KNOW I'd better
- North Star
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
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."