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Volume IV, Number 50 Long Beach, California 31 December 1937
Wishing to express from one of the
...... A GUEST.
No spoken word could well express
The gratitude tonight,
That fills the heart of every child
That to your party went.
The following letter was received by
our Commanding Officer and shows the _
deep aPI: reciation of one of our guests
of Christmas Day for the kindness,
courtesy, and happy time shown this
person by the efforts of the Officers
and Crew of the HOUSTON.
If wishes good and jolly,
Handshakes warm and true,
Was a great big Christmas package
I'd send them all to you.
To you, the Houston's Officers,
To you, the Houston's Crew.
For the happy, happy Christmas,
That so many children knew.
So for the coming year and then,
For every year thereafter,
Best wishes through the New Year
To the Houston's Officers and Men.
Gatun Lake which connects the Atlantic
and Pacific Oceans by means of
the Gatun Locks in the Panama Canal
is the largest artificial lake in the
Men interested in any of the sports
interview the above officers or coaches
A . great many of the men do not
know the athletic organization aboard
the ship. For the guidance of those
interested the following organization
Athletic Officer: Lt. Comdr. Tarbutton.
Wrestling Officer: Lt. ( jg) McDonald.
Wrestling Coach: BM2c Wellbourne.
Boxing Officer: Lt. ( jg) Long.
Boxing Coach: EM2c Arsenault.
Rowing Officers: Ensign Quackenbush
and Ensign Minter.
Sailing Officers: Ensign Hilger and
Baseball and Basketball Officer:
Wrestling After a week and a half
layoff, due to the Christmas
leave period, the HOUSTON graplers
swing back again into the harness
in preparation for their coming meet
with the VESTAL on 7 January. We
are looking forward to taking the
VESTAL team in tow and making it
two in a row for the HOUSTON team.
Arthur, GM3c, of the 2d Division, although
a short- timer with only a few
days to do, has agreed to represent
the HOUSTON again in the 145- lb.
class. Four members of our squad,
namely; Chick, Short, Folta and Fordemwalt
... vill be transferred sometime
in January to the ship designated as
wrestling ship for the Heavy Cruisers
wrestling team. A team will be picked
of the best in each weight to represent
the Scouting Force against the Battle
Force in the All- Navy finals. This
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THE NEW YEAR HOUSTON SPORTS
New Year's Eve; whistles blowing,
horns tooting, hands clapping,
people shouting, feet stomping,
noise- making at its height,
people wearing paper hats, people
wearing silly grins, revelry supreme.
Yes, it's that time of the year
when everyone wants to give vent
to all the pent up joy that has
been stored for months. Out with
the old year, and in with the new.
New anticipatons, new joys, prosperity,
good luck, and a new life.
All join in Aulde Lang Syne, voices
are so loud they shake the rafters.
All raise a parting toast for the
old year and a welcoming one for
the new. It', the night of nights.
Many years ago there was no
celebration of New Year,' nor did
E the new year start with the month
of January. The Roman year originally
began with March and
consisted of only 10 months. Numa W is said to have added January and
February to the calendar; but although
the Romans as early as * 251 B. C. accepted January as the
first month of the year, the naY
tions of Europe did not universally
adopt it as such till the 18th
century. Wulfmonath was the Anglo-
Saxon name for the first
E month. The 25th of March was the
beginning of the ancient Jewish
year, and that day, instead of 1
January, long held a legal posiA
tion in Christian countries as the
opening of the new year. January
was named by the Romans
R after their God Janus.
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