Anti-Liquor agitation heats up in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Heading the anti-liquor movement in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Congregationalist pastor Henry M. Nichols had on Sunday preached a fiery sermon against the "Rumsellers." On Tuesday, the women of his congregation had harassed local saloon-owners. Wednesday night Nichols' church burned down mysteriously. A mass meeting was called in the city the next day and a "Vigilance Committee" was appointed. (By John Osborne)
Paul R. Lucas, "The Church and the City: Congregationalism in Minneapolis, 1850-1890," Minnesota History, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Summer, 1974), 62.