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at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's al~er, containing the local news of this wonderful Island training field for the Chicago "Cubs". Avalon: Year round mecca for tourists and travelers. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, hlkinz, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNrA THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1937 VOL. XXIV NO. 1C~ II DANCE AND CARD PARTY ather Murphy called St. Patrick's dance teard party commit- ogether last Friday, final check up on arrangements. A lp and this will be of the party, in- effciencv. Father L the committees be various items on time, ally interesting up, and there year will be one tick's parties yet also be a recep- Priest, who is slowly with whom he are again reminded on Page 12, col. 4) R BANQUET ~t the Catalina Tuna mid-winter ban- Los An- attended. Phil .genial president was m the chair, and Proved a very witty toastmaster. S p e c i a 1 reference Was made by him to the absence of A: C. Brode, affectionately ktaown amongst his ~st of friends as Steve". Mr. Brode was unable to be Present owing to a ;evere c o 1 d. The Steve as being one members the Club generous of the 'Club been enjoyed rears. He then past ts opinion of the thanking Mr. grog the unexpected Proposed that they Club flag down each and everyone it, to their good pal rCeived with tremen- put into effect im- tographed flag will as a token of :ellow members hold delectable dinner easing entertainment ntertainment corn- chairman, Dan Parker. Every rd and applauded. voted a huge suc- charge of it were by the pre- members. aner Bill Lovett, Jr., ~ident, made a very talk on the impor- interest by mere- of Fish". was asked to get up if or if not he will s Year. He also was the keen interest he Capt. Farnsworth, in trying to Page 12, col. 2) Avalon Church Re-Ded Avalon Community Congregational Church, remodeled and enlarged, Dedicated Sunday Morning, after receiving money and pledges to more than cover the cost of all improvements A FULL WEEK Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings of last week were filled with interesting doings looking to the final consummation of the years of work required to bring about the remodel- ing and enlargement of the Avalon Comnmnity Congregational Church on Sunday morning. Under the headings below an outline of each is given, as a matter of historical interest: Church Family Night The pot-luck fellowship meal and social gathering in the Social Hall of the church on Wednesday evening proved almost as nmch of a surprise as the Colonialturkey dininer did on February 18 Between 95 anti lifo men, women and chihlren sat down to the feast, for such it proved to be. There was a great variety of food--salads, meats, vegetables, cakes and pies--even candy--with considerable left over after all had eaten. Preceding the eats there was more or less social chat--a get-acquainted with strangers time. When the ladies had the tables all ready, places were taken, the pastor asked a blessing and everybody appeared to enjoy the work which followed--that of stowing away a good meal. Following the feast some time was spent in community singing, with Ralph Heywood taking the lead, while Miss Frey presided at tile piano. E,verybody appeared to have a good time, so much so that some expressed the opinion that such gatherings of the church people ought to be :p4~re fre- quent. Some suggested once a month. If the work could fall on different groups that might be a good idea. Founders' Night This program on Friday evening brought together some fifty or sixty members and friends of the church, that they might enjoy the privilege of learning from capable writers an ac- curate knowledge of the history of the Community Congregational Church of Avalon. The two interesting papers were preceded by an organ prelude on the new instrument, with Miss Carolyn Gross at the controls. The audience united in singing the hymn, "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord." Rev. John Barren Toomay, the pas- tor, gave the invocation. Mrs. Etta M. Whitney, now of Los Angeles, relict of the late E. J. Whit- ney, a pioneer resident, read a very in- teresting paper, covering tile organiza- tion and growth of the church for the first twenty-five years. We will not try to give a resume of the paper, but will publish it in full, as opportunity offers. It is commenced on the first page of this issue. Then Mrs. J. H. Stamford, now of Claremont, wife of J. H. Stamford, long an Avalon resident, read her pa- per, covering the second twenty-five years of the church--except two, (Continued on page 2, col 1) Historical Sketch of the Avalon C~m- munity Congregational Church By Mrs. E. J. Whitney I once read a missionary article in which appeared these words: "Africa my son's parish". They were spoken by Madame Hartzell, mother of the Methodist bishop in South Africa, and 1 have often thought that one might write--"The ~vVorld, the parish of Av.