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He's college-trained tor America's merchant
marine: Ready to sail, save lives or light! Uncle Sam needs 50,000 sailors. He needs them just as fast as he can get them. He needs them to man the two merchantmen that are sliding off the ways each day — ships which will carry the stuff of life and the munitions of war wherever we can use them against the Axis. Time was when these sailors would have been shanghaied in waterfront bars. Not today. This year many of them come from college — sea college. Meet a typical 1942 sailorman. Freckle-faced, blue-eyed. A shy, friendly smile. Just 21 yearsold. You’d never spot him as a sailor. He speaks with an inland twang, is blushingly uncomfortable with most girls. But he's a sailor; make no mistake about that. Aboard ship he can show many an officer a thing or two about the fine points of the profession. Folks back home always said he was ‘‘one of our nicest boys.” Trust worthy. Ambitious. Got out of high school and worked around for a while. He had hoped, once, to go to college, but that was out. No money. A recruiting officer for the Maritime Service came to town, talked to him. The boy had never seen salt water, didn't know the difference between a hawser and ahalf hitch. “That'sokay,” the man said. “When you graduate from Hoffman Island you’ll know as much as Old Man Neptune himself." Hoffman Island is in New York Harbor. It used to be a quarantine center. Today it is one of the six training stations which the United States Coast Guard operates for the Maritime Service. Others are at Cal lups Island, Boston; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Point Hueneme, Cal., and Fort Trumbull, New London, Conn. And it’s no exaggeration to call them sea colleges. In an intensive seven-months course, partly in the classrooms and shops on the island, partly on training ships at sea. Students learn more sea manship than oldtimers used to pick up in years. Being taught to be sailors in a world at war, they get a complete course in gunnery — everything from how to operate the range finder to shooting daylight through kite-pulled targets. Which will come in handy now. Uncle Sam pays the tuition — and gives them $21 a month to boot, with the assurance of much more as soon as they qualify for an A.B. (And aboard ship, that means Able-Bodied Seaman, not Bachelor of Arts.) Most of them are enrolled in the Naval Reserve; all of them, when they graduate, become members of the Maritime Service. They usually get better than a hundred a month on our new mer chantmen. And they can take free cor respondence courses — given by the Coast Guard — to qualify for a still higher rating, and better pay. Students range from 18 to 23 years of age. They come from everywhere — farms, villages, cities. Few have ever been in anything more nautical than a rowboat. But they hear of this oppor tunity through local State Employ ment Offices, and sign up. They study everything from arith metic to maritime law. They learn to row and sail, to save men overboard, to man the guns. Ahoy, sailor! Keep ’em sailing! —Arthur Bartlett with the "automatic" bluing LA FRANCE! 1. TMlirS NO SLAVINO to make your wash look whiter when you blue with La France! Those amazing little blue flakes give clothes such a gleaming, bright whiteness that you’ll scarcely be lieve your eyes. What’s more... 2. LA FRANCS DOSS this perfect bluing job "tuttmrustically" WHILE you wash! All you need do is dissolve La France, along with your regular soap, right in your washing machine or tub. And, say... 3. ISN'T IT ORANO to make clothes look whitest white and save the extra separate bluing job at the same time! By eliminat ing that tiresome extra step, La France actually saves you 37 minutes on an average-size wash! 4. SO OfT LA FRANCS from your grocer tomorrow for whiter, brighter washes... and the easiest washdays ever! ^ SATINA MAKES STARCHED IRONING EASIERI ■-1—-—— -- DOES IRONING STARCHED PIECES LEAVE YOU DROOPING ? SATINA IN YOU a THICK OK THIN STARCH WILL END THAT TUGGING AND PULLING f IT MAKES YOUR IKON SLIDE SO EASILY! GIVES STARCHED CLOTHES A ’LIKE-NEW* FINISH, TOO! I EASY DIRECTIONS ON THE PACKAGE. A MONTHS SUPPLY COSTS JUSTA FEW CENTS !