The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 464
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and the regular party both held state conventions in Fort Worth
on September 9. The hope of the "lily whites" was that some
sort of party harmony could be worked out between the warring
factions." Their meeting passed resolutions endorsing the plat-
form adopted at St. Louis and the McKinley-Hobart ticket, nomi-
nated a state ticket,58 and appointed a plenary committee to seek
harmony with the regular party."
In the regular party meeting Cuney was defeated by H. C.
Ferguson, a Negro, for the temporary chairmanship of the con-
vention. The Galveston Daily News reported that the "passing
of Cuney has not had the effect of making the Negroes sore. It
was expected that it would have [such] an effect, but I can see
no evidence of such a thing. The man who defeated him for
chairman, or rather the man Grant had elected, is also a Negro,
and perhaps that accounts for it."6o With Cuney out of the way,
the party decided against a state ticket and endorsed the McKin-
ley-Hobart ticket also.61
Cuney's failure to recapture control of the party after the
national convention marked his complete loss of power over the
state organization. In less than six months, on March 3, 1897,
he was dead. After the convention at Fort Worth a newspaper
reporter wrote that Cuney had told him that he
could stand the defeat, that he had stood it at St. Louis and cer-
tainly could stand it at Fort Worth. He said he would take his medicine
like a man and fight in the ranks as hard as any of them. He meant
what he said, but I could see that the wound was paining him. It
would require time to heal the wound.6
"5'inkler, Platforms of Political Parties in Texas, 392-393.
"8Galveston Daily News, September io, 1896, p. 2.
"Winkler, Platforms of Political Parties in Texas, 393-
sOGalveston Daily News, September io, 1896, p. 1.
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