Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 29 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
acts. For ten years, amid all the folly and extravagance
and vices of my bachelor youth, I kept one object constantly
in view: to acquire and hold and pay taxes on
a sufficient number of town lots to make me reasonably
independent when the railroads should come, and for a
time I owned more desirable property in El Paso than
any other individual ever owned except the proprietors
of the town tract.
Well, the greater portion of this valuable property was
taken from me by corrupt courts and officials and by
faithless lawyers and supposed friends, and by other
means which I may or may not refer to in these writings.
If any man says he would have defended himself and
his rights better or more courageously than I did, I can
only reply that I think I was fortunate to escape with
my life! After all this, more than a hundred strangers
(who never owned enough of mother earth to be buried
in) have said to me: "You have been here a long time,
Mr. Mills, and if you had only known what El Paso
would be you could have bought town property very
cheap and could have been wealthy," etc., etc. Then,
for a moment, homicidal thoughts come into my mind.
But it would do no good to kill such a man. A fool
or two more or less in the world, or even in a community,
would make no perceptible difference. There are
It has been said these men of the frontier in those
early days led indolent, idle lives in a "Sleepy Hollow,"
and that is true in a way.
The conditions were such that constant toil and endeavor
were almost impossible. A train of wagons
would arrive from Mexico with silver or other products
and in a few days the El Paso merchant would sell or
exchange thousands of dollars' worth of goods, and
Here’s what’s next.
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/29/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .