The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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April 7, 2014

Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 4-8-14

ENID, Okla. — ROGERS KNOWS HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE YOUR RADIO GO BAD

LOS ANGELES, Cal. July 1, 1927. — Wasn’t it great about Commander Byrd and his gang landing safe?

Don’t tell Mrs. Byrd, but my nurse says he is better looking than Lindbergh. I can imagine how humiliated he was when his radio went on the bum. Mine went fluey during the ninth inning of a tied world series game, and I wished I had had an ocean to drop it into.

Yours,

Will.

P. S. — Lost my last tube today and have no interior mechanical connection with the outside world. In fact I’ve lost my outside aerial.

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WILL ROGERS, OUT OF HOSPITAL, SUGGESTS NEW ‘NON-STOP FLIGHT’

HOLLYWOOD, Cal., July 3. 1927. — I will give $500 for the first Ford car “non-stop flight” from Claremore, Okla., to Beverly Hills, Cal., or vice versa, whichever way yours runs better, east or west.

Remember, no stops for gas, oil, red lights, trains or loose-armed traffic cops. You can come alone like Lindy or you can have a Levine, just so you keep coming.

This is for scientific purposes. I would have offered more, but after the operation!

Yours,

The Returned Mayor,

Will.

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FOURTH OF JULY REFLECTIONS BY THE SAGE OF BEVERLY HILLS

BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., July 4, 1927. — Well, this is the Fourth of July and my kids popping these giant crackers haven’t been any great patriotic solace to my old battle scarred tummy.

This is Coolidge’s and Georgie Cohan’s birthday. Georgie writes his country’s songs and Calvin writes its speeches. Georgie started out waving a flag and Cal the ballot. Shows you which one will get you the farthest.

I was born on Nov. 4, which is election day, and if it hadn’t been for election day there would have been no Coolidge in the Black Hills. My birthday has made more men and sent more back to honest work than any other days in the year.

At that, I wish both of them well. They are both good kids, even if they do both talk with a whine.

Yours,

Will Rogers.

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MR. ROGERS HAS HIS OWN FLIGHT, WITH TERMINUS IN BEVERLY

BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., July 5, 1927. — Dozens of inquiries by wire want to know if this non-stop Ford flight from Claremore to Beverly Hills, or vice versa, is on the level. It certainly is.

I will deposit the five hundred with any reputable man. The only trouble, since the Julian oil scandal, we have no reputable man here. You can come straight across or follow the great circle by the way of Newfoundland. You can steer by dead reckoning or telephone book. You can receive weather reports on fog, mud or sheriff’s attachments.

It must be between these two cities, no other trip will get a nickel.

Yours,

Will Rogers.

Enid News & Eagle is republishing Will Rogers’ daily syndicated column, Daily Telegrams, in chronological order. The collection was edited and republished by Oklahoma State University Press in 1978 and under copyright of the Will Rogers Memorial Commission.

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