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Weiler, F. B., editor; Mallory, F. F., assistant editor; Molitor, C. M., assistant editor. The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 3, No. 13, 1940-11-13 - Page 4. November 13, 1940. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 23, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/1145/show/1144.

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Weiler, F. B., editor; Mallory, F. F., assistant editor; Molitor, C. M., assistant editor. (November 13, 1940). The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 3, No. 13, 1940-11-13 - Page 4. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/1145/show/1144

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Weiler, F. B., editor; Mallory, F. F., assistant editor; Molitor, C. M., assistant editor, The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 3, No. 13, 1940-11-13 - Page 4, November 13, 1940, USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed June 23, 2021, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/1145/show/1144.

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Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 3, No. 13, 1940-11-13
Creator (Local)
  • Weiler, F. B., editor
  • Mallory, F. F., assistant editor
  • Molitor, C. M., assistant editor
Contributor (Local)
  • Albers, C. D., circulation
  • Irey, J. E., printer
  • Denson, J. E., printer
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy;
Place of Creation (Local)
  • Enroute Manila, Philippines
Date November 13, 1940
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 12, Folder 6
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript Page Four ( Continued from Page 1) lands ( except Palmas island). Retaining full rights of sovereign­ty, as represented by the United States High Commissioner to the Philippine islands, the Congress of the United States began an era of self government in the islands by the inauguration of the Common­wealth of the Philippines on the 15th of November, 1935. In accordance with the provisions of the constitu­tion, formulated and drafted by dele­gates selected by the Filipino people themselves, the government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines is modeled on that of the United States, with executive, legislative, and judic­ial branches. Politically the Common­wealth is divided into 49 provinces and 8 chartered cities: Manila, Bag­uio, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamb anga, Davao, Bacolod, and Tagaytay. The Provin­ces are divided into municipalities, and these are further divided into barrios. The Archipelago comprises over 7,080 islands and rocks above water with a combined area of about 114,400 square statute miles, 94 percent of which is contained within the 11 largest islands of the group, there being only 466 islands with areas of 1 square mile or more. Luzon in the north and Mindanao in the south are the two largest islands; besides these two there are only 30 islands with areas greater than 100 square stat~ te miles. Of this latter group Samar, Negros, Panay, Palawan, Mindoro, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, and Masbate' are the most important. A recount of the islands and rocks and a recompil­ation of the area is now in progress. The largest part of the islands lies within an elongated ellipse with the major axis extending north- northwest and south- southeast. Palawan and the Sulu Archipelago extend from this main body in a southwest direction toward Borneo, forming the north­west and southeast boundaries of the Sulu sea. The most northerly point of islands in the archipelaO" o is the north point of Y'Ami Islands. The most easterly is Pusan Point, Min­danao. The most southerly, Saluag Island. The most westerly, West Point Balabac Island. The islands, although containing almost every variety of topographic feature, ar, e generally mountainous and heavily wooded, and contain many volcanoes. Mount Apo, in Mindanao, 9,610 feet high, and Mount Pulog in Luzon, 9,480 feet high, are probably the highest points Deer Maw an Paw-l never new thair wuz so much ocean on this world. We steamed out of Pedro an hit the seas an we shore in the archipelago. Earthquakes of severe character have been experienced in the Philip­pine Islands. The most disastrous of recent times was that of 1863 in which 400 persons were killed and 2,000 injured in Manila and 46 public buildings and 1,100 private houses were seriously damaged or destroyed. Other serious earthquakes have oc­cured in 1610, 1645, 1658, 1675, 1699, 1852, 1880, and 1911, when on J an­uary 30 there was an explosion of gas in the crater of Taal Volcano, devastating the country surrounding Lake Taal. Active volcanoes exist in the Babuyan Islands, Luzon, egros, Mindanao, and Camiguin. Communication among the islands and with foreign ports is by regular lines of steamers, by cable, telegraph, telephone, and radio. The inter- island cable telegraph, and radio service is under the Philippine Bureau of Posts. There are' two cable companies and three radio companies accepting foreign business. Regular lines of passengers and freight steamers call at Manila, Cebu, and Hoilo. Mail and passenger air service is now in operation between Manila and Baguio, and between Manila and Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, and Davao. The Pan- American Airways fUlnishes trans- pacific airplane communication with the United States and westward , vith Hong Kong. Currency is based on the decimal system. The Peso is equivalent to 50 cents United State currency and is the smallest unit of paper money. The coin. s in general are the 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1 centavo pieces. THE BLUE BONNET hit them. Sum of the boys wuz a little sick but thanks to my experience ... ith my raft on the Mill Pond I wuz alright. Cant see how those star shooters do it but we got to Hawaii an stayed in the Pairodice of the Pacific several days. ow we hev bin at sea for over a week an havent seen a piece of seaweed. We crossed the International Date Line an I herd even the Captain got crossed up on the time. Things aint so tuff as they wuz in the Yard. The ship is clean an shiny. We are all busy larning our jobs. Pretty swell bunch of guys on here. The last few days wuz swell havin an extra half day holliday on Armistice Day. Oh yah, Sunday we had a smoker. It wuz our first try an say it sure wuz fun. There wuz boxing, raslin, singing an music. In the raslin match­es sum of the guys wuzent so part­icular about their holds. A fella by the name of J. P. O'Grady beat W. D. Godfrey; then R. C. Dudley won over L. A. Parsons, and White of the C& R gang pinned H. E. Dodson. I wush ya ,:: oulda seen the boxin. Barrett, tha fighting shipfitter, ironed out Good­son, tha Battlin Laundryman; Hur­rell, Blowtorch is his nickname, wuz as hot as his nickname an WQD his bout with Yoder. Anglin, the Sluggin Feather Merchant frum the Signal Gang, flagged down Knipe. In the nain event Gee of the Leathernecks wuz outshot by Pistole, a golden Glover. In between the bouts we had accordian music by Arneson an guitar music by Frantz and Grasham wile Rippel' Collins sang romantic songs. I herd the next Happy Hour is goin to hev refreshments; I am agoin to '.; how the boys how swell a harmonica sounds if I dont get my jaw busted Gosh I bet I wood be a sensation > laying a harmonica with boxin mitts on. Our next port is Guam what wuz iust struck by a typhoon. I herd that the folks there paint thair name on thair tin rooves so wen a storm blows the roof off they can tell wich is thairs after the torm. Say thet wood be a keen idea for our barns an chick­en coops then we wudent have to argue with those folks in the next town after a twister as wich wuz our shed. Yur lovin son, Joe.