wet ink (or salvaging history)

Nick and I were photographing the pile of papers yesterday and i noticed a few wet newspapers then realized that half of the bottom of the pile was wet. Rain from Irene. I’ve tried to save them. How could I loose so many after all these years? As I was pulling out the soaked papers, I could not help but think what a minor loss this.  I was looking at front pages where most news is about someone really loosing something. I hope the papers survive.I was calmed by the fact that I do have the photographs.