disapperance of miss earhart... part 1
Ships Start Home From South Seas Disappearance of Miss Earhart Written Off as. Air Mystery HONOLULU.—(/!')—Disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator in the equatorial Pacific 17 days ago was written off as one o£ aviation's mysteries Monday night. A theory that the 39-year-old aviatrix and Frederick J. Noonan perished on the 2,570-mile flight from New Guinea to tiny Howland Island July 2 was advanced by navy officers. U. S. Navy ships, some of which had iu'ed' the search a few hours after l>s Earhart radioed a last, confusing nessage at 2:14 p. m. (CST) July 2, bandoned their hunt at sunset Sunday nd headed homeward. George Palmer Putnam, husband of he 39-year-old woman flier, was in uclusion at his Los Angeles home hut his close friend, Paul ManU, said he ie was satisfied the navy had done rverylhinB possible. ManU denied reports that Putnam jlannecl to charter a yacht and search lie Howland area of the Pacific, in which the Earhart plane was believed .o have come down. Amelia Had No Regrets ALBANY, N. Y.—</P)—Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt said Monday night she ••f'eels sure" Amelia Earhart's last words were "I have no regrets" when her plane plunged into the South Pacific July 2. "To her it was worth the cost, the first lady said at New Lebanon, nea: here, where she attended a crafts ex hibition. "I only hope she went quick ly, and that she was not subjected to; great pain." Mrs. Roosevelt, who has had Miss Earhart as her guest at the White House on several occasions, • said she still "has hopes Amelia was picked up by a boat with no wireless," but added A total of 195 light planes was pro- duied during the first quarter of 1937.