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Volume I, Number 9. .
HOUSTON 30- LOUISVILLE 29
The 1938 edition o- f the Rambler
Ship basketball team was presented
November 28th at the Admiral Leigh
Gymnasium in San Pedro. The occasion
marked the meeting of the Houston
with the Louisville.
Victory was heralded for the Houston
after a nip- and- tuck struggle,
with a final count of 30- 29 deciding
the fray. Never at any time in the
contest were there more than three
points difference in the score, although
the boys took and maintained
the lead from the start. High scoring
honors in the game were garnered by
Cochrane, rangy center of the Louisville
who totalled 10 point/!. Houston
scoring was evenly divided with all
the starting lineup counting at least
once from the field. Accuracy of the
Houston five from the free- throw line,
however, was the margin of victory
since the opponents' Kentuckians
counted 13 two- point reamers from
the field, as compared with our dozen
HOUSTON 34- MEDUSA 29
The second issue of the Houston
supremacy dn the hard- wood cO\ lrt,
and an indication that the Ra~ ers
would be " the team to beat", was unfolded
November 30th in a meeting
with one of last years' strongest
quints, the Medusa. Superiority was
clearly shown when at half- time the
Medusa was trailing 5- 19. Then followed
a let- down by the Houston,
and in the middle of the final stanza,
Medusa long - range cannonading
sparked by the Kumzak twins, Frank
and Joe, narrowed the gap, so that the
final gun gave the Houston a mere 5point
advantage, 34- 29. Stellar zone
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Long Beach, California.
THE LAST HOUR
A Short Story by Gus
A whisper of wind from the slowly
opened door caused the candle's flame
to flicker backward and the lacy ends
of drapes to shudder spasmodically.
He had opened the door like he always
had, timidly, expectant. Even the
shadows of the room couldn't quite
hide the four poster bed. It loomed
to him like some holy shrine. He
smelled again that cloying trace of
lavender; dainty, old, reminiscent of
his mother. Yet he knew that his
father was here, too. He could just
barely see the portrait with its uniform
and the funny little cap.
A thin thread of a voice questioned
feebly from the bed, " Is that you,
" Yes, mother."
" I knew you would come. I have
prayed. Come and take my hand. I
want to feel you. I want ..."
" There, there mother. I'm here.
Can't you see I'm holding your hands.
I'm home again. Everything is going
to be all right."
A thankful smile brushed away the
drawn look about her mouth as he
gently stroked the frail little hands.
She allowed herself enough time to
muster strength for another question.
" Do you like your life in the navy?"
He thought a bit before answering.
" Oh, yes. I like it fine."
He couldn't tell her about the long
hours of watch- standing nor how
rigid the discipline was. He wouldn't
tell her of days on end when you were
stuck down in some hole during a battle
problem. His answer was best.
She needed that kind of an answer.
( Continued on Page 4)
December 16, 1938.
BOXERS AND WRESTLERS
On December 7th a crowd that
packed the gymnasium to the rafters
saw our boxing and wrestling
teams scuttle the Northampton's best
efforts. When the curtain came down
the score stood 28 to 10 in wrestling
and 30 to 5 in boxing for the Rambler
Chick started hostilities by pinning
Culbert in short order. It looks as
if our 118 pounder is headed toward
another fleet championship. Houston
Drover met the most experienced
man on the Northampton team and
did good work in the first few minutes
of wrestling. However, O'Grady
soon put on a hold that ended the
bout in the Northampton's favor,
Houston 5, Northampton 5.
Keimel, an up and coming boy from
the B division, took Kampa in a little
over two minutes. Houston 10,
Arthur had Clark in a bad way
during the entire four minutes that
the bout lasted. It ended by the fall
route. Houston 15, Northampton 5.
Buttler, from the main deck aft
division, threw everything from flying
mares to rolling snakes before
easily polishing off Israel in a fall.
Here is another boy that looks like
championship material. Houston 20,
Fordemwalt decisioned Sinclair in
a bout which lasted the entire 12 minutes.
Hous~ on 23, Northampton 5.
Miller lost to Sinclair by a fall in
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