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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 1, 1918

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

Aug. 1, 1918


“For Husbands Only,” with its daring and catchy title and with the backing of the critics of New York, promises to be one of the sensations of the season when it plays at the Page, Friday and Saturday.

Mildred Harris, the clever little actress whose name has been linked with that of Lois Weber in some of the biggest productions of the year, stars as “Toni,” the convent-bred girl who married the prosaic business man in order to get an opportunity to humiliate and punish the society dilettante who had counted her girlish love as merely a trifle.

There is a brilliant sparring of keen wits, the wits of the angry little woman and the wits of the man she is attempting to revenge herself upon all thru the play.

At the last moment he has invited her trusting, friendly husband to witness a private performance of a playlet he has written himself, entitled “For Husbands Only” — a playlet that is couched in a form that will upset the husband’s faith in “Toni” and which he hopes will compel her to cast herself into his arms.

Right up to the last moment of the play it appears that the man’s strategy has succeeded and that Toni’s plans for revenge have crashed down, wrecking her happiness with them — and then there is the drollest and most unexpected finish; one that an audience can never guess until it is right upon them, and one that adds the final touch of delightfulness to this photodrama.

The comedy is the Mack Sennett scream, “Ladies First,” with Chester Conklin in the role of the neglected husband.


The local board of Jackson county has a call for 10 men to report to Beason Polytechnic institute at Portland, Ore., on Aug. 15th, for instruction as auto mechanics, blacksmiths, carpenters, electricians, machinists, plumbers and sheet metal workers.

The call is open to volunteers up to and including Aug. 6. Registrants are urged to “present” themselves for voluntary induction. Additional particulars regarding this call can be obtained at the local board at Jacksonville.

Six men have volunteered under this call to date.

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