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Feb. 8, 1919, continued
FAMOUS AUTHOR TO LECTURE HERE UPON GREAT WAR
Irvin S. Cobb is so well known to the people of America that the mere mention of the fact that he is to appear here Wednesday evening February 12th, is sufficient to awaken pleasurable anticipation. Mr. Cobb’s ability as a humorous writer and as a delineator of character through the medium of the short story has been well known for many years, but it is since the beginning of the great war that he has made his greatest appeal to the people of America. He was in Europe at the beginning of the war and his articles contributed to the Saturday Evening Post immediately after his return from Belgium established a new high water mark in the annals of war reporting. These stories were later published in a volume “Paths of Glory” (Doran) which has run into many editions. Early last spring Mr. Cobb returned to the western front, this time to view the war from inside the allied lines, as he had in the first instance viewed the war from inside the German lines. He came home in mid June to begin a series of lectures on one of the large eastern Chautauqua circuits, where he was greeted by the largest audiences in the history of the Chautauqua movement in the east. His story of the war on the western front is the most original in phrasing, the most illuminating and the most inspiring report of what Americans are doing in France that has yet reached this country. Mr. Cobb has the greatest story of his career to tell and he tells it as only the master workman in the use of words can tell it.
The mail orders are now pouring in at the box office for seats and from present indications Mr. Cobb will have the opportunity of convulsing with laughter one of the largest audiences ever assembled in the Page theater.
The regular seat sale will open at the box office Monday morning. The lecture will begin at 7:30. Prices 50 cents, 75 cents, $1.00, $1.50.
The engagement is under the management of Mr. George Andrews, who says he has arrangements made to give Medford and the Rogue river valley some of the best attractions that come to the Pacific coast.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
Alex Sparrow, supervisor of Crater Lake national park, departed this morning for Klamath Falls, from which city he will leave Monday for a trip to Crater Lake park headquarters. He will make the trip into the park on skis.
It is going to take hard work for some people to take to soft drinking. — Memphis Commercial Appeal.
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