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~ SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! at Avalon., Santa Catalina Island, California.. Avalon s Avalon'. Year-round mecca for tourists and.. travelers,. r, cont eball, rtdmg, fishing, publication of the Light Tackle Club, an organization walkin' marine'g~rdens Unexcelled accommodations. g, sportsmen. Baseball training field for Chicago "Cubs." __ CFNTS AVALON. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA,WEDNESDAY, JuLY 30. 1924. VOL. Xl. NO. "J~ CATALINA HOSPITAL rk of enlarging and remodeling Hospital, located on Sum- in the building formerly as the J. B. Banning residence, completion. Many changes have been made to the under the direction of the Catalina Island Company. When are completed there will acCOmmodations for upwards of ~ty beds. addition to the various wards Will be an operating room, ster- room, surgeon's wash room, laboratory, head nurse's office, 's office, reception room and a room for dental work,etc. e do not want to have a sanatar- the Island," said Mr. William Jr., in a letter recently re- here. "Avalon should have an hospital, fitted up with all surgical requirements, so the Company employees and Is- residents may have innnediate Instead of building a, special on the west side, as pre- Planned. Mrs. Wrigley thinks it Would be more convenient to the Catalina Hospital located in Central part of the city." MEMORIES OF CATALINA RNIA BOTH REALLY AND FACETIOUSLY---IN SPOTS (Wili Cressy, actor and sketch wri- ter, recently entertained the Fresno Commercial Club with the following essay on California. State Senator Lyons, who was a guest at the ban- quet, secured a copy of the interesting address from Mr. Cressy.) "And God said, 'let the waters of the earth be gathered together in one place, and let the land appear.' And it was SO." After this bit of land appeared the Lord went to work on it. He squeez- ed the water out of it. He laid it out in valleys and plains and hills and mountains. He dotted it with lakes and rivers, until it resembled a huge pie. And then He filled this pie with all sorts of riches--gold, silver, copper, iron, oil, gas. And then He spread a] rich upper crust of prolific soil over it all. And then He started to trim off the waste around the edges. The lower! edge He trimmed off and called the cast-off portion Mexico. The discard- ed portion to the north He called Can- ada. He trimmed the Atlantic Ocean off at the east. And then He came to the western edge--and stopped--and looked. For while He had been trimming off the other edges, the western edge of this grand oil pie had burst open and all that was best in it, the warmth and the sunshine, the fruits and the flower's the sweetness and the richness, had overflown and run down on this west- ern slope. And God said, "I won't cut that off, I will just leave it as it is, and call it--California." man's religion and married them. The result of this mixture being Mexicans. They taught them to build missions and play the guitar, and how to con- duct revolutions. And that is about all they have done ever since. Along about 1840 California really !began to advance. A couple of fellows by the names of Lewis and Clark be- gan running cheap excursions out over the Uuion Pacific railroad. Joaquin Miller and Bret Harte be- gan writing poetry about the climate. But the state did not really get its start until a fellow by the name of Marshall started a gold cure up near Sacramento. Inside a year there were six million of gold miners working there. Thus we see that California was dis- covered by the Spanish, fought for by the Irish, settled by the Yankees, built by the Chinese, owned by the Jews, and run by the Native Sons. With the Spanish in the south, the Yankees in the north and tourists all over it, California had a marvelous growth. In fact, it grew so fast that they had to divide it into two parts; Northern and Southern California. And had to place two deserts and mountain range in between to keep the two parts from fighting. The capital of .the northern part was called San Francisco. That of the southern portion was called Los Ange- les. "San" means "Saint," "Angeles" means "Angels"--but that was a long time ago. Sa.n Francisco, including Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Richmond, Petalu- "SWeet Catalina! Isle of the Southern I~ ~?meoar! , + y today your charm returns I Se LO ITle. ~g~ Your mountains lifted high I se eet the soft and azure skyi WhY Your curving, pebbly strana "i'h~,ere ocean wavelets kiss the 'land. ~11; groves of green, thy flowers gay, rhy ~teltered coves where waters play ; ~rl [erraced hills with many a cot, "l'h2_"arbor cahn, that white sails dot. 