SPEAKING of the utterances of vice presidents from Indiana, we came across this in the Spring issue of Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, a publication of the Indiana Historical Society:
"At the end of his term [1913-1921] in office [Vice President Thomas R.] Marshall returned to private life and a steady stream of lecture appearances, delighting audiences across the country with his wit. Some of his numerous bon mots include:
"On the office of vice president: 'Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea; the other was elected vice president. And nothing was ever heard of either of them again.'
"On the 19th state: 'It [Indiana] has perhaps no towering peaks, but it has surely furnished as many first-rate second-class men in every department of life as any state in the Union.'
"On the generation gap: 'The only difference between their generation and my generation is that they have different ways of making fools of themselves.'
"On political platforms: 'A political platform ought to be written by three persons -- a political economist, a philologist and an honest man.'
"On his plans after leaving office: 'I don't want to work. I wouldn't mind being vice president again.'
". . . [Marshall] remains best known today for a chance remark he made while presiding over the U.S. Senate as vice president in 1917. During a long speech by Senator Joe Bristow of Kansas on the needs of the country, Marshall turned to the clerk and said: 'What this country really needs is a good five-cent cigar.' "