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100 Years Ago


As it appeared in the August 1917 editions of the Rome Tribune-Herald

If her story is true, a 15-year-old girl wife with her two month old baby in her arms, has been deserted by one of the meanest men alive.

Mrs. Minnie Hunter with her baby and her seven year old sister was taken in charge by the police and Salvation Army yesterday morning at the Central of Georgia depot after they had come here on the 10 o’clock train. Mrs. Hunter told the following story at the police station:

“My husband deserted me shortly after our baby was born and having no means of support, my little sister and myself decided to come here in search of work from Summerville. My sister was to have looked after the baby while I was at work and we intended making this our home.”

The unfortunate trio were turned over to the Salvation Army and an effort will be made to place them in the Salvation Army home.


“Patriotism and prosperity sums up the situation in the west,” says Barry Wright, Rome attorney who returned Sunday from a trip to the Pacific coast with stops at Denver, Salt Lake, Portland and Phoenix.

“The west has been coining money sever since the European war started, while the South is just beginning to anticipate prosperity. They have sold wheat and cattle and everything else at high prices. I believe this section will be as prosperous as the west in a short time.

“Georgia cotton is better than what I saw in Texas, though I passed through the southern part of the state and I am told that the crop was a failure there, compared to what was grown in the northern part of the state. Wheat in Oregon is fine, in fact there is a great wheat crop every place. At Phoenix I saw Egyptian cotton, growing under irrigation. It was shoulder high, with a tremendous yield.

“The people of the west, contrary to some reports, are highly patriotic. They are in thorough accord with the administration, now that war has been declared. You see flags and soldiers everywhere, and all the people you meet are enthusiastic.”


While crossing East 12th Street yesterday morning at 9 o’clock Jewell and Bonnie Smith, the 6 and 8-year-old daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Smith of No. 1206 Walnut Street, were struck and painfully injured by an automobile owned and driven by P.J. Voss, an Atlanta traveling salesman. A charge of reckless driving was docketed against Mr. Voss but at a hearing before Recorder Bale yesterday afternoon the charge was dismissed as the evidence showed that the occurrence was purely accidental.


The efficiency of any German bureau of information or spy system in Mexico is dependent on the efficiency of the censorship imposed by the allied powers. This is the conclusion of representatives of those powers who have been in touch with German activities since and before the war. They declare that information from the U.S. to Germany could hardly be transmitted by a loner or more inefficient route than through Mexico.