Romans, along with the rest of the nation, were reading with intense interest this week a half century ago about the national Democratic Convention being held in Baltimore. Wild scenes of disorder accompanied the nomination speeches.
With Woodrow Wilson gaining on each ballot and “Champ” (James Beauchamp) Clark constantly losing ground in the race for the presidential nomination, the convention, adjourned late Saturday night until Monday morning. Twenty-six ballots had been taken since the first roll call of states and there was no hope of a final verdict immediately. In the meantime, Oscar W. Underwood of Alabama claimed to hold the balance of power.
William Jennings Bryan led the Democrats into a declaration of progressiveness unheard of in political history. A resolution, introduced and passed by two-thirds majority, declared the convention opposed to the nomination of any candidate for president under obligation to J.P. Morgan, Thomas F. Ryan, August Belmont any “privilege seeking class.”
John M. Vandiver, of Rome, who was a delegate to the convention, had the distinction of starting a vice-presidential boom, the boomee being Clark Howell, editor of the Atlanta Constitution and national committeeman from Georgia.
The price paid at bankruptcy sale for most of the assets of the Trion Manufacturing Company was $800,000, the biggest legal sale ever held in Floyd County. Capt. Charles A. Lyerly, of Chattanooga, was the purchaser, representing a committee of creditors. … W.C. Earle was found not guilty by a Federal Court jury on the charge of robbing the U.S. mails. His trial grew out of the disappearance of a pouch of mail several months before in Rome. … Phillip J. Mullen, of Rome, was appointed commander of the Georgia Division, sons of Confederate Veterans, to succeed Charles C. Harper, who resigned due to the pressure of business. … Two 500-candle power gas lights were put up in front of the gas office at the corner of Broad and Fourth Avenue, giving out a brilliant illumination.
Through the merger of the Rome Life Insurance Company with the Cherokee Life Insurance Company, Rome became the home office of the largest industrial life insurance company south of Richmond, the Cherokee Life. This was the largest consolidation ever effected in the South. W.W. Bowie was president of the new company. … Rome was to have a new printing firm soon called the Glover-Caldwell Company, with a capital stock of $5,000. … A new catalogue was issued by Darlington School with a picture of the building on East Ninth Street and of the football and baseball teams. Prof. J.R. McCain was to return in the fall after a period of graduate study. The school enrollment was at 40 and the school was doing fine work. … Robert W. Graves defeated George Nixon six up and five to play to win the President’s Cup at the Coosa Country Club.
Mrs. George Ramey was severely burned from the explosion of an alcohol lamp under a chafing dish at the Kirkland home near Lindale, where she and Mr. Ramey were spending a few days. She poured some alcohol in the lamp not knowing it was already lighted. Mr. Ramey threw a blanket over her, but she was already painfully burned. … Marion King, of Graham Pharmacy, cut an artery in his hand while at work, but it was bandaged before he suffered too much loss of blood. … J. Ross Johnson, of Pinson, came near having a serious accident. He went to a cane thicket to get canes to stick beans and in the midst of the thicket cut a cane upon which was a large nest of wasps, which proceeded to get busy upon the person of Mr. Johnson, who, in his retreat, became tangled in undergrowth and the wasps covered his head and face. In the excitement he cut himself on the face and arm with his open knife. …