The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


January 8, 2014

Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 1-9-2014


OAKLAND, Cal. — March 13, 1927. All we ask of the Chinese is that they settle down and let us and England keep on collecting and running their customs for them. I don’t see why they should refuse a little thing like that.

China owes us four million and we take over their custom revenue. France owes us four billion and we are afraid to send them a bill for it. What a great difference in diplomatic relations an army and navy make!

Refereeing from the side lines.



SAN JOSE, Cal. — March 14, 1927. See where they don’t allow an American senator to land in Haiti. Who would ever have thought that Haiti would be the first ideal country? Watch its population double right now.

This is the champion prune town of the world. I was reported to the police this morning for ordering grapefruit.

P.S. – I never saw California looking more beautiful. The tremendous rains out here have washed away all the real estate signs.



SACRAMENTO, Cal. — March 15, 1927. Just addressed the California State Legislature and helped them pass a bill to form a lawyers’ association to regulate their conduct.

Personally I don’t think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of the Legislature. You’ve got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer.

Met the Governor. He tried to sell me a lot. So California has a typical Californian as Governor.

The evangelist among State Legislatures.

P.S. – Tomorrow I invade Nevada and may get to Weepah.



CARSON CITY, Nev. — March 16, 1927. Just delivered free public advice to the governor, Senate and State Legislature of Nevada.

They killed the License Gambling Bill here today. The gambling element killed it. They voted against paying a license. With all other states gambling free, there was no reason they should pay a license here.

P. S. – This is the solar plexus town; ask my friend Corbett. Also the old stamping ground of Mark Twain. Going now to Virginia City.



SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — March 17, 1927. Hurrah for Mellon for answering, today, the faculties of Columbia and Princeton on debt cancellation. It almost takes a sense of humor for college professors to advise Mellon on money matters.

When our country does accidentally stumble on a competent man why don’t they let him alone? That’s why Notre Dame has the best football team in America every year?because they concentrate on the business of a college and not on the business of a government.

What Columbia and Princeton need is open field runners and not canceled debts.

Pedagogue Rogers, of the Claremore Third Grade.

P.S. – Just flew in here 300 miles from Elko, Nev., by airplane. Got lost over the mountains in a snowstorm. Oh, boy, we got real aviators in this country, even if the Government don’t think they are useful.

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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