The pulling whaleboat crew has
been out nearly every morning and
evening for the last two weeks, in
preparation for the all- fleet race today.
The coach says he's sure they
won't come in last, and they will show
the Marblehead that the Houston is
out to beat them and will keep trying
until they do.
Our team won last Saturday from
the Pecos at the " Y" gym 32 to 24.
The Pecos was greatly improved
since our first game with them and
it was nip and tuck for the first
half. The Houston passing attack
improved as the game progressed
however, and went on to win by a
comfortable margin - 10 more points
towards the Admiral Yarnell Cup.
A boxing contingent from the Houston
participated in the British War
Relief Party held at the Santa Ana
Turf Club in Manila. Men competing
were Harrell, 7th Division, and
__~. L.. L. tUJLXa, C Di, nsion. Although bGth
men lost their bouts, they put up a
good fight, and deserve a hand of
thanks. When questioned, they passed
the fight off lightly, but Oh, how
they raved about the free banquet
they were given.
A much improved Houston team
played the Blackhawk last week- end
and went down after a hard struggle
5- 1. Early in the game the Houston
was leading but due to the difficulty
of playing on week- ends after being
at sea during the week, and some
costly errors, the team finally succumbed.
The team looked good though
and has possibilities - keep up the
good work. ......
The Tennessee father was introducing
his family of boys to a visiting
" Seventeen boys!" exclaimed the
Governor, " And all good Republicans,
" All but one," said the father
proudly. " They're all good Republicans
but Jimmie, the little rascal, he
got to readin'."
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If you can kiss the mistress never
kiss the maid.
This column is allotted to suggestions
from YOU- suggestions on how to improve
the appearance of the ship, make it more
comfortable for yourself and your shipmates
or even something to improve our battl~
efficiency. Put all contributions in the Blue
Bonnet's ICE BOX. located in the messing
compartm. ent. Letters must be signed. but
names Will not be printed if so desired. .' 1'. HISTORY OF HOUSTON'S
TO THE EDITOR:
To cast a little more light on the
much discussed meaning of our plane
insignia, the following information is
passed on from the records on file,
for which the Unit does not accept
" The Insignia was created in 1933
at the instigation of F. A. Kimmons,
A. M. M. 1/ c, who was later transferred
to the Naval Air Station, Anacostia,
D. C., and designed, or written, by a
Chinese graduate of Oxford University
in collaboration with a Chinese
graduate of Cambridge University.
" The color first used was black,
but when approved by the Bureau of
Aeronautics in November, 1933, as a
di tiuguislring mark of the Unit's
Asiatic service, the colors used were
black on orange yellow." The colors
now used are black on lemon yellow.
" There are about sixty different
pronunciations for this character
but the Shanghai dialect, which i~
accepted by this Unit is " Na YOI'''
meaning " a bird which can fly" or as
sometimes translated " a bird that
flies when it wants to".
J. C. REAS, Y3/ c.
TO THE EDITOR
We all know that there is an
annual athletics competition, but we
can never find out where the Houston
stands with respect to the other ships,
nor our accumulated points for the
year. I believe that the crew's interest
in sports would increase if a
poster or chart of games played and
accumulated points won would be
posted somewhere, say in the Gunnery
Office or on one of the bulletin
boards in the mess hall that is not
being used anyway. Who knows, it
might even cause some of us to take
an interest and go out for a sport
- All- American, 5th Div.
TO THE EDITOR
Why can't we have some printed
Ship's Stationery provided at the
THE BLUE BONNET
writing desks? I know of one ship,
the Lexington, that every month
takes a certain amount of money out
of the Ship's Welfare Fund and prints
up a batch of stationery for the use
of all hands. Such a service would
make the Houston seem more like
home, would make for a more friendly
atmosphere on board, and would be
very much appreciated by everybody.
- J ohhny Inkslinger, F Div.
/ BOOK REVIEW
TO THE EDITOR
There are some fine books in the
library, but it seems that only one
tenth of the crew ever stop in for a
chat with Albers.
Two of the finest books that I
have run across in the library are
by John Gunther - " Inside Europe"
and " Inside Asia". " Inside Europe"
tells the intimate stories of Europe's
leaders and will make you able to
understand the European situation
much better. " Inside Asia" will give
you many surprises, including the
inside story of President Quezon, also
Japan and the Far Eastern situation.
Why not drop around, and find out
- J. E. D., G Div.
( Continued from page 3)
his paw and does not bear a grudge.
He will not hurt you unless he is
hungry or wounded or frightened or
annoyed or vicious. The Lion is sometimes
described as cowardly and mean
because he does not care to be shot.
Some people lose all respect for the
Lion unless he devours them instantly.
There is no pleasing some people.
The HIPPOPOTAMUS is fat and
good- natured. He has seven wives
or a total of 21 tons. Hippopotamuses
pass the time floating around
and yawning and blowing bubbles in
the Nile and the Zambesi and the
Limpopo. They think that nothing
else matters. They have primitive
minds because they live in such awful
places. They have no clavicles and
care less. Hippos like fun. They
love to submerge and reappear in unexpected
spots. On the way up they
will bite a chunk out of your catamaran
or canoe. The Hippopotamus
is the largest living nonruminating
even- toed ungulate mammal, and
what does it get him? These animals
reminded the Ancient Greeks of
a Horse, so they called him the River
Horse. What a horse reminded them
of is unknown.