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TEXAS AND TEXANS FIFTY YEARS AGO. 43
legitimate object of every investigation is to ascertain the truth;
and the purpose of a lawsuit is to administer right and justice
between the parties. He believed that no true and conscientious
lawyer could afford to bend and prostitute the law into an engine
of oppression and fraud. He did the State efficient service as a
member of the House of Representatives in the Thirteenth Legislature,
at a time when the people conscripted their best men and
sent them to Austin to relieve them from the evils of reconstruction
and the laws enacted by Gov. Davis and the Twelfth Legislature.
The people of his district honored him on several occasions,
by electing him judge. He is now an old man, living at Mexia, in
Limestone county. He has helped to build Texas up from a puny
infant to the full stature of robust manhood. What wonderful
changes he has witnessed! He has retired from the practice of the
law, but is actively engaged in the business of banking
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ROGER Q. MILLS came from Kentucky to Texas and stopped first
at Palestine, the home in the early fifties of his uncle, Judge Ruben
Reeves. His stay in Palestine was of short duration. He removed
to Corsicana, Navarro county, where he has since resided. He was
a typical son of Kentucky, full of health and spirits, of splendid
constitution, well proportioned frame, a pleasing, intellectual face,
prepossessing address, with an ambition to excel and make his
mark in the State of his adoption. In his Corsicana home he
industriously devoted himself to the profession of the law, and soon
acquired a large practice, which extended to many of the counties
of the Thirteenth Judicial District. He, characteristic of his Kentucky
blood, took a keen interest in all of the political questions of
the day, and being a fluent speaker, he embraced every opportunity
to make his views known by public addresses. Being of the old
Kentucky whig stock, he, on the first introduction of know-nothingism,
fraternized with this new party, more, the writer presumes,
because it was in opposition to the democratic party, than from any
conscientious belief in the correctness of its principles. During the
short career of this party Mills had many an oratorical bout with
its opponents, and in these contests he was a foeman worthy of the
steel of any of them, and none of them could boast of having low-
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