Press Conference, July 19, 1927

Date: July 19, 1927

Location: Rapid City, SD

I haven’t made any plans for visiting any places outside of South Dakota. As I explained at one or two of the conferences, I have had a great many invitations, all of which I wish I might accept. It would be very pleasurable, I know.

I think Secretary Hoover is reaching here Wednesday morning. He will undoubtedly come down to the office.

Question: Will he come direct from the train?

President: No. He is getting off and coming to the house first. I will undoubtedly bring him down to the office with me.

Question: He gets off at Custer?

President: I think so.

Question: You mean you are bringing him in tomorrow or the next day?

President: I imagine he can come in tomorrow.

I think all the information that I have has already been reported in the press relative to the Naval Limitation conference at Geneva. They are evidently having some difficulty in reaching a final agreement about cruisers. As I am sure that each of us went there with a desire for an agreement that would afford limitation, I have every hope and expectation that some agreement will be reached, not probably just an agreement that any one of the nations would wish, but some point on which all can agree.

I am planning to make a little fishing trip to Mystic on Saturday. Ex-Governor McKelvie has a summer place up there, a camp in the hills. He is as you know a newspaperman, runs a newspaper in Nebraska. I think he is also President of the Agricultural Press Association. Perhaps I haven’t the right name, but that is the meaning of it. And on account of his newspaper connection, I understand he would like very much to have the press associations here come up at the same time and take lunch with him. You can go up, as you know, from here on the bus or small train and get within about a mile and a half of his place, where he will meet you with a lumber wagon, which is the mounted bus up there. I am going to drive up just as near as I can. I can go to the same place and get off the automobile, can’t take the auto any nearer than there, and go to his house. I am going to take occasion to fish there. I think I shall stay for lunch, and then I am coming back down the canyon.

Question: What time will you make that trip?

President: I am not certain yet. Some time between 7:30 and 9:00, but the members of the press can go up from here.

Question: What day is it?

President: Saturday.

Question: Are you going to fish or just spend the time there?

President: Going up to catch fish. Catching fish is not so important as to go out and get the exercise.

Question: Is this really a wagon you are going to ride on?

President: I think he said it is a wagon. He refers to it as the Mystic bus or something of that kind. Mr. Clark will have the details of the trip in mind. If you will apply to him you can get them.

Citation: Calvin Coolidge: Remarks by the President to Newspaper Correspondents

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of John Sullivan III who prepared this document for digital publication.

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