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PAGE SIX THE CATALINA If Published Every Thursday at WINDLE'S PRINT SHOP AVALON CALIFORNIA ERNEST 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 Si.~gle Co_pies ......................... Five Cents ADVERTISING RATES Display Advertising S0c per Inch, Each Insertion. 500 Inches During a Period of Six Months, 35c per inch. Liners 10c per Line, Minimum 25c. Entered as Second-Class Matter March 31, 1914, at the Postoffice at Avalon, Calif., under the Act of March 3, 1897. The columns o[ the Islander are open to the general public, on any of the fol- lowir~g subjects: Local Politics and Gov- ernment, Fishing, Huntin~ and Camping. Items of local news interest will be greatly appreciated. lilWliISUlU 1t lift ] II J]llll lllllll in., ..h'G~iiiiiiUiilllllHlULllil$1$U$illllllllllllllll ".4. clown enriched knows neither rela, ave nor friend." 17--Wnqht brothers make first successful airplane fliqht, 1903. 18--The Thirteenth Amend- ment, abolishmq slavery. pmc!c~nocl, 1~65. 19---Paten~ issued to Wheeler for four motion feed for sewin~ machine. 1854. 20--Russia,~ repuNlcs ,,om. bined as U:l:on Of $ucl(xl. ist Sov:et Republi,~ 1922. 21--Ptlqrims landed at Plymouth Rock:, 1620. ?~-Embarqo Act passed prohibitinc2 toreiqn'~com- merce, 1807. 2S--Act establishmq Federal Reserve System .. by Conqress, 1913 0~ H~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~F~~~]~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~$~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"$ The deck of the Tuna Club pier has been taken up, preparatory to having some needed new piling driven. o---- The Santa Catalina Island Company has been setting a fine example this fall. They have been cleaning up their various properties and doing a lot of painting. There are quite a number of pieces of private property in Avalon which would look much bet- ter if given a coat of paint. Science Service, reporting a talk by Prof. E. A. Horton, Harvard anthro- pologist, American Society of Mechan- ical Engineers at New York, says he used the following sentences: "In bi- ology lies the hope of the future of humanity. If man can make machines which are better than himself, cannot he make himself better? We do not need more automobiles, we need fewer fools in the driving seats; we do not want mechanical robots, we want hu- man animals who still have brains; not more jails, but fewer criminals; not perfected weapons of war, but peace." ~------o~ For health, or change, or play, or rest, Catalina is the best. WELL KNOWN ENGINEER MAKES HIS LAST TRIP Funeral services were held Friday for the late Fred J. Hildebrand, aged 66, who passed away December 8. at his home, 1037 Cabrillo avenue, San Pedro. For more than thirtv years Mr. Hildebrand had been in {he em- ploy of the Wilmington Transporta- tion .Company. He is survived by his widow, two sons, Chester and Louis, and a daughter Edna. The services were conducted by the Rev. F. H. Ross, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of San Pedro, and interment was at Forest Lawn Ceme- tery, Glendale. Born in Germany, Fred Hildebrand came to the Pacific coast as a marine engineer and for so:ne time was em- ployed by the Dollar Line steamships. Fred J. Hildebrand In 1904 he became chief engineer on board the S. S. Cabrillo of the Wil- mington Transportation Company op- erating between San Pedro and Ava- lon. Later he supervised the installa- tion of the engines for the S. S. Ava- lon and S. S. Catalina. As chief engineer for the vessels operating on the cross-channel trip for more than thirty years, Mr. Hil- debrand nlade an enviable record. In more than ten thousand round trips, never once was the daily cross-channel trip delayed due to engine difficulties. Of hint, the late Captain Alex Smith once said: "Chief Hildebrand is one of the most loyal and efficient marine engineers on the Pacific Coast." The passing of Mr. Hildebrand is keenly felt by many of the old time residents of Avalon, Wihnington and San Pedro. Over three hundred floral pieces accompanied the casket to For- est Lawn. Not only was the deceased held in high regard by his fellow em- ployees, but many of his former em- ployees during the Banning Company regime attended the funeral services at the "Little Church of the Flowers". His loyalty to duty and to his friends; his honesty and sincerity of purpose, were but a few of his out- standing characteristics. The Catalina Islander has been re-- quested to extend sincere sympathy to the members of the bereaved family in their loss of a devoted husband, father and friend. Requiescat in pace. We refer our readers to the "Sugar Loaf" report of the splendid produc- tion of "The First Noel" Tuesday evening. No report of that presenta- tion can do it justice. It must be seen in its fine setting to be properly ap- preciated. Everybody was pleased that the weather man provided such a clear sky and bright moonlight. An- other bright episode for Avalon High students and teachersto remember with pride. o- One of the most gay and colorful of the Yuletide events in Los Angeles will be the lighting of Christmas Tree Lane in Exposition Park next Satur- day night at 7:30 p. m., according to announcements today from Chairman R. B. von KleinSmid, of the Christ- mas Tree Lane Committee. |1 II TROLLINfi I'ROUND AVALON By Norman Wall Things I see and think about while strolling along Avalon's esplanade : All nay life I have loved to live by the sea--but am a poor sailor. When in San Pedro or San Francisco, what fascinates me most are ships berthed along- the waterfront. I love to watch old sailing vessels ari'd schooners; they interest me more than steamers. I often sit for hours, studying the tan- gled mass of ropes and rigging and try to figure out their meaning. Some times I strike up an acquaintance with a sailor or an officer and at times