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About The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18?? | View Entire Issue (Aug. 23, 1872)
FRIDAY, AUGUST S3, 1873.
THE MODERN MIDAS.
Transmuting bane Metals into
Half Wlllm Dal Inn JUnbetand
In Two Vouthn.
AUMVS WOMIEK OITDOXK.
A Moid Uikntory la Use ljr of Nnti
Tlie following wonderful statement
with regard to the manufacture of gold
U taken from the San Francisco Ihiily
faronid. It will ilo.tbtles proyc en
tertaining to those w ho delight ill the
The age of discovery is upon ns, and
California bhls f.dr to be tlie source of
aeries of development which will
revolutionize the values of commerce
and tlie basis of exchange. The oecii-
Dtiioti of the doubter w
WOS lieVer S
burdened and the faith of tlie ercdulous
more busy hi analyzing on tlie one
hand ami absorbing on tlie other the
wilflMones of marvelous mines 01 gold
and silver of limitless depth, and of
thousands of acres glittering with ilia
moiKls and glowing with tlie prismat
ic tints of rubies, emeralds and sap
phires. 'Hie Baglc circlet of Aladdin,
which summoned the slaves of the
ring, bearing golden vessels running
over with Jewels of the rarest sine and
htiCi and transformed its owner from
a beggar into the welcome consort of
trincesstjt which built palaces and
bore them whithersoever he would,
would lie laid aside In these days as
useless lumber, and tlie Princess
Seberawide's tales of the thousand and
one nights are as devoid of the mar
velous as those ot Mrs. Barbuiikl.
AS IN LEARNED MAN'S DISCOVERT.
Tet all that we have known hereto
fore of tuliies of gold and veins of sil- j
ver all we have heard of diamond
placers, pales Into Insignificance beside I
the recent discovery of an unscientific '
and unlearned man in San r'rancisco.
'Hie story as reported to us has much j
of romance in it. hut tlie future may
demonstrate Its truth, revolutionize
commerce, and make the )ossessrirs i
of tlie marvelous talisman, the verita-1
blc Midas ot tlie nineteenth centurv. !
It Is no less tlian the discovery of a
ebemical process, which when applied
to base metals, transmutes them into
gold- pure, shining, veritable gokl.
The rumor of tlie diamond discoveries
hi Arizona have somewhat precipitated
the disclosure oftlie facts we are about
to relate, ami though at tlie risk of
breaking faith with our informant, we
consider his statement too important
to be witheld from the public
THE nAXKI3t'S STRANGE VISITOR.
Some three mouths ago. a plain
looking man, of American birth, pre
sented himself at one of our leading
hanks and solicited an interview with
the manager, itie uanKer was very
ranch wviinled w ith hi cares, owr-
burdened with offers of paper for "- f
i or p
of losses on loans for which he held
collateral in Hie -iin of mining -tucks,
seemly descending on his hand-. He
surveyed his snppos, lu-tomer, and
nlnnv't before tlie first words ot saluta
tion had fallen from the new coiner's
lips, be said. "No, sir; can't do it.
Very sorry, but liave gone beyond our
limit to accommodate our own cus
tomers. Doing nothing on the out
side to-day. at any rates." The stran
ger made no reply, but deposited a
leathern valise on the banker's desk,
opened and took from it a mass of
dingy metal, looking half like copper
andiialf like brass, and handed it to
him. Tlie man of money examined it
curiously, and returned "it, saying lie
was no judge of mineral substances,
and had no time to study this (articu
A COSFIDEXTfAL mtSON's JfliC.JIENT.
The stranger asked him if he woukl
know gold if lie saw it : and if not.
would lie he kind enough to send for
some confidential lH-rsoll, on whose I
judgment lie could rely, to away and j tbb substance, created from Imse tnet
deleniiine the quality and value of his i as i,y one of our most unobtrusive
lump of metal. Tlie proposition was i citizens. Some ot it lias lieen run into
reluctantly acceded to. One of our and. stamped with the brand and
most proiuinentassayers was summon- records of our most famous refinery,
ed. and after examing tlie substance , hat been shipixil abroad, for tlie Iwsis
stidinrpiirlng. with visible excitement, ! ofexcliangesfora banking institution
where it came from, and receiving no j 0 a eolkal seale, to be establislied on
Muenetaoil, tteparbxl, taking it with .
promising to reiiort on it tiienoxt
iav wit one at noon. I'unctually at j
the appointed tune tlie three met at
theliuik. Ilieassaycr prnlmwl the !
metal, which Iwd lieen run into tlie
fiirm of a bar. ami had all tin appear
ance ot the ordinary gold ingot of com
merce. "That looks like gold," said
the banker. "It is gold," said theas
sayer, "nearly a thousand fine the
pure-t I liave ever put hi a crucible."
