1884 REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION
HOUSTON, September 2 and 3
The breach between the white and colored Republicans was widened at this convention over the question of a State ticket. When the minority report of the Platform Committee was rejected, a number of the former bolted.
Officers: Chairman, A. J. Rosenthal, of Fayette. Vice-Presidents, W. C. Phillips, of Travis; N. W. Cuney, of Galveston; and R. N. Kerr, of Bastrop. Secretary, Lock McDaniel, of Grimes.
Committee on Platform and Resolutions: James P. Newcomb, chairman ; J. G. Tracy, P. W. Hall, J. W. Bradshaw, H. Welch, F. S. Cleaves, J. P. Alexander, N. W. Cuney, W. W. Davis, Carl Schutze, David Redfield, B. W. Roberts.
Your committee beg leave to report the following as their action upon the resolutions submitted to their consideration:
In regard to the resolution against nominating a State ticket, your committee is of the opinion that it is inexpedient and impracticable at this late day to place a State ticket in the field, and recommend that Republicans aid all Independent candidates for State offices favorable to the defeat of the Democracy.
We present the following resolutions to your consideration:
Resolved,  That we heartily indorse the National Republican platform and recommend its protection and labor planks to the deiberate judgment of the people of Texas, and ask them to aid us to give the electoral vote to Elaine and Logan.
 That we reaffirm the principles adopted at the Republican Convention at Fort Worth, except that we are opposed to the lease law and in favor of selling the public lands to actual settlers.
 That we condemn the present mode of drawing grand and petit juries in the county^and district courts. That the authority given by law to the judges of said courts to select jury commissioners, intended by the Democratic legislature that enacted said law to enable Democratic judges to deprive Republican citizens of the right to sit on juries, and has had this effect in all such districts and counties, and we demand such a change in the drawing of juries that all citizens, without regard to white or colored proclivities, shall have the right and privilege to participate in the administration of justice.
 That the Republican party of Texas is pledged to the enactment and enforcement of an equitable civil law by which the wages of labor may be secured to the laborers.
In behalf of the minority of the Committee on Platform and Resolutions, we desire to submit the following resolutions:
WHEREAS, the Republican party of Texas recognizes the National right of every American citizen to cast his vote according to the dictates of his conscience, and recognizing the fact that the failure of this Convention to place in nomination for the different offices to be filled in this State such men as represent principles in harmony with the Republican party will deprive a large number of citizens of this right and privilege, and recognizing the fact that the dignity of the Republican party of Texas demands that a full State ticket, composed of men who represent its principles, be placed before the people, and recognizing the fact that Elaine and Logan, the Republican nominees for President and Vice-President of the United States, are representative men of our party and that they fully represent our principles; therefore,
Resolved, That this Convention do place in nomination a full State ticket and that the delegates here assembled pledge themselves not to support any candidate or candidates for State offices who will not pledge themselves to support the Republican nominee for President, James G. Elaine, and for Vice-President, Jno. A. Logan.
F. L. CLEAVES, J. W. BRADSHAW, HORACE WELCH.
The minority report was rejected by a vote 80 ayes to 308 noes.
State Executive Committee: C. C. Binkley, of Grayson, chairman ; 1st Senatorial district, T. J. Russell, 3. Charles Montgomery, 4. W. J. Worsham, 5. James McDowell, 8. Loch McDaniel, 9. H. D. Johnson, 10. J. H. Washington, 13. J. T. Shermack, 15. Z. A. Dent, 16, T. C. Byrne, 17. D. A Robinson, 26. W. L. Booth, 22. Gieo. A. O'Brien, 23. J. P. Osterhout.
The proceedings of this convention are taken from the Galveston Daily News.
"Platforms of Political Parties in Texas Edited by ERNEST WILLIAM WINKLER"