The feminine terpsichoreans of Rome were trembling with suppressed excitement over an edict said to have been issued by the governing board of the Nine O’Clock German Club forbidding at its New Year dance tonight fifty years ago those horrid little steps – Turkey Trot, Boston Dip, Bunny Hug, Lizard Leap and Squirrel Squirm.
There were those who contended that the tendency of the modern dance was too far away from the stately minuet, the embodiment of refinement, grace and true art. There were the anti-trotters. They feared for the future of the dancing art, and they intended as far as possible to check the latter-day spread of trotting mania.
On the other hand, enthusiastic and rhythmic writhers said that Rome dancers had never trotted the trot as it was intended to be trotted by those who introduced it. The Rome trot was a modest modification of the original, retaining its grace and eliminating its undesirable features.
Connecting up the new water tubes at the waterworks plant necessitated turning unfiltered water into the mains while the work was being done, and Romans were served muddy water during the greater part of that day. …
George A. Lawrence requested City Council to lay a water main on West First Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues, stating that he was building three new houses there at a cost of $6,000. … Robert Hoyt requested that council have the holes filled in front of his house on West First Street, which were left by workmen. … E.R. Fishburn, a resident of West Seventh Avenue, asked City Council for $1,000 damages. He alleged that the city, in building the new sewer through his premises, removed his fence so he could not keep his dogs, also that workmen destroyed his turnip and collard patch and cut off his water pipe. … The consolidation of fire halls numbers 1 and 2 was authorized by the city fathers, the hall to be at No. 1 on Broad. The hook and ladder truck was no longer drawn by horses but was to be attached to the automobile truck. The consolidation was expected to increase the efficiency of the department, and also lessen the chances of a collision of the two automobile fire trucks at an intersection when answering a fire call. …
Complete amity existed at the joint meeting of City Council and the new County Board of Roads and Revenue this week fifty years ago. The question of the unsafe bridges in the city, which the county board the past week wiped its hands of, was discussed and it developed that there was no friction between the bodies. In fact the meeting was a regular love fest.
It was believed that the city and county would be as one unit in its plans for repairing and rebuilding the bridges.
Also, the differences between the new Floyd County Board and Warden S.C. Lindsey were amicably adjusted by Capt. Lindsey’s agreeing to resign and the board’s consenting to pay him for January and to buy two bloodhounds from him. This action occurred at a meeting of the prison commission held in Atlanta.
Five of Rome’s seven banks held their annual meetings this week a half century ago. The doctors of finance felt that Rome’s pulse was beating strong and true, with all indications favorable. … The Berry School celebrated its 11th anniversary with enthusiastic exercises, when Miss Martha Berry, founder, was presented with a silver loving cup by the faculty and officers. … John W. Maddox was reelected president of the State Mutual Insurance Company. He announced his resignation from the bench of the Rome Judicial Circuit to devote his entire time to the affairs of the company, effective Feb. 1. The company entered 1913 in better condition than at any time in its history. In the meantime, there were several aspirants for the bench to be vacated by Judge Maddox. …