U. S. S. Hou8ton- 6- 10- 38---;- 900.
? In the cities of Egypt there flourishes
a system of five scales of prices.
One for Egyptians. A second, 10 per
cent higher, for all the Arabic- speaking
peoples. A third, 100 per cent
higher, for the black, brown or yellow
folk who do not speak Arabic.
A fourth, 500 per cent higher, for
Europeans. And the fifth, unhampered
by any limit and guaged only by
the gullibility of the buyer, for tourist's
from the United States.
? The San Pedro- Long Beach breakwater
is 12,500 feet long and exceeds
anything of its kind in the world.
! ! !
? The U. S. S. Manley on Dec. 6, 1937,
broke the record in making a quick
passage through the Panama Canal.
She was on the Pacific side of the
Canal when she received orders to
transit the Canal with all possible
speed in order to investigate a gun
runner off the coast of Honduras.
? The Gulf Coast
line of the United
States is nearly 300
miles longer than the
Pacific Coast line.
! ! !
? As the initial step in tieing Alaska
with the Aleutian Islands into our
scheme of Pacific defence, the Navy
Department formally established an
air base at Sitka, Alaska on June 1,
Twin screwed and oil
powered, the 341 foot McCall is the
first naval ship to be built by a private
company since 1921. She was
constructed in the San Francisco
yards of the Bethlehem Shipbuilding
The new navy destroyer
McCall made 42 knots - said to be
the fastest speed ever turned out by
a naval craft - in preliminary acceptance
tests completed Monday, it
was learned the other day.
The speed, equal to 47
land miles per hour, was reported
maintained for four hours in a test
run outside the Golden Gate. Specification
speed for the 1500- ton displacement
vessel is 38% knots per
THE BLUE BONNET -------- 11
Speed Record Set
By U. S. Destroyer
The groom at present
is enjoying an 18 day leave of absence
from his ship's duties. The entire
ship's personnel wish to extend
him and his bride congratulations and
the best of luck.
Ensign Johnson Married
On June fifth at half
after eight in the evening, Ensign
B. Johnson of this vessel was united
in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Houghten
of Long Beach, California, in a
ceremony which was performed at
St. Mathew's Church of Long Beach.
Preliminary tests for the
McCall were made by Bethlehem officials
under the supervision of Alfred
S. Gunn, general manager. She was
15 months in building.
" I see in the papers that a guy ate
six dozen pancakes."
" Oh, how waffle!"
Then there was the young lady
who had water on the knee, so
the doctor told her to wear pumps.
I Don't Get It
Sivak Starts Novel
Word has trickled from
the forward scuttlebutt that our famous
novelist and poet, Herr Sivak,
is starting to write an epic novel.
The Ship's Reporter went to interview
the maestro on the subject, and
found him surrounded by a sheet of
paper, on which he was preparing to
write, but he kindly consented to
pause long enough to sketch out the
The novel deals with the
Ah family, old man Ah Right; his
wife, Ah Rong; his daughters, Ah
Hoy ( named in honor of her uncle, a
seafaring man), Ah Chu, Ah Doo, Ah
Can, Ah Nother, and the last, Ah
Thru. It is tragic in tone, dealing
with the death of the eldest daughter,
who drowns trying to swim to an
American warship one night when she
thinks the quartermaster is calling
her. Even as the yellow waters of the
Whangpoo close over her she still
hears him calling " Boat Ah Hoy! Boat
Ah Hoy!" - But she cannot answer.
The second daughter, Ah
Chu, also meets an untimely end. She
goes to work for an English family
and has a nervo\: s breakdown when
they all contract ' Hay- fever', and she
hears them calling " Ah Chu!", Ah
Chu!" from all corners of the house.
That is as far as the
author has carried his plot but we
think that is quite far enough.
The printer is interested in finding copies of the first two Blue
Bonnets, not of the present series, but the issues put out in China
previously. There were only two editions printed. Anyone who
has, or knows the whereabouts of a copy of these two, please let
the printer know.
Sea: Your ister was shocked by the
way I kissed you.
She: Oh, did she peek?
Sea: 0, I showed her.
An old maid is too bad. Too bad
is a rotten egg. Rotten eggs are foo.
Foo is nothing. Therefore: an old
maid is an egg that never gets married
1st Seagull: My, but you certainly
made that sailor mad this morning.
2nd Seagull: Yes, he was ready to
fight at the drop on the hat.
The best man was Ens.
Ray Thompson and maid of honor,
Miss Jeanne Houghten. Bridesmaids
were Mrs. A. Ageton, Mrs. H. Pool,
Mrs. M. Hansen, and Mrs. J. Lewis.
The ushers were Ens. D. V. Wengrovius,
Ens. R. W. Meyers, Ens. C. I.
Raymond, and E. n. s..... F.. Springer.
? Part of the income of India's Aga
Khan, spiritual head of 100,000,000
Ismaelian Mohammedans, comes from
the sale of his daily bath water, which
is put up in bottles. Faithful Mohammedans
believe that it has the powers
of healing, and they pay five dollars
a bottle for it. .......