Some 90,000 West Germans have paid homage before the coffin of former Chancellor Dr. Konrad?
Some 90,000 West Germans have paid homage before the coffin of former Chancellor Dr. Konrad Adenauer, lying in state in the Chancellery in Bonn. Tonight (Sunday) President Johnson arrived to attend Dr. Adenauer's funeral in nearby Cologne on Tuesday.
Thousands queued for as long as three hours in the cold and rain outside before they could go in to pay their last respects to the former chancellor.
Dr. Adenauer, who was aged 91, died last Wednesday.
Many women burst into tears as they paused before the coffin, which was draped in the black, red and gold flag of Germany. Some placed sprays of flowers at the foot of the coffin and a farmer from the Eifel mountains brought a small fir tree.
A guard of honour has been mounted at all times round the coffin. It will be taken to Cologne for the funeral, and will then travel up the Rhine to Rhoendorf, where Dr. Adenauer lived.
At Bonn airport today, scores of police and United States servicemen were placed on guard for the arrival of President Johnson.
For President Johnson, it was to be the first visit to Europe in his three years of office.
The American President - the first of dozens of foreign dignitaries due in Bonn for the funeral - has been given elaborate security protection. There are fears for his safety, and police in Cologne are investigating a note handed to a newspaper which said left-wing extremists were planning his assassination.