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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1962, Abilene, Texas 1 "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES" BIST YEAR, NO. 282 ABILENE, TEXAS. MONDAY MORNING, MARCH 26, PAGE ONE [By Katharyn Duff] Gold Dust 1 is in honorable retirement at Roddy Reynolds' home in Putnam but Gold Dust II, another stlckhorsc, is on .new world travels, bearing the motto, "My business is to make frjends." Roddy doesn't know at the moment exactly where is the new Gold Dust but any day now will come a message from an- other faroff corner of the globe telling of new adventures of the "pony." 4 Gold Dust the First was sawed Into pony shape in I860 by Rod- dy and his dad, R. W. Reynolds, superintendent of the Putnam schools. That year marked the 100th anniversary of Pony Express and it came to the Reynoldses that it might be a good idea for Gold Dust to hit the trail in com- memoration of the event. Gold Dust went with the fam- ily on a New Mexico vacation in July 1960 and out near Albu- querque at a roadside park Hod- dy staked out the stickhorse at the first "relay station." A no- tice on the siickhorse suggested, that someone "ride" him and pass him on to another "rider" and that the riders send Roddy a report o[ their trips. A month later Roddy got n postcard reporting that Gold Dust had been "ridden" to Phoenix. Someone else picked him up and then another and another until he had "carried" more than a hundred travelers and traveled to five conti- nents. The little saddlebag tied to him began collecting notes and messages in all sorts of languages. And notes and mes- sages poured back !o Roddy. "I was broke when 1 met Gold Dust and since I have got a few days work He seems to bring good one man wrote. Gold Dust received friendly treatment everywhere, royal treatment in San .luan, Puerto Rico. He visited schools, had his picture made, was written up in newspapers. In Johannesburg, South Africa Gold Dust got'in trouble. He ac- cidentally got into the lost bag- gage department of the KLM Royal Airlines Station and was sent home. He arrived back in Putnam March 13, 1961, autographed from head to tail and loaded down with souvenirs. He was so precious Roddy didn't dare part with him. So he was from service and an exact copy, Gold Dust II, was created. Since Gold Dust I's trip was interrupted at Johannesburg, Roddy's dsd wanted Gold Dust If to start there. And so, through help of KLM, he did. He went from Houston to Am- sterdam to Johannesburg, "rid- den" by the 12-year-old daugh- ter of an airline official. Roddy has received clippings showing that Gold Dust II has gone back to Europe, then to Japan via the North Pole (he has pictures of some Tokyo or- phans playing with the slick- horse and signing its logbook) and in January received a mes- sage from a Trans-Australian Airlines official that the "pony" has made it down the South Pacific island chain toward Aus- tralia. This month newspaper clippings about it came from Maryborough. Queensland. So Gold Dust II roams the world making friends and, in a most unusual fashion, teaching Bobby a lot of geography. A Crisis in Argentina Starting to Deepen 2 Gunmen Hold Up Armored Cor JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (API- Two gunmen hijacked an armored car carrying receipts from a dog track early Sunday, signaled ac- complices following in a car by honking the horn, then escaped with nine bags containing in cash and checks. The young gunmen, unmasked, wearing short-sleeved white shirts and dark trousers, bound the driver of Ihe armored car and :he guard with adhesive tape and left them in the back of their truck. FBI agents joined city and county officers in a massive search for the gunmen and their cohorts. No arrests or leads were announced Sunday night. The Guy Marvin, Inc. truck had gone to the Jacksonville Kennel Club Saturday afternoon with cash for the day's operation and stayed until the day's racing pro- gram had ended. The club is operated by Wil- liam Johnson, owner of other dog tracks and Chicago's Sportsman's Park. With the night's receipts loaded, driver C. D. Griswold and his guard, Edgar Strickland, headed [or the company's service vault building in downtown Jackson- ville. Griswold got out of the truck to make a telephone call to (he alarm system that he was going to open the exterior metal doors, As he stepped from the truck he ivas knocked to the ground by one of the robbers, stunned and his glasses knocked off. At the same time, Strickland was emerging from the armored car's back door to follow his usual practice of driving the armored car into the building sis Griswold opened the doors. But the other gunman disarmed him, bound nim hand and foot with adhesive tape, and sa! in Ihe trucks' rear compartment with the guard. Griswold was ordered back into the driver's seat by the first gunman, who sat in front and told Griswold lo pull away from the building. At an intersection about a mile from the vault company, the gun man leaned over and blew the truck horn twice. Griswold said from that point on, a car followed close behind. After a winding drive through city streets for two or three miles, the gunman lold Griswold to' stop on a dirt street in a Ne- gro residential section. Griswold was taken lo the rear of the truck and his hands bound. The driver said he saw a car be- hind them with its lights on and engine running, but was unable lo see how many were in the car if give a description of it. WEATHER (Weather Map, page 7-A) ABILENE AND VICINITY