-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
Editor: Ensign J. P. M. Johnston
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N.
Barker, US. N., Commanding and Commander
C. A. Bailey, U. S. N., Executive
A Dentist's Nightmare
( Continued from Pace 1.)
Norway - Yes We Love This Land
Russia - The Internationale.
Italy - Garibaldi's Hymn.
Roumania - National Air ( 1862).
Spain - Hymne de Riego, a battle
Brazil - Hymn of the Republic.
Chile - Dulce Patria.
Equador - Salve, 0 Patria.
from side to side.)
Dr. Schlack: ( After seating patient in
chair.) " What condition are we in,
Baker or Affirm? Are your hatches
Logged down or are they open and
running? ( Looks around chair.) Yep,
no leaks." ( Looks around the office
for instruments and pulls out miscellaneous
tools, large and full of
dust. Begins humming " Happy Days
Are Here Again". After dropping the
tools all over the deck and picking
them up again asks patient:)
" Are you an officer or a gentleman
- er, er, er, I mean an officer
or an enlisted man?" ( Patient mumbles
Dr. Schlack: " An officer eh! ( Again
sings " Happy Days Are Here Again",
calls for his corpsman.) When were
these instruments last sterilized?"
Corpsman: ( Entering) " They were
sterilized after cutting up the President's
catch of fish on the last cruise."
Dr. Schlack: " Guess they're sterile enough.
Get me my surgical gloves."
( Corpsman brings a pair of asbestos
gloves. Dr. Schlack adjusts them on
Dr. Schlack: " Now then ( to patient)
open your mouth wide." ( After looking
for a while and mumbling ' bore
clear' begins stuffing cotton, instruments,
etc. into the patients mouth.
When mouth is full to capacity)
" Open wider please." ( Stuffs more
material into mouth. Corpsman begins
dozing off in chair.)
Dr. Schlack: " Now I will have to ask
you a few questions. Do you have
buzzing sounds in your ears? Have
spots 1: lefore your eyes? Do you feel
" Continued on Patre 3.)
THE BLUE BONNET
Sing Something Simple
Leaving Houston with many hopes
of returning and many sorrows of
having to leave, the officers and crew
hope for a return in the not too distant
future. Not to belittle Texans, or
visitors of any state, still a landlubber's
questions are as funny to a
sailor as a sailor's to a landlubber.
Here are a few which I've heard.
One fair young damsel, gazing a
hundred feet into the air at the foretop,
asked her guide in manner grave
and serious, " Do you have to climb
to get up there?" Replying very politely
he thought, (? !-)* C- xB!$) IO!)
but he carefully explained that it was
necessary to climb to go up on ships
just as it is necessary to climb to go
up on land.
Remembering the days of her
childhood, one lovely lady thought the
tarred seams of the wooden deck
would be swell for playing hop scotch.
Frankly, sailors don't play hop scotch.
Some wished to know if the turret
recoiled as a unit or was it just the
guns that recoiled.
I have been told that many thought
they were walking through mirrors
when they came to the doors, the
bright work was so nicely shined and
the glass so clear.
' Tis a weird and unnatural world
in which we live.
Cross word puzzles and radio
quizzes have revealed the amazing
ignorance of us all. A man on the
street, being asked to name the national
hymn of Italy replied blandly:
" Rigoletto." How many national
hymns do you know?
First, of course, is OUI own Star
Spangled : Banner, written by Francis
Scott Key in 1814.
Canada - The Maple Leaf Forever.
Great Britian - God Save The King.
France - The Marseillaise, written
in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget
de Lisle, while the city of
Strasburg was being attacked by
Belgium - La Brabanconne ( 1830).
Helland - Flanders ( 1869).
Germany - Die Wacht Am Rhein.
Denmark - King Christian Stood
Beside the Mast.
Finland - Our Land.
E. Essy, Sea 2c
W. C. Ridge
M. A. Pipp, Yeo3c
Ensign W. C. Leedy
Ass't Associate Editor
Farewell .... and Welcome
Officers and men of the ship regret
having had to say goodbye to Lieut. Comdr.
W. J. Strother, Jr. who left
the ship last Sunday, in Houston, his
eventual destination Honolulu. He is
the second officer in less than three
weeks to go from the Houston to
shore duty in Hawaii, following Lt.
Og) E. A. McDonald, who was detached
on 1 April.
The BLUE BONNET'S editors feel
they speak for all hands in wishing
" Bon voyage" and good luck to our
former " Gun Boss". With the same
hearty feeIng they extend the ship's
welcome to the new Gunnery Officer,
Lt.- Comdr. A. L. Maher.
The Houston Comes Horne
Seldom have the ship's company of
any Navy ship been more royally entertained
than were the officers and
crew of the Houston in the city of
Houston, Texas. Dances, stag parties,
and all the friendliness and courtesies
of a hospitable city made our visit in
Houston the most enjoyable of those
in any port for many months. It's our
firm belief that it makes no difference
what port is decreed the official home
port of the Houston, or what several
localities in the country are considered
" home" by various individuals, the U.
S. S. Houston will still be going home
whenever she stands up the Houston
Another farewell - this time to
Lieut. ( jg) C. A. Schlack ( DC), for
whom our sincere wish is that he'll
always be able to make the first boat,
and a warm welcome to his relief,
Lieut. ( jg) J. L. Wanger ( DC).
To Lieut. ( jg) J. M. Clute, who also
left on Friday, we hope he'll have
pleasant duty on the U. S. S. Sterrett,
now building in Charleston, S. C.