The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

January 13, 2014

Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 1-14-14

ENID, Okla. — WILL ROGERS, OUT IN IDAHO, SENDS IMPRESSIONS OF BORAH

POCATELLO, Idaho, March 18, 1927. — It took me forty-eight States to do it, but I finally arrived in one where every one knows who one of their Senators is.

I go to Borah’s home town tomorrow. I want to see this place before it is made a shrine for honoring the only man in public life in his time with independent thought, when everybody else’s ideas are as standardized as Ford parts.

What’s best for the political machine is best for the politician. What’s best for America is best for Borah. Ask Mr. Coolidge how far wrong I am.

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WILL ROGERS FAILS TO FIND ANY DEMOCRATS IN BOISE

BOISE, Idaho, March 19, 1927. — I blow into this town of Borah’s wanting to hold my usual conference or caucus with the Democrats about next year’s nomination and I find there are no Democrats here. Borah is the only one they have.

Haven’t been out to look the town over, but I bet it’s rotten. Anything that is all Republican is no good. Anything that is part Republican isn’t much good. You have to have some decent element.

They built a new depot for Borah to go out from and come in to. He’s gone out of it, but has never come back yet. I got a wire from him welcoming me to his town; also one from Alice Longworth. So I see that the Republican Party is still intact.

I’m going to Oregon tomorrow looking for a Democrat. Love to all the faithful.

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WILL ROGERS PAYS TRIBUTE TO A GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI

PENDLETON, Ore., March 20, 1927. — Last year I was entertained in the home of a fine old Southern gentleman. He came to my little performance. This year he phoned me: “Will you have time to come and tell the jokes? I can’t get over.” And I did.

He was a plain, lovable character and he handed me out much homely philosophy. I will miss him next year when I go back, and his State will miss him. He was just a plain Governor of the great State of Mississippi.

You missed a lot by not knowing Governor Whitfield. We don’t raise any more like him, for conditions have changed.

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