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Old 06-07-2019, 01:44 AM
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June 7, 1899: Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments, by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.

Nation describes herself as "a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn't like", and claims a divine ordination to promote temperance by destroying bars.

At one point she begins to pray to God for direction, and feels she received her answer in the form of a heavenly vision. Responding to the revelation, Nation gathers several rocks – "smashers", she calls them – and proceeds to Dobson's Saloon on June 7. Announcing "Men, I have come to save you from a drunkard's fate", she begins to destroy the saloon's stock with her cache of rocks. After she similarly destroys two other saloons in Kiowa, a tornado hits eastern Kansas, which she takes as divine approval of her actions.

At the suggestion of her husband, Nation will switch from rocks to a hatchet. Alone or accompanied by hymn-singing women, she will march into a bar and sing and pray while smashing bar fixtures and stock with her hatchet. Between 1900 and 1910, she will be arrested some 30 times for "hatchetations", as she will come to call them.