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Convention of Colored Newspaper Men Cincinnati, August 4th, 1875, Wednesday A. M.


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but agreed to let it drag and not prosecute it if they would treat him and his family right. Since that he had not only ridden in the sleeping cars, but bad even had a special car placed at his disposal. He was in favor of seeking redress of the wrongs of the colored people by appeals to the people, which he believed would eventually bring about the required remedy.

After some further discussion the report was adopted as presented, and the Convention adjourned to 10 o’clock this morning.

Thursday, A.M. Aug. 5, 1875.

The Convention resumed its sessions with the President, Mr. Peter H. Clark, in the chair.

One motion, the report on Press Association was taken up seriatim and discussed.

The first was adopted.

The second suggestion. as to establishing an organ and providing means of support, was read, and Mr. Clark, who had called Mr. L. H. Douglass to the chair, move to lay the suggestion on the table, which agreed to.

The Secretary moved to amend the motion by striking out the second suggestion, which was agreed to.

The third suggestion, that a company be formed of newspaper publishers, for the purpose of dealing with certain houses, was, on motion of Mr. J. H. Jackson, stricken out.

On motion of Governor Pinchback, Section 4 was stricken out. The report, as amended, was then adopted.

Mr. Burch moved that every newspaper represented here, be officially notified of this action of the Convention, which was seconded by Mr. Clark, and agreed to.

Mr. Clark offered the following:

“RESOLVED, That it is befitting a convention of colored men, assembled on the Centennial Anniversary of the birth of the liberator of Ireland, and friend of humanity, Daniel O’Connell, to recall with gratitude, his eloquent and effective pleas for the freedom of our race, and we earnestly commend his example to his countrymen, who, as citizens of the United States are too often found in the ranks of the enemies of liberty.”

Mr. Clark made some very happy remarks in regard to the subject matter of his resolution.

H. M. Turner followed in the same strain, and concluded with the hope that the adoption and publication of the resolution would soften the prejudices and hostilities of the Irishmen to the negro race.

Governor Pinchback favored the resolution. Some of his most ardent supporters in his city, were Irishmen. It was true, that when you can make a friend of an Irishmen, he is your warmest friend He spoke of the fact that in the Catholic Church, where most of the congregation was Irish, the colored members of that church, in the south, enjoyed the same privileges as the whites. There was no such invidious discrimination in that Church, as there is in the Protestant Churches

A standing vote was not taken, and the resolution adopted unanimously.

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