Page Two THE BLUE BONNET
THE BLUE BONNET
6 October, 1934.
The first step to knowledge is to
know that we are ignorant. - Cecil.
During the hilarities in Houston,
Texas, we failed to mention that
seventeen men took the examination
for' Chief Petty Officer, We wish all
these candidates the best of luck and
hope to see their names on the list
for the " buttons" very soon,
EXAMINED FOR CHIEF
During the past week there have
come to this desk a few minor complaints
that are worthy of reprinting
and we feel that a little consideration
from all will help clear matters up
and mutually aid in the makingof the
ship a little better.
The first is relative to the Engineer's
Washroom. " Owing to the fact
that we have only one washroom for
our use, and the large number of men
in our department, the hot, dirty work
required of us, the large amount of
daily laundry and that a bath is imperitive
after each watch below, it
is in all fairness that we are asking
for a break from the rest of the ship's
company. How about it?"
We agree that the situation is rather
cramped, especially on field days
and before Lower Decks inspection.
When one or more washroom is closed
it is necessary for all hands to use
the remaining, but during times when
they are all open, let's give the Black
Gang the break they ask for, they
are doing a good job for the ship as
The second is in regards to the mad
rush around the mess tables after
Mess Gear has sounded. The complainant
states that it is unfair for
one compartment to be kept clear
and the others piped down early. The
Master- at- Arms are doing their best
but wholesale cooperation is needed.
KEEP THE DECKS CLEAR UNTIL
And last but not least it is requested
that the ladder in the recreation
compartment and those leading from
cabin quarters to well deck be kept
clear during movies. It is a sad
state of affairs when the Captain
must wait until a few " door- jammers"
condescend to move. Ladders are
made for passage and they should be
kept clear at all times.
They come becauBe
Tlaey're MEN and STRONG,
With HEART T and YOUTH and NERVE.
Their . oul. - .. they know
The reason is:
They .... i. h TO SERVE.
- Lleper. * *_ *
WELCOME TO NEW MEN
Or else they . ay
That Navy pay
And Navy bill- of- fare
Are the reasons .... hy
They prefer the blue
To life el. e.... here.
But that's not all
The reason .... hy.
It may be partly true.
Only .. ive ear
And I .... 111 tell
The reot to you.
Some think they come
To learn and earn,
To travel and be free
From city noise
Or farmer's toil,
Upon the sea.
Some say becau. e
Hard time. have come
And the Navy beckons: " Say!
" Here's sport, my lad,
" Where life's not bad.
" Join on - and stay!"
Fe.... of them kno....
J u. t .... hy they come,
Or .... hat they hope to do
In their strange ne.... life
With its . port and . trife-
I .... ish they kne.....
From city and farm
In the flu. h of youth,
They come, on easrer feet,
To become a part
Of the &, reat " right arm,"
The Navy Fleet.
Or it may .... ell be
That they've come to . ea
To travel, learn, and grow
By a .... ell- thought plan,
To a sturdy man,-
To .... ork and do.
WE SERVE * *.._ *
In the past week there has been an
addition to the ship's company of
approximately eighty new men, the
majority of whom have come to us
from Recruit Training. To these men
we wish and trust that they will find
in the HOUSTON everything to make
their new phase of life both interesting
and productive, To the old timers,
" Howdy," a pleasant cruise in your
R. W. Po. t, AOM3c
Jack Holt, SIc
F. A. McCroary, S2c
A face of an old friend is like a
ray of sunshine through dark and
gloomy clouds.- Lincoln.
* * * PEP TALK
Contributions have been coming in
with increased volume but variety is
sadly lacking. We appreciate the
popularity of " Nosey News", Hackies
Comments," etc., but we need
original poems, pictures, news of interest
to the whole crew- in other
words VARIETY. There are many
things' encountere~ in the daily
routine that is new. If it strikes you
as new, give us a note about it. The
" mail box" is never full- we empty
it before you fill it- so there is room
for your slip of paper. Remember
that this is an " all hands" job. The
editor, his assistants and printer
can't manufacture news. You see, we
try to be truthful. Give us material
to work with and we'll make this
the best ship's paper in the fleet.
Coming from Houston to Guantanamo,
to most of us, is like going from
one end of the world to the other. But
that was promised us long ago. We
now have our chance to prove our
worth in this man's outfit.
This coming week our AA guns
crews are going to perform. The 4th
and 5th divisions have had little time
for preparation. Most of the men have
never fired before. On their shoulders
rests the glory or lack of glory when
the score is put down in black and
white. We make our bow into the
new gunnery year. To the 4th and
5th divisions we extend our best wishes
and when the scores are counted
let there be no lack of glory. The
fighting marines and the fighting
fourth, we know are going to do
Lt. ( j..) J. B. Berkley - Editor.
-: CONTRIBUTORS :-
LE. Botterell, SIc
R. E. Baker, EMIc
Joe Razlaff, SIc
A weekly publication publi. hed by the
" hip'" company of the U. S. S. HOUSTON,
Captain W. B. Woodson, U. S. N., Commandinl'
and Commander F. D. Manock, U. S. N.,