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Mail Tribune 100, May 7, 1921

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

May 7, 1921


Hundreds of children not only enjoyed the “Jack and the Bean Stalk” film, that long deferred treat for them, through the kindness of Messrs. Hunt and Antle at the Page theater this forenoon, but each aided in the hospital X-Ray benefit by bringing as the admission fee a jar of jelly or can of fruit or vegetables, which were disposed of later at the rummage sale. A small parade was given by a number of children prior to the film performance, to the inspiring music of a snare drum, which included some fiercely wild animals, such as a black lamb in arms, a young calf and a cute little colt.

The parade was given to not only advertise the “Jack and the Ban Stalk” performance, but rummage sale and the Mother Goose circus performances of this afternoon and tonight at the Natatorium where the rummage sale is being held. The sale closes at 8 o’clock tonight.


New York, May 7. — Substitution of moving picture for books in the nation’s elementary schools would in twenty years bring about an advancement of ten centuries in civilization, Thomas A. Edison said today.

The scientist declared present preparatory school systems were poor and unattractive to children.

“The remedy,” he said, “is to eliminate boresome books and teach with motion pictures. This is a more vivid, more compelling method of holding a child’s attention.”

Mr. Edison’s criticism of primary schools was given to qualify a previous statement that after a series of examinations of college men, applicants for positions in his plant, he had found them amazingly ignorant. The fault, he said, was not in the colleges, not the men; their early education had been poor.


Owing to the cancellation of the Medford date of the Howe’s Greater London Shows and Circus not having been given sufficient publicity in the coast country, many disgusted people arrived in the city from Crescent City, Calif., last night and this morning for the purpose of attending this show. Seven auto loads which arrived last night passed nine more cars en route to Medford for the show. The Crescent City people were disgusted to learn that the show had changed its route and would not be in Oregon at all until possibly later in the season. Crescent City and vicinity were billed by the show for the Medford date, and no notification was given there of the change of plans.


The drill at the Trigonia oil well is now down past the 1,100 foot level and is now in a formation composed largely of a compact gypsum sandstone containing much lime. The well is making quite a showing of gas and some oil. The drillers will not work Sunday.


A heavy rich blue, turns a permanent black, is David’s writing fluid. Box stationery at pre-war prices for a few days. Medford Book Store.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com