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State Colored Men's Convention

1873LA-State_New-Orleans_Report__1873-11-19_excerpt-2.pdf

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Mr. Murrell, of Lafoniche, then addressed the meeting on the subject of Cuba.

Mr. Ward, of Grant, desired the convention should know that the condition of affairs in his parish.

Mr. Murrell, of Madison, commenced to tell about affairs in his parish, and was interrupted on the point that the affairs of Cuba were before the house. He continued, however, and made an eloquent appeal to the convention to consider these outrages. He moved the adoption of the resolutions.

Mr. Burch then addressed the convention, and deprecated inflammatory speeches of any kind. It was not the purpose of this convention to ask that troops be sent anywhere. The outrages of these parishes were terrible, but the government was putting out its hand to prevent them. He would not vote for any resolution containing an implied censure of the government.

He appealed to the convention in the name of freedom, of justice, of hope and peace, in the future to keep steadily in view the single object of the meeting. He desired that every delegate should have an opportunity to make any address he saw fit. He closed with an eloquent appeal on behalf of free Cuba, and urged the adoption of the resolutions.

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