The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 69
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
ought to create in the mind the brightest conception
and the broadest and most unselfish view of political
My taxes, personal and real, must be paid by the
tillings of the soil, and together with all honest tax-
payers I will expect a wise and economical govern-
From this introduction, he went on into a consideration of
the race for governor, giving a vigorous discussion of Thomas
Ball's qualifications as opposed to those of James E. Ferguson.
In a later article to the same paper, he questioned Col-
quitt's interest in Ferguson's candidacy. "Mr. Colquitt tells us
that he is supporting Mr. Ferguson because Mr. Ferguson
stands for his policies. Is this true? The governor ought to
know," he wrote. He implied strong doubt that Mr. Colquitt's
policies deserved to be perpetuated, recalling to the public's
memory Colquitt's disloyalty to the Democratic party in as-
sailing President Wilson, his cabinet, and Congress for their
attitude towards the European War. Milner asserted that Wil-
son was doing more for the nation and the races of all other
nations than any man since the days of Thomas Jefferson.23'
During the fall, his health having improved, Colonel Milner
traveled over Texas, helping nine other lecturers to organize
the state into county units for the Southern Cotton Association.
For this work he was paid $5.00 per day in addition to his
traveling expenses. A partial list of the counties he spoke in
included Angelina, Polk, Nacogdoches, and San Jacinto.232 The
fact that he submitted himself to the strain of constant travel
and attendant demands that were made upon his vitality for
energetic, convincing addresses, proves that Colonel Milner's
interest in Texas farmers was genuine. The president of the
Texas Division of the Association, J. H. Connell, wrote him
to complete his work in the "shortest time possible," but made
plans for future work:
I note especially your desire to continue work with
the Association in case arrangements can be made to
avoid the irksome task of riding to interior points, etc.
230"R. T. Milner, in Stirring Words, Out for Ball," Houston Chronicle,
April 20, 1914, clipping in A. & M. Scrapbook, University of Texas Archives.
231"R. T. Milner Denies Right of Colquitt to Name His Successor; Menace
of Liberty," Houston Chronicle, July (?), 1914, A. & M. Scrapbook.
282J. H. Connell to R. T. Milner, November 27, 1914, R. T. Milner Port-
folio, University of Texas Archives.
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