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PAGE TEN THE CATALINA BIG LEAGUE TUNA ARE BATTING 100 PERCENT By Mark Kelly Sports Editor Los Angele~ Examiner. Bill Wrigley better had come home and tend to his minor leaguers. His Major Leaguers--the Cubs and the Tuna--are behaving very nicely, thank you, and auguring a prosperous year for the gum king. But his minor leaguers--the Angels, barracuda, sea bass, yellowtail and al- bacore-aren't up to anything but blah. After watching his Angels stagger around hopelessly for eight weeks of baseball the writer dropped over to the Gum King's Island to see how the minor league fish were doing. Their average is worse than that of the Angels. In the fish league they're batting zero and their fielding is at- trocious. Not a likely looking re- cruit in either the Angels or the fish, and to perpetuate his major league aspirations for championship timber it is behooving Bill Wrigley to come back and oversee his minor hatcheries. One yellowtail, a ten-pounder, caught so far this year and very few last sea- son. Proving that the yellowtail are sensitive to what the Angels do. Re- member how bad the Angels looked last year, don't yoo? But, with the Cubs up in second place and only one game away from the lead the tuna came flocking to Catalina ahead of schedule. They're bigger than ever, easier to catch and gaff and already the word has gone forth to the international fish catch- ing experts to set sail at once. Looks like championship year for the Cubs and also for tuna. To date there have been 37 tuna landed. That's phenomenal for so early in the year. Buck Jones caught a 164-pounder; Lawrence Mutt took E. M. Seifert of Los Angeles out a few days ago and they hooked and landed a 172-pounder which is the lar- gest catch since Howard Dudley land- ed one 198 pounds in 1921, Harry W. Adams went out and hooked and gaffed a whopper weigh- in.g 118. He got that one in eleven minutes. Before the afternoon was over he landed another weighing 108. In three days fishing he landed six of them and only one was under 100 pounds. The boys who make a living taking you fishing are moaning loudly these last few days. First came an under- tow to ruin their fishing parties. Now its the high wind and rough seas. Al- bacore, the tid-bit this season is net- ing them $400 per ton, and they're easy to catch when they bite, but, durn their scaly hides, they ain't bitin'. There are schools of them within two miles of fair Avalon's shore line but they refuse to report to head- quarters to be weighed in for fighting. They're out there in training, and, while the Dempseys of; fishland are making suckers of themselves, the Leo- nards, the Villas, Walkers, Lynches, Grabs and others of less weight and prominence refuse to fight. The big purses have ruined them. Nowhere in the land is such a treat at a fellow's doorstep as this Santa Catalina Island jaunt. What wots it if the minor league fish do. stick sassy fins to their noses and tell you to go to ? You can always return and get them when they're not suspecting you. And if these little devils don't fall for you, get in line and go after the big leag- uers. It's all in knowing how and having a lot of patience. Take Z,me Grey, author and motion picture writ- er and his record for patience which makes that of Job look like a race be- tween Ruth and Cobb to lead the league. Grey last year went out 60 days in succession in his private yacht looking for swordfish. In sixty days he didn't get a bite. But in another thirty he had plenty tO compensate him for his perseverance. We had "Yellowtail John" as our pilot today in five hours of cruising. We hand him the laurel wreaths of ham hocks and bacon. In five hours we had ONE bite and it was a bite. It pulled the left arm out of socket, twisted the right wrist and otherwise shook up our system, but we lost him. "That fellow," says "Yellowtail John" suavely "weighed thirty-five pounds." There's a fisherman for you. Tells the weight of the fish while he is still 300 feet under water and has no scales attached to the pole. Marvelous, Wat- son, simply marvelous. "Yellowtail John" said eommiserately as he accepted his fee, that the ocean's bowels were slightly askew now, be- cause the bottom of said ocean under- went an e~.rthquake last week. And, mind you, John has no seismograph, either, which makes him even more marvelous. But aside from the disappointment of no fish and having to go back to watch the Angels play, the Island looks to be in for a big year. Wrigley has just spent another million here and there to make his "poor man's play- ground" more attractive and while the improvements are not all visible they are here in the shape of more beaches, more water and more fun. The guy who seeks big game can hop to it for a red nose or a red neck any day now. The tuna are here and so are the swordfish. The albacore are here but not voting. The yellow- tail are due, but like some of the bills of Mutt and Jeff, not payable. THE SUBMARINE GARDENS THE MARINE GARDENS, as de- scribed by the eloquent editor of the Parisian journal, "Le Figaro," M. Huret: "Floating over green and blue water in the glass-bottom boats, one sees the goings and comings of aquatic life. The boatman names to you the marine plants and the fish, and tells you the different depths. One is as- tounded; one questions; one exclaimsl Here are shell-encrusted rocks; fish, red, green and gold, zigzagging leis- urely