Document 13B: "World's Temperance Convention. Great Excitement at Metropolitan Hall," New York Times, Sept. 8, 1853, p. 7.

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Great Excitement at Metropolitan Hall



Scenes of Great Confusion


    Yesterday's session of the World's Temperance Convention, was a stormy one. The entire morning was given to a discussion of the right of Miss ANTOINETTE L. BROWN to take her seat as a delegate, and the debate finally waxed warm, and resulted in a scene of general confusion.

    The proceedings commenced at 9 o'clock, and were opened with prayer. The minutes of the previous day's business were read and approved.

    Letters from the following named parties were received and read by Rev. Dr. PATTON: from Chief-Justice WILLIAMS, of Connecticut; Chancellor WALWORTH, CALVIN E. STONE, of Andover, Mass.; MOSES GRANT, Boston: Rev. Dr. BURNS, of London, England, Secretary of the National Temperance Society, accrediting Mr. J. CASSEL, as a delegate; also from Mr. J. CRUIKSHANK, and ROBERT ROE of the Scotch Temperance League, accrediting Rev. Mr. JEFFRYS as delegate.

    Judge O'NEALL, of South Carolina, made a report from the Business Committee, setting forth the manner in which the delegate should vote. If desired, the delegates were to vote by States--all the votes of the delegates from England and her dependencies were to count.

    Mr. WENDELL PHILLIPS, of Boston, objected to the reception of the report, on the ground that it was equivocal. He was surprised to hear, during the discussion of Mr. CLARK's resolution on the previous day, the expression of "women and niggers" coming there to trouble them. Such language would never fall from the lips of a gentleman. And, indeed a delegate from Pennsylvania said he hoped that all the delegates who participated in the proceedings would be dressed in the costume of gentlemen. Under this state of things the Business Committee made this vague report. It would be wanting in self-respect for any woman or colored temperance person to open their mouth while the evasive language of the report stood on the record.

    Hon. S. HOAR, of Massachusetts, called the speaker to order, by reason of his engaging in a discussion on the propriety of the action of the Convention on a previous day.

    THE PRESIDENT--The gentleman is clearly out of order.

    MR. PHILLIPS--I take an appeal from the decision of the Chair.

    The appeal was not sustained.

    Mr. PHILLIPS--Am I on my original ten minutes--or am I to begin anew!

    THE PRESIDENT--You have one minute more.

    Mr. PHILLIPS--I move to amend "that all Delegates, male and female--."

    The PRESIDENT--No motion of that kind is in order.

    The question on the non-acceptance of the report was taken and lost.

    Then, after considerable disorder, it was moved that the report be laid on the table.

    Mr. PHILLIPS claimed the floor, but was ruled out of order.

    The motion was then agreed to.

    Mr. PHILLIPS then took an appeal, and produced Judge Cushing's book on Parliamentary law, to show that all questions were debatable. Mr. P. was going on to state the grounds of his appeal, but was called to order so frequently that, by the time his ten minutes had expired, he had not edged in a dozen words.

    The Committee on Business made the following Report, which was read by Dr. MARSH:

    The Committee would recommend to the Convention the adoption and publication to the world of the following resolutions and declarations, as embodying their mind, will and purpose, in relation in the great enterprise in which we are engaged.

    1. Assembled in this commercial Metropolis, in behalf of the interests of humanity, from various and distant portions of the world, we, the members of this Convention, would unitedly express our gratitude to HIM from whom all good comes, for the Temperance reformations of this nineteenth century; and, in a full reliance on His wisdom to guide, and His power to sustain, we would commit its future to His care, asking that we may be enabled to press it onward in a manner agreeable to His will, and with a self-denial, energy and zeal which shall speedily insure its universal triumph.

    2. While the subject of Temperance is and ever must be, first of all, a personal concern, in which each individual regards strictly the physical laws of his being, and totally abstains from all that poisons and disarranges the functions of his system, it is also a public object, demanding the attention of every member of the community, that men be made a curse to themselves and those around them, by evil usages, vile tempers, or corrupt legislation.

