Published every two weeks by the ship's
company of the USS HOUSTON, Captain
J. B. Oldendorf, USN, Commanding, and Commander
H. L. Grosskopf, USN, Executive
Editor: Ens. F. B. Weiler
Assistant Editor: Ens. F. F. Mallory
Ens. C. M. Molitor
Circulation: C. D. Albers, Sea Ie.
Printers: J. E. Irey, Prlr. Be.
J. E. Denson, Sea2c
NAVAL COUR'.::' ESY
The emphasis placed on the efficiency
and vigor of Navy life sometimes
causes us to picture Navy men
as a rough as well as a ready lot.
Nothing could be farther from the
Today, the customs and traditions
of Naval life have formed the strictest
code of conduct and courtesy
known to moderns. These rules · of
conduct, courtesy, and consideration
are not restricted to the officers but
are equally required of the enlisted
men of the modern Navy.
As a group, the personnel of our
Navy, officers and men, are so indoctrinated
with their code of morals
and conduct that they are probably
more conscious of the rights of
others, and evidence more consideration
for those rights, than do any
other group or class of men in the
From his first day of enlistment,
the Navy man finds himself forced
to discard all old principles of selfish
motives. The rules of conduct for
group living require much higher
standards and strength of character
in the individual than is found necessary
in uncoordinated civil life.
Navy men, by virtue of their oath
of all'lgiance, are dedicated to the
service of our country; but every
man in the naval service is proud of
his duties in a broader sense. He
feels deeply his fellowship with
every other member, be he seaman
" 1' admiral, pride in the vast ramifications
of all the Navy's accomplishments
and the ideals of its personnel.
It's HARD SOMETIMES
To begin over
To take advice
To admit an error
To face a sneer
To be charitable
To be a good loser
To endure success
To avoid mistakes
To keep on trying
To obey your conscience
To be a good winner
To keep out of a rut
To forgive and forget
To profit by mistakes
To think and then act
To help the other fellow
To maintain a high standard
To dispute underhandedness
To shoulder deserved blame
To make the best of a little
To subdue an unruly temper
To admit one's religious beliefs
To recognize the silver lining
To accept a rebuke gracefully
To smile in the face of adversity
To value character above reputation
To discriminate between sham and
But it always pays.
.... " Iswas"
An Irish soldier in France during
the 1915- 18 war received a letter
from his wife saying that there wasn't
an able- bodied man left, and she was
going to dig the garden herself.
Pat wrote at the beginning of his
next letter: " Bridget, for Heaven's
sake don't dig the garden; that's
where the guns are."
The letter was duly censored and
in a short time a lorry- load of men
in khaki arrived and proceeded to dig
the garden end to end.
Bridget wrote to Pat in desperation
saying that she didn't know what to
do, as the soldiers had dug the garden
up, every bit of it.
Pat's reply was short and to the
point: " Put in the spuds."
The best way to cure a cough is to
give the patient two spoonfuls of castor
After that, he'. ll. be afraid to cough. , ..
Out of the Way
Inscription on a monument in France
marking the grave of army mule:
In memory of Maggie, who in her
time kicked two colonels, four majors,
ten captains, 24 lieutenants, 42 sergeants,
432 other ranks and one Mills
THE BLUE BONNET
It's a thing of lasting wonder
How these birds with bulldog maps
Can cut in with all the cuties
And cut out the handsome' chaps,
And it isn't simple fishcakes,
Nor the dough the bulldogs waste,
It's just there's no accounting
For a modern woman's taste.
They sat alone in the moonlight,
And she soothed his troubled brow,
" Dearest, I know my life's been fast,
But I'm on my last lap now."
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THERE'S A STEAMBOAT ON THE
A great wealth of literature and
lore has sifted back to the fleet from
the China Sation- some of it unden' able,
some dubious, all colorful. It is
a sin to tell a Tsingtao tale or a
Yangtze- Kiang yarn exactly as you
heard it; it should carry with it some
of your own ingenuity- but here i~
one that came to us, and we pass it
A certain Officer ( whose name we
withhold, but who then and there acquired
the nickname of " Tug- boat
Tommie") was in command of a rather
battered amI antiquated river auxiliary.
The First Lieutenant could
keep her afloat, but the Chief Engineer
could hal dly make it worth his
while. " Tug- boat" was trying to coax
his teakettle up the Yangtze against
a heavy current, and progress was
slow indeed. Upon approaching a
bend, at one- half mile distance, he
complied with Inland Rules of the
Chinese River Authority Dy sounding
a prolonged blast on the steam
whistle. The blast faltered, yea even
fizzled, toward the end, and the tug
slipped swiftly and unhappily down
the stream whence she came-- her
paltry supply of steam completely
exhausted. Thirty minutes later she
tried again. Unruffled and unheraldea
by a whistle, she puffed illegitimately,
but successfully, ' round the bend.