Only sixteen months into their marriage, Marie Pryor attended a ‘grand ball’ by herself — and was beaten by her husband for it. She then filed an assault charge against him.

The full text reads:

“Roy Pryor, Colored, Plead Guilty for An Assault on Spouse.

Roy Pryor, colored, 262 East Main Street, pleaded guilty before Justice J Edward Saxton Monday morning to a charge of assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her. He was fined $5.34. Pryor’s assault was provoked, it is alleged, by Mrs. Pryor’s attending a grand ball some place where Pryor wasn’t along.”