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Mail Tribune 100, May 17, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

May 17, 1919


Over 100 Jackson county boys were guests of Ed. G. Brown at the Al G. Barnes wild animal show in this city last Wednesday afternoon. The boys were given free run of the circus thru the courtesy of the management, after Mr. Brown had arranged for their entrance, but instead of remaining in a body they scattered like grouse. Many of the boys were from the country, and one traveled all the way from Watkins, tried to work his way into the “big tent,” and failing, became a guest of Mr. Brown. Others, but a very few, imbued with the “get something for nothing” idea tried to impose upon the hospitality of the host with the admission price in their pockets. The chaff was separated from the wheat by questioning.

The taking of financially embarrassed boys to the circus has been a hobby with Mr. Brown for 20 years, and is due to the fact that Mr. Brown never saw a circus till he was old enough to vote, tho they often passed his Missouri home. The disappointment was so keen that Mr. Brown vowed if he ever was able he would take all the kids situated like he was and for years no circus has come to his town without keeping the vow.


William Faversham, the celebrated actor who is starring in the new Paramount-Artcraft special picture, “The Silver King,” which will be shown at the Liberty today, has had a most notable career as player and producing manager. Mr. Faversham is an Englishman and he gained his histrionic experience in that country prior to 1887, when he made his first professional appearance in this country in “Pen and Ink,” at the Union Square theatre, New York.

Mr. Faversham appeared as star in “A Royal Rival” at the Criterion theatre, New York, in August, 1901, and since that time his record has been one of repeated theatrical successes.


The raise of one cent a loaf in the retail price of bread, which was put into effect by the bakeries of the city last Monday, was called off Friday, as well as the recent increase in the price of pastry and cakes, and now all bakery products are being sold at the old prices. When the bread price was raised many housewives of the city started to do their own baking again, even some who had not done any bread baking for years.


A welcome feature at the public market today was a plentiful supply of home grown strawberries and gooseberries and seasonable fresh vegetables, and also a goodly supply of fine tomato, cabbage and egg plants. The Boys’ Garden club of the Christian church had a booth for the sale of garden produce.


“Ding” Tuffs, with the 830th aero squadron south of Paris, writes his parents that he wanted some real Oregon apples and had an opportunity to secure a box of Hood River apples, but the box cost him $18. — Grants Pass Courier.

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