ANOTHER SEARCHING TEST.
IV stranger said nothing. Tlie
Others piled him with questions con
cerning the source fiom whence it
canie. He civilly hut firmly declined
to furnish any information, requesting
them as a iartuer test of its genuine
ness, to send it to tlie mint in this city
for coinage. To this they assented,
and the bar was sent, with otlier bars,
to the Mint. It was there again sub
mitted to the tests usual in such cases,
and Uie next day Its value was returned
in double engles-sometliinx more tlian
eight tU-MMad dollars which was
placed to the credit oftlie now deckled
ly interestliig stnuig, ,-. Kor nearly a
week nothing was seen of him or heard
The banker Was III A fevi(. I
of excitenient. He could think of noth- j
rag Mir. Hie owner ot tlie gold. He
all the mioinc (lf t(m
public pre ft some record of a strike
"JWJliIirod,,5m8 dtaricta; and,
it the troth must be told, he waited lo-
Rome intelligence of an audacious rob
bery of the treasure box of an op-
to riSw 7L-P' 1
iw i mn
a prominent part.
A 1M ISKT AM.MKNT.
wen mimra wh no w uic our
he was ou the point of advertising the
possession by film, under peculiar cir
cumstance, of a large quantity of re
fined goM, when tlie depositor appear
ed, bringing with him a much larger
piece oftlie same metal as formerly,
which, with some ceremony ami dig
nity, lie submitted for Inspection. This
was done, ami then the stmnirerimMlir
ed If the banker was entirely satisfied
of Its genuineness. 'Terlecflv. per
fectly," was the answer, "it Is gokl.
Win-re did von let It" The answer
nearly caused hfin to faint, lie silt for
a tew moments like one In a trance,
ills ears were filled with strange
sounds. His eyes grew dim. Ills
Immb trembled nervously and his
heart lieat a queer tattoo dicli alarm
ed him for his personal safety. It was
a very brief answer, yet hi it were in
volved the most momentous consequen
ce to commerce, to the vast system of
labor and capital employed in tlie min
ing enterprises of tin: Stale, to the
precious metal basis of trade in every
land, and to the maintenance even of
(iovemnient itself. It contained a rev
olution within Itself.
"I MAKE IT MYSELF."
K Is no wonder that the amazing
disclosure almost unmanned the listen
er. Tliestrangcruuictlvsnkl. "I made
ill, ill, .iifm .nil I .i ji.nt'i in -,m,u m.
"F e:oi iietki- If ht- flip toll. I can
I 1, ..... ...i-." .....I ,.tt..- ........ I......1.I...I.
treight a ship with it within a month
from' the tune I have enlarged my
nreseut laboratorv. as I am now about
to do." 'Hie hnnker piled him with ' ,
questions as to its locality and witli
prayers to be pernuttul to visit (Ik-
scene of his marvelous labors, but to
no Isliri.os.. lln flu.n iwM MnM the
discoverer tlie power which they could
wield in tlie community, tlie vast pos. j
sessions which they might, acquire and
the certainty of nuking. together a !
feme niieqtialed since the world began, j
He represented to him the irnuossihili-;
ty of concealment, except with the aid
of one situated like himself, who could
turn this new accession into tlie now I
steady money tides of commercial ex
changes and swell without destroying !
I hem. He attempted to show him tlie
danger to himself from the chagrin of
those whose values he might impair or
destroy, and tlie need of caution in
utilizing for himself his terrible secret.
TUE SECRET NOT MSCI.OSEP.
His hearer sat with imperturbable
countenance nntll tlie close oftlie ban
ker's liaraiigtie, and then replied : "I
will make you tlte depository of my
gokl. You may control its issue, ami
we will together share the power it
brings. But my process mmt remain
forever in my own heart. I sliull never
reveal it. 1 will bring vnu in a very
! few days more than you liave now In
your vaults. .My laboratory is near
the New Park, in a building which
would attract no attention, save from
its dilapidated apiiearancc I was at
work there (hiring tlie most of the past
winter, and liave liy degrees succeeded
in making myself quite comfortable
without attracting attention. I have
several ways of access to if, ami never
use the same way twice in succession.
