The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


January 29, 2014

Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 1-30-2014


VINCENNES, Ind. — April 12, 1927. It’s all the rage now to hold a debate on prohibition, if you can find a crowd drunk enough to pay to hear it.

I hereby challenge Billy Sunday on the subject: “Resolved, That the talk and arguments used for and against prohibition are worse on the public’s morals than the drinking.” Billy can take either side, affirmative, negative, progressive or farmers’ relief.

At the finish we will split 50-50. He can take the decision and I will take the gate receipts.

Yours for getting this settled by the right people, Mr. Rogers.

P.S. – Let me hear from this, Billy, over in Aurora, right away. If you don’t take me, why, Aimee will.



BEDFORD, Ind. — April 13, 1927. Sen. McNary of McNary-Haugen farm relief fame dined at the White House yesterday. McNary says he would like to be given another chance to draw up another bill. He says he can draw up one without the objectionable features of the last one. If it eliminates the objectionable features it won’t be any good, for it will eliminate the relief.

A dirt farmer, Will Rogers.



LAFAYETTE, Ind. — April 14, 1927. Hurrah for our aviators that broke the continuous flight record. Fifty-one hours! That breaks the Arizona Senators’ continuous air record in the last Senate filibuster. That was not a contribution to science like this was. Theirs was just a tribute to poor Senate rules.

No automobile ever went fifty hours without stopping or refueling or meeting a train at a grade crossing or something, yet we spend a billion dollars on good roads for them. Why not a subsidy to commercial aviation? Congress is waiting two more wars to see if they are practical.

This better make us think. Fifty hours?they can send ’em here from any nation in Europe.

Regards from George Ade and Purdue, Will.



CLEVELAND, Ohio — April 15, 1927. Can you imagine? This town of Cleveland wants the Republican and Democratic conventions both in 1928.

A town that don’t know any more than that is liable to ask for a sesquicentennial. The Republican convention will be held further West, for that’s the way they are going to relieve the farmers?to let ’em see a convention. And as for the Democratic one, a sanity test will follow any town purposely asking for it.

From the Burgomaster of Beverly Hills, Will Rogers.

P.S. – Cleveland’s new depot has the front finished, but has made no arrangements about any trains or tracks coming in. If you know of a railroad that needs a depot, communicate with Cleveland.

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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