By Will Rogers
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
WILL ROGERS, HERE BY AIRPLANE, URGES MORE RED CROSS GIVING
NEW YORK, N.Y. — May 1, 1927. I just flew in here from Beckley, W. Va., where Casey Jones, the famous Curtiss aviator, landed me on the field after just two hours and twenty minutes from Washington, D. C. They had the big Bellanca plane out on the field and Chamberlin, the pilot, who is to take it to Paris, took me up in it. It’s a great sample. All we need is thousands of them.
It looks like a big night at our show tonight. McCormack and I are arguing over who will open the show. Mr. Coolidge is going to make another Red Cross appeal for more funds. Don’t stop at your quota. This is the biggest need we ever had in this country. Thank you. ~ Will
WILL ROGERS GIVES THANKS FOR AID TO HIS FLOOD BENEFIT
NEW YORK, N.Y. — May 2, 1927. Well, our benefit turned out fine. We got $17,950, and more checks still coming in. Want to try to thank everybody from all over the country that helped out.
Now don’t slack on this stuff because New Orleans is out of danger. That doesn’t alter the need of those hundreds of thousands of others who will have to be supported till a crop is raised. My old friend Ring Lardner, along with a contribution, sent the following suggestion as to how to stop the flood.
“Send out all the levees in New York.” ~ Yours, Will.
MR. ROGERS, IN ALBANY, THINKS AL MIGHT BE INDUCED TO MOVE
ALBANY, N.Y. — May 3, 1927. Just speeding along the old Hudson River the last three hours. I was thinking how many millions and millions of dollars would be raised overnight if it was out of its banks and doing the same amount of damage that the old Mississippi is. Makes a lot of difference where a thing happens.
The old bounding Burgomaster, ~ Will Rogers.
P.S. — This is Albany, the official home of Al Smith, New York’s hereditary Governor. Al likes the old place here, but I believe he could be persuaded to move.
WILL ROGERS MUSES A BIT ON THE HABITS OF A NEW YORKER
NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 4, 1927. I was in Albany, the New York State Capital, last night. They didn’t know any more news about AL Smith up there than we do in Claremore, Okla. He hadn’t been there in weeks. You can’t keep a native New Yorker away from home.
Can you imagine Senator Borah, Nick Longworth, Pat Harrison, Jim Reed and Tom Heflin having to go to Tammany Hall on Fourteenth street to confer at a White House breakfast? ~ Yours, Will Rogers.
P.S. — I am addressing Yale tonight on the subject “Which is More Beneficial to Colleges, Suicide or Football?”
MOTHER’S DAY, NEXT SUNDAY, GIVES WILL ROGERS AN IDEA
NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 5, 1927. Every edition tells of more levees breaking and more people in danger.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day — a beautiful thought, whoever started it. Now what could please your Mother more, either living or dead, than to mail one dollar to your nearest Red Cross for the flood sufferers?
Even if you have given, give again, just because it’s in memory of your mother.
Spend one more dollar on our own unfortunates. And if your mother is living write her and tell her what you have done and that you have enclosed a dollar for her.
Come on, editorial writers, you ask them to do it. ~ Yours, Will Rogers.
P.S. – And when you write your mother, if you don’t think the shock will be too great, you might enclose her some money just for a change.
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.