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Enroute Balboa, C. Z., May 9, 1936 Number XVIII
POLLYWOGS INCITE MUTINY
The past week has seen several
attempts on the part of the Polly-ogs
to rise against the authority
of the ancient and honorable shellbacks.
The first of these incidents was
brought about by the Shellbacks
themselves in an attempt On their
part to handcuff " Iron Man" Lee
of the " E" Div. to the well deck
hatch. Their attempt had succeded to
the point where Lee's legs were handcuffed,
and Lee himself was draped
around the hatch, when the searing
flame of revolt arose in the breasts
of several onlooking pollywogs, who
forthwith turned to on Lee's tormenters
and liberated him.
The success of this mutinous uprising
evidently gave the Pollywogs
confidence, because rater Zainfield',
" an0d. Div. Shellback, was found tied a stanchion behind a catapult tower
with his mouth taped to quiet his
Wednesday, Hollingsworth, a highly
respected Shellback of the V Div.
was ignominously incarcerated in the
Mezzanine in the Starboard hangar.
Since this outrage there have been
several minor outrages on the part
of the Pollywogs. There has been
much speculation as to how far this
thing will be carried. Your reporter
has learned from a Pollywog agent
that the Pollywogs expect to culminate
these subversive activities by taking
complete charge on the Great Day.
This agent further revealed that prior
to these open activities the Pollywogs
had been doing some work in the
dark. For a Shellback meeting in the
after flag office, a week ago yesterday,
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NAVAL UNIFORMS OLD
While the origin of naval uniforms
is lost in history it is known that as
early as 1603 King James required
his ship captains to wear scarlet
liveries richly em: bellished with velvet,
silk lace, and gold embriodery. By
1748, however, even the seamen were
wearing standardized colors. The first
American naval uniform, says Pathfinder
Magazine, is believed to have
been the green and white authorized
by the Massachusetts council in 1776.
The word uniform is derived from
Latin words meaning " one" and
" form." .....
POST OFFICE NOTES
First class mail from Panama is
3c per ounce or fraction thereof.
Airmail is 20c per half ounce or
All Airmail letters should be weighed
by mail clerk so that correct postage
may be applied.
The arrival and departure of ships
carrying mail to and from the U. S.
is not yet known but more information
regarding this will be obtained
upon arrival at Panama.
Airmail leaves Colon, C. Z. every
Wednesday and Saturday. Time of
closing on board ship will be made
All letters, cards, etc., mailed in
the Canal Zone or Republic of Panama,
must bear the stamps in which
place mailed. U. S. stamps are good
on board ship only.
? HOUSTON TO VISIT HOUSTON ?
Slowly emerging from the status
of " unreliable scuttlebutt" to that
of " reliable scuttlebutt" is the rumor
that the ship will make a visit to the
' city of Houston this summer. Your
reporter has it straight from an officer
who talked with a party in Houston
just prior to departure on this
cruise, that the party assured him
that we would be in Houston, Texas
during the latter part of August.
Also, another senior officer was heard
to remark that he was postive the
ship would visit that city this summer.
It will probably be hotter than blazes
down in Texas in August, but of the
city turns on the heat for us, as they
did last time, the heat from the sun
won't even be noticed.
NAVY MOTION PICTURES
Our new men and also most of our
" plank owners" may be interested in
learning how Navy Motion Pictures
are purchased and paid for.
Each month, from twenty to thirty
new pictures are selected and leased
for the Navy, through the Motion
Picture Exchange, Navy Yard, New
York, for a period of four years. The
cost is about $ 60.00 per reel or $ 600,
on the average, per program. Two
prints of each show are purchased,
and then shipped around to the USS
ARGONNE, who is the Fleet Exchange.
One print is circulated thru
the battleships and the other thru
the cruisers. From the fleet one print
goes to San Diego for exhibition by
ships and stations there. It then works
up the west coast shore stations, and
then goes to the Asiatic Station. The
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