-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A ..... kIT publication, published by the ship's
COJllpanT of the U. S. S. HOUSTON, Captain
G. E. Baker, U. S. N., Commanding
and COMmander P. K. Robottom, U. S. N.,
- EDITOR, Ensign C. J. Mackenzie
Ass t. Editor:- R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editor:- A. D. Hall, MMlc
Distribution:- W. G. Zeitfuss, Bugle
6 MARCH, 1937.
* * * PEP TALK
The past athletic record of the
HOUSTON has been far from bright.
In the various issues of this paper
much has been written trying to work
up a more favorable attitude and
much time has been expended in trying
. to develope winning teams.
There are a number of reasons why
we have not been able to have these
winning teams; i. e., operating schedules,
independent duty that has kept
us away from port for long periods
of time, lack of adequate coaching
staffs; but, the biggest reason has
been LACK OF COOPERATION.
The ship as a whole has not gotten
behind her teams in the manner in
which she should. In some cases men
have been intimidated into refraining
froll) going out for a team by being
assigned extra watches, given unpleasant
Athletics are the same everywhere.
Most colleges give athletes scholarships;
however they are required to
keep up in their studies at all times.
They are not required to stand higher
but. must be above average, so must
~ avy . athletes do their duty and stand
watches when in the duty section.
In a recent memorandum published
by the Executive Officer, which refers
to the " Organization and Ship's Regulations"
just published; wherein it
states that working parties, anchor
and security watches will be men detailed
from the working or duty section.
Unless intelligent supervision
is exercized, they are in a position to
to make it extremely unpleasant for
the candidates for athletic teams by
detailing them to more than their
share of watches, working parties, etc.
Such an attitude will NOT be tolerated.
It is not necessary to pamper
athletes, for they are men and above
the average when it comes to being
a good clean all around sport.
THE BLUE BONNET
The United States Navy has visited
every port in the world and has
always conducted itself in such a manner
that the local authorities as well
as high ranking officers of the various
nations have commented on it. Invariable
they have stated that the
high standard of the American Navy
has been due to the excellent spirit
and cooperation in athletics.
Athletics in the Scouting Force is
as much a part of our schedule as is
Engineering, Gunnery, and Communication.
Regular games are scheduled
and all ships are expected and required
to participate. Now, we do not
necessarily want the HOUSTON to
be known solely as an athletic ship;
but, we don't want her to be on the
bottomoI tEe lst as She as oeen m
in these past three years.
The excellent records made in Engineering,
Gunnery, and Communication
in the past show not only what
can be done with wholehearted cooperation,
but that we do have the material.
There is no reason why we cannot
put the HOUSTON on the Athletic
Now is the time, let all start today
to build up that excellent spirit of
good fellowship that is required for
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by knockout; 126 pounds, Long ( Nevada)
defeated Barry ( Detroit) by
decision , 135 pounds, Gibbons ( Colorado)
defeated Koch ( Dale) by
knockout; 147 pounds, Sieun ( Argonne)
defeated Matthews ( Detroit)
by decision; 160 pounds, Nero ( Richmond)
defeated Isenburg ( Perry) by
decision; 175 pounds, Powell ( Minneapolis)
defeated Choate ( New York)
by decision; Heavyweight, Duke ( Astoria)
defeated Young ( Sicard) by
Bureau of Navigation Circular Letter
no. 39- 36, established the rate of
Metalsmith first and second class.
Rates of all blacksmiths and coppersmiths
will be changed to metalsmiths
and the former rates abolished. Requirements
for qualification for this
new rating are given in the Bureau
of Navigation Manual. ......
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GUS'S WEEKLY LETTER
Sure lazy these days. Feels like
spring may be a creepin' among us
in tha midst of old man winter's busy
season. ' Pears like she's relievin' tha
watch a mite early. May be a good
idea to trot out a smatterin' 0' sassafras
and set it a steepin'.
Never will forget tha time Ma
was a trifle late on tha tea. Broke
out with a swarm of boil!. I dinna
knew wether I was a walkin' demonstration
0' great goose pimples or doin'
a mass swellin' for a medicine
Pa allus said it was tha meaness
a comin' ut- o' me, but I swung with
tha idea ' twas only good old madam
nature's · omen 0' showin' change 0'
Spring may be a brite and cheerful
time 0' tha year, Sal, but tha boil
part 0' it was nary a Sunday School
picnic to me.
Good things come to a close. One
0' tha lads aboard gives out many a
laugh each week by jotting out stuff
in Swedish lingo. He's been givin'
tha ship's rats, whale boats, fog horns,
and such tha breath 0' life, and they
allus bewail their lot in heavy accent.
Now, he's got change 0' duty, and
we'll nary heave in humorous vein
over Oscar Opuses.
' Slike tha time our prize boar
took cholera, drooped around, and did
a nip up like a flap jack. Nearly
broke my heart and tha sows'. ' tis
sad, but one's gotta get use to a new
After traveling aboard some 0'
these other ships it certainly makes
a body proud and stick out his chest
like a pouter pigeon, tha way our ship
is allus so clean fron stem to stern.
Tha decks gleam like freshly fallen
snow, and the steel and brass- ah
me, Sal, can't even find tha proper
Goes to prove a house is only a
house, but a clean home is a place to
park tha body and grab some victuals
in proper and fittin' style.
Boris: " With all this noise, I can
hardly hear myself."
Chandu: " Don't worry, you're not