Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 60 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
While the advocates of secession had been more active
and boisterous in their display of power than the
friends of the Government had been, there was a strong
latent Union sentiment even among the Americans, and
with the Mexicans it was universal; so that a large
majority approved of my course and rejoiced at my
Some who had bitterly opposed and even wronged
me came to make peace (and promises), and I repulsed
no man, because I felt that I could afford to be generous
and desired to live in peace with my neighbors.
There were a few who still cherished the hope and belief
that the Confederate cause would ultimately succeed,
and that the El Paso Valley would be recaptured,
and I would fare even worse than before; and
the very few of these latter who are yet living, while
they do not now, as then, denounce me as a "Union
man" or as being "false to my home and fireside," still
occasionally intimate that I must have been guilty of
something wrong-but they do not specify what the
I organized the Republican party in El Paso County,
and for a decade I controlled its politics. Yes; a political
"boss," if you will have it so, but I never purchased
any votes nor juggled any man out of an election
after he had won it, as was done in the case of Adolph
Krakaner after he had been fairly and honestly elected
Mayor of El Paso in April, I889.
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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/m1/60/?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; .