DANVILLE — “I’m here to save you from a drunkard’s fate,” a hatchet-wielding Carry A. Nation told the puzzled people inside the merchant’s tent at the Danville Turkey Festival.
“I have been reviled and incarcerated, but I persist because I know I am doing God’s work,” she continued.
The woman in black delivering the harangue was Susan Kahrl of Mount Vernon, portraying the vehement prohibitionist who became famous for breaking up saloons with rocks and a hatchet during the last part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
Her performance was one in a series advertised at the festival as the “Bicentennial Chautauqua,” part of Danville’s marking of its 200th anniversary. Another chautauqua performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. today.
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