The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 33
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
time, however, let us remind them that he is not a
candidate. From the best information at hand, and
which is derived from reading the columns of his
paper, he is for Hogg, first, last, and all the time.38
Milner worked actively for Governor Hogg during his cam-
paign for reelection in 1892. Will Cook, the negro who worked
in the Times office, unconsciously reflected his employer's ad-
miration for Governor Hogg in a reference to the attractions
the news office had for politicians "from all parts of the state.
It was here," he said, "that I first saw 'the greatest governor
Texas ever had,' Hon. James Stephen Hogg, during the mem-
orable Hogg-Clarke campaign of 1892. I was a great admirer
of Governor Hogg, and as my first born was a girl, we named
her Ima Hogg Cook. . . .""
Why Colonel Milner did not enter the political race in his
own behalf in 1892 is unknown. Upon the expiration of the
Twenty-second Legislature, he returned to his paper and farm,
apparently dropping politics from his activities. In 1894 he
became politically active again with the simple announcement:
R. T. Milner, editor of this paper, will announce for
Congress of this district, subject to the action of the
Democratic party, next week. In that announcement
he will set forth his views on national questions in
such a way that there can be no misconstruction of
The following week there appeared an elaborate statement
of the editor's views on "all national political questions which
concern the people."4' He declared that he fully endorsed the
national democratic platform recently adopted at Chicago, upon
which Mr. Cleveland was nominated and later was elected. He was
opposed (as he had always been editorially) to protection, was in
favor of an income tax, and was whole-heartedly pledged to
free silver. If his interest in these national questions can be
gauged by the space he allotted to each one, this last was his
point of most intense interest. From 1894 until after the elec-
tion of 1904, he preached free and unlimited coinage of silver
to the farmers of East Texas. He declared himself opposed
13s"Not a Candidate," an undated clipping in Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook,
139William Cook, The Work of a Negro, 55.
o40Untitled, undated clipping from Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook, p. 11.
141"Milner Announces for Congress," an undated clipping from Mrs.
Milner's Scrapbook, p. 17.
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