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Mail Tribune 100, March 11, 1920

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

March 11, 1920


Come, let us “doll up,” put on our best clothes for company is coming, more company than we have ever entertained before. We must look our best and prettiest for we want our friends to see us at our best and to go away pleased with their visit.

This is the message the secretary of the Pacific Northwest Tourist association, Herbert Cuthbert, sends to all the communities in the Pacific northwest. He anticipates for this year, from the information in his office, the greatest tourist travel we have ever seen, both by rail and automobile. He says that during a trip by rail thru various sections of the Pacific northwest, taken recently, that he noticed a great many of our beauty spots disfigured by broken fences, burnt, fallen and dead timber, and urges all the communities to endeavor to get the owners to clean these places up. He would remind us of the annual proclamation issued by the governor for a clean-up week, wherein our vacant lots should be cleared of all debris, flower seeds planted where possible, fences repaired, houses and barns painted and everything done so that when this flock of tourists come upon us everything unsightly will have disappeared.

The value of the tourist travel to each community will depend upon the community itself. The people stay longest where they are comfortably housed, well fed, entertained and amused, and where the attractions are most favorably brought to their notice, where camping grounds are provided and the facilities and conveniences are adequate.


Dick Antle took a little flyer in the publicity game this week as a surprise to Geo. Hunt, his partner, incidental to the appearance at the Rialto of that splendid military comedy, “23 1/2 Hours Leave,” the last performance of which will be given tonight. Dick saw to it that the young lady ushers were garbed in regulation uniforms of privates and Miss Blanche Miles in the ticket office in a lieutenant’s uniform.

Not only that but the large audience was much surprised last night right in the midst of the comedy, when the caption “Soldiers returning to the cantonment,” was thrown on the screen, to see the members of Company D, marched down the aisles and thru the entrances on each side disappear onto the stage. A number in the audience were so completely fooled that they afterwards asked if the soldiers in the comedy were the local national guard men.

In fact Company D, whose members were drilling on the street, merely marched thru the theater onto the stage and passed into the alley in the rear.

The bill at the Rialto, which closes with tonight’s performances is one of the best laugh producing programs ever seen in the city, as in addition to the military comedy there is a mirth provoking Fatty Arbuckle comedy.

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