2----------- THE BLUE BONNET
-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain
G. N. Barker, U. S. N., Commanding and
Commander C. A. Bailey, U. S. N., Executive
Editor. Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald.
Assistant Editor: Ensign J. P. M. Johnston
Associate Editor: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c
Associate Editor: W. J. Bannen, Sea. Ic
Cartoonist: W. C. Ridge
Circulation: John Boris. Y3c
Printer: R. L. Beckwith, Sea. Ic
Just Plain Laziness
DID you know that
Sir Issac Newton stood so low in his
class that he was taken out of school
and sent to work on a farm? Did you
know that the great scientist, Charles
Darwin, who wrote " Origin of the
Species" failed to master any language
and when he left school his
father was informed that the boy was
below common standards in intellect?
Sir Walter Scott lazily
neglected his school work to read
quantities of poetry and fiction. Robert
Fulton, inventor of the steamboat,
stood low in his classes because he
couldn't give thought to his studies
and also to the subjects that really
interested him. Samuel Johnson, Hegel,
Byron, James Russel Lowell, William
Cullen Bryant, Thackeray Gladstone
- all were indolent and failures
at school. So was Herbert Spencer.
Ibsen did not rise above
the lowest grade, in which he could
possibly graduate. Curie, who, with
his wife, discovered radium, progressed
so poorly that his parents had to
take him out of school and employ a
There may have been various
causes contributing to the failures
of these men in their school days;
but, the biographers of nearly every
one mention indolence as a conspicuous
characteristic. However, these men
eventually made good by hard work
and long hours of ceaseless endeavor
and by exercising initiative and common
The Eternal Triangle .... A man is
afraid of a woman, a woman is afraid
of a mouse, and a mouse is afraid of
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flying moor, anc had the lit', erty boats
going like flashes to the dock. Pretty
soon there wasn't anybody left except
me and the skipper. He was getting
to the end of his forty winks when
I shook him.
" Wake up skipper, I got
a nice surprise for you."
He woke up, shook himself
for a minute, and looked around.
Then he turned to me and
said, " nice work, my lad, I couldn't
have done better myself."
* * * * *
This isn't very funny nor
does it have a moral, however, it does
approach the subject that we're heading
towards Long Beach. There'll be
twenty thousand " Barnacle Bills"
glad to get back once again where
they can smell once again the oil wells,
the sulphur water, and last but not
least that smell from out of Pedro
way. Sure we're all glad to get back.
I bet I beat you to the first liberty
Officers Being Detached
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The best wishes of the
ship's company go with the departing
officers. May they find their new duty
to their liking and profit.
The following officers are
reporting soon to the Houston for duty:
Lieut. Herbert K. Gates from Naval
Academy, Annapolis, Md. as Asst.
Engineeer Officer about 11 June 1938;
Lieut. John A. Holbrook from Submarine
Base, Pearl Harbor, T. H. a.
bout 11 June 1938; Lt. ( jg) William
C. Jonson from U. S. S. Saratoga in
June 1938 ( aviation); Commander
William C. Funk ( MC) from Naval
Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill. in July
1938; Lt. Comdr. Thomas J. Kelly
from U. S. S. Rigel about 30 April 1938.
Lieut. R. M. Peacher from the U. S. S.
Tuscaloosa has already reported while
we were at Pearl Harbor.
To these new officers the
ship gives a hearty welcome.
Will Power - the ability to eat ONE
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you a bit closer to the handiwork of
the great Creator. Impressed we were,
reminiscently awed we are.
The Royal Hawaiian, the
Alexander Young Hotel, Lau Yee Chai
served as gathering places for some.
Here we laughed, recounted stories,
glowed warm with the spirit of the
islands. We were happy- suffused with
good fellowship, and glad that the
Island residents liked us.
Perhaps you didn't make
a tour or go into town. Then you'll
remember most: the happy hour; the
hula dancers; the smoker; the baseball
games; the handball courts; the
swimming pool; " Martha"; movies on
the quarterdeck' the land office business
at the soda fountain; white uniforms;
and white chair covers. And
through it all you drank deeply of cool,
restless air currents; breezes that
enervated completely without conscious
A smile on every face
that greeted us.- a vigorous handshake
for each aloha - these token.
of friendship made us feel like visiting
princes. Where else on this earth
could we have felt so much like regal
Hawaii gave us all something.
Whether it was its grandiose
masterpiece of nature or the effulgence
of warm hopitality, or both, it
matters not so much. It gave us something
to remember, something to be
missed, something that tugged a bit
at our heart strings in leaving. And
so we say, Aloha Oe Hawaii. Farewell
to an island paradise that gave
us so much and asked so little in return.
Congratulations . . • .
to Seaman Niel Hattemer upon the
birth of a four ounce record christened
" Martha". The ship now has
a lively soul to fill the niche of
fame lately occupied by ita own
dear Martha, who is lost, strayed,
The Stork brought the tyke via a
music shoppe in Honolulu, bless
Let us all congratulate Our Hero
on this blessed event. ( No flowers",
says Niel," I get Hay Fever").