-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publlc. tlon, published loy the . hlp · .
comp. ny af the U. S. S. HOUSTON. C. ptaln
G. E. B.... r. U. S. N.• Com... ndlnc
. nd Comm. nder P. K. RoboUom. U. S. N.
EDITOR, R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editor R. W. O'Brlen, BM1c.
Exchange & Re- write W. H. Osborne, Y3c
Printer G. W. Baker. Seale.
25 APRIL, 1936
* * * BETTER READ! G
While there has been a tremendous
increase in the output of " literary
trash" in recent years, it is probably
true that the reading taste of the
public has improved in certain respects,
The banal insipid stories that
once formed the " light reading" of
the country have been largely supplanted
by a class of writings that
make some pretension 0 f literary
form; they at least have a plot and
structure and they are framed in
English that conforms to the accepted
rules. There are now so many writers
turning out work that even the cheapest
magazines and newspapers can
insi t on style and polish in what
they buy, and readers whose demands
are by no means exacting have become
accustomed to writing that is
a for cry from the illiterate nonsense
that flourished not so long ago.
Unfortunately, this literary improvement
has not been accompanied
by an improvement in subject matter.
Popular reading material, in fact,
has probably become worse, morally;
it has deteriorated into a nauseating
repitition of a few topicEl, above
which the ordinary writer seems unable
to rise, and the effect of which
is readily apparent.
There are many readers who will
quickly defend authors whose writings
are in poor taste, if not clearly indecent,
on the score that these writers
are " modern.' To these people such
a b:> ok is brilliant, smart and sophisticated,
and therefore it must be read.
They defend their reading habits by
claiming that these authors face facts
and describe life just as it is, and that
they suffer no injury themselves from
this type of literature. To admit that
there are many unpleasant types of
people in the world does not imply
that we should admit them into our
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minds, there to parade their indecencies,
to defend with clever tongue
their ribaldries, to mock with leering
countenance all that we hold sacred.
The United States Government
spends large amounts of money to
provide good reading matter for the
men in the Army and Navy and we
think the net results justify this investment.
We regret however the real
evil caused by reading cheap and
trashy magazines of many types. One
cannot help but be sullied at least in
mind from long hours of reading and
poring over magazines and pictures
of the " true," " saucy," " breezy,"
" sexy," " arty" type. When you have
the time to read, spend it entertainingly
and profitably. You will encounter
enough that is low and unpleasant
in life without looking for it.
When the choice is your own, choose
that which will encourage and help
you to lead a nobler and better life.
12: 30 to 1: 00
Whe. n.. a. t. sea.
RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND
When a person is sworn as a witness
before a courtmartial, if it so
happens that he is wearing gloves,
the one on the right hand, which he
holds up, must be removed before
the administration of the oath. This
is a time honored custom of the Service
which has been handed down to
us through the years.
The practice of removing the right
glove comes from the fact that in the
old days persons who had violated the
laws and had been convicted were
branded in the palm of the right hand.
Witnesses wearing gloves were re
quired to remove the one from the
right hand in order that it might be
determined whether they were qualified
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Eight new light cruisers, two new
aircraft carriers, The Enterprise and
Yorktown, and fifty new submarines
and destroyers will join the the United
States Fleet within the next twenty
months. Ten of the < Iestroyers will be
of the 1500 ton class. Three new
cruisers, the Quincy, Vincinnes and
Wichita will also be commissioned
during this period.
A SAILOR'S VIEW
The scene is peaceful
With blue above and below
Dotted on the water
Lies the Oeet you know
lIIajestie and bold
Despite their grayish hue
Boldly outlined to sight
Against the horizon blue
rm proud to serve my country
In the Naval Service here
It's really quite O. K.
' Vhcnever people sneer
I'Ve a] wa}' s had an ambition
To antount to something in life
But I don't care to be a civilian
Just give me that " Naval Strife"
And so in closing
Just pause 3 m01l1(' nt or two
Are civilians better than sailors?
Both Americans, say I to you
Tht" re reall. v is no difference
As far as I can see
One has chosen life ashore
The other. life at sea
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Yates, W. F., Jr. SK3c. toTS
San Diego, CaL, O'Dea, E. A., SF2c. to
U. S. S. UTAH, Bennet, J. W., MM2c,
Honorably Dischalged, Sharp, J. D.
M: M2c, Honorably Discharged, Reeder,
F. K. WT2c. Honorably Discharged,
Furl', Oscar H., MMlc, Trans. F R,
Class F--!- C. Lazar, A. J., CEM( PA)
Trans. FNR, Class F- 4- C. Smith, R.
F., El\ I2c, Honorably DischargeJ,
Himrod" Fermin, OS2c, Honorably
Kelly, J. R., lVIM1c, from U. S. S.
TUSCALOOSA, Simard, D. L., HAle,
from U. S. S. RELIEF, Connors, T. F.,
MM2c, from U. S. S. NORTHAMPTON
Benet, W. E. lVIM2c, from U. S. S.
NORTHAMPTON, Patterson, 1\' 1.
MM2c. from U. S. S. NORTHAMPTOl
Tennant, W. R, WT1c, from U. S. S.
NEW ORLEA S, Mageean, R. F.,
!\ 1M2c, from U. S. S. NEW ORLEANS,
Pierce, C. E. EM1c, NavHosp., Mare
Island, Cal. Ashlin, W. H., \ VT2c,
from RS San Francisco, California,
French, Tyler CSmth2c, from . S. S.
VESTAL Shepherd L. R., CSK( AA)
from RS San Diego, California, Mills,
R. C., Ph: M2c, from U. S. S. MACDONOUGH.
Received Yang- tze Service Medal
Gowlel', O. S., QM3c.
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