Assaulted In His Pulpit
Steele Scrapbook - August 31, 1885
A MINISTER KNOCKED DOWN BY ONE OF HIS PARISHONERS.
At the Mention of General Grant's Name the Excited Layman Leaves His Pew and Rushing Up the Aisle Violently Assaults the Preacher.
YORK, Aug. 31.A decided sensation was created in Winterstown, this county, yesterday, by J. H. P. Fulton, a well-known resident of the village. Rev. J. F. Shultz, of Sprewsburg, pastor of the circuit embracing the Winterstown Evangelical Church, some time ago announced that yesterday he would preach a grand memorial sermon. Fulton gave notice that such a sermon should not be preached in that church. But little attention was paid to his threat and on Sunday Rev. Mr. Shultz announced his text and proceeded with his sermon, enumerating great men of ancient and modern times. Fulton sat quietly until General Grant's name was mentioned when he sprang to his feet, brandished his arms and cried to the minister: "Stop that!" The preacher continued his discourse and Fulton advanced up the aisle. Great confusion prevailed, which reached a crisis when the angry member sprang into the pulpit and violently assaulted the minister, knocking him down. A rush was made by the congregation to defend to pastor and in the melee one man received a blow from Fulton's fist and another had his clothing torn. Order was finally restored and the sermon finished. Fulton will probably be prosecuted. It is said he has left the place.