By Will Rogers
Enid News and Eagle
MR. ROGERS FINDS QUEEN’S VISIT IS AFFECTING NASHVILLE, TENN.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 14, 1926. — The visit of Queen Marie, the roving Rumanian, is causing much excitement here in Nashville. They claim her journey encourages imperialism on impressionable minds, and all references to Queens has been stricken from school books.
I opened campaign here last night and gave physical demonstration that Darwin was right.
MR. ROGERS REPORTS A MISSION TO SAVE BIRMINGHAM, ALA.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 15, 1926. — My opposition tonight was to be Judda Krishnamurti, the amateur messiah from India. The modern savior got in here this morning, took one look at Birmingham and said it was a No. 2 Sodom and Gomorrah, and left them bogged down in their sin. So Judge Gary’s Youngstown of the South’s salvation is entirely in my hands. I will rescue these heathen single handed, but it will cost them $3 a head.
MR. ROGERS STUDIES PROHIBITION IN THE SOUTH; DECIDES IT’S NOT AN ISSUE THERE, BUT A PRIVILEGE.
MACON, Ga., Oct. 16, 1926. — I thought I would hear a lot of election excitement on account of being down here just two weeks before it comes off, but their elections were all held last August at the primaries.
Republicans sometimes enter the race down here, as they are generously allowed to do so by a law, but of course they just go for the ride. Well, the same thing happens in New York State. They sometimes put up a man against Al Smith, which is also permissible by law.
Prohibition is never an issue in the South, their habits and their votes have nothing in common. They feel they are the originators of the still, and any legislation to permit large breweries would be unfair competition and would perhaps destroy the entire revenue of hundreds of thousands of small still owners, who have no other visible means of support. Corn likker is their product, and I can’t blame them for voting to protect its life.
You see, you must not condemn a people until you have been among them and can see and know their angle. I don’t blame them for not wanting big corporation breweries to be allowed by law to try and change their tastes. We would be a fine liberty-loving country if we allowed a few Yankees to dictate to us what we could make and what we could drink.
Prohibition isn’t an issue down here; it’s a privilege.
WILL ROGERS OFFERS HIS AID TO QUEEN IN SEEING AMERICA
ATLANTA, Ga., Oct. 17, 1926. — Let Queen Marie, the rambling Rumanian, join me in my campaign for farmers’ relief, and I will show her more of America than Rand McNally. Lois Fuller didn’t lay out my route, but one of the round-the-world fliers did. We could help each other on our weekly articles and endorsements.
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.