Quite frequently, I hear the lament that people are meaner today than they have ever been. Do you agree? Or, maybe it's just that we are bombarded with this meanness on the Internet and television. Can you remember when the nightly news could be broadcast without copious cleavage?
People were pretty much the same a hundred years ago as they are now. There was some lingering morality then, so perhaps many just didn't parade their sin like they do now. Or, maybe they did. Or, maybe they were just misunderstood.
The following snippets are from a local newspaper from a while back.
Caleb FRY, a crazy man from Winston county, hanged himself with hickory bark near Cullman a few
days ago. He had been carried to the Insane Asylum, but Dr. Bryce refused to receive him because he was not insane. (
A Brutal Act
One Bob CORNELIUS, who has been working for Mr. R.J. STEPHENSON near Danville, for three years or more, and who married Miss Lotsy COLQUITT last December, soon became jealous of her, and within five months, drove her from his home. On Monday the 14th, he borrowed a gun, and intercepting he wife on her way from her
home, forced her into
a thicket and throwing her to the ground attempted to cut her throat. He no
doubt thought he had killed her. as the wound reached from ear to ear. The
unfortunate woman is now believed to be recovering. MA Oct.24,1895 Danville
Governor O'NEAL has issued a parole to Exie HARTLEY, a 17 year old white girl, who has been convicted in Cherokee county and sentenced to six months for vagrancy. The case presents the most revolting situation in
prison annals. The girl has been sent to Flat Top mines to serve her term with
some 600 other convicts, most of whom were negro men, she being the only woman
in the mines. The case is a disgrace to the state of Alabama
and the legislature should take some steps to prevent a repetition of this in
the future.(Moulton Advertiser 5 Aug 1914) Alabama
A HUMAN CURIOSITY
Dr. John P. HODGES of
of the most successful physicians in the State, was to see us last Friday and
in conversation with him gave us the details of a human curiosity which he was
called in to treat a few days before. A baby with two heads, four arms and
hands, four legs and feet, but with one body, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John
MANN on the 11th of this month. The child lingered about twelve hours and died.
This is indeed a human curiosity, but the child is far better off dead than
alive. Dr. Hodges reports the mother as doing well. (Moulton Advertiser 20 Jan
J. V. LOVE, formerly of this county, was arrested in
Rev. J. W. SHOEMAKER, who endeavored to steal a few postage stamps from Uncle Sam, was tried at the recent Conference in
and expelled from the Huntsville .
Poor creature! His greed has placed a stain upon him which can never be erased,
but he is not alone. There are others, high in position, whose crimes will some
day be revealed to the public.(December 8, 1898 MA) Methodist Church
Mrs. Lizzie SHELTON, a lady of high social standing in Scottsboro, while walking across the street last Wednesday, seeing Hugh BYNUM at a distance, called him to her side, drew a pistol and shot him through the shoulder. She fired twice again without effect, and then surrendered to the authorities. She claims that Bynum had insulted her. (Moulton Advertiser 4 Jun 1885)
Jos. SMITH hanged himself in Lauderdale county but the world moves on just the same.(Moulton Advertiser 29 Sep 1908)
W. C. WHITFIELD was killed with an ax by T. M. TIDWELL, near Scottsboro, last week. Cause ; women and whiskey. (Moulton Advertiser 5 Mar 1885)
Wash WRIGHT was shot and killed by Al GLOVER at a church Sunday,in Lauderdale county.Both young men, and they fell out about a girl.(Moulton Advertiser 28 Jun 1916)
Miss Sallie H. WALLACE, nine years old, recently eloped with W. D. BAILY from
and was married to him. Baily was jailed at
Willie GOODWYN, a robust man, is in jail in
There you go. Does anything sound familiar?