Not knowing that the pistol she was handling was loaded, Mrs. Floney Barnes, of Lindale, playfully pointed it at her husband, Virgil Barnes, and it went off. When the smoke had blown away, it was found that Barnes had been perforated six times by the one bullet, and yet was not too seriously injured to be very wroth with his wife.
The bullet passed through the biceps muscle of his left arm, leaving two holes, passed in and out of the left chest, leaving two more holes, crossed the center of his chest and passed through the right side, coming out and going through his clothing. At week’s end he was feeling little effect from the freak shooting.
The Southern railway announced that it was to make substantial improvements on the grounds of the depot on the East side. Plans called for putting down macadam paving over the entire area, which would relieve the bad weather problem when the grounds were a veritable mud hole. … The roads in some sections at Pinson were in such bad condition from the rains that one had to travel about two and a half feet beneath the surface. … Simpson Penny was driving a new automobile, one of those “under-slung Americans;” and like all beginners was having his troubles. He could tell of some thrilling experiences on the Lindale Pike. … Hughes Reynolds was wondering why a man who broke his arm cranking an automobile was met with smiles instead of sympathy. He assured his amused friends that the arm hurt just as bad as if the injury had been inflicted by a mule.
The people of Summerville were considering a bond issue of $15,000 for the purpose of erecting a high school building. Sentiments seemed to be practically unanimous in favor of this progressive move. … Romans also read that the Balkan War had been resumed with a terrible bombardment of Adrianpole beginning Monday a half century ago. Bulgaria had turned a deaf ear to the remonstrances of the powers, and unless Turkey were to yield to the Balkan demands, the Allies would drive her out of Europe. Fighting had increased in the region of Gallipoli. An aeroplane made a flight over the Dardanelles and dropped three bombs aimed at a Turkish warship, but no damage was done. … From Berlin word came that the use of the flesh of dogs as a food for man was becoming common. The working man in Germany long had been using horse meat for a substantial portion of his daily fare, but, while Saxony consumed thousands of dogs annually, the practice of eating this meat had invaded Prussia only recently. …
The new National City bank made a good showing in its first monthly statement, which revealed that deposits for the first 30 days came to the satisfactory sum of $64,852.13. … The brass lamp and horn were stolen from the automobile belonging to Will Gibbons. … Bob Rounsaville and C.S. Seay were going into the garage business, having the old quarters of the Rome Motor Car Company on East First Street remodeled. … Work had begun on tearing down the old fire hall in East Rome, which was to be replaced with a modern building. … The resignation of Dr. A.B. Metcalfe as pastor of the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church was accepted Sunday fifty years ago. During his two-year pastorate the membership had practically doubled and $2,000 had been expended on the building. …