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TWO EARHART (Continued From Page One) Eastern Standard time (2:45 CST) radioing the plane: "We can see your flares; are coming toward you." Forty-five minutes later came a second message: "We see your flares. Go ahead." Then came tho bitter anti-climax anti-climax when officers of the cutter reported to listening land stations the ship's lookout might haye mistaken heat flashes for a flare, and later, t«elr decision It was "probably a meteor." Tiny Howland Island, destination destination of Mlsg Earhart's 2,570-milo flight from British New Guinea last week, also reported seeing tho lights. Flares carried by the missing missing plane could not havo been sighted by both, Second Futllo Dash. This is the second time tne Itasca has made a wild chase to locate what appeared to be flares. Last Friday the cutter sped eastward eastward from Howland, whore it was stationed for tho flight but found the lights it thought were flares were only rising stars. The lights were seen today from 280 miles north of Howland, where an incomplete radio message message yesterday indicated the filers were drifting with the current of the equatorial sea. Miss Earhart'g husband, George Palmer Putnam, however, was so firmly convinced the message was misinterpreted that the San Francisco Francisco Coast Guard radio sent out a message to searching ships of three nations asking them to shift their hunt 280 miles southeast of Howland Island. Putnam based his opinion on the inability of his wife's radio to operate when the plane is on the water. The radio batteries were situated under the wing •where they would be useless if she alighted on water. He has persistently persistently held to the belief she had reached one of tho tiny atolls which dot tho equatorial Pacific None is within 300 miles north of Howland. Could Not Radio. Lieut. Frank Johnson, San Francisco Coast Guard communications communications officer, radioed the battleship battleship Colorado, nearlng the scene from Honolulu: ' "Information just received from Lockheed factory (builder of tne plane) states positively Earhart's piano radio transmitter could not repeat nor operate If plane in water." He suggested tho Colorado send , her three planes today to fly over the Phoenix Islands, about 280 miles southeast of Howland. Officials here also began to share the belief that Miss Earhart, if alive, ha s found a temporary haven on some remote coral reef or sand pit. They indicated the search would veer toward Phoenix Phoenix in accordance with the San Francisco request. •i Coast / Guardsmen, however, commented: "We can't overlook and bet. We must consider the possibility that Miss Earhart picked up new radio equipment somewhere on her flight, and also Noonans' known adaptability." They suggested Noonan may have adapted tho radio to work, when the plane was on the water, ; .possibly from spare batteries which land observers did not know about. •.-.' to Continue Search. Their attitude indicated the Itas- *sa, the navy mine sweeper Swan, and the British freighter Moorby Moorby would continue searching north of Howland. None of the observers doubted that at least some of tne many messages purporting to come from Miss Earharts' radio were authentic. authentic. "There is reason to believe," Putnam commented at tho San Francisco Coast Guard station where he listened to reports, that some of the half-intelligible messages messages were actually from his wife. It was "impossible," he said, for this to be correct if she were drifting on the ocean north ot Howland. He said he felt "very definitely" they were ,011 land somewhere south of Howland. The San Francisco Coast Guard reported a computation on the basis of a bearing taken from the yesterday's radio signal by PanrAraerlcan and Miss Earhart'j last': known message when she , save the sunline, "give Indication f of • her position in the Phoenix group. This is further substan- , tiated by technicians who feeltne A plane's radio could function only TT if on shore." jf Naval officers said they thought the Colorado would change her course to comply with this mes- H sage. _ Naval Vessels En Route. y -They also hinted that when the / United States aircraft carrier Lex' Lex' j , ington and an accompanying fleet , • of four destroyers join the search r, t they will swing to the Phoenix C< gr.oup. This armada is en route . . from San Diego, Calif., via Honolulu, Honolulu, where they will refuel, fc-t American naval officers haz- ?-4 arded no guess as to which • part i'f ot the search the Japanese air- l' ! . plane carrier Kamol would Join. f., 1 The Kamol, lasest warchaft to a ' speed toward the scene, like the ,'V' v Lexington, carried a full corns'' corns'' ~ plement of planes ready to throw iv" , Into the four-day hunt, \ i Costs of the various rescue ex- IV' ipedltions mounted into unofficial & f i estimates of hundreds of thous- 9j ands of dollars, as shlp s of ; thi;ee 3p nations sped to the hunt. H'* '_Message Heard Ycstcrddny. *»!" The message which suddenly "Converged the search 281 miles f A ?P rtn of Howland was heard at <* /« i a< ™«L yesterday (T:13 a. 'in. ' -^IQaatern Standard time) (6:12 •-,O, S. T.) ^It was fragmentary, faint, and lartly blotted out with static, ^hree operators at Wallupe naval 'Station pieced it together- as follows: follows: . North Howland... .Call -. (the signature of ttioEar- \¥T-- P lane >".;-beyond north.... ,iPont' hold with us much longer '-,". i .Above water... .Shut off.". JTSearching agencies interpreted the message—if It came from the. ;>n(sslng couple—as. an indication 'Of various things, that the plane )waa sinking/that radio transmit ;8jon was failing because of weak"*"— weak"*"— batteries, that the plane floating, and that gasoline isaary to turn the right motor . .furnish electricity was near laustion. , , ; Claims New Earhart Contact JBAN FRANCISCO, July 8,-W it guard headquarters here, announced it was informed -Wand, ).rad.lo * amateur re, Joking vup a message pur from Amelia Earhart, •.Kvfeti'lx. at 6s35 a. m. ;andard time), name was with- GERMAN NEWSPAPER CRITICIZED SPEECH II. S. AMBASSADOR LONDON INDEPENDENCE DAY SPEECH OF BIGHAM HELD "AGITATIVE" BERLIN, July 6.