Cary T. Grayson to WT Waggoner




Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia




Dear Mr. Waggoner, -

Thank you for your letter of February 19th. Perhaps you will want to have this check photographed that I am returning to you, as I dont imagine you are accustomed to having your checks come back with the comment “too much.”

Seriously speaking, I have been doing some educational work for Racing. I have had moving pictures taken of scenes on the farm, showing mares, foals, yearlings, stallions, etc- in fact, the Horse in general. The picture winds up with the big race- like the Kentucky Derby. I find, however, that I can do this through the moving picture companies at much less cost than I anticipated, and therefore, it will not be necessary for me to call on my friends for assistance just now. I may call on you for a few hundred dollars at some future time, but I wont need the check just now.

With this picture is a fine letter from the Secretary of War and one from the Secretary of Agriculture, endorsing the Thoroughbred Industry. This makes good reading, not only in print but on the movie screen. I can get the moving picture people to take it and they will charge admission- that is, they will use this material in their regular screen programs for which the public pays to see. Therefore, as you will see, it will cost me practically nothing. Of course, I get no profits from it, but my sole object is to secure good advertising for this industry - and not in a manner that will have the apperrance of paid propaganda, but at the same time will, I hope, cultivate interest in the Horse in general. When you start your campaign in Texas, I hope I can get some of the moving picture people to have this film shown at various picture houses in your State.

I want you to know how genuinely I appreciate your generous check, and if I do need any help later, I assure you I wont hesitate to call on you. Also, I wont hesitate to “talk plain” to you - as I am doing now.

I am temperate in drinking, but I want to tell you that if BROADWAY LIMITED delivers the goods at the Kentucky Derby I would be willing to take a drink in public with you on BROADWAY LIMITED.

I will keep in mind the matter of additional jockeys and will be on the look-out for them.

Concerning the Veteran’s Bureau Hospital, as you know, the Board recommended that the hospital be located within one hundred miles of the radius of Dallas. I am trying to persuade my friends that the happy compromise between Dallas and Fort Worth would be Arlington. While I can get no definite promise from the Board, politicians always like to compromise, and I think this opportunity to straddle really appeals to them. As I say, I have nothing definite but hopes, and I should certainly like to do this for you. I have done all I can- whatever the outcome is.

With warm regards, I am as ever

Your friend,

Cary T. Grayson

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Grayson, Cary T. (Cary Travers), 1878-1938, “Cary T. Grayson to WT Waggoner,” 1930 February 26, WWP16658, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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