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if' PAGE TEN, SWITCHIN( BAITS Editor Islander :- !Did you ever hear of a jewfish switclting baits on you. That was an- other piece of bad luck that came to me once. On the way down to the grounds I Used to troll off Seal Rocks in order to pick up a yellowtail or two for bait. After we made our bearings and dropped our anchor overboard the captain started in cutting steaks, first throwing over the head, which later was the cause of it all. In baiting up we generally caught the two belly flaps lightly with the hook so that it would be practically free when the fish had swallowed the bait. After a short wait the line told me that a jewfish had picked up my bait, and I began slowly to feed him some scope, to make swallowing less diffi- cult. Presently he began to move off, and we put the float over and moved with him, slowly, as he did, and when he started to run we "came up" on him just to let him know we were with him and for him. After he got going good we pulled a little ahead of him, as we usually do, and we certainly got a-"head" this time. We had gone probably 100 yards when I felt him let go. So I reeled in, and there, on my hook, was that head of the yellowtail we had thrown over! That is what I call "switching baits." THREE-SIX. LADIES, YOUR ATTENTION Let Mrs. Wood do your SPRING DRESSMAKING late Styles~City Prices--Good Work Apartment 22, Dorria Apartments Clemente Avenue NOTICE INVITING BIDS BY THE CITY OF AVALON, CALIFORNIA, FOR THE FURNISHING OF ALL LABOR AND MATERIAL, FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF FISH MARKET TO BE LOCATF-sD ON MUNICIPAL WHARF O F T H E CITY OF AVALON, SANTA CATA* LINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA. Public notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the City'Clerk of the City of Avalon, San- ta Catalina Island, California, until I :30 p. m., Friday, 'May 9th, 1924, for the furnishing of all labor and material for the construction of fish market for said city, according to plans and spec- ifications therefor adopted by the Board of Trustees of said City and on file in the City Clerk's office in said city, which said plans and specifica- tions are hereby referred to and made a part of this notice. Said bids must be made on form which will be furnished by the said City Clerk upon application and be in accordance with conditions . therein stated. A certified cashier's check on some bank in the County of Los Angeles payable to the order of the President of the Board of Trustees of the City of Avalon in the sum equal to two percent of the aggregate amount of the bid or a satisfactory bond in an amount equal to ten percent of the amount of the bid, payable to the City of Avalon, must accompany each bid as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into contract if awarded to him on conformity with his bid. The Board of Trustees reserve the right to reject any and all bids here- under. By order of the Board of Trustees in the City of Avalon, California. ETHEL D. KILGOUR, City Clerk of the City of Avalon, Cal- fornia. City of Avalon, California. April llth, 1924. MAH JONGG STARTED IN POPULARITY AT CATALINA (Continued from Page 2, Column 2) trade, while the making of mah jongg sets give home work to thousands of families. "It was really here at Catalina that the idea of introducing mah jongg to America originated. It was at the Is- land Villa, the summer of 1920, that we, on top of the funny little Chinese traveling box, first set up a wall of Chinese bamboo tiles on good old American soil, and proceeded to have what we thought would be a quiet little game. But soon all the Island's smnmer visitors were clustered about us, it seemed, and we were more an object of curiosity and awe than a three-hundred-pound tuna. "A publicity correspondent made the most of a story about the new game in a Los Angeles newspaper, and the thing was done. Before we reached San Francisco to re-sail for the Orient it seemed as though all of California and his wife had commissioned us to bring them a mah jongg set when we came again, or, at least, to send them one. "Well, we sent them," naively smiled the vivacious little Mah Jongg Queen, "seventeen ship loads of them! And every ship which sails fronl China to- day is still carrying hundreds of thousands of mah jongg sets in its hold. "And, somehow, I cannot help but feel that it is because mah jongg was really first introduced to America at Catalina, that it has been such a lucky business venture for us. Cata- lina, I know, brings luck and happiness to everyone, and because of the debt of gratitude I feel for this lovely Is- land, of which I often dream when I am away out there in China, far out at sea, I want to wish Mr. William Wrigley, Jr., who has done so much for Catalina, and everyone who is blessed enough to live here, a charac- teristic Chinese farewell: 'Shun Fung' --which means 'May favorable winds always be with you,' and may good luck and the best of joss prevail with you through all the seasons." By Norm= Babcock (Mrs. Joseph Park Babcock, wife of the exponent of mah jongg) Owing to the interest I find every- where in things Chinese, and the game mah Jongg, and its origin, I shall try to tell the Islander readers a brief story of this fascinating game. My husband, when but 19, graduated as honor man from the civil engineer- ing class of Purdue University; then entered the Standard Oil class for for- eign service. Within six months after his arrival in China he was given the post as manager of the Standard Oil Company's Peking office. Within the first six months in China he gained a good working knowledge of the