The Press: The Newspaper Collector Samuel Newhouse

Oil derricks weathered under the south western sun; tramp steamers rusted in their harbor slips. But the visitor from New York heeded neither the heat nor the scenery. Samuel I. Newhouse, 67, had come to the Texas Gulf Coast port of Beaumont for only one reason — to run down a rumor that the city's two news papers were for sale. Beyond that possibility, Beaumont held no charms for the little man from the big city. And when the rumor proved false, the visitor could not get out of town fast enough.

But Sam Newhouse's unopened check book smoldered in...

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