-: THE BLUE BON ET :-
A weekly publication of the ship's company
of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain G. N. Barker,
U. S. N., Commanding and Commander C. A.
Bailey, U. S. N., Executive Officer.
Editor: Lieut. ( jg) E. A. McDonald.
Assistant Editor: Ensign J. P. M. Johnston
Aosociate Editor: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SKlc
Associate Editor: W. J. Bannen, Bkr 3c
Cartoonist: W. C. Ridge
Circulation: John Boris, Y3c
Printers: H. E. Dillahunt, CPrtr., S. J. Swiderski,
Prtrlc., C. H. Schick, Prtrlc., D. W.
Owen, Prtr2c., J. T. Rakowski, Prtr3c.. E. L.
Foltz, Prtr3c., R. L. Beckwith, Seale., R. W.
Surratt, Seale., J. E. Elliott, Jr., Sea2c., A.
M. Franklin, Sea2c.
Don't make any mistake about it,
if you aren't going up the hill of life,
you are sliding down it.
There really is no such thing as
standing still any more than there
is such a thing as perpetual motion.
We become satisfied with what we
have done and fool ourselves into believing
that we can rest safely on
That's when the fellows in the
other boats spit on their palms and
prepare to give us the glad go- by.
The minute you begin to drift in
this sea called life- you're heading
All the great empires of history
perished when they ceased to grow.
China built a wall around herself
and stood still for a thousand years,
and where is she today?
Complacency is dangerous!
Stand still- and you perish.
Carryon, struggle through, keep
going and you'll arrive.
If you want to be respected, you
must respect yourself and others.
If you want to hold a responsible
position in life 20 years from now,
you must start working for that
position not five or ten years hence,
If you want to control others, you
must learn to control yourself.
If you want the good opinion and
not the contempt of others, avoid
profane and obscene speech.
If you want to keep your character
and reputation above suspicion, keep
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good company or none.
If you want real happiness, indulge
in wholesome recreation only, and
refrain from pleasures and keep away
from places that are degrading and
If you want to know enough to be
advanced, study regularly and intelligently.
If you want financial security,
don't buy on credit but pay us yoa go
and save somet:-.: ng ever,. month,
If you w•. nt a rewar<. " or hard
work, you will find it in assl5nments
to more hard work, fer the higher
the rating the heavier is the responsibilty.
- U. S. S. Pennsylvania " Keystone" ......
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clean of person and exceedingly polite;
I have never seen a Chinese
sailor creating a disturbance unleS6
arguing over the price of an enameled
wash basin. Incidentally, each sailor
has his own individual basin. The
sailors are very curious, and will stop
and gaze at something for an hour
at a time. I believe there is only
one other race of people more curious-
you're right-- I am thinking of
Americans. These Chinese sailors are
given liberty only during daylight
hours, and have to be aboard by sundown.
Then the gangways are hoisted
in. This is to prevent the ship
from being stolen.
Very little paint is used on the
ships, mainly because they cannot
get very much of it to use. Sand
and canvas is not spared, however.
From daylight to dark the ships get
a continual scrubbing. Despite the
pungent odors of native wood oils
used in lieu of varnishes, these Chinese
men- of- war are the cleanest in
The principal iterm of food on
board ship are greens, similar to our
spinach; many dishes of watercress,
beet tops and other greens which rather
explodes the popular belief that
rice i the one big item. Of course,
rice is there, too, as well as fish. To
see a Chinese sailor bound for his
ship after liberty you would be led to
believe that each had to buy his own
food. They spend all their money
on foodstuffs- and American lenni
shoes! 0 seagulls hove over the
stern, however, as they do the American
men- o'- war. There is nothmg
left for them at mealtimes, and the
gulls know it.
The average monthly pay of a Chinese
is about $ 4.00 Amerioon money;
not paid in American money, of course
bus it equivalent in Chinese coins.
This is about twice the amount that
a Japanese sailor gets. Of course this
salary depends on the prosperity of
the province in which the ship is
stntioned. The local Generals pay
for protection by sea, and the more
they pay the more protection the ship
can give them. Although the Navy
is under the Nanking goverment,
the ' Admirals' are more or less on
their own, and move their ships at
Several aval academies exist in
China, all manned by English officers;
yet the majority vf the Chi,' e. k
in the Navy are trained in Japan.
Several high ranking Chinese officers
are graduates of the leading
These Chir. esG ships look clean
and appear t) be very efficient. I
believe, however, that - in the event
of trouble - they sigh wlth relief at
the approach of a vessel flying the
stars and stripes. .....
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. " Bouse" means what?
2. From the old Navy- wnat does
" box haul" mean?
3. Just what is a " boat box"?
4. On a sailing vessel what is a
5. Small boat sailing just what is
a " brail" and where is it used?
Answers on page 4 ..,.
" ow," she asked, " is there any
man in the audience who would let
his wife be slandered and say nothing?
If so, stand lip."
A meek little man rose to his feet.
The lecturer glared at him. " Do you
mean to say you would let your wife
be slandered and say nothing?"
" Oh, I'm orry," he apologized, " I
thought you said slaughtered."