13 July 2018

Published July 11, 2018 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


          Crumpling the telegram in her fist, Carrie flung it to the floor.  Anger, coupled with grief, bubbled from the depths of her being. “That worthless excuse for a husband, Charles Gloyd.  I just knew demon rum would kill the shameless sot sooner than later.”

            Baby Charlien awoke to the sound of her mother’s sobs and added her own squalls. Carrie lifted her daughter into her arms and cuddled her to her breast. She softly sang, “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war…”

            As the child’s eyes fluttered shut, Carrie whispered, “Men are nicotine soaked, beer besmirched, whiskey greased, red-eyed devils.”

“You have put me in here a cub, but I will come out roaring like a lion, and I will make all hell howl!” Carry A. Nation upon being locked in jail.

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114 comments on “13 July 2018

  • What a woman, what a story! Too bad all her efforts came to naught. Prohibition was a smashing. . . . .failure. Alcoholism is rampant in America, in spite of organizations like AA and other rehab programs. I’m a teetotaler myself, never had any desire to get anywhere near something that can take over my mind and body and make be act like a fool. Carrie was right about alcohol, but she was wrong to put ALL men into the same category.

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    • Dear Linda,

      She was definitely driven although I’m not sure I’d agree with her methods. I agree about alcoholism. But, obviously Prohibition was not the answer. I think Carrie’s thoughts on men stemmed from her own unfortunate experiences. 😉 Thank you for a wonderful comment.



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    • Dear Vivian,

      I’m glad you caught my play on words. Her second husband was David A. Nation. Perhaps a prophetic union. 😉 As always, I’m happy to share history, particularly when so well received. Thank you.



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  • I like how you use the action to tell us such a lot about Carry in this story. We see the tender mother and the deeply religious person, as well as the angry, bitter woman who went on to become such a hatchet wielder for the temperance movement. Good piece! And thanks for the link about her!

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    • Dear Penny,

      I love the way you went exactly where I wanted you No author can hope for more. 😀 Carrie was an interesting person to be sure and, we recently learned, at one point in her life, lived very close to where we live now. It’s a little frightening when religion and bitterness join forces, isn’t it? Thank you.



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  • Well, she sounds like a woman of conviction. 😦 Interesting topic, expertly delivered as usual. She reminded me about the Order of Rechabites, with whom, as a child, I accompanied a friend on a day trip to the seaside. I spent the entire day in an ecstacy of anxiety in case it was discovered that both my parents liked a drink. 😦

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    • Dear Sandra,

      I’ve heard that when you learn something it causes a wrinkle in your brain. I felt mine wrinkle just now. I’d never heard of the Order of Rechabites. Thank you. And thank you re my story. L’chaim. (I’m drinking coffee at the moment. 😉 )




  • Dear Rochelle,

    That Carrie certainly looks as if she was a force to be reckoned with, and I think you’ve got her voice down to a T.

    I have two real life stories attached to the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers”. One is related to a relative of mine who hated arguments, so used to close her eyes and sing the hymn rather than get in a fight. Then there was a friend of mine who said that the best way to get around the supermarket in a hurry was to fly around with your trolley while singing Onward Christian soldiers. She said it cleared the aisles of people very quickly indeed!

    That’s an interesting and quirky prompt this week. I’ll take it away in my head and see if anything suitably offbeat springs to mind.

    Hope you’re having a wonderfully creative week. I’m going to do something unheard of for me tonight, which is to watch a football match on television. I wonder why 😉

    All best wishes,

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    • Dear Sarah,

      Creative week indeed! I’ve revisited and tweaked the first four (and only existing) chapters of “Last Dance with Annie” and have written a prospective chapter for “What the Heart Wants,” the story of how Winnie’s parents met.

      It’s only Thursday so dare I still hold out hope of seeing you amongst the Hollywood Squares?

      In any event, thank you for your generous comment and for sharing your stories. Love it.



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      • Dear Rochelle,

        What a busy bee you’ve been! Well done 🙂

        Yes, I will be posting a contribution to FF tomorrow. I’ve just written 100 words of dark humour this afternoon (UK time) and am glad to announce that my writer’s block has now officially unblocked.

        All best wishes,

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    • Dear Sascha,

      She was quite a bit younger when her first husband drank himself to death. Although six feet tall she might not have been the imposing character of later years. 😉 Thank you.




  • Wow, definitely a woman you don’t want to meet in a dark alley, for sure. Kinda reminds me of the one who called herself my mother. And from the picture…she actually looks a bit like my Gr. Grandmother who didn’t take bull off of anyone, either. She was a staunch Methodist who took prohibition to heart… too bad she didn’t know about Gr. Grampa’s still back behind the city building where he worked…heheeh! She’d have kilt him for sure! Love this little trip down memory lane, Rochelle… been a long time since I remembered Grama before she lost her mind to senility. Shalom ~ and guard your axes!

