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PAGE TEN . / /J: ,.. .... ... OUR wORg STANO$ TN TEST THE: TEST lies not necessarily in the sur- fBc~: appearance of the job, but in the amount of years that the work will stand daily use and stilll render efficient Our jobs took /;arl w. (;arson 'Catalina will give you the rest o4 :gour life. Come to Catalina. Subscribe now--~2 per yur. BALBOA, DISCOVERER OF THE PACIFIC (Continued from Page 7, Column 4) ciso, landed him among the dcspo'ate c~,lonists at a fort in the Gulf of Da- rien, there to work out his sah'ation and perhal~s that of his countrymen about him. It was in 1310 that Balb~m's life story began. }i'e found the people of the settlement discouraged, divided into factions, miserably u,~happy and with- out a leade,. But Balboa had the spirit of leadership, and at ~mee he took upon himself the labor of re- storing ccmfid.ence and of wresting suc- cess out of failure. His influence was magnetic, and the people trusted him. Even Francisco Pizarro, who later' was to follow the path that Balboa had marked out |)/11 \~as never permitted to elltcr, ohler, too, than Balboa, at once yielded to him and at the time seconded his exery effort. His first care was to gather together the scat- tered remnants of thc former expedi- tions, some at Uraba fort, others .lix- ing among the Indians along the coast This was a most difficuh task, but thanks tothe energy of one man it was done.H.c fed the hungry, nurscd the sick, helped build huts for the able- bodied, and thus persistently brought about iml)rovement for all. But the supply of food was the great diffieuhy, due largely to the cruel treatment and rohl)ery of the natives which had marked the nlisc~nldoct of his predecessors. Vasco Ntmez de Balboa had to gain the confidence of these natives, to mercome their sus- Ificions, and to make friends of them. He succeeded with them as he had with his own countrymen. He won over warlike tribes that had hither- to suffered from injnstice, and injury; but to get food he had to p.enetrate the jungle, often through swaml~S, al- ways in the burning sun before they couht be induced to bring food to the market of the Spaniards. In time, his patience won, and this leader estab- lished in all the fecling that integrity and confidence wouhl prevail. Snch admirable conduct brought reward in the recognition of his accomplishment. ']'he admiral, lhc son of Cohnnbus, sent provisions for Balboa's colony, and from the audiencia of San l)mfingo was given the alq)ointment of alcadc nlayor of the colony he had created. Vasco" Nunez de Balboa, when his preliminary work was well in hand, be., the exploration of the isthmian re vion around him, with especial re- gard to information Oll the rcsotlrces ~f the country and the probable supply of g, dd. t[e became acquaintcd with the native rulers of C,, of Comogre, an,l of l',,corsa--it is said that he act- ually married the daughter of the chiefs--and was admitted to their iricndship, lie wrote to the Emperor Charles V aboul his investigations, aml hehl out hopes of acquiring substan- tial ,~ains for lhe Spanish Crown. it was indeed on onc of his expeditions into the interior in search of gold that hc met the son of thc cacique ot Co- inDite, who lohl Balboa, somewhat in jest at the Spanish desire for gold, that the country beyond was far rich- er in the metal they deemed so pre- cious; that in fact, if they wanted to fro only a slight distance across the mountains (bey could view a mighty ocean, larger perhaps but cahner-- re, we pacific--tban the one lying to the north. If the information were true, so thonght Balboa to himself, hc would try to be the frst to set ey.cs upon it. This chance remark had been in 1513, and on the 1st of September of that year hc set out from the Caribbean coast, with a few Spaniards and an escoi't of friendly natives, to cross the [tshnms. They 1)lodded through the jungle; they scaled the little interven- ing hills; they pushed their way acn~ss the streams till, on the 25th of Sep- lember, 1,-513, Balboa, who had been warned by his guides that the water ot7 the southern sea was not far off. climbed a tree and for the first tim.e caughl sight of what we now call the Pacific Ocean (September 17th, present style). On the 29th of Septembr, 151.3, B al- lma actually entered the w'ater, waving the flag of his cotmtry over his head, and claiming it in the name of his sov- erei~n. The all too few years remain- ing to him he devoted to further ex- plorations "on the coast, and gave all his energics to planning an expedition a]Oll~ it, and even t~ a discovery (ff what might lay to the ~outh, of which he'hear{t rumors, in the great kinadom of the Incas. Certain it is that he visited the Pearl Islands, but ,rely filter he had, with almost overwhelming har.dsh ps. collected at Acla matet:iaI for: small vessels that werc ultimately buih on the shores of the Gulf of San Migucl, and launched them there. His triumph was, alas, but short lived. Jealousy of his (leeds and in- competency of his. associates led to ac- cusatitms against him, Hc was called across the 1Dthmus to meet these charges, but his enemies eouhl not be content with the slow and perhaps justice-seekimz processes of the courts. Hc was arrested and farcially tried and condenmed for anything that scented an easy test of guilt. Hc was execut- ed by his accusers, at Acla, the town he had helped found--that is, murder- cd--in his forty-second year. What results to the world lnight have come by discoveries in Peru and elsewhere in S~mth America if \Tasco Nunez de Balboa had lived to continue his enlightened, just, and gentle policy is a matter of mere speculation. The fact that he discovered the Pacific Ocean, surmounting material obstacles and winning over instead of killing the natives, shows the character of the man. Hc was a leader, an explorer, and a builder. Panama has perpetuated the d~scov- erer's memory by naming its natismal coin the "Balboa" and making a na- tional holiday of the (late on which hc discovered the Pacific. A lllOllUtncnt overlooking both oceans is to be erect- ed to Balboa. The entire Pacific is asked to house his memory. THE CA'IALINA ISLANDER I'-OS Angeles County Officers For Catalina Township Congressman, tIon. John D. Fredericks State Senator, Hon. H. A. Chamberlin. 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