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PORTLAND, OREGON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25. 1914.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
10,000 TOTS MEET
REAL SANTA GLAUS
Muts Take Jolly Old
Saint to Armory.
CHILDREN SEE FAIRYLAND
Many Youngsters Get First
Glimpse of Christmas Day.
SLEIGH COMES FROM SKY
.f 'noes of Juveniles Light With Joy
at Sight of Gift-Giver Not One
of Multitude Forgotten Spirit ,
Reaches Grownups' Hearts.
Bright - eyed children whose faces
glowed with delight in the fairyland
the genial Order of Muts had built In
the grim old Armory; myriads of busy
persona whose own faces reflected the
gleam In the happy eyes of children
until, It was a question which were the
happier, kiddies or grownups; three
giant Christmas trees ablaze with the
lights and tinsel of the season, and a
Jolly Santa Claus in a sleigh driven by
four big elk these may give some faint
Idea of Portland's big Christmas tree
party for her children yesterday after
noon. But mere words are only words,
after all. To undertsand the event
fully one must have been there.
Party Without Equal.
Never was there such a party on this
Coast or anywhere else. There were
children there who got their first eight
of Santa Claus, and many more would
not have had a glimpse of him at all
this year but for the kindly thoughtful
ness of the Muts. As it was the Christ
mas festival brought them gifts and
complete happiness, just what it should
always bring to the hearts of childhood
There were children of all sizes and
ages, but everyone was happy. Tots
with faith in fairyland still firm in their
earnest souls shook hands timidly with
Santa Claus, their eyes shining with
their eagerness and delight. They will
tell of yesterday for a long time to
10,000 Kiddles Gladdened.
Plans had been laid for 4000 children.
There were at least 6000 arrivals dur
ing the afternoon, and George L. Baker,
who can count a house rather shrewdly,
aid there were more nearly 10.000 there
A shortage of candy for the children
teemed imminent, and rush orders were
sent out for a bigger reserve. This was
rushed Into the breach in record time
and there were sweets for all. Toys
prepared beforehand were distributed,
and, as an afterthought, horns and
email American flags were presented to
every child. To add to the pleasure of
the tots the Police Band played rollick
ing airs and the police quartet sang.
Mayor Albee Greets.
Mayor Albee, introduced by George L.
Baker, wished everybody a merry
Christmas. Performers from the Or
pheum, Pantages and Empress Theaters
presented their acts through sheer love
of bringing smiles to children's faces,
Santa Claus shook his bells and made
a great pretense of driving his four
Gtuffed elk, while members of the Muts'
and the Elks' Ladles' Auxiliary com
mittees worked like Trojans through
out the afternoon taking care of the
children and distributing gifts.
Chief Dowell, of the fire department,
brought 15 smoke-eaters with him to
guard against the slightest danger of
lire, and a chemical engine was there
to safeguard the huge Christmas party.
40 Police Stand Guard.
Captain Moore, of the police depart
ment, brought 40 policemen to care for
the crowds. R. L. Adams, chairman of
the general Muts' Santa Claus commit
tee, expressed deep appreciation yester
day for the splendid assistance of the
Are, police and street departments of
the city during the time of preparation
as well as yesterday.
- Dr. M. G. McCorkle, assisted by Dr.
J.. It Sifton, gave his services to any
who might need them during the aft
ernoon. Teachers from the city schools
came with deputations of children from
their various districts and women
known for their good works brought
delegations from all parts of the city.
Mats Busier Than Bees.
The little busy bee, which . has built
up a reputation for industry, had noth
ing on the members of the Muts' com
mittee yesterday. William H. Strand
borg. Chief Mut, who is credited with
having developed the idea of the or
ganization and who has worked like
a nailer in the wormy cause of put
ting cheer in Christmas for both chil
dren and grownups, was there where
he could see for himself the result of
his good work.
R. L. Adams, chairman of the gen
eral committee, was busy every min
ute, as was Frank Cuff inberry, George
L. Baker. Ed Duffy and all the rest.
Ed Werlein was the official announcer.
Other members of the committee were:
Arthur Finley. Phil Metschan, Jr., Dr.
