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over in the English-Canadian Secret Service and performed great deeds of daring-do in Paris for the underground. He had been captured by the Nazis and tortured but never talked and kept his secrets although they tortured him for weeks. Finally he escaped. He came back to Canada where he was hailed as a great hero and raised fortunes for various Canadian funds by speaking in churches and government buildings and schools. He had gotten every honor that Canada could bestow--medals and receptions by the Governor General and all that sort of thing.

The Digest got wind of the story and sent Quent to write it up. Quent was a man who loved everybody. He was the most all-embracing man. No matter whom he met, he would come and tell you what a wonderful fellow he was. They sent him to interview once a man who had killed his wife and six children and was going to be hung the next day. He came back and said, “Great fellow.” Well, he fell in love with Dupre, who was a very taking young man; and he came back and said to me, “You know, I'm doing this piece for the Digest, but I think that I can expand it into a big, big book.”

It sounded great and we got permission from DeWitt Wallace to proceed. We called the book The Man Who Wouldn't Talk. It came out and got great reviews and was a substantial success.

Then one night the blow fell. We were having dinner up in Mt. Kisco and I had a long-distance call. The editor of the Calgary Herald was on the phone. I said to Phyllis,

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