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March 5, 1919
FRENCH ARMY BAND SCORES SUCCESS
The French army band concert last night was a brilliant and artistic success with a program pleasing to all classes of patrons. The patriotic selections especially aroused enthusiasm and these French soldier musicians were the only foreign band ever heard by most of the audience who could play American airs with vim, dash and artistry as well, if not better, than most professional bands of this country. What made the concert last night especially pleasing was the human interest from the fact that all the musicians, and leader, had been soldiers in the French army and during service had been wounded or gassed.
The band’s opening selection was the Star Spangled Banner and the concert was closed with “Over There” in compliment to the large number of soldiers and sailors in the audience. There are two wonderful soloists with the band, in the persons of DeBruille, violinist, and True, pianist.
BILLIE BURKE AT LIBERTY TONIGHT
The admirers of Billie Burke, the dainty Paramount star, who scored so heavily with “In Pursuit of Polly” recently, will be delighted with the announcement of Manager Harcke that he has booked “The Make-Believe Wife,” Miss Burke’s newest photocomedy, for presentation at the Liberty theater.
Miss Burk portrays the role of a young society woman of high station, who is lost while mountain climbing with a young man. The situation is aggravated by the fact that she is the fiancée of a lawyer, while the man who is lost with her, is himself the fiancée of an estimable young woman. This adventure has highly interesting results as the sequel proves, and in the development of this unusual story Miss Burke plays a not insignificant part.
Besides this feature three extra reels will be shown. All returned soldiers and sailors in uniform admitted free tonight.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL
The soldier-musicians of the French band were much interested in the display in Heath’s drug store window in memory of Lieutenant Newell Barber, for on returning in groups to their Pullman car from the Natatorium following the concert last night each group, spying the window, stepped up close to it. After viewing the French war cross bestowed on the dead Medford lieutenant and reading the citations in French accompanying the cross and scanning closely the picture of the young aviator, they broke out in earnest conversation, after which they again looked in the window and continued on their way.