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Hand painted lanternslide of temperance advocate Carry A. Nation smashing a barrel of rum with an axe. This slide is part of a collection made by Samuel Reader between 1866 and 1913. Reader was a Kansas farmer who was active in the early Topeka community. He built two homes, served in the Civil War, and wrote in a diary nearly every day for 64 years. Carry Nation visited Topeka in January 1901. Reader's daughter, Elizabeth attended Nation's lecture and joined the "Home Defenders," Nation's group of supporters who defended their homes from the effects of alcoholism. Reader also noted in his diary that Nation smashed the Senate Saloon on February 5. His single word response was, "Good." Reader began painting slides in 1866 and continued throughout much of his life, holding magic lantern shows for the local community in his house and at church.

Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1901

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Item Number: 224862
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.16

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