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PAGE TWO THE SUBMARINE GARDENS ARE GOOD TO LOOK AT. By Chas. H. Smith Why Submarine ? Because these gardens are located beneath the waters of the Pacific ocean, where they are seldom disturb- ed by rough water, on the lee shore of Catalina Island. The water over these gardens ",,aries from five to fifty feet in depth, and the varieties of plant life revealed by looking through the transparent glass in the glass-bot- tomed boats is truly marvelous. This is particularly true on clear days, when the bright sunshine, penetrating the clear sea water, discloses much that cannot be seen during cloudy weather. Who planted them? Why, there is every reason to be- lieve that the interesting lady called Mother Nature had much to do with it. Others assert that God Alnfighty created them, that He might reveal still further His ideals of beauty Be that as it may, they are truly wonder- ful, and any visitor to the Pacific coast who fails to come to Catalina to see them has lost a thrill and missed a sight which alone is worth the cost of a trip from'the mainland. And after seeing them, what a pleasant memory to call up from time to time. What can one see in the gardens ? Well, quite a number of the growths have been named--many of them, which resemble land vegetation~ being giyen similar names. For instance: Bridal Veil Moss, Irish Moss, Chenille Moss, Feather Boa Moss, Ruby Moss, Feather Moss; Sponge Moss, Heather Moss, Coral Moss, Chiffon Fern, Sea Grass, Maidenhair Fern, Sea Lichen, Purple Fungus or Sea Violet. Then there are many varieties of kelp, such as Iodine Kelp (which was in great de- mand during war times), Sea Grape Kelp, Ribbon Kelp, Giant Bulb Kelp, Rainbow Kelp, Red Algae, Lavender Algae, etc. Are there any live creatures in the Marine Gardens ? Yes, indeed, they are inhabited by a great variety of marine life, froIn great fish down to sea cucumbers, barnacles and sea anemone. Among the fish is the beautiful Garibaldi Perch, or gold fish, whose brilliant color makes such a strong contrast with most of the vegetable growth as to make it an ob- ject of special attention. Then there are the Blue Perch, Green Perch, Con- vict Perch, Grey Perch and Silver Perch; Ratfish, Rock Bass, Opal-eyed Bass, Kelp Fish, Candle Fish, White- fish, Sculpin, Ghostfish, Octopus (or Devilfish), Jellyfish, Sheepshead, Moray Eel, a variety of Sharks at times, and shellfish, such as Abalone, Crawfish, Starfish, Pyramid Shell, etc. Anything else to be seen on the Ma- rine Garden trip? Yes--some of the best divers known in American waters, who dive down deep into the clear water in full view of the spectators who are looking through the glass bottoms of the sev- eral boats. They are clad only in or- dinary bathing suits, as there are no dangerous fish in Catalina waters. In the Catalina Marine Gardens Probably the peer of the present force of divers is E. M. Harrison, who has a record of fifty-eight feet in depth and a stay beneath the water of three minutes and forty-eight seconds Try to bold your breath for a minute--then you can better understand what his record means. Other divers from the power boats of the Wilmington Trans- portation Company are Everett Adar- go, Oscar Griffith, Francis McGrath and Harold (Whitie) Packman. Can one see the Gardens at night ? Sure! The latest addition to the fleet, the "Princess," is fitted with powerful electric lights beneath the bottom of the boat, the rays from which penetrate the clear waters to a depth sufficient to reveal all the at- tractions of the Marine Gardens In- deed, some observers claim that the beauty of the Gardens is enhanced by the electric lights It is also said that some of the lower forms of marine life appear to move about more active- ly at night than during the daylight hours--much as is the case with some varieties of land anima'ls. So don't hesitate to visit the Marine Gardens at night, if you have the opportunity. The slogan, "In all the world no trip like this," might have been in the mind of the author when he originated it-- for it is marvelously true of Catalina Island. The fleet of glass-bottomed boats of the Wilmington Transportation Com- /)any is under the management of Mr. Milton S. Patrick. P. S.--Since writing the above we have had a call from G. Eugene Sch- roeder, painter of landscapes, of Wil- mington, who has visited Catalina to make some sketches of the famous Marine Gardens. After viewing several of his pictures, it is fair to say that he has caught a fine conception of the beauties of the under-sea world, which he has faithfully conveyed to the can- vas. Unless one has actually seen the subjects of the pictures in their native element it will be difficult to realize that they are under-water scenes. THE CATALINA ISLA#] HELP US GET ALL THE LOCAL NEWS If you have an item of local news, a personal about some visiting friend, or have entertained at a card party, birth- day party, or other s6cal function, or hear of something of interest about any former Avalon resident, call up 7-J and tell us about it--or send us a post card with the names carefully written. If you have some printing 3"ou wish done, call up 7-J and our representa- tive will call upon you. If you have an advertisement, tei~- phone it in. FIVE THOUGHTS By E, Richard Shipp (The Wyoming Poet) SOFT winds, ~. Whispering trees, si"fting White moonbeams ..... Odor of Jessamine flowerS, Love's dream! , :,: HIGH Skies, Smooth blue mirrors, White sails lowly drifting, Soft harmonies in the pines,, Sweet sleep ! SALT air, Thundering waves, 1 " Broken battered timbers, ,_.| ot Sea gulls, flying, crying, sPYt~V I Lost Souls ! :l not sun, in rY Cacti and sand, ! uk~ A pile of bleaching bones,. ~| ~'tlq Two buzzards wheeling in tlae }| a~( Dead hopes ! i TALL peaks, lit 5!S Deep, still canyons, " s, I }It Gret~e carpestS an.d. cool a,sle I ,I o g of sd~er water,| God's Peace! ! i~ Sympathetic I,~1 ~1 Mrs. 'ewlywed (who has bee" i ing news of an old sweetheart,,i ~| I she jilted)--"And when you totto~i ~' I was married did he seem" | st sorry ?" 'd Her Companion" "Yes he sat~i~i , ' he 0 ~t was very sorry--although ~I know the man personally."--Exert I a Subscribe now---S2 per year. 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