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PAGE TEN High School Sugar Loaf (Continued from Page 4, Col. 4) ANNUAL PRODUCTION IS BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED Superb directing, coupled with ex- celle:~t casting and, above all, splendid cooperation, made Avalon High School's annual pride and joy, the production of "The First Noel", a su- preme success. A record crowd enjoyed the beauti- ful religious pantomime, presented in ten scenes Depicting Mary and Joseph, to Alice Lee Heywood and Jack Harrington are due hearty congratulations for their competent handling of the two main roles. Likewise, all members of the cast dhl exceptionally well. The faithful directors were as fol- lows: Miss Lois Elliott, music; Miss Virginia Hill, stage; Miss Alice Cop- pock, properties; Robert Thomson, scenery construction, painting and lighting; Miss Edith Rex, Miss Car- olyn Gross and Paul Smith, costum- ing; Miss Lois Robinson, art ; Miss Lillian Hotchkiss, program construc- tion; David Ray Arnold, publicity. These instructors and instructresses were the real backbone of the produc- tion. "13' Compliment your guests by having a neat personal in the local paper. Then send them a copy and see how pleased they are. Try it. Have your copy in the Islander office not later than Tuesday afternoon. "O" Work of fitting up the neW premises to be occupied by the Best Market is under way. ~The proprietor antici- pates being settled there by January 1. Second door south of the City Hall, on Metropole av'enue. At, Leut Employed The latest preceding census tabula- tion showed 1,310,658 painfully em- ployed.--Border Cities Star (Windsor, Ont.), spotted by Pathfinder. If you don't trade in Avalon we all lose money. A MILE OF CHRISTMAS TREES On Christmas Eve, more beautiful than ever, with a greater number of sparkling vari-colored lights, the Mile of Christmas Trees on Santa Rosa Avenue, Altadena, will burst into illu- mination, to remain lighted each even- ing until the evening of January 1, when at 11 o'clock they wiI1 be dark- el]ed. This year will mark the 17th year of the illumination. It is estimated that more than 250,000 cars pass down the lighted street during the Christmas holiday season. The illumination orig- inated in the mind of Fred C. Nash, a member of the Pasadena Kiwanis club The city of Pasadena strings the lights and the Southern California Edison Company furnishes the elec- tricity. Both the Pasadena and Altadena Kiwanis clubs have charge of the Mile of Christmas Trees and are assisted by Boy Scouts and the State anti County traffic squads in handling the crowds. A general invitation is ex- tended to everybody to w-itness this magnificent spectacle. The lights go on at dusk and remain lighted until 11 o'clock each evening, from December 24 to January 1, inclusive. --o.-- SECRETARIES PUBLICITY COMMITTEES SOCIAL SECRETARIES AND ALL OTHERS Please: Report all meetings the day after they occur. Send in notices of future meetings on Monday or Tuesday. Send ~n advertisement or Adlets Monday or ~uesday. If sent in la~er the forms may be full and the items have to be left out. Please ! o- S 8.n'l e Man: "Why do you weep over the sorrows of people in whom you have no interest when you go to the thea- ter ?" Woman: "I don't know. Why do you cheer wildly when a :nan with whom you are not acquainted slides to second base ?"--Chelsea Record. Put an Adlet to work for you I THE LOST ISLANDS OF SAN PEDRO BAY When Cabritlo in 1542 sailed into what he called Iris Bay of Smokes, he saw there three small islands. He took noteonly of what later was known as Dead Man's Island, and sailed on. The latter Isla del Culebra de Cascabel (Island of Rattlesnake) and now Terminal Island, and Mor- mon Island were regarded as plain mudflats. Three and a half centuries later it was these three islands with their surrounding boglands and sloughs that caused engineers to determine, because they could be dredged out easily, that the San Pedro and Wil- mington bay shores could be made in- to one of the great harbors of the world, according to Hugh Harlan, su- pervisor of the Federal Writers' Pro ? ject, WPA, now compiling the Los Angeles County guide. Sixty years after Cabrillo, came Se- bastian Viscaino. He changed the Bay of Smokes to Ensenada de San Andreas or Bay of San Andrew, one of the few name errors he made. ~Vheu Cabrero Bueno, the map maker, charting the west coast of California to aid the great galleons in Philippine and Orient trade, found Viscaino had anchored in the bay on November 26, (1602) the church calendar day of St. Peter and not St. Andrew, he named it "San Pedro Bay" on the new map. San Pedro, by the way, is not in hon- or of St. Peter , the apostle, but St. Peter, the bishop of Alexandria, who was martyred in the Third Century. Bueno also put Dead Man's Island on his map but did not name it. For 200 years it went without a name. Then it became known as Isla del Muerto in the early 1820's when a sailor from a far-away land died aboard a ship in the bay, and was buried there. It was a logical burial place, for great packs of predatory coyotes infested the mainland. No grave remained intact for any great while. In