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SINGLE J weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's official newspaper, containing 'the local news of this wonderful Island Baseball training field for the Chicago "'Cubs". Avalon: Year round mecca f~r totlrists ~-Al~t travtlers. ]3eating. bathing, golf, tenms, baseball riding, fishing, hiking, marine gardens. Unexcelled ac~enm,xiations. 'IVE C r,-NTS AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1940 VOL. XXVI NO. 34 -j by Captain Earl A. Wood. 14~-Eleven marlin swordfish in today, with compara- boats out because the mar- slowed up a bit; but a showed up. Here are the save both repetition and ae name of the angler will be rst, followed by weight of fish, to bring to gaff, name of captain.) Nielson (aged 13--his first lbs.--1 hr. and 18m.-- A. Wood. ullard Jr.--146 lbs.--3Om.-- u Builard Sr. riggs--175 lbs.--1 hr--Bor- an Beggs. Gruver--189 lbs.--47m.-- Rolland Kirby lbs.--37m.--Johnny Kirby. Zerenner--148 lbs. 1 hr ge Oliver. Ibs.--35m.--Pop Vaughan. Lucchesi--138 lbs.--1 hr. and Eye--Dec Vaughan. Carson--259 lbs.--4hr.-- ,on. ae---142 lbs.--54m.--Yolanda Kunasy, erman--143 lbs.--lhr.--Lulie-- IS--Nine marlin taken: W'endling--187 lbs.--30m.-- .alph Bressey. Ibs.---4hn.--Mai- A. Wood. (Fish jumped 21 trion Vickers--ll4 lbs.--47m. Dodge Jr. ~'nes--224 lbs.--35m.--Pop aughan. Thorpe--144 lbs.--lhr and Manana--Harry Adams. Powell--222 lbs.--lhr 5m. e Oliver. Pence--219 lbs.--lhr.-- arker Pence. lbs.--lhr 20m.-- rinie--Carl Derbone. lbs.--lhr llm. Rolland Kirby. 16"--Seven marlin taken: lbs.--lh~ .--Pop han. ,ert Staats--ll3 lbs.--14m.-- :obert B. Staats. Ir.--161 lbs.--42m.-- rsh--172 lbs.--30m.--Fel- Wilum. er--125 lbs.--lhr 40m.-- dorp---l~4 Ibs.--lhr 20m. Smith. angenheim--179 lbs.--2hr.--- goulding. l?~Twenty marlin taken: ~----147 lbs.--25m.--Adelaide aUghan--152 lbs.--15m.--P0p on page 10, column 1) Cataltna Comments By Bud a, ndrews I A BAND IS BORN In answer to many queries that have reached this writer, a brief history of Bob Crosby's orchestra will take the spotlight in the eolunm this week. We all naturally take an orchestra as a matter of course; we either like it or we don't. Yet behind the finished group of musicians that entertain us is the interesting story of how the band be- gan; why it has a certain "style", and why it is the real success that it is. In a sense, Bob Crosby's orchestra is new, for it was formed in June, 1935. Bob himself, while still attending G-onzaga University, had gotten his musical start singing at walkathons, a craze that had spread-eagled the coun- try at the time. His vocalizing during one of these events attracted the at- tention of Anson Weeks and Bob joined Week's band as featured singer. A disagreement ,arted them six weeks later, but the differences were ironed out and Bob rejoined~ the orchestra. ; After staying with Ans6n two years he joined the Dorsey Brothers' orchestra as featured vocalist, a connection that was to run six months. At the end of this time Bob decided to form his own band and went to New York. Seated, one night, at a table just off the bandstand in the Wahtorf Hotel, Bob pondered o:~ what wouht be his next move. As he sat thinkinm he was approached bv four men, who turned out to be G;I Rodin- Matty Matlock, Eddie Miller and Naopy Lamare. These gentlemen had a band and were once a part of Ben Pollock's orchestra. They needed a leader; a man with a pleasing 0erson- ality, one who could conduct, sing anti generally help them get organized. Bob blinked, he're was just what he wanted, and it had dropped right into his la-. Sc,relv an hour elapsed before Bob Crosbv's orchestra was a reality. Bnilt around a "style" brought to them through the entrance of five members from New Orleans. the orchestra started by playing a "Dixieland Swing", which brought them immediate fame. The type of music has since been modi- fied until now the orchestra is a truly versatile organization. The orchestra attracted the attention of such coveted st)ot engagements as the New Yorker Hotel in New York; the Ritz-Carlton, also in New York; the Congress and Nether/ands-Plaza Hotels in ~Chicago. and the Blaekhawk Cafo in Chieaeo. Plavlnt~ hold-over en- ga~rements at all of them. Bob's boys set all-thne higb records in attendance and popularity. The sud- den rise to tremendous popnlar pr,~mi- hence brought them radio offers ~aloro. An opportunity to take over the "Camel Caravan" was amongst the others, and Bob snapped at the chance. It was a tough nut to crack, for he had to take over the reins held by the Kimz of Swing, Benny Goodman. The organization was more than equal to it, however, and the boys have been there since. This half-hour radio show is the (Continued on Page 12, Col. 4) IMPORTRT EETINI A, ms to Co3;7Z~ t~atFel;h of Catahna lmportaaat Amendment to California Constitution Coming Before Voters at the November Election By Chas. H: Smith LTpon invitation of Carl F. Johnson, presntent of the California Sports- men's Council, and of the Catalina Is- land Yacht Club, an interesting and important meeting was held at the Yacht Club clubhouse on Friday eve- ning. Its