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March 11, 1931

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EDITED BY JOURNALISM CLUB OF AVALON HIGH SCHOOL VOLUME VIII AVALON HIGH SCHOOL WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 1931 BOOK LURE CORNER "How can a man make such a jour- ney' on $172?" That is the question that was asked Harry A. Franck doz- ens of times upon his return from his w~mderings in Spain. In order to an- swer this question for the benefit of all, he wrote the book called "Four Months Afoot in Spain." He says in part : : "What befell me on this vacation jaunt is no story of harrowing ad- venture, nor yet a record of the ac- quisition of new facts." He covered ai'thousand miles of the Iberian pen- itisula on foot, twice that distance by third class rail. While doing this he mingled with "the masses" and was able to put into his story some facts and impressions that will be new to the reader. To begin with he writes of his many experiences and observa- tions while travelling third class to Gibraltar. After seeing Gibraltar his ~next most important stop was Gran- ~tda, "the last foothold of the Moors." ~-Ie says in part: I "By night there is life and move- ~nent in Granada; a strolling to and ~fro along the Alameda to the strains pf a military band, the droning of the ,water carriers who bring down lump by lump the ice fields of the Sierra ~evada, and a dancing away of the Summer night to the clatter of the ~astanet. But by day--once only dur- ~g my stay was the languid pulse of the city stirred during the sunlit MRS. WRIGLEY TO HELP IN APRIL 23 SHOW A great deal of interest has been taken on the part of the community in preparation for the Flower Show which is to be held on April 23. Mrs. Wrigley has offered to buy the prize ribbons for the competitive classes. The science classes of the high school will prepare the wild flower exhibit and label the collections we have in the high school at the present time. We have over 300 different species of plants growing around the high school, not' counting the varieties of annual plants and many of the small- er shrubs such as geraniums, fuchsias and begonias. We have about 80 dif- ferent fuchsias. The display classes will include cut flowers of various kinds, specimen plants in pots, window boxes or hang- ing baskets, and collection displays ,.,f annual trees, shrubs, vines and other groups. So much is being done for the beautification of the Island by ' Mr. Wrigley, that we wish to develop an appreciation of the many beautiful plants that have been introduced to the Island and make the Island, as Will Rogers says, "The garden spot of the world." A.H.6. PAPER STAFF ASSIGNED TEACHERS During the Sugar Loaf staff meet- ing held last Tuesday, Isabell Scott ihours. A conscript regiment thun- was elected as joke editor. Carl Quist i~lered in upon us, btocking all traffic enrolled as a new reporter. At this :and filling the air with a fog of dust meeting the members on the staff !that dispelled for a-time my eager- hess to seek again the open road; a dust that thick-shrouded beneath its drab the very color ofcaisson and uniform, dry blanketinq the panting horses, and streaking the faces of men and officers with figures like un- to the ornamental writing o~t the in- ner walls of the Alhambra." After leaving Granada he walked as far as Montoro on the banks of the Guad- alquivir River. From there he rode to Seville. He writes : "A city that styles her most impor- tant street that "of the Serpents," even though it harbors flo more of the outcasts of the pavements than marly another famons thr~roughfare, m~x" be expected to abound in other ,strange names." And so it does, as you will discover by reading his book. By walking again he finally reached which was his next important stop. Toledo is called by Franck as bcln,: "history-rich." It is called the religious center of Soain. Toledo to the visitor gives a distinct Oriental impression, Here is an idea of what the poorerclass of Toledoans think of their city: "O Toledo, my city! Gaunt, sunken-bellied Toledo, bound to wmr rock and devoured by the wflture horde of bloated churchmen while your children arestarving!" From Toledo to Madrid and from Madrid to Segovia. After a stay in each of these places, on to Salaman- ca, Lu~o, Leon, Palencia, Burgos, Bil- bao, Vitoria, Logrono, Pamplona, and finally across the Pvrennees into France. All of these places are writ- ten about in a very interesting and understandable manner by Franck. It wrmld take almost another book to tell of them, so I will leave it to you to read the book and learn of them. It will be well worth anyone's time. A.H.S. Fame in a Name! Visitor: "Who is that gentleman ox, er there ?" Resident: "That's Mr. Macbeth. Visitor: "What, Mr. Macbeth of Shakespeare fame ?" , Resident:"No! Macbeth of Pop- e. ,rn fame." were assigned certain teachers and departments from whom they are to get their news Jane Dowdle was as- signed to Mr. Brentford and Miss Head; Luis Matin has the elementary