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to the federal tax on state banks. Returning all regulation to
the states was, he held, nothing more than protection against
monopoly and fortification against schemes "that are sometimes
inaugurated throughout the East for the purpose of bringing
about a money crisis to the detriment of the business interests
of the country." Against the principles of the third party,
whose scheme was to issue money on agricultural products,
he believed their "proposition for the government to own and
operate railroads and telegraph lines is contrary to every prin-
ciple of republican government." He pointed out that although
the Populist party professed to be a friend to bimetallism,
in reality it was the avowed enemy of both silver and gold.
"They advocate fiat money, a circulating medium based upon
nothing except the breath of the government," and were they
given the power, soon the nation would be plunged into a
vortex that would bring disaster and ruin to all.142
Competing at the Democratic county convention for the party's
nomination for Congress were, besides Colonel Milner, Charles
Henderson Yoakum from Hunt County; C. B. (Buck) Kilgore
from Wills Point, Van Zandt County; Judge Felix McCord of
Tyler; Jim Jones; and Horace Chilton. The newspaper ac-
count of Milner's defeat at the convention read:
The editor of this paper went down in defeat at
Mineola with McCord and Kilgore. He entered the
convention with more chances of defeat than any of
his competitors. Truth and candor compel us to admit
that nothing that he had done in the canvass entitled him
to the honor. He made no canvass. From the day he
announced up to within a week of the convention he was
detained at home on account of sickness in his family.
That, however, was his misfortune, and not the fault
of the democracy of this district. He went into the
convention backed by the zealous support of a large
majority of the democrats of Rusk County, and at the
seat of war his cause was conducted by friends as
true and faithful as God Almighty ever raised up to
bless the world and to strengthen confidence in His
creatures. His defeat will not hurt, in the least, the
democratic party, nor will it retard the efforts that
are being constantly put forth to accomplish re-
form in the government. The star of democratic des-
tiny is just as bright as it ever was.'43
142"Milner Announces for Congress," an undated clipping from Mrs.
Milner's Scrapbook, p. 17.
'43Untitled, undated clipping from Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook, p. 11.
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