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DEC. 7, 1932 kI~)I)ERATE DRINKING SAFE? Science Monitor) in tile United States would le believe that the moderate is the solution of the lem. Opponents of the dry us drink temperately as and all will be well!" They that liquor in small quan- harmless and that an has no ill effects now gives the answer to the of the wets. In Germany for driving licenses a Card with the following ad- mallest quantities of alcohol e, spirits, etc.) are injurious driver. It is a widespread quantities have no del- :ect. On the contrary, they rst an increase of self-con- lowed by premature fatigue, weaken one's capacity for and reaction in of danger." could be more plain than Germany has found ty of being an enemy of ety. Alcohol even in the quantities is a danger to hu- lfare. "O'~ know that Avalon has one all-year climates on the of the United States? "--"--- : O : --~-" Adlet Column helps. Try it. $2 0 a bo $9 wk. % PRIVATE BATHS ~ixth St., Los Angeles, Cal. FLANERY, Owner WINDLE PUBLIC ID~Smapl, ,lBy ~ emc~ 1~ t~nd or at Islander Office anks TO OUR I [l ers for past favo r I continue to keep ou / g and workmanship up" [ USUal high standard. / I TIN HALL / Merchant T lor [ Odifornia I PAGE ELEVEN BETTER HOMES CAMPAIGN Secretary Wilbur Announces Opening of Twelfth Nation-wide Effort Washington, D. C.--"The home of each growing child should be free from conditions which injure health or impair safety, should be free from sources of irritation and ill-will, and should instead provide the inspiration which attractive surroundings and wholesome cooperative family life may offer." According to Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, Secretary of the Interior, the attainment of these standards and of home improvement generally is the concern of citizens and parents as well as of every civic organization. In his Foreword to the Guidebook issued by Better Homes in America for the use of its thousands of volun- teer committees in the launching of its twelfth nation-wide Better Homes Campaign, Dr. Wilbur expressed the ideals of the movement in the phrase quoted above. Considerably over 9,000 communities throughout the United States participated in the recent cam- paign and worked in cooperation with this organization, of which Dr. Wilbur ]s President, for the promotion of home improvement. Advice and infor- mation are offered by Better Homes in America, the headquarters of which are in Washington, D. C., with Dr. James Ford as Executive Director. Dr. Wilbur's statement follows: "The care and the development of children is the chief responsibility and privilege of parents. One of the ma- jor means to this end lies in the pro- vision for all children of homes that are safe, sanitary and convenient. But beyond this lies the necessity of pro- viding for beauty in the surroundings of the child, for privacy, for whole- someness in family life and for cooper- ation in family activities and family aspiration, through which rr~y be de- veloped qualities of vision, nobility and prepare for the inevitable econonfic recovery by studying standards for new housing so that the mistakes of the past -'nay not be repeated. The find- ings of the President's Conference on Home Building and Home Ownership will be utilized by study groups in an- ticipation of their immediate applica- tion or their use in the near future. The nation's leading specialists for each detail of home improvement were represented on the committees of the Conference and their findings are now available for universal local applica- tion. "It is the privilege not only of every parent but of every citizen to cooper- ate with their local Better Homes Committee in the study of local prob- lems of housing and home life and in the preparation of programs for 1933 which will meet the most urgent prob- lems that the community now faces. E.rnphasis may be shifted from year to year as new problems arise or old problems are met. In a democracy the Very essence of success lies in the assumption of individual responsibility and wisely directed cooperative activ- ity, which in the field of housing are represented by the unselfish volunteer programs of local committees for Bet- ter Homes in America." :O:~ PHONE IT TO US The Islander is always pleased to give reports ef local doings; parties, dances, lodge or other meetings; names of guests, return of Islanders from trips, etc. It is not always pos- sible for us personally to learn about these doings, so we would be pleased to have our readers or subscribers telephone such affairs: Islan(~er Office phone 500. E. Windle, editor, phone 194-W. Chas. H. Smith, associate 'editor,' phone 639. -- :O:-- Our