The Suffrage Cases Argued

April 9, 1904


The case of black suffrage versus the state meets “another setback” as the black right to vote is delayed once again.


Hon. John S. Wise of New York argued the case of Jones et al versus the State Board of Canvassers and Selden and others versus the same on last Monday before the Supreme Court of the United States and thus rang down the curtain in the last act of the drama in this state. He had both the law on his side, but he spoke to men with deaf ears. They listened and that was all, for there was hardly a conservative person present, but what knew that they were simply complying with the forms of law listening to Mr. Wise’s speech.
    One of the cases partook of the nature of a moot case inasmuch as Mr. Wise was asking the Supreme Court to restrain the State Board of Canvassers from canvassing the vote of Virginia, for the Congressman, when as a matter of fact the vote had already been canvassed and the Congressman-elect seated. We regret to note the steady affairs against us, but no student of history will lose heart. Other races have met with similar setbacks, but the hand of God may be seen through it all and great principles will survive and in the end be triumphant.

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