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October 22, 1924

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} PAGE SIX" THE CATALINA WINDLE'S PRINT SHOP Published Every Wednesday at AVALON, CALIFORNIA. F_. WINDLE, . - Editor and Owner CHAS. H. SMITH - Associate Editor SUBSCRIPTION RATES (in advance). Three Years ........................ Five Dollars (Only When Paid in Advance). One Year ........................ : ......... Two Dollars Six Months ............................. One Dollar Three Months .......... Fifty Cents Single Copies ............................... Five Cents ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising S0c per Inch, Each Insertion... S00 Inches During a Period of Six Months, SSc per Inch. Liners 10c per Line, Minimum 25c. Entered as Second-Class Matter March 31, 1914, at the Postofllce at Avalon, Calif. Under the Act of March 3, 1897. The columns of the Islander are open to the general public, on any of the fob lowing subjects: Local Pollttcs and Oov- ernmen, Fishing, Hunting and Camping. Items of local news interest will be greatly appreciated. There are 656,073 registered voters in Los Angeles county. Armistice Day, November llth, will soon be here. The attention of all interested is called to the notice of the Parent- Teachers Association meeting on next Thursday evening, which will be found on .the high school page. The young folks at Catalina Hi are getting out quite a creditable page this term. Like the Islander editor they report a dearth of news at this quiet season of the year. ' The giant Zeppelin ZR-3, built in Germany for the United States, arriv- ed at Lakehurst, N. J., Wednesday morning, after a three-day trip front Friedrichshafen--5066 miles. Average speed, 62.35 miles per hour. The crew numbered thirty-two. The cruiser Quest . took a special party of Catalina ball fans to Los An- geles harbor on Sunday morning, so that they could attend the ball game, :and incidentally root for the "Angels." They had with them a Catalina goat ior a mascot and the metropolitan newspapers gave the boys a lot of fa- vorable publicity. It is reported that San Pedro and other mainland coast market fishermen are doing well. They are catching many sea bass off the Lower Califor- nia coast, and yellowtail and barracuda in the channel waters. Supplies of salmon are shipped in from Oregon and Washington. Halibut are reported scarce. A goodly share of Avalon's citizens watched the dirigible Shenandoah pass up the coast Thursday, just bef9re noon, en route from San Diego to Camp Lewis. The day being cloudy, the big airship did not show up very strongly. It much resembled a small dark cloud passing along beneath the mass of lighter ones, and against the wind. Shipping perishable fresh fruit dip- ped in rubber latex, which forms a thin, airtight film over the surface of the fruit, promises to open up a new method of transportation, it is said to be especially applicable to tropical fruits. As no air can reach the fruit its condition at the time treated is said not to change at all until the rubber film is removed. Subscribe now-- 2.00 per year. THE FLYING-FISH OF SANTA CATALINA By David Start Jordan The faimily of flying-fishes (Exoc- oetldae) comprises about thirty species, some of them found in every warm sea and drifting northward in smnmer and with the Gulf Stream of the At- lantic and the Black Current of Japan. They are rather slender, mullet-like fishes, most of them snub nosed, but some of the little ones having the snout sharp. All have large scales, firm, white flesh, and especially strong tails, forked, and with the lower lobe the longer. Big flying-fishes, 15 inches long, and little ones of five inches, swarm about Hawaii and the islands of the South Seas. Off Walpole Island, southv;,est of Fiji, I once caught a large one on the fly which proved to be a new spec- ies. Largest of all the flying fishes is the kind which flutters over the Santa Barbara channel and about the islands in the spring. It reaches in length of 18 inches, and is named Cypselurua californicua. The question of how these fishes fly has been much disput- ed by people who have seen them at a distance, or especially by that class of writers who have never seen them at all, but who know the ways of ani- mals better than the creatures them- selves. In 1880, my colleague, Dr. Charles H. Gilbert, for 33 years professor of Zoology at Stanford, studied these fishes in the Santa Barbara. channel under the most favorable circumstan- ces, and our observations leave no room for question. The Californm species flies for distances ranging from a few rods to upwards of an eighth of a mile, rarely rising more than four to six feet. its movements below the surface are extremely rapid, but the sole source of power in water or out is the impulse given by its powerful tail, which vibrates rapidly and strong- ly until the whole body has emerged. While this motion continues, how- ever, the pectoral fins or "wings" seem to be also in a state of vibration, a fallacious appearance, as they are simply shaken by the general aggita- lion, the fish having ability only to spread them or to fold them. The ventral or belly fins remain folded un- til the tail leaves the water, at which instant both pectorals and ventrals are spread out like a fan and then held firmly at rest. These two pairs of fins serve not as actual wings, but as par- achutes to hold up the body. When the fish in falling touches the surface, the tail becomes active, and with its agitation the vibration of the paired fins begins. Flight is now resumed, these fins are held firmly open, to be finished finally by a splash. In the air the flying-fishes look like large dragon-flies. Their progress is very swift, at first .in a straight line, but later deflected into a curve, with- out relation to the direction of the wind. When a vessel passes through a school the fishes spring up before it, moving away in all directions like grasshoppers in a meadow. The little flying fishes fly but a few feet, their speed and momentum be- ing proportionate to their size. Young flying-fishes one seldom sees. Like the great tuna and albacore which feed on them they must cast their spawn in the deep sea. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Opie returned Saturday after completing their six months trip to Europe. MARY WILLIAMS CLUB TO HOLD RECEPTION A fine program, has. been arranged by the members of the Mary Williams Club for Thursday at 2 p. m. in the Foresters Hall, Clemente avenue. The occasion will be a reception for the school teachers of the Avalon public schools. All ladies living in Avalon are invited to attend this meeting and also to join the club. BLUE "BIRDS Last Saturday afternoon the regular meeting of the Blue Bird group was held in the kintergarten room of the Congregational church, with their lea- der, Miss Myrtle Gibson presiding. Misses Grace Tregarthen and Betty. Berning were visitors during the meet- ing. The girls spent a busy afternoon doing fancy work. The Blue Birds also took part in a padgent given at the Gitehe Gumee kitchen band entertaimnent. Eleven girls were present. Next Saturday all Blue Birds will meet in front of Boos Bros. cafeteria at one o'clock sharp to go for a short hike. POISONS DOGS AND CATS Five dogs and several cats have been poisoned during the past week in the neighborhood of Eucalyptus and Des- canso avenues. The police are search- ing dilligently for the person who dis- tributed the poison without first ob- taining permission to do so. One of the residents said: "Anyone who puts poison on foods within reach .of children, as well as their pet ani- mals, should be run off the Island." That seems to be the way a number cf the residents of Eucalyptus and Deseanso avenues feel toward the per- son who distributed the poison. The drugs were not purchased in Avalon. Apparently they were brought from the mainland for the purpose of "getting rid of a few dogs and cats." City Marshal Alger stated that the Avalon police have every man work- ing to locate the poisoner. More than two hundred representa- tives of the Dickinson Realty Co. of Los Angeles were visitors for luncheon at the Hotel St. Catherine Monday. Leaving on the steamship Catalina Monday afternoon, one of the realty men was heard to exclaim "Best trip I ever had in my life !" The big steam shovel was removed Monday over to the Hotel St. Cather- ine canyon to commence the new road to Hamilton Beach. DO YOU KNOW THAT There are 50,000 square miles wheat in India. of German railroads are testing the use of wireless telephones on trains. The winter temperature of a beehive is about 14 degrees Centigrade, or a trifle less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Aerial photographs were used in de- termining a suitable location for a lighthouse on an inaccessible rock is- land at the most westerly part of the Hawaiian chain. The average steam-heated room at a temperature of 72 degrees contains air at a relative humidity of 23 percent and is as dry as Death Valley; the best relative humidity for health is nearly three times that figure. BRIEF LOCAL Mrs. L. J. Williams has some alterations recently ner avenue property. The roof on the Con church has been undergoing during the past week. Captain Joseph MeAfee is improvements at his Dfiftwoo ~ents, on Marilla avenue. {~ Fred P fa~he [~ Cubs, has signed up for the ~i schedule with the Glendale W Captain John E. Mathewson ~.:~ ting up a two-story structure rear of his lot on Whittley near the school house. Grading has been done on just above the power house Canyon, preparatory to the of either a large concrete or reservoir. Cement contractor ker was busy last week finishing touches on the leading up to L. C. tire Whittley avenue Monday, October 27th, has designated "Babe Ruth Angeles. The "Big play in a charity game at Park on that day. Mr. and frs. n w EichhaU are visiting in Canada, were gueS the Prince of Wales en route to tori2, B, C. Mr. Eichbaum and tinguished English visitor are old!~i! friends. During the past week the have come ashore in such that many were left stranded beach and the youngsters have great time picking them up. The anglers have had some good such choice live bait. otto Guiding< e,ty elec ll has recently been moved to the '.'2i~:,311' State hospital where his hip has i~)!!l put into a plaster cast. Our la~'~i(:i; .... port was that Xir Guidinger was proving very nicely. i Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. wish to express their appreeia all their Avalon friends, also tl the Wilmington and Los rices of the Santa Catalina for the beautiful radio set which ed them on their arrival they extemt to them a cordial tion to enjoy it with them at Tile East Side Terrace is to ted with several more cotta another season rolls around, to what the parrot bird whispers'*, they are all to be fine homes, said. People didn't use to class buildings in Avalon, but has passed, and the new homes built here will compare well with of any mainland resorts. The excavating for Harry new home, on the West Side just below the stage road, has finished, and work upon the will soon commence, as he have it completed before thel rains of winter set in. The new will contain five rooms and Friend Diffin has chosen nest) as the name for his houSc calls the ridge upon which it is "Inspiration Point."