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Report on the Texas State Colored Men's Convention in Houston
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claim that it would be far more equitable and just to divide the fares into first, second and third classes, as upon the continent of Europe and the objectionable characters of all races would naturally travel on the cheapest fare.
"Our only remedy is the ballot. We urge you to organize in every district, county, city and town and pledge yourselves to support no party, faction or candidate who will not do all he or they can do to give us the same rights and privileges accorded to any other class of citizens, and to favor such legislation as will more securely protect us in our rights, guaranteed by the constitution, of not being deprived of life or liberty without due process of law, and who will see that we are not discriminated against by the judges who appoint the jury commissioners to select juries for service in the county and district courts.
"J. R. GIBSON,
"R. L. SMITH,
"A. L. MAYNARD,
"E. J. SCOTT,
"M. W. LAWSON,
"A. A. SIMMS,
"O. W. LANDRY,
Dr. W. C. Cole and Prof. Donnell spoke at length in favor of the report.
Hon. N. W. Cuney was called for amid tremendous applause. The band played "DIxie," the crowd yelled for him, hats waved for him, and when he mounted the stand there was a spontaneous acclamation from all sides that was deafening. The conference was on the homeward stretch and wanted to hear Cuney. It heard Cuney, applauded Cuney, listening to Cuney and he poured in their ears one of the most able and forcible speeches delivered before the conference. When he had finished the band played and there was tremendous applause.
Hon. C. M. Ferguson addressed the conference and said that he was in accord with what was done.
Prof. D. Abner and D. Webster Wilson offered the following resolution, which was adopted to wit:
Whereas, there is to be held in Atlanta, Ga., September 18, 1895, a cotton states and international exposition; and
Whereas, the management thereof has given the negro a fair chance of representation, be it
Resolved, that this conference indorse the movement and assist the commissioners of Texas to have a fair and a creditable exhibit.
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