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PAGE TWO CATALINA -- CALIFORNIA'S FAMED WINTER RESORT By Ahna Overholt Basking in the sun, 25 miles out in ~Ilc sparkling blue Pacific, Catalina Is- land is the winter watering resort of California. Fr(nn 10 to 15 degrees wanner than the mainland, due to the warm Japanese current that flows be- tween and tile greater distance from the snow-capped peaks of the San Bernardinos, tiffs lovely isle of the sea beckons as a year-round fairyland. Winter yachting, star-boat and speed boat races, asuaplaning and motor- boating hold sway in December as in May. Laughing youngsters in sun- suits romp and build sand castles along Avalon Bay, dashing in for an occa- sional dip and out again to play in the warm sun, their bodies a golden brown from a year-round Catalina tan. Sleek seals frolic on the buoys of yachts anchored in the bay and bark their welcome to the incoming noon steamer, a startling sight to eastern visitors. Glass-bottom power boats ply over the crystal-clear waters each day of the year, revealing ever new wonders in the island submarine gar- dens, fishes of silver and gold that flit in and out among s'hell-encrusted and moss-covered rocks, starfish and sea porcupines, gently swaying sea heather aud fern• At the Catalina Bird Park, Jimmy, the talking mynah, bids you welcome. Here thousands of rare and gorgeous- ly plumed birds, gathered from the four corners of the earth, make their home, and the raucous voice of the beautiful Bird of Paradise announces ever and anon that spring on Catalina is perennial. Birds of tropical climes never before propagated in captivity, rear their young among arbors of tropical shrubst seen elsewhere only under glass. Golf yachting parties to Catalina over the week-end are among the smart things to do during the winter season's social whirl. The sporty 18- hole links of the Catalina Country Club are the scene of many interest- ing matches and tournaments• Tennis. too, brings its devotees to the Magic Isle. The beautiful club-house is the rendezvous for lovers of out-door sport, its lovely sunken gardens and cozily luxurious lounges contributing to its restful atmosphere. I)uring early spring baseball fans from far and near visit Catalina to watch the Chicago Cubs at training and in their practice games wi'th the New York Giants. No admission is charged. Everyone is welcome to watch the stars of these major leagues g~) through their paces. The "no "admission" idea is "an old Catalina custom", as it were• There is also no admission charged to .the Catalina Bird Park or to the Catalina Casino ballroom. And there is danc- ing every night of the year and on Sunday afternoons. Many people come to Catalina just to see the beau- tiful architecture of the Casirto, its wonderful theatre and its magnificent ballroom. Truly, nowhere is there as much to do and as little to pay as at Catalina. And whether one boards the great white steamer that leaves the Catalina terminal at Wilmington daily at 10 am. or flies across the channel in one of the luxurious ten passenger amphi- bian planes, the trip is a never-to-be- forgotten delight. On the steamer there is music and dancing all the way and via air, one is there" in the tw;nk- ling of an eye. At the lovely Hotel St. Catherine, with its famous Bird Room and vista out to sea, where one may watch ma- jestic yachts worth a king's ransom, riding at anchor, or gracefully sailing by, a wonderful luncheon to challenge the taste of an epicure, awaits the noon-day arrival. And at no time of year is it lovelier to spend a week or a month at Cata- lina than during the winter season, when the scarlet toyon emblazons ~m- erald green hills and sapphire seas take on a deeper hue. Those who know Catalina enjoy its winter season even more than its joy- ous summers. "GOSSIPING EYES" By Mickey Ahern Here's hoping you all had a very Merry Christmas--that Santa filled your stocking with the many things that you desired most ; particularly good meals, clothing, and your bills pretty well paid. AND A JOB! Those are the things we wish most at this period of our lives, and if we didn't get them at Christmas, I hope that the New Year 1933 will take us all out of the forest into the clearing. Which reminds me of one Macbeth the Peanut Vendor, told about a lum- berjack who had been in camp for many months, and naturally had pick- ed up, among other things, some of those well-known ticks, which made him sort of ticklish. He was sort of bald on top of his dome, you know. So, when he was sitting in the barber chair, getting all spruced up, and the barber was en- deavoring to rid him of his occupants m his small tuft of hair, he still com- plained that there were ~ome hiding out. He qomplained continually to the barber, when a young farmer lad hanging around the barber-shop wait- ing his turn drawled: "Saaay, barbah! Why don't you run them critters into that clearin' on top of his head, and you can round 'era up easy". So here's hoping we all get our troubles out into the clearing, round 'era up and tumble 'era into a canyon of Adversity and we climb up onto the peak of Happiness. Now that we've gotten that off of our Cnest, we'll tell you that the Cata- lina Athletic Association had a won- derful meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 20, at the Casino with 94 present. What a dandy crowd. A free Dutch lunch was served by the Fmtertaimnent Committee--Mark Williamson, Sherman Smith, H. Mich- ael Ahern, Jimmy Glendye and Harry Deffenbaugh, and consisted of a great assortment of sandwiches and coffee. They cleaned up the 250 sandwiches and 6 gallons of coffee, and left nary a crumb or spot on the floor. Then the whole gang at 9:15 P. M. exitted to the Avalon Theatre, where Art LaShelle had booked the U.S.C.