after years, the sad fate of this sailor was made much of in song and poetry and the island became historical. Within the next two or three dec- ades, 10 umre persons were interred on the island--an English sea captain; the Indian, Black Hawk, from San Nicolas Island, six marines off the frigate Savannah killed in the Don~'in- guez Rancho battle of 1846; a pas- senger on a Panama steamer bound for San Francisco, and a Mrs. Parker, ! wife of Capt. Parker of the schooner, Laura Bevan. With the gradual improvement of the harbor the island ceased to be an island. Through fill-ins and other en- gineering changes, now under the name of Reservation Point, it is a pen- i insula, and part of the mainland i D wharfings and trackage. It is the site also of the U. S. Lighthouse Station, the U. S. Quarantine Station and the new Federal Prison. For centuries Rattlesnake Island rastic reductions! Our 10ss, y0ur gain was a convolution of sand dunes over- i run with reptiles, augmented each year when winter rains off mainland moun- tains and low lands swept the snakes from the shore and across the slough to their island prison. In early 1890's the island was bought from the Do- minguez heirs by a group which plan- ned a private terminal property to be operated as a monopoly. The group lost after a long court fight. The old rattlesnake hangout, now .... i i Terminal Island, contains a great part of the general harbor equipment-- sheds, slips, docka and trackage, and at one of the outer ends, the docks known as Fish Harbor, one of the ~m ":~u'P'7"!~~~.~E~ moStfront, interesting parts of. the water Nearer to the Wilmington shore is : .: 2". :.:". , :" .. . :..~.~.'.d4~~ :.: : ."T. :... :.~ FOR HER CHRISTMAS-. Beauty Service Gift Certificates For Any Amount MERLE NORMAN COMPACT and LIPS'fICK SETS FITTED LEATHER COSMETIC SETS 'LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR SELECTIONS BEAUTY Atwater Arcade Bldg. Phone 476 Mormon Island--named after one of the earliest of pioneers, a man of great faith who lived near the shore. All about him has been forgotten in the ruck of years. This island also has been joined to the mainland by fill-ins with mud scooped up as chan- nels were deepened and widened. It too, like Rattlesnake Island, lost its identity as an island with the coming of tracks, sheds, wharves and ware- houses, As late as 1869 Wilmington was the only "seaport" landing place. When ships came into San Pedro Bay they anchored some distance out, in deep water. The only way to bring mer- THE CATALINA FINE PROGRAM OF The Christmas Cantata, "The of Peace", by John Emerson, Connnunity Congregational last Sunday evening by the choir proved a very interesting cal event. The several chorus bets and solo parts w-ere credit~ rendered, under the direction of choir leader, Miss Lois Elliott. The music was so well recelved it is quite probable that the will be repeated early in after the schools reopen and the population is all at home again. Following was the program personnel : 1--Pastorale (Organ) 2--Chorus of Women, God, the Heavens Adore Thee". 3--Baritone Solo and Chorus, Annunciation", Mx. S. E. Carpeta 4--A Cappella Chorus, "Come, Long Expected Jesus". 5--Baritone Solo and Chorus men, "No Room in the Inn", M. Heywood. &-Chorus, "There Is Room Heart". 7--Alto Solo, Hark! What Those Holy Voices," Mrs. W. liams. 8---Soprano Sole and Chorus, Wise Men and the Shepherds", N. P. Brooks. 9--Chorus, "Hynm to the Peace". 10--Chorus, "Praise the King Peace". The Choir Sopranos---Mrs. N. P. Brooks, R. M. Heywood, Mrs. S. E. Mrs. Paul Smith, Miss Doreen Miss Elizabeth MacLean, Miss Elliott. Altos--Mrs. W. S. Williams, Betty Ellington, Miss Doris Miss Louise Newberry, Miss Coons, Miss Leta Cornell. Tenors--Messrs. D. R. Arnold, Frank Burgess. r ~' Basses---Messrs. S. E. Carpente, M. Heywood, W. S. Williams. o- Music lovers of Los Angeles will join in a gala presentation tor Herbert's "Babes in one of the most popular light of all time, this Christmas seasc cording to announcement Mrs. Grace Widney Mabee, note her work in the Festival of Arts, sponsored by the Los Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. is general chairman for the of Victor Herbert's land," being presented by sociates, Inc., opening with a premiere on Christmas night Figueroa Playhouse and with matinee and evening ances through New Year's special parties for children at raa -O Advertising is a courtesy doe people. chandise to shore was by lighl remembered in local accounts eas Banning's tug "Cricket", that passengers grouped boat's boiler as they rode up dy slough to the rickety At low tide the slough deep. Where once the little side-wheeler Cricket kicked soupy waters, as it threaded it between the islands, now come daily the great ships of the the islands have disappeared. NOTICE The undersigned will be for her debts only. Virginia J *ar0e~ Dec. 13, 1937. UNITED STATES POST Incoming maii reaches Postt~o~ 12:30 p.m. Outgoing mail closes at 3:3 The Post Office is open Saturday mornings and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays t will be open from 12 noon p.m. Regular holiday observed and time of played in the Lobby of the James B. Ogden,