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Second Day.

The convention was called to order at 11:30 A. M. by President C. C. Antoine.

Prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Thompson.

A motion to take a recess until noon was lost.

Secretary Holland called the roll, and thirty two parishes answered. All the wards of Orleans parish responded.

The minutes of the first day's proceedings were read, and, after a correction or two, were approved.

On motion of Mr. Johnson, of Orleans, several gentlemen, Cuban patriots, were invited to take seats on the platform. Mr. B. F. Joubert and Mr. John Lynch were also invited. The gentlemen responded.

Mr. D. Young, of Concordia, moved that all smoking be prohibited. His motion was carried.

Mr. S. B. Hamlet, of Oaxchita, offered a resolution petitioning the United States Congress to establish a district court in the northern part of Louisiana. Referred.

Mr. C. S. Rains, of Claiborne, offered a resolution concerning the law furnishing homesteads to actual settlers. Referred.

Resolution by the member from Iberville, tendering sympathy to the Cuban strugglers for freedom, was adopted. The American flag is to be placed at half-mast in memory of the slaughtered.

By Mr. Burch—A resolution looking to the reduction of taxes. Referred.

A motion to suspend the rules to take up Mr. Burch's resolution was carried. The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Young, of Concordia, desired to have some of the most important resolutions acted on immediately.

Carried, and the rules were suspended.

Mr. Raby, of Natchitoches, called up the resolutions on Grant and Cuba.

Objection was made, and Mr. Burch made the point that the rules had been suspended to read his resolutions, but he would not force them.

The resolutions of Mr. Raby were read

Mr. Gair, of East Felciana, in the chair.

Mr. Isabelle, of Orleans, moved the resolutions be referred to the committee on resolutions.

The chair decided the motion out of order, the resolutions having just been called up from that committee.

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