Editor: Ensill'n J. P. M. Johnston
... raditions- OId Yet ew
True to his word, the seas o'er head
BoEed up from their briny beJA:
1. d showed their teeth in the waves
With unre~ enting fury, that finally
The crippled ship. And to a watery
grave she sped,
To rest beside an albatross, dead.
The fire died in Nept! 1ne's eye,
And over head the leaden sky
Vanished before the coming sun.
Neptune smileJ, his work was done.
G. L. Bailey, Sea 2::
- The ewport Recruit
A cem: or is a lovely man.
I kno;.,' you think so too.
He sees t. hree meanings to a jol: e,
When there are only two.
The introduction of this new rille
will not change the strategic or tactical
doctrine of the Army. The rifle
weighs but 5 ounces more than the
former rifle, hence, it is no harder
to carry. It is ceJnitely s'lparior and
in tests with both expert and unh'aineJ
riflemen has been proved to b ~ as
effective as 3 bolt- action ri: i. es. The
average rate of fire is rboat 2::; b
30 aimed shots per minute. However,
the recorJ to date with the rir. e i-;
l() J aimeJ shots per minute at 20:)
yards, anJ never hiLtin'" outsiJe the
four- ring of a standard.
( Continued from Page 1.)
A waltham ring is the ring i: l the
eye of a towing cable. It is groDve1.
0.1 the outside to fit well into the
eye and is bored through with a ho'e
Y,' hich affords a good fit for a shu: k'~
Thole pins are pins st.. lck in the
guo whale of a boat to uh; ch an oar
Ar. swers to Questions on Page 1.
The taffrail is a rail around the
stei- n of a vessel.
A mat is thrummed Yl;: en bit3 of
rope yarn have been se vn all ove:'
it's surface. A collision mat is thr . lmmed
on the inner side.
A tompion is the wODde. l ') luC
put into the m: lZzle of a gun \. hen
it is secured.
W. J. Bannen, Bkr3c
Acr05s a leaden and mottled sky,
Portent warning to a weathered
An albatross flew on beating wingA
lonely, living, pulsing thing.
And o'er the sea, that glassy tomb,
An arrow sped- like the crack of
A shaft that pierced a snowy breast
And brought an albatross to rest.
A ghastly horror filled the ship,
An ashen hue on every lip.
The Nativa Helmsman broke the
" The albatross no man shall harm,
For he who kills shall come to grief,
Upo 1 some vicious, hidden reef- A
s" JJJen leal" a splintered mast;
You', l see, you fool, fore this day
As if in answer to his cry,
A' 1 inky blackness filled the skyAn1
from thc over- hanging clouds
A wind whispered in the f1appi: lci
While beneath, the crew in frantic
Made ready to meet a maddened
o 1 eptune, whose mercy we have
Pr:: lY leash the wrath that fool hath
Una: lswered went his frightened plea,
Perhaps unheard in a lashing sea.
For s - ooping down in a vengeful
Ylh; pped a gale that stripped from
The bellying sails, that fell in shreds
L'PO'l a score of quaking' heals.
No. v, far beneath, a king unheard,
Stroke: l a stricken, broken bird,
And cr: ed in angry voice so strident,
": 2] the hand that holls this
They'll pay, each and everyone
For the needless damage they have
through the years of time, and today
we do the same, in a slightly abreviated
manner. It is a short, dignified,
personal recognition of the colors, the
symbol of the state, the seat of author.
ty, lj'iven as we come aboard 01'
leave the ship, night or day. '
Ensign W. C. Leedy
W. J. B_ nnen, Bkr3c
W. C. Ridll'e
M. A. Pipp, Yeo3c
E. Essy, Sea 2c
-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
Associde Editor :
A weekly publication of the sbip's company
of the U. S. S: Ho~ ston, Captain F.
C";:$ weJl, USN, Command: ng and Commanaer
C. A. Bailey, U. S. N., Executive
Today, we have amO: 1. g our military
courtesies, the familial' righthand
Ealute. Many years ago- aye,
centuries ago- in ships of war and
merchar: tmen, in days of Greec · :'! a: 1.1
Rorr. e, there were, on the aftar poop
of the galleys and like vessels, altars
to the pagan gols , and a a mark of
respect and fear; and from superstition,
those persons going out of, or
coming onto, the ship, raised their
hats as they came on deck. It is generally
believed that the salute to the
quarterdeck was derived from this
early custom, and later, as religiDn
changeJ, was a mark of respect to the
shrne and crucifix in the early Christian
cra. Eventually, the " king's colors"
became the symbol of state and
1' a; igiou reverence, and finally only
tile colors remained.
The quarterdeck has been a digniiied
and sacred area from earliest
clay. Captain Basil Hall, R. N., wrote
in 18: l1 of his days as a midship. nan
in the British Navy; quote:
" Every person, not excepting the
captain, when he puts his foot on this
s: l. cred spot, touches his hat; and as
this salutation is supposed to be pai::!
to the priveleged region itself, all
those who at the moment have the
honor to be upon it, are bound to ack_
o 1 edge the con. pliment. Thus even
-, ; le'l a midshipman comes up and
take:; off his hat, all officers on deck,
( admirals included, if they happen
to b2 L~ the number) return the salute.
So completely does this form
grow into a habit, that in the darkest
night, and when there may be no one
nC: lr the hatchway, it is invariably
attended to with the same p.' ecision."
T~ lerc . OJ have it. Handed down