This is picture of an Elgin crowd on Southside outside the now-defunct Carter & Sanders Store. Nobody knows why they are congregating. So I made something up!
Soon Christianville’s population starts departing their various abodes. Concerned citizens join fearful ones to form groups that converge with similar groups along Main Street. They form a large crowd that mills around the police station, gossiping in one incessant loop. Socioeconomic stratifications range from ladies and gents dressed gaily for their promenade to those just plain stumbling drunk. No matter who they are, everybody boasts first-hand knowledge of the juiciest tidbit. Some display reflexive judgment. Others are arguing exactly how this is an inevitable product of our amoral time.