Page Two THE BLUE BONNET
After February 4 no more applications
for government insurance
will be accepted in the pay office.
All persons with dependents are
urged to taka the opportunity of
getting this insurance, the cheapest
insurance on sale in the country. If
any of you plan to leave the Service
after your enlistment, you will especially
want insurance then, and now
is the time to get it. This National
Service Insurance is good for a period
of five years, upon which it may be
converted to a lifetime policy under
Ensign P. R. Clark, ( SC) USN,
states, " This is the last opportunity
for any man in this ship to get
government insurance. Many people
do not realize that they can get
government insurance for as little
as 60 cents per month."
At 0930, Main Deck Aft.
Catholic Church party to
USS Canopus at 0900.
Bible Class, at 1800 Tues.
and Thurs., forward of small
stores; enter by hatch forward
of Sick Bay.
Officers and men are cordially
invited to attend.
TRIP TO CHURCHES OF
WALLED CITY FEBRUARY 2
" Do you know Art?"
" Art who?"
" Sure. I know Artesian well."
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Sunday afternoon at 1 : 00, the
Chaplain will leave the ship with a
party to visit the churches of the
Walled City. Any who care to join
the party will be welcome. For those
who desire a souvenir of the trip,
there will be available, at ONE PESO
per copy, Chaplain O'Reilly's " Interesting
Churches of Old Manila", just
recently published. r- - the- latest and
probably the best pamphlet on these
W. J. GALBRAITH,
.., Lieutenant, USN. ..
THE NEW YEAR'S LOG
" Eyes right," thundered the Negro
" You's wrong"', came from the
depths of the black troops.
Ens. T. C. Adams
Comdr. G. S. Rentz, ( ChC)
2nd Lt. F. E. Gallagher
C. D. Albers, Yeo. 3c.
We showed him the officers softball
team that had won every game.
We reminded him of our racing whaleboat
crew working out twice a day
getting ready for next Saturday's
We told him of the BLUE BONNET'S
firm belief in the value of
athletics, and its policy to push athletics
and bolster up the Houston
spirit at every opportunity.
With each sentence his face brightened
up a little; more, and still some
more, till he broke out in a grin.
" I guess I was wrong. The new
Houston spirit will start with me.
From now on you can count on me
to be booster for the Houston, every
How about it, men. Why not let
the new Houston spirit start with
THE BLUE BONNET
Named for the State Flower of Texas,
and published every two weeks by the ship's
company of the USS HOUSTON, Captain
J. B. Oldendorf, USN Commanding, Commander
H. L. Grosskopf, USN, Executive
The custom has grown in the Navy
of writing the log of the first watch
of the year in poetry. We print here-with
the Houston's New Years Log,
written by Lt. Galbraith and Ensign
Mallory. If you think that this was
an easy job, just try finding something
to rhyme with Shorepatrol,
Canopus, and CinCAF. ° to 4
Weare anchored today in Manila
Of the Philippine Islands our
friends far away.
And under our bow the Boatswain
Lies one starboard anchor and just
Just the other day some one came enough chain,
into our office and began asking why To keep us secured in ten yards of
the Houston didn't do better in sports. water -
Muttered something about the officers With forty- five fathoms it certainly
not interested. Nobody cared. This " oughter".
was a bum ship anyway. At oh- five- eight point three true,
We showed how our basketball team Are a cluster of piles of very dark
had knocked over every opponent hue,
since our arrival. We pointed to the And south Breakwaters Light is just
sailing whaleboat just returning from in line,
beating the Marblehead boat ( the True anchorage bearing three four
crew that couldn't be beat) and com- nine.
ing in second of all the boats in the The boiler in use is old number two,
______ It heen rehrickecLand- is_ almost-- n~ v.
The ships that around us are spread
Are the ISABEL, PECOS and MAR-BLEHEAD,
ASHEVILLE, NAPA, also the BITTERN,
Dont fail to mention the HBRON.
If PILLSBURY and POPE were only
DesRon Two Nine would all be
SubRon Five would be One of us,
If she had S- three seven and CANOPUS,
And also two that are hard to find,
Namely PORPOISE and SAIL three
Just by looking can be seen,
All Of SubDiv Seventeen.
In this ship we have CinCAF.
And last: Yard and District craft.
At zero zero one five this day
We discontinued searchlight display.
At oh- one double oh we were told,
This man returned from shorepatrol,
Manila, P. 1., was where he had been,
He was CARNEY, G. R., Coxswain,
U. S. N.
Three slightly deaf sailors were
motoring from the north, to London in
an old noisy car, and hearing was
difficult. As they neared the city, one
" Is this Wembly?"
" No," replied the second, this is
" So am I," put in the third. " Let's
stop and have one."
Printer in Charge: T. H. Moon,
J. W. McGowan
J. E. Irey
J. F. Skokowski
J. Vieira, Jr.
J. " E." Elliot, Jr.
J. E. Denson
N. H. Fink