The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 35
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
Colonel Milner then threw his support to Mr. Kilgore, who
was running for reflection. Mr. Yoakum, however, was the
victor in the contest.
With the files of the Henderson Times destroyed,44 there is
little guide to the editor's interests during the next few years
other than the knowledge that he was consistent in his advocacy
of democratic principles and that his interest in the Democratic
party never wavered. Colonel Milner's allegiance was always
to democratic principles first and then to the advocate of those
principles. An example of this tendency is found in his staunch
support of Governor Culberson in 1895. "Culberson was not the
choice of The Times for governor, but from the day that he was
nominated by the party of our choice he has been our man.
We earnestly desire that his administration will be success-
Exhortations on farm economy were now camouflaged in the
homely teachings of Parson Peter Prosy or the breezy satire
of Uncle Billy Whistletrigger. Fictitious farmers resolved sol-
emnly in his columns never to jeopardize the future of their
wives and little ones by again falling slaves to the mortgage
or credit systems. One such convert was made to say that he
made "resolutions so strong that they could stand alone. As
Jim Hogg says, they had hair on them and were no more to
be shaken by surroundings and circumstances than Pike's Peak
by a morning zephyr."'4P
He urged racial tolerance when opposition to Chinese immi-
gration during that period was so strong. Milner believed in
proper restrictions against foreigners who desired to enter the
United States, but he felt that extremes should be avoided. "It
seems," he suggested mildly, "from a reasonable standpoint,
that a people so obnoxious to society here would not be pleasant
companions for eternity, and if we mean half we preach about
the 'pore heathen' we must maintain a liberal policy toward
them in a national sense."'4'
144When the Henderson Times left the possession of Colonel Milner, it
changed hands several times in a short period of time, during which all
the files were carelessly destroyed.
45"The Noodles are after Culberson," clipping from Mrs. Milner's Scrap-
book, p. 67.
146"Parson Peter Prosy Tells a Tale," clipping from Mrs. Milner's Scrap-
book, dated January 6, 1895, p. 43.
'4"The Heathen Chinee," a clipping from Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook, p. 34.
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