Page 4 THE BLUE BONNET U. S. S. Houston- 12- 4- 37- 900.
C. A. Mahl, S2c, 1st Division, dined
at Bernstein's Cafe one evening recently.
The waitress named the various
soups and entries and our hero,
misunderstanding, said, " Break it all
out- I'm good for it." As luck would
have it a couple of lads who knew him
saved the day.
Churchman, recently returned to
our galley from school at San Diego,
was told the other day he had made
Ship's Cook 1st class in an examination
taken during his period in school.
Nice work; Little Ocko says: Don't
forget the cigars!
Shirley Steele, spud cox'n Romeo, is
now hoisting cokes and coffee. Yep!
The boy is on the wagon, due to influence
of a lovely black- eyed lassie
who is making a new man of him.
Nice somebody can still perform those
feats. Keep up the good work, kid!
Good Year Looms For
Ship In Boxing And Wrestling
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We have some good material on
board in training, but it is felt that
there still is some material uncovered.
Maybe there is a fireman down in No.
1 fireroom, or a mess cook with the
sufficient brawn and brains. Maybe
you, yourself, would be a fleet champion
in a few years with proper training.
Strange things have happened.
We quote an old proverb, one which
demonstrates our point so thoroughly:
" Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
As a bonus of 5 points per man is awarded
any ship entering a team in
the inter- crui ser competition, win,
lose, or draw, it is extremely lucrative
for us to enter a full team. Anyone
or everyone interested in wrestling
see Wellbourn, BM1c, or Lieutenant
( jg) E. A. McDonald. If you are interested
in boxing see Arsenault, EM2c,
or Lieutenant E. C. Long.
According to a
recent annual report
issued by the
Secretary of the
Navy, one may
what is meant
when it is said that the navy is a
youthful outfit. The statistics reveal
that over 14 of our navy is under 25,
which, by the way, is the maximum
It is · further revealed that 85% of
the enlisted personnel is under the
35th age post. There are 26,950 sailors
in the United States Navy who
have not reached the age of 25, and
of this number 17,073 are between he
ages of 21. and 24.
The first ocean steamer sailed through
the Panama Canal on 3 August 1914,
about 10 years after the United States
took over construction work. Electric
mules furnish the motive power for
vessels entering and leaving each lock.
o 0 0
In 1907, during the voyage of the U. S.
Fleet around the world, music was
broadcast for the first time. Radio operators
on board the battleships placed
phonographs in front of their microphones
and were able to broadcast to
other vessels in their squadrons, to
commercial ships at sea, and to shore
It is a far cry and a long road from
the blood- soaked cockpit of our old
wooden frigates ( where men suffered
amputation by the grisly medium of
a hacksaw and a hot iron with senses
undulled by any anaesthetic) to the
cool gray and white of the " sick bay"
that is found on our modern men of
war. The modern sick bay is supplied
with every comfort and merciful agency
that the cumulative years of medical
research and investigation can furnish.
There is nothing that can more
aptly typify the contributions which
the United States Navy has made to
medical science in the hundred- odd
years of its existence.
o o o
pades in Astoria it did look odd to see
our hero standing and the fair damsel
sitting on the bench where there was
plenty of room for him. Didn't have a
boil, did you Mac? Well, take it easy
" Spike," Chief Sheriff, says he had
things all set last week. He was just
ready to sue Chief Commissary Steward
Barnett for putting red lead in
his night rations on Thanksgiving
Day when " Red" Oldham, C. P. O. Seasoldier
cook, sold out as star witness
for a hamburger sandwich and malted
Little Ocko says that last one is
enough for one week. I'll have to dodge
" Spike" and Barney for a month now.
aboard. However, we will make a sincere
effort to purchase any article desired.
The Ship's Service profits are turned
over to the Welfare Fund Treasurer
each month. This money purchases
athletic gear, provides for the Christmas
parties, ship's dances, and various
other activities. BE SURE TO BUY
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Ship's Service Activities
Shivel, Cox, 1st Division, says that
when he was at the Torpedo Repair
Station at Keyport, Wash., he saw
many strange things. Marines rowing
in a small creek on a Sunday afternoon
and a Marine private standing
watch for three days. Well, it may be
so but Little Ocko never saw a Marine
who had that much real life ambition
in time of peace. ( No offense intended.)
That may have been a sea
story too, fellows.
Saw a couple of sea soldiers on the
boat deck last Sunday a. m. doing some
jujutsu acts with ye olde service rifle.
Boys must be preparing for war-- or
maybe they're not married after all.
Been wondering who the cute little
brunette was that was favoring McNulty
of the radio gang in No. 3 Messing
Compartment last Sunday afternoon.
After the stories of his esca-
It has come to the ears of this scribe
that Oren E. Gibson, AMM1c, of our
" V" Division, is to be united in marriage
to Miss Doris Moore of Long
Beach. It is no surprise to those who
know this genial " mech" and all hands
take pleasure in wishing the newlyweds
lots of luck. Little Ocko says
it is just one more good man gone over
to the ranks of the Golden Grainers.