- Notre Dame football classic and an- other feature picture. Some show, and a general wonderful evening by all. Baseball games were indulged in for the past two Sundays at the ball park. The boys sure have fun, and the games were closely contested. Next Sunday will mark the finish of base- ball and then the basketball season starts in full blast. Five good teams are lined up for competition: Mer- chants, Legion, Golf Club, Company Transportation Department and an Association team. The boys have been practicing at the Pay'ilion and the folks will see some great games. Are you getting that costume lined up for New Year's Eve ? You don't have as much fun in your usual wear- ing apparel. Get a costmne made up and have fun at the ball. Our whole Association gang will be there and some of the boys promise to win prizes. First Tuesday in January will be meeting night of the Association at same spot. We anticipate having Arch Laurance show movies of his trip to China, and also Roadhouse will bring up some shorts of the football game of last year: Catalina Swim; Row- boat Race, etc. Come up, fellows--100 of you, at least, and we'll have a great meeting and some good entertainment. Art LaShelle will have another good picture that night also, for your en- tertaimnent, so you can kill two birds at one time. Well, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, folks ... and this includes the staff and Judge Windle of the Catalina Islander from the whole As- sociation for giving us this good space • T each issue,hey have been very kind, indeed. So long--Happy March 17th tu yuh! Catalina Island--the place where quietness and repose soothe ragged nerves and renews health andhappi- nc~s. THE CATALINA BUSINESS 1S IMPROVING READING THE ADS Business recovery will probably originate with industrial and commer- cial concerns of small capitalization, and because there are nLunerous en- terprises of that class within the trad- ing and manufacturing area of South- ern California, this area will undoubt- edly be among the first sections to fecl improvement. This betief was expressed yesterday by Roy E. Mote, manager of the Cat- alina Island Branch of Security-First National Bank in discussiYtg the status of "small business" in the present eco- nonfic reconstruction program. Basing his conviction on a report by George M. Wallace, vice president, di- rector, and vice chairman of the exec- utive committee of Security-First Na- tional, who has returned from a cross country tour during which he confer- red with leading commercial and in- vestment bankers, the branch banker said : "I do not anticipate any sort of boom. But there is evidence of an un- derlying strength in business to which the influence of enterprises with $100,- 000 and upward of invested capital is largely contributing. No order is too small to interest them. They are buy- ing raw materials from 'lots' to 'quan- tities' and turning over their cash pro- fitably. They are aiding transporta- tion by the distribution of their goods and they are maintaining employ- ment." Expressing the opinion that a more extensive use of available credit should be exercised to expedite business re- covery, the local banker continued, "We do not make ev'ery loan that is requested. We never have. Neither do other banks. "Credit requirements must be met and times demand that they be rigid. But if financing is needed to carry on a business which is profitable and sound--assuming the would-be bor- rower is dependable and has a good record--the desired loan would in all probability be made." The banker declared that reports from the East indicate that the coun- try's spirit is improved and said, "The United States is all right. Business is really improving. Succeeding months will develop strength." Two Avalon women were newspaper advertisements. turn to the advertising Catalina Islander," said read them just as carefully as a description of some place diligent searching, I might of money--the cold cash. more, I am not guided by at the moment. If I see offered at a price which I knOW money-saving, I go to that the purpose of buying it it away until :ny present stoc worn out or exhausted. A gain is a good bargain at any buy ahead when saving Mrs. B. confessed that she so forward-looking. "My the ads," she said, "is for the of finding where I can get greatest economy what I ne now. Somehow I have a fee a merchant is always something whether I want always make up my mind what I need and not to blandishments of the bargains. I read and shop for In effect, Mrs. B. tisements as temptations : looked upon them as the two, Mrs. A. is the housekeeper. Her use of t the same that the mana business makes of his information concerning co may or will affect his the future. She makes her further than Mrs. B. Mrs. A. advanced another observation. '"rhe merchant peals oftenest to my desire for the future, is the man the best store and offers goods. He is availing markets--today's and the he has sense enough to do has ability to run his store o0 lines. I favor the merchant vertises oftenest, with the regularity and in the grea From my reading of know enough about them .stand that the store which. sloppy ads or which advert1' regular intervals in a hit-o is the store most apt to or-miss goods. Wishing you all a Happy and New Year We take this opportunity to express our appreciation of support and patronage during the year CA TALINA BARBER YALE McWANE, ',Prop. 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