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THE SCHOOL FOR TRAINING SEAMEN AT NEWPORT, R. I.

     The recruit, now known as an apprentice seaman, on arrival is placed in charge of a petty officer and taken before a medical officer, who examines him, physically, to see whether he has any disqualifying defect not detected by the examining surgeon at the recruiting station, and to see that his record corresponds with the enlistment papers.  If he passes this rigorous examination, he is given an outfit of clothing, for winter and summer, consisting of uniform, shoes, underwear, cap, sweater, overcoat, oil-skins and rubber boats-in all amounting to $60 in value.  These clothes the Government gives him outright as capital with which to start his new life.  A tailor is provided, free of charge, to make these clothes fit him with tailor-made exactness.

     Having received his outfit, he is ready for instruction.  He is given a stencil and marks his new clothes so that their can be no mistakes.  A petty officer teaches him how to fold neatly each article of wearing apparel.  When he learns the trick of it he will discover a strange thing-that a well-folded and well-rolled garment is as neatly pressed as if it had been done by a tailor with a flat-iron.  That is his first lesson in keeping his own things ship-shape.  He is taught how to stow his bag, so that every article will be handy and well-cared for.  From the start he is taught that neatness of person and clothing is a requirement that the Navy exacts

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