M. G. McCorkle, George Henry, Lynn
Keady,. John Beall, H. G. Terry, Ed
ward Newbegin. Cal Zilly, William Ad
ams. Captain J. T. Moore and Chief
DowelL This organization was divided
Into sub-committees that nact charge of
various branches of the work. Many
Muts, not named, worked all the after
noon Just for the fun of being useful.
The Elks' ladies auxiliary committee.
35 Convicts get
gifts of liberty
PAROLES OR COXD1TIOXAL PAR
DON'S COME TODAY.
Chicken Dinners to 75 0 Prisoners
to Remain in Walla Walla Pen
. ltentiary Must Be Solace.
OLYMPIA. Wash.. Dec 24. (Spe
cial.) Paroles or conditional pardons
for about 35 convicts of the state peni
tentiary at Walla Walla will arrive
there tomorrow, and the remaining 750
convicts will have chicken dinners on
Christmas day for consolation. Report
from the penitentiary Is. however, that
even on the part of the freed men
there Is some disposition to stay to
see the annual prison minstrel show,
which will be staged after weeks of
patient practice on the part of princi
pals, the night of December 30.
Thirteen Inmates of the state re
formatory at Monroe will receive pa
roles as the result of a special Christ
mas meeting of the reformatory board.
At all the other 10 Washington In
stitutions turkey will be the piece de
resistance of the Christmas feast, and
at all Institutions special Christmas
programmes will be presented. The
students wilK take leading parts in
In all, the state will provide dinners
for nearly 6000 wards this Christmas.
Approximately half of these are in
mates of the three hospitals for Insane,
and the superintendents of these insti
tutions have made arrangements, with
the co-operation of the public, to see
that each patient receives a gift on
SOCIETY GIRL TAKES VEIL
Miss Lucy Dahlgren Enters Convent
Two Years After Notable Debut.
NEW YORK, Dec. 24. (Special.) !
Miss Lucy Dalghren, whose debut in
New York society was one of the events
of 1912, has determined, after two years,
to enter a convent of the Sisters of
the Blessed Sacrament at Cornwells,
Pa,, January 28. She will begin her
life as a sister of the order.
The convent was established by
Katherine Drexel, a cousin of Miss
Dahlgren's mother. The value of its
work among Indians and negroes has
been generally recognized. The founder
gave to it her own service and also
a fortune in money, amounting to
something like $1,003,000.
BETTER HOSPITAL WANTED
Alaska Governor Says Morningside
Asylum Conditions Are Bad.
SEATTLE, Wash., Dec. 24. Steps will
be taken immediately to correct condi
tions at the Morningside Asylum in
Portland, Or, where Alaskan insane are
treated under contract with the Gov
ernment. This announcement was made
tonight by Governor Strong Just before
he sailed for the North, after passing
several weeks visiting Pacific Coast
"Conditions at the Morningslde Asy
lum are anything but good," said .Gov
ernor Strong. "As soon as I reach
Juneau I shall take up the subject with
the authorities at Washington." -
COLONEL JOHN LANE DIES
Ex-Rebel and Son of Late Oregon
Statesman Passes in Idaho.
LEW1STON, Idaho, Dec. 24. Colonel
John Lane, a Major-General of artillery
with General Robert E. Lee during the
Civil War and a pioneer of the North
west, died today at his home at Lapwai,
aged 77 years.
Re was a son of the late General
Joseph Lane, of the United States Army,
bis father, after settling In Oregon,
serving that state in the United States
Senate and as its first Governor. Colo
nel Lane was inspector in the Indian
Department during the Cleveland Ad
STATE CAPITAL JOYOUS
Special Entertainments and Christ
mas Dinners Provided Today.
SALEM, Or., Dec 24. Acting through
the Salem Social Service Center, the
various civic and commercial bodies
will provide dinners for the city's
needy tomorrow. Many individuals are
contributing money or food for the
At the state institutions special en
tertainment and Christmas dinners will
NOTED VETERAN PASSES
Colonel J. J. Edens, Aged 75, Dies
at Belllngliam After Long Illness.
BELLINGHAM. Wash.. Dec. 24.
