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Convention of Colored Newspaper Men Cincinnati, August 4th, 1875, Wednesday A. M.
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was ready to adopt the reports, but receiving no response, he called Mr. Rubey to the chair, and then taking the floor, intimated that he had several serious objections. He wanted to know whether the convention was to be an editorial convention, or a convention of straw. He had the greatest respect for the gentleman nominated as presiding officer, Peter H. Clark, but he did not know about the Galveston Spectator; he doubted whether it had an existence at all; it certainly had not appeared on his table, as an exchange, for a long time. How could Mr. Clark represent that paper, if it was a paper? He instanced several other such representatives of newspapers, and deprecated the attempt to organize the convention by officering it with men not legitimately connected with papers. He himself was the publisher of a live paper. His time and his money were engaged in it; he did not want to be bound by the action of men who are not so engaged. He then referred to a caucus, on the night before, at which his position had been mistated, in relation to the chairmanship of the Convention. He was sorry to say that some remarks had been made that were false and malicious.
Mr. J. Sella Martin replied, to the effect that though the call for the convention emanated from editors of papers, it was subsequently extended to clergymen and others interested in the intellectual development of the colored race; and that some men not directly connected with newspapers, were better qualified to promote this object then some that were.
Mr. Burch followed in a rejoinder, during the delivery of which, was called to order by several members at different times, but continued until he had relieved himself of the indignity he considered thrown upon him.
Mr. Bell, of Cincinnati, who had been reported as a representative of the Citizen, admitted that the paper have been dead two years, but intimated that there were some times more life in a corpse than in some living bodies. He didn't care what he represented, he was interested in the objects of the Convention, and hoped further personal differences would be dispensed with, and that the meeting would proceed to business.
Mr. Scroggins, of the American Citizen, also made a few remarks calculated to heal the trouble.
Mr. Peter Clark then arose and stated that he was not the representative of a dead paper; that he received the Galveston Spectator up to the present time, and could show a letter in which the editor requested him to represent his paper in the Convention.
The temporary chairman, Mr. Birch, having resumed the chair, then put the question on the adoption of the report of the Committee on Organization. He asked the privilege of voting and gave the only negative vote.
A committee was then appointed to conduct the president elect to the chair, and Peter H. Clark was duly presented to the Convention as its President
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