20 August, 1940. - On Passage, San Francisco, Calif.
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Volume 3, Number 10.
The Old Navy
THE OLD NAVY
IN THE OLD NAVY
A Study in Contemporary Life
By W. L. Geicer
In place of the Blue Bonnet's short story, we borrow this - - - a " study"; we think
you'll find it interesting.
Maurice crouched a little lower and plodded forward. Muck sucked at his
heels, and a brisk wind swept the stagnant stench of decayed flesh into his
nostrils. He winced as a bullet smashed its way into the stomach of a man
beside him. But fear didn't show on his face. It was perplexity - the features
of a doomed man abstractedly meditating on the futility of war. The stupid,
senseless slaughter it signified bewildered him. It gave him a vague expression.
Maurice paused to kick off the mud that clung to his shoes, and his ears
caught the ominous rumble of tanks in the distance. With a reluctant shrug
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The Old Salt spat at a passing cat,
and borrowed a match from me,
Then scratched a light where his
pants were tight, and spake quite
" I'll swear, by gum, that it strikes
me dumb-- this kind of navee
With not a sail or even a brail, and
dog watches drinking tea.
' Twas some years back that I took a
crack at serving Uncle Sam;
An' tain't the same-- except maybe
the name-- as ' twas in them days,
We went aloft if the Old Man coughed
or it began to blow;
nd got a root from the gov'ment
boot if maybe we went too slow.
A trick at the wheel took an arm 0'
steel, an' lots of plain beef y'see.
But now it's done by a high school
kid, and patent electricitee.
We got our rum an' slap of slum almost
every day or so,
An' mouldy bits of ship's biscuits if
stores were running low. ,
Today I seed how these youngsters
feed- the mess what they get each
An' strike me pink if I don't think
I'd went to a swell cafay.
They give ' em ham and a lot of jam,
an' butter, an' toast and pie;
An serves ' em prunes with officers'
spoons- now scuttle me if I lie!
It's kind 0' strange, this turrible
change, what's come to an honest
They print the log, an' instead of
grog, drink sody and lemonade.
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Here are some of the world's most
famou sayings by persons who have
made Naval History:
" I have not yet begun to fight" John
Paul Jones in the encounter between
the " Bonhomme Richard" and
the " Serapis."
" Don't give up the ship"- Captain
Lawrence of the Chesapeake as he
was carried below, mortally wounded,
in his losing battle with H. M. S.
" My Country! May she e\' er be
right, but my country, right or
wrong !"- Stephen Decatur's toast.
" We have met the enemy, and they
are ours."- Commodore Perry's report
to Congress after the battle of
" Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead."-
Farragut, during the action
at Mobile Bay.
At the time of the opening of the
Kiel Canal between the North Sea
and the Baltic, the " New York" with
Captain Robert ( F i g h tin g Bob)
Evans represented the United States.
During the visit of the Kaiser to the
New York, after manning the rail
in honor of royalty, the crew were
drawn up for the Kaiser's inspection.
It was thorough. The Kaiser walked
along the ranks scrutinizing the face
of every man. Captain Evans and
several German admirals accompanied
him. The Kaiser stopper frequently,
asking the man in front of
him his name.
Each time, the man selected by the
Kaiser's pointing finger would reply,
Schmidt, Schultz, Henrich, or some
other German name. The Kaiser did
not miss his guess once. " Fighting
Bob" was getting madder by the
minute. When the inspection was
over and the Kaiser and his party
arrived he said pleasantly enough
but in a tone of condesention: " Captain
Evans, you have a fine crew, but
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