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December 24, 1924     The Catalina Islander
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December 24, 1924

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Q 2. _..~~ SANTA CATALINA ISI~ND- ! ~_~~1//~) ~k~K~~-'~-j "r~-~ " ~'~ IN ALL THE WORLD Ell 0(~c~Jsped weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Islan ......... ~i~lal newspaper, containing the local news o rlsrs .an.a ~raveJyr*. ~Orld, Official publication of the Light Tackl Dan, rtamg, ns.nmg, sea an ,, ,, WalKln marine araens unexcelleo accommooatlon8 - gling sportsmen. Baseball training field for Chicago Cubs. , g g ' :E FIVE CENTS AVALON. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA.WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 24. 1924 VOL. X| NO. 50' CHRISTMAS AT CATALINA Because it is easy to write about things that "don't happen," let us look OVer the files of the [slander and tell Yon what Christmas time has been like in past years! The 1923 Christmas Was "clear calm and comforting." The Christmas time for 1922 was "blue sky, snowcapped mountains on the main- land, with slight evidence of rain." "But", you say, "what do we care about the Christmases of the past? We want the 1924 Christmas !" sAtllnight for every boy and girl on right! Santa Claus was here la the Island. Tonight he will be at the Congregational Church. But, it would- n't be fair to Santa Claus if we were to "tip off" all of his plans, so we'll, not say what hc is going to do tonight. Everyone in Avalon knows what took place, in the l'avilion last night. That's part of the 1924 Christmas at Catalina 1 . Which reminds us of an incident that happened last Sunday while a vis- itor was standing on Crescent avenue. said: This is an exhilarating cli- nlate." l-Jndoubtedly he was "exhilarated". Ahnost everyone who is on Catalina at Christmas time gets that way! That's part of the climate[ Back east, they boast of the "pep in the atmosphere," but, mostly, as we remember it, the back-easterner spends the biggest part of his Christmas Day wondering if the coal and wood will last all winter. And they sit around hugging the stove telling stories some- thing like the following, that recently appeared in '['he Humorist: Bill Jones who is a golfer, is con- eluding a fishing story, and he says: "And -cr-he was about as long as that last drive of yours." To which one of the stove-huggers replied : "Oh, I say-- really!" Then Bill Jones piped up, "And so I threw him back !" Christmas at Catalina! The resi- dents of Avalon ride horseback, or in automobiles; they go fishing, boating, bathing, play golf, tennis, or go hi)- ing; they go to church or they stay at home; they walk on the streets, or sit around on the pergolas admiring the picturesque scenery, the clear atmos- phere and the hills of the mainland; they greet each other with smiles, and nods and cute remarks, like they do in all communities where people are pros- perous, contented and happy. Yes, our office door is open, and the zephyr-like breeze is carrying our ci- gar-smoke lazily, loafingly, out through the open back door, and, it's Christmas at Catalina ! "Keep Avalon a Spotless Town." We pledge our help! GULF OF SANTA CATALINA By W. E. Allen. Santa Catalina Island lies in the northern part of the western border of the Gulf of Santa Catalina, a body of (gllri tma tii e Heap on more wood .--~The wind is chili ; But, let it whistle as it will, Well keep our Christmas merry *till. ~ ~--Walter Scott. Christmas hath a darkness Brighter than the blazing moon; Christmas hath a chilliness Warmer than the heart of June; Christmas hath a beauty Lovelier than the world can show. 7-qhr!stina Rossetti. Ring out, ye crystal spheres! Once bless our human ears, If ye have power to touch our senses so, And let your silver chime move in me- lodious time, And let the bass of heaven's deep organ blow, And with your nine-fold harmony made up full consort To the angelic symphony. . . ~--John Milton. It is the Christmas time, And up and down 'twixt heaven and earth, In glorious grief and solemn mirth, 1~[]~ ~ water nearly one hundred miles in / length between Point Fermin (San I[~ Pedro) and Point Loma (San Diego). Viewed directly this seems to be a large mass of water. Viewed relative- ly on a map of the Pacific Ocean it seems to compare with that great body of water in about the same way that the head of an ordinary pin compares with the hand that holds it. The pleasant climate of Santa Cata- lina Island is largely determined by the Pacific Ocean as a whole. Fish- ing, bathing, boating, and other plea- surable conditions are more largely de- termined, directly at least, by the Gulf. It is not surprising, therefore, that a l great many residents in and visitors to the Island should take a keen in- terest in the conditions of existence of the Gulf and its inhabitants, and of I the stupendous Ocean of which it is an almost infinitesimal portion. For many years scientists have recognized the Gulf as a favorable point from which to attack the endless problems of the if]imitable seas. They have also found within the Gulf itself ample scope for use of their powers and The shining angels climb. --D. M. Mulock Craik. Shepards at the grange Where the Babe was born Sang with many a change Christmas carols until morn. --Henry W. Longfellow. The star which they saw in the east Went before them until it came and Stood over where the young child was. --Matthew. "Merry Christmas!" hear them say As the east is growing lighter. May the joy of Christmas day Make your whole year gladder, brighter. .--.Margaret Deland. Again at Christmas did we weave The holly round the Christmas hearth. --Alfred Tennyson. Sing the song of great joy that the angel* began ; Sing of glory to God and of good will to man. --John G. Whittier. facilities of investigation. Thirty years ago Dr. W. EL Ritter was attracted by the favorable condi- tions for investigation in this region, and he with his party spent a trial summer at Avalon in 1893. After var- ious other trials he led in permanent establishment of a marine laboratory' at La Jolla on the southwestern shore of the Gulf, Since 1910 this marine laboratory, now officially called "The Scripps Institutefor Biological Re- search of the University of California," has had permanent quarters at a point about two miles north of La Jolla. A little more than a year ago Professor Ritter retired from active service as Director of the Institution and Dr. T. Wayland Vaughn, of the U. S. Geolog, ical Survey, assumed the Directorship, The coming of Dr. Vaughn has led to more comprehensive views of the pos- sibilities of oceanographic work by this Institution, and it now appears that it may become a marine observatory [rather than merely a marine labora- tory. A laboratory is primarily a place for limited experiment, controlled or re- stricted observation, and more or less modified contact with natural phe- nomena. An observatory is a central point from which investigations and observations are directed in the widest (Continued on Page 4, Column 2)