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6 ovember 1937
With tha smell 0' fall waftin' to our
brine kissed noses nowadays us Navies
which use to steer a team through
tha plough furrows before we joined
up with Uncle Sam are beginnin' to
get the itch to grab a huntin' rifle and
go in search 0' game. There's nary a
thing we can spend our hankerin' on
though ' cause tha only fowls flappin'
over tha deep are sea gulls. And a
body can't shoot these critters as tha
law is with them, and if we as much
as harm a feather off their bony backs
we'll get hoisted into tha brig.
Every time 0' tha year Pa commenced
feelin' aches in his bones he
' lowed tha season had swung ' round
when tha ducks were a comin' in, so
he'd grab up our double barreled blunderbuss
to be off to tha old slough.
Tha danged firearm kicked worse'n a
mule. Ma allus said that she just
couldn't see why such a shock to his
frame didn't aggravate his rheumatiz,
but Pa allus muttered it was good
for him as it loosened up his joints
thus providin' space for lubrication.
Old Hank Hossemer had a good tale
about duck huntin' which he use to
spill when sippin' hard cider and tha
vapors of alcohol loosened his tongue.
" Well, it was about thirty years
back, just afore tha hard winter 0'
ninety- seven," he would say. " Scads 0'
wild ducks flew into tha country from
everywhere, but a body allus had better
luck bringin' home a full bag 0'
game by usin' tame decoys. You know,
I'll be dad gumed if it didn't turn out
that I soon had two of tha smartest
decoys these parts have ever seen. I
watched these ducks hatch from eggs,
watched their fuzz change to feathers,
and watched tha colors come out
and shine like tha blazin' sun. I fed
them special grains and gave them
choice morsels. I was father and mother
practically to them ducks. They
liked tha idea of foolin' their wild
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The group elimination contests for
Group " C", Heavy Cruiser unit, in
boxing and wrestling are scheduled as
Northampton vs Minneapolis - 11 Dec.
vs Pensacola - 18 Dec.
vs Houston - 22 Jan.
vs Vestal - 29 Jan.
Minneapolis vs Pensacola - 8 Jan.
vs Houston - 20 Nov.
vs Vestal - 27 Nov.
Pensacola vs Houston - 27 Nov.
vs Vestal - 4 Dec.
Houston vs Vestal - 15 Jan.
The meets will be held in the Admiral
Leigh Gymnasium at San Pedro.
Winners of group ( division) competition
will meet winners of other
group competitions. Come on HOUSTON,
let's get some points here.
DISCIPLI E SECTION - BUNAV
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DATES FOR CRUISERS BOXING
A D WRESTLING SET
tal condition of the individual at the
time the offense was committed. Where
there is reason to believe that the man
was not responsible for his actions, he
is, if possible, brought before a Board
of Medical Survey. If he is found incompetent
by the Board of Medical
Survey, or in the case of a man still
in desertion, by competent civil authorities,
and has not been tried the Bureau
removes the mark of desertion,
recommends that the charges be droppel
and gives him a discharge warranted
by his previous record. If the
man has already been tried the Bureau
recommends to the Secretary of the
Navy that the case be set aside and
discharge then effected.
This section also receives correspondence
addressed to the Department
regarding enlisted men's indebtedness
or failure to support their dependents.
Such correspondence is referred to
the Commanding Officer concerned,
with the request that he bring it to
the man's attention, advise the man
of his responsibility and direct him to
reply to the letter. Occasionally when
a man deceives his Commanding Officer
or refuses to live up to his promises
the Bureau directs his discharge
as " undesirable." In less aggravated
cases, the Bureau refuses to reenlist
the man until his domestic affairs are
( jg) E. A. McDonald
R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Stefan Sivak, Jr., SK2c
R. B. Thomplon, Seale
John Borl., F2c
Thoroughly astonished last month
was air pilot Mack McInnis. Landing
in a field at Clarksdale, Miss., McInnis
asked the assistance of bystander
Grady Matledge, who had never before
been in a plane.
As the pilot spun the propeller,
Matledge sat at the controls with instructions.
Suddenly the motor spurted,
roared wide open, carried the astonished
helper down the field in a
perfect take- off. A few minutes later,
after an equally perfect landing, neophyte
Grady stepped from the cockpit,
remarked casually; " FortunatelY
I remained cool and in a few minutes
learned how to operate the machine.
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of the U. S. S. Hou8ton, Captain G. N. Barker,
U. S. N., Commanding and Commander C. A.
Bailey, U. S. N., Executive Olficer.