Baseball With A Vengeance
Well, well, and well- who's going
to take home the marbles or something?
If we knew, there would be no
use of playing, and if there were no
playing who'd have any fun, anyhow?
On Tuesday afternoon the division
baseball representatives assembled in
the port hangar to confer and argue
on the fine points of a contemplated
division baseball competition. Results
were immediate and conclusive. First
each division, exclusive of the " H"
and " N" Divisions, will put forth a
baseball team to battle for victory
and glory; second, the games will be
played at 1815 each week day; and
third, the division having the highest
percentage at the end of the competition
will garner a substantial prize.
Results and division standings will
be published each week. Everybody
can't win, but we can sure try. May
the best teams win.
Guns For The Golden Gate
Four new sixteen inch guns are to
be installed on the Fort Funston reservation,
near the Golden Gate Bridge
entrance. One of the guns has arrived
anJ the second is at Mare Island
Navy Yard, the remaining two being
expected shortly. The guns were
brought around from the East Coast
on the army transport Ludington.
Each of the huge rifles weighs 143
Gus's Weekly Letter
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bee. And he stood there in his long
handled red flannels a pointin' his
double barrel at us, thinkin' we were
chicken snatchers a tryin' to leave
tha county. Couldn't help but heave
out a snicker. But you're not a goin'
to get hitched to Chicken Mouth just
hecause he took a sudden dislike to me
then and there, are you Sal?
Tell me again you hanker to be a
puttin' your feet under my table.
Inspecting Officer: " See here, Cox'n,
I can write my name in the dust on
the top of this locker."
Yap- Yap Campbell: " Gee, ain't it
wonderful to be edicated."
THE BLUE BONNET
During the War
of 1812 rewards
totaling $ 542,000
were paid to officers
and men of
ships that captured
At that time a bounty was given
for a captured ship depending on the
number of its guns. This was a welco.
ne addition to the average wage of
$ 19.00 received by petty officers. For
instance the Lake Champlain victory
earned from $ 668.10 to $ 1,163.62 for
petty officers, and the seamen and
marines received $ 120.42. .
Scores of famous persons in history
could not write legibly. Some of
Shakespeare's work never has been
definitely deciphered. Several of Hawthorne's
manuscripts remain unpublished
today because no one has been
able to read them. And Napoleon's
letters were almost in a class by
themselves, some of them being mistaken
for maps of battlefields.... This
would make a lot of new famous
names in history if that applied to
pay slips as well.
The famous frigate Constitution
curried street cars and locomotives to
the Paris Exposition in 1879. The ship
was eighty- two years old at that time.
The air commerce of the United
States is larger than that of all the
European countries combined. In a
single day 3,000 persons and 25 tons
of mail are flown over the air lines
of this country.
The Marine Corps was organized
on November 10, 1775, when Congress
passed a resolution organizing a corp
unit of two battalions. Although at
times during the days of sailing ships
marines served ship's guns, their battle
service was mainly to board the
adversary, or repel boarders, and with
their muskets keep up a continuous
fire. Thus have they earned their right
to be called " soldiers of the sea."
U. S. S. Houston- 7- 17- 37- 800.
" Fog, Rain- and Death"
( From Page 1.)
The eighth of May dawned- COLD,
FOGGY, and RAINING- unheard of
since no one knew when. On the surface
all was serene. Men laughed and
joked as they went about their work,
but many an anxious eye was cast toward
the mouth of the harbor. THEN
Shortly before three o'clock that
afternoon the men on the cruiser
could make out through the fog, the
general outline of a tramp steamer
entering the harbor. It began to look
like the little old lady had known
what she was talking about, for no
merchant ships had ever been known
to enter the harbor. Warships firing
their big guns all over the place made
it too dangerous. About this time
many a ruddy complexion began to
take on the hue of a bag of flower.
But there she was, moving straight
toward the Charleston, and not responding
in the least to the frantic
signals that were being sent to her.
She steamed past, refusing to give
a name or call letter, the only information
she would give was that she
had lost a propeller blade and was
anchoring to ship another. No tramp
as miserable as this ever carried a
spare blade, but over her side went
The afternoon wore on and anxious
men tried to discern the movements on
the mystery ship anchored a few
hundred yards away. A hearty supper
was served, but few had an appetite.
The bugler sounded lights out and
hammocks, but doggone few rolled in
their hammocks that night. The night
wore on- and NOTHING HAPPENED.
Just before daylight the tramp
was heard hoisting her anchor and a
few minutes later steamed past and
out to sea. After heaving sighs of
relief, the entire crew fell to and
cursed that rusty old tub as only a
strong, healthy sailor could curse in
those days. ....
For the period this vessel remains
in the yard pay day will be every Friday.
Since pay day will be weekly it
should not be necessary for special
money requisitions. This advance notice
is being given in order that you
may arrange your financial affairs accordingly.