t----------- · r I -: THE BLUE BONNET :- _
,~ A weekly publication of the ship's com- I
pany of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain I
, G. N. Barker, U. S. N., Commanding and _
, Commander C. A. Bailey, U. S. N., Exec- ,
, uti: dit~: i:~~ ut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald. I
I Assistant Editor: Ensign J. P. M. Johnston , Associate
Editor: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c
Associate Editor: W. J. Bannen, Sea. Ic ,
Cartoonist: W. C. Ridge I
I Circulation: John Boris, Y3c -
Printer: R. L. Beckwith, Sea. Ic I
16 April, 1938.
Of Two Mess Cooks
Once upon a time, in a very great
and very famous Navy, there were
two young and handsome mess cooks.
These mess cooks worked side by side
in a compartment on the starboard
side of a cruiser, and every day at
mess gear they served up huge
platters of food to the ravenous hordes
which descended upon them.
Now, one of these mess cooks was
a smart young fellow, who knew all
the answers and could tell you at once
just what the heroine of the latest
novel was going to do next, and boy!
oh, boy! how the ladies fell for his
line. Nearly every evening he got into
his dress blues and fared forth to
" give the town a treat," and when he
was around, the fun was sure to start.
The other mess cook was a stupid
sort of a lad. As soon as supper was
finished, he used to break out a book
and read until time for the movies,
and every now and then he handed in
a training course to his Division Officer.
The smart fellow made all manner
of fun of this poor dolt, because
anyone with half an eye could see
that there weren't going to be any
rates given out for another six
months so what was the use of working
one's self to the bone for no reason
at all ?
Along about the end of the month,
the Executive Officer suddenly told the
Division Officer that there was a rate
available, and although the officer
was surprized, he broke out his record
book and looked over the names of
the various men in his division.
THE BLUE BONNET
Easter - Its Origin
In Bavaria, in the Fifteenth century,
Easter was a laughing and playful
festival and the clergymen told
their congregations humorous stories
which they had gathered during the
year. This quaint custom prevailed un.
til Pope Clement X forbade it about
In France, during this same period
and later, Easter Monday was the
day for great handball tournaments
throughout the country. On Easter
Monday wives had the right to strike
In England a man could seize any
woman he saw and after lifting her
three times could demand either a
kiss or a silver sixpence. There were
also games, forfeits and penalties
and the loser could buy his or her way
out only , vith Easter eggs.
For centuries the Russians and the
Greeks made Easter a day of great
sporting events, with elaborate religious
parades and ceremonies.
The origin of Easter eggs seems to
have been lost in remote antiquity
but it is believed that the custom grew
out of the ancient acceptance of the
egg as a symbol of rebirth.
Early Christianity revised and adopted
many of these customs. In Medieval
times the importance of fixing
the proper date for Easter was
so urgent that great scholars and
learned men often crossed Europe to
consult with others or examine ancient
records and documents. For the
first two centuries Of tlre Christian
era it was celebrated by most Eastern
Christians on the day of the Jewish
Passover, the fourteenth day of the
First Jewish month; while the Western
Christians celebrated on the Sunday
following the fourteenth day. In
the year of 325 A. D., the Chrstian
Alongside the name of the " smart"
fellow was a great big blank, but the
poor stupid man had a 3.69 behind
his name. Now the Division Officer
must have been pretty slow too, because
he didn't realize what a swell
person the first man was, he was just
dumb enough to want some man who
knew something in his division, and
he didn't seem to give a darn whether
a fellow could tell a funny story or
not. There are a lot of officers just
churches met in council at Nicaea, in
Asia Minor and ruled in favor of the
Western Christian Church, but the
present movable Easter date was not
officially established until 1582 after
the Gregorian Calendar had been arranged
by Pope Gregory XIII.
Thus, it was decided that Easter,
the most important feast date on the
church calendar, should be on the
First Sunday following the Paschal
Full Moon which happened upon or
next after the Twenty- first of March,
the vernal equinox. If the Paschal
Full Moon falle, on a Sunday then
Easter is the next Sunday. The Paschal
Full Moon is the Fourteenth day
of the Lunar Month.
The Passover according to historians,
goes back to the year 1491 B. C.
when the Jews were delivered from
oppression in the land of Egypt. It
was that great historical event just
preceeding the exodus from Egypt.
The description of it is found in the
Bible in the Twelfth chapter of the
Book of Exodus.
Likewise, St. Matthew describes for
us the event of over nineteen centuries
ago when the thousands of people
who flocked to Jerusalem, drawn by
some strange and profound power
and feeling of excitement, trembled
with terror as darkness descended in
the afternoon. Dust clouds filled the
air and the ground underfoot heaved
and shook convulsively and even the
Roman soldiers fled with terror.
No other day has ever meant or
promised so much to mankind.
To- morro , he hadow--- o sorrow
will have passed and the world will
enter once more into the spirit and
promise of Easter. The Easter parade
will go its joyous way, everyone
happy in the coming of spring
and inspired by the eternal and inscrutable
miracles of God.
like that, but whether we like it or
not, the second mess cook got the job.
This is just a fairy story of course.
Somebody told it to me, and I thought
you'd like to get a laugh too about
the ignorant fellow who is now draw.
ing good pay and is now telling the
" smart" mess cook to bear a hand
and get the java on the table.
FLASH - " A" DIVISION WINS INTERDIVISION