THE BLUE \ BONNET ---------- 3
Two items and that same tax
tf) ken were found n the BB ContribuLion
Item No. 1. ( Slightly aged):
At a certain dance in Everett,
there was one sailor who really stood
out as a rug cutter, better known as
a jitterbug. None other than the 203
p: mnd horsehide tosser of the sh: p's
baEeball nine, Red ( Diz zy Dean)
Ruddy, Sea2c, Third Division.
Item No. 2.
Dear Blue Bonnet:-
Now that we are definitely in
the Navy Yard for our annual overhaul
period, why don't you become
more active and sponsor various
athlet ic activities?
It would give the HOUSTON
more ship spirit and also provide
much needed recreation for all and
not only a few.
I really believe that an interdiv;
sional baseball league would be
welcomed by all divisions. Games
could be played in the evenings as
the days are long up here in Bremerton.
I hope the Blue Bonnet will realize
the necessity of ship sports and
take proper steps to encourage them.
Ocko's Wayside Observations
Observed the Log House Pencil
Pusher Partridge standing at attention
while Chief Engineer, Captain of
the Yard," and several other officers
waited for him in the Ward Room.
Seems Mr. Gates called the lad up on
the topside bareheaded, and left him
alone. Consequently, Partridge is
Podner Meadows, aboard over
two years, and fireman second class
tlon't know yet what the Ordnance
Department on board the HOUSTON
is. Get out the book, Greasy! Won't
do a bit of harm.
Frank " Baldy" Clarkston keeping
the boys in No. Four Fireroom
entertained all the time with tall tales
of Old Kentucky recently. Seems the
boy had a twenty- five mile mail route
which he covered on mule- back,
Starting from early morning when it
was nice and warm, he had gone without
a coat. By the time he got back,
a cold spell had set in and it was
necessary to knock" his feet out of the
stirrups with a chopping axe, due to
the fact that they were frozen in.
Ocko says that's a mighty huge story,
in fact, even better than the one about
a submarine rolling fifty- seven
llegrees, which I heard lately.
The mad rush is on. All the
Colden Grainers headed for the beach
to look for homes for the coming
overhaul period. It does make a difference
with all the extra ships in
that were not here when we left. Just
about as easy to get an apartment
in Bremerton as it is to get a Special
Order discharge in Boot Camp.
How about cigars, Wallace? Our
friend Jim Kenneth Wallace P" lt on
buttons last week to become Chief
Gunner's Mate, A. A., and we expect
to see P. A. after his name in exactly
one year. Jim has always claimed
his wife allowed him sixtv cents per
payday for cigarettes. Ocko wonders
if she'll change that to six- bits or so
now? Well, Jim, congratulation.:; nnJ
a happy cruise; you've earneJ it!
Joe Balicki, ex Nickleburgher
man of the Pike in Long Beach, i3
now a Golden Grainer. He \ Va.:; teiI: n!,~
us all the difficulties of the state of
matrimony one day recently. His allowance
is seventy- five cents a week.
He takes home fifty- four a month and
occasionally receives twenty cents
for beer. Nowadays Joe rolls his own
from Bull Durham, while he used to
smoke Sensations. Guess Ocko will do
plenty of looking before he ties himself
to apron strings and gives up
his right to wear the pants. The reason
Joe is the ex- nickleburgher man
is that he has swung a deal whereby
he now gets two for fifteen cents.
There's one big objection Little
Ocko has to make to our present
ship's organization. It seems there's
nothing in there to make Swampy
Dethloff stop calling him " kid". Now
we maintain that a person standing
six feet and one inch tall, and wearing
size eleven and one- half shoes,
is no longer a kid, and we want
Swampy to stop it. If he doesn't, we
are gonna tell what he pulled up at
the Fleet Cocktail Lounge in Bremerton
last June. You wouldn't want us
to do that, now, would you?
Obsel'ved a third class shipfitter
with a mighLy sore upper lip on the
last day we were in Port Angeles.
Seem one cruiser sailor hasn't a
chance against four or five battlewagon
gobs. Where were all the
HOUSTON boys that night? Sure a
nice way to stand by a shipmatecarry
him home when the war is
How about cigars on Edward L.
Meado ; vs, snappy Turret Two gun
striker? Last Friday morning, Sandl'a
Lee 1YIeaClows arrived, weighing sevcn
pounds, twelve ounces.
Johnson, GMlc, now is on leave,
having don:! a middle- aisle stunt rccently,
u~ i 19 the double ring ceremony.
It is w: th deep concern we speak
of Mrs. H. E. Freeman, who had a
serious accident while bicycling in
Bremerton recently. Herky took some
leave to go to her side when we were
in our last port of call, and told Ocko
that her condition was good as can
be expected. It is heartily wished by
L" ttle Ocko and the Blue Bonnet that
Mrs. Freeman will soon be her usual
healthy and lovely self again.
With best wishes to one and all,
and a farewell greeting to Ensign B.
Johnson, who left us last week.
Little Ocko Says
Ship Race", To Rescue
( Continued from Palre 1.)
at precisely the calculated time, close
to ten- Lhirty the same evening. Wh'le
both ' sh: ps hove to, a motor launch
from the HOUSTON lost no time in
transferring the patient, after which
the HOUSTON immediately got underway
again for Seattle.
The doctor operated that nightand
in spite of it being an unusually
difficult operation, Temoved the man's
appendix successfully. The patient
was then transferred to the Naval
Hospital at Bremerton the following
day, and according to latest reports,
is recuperating rapidly.
-- J. Matthews