobby Wallace will have only five days to whip the regulars into shape before the first exhibition games at Los Angeles with the Tigers and the Angels• Renew your subscription to The Catalina Islander, $2 per year. WRITERS GET KICK FROM .. CATALINA "BUCKETFISH" --......._-, (Continued from Page 1, Column 3) literally smearing himself with fish- scales and salt water while hauling in gigantic groupers, cockeyed rock cod, whitefish, perch and Johnny Verde. There must have been horseshoes on every hook attached to "Bucket Bill's" line. Fickel Fortune never even gave the Terrible Swede or the Hole-in-one- kid the semblance of a tunmble, while "Bucket Bill" was simply knocking 'era dead, on one occasion reeling in five different species of the finny tribe. Desperate over their failure to snare anything, the angling antiques appeal- ed to Captain Eaton• In horse whis- pers they implored that grizzled hero of a thousand tuna combats to stop the chesty representative of the Chi- cago Daily News. "For the love of Mike," sputtered the Terrible Swede, dusting off one of his copyrighted ejaculations, always in- dicative of increasing rage, "if we don't get a bite before noon this hungry looking kid will make us the laughing stock of Catalina and all points west." Haltingly, the genial Captain sug- gested that Becket change his bait. Then the plot thickened, following a whispered conference among the Ter- rible Swede, "Wheatcakes" and the Captain. For an instant "Bucket Bill," never suspecting dirty work, permitted his gaze to rest upon a flock of kelp which he mistook for an approaching swordfish. The villains worked fast while their playmate peered across the bounding main. "All right, Mr. Becker," said the captain. "You can reel out again. "You've got fresh bait this time. Wouldn't be surprised if you catch something pretty big at this drop." Utterly oblivious of the fact that a two-gallon bucket, ordinarily used for carrying bait, had been adroitly attach- ed to one of the hooks and deposited into the sea whilst he was peeking around in quest of sharks, Becker in- nocently let the reel revolve at a dizzy clip. "I'm at the bottom now," finally an- nounced Bill, observing slack in the line• "I just want one of those big babies, then we'll call it a day." A knowing wink from the Terrible Swede was caught on the fly by the captain, and the good ship "Leone" started moving. The engine worked slowly, but with deadly effect. Becker sensed activity at the other end of his line almost simultaneously with the first forward motion of the boat. "Holy smoke!" piped the astounded youth, "I must have a whopper on • ,s there this t~me! "Stay with it, Bill, don't weaken," counseled the Hole-in-one-kid, lending his moral support. "Maybe it's a big muskie or a pickerel. Looks like you 're got a fight on your hands." Onward sped the "Leone" and out- ward streaked the captain's brand new line, unwinding at the rate of a mile a minute. Presently the boat stopped and Beeker again proceeded to reel in. After tugging and 'rassling for fifteen minutes, meanwhile knocking a flock of cuticle off his thumb, he succeeded in rolling up something like three hun- dred feet of line, but it was a desper- ate, nerve-racking haul, each operation of the reel being punctuated by words of pearly wisdom spilled by the Terri- ble Swede and his arch conspirator, "W heatcakes." Again and again the skulduggery was repeated, with the "Leone" gath- ering speed just as Becker succeeded in yanking his catch almost to the sur- face. Each time the Terrible Swede stood by, wielding a murderous look- ing gaff, ready to sock it into the giant denizen of the deep. After three ineffectual attempts to bring his catch aloft, Becker, breath- less, his arms and hands purple and ahnost nerveless, his eyes bulging from the bruising combat, succeeded. Inch by inch, foot by foot, the de- mon disciple of Sir Ike Walton drew in his quarry. The boat fairly teemed with excitement as the Terrible Swede, the Hole-in-one-kid and the captain buzzed about Becker, each trying to lend a hand. "The last hundred feet are the hard- est, eh, captain !" sputtered the groggy Bill, after winding in three hundred and fifty feet of line. Before the skipper could respond Bill and the Terrible Swede emitted )hrieks of joy. "Here it comes!" yelled Axelson. "For the love of Mike, what is it ?" "Give me the gaff, quick," command- ed Eaton, "it's probably one of those February broadbills and they're bad actors." Just as Eaton leaned over the rail Becker gax:e one dying tug on the line and presto! his catch hove into view. It was one of the rustiest old two- gallon buckets that ever rode a fishing skiff. Consternation, dismay, chagrin and all that sort of thing flashed across Beeker's child-like countenance. He had qualified for the National Society of Green Peas along with the Terrible Swede and the Hole-in-one- kid, but he took his trimming like a little man. "One hundred and twenty-four pounds of real fish--and A Bucket. Some morning's work, eh ?" said Buck- et Bill, as he posed for the camera man. LOCAL TIME AND TIDE TABLE Tides are phtced in order of occttrrence. Comparison win show high and low. Light figures a. m. black figures I). m. FEIkl~IJAlt'i Th 28 ......... 3:51 11:21 S:50 10:3| 5.5 0.4 3.7 2.4 F 29 .......... 5:04 12:30 0:~1 I1:55 5.7 ---0.24.I 2.1 MARCH S 1 .......... 6:11 1:14 7:42 .......... 6.0 ---0.5 4.5 ......... Su 2 .......... 12:52 7:04 !:$7 8:i8 t.7 6.3 --O.7 4.8 M 3 .......... 1:39 7:51 2:35 g:52 1.3 6.4 --0.8 5.1 Tu 4 .......... 2:21 8:32 3:05 0:23 1.0 6.4 ---~.7 5.3 W 5 .......... 2:59 9:13 3:~ t:S3 0,8 6.2 --0.4 5.4 Wear your Light Tackle Club But- ton. It shows that you are an angler and a sportsman. ASK ALl. THE ISLAND WHY TI~Ey I[AT AT "A Regular Place to Eat" GEORGE HOFFINGF.R Did yet= know that Mrs. EIo~inger makes all the Home-M~le Pies? Tables for Ladle 413 CRESCENT AVENUE THI[ OCEAN I!1 OPPOItTE OUR Pl.A~e L THE CATALINA ISLA CA' ~ ~VALON I FOR THE " I STACOMB .............. 35c and !"Islande | HAIR GROOM ...................... |1~rite a I GLO-CO ..................... $0c andS. | These preparations will give~any of ]hair that tlne appearance tl~:~.~-e!ter Wi ] men want. ~ot get ~t, will |/ ~ister n" / AVALON DRUO glslandl / 405 Crescent Avenue ~st Fridl L ~the anr Curios and Souven Look for the Sign of The Big Curio Sta H. D. 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