Clipped From The Daily Mail
SINGER four IS WELCOMED Lily Pon$ Pay* First Visit To Namesake Postoffice. LILYPONS. Md., June 22.—Miss Lily Pons found her. namesake postoffice, surrounded by ponds of br'ghMraed lilies, more charming than the "wealth of kings" Sunday, on her initial visit. The famed opera singer beamed v.-ith excitement as she surveyed t'jte hundreds of ponds of blooming water lilies of the place which four years ago was named in her honor. "1 can't tell you how thrilled 1 urn at least to see Lilypons," Miss Pons said addressing a throng of r.,000 who gathered at a grandstand above the ponds to formally welcome hen She recalled that as a girl she read about kings measuring their wealth by the number of heads of cattle and slaves and then said: "How much more charming it is icr me to describe the wealth of my namesake city in terms of thousands of lovely lilies." Miss Pons later disclosed that this was her name day. Lily, she explained, is synonymous with Alice in her native France and today is dedicated to St. Alice. The singer said she was thrilled with the entertainment planned for her here and in nearhy Frederick. She went for a boat ride on one of the lily ponds, rode in a 1905 automobile, signed hundreds of autographs and posed for scores of pictures. Miss Pous kept a promise she mi-.de on arriving here by singing "The Star Spangled Banner' at a luncheon. She had planned to sing the national anthem yesterday hut cculd not because of the lack of a piano. Miss Pons. arriving with a State Police escort, was greeted at the grandstand by Postmaster Clarence C. C. Thomas and several notables. G. Leicester Thomas, a brother of the postmaster, introduced Dr. Charles H. Conley, prominent Frederick physician and civic leader, who was in charge of the program. A bouquet of various colored water lilies was presented the honored guest by Charles L. Tricker, of Saddle River, N. J.. president of the National Association of Water Lily Growers. Reciting an anonymous poem about the flower, he told of the beauty of the lilies in making the presentation. Gov, Harry W. Nice welcomed Miss Pons to Maryland and Frederick county and expressed the hope that she would take fond memories of this place back to her native France. Others who spoke were: Maj-Gen. Edgar T. Conley, adjutant-general of the United States Army; Commander Allen G. Gwynn, United States Navrfand Dr. Horace McFarland. of Harrisburg. noted horticulturist and former president of the American Rose Growers' Societv.