Burn Penn hall, 25 may 1838 The Liberator Page 2
From the Philadelphia V. S. Gazette. DESTRUCTION OF PENNSYLVANIA HALL. During most of the day, yesterday, large numbers of. persons were standing round the i Hall, and it was evident that there was a purpose purpose of injury. In the afternoon, the Mayor went to some of the leading members of the society society owning this building, and represented to them the great danger of continuing to hold their meetings, and he especially urged upon them the propriety of not assembling that evening, evening, as he had every reason to believe that there was an organized band prepared to break up the meeting, and perhaps do injury to the building and crowded as the walk must be by the company, company, this could not be done without personal injury and loss' of life. . : ' It was agreed to forego the evening meeting, and the mayor took the keys, and went out and addressed the persons then in the street, stating that there would be no meeting, and requested them as good citizens to retire. The people cheered the mayor, who returned to his office, placing persons to bring information of any attempt attempt at injury, calling around him all his disposable disposable force, and having some voluuteers. Early in the evening, notice was given that a crowd had come down the street' and was attacking attacking the north side of the Hall ; the Mayor hastened up .Fifth street to Cherry with his force, and when he met the crowd, which was dense and numerous, he sprung his rattle, and his police called upon the people to sustain the Mayor ; but not one person appeared to give aid. It was then seen that those who had assailed 'the building, had broken open the doors and lower windows obtained entrance, and were beati.ig out the upper windows. By this time the Mayor and his police had attempted to arrest arrest the course of destruction but they were assailed with clubs, and almost every one severely severely wounded. Col. Watmough, the sheriff also made an attempt to restore peace and save the building, ' but he was attacked, severely bruised, and narrowly escaped. ' " - We learn that the persons inside then gathered gathered the benches, chairs and books in a heap, set mv to lucin.aoQ men lelt the Hall. ine engines engines hasted to the conflagration, but the firemen, firemen, were not allowed to play upon the building, but directed to play upon those houses endangered endangered by the flame, so that before ten o'clock the whole wood work of the Hall was entirely - destroyed and. shortly afterwards the crowd, 'which consisted of many thousands, began to disperse. We give the above statement as we gathered it at a late hour. We have no time to indulge in any reflections -upon -upon the outrage against the laws and the city's character. An immense concourse of people were as sembled by the conflagration, and when the roo? : fell in, a shout of exultation was sent forth, as if "Liberty herself had been set free, and the throne of a tyrant had been prostrated. ' A bv-standeT bv-standeT bv-standeT in the crowd, who seemed to 'have just arrived :in our city, asked us what was ;the character. of the building on which the vengeance vengeance of "a demoniacal mob had thus been freaked ; and we were obliged to answer, it was aHall dedicated to free discussion on subjects subjects not of an immoral tendency.' It may be proper to add that the loss of the building falls upon the city, according to a law enacted a year or two ago. - We can scarcely suppose it necessary to say, we are neither abolitionists, nor advocates of abolition, and that we disapprove altogether of; their course ; but while we make this disclaimer, we must say that we are no mobites, or advocates advocates of monocracy. Philad. Herald. From the Philadelphia Inquirer of Friday morning BIOT AND CONFLAGRATION. A Tumult. "We have various accounts of a tumult which is said to have occurred on 'Wednesday 'Wednesday evening, in front of the Pennsylvania Hall, in Sixth street above Arch. The Hall, as is well known, has just been built, and the ceremonies ceremonies of dedication had been io progress since ' Monday last. It is stated that about 3000 persons persons had assembled within its walls on Wednesday Wednesday evening, to listen to Mr. Garrison and others; a large portion of the audience being female. At the close of Mr. Garrison's address, as we learn from the National Gazette, the crowd became very noisy. It is' estimated that at one time, as many as 3000 persons were assembled outside, and great excitement prevailed. The colored persons in the Hall were let out the back wav, and were, as might ; be supposed, dreadfuDy alarmed. Those f the crowd, however, who were riotously riotously dispo, were comparatively but few in number, number, the great mass being mere lookers-on. lookers-on. lookers-on. t Destruction of Pennsylvania Hall. The popular excitement, growing out of, the dedication dedication of Pennsylvania Hall,-and Hall,-and Hall,-and the attending circumstances, reached a fearful pitelT through-our through-our through-our yesterday. The tumult of the previous night was the theme of all tongues a thousand extravagant stories were circulated, and the apprehension apprehension became general, that the night would not pass by without a still more fearful and exciting exciting scene. Daring tne day, the Hall was open, and, as we believe, one or two Lectures were delivered. At fjoon, from 100 to 200 persons congregated inron of the building ; and the number continued continued to increase and , the sensation to become stronger, until sun-down sun-down sun-down ; when thousands from every section of ihe city and country, poured in .dense masses towards the scene ; and by S o'clock there must have been a concourse of Ten Thousand Thousand persons, of all classes, sexes, ages and con-Virions. con-Virions. con-Virions. VThe Mayor, we. are told, made his appear ajs&t t an early hour, and closed the door of the IWl-j IWl-j IWl-j notwithstanding it was un- un- derstood that a society routd meet there in the evening, tor the purpose pf discussion, '; ; 'n . j , .