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1936-04-11 - Page 4. April 11, 1936. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 16, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/404/show/403.

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(April 11, 1936). 1936-04-11 - Page 4. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/404/show/403

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Title 1936-04-11
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy;
Date April 11, 1936
Description Volume III, Number XIV
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Long Beach, California
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
Language English
Physical Description 1 newsletter
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Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 11, Folder 8
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=23
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript TRAINING KNOW I'd better - North Star ., I Page, Fo. r. THE LANDLUBBER'S INITIATION ( Continued from last week) The morrow dawned clear, bright and hot. At an early hour we were called to our quarters, being warned to don our whitest of white suits. Suddenly the bugle sounded " atten­tion" and there appeared on deck the most solemn procession ever beheld by the human eyes. Neptunnus Rex the king of the Sea, His Queen, and their royal court, and attendants. The King and Queen in their royal robes and long flowing white hair, were beautiful indeed. Immediately fol­lowing was the royal messenger, whom we had met the evening before. Next was the royal judge, Davey Jones, Doctor Yak, . the royal barbers, and last but'now in our minds mighty im­portant, the policemen, bears, etc. The royal family having been in­troduced to the Captain who turned his command over to the king, thei'e was hoisted the royal ensign, a pen­nant which drove if possible more fear into our trembling souls. It was the skull and cross bones, the flag that had always meant to us, de th in it's most horrible forms. The royal party then repaired to the fo'c's'le where the court was to be held and the first victim was. summoned. His shrieks, a! 1d when he was liberated the sight ef him caused all to quake with fear. I st~ od wonde~' ing what my fate was to be when I was startled out of my. reveries by a terrific din and looking up, saw one of the royal po­licemen charging towards me like a n~ a<: idened . bull. Roughly he grasped l} lY' arm and forced me into the pre­sence of the royal family. W h i 10. mounting the stairs to the throne 1' 00111 my attention was taken by the royal navigator who was then in the act of " shooting the sun." What a queel: looking individual he was I thought. He really looked to me as though he might have been my hero of piratical days, " Old. Captain Kidd." Around his head was a bloody bandage as tllOugh he had recently participated in a ferocious battle. One arm was carried in a sling, while over his left eye, or as he would say " his port running light," there reposed a black patch. A missing leg was replaced by a wooden peg. Ah! what would I suffer at the hands of such villians. He re- T H EiB L U E B'O N N B T ported the position to the king, and my observations were suddenly brought to a close by a violent blow from the mace held in the hands of Davy Jones. This had brought me trembling on my hands and knees before the Queen, a most beautiful lady who smiled at me and asked if I were willing to undergo the tortures I must submit to. My answer was, yes. for what would it have gained me to say otherwise? She then presented her hand for me to kiss, while the king reposed his feet on my back, and Davy Jones gave me another violent blow with his terrible mace. I was then dragged with blows and kicks before the royal judge, who made me swear that I would never tell to any the secrets of the royal court. Under the blows from a hundred devils I promised. The clerk then read off my charges. Most preposterous all of them, and all of them I denied. " You deny the charges," roared the judge, " you deny the charges and pray have to prove your innocence." Ah! then did I realize that I had not a single friend near, and could do no more than hang my head in shame. I was next conscious of being in the doctor's chair. Oh, what an evil little man he was, and never will I forget the nasty pills, · nor the vile medicine that he forced me to take. All this time severe pains were running thru my body, which I discovered were caused by ' a little dynamo operated by a terrible grinning, red devil. At last I was delivered from this torture chamber into one far worse, the bar­ber's chair. Here I was forcibly laid back and then asked whether I wished a shave or a haircut. I desired, to reply that I cared for neither, as I had had my hair cut the day previ~ us and had shaved that morning, but when I opened my mouth to speak, a stream of the vilest fluid was shot into it. From the taste I judged it to have been a mixture of crude oil, con­taining the vilest fumes of hell. They then proceeded to lather my head well with a similar substance and to apply it · to various parts of my body. Then, suddenly I felt as though I had been thrown high into the air, landing face down in water. Instinctively I started to swim, but exuel hairy hands forced me back dQwn, and down and down, until I thought the end had come. Those n~ inutes, how like hours they seemed. U. S. S. Houston- 4- 11- 3r-- 900. Finally gasping for breath J was re­leased and even then I coutc( mit see my assaihll1ts for my eyes 1iererblind­ed by the awful concoctioQ tnat had been placed , in my hair and face. I struggled t~ get out oOthe enclosu. re climbing a rope ladder: Just as I thought I was going' to make my escape a strong stream pf w ate l' struck me in . the chest and" ' knocked me baek: Again I t~ ed with equ" ll success, but the third' time I - scram­bled out of my prision and got quickly away from that vicinity. And that is all of my story, except the terrible experience of scrubbing aiterwards, which to relate would bring to me mem6ries'that I care not to bring to mind. No doubt you are wondering, and saying among your­selves that I have not kept my vow. That I am' telling " here the secrets of the royal court, but you ' are wrong my friends, I have not told you aU. You don't knolV yet what the pill was made of. Do you. 1 l' 7' 1 ;. . The following addiitional trainiug courses are now available- in the Navi­gator's Office: ! Diesel Engines, Watertender Second Class, Fireman Second and Fireman Firs~ Glass, Machinist Mate Second Class, Boatsw. ain'li Mate Second Class' Raidoman Second' Clas~ l" a~ d AViatio~ Machinist , Second_ IIC. lass. A' NAVY , FAMILY , When Yo'ung NUnnety" Sims enlisted in the Navy at Dallas, Texas on Dec­ember 13 last year, he was the fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Sims of Jef:" ferson, Texas to enlist in the Navy. They ar~ ~ 1l ! lerving on different ships and statlOns and they all hold differ­ent ratings, one is an aviation car­p~ nter's mate, another an el~ ctrician, stIll another a yeoman and the other one a gunner's mate. All Nunly has to be~ m~ is a 1) oattlwain's Mate and the Sims family will be abl t h ' e 0 man a s Ip by themselves. • • Father- ~' Guess I'd better d t . .' go own-s aIrS and send Nancy's ' 1 b t o h I'S ship." S. alOl' ack W'f " 1 0.- Now, dear, don't you re-member how we used to court?" Father- " Now I send him back."