I admit I have SxperieiKd some fear
of discovery ami attack ; but my
guards are my dogs and they arc fiiitli
ful and silent. There is now more
danger Hum ever in the Increasing
volume of my imxluet, which will
) ntu., mWuis of tmiisnoef In raw
nutforinl and brliigimr it liack in the
shaH! of gold Hian tins old valise and
A SEA1.E1) ENVELOP.
He then turned to a convenient table
and wrote a few lines, which he sealed
in an envelop and handed to the hank
er. '-There is the direction to iny re
treat. I -hall return in a week witli
more gold, and if I fail to conic you
may know some evil has befallen me.
'Mien come to me." Tlie hanker prom
ised faithful observance of the injunc
tion, ami with many protestations of
mutual fidelity ami good will they
parted. The paper has never been
opened and the manufacturer of gold
lias steadily and pmictnnUy reappear
ed, bringiiie his weekly enormous ad
ditions to the bullion of the Lank.
It is said that more than half a mil
lion have been manufactured within
the last two months, and deposited in
thebank: Some of it has been convert
ed into coin ami put into circulation.
Many of our readers who believe they
are handling? the products of our gold
mine, now .Inllv receive and nnc out
t,e comiwratively small licginning of
one 0f our noteil hanks, and tlie effort
will lie made to make San r'rancisco
ti mitel. 0f ai commercial exchanges
o,,,! n. ,mitarv nf tlw i.m.
ducts of tlie world, 'jfhc scheme is
vast, proportioned to tile power which
two men hold in llteir grasp. It is
frightful to reflect wliat may be the re
sult of their ambition, if it. should pass
beyond its present reasonable limits.
No human imagination can conceive
tlie end to which tlie wealth of our
modern Midas and his banker may
bring all established modes of doing
business, and, indeed, as we have said,
The above extraordinary story Is
told upon tlie authority of gentleman
who is a stranger to the editor of the
( 'liritnicle. He refused to disclose his
name, ami submitted these curious
revelations on the condition that no
inquiries into Ids antecedents should
be Instituted by us. We simply give
the startling recital, leaving our read
er to form their own estimate of its
A P-.kfwi-m fmirimttat: mwntltf loaf
Ilia clfflit nfuu AVtt In tnrv Atfrimta
manner. He was putting on a clean
shirt, when the edge of ttwstitT starch
ed bosom struck Mm In the eye, per
manently disabling the organ. Moral:
Don't put on clean shirts.
Kditine a miner Is very much Ilka
a" ""ibrella on a windy day :
m,,, , . , , i..,,
Said Floyd one gloomy night,
As out troni Donaldson lie crept,
And took hi hasty tlight.
From I'lllow 's trembling Hps there
An echo sounding mndi tlie same. j " Is the subject of considerable eoui
And lluekuer tlwught his chief was "'cut m v,irl nuancjal circles.
right, 1 'I he total subscriptions were entiul to
Nor longer durst maintain the light ; i .W.iXW.Oiil-gold, or about double
And then cjime down (Ik-rebel "Imrs. " Hr national debt. This is without
And from the fort hung the stripe, and ; PMhIW hi history.
stars. I "I don't mean to reflect on you."
'That (iranl's a dangerous man.' " ; said a coarse, would-lie-wit to a man
said they; , whom he had insulted, "Xn," was
And doubtless think the same to-d:iy. the reply, "you're not pollslied enough
to reflect upon anybody."'
A hold, bad mini Is Oenoral Onu.t. " ..
Said Itcaiuviraiil one morn.
As from Hie ha uglily traitor's brow
TIh victor's wreath was torn ;
And from the field his legions went.
Hv orders Oenerfll Rrntit had sent,
l iieu SliiliuVs Hehi Will ours again,
Uspite the host of rcliel men.
Whoeallie an army. boosting loud.
Hut went n panic-stricken crowd.
For Bcaiireg.ini and all his men
Perhaps thought (taint was dangerous
"A bohL Iwd man Is Oeneral fimnt."
Said I Vini. 'lion one day ;
'Kmreaties are of no avail,
He will not go away.
A stubborn, mulish, dangerous mm !
lie wants our rebel hides to tan."
And still (taint's caution raked the
I'ntil the rcliel flags mine down :
And tlien our banners, rent and torn.
I " ere "Mwfljpi uic streets ot ivriswirgii
,. , .
bad man" that glomus i
l Mi iitnu,
Sent gladsome tidings to the North.
"A told, had man is Gpueiul Grant !" ;
And poor Hragg's eyes were dim
With tears; said lie, "I know
"1'is useless fighting him."
