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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor. The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1938-07-20 - Page 4. July 20, 1938. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 14, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/923/show/922.

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor. (July 20, 1938). The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1938-07-20 - Page 4. USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/923/show/922

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McDonald, E. A., editor; Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor; Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor; Bannen, W. J., associate editor, The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1938-07-20 - Page 4, July 20, 1938, USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed June 14, 2021, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22/item/923/show/922.

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Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1938-07-20
Alternative Title The Blue Bonnet, Vol. VII, No. 3, 1938-07-20
Creator (Local)
  • McDonald, E. A., editor
  • Johnston, J. P. M., assistant editor
  • Sivak, Stefan Jr., associate editor
  • Bannen, W. J., associate editor
Contributor (Local)
  • Ridge, W. C., cartoonist
Publisher USS Houston (CA-30), U.S. Navy;
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Socorro, Isla
Date July 20, 1938
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1981-001, Box 12, Folder 2
Original Collection Cruiser Houston Collection
Digital Collection USS Houston Blue Bonnet Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll22
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript Page 4. SOLILOQUY ON SILOS Furnished by Seaman Explaning Overleave Headed " Soliloquy on Silos" the following was printed in " The Observ­er", ship's paper of the D. S. S. Lexington, with an editor's note that the statement was turned in by a sea­man to explain why he was overleave and that names and dates are changed for obvious reasons. Except for these deviations, the statement is presented as it was submitted: " D. S. S. Long, September 20 1937. From: R. E. Wilson, S2c, DS Navy. To Commanding Officer. Via Division Officer 1st Division. Subject: Overleave, Reason for. " On Sept. 7, 1937, I left the ship on ten days leave at my brother's farm in Cobblerock, Ark. " On Sept. 10 my brother's barn burned down, all except the brick silo which was damaged at the top by the bolt of lighting which started the fire. " On Sept. 11 he decided to repair the silo right away because he had to get his corn in. I was going to help him. " I rigged a barrel hoist to the top of the silo so that the necessary bricks could be hoisted to the top of the silo where the repair work was going on. Then we hauled up several hundred brick. This later turned out to be too many bricks. " After my brother got all the brick work repaired there was still a lot of brick at the top of the silo on a working platform we had built. I said I would take it all down below. So I climbed down the ladder and hauled the barrel all the way up. Then I secured the line with sort of a slip knot so I could undo it easier later. " Then I climbed back up the ladder and piled bricks into the barrel until it was full. " I climbed back down the ladder. Then I untied the line to let the brick down. However, I found the barrel heavier than I was and when the barrel started down, I started THE BLDE BO NET up. I thought of letting go, but by that time I was so far up I thought it would be safer to hang on. " Half- way up, the barrel hit me on the shoulder pretty hard but I still hung on. " I was going pretty fast at the top and bumped my head. My fingers also got pinched in the pulley block. How­ever, at the same time the banel hit the ground and the bottom fell out of it letting all the brick out. " I was heavier than the banel and started down again. I got burnt on the leg by the other rope as I went down until I met the barrel again which went by faster than before and took the skin off my shins. " I guess I landed pretty hard on the pile of bricks because at that time I lost my presence of mind and let go of the line and the barrel came down and hit me squarely on the head. " The doctor wouldn't let me start back to the ship until Sept. 16, which made me two days overleave, which I don't think is too much under the circumstances". ANSWERS TO NAUTICAL QUESTIO AIRE 1. The narrow fore- and- aft stl'akes inside of a boat, secured to the frames, on which the thwarts rest. 2. The curve of the gunwale which shows the difference of height above the water at stem and stern over that amidships. 3. A piece of gear used as a pre­venter. 4. Any temporary rig, usually re­felTing to a make- shift rig to serve the immediate purpose. 5. Run the buoy down. 6. The buoy is visible above water. 7. Refers to a sailing vessel luff­ing up dead in the wind, usually indi­cates out of control. 8. Said of a vessel when a sea washes over from astern. 9. To pretend. 10. One who is habitually evasive and indirect in making replies. u. s. s. Houston- 7- 9- 38- 900. That Irish pota­toes are native to South America? That the average American eats his weight in meat each year? That there are fifty- five different ratings in the D. S. Navy? That the first vessel to fly the Stars and Stripes was the 18 gun schooner Ranger, whose captain was John Paul Jones? The origins of much of nautical vernacular are so ancient that many terms of the sea have been u ed so long inland that most regard them as a part of local speech. ' Cut a dido' refers to the British H. M. S. Dido, which, before coming to anchor, would make a few extra turns around the fleet to show off. ' Douse the Glim' is a reference to the practice of lower­ing the lantern into an empty pail so it could not be seen. ' Hard up,' Figure head,' and greenhorn' are also from the sea. NOT BAD, HEH! Two stuttering blacksmiths had finished heating a piece of pig iron, and one placed it upon the anvil with a pair of tongs. " H- h- h- h- hhit it," he stuttered to his helper. " Wh- wh- wh- where?" asked the other. " Aw- h- h- h- hell, we'll have to heat it again." Last night I held a little hand, So dainty and so neat, I thought my heart would surely burst, So wildly did it beat; o other hand that I held so tight, Could greater happiness bring, Than the hand I held last night­' Twas four aces and a king. " What do you take for your insom­nia ?" " A glass of wine at regular inter­vals". " Does that make you sleep?" " No, but it makes me satisfied to stay awake".