THE BLUE BONNET Page 3
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Henry, GMlc, long time boss of our
Armory, now has a detail in the magazines.
He was ably relieved by Freeman,
GM2c, and seems to be doing
pretty well. Buck Weaver lends a hand
Ode to the Knob- Heads
He was not always bald, for on his
Remained one hair, its color pink gershining
Oh, how he idolized that single hair,
Which, last of loved ones, grew luxuriant
He counted it each morning, fondly
This way and that way, scented it and
Dared scarcely put his hat on, lest he
Arrayed in evening dress for swell society
he'd part it in the middle for
Omitting nothing, with devoted care,
He'd pet his hirsute pride, his single
But, sad to say, ah! heavy was the
There came a day, a day of direst woe.
' Twas in his soup it fell, he quick espied
Then rescued it and on his napkin
" I'm bald at la& t, oh, bitter, bitter
My only hair has fallen like a leaf.
What ho; a taxidermist!" shouted he,
" I'll have it stuffed for all the world
And when, within its case of glass in_
They'll all perceive I was not always
BALD." - Maryland Catapult.
IN NO other rating
of the nav2. l service is there such
a chance for diversified service as in
the radio branch. Naval radiomen become
experienced in communications
in aircraft, submarines, surface craft
of all types, and in addition duty at
shore traffic and radio direction finder
The opportunity to acquaint yourself
, vith this work is yours. A beginners
code school is held daily, operations
permitting, in the Searchlight Control
station from 1245 to 1330.
" Boys will be boys," says a friend of
mine. He was remarking on the gambling
vice in the Gunnery Office where
he found Knowlden, Y3c, and Moore,
yeoman striker, pitching hats at a
hook for cigarettes.
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Our new band, under Haslup, 1st Mus-ician,
is meeting a hearty approval
from all and sundry. Viskovich, stores
striker, says hi" feet get so itchy he's
going to start a dancing act with
" Trixie" Slovak for a partner.
The following is quoted from some
army orders issued 160 years ago.
" January 23, 1778.
" As long as hair gathers much filth
and takes a great deal of time and
trouble to comb and keep clean and in
good order, the Lieut.- Colonel recommends
to every soldier to have their
hair cut short, to reach no further
down than the top of shirt collar, and
thinned upwards to the crown of the
head, the fore- top short, with toupee,
and short at the sides. Those who do
not have their hair in this mode must
have it plaited and tied up, as they
will not be allowed to appear with their
hair down their backs and over their
foreheads, and down their chins at
the sides, which makes them appear
more like wild savages than soldiers.
" The major will please pick three men
to be regimental barbers, who are to
be excused from mounting guard and
of doing fatigue duty. They are daily
to dress the men's heads, and shave
them, before they mount guard- the
men to pay them half a crown each
week each man. Any soldier who comes
on the parade with beards, or hair uncombed,
shall be dry- shaved immediately
and have his hair dressed on
" The orderly- serg(\ 8nt, or corporal
of companies, are to call and see the
barber dress and shave their men
that are for duty, and see that they
are clean, and their clothes put on decently,
or they must expect to answer
for the neglect."
Doctor: " What you need is an electric
Patient: " Nothing doing! I had an
uncle drown that way up in Sing Sing."
Haircuts in Washington's Day
George Lewis, seaman storekeeper
striker, had a fine looking lady in the
Bachelor's Club Saturday evening.
How come, Georgie, you're sort of slipping
off the old straight and narrow,
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McClure, Second Division seaman, is
said to be jealous of " Abie" Butler,
Cox'n, because of Abie's curly hair.
Abie combed his hair on the beach and
it turned out to be wavy and some
folks say that's why he seldom combs
those curly locks aboard ship. Poor
Jenkins, GMlc, was " fed up" on our
old navy some four months ago, said
if he shipped over he wanted every
man in the ship's company to kick
the seat of his pants. Buck Weaver,
CGM, did his duty by the lad and explained
when I asked him. Our hero
has shipped over now and is happy
and contented. Said he sure hoped no
one else heard about that kicking remark
he had made.
L. O. Peterson, seaman gunstriker in
turret one, said Jim Wallace, GMlc, is
responsible for a scandal story concerning
the blond Swede and a dance
hall lady in L. A. Jim merely says
that Pete got a greeting from her and
he told the boy,> about it, but he really
didn't " spread it" after all!
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Russler, seamah semaphore star, got
a sandwich from St. Louis via air
mail. Cost sixty- six cents postage and
all the boys have been telling him nobody
loved him. I think you got something
Johnnv Hommies, SM2c, has sprouted
a fine " mustache but his girl will have
naught to do with him until it goes.
Johnny is also crazy over the song
" Sweet Someone." We all have our