THE BLUE BONNET
THE BLUE BONNET
A ship's newspaper published semimonthly on board the U. S. S.
HOUSTON in the interest of the
personnel of the ship and the U. S.
Captain W. Baggaley, U.S.N.
Comdr. F. J. Comerford, U.S.N.
Lieut-Comdr. R. P. Briscoe
Lieutenant V. O. Clapp
Lieut, (jg) S. B. Frankel
NAVY AT CENTURY OF PROGRESS
The exhibit is designed to explain to
the civil population of the country why
they have a Navy, how it is composed,
and what are its duties. One of its
principal features will be a great animated model showing the sea-borne trade
of the United States, both foreign and
coast-wise. On a horizontal platform 21
feet long and 15 feet across, the American Continent will be shown, surrounded
by the seas and the continents which
bound it on the East and West. The
movement of the great volumes of water
borne commerce (Which in 1928 was
worth over 14 billion dollars) will be
shown both on the land and seas. A
voiced accompaniment, synchronized automatically with the movements of the
trains over the land and the ships over
the water, will explain to the visitors
the important item of the export and the
import trade and the bearing which this
enormous matter has upon the prosperity
and security of the country.
There will be on display a three inch
anti-aircraft gun flanked on each side
by examples of small, intermediate, and
large shells and aircraft bombs. A modern torpedo will be exhibited to the
public and men will be in attendence to
explain how it is launched and propelled.
The Marine Corps, which is a part of
the Navy, will not be neglected, and the
valuable services of that Corps will be
shown in connection with its duties over
seas in protecting the lives and property
of American citizens as well as in service afloat with the Fleet.
The public is properly curious concerning what happens to their sons after
they join the defense forces of the
nation. In the Navy space in the Federal Building they will find a complete
review of the progress of training of
the young officers and sailors in their
course through the naval service.
Since our return from the fog-ridden
waters in the vicinity of Chefoo, it has
come to the ears of our ever snooping
reporters that a club has been chartered
by the Feeble Minded Chartering Association of Tsingtao, which bears the
name of "The Order of the Exhausted
Gripes of Asia." It is understood that
all rights have been reserved and that
it has been limited (luckily) as well as
incorporated. At their first meeting,
according to our social correspondent, a
well known yeoman second class on the
Houston was unamiously, due to his rare
qualifications, elected to the highest
honor that this unique organization can
bestow and titled "The Grand Exhausted
Gripe." His powers (lung) being almost unlimited (contary to the fact that
the organization is limited.) A motion
was made and seconded that their theme
song be "Singing the Blues Always and
All Ways." As far as could be determined to date, thier motto is "Misery
Loves Company," but from watching
some of the members we have come to
the conclusion that company is not
necessary, just an audience.
In a speech of acceptance the "Grand
Exhausted Gripe" advocated a discontinuance of the ancient and much loved
practice of saying "Good Morning" and
a substitution therefore of "Hail Grand
Gripe," however, he was lustily booed
down by his fellow members. The reason given to our inquiring photographer
(the photographs were unprintable) was
that if every member of the Gripe organization went around calling out "Hail
Grand Gripe," some unknowing person
might think they were happy and that
is very much against the policies of the
above mentioned order.
Our social correspondent predicts
great success for the order under the
administration of so competent and finished a "Griper" as the one chosen for
their leader. What's more he, our social
correspondent that is, isn't even afraid
of being quoted as saying that the most
exclusive people (Undertakers, professional mourners, etc.) will be angling
for invitations to their proposed "Gripe
The qualifications for membership in
this alleged organization are as follows:
1. A dead pan (Which in the lingo
of the "Gripers" means a face incapable
2. A vocal range from low "do" to
high "C" (All notes blue).
3. An awful disposition (A most
4. A new subject on which to "Gripe"
Do you possess these qualifications?
If so, join up today.
Editors Note—Not one cent was
accepted for the publicity given to this
unusual organization. In fact, we checked up and found out they didn't have a
dime. That's why we printed it; they
haven't enough money to pay the lawyer's fees for a case against us.
Be hore by Yokohama
Rong time he stop - - these man,
Because he no stop gunboat
Topside he come Japan.
Aw time he caw me swit hot
I rike he too - - much fine,
He tich me how spik engrish,
He very nice an kine.
He tich me yankee custom,
He kiss - - he mak rove,
In number one kine fashion
When moon shine down above.
My heart he pranty happy
When he near these yankee guy - -
Sap pose he go die sometime?
I'm sorry, then I cry.
Bime by he ship he no stop,
He spik he mus go too,
I say "I go with - - maybbe?"
He spik "No can do.'
Sap pose you stop, I cum back
Bv hore rong time, I see - -
More better Yokohama stop,
You wait short time for me."
"Goo bye" - - spik - - "Sayonara"
Then ship hi-hi go way;
Three years now go - - I'm sorry - -
I think mabbe he stay.
He quick forget send post card,
I think I mak stop cry,
I think he just mak fibber
To Japan butter-fry.
In a radio address on May 23, Secretary Swanson said; "There is no use
having a second class navy, or a third
class navy. Unless the Navy is sufficient
to take care of our rights and to defend them, it is useless expense.'
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Nearly ten years of salvage work at
Scapa Flow will end when the 25,000
ton ex-German battleship Prince Regent
Luitpold has been towed to dock yard
for breaking up. The gigantic salvage
operations carried out have resulted in
raising 7 large and 25 small war vessels.
Ten ex- German warships are to remain