among the waving foliage, the seaweeds gracefully balancing with the tide; on the clear bottom the sea throws beautiful reflections. Here are real trees with long branches waving as on land by a tempest; great fish of all shapes appear as in an artificial aquarium; the sea stars (star fish) shine in the shadows of the rocks; then more luxuriant foliage, branches bearing clusters of fruit resembling the olive. One would think these were fertile fields suddenly submerged by a tempest. Leaning over the transpar- encies in the bottom of the boats, the people go into ecstacies." A party of eastern tourists com- mented as follows: "Next to the Grand Canyon, the Catalina marine gardens are the most interesting sight we have seen." The marine gardens are shown by day and by night. In the spring of 1921 J. H. Patrick, president of the Santa Cata- lina Island Company completed experi- ments on board the glass bottom boat Empress, which enabled him to show the marine gardens at night. Sixteen, one thousand candle, power~ searchlights were encased in pontoons attached to the aide of the vessel, and these l~ghts penetrate into the water for a depth of one hun- dred feet with a radius of two hundred feet. Night time being the time when many varieties of fish feed, the visitors on these trips see many marine wonders on the bed of the ocean as well as the hundreds of different varieties ot vege- tation. Renew your subscription to The Catalina Islander, $2 per year. Magazines, newspapers, candies, etc., at WINDLE'S NEWS STAND. Catalina--"in all the world no trip like this." Advertise your needs in The Catalina Islander. Wednesday Evening, June 18th "WANDERING DAUGHTERS" With a great cast including Marguer- ite de la Motte, Marjorie Daw, Noah Beery and Pat O'Mal- ley. Gayety, laughter and romance abound here." Also Pathe Comedy "PICKING PEACHES" STRAND Thursday Evening, June 1Oth "THE EAGLE'S FEATHER" A story of cattle stampedes and west- ern chivalry--with James Kirk- wood, Mary Alden and Eli- nor Fair in the cast. Also Educational Comedy "A PERFECT 36" STRAND Friday Evening, June 20th "THE HOOSIER SCHOOLMASTER" With Jane Thomas and Henry Hull-- True to the famous old stories of Indian school days. Also Pathe Comedy, "ROUGHING IT" " STRAND Saturday Evening, June 2Ist Anna Q. Nilsson in her best effort "INNOCENCE" A web of slander, gossip, intrigue, and then--wait and see! Also Pathe Comedy "ONE TERRIBLE DAY" STRAND Sunday, Evening, June 22, Paramount Picture "SOCIETY SCANDAL" Also Good Comedy And INTERNATIONAL NEWS STRAND Monday Evening, June 23rd Paramount Picture " SINGER JIM McKEE" Also Good Comedy ...... RTRANO Tuesday Evening, June 24th Universal Picture "BROADWAY OR BUST" Also Good Comedy And INTERNATIONAL NEWS .STRAND Wednesday Evening, June 25th First National Picture "PONJOLA" Also Good Comedy F;TRAND PRICES--28, 39 and S0 Cents. Children under lZ, in First Section lk. Write to the Catalina Light Tackle Club, P. O. Box 14, Avalon, California, for information about sea angling. Catalina will give you the rest of your life. Come to Catalina. Advertise your needs in The Catalina Islander. "KEEP ON KEEPING ON" When a traveling companion re- marked to William Wrigley that he could %ave money" by cutting down his advertising, Mr. Wrigley re- sponded: "We're making a fine trip on this train. How much progress do you think we should make if they took off the locomotive?" ORDINANCE NO. AN ORDINANCE OF OF OF TRUSTEES G AVALON AMENDIN ANCE NO. 108 OF SAID AMENDING SECTION ORDINANCE AND ORDINANCE NO. 136 CITY, AND ALSO R SECTION 21 OF ANCE NO 108. The Board of Trustees 0f of Avalon do ordain as Section l.--That Section nance No. 108 of the City as amended by Ordinance said City, be and the same amended to read as follows: Section 20: CARRYING GERS FOR HIRE BY BILE OR VEHICLE--For son, firm or corporation the business of carrying for hire by autombile, m~ riage or other vehicle, boat, in the City of Avalon, shall be Five Hundred Dolla per annum, payable vance. Section 2.--That Ordinan( of the City of Avalon, er Ordinance of the Board of the City of Avalon, regulating certain kinds carried on in said City penalty for the violation repealing Ordinance No. City and all other OrdinanceS." of Ordinances of said City therewith," adopted June also Section 21 of of said City, entitled "An of the Board of Trustees of Avalon amending Or, 108 of said City by amen, 20 of said Ordinance, an~ a new section thereto to ed Section 21, fixing a carrying passengers for hit mobile, motor bus, etc.," 18, 1920, as amended by sal ance No. 136, be and the hereby repealed. Section &--The City Cle tify to the passage of and shall cause the same to lished" once in the CatalinZ a weekly newspaper of tion, published and City ,of Avalon, and ther, thereafter the same shall force and effect. 13tll' Adopted and approved this of June. 1924. P.V. President of the Board Attest : ETHEL D. City Clerk of the City STATE OF CALIFORNIAn,s: CITY OF AVALON. ) I, ETHEL D. KILGOUR, C of the City of Avalon, do that the foregoing ordinance adopted by the Board of T the City of Avalon, State of and signed by the Board Of Trustees, at a ing thereof, held on the June, 1924, by the following - wit: AYES: Trustees MeKelvey, Stanton, Hevren, Reyes. NOES : None. ABSENT : None. In witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed seal of the City of Avalon, day of June, 1924. (Seal) ETHEL D. City Clerk of the City PAPER PENCILS PADS ENVELOPES