Pace. THE BLUE BONNET U. S. S. Houston 9- 4- 37 800.
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Jack 0' the Dust: " What's the technical
name for snoring?"
Pill Roller: " Sheet Music."
The United States Senate has passed
a bill providing for the payment of
$ 15,000 to Mrs. Claude P. Gresham,
widow of Lt. Comdr. William F. Gresham,
U. S. N., and to another person
who who collaborated in the development
of a new invention which will
practically assure the transmission of
communications in time of war without
fear of the code beng deciphered.
In order to prevent the invention
being patented, the Government confiscated
it immediately so as to have
exclusive control thereof for national
defense purposes. This action denied
Commander Gresham his right to have
his invention used by other than the
The early days
were trying times
for seamen, days
of coal and ashes,
fire doors, slice
bars, and swinging
bags from the
holds of colliers. " But how different
today the modern navy is, oil instead
of coal, electrical driven ships
with all modern electric equipment,
and many other changes that brings
much comfort to the youth who sail
the seas in our navy.
There was a time, some 75 or a hundred
years ago, when the expression
used by a man- o'- warsman, ( 48 or 72)
would have meant a ship of that number
of guns. Today the terms apply
to liberty or leave periods. A " 48" is
a two day liberty, a " 72" a three day
As far back as 1850, a certain Dr.
Lardner predicted the use of artillery
projectiles filled with chemicals which
would produce clouds of " arsenic and
prussic acid gasses." He pointed out
the great volume of gas which could
be secured from chemicals in a solid
or liquid state. Dr. Lardner disignated
the chemical compounds suitable for
10beling into artillery shells by the
beneral name " Kakodyles."
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( From Pall'e 1.)
A Pack Of Playing Cards
thought it highly improper to play
cards, even for fun. Perhaps the following
interesting story of a man
who once compared a deck of cards
to the Bible could be used as an effective
argument against those who
have scruples against playing cards.
Richard Land, a private in the 42d
Foot Troops of the " Black Watch" of
the British Army early in the 18th
century, was brought before the mayor
and lord protector of Glasgow,
charged with playing cards during divine
service. He said he had no Bible
or Prayer Book and was using the
pack of cards instead. When asked to
explain what he meant he answered:
" When I see the ace, it reminds me
of the one God; the Duce recalls the
Father and the Son; the trey, the
three persons of the Trinity: the
four spot reminds me of tne four
Evangelists; the five, the five wise
Virgins; the six, of the days of Creation;
the seven, of the seventh day of
Sabbath; the eight recalls the righteous
persons in the Ark; the nine, the
ungrateful lepers; the ten, the Commandants;
the King suggests the
King of Heaven; the Queen, the Queen
of Sheba who sought Wisdom from
Solomon; the knave ( jack)- here he
hesitated, but being urged, went on:
" The knave stands for the constable
who arrested me." The lord protector
of Glasgow interrupted to remark
that the constable seemed to have
been a fool, even though not a knave.
Then the soldier continued, " There
are 365 pips ( spots) in the pack,
which recall the days of the year; 52
cards, pne for each week; 12 face cards
one for each month; and the 13 tricks
represent the number of weeks in a
quarter. Thus the pack of cards serves
as a Bible, a Prayer Book and an almanac.
A few sailors were seated on the
front row during the circus performance
when a charming lady lion- tamer
beckoned to a savage- looking lion to
take a piece of sugar from her mouth.
" Why, I could do that trick, exclaimed
one of the sailors.
" Oh," replied the fair one, " could
" You bet," said the sailor, " just as
easily as the lion."
Won Lost age
3 0 1.000
4 1 .800
3 2 .600
2 2 .500
1 2 .300
1 3 .250
o 3 .000
GROUP " A"
Nosey News ' Bout Ev'body
( From Pap s.)
Barney Oldfield had nothing on Private
Barney of the Fighting 5th in
the way of speed. When you can go
from Private first to 2d Lieutenant in
one evening at the Towne Club, according
to the ladies, " that's speed."
Don't worry pal, we won't give you
away, but competition is something
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Orders from the Bureau of Navigation
have made a change in the Medical
Department. We are about to lose
our greatly liked Doc. Dockery, who
is to be relieved by Lt. Comdr. G. A.
Alden, ( MC~, U. S. N. We wish Doc.
Dockery a happy cruise in his new
duty and welcome aboard his relief
to our Rambling Ship.
Vallejo Val: " Was he on his knees
when he proposed?"
' Frisco Kate: " No, I was on them."
" B" Division 3
" C" Division 5
4th Division 5
3d Division 4
5- H- N Division 3
1st Division 4
" E" Division 3
" S" Division
" R" Division
" A" Division
" F" Division
,. M" Division
GROUP " B"
Our dashing " sew- sew" man, the ship's
tailor, spent a very enjoyable weekend
in the mountains with ( rod and
gun) fishing and hunting so to speak.
( Woe unto the fish or deer when this
noble sportsman gets loose in thll