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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1962, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT' OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT YEAR, NO. 258 NY See: Millions Greet U.S. Astronaut _ _ _ ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 2, THIRTY PAGES IN TWO Sti 9908 III 33UU Tragedy, Joy in 0 NEW YORK (AP) John K. Glenn Jr. rode in triumph through Manhattan Thursday, signalling thumbs up to the tumult of millions of New York, ers cheering his triumphant ride around the world through space. The grinning, freckled Marine lieutenant colonel sat atop the back seat of an open convertible as the crowd literally and figura- tively tried to clasp America's hero to ils chest. Spectators re- peatedly broke through police lines to try to reach Glenn. It was a perfect winter day- clear, cold, and sunny with a blue sky filled with a snow of paper ticker tape, confetti and shredded newsprint that con- tinued lo fly long after the pro cession had passed by. No welcome or expression of good will anywhere for any of the nation's spacemen "can ever top today's in New Glenn (aid. He said he and his six fellow astronauts hoped to repay it "in even more increasingly ambitious endeavors." Mayor Robert F. Wagner esti- mated the turnout for Glenn and his six fellow astronauts at four million persons. The milling, wildly cheering throngs were not the impersonal, hurrying crowds one associates with New York City. They were neighbors, smiling, happy and all, proud and sharing their pride and happiness in joyous cascScie of sound. Glenn's plane landed at La- Guardia Airport just past 1! shortly: after the worst v single-plane crash ever to occur -'in this niition, From the airport "could be seen a' thin trail of blue smoke in the distance, marking the spot where all 95 aboard the airliner died. Rather than dampen the cele- bration, the crash served as a sober reminder of the magnitude of Glenn's accomplishment in his three-orbit journey around the world Feb. 20. "This has been a really won- drous and wonderful Glenn old persons attending an of- icial city luncheon in his honor at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 'seeing the tremendous outpour- ing of warmth and feeling and patriotism and spirit. I think the thing that gives me the biggest kick of all today s to see so many of the school children along the route waving the flags, and having such a fine .ime, and very proud to be wav- ing the flag out along the street. "Thank goodness this is not old- fashioned." Afalrons, too, were waving [lags, And store windows con- tained newspaper size portraits of Glenn, declarations of pride in Ms feat, and tributes for this na- tion's space accomplishments. Lower Broadway bore street signs naming it "Astronauts Way" for the day. The city was full of signs, big and little, professional and home- made. Two teen-agers downtown carrcd a bedsheet booming "Glenn for President." Three toddlers held three cards which, together, read "Thank You Glenn." A banner across Park Ave, proclaimed "We Yen for Glenn." All along the drive from Queens to Bowling Green on the tip of Manhattan, back up Astronauts Way to City Hall, and to the ho- tel, spectators packed the side- walks. The Sanitation Department re- ported that three and a half hours after the parade had ended a record-breaking total of tons of shredded paper and tickertape had been swept up. And a special See GLENN, Pg. 2-A, Cols. 3-4 PAGE ONE By KatharynDuff A picture and slory the oiher morning fold of three who live under a culvert on the Old Potosi Road, their food and wa- ter provided by seme unknown Good Samaritans. Right away the next morning the telephone started ringing and it rang and rang, callers giving the same information: W. E. (Bill) Jennings is re- iponstble for keeping the dogs well-fed at least he was the first and he is still faithful. Jennings was located by phone and admitted it. Some Ihreo or four months ago, after a big rain, he started out in his car, pulling a boat (lake bound) from the home on the Abilene State School grounds where he and Mis. Jennings live. (He is "mailman" for the school.) Alongside the road near the culvert he saw three tiny pup- pies, nearly frozen, their eyes just opening. Back home he went for some old clothes to make them a bed, some milk and food to feed them. And every evening since he has taken food and water to the dogs. "No matter how bad the fellow employe's at (he school say. "If all of us were 'as kind as he..." a kinsman points out. with some passing worry about dogcatchers ;md pounds, Jennings' goes nightly to feed the pups and to romp with them. He wishes he could take them home with him ttiey want to go. But he already has i dog and no room for three more. Jennings doesn't know who they are, but some others are also bringing food and water to the dogs. A telephone call Informs us that a mail carrier who has that route is one helping. One day lately he'took five pounds of meat at one time for the dots. Even If their home Is not tra- ditional, the dogs have care and affect lor. They tvtn have names, Jen- nings says. He named (hem a ong time ago. The two girl pup- piles are "Queen" and "Bes- sie." The boy dog? Jennings named him some time back vhen Friendship 7 was still Iry- ng to get off the launching >ad, gave him a name I hat was o become a household one, 'John Glenn." There is this story credited o Dr. M. T. Ramsey about one ime when a group of Ramseys vent over into Mexico at La- redo. They were going through the >order giving their names and the first one said, "I'm Dr. So- ind-So iumsoy." The second said, "I'm Dr. So-and-So liam- ;ey." And the third and fourth anrt down the line to the sev- enth and senior member of the pavly. "Blankcty blank, don't tell mo you're a Dr. the befuddled cust.omsman cried. "Yes, sir, I'm Dr. H. II. Ram- said Ihe late head of ihe clan. We've done a bit of investi- gating and have come lo the conclusion that, if you called for "Dr. Ramsey" at a family gath- ering, thcre'd be a great upris- ing. Wo found the names of these, nil kinsmen: The late If. 11. Ramsey, dentist, Baird and Abilene; his brother, Ihe late E, H. namsey, dentist, Baird and Rising Star; the late Jack Rnmsey, D. D. S., California; W. V. Ramsey, M. D., W. V. Ramsey Jr., M. D., David Ramsey, D. D. S. and M. T. Rnmsey, D. D. all of Abii- Icno; Jack Ramsey, M. D. Gal- veston; E. H. Ramsey Jr., D. S, S., San Antonio; Hal