In spidery writing on the front cover I could barely make out “1922.”  Wow!  Two days later I bought all four diaries.  The owner of Circle Square told me he’d bought them, along with photo negatives in their original envelope, from a professional salvager.  They were found right here in a Missoula dumpster. 

Wait a minute: someone threw away four diaries written in the early 1920s, and photographs too?  How sad!