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10. S. Weather Bureau forecait.)
Fair and slightly cooler tonight; to
morrow increasing cloudiness.
Temperatures — Highest. 86, at 6 p.m.
yesterday; lowest, 70, at 6 a m. today.
Full report on page 11.
Closing N. Y. Markets, Pages 26 and 27
vr_ QA Entered as second class matter
' J\o. oU,ucHJ. post office Washington. D. C.
Roar of Throng Rocks City as It
Takes Conqueror of Fog, Sky
and Sea to Its Heart.
Flyer Sets Foot on Shore to Most Won
derful Reception Ever Accorded
Any American.
America, intrepid pioneer of nations, today, like a proud
mother, joyful to tears, threw her arms around the bravest and
best-loved of her children, home from the sea.
He was a blond, modest, Middle West farm boy, who, so au
daciously and all alone, had challenged and conquered those three
ancient, snarling terrors of the human race—Fog, Sky and Sea.
Such a welcome never before had been accorded a peace-time
hero as that which awaited Col. Charles Augustus Lindbergh
when his bold flight finally ended in a surging ocean of flags and
cheers and welcoming hearts, out of which the dome of the Capitol
of his country rose like a rock.
Shores of Potomac Jammed.
The climax of the welcome came on the Washington Mon
ument grounds, when the President of the United States, act
ing for a proud people, pinned upon the breast of this New World
Galahad the Distinguished Flying Cross, designed as a symbol of
all those varied emotions which have surged in the heart of the

Nation during the historic fortnight since “Lindy” winged his
way out into the sunrise. It was a fitting end to an exploit
which has written the name of this twentieth century child of the
Vikings with the names of the legendary heroes of old—with Bay
ard, Tancred St. Louis.
The President spoke briefly. His words expressed the senti
ment that was in every breast. He emphasized the one feature
of the whole magnificent exploit that has brought Col. Lindbergh
closest to the hearts of his countrymen —his unaffected modesty.
“He has returned unspoiled,” Mr. Coolidge said. “He has
brought his unsullied fame home.”
Hero Modest in Response.
Nor did the Chief Executive forget the real substantial service
rendered to the cause of world friendship—the element of the flight
that has raised it from a dramatic, picturesque incident to art
event in history.
Lindbergh replied even more briefly and simply, in keeping
with his modest character. In three sentences he told the vast
audience that the heart of Europe was sound and generous.
Before the events on the Monument Grounds Col. Lindbergh
had received a welcome on his way through the streets of Wash
ington sufficient to turn the head of any lesser hero. -
The U. S. S. Memphis had come up the historic Potomac
between green shores crowded with people cheering and waving
flags. Airplanes, like a flock of eagles, escorted it overhead.
Cruisers attended its triumphal progress. Bands on shore struck
up martial airs. The ship docked at the Navy Yard, and the hero
was greeted first by his mother—the mother of a Viking.
She, came to him below decks, where he had retired just
befo>? the Memphis docked that he might have a moment alone
wi/i her while the still greater mother, the Nation, patiently
waited until he should come to her. What passed between the
Detroit school mistress and her son, who had stood before kings,
remains hidden in the privacy of their own memories.
Homecoming Greatest in History.
A moment later he came down the gangplank and set foot
on the soil of his native land, to such a homecoming as never had
been accorded an American before. Flags, bands, cheers—flags,
bands, cheers—all the way over old Pennsylvania avenue, down
which the triumphal processions of so many of the Nation’s heroes
have passed of yore, there was a continual repetition of these
expressions of America’s jubilation over her heroic boy.
Princes and captains and kings have honored Lindbergh dur
ing these past two weeks, but the tribute today was of a tenderer
sort —the welcome of home folks.
The procession to the Monument Grounds was a continuous
roaring ovation. Deafening cheers arose all the way as the car
bearing Col. Lindbergh and his mother, seated together in the
back seat, passed by.
John Hays Hammond, chairman of the local reception com
mittee, rode in the front seat. The crowds grew denser as the
hero’s car and its guard of honor approached the Monument
Grounds, where a densely packed mass of enthusiastic humanity
awaited for the great moment of the welcoming.
