As presented in the February 1918 editions of the Rome Tribune-Herald
There are 13 cases of smallpox in Floyd County, according to the statement of health officer McCord, made last night. The disease was brought to the Fosters Mill District by a man from Alabama and was brought to a section of East Rome by a man from Oklahoma. The cases have been isolated by health officer McCord and all persons expose have been vaccinated. He says that there is no danger of an epidemic.
The critical coal situation throughout the East was pitched by Fuel Administrator Garfield today and by a dozen state fuel administrators call to Washington for a conference on general fuel conditions. A number of administrators urged that there be no suspension of the Monday closing order until conditions are better. The New York City administrator said that apartment houses and tenements are exhausting the supplies and coal is still unavailable to fill their demands. The states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Michigan all reported that they are dependent on day-to-day on shipments. The suspension of the Monday closing order will be discussed tomorrow at a conference between Garfield and McAdoo.
The Rome Railway & Light Company has filed with the state railway commission a petition for an increase in rates for both light and power. The petition will be heard before the commission on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m., at which time and opportunity will be given those opposed to the increased to appear in person arguments against it.
The company claims that the increase is necessary because of increased cost of operation. About a year ago a slight reduction in the scale of prices was voluntarily made by the company.
At a hearing held in the Federal Building at before the local food administrator, Mr. Hughes Reynolds, Henry Duke of Armuchee and Henry Bridges of Texas Valley were charged with hoarding wheat flour in violation of the food law.
It was shown that Mr. Duke had not exceeded the purchase limit and Mr. Bridges, while admitting that he had bought 1,000 pounds last December, proved that when he found that to have done so was in violation of the law he had promptly returned the excess to the firm from which he had purchased it. He was commended by the food administrator for his patriotism and doing this and the charge against him was dismissed.
Mr. Reynolds has announced his determination to prosecute all violations of the food law brought to his attention or which he may discover through his investigators.