Daily Bread for 12.27.12

Good morning.

A cloudy Thursday with a high of twenty-eight awaits. We’ll have 9h 3m of sunlight and 10h 8m of daylight.

There will be two public meetings in the city today. At 8 AM, Downtown Whitewater’s Board will meet, and at 4:30 PM in the afternoon there will be a meeting of the Community Development Authority.

On this day in 1900, the property-destroying, regulation-loving anti-alcohol crusader Cary Nation smashed a bar with a hatchet:

Prohibitionist Carry Nation smashes up the bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, causing several thousand dollars in damage and landing in jail. Nation, who was released shortly after the incident, became famous for carrying a hatchet and wrecking saloons as part of her anti-alcohol crusade.

She didn’t live to see Prohibition become law under the 18th Amendment, and so of course didn’t see the repeal of that failed amendment just under fourteen years later.

On this day in 1831, the thrice-elected Lucius Fairchild was born:

1831 – Lucius Fairchild Born
On this date Lucius Fairchild was born in Kent, Ohio. Soldier, diplomat, and Wisconsin Governor, Fairchild arrived in Madison with his family in 1846. After a trip to California in search of gold, Fairchild returned to Madison and studied law. He was a soldier in the “Iron Brigade” and lost an arm at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. He was elected as a Republican to the post of secretary of state and in 1865 was elected governor. He served for three terms. As governor and as a private citizen, Fairchild was active in promoting soldiers’ aid. [Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin History]

Google-a-Day aska a question of literature:  “Early in Conrad’s 1903 novella, Marlow makes a comment “one of the dark places on earth.”  About what place does he say this?”

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