Colonel J. J. Edens, 75 years old, com
mander of J. D. Steadman Post, Grand
Army of the Republic, of this city, and
patriotic instructor. Department of
Washington and Alaska. G. A. R. en
campment, died at 8 o'clock here to
He had been in failing health for
UNEMPLOYED TO BE AIDED
San Francisco to Take Care of Idle
Residents of City.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 24. Plans for
the relief of the unemployed this Win
ter were made public today by Chair
man Jesse Lillienthal, chairman of the
committee In charge.
None but residents of the city are to
be aided. So-called "floaters" passed
on by other cities will not be consid
Rift Between Wilson
and Senate Widens.
NOMINATIONS ARE REJECTED
Unanimity of Action Makes It
INSURGENTS ARE HOSTILE
Democrats Content to Pick Quarrel
With President in Effort to
Stilft Blame for Diminish
ing Chance of Success.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Dec. 24. Unless President Wil
son backs down in his patronage fight
with the Senate, he will split his party
wide open and soon will have on his
hands a band of Insurgents, every bit
as hostile and forceful as were the in
surgents who rose to plague and ulti
mately defeat President Taft.
That the President is now Involved
in a fight with the Senate is clearly
evidenced by the fact that on two, occa
sions the Senate, by unanimous vote.
has rejected nomination made ' by the
President over the protests of Senators
in whose states the appointments were
Unanimous Rejection Significant.
Had the nominations of John D. Lynn
as District Attorney for Western New
York and W. N. Collins as postmaster
at Kansas City been rejected by a nar
row margin, the situation . would not
necessarily be significant, but In reject
ing both nominations the Senate voted
unanimously and every Democratic
Senators present went on record against
the President. By these votes the Sen
ate gave Its ultimatum to the President
and served notice that he must consult
Senators If he wants his nominations
The action of the SojateV means that
the Senate intends to Insist on its "con
Other Presidents Have Lost.
Under the Federal Constitution, the
President is empowered to make Fed
eral appointments "with the advice and
consent of the Senate." President Wil
son has maintained by his action that
he can make such appointments as he
sees fit, regardless of what the Senate
may think. He Is not the first Presi
dent to hold this view, but others who
have tried have been compelled ulti
mately to surrender. President Taft
tried similar tactics when he was hav
ing his quarrel with the Insurgent Sen
ators. They promptly held up his nom-
inations or defeated them. President
Roosevelt, in a few cases, tried to dic
tate to the Senate, and the losing fight
he made for a negro Collector of Cus-
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J WE WISH THEM A MERRY CHRISTMAS ALSO. . I
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 40.8
degrees, minimum, 28.8 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; easterly winds.
French nurse's attention to dying German
Prince wins favor for people of Maubeuse
when Germans take town. Page 2.
Allies report numerous minor successes from
sea to Alsace. Page 2.
War stirs Industry in Germany. Page 2.
French submarine captured by Austrians;
French cruiser totpedoed by Austrian
submarine. Page 8.
German use of motor trucks adds greatly to
fighting efficiency on Eastern , front.
Cavalry almost useless in modern warfare.
Germans routed on Bzura, but beat Rus
sians back from Soldau. Page 8.
Horace Fletcher now in Belgium where he
is telling people to chew food longer so
supply will go farther. Page 4.
General Mayterena shows friendly spirit In
settlement of olfficultles on boundary.
Serious Democratic split threatened as re
sult of President's patronage fight with
Senate. Page 1.
Secretary Daniels unfolds plan, to create
Naval reserve. Page S.
Christmas cheer is more widespread in Cen
tral West than ever. Page 1.
John Muir, noted naturalist, dies. Page 2.
League head scoffs at Wolverton-Jacobs
claim of title to ex-Sacramento players.
Victory of Boston Braves over Athletics
laid to spirit by Matty. Page 10.
McCredle's deal with Oakland is called off.
Probable lineup of Aggie basketball team is
discussed by fans. Page 10.
More than score convicts get freedom from
Washington State Penitentiary. Page 1.
Fifty-year-old husband at Eugene Hotel
finds bride and cash gone. Page 5.
Pledge to aid Tumalo work denied by Com-
troller Ryan for Mr. Lane. Page IS.
Commercial and Marine.
Japanese vessel comes to load 'creosoted
lumber for India. Page 11.
