THE BLUE BONNET
—: THE BLUE BONNET :—
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U.S.S. Houston, Captain G. N. Barker,
U.S.N., Commanding and Commander C. A.
Bailey, U.S.N., Executive Officer.
Editor: Lieut, (jg) E. A. McDonald.
Assistant Editor: Ensign J.P.M. Johnston
Associate Editor: Stefan Sivak, Jr.. SKlc
Associate Editor: W. J. Bannen, Bkr 3c
Cartoonist: W. C. Ridge
Circulation: John Boris, Y3c
Printers: H. E. Dillahunt, CPrtr., S. J. Swi-
derski, Prtrlc, C. H. Schick, Prtrlc, D. W.
Owen, Prtr2c. J. T. Rakowski, Prtr3c, E. L.
Foltz, Prtr3c, R. L. Beckwith, Sealc, R. W.
Surratt, Sealc, B. E. Hutchison, Sealc, J. E.
Elliott, Jr., Sea2c.
"THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER"
France originated the idea of honoring an unknown soldier as a symbol of all those who lost their lives
in defense of their country. On Sept.
9, 1921 in compliance wth a joint
resolution of Congress, the Secretary
of War instructed the Quartermaster
General of the Army to pick from the
unidentified American dead the body
of a member of the American Expeditionary Forces to typify the Americans who lost their lives in the
World War. The selection was to be
made as to preclude the remotest possibility of future identification as to
his name, rank, organization, service
or the battlefield on which he fell.
Four unidentified American bodies
were exhumed from four different
cemeteries, from the cemeteris at
Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel, Somme,
and Aisne Marne. Every precaution
was taken to make certain that these
bodies were those of members of the
A.E.F., who had been killed in battle.
The cause of death was apparent
from gun shot wounds on the body
and the uniform, equipment and original burial place determined that
the person belonged to the A.E.F.,
but there was absolutely no evidence
nor clues as to identity. These four
bodies, after being embalmed and put
in similar caskets, were placed in a
small improvised chapel in the city
hall at Chalons-sur-Marne, France.
On Oct. 24, 1921, Sergeant Edward
Younger of the United States Army
was chosen from the American sol-
THE INEVITABLE CHAIR
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a farewell cigarette and smile when
they face a firing squad; the Chinese
face their executioners with a stoical
calm. I tried to appear brave too,
but couldn't hold back little shivers
which chased each other down my
spine. Chaos was ahead.
I watched them as they made the
chair ready. Everything was being
made ready with scientific precision.
Coldly efficient, bright metal gleamed
from the reflected rays of the central
light. There wasn't a chance of anything going wrong once you were fitted into the chair. I settled myself.
They adjusted the head rest. The time
had come at last. The eyes of the
white garbed figure searched me minutely, and I knew that their owner
would make it as painless as possible. There was a few seconds pause
before Doctor Schlack straightened
up from his inspection and pronounced
these words, "Yes, its a dead tooth
all right, and it'll have to come out."
There is so much good in the worst
And so much bad in the best of
That it hardly behooves any of us,
To talk about the rest of us.
Don't be what you isn't;
Just be what you is;
For if you is what you isn't,
Then you isn't what you is.
diers present, went into the chapel
alone and designated one of the
four bodies as the unknown American
Hero, by placing a small spray of
white roses upon the casket. The
body was then immediately placed
in a specially prepared casket and
conveyed to the United States on the
U.S.S. Olympia. After lying in State
in the Capitol at Washington, D. C,
the Unknown Soldier was interred
in front of the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery
on Armistice Day, 1921, with solemn
"We Have Met The Enemy And They
In order to stop the British military operations in the upper Mississippi Valley, it was planned to cut
off their communication with eastern
Canada by obtaining command of the
Great Lakes. To do this, Master-Commandant Oliver H. Perry collected
a fleet of nine vessels on Lake Erie,
having built five of these vessels from
green timber, and Captain Barclay
built a similar fleet of six British
vessels. On September 10, 1813, the
home-made fleets met at the western
end of the lake. On his flagship, the
LAWRENCE, Perry hoisted a blue
flag bearing the dying words of Captain Lawrence, "Don't give up the
ship!" The LAWRENCE and two
Kmall ships hauled ahead of the remaining United States ships and became engaged by the entire British
squadron. The LAWRENCE was soon
a wreck: and Perry having fired the
last effective gun with his own hands,
rowed in an open boat to the NIAGRA
with his 13 year old brother and a
few survivors. Then he brought the
other ships into action and soon won
the engagement. He returned to the
LAWRENCE to receive the swords
of the surrendering British captains.
He reported the victory on the back
of an old letter, saying, "We have
met the enemy and they are ours ■—
two ships, two brigs, one schooner,
and one sloop." The victory regained
the Michigan-Detroit territory for
the United States and had a marked
effect on the peace negotiations. Perry's original flag bearing the words,
"Don't give up the ship" has been
carefully preserved and is on display
in Memorial Hall at the U.S. Naval
Academy where it serves as an inspiration for the Nation's future naval officers.
McPherson and family sat down to
Thanksgiving dinner. "Now children,"
he said,"do you want the cold meat
or a nickel apiece?"
Three hands shot up for the nickel.
The meat was removed and Mrs. McPherson then served apple pie.
"Now, Children," said McPherson,
"Who wents a piece of pie for a nickel?"