THE BLUE BONNET
H U.S.S. Houston^4-3-38—800.
Saturday, the day of the Big Roll, Dan
Daly of the Shipfitters' lusty crew, had
quite an experience and a nearly fatal one. Working on a sea sled on the
quarter deck, Danny was caught in a
big wave and went past the lifelines.
Holding to a line till the ship heeled
over again he came back aboard. All
Danny had left to show for his experience was a soaked skin and his pipe.
It. was, as always, clamped in his
teeth and he didn't let go of it either.
John Fabick, Sgt. of our Marine
Detachment, was crossing the boat
deck when one big roll and a wave
came along. Then Johnny found himself gripping a stanchion with his
legs and the lifeline with both hands.
His pleas for help were soon answered and Johnny headed for lower deck
spaces. Some say he never came out
Due to failure to get to sleep, because the bunk was swapping ends on
me, I took a stroll, from side to side,
and got as far as the forward messing
compartment. I found dishes all over
the place, and water chasing a bunch
of section leaders across the deck.
In the Armory Freeman, GM2c, was
being assisted by Lambert, Cpl., who
couldn't sleep either, in swabbing up
water on deck. I arrived in time to
see Herkie take a slide across the
deck to end up half way under the
work bench. That marine can sure
use a swab.
Looked in on Turret Three and things
were sliding fast. Wicker was busy
trying to keep ahead of some grease
pots and had the gun sponge lashed
in a shell tray. That boy is master of
any situation, and he sure handled
that one neatly.
After the roll was over it seems we
all sat up and took a deep breath,
but it was too soon for the boys in
the Evaporators. 'Doc' Emerson, F2c,
was busily working away when a roll
dislodged a coffee pot, bounced it off
the bulkhead and dashed it upon and
all over the Doc's shoulders and back.
Too bad fellow. We sympathize with
all the boys who were injured during
these trying days and bid them speedy
returns to health.
Lt. Schanze Detached
Lieutenant E. S. Schanze, at present
4th division officer, will be detached
at Pearl Harbor on our arrival there.
He will then assume the duties as
assistant communication officer for the
14th Naval District.
Serving as radio officer, and later as
"F" division officer up until recently,
when he took over the 4th, Lt. Schanze
will be remembered as a well liked
and efficient officer. All hands bid him
goodbye and wish him the best of luck
in his new assignment.
'Tis batter to have lunched and lost
than never to have lunched at all.
Of The Pineapple
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are the variety of pineapple grown in
the Hawaiian Islands for commercial
use. They are not planted from seeds
but from the cone shaped crowns
which grow on the top of the fruit,
slips which grow from the stalk just
below the fruit, and shoots which grow
off the main stem. After the soil has
been cultivated and finely pulverized
it is treated with about 4000 lbs of
fertilizer per acre and then shaped into long low hills. Long strips of paper,
300 feet long by 3 feet wide, are put
down by horse drawn roller devices
to preserve moisture, increase the
temperature of the soil by absorbing
and retaining the sun's heat, and to
keep the weed growth down.
The plants are then planted by hand
in rows through openings cut in the
paper with planting irons. The irons
also soil around the butts so that they
are firmly anchored. The growing
takes from 20 to 24 months. Shortly
after the first year, a blossom appears
which gradually takes the form of
the fruit, its tiny blue flowers disappearing as it grows. The spaces between the rows are cultivated and fertilized during the growing period, and
every month an iron sulphate or copperas "tonic" is applied to the leaves.
This "tonic" is necessary to prevent
a yellowing of the leaves from Chlorosis.
These plants generally bear for three
years, the first crop producing the
largest pineapples averaging about
5 pounds each. The picking is done by
hand by breaking the fruit off at the
stem. The harvesting has to be carefully timed because if picked too
green it will not ripen, and not too
late as fermentation sets in shortly
after full maturity. It is only through
the aid of scientific developements in
cultivation and canning that this de-
licous fruit has been transformed
from the food of kings to the food of
our own table in any part of the world.
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it had a chance to get started. Aubin
hit the lad and down he went. As he
came up again he was returned to the
deck. It was declared a knockout.
Teschnor of the F and Moulton of the
3rd came on and gave a good scrap.
Teschnor was apparently the better of
the two from the way he carried himself and boxed. Moulton had a wicked
left which if he had ever got into action might have told a different story.
As it was, Moulton received a rather
negligent cut on the eye, and Teschnor
won the decision. That was the one
where Borghetti nearly lost his voice.
The final bout was a bit heavier than
the ones before, with "Singin' Sam"
Ashcraft of the R and Dalton of the
3rd. Sam came in with those long
arms of his and punched like a mule
kicks, but that lad from the Main
Deck Aft can really take it. He held
Sammy to a draw and it was a real
bout that had all hands present on
their toes. It would be nice to see a
return match between the two lads.
All in all it was a fine display of good
sportsmanship. When we get down to
the finals and have the smoker there
should be some mighty pretty bouts.
Anyone missing these bouts is missing a lot of fun and enjoyment.
Swatski of the 3rd dug into Kuschill
of the 5th with so much vengance
that Kuschill's handlers tossed the towel in the 1st round (1 minute and 25
F division entry, Rogers, won the decision over Davidson of the 1st in a
bout which left both very tired.
Haratyk, Spud Cox'n of the S, fought
the battle of the century with Jasin-
ski of the C division. Result was a
Don't forget the finals in boxing and
wrestling at Pearl Harbor. There'll
be action aplent.y