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PAGE EIGHT 'CREATION By R. V. Vaughan "1 sat upon the mountainside and watched A tiny barque that skimmed across tile sea, Drifting, like humanity upon A world of hidden peril; then she sailed From out lily ken, and mingled with the blue Of skies unfathomed, while the great round sun Weakened towards the waves." --Ch'ang Ch'ien. .More than a thousand years have passed into the dust of eternity since this wise old man of China penned these lines. Then, as now, we were "Drifting, like humanity upon a world of hidden peril." In the days of peril, misery and un- certainty, men turn from the material things of life endeavoring to find sur- cease from sorrow in spiritual attain- ment. Then and only then is real i)rogrcss ma(le in human advancement. When we are divested of material wealth and stand naked amid the ruins of those material things that gave us body comfort, we can inventory our real progress from the primitive pas- sions of brute creation. A thousand mile journey begins with a footstep. Let us r.etrace backwards down the corridor of time to a far-off land under tropic skies. A land where the wide and silent river :met the ebb and flow of tide and built a delta green witih tropical verdure. Fish and fowl, fruit and nuts and all that prim-. Down the corridor of time we jour- ney many a weary year. Men had migrated to far and distant lands. The awakened soul was ever urging them to peer over distant hills, into forested valleys where cataracts roared, across the grass-carpeted plains where wild game abounded. These men, who were bolder than those that chose to remain where the needs of life were few and easily obtained, met with new and try- ing conditions. To meet and master these obstacles required of man a more highly developed sotfl, for the soul is in truth, the strength of char- acter. The battle "of life was being waged in many lands by these widely separ- ated tribes. Some battled the ele- ments of nature-in northern climes and devised shelters and clothing suitable to their needs, -'while others in the tropicsfottght disease and jungle beasts. Along the rim of the Grand Canyon today you can see the laborious effort put forth by some long gone primitive tribe, which had migrated into this very inhospitable land. They had been cave dwellers in some distant mountain. Here upon the plains, they sought to protect themselves in a like manner as in their mountain abode, and so they toiled to carry and stand ,m end great slabs of stonewhich served them well a~ a shelter. Shelters having been provided in this and other lands, the tribes now found themselves faced with the problem ,)f adequate food supplies for the months when game and provisions were scarce. man strange and beautiful reveries, a hope of life beyond our worldly ken. Around a fire at night one seems to hear the forest vibrate with song, the waterfalls from down the canyon seem to express to us a something that stirs rhe soul. Time and lnan marched on. Travel required of man that he exercise ever more than before, his ability to over- come obstacles, and man gave to us the wheel. Nothing in nature was copied. Man had reached out beyond, into his power of imagination and had created, not copied, the wheel. Think of what a tremendous achievement this was for you and me. Without it, no power eouht be transmitted. No travel be made in comfort. Try and imagine yourself in a world without the knowledge of the wheel and :ts limitless uses. It cannot be done. Instinct had given man food, shelter and children. The awakened soul had given man, through the medium of imagination better slaelters, the con- quest of fire, the wheel, defensive weapons, food storage facilities and a knowledge of medicinal herbs. In his search for food n]an had discovered quinine, rubber, cocaine and other valuable plants.. Try again and im- agine yourself in a world without rub- ber; in a hospital without cocaine, opium and quinine. Think of the dire distress that would follow if all corn and potatoes were suddenly to be blighted off the world's table. The soul of man was awakened. Physical comfort and material weahh were not the answer to that urge. Xfan wanted to create. Only through cre- ation could he truly express the beau- ty of life as it budded within his soul. Shelter and food having been ar- r,mged for, man now sought more physical comfort, and then he mas- tered fire. The fire afforded comfort and l)rotection and ar(mnd it gathered men for e(?mpanionship. There is a strange something.i awakened in the breast of man as ~'he resets besid9 a glowing fire oat under the starry skies. There is a sense of sechrit~, a restful solace that brings up ()lit 9.f the inner i~flaid Chinese. vase of the Minv.s ? These vases that required the untiring labor c,f entire families~ for the period of their lives. Who among us can view the Satsumas and Kiotos from Japan without a feeling of deep re- spect. In Arizona I have viewed the frag- menls of pottery taken from the mid- dens, the cliff dwellings, the mouults arid the caves of tile ancient pe, q~lcs IF INTERESTED IN AVALON SUBSCRIBE FOR THE ISLANDER LF INTERESTED IN AVALON SUBSCRIBE FOR THE AT OUR OWN PLANT IN AVALON. Special attention given to Fine Silks and Linens--All ironed by I~s~ "A BOOST WILL HF- LP" ONE DAY SERVICE IF DESIRED In at 9 a. re.