Wheat advances two cents in local mar
ket. Page 13.
Chicago wheat higher on continued export
buying. Page IS.
Holiday trade, country oger, is better than
expected. Page 13.
Portland and Vicinity.
Will of E. Henry Wemme ; provides endow
ment for maternity home to be in charge
of Christian Scientists. Page 1.
"Merry Christmas" greeting rings around
world today. Page 14.
Salvation Army and Volunteers provide SBO
baskets for poor. Page 14. .
Special Christmas shows at mpvtng-plcture
theaters are cherry. Page 7.
Portland in short campaign makes record
in relief work for poor. Page 9.
C. M. H unhurt, discredited by Republicans,
will fight for seat. Page 1.
Ten thousand children are greeted by Santa
Claus at Armory in Muts Christmas
party. Page 1.
Rosarians to start fun of California trip
with initiation of six. Page 4.
Samuel Lowengart, Portland pioneer, dies
in his 60th year. Page 4.
Union Pacific to be general name subordi
., natiirg- OrW,- It ' Hi - after' January X.'
Page 0. ". .' "
SPOKANE IS REAL TOYLAND
Every Lad and Lass Remembered,
Wlille Poor Are Well Provided For.
SPOKANE. Wash., Dec 24. Tulettde
festivities were ushered In here early
tonight with the singing of Christmas
carols around the 60-foot illuminated
Christmas tree. Choirs of children
As a result of a carefuk canvass by
church organizations, fraternal soci
eties and individuals, directed by the
social service bureau so as to avoid
duplications, it was announced tonight
that not a needy family would go
hungry tomorrow and no child in the
city would be without a toy.
PROVIDED FOR ALL
spread Than Ever.
BIG CITIES IN ROLE OF SANTA
Poor Persons and Even Horses
BUSINESS RECORDS RAISED
Volume Exceeds All Expectations
of - Merchants In Central West.
Federal Government Joins
and Treats Its Wards.
CHICAGO, Dec 24 The greatest and
most widespread celebration of Christ
mas In the history of the Central West
was reported by United States postal
officials, express companies, merchants
and charitable organizations today.
" Although thousands of their cltlzenB
are mourning friends or relatives
among the war sufferers in Europe,
scores of cities welcomed the natal day
of the Prince of Peace with electrically
illuminated, trees, fanfares of whistles
and bells, while singers paraded the
streets. In Chicago the usual munici
pal tree and services were abandoned,
the money usually expended on them
being sent to aid war victims.
Parcel Post Is Taxed.
The parcel post business for the holi
day season far surpassed records. Post
master Campbell reported that up to
midnight Wednesday 4,903,808 outgo
ing Christmas letters and postcards had
been handled, an Increase of SO per
cent over last "year, while the incom
ing first-class mail handled today (17.
050 sacks) also shdwed an equal in
crease. More than 8550 tons of pack
ages were sent out of Chicago in the
last nine days, compared, to 2392 last
year. . r . .... Js . - .'
-The -business ' of the express com
panies kept pace with the mails, one of
the largest estimating tonight that It
will have handled more than B0 per
cent more packages this year than last.
The other companies reported similar
Merchants Report Records.
Merchants and department store
managers throughout the section bord
out the record-breaking reports in their
statements. Not only did their vol
ume of business exceed expectations,
it was said, but the number of gifts
purchased, while the cost of each might
Bhow some diminution, far exceeded the
usual average and gave evidence of the
widespread spirit of giving that pre
When the last messenger had deliv
ered his basket in Chicago tonight it
was estimated not a child in the city
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Christmas Stories in the
WASHINGTON Dec. 24. Charles
Mellon tea. of Lyons, Neb., who is
serving a five-year sentence In Leaven
worth Penitentiary, received a Christ
mas present from President Wilson to
day in the form of a pardon, to take
effect immediately. McMonies can spend
Christmas at home with his wife, who
is ill with pneumonia, and with his two
children, one of whom is reported to
McMonies was sentenced January 2,
1914, on a charge of making a false
entry in the ledger of a bank. His
term, with time off for good behavior,
would have expired September 8, 1917.
