What Happens in an Hour
It is estimated that each hour,
6,200 babies are born, and about 4,600
persons are laid to rest; 2,590 couples
are married, and 85 are divorced.
Fifteen homicides take place in the
civilized world, while 200,000 crimes
The world consumes 65,000,000
pounds of potatoes, 8,000,000 pounds
of meat, and 80,000,000 pounds of
bread. Hens lay 2,500,000 eggs. While
1,500,000 quarts of wine and 500,000
quarts of beer are consumed, coffee
is the world's favorite beverage,
50,000,000 cups being consumed each
hour. The world's hourly tobacco bill
is ~ 1,500,000.
About 700 new automobiles are
built and more than 170,000 barrels
of petroleum are produced hourly.
Automobile accidents in the world,
mostly in America, claim lives of
The coffers of the world are enriched
by $ 12,000 worth of mined
gold. Five million telephone conversations
take place, and more than
65,000 telegrams are sent. The postoff.
ces of the world are deluged with
more than 1,000,000,000 letters, post
cards and miscellaneous missives,
bearing postage of upward of $ 25,000,
...... - Nautical ovelties
Mother Earth is not to be outdone.
At the equater, she rotates at
the rate of 1000 miles per hour and
rushes through space around Old Sol
at the dizzy speed of 65,000 miles per
uns Houston- 5- 26- 39- 900
was. Capt. Gerard was also in charge
of the baseball team which did very
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In boxing, Ens. · Billy Johnson
gave much of his leisure hours with
Arsenault, coach, throughout the year
in addition to their regular duties. Lt.
( jg) E. A. McDonald in charge and
Wellbourne, BM1c with Ens. " Jep"
Jonson produced the second star team.
Lt. J. A. Holbook and Russell, Sea1c,
true sailors, sailed the Houston P. W. B.
through a very good season. Lt. Ridout
with Ensigns Minter and Suddath,
both Poughkeepsie men, coached
a very good crew narrowly missing
The lightening sleeps in her fighting
The blasts of Hell ' neath the wave;
Our ships must fight till wars all stop,
The " Stars and Stripes" to save.
Here' wishing her well, and we
hope to please,
We'll wish her well all the time, Sir;
As she sails again on the seven
And this is the end of my rhyme, Sir.
Our streets are filled with cars and
For pier 14 they're bound, Sir;
Where fair maids smile on handsome
And the rest just hang around, Sir.
Her crew look tame in braids of gold,
But here is a tip and a hunch;
There's bottled death in her after
And she packs a terrible punch.
the 30th of April this year, the Houston
has been 2,583.5 hours underway,
4,140.5 hours not underway. Expressed
differently, the ship has been underway
more than a third of the time.
The average speed during the total
hours underway has been 15.1 knots.
The result of it all, hours and knots,
is 38,906 engine- miles steamed.
The Cruiser HOUSTO came to port,
In coat of paint all new, Sir;
She'll have ten days of kingly sport,
Then bid our port, Adieu Sir.
Six hundred feet of bristling guns,
And speed she has a plenty;
And in her crew our Lone Star sons,
They number now, some twenty.
in Anti- Aircraft Battle Practice Two
and Anti- Aircraft Machine Gun Battle
Practice Dog, second highest merit
in Anti- Aircraft Battle Practice
Dog and ight Battle Practice, and
very creditable merits in Local Control
Battle Practice, Day Multiple
Target Battle Practice, Division AntiAircraft
Battle Practice and Second
Anti- Aircraft Machine Gun Battle
/ s/ W. S. Anderson."
THE BLUE BO '! E1' ----------------
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/ s/ G. J. Rowcliff
A copy of this letter has been entered
in the records of all men who
were in the engineering department
during this period.
From the first of July, 1938, to
The reports for these remaining
months have not come in.
In recognition of the above excellent
performance Comcruscofor wrote
the following letter to the ship.
" It is with pleasure that I note
the excellent performance of the Engineering
Department of the U. S. S.
Houston during the first nine months
of the competition year 1938- 1939.
No derangements have occurred that
were in any way attributable to personnel.
The HOUSTON will probably
end up the year with the most miles
steamed by any heavy cruiser during
the year. The score of the HOUSTON
is the highest by 8% over the next
highest score and by 10% over the
aver- age of the seven cruisers with
similar plants and the same allowances.
Although the steady steaming
done by the HOUSTON will have
some effect to increase the score over
the other cruisers, the effect would
not be nearly as great as the percentages
The cleanliness and upkeep of
the plant seems to have been excellent
and the repairs and funds ably
Engineering " Well Done"
During the past July to July year
the Houston has done very well in engineering,
standing well to the fore
in competition with the rest of the
cruiisers. She has stood second only
to the San Francisco, which has a modified
type of propeller. ( The frequently-
accepted claim that the San Francisco'
special propellors give her an
edge on the other cruisers may be
nothing more than sour grapes.) The
standing month per month as the reports
have come in are as follows:-