-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain F.
Cogswell. U. S. N., Commanding, and Commander
A. R. Early. U. S. N., Executive
Editor: Ens. W. C. Leedy
Ass't Editor: Ens. F. B. Weiler
Associate Editor: W. J. Bannen, Bkr3c
Cartoonist W. C. Ridge Fie
W. E. Hughes Seale
Circulation M. A. Pipp. Yeo3c
Printer E. Essy, Sea 2c
W. L. Adams, Cox. E. C. Simmons, Seale
E. Essy, Sea2c J. Matthews Sea2c
So Long " Pop"
" So long" to the young officer
who's had more time aboard than any
other Wardroom officer- last of the
Jolll~ son quartet to leave the ship.
Three years and a month in the
HOUSTON, serving with the 3rd, 4th,
and " F" Divisions and the Engineers;
Ensign Billy Johnson probably knows
more of the crew by name than anyone
who is still aboard. He's going to
be missed at ship's dances, smokers,
and boxing meets. Our best wishes
go with him to the Supply School
in Philadelphia, and our congratulations
on a coming promotion to
Lieutenant ( jg).
The BLUE BONNET also regrets
saying goodbye to Ensign T. H.
(" Long Tom") Suddath, who has been
detached to report for duty with the
U. S. S. ROWAN, now building in 01' folk
Navy Yard. A lot of people who
would like to go to the East Coast
themselves, join the rest of the ship
in hoping he enjoys Norfolk.
Welcome to Lieut. ( jg) J. M.
Steinbeck. the new " F" Division Officer,
who recently reported aboard
from duty in the survey ship, the
U. S. S. HA IBAL. We hope he'll
have a pleasant cruise in the " Rambler
Some Naval Traditions
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the ship's sailmaker.
Disraeli, Britain's famous Prime
Minister of the past century, said,
" Customs may not be as wise as laws,
but they are always more popular."
So, the following custom lives today:
No matter what hour of day or night
a death may ta1< e place, the doctor
makes a report to the Officer- of- the
Watch, who enter it in the log a: t'i
THE BLUE IBO
I Can Pick'em
In the very first place, I want it
clearly understood that I am an expert
in the art of picking horses,
And by the way, finding myself tempJrarily
short of funds, I am giving
some enterprising fellow a chance to
invest five dollars with me. I happened
to lose both of my two dollars
the last time I went to the track.
You sec, I met a fellow on First
Street, another expert temporarily
short of funds, who gave me a tip
on the second race. I bet on it, but it
seems that the horse decided he would
rather run in the seventh race, so
when the seventh race was run,
three hours later, all the horses came
t: ashing down the stretch: the crowd
roared; the horses were thundering
toward the finish line. I held my
breath, and cursed as the winner
crossed the line. My horse was last.
He broke the record for running a
mile race. The old record was set by
a jockey who was thrown from his
horse and had to crawl back to the
immediately informs the Captain.
When buried at sea, the deceased is
shrouded in canvas, and if available
a coffin. Weights are use:! to make
certain the body will sink. The American
Flag is placed over the body, and
gently pulled off as it is eased over
The ritual used is usually Episcopalian,
ending with these words from
Commander Lovette's " Naval Customs,
Traditions and Usage": .... we
therefore commit this body to the
deep, to be turned into corruption,
looking for the resurrection of the
body, when the sea shall give up her
dead, and the life of the world to
At the point " we commit this
body to the deep", a seaman tilts the
grating or platform, pulls off the flag,
and the body slides into the sea.
An example of how deep the sentiment
of a sailor is for his shipmates
may be found in a cemetary at Port
Mahon, years ago the base of the U. S.
Sacred to the Memory of
Quarter Gunner on Board the
U. S. Frigate Brandywine
Who Departed this Life Jan. 17th
Age 44 Years
Here lies, beneath this consecrate:!
finish line. ( I had a bet on that horse
But, to prove my phenominal
ability to pick consistent winners, I
point with pride to a race about two
weeks ago. I had a terrific horse,
named " Ernie- Boo", who had set a
record runnng from the pasture to
the stable when mess gear was sO: Inded.
Anyway, I put two tomatoes on
his nose. As the horses entered the
stretch, a call was sent out to all
policemen, forest rangers, and beachcombers
to watch for " Ernie- Boo".
Somewhere on the far side of the
track, he had suddenly disappeared.
Somewhere on the near side, my two
bucks found their way into the coffers
of the track. And I found part of
the horse in a bar of salt watGr soap
a few days ago.
Say, before I leave, I have a hot
tip in the second race tomorrow. It's
a cinch--- can't lose. I'll give the name
of the horse to anyone who will lend
me a postage stamp, so I can send
home for some money.
- E. Essy
A man who loved his country and
True to them both, I've heard his
IBut now he's gone; and slumbers
in the clay.
A better messmate never crossed
I hope he's gone to Heaven. God
Faithful in duty; contented with
And died lamented by the
For the information and quotations,
we are grateful to Commander
Lovette's book mentioned above.
In the next issue will be
Sword and Gun Salutes.
Boxers Head For Top
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much competition as ever before,
with Anglin and Yantig representing.
The light- heavy weights are another
strong group, amply being
taken care of by Bishop and Allred.
The heavyweight class needs no
introduction, as we still have the Battling
Polack, Lewdanski- with, however,
Cantebury pressing him hard
aU the way.
- Bud Adams