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at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's aPer, 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, hiking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNI'A THURSDAY, APRIL 15, ~1937 VOL XXIV NO. 15 a Club met in the Hotel St. Cath- April 8, with the in Mrs. Toomay's meeting, at which Mrs. Pollok, Tam chair- Miss Hilda Sahnon, three Avalon who gave several aat were much en- members. Miss Sahnon played the accompan- e are proud that we n our town and our e~ate this addition to day was Miss Art and Home rnts of the local gave a splendid of Oriental Art Home, illustrating a~cs, wearing ap- personal col- up in her recent '-fat. -~en a year of most structive programs iams Club, with at- Y good, and those are indeed missing such as this Robinson on [Ormula will serve to of what Miss Robin- Architecture. md Occidental Ideas Crafts of China. Height of Chi- England. Louis XII flUence on Western (1)--Porcelaine. (2)--Prints. (3)--Designs (4)--Paintings. ~ paper doors. atting panels. oor covering where is used. 1717-1858. 1745-1805. 1787-1795. 1760-1849. 50 years ago. Architecture. Studio. St~lts--_Trv an Adlet! a clean town. ANNOUNCEMENT Twenty-fifth Anniversary o6 Glenn L. Martin's Flight to Santa Catalina Island To persons desiring covers bearing the cachet in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Glenn Martin's flight to Santa C~talina Is- land, the following information is ina- parted : Cachets will be applied to mail re- ceived at both Avalon and Newport, each cachet being of a different de- sign. To secure both cachets it will be necessary to send one cover to Win. H. Adams, Postmaster, or Harry Welch, Secretary of the Newport Har- bor Chamber of Commerce, at New- port, Calif., and one cover to either of .the undersigned at Avalon, Calif. Cov- ers may also be handed in at the win- dow of the Avalon post office. Covers received at Newport will be cacheted and postmarked there and on arrival at Avalon they will be back- stamped at the Avalon post office. Covers received at Avalon will be cacheted and postmarked here and on arrival at Newport they will be back- stamped at the Newport post office. In the event that official permission is not granted to carry mail on .this flight of the clipper ship these covers will not receive the backs.taT,np of either office, but will be dispatched in the usual manner. The Avalon cachet will be printed and is being sponsored by the Public- ity Department of the Santa Catalina I slmad Company. In the preparation of covers the fol- lowing rules must be observed: 1. Persons may address as many covers as they desire, to themselves or any other person, and send such cov- ers, prepaid . at the air mail,rate of postage, in containers addressed to either of the undersigned at Avalon, CaliE, for the Avalon cachet. Covers sent to either Mr. Adams Or Mr. Welch at Newport, Calif., will receive the Newport cachet. As this will be an air celebration, and if official mail is carried it will be air mail, all cov- ers must be prepaid at the air mail rate. 2. All covers must be of standard size (app. 3~" x 6"), should be seal- ed and contain enclosures of suitable size and thickness to facilita.te hand- ling and ensure a clear impression of the cachet. 3. As the cachet will require a space 3" x 3" on the left side of the enVe- lope it is suggested that the address be kept well to ,the right. Any covers which are received that do not meet the requirements will not receive the cachet, but will be post- marked and dispatched in the usual manner. A new rubber hand stamp has been received at .the Avalon post office and it will be used on this mail on May 10th for the first time. This canceUa- tion in itself will be of interest to col- lectors of postmarks. Perhaps some explanation should be made as to what a cover is, for ~e benefit of those who are not collect- ors : .& cover is merely an .envelope with the postmark the day of the event and anv cachet which may be provided. These envelopes are furnished, stamp- ed and addressed by the sender. It may contain a ,thin cardboard filler or BRIEF SKETCH OF THE TRAVILLA BROTHERS By Mihon L. Coffin Ohl-timers of Avalon and the enter- tainment world pay tribute to another of the Travilla brothers, Guy, who passed away on March 27, in the city of Wihnington. Guy, with his famous brothers, as- tounded the world with their unique under-water performances with a sea lion. The brothers, natives of Catalina Island, and among the first local boys to make diving for coins and abalone shells their special work, toured the principal cities of the United States anti Europe. Their headline act is said to have been the first to stay longer than one week at Hammer- stein's Victoria Theater in New York City. The following article was taken from the August 5th, 1911, issue of the Los Angeles Times. It describes the plan and training of the seal be- f~re the tour: "The secret of an Avalon hilltop has been disclosed and, strangely enough, it