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December 31, 1924     The Catalina Islander
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December 31, 1924

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THE CATALINA ISLANDER SOCIAL AND PERSONAL Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Powell were among passengers homeward bound on the steamship Avalon on Sunday. News has been received here by Captain A. E. Eaton of the sudden death of I)r. 'W. B. Kibby of Marshall- town, Iowa, which oecured December l&h at Kansas City. Dr. Kibby was Well known in Avalon and usually Spent the summer here fishing for tuna and other game fish. He was 69 Years of age. y l)r. and Mrs. B. I:. Alden of S~.n ranc sco are spending the New Year in Los Angeles, but before leaving for the north they plan to spend several days at Avalon, where Dr. Alden says that he has a date with a big broad- bill SWordfish. The genial doctor is SAYS FAILURE TO READ GOOD BOOKS IS BAD SIGN By ]3evier Robinson Have the people in the present gen- eration in their great desire to accu- mulate pe,'sonal riches lost the burning desire to read good books which our ancestors possessed ? A glance at the current literature shown in the aver- age newstand would indicate that the Americans are losing their desire for good reading. The automobiles, the movies and the radio are absorbing the time and ener- gy which used to be given to the read- ing of the classics. Great masses of people complain that to read books is burdensome and as a result are losing the ability to appreciate good litera- ture. The writer finds that school children do not care for books as Specific regarding the location of said much as they used to, preferring to sW " see in an hour a garbled version of ordfish, which he plans to meet on ax,anuary 3, at the intersection of the "Les Miserables" or "David Copper- '~orth current and the S. E. by W. field" in the movies. Juvenile authori- ~rrent, wherever that is. Anyway, ties agree that this increasing failure ,Jr. Alden good lnck. You get the fish, "to dig into good books and to study and we'll print its picture in the paper, them has a lot to do with the great increase of juvenile delinquency. l~leads Leaving for World Tour Unable to enjoy reading good bookg A family party was enjoyed last or unwilling to give the time and en- ek-end at the l~ome of Mr. and Mrs. ergy which the reading of them re- .~" H. Mead. "Idol-Ours," when Mr. quires, time is hanging heavy on the ~.'~-.ead arrived on the Yacht Idol-Ours heads of the younger generation, who ,~r.~ngir!g Mrs. Mead's brother, Mr. S. try to find in dancing, joy riding and ,' Parish, Mrs. Parish, their four sons, booze parties the higher pleasures of !aXSon, Richard, Roger, and Harold, living which only the reading of good ~mtwo daughters Helen andFrancille, books and the pursuit of knowledge ,at~ ' can give : Sunday the whole party includ- ing Dr "~ ' In short, good literature is the sheet tb Emma M. Carson, celebrated h e birthday of Mr. W.' J. Branden-anchor of all civilization, past and pre- ~,Urg of 202 Claressa avenue, who, with sent. The younger generation must be ~*~*r.S'Brandenburg also spent the week- trained to read and appreciate good earl on the island. This is the last literature. Books have played a most ~arty to be enjoyed at "Idol-Ours" for important part in the lives of all great .eVeral months as Mr and Mrs Mead men and without good literature our 'tlld . , ..... , thmrdaughter Miss Lucile are civilization will soon go down. ~ea\,i , .' , ., ng San Franclsco onJanuary 1~ The army examinations during the ra trip around the world and do World War showed not only an alarm- uOt " A expect to be back before July. ing amount of total illiteracy among rjy Avalon fricmts who would care native born Americans bnt also that t~ k- t ~ep in touch with the Meads will one-third of our soldiers could not ue interested in the following mailing intelligibly read and appreciate good "~doedresses: Mail leaving Los Angeles books. Is it any wonder that crime S january la may De sent to ttae is becoming so difficult to handle? h2~ ' Taiyo Maru, at San Francisco; As a nation we are tremendously "!Ore january 21 care of American rich and powerful. Are we falling ':':~Pr tl~- ess Co., Kobc, Japan' before Jan- down in our ideals and desires? Is ~, ou, care Mackmnm, Mackcnzie poverty in the intellectual field on the ~1 12o., Cohnnbo, Ceylon; before Feb- increase ? a:ary 14, carc Mackinnon Mackenzie Certain educators are contending ,m 12 19 o., Bombay, India; before March that the difficulty is to be found in ~' Care American Exprcss Co., Cairo, the schoolroom, in the teacher not lay- ~gYpt; before April 9, care American ing sufficient, emphasis on the all-im- In~press Co., Rome, Italy; after April portant need of intelligent reading and ~: Care American Express Co., Paris, g~ood word pronunciation. Perhaps to 'ante. a certain extent their contention is Other Personals on Page 7 Card of Thanks The than, Mary Williams Club desires to (2,,--k all who assisted in making the" Vil"i~10a:aunity Christmas Tree at the Pa- eXCel, SUch a great success. For the th, t~ent co-or~eration received from eS;e~llwing th~ Club wishes to make Joh clal mention. Avalon Transfer Co., n MCMinn, "M. L. James, N. P. 13~a!bUrg, Judge George E. Daul C. J. 0 -' ~ ne Catalina Islander, F. H. Ott, ~- : "~ Avalon Dry Goods Co. o.11 ' kS o zl~.. J hnson Charles Barker Er- gO; t~aldwin R Alexander Charles l~a~ Inaker, Radio and Electric Com- Isl~y, I3. M. Renton, Santa Catalina ~,I~nd Company, B. Robison, Scout th~ster, The Avalon Boy Scouts, and 12anq~ f"ire GMs. justified by the facts, for as a teacher I daily come in contact with seniors in the High School who cannot read a page of the newspaper without mis- pronouncing at least one-fourth of the words. It was Jean Juarez, the great French Socialist, who had these burning words to say to the school teachers of France, "Teach the children of France to read great books intelligently and every- thing else will come to them." SUbscribe now--S2.00 per year. PAGE THREE f The Avalon Dry floods Co. "Second to None" We sell "Dove" Under Garments BECAUSE STYLES are Newer MATERIALS are Better WORKMANSHIP more Careful PRICES more Moderate New Lot Just Received SEE OUR WINDOWS J ITWE DESIRE TO THANK OUR MANY PATRONS FOR THE SPLENDID BUSINESS WHICH w:2:v: 2'2Z:Z '22 ONE AND ALL, A VERY Happy and Prosperous New Year Grocery and 116 Catalina Ave. FREE DELIVERY Phone 31 Hoover Bakery,.d Cash Grocery SUMNER AVENUE ATWATER HOTEL BLDG. A NEW YEAR SUGGESTION Send your friends of the "Magic Isle" a letter every week in the year. in the form of a subscription to The Catalina Islander. It will also bring to them pleasant memories of the good times they may have enjoyed when visiting this queen of ocean resorts. f The Catalina Islander Subscription Blank Subscription Rates : Annually ........................ $2.00 Three Months ............... 50 Six Months ..................... 1.00 Three years, in advance 5.00 NO ......... Date ............................ 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