Rome arrived at a proud distinction Wednesday fifty years ago when motorcycle cops made their debut. Offices Climer and Carlson were assigned to the duty of riding the gasoline broncos, and their main duty was to see that motorists stayed within the speed limit.
Experiences in other cities had been that the motorcycle was more efficient than the horse in covering ground, and that the cost of maintenance was less.
Rome already had an automobile police wagon, and the addition of motorcycles to the department made it as up-to-date as any in the South.
Darlington School for Boys concluded another successful year with graduation exercises Tuesday a half century ago. A highlight of the program was the debate, Resolved: that the United States should increase its Navy, which was won by Bruce Woodruff for the affirmative, who received the John M. Proctor medal. Dean Owens represented the negative.
Those receiving the diplomas in the classical course, requiring Latin or Greek, were Robert Headden Cantrell, Frederick Stanley Cooper, Algernon Peek Garlington, Luther Gwaltney Moultrie, Howard Vincent Weems and Bruce Franklin Woodruff. William Gordon Howel received a diploma in the scientific course. It was rather remarkable that each member of the class expected to go to college.
At the close of the 1912-13 year the school’s enrollment totaled 43. During the history of the school only nine previous full graduates had been sent out although more than 30 had left school for college.
B.V. Chambers sold his interest in the Studebaker auto agency to his partner, M.A. Sandifer, who had headquarters at the Cherokee Garage and Machine Shop. He was the sole agent in seven counties. … The Edison moving picture troupe, headed by Charles M. Seay, an old Rome boy, arrived in the city to make a film with Mr. Seay in a leading role. … Among new books received by Carnegie Library this week in 1913 were “Innocents Abroad” and “Joan of Arc” by Marc Twain, “The Case of Jenny Brice” by Mary Roberts Rhinehart, “Poor dear Margaret Kirby” by Kathleen Norris, “Polyanna” by Eleanor H. Porter, “Beauty and the Jacobin” by Booth Tarkington, “The Night Born” by Jack London, “The New Freedom” by Woodrow Wilson and “Seven Keys to Baldpate” by E.D. Biggers.
Mrs. Ella Adams, a devout woman, complained in a communication to the Tribune-Herald of whiskey bottles being thrown in her garden. The throwing of bottles in the garden at any time was bad enough, she stated, but Sunday someone threw a bottle past her window while she was engaged in divine worship. She earnestly requested that those who had been using her garden for “dead soldiers” mend their ways, but if they did not, she especially asked that they throw the bottles in some other place, particularly when she was engaged in worship. … The burglar who entered the home of Mayor Ben Yancey a week ago in 1913 was still at large, but the mayor received a note from a woman in Atlanta stating that she had found a watch with the Rome name “Benjamin Yancey” inscribed on it, and wondered if the mayor knew the man so that she could forward it to him. It was a coincidence that the burglary happened exactly five years to the date and about the same time when a man attempted to gain his way into the Yancey home on East Second Avenue. Mr. Yancey discovered him and shot him dead. …