At the time of this FSC, the Chattanooga area had experience drought-like conditions for six weeks. The unseasonably warm weather made the front page of the News: "The hot spell began more than a week ago and had grown in intensity until Tuesday afternoon, when it had reached climatic record, registering 96 degrees. It made no difference whether this was in the shade or sunshine, it was hot everywhere and at all angles, even in the top stories of the skyscrapers, where a breeze generally modifies weather conditions" (6/10/14:1). Miles, perhaps in part due to an unknown pregnancy, found the heat unbearable. On May 28, the date of this column, she notes in her diary: "Hot and dry--headachey" (3); the day following she elaborates: "Hotter and hotter. I had a dull headache all day, and felt baking drought all over" (4). In a diary entry of July 25, 1914, Miles summarizes the weather's deadly effect: "The long hot drought, extending from April 14 to July 17, and breaking then in a series of magnificent thunderstorms, has had unusual effects on both animal and vegetable life in the region. Gardens everywhere are for the most part burned up; early corn and potatoes came to nothing, and potatoes are now 50 [cents] a peck" (6).