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April 9, 1924     The Catalina Islander
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April 9, 1924

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PAGE TEN THE CATALINA t FREAK STORM CARRIES AWAY ROOFS, SKYLIGHTS An east-northeast storm of unusual velocity visited this port Saturday night, and lasted until about 2 a. m. Sunday morning, doing considerable damage to the roofs of buildings, tents, awnings and business signs. The wind first came from the north, then it "gwitched 'round," and seemed to come from all points of the compass. A few rowboats were torn from their moor- ings out in the bay and landed on the beach, but the remainder of the water craft weathered the storm. The "glass bottom boat crews" did excellent work for several hours, as the skillful boys pulled through the breakers from one boat to another, making inspection of the riding gear of the various boats at anchor. On Crescent avenue two plateglass store windows were smashed, and most of the roofing paper on the pavillion block was torn off and carried away by the wind. A number of trees were uprooted. At daylight, Avalon did look as if a "cyclone had struck it." With their usual promptness, a large force of laborers were put to work by the Santa Catalina Island Company, and before the arrival of the noon steamship all the streets were in "ship- shape" to receive visitors. It was about midnight that a por- tion of the roof of the hillside home of Mrs. Harry Samson was lifted off and carried away by the wind. In Parker Court a whirling gust lifted Mr. Parker's bathroom skylight clear from its fastenings and dropped it seventy-five feet away, without break- the glass. One of the most miraculous "stunts" that the wind performed was to blow Captain James J. Bates' flivver from its usual parking place in front of his home on Whittley avenue. Down the canyon that flivver rolled until it came into contact with a wire fence. After the storm had passed, Captain "Jim" used a block and tackle to "pull the flivver back home." The Ford was not seriously damaged. Old-timers state that Avalon has not experienced a similar storm since the spring of 1915. Several times heavy showers of rain fell. Northeast winds accompanied by rain, are very unusal at Catalina. NOTICE Owners of dogs, cats and other do- mesticated animals in Avalon are re- quested to prevent such animals from leaving the city limits and going out on the trails toward Middle Ranch. As yet no disease has reached the Cat- alina Island sheep and cattle, and every effort is being made at .the ranch to prevent the disease from starting. The county officers have or- ders to shoot such dogs and cats as may be fonnd on the trails outside the city limits. At the present time the disease among the cattle of the mainland is at a critical stage, and ~the county and state officers are doing everything in their power to keep it from spreading. The sheep and cattle at the ranch are under a special guard, and every Av- alonite is requested to obey the orders issued from the county and state de- partments for the prevention of the disastrous disease. Renew your subscription to The Catalina Islander, ft2 per year. EDITORIAL ASSOCIATION TO HOLD ANNUAL OUT- ING AT AVALON IN JUNE Announcement was made last week that the Southern California Editorial Association will hold its annual outing at Avalon, commencing June 20, for four