Adlet Column helps. Try it. H20 SCORES VICTORY California Civilization, Like Mayan, May Be We.shed Out Froir~ The Commonwealth Not barbarian hosts, but water, was the conquering force that doomed the ancient Mayan civilization of Guatemala ! This conclusion, the result of recent investigations by Cook of the United States Geological Survey, was present- ed to the Forestry Section of the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco in a talk by M. B. Pratt, State For- ester. "These investigations," he said, "tend to show that the ruined Mayan cities were destroyed by erosion. This same factor is a major menace to our present California civilization. "According to experiments by Samp- son of the California School of Fores- try, 2.4 inches have been eroded over a period of several years from the watersheds tributary to the Roosevelt. and Coolidge reservoirs. This erosion was caused by overgrazing and conse- quent easy displacement of the un- bound soil by later" rains. "Damage by overgrazing has result- ed in 35 per cent of the public domain in the Rio Grande area showing rapid erosion and 40 per cent severe eroston. "The report of Governor Rolph's state-wide Water Committee concludes that population depends upon sound conservation of water. Experiments 'have proven that ;forest and brush are dominant factors in the control of wa- ter supply. The need for this control is in California the chief reason for public support of forestry practices." "-~-~- : O : "~--- Catalina Island--the place where quietness and repose soothe ragged nerves and renews health and happi- n~s. Come to Catalina--Magic Isle! service. "The ideals of the growing child are~/~/Id~dim~4~/~~. fashioned primarily by daily influences. , ,. If those influences are unwholesome r- it is difficult fr the victrius spirit i " r " " to emerge and produce a fine life re-., Latest m Home Const uetton [ | ardless of circumstances. The home $ I Displayed in "Wonder House"! | of each growing child should, there- ~ [ /.- j ! fore, be free from conditions which~ ~ injure health or impair safety, should ~ be free from sources of irritation and ! ............... *~~~'~:~::~'*~!~ ~~-- [i ill-will, and should instead provide the = iii~{:i ~" ."-'.'~{!i.i$~;~~:" . : " inspiration which attractive surround- I'" ~"~ :~- !if" ings and wholesome cooperative family Ii life may afford. : ",.::~ ......... :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::~.::::::: ,. "Better Homes in America was es- ::i:~::. ~:~:!*`.:::~:~!::~:~.i:::~`:::::~:~:!:!:i~!i,i:i:i~:}:.`.i:ii:i.iii~:!~:~:::::i: tablished to meet these needs and to help all parents and all citizens to take ~.. ]'~-i::.[ the next steps in the improvement of ~ [~~;~l their own homes. This task, so sig-~ nificant to our national ,~elfare, will ~ not be accomplished until all homesii i!ii~ii!ii" :~ " "i:::: i:!:i::i .... i:ii;:!:ii:ii~iiiiiiiii!ii!i!ii'.i~iiiiiiiii!iiii!!!iiiiiiiii !! have reached the minimum standards i ~ ! "This problem is the concern of ev-] ery civic organization that deals with any phase of home improvement. Oaa the local Better Homes Committees there should be represented the pub- lic schools through teachers of home economics 'or their principals or super- intendents, women's clubs, chambers of commerce, civic improv'ement asso- ciations, parent teacher associations, the various organizations which work for the improvement of child life, and in rural communities the extension service, farm bureaus, the grange and similar agencies. Better Homes Com- mittees representing each of these are able to coordinate their activities in a i :F" ?~ililiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!::ii~iiii!::~: i: well-rounded program of lectures, contests, exhibits and demonstrations which aim to reach every household in the community. "There were 9,772 such local com.- mittees last year representing each ~tate many hundreds of counties and thousands of communities. Their pro- grams constitute one of the greatest achievements of American civic ideal- i i is'2in spite of the difficult economic conditions of the past three years, the Better Homes Committees will carry in seeing ,he newest in home con- room floor illustrated in the photo- on with programs of unemploymen't ~[ struetio- ~: lnd furnishing. The graph is composed of blocks of relief through home care and repair ~ house, e, ~cted through the cooper-Ipressed wood with tnAmilt shock- and beautification or improvement of ~ atlon of a national magazine, a d~labsorbers to combine .esillency, 1~ home grounds and public highways. ~ partmeut store, a contractor and a lbeauty and a hard, smooth surface, i They will, however, at the same time