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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 24, 1919

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

Oct. 24, 1919

GUY BATES POST AT PAGE THEATER NOVEMBER 10TH

Guy Bates Post scored nothing less than a triumph with his dual role in “The Masquerader” at the Curran theater last night. He was called before the curtain twice after the first and again after the second act. Even this failed to satisfy the enthusiasm of the crowded house and he was forced to appear once more and respond to demands for a speech.

Post’s acting is superb. First, as the parliamentarian addicted to narcotics, he appeared so natural, if such a word is proper in regard to a character with such unnatural propensities, that it hardly seemed acting. Then, as the young Canadian writer waiting for Opportunity to knock at his door, he was intensely human. But when he came to alternating these parts, dying a miserable death and then having his life crowned with love and honors, he showed artisticpowers that entitle him to be regarded as really a great actor.

Such a play requires a man of unusual ability in the lead, but the company with which Post is surrounded is of first class caliber, for which the producer and his general manager, John G. Reede, must be complimented, altho theatergoers have learned to expect no less from them.

Alice John and Audrey Anderson have the leading women’s parts, and the former as the wife in the case is sweetly womanly and lovable, while the latter is all that could be expected of — well, a vampire. Ruby Gordon as the “slavey” in the Canadian’s London lodgings does an admirable bit of character acting. — San Francisco Post.

Guy Bates Post will appear in “The Masquerader” at the Page theater, November 10th.

LOCAL BRIEFS

Incidental to the change of time next Sunday when the clocks will be turned back one hour the grocers of Medford have decided beginning with Monday, Nov. 3, to close their places of business at 5:30 p.m. instead of 6 as now. The majority of grocers favored closing at 5 but a few were opposed, hence it was thought best to compromise on 5:30. The other merchants have not yet decided on what change in closing they will make.

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Reassuring news to Medford people is the fact that the few reported cases of Spanish influenza in Oregon proved after investigation not to be of the epidemic type according to Dr. David N. Roberg, state health officer. “Mild cases may not be influenza at all,” said Dr. Roberg, “since the lung type of pneumonia is the only indication by which the real disease is known. Replies from my inquiries show that some of the cases reported were not influenza at all, but were conditions preliminary to other infectious diseases.”

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