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              [newspaper clipping]
 		      TO BAIL.
  Last evening a disturbance accurred at the Academy
of Music, growing out of the attempt of Mr. Ullman,
the lessee and manager of the Academy of Music, to
exclude Mr. John Darcie, the musical and theatrical
reporter of Porter�s Spirit of the Times, from the en-
tertainments given at the Academy.  Mr. Darcie was
formerly connected with Mr. Ullman in business rela-
tions, having for some seasons furnished the librettos
of the operas sold within the building.  Owing, how-
ever, to some disagreement, the relation were not kept
up, and as Mr. Ullman gave orders to have Mr. Darcie
excluded from the house some time since, it is reasona-
ble to suppose that the feelings of Mr. Ullman toward
Mr. Darcie (who has been for several months connect-
ed with Porter�s Spirit) was not of the most friendly
character.  Mr. Darcie�s exclusion caused George
Wilkes, the editor of Porter�s Spirit, to address the
following communications to Mr. Ullman:
		        NEW-YORK, April 15, 1858.}
  B. ULLMAN, esq.�Sir: Your letter of yesterday,
repeating your determination to exclude Mr. John
Darcie, the Musical and Dramatic Reporter of Por-
ter�s Spirit, from the public performances at the
Academy, even though he purchase his ticket, has
reached me, and I have carefully read what you say
injustification of that act.
  My answer is that I send Mr. Darcie to the Acade-
my, and other places of public entertainment, not as
John Darcie, but as the representative of the paper I
conduct; and I claim that so long as he bears himself
lawfully and decorously while in attendance at such
places, his personal characteristics are merged in his
representative position.
  Were editors to submit to any other rule, and make
managers the umpire of the private standing of their
employees, they would be continually subject to the-
atrical dictation, and might at any moment have their
employees turned upon their hands, and their paper
left deficient of a report.  This was the case with us
in your arbitrary and invidious exclusion of Mr. Darcie.
  We sent him to the Academy as our reporter, with
directions, in accordance with our rule, to pay for his
ticket; and you, knowing him to be our reporter, di-
rected him to be excluded, and did not deem it worth
the while to acquaint us with your rescript.  It is for
this wrong and indignity we seek redress, and we ex-
pect to get it by law.
  I see nothing in the charges you make against Mr.
Darcie, that may not easily be explained away, and it
matters little whether or no, he was the original
Touchstone of The London Era, since I find him to
be a better writer than the person who has charge of
that department, in the indicated London Journal.
  Moreover, my personal observation of Mr. Darcie
has been entirely in his favor.  I have always found
him to be a quiet, well-mannered, self-respecting gen-
tleman; and, notwithstanding what you say of his
character I have yet to hear the first person speak ill
of him.
  I am free to say, however, that if any evidence be fur-
nished me, that he has acted corruptly while in my em-
ploy, or violated the decorum due to any respectable
place of public entertainment he will at once be dis-
missed from all connection with The Spirit.  More than
this, I have not to say, except that I desire to assure
you, that I am not actuated in the steps I am taking, by
any personal animosity to you, but simply by a desire
to vindicate the rights of the paper I conduct, and to
establish the principle that editors have the same
privilege of admission, for pay, to licensed places of
public entertainment as all other members of the com-
munity.	Yours, &c.		GEO. WILKES,
			Editor of Porter�s Spirit of the Times.
			    NEW-YORK, April 23, 1858.}
  Mr. BERNARD ULLMAN:  Sir�It is my intention
to visit the Academy of Music on Monday evening
next, accompanied by the musical reporter of Porter�s
Spirit of the Times, in order that he may witness the
performance on that occasion, and write his opinion of
it for the above-named paper.  We will both be pro-
vided with tickets, which we will purchase of your
agents, in accordance with the invariable rule of all
persons attached to Porter�s Spirit when visiting the-
aters and other places of public entertainment in the
  The gentleman who will accompany me will be Mr.
John Darcie, who, you are aware, has for a long pe-
riod acted as the regular musical reporter of Porter�s
Spirit of the Times.  I send you this notice, in order,
after what has happened, that no person may persuade
you that Mr. Darcie or myself intend to visit the
Academy for any illegal purpose.
		Yours, &c.		GEORGE WILKES,
			Editor of Porter�s Spirit of the Times.
  In anticipation of any disturbance which might arise,
Capt. Bennett, of the Eighteenth Precinct, detailed
eight men, under the command of Sergeants Potter and
Tiemann, to the Academy.  During the day, however,
Mr. Ullman appeared before Judge Russell, and made
complaint, upon which a warrant was issued for the ar-
rest of Mr. Darcie.  The warrant recites that,
 �Whereas complaint on oath has been made before
the undersigned, City Judge of the City of New-York,
by Bernard E. Ullman, that one John Darcie has been
in the habit of annoying him within his place of busi-
ness, and that he threatens to do so again on the even-
ing of the 26th of April, 1858, and has reasonable
grounds to apprehend disturbance, difficulty and
riot, so as to interrupt his business,�&c.
  The warrant was given to officers Malloy, Joyce,
Tease, Evans and Murphy, Deputy Sheriffs attached
to the Court of Sessions, to execute.
  A few minutes after 8 o�clock Mr. Darcie entered the
Academy of Music, accompanied by Mr. Wilkes, and
as the two were proceeding toward the entrance to the
dress circle, Mr. Darcie was seized by the Deputy
Sheriffs.  He struggled to be released from the officers,
and in it was assisted by Mr. Wilkes, who demanded
to know by what authority Mr. Darcie was thus taken.
The officer stated that he had a warrant.  This scene
caused at once the collection of a crowd, and many,
some friends of Mr. Wilkes and Mr. Darcie, and others
evidently casual lookers on took their part, saying that
they had a right to admittance.
  It was with a good deal of difficulty that the officer
got outside with Mr. Darcie, who was at once con-
veyed to the Station-House in Twenty second street,
between First and Second avenue.  The disturbance,
however, growing out of Mr. Wilkes�s resistance, con-
tinued in the lobby.  The officers clung to him, while
his friends were pushing in the crowd to get him from
their custody.  Johnny Lyng was prominent in his
participation, and Billy Mulligan, it is said, was also
present.  No blows, however, were struck.  The row
continued within the lobby about ten minutes, when
Sergeant-Major Allen ordered the police to put those               
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