    3. The protection of the people by civil government from evils brought upon them by the deeds and pursuits of men, for pleasure or for gain, has in all ages and countries been acknowledged as the first of duties and while our Legislatures and States are active and efficient in guarding against frightful casualties on railroads and steamboats, and the spread of the pestilence from city to city, it is most justly expected of them that they put their hand upon the great cause of most of these casualties, and an evil which sweeps more men prematurely and wretchedly into eternity, then pestilence, famine, or war.

    4. The frightful work of Intemperance, the destruction year by year of 60,000 in Great Britain, and 30,000 in the United States, to say nothing of other countries, is traceable not so much to the natural desires and necessities of men, as to the traffic, in intoxicating drinks. The supply allures to the most destructive excitements of body and mind, and all attempt to regulate it by license are utterly profitless. When most controlled, the traffic still eats like a cancer: and hence such license, whatever it may pour into the Treasury of the State, should at once be abandoned by all civilized and Christian governments.

    5. The transition state in which we now behold large portions of these United States and the British Provinces, and which is attracting attention in foreign lands, from a system of legislation which would, if possible, regulate such traffic, to one which would entirely prohibit it, is full of promise to the nations of the earth; we hail, therefore, the Maine Law as the bright and morning star of our age. We are filled with admiration and gratitude at its wisdom and results. We lift up our voices in thankfulness to Him in whose hand are the hearts of men, that so many Legislatures have adopted it, and that where it has been submitted to the people, it has received their sanction by overwhelming majorities. We welcome its early fruits as the harbinger of glorious accomplishments, when it shall be received in all States, and placed on a footing with all other acknowledged wise municipal regulations.

    6. While this Convention has a full, firm and unwavering confidence in the constitutionality, the justice, the political economy and practicability of this new system of legislation, which entirely prohibits, they believe that its advance has been as rapid as is consistent with permanency; they commend it in all its bearings upon the health, the morals, the peace and the financial prosperity of nations, to the careful examination of all who love their country and their race; and believing its final adoption by every State and Kingdom to be only a question of time, they urge upon their friends in every place great patience and forbearance, united to the utmost vigilance, zeal and perseverance.

    7. A question of such vast magnitude in its bearing upon the moral and physical interests of humanity, and upon every department of human industry, as the Maine law, should never, in the opinion of this Convention, become a question of party politics; but should ever be presented as one of universal interest, to be decided by the whole people upon its true merits; and we repel the charge of mingling Temperance and Politics; but if any political party opposes the law, for the purpose of retaining civil power, we feel bound to consider that action as at war with the best interests of the community, and to withhold from that party our votes, and in no case will we give our votes to any but those whom we know will secure and sustain the statute we demand.

    8. As men, and members of the community, we owe no man anything which should cause us to favor him in a continuance in the traffic in intoxicating liquors as a beverage; we owe no legislature or magistrate any favor who will make laws which protect said traffic, or who may refuse to enforce laws designed to suppress it. The one higher law, the interests of a world, call upon us, wherever we are and in whatever we are engaged, to frown upon the traffic as morally wrong, the scourge of the race, and to sustain and enforce every enactment designed for its extermination.

    9. As the entire object and end of law is in its enforcement, and as there can be no want of power in the Government that enacts to secure that end, we can view all refusal in mayors and corporations of cities and magistrates of towns, to execute and enforce a prohibitory statute where it has been enacted, only as a wicked combination with liquor manufacturers and vendors, to resist the Government, for base purposes of gain, or the attainment of civil power; and we can view such spirit only with alarm and detestation, as tending to the overthrow of all law and order, and the introduction of universal anarchy.

    10. An entirely prohibitory statute, embodying the spirit and principles of the Maine Law, is not the cause of a few individuals who have combined for political purposes; nor is it the cause of wealthy manufacturers and mechanics, ship-owners, who wish to thrive on the sobriety of others, but it is the cause of the people; and "if," in the language of Justice Edwards, at whose memory the Convention would drop a tear, "the people prevail, and permanently defend themselves and their children, as they have a right and it is their duty to do, from the evils of the Liquor traffic, they will be benefactors, not only of the present generation, but of all future generations of men; not only in Maine, but in every State in the Union, and throughout the Christian world."

    11. From the mount of hope on which they are permitted to stand, the Convention look back with sympathy upon the thousands of reclaimed men who were drawn backward by the legalized dram-shops and tippling-houses, in all our cities, towns and villages; they rejoice that one State after another is becoming a vast Asylum, into which the reformed may enter; and they feel encouraged once more to go forth on the errand of love, and by the power of moral suasion, reclaim every inebriate; believing that, as the Maine law progresses, we shall no longer say, "There is no hope," but all shall live and be blessings to themselves and all around them.

    12. With this prohibitory statute in prospect, the Convention contemplate with deepest interest the new condition of the female sex, no longer to be torn and scathed, and peeled by drunken husbands, sons and fathers; and of the rising generation, coming up without the tippling-house and dram-shop to seduce and destroy; and they ask for the powerful exertion of woman in its favor, in every way consistent with the purity and dignity of her character and sex; and that every child may be taught that it is his blessed inheritance, never to be surrendered.

    13. While the Convention would express their admiration and thankfulness at the devotedness and talent of numerous public lecturers around the globe, and of the spirit and ability of the Temperance Press, they would express the hope that these moral forces will be greatly increased--that eloquent tongues will be more and more ready to plead for suffering humanity--that gifted pens will be increasingly employed in the Temperance tale-- that the medical and legal departments will be yet more active in exposing the poisonous character of alcoholic and drugged liquors and the iniquity of license laws--and that tracts of pungency and power may be sent forth by the million, like the leaves of the tree, for the healing of the nations. And they would recommend to those to whom God has given wealth to contribute generously, that by these instrumentalities our work may be perfected.

    14. To those States and Provinces which have already obtained the Maine Law in greater or less perfection, the Convention would say, Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, Hold on to your high privilege: you are a spectacle to the world. Let the tide of selfishness roll over you, and the law be repealed, or which is equally bad not be enforced, and you put far back the Temperance reformation, and shroud in darkness the hope of the world. To those which have not yet attained it, struggle on. The destroying angel quails before you. And when your sons shall be saved, you shall have gained the object of your toil, and your work is done, the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.

    15. As members of the vast family of man, this Convention do deeply and tenderly sympathize with all in every nation who are suffering under the influence of intoxicating drinks; with brethren in our fatherland, where, even under the bright light of the Gospel, the ravages of intemperance are most appalling; with the millions of Hindoos resisting manfully the British license to sell the poison, with the Sandwich Islanders, driven from their Maine law by French cannon; with populous China, barring out the fatal drug [opium], yet forced to receive it by British cupidity; and with the poor Indian, struggling for his last foothold on this Continent, yet drawn to death by the vile trader; we bid all be of good courage in their manly conflicts; we appeal to all human governments for protection from the traffic for the deluded and the suffering; and we ask the blessing of Him without whom we can do nothing, that the time may soon come when the last bushel of grain shall be perverted to the drink of the drunkard, and the last miserable inebriate be hurried to the grave.

    Mr. COMSTOCK (delegate from the Carson League of Chemung County) moved that the resolutions be taken up singly, as they contained some sentiments objectionable to him--among others, that deprecating political action by the Temperance party.

    Ben. S. HOAR remarked that the motion was unnecessary, as the gentleman had a right to demand a division of the question. The motion was not pressed.

    The Report was then accepted, and the question recurred on the adoption of the first resolution.

    Mr. DUGAL supported the resolution as taking the proper initiatory position--to give thanks to God. In the course of the few remarks he offered he observed that much injury was arising to the advance of the cause from the stories that were told about the renewal of drinking in Portland, Me. They ought all to sink their little differences of opinion, and be as a band of brothers, united for the accomplishment of this one great object. They would be so if they but knew the sneers and jeers with which Temperance men and their differences were spoken of by the opponents of Total Abstinence.

    At the conclusion of Mr. DUGAL's brief remarks, Rev. Miss ANTOINETTE BROWN, about whom all the rumpus took place on the previous day, arose and addressed the Chair. She was accompanied by two ladies, of a decidedly strong-minded aspect.

    Miss BROWN said: Mr. President, I desire to say a few words.

    The PRESIDENT--Will the lady take the stand?

    Miss BROWN then mounted to the stage, and was about address the Convention.

    Rev. Mr. CHAMBERS said, in a very excited manner, "There is a resolution on our table."--[Confusion]

    Mr. KEEPER of Maryland, rose to a point of order, Rev. Miss A. B. standing composedly by all the while. Mr. K. said: We passed a resolution yesterday in reference this very matter which comes before us. We all have the greatest respect and regard for women. No man has more than I have. But it was resolved, "that this Convention fully appreciate the absolute necessity of the cooperation of our wives, mothers and sisters in the great and holy cause of Temperance; but they are of opinion that the public platform of discussion is not the appropriate sphere of women." [Applause and hisses.]

    Mr. K. (warmly)--I interrupt no man. I never did. I feel it would be very small to do it. I claim nothing at your hands but the ordinary courtesies of life, which I am willing to extend to everyone, I do not like to be hissed down. We read in the good Book, that when David went out to battle with 300 men, the rest stayed at home "by the stuff" and when they came back, laden with spoils, he passed a law that those who staid "by the stuff" should have a share of them. And so it is with the ladies. I say the business of our wives, mothers and sisters is to stick "by the stuff"--I mean the little ones, that want the mother's care. When our wives grow up as fruitful wives by the house-side, and our little ones are as olive-branches around our board, we want them to be cared for. I do not want to see them on the public platform. It might be that some JOAN of Arc, in an emergency, would lead in battle; but there is no necessity for women to turn themselves into JOANS of Arc, until all the men are cut off.

    Mr. J. C. CLURE, of Boston--I protest against any discussion of Woman's Rights in this Convention. I regret that any gentlemen should discuss the question. The lady has been acknowledged as a delegate, and that is enough.

    About half a dozen voices here exclaimed--"Mr. Chairmen--Order--She has a right--sit down"--and an infinity of half ejaculated observations.

    The President did not think the resolution referred to cut off the right of Rev. Miss A. B. to speak. The call for the Convention was directed to all Temperance organizations, founded on principles of total abstinence, and all such had a right to appear there by their duly appointed delegates. If anyone desired it, an appeal could be taken from his decision.

    Col CAMP. of Tompkins County, then took an appeal. In his opinion the President could not override a resolution passed by the Convention. That lady (Miss BROWN) was not in order when she appealed on the platform.

    Mr. BOOTH. of Wisconsin--Mr. President--

    The PRESIDENT--The gentleman who has taken the appeal stated his reasons, and the Chair has also stated its reasons for the decision made, and it is now the opinion of the Chair that the question is no longer debatable.

    Mr. BOOTH (vehemently)--No, Mr. Chairman--[Loud cries of "Order"--"What is the question?" and general confusion all over.]

    Col. CAMP, at the request of the Chair, again stated his ground of appeal.

    Dr. SNODGRASS, who was seated on the platform near Miss BROWN, demanded that the resolution referred to be read, but about two or three dozen persons immediately sprang to their feet, all trying to catch the Chairman's eye.

    Mr. PHILLIPS--I take an appeal from the decision that the question is no further debatable.

    Rev. Mr. CHAMBERS--Mr. President: It is useless to try to go on; to I move that the Convention adjourn sine die. [A storm of "No," "No," came from all parts of the house]

    Mr. PHILLIPS, (who was still on his feet)--If anyone has the floor, I have it. ["Question, question"]

    The motion to adjourn was lost.

    The PRESIDENT--The question before the Convention is the appeal (PHILLIPS) as to this matter.

    Mr. PHILLIPS--I claim to speak on it.

    The question was at once put and lost. Then the question recurred upon Col. CAMP's appeal, and a division being had, the decision of the Chair was sustained.

    Dr. SNODGRASS--Miss BROWN desires me to say for her that she does not yield the floor.

    A DELEGATE--Then you sit down at once.

    Mr. HILDRETH--Was not a resolution passed that no one should occupy the rostrum but the officers of the Convention?

    Mr. PHILLIPS--Miss BROWN has the floor.

    The PRESIDENT--It is in order. In my opinion it is proper for any delegate to occupy the platform for the time-being.

    Rev. Mr. HUNT, of Pennsylvania, rose to a point of order. (Loud hisses) You need not hiss me, if you do you will not get me down till doomsday, [Laughter and cries of "Louder."] Oh. keep quiet, I am not going to make myself hoarse with bawling. (Merriment) The decision of the Chair was right enough, that delegates have a right to speak; but then we have the right to decide as to the character of those delegates. Would we receive JOE SMITH if he came with his twenty wives as delegates from Salt River or Salt Lake--would we sit by and hear them talk? (Loud hisses, applause, laughter, and general noise.) My point is, that the decision of the Chair does not entitle--I was going to say "lady"--[Loud hisses and immense confusion].

   Dr. SNODGRASS here sprang to his feet and exclaimed: "Is it within our rules, to say nothing about the rules of gentility, for a man to say he 'will not say lady?' I make that point. Has he a right to take back a word?" [Loud cries of "No, no"]

    A VOICE--Certainly he has the right. Shame, shame.

    Mr. HUNT continued. I say when anyone places himself or herself on an equality, we stand on the same ground and in this movement we are not "ladies and gentleman," we are all Temperance people, and not to be designated by especial terms.

    A far gentleman here got up on a bench and asked "Is this a Temperance meeting, or are they all drunk?" A scene of immense confusion then took place, about two or three hundred people being on their feet at one time. In the midst of the disturbance, loud calls for Miss BROWN came from her friends, of whom there were many in the house.

    Miss BROWN, who had been seated quietly looking on during the confusion, then got up and said, "Mr. President"-- [Loud applause, ironical cheers, hisses and stamping of feet]

    Rev. Mr. WALCOT, of Rhode Island, here went through a pantomimic exhibition about something; that is, it was all pantomime to the reporters, because the "noise and confusion" drowned all he said.

    A temporary calm ensuing, enabled Mr. WALCOT to say: I have the floor on a point of order. If the Convention will hear with me five, three, or even one minute--

    A VOICE--Only one minute. Another VOICE--Only on the point of order.

    Hon. S. HOAR rose to his feet. [Loud cries of "Judge HOAR", "Mr. BOOTH," "Miss BROWN."] The remainder of the gentleman's observation was choked off by about fifteen others trying to speak all at once.

    Judge HOAR, however, had the floor given him. He said: I ask, in the first place, that the gentlemen be requested to keep their seats.

    The PRESIDENT--I have not a corporal's guard to enforce order. If delegates will not conduct themselves in an orderly manner, I cannot make them.

    The standees then seated themselves, and Judge HOAR proceeded. Owing to the noise, his remarks were not very distinctly heard. He was understood to say: I do understand the question to have been presented, whether a Temperance Society, in any part of the world, had a right to elect its own delegate to this Convention, to be heard. I do understand the Chair distinctly to sustain that question in the affirmative. I do understand that, at the time that decision was made, there was an appeal taken from the decision of the Chair. Am I right?

    The PRESIDENT--You are right, Sir.

    Mr. HOAR--I do not desire that this Convention may, by failing to enforce its own rules, get into disorder, and break up and go home. If there be anyone here entertaining that idea, I ask the Chair whether it will permit parties to compel us to separate without effecting the purpose for which we are assembled? [Applause] I ask the decision of the Chair on this question, as I did before. This lady, who, as I understand, has been elected under the same call by virtue of which you and I have a right to our seats here, is invited by the Chair to the platform, and I ask that she be permitted to proceed. We must enforce our own rules or break up.

    Rev. Mr. WALCOT--The gentlemen has just stated the 

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point I was going to state. [Cries of "Then sit down!"] Mr. W immediately fell back.

    A VOICE--Don't you be so officious.

    Gen. CAREY then arose to a point of order.

    Dr. SNODGRASS--I claim the floor on a privilege question.

    SEVERAL DELEGATES--Put him down! Sit down, you SNODGRASS! You have no business up there on the platform. Come down! [Noise, hisses, cheers, &c]

    Gen. CAREY--I utterly disclaim having any feeling on the subject at all. Yesterday, by a vote of at least four out of five, if not nine out of ten, it was resolved by this Convention that it was improper for women to occupy the public platform of discussion. [Cries of "No, s-i-r" from the Brownites.] The resolutions stated that "it was not the proper sphere of woman". This was the declaration of a very large majority of this Convention.  Now, the question I raise to this: Whether it is not an insult to this body, after that expression of opinion, for any woman to present herself here?

    This query was replied to by loud cries of "That's it"; "Yes, yes," "No, no;" and a storm of hisses and applause.

    Mr. CLURE--I rise to a point of order. [Hisses and applause.]

    General CAREY--As this is a question of privilege, I move, as an expression of sentiment, that no women be allowed to occupy the floor.

    Mr. CLURE--And I rise to a point of order.

    A VOICE--O-o-oh!

    General CAREY--I move that--

    Mr. CLURE-- I inquire your right to address that lady in that manner! [Great disturbance throughout the Hall.]

    Gen. CAREY--It is simply a question of privilege, and this Convention has a right to settle it; because it is always a question of privilege when a man or a woman rises to speak, whether they will be heard or not. [A Voice--"They have settled that already."] I renew my motion.

    SEVERAL DELEGATES--I second it.

    The PRESIDENT--That motion is not in order. Miss BROWN has the floor.

    Gen. CAREY--I take an appeal. [Immense confusion. Everyone on their feet.]

    The PRESIDENT--I understand there are policemen in the house that are placed at the disposal of the Chair. I will now make use of them. Will gentlemen take their seats, and keep them. [More hisses and noise, mingled so as to produce a very Babel.]

    After a time the question was taken on the appeal, and on a division, many stood up in the affirmative.

    SEVERAL GENTLEMEN--We do not know who are delegates here.

    A MEMBER--I move that the vote be taken by States.

    The PRESIDENT--It is too late. The appeal was not sustained.

    Rev. Miss BROWN--I do not come here--[A storm of hisses].

    It was forthwith moved to adjourn to 2 o'clock.

    Mesers. PHILLIPS BOOTH, and SNODGRASS. simultaneously exclaimed. "The motion is not to be received when the lady has the floor."

    The PRESIDENT--A motion to adjourn is always in order.

    The Brownites loudly cried "No! No!"

    An excited OLD GENTLEMAN--"Put down that SNODRASS." [Great tumult]

    Dr. SNODGRASS (still maintaining his stand upon the platform)--"I will be heard".

    A dozen or two angry VOICES--"You will not be heard. Put him down."

    Dr. SNODGRASS--My point is this--

    "Put him down," then responded on all sides, amid a terrible uproar.

    Dr. SNODGRASS (still undaunted)--My point is this-- that the lady must yield the floor before a motion to adjourn can be made. [Renewed disorder, hisses, and applause.]

    An appeal was then taken from the decision of the Chair as to the motion to adjourn being in order, but the Chair was sustained. The motion to adjourn was lost.

    The PRESIDENT--Miss BROWN, of New York, has the floor. [Prodigious hissing and applause.]

    Mr. BOOTH (with great warmth)--I claim the protection of the Chair for that lady.

    Miss BROWN--Mr. President--[This was a signal for the renewal of hostilities against the fair reformer, and she was entirely choked off by a tornado of groans, hisses, stamping of feet, hammering of canes and umbrellas, forming altogether a confusion ten-fold "worse confounded."]

    Mr. BOOTH, (in a loud voice)--Shame on the clergy. [This observation was directed towards several gentleman in white strangulators (i.e., cravats,) who were conspicuously persistent in their opposition to the intrusion of the female element into the deliberations of the body].

    Mr. COMSTOCK--Yes, Shame upon the Clergy! Shame on Mr. CHAMBERS! [Great excitement all round]

    A DELEGATE--I want all the drunken rowdies put out of the Hall.

    Several VOICES--"Who do you mean, sir! Do you mean me!" [Continued turmoil.]

    Rev. Mr. CHAMBERS, (excitedly)--I am not ashamed to have "Shame" said to me.

    The scene of confusion, recrimination, remonstrance objurgation, defiance, noise, and intense excitement that ensued almost baffles description. Everyone was on his legs, either on the floor or the benches; everyone wanted to speak; everyone got red in the face: nobody could be at all understood amid the din of "Mr. President-- Miss--the right--BROWN--shame--the police--outrageous --shame" and so forth, for no more of the observations of the excited delegates reached the reporters' table. The President in vain called for peace, but for a long while "there was no peace." Miss BROWN, however, surveyed the conflict with undiminished serenity--in fact she appeared to be the only cool spectator of the scene of excitement.

    When the storm had in a measure subsided, Miss BROWN again essayed to be heard. She said, "It is enough--[Groans, shuffling of feet and all the et ceteras.

    Again everybody wanted to make a speech, but nobody could, and there was a regular encore of the former troubles.

    Gen. CAREY--I hope the delegates will leave the Hall. [Immense noise and confusion]

    Rev. Mr. CHAMBERS, of Pennsylvania--Let all the friends of Temperance leave the Hall, and let the Abolitionists, the supporters of disorder, remain.

    All the Brownites incontinently raised a howl of dissent-- an awful scene of excitement followed.

    An elderly GENTLEMAN, evidently much exercised in his mind, mounted one of the benches and exclaimed-- "Is it not too bad that NEAL DOW, the noble friend of Temperance, should be treated in this way?

    A VOICE--"Hurrah for NEAL DOW,"--but there was scarcely any response.

    The elderly gentleman then protested that he was no Abolitionist. Miss BROWN, he said, did not come there as an abolitionist, but as a Temperance delegate [Stamping of feet and disorder]. If the lady spoke to the point on Temperance they were bound to hear her [Applause.] And for any man to insinuate that they were Abolitionists [Great noise]--

    Rev. Mr. CHAMBERS--Where are your petticoats? [Laughter hissing, stamping, applause, &c]

    Cries of--"Oh we all know you--he is easily managed."

    Rev. Mr. DALE, of Pa., rose to a point of order--it was this, that there be a call of the house. They could not tell who were delegates or who were not. [Applause and cries of "Yes, yes."]

    A DELEGATE--The Woman's Rights people have their own Convention, and they have no right to come here to disturb us ["Order--order"].

    The PRESIDENT--We must have the Hall cleared. The policemen present will see that the order of the Chair be enforced. [Cries of "Good, good."]

    Mr. COMSTOCK (at the top of his voice)--I appeal from that decision. [Laughter.]

    The PRESIDENT--There is no appeal from that decision. The Chair desires the Hall to be cleared of all but delegates.

    Mr. BOOTH--That is an unprecedented rule--never heard of before in any Convention. [The disorder, hissing, and applause, all over again]

    Mr. BOOTH--Where is your authority to turn delegates out of their house before their business is finished?

    Another painful scene of indescribable excitement ensued, for the time being, all attempts to suppress it being unavailing. The work of clearing the hall then commenced --the delegates retiring to the galleries. Several, however, remained on the stage, which called out a great deal of angry remarks from the parties in the first tier. They all, however, were removed, and no one remained in the hall save Dr. PATTON, the Secretary, Hon. NEAL DOW, the President; the Reporters of the public, and a few policemen. The appearance of the densely crowded galleries and empty hall, was strange in the extreme.

    Mr. BOOTH, of Wisconsin, obtained admission, and was about taking his seat at the Reporter's table, when he was collared by one of the officers.

    Mr. BOOTH claimed a right to a seat there to report the proceedings for his paper in Milwaukee.

    The PRESIDENT said that Mr. BOOTH had participated in the proceedings of the Convention as a Delegate and therefore was not entitled to come in now as a Reporter.

    Mr. B. was about to enter into an argument on the subject, when he was incontinently hastened out by an officer, amid the laughter and applause of the galleries.

    The doors were then closed and placed in charge of the policemen.

    Mr. BOOTH (from the galleries)--I wish to say that I appear here as the Editor of a paper in Milwaukee, and claim my right to a seat as a Reporter to report the proceedings for my paper, and a policeman has put me out violently. [No, no. groans and hisses]

    A VOICE--The Reporters are gentlemen--you are not.

    The officers of the meeting were then called by name, and entered and took their seats on the stage. The Delegates were called by States, and they also entered and took their seats; the Convention however resumed its business before all the delegates had reentered the Hall.

    Mr. BARSTOW, (of R. I) moved that the business before the Convention at the time of its disorganization, be laid on the table.

    Mr. CLURE protested against doing any business until all the delegates entered the Hall.

    President, (General CAREY)--The question is not debatable. The motion to lay on the table prevailed.

    Mr. BLACKMEAR offered a resolution to the effect that one hour of each morning's session be devoted to hear statements from delegates as to the condition of the Temperance cause in their country or state.

    Mr. PHILLIPS, who had just entered the Hall, rose to a point of order, viz: At the time the Hall was cleared there was unfinished business before the Convention.

    The President, (Gen. CAREY,) observed that a motion had been made and agreed to, that the business which was at that time pending, be laid on the table.

    Mr. PHILLIPS--It was done, then, while some fifty members were kept out of the house by the Police.

    Mr. CLURE--It was protested against at the time-- it is a mere trick.

    Mr. PHILLIPS--I protest against that vote being published as the vote of the Convention. I am decidedly opposed to this body undertaking to vote in our names while we were kept out of the Hall. I hope the Reporters will be good enough to notice this--if not I will protest through the columns of the Tribune and Herald.

    A MEMBER OF THE PLATFORM--It won't matter much, Mr. PHILLIPS.

    Mr. CLURE--It was very ungentlemanly to take a vote in our absence--it was a mere dirty trick.

    The President decided to put the question upon Mr. BLACKMEAR's resolution, and it was adopted.

    Mr. H. T. MOORE, of Brooklyn, moved a reconsideration of the vote laying the business on the table.

    Several delegates protested against the gentleman making such a motion. He had not voted on the original motion, as he was not in the house at the time.

    Mr. MOORE--Because you kept us out.

    Mr. President decided to entertain the motion to reconsider, but it was lost.

    Mr. BARSTOW then offered a resolution to the effect (we understood) that the Committee on Credentials be directed to furnish tickets to the delegates, except to Mr. PHILLIPS, who had that morning presented credentials from a society of men and women.

    Mr. CLARK, of Rochester, got up to make a point of order. As he was going on to state his grounds, he was interrupted by--

    A VOICE--Sit down.

    Another VOICE--What are you talking about? [Laughter]

    Judge HOAR rose to a point of order, viz: The rule was that a resolution of the character proposed should first be considered by the Business Committee.

    The PRESIDENT--The point of order is ruled out of order. [Laughter]

    Mr. CLARK continued. He hoped nothing would transpire in the proceedings of the Convention that would sully the honor of the glorious cause they all professed to have at heart, and that all of them would let their prejudices and predilections lie in abeyance, and cling only to that which would most subserve the promotion of the cause in which they were engaged. He thought the Convention had no right to make [invidious] distinctions as to the delegates who came there. If ladies composing Temperance Societies desired to be represented by their own sex, under the call for the Convention, they had no other duty to perform in the premises but to receive their credentials. They had already decided to receive delegates from Temperance Societies.  Then why should the Convention disgrace itself by making this invidious distinction, as to who should, or who should not, address the body? Let them lay all that feeling aside, and look at the cause, and the influence which their action would exert upon it. What, he asked them, would the rum-sellers of this and other cities say of the friends of Temperance, when they read the accounts of the proceedings of that day? He felt as though he wanted to welcome every male and female, bond and free, on that broad Temperance platform. Whatever they might do, at all events let them not infringe on the rights at any brother or sister; let them do justice, though the heavens fell.

    Mr. CLARK, of the District of Columbia, was willing to go as far as any man in the promotion of the cause. He did not suppose, however, that they were bound to receive delegates elected in the manner alluded to. He did not care what the rum-sellers might say about their action, but he did not want to have delegates foisted upon them--delegates coming they knew not from whence. He had his predilection for things upon which he differed with perhaps half his brethren; but he had no right to bring them in there. [Applause] Nor had he any right to endeavor to enforce his peculiar political or religious opinions in that Convention. [Approbation]

    Rev. Dr. MARSH--I rise to a point of order, and it is this, viz. That the question properly belongs to the Committee on Credentials. If they have been imposed upon, it is for them to correct the matter.

    Mr. BARSTOW moved to adjourn.

    The PRESIDENT--The Committee on Credentials have prepared tickets, and will give them to the delegates as they leave the Hall. By means of those tickets they can enter at the next meeting.

    The Convention then adjourned, to meet again at 7½ o'clock in the evening.

    Our report of the Evening Session is necessarily laid over, and will appear in the EVENING TIMES.

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