am allowed to go on board. I have heard many stories about the sea, and longed to write them, but never had sufficient knowledge of the tech- nique of navigation. Today, I don't know one sail from another, and have to think twice before distinguishing between port and starboard. Sagacity Stuff Of all the many magazines, there is only one with a hideous cover. And they tell me men are far more vicious gossips than women. Poof! If Harry "Sticky" Diffiin was a lit- tle heavier, he would be recognized as r'ostmaster General William Farley. Roy Brown is the Island's most rampant connoisseur of the art. In the mountainous sections of northern California they call snow soft hail. Hal Kemp, now wintering at Palm Springs, hasn't won a tenms game in monms. Thinks maybe he will use the two-handed method. In some cases there is no mercy shown for honesty, only for clever- ness. Those fools who think they are comical are at it again. They slip up behind, grab a fellow by the calf of the leg and bark like a dog. I re- ceived the workout. Some stuff. Several enthusiastic dancers write that all the hoofers prefer Jan Gar- ber's tempo, since his engagement in Los Angeles. Some of the boys are thatching gray at the temples, and it isnt age, either. Bowling comes back with--no pun intended--a bang. Many I used to bowl with are at it again. And I won- der who can be called Avalon's cham- pion ? Paul Gilbert is also a lover of su~l,- sets. He will travel far out of his way just to gaze on the beauty and riot of color. Paul can be called, by the way, Avalon's perfect gentleman. I wonder, where do they get the "No." when they abbreviate the word "number,', which hasn't any "O"? George Khurts of Eucalyptus avenue will leave for the Orient. He has China in mind. The peace and quiet of Avalon are too nmch, and he crives excitement, so will see what it is all about on the opposite side of the world. We have with us Russell Smith, in pugilistic circles known as "Kid Smith". Mr. Smith was getting along right well until a setback came his way in 1935. During 1936 he was known as "Canvasback Smith". He was on the floor more than on his feet--so ending the career of fighting Russell Smith. He is now working in Avalon. There have been many stories about Tony Gonzales. It was stated that he was mortally wounded while returning to Los Angeles from the Island. He was found, however, in Martinez, Cal- ifornia, suffering from amnesia, and was taken to the General Hospital. He is the brother of the local Benny Gonzales. This newspaper is yours. It was edited especially for you. Advertise in it, read it, and enjoy it; life would be pretty dull without it. See you next week. -0 A cotton picking machine has Been invented. What will be the effect in the south, where it might throw tens of thousands Of men and Women out of work ? .. TRIBUTE TO GOVERNOR In "Toasts to Accomplishment", en at a testimonial dinner in the tel Sacramento, Sacramento, in h( of Governor Frank F. Merriam, bers of the Young Republican of Northern Calitornia characteriz' the Merriam administration as gressively sound from financial lm:nanitarian standpoints. Stressing the humanitarian a series of the toasts recited: The Governor's sponsorship of expansion program for the State employment Reserves, providing security and job insurance for a er number of workers; His stand for adequate financing relief and his demand upon opposil in the legislature that there be trafficking in human misery"; His approval of legislation the provisions of the State laws care of the aged. In all of these actions it was ed that the Governor repeatedly declared that "proper underwritin these responsibilities of are, in fact, proper underwriting the stability of the State." Financial phases of the Merriam ministration brought toasts to Governor's ability in slashing State's deficit and pointing the toward a substantial State surplus lug the present biennium. Still other toasts lauded his for the advancement of through sponsorship of legislation larging the funds for supplying textbooks. His support of also was commended. :O: TEND THE FLAME! (Reprinted from Huntington Signal) Selected by California Feature ice as November's "Best FMi- torial of the Month" Without doubt the most words of any soldier who fought "the war to end war" were writte~ John McCrae, a Canadian, who "In Flanders Fields". Because he gave his life in cause for which he also pleaded, his words have a purity will preserve them down the %.. To you from failing hands throw The torch; be yours to hold it So he wrote, and we, who were gaged in that war "to make the safe for democracy," know that t torch is the flame of democracy, standard of civilized culture. Today we, the living, can plainly that that torch, that flame, might quenched entirely if dragged tt another slough of despond and like that which raged over Flan~ fields. "... Be yours to hold it high." High and steady, with a purp fixed on peace that peace and racy will come to be, in a dened world, synonymous. In this one thing, to keep alive t light of democracy and the flame civilization, America may truly her highest destiny. READER, THIS IS FROM THE COUNTY Pet Owner, if you have a cat you must dispose of, don't get rid by releasing it in the mountains. This, in substance, was the which came from Joseph J. chief assistant county game who said that because of such less disposals by owners, many wild cats are now roaming mountains, existing on birds forms of wild life. "Undoubtedly, many cats cast this way are unable to rigors of the wilds and die; but ot survive and prey on quail or o kinds of birds which we should serve. "All predatory animals, such as. cats, foxes, coyotes, mountain and certain kinds of hawks and should be reduced in numbers in interests of wild life The release of eats in sections just adds to this class stroyers." Sell Catalina--Buy Avalon