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The Anti-Abolition Mob in New York.

The clearing out of an abolition meeting in Syracuse, N. Y., Tuesday, has been published. On Wednesday it re-assembled, but the efforts of the fanatics were unavailing. --After a few moments spent in the usual haranguing, the meeting was taken possession of by a very different set from its originators.--A dispatch says:

‘ The citizens determined no longer to hear such abolition harangues. The ladies were driven to take refuge on the platform. Rev. Mr. May left the hall in disgust, and the females, except Miss Anthony, soon followed, Mr. Hart moved that the meeting adjourn; but it wouldn't and didn'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 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 this glorious Union.--The people were here to-day to save the Constitution and the Union. [Renewed applause.] The present state of the country was brought about by the Abolitionists, who never gave a thought to the working men or the three millions of white slaves among us; who never thought of the poor working women of New 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 another chairman who would maintain order on the platform. [Unbounded applause and laughter.] Mr. Mckinney said if the meeting was going to appoint a new chairman he would not proceed till it was done. [Shouts of laughter.]--Here some one threw an egg, probably intended for an object, on the platform; but it fell wide of its mark, and exploded its shell upon the auticular appendage of one of the police officers. The officers endea vored to discover the perpetrator, and a scene of the wildest confusion ensued, in which rushing and pushing showed where the "irrepressible conflict" was the thickest, interspersed with occasional music from an unfortunate dog.--From this time forward all was confusion worse counfounded, the chairman was hissed, Mr. Powell was hissed and denouneed as a traitor, whose language would not be any longer tolerated. Men jumped upon the platform and took it by storm. All efforts of the Chief of Police and his aids to restore order were unavailing, and in this state of things it was impossible to hear a syllable uttered by any one, and the abolitionists sought refuge outside the hall. Several patriotic Union speeches were made, and the meeting continued until Mr. Cobb, the proprietor of the building, gave satisfactory assurance that the hall would not again be open for the abolitionists, when, with three cheers for the Union and the Constitution, an adjournment was had, and the crowd quietly dispersed.

Thus ended the attempt to heap disgrace upon this city by another Convention of these itinerant abolitionists. The result is being celebrated with bonfires and a large procession of citizens, headed by a band of music, bearing in their midst effigies, one representing Rev. S. J. May and the other Susan B. Anthony. Both were placarded with their respective names in large letters, with the inscription, ‘"Squelched."’ In the procession were borne transparencies, on which were painted the following mottoes: ‘"The Jerry rescuers played out;"’ ‘"The rights of the South must be protected;"’ ‘"Freedom of speech, but not of treason;"’ ‘"Abolitionism no longer in Syracuse."’

At several points on the route of the procession, it halted and made the effigies of Mr. May and Miss Anthony to dance ‘"Hall Columbia,"’ in company to the music of the Union.

Passing into Hanover square, the procession halted and an impromptu address was made by Moses E. Hart, who took occasion to denounce the abolitionists in strong terms, and expressed a hope that their race was run. The effigies were here set fire to and burned, amid groans and hisses. The procession again took up its line of march to the City Hall park, where after renewed cheers for the Union the crowd quietly dispersed, evidently well satisfied with their day's work.

The abolitionists left here this evening for Anburn, the home of Wm. H. Seward, to hold a Convention there.

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