Will Rogers, "To read or write? That's the question"

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Will Rogers, "To read or write? That's the question" - To Read or Write?That's the By WILL ROGERS...
To Read or Write?That's the By WILL ROGERS U/UI'lj all I know li Just what I ** road In the papers, or what 1 nee as I try to look down through tlio wlngi of tin aeroplane. If you want to gee lomethlng dont go up In the air and try to Bee It. Just an you glimpse It, why the wine ol the / p l a n e will cover It and before the wing passes over It, Its too far back to see. I flew Bait And back here a couple of weeks ago and It was when the dust storms were golne, and In lots of places where the real dust storm was not operating. It was dark and looked like rain, and I said to my sister In Oklohama, Its going to rain today, and she aald, "No, Its been this way for days and daya. Its just the very fine dust thats In the air." I Just beon reading tonight some reviews. I have tlio autobiography but I havent had time to read It, but will, of John Hays Hammond, the great engineer, who baa operated operated all over the world. Ho used to come out here to my place and we would talk South Africa. Wo would talk about the Jamleson raid. He was mixed up In it, and Its what marled the Boer War. He was down there before the war, and I got In just before the end. Not In the fighting. I was breaking horses, und at the close working with a little wild west show. (My very first show experience). He has had a great colorful career. career. IHIH John Hays Hammond. K l g h t y years old the other day I was going to send him a wire, but l i k e everything else I am going to do. I f u i K e l It before the time comes. Like about ten days ago, Dorothy Stone my l i t t l e pardncr In Freds show one time, why she · opened here as the big star In "As Thousands Cheer." and while I wrnt myself. I p l u m forgot to send e i t h e r w h o or flowers. Now 1 meant w e l l , but I get off to t a l k i n g to , some old guy about the N. U A. or home r o w p u n c h e r a b o u t who won t h e r o p i n g at Ft Worth at their big n h o w . IM mull) k n o c k i n g t h e ball around on t h e f i e l d , or roping at Mime old gentle calves t h a t are t r a i n e d to slick t h e i r heads In the l u n . I get to doing all this fool- ihhneis. and p l u m forget to do what I o u g h t to do 1 s o m e t i m e s wonder If t h e Lord Is going to make the proper dlfUliii'tlon b e t w e e n the fellow fellow t h a t means w e l l , and the ones t h a t does w e l l I d o n t believe lie x v l l l h l a i ' k m a l l us J u s t because we d o n t remember Xow some people nre Rn wonderful wonderful a b o u t t h i n g * , u n d t h e y remember, remember, and t h c v do a n d sny Just the r i g h t t h i n g s at the r i g h t t i m e . My desk t i p h t h e i o bofore me now In p i l e d h i g h e r t h a n J i m FarleyH of l e t t e r s f r o m f r i e n d s , a n d f o l k s ( h a t · h o u l d be m v f r i e n d s If I would Miou* t h e m the leant r o u r l e K y of an- H u e r l n c H u t do \ o u k n o w I w i l l keep p u t t i n g it o f f 1 can led ROmo of them clear to N. Y. and back. Now I knew In my own heart well that I wasent going to sit end write any letters while I on the planes or In hotels, but meant well. I Intended to answer em, but I knew darn well I going to. There alnt a thing In world to lay It onto but laziness. could have quit talking and somebody long enough to answered a lot of them. I could have up an hour or so later and another dozen or so, but no I too darn lazy, and I got sleepy early, and then the darn reading. I want to read everything In the world thats In a paper. No writer ever wrote anything that dldent read It all. Why you know what I do, bet you I am unique. I oven the editorials. Yes sir, you cant beat that for mlBselaneous reading. Thats what you call exploring In reading. Course I forget everything 1 read. I havent got any more memory than a billy goat, and I about nine tenths of what I read, and get the other tenth wrong. It makes me think that I am doing something when I am read- Ing. Then too, I can fall to sleep and never drop a paper. My friend cant tell when I am reading or Bleeping. They are pretty near always wrong. They soy, "You lot," and I say, "No. I sleep a lot over my reading." If they would Just n u l l printing for about a year. I could get books read, but by the time the dally papers are read 1 am sound asleep. They send me books, they autograph em to me. sometimes w i t h some very k i n d l y more than f a i r Inscription, you know that I am that lazy honery that I dont acknowledge cm. Now t h a t IB terrible, but I got out of It by letting the Impression go a r o u n d t h a t busy t h a t I havent the time. 1 havent got the time because out on a horse somewhere, or H o m e n h c i e . If It wasenl riding, and rending newspapers, and dozing o f f , I bet you 1 would w r i t i n g to more people Hoosevclt. Lord I would like to borrow t h a t Ladjs energy for month, and 1 would wind up with some f r i e n d s Instead of a u n i n t e n t i o n a l l y here lays all tlicso I m p o r t a letters here t o n i g h t , and I answer at least a tenth of em, but comes the m o r n i n g papers como out t h e day b e f o r answer these leters and m a i n ni\ f r i e n d s . No I w i l l papers and go to bed. and go to Kloep h o l d i n g It out nt arms the l i g h t b u r n i n g , and on. iCopyrlzhL 1035. by the McNftUlht Brndl- catp. Inc

Clipped from The Independent Record14 Apr 1935, SunPage 13

The Independent Record (Helena, Montana)14 Apr 1935, SunPage 13
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