The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 29
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
cheap money furnished by Englishmen. Rusk County
is subsidized by the state.-Fort Worth Gazette.'"3
The reply of the Times was immediate and equally sardonic.
It agreed with the Gazette that the Times lived in a favored
section, a section "that never asked the legislature to appro-
priate the people's money with which to run jack rabbits from
the streets of its city." It lived in a town whose citizens had
invested $250,000 in West Texas in the last ten years-"an
amount that will require Rusk County fifty years to get back
at the rate of $5000 annually."
It lives in a section where the people believe that it
is the duty of the government, so far as it is practi-
cable, to protect the home-seeker from the impositions
of fraud and avarice. It lives in a section where in-
dustry, and not speculation, is considered the true
source of wealth, and where neither alien or domestic
money can dictate its policy. It lives in a section that,
notwithstanding it sends $20,000 more to the west,
annually, than it gets back, has never begged bread
nor asked the government for seed to plant.30
The West Texas papers he congratulated for their endorse-
ment of the alien land law bill, because "They realize the fact
that real and permanent property cannot be obtained in an agri-
cultural country where the lands are beyond the reach of the
actual settler." And then he quoted Andrew Jackson's opinions
on the same general topic.
Over sixty years ago Andrew Jackson, speaking of
the money powers that threatened the stability of our
government, said: "The men who profit by the abuses
and desire to perpetuate them, will continue to besiege
the halls of legislation, in the general government as
well as in the states, and will seek, by every artifice,
to mislead and deceive the public servants." Again
he says: "The temptation to obtain money at any sac-
rifice will become stronger and stronger, and inevitably
lead to corruption, which will find its way into your
public councils, and destroy at no distant day the
purity of your government." 31
129"The Section in Which the Henderson Times Lives," an undated clip-
ping in Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook, p. 25.
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