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December 17, 1924

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r SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! t~Ublishedweekl at Avalon Santa Catalina Island California ~xalon OffiC;..1 y , , .~ " . ~ " 's ~,,~ newspaper, containing the local news of this wonderful Islaw! Avalon: Year-round mecca for tourists and travelers, 0f".'m. Official publication of the Light Tackle Club. an organizatio. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, ~ea'anghng Sl~Ortsmen. Baseball training field for Chicago "Cubs."At. walking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. ~~S AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. C IFORNIA,WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17 1924 VOL. XI NO. 49 AIR LINE TO CHICAGO MAKES NEW RECORD We haxe not asked pernlission from Mr. Wrigley Jr. to print the following letter, but we'll take a chance any- Way, owing to the fact that a new re- Cord in our eastern mail service has been made. Chicago, 111. December 9, 1924. Editor Catalina Islander: Very glad to haxe yours of Decem- ber 4th especially, as it came from Avalon 'by Air Mail and I presume this is about the first letter that ever reached Chicago from Avalon by the air. Your letter was evidently mailed in Avalon at 8:00 P. M. on December 4th, in which case it would not leave Ava- On tmtil 3:.30 P. M. December 5th~ our letter was received in Chicago at :30 p. M. December 8th, a saving of/ Just about two days. ,,, [ We have had some very woooavI Weather in Chicago in the" last two l Weeks. , Yesterday at noon the ther-[ mometer was 54; at dinner time it was 22, with an eighty-mile breeze. We are frozen in the morning, soaked with rain at noon and fruzen stiff at night. Hope the corner-stone laying was a great success. Expect to be on the Island sometime before the first of the Year. Very truly yours, Wm. "Wrigley, .lr. "FEET O17 CLAY" TO BE AT STRAND THEATRE "Feet of Clay," Cecil I3. De Mille's latest production for Paramount, which features Rod La Rocque, Vera Reynolds, Victor Varconi, Ricardo Cortez, Julia Faye, Theadore Kosloff and Robert Edeson, will be shown at the Strand Theatre Satur~lp.y. The Story is an adaptation of the immense- ly popular magazine serial by that name by Margaretta Tuttle. Beulah Marie Dix and Bertram Millrauser wrote the screen play. Traveling in its locale between a brilliant winter resort, a poor Har- lem flat and a gorgeous eye-filling home of wealth, "Feet of Clay" is one of the most entertaining produc- tions De Mille has ever offered the Picture public. The story starts with a yachting party at Catalina Island. All sorts of beach novelties are worked into a ser- ies of colorful scenes. Capping the beach scenes is a lux- Urious sequence aboard the world's largest yacht. It is amidst the spa- cious comfort of this three-hundred- foot pleasure craft that dramatic Scenes occur, following a water series where La Rocque's foot is mangled in a fight with a shark. "Keep Avalon a Spotless Town." We pledge our help! Cecil DeMille Tells a Fish Story At 4:50 p.m. on a windy afternoon a short while ago, I hooked a magnificent broadbill, which took out all but a few inches of my fif- teen hundred feet of twenty-four-thread line, in each of seventy-two magnificent rushes. The sun sank. Night came on. Still I fought that mass of coiled springs. Shortly before ten o'clock, with our snlall fan- tail boat rocking dangerously in high waves, the line parted from sheer water friction. 1 stood in nly scat and mentally saluted the greatest fighter 1 ever hale met, bar nm~e. CECIL DE MII,LE, Every man to his sport! Here's Cecil De Mille, of Paramount Picture fame, at his favorite pastime, catching huge swordfish with rod and reel off Catalina Island, California. Landing a 157-pound prize, such as is shown here, serves to relax the picture man after strenuous duties concerned with the making of such film successes as "The Ten Commandments," "Feet of Clay," and "The Golden Bed." CAMP FIRE KITCHEN BAND PROVES QUITE A NOVELTY By Chas. H. Smith Very naturally a majority of the audience which gathered at the Cres- cent Avenue Pavilion on Friday even- ing were totally unaware of the char- acter of the "Kitchen Band," which was advertised to give an entertain- ment on that evening. Well, it sure proved a novelty, and: the hearty applause given by the large number present was evidence that the character of the entertainment offered pleased them. At eight' o'clock, out of the dim darkness of the far end of the pavil- mn, appeared a group of seventeen Gitchee Gumee Camp Fire Girls, clad in a neat uniform composed of green coats and white skirts. Instead of braid, the coats were neatly decorated with small spoons--and perhaps that will give you the key to what the "Kitchen Band" was. Every instrument was composed of some kind of kitchen untensil. Just glance at-this brief description: Base drum--Wash tub. Chimes--Mixing spoons. Snare drum--Dish pans. Xylophone--Knives and forks. Violins--A carpet beater and a corn popper. Saxophone--Garden hose, funnels and spoons. Trombone--Curtain rods. Bass viol--Ironing board and bread board. Cornets--Hose, funnels and pipe. Banjo-Sieve, washboard and wood- en spoon. But, asks one, how could such a con- glomeration of kitchen utensils furnish music that would entertain an audi- ence? Well, we'll tell you that later. The band of fair maids was led by "Benny" Ogden, who also wore a smart uniform, decorated with other kitchen things. His graduation from a nmnber one drummer to that of leader and director of such a bevy of attractive femininity did not appear to have de- racted from his usual urbanity. The piano was presided over by Gordon Stone, who acquitted himself splendidly. The program, comprising twelve musical and three other numbers, prov- (Continued on Page 10, Column 4) RE-OPENS THE DISCUSSION ABOUT STRENGTH OF LINES Los Angeles, Ca/. Editor Catalina Islander: What part do lines play in the tak- ing of game fish ? What is a reason- able breaking strain for 6, 9 and 24- thread lines, respectively ? Do anglers conscienc ously adhi~re to the rules as they stand, or is there a tendency to- wards a too liberal interpretation of these rules? Are the existing rules fair and just? Are they so framed that they can be followed literally? Why is it that the Tuna Club, from year to year, seems to find it neces- sary to alter the line specifications? What does the phrase, "No. 50 flax," mean ? Who can identify a line made therefrom ? \Vho can identify a line that is not made from No. 50 flax? Would it be wise to e/iminate that phrase from the rules and fix defi- nite breaking strain for the various sizes of lines used, and, .if so, what should those breaking strains be? If such a rule were adopted, how would it be possible to safeguard the sport from voluntary or imoluntary infrac- tion of such a rule? To what extent does a line vary, in so far as its ten- sile strength is concerned? All the above questions, and many more, have undoubtedly been asked by anglers either of themseh'es or of oth- er enthusiasts. Certainly there would appear to be something radically wrong with the present system of handling the line situation. No one knows from season to season what the line specifications are to be. No two seem to agree as to what they ought to be. Rumors are constantly float- ing around that this angler or that one has been fudging in the use of lines. No one seems immune from these ugly stories. The chances are that there isn't a particle of truth in them. The breach is certainly likely to be involuntary than voluntary. However that may be, some method of super- vision over lines should be adopted in order to definitely smother any such loose talk at its inception. The purpose of this brief article is to open the question for discussion among anglers. Let us hope that many of you who have formed pet theories on the subject will take this opportunity of advancing them. It makes no difference how fantastic they may be, or what side of the argu- ment you may espouse, the editor will be glad to publish them, and the read- ers will enjoy reading them. It is more than likely that from an open discussion of this subject a solution of the entire problem may be reached. (Continued on Page 6, Column z)