Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 17, 1919

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    Feb. 17, 1919


    For three days this week beginning today, the admission for adults at the Page will be 10 cents plus war tax, one cent, or 11 cents. This price for admission is lower than before the war. The management sees no reason why a theater should not occasionally give its patrons bargains and a mark down sale, as well as any other business. For these three days the programs are good and better than the average. Today “The Strange Woman,” with Gladys Brockwell, Official War Review and Mutt and Jeff, Tuesday and Wednesday, Harry Morey in “Silent Strength.” This story gives Mr. Morey an exceptionally good opportunity to display his ability. The balance of the cast gives the best of support. The comedy for Tuesday and Wednesday is a Sunshine called “A Tight Squeeze.” It is fast and snappy and will amuse old and young. The pictures are all first run in Medford.


    George Andrews has received the following letter, relative to the appearance here of Irvin Cobb:

    Dear Mr. Andrews: Allow me to congratulate you on presenting Irvin Cobb. While I have been an ardent admirer of his stories, I admit that at the lecture it was a most agreeable surprise to realize his versatility. For a man as gifted with his pen, it was indeed unusual to find him so finished oratorically. His diction was perfect, his similes brilliant, and his wit made ever more sparkling by his telling. Cobb’s humor is not only effervescent, but inimitable, and it was astonishing I think, to find that in depicting scenes of pathos he was equally touching and forceful.

    Another impression received at the lecture was the sympathetic and admirable manner of the audience. I am referring to an incident which I am confident affected us collectively. You will recall, Mr. Cobb was telling us of visiting a cemetery in a French town, and discovering that the graves of our American boys were daily covered with exquisite blossoms and field flowers, placed there with such loving tenderness by the women of France — women who for the most part were unable to even read the names inscribed upon the roughly hewn marking stones. Mr. Cobb had prefaced his remarks by saying: “If there is a mother in the audience who has given a son, she may receive a bit of comfort by what I am about to say.” Wasn’t it electrifying and heart rending when a mother in the audience no longer able to stand the strain called out in such grief stricken tones, “Oh! but it does.” Perhaps you did not notice it, but to the credit of that audience, not one man, woman or child turned to seek the source of those sacred, heart breaking tones.

    I hope that Irvin Cobb will come again soon to the coast, and that you as impresario will prevail upon him to lecture in Medford, where I am sure nothing short of a Lincoln banquet, could possibly interfere with a capacity house. Very sincerely, LEILA SHELLY OWEN.

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