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Our streets are full of cars and hacks.
For Pier 15 they're bound, Sir;
Where fair maids smile on handsome Jacks,
And the rest they hang around, Sir.
Her crew look tame in braids of gold.
But here is a tip and a hunch:
There's " bottled death" in her after hold.
And she packs a " terrible punch."
YANKEE* DOOD* LE UP* TO DATE
Due to the fact that the staff of
this paper followed the steps of the
rest of the crew while in Houston,
we are coming to press a little late.
Of course we realize that there
should be no excuse for this unpardonable
sin, but we hate to let it go
without some mention.
* * *
The above contribution was submitted
to Captain Woodson by on - old
man of 66 years. This aged gentleman
has a son serving on the U. S. S.
IDAHO and is more than proud of
his navy and his ship, named after
his home. We tender our appreciation
of this gesture to Mr. Paul Pointer
and say, " Thanks a lot."
We'll drink her health the rest of the .... eek.
And wish her well all the time. Sir;
As she sails the seas. new laurels to seek,
And this is the end of my rhyme, Sir.
Six hundred feet of bristIiRg guns,
And speed she has a plenty:
And in her crew, our Lone Star 80n's,
They number now just 20.
The cruiser HOUSTON steamed to port,
In coat of paint all new, Sir;
She'll have a week of kingly sport,
Then bid our port adeiu. Sir.
The lightening sleeps in her fighting top,
The vengence of Bell ' neath the wave;
For ships must fight ' till wars all stoP.
The " Stars and Stripes" to save.
Continued on page four
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
On Monday evening at 11 o'clock,
at a ball given in honor of Admiral
Laning, Captain Woodson and officers
of the ship, we became the recipient
of a portrait of General Sam Houston
which was copied from a lithograph,
copyrighted in 1852, found by Mr.
C. L. Black of Austin, Texas, by
accident, in " Ye Old Print Shop" of
New York City. ' I1he presentation
was formally made by Mayor Oscar
F. Holcombe at the Rice Hotel Roof,
in behalf of Mr. and Mrs. F. T. Baldwin,
through the Cruiser Houston
The lithograph is made from daguerreotype
of General Houston in
the prime of life, six feet two inches
tall and weighing over 200 pounds.
The painting was executed in oil by
Mr. Julian Muench, Houston artist,
from this lithograph and presented
by Mr. Black to Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin.
It was only fitting that Miss
Jean Baldwin, great- great- grandaughter
of the General should have officiated
at the unveiling of this splendid
gift at the presentation. Captain
Woodson accepted in behalf of the
This gesture is just another of the
many made by citizens of Houston,
singly and as a city, in the many
gifts presented to this ship. We have
received so many of their generosities
that it would be impossible to render
sufficient appreciation other than
living up to the ideals the Houstonites
have set for us, and try our level
best to make them prouder that this
ship does bear their name and that
PRESENTED TO SHIP
There are few of us in the Navy
today who are fully cognizant of just
what has been going on since the
United States first organized a line
of defense for the merchantmen of
the nation. We are prone to accept
things as we see them, for their
face value, little taking into consideration
the hardships that our forefathers
had to put up with to bring
us to where we now stand in comparison
with other sea going, fighting
While serving as Officer in Charge
of the Navy Recruiting Station, Kansas
City, Comdr. E. P. Eldredge, U. S.
Navy, took the time and trouble to
compile a list of historical events
taking place and covering practically
every phase of naval undertakings
from a way back when up to the
early years of the nineteenth century.
The Commander has bee n goo d
enough to let us use a few of these
items and we now turn them over
to all hands in order that everyone
KNOWING THE NAVY
Continued on page two.
The Houston, Texas, Chamber of
Commerce is planning a " Cruiser
Houston" room, in which will be kept
the model of our ship, pictures of
Flag officers and Captains who may
be attached to the ship from time to
time, and other articles to remind
them of the members of the U. S. S.
HOUSTON. Among other things, it
is desired to keep a file of the BLUE
BONNET there. We think this is an
excellent idea and hope for its success.