Volumn 2 umber 9
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Pearl Harbor, T. H. 30 December, 1939.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
E. C. Simmons
The old man sat in his favorite rocker, smoking his pipe and reading the evening
paper. It was his hour of rest, his day of work finished, and tomorrow was
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COMSCOFOR HOISTS THREE STAR
FLAG IN HOUSTON
On Monday, 18 December, Vice
Admiral Adolphus Andrews, Commander
Hawaiian Detachment as well
as Commander Scouting Force, transferred
his flag from the carrier
" Enterprise" to the " Houston."
With Admiral Andrews, there came
to the ship a staff of twenty officers
and flag allowance of one hundred
and seventeen men. Included in the
flag allowance are 31 seamen, 9 yeomen,
a band of 21, 20 radiomen, 4
aerographers, 4 printers, and numerous
other rates that easily fill the
The " Houston" will probably serve
as flagship of the Hawaiian Detachment
for two months, until relieved
by the " Indianapolis" when she has
completed her Navy Yard overhaul
at Mare Island.
Admiral Andrews is no stranger to
the " Houston", having spent two
weeks aboard with his staff, during
the visit to Houston, Texas, last
April. His band is in the Houston for
the fifth time.
HOUSTON FEASTS AT LUAU
Emphasizing the " Mele" in " Mele
Kalikimaka", Houston sailors rallied
last night for the ancient Hawaiian
feast of the Luau.
Under rain instead of moonlight,
drinking beer instead of okolehao, they
nonetheless ate and drank in a Polynesian
setting, seemingly far from Honolulu.
Midst grass shacks by the light of
torches, young girls were seen making
hula skirts. On another side a
Hawaiian boy was pounding poi.
A whole pig filled with red hot
stones and wrapped in ti leaves was
roasted Hawaiian emu style. While
pretty native girls sang and entertained
them, the stag" party sat down
to tables covered with leaves and
strewn with flowers. Fish and poi
were only one dish served.
Finally, under tall swaying palms,
attractive Hawaiian girls swayed to
the rythms of the Hula. Their dances
ranged from the modern hulas with
the music of steel guitars back to
those of old Hawaii, performed to the
rythm of drums and chants.
BASKETBALL STARTS STRONG
WITH BEST TEAM OF YEARS
The Rambler basketball team took
a flying start toward leading the
cruiser competition again this year
when they won from the Salt Lake
City and the Astoria this week, dropping
a third game to the New Orleans
by a narrow m: ugin. Qualified experts
pronounce this present squad
of fast passers and ball handlers
possibly the best the Houston has ever
produced and undoubtedly a topnotcher
among the teams of the Hawaiian
Of these first three competition
cames of the season, the Houston won
her opener from the Salt Lake City
last Saturday, by a score of 46 to 27.
Brilliant passing and good teamwork
in working the ball in close characterized
the playing of the whole team.
Hagerstrom and McFadden led in
s30ring, although scores were pretty
evenly divided among all the players.
LaBarge, seemingly all over the court,
played the stellar role in defense.
Sunday's game with the ew
Orleans proved to be the hardest of
all the games, official and unofficial,
this year. Possibly a little worn by
a fast contest the day before, the
Houston boys missed their snappy
ball handling of the first game. On
the final horn they were trailing the
New Orleans 34 to 38.
Wednesday, against the Astoria, the
gang came from behind in a thrilling
stretch drive to win by 41 to 35. At
the half a much bewildered Houston
outfit was on the wrong end of a score
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