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From page 1 quently few people with whom to trade. While searching for the bur- ied treasure, Prentiss came across small yields of silver ore and even a few gold flakes now and then. In between searching for the legend- ary treasure, reportedly buried by pirates centuries before, he calcu- lated he could at least earn some money on the side. Not much is known about these years in Prentiss' existence, but one can imagine seeing him swinging his pickaxe and scoop- ing Iris shovel beneath the boughs of countless oaks and toyons. What is known, however, is that Mr. Prentiss never did find his treasure. He passed away in 1854, and is buried in a simple grave be- neath a simple headstone just out- side of Two Harbors. According to the legend, how- ever, Prentiss' secret did not die with him. He purportedly passed his secret on to a new character who entered the scene by the name of Santos Louis Bouchette. Anyone familiar with the Two Harbors and West End area of the Island will recognize the name Bouchette as the name of the one of the mines in the area as well as name of the road that winds along the lee shore of that part of the Is- land. Now, Santos Bouchette was a little more of a businessman than our friend Prentiss, who was content to be something of a drifter and loner; an "unlettered bachelor" as he was referred to years later. Bouchette began a small-scale mining operation known under the Bouchette Small Hills mining claim while secretly searching for Turie's lost treasure at his convenience. Businessman Bouchette, in fact, went so far as to en- list the help of main- land financiers to aid him in his endeavors. With his ore assaying in at between $200 and $800 per ton, it Jim Watson was not difficult to get Columnist backers. (One part of the legend says that a crafty Bouchette often "salted" his mines with gold dust and nuggets before treating potential investors to a tour. He would then conveniently "find" the gold while regaling the VIP with tales of the fortunes to be made.) In just this manner, Bouchette went on for many years until his story takes a turn decidedly for the juicier with the introduction of a "lovely French dancer" he met on one of his junkets to the then-bur- geoning Los Angeles metropoli- tan area. Bouchette was smitten and, af- ter marrying the young woman, brought her to the Island. Unfor- tunately for Bouchette, however, his new femme disliked Island life and longed to return to the bright gas lamps of Los Angeles. Bouchette built a house at the Isthmus and endeavored to furnish it as lavishly as possible (with fur- niture and a plate-glass mirror imported from France) to keep his wife happy. The strategy evidently worked and he settled down to married life at Johnson's Landing. In the background, mind you, Mr. Bouchette was continuously search- ing for the buried trea- sure, all the while pre- sumably keeping it a secret from his workers, if not his wife. Until the day came when, as the legend says, Santos Louis Bouchette and his wife, suddenly and without prior notification to anyone, packed up their belong- ings, loaded up a longboat and sailed away toward the main- land--never to be seen again. Had B0uchette found Turie's treasure? If so, had he only re- cently discovered it or had he found it long before, stowing bits well of being harangued by his and pieces of it away quietly so wife--finally threw in the towel. as not to alert his workers to his The world will likely never seam?Or perhaps Bouchette came knOw, for the answer lies in a sim- up as empty as Prentiss had. ple grave, beneath a simple head- Perhaps he had simply tired of stone overlooking the sea on the the life of a miner and---tired as West End of Catalina. Lancer boys volleyball going strong The Lancers are led by senior BY CARLOS MARTINEZ Alberto Rodriguez averaging five kills per game and totaling 144 The Avalon Lancers Boys vol- kills this season. leyball team is Off to an amazing Alex Herrera has over 300 digs start this Season with 10 wins and and 362 serve receives to lead the one loss. The Lancers are cur- rently eighth in the CIF Southern league and also he leads the team Section polls and h6pe to move on in aces with 45. up in the rankings as their sched- The Alcala brothers Chris and ule becomes harder this season. Jairo have 389 assists this season. The Lancers are currently in Harrison Hobbs and Saul De La first place in the San Joaquin Rosa are averaging two blocks per League and hope to make a deep game in the middle. playoff run. Avalon has beaten Come support the Avalon Boys some great opponents this year Volleyball team this Saturday, like Ocean View High School and April 12 at 11 a.m. as they face Orangewood Academy AGBU Canoga Park. Stay tuned. Children's Festival activities. Refreshments will be at Avalon Library provided, thanks to the Friends Celebrate E1 dfa de los nifios/E1 of the Avalon Library and Israel dfa de los libros (Children's Day/ Cardenaz, manager of E1 Galleon. The event celebrates the nation's Book Day), commonly known as Dfa, at the library on Saturday, rich cultural tapestry. May 3 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. To learn more about what's Kids are invited to participate happening at the library, call 310- in games like the reading wheel 510-1050 or check the library's and loterfa, prize giveaways, art website at colapublib.org. Friday 5atiii-day S~day '*XM'onday Tuesd,~y ; Wednesday Thursday Sunny Sunny rv~ostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly SunnyMostly SunnyPartly Cloudy 81/58 70/55 68/54 67 / 5d- 66/52 67/51 69/55 Precip Chance: 0~/' P~.. cip Chance: 0% Pre4:ip ~hance: 5%~ Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Preci p Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% Io-21314151617~01 11+1 0-2: Low. 3-5: Moderate. 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High. 11+: Extreme Exposure Last VCeek's Almanac Date ttieda Low No~s r_~ 4/21 75 53 68/54 0.00" 4/22 64 51 68/54 0.00" 4/23 64 50 68/55 0.00" 4/24 69 57 68/55 0.00" 4/25 62 47 68/55 017" 4/26 58 47 68/55 0.01" 4/27 61 47 68/55 0.00" Tides l'hi~ '~, eek VCeather Tri iia What is the first day of spring u~ known as? xon!nb~j iBmaA ::r~-~lP Weather History Sun/Moon Chart This Week - Virginia's worst tonado disaster occurred. Six tomaioes, two of which were west of the Blue Mountains, killed 22 people. Tvelve children and a teacher perished near Rye Cove, in Scott County Four schools were destroyed. Today we will see sunny skies with a high temperature of 81. humidity of 20%. The record D.aX AM PM high temperature for today is 92 set in 2004. Fri 3:09-5:09 2:39-4:39 Expect mostly clear skies tonight with an overnight Sat 3:58-5:58 3:28-5:28 low of 58. The record low for tonight is 43 set Sun 4:46-6:46 4:16-6:16 in 1964. Saturday, skies will be sunny with a high Mon 5:32-7:32 5:02-7:02 temperature of 70. humidity of 68%. Skies will be Tue 6:16-8:16 5:46-7:46 mostly cloudy Saturday night with an overnight Wed 7:00-9:00 6:30-8:30 low of 55. Expect mostly sunny skies Sunday with Thu 7:43-9:43 7:13-9:13 a high temperature of 68. Skies will remain mostly sunny Monday with a high temperature of 67. Mostly sunny skies will continue Tuesday with a high temperature of 66. 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P.O, Box 428 Avalon, CA 90704 Phone: (310) 510-0500 Fax (310) 510-2882 NEWPORT BEACH TO CATALINA THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, May 2, 2014 i 11