4 THE BLUE BONNET ---------' i" U. S. S. Houston- j;. 28 · 38- 900.
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In the Navy, Commodore
Hopkins hoisted the " Don't Tread
on Me" flag. It had a background of
seven red and six white horizontal
stripes superimposed by an undulating
rattlesnake's tail at lower left and
head at upper right corner with the
inscription below. Once submitted in
Congress was an all yellow flag wth
a coiled rattlesnake ' and same inscription
to be used as Hopkns' personal
The " Pine Tree Flag"
was frequently used, a flag of simple
design consisting of a green pine
tree above the motto " An Appeal to
Heaven" on a white field.
The Merchant and Privateer
ensign of our vessels of this
period consist solely of the seven red
and six white horizontal stripes.
The present flag of seven
red and six white stripes with the
blue field containing the white stars
was adopted in Congress on 14 June,
1777. Coincidence has it that in the
same hour the orders for John Paul
Jones to command the Ranger were
passed. Jones liked this flag and was
aware of the fact that it had been
passed during the same hour. He had
never liked the rattlesnake for he disliked
the thought that a " venomous
serpent could be the combatant emblem
of a brave and honest folk, fighting
to be free." The flag received its
first baptism of fire on 3 August, 1777
at the then Fort Stanwick, New York. .....
Honor Him Who Tries
IT IS NOT the critic who
counts; not the man who points out
how the strong man stumbles, or
where the doer of deeds could have
The credit belongs to
the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and
sweat and blood;. who strives valiantly,
who errs and becomes short again,
because there is no effort without
shortcoming and error, but who does
actually strive to do the deeds, who
knows the great enthusiam, the great
devotions, who spends himself in a
worthy cause. This is he who should
In Officer Personnel
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Lieut. ( jg) E. C. Long
left for China on the first of June
well pleased with the new assignment.
Ensign G. E. Davis reported aboard
the 18th to replace Mr. Long. Lieut.
J. A. Holbrook reported to relieve
Lieut. Blake. Mr. Blake will be Flag
Lieutenant on Admiral Kimmel's staff.
In the engineering department there
was a detachment and a relief, Lieut.
H. K. Gates relieving Lieut. D. J. McCallum,
who returned to the far East.
Three Houston officers are now out
there, Mr. Hilger, Mr. Long, and Mr.
Just arrived this week
are six new ensigns, their names are
as follows:- Ens. T. H. Suddath, Ens.
T. R. Ingham, Ens. W. C. Leedy, Ens.
L. B. . McDonald, Ens. J. C. Jonson,
Ens. M. H. Buass.
The following changes
of duty were made to officer personnel
aboard: Lt. ( jg) McDonald shifted
from ' A' Div. to 1st Div.; Ens. Meyers
from 3rd Div. J. O. to Signal Officer;
Ens. J. P. M. Johnston from 1st Div.
Officer to 3rd Div. J. O.; Ens. Wengrovius
from Ass't Navigator to Engineering
Instruction; and Ens. Minter
from 4th Div. J. O. to Engineering
I Don't Get It
Sailor: " Hey Marine, watch it, the
Marine: " That's alright. My shoes
Whatever trouble Adam had,
No man in days of yore
Could say when he had told a joke:
" I've heard that one before."
Stachnik: " There's a certain reason
why I love you."
She: " My goodness!"
Stachnik: " Don't be ridiculous."
After all, a Yeoman is only a
text book wired for sound.
She: Hank isn't as big a fool as he
used to be."
Ditto: " Then he's geting wiser?"
She: " No, thinner."
A deep sea
diver of the U. S.
Navy is well burdened
by weighty outfit
& equipment. The
rubber diving suit alone
weighs 27 Ibs.;
helmet and breastplate 53 pounds;
belt 80 pounds, and shoes 28 pounds.
His working implements include air
driven tools, electric arc burning torch
and the hydrogen- oxygen torch, which
are effectively used under water.
That no watch chains,
fobs, pins, or other jewelry shall be
worn exposed upon the uniform by
enlisted men of the Navy and Marine
Corps, except sleeve buttons and shirt
studs, as prescribed, and auihorized
decorations, medals, ribbons, and honorable
That the longest throw
ever made with a baseball was 426
That as soon as a man
learns how to make a better living
by working, he tries to make a better
living without working and the losses
from his speculations compel him to
go back to work.
That the volcanos in Hawaii
are not dangerous because they
flow, unlike Vesuvius, which explodes.
The U. S. Navy maintains
56 complete bands and orchestras
with a personnel of 1,045 men, on
board ships of the fleet and on shore
stations in various parts of the world.
To keep these many bands and orchestras
well rounded- out with trained
musicians the U. S. Navy maintains a
Navy Music School at Washington,
D. C. The course of instruction is most
thorough and complete and covers a
period of two years, after which training
is supplemented by additional