Seems sorta like there are some
on this packet that thinks I am lower
than a whale --- and others that
think I'm OKE, some says I ain't
good enough to 1 1 1 1 and still others
think I am. Well, you can't please
everybody and a happy medium can't
be struck so I'll stick it out until I
get struck. Then some ' darn fool will
say, " Well, he asked for it." Mmm,
I Not much liberty t4is week and so
the dope is kinda slim, but ship- side
info' is here and there. We did forget
last week to mention the overworked
Seaman Guard who did the
Marines job nobly so that the latter
could escort the " Flowers of Houston"
around the ship and thence ashore.
We find that the latest bid for prepetual
motion is the Spud Masher in
the Crew's Galley. It comes to our
ears that a certain Turret Captain,
first piecee is thinking of submitting
a new plan whereby · the mail will
be delivered daily regardless of conditions-
now Asher, we'll have to
waggle our several fingers at you! It
is rumored about the decks that a
ladder sitting marathon is to be started
for the benefit of those rabid
theatre goers, even the Captain had
to ask one to move so that he could
get to the show himself.
Baker: Let's get our wives together
and have a big night.
Fransher: O. K., but where shall
we leave them 1
Somebody asked " Movie" Brown how
much money he sent to the better
half every pay- day and he said,
" None, she meets me at the dock and
takes it home herself." The last time
Flag Office Allyn went to see the gal
friend in Long Beach, her kid brother
met him at the door and says, " Make
THE BLUE BONNET
yourself at home. Sis won't be down
for a hatf hour, but Pop will be here
soon's he finishes oiling his shotgun."
' Peers sorta like the " Flash" didn't
stick around long, or did he 1 And so
we'll call it a da · y... H.. ow'm I doin' 1
KNOWING THE NAVY
This week we wish to bring to attention
some information about one
of the problems our infant navy had
to contend with during their early
days. That of their difficulties with
merchantmen used to smuggle slaves
into the United States. The few items
listed will give a fairly definite idea
of the troubles some American Commanders
• • •
In the first quarter of the nineteenth
century, the courts of America
would convict a slaver only in cases
where negroes were actually found
on board. This made it difficult for
Naval forces engaged in suppression
of the traffic. • • •
This story told that one slave ship
captain tied 600 slaves to his anchor
chain and when he was about to be
raided by naval forces, let go his anchor.
The weight of anchor and chain
swept all 600 slaves overboard. Although
the enforcement officers heard
the screams of the slaves and saw
what had been done, they were powerless,
and left the vessel amid the
jeers of her captain and crew.
* • *
In 1860, Cuba was the most profitable
slave market in the world. In
that year alone 12 Cuban slave ships
were captured by Navy vessels.
THE GUNNERS GANG
The Gunner's Gang has been out
of action for some time. However,
next week sees it back on the firing
line. Lt. ( jg) Robinson leads the
officers and men of the fourth and
fifth divisions against an enemy air
attack. The change in personnel has
been enormous since the last firing.
Plenty of drills and stout hearts , vill
overcome this handicap. We have
the men to mold-" time, get going."
Brown, GM3c., reported on board
recently and is with Weigand, the
able turret captain, of the " Fighting
Send the BLUE BONNET bome.
At last in dear old Guantanamo
Bay again and the sun beaming down
stronger than ever.
The stokers are busy now cleaning
up after the past two months cruising
and getting ready for another month
of it as soon as we leave here for
the West Coast.
Received several more men so it
looks like we will have an Engineer's
Force before long if we do not have
to send more men to Asia or help
some other ship out.
It was sorta whispered around that
a certain man in the stoker gang fell
rather hard for a dame in Houston
and found out that the following
night two of his buddies ( you know
the kind I mean) took her out and
during the course of the evening the
young lady made the following remark,
" My, I wonder where Gracie
Allen is 1" ow who is Gracie Allen 1?
Well fella's, the rates will be coming
out the end of this month, so
let's get those rating courses completed
so that we can have a few
more rated men on this ship.
It looks very much like we will
lead the Cruisers again this month
with a monthly score of 116.257 and
a year to date score of 115.049.
Well, thats all for this week and
lets do some fine steaming this month
so as to keep th. a. t..". E. " in sight.
Ideal weather conditions have prevailed
during the past week, and this
has given us a chance to put a large
amount of hours in the air. At the
present time the HOUSTON unit,
along with the rest of the Cruiser
Wing, has been engaged in training
for ( SABP) Camera Gunnery, both
free and fixed. Here is a good opportunity
for our Gunnery Observers to
strut their stuff.
Many requests have come to members
of this outfit, to try and get
hops for the " Coolies". I am afraid
that they will be far and few between,
owing to the fact that without training
in gunnery, an observer would be
shortening his hours, and as no one
else can get it for them, they undoubtedly
will be doing most of the flying.
Lest we forget - Aviation is not
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