teachers and Mr. Hollingsworth ; Florence Johnson and Edna H-enson have the office and assemblies; Nor- ma Mattson has Miss Hill; Charlotte Rassau has Miss Johnson and Miss Gross; Carl Quist has the shop news and. feature articles; Alfa Mattson has Miss Rex; Bob Coleman has Miss Coppock; Leta Mac Bradley has Miss McClure. and Isabell Scott has Miss Tomasovich. A.H.S. "History repeats itself," is an old saying, but it holds true with the pu- pil who flunks the final exam. GIRLS BAND TOGETHER IN NEw SCOUT TROOP t Twenty-six girls from the ages of ten up have banded together to or- ganize a Girl Scout Troop. This is an organization that has been much needed in the community and at last we have launched upon an activity with one of the finest groups of girls that can be found. Three patrols have been formed, each patrol containing eight girls with .a patrol leader. Two meetings have taken place and after two more the group will be eligible for regular or- ganization by the officers of the Girl Scouts of America. The patrols have taken for their names, "The Lark .... The Shooting Star," and "The Comet." They are now working upon the tests for the Tenderfoot Scout, as this must be passed before any girl can become a full-fledged Scout. Miss Head is acting Captain with Miss Tomasovich as Lieutenant, Doro- thy Winterbottom, Leona Schatan and Agnes Conrad are the Patrol Leaders, with Betty McGarry as Scribe. The girls earnestly as,k the co-oper- ation of the community in making this a growing organization and help build the characters they are striving hard to build. A. H. S. SUGAR LOAF MAKES BEST EFFORTS The present problem of the Sugar Loaf deals with the response of ac- claim and appreciation received from the publications. The staff /eels ,hat they are putting forth their best ef- forts in giving tO the students a paper complete with school and towa inter- ests. Things are "now going good," and it is theil: desire to bring forth favorable results. Because the staff is doing such fa- vorable work, does not mean for ev- eryone to withdraw his helplne, hand; but it means that everyone should co- operate with one another. Give them some news items, present some sto- ries, turn in your reports on time, and contribute your co-operation and suggestions. A.H.S. If you don't take the Catalina Is- lander, tell us the reason why. SUGAR LOAF STAFF I Editor--Edna Henson Assistant Editor--Bob Coleman Exchange Editor--Florence Johnson Business Manager--Alfa Mattson Sports Editor--Jane Dowdle Joke Editor--Isabell Scott Reporters---Charlotte Rassau, Norma Mattson, Leta Mae Bradley Isabell Scott, Lewis Marin, Carl Quist Miss Hill---Advisor EDITORIAL Letter Writing It would be foolish to waste time on the importance of letter writing. It is the one form of composition that appeals to everyone. You may never be called upon to write an essay, or a novel, or a page of history; but you will often have occasion to write a letter. To be able to write a letter correctly and attractively is an art worth cultivating. It increases one's personality and popularity. Put your- self into a letter and you command those who are at a distance from you. In no art does individuality count for more; yet, as in all arts, the letter writer must conform to a few general principles which have been laid down for those who would write well. RALPH BOYS' !. There was a held Monday, meeting the Boys' tees and appointed with five of the Ground ants ; Lavato and John Herschel Boyd, leno Hernandez ; Myrle the e The following the road patrol duty : Monday, in char Smith ; 12:30 Tuesday, 8 : 9:00 to 9:30. 12:30, Luis .Martt body. Wednesday, nandez ; 11:45 to l :15, Junior Thursday, ning: 9:00 11:45 to 12: 1:15. Friday, 8 Clanahan : tier; 11:45 to 12:30 to 1:1.5, MR. HuNT Mr, Hunt. pageant to expected over' ning it. The terrace the park so the much larger planned. They 3000 "participate. have to 1oo find the grou p. A. l~ O. S. C. NI I The ninth going to be A careful writer gives attention to the minutest details, the sum total of which makes up a good letter. The first consideration is the stze and quality of the stationery to be used. Avalon White or cream-colored paper, or pa- a large per of a light blue tint, :nay be used a school. for both business and social corres- coln High, pondence. Always have the envelopes High, Los to match the stationery. Bnsines~ pa. Long per should have a sim!.~le, neat head- High ing. Unruled paper ts always pre- Daily ferred for all forms of correspond- Cal ence. Two-page paper is preferred Metro for business and four-page paper for College; sicial letters, versity Pale ink and ill@'ible writing are" Norwalk inexcusable, so care should be taken School, to provide good black ink or blue School, copying ink that turns black with L.A.; age, and a pen that suits the writer. Angeles. The Trojan new: best high California The "sweepstake' pets the Daily Tro for the best spective classes. "A" includes schools with over, and whose Ion High ulty and at this pre the Sugar all sincer' chance. A.~"1