"[T]he 'What Shall I [sic.] Do to be Saved' element responded so much louder than the 'Lincoln' people, that the speaker decided that the first was the popular choice," reported the Hornellsville Times. "It was an outrage," the newspaper opined, "in that the majority went to hear one lecture, and had another (and such a one;) forced upon them." Some devout persons walked out; others remained and were reportedly quite offended. As for "the infidels and agnostics present," the paper noted with disdain that they "laughed and pounded their canes on the floor in order to give force to their approval." All in all, a novel illustration of the divides riving Ingersoll's audiences.
Many thanks to Alice Taychert of the Southern Tier Library System and Timothy Binga of the CFI Libraries for research assistance.