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PAGE TWO THE CATALINA WRITER COMPARES ,-. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE OPERATION UTILITIES By Burton L. Smith If the city of Avalon had not been forced by threatened bankrupcy to give up attempting to run its public utilities and turned its gas, light and water properties over to competent hands, a hundred thousand pleasure seekers would have been forbidden an outing this summer, and the capital city of the Magic Isle would have ceased tO function. Light rainfall had depleted the water supply, millions of gallons of the life-giving fluid were needed, and the need was imperative. Under private ownership the seemingly impossible was accomplished, water in abundance was brought to Avalon in a space of time less than would have been ne- cessary for a city to have started the legal machinery to float a large bond issue, to say nothing of completing the actual work, Under the efficient man- agement of D. M. Renton, in charge of the Wrigley interests on the Island, a great water project was developed at Middle Ranch, twelve miles back in the mountains, and during the month of Jnly 258,000 gallons a day were pumped from a mountain stream and sent by gravity to storage tanks at the resort city. Not long ago, in fact, as late as 1921, the city of Avalon operated its own electric light plant. In early days, ex- cept at the heighth of the summer season, two "blinks" of the lights at ten o'clock each evening gave notice to the consumers that the plant was about to shut down for the night. The islanders went to bed, many times in the dark, hoping the baby would not get the colic during the night, and that no other cause would make them bring into use the old tallow candles. Now, a modern plant runs twenty- four hours a day, and more lights are strung as an ornament along the shore from the St. Catherine Hotel to Peb- bly Beach than were formerly used in the entire city. Before the Wrigley interests came to the rescue, many residents of the Island ate cold suppers because the cost of cooking the dinner used up the family appropriation for gas during the day. Now, there is little effort to save the fuel, since it has been pro- duced at a reduced cost. Under muni- cipal operation the city charged the consumer $3.00 a thousand for gas, which the Wrigley company now sells to the city for $1.50. With public utilities under private management Avalon is perhaps the only community in Southern California where there has been no shortage of power or water (luring the presen" season, and where there has been no official request issued for consumers to curtail their use of light, power and water. Even those who spoke the loudest in favor of municipally oper- ated utilities a few years ago, are now convinced that nothing short of a cal- amity was averted when they allowed their publicly owned plants to pass into the control of private interests. William Wrigley Jr., who owns most of the island, who pays more than seventy per cent of the taxes, and who has been' responsible for the recent growth of the resort, is spending a few weeks at his summer home. "Why," he was asked, "can your company give the people of Avalon better service at (Continued on Page 4, Column 1) RAND Continuous, Wednesday, August 13 Leatrice Joy and Rod La "Rocque Cecil B. de Mille's Production "TRIUMPH" A rich man made poor, a poor man made rich, a girl loved by both--de- Mille moulds their changing fortunes into his greatest triumph. A Lloyd Hamilton Comedy "KILLING TIME" .STRAND Continuous, Thursday, August 14 "SHERLOCK, JR." A story that is funny enough to give a bald head a permanent wave. Buster hot-loots it after crime--and puts Iris foot into it every time. Also "TELEPHONE GI~L SERIES" And Cartoon "FELIX GOES A HUNTING" STRAND Continuous, Friday, August 15 Special Pre-release showing Wesley Barry in "THE COUNTRY KID" Farcical, Pathetic and Appealing. Wes- ley Barry, freckles anal all in his very latest screen attraction. Also Harry Langdon Comedy "SMILE PLEASE" CJTRAND. Continuous, Saturday, August 16, Betty Compson in "WHITE SHADOWS" (Direct from Mission Theatre, Los An- geles). Two