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Launched in 1852, the Hannibal Tri-Weekly Messenger was the rival of the Hannibal Journal. The Messenger managed this competition comfortably, becoming a daily paper. When the Hannibal Daily Messenger commenced publication on December 7, 1858, it announced that “we deem it necessary to inform our friends that the Tri-Weekly will be discontinued from this date. We will send them the Daily, however, until the 1st of January.” The Messenger proudly went on to say that the “publication of a regular daily newspaper will be regarded as a favorable indication of the stable condition of our advancement….Our improved appearance will be readily perceived.”

 

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