HARD PUNISHME T I THE
GOOD OLD DAYS
SWEARING The Colonial Naval
rules of 1775 contained
an article which read: " If any man
shall be heard to swear, curse, or blaspheme
the name of God, the Commander
is strictly enjoined to punish
them for every offense by causing
them to wear a wooden collar or some
other shameful badge, for so long a
time as he may judge proper.
SLEEPI G The " Orders for War"
o WATCH framed by Sir Thomas
Dudley, stated, in regards
a man sleeping on watch, that
the following ' mild' punishment be inflicted:
" Being taken asleep he shall
be hanged to the bowsprit of the ship
in a basket with a sharp knife, and
choose to hang there until he starve
or cut himself into the sea."
MURDER ( From the Code of 01-
eron) Anyone who committed
a murder at sea was to be
bound to the corpse and buried alive
Anyone convicted of
drawing a knife or
other weapon with intent
to strike another, or of striking
another so as to draw blood, should
lose his hand.
THEFT Anyone convicted of theft
should have his head
shaved and boiling pitch poured upon
it and feathers or down should then be
strewn upon it for the distinguishing
of the offender; and upon the first
occasion he should be put ashore. ....
I TERESTI G FACTS
Ther~ were no radiators or electric
heaters on the Constitution. The compartments
were heated by red- hot cannon
balls placed in pots of sand.
HASTE! In the days of old if a man
missed a stage coach he was contented
to wait two or three days for the next
one. Now he lets out a squawk if he
misses one section of a revolving door.
1f The U. S. Coast Guard Station at
Gloucester, Mass., was actually under
fire from a German submarine during
the World War.
THE BLUE BONNET
I Little Ocko Says .
Our prominent man- about- town, R. M.
Ford, RM2c, has recently presented
the girl of his heart with a new Ford
V- 8 for her birthday or Christmas or
something. ice going, feller, be a full
fledged G. G. pretty soon. ( He lines up
for the four- thirty boat most of the
* * * *
Jimmy Springer, SK3c, curly headed
boy of the Supply Department, has returned
from thirty days leave in Illinois,
says the navy looks like a pretty
good place after all. Better stick
around awhile, Jim.
* * * *
Last Sunday afternoon I had the pleas-ure
of meeting one of the nicest young
ladies I have met in a long time and I
mean it. She was escorted by my friend
Tex Saucer of the Second Division.
Her present home is Los Angeles, but
being a girl from the Lone Star State
it was her first visit to a naval vessel.
Congratulations, Tex! Don't any of
you gigolos get any funny ideas either.
• • • •
Sivak, SK2c, is the possessor of a diploma
of musical knowledge from Kay
Kayser's personal hand and is that
boy proud. He is now the Maestro for
the entire Supply Department. Didn't
think Stevie had it in him the way he
keeps Viskovich going on their end
of the work up there.
* * * *
Found in a Box
" Editor of the BLUE BO NET:
" Her~ is one that is official and that
should make some of the boys stare
and wonder how it all happened. Boris
of the Log Room force has been holding
out a secret for some time. From
real dope we find that he has been
married for the past two years and
that Tuesday night he received a telegram
telling him that he was the
proud papa of a ten pound boy. He
should at least pass out cigars. Check
with him for further information."
Well, how about it, Johnny? Is it
true, and do we rate those cigars?
We're merely printing what the fellow
told us, but we are curious.
* * * *
Andy ( Jr.) Slovak is one of those
good old Golden Grainers. The act was
done on December 27, during his leave
SO IE GOOD BASKETBALL PLAYS
In the Heavy Cruiser Competition
opener the Houston basketball team
defeated the Argonne 38 to 26.
Exhibiting a bad case of stagefright
the Houston cnded the half against
the highly favored Vestal 23t07. Gaining
confidence in the second half the
Houstonites outplayed and outscored
the Vestal but couldn't overcome the
first half lead and the second game of
the series ended Vestal 38 Houston 24.
Beginning where they left off with
the Vestal the Houston team, Wednesday
night, defeated the U. S. S. Relief
51 to 20. Next games are with Chester
and Chicago Monday and Tuesday.
Stopped and had a few minutes visit
with Pickins, Slc, who recently came
back to the fold of the navy from
the outside. Says that it is not so fine
out there and he's not only glad to be
back, he wishes he had been back before
he got here.
* * * *
" Mousey" Lloyd, SM2c, is the Fleet's
champion lover ( to hear him tell it).
No matter what the subject is he can
steer it around to some anecdote of
his life with some of his many girls
in all the ports of the world; darkeyed
gals from Pago Pago, slant- eyed
ladies on the Yangtze, blondes in Frisco,
and that lovely redhead from south
Boston, the forty- year- old one, you
know! How's to give us junior members
a chance once in a while, pal?
* * * *
Willie ( Tex) Slough, SK3c, started off
New Year " for better or for worse."
Yep, New Year's Eve, it is said, Willie
became a Golden Grainer. How come
he goes ashore and returns, at midnight,
though? That is one we can't
solve! Remember, Willie, if this is
wrong you brought it on yourself.
* • * *
The " Fireman Heavyweight," Lewis of
" M" Division was married just before
this on December 18. Red was
planning on it for some time. Sure to
be hoped that the groom treats his
bride less roughly than he does some
of his shipmates.
* * * *
Speed, alias Flash Culver, has spread
the word he will no longer be available
for a standby as striker. He's holding
out for a supervisor billet. You
didn't know him to be an ex- ham, did