The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 17, 2014

Will Rogers Daily Telegrams 3-18-14


NEW ORLEANS, La., June 1, 1927. — I thought they had mistaken me for Lindbergh here today. This is without doubt the most appreciative city I have ever seen.

This whole valley’s appreciation to all the rest of the United States is wonderful. I am not going to tell you about the show and how much we got until tomorrow, but it will beat any benefit given for the cause anywhere. Thanks to friends from all over America for checks.

Hoover has done a wonderful work down here. Tomorrow I am flying all over the new part where the water has broken through and is still rising. Just saw today the cut they made to save the city and saw the refugees. If you could see this you would double your donations.

Remember, we are a million and a half shy yet.


Will Rogers.



BATON ROUGE, La., June 2, 1927. — I have flew over more water today than Lindbergh did, only this had housetops sticking out of it.

New Orleans broke the record with their benefit last night. Forty-eight thousand dollars! That’s more than double any other one given, anywhere. They know the needs of it here.

Want to tell you more about it and who all sent checks in an early Sunday article. Thanks everybody.

Will Rogers.

P. S. — See where Cal Coolidge won the first political skirmish from Al Smith. Lindbergh is landing in Washington before New York.



SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 3, 1927. — On my way home to Oklahoma. What’s happier, especially if people have forgot what you used to be?

Flew over hundreds of miles yesterday and saw the advance guard of 700,000 people returning home. Home to what? To a great, big, flat mud-hole. No houses, no barns, no fences, no plows, no seed, no work, no stock, no stoves. What a home-coming!

Also yesterday received personal telegram from John Barton Payne, the head of the Red Cross, America’s great possession, in which he made this amazing statement:

“We are still a million and a half short of our quota.”

Remember that there has been a new quota set for you in the last week, so get busy. What did we rescue them for? So they would have the pleasure of starving later?

Will Rogers.



CLAREMORE, Okla., June 5, 1927. – I hate societies. That’s what’s the matter with this country now. It is societied to death. But I would like to organize one, and will even go so far as to be sponsor for it.

It is called the Society to Boycott Any Newspaper in America That Has as a Headline or Allows to Be Used in the Article the Word “Lucky” in Regard to Mr. Lindbergh’s Name. It’s the politest way of lessening the glory of his feat that they could possibly think up.

The only requirement necessary to belong to my society is that you write to your editor and tell him why you didn’t buy the paper that day.



P. S. — This is Claremore, Okla., a town in physique but a city at heart.

Another P. S. — Through mistake in printing figures the paper reported eighty thousand raised at New Orleans benefit. It was forty-eight thousand.

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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