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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA TfIE children can have their hair done in our parlors while waiting for Mother. We make a specialty of children's hair cutting in the lat- est styles. "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 H. D. Macl ae Co. 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 pr~- 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. Write to the Catalina Light Tackle Club, P. O. Box 14, Avalon, California, for information about sea angling. "Keel) Avalon a Spotless Town." We pledge our help! O. W. COLE Painting, Decorating 201 Metropole Avenue Avalon, California PAGES FROM A CATALINA JOURNAL (The following are extracts from "Pages of a Catalina Journal," which is the title of one of the chapters in a book entitled "Light and Life From Above," published by Solon Lauer in 1896. Interspersed in the matter de- scriptive of Catalina will be found the theories of the author concerning met- aphysical questions.) (Continued from last week). Drifting July 28.--This rnorning I stocked my boat with a day's rations, water, fish- line, sketching outfit, etc., and started for an outing. I went with the wind, having no especial preference as to direction. I suppose if any one tlad asked me where I was going, I should have answered him, "Chasing sun- beams." It is a great victory over personal will when we can say "This day I am Fate's and Nature's child. Let the good Destiny do with me what- soever it will. I am content. I have no pilot or plan. Today I choose not to work, but to be worked upon." 1 coasted along the island to the southeast, nay boat not so nmch sail- ing as drifting before a very light breeze. I felt that today I had as much leisure as nature hereself, and could afford to be content with the breeze she gave me. If she had sent a dead cahn, I doubt if I should have taken to the oars, but should rather have said: "Very, well, let there be peace. Let the wind rest from blowing and the waves cease from rolling. I will meditate on eternity." I passed Rocky Point, where a doz- en boats were anchored, their occu- pants earnestly engaged in angling. I coasted gently along Pebbly Beach, anti saw huge fishes leap and tumble in eager pursuit of minnows. At the sout.hern end of the beach is a high, steep, rocky point, and here were more boats with fishers. Still on I drifted, dreaming pleasant dreams and watch- ing the sea-gulls in their graceful flight. After an hour or two of this easy drifting, the wind died out so that it did not keep the sail extended. Then seeing a point which I took to be Seal Rock, I let down the sail and took up the oars. Soon I found the wind ahead, coming strongly around a jut- ring point, and the sea began to roll heavily. I heard the hoarse honking of a sea-lion, and soon 1 saw the huge ungainly fellow on a rock, looking ont at me. Then I heard the barking of seals, and soon a whole colony of them appeared on Seal Rock. Another old watch-dog of a sea-lion set up a noisy honking, making the rocks reecho, f rowed as close to the rock as the heavy sea would permit, and watched with deep interest the curious colony. The big fellows boca,he suspicious of my intentions, and with a hoarse cry phmged off the rock, diving for some distance. They swam around the rock, looking at me and hoarsely bellowing, and seemed to be solicitous for the safety of the brood. After watching them for some time I rowed away, the echoes of the sea-lion's bellow mingling with the roar of the wa~es breaking amonlz the rocks. ]raveling Truthward August 2--Yesterday I started about 9 a. m. in my boat for a sail along the island toward the north. There was a light breeze, which carried me fast enough for any business i had on hand. I was thinking as I drifted slowly along that after all it makes very little difference how fast we trav- el, if we are traveling for moral growth. If my journey is profitable, perhaps the longer it is, the better. If it is not profitable, why should I undertake it at all? I should have lost a great deal yesterday had I been hustled from here to the Isthnms in a steam yacht. Sometimes we are in a feverish con- dition of unrest, and desire fast travel- ing simply because it takes us from the place where we are and puts us elsewhere in a shorter time. But this is a spurious cure. The heroic and real way to get away from trouble or discontent is to travel with the mind toward truth. The faster we go in that direction the better for us; but in any other direction it seems to make very little difference at what speed we go. A few days ago when my boat was becalmed and the sail hung limp and empty, I thought that after all I was speeding along at a mighty rate, thru the sea of space. My good ship the world never gets becalmed, or out of her course, and on her deck I travel as no steamboat passenger ever did. Why not call a halt to our railroad trains, steamships and sailing vessels. once in awhile, and consider on what craft we are all traveling toward eter- nity ? Are we drifting on the sea of space, or is our good ship Captained by Infinite Love and Wisdom ? What freight we carry on this voyage ! What is our port ? I find that t~he size of one's ship is not the real thing to consider, but whether he is bound. Yesterday I was passt:d by several yachts, with large sails, and I snppose the occupants of them felt some pity, possibly contempt, for the lone sailor whose craft was creeping forward at such a slow pace. But I said to myself, I am sailing for the sail, and they are doubtless sailin~ for some port. Each'is fitted with what he needs most; they with sails. I with leisure and content. I sailed along until I had passed White's Can- yon. Just beyond there the breeze died out entirely, and I took up the oars. Rowing along under high rocky bluffs, I feasted my eyes on the luxu- riant sea-weed, growing in long trail- ing streamers from the rocks at the bottom. I saw scores of goldfish leis- urely swimming in and out of the dark green masses, and schools of the lively bass here and there, darting away from my boat and vanishing like shadows among the sea-weed. I coast- ed along the shore for some distance, passing under huge overhanging cliffs, where the action of the waves had in nlany years worn out great caves, from which came deep, hollow roars and gurglings of the waves. Sea-birds soared around, alighting on points of rock and looking at me. The fishes around lily boat seenled very conlpan- ionablc, and I felt a friendliness in the surroundings that made human society for the time very unnecessary to my happiness. I landed on a small beach, and gathering some driftwood made a fire under an over2hanging rock, and cooked my dinner. I had a melon, and soutc griddle-cakes, without any condi- ments or trimmings, and felt that I should never want a finer meal. Health and Hunger So welcome does hunger make the plainest and coarsest food, that I am inclined to set down to the score of il} health much more than it is ordinarily charged with. I set down luxury in food, in dress, in household equipment, as largely due to the invalidism which needs to be pampered and coaxed into eating, or even into existing at all. When a man is healthy, hungry, and happy, he does not count his spoons. (Continued on Page 5, Column 2) Squibbs' Milk of MagnesiS DEN Cl The Best Tooth Paste for Counteracting Mouth Acidity 50 Cents AVALON DI U0 CO. 405 Crescent Avenue FOR EVERYONE A Brilliantine that REMOVI~5 DANDRUFF, Promotes the Growth of Hair, and It stays-Combed as you like its| [ O$ OLA MOTOR I;REiml Prevents and Relieves Sunbutm" [ Try it and see the difference" [ Ask your Barber or HairdresSer' [ They Know ! J LYLE PENDEGAST Attorney at LaW 622 Stock Exchange Building SPRING ST. .J~t' 639 So. Phone VAndi~l.~ Los Angeles The Catalina Islander will welCOCf correspondence on problems of a psf HUBBARD AUTO $AL[S gO, AUTHORIZED FORD AND LINCOLN DEALI~li5 MOTORS REBUILT And Returned in Three Days CLAUDE WALTON AVAL.ON REPREBENTATIVE~ J