AMELIA SHUNS 'OVER-PRAISE'
New York, June 20 - Amelia Earhart Putnam, the girl who didn't want any fuss made over her just because she happened to be the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, came home today, insisting that her flight to Ireland was merely a "personal gesture."
"It means nothing at all to aviation," she said and added that in her opinion, women have been over-praised for their achievements in flying.
"Do you think you've been over-praised," she was asked.
"Yes," she replied promptly.
Accompanied by her husband, George Palmer Putnam, publisher, Miss Earhart arrived on the liner Ile de France. They were taken off at quarantine aboard the city yacht Riverside, while a score of widely known fliers waited to greet the tall, slim young woman with curly blonde hair who long ago was nicknamed "Lady Lindy."
While tugs whistled, fireboats sent columns of water high into the air, and airplanes swooped and roared, the Riverside proceeded to the battery, where
a crowd of 5,000 or more waited to give Miss Earhart her second welcome home. It was very much like the welcome she received four years ago on her return after her flight to Wales as a passenger with Wilmer Stultz and Lou Gordon.
"I'm just as glad to get back as I was four years ago," she said. "And this time I know the committee better."
Miss Earhart said the five hours blind flying she was compelled to do had been to her the highlight of the flight -- in that she found out she could fly blind that long.
Someone asked her what she thought about during her night alone over the Atlantic.
"You don't have time to think much -- at least not about yourself with relation to your plane," she said. "If you start thinking about yourself, it's fatal."
"I hope the prince was amused," she replied when someone asked her about her meetings with the Price of Wales.
"Like most fliers," she added, "he dances well."
She was greatly impressed by the King and Queen of the Belgians.
"They are both exactly what you'd expect a king and a queen to be like," she said.
"Mussolini", she added, showed her a "more gracious side of his personality than some Americans are aware of."
After leaving the Riverside the woman aviator and her husband and official welcoming party entered automobiles and proceeded to city hall, where several thousand persons were massed on the plaza.
Following a greeting by Mayor Walker at the city hall, Miss Earhart's day included a formal welcome at the reproduction of Federal hall, erected in Bryant park back of the public library as part of the George Washington bicentennial celebration.
Tomorrow she is to fly to Washington to receive from President Hoover the special gold medal of the National Geographic Society.
Crowds lined Broadway for the trip to city hall. Ticker tape floated down and twice spectators rushed forward to toss bouquets of flowers into the car in which Miss Earhart was riding.