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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 28, 1919

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Oct. 28, 1919

GRIFFITH FILM ‘BROKEN BLOSSOM’ AT PAGE THEATER

Of extraordinary interest, not only to lovers of the motion picture, but likewise to all who appreciate the toughest art in its various manifestations, is the announcement of the Page theater that it has secured David Wark Griffith’s superb screen creation, “Broken Blossoms,” to be shown here soon.

Never has a motion picture been accorded a reception comparable to the triumph that has followed every showing of this production. Newspapers have devoted column after column to its beauties and wonders. Everywhere its success has been instantaneous and its is safe to say that in bringing “Broke Blossoms” to our city, the management of the Page has to its credit the biggest accomplishment for artistic entertainment that we have yet enjoyed.

Mr. Griffith, it will be remembered, together with Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, early in 1919 organized United Artists Corporation — popularly known as “The Big Four” — for the making and marketing of their own productions. It is through this organization that “Broken Blossoms” is being placed in the theaters of the country.The story of “Broken Blossoms” Mr. Griffith adapted from a tale by Thomas Burke ... which is part of that author’s famous volume “Limehouse Nights.” Around this story, and we speak from the opinions of dramatic critics the country over, Mr. Griffith has built the most alluring, yet pitiful, beautiful, yet tragic love story ever filmed.

HOME TELEPHONE EXPLAINS CAUSE OF BAD SERVICE

The telephone company desires to let its subscribers know, whose lines are temporarily out of service through the damage caused by the breaking of the high tension 66,000 volt wires of the power company last Sunday, that every effort is being exerted towards restoring service. Manager Vance states that the damage to the telephone plant is the greatest and most costly in the experience of the telephone company in Medford. Cable splicers have been brought from Portland in order to expedite repairs, and this extra help with the assistance of the local force, hope to have all wires working by tonight.

By some unaccountable freak, not yet determined either by the telephone or power company officials the greatest damage was caused in the telephone cables on South Oakdale avenue, although the high tension wires fell over the telephone cables on South Riverside. The excessive power currents seem to have charged the cables to such an extent that is spread over the entire telephone system, burning the cables of large size containing hundreds of wires, in many places throughout the city, thus making it difficult to locate and repair the many places where the power current burned out the wires.

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