ATHLETES LEAVE SHIP
Quite a few of the HOUSTON oldtimers
have left the ship in the past
months and among those, the athletic
teams have suffered. Lou Parker has
gone and it ~ ll be remembered that
Lou was the first one to bring a
Heavyweight belt to this ship, that
of the U. S. Asiatic Fleet.. Abie Kall,
of the aviation gang, was the man
who brought the Backstroke championship
to this ship, taking it from
one of the old China hands. Donaldson
was a member of the basket- ball
team and whaleboat crew for three
years running. It is regretful that we
must lose these men, but we wish
them all the luck in their new assignments,
both on the outside and in.
SCRIMMAGE WITH WEEVEE
The basket- ball team showed a
little of the hoped for form the other
day when scrimmageing the WEST
VIRGINIA quintet for a fifteen or
twenty minute go. The score stood
16- 4 at the end in favor of the Blue.
Much improvement is still needed, but
it shows that the work is going well
and a good' team can be expected
when the competition starts. It is
well to know that the W. V. has always
had a team better than fair,
and they have had a little more time
of the floor than. w.. e. have had.
ORIGION OF BASEBALL
• The Devil was the first coach. He
coached Eve when she stole first and
Adam stole second. When Isaac met
Rebe. cca at the well, she slew the
Philistines and Moses made his first
run when he slew the Egyptians. Cain
made a base hit when he slew Abel:
but Abraham made a sacrifice. The
prodical son made a home run. David
was a long distance thrower, and
Moses shut out the Egyptains at the
Red Sea. The game was called when
the flood came on account of wet
M. A. A.' s take arms.
The Last Round- up
Kellums _........... Referee
Hartman __ Timekeeper
PORTLA D SMOKER
THE BLUE BONNET
RACE BOAT CREWS
A few things like gunnery and operating
outside have upset the daily
workouts of the race boat crews this
past week. Gunnery Sgt. Washe reports
a good crew. As a matter of
fact it'seems that these Marines know
their oars. Acuto, of the anchor rl~ tail
of the 1st Division, and coxswam
of the Frst Enlistment crew reports
a light crew but a willing ? ne. ~ emental,
coxswain of the ThIrd DIV.
has taken over the selected crew. He
reports a husky bunch of oarsmen.
The races come off next Sll- tur~ ay. A
large turnout is expected. InCIdently
some of you who have been " beef'mg' ,
about the crews and getting away
with it should come out and let the
coxswains give y. o.. u.. a. work- out.
BOWS TO INDIA1iAPOLIS
Showing much improvement but
still lacking in some of the finer details
of the game, the HOUSTON
team played the outfit from the INDIANAPOLIS
and came out on the
short end of an 8 to 2 score. The game
was close until the first part of the
nineth frame when a bad break on
the part of the HOUSTONITES allowed
3 runs to cross the plate on
top of the two already in. The HOUSTON
team on the whole played some
bang u'p ball, but due to a few costly
mistakes were unable to take over
the gam~. Eggerter starred. with ~ is
good baseball judgment. MIller PItched
a good game, but lacked backing
in the pinches. Lucas, Davis and
West showed good form and look to
be big helps in games to come.
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"\ vith our shipmates in CruDiv 6. Let's
give them a big hand, welcome them
as part of our own gang. Talk things
over with them and make them feel
this ship is as good as their ownmake
them feel at home, that the
HOUSTON knows how to entertain
and how to treat its guests. That is
the only way to make it a 100% success.
Commander Scouting Force has
accepted the invitation to be present,
and to him also we want to show that
the HOUSTON is as active a member
of the force as any other. All together
for a perfect turnout and a good
time. LET'S GO!!
USS Hou~ ton- 10- 13- 34- 800
Another week gone by and A. A.
firing over, now we are coming to
the time when we will start for the
West- Coast and good old San Pedro.
Of course some more maneuvers going
there but that won't last long
and in no time the , boys will be kicking
the gong around.
Lutz, WT1c., was transferred to the
ARGONNE for temporary duty in
connection with oil barge duty. Mr.
Bly left us for duty with the Camera
Now fella's, we are falling dOW' 1
on that score, try and be more considerate
when using water as that is
our big failing at the present time.
So the rest of the month watch the
use of water so that we will not f", ll
down from our first place in the
It is drawing close to the end of
the month and no doubt there will
be some rates coming out. Now, get
those courses in so that we can have
a few more rated men on here. Mr.
Duff handles the courses for the Engineers
Force and will be only too
glad to help anyone along toward3
getting a course completed.
Well, will have to leave for this
week and hope to return next week
with the w<> rd of a better Enginee~' ing
Score. Let's . p. u. l. l.. together.
THE GUNNERS GANG
This' past week saw the Fourth and
Fifth Divisions complete AntiAircraft
practice Tare. It seems that
the Marines put one over on the 4th
Division and made the best score.
Next week sees the same bunch
working over the targets with th~
machine guns. They fire both on the
range and on board. The Fourth Div.
is determined to be " First" this time.
Weigand, Turret Captain of th~
fighting First, reports that the loading
crew is in fine fettle. He al30 says
that he can put Iiis guns, loan. ed of
course, on the target before anyone
else can. How about that in the Second-
and Third Divisions?
Coop, GM3c., of the First Division
and Wilson, GM2c., of the Second Dh
ision were transferred to the Receiving
Ship, Hampton Roads, Va., Jast
week. We wish them luck in thei~'
new assignments. .....
Send the BLUE BONNET home.