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Proceedings of the National Conference of Colored Men of the United States, Held in the State Capitol at Nashville Tennessee, May 6, 7, 8 and 9, 1879.
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seen fit to place him, (Governor Pinchback,) if he (Mr. Thomas) thought he could fill it, he was willing he should have it ; he would cheerfully yield to any who thought the responsibility was so light. A member should not impugn the motives of any other delegate. He had come there with none other than the best of motives. Was it not known that he had left the Constitutional Convention of Louisiana, of which he was a member, now in session in that State, to form the organic law of the Commonwealth? Would he leave that responsible position and come here unless he thought he knew the importance of the meeting ? And dared he ( Mr. Thomas) or any other honest man asperse his motives in the face of that fact? Would he ( Mr. Thomas) look back a few days ago, when, called by the people to serve in the Constitutional Convention, he had resigned the position of internal revenue officer at eight dollars per day to be a member of the convention at four dollars. He had sacrificed his blood, sacrificed his purse, to serve his people, and shame upon the man who arose to asperse such a man simply to raise a howl in the galleries. [Cries of "Shame!" "Shame!" "Shame!" ] He cared not for the cries of the galleries; he was there to perform his duty to his race. [Applause.] Governor Pinchback's motion was lost. J. J. Bird, of Illinois, offered the following:
Whereas we have listened with sorrow and regret to the remarks of the gentleman from Tennessee, Mr. Burrus, recounting the cruel and uncivil manner in which the Jubilee Singers have been recently treated by the employees of one of the railroad companies of this State; therefore Resolved, That we the representatives of the colored people of the nation, in National Conference assembled, do hereby utterly denounce and condemn such acts as being indecent and inhuman in the extreme, and that the persons committing the same deserve the censure and condemnation of all good citizens, irrespective of sex , color or nationality . A motion was made to adopt the resolution unanimously. The President said it would be so adopted if' no objection was made. Objection was made by W. A. Pledger, of Georgia. W. F. Yardley, of Tennessee, thought that no man would object to the adoption of such a resolution. Richard Allen, of Texas, arose, and, looking in all directions, asked who was the man who made the objection. "Who is he?" he repeated over and over again. "I want him to stand up; I would like to see him." There was now a good deal of excitement. Pointing his index finger at Allen, Pledger said : " Here I stand ; I am the man, and as good a man as ever wore a pair of number sixes." He said he had objected under the idea that it was to be made to carry the former resolution introduced by Mr. Bird, to which he was opposed. He withdrew his objection, but not because of the menaces of the gentleman. Hon. J. H. Rapier, of Alabama, offered an amendment to
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