LONDONDERRY, Ireland, May 22, 1932 (UP) - Amelia Earhart Putnam smiled her way to a warm spot in the hearts of the Irish people during the day she spent here at the conclusion of her transatlantic flight.
Most of the time before her departure at 1:50 p.m. for London was spent in the vicinity of the little house of Farmer George Gallagher and his wife, who offered her their hospitality when she landed in a nearby pasture on Saturday.
They gave her hot tea and fed her when she had begun to recover from the strain of the flight. Mrs. Gallagher gave her a dress to wear and it was in their home that she ate breakfast and luncheon before her departure.
Six thousand wildly cheering spectators crowded about the pasture when she climbed in a chartered plane to fly on to London, leaving her own damaged craft where she had landed it at the end of her flight. She waved to the crowd and said goodbye to the Gallaghers before joining her two male companions in the plane.
"I certainly will come back," she said. "I have enjoyed my stay immensely."
"Will you come back by air?" the correspondent asked.
"I certainly would prefer it, but I can't say," she replied with a laugh. "You better get an airport before you invite people to come by air. But I've enjoyed myself very much. I've often heard of Irish hospitality, but its warmth exceeded all expectations."
Hundreds of autograph fans had besieged her all morning.
After a good night's sleep, Mrs. Putnam arose at 6 a.m. and had breakfast with her host and hostess.
"I feel much better," she told newspapermen later. "The Gallaghers and their two boys and two girls are charming."
She spent most of the morning posing good-naturedly for motion picture photographers and signing autographs. The crowd grew so rapidly that police were hard-pressed to control it.
Mrs. Putnam also talked to Dan McCallion, who lives in a cottage near the Gallaghers.
"I saw the plane landing," McCallion said. "I ran out and reached it just as Mrs. Putnam was getting out. I asked where she had flown from and she said from the states. I thought at first she was Miss Amy Johnson (the British flyer). She maneuvered the plane very cleverly in landing. I thought she was going to crash into the cottage."