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November 4, 1937

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PAGE EIGHT Do You Remember? (Compiled from files of The Catalina Islander bv Chas. H. Smith) Ten Years Ago From The Catalina Islander of No- vember 9, 1927: Edwin Stanton resigned the position which he had held with the Santa Catalina Island Company for between twenty and thirty years. Clyde Day, of Westminster, Cali- fornia, a member of the Long Beach Archery Club, made a new hunting record on Santa Catalina Island when, on a trip out from Eagle's Nest he succeeded in killing a goat at a dis- tance of fifty-five paces with bow and arrow. One of the arrows from his bow passed clear through the animal. He carried away a fine set of horns as a memento of his trip. The Catalina Boosters Club was preparing to hold an old-fashioned Country Fair on November 17, 18 and 19. Herbert R. Baker contributed an in- teresting article on "Armistice Day". One hundred and fifty constables and deputy sheriffs of Los Angeles County spent the week-end in Avalon, chaperoned by Sheriff William Trae- ger and Superintendent of Constabu- lary William Osterholt. Early rains had already turned the brown hillsides to a delightful green shade. The male members of the Avalon Parent-Teacher Association provided the entire program for a meeting-- business, literary and refreshments. Born, November 2, 1927, to Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Baker, a son. John Brinkley (Chicken Johnny) celebrated his 83rd birthday. Born, to Mr. and Mrs. George L. Harter, a son. John J. White, dentist, arrived and fitted up dental parlors at the Cata- lina Hospital. Harry Deffenbaugh and bride (nee Myrtle Gibson) arrived from the mainland. Twenty Years Ago From The Islander of November 6, 1917: Charles Chaplin, famous funster, is pictured in The Islander with his catch of Santa Catalina Island fish-- three yellowtail and a halibut. The Catalina Light Tackle Club awarded him a bronze button for his largest yellowtail. Captain John Edmundson was the boatman. We quote : "It was young Esther Albert who pro- duced a real laugh for the star. 'Come here, Charley Chaplin! Come here, Charley Chaplin !' the young miss yelled, just as the actor stepped from the Adelaide and proceeded to walk from the tdeasure pier. Charley looked about. A strange expression crossed his face. 'I tell you, come here, Charley Chaplin !' commanded Esther. And her little toy spaniel re- sponded to the call. Slapping his thighs, the fihn star laughed uproar- iously. Then he patted the dog, and patted the head of" its owner, who had called her little pet at the psycholog- ical moment." During the week anglers caught the following fish: Yellowtail 43, halibut 29, rock bass 21. Largest yellowtail, 26 pounds. Excavations for the proposed new hotel back of Sugar Loaf Rock were reported as nearing completion. A "Special Contributor" tells some interesting things about the Tuna Club of Santa Catalina Islan& Avakm residents vacationing on the mainland included Mrs. R. C. Farmer, Mr. and Mrs. T. Ragaso, Mrs. J. Al- bert and daughter, Deputy City Clerk Mrs. Tidball, John D. MacLean and son, Captain En0s Vera, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Wattenpaugh, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Herren, Xlrs. Cora E. Greeley and her daughter Mrs. Ber- tha Gipson, B. R. Scott, Mrs. May H. Hosfield, Joseph B. Cameron and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Leary en route to New Orleans and Florida. M. J. Cameron and Aurelio Ledes- ma went to Redondo to take an ex- amination as to their fitness to join the United States Army. Avalon visitors included Dr. Soiland of Hollywood, Mrs. Wm. Hunt and GOLD BEATING The Modern Process The oldest of the arts as practiced today is the means of extending bar gold 999.9 fine prepared and rolled in strips one inch wide, the thickness of paper, into leaf. After cutting the strip into inch squares each square of gold is interleaved between sheets of oiled paper. Five hundred sheets of paper and four hundred ninety-eight squares of gold are bound together with sheep skin parchment bands to form a clutch. After beating for three hours the inch squares of gold are ex- tended to the edges of the "clutch" making a leaf four inches square. This is removed and each leaf quartered; then filled into a "shoder" composed of cattle skins powdered with a rab- bit's foot and again extended to /our times its area. After again being quartered and extended in a "mould" composed of twelve hundred skins prepared from membrane of cattle, the extended metal measuring five and a half inches square is now .ready for cutting with sharpened reeds into sizes required. Then it is deftly booked with the breath aided by sup- porting sticks. Thus the strip gold after passing through three successive beating oper- ations has been extended from one square inch the thickness of paper to . four hundred square inches requiring one hundred leaves to equal the thick- ness of a hair. Naturally a metal so delicate is opaque but when applied to any. surface it presents the appear- ance of solid inlaid gold. Curiously enough many of the ma- terials and methods employed thou- sands of years ago persist to this day. Skins used are obtained "from Argen- tine cattle slaughtered and prepared nmch as the skins obtained from the herds of Abraham. Parchment used is a relic of days before the advent of the printing press; the older it is the longer it stands the hammer blow. Rabbit's feet identical with those good luck omens caught in a graveyard Friday at midnight, (left hind foot of course), are used for spreading pow- der on skins providing slippage for leaf as it is extended. Paradoxical though it seems, these quaint materials used since time im- memorial have been adapted to use with machine hammers so nearly hu- man in performance that laborious hand beating is entirely eliminated with the result that a far more uni- form product is obtained by the use of machinery than from the discarded hand method. Mechanization of gold beating has already been reflected in increased value. The commercial leaf of today assays 23 karat plus, showing a higher gold content than ever was found in the hand-beaten article. O Huh ? "Mamma, why does it rain?" "Why, to make things grow. To give us apples, potatoes, flowers." "Cats and dogs, too, mannna?" children of Victorville, Stewart O'Meh'eny, Joseph A. Coxe, J. E. Stearns, Ralph Bandini of Los Ange- les; L. P. Boyington of Pasadena, and Baron Long, on his cruiser Par. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ENGAGE IN THE! SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. October 23, 1937 TO WHOM IT" MAY CONCERN: Notice is hereby given that fifteen days after the above date, the under- signed proposes to sell alcoholic bev- erages at these premises, described as follows : .501 Crescent avenue, A.valon. Pursuant to such intention, the un- dersigned is applying to the State Board of Equalization for issuance of an alcoholic beverage license for these premises as follows: On sale Beer Only. Anyone desiring to protest the is- suance of such license may file a ver- ified protest wiith the State Board of Equalization at Sacramento, Califor- nia, stating grounds for denial as pro- vided by law. Robert E. Sullivan. rile CATALINA Conductor (new to his job): "I'm sure the old boy just here has paid his I fare twice. Think I had better tell r about it ?" Motorman: "No-o! Ask him for it again."--Sydney Bulletin. ERNEST WINDLE NOTARY PUBLIC Lalel Doemments Promptly Executed News Stand or at Islander Office DR. JOHN J. 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