Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 23:39:25 -0500

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Hookers; Lizards; Elephants; My boss


I owe Tom Dalzell a "hooker."

This isn't much, but it's from the San Francisco Chronicle, 26 January

1919, pg. E6, col. 3:

Editor The Chronicle--Sir: In your editorial of January 16 on "Senator

Borah's Warning," why do you quote that old misapplied and misconstrued

phrase, "like a drunken sailor?" Even in these modern progressive, patriotic

and prohibition days the U. S. Navy, the Shipping Board and the American

merchant marine sailor men sometimes feel the unsavory weight of an

expression that was never intended to be applied to them. When the public

hears that expression they must, if they would do justice to present-day U.

S. seafaring men, harken back to 1762, to the days of grog and canvas and

Liverpool crimps and phantom hookers with no home ports.

J. D. G., U. S. Navy.

Mars Island, January 18, 1919.

Hookers in 1762?