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Black Battalion: Speech of Hon. Joseph B. Foraker of Ohio in the Senate of the United States, 1908
			
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tor is away on his summer vacation, from which he does not expect
to return until about the 1st of September.  I do not know that anything
can be done in the meanwhile.  What you have written will be brought
to his attention at the first convenient opportunity, for I know he will
be glad to hear from you.
  Regretting I can not write you more definitely, I am,
      Very truly, yours,
  It was signed by one of my clerks.
  September 1, 1908, Boyd Conyers wrote again, addressing me
as follows:
  DEAR SIR: Your letter was received August 27.---
  I want right here, before I read this letter from him, to have
the Secretary read the letter I wrote him, which they claim
made so much trouble.
  The VICE-PRESIDENT.   Without objection, the Secretary
will read as requested.
  The Secretary read as follows:
  Conyers tried to commit suicide after he found that he had made
his statements to a detective, declaring that the other negroes would
kill him when it got out.  He finally wrote to Senator Foraker and
received a reply, a copy of which is annexed.  That reply he construed
to mean that he should stick to his original story told before the Sen-
ate committee at all hazards, and there he stands.
  Mr. FORAKER.   Will the Secretary kindly read the letter.
It says it is attached.
  Mr. WARREN.  While we are waiting for the Secretary to
find the letter, I should like to ask whether there are any papers
or exhibits accompanying the message which were not read in
full.
  Mr. FORAKER.   Nothing,  as I understood the Secretary.
Now let him read the letter.
  Mr. WARREN.  We want them all, of course.
  Mr. FORAKER.  We will get them all, of course, now.
  The  VICE-PRESIDENT.    The Secretary will read as re-
quested.
  The Secretary read as follows:
                                   UNITED STATES SENATE,
               COMMITTEE ON PACIFIC ISLANDS AND PORTO RICO,
                                   Cincinnati, Ohio, August 26, 1908.
Mr. BOYD CONYERS,
            Monroe, Ga.
  DEAR SIR: On my return here I found awaiting me your letter of
July 24. I hardly know from what you state just what it is that has
transpired, nor do I know just what it is I should do to get the
character of information to which you refer. If you will write me
again at your convenience, giving me a clearer account, I will be glad
to avail myself of it to the extent it may be useful.
  I remember you very well as a witness before the committee, and I
am sure you did not there testify to anything except only the truth.
       Very truly, yours, etc.,
                                                   J. B. FORAKER.
  Mr. FORAKER. I am still of that opinion. In response to
that, he wrote September 1 as follows:
                                    MONROE, GA., September 1, 1908.
  Mr. J. B. FORAKER, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  DEAR SIR: Your letter was received August 27--
  The letter that has just been read-
and was glad to hear from you.
  Mr. FORAKER, from what I can learn the negro was working under a
detective of Roanoke, Va., seeking and trying to find the guilty party
that taken part in the Brownsville affray, and he was here five or six
weeks and didn't even have any talk with me.
    65504--7984




			
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