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THE CATALINA ISLANDER Thursday, August 25, 1955 MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPS FOR THIS YEAR ANNOUNCED Renewals of Charter member- ships received to date for lhe Cata- lina Island Museum Society, Inc. are as follows: Stanley Rosin, Life Member. Malcolm Renton. Oliver S. Loud. and Catherine MacLean Loud. Spon- soring members. The Supporting members arc a~ follows: Judge Ernest V indle. Eddie Harrison. Ralph Bait. Mrs. Louise Fricke. Ernest Reyes, George Mc- Ketvie. Mrs. Warren Lamb. Alice L.aurance, Fred Paulson. Carolyn Gross, Oce Abbott, Art Mooney. Participating Membership i n- eludes Father John Wehmhoefer. Anne Patton, Dorothy Shepard, Elizabeth Spencer Elizabeth Beck- er, E. L. Reeker. Marguerite Rains. Marguerite Glenar. Paul Gilbert, Ruth Eaton. R. E. Morris, Dr. John B. Toomay, R. E. Brown. Dr. E. B. Alexander, Mrs. E. B. Alexander. Mary Henderson, Lillian Gally, J. F. Seymour, Charles B. Hill, Kathryn Byrd, Rosamond Norman, Fred Reiss, Jennie Raymond, Carolyn Bagley, Juliet Gunther, W. E. Behr- schmidt. Loose in Avalon Avalon was the scene of a latter day Goldilocks tale Monday evening when Mr. and Mrs. Don Wiberg re- turned home to find some mighty peculiar goings-on had gone on. After a pleasant evening at Tom- my Clement's Casino Theatre watch- ing a movie, the Wibergs returned to Hmir home on Marilla avenue m find the kitchen light burning brightly. That. however, wasn't the ~vorsL On entering the kilchen, they found that the refrigerator had been raided of some staples, and the "Goldilocks" who did it had not even bothered to wast~ up the dishes af- ler the meal. Besides [ h e unwashed dishes. another bit of evidence .which Mrs. Wiberg ca policewoman on Avalon's police force) noticed was a woman's mocassin which had been left on the kitchen floor. The trail led to the, bedroom where Goldilocks had follb~ed the script to a tee and was deepl3~,snoozing off a slight over- indulgence. After recognizing the nocturnal visitor as a summer employee of a local business house. Mrs. Wiberg and a few of her co-workers helped the offender to her own happy home. The modern Gotdiloeks had made only a few alterations to bring the story With such a precedent. Mr~ Wi- berg should have a pretty easy mar- WNZN WASHINGTON PLAYED CARDS Did you know that card playing was so popular at the time of the American Rev Aution and decks of cards were sold in such large quan- tities that playing c~rds were taxed heavily under the infamous Stamp Act? The Stamp Act, which with other legislation aroused the wrath of the colonists to such later actions as the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, contains the following passages: "And for and upon every pack of playing card~ corded the names of those with whom he played cards along with an exact record of games won and lost. At.other famous American of the Revolutionary era. Benjamin Frank- lin, was one of the first manufactur- ers of playing cards in the United States. Benjamin was a partner with his brother, James, in a printing firm which g, :de maps and printed "Poor Riehard's Almanac." One of the Franklin brothers' early advertise- ments read, "Stationery of all kinds to be sold at the Post Office and sun- dry other things too tedious to men- tion." At that time, stationery was an elastic term which included playo- ing cards, books, and even Bibles. One unusual effect of the Ameri- can Revolution, reflecting the dis- taste of the colonists for the nobility. was the elimination of royalty from playing cards. A special deck. sold in Philadelphia shortly after the Revo- which shall be sold or used with- lution, has Gilbert Stuart's portrait in said colonies or plantations, the of George Washington on the King several stamp duties following: for every pack of such cards, the sum of I shilling." Although a tax of one shilling may not seem like much to us nowadays (it is equivalent to about 14 today) it should be remembered that at the time it was equal to the total pur- chase price of a deck of playing cards. The Father of our Country, General George Washington, an avid card ried life from here on out. No mat- player himself, noted in his diary on Rummy and Calypso. But a deck of Other memberships for this year ter what happens, Mrs. Wiberg will December 31, 1771: "Purchased two] playing cards, which today may cost include Kirk Shepard, Claude Wal- have lo believe it -because how new decks of cards at a cost of 21slightly more than a shilling, remains ton, and Everett Adargo. To all ofcould anything top what happened shillings." Earlier, on January 16. [one of the nation's favorite pastimes these a hearty "Thank You." The Monday? 