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PAGE TEN "RESULTS NEGATIVE" By Science Service Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest to a scientific research worker are "results negative". Writ- ten at the bottom of a sheaf o~ m,ws on an experiment, they meatl ~hat here is so nlUch more of love's labor lost. For this reason, scientists usually avoid lines of inquiry that look as though they would end in this frus- tration. Yet once in a while one will deliberately go into a blind lead, just to make sure that some particularly fool notion really will not work. Dr. Francis B. Sumner of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, Calif., recently made such a sure-loss bet, during a vacation spent at Tucson, Ariz. Its net result, as an- nounced through the National Acad- emy of Sciences, was to at least part- ly dispose of a theory regarding causes for changes in animals' hair color. But it may be conjectured also that it effectually quieted an itching doubt in the back of the scientist's own brain, permitting him to go about his other jobs in peace. Familiar for many years have been the chameleon-like changes in the RATES OF INTEREST ON DEPOSITS IS REDUCED t{eduction in the rates (,f interest to he paid on &'posits by the Cata- lina Island Branch of Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles has been announced by \V. J. Lan':in, Manager. In making this announcenlent, the local banker stated that this action is expected to be uniform in all com- munities in which the branch bank- ing institution operates branches. The step is being taken upon the recom- mendation of the Executive Commit- tee of the Los Angeles Clearing House Association to all its member banks that : "Effective on October 1, 1934, tile maximum rate of interest to be paid on six months' interest bea~;ng term savings accounts and time certificates of deposits will he 2% per annum." Concerning this matter, G M. Wal- lace, president of the Secuv;ty-First National Bank, has issued the follow- ing statement : "In putting into effect file rednc- lions in interest rates on various types of deposits, we believe that, through the ! promotion 04 ~afer, sounder and more conservative bank- body colors of flounders and other ing, this action will be to the best in- fish, and also of other lower verte- terest s of the people of the con,.mun- brates, in response to the color and rues m which our institution operates pattern of their background. It has been conclusively shown that these changes come in response to visual stinmli : blinded flounders do not change color when the background changes. In various ingenious experi- ments by which this phenomenon was tested Dr, Sunmer had taken an act- ive part. An analogous notion, not very seri- ously suggested, was that differences in hair color in ma=-mnals of the same species from different environments might be similarly influenced by what the animals saw every day. Dr. Sum- ner decided to test it out, million-to- one losing bet though it was. He took pure-bred mice of two dif- ferent coat-colors, with new-born broods of young, and kept them in cages lined respectively with white, black and yellow, and kept lighted night and day. Anesthetizing the in- fants when their first coat of hair was still young, he plucked selected small patches on their skin quite bare. Then he waited for the second growth of hair. If there were anything in the the- ory, this second coat, grown while the mice were constantly seeing their col- ored backgrounds should have varied branches. It is in conformity v.ith similar action taken recently b3' banks in other cities of the country, most Of which are now paying interest rates substantially below those prevailing m California. "All well-managed banks ;ire re- quired to keep a large pro1 orti,m o[ their deposits in liquid securities, such as United States Government, muL'ici- pal and other high grade b,,nds, and bank balances. Both connnercial and savings banks must carry large amounts of such investments a.s part of their secondary reserves for :hc protection of their depositors. "In former years the rates of inter- est on these liquid assets were rela- tively high, and the returns from them, combined with other earnings, enabled banks to pay a higher rate of interest on deposits than present con- ditions warrant. "The dictates of what we regard as wise and prudent banking under such circumstances require a reduction m interest rates to meet the altered con- ditions, and we are therefore firmly in accord with the recommendation of the Los Angeles Clearing House's ex- eeutive committee. "Our depositors will gain an added security for the funds which the.;, de- BOY SCOUT NOTES OF COMMUNITY INTEREST Local Boy Scums will be interested tt3 kuow that if they make a trip "to Cherry Valley ;it any time during tim fall or winter m~,nths they will receive a cheerful welcome from Mr. an([ Mrs. \V. R. Spivey,who have been apptfinted care-takers fl~ere. The number of boys who enjoyed camp life at Cherry Valley the pasl summer was 72 per cent greater tha~ in 1933--672 for the season. The standard of care for the boys who trent there accounted for much of the increase. EVery Scout and Scouter who went to Cherry Valley the past summer is to receive a neat souvenir. Tomorrow, Friday, Se, ptemher 21, will be Scout Day at the Co,rely Fair at Pomona. Scouts in unifot2n, FREE. Scouting Holds Older Scouts A report released from National Headquarters by Dr. James E. West, Chief Scout Executive state- that 30 per cent of our National Membership is nmde up of boys between ;tie ages of 15 and 21 years. This means over 201,5(10 over 15 years old. This in- cludes 110,000 16-year-olds, 57,000 17- year-olds, 26,000 18-year-olds, 13,000 ll}-year-olds, etc. "This is a strikiug testimonial as to the value of tile pro- gram of Scouting in the last decade," states Dr. \Vest. --~" :O:--~ Husband: "Why did you keep me waiting on this corner for two hours when you said you were merely going to step in and ask how Mrs.. Gabber was ?" Wife: "Well, she insisted on tellfilg me."