concerns a sea lion. He is a bright, sleek juvenile sea lion of the native Catalina yariety, who is ex- pected to electrify the world some day, along with his three human pals. "Winkle is his name, and he is un- dergoing his interesting education in a cabin far above all of his native ele- ment, save the small portion which, is transported to his altitudinous rookery to keep him in health and good spirits. "A sea lion performing beneath the water in a great glass tank with three hurnan submarine swilmners, is the stunt which has been conceived :by the Travilla boys, the most famous of the Santa Catalina coin and shell divers, one of whom was .the performer who sent Mine. Sarah Bernhart into rap- tures by his seal-like swimming m the submarine gardens under the di- vine one's glass bottom boat during her visit here last spring. "In a cabin shelte:ed from view in the grounds of the Travilla home, which is a landmar!: of the upper town, ,the big glass tank is hidden, and in an adjoining room are Winkie's living quarters, with an ordinary sunk- en tank in which the young sea lion spends his off-duty hours. The boys ---Guy, Ford, and Jack--are develop- ing their undertaking very quietly, and are keeping secret the details of their performance, which, according to present plans, will take them on a na- tion-wide tour as a feature of one of the leading vaudeville circuits of the world. "Just what the real sea lion and the three human amphibians do together behind the immersed glass no one is allowed to witness, but the idea which has been worked out is said to be su- perbly graceful and ,thrilling. That these four native Californians will spread the fame of Southern Califor- (Continued on page 4, col. 3) a letter, as the sender desires. A cachet is the design or seal, which in this case is printed on the envelope, commemorating the event. Any additional information may ,be secured at the Avalon post office. James B. Ogden, Pos'tmaster, Herbert A. Wegmann, Cachet Director. CAN WE READ EACH OTHER'S MINDS ? By Edwin Teale, in Popular Science Monthly (Continued from last week) When, for example, subjects took caffeine, a stimulant, their scores rose; when they took sodium amytal, a de- pressant, the scores fell. In some lit- tle-understood way, the nervous sys- tem of the body Was playing its part in the resu~lts. Again, the distance which separated the subjects seemed to have little effect upon the scores. The marks were just as high if they were. 100 miles apart as when they were separated by only a few feet. When I visited Dr. Rhine's labora- tory, not long ago, one of the most dramatic tests so far attempted waas under way. In a quiet room on an upper floor of one of the university buildings, a man sat at a desk holding a specially adjusted watch in one hand. As the second hand swung past the sixty mark, he lifted a card from a smatl pack lying 'before him. On its face was a large star. For sixty sec- onds, he gazed intently at the card. Then he laid it down and took up. an- other card, and so on through the pack. Three thousand miles away, on the Pacific coast, another man was sitting with a pencil in one hand, a synchro- luzed watch in the other. At the ex- act time the North Carolina scientist was looking at the star, the California subject was noting down which of five dcs~gns--a star, a cross, wavy lines, a rectangle, and a circle--that appear on the cards of the pack, he thought had been selected. Paradoxically enough, early returns from these tests show higher scores than many previously made with the subjects separated by only a screen! In all his t, ests, Dr. Rhine has used twenty-five cards in a pack, five of each design. Thus, on every "call", or try, the subject has one chance in five of being right, just by luck. If, the scientist reasoned, enough tests are made, the average number of correct calls must ltatten itself to the chance level of five m twenty-five if luck alone controls the result. If, however, in a large number of trials, the scores r~se above this level, it will prove some other factor, the mysterious something we call telepathy, is playing a part. So much for his plan. Now let's ex- mnine the results. One of the first men to take the test was A. J. Lintzmayer, a Duke Univer- sity psychology student. In his first 600 calls, he got 238 right--almost ex- actly twice as many as chance allowed him. Even more spectacular was the performance of Hubert Pearce, a di- vinity student at the university. He took 11,250 tests and averaged nine correct in every twenty-five from be- ginning to end. Once, Pearce correct- ly called thirty-five cards in succession. More significant than records of the star performers are the figures for the whole 100,000 tests. Including the marks of dozens of subjects, the aver- age runs at more than seven right in twenty-five. To approach the problem from as many angles as possible, Dr. Rhine has varied the tests widely, always using the same kind of cards. In so~ne cases, the subject writes down his (Continued on page 2, column 1)