The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 70
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I trust that this may be arranged in due course, since
it is important that we have someone to round-up the
counties in which locals have already been established
when we start to work again. This plan will provide
for making only railroad points.233
About the middle of January, 1915, Bob Milner and his friend,
D. R. Harris, editor of the Rusk County News, consummated
an agreement whereby Milner was to be given a page in the
News each week. Here he might satisfy his desire to keep in
contact with the public and to express himself editorially. The
page was really a one-man newspaper. It was his on generous
terms that allowed him to write as he saw fit, and was to reflect
his views, opinions, and feelings with no censor other than
his own conscience. There was no salary attached to the work.
This editorial affiliation began Wednesday, January 20, 1915.
In addressing his readers for the first time, Milner explained
his reasons for reeintering journalism in this wise: "The love
for diversion may be the incentive that inspires the move, or
it may be the hope that some small service can be rendered
the public in this particular crisis.23' His page was to become
universal in its discussions. He urged farmers to study in order
to acquire essential knowledge for scientific farming. He ap-
proved, then questioned, and later assailed Ferguson as gov-
ernor of the state. The South's great waste, cotton, was dis-
cussed and remedies suggested. Looking beyond our own coun-
try, he saw the tragedies of the World War, and told his friends
the task he believed it was the lot of the United States to
shoulder as her part of carrying on.
Big indeed is the load we must carry, and greater
than all other responsibilities is the task, descended
to us, of safeguarding the are of civilization itself.
Patriotism and Christianity itself demand the best
services of the American people, and all men, without
reference to creed or station, should be willing to per-
form their part, be it ever so small, in this darkest
hour of all history.235
In 1916, during the state senatorial campaign, Milner engaged
his former political opponent, Colquitt, for the last time. In
that year Colquitt opposed Charles A. Culberson, who was up
2333J. H. Connell to R. T. Milner, December 4, 1914, Milner Portfolio.
234The Rusk County News, January 20, 1915.
235The Rusk County News, January 20, 1915.
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