Independent from Long Beach, California on January 31, 1960 · Page 121
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 121

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 31, 1960
Page 121
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High perch lofts Penny Tassos onto shoulders of Ci]il. Lou Kcncily of Alpha. Penny, u kindergarten pupil, already is a skilled diver with aid of artificial breathing device, also is a good swimmer and fisherman, "Dream boat"Alpha lies alongside schooner \.a-/.y j a c k , also a charter yacht, for visit. Alpha carries six passengers and three crew, all veterans of inter-island trade. It is, armed with a cannon for. firing salutes. who still live as in the old colonies--without telephones, sewers, street lights, or even streets. Agriculture is neglected here since fish are plentiful. Natives diet principally on lish, rice, peas--and soft drinks. The native children adopted Penny and Timothy while John Herbert, John Jr., and 1 explored an underwater cave. We dived 20 feet to the cave entrance. Inside .we found a giant room with two cathedral-type shafts of light, indicating other entrances. Dark corners of such caves are favorite hiding places of giant jcwfish, which . often exceed 400 pounds. Meanwhile Penny and Timothy, under their mothers' supervision, did their own diving and fishing. Later, after a dinner of conch chowder, we held a sailboat race, and the children learned to. ride giant Hawksbill turtles. Next day we sailed on to Highbourne Cay, now deserted. On the empty beach we held a cookqut, with civilized trappings such as hot dogs that reminded us of home. I'or our cruise was nearly over, and next day we were obliged to turn back toward Nassau. When we reached there, there was a frenzied scramble for hot baths and shampoos for two mothers and one little 5-year-old redhead. Even a dream vacation, our girls had found, has its drawbacks. · Dream's end comes with dinner at British Colonial Hotel, Nassau. Trip's total cost: about $1,500. I

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