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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Hundreds of “dry” advocates gathered at Spokane’s First Methodist Church in what was billed as “the entering wedge to the state-wide prohibition campaign that will be waged this year.”

The “dries” were certainly full of enthusiasm, chanting a variation on a popular prayer in unison: “Now I get me up to work; I pray the Lord I may not shirk. And if I die before the night, I pray the Lord my work’s all right.”

Mrs. Jessie Anderson, the local president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, said the votes of women would be essential to passing a comprehensive prohibition law.

“Have any of you women ever in your life been affected by the liquor traffic, in spite of the fact that your husbands, brothers, fathers and sons are temperate?” she asked the crowd. “Forty-six percent of wrecked homes are traceable directly to the liquor traffic.”

One of the organizers of the meeting noticed that several “scouts” from the “wet” side of the proposition were in attendance.

“I see there are several men here from the camp of the enemy to see what we are going to do,” he said. “If any liquor man can get any comfort out of this meeting, he is welcome to it.”

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