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.. ,p _~. ~ SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: .~/~r'~"='~ ! ~)~ ,~---~j~ IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! era, tArt urists and travelers. publicat eball, riding, fishing, sportsmen. Baseball training field for' Chicago "Cubs." walking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. CENTs AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1924. VOL. Xl. No. 3'~, :: bREAMING OF FLYING AND THE REAL THING By Chas. H~ Smith Quite a number f times in our days we dreamed of flying the air. The operation ap- to involve vigorous movements the arms, nmch as that of many birds when commencing their from either earth or water. And we awoke there appeared to be or less physical exhaustion-- latter was quite likely the cause the dreams, as we could never rec- any other cause for them. We not a student of flying, or par- trly interested in it. late years such dreams of the have been absent, but thoughts it seemed to fly through the a a modern flying machine have been infrequent. Recently Pilot ]~urns, who operates the "Fly- e" flying boat in Avalon bay learned that we had not up in the air, and very invited us to have a flight him~and we just as promptly ac- the invitation. Thursday last set for the trip--hence this epistle. does it seem when you take your flight from the surface of the wa- Others had told us of various ~ar, sinking spells, short- !ss of breath, rapid beating of the anxiety about a safe return to ,, etc. So as we stepped aboard Fly-With-Me" craft on Thursday we were all primed to note Personal sensations--but there none--we mean of the disagree- kind, if we except the noise from Propeller, which so far has to be as a matter of course. we moved away from the float Loaf, with increased speed, BUrns called our attention to the measuring devices in front of SUch as those for speed, altitude, Then we looked back at the wake ind the boat, and also noted the pressure from the atmosphere the hand was raised above the then, before we could realize it as a fact, the boat had left the water and was float- through the air--yes, floating, with- any buffeting waves or laughing against its sides, such .as had noted a moment before. Float- raethinks, describes our sensation. hen, as we seemed to float, the bay its boats, and the beautiful little i on its shores, appeared to be away from us. Pretty soon altitud.e register told us that the had (seemingly) receded five Idred feet from 'us. ']'hen(he land ed to run westerly, and pretty sooa Pebbly Beach amt the great stone crushing works there were be- neath us. As the boat "Fly-With-Me" turned toward Avalon it looked as if the shore line nfight be turning back on itself and going the other way--much as a train appears when you have just arrived in a station bv one train and another goes rapidly ]~ast you in the same direction you were going. Then the land receded still more, till we the Isthmus was again passed, with its passengers (all looking like pygnfies) waving at us. That surely was the most rapid traveling that we ever took for such a distance. Roller coasters are not in the same class. Circling over thc bay Pilot Burns al- lowed the placid waters thereof to come clear up to the bottom of the t!ying boat. and soon we were taxying up to the landing place. I)id we like "Fly-With-Me" Says Pilot Burns photographs taken from airplanes--Ion waters, (luring which he has never that height, as apparent from the earth had a mishap. He is one of the oldest is largely lost sight of when floating pilots on the coast, having commenced above things. In other words, a two his air flights in 1913. During the or three-story building does not look to be any,taller than one of one story --except as you may note the shadows about them. This helps us to under- stand why it takes time for one to learn to recognize from above what city they may be passing over. By this time Sugar Loaf had passed beneath us and as the Hotel St. Cath-i erine passed by the earth came up to meet us until we were floating only, a few feet above it. Then the shore l!ne sped .by us, at times at the rate of 75 miles per hour. Hamilton's! Beach, Frog Rock, Gallagher's Beach Camp Banning, Willow Cove, Moon- stone Beach, White's Landing, Hen Rock, Buttonshell Beach and Spook's Cave passed rapidly by, and we were over Long Point. How shallow the fishing boats below us looked! As we neared Long Point the Betty O., which had left Avalon some time before the flying boat, ap- peared/to"be rapidly approaching us. But it wasn't. \Ve were moving so rapidly, really, that it looked that way. Then, as the "Fly-With-Me" turned at world war he was in the aviation-sec- tion of the navy--scouting for sub- marines off the coast of Brest, France. Later he was Flight Commander at the naval air station at Rockaway Beach, Long Island, New York, and at pres- ent is on the reserve list. This year Pilot Burns and his "Flv-With-~ie" boat are operating in conjunction with the Pacific Airways, which operates a splendid line of flying boats between Avalon and the mainland at San Pedro. Visitors at the Tuna Club last week include, President James W. Jump, Vice-President Lee A. Phillips, Herbert Earlscliffe, A. C. Brode,. F. H. Reed, ttal E. Roach, Harry W. Adams, Ray 'thomas, Harry-J, Mallen, A. P. Mar- tin, L. G. Murphy, Henry S. Mackay, Jr., George Whittell, Jr., D. A. Cole- nlan, J. T. Hurst, H. G. Chaffee, Fred Latimer, W. M. Hunt, Walter Morgan, Robt. B. Jump, Mack Seunett, Oscar E. Schnfidt, B. O. Kendall, R. J. Cope, J. W. Kendall, Dr. John Gaines, Jack Teher, William de Mille, Roy White, Ahin Franks, Chas. Knight and F. H. Long Point, the little vessel bound for Bennett. AVALON SCHOOLS TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 15th List of Appointed Teachers--Prelimi- nary Plans for New School Build- ing Approved The following letter from W.D. Stephens, superintendent of the Long Beach school district (of which Cata- lina Island is a part), will clear up sev- eral matters concerning Avalon schools. It will repay careful reading: Long Beach, August 29, 1924. Editor Catalina Islander: Your communication of the 28th making inquiry concerning the Avalon schools has been received. Possibly the following will be of some interest to the patrons of the school The schools will open Monday, Sep- tember 15th. The corps of teachers for the Avalon schools as far as completed is as fol- lows : Junior and Senior High Schools M. B. Dunkle, principal, science; Dorothy C. Hahn, English and com- mercial subjects; Bevier Robinson, his- tory, Spanish and physical education; Angie L. Fox, mathematics and music; W. C. Priestly, science, physical edu- cation, hygiene and English. Elementary Schools Josephine McCorkle, fifth grade; Myrtle Knox, fourth grade; Hazel B. Putnam, second and third grades; Mrs. Emily Tower Cousins, first grade, and Katehrine Steigley, kindergarten. Mrs. Ruth Pitts' resignation was re- ceived just a day or two ago, and no" appointment up to date for the sixth grade has been made. I am sending to the Island this year for the first grade work one of our outstanding first grade teachers, Mrs. Cousins. In no school within my jur- isdiction will first grade pupils secure a better beginning than under Mrs. Cousins. Building Plans Accepted With reference to the new building, permit me to advise that the prelimi- nary sketches have been accepted by the board, and the architect, Mr. Web- ber, is engaged in making the work- ing plans and drawings. They should have been completed by this time. The building is a very attractive one and will have in it provisions for all of the work from the seventh to the twelfth year inclusive; that is, it will be a combination junior and senior high school. Courses in the industrial arts and home economics will be given as soon as we are able to move into the new buihling. It is a little difficult to know just when it will be completed. I am hoping that we can begin work in it at the beginning of the second semester. This isn't a promise, it is just a hope, which I trust will be ful- filled. We are trotting the elementary school building in good repair. The antiquated means of heating the build- ing has been dispensed with, and we are installing a furnace. Sincerely yours, W. D. STEPHENS, Superintendent.