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t PAGE EIGHT BOOK REVIEWS "Mysticism, East and West," by Ru- dolf Otto. The Macmillan Publishing Co., New York. Price $3. Mysticism is a thorny subject. Ev- ery step is beset with controversy. Even the definition of the word is a matter of sharp dispute. Like a thread of gold it runs through the texture of all the great religions of the world, Christianity, Mohammed- anism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Yet strange to say, the ordinary fol- lowers of these various religions know very little, if anything, of the mystical phase of their own particular religion, much less of the mystic contents of other religious systems which sound the same keynote as their own. This latest work of the great Ger- man scholar, Rudolf Otto, is an out- standing and valuable study, not only of the subject of mysticism in general, but also of the close analogies as well as of the differences between the mys- tical experieneees or soul-states of man, as developed in the Oriental re- ligions and compared with the mystics of Christianity. In spite of the more liberal attitude of mind in modern Hinduism and Baddhism, as compared with the Christian claim of being, the sole pos-_ sessor of religious truth, there is some tendency, even by them, to claim ex- clusive knowledge of the vital, truths of religious knowledge discovered by the mystical processes taught by their religion. Otto, in this work, demonstrates be- yond an:}, doubt by abundant citations and quotations, especially from the works of the mystics of the middle ages, that the mystic element or phase Of religious experience is as deeply im- bedded in the Christianity of the west- ern world as it is in the Oriental re- ligions. He chooses Meister Eckart, the great German medieval writer of mys- ticism, who lived from 1250 to 1327 A. D,. as the typical example and writer on occidental mysticism and compares him with Sankara, chief exponent of vedenta, the vendian system of philos- ophy or religion closest akin to west- ern mysticism. He first points out the close similarity of their respective teachings and then enters upon a somewhat technical aualysis of their differences. The great value of the work, how- ever, really lies in its profound and scholarly discussion of the general subject of mysticism and the light it throws upon the whole question of the soul-states or the reactions of the in- ner self to its environment in space and time. Anyone interested in the subject .is strongly urged to procure this book. TO SAVE LIVES Seeking to overcome tt~e terrific loss of life by drowning each year--8,000 deaths being the 1931 record--Red Cross chapters throughout Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah are making preparations to hold life-saving and swimming cam- paigns during the summer months. Edwin H. Carroll, assistant national director of First Aid and Life-Saving in announcing plans for the safety campaign, said nine special life-saving representatives from the Pacific Branch Office in San Francisco will be at the service of chapters. These ex- perts will act as instructors, teaching the beginners and helping swimmers to improve their stroke. As swimmers become more proficieut .they are given instruction in life-say- rag, thus augmenting the thousands of volunteers who have been trained to render service in any emergency, Safety for swimmers and the saving of human lives is the prirnary purpose of the summer campaigns, Mr. Carroll pointed out. The life-saving and swimming cam- paigns will be held in pools and rivers as designated by the local Red Cross chapters each of which will make its own arrangements and. be in charge of all registrations. ~ :0 :'"------. Advertise for what you need in the Catalina Islander. PHONE IT TO US The Islander is always pleased to give reports of local doings; parties, dances, lodge or other meetings; names of guests, return of Islanders from trips, etc. It is not always pos- sible for us personally to learn about these doings, so we would be pleased to have our readers or subscribers telephone such affairs: Islander Office phone 500. E. Windle, editor, phone 194-W. Chas. H. Smith, associate editor, phone 639. Advertise your needs in the Catalina Islander. Phone 50(1. f MRS. THRIFTY SHOPPER | GRANTS INTERVIEW ] II TO ISLANDER EDITOR/ Mrs. Thrifty Shopper was per-[ suaded to stop for a moment on/ her tour of the stores Saturday, and to grant an interview to the editor of your paper. Everyone is always wondering where Mrs; Shopper gets such amazing values and she is kept busy passing out hot shopping tips. "It's all so unnecessary, you know, this questioning ME all the time," she said. "Some folks are always groping in the dark, and in- variably paying the penalty ior be- ing uninformed. "Others may occasionally get un- usual values through helter, skelter methods, but as for myself," Mrs. Thrifty Shopper continued, earn- lestly, "I have found through happy experience "It Pays to Patronize Those Who Advertise In the Catalina Islander." / Phone 202 DAVE FALQUIST | CARPENTER -- CONTRACTOR | JOBBER l (Next Door to Fire Dept.) i Metropole Ave. Avalon, Calif. AWNINfiS und GANOPIE$ New Awnings a Specialty ] / | ESTIMATES CHEC'RFULLY GIVEN | l REPAIRING GUARANTEED| | E. BENOIT, 318 Sumner Ave. | |air q ;ut 50 Sha' 'e 25c NOW FOLKS IT PAYS TO LOOK WELL AT ALL TIMES =& YOUR WANTS WILL BE SMOOTHLY ATTENDED TO AT THE Atwater Hotel SHOP ATWATER ARCADE 119 SUMNER AVENUE BILLIE PRICE. Proprietor THE CATALINA SEEING AVALON Still En Route To Pebbly By Mrs. J. N. Forbes Well, we started once more toward Pebbly Beach, With a firm determination that point to reach. So we descended the stairway on Beacon street And skirted Island Villa, no hindrance to meet, Emerging near the bank on Crescent avenue, Where the wide-spreading ocean was now in full view. Crossing the street, we started hurriedly on, The determination still firm--but not for long. A woman and children s}niled up from the sand, And we bowed and smiled as we waved them a hand. W'e noted the mainland, visible, though afar, And bowed to a friend who was passing in a car; Met some ladies whom we knew, out taking a walk, And, pausing a moment, with them had a talk; Near the bathhouse, noted stones in the water clear, And looked across at craft moving around the pier. A bus filled wit'h tourists flashed merrily past As we rounded the corner toward Pebbly at last. But what was all this ? Pulleys, ropes and a chain. Intensely intrigued, we just stopped once again. We soon realized men, working there from a boat, Were endeavoring to get a sunken hulk afloat. We remembered the "Windward," and one summer's night When, blazifig and burning' she sank from our sight. But not for long did our thoughts thus backward rove, For the "Empress" came, and anchored in Lover's Cove. A cruiser sailed past which was quite roomy and large, And a tug started forth with its rock-laden barge. Aroused by the sound of childish laughter and noise, We encountered a mother and two little boys-- Wife and children of a man with the salvage crew. Near hills, rising high, and ocean restless and blue--- We all sat upon a bench, close beside the shore, Talking of children, boats, pets and many things more. The "Avalon" sailed, school children passed, going home, And working men, too, their day's work being done-- While we continued talking, hurriedly and fast, 'Til a breeze, by its coolness, aroused us at last. When we arose from the bench the sun had gon.e down-- So we turned our steps back toward Avalon town. Mrs. C. B. 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