The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


January 27, 2014

Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 1-28-14


MILWAUKEE, Wis., April 7, 1927. — See by the papers today that the Philippines wanted just to vote to see if they wanted independence. But we told ’em “No, you can’t even vote to see if you want it or not, and furthermore we urgently request that you don’t even be seen thinking about it.”

What was that slogan the whole country was shouting just exactly ten years ago today? Does this sound like it, “Self determination of small nations.”

Yours for memory,




WORTHINGTON, Minn., April 8, 1927. — With this new telephone photography life has no privacy any more. Suppose your ‘phone bell don’t work, somebody may be calling you up and looking you over, and you not knowing it.

And remember, don’t run direct from the bath tub to the telephone. It also pictures everybody and everything that’s in the room, so why hire a detective, when you can get evidence for a nickel?

We don’t know yet whether it’s a scientific discovery or a Wayne Wheeler invention. One lucky thing is gin photographs like water.

Yours for the good old days when they couldn’t even tell where you were when ‘phoning. There will be none installed at Beverly Hills.

The Mayor.



MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., April 9, 1927. — Just been over today and addressed the Legislature of the great State of Minnesota. A fellow named Johnson interpreted for me. I didn’t go to Norway, Sweden, and Denmark last year. I didn’t think there was any use as I knew I was going to play here this year.

They are still hollering for farmer’s relief and are trying to throw out Senator Shaw, who is in the United States Senate, and bring back Magnus Johnson, the best milker that ever hit Capitol Hill.

Mr. Coolidge has been invited here to this State, but if I were him I would be afraid to come.





CHICAGO, Ill., April 10, 1927. — Bill Thompson is a fast worker. Elected two days ago, he decided he would like to start Mayoring about tomorrow. No lame duck Mayors in this burg. When the votes are counted your hat is waiting. Congress and the Senate ought to do that. Why give ’em six months to repent on salary? This is the Rogers and Dawes plan.



P. S. — Buried a bandit here yesterday. Had thirty-five thousand dollars’ worth of flowers. It’s the florist that’s backing this crime wave. Undertakers advertise their high-priced coffins: “Fit for a bandit.” Glorified crime.

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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