Col. Lindbergh was welcomed home on the Monument Grounds
by President Coolidge as “an illustrious citizen of our Republic, a
conqueror of the air and strengthener of the ties which bind us to
our sister nations across the sea.”
President Bestows Medal.
Promptly at 12:43 the President and Mrs. Coolidge appeared
on the stand, standing while the Army Band massed in front of
i the stand played the National Anthem. While waiting the arrival
of the guest of honor, the President and Mrs. Coolidge visited with
cabinet members and their wives, including Secretary of State
Kellogg and Mrs. Kellogg, Secretary Mellon of the Treasury, Sec
retary of Agriculture and Mrs. Jardine, Secretary of Labor and
Mrs. Davis, Secretary of the Interior and Mrs. Work, Everett
Sanders, Private Secretary to the President and Mrs. Sanders, Col.
Blanton Winship, U. S. A., and Capt. Wilson Brown, U. S. N.,
the military and naval aides to the President.
“As President of the United States I bestow the Distinguish
ed Flying Cross as a symbol of appreciation of what he is and
•what he has done upon Col. Charles A. Lindbergh.” [With these
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Flyer Stands on Bridge as
Los Angeles and Other
Craft Hover About.
Col. Charles A. Lindbergh stood on
the bridge of the cruiser Memphis to
day and heard more than threescore
Army, Navy and Marine Corps planes
roar out a welcome to him from the
sky as the rigid airship Los Angeles
floated gracefully overhead.
At the last minute about 20 Navy
planes were unable to join the escort
into Washington from Hampton
Roads, but their absence was not felt,
in view of the fact that approximately
65 military airplanes romped about
the sky, joyful over the opportunity
of giving a greeting to the noted air
man that probably appealed to him
more than any ground event.
As the Memphis moved slowly up
the river between Mount Vernon and
Washington 43 Army planes, which
had been assigned the north bank of
the river as their territory, flew past
(Continued on Page 6, Column 3.)
A Page o{ Lindbergk
Pictures on Page 4.
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Bestowing upon Col. Lindbergh the
Distinguished Flying Cross, President
Coolidge spoke as follows:
“My Fellow Countrymen:
“It was in America that the mod
ern art of flying of heavier-than-air
machines was first developed. As the
experiments became successful, the
airplane was devoted to practical pur
poses. It has been adapted to com
merce in the transportation of passen
gers and mail and used for national
defense by our land and sea forces.
Beginning with a limited flying radius,
its length has been gradually extend
ed. We have made many flying rec
■ ords. Our Army flyers have circum
navigated the globe. One of our Navy
men started from California and flew
far enough to have reached Hawaii,
but, being off hsi course, landed in the
water. Another officer of the Navy
has flown to the North Pole. Our own
country has been traversed from shore
to shore in a single flight.
“It had been apparent for some time
that the next great feat in the air
would be a continuous flight from the
mainland of America to the mainland
of Europe. Two courageous French
men made the reverse attempt and
passed to a fate that is as yet un
known. Others were speeding their
preparations to make the trial, but it
remained for an unknown youth to
tempt the elements and win. It is the
same story of valor and victory by a
son of the people that shines through
every page of American history.-
Cites Lindbergh’s Career.
“Twenty-five years ago there was
born in Little Falls, Minn., a boy, rep
resenting the best traditions of this
country, of a stock known for its deeds
of adventure and exploration. His
fattier, moved wliyh a deah^fog* pub.
lie service, was a member of Congress
for several terms. His mother, who
dowered her son with her own mod
esty and charm, is with us today.
Engaged in the vital profession of
school teaching, she has permitted
neither money nor fame to interfere
with her fidelity to her duties. Too
young to have enlisted in the World
War, her son became a student at one
of the big State universities. His in
terest in aviation led him to an Army
aviation school, and in 1925 he was
graduated as an airplane pilot. In
November, 1926, he had reached the
rank of captain in the Officers’ Re
serve Corps.
