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PAGE FOUR THE nmscles of the face need constant attention. Strained mus- cles mean drooping tis- sues We give a special treatment for the face which relieves strain. "Charmingly Different" ST. CATHERINE HOTEL BEAUTY PARLOR Phone for Appointment AL. WILSON (INVENTOR) AL. WILSON TROLLING SPOONS and SPINNERS "~BEST BY TEST" 693 Mission St., San Francisco Your Wants Smoothly Attended To at the ATWATER HOTEL "As Good as the Best, Better Than the Rest" BILLIE PRICE, Proprietor Sumner Avenue, Avalon, California Curios and Souvenirs Look for the Sign of The Big Curio Store fl. D. MacRae Co. The AVALON Care Den Ostoich, Proprietor 403 CRESCENT AVENUE Good Food, Well Cooked and. Neatly Served. DO YOU PRIZE THAT MAGAZINE OR BOOK? They will last much longer if they are bound in a neat cover; and that Radio Journal, or record, can be pre- served for future reference. How about that old prayer book or Bible? Does it need a new cover? Let the Islander do it for you. O. W. COLE Painting, Decorating 201 Metropole Avenue Avalon, California PAGES FROM A CATALINA JOURNAL (The following are extracts froln "Pages of a Catalina Journal," which is the title of one of the chapters in a book entitled "Light and Life Froin Above," published by Solon Lauer in 1896. Interspersed in the matter de- scriptive of Catalina will be found the theories of the anther concerning met- aphysical questions.) (Continued from last week). The World of Sound The sea is a continual stmly, of which I never tire. Along the rocky shore, where the water is clear as crystal, the rank sea-weed wave~ its dark green arms, or trails its long waving stems like serpents; and in and out of its tangled folds glide scores of gohtfish, like animated flames. Schools of snmll fish swarm through the water, and here and there one may see dark bass gliding among the rocks. Sea-gulls and ravens soar over- head, and on the hillsides scores of ground sqnirrles dart about. In the canyons tile rich melody of the mock- ing bird-wakes the echoes, and all na- ture seems to listen. I should think that other birds would cease to sing forever, after hearing their character- istic note sounded in the full, rich voice of this charmer. But birds and men must sing, even though they hear their own song chanted in a better voice. 1 have heard nly feeble thoughts chanted in a celestial tone by the sa- cred bards of Time, and yet I sing on, straining lily voice the more to utter a sweeter melody. There must be mocking-birds and nightingales, and there mnst be the humbler songsters; and 1 suppose even the raven's hoarse, discordant cry is music to the loving ear of Nature. 'Tis for us to tune our ears, an(t we shall hear nlusic every- where. How little do we hear of the great world of Sound. I stood clay be- fore yesterday on a hillside, with my eyes closed, listening to the symphony of bird-notes that filled the air. Many sounds are like the stars, and are heard only when the sun of the eye has yielded his all-potent sway to the diarkness. When I closed my eyes it seelned to nle that I stood in a newly discovered worht. A sea of bird-song beat upon the shore of nay conscious- ness, and the ripple of its waves seen> ed the sweetest music I had ever heard. 1 realized that l stood upon the shore of a sea whose broad expanse no man had ever sailed, lslands and contin- ents of joy lie there all undiscovered, awaiting their Cohmlbus. 1 believe that the universe is full of joys all un- discovered, by the diall mind of man. "VVe burrow like moles underground, while over us the sun shines, flowers bloom, and birds sing. No inan has dreamed of the beneficence of this uni- verse. \Ve live in it like strangers, knowing little of its possibilities for joy. Beauty clothes all things in its divine mantle, harmony t/ulses through all the motions of the atoms, and love broods at the heart of life. Man is divine, and the universe is his beauti- ful home forever. The highest is for him; the best he ever dreamed, awaits him. Man and Nature July 5.