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§ Arrest or a Minister while at Prayer
a Church—Great Excitement —Yes- rday the services at St. Paul's (Episcopal Church were conducted by tbe Rev. K. J Stewart, who, in conjunction with Rev. G. A. Smith, has been officiating for some weeks to the congregation worshipping there. Tbe congregation was yesterday composed for tbe most part of ladies and children there being but, comparatively, few mules p-esent. One of the pews near the chan eel was occupied by the military, and some soldiers were scattered about in other parts of the church. As the minister was commencing the Litany, some one from the pew filled by the military, demanded that ■M;he prayer for the President of the United States should be read"—and the demand was repeated by an officer r-ear him, dressed in uniform. The minister not heed ing the interrupt! n, was proceeding with the Litany, when a sergeant was order el to arrest him. This caused, immediately, great excitement, and expressions of indig nation from the congregation. The military came up to the chancel, and various citizens also gathered around. The prayer book was taken from Mr. Stewart's hand, he was seized and conducted out of the church, follow ed by bis little daughter who clung to her father, and was held by one of the sol li. rr«. The alarm of the females, the cries of th • children, the ru=b of .the people, and tbe fear of some farther violence, which oc casioned mmc blows to be passed between the civilians aid the soldiers, all occa sioned a scene perhaps never before wit nessed in a Church on this side of the Atlan tic. And the excitement was increased by the entrance into (he building of a number of soldiers, from the adjoining barracks, with sabre and revolvers in their hands, some of them uttering violent imprecations. By thia time, however, Mr. Stewart bad been car ried out of thechurch, protesting against the violence offered him, and the congregation dispersing and following the crowd, the church was closed, and quietness si On pre vailed. Mr. Stewart in his clerical robes, was nrst taken through, the.streeis, to the quar ters of Col. Farut-worth of the Bth Illinois cavalry, on Washingtys stieat. Gen. Mont gomery, the U. S. Military Governor of Al exandria, who was attending service in Christ Chunh, was immediately sent for, called out, and informed of the affair, lie stated that he had giveu no orders for the arrest, and knew nothing of 6uch a proceed irg, aud, if it had been done, without or .ders from Washington, it was a matter which he condemned. The declarations of Gen. Montgomery, which were, indeed, ex pected from him, by most citizens of all par ties calmed the excitement. It is understood that the particulars of the affair were imme diately telegraphed to the proper authorities in Washington, and an answer returned dis avowing the issue of any authority for the arrest, and authorising the release of Mr. Stewart. Oen. Montgomery then, in a gen tlemanly, and humane manner, released Mr- Stewart, who returned to his latnily and frieuds. It is said that the particulars of this affair will be reported to Geu. Montgo mery for further action, and that the mat ter will be laid before the authorities in (ashingtoa. Arrests.—Mr. Ilico, a Japanese, who has aie to this country for the purpose of es tablishing commercial connexions with some of the business firms in the Northern cities, having au acquaintance in this city, cume here a short time since ou a visit. It ap pears that he has bocn mistaken for a Louis aua Creole, and his movements olosply watched. Yesterday, Mr. 11., in company with Capt. Win. Boothe, called at the resi dence of Mr. George Bryan, where they had been but a few moments, when a squad of soldiers entered the house and arrested the three gentlemen, who were taken before the Provost Maish.il, who after hearing the ex planation, acquitted Meters. Bryan and Boothe, and release J Mr. Hieo, that gentle man giving bond for his re-appearance. At San Francisco, there is g alight revival GENERAL NEWS. Contrabands coming in the Federal lines I report that beyond Fairfax Cmrt House, and towai-dn Centreville, the roads had been abattised so as tj impede the advance of tbe Federal forces. Centreville, as a geoeral thing, hai been deserted by the inhabitant*. Many of the homes had bien turned into barracks and officers' quarters. Gou. Smith had his quarters bey md the town, in a farm home. The troops were in water quarters, the camps being scattered from Centreville I to Manassas. A thoroughly posted person states that only four hundred negroes are at Fortress Monroe, while four times that number are hanging about the Federal lines, and fear to go within them, lest they should be put to hard work, or be carried off. The general testimony of persons from the North is that no considerable number of fugitive slaves havejled thither since the commencement of the war. The solution of the dispatch received from the Confederate Gen. Johnson, is still wrap ped in mystery. Some say it is one thing, and some that it is auother. But tbe truth is. none but those high in authority know any thing of its contents. j Schooner Addie E. Barnes, which arrived at New York on Saturday, reports that on \ the second inst., in lat. 32 34, long. 72 45, ; heard heavy firing to the westward. There | were three vessels in sight at the time. Letters from Hayti state that Geffrard will send a white minister to Washington if Hay ti is recognized, as no colored man of any standing would submit to the inferior social position he would, necessarily occupy. The proprietors of the Coboes Hotel, Co hoes, N. V., are surprised at an event which took place there recently. A young lady arrived from Albany, took a room passed the night ana went away in the morning, leaving behind her a carefully wrapped par- El which proved to be a live baby. The ndlord doesn't know what to do with it »r where to find its mamma. A lecture was delivered in' Washington, Friday night, on "the difference between working and shirking." There is really a very material difference—but some people in the world make one pa«s for the other. Capt. Wm. Chase, a retired sea captain was robbed on Wednesday night in B-isiou of $10,000 worth of notes and city stocks. The white population of Charleston, S. C, is about 27,000. 