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, United States (USA) (American Colonies) - 1900 - June 1 – American temperance agitator Carrie Nation begins her crusade to demolish saloons.

Mrs. Carrie Nation, of this City, Invaded Six of Them last Thursday. Damage Estimated $350.

The peace, tranquility and prosperity of the Kiowa "Soda Fountains" were violently disturbed last Thursday, and, as usual in such cases, excitement ran high several hours. Mrs. Carrie Nation, of this city, President of the W.C.T.U. of the county, became convinced last Thursday that it was her duty to go to Kiowa and "smash up" the saloons, and acting on that conviction she hitched up and drove thither without breathing a word to anybody.

She went into the saloons armed with brick bats and was ably reinforced after she gained entrance, by billiard balls, cues, etc. etc. Mrs. Nation wasn't at all particular in choosing her weapons. Anything that was capable of doing the smashing act in reaching distance was called into service. The most damage was done in Bill Lewis' place, where a fine large mirror was ruined besides considerable liquor destroyed and bottles broken. The other places visited were Frank Nelson's, Al Snooderiv's, John Dobson's and two others. In every case Mrs. Nation was careful to hurl a missile through the large windows of the buildings.

After Mrs. nation did all she could do, she asked the city authorities to place her under arrest but after some consideration they took no action and she returned home, and up to this time nothing official has been done.

Asked for her reason for this bold act, Mrs. Nation said that she deemed it her duty before God and humanity. She says it is impossible to induce the officers of the law to perform their sworn duty and the work remained for her to do. She justifies her action in destroying property, by the Bible.

Barbour County Index
Medicine Lodge, Kansas
June 6, 1900

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