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April 16, 2014

Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 4-17-2014

ENID, Okla. — FIGHT, BUT DON’T CONFER, SAYS ROGERS, FEELING ENCOURAGED

BEVERLY HILLS, Cal. — July 15, 1927. This morning lots of people will feel discouraged over the disastrous ending of this disarmament conference without doing anything. But I don’t.

I think it was the most successful conference we ever attended. It’s the only one where we lost nothing, promised to give up nothing. It’s the first one in our history where we come out as strong as we went in. If we would just do nothing at all of them, I wouldn’t mind us attending them.

And the minute these other nations find we have nothing to give up, why they will gradually quit holding them, and with no international conferences the world would be peaceful and perfect.

That’s where they learn to hate each other, is at the conferences. So, hurrah, we are back home without the loss of a boat.

Fight, if necessary, but don’t confer.

~ Yours, Bill.

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ROGERS CREDITS BEST LAUGH OF THE DAY TO WILL H. HAYS

HOLLYWOOD, Cal. — July 17, 1927. Today’s best laugh was by my old friend, Will H. Hays, who said films are made in Hollywood by the best thoughts of the real thinking people of all nations.

Bless your heart, Bill. If you get away with that you could be campaign manager for a Democrat President, and have him elected. That’s the height of ability.

Mind you, I am not kicking on the statement, for it gives Ben Turpin, myself and Bull Montana about our highest rating.

~ Yours, Will.

P.S. — If people are dying in the East by suffocation as bad as the Los Angeles papers state, then there is no use me sending this dispatch to my Eastern papers, as there is none of you living to read it.

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MR. ROGERS FINDS OUR STRATEGY COMMENDABLE IN NICARAGUA

BEVERLY HILLS, Cal. — July 18, 1927. I see where our bombing planes down in Nicaragua bagged fifty natives yesterday.

The natives put up a pretty good fight. They threw rocks and knives at the planes, but our forces were too cunning for them. They wouldn’t fly low enough to be hit.

Strategy has won many a war and it may pull us through this one.

~ Yours, Will.

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WILL ROGERS REMARKS:

BEVERLY HILLS, Cal. — July 19, 1927. See where they’ve been making raids on all the new bootleggers at the new summer capital at Rapid City. Of course, we all know Cal is dry every way, but it’s the men that are associated with him that have to drink. ~ Will Rogers.

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WILL ROGERS GIVES HIS IDEA OF THE COMING PRIZE FIGHT

BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., — July 20, 1927. Sporting writers have been so universally wrong about every big prize fight that all they are saying this time is “if this happens” and “if that happens.” They are afraid to trust their judgment by announcing where the fight will be held for fear they might be wrong. The winner will be the one that will draw the most money with Tunney.

Tex Rickard can sell you tickets for that fight now with the names of the fighters on it.

~ Yours, Will.

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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