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Volume II. Navy Yard, Mare Island Calif.
THE SHkrS BANX'
Th'rc is a possibility th'it ] lany
of t1. , crcw (' 0 not know wc Invc one
of tJ ~ finest and simpbst me: l s of
savir,; : l fe v do~ hl'::; for the inev: . able
" rai]:] day", right he, c 0: 1 boar.! hip.
It i~ n:> pularly known as the " S~ 1ip's
Ban!..' otherwise referre:! to 3S a
depo ' t for s: lvings a: ld is provided
for i .\. rticle 1731, U. S. Navy Regulatiol
r: en may deposit with the paym-
st ~ r, in cash at any time, amo: mts
pot less than $ 5.00, but not a fractional
pnt of a dollar.
Men may also make deposits by
checkage on the roll, in the same
manner as allotments are now handled.
For any sum not less than $ 5.00,
deposited for a period of six months
or lon~ er, depositors, on final discharge
or upon furlough in accordance
with thc Act of August 29, 1916,
shdl be paid interest at the rate of
4 pc" cent pel' year. These deposits
cann 1~ be repaid until actual date of
Th~" e in no limit to the amount
you ] ' ay ceposit in the Ship's Bank
and t hcre is one case 0, record
wher h an enlisted man ( CPO) retired
after thirty years service with
$ 28,0 ' 0 to his credit.
With the New Year approaching
many of us will be making " he usual
resolutions, So why not treat yourself
to a most beneficial rcsolution,
that of opening a savings account
with the Ship's Bank.
The Christmas Ball which was b
have been held at the Rodman Club
is to be held at The Veterans Memorial
Hall, on Marin St. in Vallejo instead.
This change should evidently
meet with the approval of many of
the ship's company for various reasons.
Transportation will be a minor
item in the plans of most of us now
so get into the spirit of the Holiday
season and bring the girl friends en
masse. Therc should be a goodly re-
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Tho' '! h the good offices of the
S!'." Fr- ncisco Chronicle the Blue
Bonnet :>. nd the print shop have been
ably llssisted in producing a varied
1I. sso~ tmeilt of assignments during recent
weeks. The staff of the Blue
Bonnet and the Print Shop extend
their hearty thanks to an outstanding
.\. s has been the custom in past
yean;, several chapters of the American
Red Cross in the State of Texas
have sent the HOUSTON a large
consignment of Menu covers, very
tastefully arranged, and well suited
to the Christmas and New Year needs
of the ship. This year the Junior
Red Cross of Dallas and Brownsville
were the donors. We take this opportunity
to express our deep appreciation
in their thoughtfullness and evident
interest shown in the goo:! ship
THE CIiILDREN'S CHRISTMAS
Just a few more days and the fruits
of the entire crew's efforts shall become
To many of us this Christmas Day
shall have a double significance. Aside
from being the day on which we celebrate
the birth of Christ, a day on
which our thoughts turn to our famil.
ies, it shall also be the day on which
those of us who are not with our
families, . shall be part and parcel to
a touching but joyous drama wherein
ovr little guests shall enjoy the material
blessings of Christmas.
Each committee reports all plans
vrell toward completion, with only a
few last minute details to be attended
One of these, and a most important
one too, is the selection of Santa
Claus. We are fortunate in having
several outstanding personalities, well
suited to fill the billet splendidly, so
let's see the contribution box well
filled with votes.
The Entertainment Committee is
happy to report contributions were
very generous, the total amount contributed
being $ 211.00, to date.
Once again HOUSTONITES have
come through in great style, proving
the good ship HOUSTON and her
snappy crew are right in step with
the finest traditions of our Navy.