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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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37

NATIONAL CONFERENCE.

e Conference endeavored to shout Gentry down, but he would not (?) down.

The Chairman. Take your seat. The gentleman need not yield unless he desires.

Governor Pinchback. I will yield.

G. W. Gentry, (addressing the Chair.) You are compelled to hear a delegate when he rises to a question. [Governor Pinchback' s remark will be found in Appendix L .] A t the conclusion of Governor Pinchback's speech G. W. Gentry said: "Since the gentleman made special remarks towards me and pointed towards me, I would like---[Laughter and applause.] Here Gov. Pinchback remarked that he understood Gov. Marks (?) without the bar, and moved that he be invited to take a seat on the platform.

The motion prevailed, and President Lynch appointed Governor Pinchback and Richard Allen to escort Governor Marks to the (?) and.

Secretary Cromwell also moved that the same courtesy be extended to Comptroller Gaines.

Mr. Gentry, of Kentucky, continued; I have always told the young men of my State that Pinchback was considerable of a man, (laughter and applause,] but I have not found him wielding that same influence in Louisiana and Mississippi that I expected.

        J. P. Jones, of Arkansas, rose to a point of order, saying that

they were not discussing Pinchback but the address.

       The President. The gentleman from Louisiana did not personally allude to any one.
       Mr. Gentry. Yes, he pointed at one. [Uproarious laughter and applause.]
      The President. If you do no more than point at him, you will be of

equal honor. [Laughter.]

       Mr. Gentry. Where is the gentleman ? [Loud laughter and immense applause.]
     Colonel Lewis, of Louisiana. If you will maintain the same status

with the people of Kentucky that Governor Pinchback does in Louisiana, they will honor you. [Great applause.]

     Mr. Gentry. I will state---
     Colonel Lewis. Will the gentleman yield for a question ?
     Mr. Gentry. No, sir ;not from Louisiana. [Laughter.]
      Mr. Gentry. In 1876, Pinchback made a speech before ten thou-

and Democrats---

      There were loud cries of "Time!" "Time!" and Mr. Gentry reluctantly subsided.
      Ex-Congressman Rainey was then called for, and several delegates requested that he take the Speaker's stand.
     Mr. Rainey. O, I prefer to be among the plebeians. [Laughter.]
     Colonel James Lewis. Several of the ladies wish to look at you.
     The Chairman. O, he is a married man. [Laughter.]

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