is a homeward- bound
and how is the length
-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
. A. weeldy publieatlon publl'hed by the
, hip', eompany of the U. 8. S. HOUSTON.
Captain W. B. Woodlon, U. S. N., eo.... andlng
and Commander F. D. lIanoek, U. S. N.,
Lt. < ig) J. B. Berkley, Editor
Ensign C. J. Maekenzie, Ass't. Editor
Ja" k Holt, Sle R. W. O'Brien, Bill"
-: CONTRIBUTOltll :-
Lt.( jg) D. A. Harris Lt. ( j&,) A. L. Young
Ens. C. M. Lyons H. T. Clement, Pvt.
-: PRINTERS :-
N. H. Humphrey, CPrtr; J. W. LeWarn, Prtde
T. B. Raalalf, Sle G. A. Smith, 8le
30 March, 1935.
* * * PEP TALK
There is an old maxim, " Haste
Last year the results of such haste
and carelessness resulted in the death
of 36,000 persons in this country.
During the past ten years the death
toll due to traffic accidents mounts to
300,000- more han have been killed
during all the wars in which the
United States engaged.
Cars built by manufacturers are
not intended to travel at top speed
continually. Cars are built with high
speed because in doing so cars are
built to operate more economically,
possess longer life, and strangely
enough, operate more safely. They are
more economical because engines run
at normal speed with less fuel. They
last longer because at normal speed
the car operates within its capacity.
They are safer because with possible
u e of high peed, safety devices are
in tailed to function efficiently at
the e higher speeds and consequently
more effective at normal speed.
SPEED is like a drug, taken in small
quantitie it is beneficial, taken in a
largo dose it may be fatal.
Pre ent drives against traffic law
violators have been instigated with
the purpose of indoctrinating the masses
of automobile users in safe speeds,
and proper observance of highway
common sense. Speed limits are made
in certain zones because of some hazard
should this speed be exceeded.
Rules of the road are made to facilitaate
traffic and safeguard the rights
of drivers. Disregard of these creates
a peril not only for the violator but
innocent others who may be in his
proximity. The few minutes gained
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in travel at high speed are of negligible
value when the loss of life is
We as men, pledged to abide by the
laws of this country, should be the
first to conform to speed regulations
set along the routes we may travel.
Conformance with the laws of Long
Beach, ; Los Angeles, and San Diego
is a matter of duty as much as your
obedience to orders on ship board.
Consequences resulting from neglect
in either case are of grave concern to
those involved. At no time is . willful
waste tolerated in any community,
be it in the metropolis of New York
or the most desolate wilds of Mrica.
Conform with speed laws and raffic
regulations and you save life, property
Last week we failed to mention
Hubenack, S2c, of the Third Division
as one of our contributors.
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ENS. BLY RETURNS
On Monday, Ensign Bly returned to
the ship and resumed his duties as
" F" Division J. O. For the past few
weeks Ensign Ely has been attached
to the Argonne as a member of the
Camera Party. This was Mr. Bly's
second tour of duty with the Camera
--: 1: 0;- QUESTIONAIRE
( 1) Why
( 2) What types of vessels are
sometimes called Beef boat, Banana
Boat, and Pig boat?
( 3) What ship, in the US Navy,
carried the most guns?
( 4) How many Bureaus and Offices
are there in the Navy Dept., and
haw many can you name?
( 5) Why is the " Lucky Bag" called
lucky bag when we all know it
is an unlucky place?
( 6) Where is the Navy's northermost
The strangest thing in the world today
is the American Cocktail. They
put in whiskey to make it strong and
water to make it weak; gin to make
it hot and ice to make it cold; lemon
to make it sour and sugar to make it
sweet. They say, " Here's to you" and
then drink it themselves. - Salvo
KNOWING THE NAVY
How many times have you been
asked why different types of ships
are given different names, and not
knowing, felt a little foolish? The
following table will give you all the
dope and is quite interesting.
Battleships for States; Cruisers for
Cities; Battle Cruisers and Aircraft
Carriers for famous ships of the
Navy; Destroyers for famous Naval
men; Submarines for Fish; Gunboats
for Territories; Tenders for Stars;
Oil Tankers and Tugs are given Indian
names; Mine Sweepers for birds;
Colliers are given Mythological names
while submarine tenders are named
for pioneer submarine men. There
are variations in certain types but
this table is general.
Th~ U. S. Frigate Constellation is
the oldest man- o- war in commission,
having been launched on 7 September,
1797; and is now stationed at the
Naval Training Statioll, Newport,
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MaeDougal the Czar " had the guard
And he paeed the deck long and hard,
He h3d just relieved and weather was clear,
Clear indeed for this time of the year.
Up to the bow and back again .
Starting to cover miles of ground.
The lower transit was approaching nigh
And a dirty sm" dge crept over the sky.
Quick as a flash the fog set down
And the bell tolled out its dismal sound.
The P- J had the midnight" trip,
And the Czar just flipped the gun on his hip.
He bit hi. lip and stood aghast,
And cried alound, " Will the P- J last I"
Her center of gravity was known to precess
And that is what placed him in grave distress,
For only ] ast week, up ' Frisco way,
The stern had started a new kind of sway.
Wallowing and floundering she made the pier
And all hands disembarked with a thankful
Down by the bow she started back,
Leaving a sine~ curve for her track,
The tide wiggled her stern,
Causing the coxswain plenty eoncern.
It warped her shaft and buckeled her bow
Causing more wrinkles in the coxswains b; ow.
The coxswain stroked his stubbled chin
And looked ahead to see where he'd been.
Ue cast an eye to starboard, to port,
And said to his crew, " As a last resort,
Since we can't 1' 0 ahead, we'll back her down,
And see if we can cover some ground."
No sooner said than with a grinding thump
Into reverse went the puddle jump,
With a heave on the oars, and dangers past,
The P- J made the gangway at last.
H. Y. L.
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