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Report: Colored Men's Convention.

1883TX-State-Austin_Reports-page4.pdf

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and that Judge Turner's decision was not right, and the judge was an enemy to the colored race. Subsequently, Mr. Grant conceded the governor's argument as to qualifications required to fit them for equal progress with the white race. He said until they had such qualifications they would get no substantial benefits from any civil rights bill, though it was long enough to reach from here to Washington.

A resolution of thanks to the governor and chairman was the occasion of filibustering, though when a vote was finally reached it was unanimously adopted. There was a small section of the convention disposed to oppose the resolution, but it lacked courage.

In the afternoon session reports of committees on Grievances and Education occasioned debate. Grievances were lengthily states on account of railway, hotel and school discriminations, and particularly grievous in the law against miscegenation. The report proposes organization, and tribute supporting it, to fight for rights on railway trains and in hotels. The report on education was fair enough, and, amended, asks why only nine of eleven colored normal schools required by law had been established, and when, if ever, the colored branch of the State university is to be established? Nothing was said about the medical branch. This report thanks the last legislature for its liberality to normal schools; says there is no State in the Union where the colored schools, taken as a whole, are better conducted. It recommends that the colored people support the school amendments to the constitution. This report was adopted. One ancient delegate opposed the adoption of the report on grievance, but lengthy and heated debate gradually fixed the provisions and race enmity of delegates, and there was on final vote no opposition. The following delegates were elected to the National convention: A. Grant, as chairman; J. H. Jones, R. J. Moore, J. W. M. Abernathy, David Athens, D. H. Anderson, J. B. Scott, D. F. Dennis. F. A. Dennison, James Martin, Henry Willhite, A. F. Jackson, J. H. Armstrong, Mack Henderson, J. J. Hamilton, L. W. Sublett and Richard Nelson.

Report of Committee on Agriculture and Wealth, that colored people are everywhere buying lands, and are not going to continue hewers of wood and drawers of water for others, was adopted.

The report of the committee on the orphans' home was adopted. It asks help for the Galveston project,

The governor pardoned Ben. Williams, sentenced for seventeen years for murder, because he is totally blind. He is not restored to his civil rights, and if sight is restored, or he breaks the laws, he is to be returned to prison.

Chartered: The Bryant Wood Ranch company, of Gainsville, $35,000 capital. Also, the North Texas and Louisiana Railroad company, to run from Tyler through Van Zandt, Kaufman, Rockwall, Collin, Dentou, Grayson and Cook counties, to Gainsville, with the privilege to commence work at both ends, or either, Incorporators: R. B. Hubbard, J. B. Douglass, J. A. Brown, H. H. Rowland, E. S. Williams. A. Lofton, H. G. Asker. J. P. Douglass, W. C. Wimberly, W. H. Cousins, John Durst and W. W. Roberts. Also chartered Dallas Cotton Manufacturing company.

The Lunatic Asylum Board met and fumed over bills and accounts, which were duly approved.

The street railroad trouble with the Capitol Board has been settled in all probability by the latter getting substantially all they want, and the railroad keeping its track on the capitol grounds.

The comptroller turned over some $3000 into the treasury.

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