“Making his home in St. Louis, he
had joined the 110th Observation
Squadron of the Missouri National
Guard. Some of his qualities noted
by the Army officers who examined
him for promotion, as shown by re- '
ports4n the files of the Militia Bureau
of the War Department are as fol
lows: ‘lntelligent,’ ‘industrious,’ ‘ener
getic,’ ‘dependable,’ ‘purposeful,’ ‘alert,’
‘quick of reaction,’ ‘serious,’'‘deliber
ite,’ ‘stable,’ ‘efficient,’ ‘frank,’ modest,’
‘congenial,’ ‘a man of good moral
habits and regular in all his business
transactions.’ One of the officers ex
pressed his belief that the young man
’would successfully complete every
thing he undertakes.’ This reads like
a prophecy.
Lauds Air Mall Career.
“Later he became connected with
the United States Mail Service, where
he exhibited marked ability, and from
which he is now on leave of absence.
"On a morning just three weeks
ago yesterday this wholesome, ear
nest, fearless, courageous product of
America rose into the air from Long
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Flyer Stands on Bridge as ]
Planes Swarm About
Memphis in Salute.
Staff Correspondent of The Star.
STROYER GOFF, East of the Chesa
peake Capes, June 10.—Charles Lind
i bergh, transatlantic non-stop flyer,
homeward bound aboard the United
States cruiser Memphis, stood smilingly
on the bridge of that vessel yesterday
afternoon, and as his blonde hair
waved in the stiff breeze and while
naval signalmen waved the vari
colored signal flags, he saw a welcome
from fighting craft such as has never
before given a conqueror.
Five fleet destroyers, trim in their
grim gray paint, surrounded and pro
tected the fast cruiser bearing the
youth to Washington to receive the
Nation’s plaudits and its reward. On
the surface were the destroyers, mak
ing a submarine screen, such as sur
rounded the Nation’s precious troop
power during the war, while overhead
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The only evening paper
in Washington with the
Associated Press news
Yesterday’s Circulation, 108,752
UP) Means Associated Press.
Great Crowds Line Banks of
River in Wonderful Re
ception to Flyer.
Navy Yard Celebration Bursts in Full
Force When Memphis Slowly
Approaches Dock.
Escorted by Coast Guard boats and scores of airplanes, the
cruiser Memphis, bearing Col. Lindbergh, warped into the dock at
the Washington Navy Yard at 11:45 o’clock this morning.
From the time the Memphis weighed anchor, off Piney Point
at daybreak, the trip up the river had been a succession of ova
tions from the flyers and thousands of persons along the shores of
the Potomac.
As the cruiser neared Washington the greeting grew in vol
ume, until, when Alexandria was reached, thousands turned out.
Salutes were fired and whistles split the air.
Progress of Cruiser Slow.
From this point onward, progress was slow, despite the ef
forts of the Coast Guard escort to clear the path of hundreds of
cratt which filled the river to give their occupants just a glimpse
of the youthful hero on the bridge of the Memphis
When the Memphis finally glided around the curve in the
Anacostia River and came into full view of the official welcoming
committee on the Navy Yard dock the welcome broke into full
force. It was then 11:20 o’clock. As the Memphis turned sharply
she was forced closely to the channel marker poles as cannon at
the Navy \ard bellowed a 14-volley salute. It took 20 minutes to
dock the ship, while Lindbergh stood on the bridge and anxiously
searched the throng for his mother.
Mother Is Escorted Aboard.
Just as the gangway was put into place Admiral Guv H.
Burrage came down, took Mrs. Lindbergh by the arm and escorted
her aboard for the culmination of the dreams of every mother—
the welcoming home of her son, while the world acclaimed.
The trip upriver, which ended -when the Memphis tied up at
tlie Navy Yard, began at 4:32 o’clock this morning from Piney
Point, where the Memphis lay at anchor last night.
