Page 4 THE BLUE BONNET U. S. S. Houston- 2- 12- 38- 900.
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All Navy Finals
Mesecher, M. C. ( Pens)
Steed, C. D. ( Arg)
Grime, R. ( Calif)
Saxell, A. ( Col)
Hipps, S. F. ( Pens)
Bailey, W. P. ( Arg)
Gurlacz, H. ( Miss)
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Fireman: " Wish we had a fifth tor
Seaman: " You don't need a fifth for
bridge, you dope."
Fireman: " Well then, make it a pint."
The Blue Bonnet, the Supply Department,
Galley, and Bake Shop, in fact
the entire Ship's Company, are soon
to sustain a heavy loss. Our popular
Chief Pay Clerk, Mr. Ball, leaves us
on March 12. Little Ocko ! lure hopes
he gets a chance to serve with him again
some day! Mr. Ball will always
be remembered as one of our finest
officers and friends, and above all, a
Prominently present at the rat races
and stampede in the Majestic recently
were Hattemer, 2nd Division boat
cox'n, and Simmons, Exec's Office Yeoman
striker. " Bucky" Haratyk, Spud
Cox'n, was seell smiling with pleasure
or sompin, while Hart and Balicki also
Bill Murray, CWT, says one evening
recently he opened the pantry door to
see Shepherd, " nut and bolt" big man
from G. S. K. with his head in the ice
box. After waiting for some time Bill
asked Shepp to move. Shepp said impossible
and when Murray asked why,
Shepherd told him he'd been in the ice
box so long his ears had frozen and
he was afraid to pull his head out.
, Murray gave up
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Luke had it lJefore, Paul had it behind,
Mathew never had it, all girls
have it once, boys cannot have it. Old
Mrs. Mulligan had it twice in succession.
Dr. Lowell had it before and behind
and he had it twice as bad behind
as he had it before. What in the " L"
his behind with a swab handle, " and
you was raised by some 0' this too."
' Pears to me that tha Navy is no
place for tha likes 0' him and he'll be
a coolin' his heels in tha brig one 0'
these days, a wishin' for some good
old Navy chow ' stead 0' bread and
water he'll be a gettin'.
Shure hope you ain't mad.
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Gus's Weekly Letter
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Hearing the deckhands growl about
all the brightwork they have to polish
brings to light that firerooms have
more brightwork than they have ever
seen. They should take a look at No.
4 fireroom and see what braslii really
should look like.
Shepherd CSK has been doing quite
a bit of growling lately. Seems that
he is being reminded of his old Army
days with the marching that goes on
across the deck over the Chiefs' quarters
all night. He just can't go to
sleep because of this.
" Spike" Mullane gets quite a hand
during his daily speeches in the messing
compartment during meals. Sure
has a voice that would make any Senator
proud to possess.
As yet no one seems to know what
that box in the forward messing compartment
is for. That is where you
place your bit of news concerning
shipmates who should be in the light,
so just remember to drop in notes revealing
all events which can make this
column longer and more nosey. So
till next week here's hoping that the
box is filled wit!: all the latest scandal
and good news.
A total of 30,982
rating among enlisted
the Navy wereeffected
That " Coal Trees" have remained
complete through the ages which
turned them into coal. They are found
in mines standing in their normal position
and perfectly formed, except
that their roots, trunks, branches, and
even their leaves have been converted
That the noise created by twentyseven
singers is only twice that of one
" Bluejackets in the U. S. Navy wear
neither suspenders nor belts with regulation
trousers. The trousers are
made waist tight fit. In days of sailing
ships when it was necessary to go
aloft to furl sail, it was not desired
to have any loops or articles of clothing
which might be caught on the
marlin spikes or pin rails."
That paper was invented in China
about 102 A. D. It was introduced into
Spain by the Moors in 1151, where
its resemblance to papyrus led the
Europeans to call it paper. Paper
did not come into general use until
the fourteenth century, when a paper
mill was erected in Germany. Most
of the products of this mill were used
for school books.
The expression in the Navy of " going
to mast" probably had its origin
from sailing vessel days when the
Captain of the ship meted out punishment
for violation of the rules by
holding court at the base of the mast.
Today the practice is still in use, but
in addition requests from enlisted
personnel are considered at this time.
When called before the mast for exceptional
performance of duty, in order
to make commendation, it is termed