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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 294 pages of information about The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation.

CHAPTER VIII.

THE DIVINE CALL.—­THE JOINT DRUGGIST OF MEDICINE LODGE.—­BEER A POISON.—­ DOCTORS MAKE DRUNKARDS.—­SMASHING AT KIOWA.—­ATTITUDE OF SOME W. C. T. U.’S OF KANSAS.—­SUIT FOR SLANDER.—­SMASHING AT WICHITA.—­ CONSPIRACY OF THE REPUBLICANS TO PUT ME IN THE INSANE ASYLUM.—­ SUFFERINGS IN JAIL AT WICHITA.—­SLANDERS FROM THE RUM-SOAKED PAPERS OF KANSAS.

At the time these dives were open, contrary to the statutes of our state, the officers were really in league with this lawless element.  I was heavily burdened and could see “the wicked walking on every side, and the vilest men exalted.”  I was ridiculed and my work was called “meddler” “crazy,” was pointed at as a fanatic.  I spent much time in tears, prayer and fasting.  While not a Roman Catholic, I have practiced abstinence from meat on Friday, for Christ suffered on that day, and ’tis well for us to suffer.  I also use the sign of the cross, for it is medicine to the soul to be reminded of His sufferings.  Jesus left us the communion of bread and wine that we might remember His passion.  I would also fast days at a time.  One day I was so sad; I opened the Bible with a prayer for light, and saw these words:  “Arise, shine, for thy light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.”  These words gave me unbounded delight.

I ran to a sister and said:  “There is to be a change in my life.”

On the 6th of June, before retiring, as I often did, I threw myself face downward at the foot of my bed and told the Lord to use me any way to suppress the dreadful curse of liquor; that He had ways to do it, that I had done all I knew, that the wicked had conspired to take from us the protection of homes in Kansas; to kill our children and break our hearts.  I told Him I wished I had a thousand lives, that I would give Him all of them, and wanted Him to make it known to me, some way.  The next morning, before I awoke, I heard these words very distinctly:  “Go to Kiowa, and” (as in a vision and here my hands were lifted and cast down suddenly.) “I’ll stand by you.”  I did not hear these words as other words; there was no voice, but they seemed to be spoken in my heart.  I sprang from my bed as if electrified, and knew this was directions given me, for I understood that it was God’s will for me to go to Kiowa to break, or smash the saloons.  I was so glad, that I hardly looked in the face of anyone that day, for fear they would read my thoughts, and do something to prevent me.  I told no one of my plans, for I felt that no one would understand, if I should.

I got a box that would fit under my buggy seat, and every time I thought no one would see me, I went out in the yard and picked up some brick-bats, for rocks are scarce around Medicine Lodge, and I wrapped them up in newspapers to pack in the box under my buggy seat.  I also had four bottles I had bought from Southworth, the druggist, with “Schlitz-Malt” in them, which I used to smash with.  I bought two kinds of this malt and I opened one bottle and found it to be beer.  I was going to use these bottles of beer to convict this wiley joint-druggist.

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