By Will Rogers
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
WILL ROGERS HAILS THE NEWS THAT BOOTLEGGERS MUST PAY
BRATTLEBORO, Vt., May 17, 1927. — The biggest news that has hit the financial section of this country was yesterday, when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a bootlegger had to pay income tax.
We ought to have our national debt paid in a couple of years now. If he is a married bootlegger he can charge off $3,500 for his wife and $200 for every baby bootlegger in the family.
He is also allowed to charge off his payment to revenue officers and for all loss from breakage and explosions.
Yours for the latest news,
ROGERS ADMIRES COOLIDGE FOR HIS “PRETTY LANGUAGE”
PITTSFIELD, Mass., May 18, 1927. — Calvin Coolidge doesn’t say much, but look how pretty he writes. This was his message yesterday to the medical society.
“As human beings gain in individual perfection so the world will gain in social perfection, and we may hope to come into an era of right thinking and right living, of good will and of peace, in accordance with the teachings of the Great Physician.”
Gee! That sounds like one of those birthday greeting cards. With those beautiful thoughts there must have been a third term breaking through the cloud.
Yours in appreciation of beautiful language, even if it doesn’t mean anything — but those old doctors sure ate it up.
WILL ROGERS NOTES A POINT OF DIFFERENCE WITH CHINA
HARTFORD, Conn., May 19, 1927. — We are still trying to make China see things our way, even if their eyes are not shaped like ours.
NO JOKES FROM ROGERS TILL LINDBERGH ARRIVES
CONCORD, N. H., May 20, 1927. — No attempt at jokes today. A slim, tall, bashful, smiling American boy is somewhere out over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where no lone human being has ever ventured before. He is being prayed for to every kind of Supreme Being that has a following. If he is lost it will be the most universally regretted single loss we ever had. But that kid ain’t going to fail, and what could be better to celebrate his arrival than another donation to over 600,000 of our very own, that are not even fortunate enough to be flying over water, but have to stand huddled upon the banks and look into it as it washes away their lifetime’s work.
They didn’t even have enough to buy a paper to know that he had gone. Nothing would please him better than for you to help them in his honor, for he comes from the banks of the Mississippi, and he knows what it can do.
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.