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THE CHRISTMAS PARTY
( Continued From Page One)
fixin's was served. At 1 : 30 all hands
and guests assembled on the WellDeck
for a Happy Hour.
Lt. Comdr. Inglis, the chairman of
the committee, started the proceedings
with a hearty welcome to our
guests. A prize of a box of cigars
was awarded to the 5th Division ( Marines)
and another box of cigars to
the " c" Division ( Communication
and Flag), these two divisions having
tied in the contest for the best decorated
compartments. Mr. Inglis then
thanked all hands for their generous
and willing response to all his requests
for help and then asked Ensign
Quackenbush to take charge as
Master of Ceremonies.
The following program was then
presented ( with the surprise interludes
1. Yuletide Echoes . Ship's Band.
2. ( a) Rio Grande.
( b) Home on the Range Seagoing
( c) La Paloma . Cowboys.
3. Wedding of the Painted Dolt
4. Musical Novelties . " Sparks"
" Ray" Nantz.
5. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.
6. Song and Tap ___. Carolyn
7. Popeye's Christmas - Original.
8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
After " Home on the Range"
the Master of Ceremonies announced
that he had a surprise
for everyone. Our attention was
then directed to an enormous
Christmas package wrapped in Red
and White bunting placed near the
Christmas tree. It soon became apparent
that this was a Christmas
present from the city of Houston to
the ship. Lieutenant Vanzant, a native
of Houston, presented the gift
and read the beautifully illuminated
scroll which accompanied it. The
wrappings and crate were removed
from the package and there in all its
pristine glory was a beautiful Gulbransen
piano, White House model,
with an appropriate silver plaque. It
is a beautiful instrument and a gift
which we will treasure for many years
Captain Baker then accepted the
THE BLUE BONNET
gift, with thanks, for the ship's company,
stressing the close ties of
frienaship, mutual regard and continumg
interest which have always united
the ship and the city of Houston
whose name our good ship proudly
It had been planed that the third
song by the Seagoing Cowboys should
be accompanied by the band, but the
Master of Ceremonies quickly made
a change in this plan as the wish to
hear the new piano couldn't be denied.
Fortunately, a very acco, mplished
pianist, Mrs. Presler, was in the
audience and she kindly consented
to play the accompaniment for La
After the " Parade of the Wooden
Soldiers" another interruption occurred.
The Communication Orderiy
rushed up to Lt. Comdr. Inglis with
an extremely urgent message. Mr.
Inglis was forced to stop the show.
It seemed that Santa Claus was on
the radio telephone and wished to
speak to the Master of Ceremonies.
After some delay, while the loud
speaker was being connected to the
radio receiver and amplifier, communication
was established with Santa
Claus. The weird effect of speaking
with that " jolly old elf" by radio was
heightened by : he marked southern
( Houston) accent of Santa's voice. It
ailpeared that Santa Claus was on his
way by airplane and wished everyone
to be patient until he arrived.
He assured the children that he had
a gift for each one and would be with
them in person very soon.
Sure enough with the closing
strains of " Santa Claus is Coming to
Town" the good old soul arrived with
a perfect three- point landing. The
whaleboat was sent to the plane and
Santa came aboard over the starboard
gangway, being piped over the side
with 12 side boys, 6 ruffles and flourishes,
and a march, " He's a Jolly Good
Fellow" by the Band. In the meantime
Mickey Mouse appeared on the
scene to assist Santa Claus in distributing
the' presents, a pleasant
task all too quickly accomplished.
The sight of all those happy children,
their arms piled high with gifts,
going over the gangway into the boat
was ample award for the effort we
had put into this highly successful
Christmas Party of 1936.
Navy Bill observes: " Bow legs may
not be few, but they are far between."
USS Houston 12- 26- 36---- 800.
It is with the saddest feeling in our
hearts that Mr. D. E. Fay leaves the
Supply Department. The ship in
the Asiatic Fleet that he will be assigned
to will be getting the best of
breaks. Here's hoping that we may
all get to serve under him once again.
There seems to be another unfortunate
or mayhap lucky person in
the person of Flossie " Snake" Cochrane.
He is going the way of Mac
Elhannon and Chief Johnson and will
become another addition to the popular
" Golden Grain Club" on board
Then we have that " Old Man" of
the department, none other than old
" Creepy Springer", not so creepy
when it comes to running from ever
alert patrols around the " Pike".
Our ever happy go lucky Whiskey,
or Hippo Viskovich, is still knocking
over everything he doesn't mean to.
He can't help it if breakable items
aren't secured to the deck.
Mac Elhannon sure will be uncomfortable
when he comes back from
leave and tries to sit on his favorite
stool after Cochrane has worked it
over for him.
" Dog Face" Lewis can't get over
not having more than one letter from
the loved one. Perhaps a little facelifting
would be to his benefit.
Can't understand why Steve can't
stay in Long Beach for the Holidays
with all the women he knows here.
Perhaps Arizona is a better hunting
ground. We'll know when he gets
Finney the Weazle, and Slough sure
have their troubles trying to keep
their girl friends names on the right
letters. Perhaps they could give some
of the other men on the ship some of
their girls' addresses and then all
would be happy. . .....
Officer of the Deck: " What steps
would you take if you saw smoke
coming out of a powder magazine
Rocky Marine Sentry: " Rather long
ones, I reckon, Sir."
Navy Bill: " What sports do you like
Hollywood Katie: " Those who are
free with their money and know
when to say goodnight and go