--Last night the bay was a fairy scene. Boats glided about, illum- inated with colored lights. Colored fires burned along the beach and on the hilltops. Skyrockets shot heaven- ward, bursting and dropping their balls of colored light like tears of joy. Re- man candies pour volley after volley of fiery balls into the ranks of darkness. The steamer from San Pedro. with its load of passengers, glided like an en- chanted palace oVer the gleaming wat- ers of the bay, and found her moor- ings at the wharf. Music floated over the water, and tile sound of happy voices; and all was joy. Above it all, far up oil the hillside, I looked down from my tent, and found a poetic t)leasure in the scene. It seenled to harmonize with fircllies and phosphor- escent lights of the sea and the twink- ling stars overhead. If I had descend- ed, the poetry wouhl have leftthe scene, and it would have been mere barbaric noise and fire. As I sat there, looking alternately at the gala scene below and tile quiet stars above, which seemed not to change countenance at all this fine display, I perceived that the works of man occupy but a very small space in nature, and that they do not change nluch with the flight of ages. I found that it required but a slight effort of the inlagination to convert that scene into savage jubilee, with beating tom- toms, bonfires, and exultant war-cries. These canoes were prol)elled by steam, and the fires were red and green, and the musical instrulnents were of a dif- ferent inaterial froin that used by the prilnitive inhabitants of tile island'; but how wide t}fe gap between the actual lives of the two races ? Is it the im- passable gulf our eg~tisiii has pictur- ed? Let us not say it. Man every- where is noble, if lie is unfallen. The abseuce of steanl-engines and tele- graphs does not necessarily indicate the absence of those qualities of char- acter which nlake life most worth liv- ing. We nmst look to these things lest tlley betray us. \Ve must not abate one jot of ethical endeavor be- cause of these line engines we have nlade.They will not take us the soonerto heaven. \Ve shall get no quicker news from God through our telegraph and tctel/hone. The t)hono- graph trees llOt Ullprove OLaf apprecia- tion of the nlusic it records, l)ivine life, growth in character, comes not from these thi~igs, but from tile com- llmnion with the Spirit of Life. 'Tis that which measures our distance from t,c sa\ age, not our telegraphs and steanlshq~s, lJy so far as ~,e llave ap- 1)roache,t God, the Perfect Liic, have we distallCeO o[ir saxage progenitor. \Vc cannot leave hiln behind by riding on the railroad train. It needs somcx~hat else than tile tel- ephone to bring two people into short- er speaking distance. 1 have spoken to people in a loud tone of voice who were in the very same room with me, aud they heard hie not. They were miles and miles beyond tile reach of lny voice. Could a telcgral)h or tele- phone have brought theln closer ? Surely they were ClOSe enough so far as space was concerned. But 1 have observed that space is not the only thing that separates 1)eople. If this is true, it needs solnething lnore than the telephone to bring them together. Such thoughts as these floated in nly mind as 1 sat in nly tent and look- ed down upon the festivities of the people. But 1 was wise enough not to go down and utter these opinions in the crowd. I have learned the folly of that by experience. I shall still sit above, "alone with the stars," and keel) lny lips closed, unless to pray. My own know me and will collie to me. They are on the upward Path that leads to the bill-sumnfit. They, too, look down sometimes on tile fes- (Continued on Page 5, Column 2) THE CATALINA After Every Meal It's lhe Ion confection you can --and It's a flestion and a for the and teetl Wrlgley's ll~.n In as pleaseure. Squibbs Milk of DENTA The Best Tooth Paste Counteracting Mouth Acidity 50 Cents AVALON DRU(i 405 Crescent Avenue FOR EVERYONE A Brilliantine that REMO~.~'' DANDRUFF, Promotes Growth of Hair, and It stays Combed as you ONAOLAMOIOR Prevents and Relieves Sunb0~' Try it and see the difference' Ask your Barber or HairdreSS*" They Know ! LYLE PENDEGAST Attorney at 622 Stock Exchange Buildir~g 639 So. SPRING ST. Los Angeles Phone VAndik The Catalina Islander will correspondence on problems of ~ chblogical nature. ERNEST WINDLg NOTARY PUBLI6 Legal Documonte Promptly Executed AI I News Stand, Op~ HIJDINID IIJTO SKIS I; l AUTHORIZED FORD AND LINCOLN DEALI~I~ MOTORS REBUILT And Returned in Three DaYS CLAUDE WALTON AVALON REPRESENTAT.2,~