The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 36
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In 1897, Colonel Milner was chosen by the Texas legislature
to carry the electoral votes for the presidency to Washington,
D. C. The week's trip and the men of national stature he met
he thoroughly enjoyed. The incidents of the journey are sim-
ply and interestingly set forth for his readers to share in a
series of letters (five in all), written in diary form, which
appeared in the Times. The fourth letter is sub-titled "What
They Think of Cleveland at the Capitol," and it reflects the
contemporary opinion of the President as his second term
was drawing to a close.
How is it with Cleveland? There are about forty-
five states in this union today, and I venture the as-
sertion that not one of them will express any regrets at
his departure. But on the other hand, a large majority
of the people are welcoming the day of his egression
with that sort of hope and relief with which they bid
adieu to plagues and pestilences. The enormity of Mr.
Cleveland's failure, as viewed by the people, cannot
be understood until we take into consideration the fact
that he is to be succeeded by a man whose election
was achieved by the worst element of the money power,
and whose administration must, in the very nature of
things, be controlled by the greed of corporate wealth.
If the people look to the change with hope, what must
be their condition now? If the administration that is
to come, with its environment, is to be an improve-
ment upon the present, then what must the honest
and intelligent historian say of Grover Cleveland ?'"
In 1904, Colonel Milner attended as a delegate the Demo-
cratic national nominating convention at St. Louis. The in-
terim between this and the Washington trip seems to have
been uneventful. In giving his newspaper account of the con-
vention, he heralded it as "one of the great political events of
the nation," not because it might mark a new epoch in the
growth of the country, but because "it was the coming together
and reuniting of the torn and bleeding factions of a great party,
which under the leadership of President Cleveland had dis-
integrated, and sank into hopeless despair. ... ."49 Having
attentively heard every speech, including Bryan's "Swan Song"
as he termed the party leader's address, which moved him pro-
14s"The End of an Administration," clipping in Mrs. Milner's Scrapbook,
149"The National Democratic Convention," undated clipping from Mrs.
Milner's Scrapbook, p. 72.
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