1 The Confederate estimate of the value o the property at the Navy Yard in Norfolk including land, buildings, vessels, machine ry, &c, is $4,810,056 68. ; A man was captured on Wednesday by a | company from one of the New York reg" ' ments in Gen. McDowell's Division, in the '■■ hollow of an old tree, where he had been ! secreted for several days. He was fully sup. ! plied with provisions. He refused to givt his name, or what his business was. He : was sent to headquarters. | Think of 215 men and boys immured i j a coal-pit—buried alive ! That was the las i accident in the mining districts of Euglam end after a week's labor not one of thenum i ber was rescued. The deadly gas and th falling earth almost prevented the work o deliverance. Tho question in regard to a man's politi I cal position used to be, "Is he sound on the 'goose?" Now, Prentice says, it is, "Is he sound on the eagle?" They say Barnum will find in Commodore ! Xutt as profitable a kernel as Tom Thumb The National Intelligencer treats upon the expulsion of Senator Bright:, and expresses the opinion that his ease was d cidod by tho S.mate with an ex<;rc:m ; ty of rigor not fasti fid by the historical circumstances under which the letter that forms lha ground of the indictment a*a'n« him was writteh. Francis Petit, tried iv Washington,- for shooting a man some months ago, -lias been 4. number of robberies, have lately been oommitted in Nanjemoy district, Charles In the 11. ft Senate last Friday, the bill from the House appropriating $10,000,000, to build twenty iron-clad gunboats was pass ed, as was a resolution of thanks to Com. Dupont and those under him, for their suc cess at Port Royal, and a joint resolution) to pay the awards of the military commission for expenditures in the department of the West. The bill from the House making .sundryjcivil appropriations for 1863, and ad ditional appropriations for 1862, was passed with amendments. The Nashville Courier of the 3d contains the following:—" By order of the Provision, al Government of Kentucky, the name of j Wolfe county has been changed to Z dlioffer ! county." | The fisat of telegraphing direct from Bos : ton to Salt Like City was performed for the .first time on Saturday. The first dispatch from Salt Like City was dated at 8:35, and the Biston tinm was 10:30, sh iwing a differ ence of nearly two hours between the time lof the two places. The rumor of a speedy intervention of France in American affairs, iv contradicted in official circles in Washington. A dispatch from San Francisco announces that $1,400,000 in treasure is on the way to New York in the Panama steamer. A substantial wire bridge has been con structed over the Gauley River, in place the structure which Gov. Wise burned. In the Senate of the U. S. the Committee on Elections has reported favorably in the j case of Mr. Stark, the Senator elect from Oregon. The report was ordeted to lie over. Ovring to illness in the family, the usual receptioa at the Presidential Mansion in j Washington, will be omitted on to-morrow. — ass WAR NEWS. The Burnside expedition is believed to j have at last commenced active operations — Tbf fleet left Hatteras Inlet on-Wednesday morning, sailing north, its destination un. derstood to be Roanoke Island, distant forty miles. Gen. iluger, commander at Norfolk, informed one of the passengers at Old- Point under the flag of trdoe on Saturday, that a dispatch had befen receive! to tho effeot that j the expedition had reached Roanoke Isla d Thursday, aud commenced an attack on the :CoDfjderate work* early on Friday" morning, and were twice remised. Roanoke Island commands the entrance to Albemarle and j Currituck, and is said to'be strongly forti jfied. It is stated aho' that Gov. Wise is in !c mraand of 5,000 troops af'Nig's head, on the outer beach, off tbe lower point of the Is land. The dispatches from Tennessee state that the Federal troops were pursuing tbe re creating Confederates in the direction of Paris on Thursday, and that it was expected that Gen. Grant would attack Fort Donelson |on Friday. This is on the Cumberland ; about tweive miles distant from Fort Henry. Lite Southern papers state that Fort Dooel- Ed be defended by three thousand Gen. Wilson's division left New vy., on Thursday, aud advanced to ver, above Muufordville, but could no further on account of the c indi te roads. The divisions of the army :ucky, under Generals Thomas, .nd Buell, are preparing for an ad' ;o Tennessee, telligencs from Missouri indicates Federal forces are concentrating for portant movement, vessels, a portion of Gen. Butler's n,Milled from Boston fjr the mouth t-aissipp. on Sato d iy. ... ■ival at New York bring* into li lt the late movement in ihe Savan ts' has been greatly exu_.or.ated.— dition was simply a reponr_oiasanee,* . 