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The Daily Dispatch: February 2, 1861., [Electronic resource] 6 0 Browse Search
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y telegraph.] Syracuse, Jan. 30. --The Anti- Slavery Convention met here this morning in Convention Hall. The Rev. M. E. Strieby, of this city, Chairman of the Committee on Resolutions, reported. At first the attendance was small, but gradually the disorganizers gathered until the hall was filled. A Mr. Powell attempted to speak, and through the efforts of the police he was heard for some time; but about noon the mob put him down, and got forward one of their number named Luke McKinney, who mounted the platform and harangued, the crowd. A tremendous confusion ensued, and during a brief lull of the tempest Mr. Powell resumed his speech, and after a few remarks the antislavery men claimed that they had carried their point in declaring their sentiments, after which the Convention adjourned sine die. The mob, not knowing what was done, made a violent assault upon the police, throwing rotten eggs, and in one or two cases exchanging blows; but the house was soon cleare
t, for some time thereafter. Calls were made for Susan. The crowd cheered for the Union and the Constitution and the Chief of Police, Cries were made for Luke McKinney, who came forward on the platform. Some opposition was raised to this by the abolitionists; but Mr. McKinney said he had never been choked down in the exercisMr. McKinney said he had never been choked down in the exercise of freedom of speech, and would not be now. [Tremendous cheering, and cries of "Bully for Luke."] He desired no anarchy, but the fullest freedom of speech, and he hoped his friends would hear him out. [Cries of "We will-- go on." ] He had a great love for the land of his adoption, and a greater still for the perpetuation of thisNew York, many of whom were driven, through the want of employment, to embrace a life of prostitution, or meet starvation in the face. [Great applause.] While Mr. McKinney was speaking he complained of noise and confusion on the platform, charging that the chairman was engaged in the disturbance. A motion was made to appoint ano