THE BLUE BON ET Page 3
Last week's issue has received quite a
bit of comment, this mostly due to the
" Orders of the Day" which seems to
have pleased all who have read it.
Greetings shipmates and congratulations
to those men who have advanced
another step in their ratings. The
ship's company surely appreciates the
cigars that are so willingly distributed
by those who are so proudly wearing
their new rates.
J. L. Moore, " A" Division mess cook,
recently left a letter to one of his fair
sex friends around the compartment
and it was read by all hands. Seems
he invited himself to the girl friend's
home for dinner and requested that he
be allowed to prepare it. We don't
know if she took him up on his culinary
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Life In Our avy
A brief glance at the history of employment
of hospital ships during the
past 75 years will reveal
Hospital that no first class nation
Ships will carryon a major war
without employing hospital
ships to serve the fleet. The United
States avy's floating hospital, U. S. S.
RELIEF, only hospital ship attached
to the fleet, takes care of the sick and
injured personnel of the ships of the
navy. The RELIEF, placed in commission
on 28 December 1920, is the first
ship of any navy in the world to be
built a a hospital ship, is named after
the first RELIEF, a converted ve sel
which served as a hospital ship during
the Spanish- American War, ' he
Philippine Insurrection and the hinese
Boxer uprising. The present RELIEF
is 483 feet long, 60 feet wide,
has a di placement of 9,800 ton , cruising
radius of 15,000 mil s. Though
smaller than the average hospital ashore,
it is equipped to handle 360
cases and 500 cases in an emergency.
This is more than the average hospital
can handle. No less than ten medical
officers, three dental officers, twelve
nurses and 118 men of the ho pital
corps who act as technical assistants
minister to 2200 patients each year.
About six new patients are received
aboard the RELIEF each day for
treatment of everything from broken
legs, colds, burns and aching teeth to
serious diseases. One or more surgical
operations are performed every day.
417 majors and 566 minor operations
were performed last year. Only 3 out
of 1000 die, while 20.5 percent are
transferred to shore hospitals and
70.72 percent recover within 21 days.
The RELIEF has the most modern
equipment that is obtainable and is
ranked with the leading hospital of
" I am satisfied on one thing at last;
I found where my husband spends his
evenings," remarked Mrs. Gadabout.
" You don't say so, dear; how did you
find out?" questioned the excited Mrs.
" I stayed at home one evening last
week and found him there," answered
the satisfied lady.
Everything is going along smoothly
regarding the inspection of the ship.
Credit is given to all those who are
really bearing down and getting all
those little details.
A man in an insane asylum sat fishing
over a flower bed. A visitor wishing
to be friendly walked up and said:
" How many have you caught?"
" You're the ninth," replied the nut.
A request for information concerning
the definition of " stick happy" is desired.
Seems the musicians use this
term quite a bit.
* * * *
With only a few more weeks left be-fore
Christmas is here again quite
a number of men are lost as to what
they should give their one and only.
Heard some wish to give watches away
but postcards are much cheaper.
At a dinner not long ago, the man
sitting next to the lady was, to say the
least, inebriated. He leered at her and
commented, " Shay, you're the homliest
woman I've ever seen." With a show of
spirit she replied, " Well, and you're
the drunkest man I've ever seen."
" Yeah, but I'll get over that in the
One of our MM2c's ( wearing two hash
marks) while out dining with his wife,
kept joking about his being under 21
years. Upon placing his order he had
a hard time convincing the waitress
he was of age. That's the penalty of
having blond wavy hair, blue eyes
* * * *
" Don Juan" Rushworth claims that he
is one of the finest dancers who ever
glided over the Majestic dance floor.
Doesn't even have to buy tickets as
the girls come over to him requesting
Then we have another concerning a
dashing mess cook who tried playing
around with two girl friends. They
both came out to the ship and asked
to see him. He had one on the Main
Deck Aft and the other in the No. 1
Messing Compartment. When it was
time to set up mess he was too tired
due to his having to run forward and
aft all afternoon.
Boris of the Log Room, better known
to the Engineer's Force as " Little
Napoleon," was surely trying hard to
convince the girls in the local cafes
how important he is to the ship. Most
of the girls, though, have more time
with navy men than he has.
* * * * Have you noticed that the women in
Long Beach won't sit next to a sailor
in a bus and yet when the bus is filled
they always go alongside a seated
sailor knowing that he will get up
and give his seat to her. It never fails.
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The following FLASH was received
from the contribution box: ... What
Storekeeper from Arkansas, while acourting
his present wife, carried a
hog- leg for protection against those
big bad boys up in them thaI' Hollywood