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May 14, 1924

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SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! t weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's paper, containing the local news of this wonderful Island publication of the Light Tackle Club, an organization sportsmen. Baseball training field for Chicago "Cubs." Avalon: Year-round mecca for tourists and travelers. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, walking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. PIvE CENTS AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1924. VOL. X|. NO. | 8 STORy FROM ROMANTIC PAST OF CALIFORNIA RECENTLY COME TO US burin 192- g the month of September, Y^ ,L Mr. Carl F. Lehners, for many .~ars United States Local Inspector of y tearrt Vessels at San Pedro, having i~ached the age limit, was retired from ~)te Service under a pension As a to- ~I1 ,~ of respect and high esteem, some ~'~ree hundred representative ship own- ~rs and shipping men tendered Mr. t'ehaers a banquet, and presented him With ba a fine watch and chain. The fr~qt~et was given on the wharf in ],eat of the office at the Wilmington a11~minal. Captain William Banning '~ a few other guests, with Mr. Leh- nets, arrived early on the scene, and gathered in Captain Banning's office, ~yhere the followin~ story was related ~r v , ,,. ~enners: . f Came to Califoi'nia at the age of ~[ghteen, arriving at San Francisco ,.'~"Y in the sixties. At that time there :~s rauch excitement in the gold mines ~OUad Yreka, in the northern part of s;, tate, and I decided to look the ['tuation over. I went to Sacramento ~ steamer; from that point, by six- ~urse Stage, to Yreka. The stage line wa~ es Well equipped with Concord coach- h~ and high-spirited horses, changing er::Ses about every ten miles and driv- ~f about every sixty. The driver out [a] ~reka was exceptionally skdlful, af e, and courteous. tc~Was a very dark night when-he l't charge at a mountain station. t~- t~assens gers consisted of a lady and Eh" o mail childrer~, r~ding inside. I, th nly other passenger, sat between ~,~ driver and a Wells-Fargo messen- ,.~" ne latter carried across his ~:es a large-bored, sawed-off shot- "A raou:s we were crossing a spur of the erl._atain, ascending a steep grade ov- th~it,nging a deep ravine, from among ,i~.~ OUshes came the words"'I-[alt! qrow - " " l~ro up your hands!' The order was ,,-raptly obeyed by both the messen- ::r and myself. No criticism could be tl~ched to the messenger for such ac- b* ' ~or the reason that nothing could ~ Seen beyond the faint glimmer of ia~ ld-fashioned coach lanterns, burn- Candles. ed':ae''~" hold-up party evidently consist- the'~^.tw men. One was directed by ban~Utaer to turn the leaders into the ~1~'~ and tie them to a tree, which was the~' The leader of the hold-up party th_:' advised the driver that it was not the:r retention to molest or take any- ug from his a T ant ed tt. p ssengers, hey w - tain "de Wells-Fargo box, which con- to t'" among other things gold dust In- he value of fifteen thousand dol- ts, The driver was directed to drop the box over the side into the ravine, vine. which was done--the box rollin~g, to the bottom. "One of the robbers then unfastened the leaders from the tree and straight- ened them in the road, and the leader of the gang again addressed the driver as follows, calling name: 'We have a man stationed some place along the road between here and Whiskey Gulch,' (the next change station), 'and, should you pass him faster than a walk, he will shoot.' The gold dust was of course gone, but the letters had been care- fully done up in a bundle, and pro- tected from the weather by the up- turned box. "I went on to Yreka on the next stage, and, as far as I know, the rob- bers were never captured. "I remained only a short time around Yreka, but some years later made another visit, arriving at the ho- I tel late in the afternoon. After sup- !per in the room which served as office, i i ( : ": An Old Concord Coach "After being assured by the driver that the team would be held to a walk, we proceeded, arriving at Whiskey Gulch in due time. The town consist- ed of two saloons, a store, and the stage stable. It happened that the sheriff of the county and two deputies were at the station on official business, and a posse was at once formed to take the trail of the robbers. I was taken from the stage to point out the scene of the hold-up, and the stage proceeded toward Yreka. "We found where the box had been broken open in the bottom of the ra- The Buckle lobby and bar, I noticed a man in the last stages of consumption, and who had lost an eye. He wore a broad- brimmed, white felt hat, made more conspicuous by having a large gold buckle attached to one side. Later, I engaged this man in conversation, and found him most interesting. In the course of our talk I was asked if this was my first visit to Yreka, and I re- plied it was not, and told him of the hold-up. After listening to my story very patiently to the finish, he re- marked: 'I was the driver of that stage!' He explained that he had lost an eye in an accident. "We spent the evening to- gether, and in referring again to the hold-up I asked if any blame had been attached to him. He replied: 'No. On the contrary, since then I was~ presented with this buckle' (pointing to his hat) 'by the! stage company, accompanied by a letter stating thebuckle was given as a token of ap- preciation of my loyalty to the company, and general courtesy to passengers.' "As we were parting that evening, the driver removed the buckle from his hat and WORLD'S RECORD TUNA TWENTY-FOUR THREAD LINE, WEIGHED 319 LBS. The electrifying news came from San Jose, Mexico, last Thursday. It read : "Broke world's record on tuna, 24- thread line. Largest tuna 319 pounds. Second one, 249 and third one, 240 pounds. Caught three marlin sword- fish. A real fisherman's paradise. Leaving for Matazlan today. H. J. Mallen." Immediately on the heels of the above telegram from the cruiser Harry, Jr., on which Harry J. Mallen,, Max Sennett and others are fishing, came one from the yacht "Goodwill," which is cruising near Cape San Lu- cas. On board the "Goodwill" is Mr. anti Mrs. Keith Spalding, Mrs. Green- field and Mr. Andy Martin, holder of the world's record broadbill swordfish. The message from the yacht read that Andy Martin had landed a yellowfin tuna weighing 236 pounds with a twenty-four thread line. Time of bat- tle two hours and 10 minutes. "These new records are quite a boost for the efficiency of the twenty- four-thread line," said a prominent member of the Tuna Club, when he was shown the two telegrams that had been received from anglers fish- ing in Mexican waters. "Some of those boys will bring in a 500-pound fish before they get through with their Mexican cruising." (Continued on Page 6 Column 2) Catalina will give you the rest of your life. Come to Catalina. addressed me as follows: 'Mr. Leh- ners, nay doctor advises me I have only a short time to live, which I know to be true, and as you were the only male passenger in the :hold- up, I want you to accept this buckle.'" Then, taking the buckle from his pocket, Mr. Lehners handed it to Captain Banning, with the following remarks: "You, being probably the only active six-horse stage driver in the world, I want you to accept this buckle, and I k,now that the old driver would be glad to have the buckle in the possession of one who so fully ap- preciates the rare courage, courtesy and skill of the old-time Western stage drivers." (Editor's note.--Captain Banning's love of tradition is not obscure to Is- landers who recall the six-horse stage, nor to those in Los Angeles who al- most daily datch him in the act of driving one from the courtyard of the old stage station, at the corner of Thirty-first and Hoover streets.) L