- alon's pastor", for there have passed before us ministers, authors, lecturers, and singers, not only from all parts of our own country, but from many lands, who are known the world over and to hear whom, great crowds would flock Particularly was this true in the old days, when there was but one church on the Island, either Protestant or Catholic, and Christian people of all faiths worshiped in the little Congre- gational Church. So, while the depri- vations were many, many also have been the privileges of those living in this little Island town. In many new places the Sunday School is the fore- runner of the Chu,rch, and such was the case in Avalon. Less than a year after the laying out of the town, in 1887, there came to the Island, with her husband, Mrs. S. A. Wheeler. She, for several months gathered around her each Sunday aft- ernoon, the few children in Avalon, teaching them the lessons of the Bible. One bright Sunday morning in June 1888, there passed from tent to tent, cottage to cottage, one who was known to nearly every Congregational Sunday School in Southern California. Rev. H. P. Case, for it was he, who had come to the Island for the purpose of organizing a Sunday School. In response to this personal invita- tion, a goodly number of residents and summer visitors met i'.l the canvas pa- vilion on Crescent avenue and accom- plished that for which they had come together, electing Mrs. Wheeler super- intendent, and Mrs. Whitney secre- tary-treasurer. Thus was started our Sunday School, and of those charter members, Mr. MacLean is the only one still with this Sunday School. With the close of summer, the trips of the steamer ceased, and for eight months the few residents of Avalon alone remained, but through the win- ter the work thus begun was contin- ued. In the Spring of 1889, there was at Vernon a young minister, very ill, in whom the then owner of the Island had become nmch interested. Hearing of the serious illness of the Rev. Charles Uzzell, he, with his wife, drove there to see him, and with his charac- teristic kindly and cheerful manner, said: "O; you'll soon be well again. Go over to .Avalon, and build a church there." A ray of light and hope seemed to spring up within the appar- ently hopelessly sick man, and he soon recovered suffciently to be taken to the Island. This faithful watchman, as he looked about, gathering in the signs of promise, saw that the fullness (Continued on Page 8, Col. 2) Sunshine Psychology MOTIVATION AND BREATHING By The Editor Readers of this column who are ex- peri:nenting with tefepathy should study a very interesting anti informa- tive article appearing in the March issue of the Popular Science Maga- zine. Reference is made to "emotional energies". Also, to the recent experi- ments that have been conducted by Dr. Joseph B. Rhine of the del)artment of psychology, Duke University, So far, there seems to be no stan- dard technique for the experimenters. However, there now seems to be nmch less ridicule and skepticism. (A quar- ter of a century ago the subject of telepathy was very much maligned and belittled.) Human understanding is slow to develop. When a piece of equipment operated for motion is out of balance, its re- volutions are untrue and its friction parts require constant adjustment and lubrication. So it is with the physical, emotional and nlental systems of the human body. Perhaps some of the ap- paratus used for air conditioning and for television may eventually furnish new data for the research workers in telepathy. If there is not a sy:npathetic bal- ance between mind and body, the tim- ing requires a very delicate adjust- ment. Timing to the speed of thought --a speed faster than light--involves a technique that has not yet been fully comprehended. Ideas that become warped, distorted, or that become dam- aged and injured in transit may reach their destination. Then what ? It is well to remember that "expres- sion" is gained b,y the expert group- ing of words. And, if it is difficult for some persons to "read" emotions, in- terltions and motives, when they are expressed in pantomime, it is doubly difficult for the same person to "read" thoughts that are vaseillating and tur- bulent, even when they are driven to find an outlet for emotional relief. Should a recipient be conditioned, re- laxed, passive and timed to receive telepathic directions ? Emotion provides the energies of life--the raw, ungarnished, wild, bru- tal, prinfitive urges! .... And these energies must be adjusted and con- trolled before they are tolerated and accepted by organized society and modern civilization. Before he under- stands very much about the principles of telepathy, nmn must be willing to submit his own emotions for the dis- secting table, to ascertain what emo- tion is made of and how it works .... The subtleness o the subject is indicat- ed in the fact that there are emotions of value to human understanding that are depicted only, in music, colors, odors, cosmic forces; forces that can- not be described in words and lan- guage. Experimenters have discovered that it is necessary to have the nose and throat free from nmcous and other substances that may interfere with re- ception. Also, that some reception may be absorbed through tile ,~r~ans in- volved with the mechanisn~ of the sympathetic nervous systen:, the solar plexus and the "sub-consci,m~" acti- vities.