girls, cast in the same mould physically, but in the soul and character are as far apart as the poles. Also Mermaid Comedy "YANKEE SPIRIT" STRAND Continuous, Stmday, August 17 "BROADWAY AFTER DARK" A mighty drama of lights and shad- ows of the world's playground, featur- ing Adolph Menjou, Anna Q. Nilsson, Carmel Myers and a great supporting cast. And two-reel Comedy "THE BOY IN BLUE" And INTERNATIONAL NEWS STRAND Continuous, Monday, August 18 Pola Negri in a love story of the Lat- in quarter of Paris "MONTMATRE" Pola as you love to see her, fery, be- witching, really acting! Als6 Mack Sennett Comedy "THE HOLLYWOOD KID" STRAND Continuous, Tuesday, August 19 Reginald Denny in a dazzling romance of the younger set "SPORTING YOUTH" The thrills of the smashing "Two Mile a Minute" speed picture will sweep you off your feet. Also two-reel Comedy "FEARLESS FOOLS" and INTERNATIONAL NEWS STRAND Continuous, Wednesday, August 20th A Thus. Ince Production "HER REPUTATION" With May McAvoy and all-star sup- porting cast. A vivid romance of old New Orleans, carrying a powerful in- stance of the power of the modern day press. Also Christie Comedy "BUSY BUDDIES" ADMISSION PRICES--25c and 35c. Children under 12, in First Section, 15c. Matinee---25e. Children i0c. Magazines, newspapers, candies, etc., at WINDLE'S NEWS STAND. WORTH SELLING IS WORTH TELLING--ADVERTISE ! STOP SUNBURN The first application of cooling, healing I~dnox Kream takes the burn out of sunburn, relieves skin eruptions, ~' l~--'-d ~ chafing, irritations, cuts, 141NOXI d .AM abrasions etc. Other uses. ,i.~~" Antiseptic, harmless. Tender skins need I~inox Kream. Children like it. Ask your druggist 25c & 500. Made by Kinox Co., Rutland, Vt. THE FUTURE OF ANGLING IN CALIFORNIA Only an estimate can be made of the actual number of anglers in the state. Licenses to the number of 183,000 were sold in 1921, but since boys under 18 years of age are not required to take out a license, one can only surmise the total nmnber of those who whip the streams. Many women now fish and the number of anglers is constantly in- creasing. Futhermore, the toll taken becomes greater each year, not only because of an increased number of anglers, but because of the ease Wl"th which the best fishing grounds are reached. Quick transportation, good roads and trails in the mountains are having an effect on the numbers of fish in the streams. Those streams nearest the centers of population are the first ones to show depletion. As if the future did not look gioomy enough under these circumstances, an- other problem confronts those who at- tempt to conserve the interests of the angler in this state. The finest trout stream in California, the Klamath River, is not only to be opened to the angler because of a new road, but ex- termination of the fish in the stream is threatened by the projected btfildinng of a 250-foot dana 80 miles from the mouth of the river. Such a dam will completely destroy the run of both salmon and trout in the Klamath River, thus threatening future st this river and, in consequence, will be concentrated in nearly depleted. If the initiative measure on vember ballot does not pass, of angling in California indeed and every angler may pessimist. FISH AND GAME HELP US GET ALL THE L0~ NEWS If you have an item of personal about some visiting have entertained at a card day party, or other socal hear of something of intere: any forme~ Avalon resident, and tell us about i/----or send us card with the names carefully If you have some printing done, call up 7-J and our tive will call upon you. If you have an advertisement' ~hone it in. Roofs Repaired Phone C.C. W.B. MELBOURNE & cULL DECORATING 321 Clemente Ave. .S Welcome Visit "The Store Beautiful" Grocery Delicatessen and Lunch Counter Bakery 419 CRESCENT AVENUE TEA ROOM--CATERING SERVICE Milk Depot Vegetable Department ~'~n~O'~S Meat Market TELEPHONE CEMENT CONTRACTOR I am equipped to handle all classes of Your wants will be promptly attended to at reasonable priceS. PHONE 105-R or 361 WHITTLEY AVENLII Built on a Scientific Principle Old as Archery But Brand New to the Angling Game .... 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