---Out by 5 p. m. 115 Phone Marilla 60 JACK SC, HOOLFIELD M'ECHANICAL SERVICE ..q 5m,~,ro ...~,.~ PHONE 186-J MARINE RrpAI RS TOW AN[:) REPAIR BOATS Phone Richmond 6171 Private H. OYERHOIL FUNERAL DI R EC:TOR I719 South Flower Street, at 18th Lady Attendant Los Angeles, SALT WATER FISHING TACKLE gi~eialtslu~ lit hickory rods with s~/nle~s steel reel seats and chromium I~ CNAMB.gRS ST. H.W. N~rw The awakened soul of man was I]1o- that housed the ashes of a loved one tivated to the successful fulfilhnent of' in s,me land and time other than our this need. own? Who can stand mute before an age, potent, potable, pot-pourri, pot herbs, pot-luck, pottering, pottle, po- tential, poultice, pottingar, and many other Irian and Anglo-Saxon words used by us every day. It will inter- est you, I am sure. Along the corridor of time are strewn the pots that mark the rise and fall of nations. The thrones are dust and the masters, ashes; the nations forgotten. The silken robes, the paint- ings that hung upon the marble wails, the jeweled scepters, the bronze tab- lets whereon were graved the valiant deeds of knights--they are all gone. Alone remaining amid the crumbling walls are the fragments of pottery, attesting the degree of spiritual and intellectual attainment of these de- parted people. The history of a people can be de- ciphered from its pottery. Their am- bitions, intellectual achievements, their spiritual development, their infinite patience or lack of care, t'heir love of beauty, their hope of immortality~all are expressed in pottery. Here at last man was a creator Under his hand the inert and plastic clay became a thing of utility, of beauty, and a treas- ured possession. Who among us can stand unstirred before a funeral urn there the oldest art of man was born. A medium for the expression of beau- ty wherein could be combined utility: Pottery. If you desire to fully realize the im- port of this art upon our language, turn to your dictionary and read therein of pots, potters, pottery, pot- of that land. Arranged in sequence it portrayed better than words the hab- its, religious beliefs and intelligence of those people who gave us quinine, chocolate, cotton, cocaine, potatoes, rubber and tomatoes, just to mention a few of their gifts to mankind Who knows but that in some distant century when we are no more and our nation as we know it now, has been long forgotten, t'hat some far-off ruler who is yet unborn, may walk along the hails of his burnished palace and stop before some piece of pottery that we are today fabricating here upon this island. It is writte~ "The meek shall inherit the earth". It is the Law. My brother, let us create something of beauty, so that future generations may treasure it, respect our efforts and stand before our 'labors in reverence. -- : 0 : ~'-" UNITED STATES POSTOFFICE AVALON, CALIFORNIA Mail arrives from the mainland daily, except Sunday, at 12:15 P. M. Outgoing mail closes at 3:00 P. M. daily except Sunday. The Postoffice is open daily except Saturday afternoon and Sunday, from 8:00 A. M. to 5 P. M. OSCAR F_2 BAILEY, Postmaster. --- : 0 : -~---- For "Health" and Happiness all the while-- Take a trip to Catalina Isle. --Ilene D. Semper. --~-- :0:-- Advertise for what you need in the Catalina Islander. ' THE CATALINA NESD' :1 MEASI Catalina Island will give "rest of your life"--in whicheV!'i 1~,, x you choose to take it. | t tological Our Adlet Column helps. FOR SALE Mrs. Anna M. LeFavpr 332 Metropole Ave. Phone202 DAVE FALQUIST CARPENTER JOBBER (Next Door to Fire Metropole A've. Avalon, ARR .... and Puritas ,2oolers Loaned Free R. J. CANFIELD, 'Phone 423 itive man needed for his existence \Vords he ha(t, but thev were as the were here around him. The three ' ; wind across the deserts face, gone basic instincts of man were easily ful- amt forgotten. Signs made upon rocks filled; food, shelter and procreation were little better, for other tribes of his kind. couhl not appreciate them or under- There came a night. From out the staud. Pictures of a crude kind paint- sea there came a storm. The flashing ed upon cavern walls were a source of lightning and the roaring of thun- of delight to the owner, but could not der disturbed the cahn. Man drew be takeu to other places when the closer to brother man, as they always tribe migrated. Then one momentous do in the hour of danger and man be- dav, in Some land, a soul seeking for gan to think. Then the soul of man greater expression, modeled in plastic was born. clay some simple trinket. Then and