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Volume 3, Number 8
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At Sea, Hawaiian Area 15 July, 1940
Inspired Netters Win Five Straight
Revived by a group of tennis fans under the leadership of " Curly" Meyer,
RM1c, and inspired by coach Ensign Wengrovius, the Houston tennis team
has challenged all comers to singles and doubles matches - and walked off with
laurels from those who have accepted.
The Blue Bonnet's Short Story complete in this issue.
By W. R. Epperson
In the heart of Centropolis; asmall town where everyone knows everyone
else, their business, their secrets, and every time they change their socks;
old Al Faber set about closing up for the day.
It was getting late when he locked up the back door of his store, turned
and walked the few steps to his car parked in the alley. The car, slightly illuminated
by the slanting beam from a distant street light, took on an appearance
of forlorn dejection. The side curtains furthered the impression.
As Al started the engine, he was thinking he'd have to hurry. This was
Saturday night, and he and Martha had things to do. For longer than he could
remember, he and his wife had held Saturday nights as something apart; had
followed the same routine. They always ate out, and always at the ' Second
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in the first match played by the
newly organized team, the Houston
swamped the Holland, four matches
The second victory was even more
decisive, when our lads defeated the
Cassin in all five tilts. Meyer led
the way, with Sgt. Berueffy taking
number two match, and Moffit, S2c,
completing the singles rout. Berueffy
and Meyer teamed up to win number
one doubles, allowing the opposition
only one game in both sets. Moffit
and Tufteland ( Flag) came through
in the pinches to win all matches
The third ship to fall before the
mighty Houston racquet wielders was
the Altair. The margin of victory was
four to one. So far the squad had won
handily, and the real strength of the
outfit had not been shown.
The fourth victory really tested the
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a softball team composed entirely
of mess boys, a pair of games,
played with the " Casino Brown Cats"
of Honolulu, were halved.
The first game the Houston boys
dropped to the tune of 6- 7, a close one.
They warmed up by the next one,
however, and smashed out a decisive
13- 7 victory.
The next one tells the story, and the
boys are straining at the leash for it.
Mess Attendants Split Pair
Incidentally, it's been rumored that
the team challenges allY other division
or team on the ship, and the
wardroom steward will talk turkey
with any takers.
A Scrapbook Item •
U. S. S. CALIFORNIA
Passage, Honolulu, T. H.
to San Pedro, California
20 June, 1928
The following work request was
submitted by this vessel to Commander
Battleship Division FOUR:
" REPAIR ( 21) OFFICER'S BUNK
REASON: Springs have been in
constant use. Many springs have
lost temper, causing uncomfortable
Commander Battleship Division
FOUR made the following comments
on this work requeSt in a memorandum
to the Commanding Officer of the
" The Division Commander has, with
great reluctance, approved the attached
work request. In his opinion
the request should have given the
names of the officers whose " constant
use" of the bunk springs caused
them to lose their temper. The nature
of the disciplinary action taken
in each case should also have been
noted upon the face of the request.
The Division Commander trusts that
the Commanding Officer of the California
will take immediate steps to
prevent a repetition of this inexcusable
abuse of government property.
He suggests that all officers
attached to the California be assigned
duties of such nature that
their performance will give to all
" bunk springs" periodic intervals of
recuperation of sufficient duration to
enable these springs to retain their
normal resiliency. He knows of no
design of " bunk spring" that will
stand the strain of " constant use"
without rapid deterioration.
( signed) J. V. CHASE"