The Brooklyn Eagle, October 24, 1888, page 1
Henry George Men Hold a Mass Meeting at the Rink.
Cleveland's Name Enthusiastically Cheered.
Addresses by the Author of "Progress and Poverty," by Hon. Thomas G. Shearman, Rev. Hugh O. Pentecost, Louis F. Post and Others.
Another great audience gathered at the Clermont Avenue Rink last night to hear the discussion of political issues. It filled every seat in the big hall, crowded the platform and the galleries, choked the entrances and formed a dark dado around the sides of the room wherever standing place was available. It was the single tax men's night to own the speakers' platform, and the key to all that was said was conveyed in plain words above the speakers' desk: "Free Trade, Free Land, Free Men." The audience was not only large, but it was wide awake. It enjoyed the brass band and it listened attentively to every word of the single tax orators and cheered vociferously in the right places to show that a large proportion of the crowd was in sympathy with the sentiment expressed above the speaker's head. It had a habit of hissing, too, and whenever Mr. Blame, Mr. Andrew Carnegie or the Tory Government of England was mentioned it practiced this habit. The meeting was of citizens who favor the election of Cleveland and Thurman, and though less was said on this subject than on "Free Trade, Free Land and Free Men," the occasional mention of Mr. Cleveland's name left no doubt as to the sentiment of the vast assemblage regarding his candidacy. They cheered for him uproariously, spontaneously and untiringly. The slightest allusion to him called forth a, wild outbreak.
C. T. Christensen had agreed to preside at the meeting, but was called out of town at the last moment, and Thomas G. Shearman, who was booked as one of the speakers of the evening, acted as chairman. Beside him on the platform sat Henry George, the Rev. Hugh O. Pentecost, Louis F. Post, James Hickling and others of the shining lights of the Single Tax legions. Mr. Shearman called the meeting to order and said:
After the cheering had died away Mr. Post stepped forward upon the platform and amid renewed applause walked back and forth triumphantly. "Last night," he said , "Mr. McKinley stood upon this platform." [Laughter, applause and hisses.] Then an enthusiastic Republican got up and shouted "Three cheers for McKinley." In the confusion the crowd thought that he was yelling for Post and followed his lead with a will. Mr. Post continued:
When Henry George rose to speak he was greeted with a thunder roll of applause. When it stopped for want of breath someone who had saved his lungs shouted lustily, "Three cheers for Henry George." They were given. "Three cheers for the 68,000" were called for, but failed, because the great single tax advocate had begun to speak. Mr. George said:
At the mention of the President's name there was a great roar of applause, beginning not gradually, but at its full volume, the instant the speaker had spoken the name. The cheering continued for more than a minute. Mr. George then continued:
The Rev. Hugh O. Pentecost was introduced eulogistically by Mr. Shearman. Among other things Mr. Pentecost said:
Tis Protection that can give
Solid comfort when we die.
After Mr. Pentecost's speech half of the audience remained to hear Mr. George and the other speakers answer questions.