The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 71
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The Life of Colonel R. T. Milner
for reflection to the United States Senate. During the cam-
paign, Harry P. Lawther of Dallas sent Colonel Milner a letter,
enclosing what he stated to be a correct translation of an
article having appeared August 11, 1916, in the Texas Staats
Zeitung, a German newspaper published in San Antonio, and
asked him to see that it was published in the Rusk County
News. This article was an endorsement of Colquitt, and de-
Us German Americans are in duty bound to work
for his election because thru his partisanship for us
and through his sympathies for our Fatherland, which
he had the courage to show, he has lost many votes
of the natives and friends of the English. He has de-
fended our principles and kept prohibition off our neck
and has earned our undivided support.
His opponent, Senator Culberson, is making "goo-
goo eyes" at the President, and is an obedient servant
of Wilson. He is old and broken down and his end
cannot be far off. [Italics in the original.]23
Milner's final judgment upon Colquitt as a traitor to demo-
cratic principles throughout his career was as biting as his
hand could pen: "If Colquitt had not betrayed the democratic
party of Texas and the nation in so far as he could, then Judas
was a true disciple of Christ and Benedict Arnold was a
Although he worked among the farmers to the end, after
this time Milner entered into political alignments less con-
spicuously. This was due to ill-health, however, and not to
any lessening of his interest in public affairs. His obligation
to the page in the Rusk County News he managed to meet up
to almost his last days.238 In spite of the fact that he always
appeared to be in vigorous health, Milner had never been a
strong man, even in his youth.239
When his last illness came, his friends could hardly realize
the gravity of his condition; his appearance so belied the doctors'
236Harry P. Lawther to R. T. Milner, August 17, 1916, R. T. Milner
Portfolio, University of Texas Archives.
237"Is Colquitt a Traitor?" a clipping in A. & M. Scrapbook, University
of Texas Archives.
238Henry Edwards, of the Troup Banner, said of this part of the Rusk
County News: "His page was the most brilliant and inspiring page to be
found in any paper in the State . . . without a single exception."-Black
Scrapbook, p. 1.
239Mrs. R. T. Milner, interview, May 24, 1940.
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