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The Proposed Resolution

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Colonol Bayle was theu informad that the ininers were to hold a mass meetiug on the public square at3o'ciock at which the foüowing resolutions were to be pre6ented for adoption: "Whereas, A race conflict has taken place in this city within the last few days, resulting in no loss of life but in serious hardship and iuconvenience to a considerable sección of this cominunity; "Resolved, That we, the miners of Spring Valley in mass meeting assembled, declart to be our belief that all men, regardless of race, color or creed, are born with the same equal rights and should enjoy the same opportunities in the pursuit of life and happiness. "Resolved, That we denounce any attempt at the suppression of these rights as unjust and barbarous, and pledga ourselves to maintain law and order so far as lies in our power. "Rasolved, That we are ready now to resume work, providing the Spring Valley Coal company is ready to start their mines, "Resolved, That we denounce the lying reports, misrepresenting this city, sent to the Chicago papers by one Bailey, of Princoton. These dispatohes in the ruain aro 'infamous, distorted and exaggerated beyond human reasoning. In denouncing these atrocious misrepresentations we hold as accountable the publishers of the Chioago press, who could easily have informed themselves as to the actual truth of tho situation." Populatiou I Kather Heterogeneoos. At the appointed hour about 600 miners assembled in the public square at the mass meeting. James Haney presided, and W. H. Jones acted as secretary. It was a curious gathering. Every nation in eastern and southern Europe was represen ted. Every motion that was made and every speecu had to be repeated at least six times, and each time in a different language. All appeared to be determined upon one thing, and that was that no man with African blood in hls veins should become a resident workman of this community. Spring Valley is aqueer town. It is Hke a hornet's nest. Casual observers would say in passing through it that it is one of the most peaceful hamlets in America. But let the casual observer stir it up aod enraged men and women will pour lorth like hornets disturbed to wreak vengeance on whoever may dare to oppose thern. When aroused they have about as niuch regard for law and order as a disturbed nest, of hornets. Meetiug Seoms to Bave Been a Fallare. It was explulneu to the meeting that the representativo of AHgekl had coinj to town to determine if the rniütia should be called. When the resoiutions had been read in the various laugunges Chatrman Haney asked if any ono desirod to speak. In response to this carne numeiious inquines as to whether the negroes would come back iL the resolución were adopted. ïo these inquirios Chairman Haney, through vanous mturpretets, replied that tho law must take its course and peaoe be preserved. This did not seein to meet With general approval, and ïnany left the meeting and retlred to the saloons and groggeries to discuss whtt should be done. At length the ohairman put the question as to the adoption or rejectiou of the resolutlons. The vote was about a tie, but the chuirman declared it carried. The meeting then adiourned.


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