Fair Play

January 6, 1871


The House of Delegates is not seeking to improve accommodations for "colored" people on trains. The people seeking this change agree that there are race division for railroad cars, and petition for better accommodations for colored women because the colored cars are smoky, dirty and have no sitting room.


Fair Play. The House of Delegates yesterday refused to lay upon the table a resolution intended to provide better accommodations for colored people upon the railroads. Let justice be done at every hazard. We have always approved of the regulation excluding negroes from the cars occupied by the whites. We are equally decided in the opinion that the negroes, especially the females, should have provided for them ears into which whites will not be permitted to intrude. Certainly, it is not right to compel colored women to ride in cars polluted by the smoke from cigars, pipes, Arc. We trust that the Legislature will do whatever it can to remedy this wrong.
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