Except for a short respite during the night. Lindbergh’s pas
sage through Hampton Roads and up the river to Washington
was a colorful parade from the moment his ship was sighted late
yesterday off the twin capes of Virginia. A convoy of destroyers
took their places about the Memphis as she came into home wa
ters, and private craft fell in behind to pay the honors of the sea
to the shining shipshape cruiser and her illustrious passenger.
Even while the Memphis lay at anchor through the short
Summer night off Piney Point, just inside the mouth of the Po
tomac, the quiet of the wooded shores was broken now and again
by those who would not be denied the privilege of paying homage
to the sleeping celebrity. One motor boat, loaded down with his
admirers, circled the cruiser, sending up the strains of that old
classic of welcome, “Flail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here.”
Starts at Daybreak.
The Memphis did not tarry long at her anchorage after day
break had picked out the shore lines and suffused with grav the
bordering hills of Maryland and Virginia.
~ A * 4 , :3 ~ o’clock the ship was under way for the last leg of her
historic homeward journey. She left her overnight station alone,
but she did not long remain unheralded in her winding northward
passage up the Potomac. A new surface convoy joined her to
keep the channel clear and multiply the glory of the homecoming,
while overhead a thundering air convoy dipped and circled in the
morning sunshine.
Hie Navy dirigible Los Angeles, on special mission from her
home port at Lakehurst, speeded across country to become a sort
u ai^ 1C > a f> sbl P the a *r armada mobilized to welcome home
the Nation s premier airman. Both Army and Navy planes, some
from distant posts, had stations in the roaring clouds that hov
! ?' red above the Memphis like a swarm of honey bees as she plied
I her way northward to her pier at the Washington Navy Yard.
| Not to be denied Its place in the
(sun, the Coast Guard had the task of
policing the river channel. The cut
ter Apache and a brood of picket
boats played up and down ahead of
\ the cruiser, warning private craft out
of the way. Picnic crowds who had
gathered early to watch the pageant
I from shore found vantage points here
l and there near the water's edge.
Passage Closely Timed.
The Memphis had so timed her
passage up the river as to arrive off
the Navy Yard at 11 a.m.. Eastern
standard time, a full hour ahead of
the start of the parade to the Monu
ment Grounds. At the aviator’s own
request the interval was given over
to greeting his mother in the privacy
of his stateroom on the cruiser.
Lindbergh went to the bridge as
(Continued on Page 5, Column 3.)
Many passengers in two Capital
Traction cars en route to the Navy
Yard about 9 o’clock this morning,
wanting to get near the navy yard
to get a glimpse of the returned hero,
were shaken up when a rear-end colli
sion occurred on Pennsylvania avenue
between Sixth and Seventh streets
None of the passengers was serious
ly injured, police reported. James
Smith, 37 years old. of Keyser, W.
Va„ sustained a slight injury to his
leg, while Katie Robinson, Driscoll
Hotel, was injured about the face and
her eyeglasses broken. Both refused
hospital treatment. The accident de
layed street car traffic for a short
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\ Commander Byrd
To Notify “Lindy”
Os Medal Award
Comdr. Richard E. Byrd, first to
fly across the North Pole, has been
designated to notify Col. Charles A.
Lindbergh of the award to him by
the National Geographic Society of
the Hubbard gold medal.
Thus Byrd, whose ambiti n to fly
first to Paris was et aside by Lind
bergh. t HI formally notify his suc
cessful rival of the awar which
Byrd himself received at the hands
of President Coolidge a year ago
this month.
The notification will take place
a- the National Aeronautic Associ
ation breakfast Monday morning,
which will be attended by a small
group of America’s most famous
The Hubbard gold medal is Amer
ica’s highest award for exploration.
Only seven men have received it in
the 39 years of the National Geo
graphic Society’s history, including
Peary. Sfafansson and
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SIOO,OOO College Pledges Given.
WORCESTER, Mass.. June 11 OP).
—Pledges of $75,000 from the Rocke
feller Foundation and of $25,000 from
the Duke estate were announced Last
night at the eighty-third annuel New
England conference of the A. M. E.
Zion Church for the Livingston N C
College, drive pf s2so*ooo* * *
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