The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 67
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
It is deduced from Mr. Kone's next letter that Colonel Milner
was receptive to the idea of his compiling the data for the
proposed bulletin, for the Commissioner of Agriculture on
March 8 write:
I have your favor of March 7th and note what you
say about the bulletin. I expect it would take at least
$75 to make the necessary observations in order to
write an up-to-date bulletin . . .
I do not suppose we will have any trouble about
fixing what the cost of writing the bulletin will be after
it is written. I know that you are just and I am satisfied
that I am, or at least I feel so.225
On May 22, Milner notified Kone that the bulletin was about
ready and that he would send the copy to Austin in a few days.
Kone replied, "I note that you say it is a good one. I know that
it is a good one. I have never seen anything from your pen
yet that was not good."22"
The bulletin, entitled East Texas: Its Topography, Soils,
Timbers, Agricultural Products, People, Rainfall, Streams,
Climate, Etc. contained forty pages of information which Kone,
in the preface, recommended as especially adapted to distribu-
tion along lines of "homeseeker" travel. In the introduction,
Colonel Milner stated the purpose for which he prepared the
A complete, succinct, and thoroughly accurate state-
ment of some of the most important features of East
Texas is sought to be conveyed in this bulletin. Nearly
all descriptions of Texas, or any portion of it, are
either written by persons of florid literary tastes or
real estate dealers, or persons of intensely sinister
motives. What the person in search of a new home
desires above all else are plain, unvarnished, truthful
statements . . .
While I have lived in East Texas for sixty-three
years, from my infancy to this goodly day, love the
country and its people, and have great faith in its
future, yet I would not intentionally misrepresent any
of its characteristics or exaggerate any of its ad-
225Ed R. Kone to R. T. Milner, March 8, 1914, R. T. Milner Portfolio,
University of Texas Archives.
226Ed R. Kone to R. T. Milner, May 22, 1914, Milner Portfolio.
227R. T. Milner, East Texas, ii.
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