This is the 26th installment. The time, 1931. An intended one month newspaper engagement proved a web of circumstance in which Mr. Armstrong was entrapped for 15 months. I HAD GONE to Astoria, Oregon, for a temporary newspaper assignment. My former newspaper associate, Samuel T. Hopkins, had pleaded for me to help extricate him and his new Morning Messenger from impossible circumstances. He had started a new daily newspaper without capital. Every store that advertised, except one, had been tied up by the evening newspaper on 5-year contracts binding them not to advertise in any other English-language daily paper. We were approaching the bottom of America's worst depression.
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