The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


February 10, 2014

Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 2-11-14


HIGH POINT, N. C., April 26, 1927. — It certainly does pay to have friends. John McCormack heard that I was giving a benefit performance for the flood sufferers at Mr. Ziegfeld’s new theatre next Sunday night, and he called me on the phone just now, from out in Illinois, and said he would come clear in to New York to sing; that “he thought it was the greatest need by the largest number of people of anything that had ever come up.”

Now, outside of being a good fellow, he is not a bad singer. So it will be “McCormack and Rogers, those two nifty boys in funny songs and sentimental jokes.” But what the whole country has got to do is wake up and give. These people are going to need assistance for months.

Actors will help you in every town to give shows and raise money. They don’t fail. And neither do the people, when they know the need.





WINSTON-SALEM, N. C., April 27, 1927. — Mr. Coolidge said that newspaper men should stand by the Administration’s foreign policy.

Now I will admit there has been times when he and I differed on Nicaragua, Mexico and China, but when I read his angle of it all, why, it sounded plausible.

They say a smart man changes his mind, but an editorial writer never does; so I have been convinced that I would rather be wrong with the Administration than right against it.

The Old Burgomaster of Beverly,

Will Rogers.



RICHMOND, Va., April 28, 1927. — There’s hundreds of thousands of people being driven from their homes?homes that won’t be there when they come back.

These poor people have never harmed a soul or broke a law. Yet Mrs. Snyder’s picture has occupied more space in some of the papers than the whole State of Mississippi fighting for its life. There are ten reporters and photographers at the trial to one at the flood.

Just think of the extra amount of money that could be raised if that array of special writers, with their various talents for describing dramatic scenes, could be sent to the flood instead of the trial. There is more heart interest in one house-top with its little family flowing down the river on it than in all the corset salesmen in the world.





STAUNTON, Va., April 29, 1927. — Been traveling today down through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia?and boobs are leaving to see Europe! Just saw the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson.

They got a great young Governor here they are priming for the Democratic nomination for President in eight years from now. I am in favor of not nominating any in the meantime, and by that time the party will have time to think of an issue.

I tell you, you can’t do nothing until this fellow Coolidge is overtaken by age.

Yours for travel, weather and political news,

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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