According to reports to the Department
of Justice, the offense was a technical
one and the bank lost no money, and
Attorney - General Gregory recom
mended the sentence be commuted to
expire January 2, 1915.
BOISE. Idaho, Dec. 24. (Special.)
Freedom from the Idaho State Peniten
tiary tonight was the present for B. F.
(Barney) O'Neil, Wallace banker. In
carcerated less than two years as" to
serve an indeterminate sentence. He
was handed a full and complete pardon
by Governor Haines, who went to the
State penal institution for that pur
pose. O'Neil celebrated his liberation
and Christmas eve in Boise tonight.
He 'will go to Spokane to close some
business matters and later go to Pasa
dena. Cal., to Join his wife.
DENVER, Dec. 24. Coal companies
in Colorado planned to observe Christ
mas this year by sending supplies
of food, clothing and other neces
saries to their former employes who
until recently were on strike. Com
paratively few of the former strikers
have yet secured employment, and the
tent colonies still house many hundreds
of men, women and children.
In their annual " distribution of
Christmas gifts the coal companies
looked after the needs of these tent
colonies as well as those of the fam
ilies of working miners. Large quan
titles of candy and toys will be be
stowed tomorrow on the children in
the tent colonies and the coal camps.
KANSAS CITY, Dec. 24. Five thou
sand persons, 2000 of them Boy Scouts,
played Santa Claus in Kansas City's
Christmas celebration, begun tonight.
They played Santa Claus for chil
dren, grown persons, for European
war sufferers, for Colorado strike suf
ferers and for animals. They reported
that so far as they knew not a poverty
stricken family had been neglected.
The horses of the city were treated
to a Christmas dinner at Convention
Hall, every animal getting all the oats
that was good for him.
TOLEDO. O., Dec. 24. Lifting sky
ward Its star of gold and flaunting
its many colored jewels of light against
the twilight of Christmas eve, the 35-
foot spruce planted on the Courthouse
grounds under the auspices of the
women of the city, as Toledo's munlcl
pal Christmas tree, was formally 'deed
ed to the children of the city tonight.
On their knees in the snow nearly
2000 children knelt together and prayed
that the tree might live forever. The
exercises opened with a cornet solo, fol
lowed by Christmas carols, in which
the children's voices mingled.
The celebration closed with the sing
lng of "America."
During the Christmas holidays T. M.
Ellinger, charged with murder, will be
at liberty on his own recognizance.
Circuit Judge McGinn yesterday re
leased Ellinger on' recommendation of
the grand jury, and Ellinger promised
to reappear for further investigation
after the holidays.
Ellinger, who was a clerk in the
Ohio Hotel at Second and Burnsido
streets, is held in connection with the
death of Thomas Russell last week.
Russell was ejected from the hotel and
fell on the sidewalk, fracturing his
skull. He died several hours later.
F. C. Downing, one of the owners of
the Medical building, gave Janitor
Wendell $100 and told him to go out
and find families that needed help.
One was soon found. The mother was
abed with her lower limbs paralyzed.
There wore three children, and anothe
comlng. There was nothing to eat in
the house but a few onions. The hus
band became Insane a short time ago
and was taken to the asylum.
As a token of regard for Instrument
men and others who were dropped from
the city service December 1 by reason
of a retrenchment in city working
forces the men in the public works de
parement who survived the shakeup
yesterday clubbed in and bought tur
keys for those who were let out.
A big collection of choice turkeys
was purchased and distributed to the
homes of the men. In addition a big
turkey was sent to the home of a for
mer laborer In the sewer division who
was dropped from the service. This
man has six children.
This happened at the corner of Broad
way and Morrison street yesterday
"Merry Christmas!" said the first
The other returned the greeting as
they shook hands.
"Lend me five?" said the first. afteT
a few moments' conversation.
"Can't," was the answer. "I was go
ing to ask you for ten."
"Say, fellows," came a voice at their
elbows, "could either of you give me
a nickel to get a cup of coffee?"
Yesterday was the biggest day Tom
Long, the blind cigar dealer at the
City Hall, has had. It has been known
for some time that business has been
slack for Mr. Long, so everybody adopt
ed the "home-products" slogan and
purchased their cigars and candy from
him. "It was the biggest day I've ever
had," said Mr. Long when the rush was
over last night.
