Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 99 of 163
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MARRIAGE AND JOURNEY TO MY EL PASO
I do not know why it is that only in novels and
posthumous writings do men speak much of their wives,
and even the novel usually ends where I think it should
begin, with the marriage. The man who writes of his
own career usually treats the most important event of
his life incidentally or in a casual way, and if he praises
any woman it is usually his mother. I suppose there
must be some good reason for this general rule, and I
deviate from it only to say that for a third of a century
my wife has been the best, the truest and the most constant
friend I have known, and if these writings shall
have any interest for even a few friendly readers, it will
be largely due to the fact that she is still by my side, aiding
me with her intelligent criticism and her finer fancy.
Well, on the 8th day of February, I869, we were married,
she, surrounded by her family and the friends of
her youth, and a few disappointed beaux, and I, attended
by Generals Canby and Carleton, with whom I had
served in the army, and the Hon. William P. Bacon,
then Judge of the El Paso District, who, though he
encountered misfortune later on, was, I believe, an
honest man and a true friend. Camped in a grove near
the Hamilton residence was the "outfit" which had
brought me from El Paso, consisting of an ambulance
made by Dougherty of St. Louis, especially for such
journeys over the plains, and much more comfortable
and better adapted for ladies and families than even the
fine, large Concord stage coaches. It would "make up"
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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/m1/99/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .