--Quite an excitement was created in front of the Centre Street
M. E. Church, Philadelphia
, on Sunday night last, by the arrest of Mr. Thos. Young
, a member in good standing of the Church
It appears that Mr. Young
, previous to the commencement of the service, with several other persons, was standing in front of the Church
, and when one of the party said something about the arrival of a privateer in N. York
, and at the same time denouncing the officers and crew of the vessel as pirates, Young insisted that they were not pirates, but men engaged in a lawful rebellion for their rights.--At the same time he remarked that Col. Ellsworth
was a thief, having stolen a man's property, and he was served right in being shot.
This created an intense excitement, and Young was ordered to leave, which he did, the crowd following after him, until he took refuge in a private house.
The mob insisted that he should be brought out, which was finally done, Young being in charge of a number of policemen, who took him to a station house where he remained until Monday morning, when he underwent an examination before Mayor Henry
, after hearing all the witnesses had to say, remarked that there was not any testimony that justified him in holding Mr. Young
to bail on the charge of inciting to riot, and he must discharge him. The defendant was only expressing his opinions, and however others might differ with him as to the correctness of entertaining, or the judgment of making them known, he nevertheless had the right to entertain and express them, if he saw proper.
He should be sorry to see an attempt made in Philadelphia
to emulate the example of other communities, to abridge the freedom of speech.
The expression of a mere abstract opinion was not a violation of law, though it might be very imprudent to give utterance to it, If the right of speech is denied to one to-day, it may be denied to another to-morrow.
then ordered Mr. Young
to be discharged.