SPOKANE. Wash, Dec 24. (Spe
clal.) After searching 37 years for her
MR. WEMME LEAVES
FUND FOR HOSPITAL
North End Maternity
' Home Provided.
EMPLOYES ARE REMEMBERED
Christian Scientists Will Have
Charge of Endowment.
ROAD GOES TO ATTORNEY
Site Bequeathed for "AVliite Slileld"
Place for Wayward Girls Rela
tives and Poor or Home-Town
In Saxony Are Legatees.
The will of E. Henry Wemme, dis
posing of an estate valued in the peti
tion at $500,000, was filed in County
Clerk Coffey's office for probate yes
terday. Control of tho Overlook Land
Company, incorporated as the E. Henry
Wemme Company, is left In the hands
of two brothers and two sisters in Sax
ony, Germany. The will was dated De
cember 27, 1913.
Among the bequests in the will is
that of valuable North End real estate
which will be incorporated to form the
E. Henry Wemme endowment fund for
building and maintaining a maternity
home or lying-in hospital for wayward
II. A. Wels. Jessie M. Carson and J. J.
Cole are named executors and also
trustees of the endowment fund.
Company Stork Divided.
The E. Henry Wemme Company was
capitalized at $100,000, divided into 100
shares worth $1000 each. Mr. Werama
himself owned all but two shares of
the capital stock. These two were in
the hands of II. A. Weis and Jessie M.
Carson. The rest of the stock is dis
tributed as follows:
August Wemme, brother, 20 shares;
Julius Wemme, brother, 20 shares;
Paulina Grohmann, sister, 20 shares;
Anna Schubert, sister, 20 shares; Jo
hann Wemme, nephew, 8 shares; to the
children of his aunt, Mrs. August Adler,
2 shares; to August Wemme. to be held
In trust for the poor of the town of
Crostau, Saxony, 2 shares; Dan L. Ros
enfeld, "a trusted employe," 1 share;
2 shares to H. A. Weis and 1 each to
Jessie M. Carson. J. J. Cole and Ethel
Insurance Left Bookkeeper.
Two Insurance policies for $2000 each
in the Bankers' Life Association are left
to Jessie M. Carson, who was Mr,
Wemme'3 chief bookkeeper.
Mr. Wemme left all his jewelry to
Miss Ida Scoggin.
Mary Varney, Hattie E. Miller, Jose
phone Millsap and Mamie Karlan each
will be paid $35 a month for the rest
of their lives. This money, Mr. Wemme
stipulates in his will, must come from
the "rents. Issues and profits" of the
E. Henry Wemme Company before any
dividends are paid.
The Mount Hood & Barlow Road
Company, which Mr. Wemme built and
maintained during his life and which,
he had offered to the Federal Govern
ment on condition that the road be
kept in good shape, is left to George
W. Joseph, Mr. Wemme's attorney. At
present the Barlow road is maintained
as a toll road.
Nine lots of valuable North End real
estate is left to form the E. Henry
Wemme endowment fund. The execu-
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POSTOFFICB HOLIDAY RUSH
GIVES TANGIBLE EVIDENCE
The testimony of department
store heads and proprietors of
Jewelry stores in Portland that
the holiday business this year
has eclipsed all records is sup
ported amply by statistics at the
The two busiest days in the en
tire history of the Portland of
fice were Monday and Tuesday,
when the stamp sales exceeded
the totals for the corresponding
days of last year by thousands of
dollars. In spite o the fact that
parcel post rates have been re
duced substantially since last
Christmas. The record Monday,
$8589, outnumbered the showing
for the same day of 1913 by $1652,
yet the next day the total
Jumped to $9232.40, making it the
record day in history for stamp
The stamp sales Wednesday
amounted to $6600, as compared
with $6200 for the same day last
year, while yesterday these figures
were exactly reversed. The pecu
liar feature of this year's busi
ness is the multiplicity of parcels
addressed for delivery locally.
The records for parcel post
business are matched by the
number of letters and postal
cards handled. The official count
ing machines show that about
300,000 letters and postal cards
have passed through the Port
land office daily during the cur
rent week. On the record day
last year only 225.000 letters and
postals were handled.
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