00-inpoa.ii of ii few gunboats carrying about two Irnfasanri tftei_. The.vessels.jjptered the .Savannah YiVer f.o.n two,different e.tuaries, : but flund the channel obstructed. Several CoofetfenUe vessels wets-!discovered and ;tired bo",' and thjs ecQQunts.;for*the 'report of firing-heai-d'. The main,, part of the expedi tioni had returned to Port R oa the 30th' ult; Those amiable Peruvians are still on the "rampage." They have been trying to as sassinate their President, Gen. Castilla, but he was obstinate and wouldn't be assassins ted. A scene occurred in St., Paul's Church, Alexan dria, Virginia, on Sunday morning, February 9th, 1862, which has, perhaps, never had a parallel among civilized nations, certainly not in the .his tory of this country. Tho officiating minister— Rev. K. T. Stewart—had gone through the Mom ing Prayer of the Episcopal Church as far as the Litany, the prayer for the President being omitted but without anj thing in its place, and was pro ceeding with the Litany, when an interruption oc curred of the character which the law as " brawling"—that is, the intervention of noise and tuuault by certain persons, who had come to the church with the intention of interrupting the service should it not proceed according to their wishes. These persons commenced the disturb ance as soon as they found the prayer for the President omitted. One of them. Captain Farm- worth, of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry, who sal near the chancel, dressed in uniform, with some five or six of his soldiers near him, undertook to officiate in prayer (if prayer it can be called; by reading the prayer for the President of the Unite.! States. How far he went in it does not appear in j the confusion, but soon quitting his position as tiie offerer of prayer, he advanced to tho altar where Mr. Stewart was kneeling, still continuing th« ! Litany, and ordered his arrest. Mr. Stewart I was dragged from his knees by the soldiers. ! The ground of the arrest Captain Farnsworth, j distinctly avowed to be the o mint ion of the prauer j for the President of the United States. With tain j avowal, he said, " I arrest you by the authority ol j the United States, as a rebel and a traitor" j " and I," responded Mr. Stewart, who by that j time bad advanced to the chancel rails, to Capt. F. "summon you to answer at the judgment seat ol the King of Kings and Lord of Lords|for inter fering, by force of arms, with His ambassador, while in the act of presenting the petitions of Hii -people at His altar." The solemnity of this ap peal apparently caused the parties to fall back and j pause, but soon the soldiers were ordered to sei*a j Mr. Stewart, which two of them did with great vio- I lence, forcing the prayer book from his "hands, one of them drawing a revolver. Another revolver was presented to an old and venerated citizen within the chancel, when the officer ordered the soldier not to lire. Very soon, a considerable I number of armed soldiers appeared in the church. j.Mr. Stewart, refusing te yield voluntarily, was j dragged by foroe from the altar, and, through the ! aisle, out of tho church. . He mm iv the surplice which he wore through the streets, anU at Col! Farnsworth's quarters, where he was tuken. Capt Faros worth said that he went to Church intending to arrest Mr. Stewart if he should offer any |»rayer for the Confederate States. Near him lin the same pew, sat Mr. Morton, the "detective" agent of thu United States governmem who there gave orders to Captain Earns' worth to make the arrest, which was executed as above described. Mr. Morton has declared that, he was acting under authority from Washington. The scene in the Church was suoh as- may be imagined under such circumstances. Gentlemen were indignant aud excited, and ladies giving ut terance to thoir feelings of grief aud indignation, but, »f course, no serious «ffort was made to pre vent the arrest. Mr. Stewart was taken away, and the congregation dispersed. It is proper ta state that these proceedings were without the know ledge 'of Sea. Montgomery, the Military Gover nor of the city, and were strongly (■ on doomed by /.in, when they came to his knowledge. He tele graphed to Washington for iustructions from the government, which, when received, were of such a nature as to lead to Mr. St.-wart's release after a fsw hours detention. Tae huu«i involved iv the transaction, thus iui perfectly sketched, are too grave to admit of comment. It will, however, be well to state that Mr. Stewart only insists upon the right-; of all am bassadors to communicate with their Kiug, iiu. trammelled by civil or military interference,'and that in no case have any of the services d? this Church assumed a political aspect; no prayer has been offered, aud no sentiment advanced at any time that was calculated to offend even themiost sensitive oritic, but public worship is in terrupted, soldiers invade the chancel, and with drawn revolvers, drag the minister of religion from its altar, becauso he will not do their bidding. The undersigned were present in Church, and testify to the facts as above stated. It may be proper to state that by request of the Vestry, ia the absence of their rector, the Rev. George A. 3<uith and R?v. Mr. Stewart have boeu officiating in St. Paul's Cliureh for several \yeeks past, and that Mr. Smith was in the Chancel at the tinij CASSIUS F. LEE, SIDNEY G MILLER, A. 11. CUftRIE, JOHN A. DIXON. W. H. MARC CRY. TOWN3END D. FKNDALL ALBERT E.BASdFORD ' EDWARD C. FLETCHER GEO. H. SMOOT, J. J WHEAT. W. A. HARPEtf, NATHANIEL JIOUSH, -JOHN WEST, P A. CLAGETT, JAMES GRBrtX. JOHN F. DYEK, i GEOHGE T. BALDWIN. Copies of the above sta'-emeut have .'beep • nt _| tl J e Pre,id ' Bnt of *»• United Stale* and Geucr U I MvLlellan.