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National Convention at New Orleans, LA
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The chairman seemed determined to put through the resolutions before the "spouters" could give vent to their indignation in burning words. This did not please those in who wished to get through their speeches before they forgot them. In this he was successful, for the business continued until all the resolutions were in the secretary's hand. The business was finally concluded and the chairman of the committee on orators announced as the first speaker the Hon. George L. Ruffin, of Massachusetts. who said in substance: Coming from his New England home to this Southern country, his first thoughts were to inquire into the condition, the prosperity and the hopes of people he was identified with, and he was pleased to find so many of them holding positions of honor and trust, and esteemed by all the population. He spoke of great deeds colored men had accomplished, and said that the movement was inaugurated in Massachusetts, and lo, what has been the result I
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