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Colored Convention of the Texas Farmers Association


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labor for them until next fall, when they can move to the western colony.

Mr. Smothers, of Dallas, submitted the following:

Resolved, That the board of directors meet at once and appoint agents to go west to the Pan-Handle and select lands, and publish to our people throughout the South to come and take hold. Adopted.

A letter from Dr. A. Ary, of Clarksville, Tenn., who represents a company owning sixty thousand acres of land in Texas, for the purpose of colonizing colored people from Tennessee, was read and referred to the Board of Directors.

The Vice-President offered the following, which was adopted :

Resolved, That we have the proceedings of this convention published in pamphlet form, for distribution among the delegates: that the Secretary and Treasurer be appointed a Committee on Printing; that they have five hundred copies printed. Adopted.

The committee to whom the proposition of Captain Veal was referred for report recommended the acceptance of the proposition, provided the agents who are to examine the tract, report favorablly on the character of the land,

Mr. Smothers, of Dallas, moved that the convention elect at once, two agents to canvass the lands to be colonized. The motion was carried, and W. R. Carson and S. H. Smothers, were elected as the agents by acclimation.

The thanks of the convention were returned to the citizens of Dallas for their hospitality, to the Mayor and City Council for the use of the city hall, and to the Galveston News, the local press of the city and St. Louis papers for the publication of the minutes of the convention and words of kind cheer.

The board of directors elected the following officers for the ensuing term:

President, W R Carson; Vice-President, T V B Davis; Treasurer, A R Giggs; Secretary; S H Smothers.

The directory is to meet semi-annually, in July and January, and five members shall constitute a quorum.

The directory appointed W. R. Carson and S. H. Smothers general agents to organize societies in the different counties of the State, and to solicit contributions. As salary they are to retain 20 per cent of collections, provided the amount does not exceed $50 per month.

The convention then adjourned sine die.

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