SOME dirty outcast from some low
type of society has kidnapped our
MARTHA. No, not the one from the
corner bar, nor the little girl with
pigtails from your grammar school
days, but the one we used to hear
over the speaker system on the quarter
deck in the evenings before movies.
The party or parties who did, with malice
aforethought take, destroy, hide,
or otherwise make away with our favorite,
MARTHA, deserve to hang to
the port yard and to be shot at on a
dark night by a coolie. PLEASE
BRING IT BACK ! ! !
LAMBERT, Cpl., and Gossage, WT,
are striking for Gunner's Mate it
seems. Freeman was holding Field
Day in the armory and along came
Gunner Selby, who inquired where
Herkie got all the hired help. To tell
the truth it seems they are just naturally
ambitious and couldn't hold in
any longer, they had to help somebody
and that seemed the natural
place to do it.
TUESDAY in the one o'clock boat
we were going ashore and it got quite
rough and the lads were taking a few
over the bow. It was getting to be a
case of " Duck when you see the whites
of their eyes," when Hank Cromwell,
MMlc, took one that was intended for
all hands, and he really absorbed it
all. Tough luck Hank. His last words
were: " Who said you had to stay aboard
ship to get your clothing dirty?"
SPIKE Mullane received guite a
hand from the crowd when he passed
the word for the messcooks to lay below
to feed the crew with the refreshments
from the galley and bake shop.
Baldy Davis didn't seem to like the
idea of losing his ringside seat to the
chiefs but wait till you make the buttons
THE BLUE BONNET
HAVE you seen that fine Platoon
Sergeant of the Houston detachment,
Sam Johnstone wheeling the Ship's
Service Bus on the way around the Island
to and from Honolulu? I must
say Sam is no new hand at the
wheel, and does a good job herding
that thing around. Comes close enough
to the posts of the Main Gate
over here to shave them if they had
whiskers. Some of the younger fellows
better watch out if he goes after the
ladies the way he does that bus.
MOHN and Schumacher of the After
Engine Room take the prize for
the week. They have been, it was revealed
to me, passing the time away
on the eight to twelve watch down
there, in the most modern manner:
TRUCKIN'. They truck from eight
till eleven and then they turn to and
clean up for the watch to relieve them.
I've heard of some good ones, but that
is about the best.
By THE way, Lttle Ocko is going
to see if he can find the keys to the
Blue Bonet Contribution Box and if
and when I do, T will want you fellows
to take a hand.. Put the doings of the
division in the box and we'll be glad
to use it. It is a much nicer paper if
all hands have hands in it than just
a half dozen or so. Show that real
old Houston Spirit.
IT COMES to mind that we ought to
say something in a way of Thanks to
the lads from the Army Base alongside,
for the grand manner in which
they co- operated in making the Happy
Hour the Huge Success it was.
The boys of the band were, undoubtedly,
a major part of the show. Again,
DUE TO the fact that he is becoming
quite adept at shifting from one
uniform to the other it is rumored
that Ralph Nelson Crego, of the Rover
Boys, is going to apply for a job
as a model at the Naval Clothing
Factory. He says he has gained a lot
of experience on dress rehersals on the
Main Deck Aft recently and feels
quite equal to anything a model has
SEND THE BLUE BONNET HOME
A Smash Hit
The happy hour started at seven
thirty with the visiting Army and its
band on the port side and all the
Ship's Company manning every available
view point on all sides. The Army
band did a lot to make the whole a
success. Old songs, Old Grey Bonnet,
and others brought to mind the good
old days. When the " Merry Go Round
Broke Down" began the guitar player
then broke a string. Completely unabashed
he produced a composite instrument
- flute, piccilo, and whistle.
What notes! The music goes down and
around and comes out HERE! What
chance has a Bos'n mate? The band
and happy hour got applause from
ship and nearby shore.
Lt. ( jg) McDonald explained the
rules of wrestling and the bouts got
underway. They were the finals of the
bouts that we bad in Lahaina. Prizes
were issued to both winners and runner-
The wrestling was refereed by Lt.
( jg) McDonald and judged by Ens.
Ely and " Headlock" Wellbourn. ' Headlock'
did the announcing in fine style.
Two bouts were won by a default,
Drover of A div. and Davis of H& E
div. Keimel of A div. and Saunders
of F div. had it out, Keimel winning
by a fall in 1 minute and 30 seconds.
In the next bout Wilkie, A div. won an
11 sec. fall ovel F dv's. Williams of
the bright gold swim trunks. First
division's Adams entered against Ryan
of M div. Ryan knew what to do
and how to do it but Adams was the
stronger. Adams was at a disadvantage
at times not knowing what to do
( Continued on pa~" 4.)
HATCH, CQM, is quite the fellow
to be wearing the fancy pajamas, and
demonstrated his ability to bring home
the bacon while we were at Lahaina.
He was quite ready to pounce on any
fellow who showed up in ordinary
' dungarees' as he called them. Well,
he's quiet now. Dutton, CBM, went
ashore ? 1ere in Honoulu and the pair
he brought back were a sight for sore
eyes. The loudest tones of the most
brilliant colors he could find, and him
a Boatswain's Mate. MY I MY !