Chinese language. In less than a year he was conducting his office without an interpreter. Of course, as we all know, people learn languages much more easily when they are young, and at that time my husband was only twenty years of age. Even in those early days he went on frequent journeys into the interior. In this way, and because of his knowledge of their language, he was soon initiat- ed into the mysteries of the Chinese tile game. He was always very fond of games such as bridge, and the great American game of poker. When you add to these an insatiable curiosity, it is easy to see how he be- came interested in these Chinese games. In Peking, Tientsin, Shanghai, and many other cities of North China and Manchuria, he saw and studied these various games. Six or sevenyears ago we were liv- ing in the tiny foreign colony in Soo- chow. There were only twelve people in the community where we lived, but we were only a short distance from the high wall of the Chinese City, which held a population of half a mil- lion Chinese. Situated as we were, in close con- tact with interesting Chinese= people, we had few amusements in our small community of Americans and Europ- eans. My husband became an expert player and close student of the Chin- ese game, as it was played in Soochow. Finally he tried to get the English nmnerals placed in the corner of the tiles, as you see them today. While there were several small shops where sets of these game pieces were made, not a single workman cared to attempt the making of strange English num- bers and letters, which meant nothing at all to them. The Chinese think all of us are a bit queer, anyhow, and to their way of thinking, it was just an- other mad idea of those weir~ foreign- nets, which they would soon forget. But tI~ey did not reckon with the stiek-to-it-iveness which is an Ameri- can characteristic! My husband finally persuaded one of them to try it. It was a great failure, for they had the "E" carefully drawn on the South Wind, the North where West should have been,, and many other discrep- ancies. When told that they were badly marked, and aJmost all wrong, the outcry which is characteristic of all Chinese shop keepers, was heard: "Lose money! I,ose money!" After assuring the man that the spoiled tiles would be paid for, he fin- ally consented to try again. After several attempts he eventually suc- ceeded in marking the first set of tiles with the properly placed foreign let- ters and numerals. This very man, Wring Liang Sung, is today the acknowledged plutocrat of the mah jongg industry among the Chinese, and I am sure that he offers up daily blessings to the Shades of his Ancestors for one very obstinate American who forced him to change what is known as Chinese "old cus- toln." Now let me tell you something about banditry: If any of you are planning to visit the Orient, don't let these ban- dit stories frighten you. Chinese ban- dits are not such bad people, after all. We have been living for the last three years in the bandit-infested province of Shantung, and but two and one- half hours away by rail from Licheng, which was where the outrage occurred last spring. An express train was de- railed, forty or fifty white people taken prisoners, and carried into the hills. Miss Lucy Aldrich, a sister-in-law of John D. Rockefeller, was among those captured. One of the bandits aided her in making her escape within a few days after her capture. She was brought to Tsinan, our home city, where she received medical treatment for her injured feet, as the bandits had forced their prisoners to walk over the sharp rocks when they took them it{to the hills. She was accompanied by this Chin- ese bandit, whom she termed "her bandit." This bandit lived in our ser- THE CATALINA vant's quarters for more than and it took more than a little sion to get him to leave. He ed that he feared to return native haunts and felh he "~-as really a lazy like the American tramp. found a comfortable ho~ne board, so why worry. My finally took him on as night and it took but three days of of work to rid ourselves of said it was too much work to every hour to punch the and on the third day he (Editor's Note--Mrs. Babcock, who has been "Mah Jongg Queen" by Los Angeles society for the weeks spent Sunday at the guest of Mrs. Miles dainty little visitor from leave for San Francisco the latl of the week. Mrs. Overholt company Mrs. Babcock to ern city in the interests of publicity.) Mrs. James Manwaring of wood is spending a few days Island. PACIFIC-SOUTHWEST SAVINGS BANK OF ANGELES, CALIFORN The total deposits received by the Catalina Island Branch above mentioned bank at close iness on the 31st day of amounted to : Commercial Department ..... Savings Department Total ......................................... The information herein published in compliance with 132a of the Bank Act of the California. State of California ) (aS, County of Los Angeles ) Chas. M. Hodson, Manager Catalina Island Branch of the Southwest Trust & Saxings ing duly sworn, says he has a knov&edge of the matters the foregoing statement and allegation, statement, matter therein contained, is true to of his knowledge and belief. CHAS. M. Subscribed and sworn to this llth day of April, 1924. (seal) ERNEST Notary Public in and for said and State. The total deposits of the Southwest Trust & Savin eluding deposits of the Branch, on the above date to $165,298 720.71. EVERYWHERE in Caltfom|a tmtO open for trained experts, men, tire All earn big learn auto busmess big training sho necessary. Tools and to earn room and board while learn expense is low tuition. Write for B] 84-PAGE I L L U S T AUTO CATALOG. everything. poet]p~ ~ ~ illuurated