The Hemisphere: incident at La Sarre

In the early evening, people began to gather around the rickety Victoria Hotel on the main street of the farming village of La Sarre (pop. 3,100). Soon the Baptists drove in from their little church outside of town. Six men and four women, they gathered on the corner, opened hymn books, and began to sing in French: What Will Wash Away My Sins?

The onlookers jeered and whistled. A 19-year-old in a white sweat shirt drew loud laughter by pretending to direct the hymn. Then, some in the crowd picked up dust and debris from...

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