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The Story of Kansas City, Kansas

"Troubled Days"

Soon the Wyandots were divided in politics as well as religion.  Neighbors, friends, and relatives became engaged in bitter arguments over slavery.  Among residents of most communities there are some who take advantage of upset times.  There were Wyandots who did not go to church, and who spent their money on drink.  These people made trouble for everyone.

One day a prominent Wyandot man hired some of these fellows to bring his furniture over from Westport.  Instead of delivering the goods to the ferry to be carried across, the men managed somehow to dump everything into the river.  After that affair Wyandot leaders organized a Temperance Society, the first in Kansas.  Even then, by all their efforts they could not reform the trouble makers.  They made a jail out of a log house and put offenders in it until they were sober.


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