1768, Washington wrote: "At home all ] and continues to provide enjoyment Museum is able to keep going by Goldflocks will, alas, never be day at cards It's snowing." Other [ and relaxation for more than 80 per y o u r contributions. Additional identified. After all, it could happen entries in Washington's Diary re-,cent of the population. names will be publishedin later to anybody. issues of the Islander. I I Longest Jury Trial 'Join the Cattflina s'an# II EndSReturninginwlth'NOta verdictGUiltYof "not The Islander is Imppy to print the following form which may guilty," after a'three'day jury trial, ! be used in applying for membership hi the Ca.tal hm Island ~iDm [ the jury in the case of Bernard Mat- I Society. Anyone Interested in our ISlSJI 1 IS engu)ie lor mere rs p. tra. Tom Trammer. Salvatore Fer- I l I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I [ of Hearts. The other pasteboard roy- alty were dethroned and temporarily replaced by such famous Americans as John Quincy Adams (King of Diamonds), Thomas Jefferson (King of Clubs), and Andrew Jackson (King of Spades). The ~wo most popular games played by the colonists were Whist and Quadrille. These have been re- placed nowadays by such relative newcomers as Bridge, Canasta, Gin I I I HEREBY APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM SOCIETY Check Desired Classification ANNUAL DUES: [] Sustaining $100 [] Patron 50 [] Sponsoring 25 Supporting 10 [] ParUcipating. 5 [~ Student I MEMBERSHEPS: [] Benefactor $10,0@0 [] Fellow 1,000 ratus, and Golfredo Monni, defend- ents, all from San Pedro, who op- erate the commercial fishing boat "Fisherman," closed one of the long- est trials in Avalon judicial history. More than 60,000 words of evidence ], and argument were heard on Tues- day by the jury and a decision was not rendered until 9:30 p.m, The defendants were charged with operating a commercial fishing net "Maybe we "ain't seen nothin' yeL" Just suppose we had power steering in the back seat !" Freak Accident Explosion Everett J. Santos of Oakland, was the victim of a freak accident Mon- [] Life 500 Check Enclosed [] Please Bill Me Application is now pending for InCome tax exemption. Signed Address PLEASE INDICATE BELOW THE SUBJECT OR SUBJigCTS IN WHICH YOU ARE L,~PECIALLY INTERESTED History -- Avalon and Catalina Archeaolog), -- Indian Relics mid Culture Geology --- Minerals, etc. NaturaJ History --- Land Natural History --- Marble Astronomy Moterology --- ~Weather, etc. Photography ~Art -- Painting, Sculpture, etc. Hobbies -- Handicrafts, Collections, etc. Others (Sugges'tions) : laeorporctted P. O. BOX 366, AVALON, CALIF. I I Deputy District Attorney David [ Fuchs of Long Beach represented the Fish and Game Commission. [ and Attorney Leonard ViMiceli of San Pedro represented the de- ] fendants before the Catalina Ju- dicial District Court, Judge Ernest I Windle presiding. 'More than a day was exhausted in the selection of a jury with the contesting attorneys finally deciding [ on the following: Mrs. Elizabeth Spencer. Roy Pyle. Mrs. Arch Mac- kie, Mrs. Maxine Capitani. Thomas Ince, Mrs. E. Wilson, Mrs. Margaret White. Raymond McKee, George Marrion. Tony Panariello, Mrs. E. M. Shonafelt, and Robert Ellis Reel. foreman. [ The defendants alleged that the net and the fish exhibited at the ] trial were taken in the open area on the west side of Arrow Pt and that they did not operate the net or take ] any fish while at anchor in Gallagh- er's Beach on the lee side of the Island when they were apprehended by the officers of the Fish and Gain6 Commission. [ After an hour and five minutes of deliberation, the jury returned [ the "not guilty" verdict. in District No. 20 in the vicinity of day evening at the corner of Cres- Gallagher's Beach in violation of cent and Sumner avenqes when a Section 842. Fish and Game Code. man-hole cover blew up ~and knock- ed him over. According to a witness, Payton Stitch of Los Angeles, Santos leaned over and dropped what he ~Stitch) thought was a lighted match into one of the small holes in the man- hole cover. "Almost instantly there was a 'woosh'," said Stitch. He com- pared the noise to the sound of the release of compressed air. "The man was thrown up off his feet falling on his back, .and about the same time the manhole cover went up into the air about four feet, coming to rest on the street about five feet from the manhole, and about at the man's feet. As the cover left the manhole I noticed a bright glow." Santos was removed to the hoS- pital where he is recovering from a fractured skull. Unless eompliea" tions arise, he will be released late this week or early next week. The manhole is owned by the Pa~ cific Telephone company, Who use it as a junction for underground tele- phone cable. Apparently gas had es- caped from some source and gather- ed in the manhole, although there is no gas connections at the man. hole. Santos is spending a vacation on Catalina with his wife. He had just lit his pipe when he apparently chose an unfortunate way to dispoSe of the m~itch.