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Colored Convention of the Texas Farmers Association

1880TX-State-Dallas_Report_Galveston-Daily-News_1880-02-18_cropped-page1-4.pdf

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Shaw, of Fannin county, inquired whether the ministers present from countries not formally represented, could cast the vote of those counties as accredited delegates. Ruled after debate that they could not, a minister, in the eye of the convention, being no better than lay brethren.

Coleman, of Collin, offered a resolution to the effect that the Rev. W. Barrett's newspaper published at Corsicana, be chosen as the organ of the association. Laid on the table subject to call.

Carson, of Dallas, offered the following, which was adopted after an hour's discussion, during which the convention was a trangled skein:

Resolved, that this convention elect two agents, whose duties shall be to organize a society in every county in the state to co-operate with the mother association; that the officers of said society shall consist of a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary, who shall be authorized, in their joint official capacity, to sell shares in their respective counties, and that all moneys thus collected, less ten per cent. for expenses, shall be sent to the secretary of the Farmers' association, who will receipt for the same.

Jackson, of Navarro, offered a resolution to the effect that the sales of shares be extended to the colored people of the south, irrespective of their domicile. Carried.

Coleman's resolution relative to the adoption of the Corsicana paper as the organ of the association, was called up. The running debate which ensued threw the convention into a pandemonium, and order was only restored by the appointment of Hawkins, of Dallas, as sergeant at arms, who was directed by the chair to oust unruly members out of the hall.

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