Carry A. Nation
Carry's Inspiration for Smashing
When I found I could effect nothing through the officials, I was sad, indeed.
I saw that Kansas homes, hearts and souls were to be sacrificed. I had lost all the hopes of my young
life through drink, I saw the terrible results that would befall others. I felt that I had rather
die than see the saloons come back to Kansas. I felt desperate. I took this to God daily, feeling
He only, could rescue. On the 5th of June , before retiring, I threw myself face downward at the
foot of my bed in my home in Medicine Lodge. I poured out my grief in agony to God, in about this strain:
"Oh Lord you see the treason in Kansas, they are going to break the mothers' hearts, they are going
to send the boys to drunkards' graves and a drunkard's hell. I have exhausted my means, Oh Lord, you
have plenty of ways. You have used the base things and the weak things, use me to save Kansas. I have
but one life to give you, if I had a thousand, I would give them all, please show me something to do."
The next morning I was awakened by a voice which seemed to me speaking in my heart, these words, "GO TO
KIOWA," and my hands were lifted and thrown down and the words, "I'LL STAND BY YOU." The words, "Go
to Kiowa," were spoken in a murmuring, musical tone, low and soft, but "I'll stand by you," was very
clear, positive and emphatic. I was impressed with a great inspiration, the interpretation was very
plain, it was this: "Take something in your hands, and throw at these places in Kiowa and smash
them." I was very much relieved and overjoyed and was determined to be, "obedient to the heavenly
vision" (Acts 26:19).
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--The Use and Need of the Life of Carry
A. Nation, Written by Herself, 1908.