—(ff)—The Duetscho Allegsmelne Zeltung tonight tonight criticized a London Independence Independence Day speech by United States Ambassador Robert Worth Bingham as "ngitatlve" criticism of "other European peoples." (Ambassador Bingham, addressing addressing the Amcfrlcan Society In London London Monday, said "Despots havs forced America and Britain to undertake undertake rearmament and, having undertaken it, we. must necessarily necessarily win the rearmament race.") Tho controlled German newspaper, newspaper, reflecting noticeable Nazi Irritation, asked: "Should an American ambassador ambassador accredited in a European capital capital make agltative speeches against other European peoples? Bingham, in London, incited the so-called democracies against the so-called dictatorships in almost unbelievable fashion." Little Interest In San Angelo Election SAN ANGELO, July 6.—(/P)— Only 200 votes had been cast by Sun Angelo property owners early this afternoon in an election to decide on the proposed Issuance of $100,000 In bonds to finance a. park rehabilitation and expansion program. The city has approximately approximately 5,000 qualified voters. Construction of a $40,000 swimming swimming pool is a minor objective in a $200,000 park and recreational program. Part of the expenditures expenditures would be for rehabilitating park areas swept by two unprecedented unprecedented floods last September; held while a coast guard officer hurried to Oakland to investigate tho report. No other station apparently picked up the report, but coast guard officials said they were informed informed tho Oakland amateur heard a message, which he quoted: quoted: "Two-hundred-eighty-one miles north Howland. Cannot hold out much longer. Drifting northeast. Motor sinking In water." Officers pointed out the report was very similar to one which came in yesterday morning and on which the coast guard cutter Itasca is basing its latest search. The coast guard said It had not picked up any signal, carrier or otherwise, from the missing avla- trlx and her navigator, Frederick Frederick J. Noonan, who vanished shortly before noon Friday while nearlng Howland Island on their flight around the world. Would Get News First. WASHINGTON, July 6.— (ff>— Coast Guard officials said today it was Improbable that news of the sighting of Amelia Earhart's plane would be known before word was received at headquarters In Washington. At 11:40 a. m. (EST) the Coast Guard had been without direct word from the cutter Itasca since 5:40 a. m. (EST), when the res- due ship announced lights it had sighted were meteors Instead of flares from tho Earhart plane, as was thought possible an hour earlier. earlier. Officials believed garbled versions versions of tho Itasca reports about tho lights were responsible for rumors rumors from various places that the Earhart piano had been sighted. The Itasca is under orders to report as quickly as possible to Washington, where President Hoosevelt and Secretary Mongeji- thau are anxiously awaiting word from the missing avlatrix. Mattorn Voices Hope. i I KANSAS CITY, July 8.— W)— I Jimmie Mattorn, who himself was ' lost 16 days in the wilds of Siberia of a 'round-the-world flight In 1033, voiced hope today for the safety of Amelia Earhart "Her plane will float indefinitely," indefinitely," Mattern said, "But she's in a pretty bad situation." Mattern flew here yesterday from Oklahoma City to spend a week studying navigation and radio radio problems in preparation for his proposed flight from Oakland, Calif., to Moscow, Russia, via the north pole. Has NO Information. WASHINGTON, July 6.-W- The coast guard cutter Itasca reported at 12,61 p. m, (E. S. T,) today she had no information about the Earhart plane. Tho message was sent to Washington In response to a request request that the Itasca search -near Howland island, report on numerous numerous rumors that • she had been found, or heard from the missing plane this morning. The Itasca reported at 5:40 a. m. (E, S. T.) that lights, -which officers at first thought might be flares from the Earhart plane, were only meteors. Another Amateur Reports Earhart Call SAN FRANCISCO, July ... . . Another radio amateur reported he had heard Amelia Earhart'F voice oh the air today and. efforts were made Immediately to check the report, , Coast Guard officers said their station here -had not picked, up' any further word from the avla- trlx and her companion, Frederick Frederick J. Noonan, but they sent a man to check the report made by' the amateur, Charles Miguel :of Oakland, Calif. ' George Palmer Putnam, husband husband of the filer, and his assistant, assistant, H, Pimltry, also ' Interviewed. Miguel and remained at his station station for hours. Dimitry said he and Putnam left Miguel's homo at 8:10 a. m. today and that at 6:3$ the amateur amateur reported' he .picked up the message. Miguel told Dimitry the message message began with the letters "NRU.I," the call -letters of: the Coast Guard cutter Itasca, search- Ing for Miss Earhart> and Noonan m the' vicinity of'Rowland Island. This wad followed br "KHAQCi" Miss Earhart's. call letters, Miguel said. Tjicn ,he ;quoted.,\1jhe Tries" 8<1 "Calllng x x (faded ' SOS SOS SOS. KHAQQ, KHAQQ. "281; miles north Howled. Cannot Cannot hold out much longer, Drifting Drifting northwest, We above water. Motor , sinking ' In water, Very wet. xxx (then faded followed by letter* NEW' * •it*'