--The Pathfinder. If you don't trade in Avalon we all lose money. Certificate of Business Fictitious Firm Name The undersigned does hereby cer- tify that he is conducting a Beverage and Water Business at 111 Catalina avenue, Avalon, Calif., under the fic- titious firm name of Catalina Bever- a~.*e Company and Arrowhead & Pur- itas Water, and that said firm is com- posed of the following person whose name and address is as follows, to-wit : C. L. Crow, residing at 216 ~Uhittley avenue, Avalon, Calif. Witness my hand this 18th day of September, 1934. C. L. Crow. State of California SS. County of Los Angeles [ from the first. In no case did the second-growth hairs fail to be a per- posit with us. It has always been and feet color match for the first. The zs now our determination to maintdn On this 18th day of September, m a safe and sound banking structure--- the year nineteen hundred and thirty- results were completely negative, ready, under new and changm., condi four A. D., before me, Ernest Win- Dr. Sumner meets possible critics lions, to meet the financial :require- dle, a Notary Public in and for the by admitting that he did not work merits of the communities,, in which we stud' County of Los Angeles, State of with large numbers of mice, and that maintain branches. California, residing therein, duly com- a longer-continued series of experi- ------"o'~----- missioned and sworn,personally ap- ments might be desired. But with .. a " urse",Ta Span!sh- .....~r . . "i ": ~]6 weary hours of mouse-hair plucking ThoeniBe doe~ tPt tdeyCaLenuC:?WXv:?:n~,d?ersam still aching in his fingers and eyes, he .Cal . .. p re ta ot he Wander- known to me to be the person whose adds, drily: mg .Jew, llt~retto by N.eil Ames .and name is subscribed to the within in- 'Such a critic is welcome to per- musm by Elsa Proehl, is to I~e given strmnent, and acknowledged to me form this long-time experiment. I am a private showing in Los Angeles the that he executed the same through [" latter part of this month "It wasIn witness whereof, I have hereunto --:o: ~ during research for my three-act play, set my hand and affixed my officm! AUTUMN WILL BEGIN T!le Ros.e .of Cataln]a' that ,I, w[ote seal in said county the day and year SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 211 tla~s ~pamst>Cahtorman story, writes in this certificate first above written. Mr Ames No definite date has been Ernest Windle By Science Service set, but the showing will be held out- Notary Public in and for of-doors in the attractiveSylwm Los Angeles Coma:y, At 12:46 pan., eastern standard Theatre in Hollywood. State of California. time, on Sunday, September 23, the ~ :o:------- SEAL sun will be directly over the equatdr in its southward jou.rney among the Our Adlet Column helios. Try it. Pub. Sept. 20-27; Oct. 4-11.' stars. This event, called the autum- ~~~'" .'';": ";'.7" "" " :~.: ." ":'" ....... .'" I Ure Druggist offersi convention as the beginning of an- ~ tumn. Because the sun is over the equator, it will rise directly in the east, and set directly in the west, so that it will be above the horizon just .,., NATIONALLY KNOWN ITEMS as long as it is below. ~:" at " that can't be beat. Astronomers place no credence in ~ prices the popular belief in a "line storm' "~.~ occurring when the sun thus crosses Call at our store for circular containing list. the"line". September is apt t be a i.Brooks Pharmacy i'. stormy month, but bad weather is no more likely to occur on September 23 than on the days before or after. ----:o:-- "~ New Merchandise Friendly Service Reasomaide Price .~_ Do you know that Avalon has one ATWATER ARCADE PHONE 122 m of th'e finest all-year climates on the Pacific Coast of the United States~ - TIlE Geo. C. Thomas, 111, of B Tuna Club Record pounds, taken year 1927 0~ tackle. Billy Stringfellow, Jr., tackle marlin, aei! taken on Sept. 9th, fro,# fellow boat "Senga." -te~ hour, twenty-eight mtt~ by Bob Lyons. : O:~ ,l~ Earl Wood, ot the crutser,~et says this is a good time to e t| and o for the marlill, as l "g -ayy ' hungry and biting. He s2.iglll Kmgsbaker caught o " bY ~ pounds, while one hooke~o~l~ s ther Harry, threw the n .IS0 awa F I Consiglieri .~iCb one from the "Matinee , ~-Ii~ pounds--making four . e'a y' from Earl's boat in eign~ "- --------- : o : --'JgllOI So the people may I' We will send the Catalina i postpaid, to any addre United States, f,,: .j Three Months ..................... ..-~ Six Months .......................... ~.. One Year .......................... S j" Three Years ............... Catalina Island will glv~,~ rest of your hfe ---m ~ ' you clmose to take it. -- :o:---'~. ~ Of Summer, Winter, Spr~n~ll, Catalina's best o* "-