By Will Rogers
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
WILL ROGERS PASSES COMMENT ON FLOOD, LINDBERGH AND KINGS
NEW YORK, N. Y., May 29, 1927. — Didn’t I tell you Saturday that there were 600,000 people needing help? And that it would take more money than they had asked for? Now today Mr. Hoover says there are 700,000, and he is asking for only 2,000,000 more dollars. This whole thing has been underestimated from the start. Why not ask for some real sum? It couldn’t be too high. Remember Wednesday night to send a check to the New Orleans Red Cross. We want to break all records at that benefit.
P. S. — That Lindbergh is certainly showing up the diplomats in knowing what to say. No diplomat wrote any of his speeches. They haven’t been able to think up any that good for themselves. He hit it right yesterday with the King of the Belgians. I suppose when he meets King George tomorrow he will say “Glad to meet you; I have heard quite a bit of your eldest son.”
WILL ROGERS NOTES A CLEAN TOWN AND COMMENTS ON THE NEWS
HERSHEY, Pa., May 30, 1927. — If I knew your address I would send you some fine chocolates. This is the cleanest and best run town I ever saw. It is run and operated entirely by Mr. Hershey, the most modest and the greatest philanthropist of any man in America.
The Jess Livermores held a social robbery at their beautiful home on Long Island last night. Evidently every one attending were members of the same set.
On my way to New Orleans tonight for the benefit. Send some money. The flood proper has not reached Southern Louisiana. Kick in with this other two million, and if Hoover didn’t ask for enough I will let you know.
MR. ROGERS MUSES ON SPEECHES BY LINCOLN AND BY OTHERS
ATLANTA, Ga., May 31, 1927. — Another Decoration Day passed and Mr. Abraham Lincoln’s 300-word Gettysburg Address was not dethroned. I would try and imitate its brevity if nothing else. Of course, Lincoln had the advantage; he had no foreign policy message to put over. He didn’t even have a foreign policy. That’s why he is still Lincoln.
Yours for shorter and better speeches,
P. S. — The Government has advised Lindbergh to come home.
We are afraid that every nation that treats him good will want something off their debt.
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.