'l'h~re Seagulls whirl from shore to shore All~re,rnocking birds sing out their lore. I~vit_AValon---thou village blest! hzlli~s to peaceful calm and rest. ~v ~st the city's rush and roar qe "~cr% art returns to thee once more. It,. s the dee~ and boundless sea ql~s -. . ~we to be again with thee. 13b et Catalina beautiful Isle! -~aee the angles ever smile !" Writer's first trip to Catalina tnade on the Falcon, which today! Id be considered a rather small Our last trip was on the mag- Steel steamship Catalina-with passenger carring capacity~ This in one way indicates the pularity of Catalina Island. that William Wrigley, Said that he wanted to make Isle" the people's play- The remarkable growth in the of visitors to this charming earth out in the Pacific shows Wish in that respect is becom- BtthSeribe now-C2 per year. And it was so. And then for centuries it lay there basking in the sunlight, or glimmering in the moonlight, sending up its sweet- ness and fragrance to that Heaven from which it came. And then in some way--from some- where--came the first settlers, the In- dians. (Not the kind of Indians to be found there today, but the old original family). And for centuries they lived and loved and multiplied--and not much of anything else. There was nothing else to do. And then creeping up along the coast came a Spanish excursion boat, and the trouble started. The Spanish began to convert the Indians, and teach them the blessing of civilization. They traded them collar buttons for pearls, corn p~asters for diamonds, Boston garters for seal skins, and Bibles for gold mines; taught them the white THE FLYINGFISH TRIP By Chu. H. Smith When all has been said about the varied attractions of Catalina Island, there is one feature that stands out supreme--and that is the flyingfish trip at night, on the beautiful new motor boat Blanche W. It is practically im- possible for anyone who has never made this trip to imagine or mentally visualize what it is like. They have had nothing in their experience upon which to base an idea that covers the reality. Soon after the beautiful craft has left the pleasure pier, and the beam of light from the great searchlight is turned upon the water, the action com- mences, and is almost continuous until the trim little vessel reaches the pier upon its return--an hour later. That action is created by the flyingfish, which, for some reason not yet clearly apparent, leap out of the sea by ones, twos, threes and by the hundreds and thousands. The rays from the searchlight, strik- ing the wet surface of the fish, give them a silvery-golden appearance. Sometimes they make a long flight, their wing-like fins fully extended, and the searchlight follows their rapid movements until they drop into the sea. Formerly it was thought that the graceful fish did actually fly, but care- ful observation has shown that they are driven out of the water by their tails, which operate as does a powerful propeller, and that their flight through the air is in the nature of a glide, the thin, silver-like fins oftimes sustaining them for a flight of several hundred feet. It is possible, however, for the irish to stop its flight at any instant by depressing its tail, which throws it i headfirst into the water--just as de- ma, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Alcatraz Is- pressing the tail of an airplane causes land, and the Farallones, is the largest the machine to fly earthward. city on the coast. [ Sometimes the fish act as though Los Angeles, including all the rest of/ dazed, and crash head-on against the California, is still larger. San Francisco is bounded on the north by Alaska, on the east by Utah, on the south by Hollywood, on the west by the Hawiian Islands a.nd on the top by Heaven. That is, by day- light. After dark it has no limits. side of the rapidly moving vessel, and in several instances they have cleared the boat's rail and lodged in the lap of passengers. We know of one instance in which a lady's lap received the gliding fish, which she ate for break- fast the next morning. The meat of the flyingfish is white and palatable. It has not yet been possible to find any bait which these fish will take, and the only way to catch them is by spearing or netting. Flyingfish have been found a most attractive bait with which to tempt the leaping tuna, and are the main reliance of anglers who seek that great fight- ing fish in Catalina waters. If you have not taken the Catalina flyingfish trip, you have missed an (Continued on Page 11, Column 3) San Francisco has more restaurants named for dogs than any other city in the world. I Seal Rocks and the St. Francis Hotel are renowned for the number of seal skins to be seen there on any afternoon. Most of the world dates time before and after birth of Christ. San Fran- ,isco date~hers before and after the fire. The name of Los Angeles is Span- l ish. There are twenty-two ways of pronouncing it, all wrong. It is inhabited by emigrants from (Continued on Page 4, Colunm 2) It