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OCT. 21, 1931 STATES POSTOFFICE CALIFORNIA brom the mainland Pt Cunday, at 12:15 A.M. M. mail closes at 7:15 A. M. M. daily except Sunday. pffiee 2s open daily except and Sunday, from to 5 P. M. E. BAILEY, Postmaster. know that Avalon has one all-year climates on the of the United States? for what you need in the Fishing ~.~y $10 ; ?dl Day $20 ; .50 per Hour (2aPt- Earl A. Wood P. O. Box 1167 Tickets at BARGE BOOTH qNDLE ANY PUBLIC Lesal Documents I~mlBtly Executed at Islander Office I;alalln Island Lodge,F.&A.H. No, S24 ev~,~ Friday Nisht d each month at L Fore ters l-~II. V;-;tin~ btethrea ate le. )W FOLKS ] TO LOOK WELL[ .A L L,,.._.........T I M E S i JR WANTS WILL BE | )TItLy ATTENDED TO ] AT THE 1 Water Hotel | BER SHOPF ' VATE R ARCADE i $1JMNER AVENUE ipRICE Prol~'ietor L J PAGE NINE PROSPERITY IN BUGVILLE f By W. E. Allen Biological Feature Service Several times this year I have heard remarks or I hav'e seen statements to the effect that this has been a good season for insects ("bugs" as most of us call thein). Of course, this fact has usually been stated in the reverse form, i.e. that it has been a bad sea- son for lnan on account of insects. Within the rather narrow limits of my own observation I have noticed, only three kinds of insects whmh seemed to be unusually prosperous (assuming that large numbers indicate prosper- ity. These were ants, termitesand May beetles in the "grub" stage. Secondary indications of insect prosi perity have bee,, large numbers ot mocking birds, and quail and unusual- ly abundant signs of the digging op- erations of skunks, where they have been getting "grubs" from amongst the grass roots. It is well known that animals which feed on insects thrive and increase in numbers when insects becon, e more abundant. I~ast year the stories of crop de- struction by clouds of grasshoppers in the Middle West which devoured all green plants and even chewed up wooden tools forced one to think of the vears in the last century when whole counties were laid bare in a day by those insects. As I remember it there was a general understanding in the closing years of last century to the effect that scientists had discov- ered how to prevent crop destruction by those pests in the future. Yet the stories of destruction in 1930 had a striking likeness to those of fifty years earlier. For some reason or other the grasshopper population of Bug- ville became large and powerful in spite of Man's announcement that he had found a way to control them. A few years ago the cotton-boll weevil made itself a character of first page importance by ruining the cotton crops in enormous areas. At an ear- lier day the Colorado potato beetle had reached notable prominence. Sev- eral different kinds of scale insects have been greatly feared, especially in California, and in the last few years the Mediterranean fru{t fly has be- con,e known all over the country be- cause of its great prosperity in Flor- ida. An outstanding feature in the his- tories of all of these pests is that their S. C. I. Co. Laundry Dept. announces that they are now equipped to serve the general public with all classes of laundry work. leaning One day Service if Required Men's Suits Cleaned and Pressed, $1.00 QUALITY (iUARANTEED Phone 32 or 105 Work called for and delivered Terms: Cash on Delivery S. J. SM4TH. Agent. J Tarpon. Tuna, Deep Sea or Ocean Reel FOR SALE BY H. D. MacRAE COMPANY, AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND TUFTS-LYONS COMPANY, LOS ANGELES B. H. DYAS COMPANY, LOS ANGELES NEW YORK HARDWARE TRADING CO., Los Angeles, Callfornl- OR ANY OTHER DEALER, OR DIRECT FROM THE; MANUFACTURER prosperity is not uniform. Even if vom man had not taken special cart- to 92 FULTON STREET, NEW YORK fight them the grasshopper wouht have had a period of "depression" following The largest manufacturer of Hand-Made Rods, Reels aqd Tackle of their period of over-intlation. For one ' every description in America. thing their destruction of so much era^Lea NO. IB__172 PAGES--ON REQUEST ESTABLISHI~D !15(1"7 Vegetation would result in nmch or all ...... ~~- vegetation dying out in the injured f ,~ localities, As a result millions of grasshoppers hatching out in the next ] TIlE AVALON TRANSFER C0. season would die for lack of food. In son,e localities fatal "depression" [ BAGGAGE CHECKED AT YOUR HOME TO DESTINATION would follow over-inflation immediate- ly while in others wher~ their pros- [ Storage = Packing and U.packing pcrity (large numbers) had been less marked it ,night follow more gradu- M.L. JAMES i ally. In addition disease would spread | more rapidly through a large popula- tion and it nfight be greatly thinned IF INTERESTED IN AVALON SUBSCRIBE FOR THE ISLANDER by that and by increasing numbers of IF INTERESTED IN AVALON SUBSCRIBE FOR THE ISL&NDER eneulies. Of course, similar things are true of f .... I- "~ any one of the insect populations of i Ashaway Original Cuttyhun / Bugville. They all have their ups and downs. They all have periods of pros-j ~ A Famous Line For Big Pish | perity succeeded by periods of adver- sity. Their population histories run I /'~~r.X$~k~.'~lt Holds most 0[ the important worlds' rec-/ | / 'no "cycles. no less than. do the histories' t l~'le,~~~'~ ords for the largest ocean game fish lark- l f human polmlat,ous. If May bee- I ~J2(~~71 .n with rod and llne. 1 tic grubs were not exceptionally nu- merous it would not pay skunks to dig [ [[~l~[~|~["';'f.~ ,/.~ l~s.'~ ASHAWAY LINE AND TWINE MFG. CO. l for them. If ants were not excessive- t tttmm,~~~%-#I A shaway, Rhode Island l| IY numerus it wuld net pay the ]~ ~ F {~L /' housewife to lay special plans for kill- " " " inn them. If other insects were not so ishln lrles. abm, dant fewer young mocking birds would get enough food to reach ma- turity. In other words when Bugville ~.. ~ #t prosperity gets beyond a certain point ... disaster is sure to follow, but in due I AVALON, CALIF- PHONE WESTMORE I 1~6~ I 1719 SO FLOWER ST | tilne disaster or depressiou is lie:trig I PHONE AVALON |6 LOS "ANGELWS " i always followed bv increasing pros- [ / peritv. I M.L. JAMES, REPRESENTATIVE OF I eVE RHOI [ Catahna island will give you the "rest of your life"--in whichever l FUNERAL DIRECTOR | sense you choose to take it %... J