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Mysterious From page 1 was first reported in the early 20th century. "It had a great columnar neck or body," claimed author and at- torney Ralph Bandini on a fateful fishing trip off Catalina in 1916. "Surmount this neck or body with a fiat-topped, blunt reptilian head." Bandini went on to describe the eyes as "two huge, round" bulging ones--features that would be com- mon to subsequent sightings. "Two things stood out above all others," said Bandini. "Those enormous eyes and its unbeliev- ably huge bulk. I never want to look at such eyes again." In the June 1991 issue of Na- tional Fisherman magazine, Ban- dini elaborated, and perhaps em- bellished, on his sighting. "It was as big as a submarine, like some- thing out of prehistoric times." In this 1991. version, he also claims to have fired a number of shotS at the beast with his "30-30 rifle, an act that had the desired ef- :t- fect of sending the critter scurrying into the deeps. Most of the sightings of the Clemente Mon- ster occurred during the ii 1920s, including a close encounter in 1920 or 1921 by none other than George Farnsworth, after whom Famsworth Bank off Catalina's windward side is named. "Whatever it was," said-Fam- sworth, "(it)stood 15 to 20 feet out of the water... I seized the glasses and had a perfect view because we were running towards it." "Its eyes were 12 inches in di- ameter, not set on the side like an ordinary fish, but more central. It had a big mange of hair, about two feet long," he said. "I saw it Jim Watson Columnist afterwards several times. Lots of people said it was a sea elephant. Well, I know a sea elephant ...This was no sea elephant." Was this Mr. Farn- sworth's sneaky way of keeping others out of his fishing grounds? If so, he apparently enlist- ed the help of several others over the years. One of the Tuna Club's most famous early members, George C. Thomas Ill, de- scribed as "not given to tall tales or exaggeration" reported a Sight- ing in the mid-1920s; an encounter that appears in the book "History of the Tuna Club". "What the hell was that?" asked Thomas of his fishing partner upon seeing "a big black form, like the sail of a Japanese albacore boat." As they approached the creature, it submerged out of sight. The last recorded sighting of the Clemente Monster (that I could find anyway) took place in 1927 off the Orange County shore. Howard Wilson, the Orange County editor of the Los Angeles Times in those days, claimed to have seen our seafaring friend about 400 yards off Laguna Beach. He claimed the "brownish" monster had a camel-like head and neck, along with "eyes like dinner plates and a neck that extended some 10 feet above the surface of the sea." Now in the 21st Centpl-y-- whether from our waters or from our minds--the Clemente Monster has apparently moved on. Got a weird story about Catali- na? E-mail it to us a dan@cinews. us or send it to Mysterious Island, c/o Catalina Islander, PO Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704. Water From page 8 courts in 1980 and remain in use to this day. Avalon Mooring Service provides the city of Avalon with regular servicing of the system and pipe replacements when nec- essary. Besides being used to fight fires and flush toilets, salt water is also used to wash the streets in Avalon and run the fountain next to the Wrigley Stage. During a meeting this week with both Lopez and Avalon's Chief Administration Officer Charlie Wagner, the Islander was told about current plans underway for the salt water lines. "We have valves in place throughout the city to manage our use of salt water. The valves were not maintained properly and we will be replac- ing 18 corroded valves on July 5. We're establishing five zones that will enable us to shut down a zone experiencing problems so that the other zones continue running while addressing a problem." "Our use of saltwater for flush- ing toilets is one of the things that make our Island unique. I'm not sure what other places use it, but it is an excellent resource and should be used more frequently in our country," Lopez said. In fact, the only  other known location using salt water to flush toilets is China, which has been aggressively installing lines into homes for salt water toilets-since June of 2009. There are 400 cit- ies in China that suffer from acute freshwater shortages and 80 per- cent of the population in Hong Kong uses seawater for flushing toilets. As for America's use of salt wa- ter, the country is still in the explo- ration stage and the city of Avalon leads the way. The historic fountain near Wrigley stage which runs utilizing salt water. Protect n,d USC MARCHING BAND "THE SPIRIT OF TROY" will lead Avalon's 4th of July Parade for the 22nd consecutive year. Come celebrate freedom with the USC Trojan Band leading the way Visit your doctor not just any doctor. 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