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Page 4 THE BLUE BO ET U. S. S. Houston- 1l- 13- 37- 900.
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with their professional and amateur
revolutionists. Although the present
administration disfavors interference
in South American and Caribbean disturbances
and maintains a " good
neighbor" policy, the Navy has in
other times, especially immediately
before the World War, played a policeman's
Revolution squelching was once a
favorite Navy pastime. For many
years, revolutions have been the national
sport of small countries of temperamental
disposition and have been
exciting substitutes for such games
as football and baseball. Naturally,
when our gunboats would offer to
stop the fun, their services were not
always appreciated. Our gunboat men,
after a time, became used to being
disliked by both sides in a friendly
revolution but certain other practices
continued to irk them. Foremost among
these was the practice of the
troubled. government buying off revolutionary
leaders when they became
too strong to crush. The United States
forces didn't mind sending landing
parties ashore to chase some outlaw,
but when this outlaw would steam
past several days later as the new
minister of war or some such thing,
why that was going a little too far.
According to the account of an officer
who served when the revolution
business was booming, the gunboat
life was never a dull one. A gunboat
might stop to take gold to a safe
place from a bank about to be raided
by the government. An ex- president
might occasionally be found who had
just escaped from somewhere and
would like to go somewhere else. A
custom collector had just unearthed an
elaborate system of coffee smuggling
and needs moral support. Revolutionists
surrender and give up their arms
provided they get something for them.
They keep the good ones and the gunboats
collect the bad ones and the war
is finished. Or perhaps the horse marines
farther down are short of hay or
oats, so the good ship loads up like
a farm wagon and goes down the line.
Gunboat activities in the Far East
are confined chiefly to the Yangtze
River and are far from being a thing
of the past. At present they can be
considered in a specially active duty
Houston Officer Weds
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Gus's Weekly Letter
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Some people can
tell time accurately
a watch nor
the sun. Scientists
University got to
thinking about this, studied human
brain waves, and recently reported
that we all have electric clocks in our
heads, but most of them make poor
timepieces because they run too fast.
These brain clocks tick from 10 to 40
times a second. At each tick an electrical
wave spreads out from the cerebral
spheres. This goes on whether
you're awake or asleep. Some day,
perhaps, we may all be walking alarm
Scientists in Pittsburgh, Pa., will soon
try again to unlock the tremendous
energy in the atom. A gigantic atomsmashing
gun, containing a forty fo:> t
vacuum tube, is nearing completion
there, Through this tube physicists
will hurl tiny sub- atomic particles at
speeds up to one hundred million miles
an hour. Propelled by five million volts
of electrical energy, these high- speed
" bullets" will bombard various metals,
gases, and liquids. The experimenters
figure something ought to give way.
But something happened to tha arithmetic
somewhere because it wasn't
long until there was nothin' left but
a lone fat battle scarred cat. It should
a taught him a lesson, but he turned
his attentions right away to makin'
pancakes outa popcorn flour so they
would turn over of their own accord.
I guess some folk never learn.
Us hearties 0' tha sea don't worry
our elves about such things as Uncle
Sammy has allus got enough work for
us to do and such notions can't find
enough room to creep into our already
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While witnessing a game of baseball,
a boy was struck on the head,
the bawl coming out of the mouth.
Gob: " Ginger ale."
Waiter: " Pale?"
Gob: " No, just a glass."
Educational Classes At
Long Beach Navy Y. M. C. A.
Classes in mathematics, blue print
reading, radio theory and code are given
at the Long Beach " Y" each weekend.
These classes are held at 7: 00
p. m. on Fridays, and 5: 00 p. m. on Saturdays
so that ony navy man interested
in anyone of these subjects can
attend each week without interruption.
These classes are given by the Adult
Educational Department of the Long
Beach Public School System and are
free to all who wish to attend. It is
never too late to sign up. Credit is
given towards high school graduation
to all those who wish it.
This is an age of life- long learning.
Education is power. All that is required
of one is the effort and ambition to
Lt. ( jg) E. A. McDonald, " A" Division
Officer, was united in marriage
on Thursday 11 November, at Yuma,
Arizona, to Miss Marie Rita Metzen
of Buffalo, ew York. After the ceremony
a brief motor trip was made
through northern Mexico and southern
status while standing by in the Shanghai
The taking of the ERIE and the
CHARLESTON into the naval service
gives the United States an unrivaled
gunboat force. Although our gunboats
in their present connections are essentially
peacetime warships, nothing
prevents the use of the latest two and
also the slightly smaller TULSA and
ASHVILLE as important peacetime
units. Our Yangtze patrol boats, with
the LUZO as flagship, being river
boats, are more rigidly limited in use.
Certainly, the gunboat is again becoming
an important cog in the naval
service and without doubt the gunboat
service affords sure action to all
applicants. - Log.
The avy Gunboat