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The Soldiers' Edition of the Oxford Mirror was transcribed by Janet Brandt.

“Over the Top, at the Fern Theatre”
Those who enjoy the photoplay will most surely have an opportunity to witness one of the best screen productions that has ever been presented at the local theatres, when Empey’s “Over the Top” will be shown at the Fern Theatre on Christmas Day, both afternoon and evening. There is no more vivid reproduction of all the horrid things that have constituted a part of the German intrigue, the conditions that America and Americans were forced to face, and the real awfulness of the trench warfare, than is presented by Empey in this wonderful production of his. In it is shown the early things that caused our entry into the war—the work of spies and German agents in the large cities of America, particularly New York. The scene then shifts to the battle fields of Europe, and no better display of what it means to go “over the top” has ever been produced on canvas. Empey, the author of the book, and also the hero of the photoplay, takes the leading part in the cast, and his presence among those who give the production, lends decidedly more color to the picture than had the part been taken by others. Empey is an American, but early in the war enlisted with the English forces to do his share to avenge the sinking of the Lusitania. Seven times wounded, he came back to America and did his share in the sale of Liberty Bonds and in other war activities. His book, “Over The Top” was written, and later reproduced in motion pictures. No one who wants to educate himself further along the lines of war propaganda and also have shown by actual pictures what the war has been and how it was fought, can afford to miss seeing this picture when it is given at the Fern on Christmas day. Many Oxford people have already seen the picture as it was presented in other towns, and with one accord their advise to all is to see it when it is brought to this city. A quartet composed of soldier boys in uniform will give a few song selections during the program. Admission 10¢ and 40¢, plus war tax.
notice—The party taking the running gears of the wagon at the sand pit at Oxford Mills, kindly return same at once.
We are indebted to Mrs. M. W. Pulley for an article reviewing the Red Cross activities of the local chapter, which appears in this issue.
Private Thomas Benischek, of Wyoming, who has been in training a number of months at Camp Funston, Kansas, received an honorable discharge and came home Tuesday, surprising everyone. Thomas feels like a new man for the training he received from Uncle Sam.

The cuts found in this special edition were all made by the Commercial Art Engravers, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The work was turned out in excellent shape and promptly. The fact that they rushed these cuts to us so quickly was a big factor in turning the edition out on time this week.
The generous hearted proprietor of the City Bakery, F. J. Schindhelm, realizing that The Mirror force was working night and day on this special edition, took pity on the whole bunch of us last Friday morning by bringing two boxes of chocolate bon-bons, which were very much appreciated. We can vouch for the quality of the candy that he sells for we had a good sized sample in the two boxes that he gave us.
Frank Blizek is in receipt of a letter from Colonel Abel Davis, written in France November 10, which reads as follows: “Our regiment, together with the troops of other nations, took part in an engagement on October 9, 1918. Your brother, Louis L. Blizek, was wounded on the battlefield. He is now in a hospital receiving medical attention. The details of his condition will reach me later, when I shall be glad to forward them to you. The accounts of those who fought along side of him are that he gallantly and heroically fought on the battlefield. We are all hoping for his early recovery, and are proud of the part he played in the engagement.”
Binko, the piano tuner, will be in this city in about two weeks. Those wishing to have their pianos tuned leave word with Mrs. L. W. Sley or Chas. Field.adv
We have printed only a limited number of extra copies of this edition, which will be sold at 25¢ each. Those having ordered extra copies are asked to call and get them at once.
We wish to take this opportunity of thanking relatives and friends of the soldier boys in this community, who, by their assistance, have made it possible for us to issue this special Soldiers’ Edition. The part they have taken, making this possible, will be appreciated by the boys, who are represented herein.
A wedding of a quiet nature occurred at the home of Justice of the Peace, John Quirk, Wednesday, December 11th, when Eddie Arthur Leslie, of Oxford Mills, and Miss Maggie Buresh, of this city, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. They were attended by Miss Julia Buresh, a sister of the bride, and Ray Blythe. Both of the contracting parties are well and favorably known in this community, where no doubt the future home will be made.
Stockholders Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Oxford Junction Savings Bank, of Oxford Jct., Iowa, will be held at the office of said bank at Oxford Junction, Iowa, on the 14th day of January 1919 at the hour of one o’clock p.m. of said day, and that there will be presented for action of said bank the question of increasing the capital stock of said bank from Fifteen Thousand Dollars to Fifty Thousand Dollars, and there will also come before said meeting the election of directors for the ensuing year, and all other business that may properly come before said meeting. Dated at Oxford Junction, Iowa, December 4, 1918.
Oxford Junction Savings Bank
Frank Burda, President
F. H. Shimanek, Cashier
H. H. Petersen
George A. Wosoba
Henry Shimerda
A. Stratiiek
George Norton, Directors
Single Copies of this Edition 25¢ Each
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