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Page 198 of History of the anti-separate coach movement of Kentucky : containing half-tone cuts and biographical sketches ... / edited by Rev. S.E. Smith.

198 letting the railroads in Kentucky severely alone, thus depriv- inls them of hundreds of thousands of dollars that formerly went to swell their excheqler and increase the size of their dividends. This determination to boycott the railroads is not confined to the Negroes of Kentucky alone, but by the Negroes of the entire United States, who look upon the passage of the law in Kentucky as a blow aimed at the entire race. Heretofore excursions by the colored people throughout the state wvhere frequent and numerous, representing an annual ek- penditure of 100,000. Now all is changed, and excursions are discouruaged on every hand. The following letter from Miss Ida B. Wells (Iola.), one of the brightest women of the race, is selected from a score of others of similar import as exl)ressive of the feeling of our race leaders: New York, June 20,1892. Mlessrs. C. C. Monroe, Eutgene Evans, E. E. Underwood et al. of Executive Committee, Lexington, Ky.: Gentlemen-Observing by the Louisville Champion that you have issued a call for a convention of Negro citizens to meet in Lexington June 22d, to consider plans for the setting aside of the Separate Coach Law, lately enacted in your State, I take the liberty of addressing you. Although not ;a citizen of Kentuc'ky, I am a member of the race, and so deeply interested in any plans you may formu- late that I should invite myself to be present at your delibera- tions did time and circumstances allow. As nost of you probably know, I was editor of a paper, "The Free Speech," in Memphis, Tenn., which has been sap- pressed because of our defense of the race. I have lately con- ne(cted myself with The Age. If 1 may take the liberty to offer a suggestion, it would be that every preacher or public man, every delegate make him- self a committee of one to use his influence with the people to keep them off the railroads. Besides the other measures you adopt, this line will have a wonderful effect. You can only

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