particular, purpose was to arouse general local interest in the conservauon of the game fish in Cata- lina Island waters, and a pending amendment to the Constitution of the state winch may aid to bring such a desirable condinon about. Citizens were present representing the Catalina Island Yacht Club, the Catalina Tuna Club, the Catalina Pleasure-Boating and Fishing Associa- tion, the Avalon Business Men's As- sociation, the Rotary Club, and others interest, ed in the subject of conserva- tion 0f the fish and' game life of Cali- fornia in general and the fishing in- terests of Catalina Island in particular. The meeting was called to order by Carl F. Johnson, who stated the pur- pose of the meeting, the nature of the Constitutional amendment which is to come before the voters in November, and the urgent need of having an aroused public interest in its adoption. He thought that Avalon should have a strong, organization to keep this sub- jeer before the voters and to proclaim its advantages. Alfred H. Bombard, president, of the Avalon Business Men's Association was chosen as temporary chairman of the proposed organization, while Carl Ed- wards acted as secretary of the meet- ing. After a general discussion of the matter adjournment was taken, with the announcement that another meet- ing would be held soon, of which due notice would be given, with the desire that every person interested in the matter might be present. The Proposed Amendment This amendment, known as Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 45, was adopted by the California State Legis- lature at its fifty-third annual session, by the following vote: In the Assembly, April 21, 1939, only four members voted "No." In the Senate, May 3, 1939, only one member voted "No." (The Legislature is composed of 12'0 members.) It was filed with the Secretary of State May 8, 1939. It will come before the voters at the General Election in November, 1940. It will have a certain Number on the ballot, which has not yet been an- nounced. The Amendment may be considered in two parts, as follows: Part One To give the California State Legis- lature power relative to the adminis- (Continued on Page 2, C,4 1) RESULTS BAR ASSOCIATION PLEBISCITE FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY JUDGESHIPS Announcement is made by the Los Angeles Bar Association of the re- sults of its plebiscite among 6,402 at- torneys of Los Angeles County to de- termine the endorsement of candidates for the Superior Court Bench in the August 27th primary election. In order to definitely ascertain the qualifications of the various candidates, the Bar As- sociation obtained biographical and other informative data, brought it to the attention of Bar members, and subsequently mailed a ballot to every member of the State Bar in Los An- geles County. Judges who were endorsed for elet:- tion to the Superior Court as a result of the plebiscite were: Elliott Craig, O'Hice No. 1; Thomas C. Gould, Office No. 3; B. Rey Schauer, Office No. 3; Charles W. Fricke, Office No. 4; I'hnmet H. Wilson, Office No. 5; Myron Westover, Office .No. 6; .'Samuel R. Blake, Office No. 7 Frank M. Smith, Office No. 8; Clarence L. Kincaid, Office No. 9; Thomas L. Ambrose, Office No. 10; Clarence M. Hanson, Office No. 12; Roy V. Rhodes, Office No. 13; John Beardsley, Office No. 14, Peirson M. Hall, Office No. 15. With reference to Office No. 11, for which there were two candidates, there was no endorsement The By-Laws of the Los Angeles Bar Associatiov under which the plebiscite was conducted, provide that an endorsement shall be given to the candidate for each office who receives the largest number of "qualified" votes; provided, however, that the candidate must receive more "qualified" votes than "unqualified'~ votes. In canvassing the vote, the By- Laws, as well as the rules printed up- on the form of ballot, were followed'. There were a considerable number of ballots east for Office No. 11, as there were for every other office on the ballot, that were clearly invalid. There- fore, such invalid votes could not be counted under the rules governing the plebiscite. The votes cast for Office No. 11 showed that Judge Ben B. Lindsey received 1,219 negative votes and 1,213 favorable votes. Had the ballots which were necessarily disquali- fied been valid and counted, Judge IAndsev would have received consider- able more "qualified" than "unquali- fied" votes. HOW LOS ANGELES HAS GROWN Population 186(I, 4385; 1870, 5,728; 1880, 11,183: 18911. 50.395: 191)0, 102,479; 1910, 319.198; t920. 576.673; 1930, 1,238,- 048; 1940, 1,496, 792. The latter figures bring Los Angeles City uo to fifth place among the larger cities in the United States. She is exceeded by De- troit, with 1,618,549: Philadelphia, 1,- 935,086: Chiea o, 3.384.556, and New York City, 7,380.259--the largest city in the Western Hemisphere. ~tra Race drivers havelthree cardinal rules when their cars go into a skid' and the rules might be memorized by all motorists, reports the Public Safe- ty Department of the National Auto- mobile Club. These rules are: Don't touch the brakes, leave the ear in gear, turn with the skid not against it.