Cheeky gossip or a joke?

HUH?
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This odd note was published in The Saturday News of Watertown, South Dakota. It is from the Thursday, July 12ᵗʰ, 1917 paper and mentions my great-great grandfather, Wesley Calvin George. Was it an inside joke? Or something more serious?

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