Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 70 of 163
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"BOB" CRANDALL AS A DAMIPHO()OL.
While 1 was collector of customs at El Paso a good
friend of mine, Captain Crandall, had been honorably
discharged from the Union army and had located at
Crandall came to El Paso and stopped at my house
and informed me that his father had died in Indiana
and that he ("Bob") was en route there to get his portion
of the estate, and he hoped to return pretty well
fixed. After several months Bob returned, anld canme
to mny house looking dejected and rather seedy. He
told me that others had administered on his father's estate
before he arrived and had got away with it all
and that he was destitute.
I asked my friend what he proposed to do? He said
he would work his way back to Tucson and commence
life anew. The next morning I asked him to accompany
me to my office, and as we walked I said: "Bob,
as soon as we get to the office I will write your appointment
as deputy collector of customs at Tucson at
a salary of $I,8oo a year, and I will advance you a
month's salary." My friend paused and lwhen he spoke
there were tears in his voice. "Mills," he said, "(o you
know that I am a Democrat " "Yes." I replied, "but is
that any reason why you should be a damphool?"
"Well," replied the Captain, speaking slowly, "I don't
know that it is, but sometimes it appears to me that it
allZ olfits to about the samei thing." He got the appointment
and years later died at Tucson. I told this
story to a mixed audience in a political speech at the
Court House in El Paso, and feel sure that it did not
offend even the most enthusiastic Democrat.
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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/m1/70/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .