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A ..... IdT publication, . ublillhed bT the ship's
••• POIIT of the U. S. S. HOUSTON, CaptaiIl
G. B. Baker, U. S. N., Commalldinlr
... d CO.... allder P. K. Robotto., U. S. N.,
." ocuU... Olricar.
EDITOR, ElIsllrn C. J. Maekellaie
Aoo't. Editor:- R. C. Ball, Ch. PaT Clerk
Auoclate Editor:- A. D. HaIl. ...... Ie
Distrlbution:- B. M. Muehlen, BUirier
3 April, 1937.
CORRES* POND* ENCE * COURSES
Many attractive correspondence
courses are offered by commercial institutions
of learning. Occasionally
men are prompted to sign up for such
a course by a natural desire to improve
their chances of advancement
in the service or their means of gaining
a livelihood in civilian life.
Such courses, if worth taking at
all, require a certain amount of previous
education and a sustained determination
to complete them. The
lack of time, other interests, and
other demands upon the student's income,
frequently lead to a decision to
abandon the course before the first
lesson is completed.
NOT BELOVENT EDUCATOR
The student will thereupon discover
as a rule that the benevolent educator
is in no different category from
any other creditor- he wants his money.
Usually there is little delay before
the correspondence school places
the obligation in the hands of a collection
agency and the erstwhile student
recieves numerous letters calculated
to inspire prompt payment of
the whole cost of the course. The
threat in such letters will vary in degree
but the meaning is always the
same, " You'll have to pay us in full
in the end so do it now, or else-."
It is not necessary to explain in detail
the legal machinery for the collection
of debts. It may be pointed
out that there are various remedies
by which the creditor of an unwilling
debtor can prottect his interest pending
a more favorable opportunity for
collection. By luck, hard work, or
unexpected inheritance, the debtor
may accumulate funds from which
the creditor can extract the amount
of his claim by legal methods. The
debtor may achieve in his community
such a standing that he cannot afford
to ignore claims which may af-
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fect his credit rating.
It has sometimes occured to men
in the naval service that they may
plead as a defence that until they are
twenty- one years of age they are not
legally capable of making a binding
contract. This cannot be regarded
as a sure defence, as members of the
naval service are generally regarded
as being emancipated by reason of
Whether or not payment can and
will be compelled will depend upon
the circumstances of the particular
case. A backward glance at the situation
usually discloses that the student
has become a party to a legallybinding
contract to pay for the course
in . full although he never submits a
single lesson. Too often it developes
that he did his part to make the contract
( i. e.- by making an offer) when
he sent in an application blank. Such
blanks are generally prepared by
school authorities and lawyers of considerable
experience. They are usually
so worded that the contract is
made when the school has received
the application and has mailed an enrollment
card, or the first lesson assignment.
Refunds, thereafter, are
something not included . in the school
The prospective student should
therefore read the application blank
carefully before he mails it, noting
well its provisions, and bear in mind
that verbal modifications by an agent
will quite generally be of no effect.
reveal the fact that Aviation's dashing
mess- cook has suffered a decided
drop in his usually high average.
Carefully young fellow! .... The multitudinous
boxes, trunks and so forth
in the Port Hangar are just an accumulation
of worries to Martin, who
skippers that part of the ship .... I
wonder why " Pat" Readette is walking
around in circles with a benign
expression on his happy face?????
O. K. Pat!! We understand, and sympathize
... Three days of sea duty
coming up next week ... Wonder how
the Golden Grainers will stand the
strain? Ye- a- a- a- h!! I included myself,
That's all for this time; I'm coming
in for a three point landing ...
I hope! Another flight next week.
After an absence of about two
months, we of the " Flying Fools,"
think it's about time to get back into
print. Here ' tis.
The Houston Unit was very fortunate
in securing four new planes
during the San Diego sojourn; now
that we have been assigned to Squadron
VS- 9, the new fighting ships
are of the type and are in condition
to be proud of on the new billet.
Prior to Lieutenant Dahl's departure
for Panama, the Aviation Unit
gave him a farewell party. Needless
to emphasize that all hands had a
The Rambler Ship's Flight Unit
welcomes two newcomel'S to the ranks
of it's Pilots. Aviation Cadet W. C.
J akeman, reported during the San
Diego stay and Aviation Cadet A. J.
Dugan, came to the Houston two
weeks ago. All hands greet them
and wish many Happy Landings!
The plane crews are busily engaged
in whipping everything into shape
preparatory to the coming Cruise.
A few more wrinkles to iron ont and
we are sure the Houston planes will
be on a par with the best. Nothing
less would be good enough for the
best ship ....
Personality Takeoffs: " Charlie the
Great" oble, is up to his ears in
new resolutions and has his weather
eye trained on Coco Solo. This turn
of events may give Andy Mellon and
some of the other boys a chance
with the weaker?? sex. ( Add Note:)
Rhyne we doubt Charlie's reversal
of form and predict it is merely the
" calm before storm" .... Fo' good'
nessSAKE!! What has come over
our " Porky" Rosenkrans of late?
Heretofore the strong silent type,
he's becoming positively talkative.
Maybe the tower incarceration had
something to do with this change ....
Glad to report that " Gunner" Swenson
is still batting well above average.
Better reform Swede! .... Sorry to