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THE SURE FOOTED FELINE
Some lumberjacks were ready to
roll a heavy log twenty feet long down
a small hill. The log was five feet in
circUlnference and the distance it had
to roll was forty- eight feet. Just as
they sent the log rolling a cat jumped
on one end. During the descent of the
log the cat managed to run from one
end of the log to the other without
What distance did the cat travel?
( Answer on page 4.)
NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE
Road maps are as essential for safe
and expeditious travel on the high
seas as on land. The immense task of
collecting and disseminating through
the medium of charts and data is the
function of the Hydrographic Office.
This essential information is available
not only to the navy and the
other public services but is on sale
to the mercantile marine of all nations
and to the general public at the
cost of printin~ and paper. Through
the International Hydrographic Bureau
at Monaco intimate relations are
maintained with hydrographic offices
of all foreign nations and information
is freely exchanged. With the advance
of aviation the Hydrographic Office
has expanded to render invaluable
service in the navigation of the air.
It prepares aviation charts and disseminates
timely information which
will contribute to safe navigation of
aircraft over sea. It cooperates with
the National Academy of Sciences by
conducting research work in oceanography.
As in past years, the Hydrographic
Office continued its cooperation with
the U. S. Coast Guard in recommendations
as to the inauguration and discontnuance
of the International Ice
Observation and Ice Patrol Services.
The number of bergs reported this
season was above normal, although
very little ice reached the critical
area. The Ice Observation Service was
commenced on 3 February 1937, and
the Patrol discontinued on 11 June
Twenty branch hydrographic offices
are maintained in the principal ports
along the coasts of the United States.
As far as practicable all merchant
vessels entering port are visited and
supplied with the latest hydrographic
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BOXERS AND WRESTLERS MEET
The match with the NORTHAMPTON
squad is to be at 1400 this coming
Saturday, 22 January, at the Long
Beach Boxing Arena in the 600 block
of West Anaheim in Long Beach. All
hands are invited and earnestly requested
to attend. Let's continue to
back up our teams!
This writer will excuse such veterans
as Tommy DeBri and George
Herrick; the main reason being that
it would take about eighty thousand
such fringes to equal one pillow.
Remember that every man who
needs a hair cut doesn't look like William
Yours for a shampoo.
The " Barnyard" Philosopher and
" Singing Tonsorial Artiste."
Just a few words about our Tonsorial
The ship has been in commission
about seven years and six months;
approximately e: ighty- seven thousand
hair cuts. Enough hair has been chopped
off to make every man on board
ship a nice hair mattress. If any of
you old plankie3 don't think you have
had enough hair removed off the " noble
dome" to make a mattress, see your
barber at once.
Donations Varnish &
Ath. Field Exterm. Totals
3.00 40.00 134.08 319AO
5.00 104.00 51.37 198.25 493.42
3.02 14.94 209.23
1.00 27.30 129.50
5.48 17.55 102.08
3.00 10.00 65.00
7.50 39.41 858.32
39.95 171.30 239.80 198.25 60.00 85.05 $ 3,809.01
MARINE UNIFORMS OF OTHER
Boot: " Do you have hair oil?"
Davis: " Yes."
Boot: " Have you ever used it?"
Davis: " Yes."
Boot: " Guess I had better stick to
water if it made your head shiny like
In the days of John Paul Jones, officers
of the Marine Corps wore uniforms
A green coat faced with white, round
cuffs, slashed sleeves, with buttons
round the cuffs, silver epaulettes on
the right shoulder, skirts turned back,
buttons to suit the facing.
White waistcoats and britches edged
in green, black gaiters and garters and
Included in the dress l'egulations,
shortly after the founding of the corps,
was a stipulation that all Marines
would wear powdered hair. This was
achieved by copiously dusting the hair
with the baker's variety of flour. In
summer weather it proved to be a
fashionable practice but when the
rainy season set in or the salt spray
began to fly the hair became a mass
of dough, causing the ultimate abandonment
of the practice.
The figure of the coiled rattlesnake,
and the motto " Don't tread on me"
adorned the shoulder straps of the
epaulettes on the early Marine Corps
uniforms. The design was abandoned
for gold braid and shiny buttons because
it wasn't colorful enough.
Sears Roebuck & Co.
Miller Sales Co.
Empire Sales Co.
Gumps, Inc. Luggage
Golden Rule Stationers Stationery,
Dohrmann Hotel Supply Kitchen
Articles and Glassware
Barker Bros. Furniture
Clark Bros. Sporting Goods
California Hardware Co. Harp- ware
Winstead Bros. Photo Supplies
General Elec. Supply Co. Elec. Goods
Coupon books are issued Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 1130 to 1200 and
from 1230 to 1300. Each man is allowed
two books ($ 4.00) credit a month.
Books must be paid for on the last
pay day of the month in which they
were drawn, or the first pay day in
the following month.
" Are you ever troubled with improper
" Naw, I enjoy them."
The following firms in Long Beach
give Ship's Service discounts on presentation
of a Ship's Service order:
Boyson Jewelry Co. Jewelry
C. C. Lewis, Jewelers
Brooks Clothing Co.
Dean & Hoffmen
1937 - WELFARE EXPENDITURES
6.15 17.65 37.00
25.90 32.42 118.00
402.35 82.23 32.65 174.55 1,224.97
SHIP'S SERVICE STORE
That biggest little store with the
friendly atmosphere is waiting to
serve you. Our motto, " If you name
it we can get - it for you."
1. Clamp down 4. Bring to
2. Check the line 5. Well!
3. By the head 6. Unbend
7. Shape a course
8. Spri! 1g of a vessel
Answers will be found on page 4.
Agency DeLuxe for magazines,
clothes, jewlry, etc. No order is too
small and no order too large for this
frendly little store. Place your order
now. Put a Christmas Day in every
month for the wifey.
Our soda fountain presided over by
that old maestro of the Coca Cola
pump is offering a complete line of
sodas, sundaes, sandwiches, etc. As
a Monday morning special we are
serving that rich goodness of the tomato.
It really does wonders for " That
Old Feeling." Let us serve you next
Within the next month we will have
on hand a complete line of merchandise
for the coming cruise. ( Suggestions
will be appreciated.)
Seaman Sam says that life's greatest
mystery is how cold hard cash can
warm a girl's heart so easily.
etc. Boxing WrestlIng Baseball Basketb'l Raceboat Donations Ship's
Salaries Team Team Team Team Crews Charity Parties
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22 January 1938
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N. Barker,
U. S. N., Commanding and Commander C. A.
Bailey, U. S. N., Executive Officer.
Editor. Lieut. ( j&,) E. A. McDonald. U. S. N.
Assistant Editor: R. C. Ball, Ch. Pay Clerk
Associate Editors: Stefan Sivak. Jr., SK2c
R. B. Thompson, SK3c
Circulation: John Boris. T3c
Don't part with your illusions. When
they are gone you may still exist but
you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain.
-: THE BLUE BONNET :-
The international signal of distress
" SOS" has no particular meaning
other than the distress signal, but
was picked because the characters
are easy to transmit by radio even for
the unskilled operator, and have a
distinctive rhythm when made repeatedly.
The combination is unmistakable
and easy to distinguish even
through heavy atmospherics.
The beginners' radio code school
goes on daily from 1245 to 1330 for
those who desire to learn more of the
art of long distance signaling, the
place is the After Search Light Control
on the mainmast, the admission
is free and the requirements are
nothing but an interest in the subject.