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Brilliant play on words with that title. And, yes, you have given us a lovely history lesson. Methinks she was a “tad” extremist, but then again, one had to be to be heard, yes? Ferocious in her convictions. I’ll just gingerly step back so’s not to get in her way, whilst hiding my glass of wine in my voluminous skirts…

    Lotsa love,


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  • Beware of the self-righteous. Extremists like that never cause any progress, only problems. Great story, Rochelle, and an interesting glimpse into history again.

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    Muy bien escrito … como siempre.
    I went to a lecture with a history professor who spoke about CA Nation. It was intriguingly interesting. Of course, he was a great speaker. She seemed a bit extreme for those times but what do I know I wasn’t alive. lolol
    Alcoholism is an evil thing in extremes. I know of many who have suffered in different ways. It isn’t something to be taken lightly. Sadly, because it’s legal people don’t consider it addictive. Ahhh … the conversations that could be discussed about so many addictive things.
    Me … I enjoy my vino once in a while. I can’t imagine craving it or going bonkers without it. To those who do have a problem I hope they manage to see that and get the help they need. Banning something from everyone for those who overindulge seems drastic.
    Cheers 🍷🍷
    Abrazos y Carino,
    Isadora 😎

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    • Querida Isadora,

      Just about anything taken to extremes, en mi humilde opinión, es muy pelígro. I’ve seen how alcoholism can destroy relationships. I’m happy to say that my own brother is 17 years clean and sober. 😀
      On the other hand, we see how well prohibition worked. 😉 También I enjoy a glass of wine on occasions. I can also live without it.
      Food can also be addictive with devastating effects.
      As for Mrs. Nation. Oy vey! Pretty extreme. ¡Demasiado!
      Gracias para tus palabras amables. (?)

      Salúd y abrazos,


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      • Querida Rochelle,
        Es verdad todo se puede hacer sin extremo. Las personas que beben mucho – hay veces – y es solo mi opinion tienen problemas que quiten olvidar o no quieren sentir dolor. Es triste porque es una enfermedad. Ahora puedes practicar mucho con este comentario.
        Abrazos y Carino
        Isadora 😎

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  • Oy vey this one was not my idea of a porch I’d like a light left on come night. I understood her outrage, but never her methods or righteousness. Radicalism rarely comes out well, or leads to any good, in my view. Let alone when the end justifies the means …
    Well done, though!
    Added my slant on this prompt (a little radical in its own way, perhaps, but the photo would hardly lend itself to cuddliness…) to the blue-frog-link-a-thing but here it is copied, just for fun:
    Le’Chayim …

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    • Na’ama Y’karah,

      I hear your oy vey and raise you a gevalt. 😉 I don’t think extremism accomplishes much, at least nothing too positive. I do like trolling for the humanity in people of the past. Not sure there was a lot with Carrie A. Nation. Thank you.



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      • Yes, it IS a valuable thing to try and see the richness of people, especially those who history may have render unidimensional. One does wonder, with such a name, how much she felt she had to ‘carry a nation’ (a bit desperate and a very possible tendency for the grandiose?) 😉 Na’ama

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    • Dear Luccia,

      She does look terrifying, doesn’t she? Not to mention she was 6 feet tall. So that added to her intimidating demeanor I’m sure. Add the hatchet and I’m sure she put the fear of God in a few elbow-benders. 😉 Thank you.




  • This was a very entertaining piece! I always learn something from your posts. I’m with Carry on the corset thing but the extreme nature of her convictions is a little bit frightening. Her passion was probably born from something else, deeper, as you portrayed in your story. Well done!

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    • Dear Brenda,

      I’m with you on the corset thing, too. 😉 Extremists are frightening. I’m sure her first husband’s drinking himself to death had something to do with her crusades. Glad you were entertained. History shouldn’t be text book dull. I might have enjoyed it in school. 😉 History was my worst subject next to science and math. Thank you.



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  • I can see how this woman’s picture and the prompt photo coalesced in your mind…there is something about these old photos that makes the kindest soul look eerie or downright evil.

    You do wonder how little Charlien turned out.

    I know they were into props back then, but who poses with a hatchet? Perhaps Lizzie Borden was next in line at the photographers’…great origin story.

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    • Dear Andrea,

      I couldn’t find out a lot about Charlien, other than she had her own emotional issues. She did marry and raise five children. Your comments have me laughing out loud. 😀 Thank you.



      PS Perhaps I should write a piece on Lizzie. Hmmm

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  • She seems to be a bit too extreme for me 🙂 Just yesterday, I was reading about India’s first female winner of a gold medal in the World Under-20 400m championships, Hima Das. Apparently, she’s a firebrand who forced a country liquor shop in her village to shut down, much before she became famous.

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    • Dear Anurag,

      I had to search for Hima Das. Wow! She already forced a liquor shop to close? She’s only 18. The world better watch out for her. Thank you for sharing that with me.
      As for Carrie. Yeah, she was more than a tad extreme. 😉 Thank you.



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