And soon tlie cheers Iroiii Gnint'shrnvc
On lookout's crest, told where and
TIk rcliel General had to run.
And what that "hold, bad man" had
"Thai Grant's a dangerous man !" he
As from the field his army fled.
"A Ixild. bad man is General Grant,"
Said I.ec. "Hint's plain to see;
He must lie V9fy bold, indeed.
To think of whipping me."
Then Petersburg!! and liielimond fell ;
1 hen Appomattox mayue well.
At last isir hero's work was done ;
The final victory was won.
I'erliaps Hie people may forget
These things, but, then, they haven't
They need, then, such 'ilangerous''
And think, iierliajis, they may again.
"A liold.liad, dangerous man IsGratit;"
Jeff Davis thought tlie same,
When, running offin crinoline,
He to tlie ''last ditch" came.
A Ku-khix's gentle voice was heard, i
And "Grant is dangerous" averred, i
It needs must be that Ulis is so,
Kor all these rebels ought to know.
Then Hall and Tweed good honest
. men --
Siy "f irant is bold and bail," and !
Such men declare it, then, forsooth. ,
Folks know that Sumner tells the
Elk Grow, Winvitom, Mav, 172. '
'-l With an Anaeouda.
During the tiinetluU Robinson's cir- j
ens was on the line of tlie Missouri I
Pacific Railroad, Hie Jim FNk side
show consisting of Kisk, Mansfield. '
Stokes, and a large anaconda started i
lioin Leavenworth to join tlie circus
near St. Louis. The canvass mid wax
figures were stowed away in a baggage
car. rilling Hie trout end and leaving
a single door for entrance to the coach.
Tin; baggage-man, In-ing of an inquir
ing mind, and thinking (hat he would
take a free peep at the show, just to
sec what risk and tlie Mansfield looked
like, opened tlie door and stood in the
midst of the illustrious trio. Whilehc
was admiring the graceful contour of
Mansfield's bo-t. what was his horror
to see the monster rai-e his head nnd
begin to crawl slowly out oftlie box.
Tlie serpent's eyes were upon him. and
his forked tougitc moved rapidly back
ward and forward like a vveaver's
'"buttle. Having heard of Ha; power of
the anaconda in squeezing its victims
to death in its terrible folds, onrtnink
masher at once realized the danger of
his situation. IHs mind reverted with
lightning rapidity to the events of his
life, and visions of wrecked Saratogas,
fmll valises and flimsy earpet-bngs
arose in a mountain of judgment before
hint. He would have given his right
hand for a large steel-plated trunk to
crawl into, but no such thing was at
hand. After protruding about hall
his length, the snake paused and turn
id his eyes in another direction. The
baggage-man was not slow of availing
himself of this opportunity of making
his escape. Quickly, and with all the
stealth of a ferret ho crawled over
piles of boxes, gained the door, and
made good his retreat to the coach.
He t hero found the showmen, and on
Informing them that the snake was
endeavoring to escape, they went to
the baggage-car and recaptured tlie
reptile. The baggage-man vns so
gratified at what lie thought such a
miraculous escape, that he vowed nev
er again to pry Into the boxes of show
men placed in Ms cliarge.
A correspondent of a Maine paper
wants to know some remedy tor strip
ed bugs. We should oppose the rem
edy depended very much on what alls
Kmeline Murphy, while endeavor
ing to save the life of a gosling In
Dearborn county, Indiana, recently,
was run over by a train of cars and
killed. ' : H-g:
Hie Martini-Henry rifle w toiie
tlie weapon for the future of the Tur
kish army, and ajrauhr tender tote
Dr. Livingstone's second letter cotn-
pels many iKtrsons to believe that his
mind is affected. Many of his Mentis
in Kughind are represented to be great
ly alarmed respecting him, and fear-
mi mat in: mat never regain nrs wus
after tlie long straiu upon his nervous
Hit. - . . . .. ... ,
I i ne ktru success 01 ine new r renin
REAh ESTATE DEALER,
Vo. 81 front ftlrecl, I'orllnnd, Or
REM. ESTATE In this CTTYnnd EAST
IMRTI.ANI), In the most rteslrablo loealt
lies, eoniisiiiia of I.I1TS, IIAI.K KMH'Kis
and IIUK'KS, lKH'SESiind STORES; SSo,
IMMtoVEn farms, mid vatnabie on-
enltivHtcl I.ANfiS.UKitlea in AI.J, fWisof
tlie STATE for SALE.
REAL ESTATE, unit oilier prOportr,
pim liitse lforeornsiHmilents, In iliiCIT'V
ani throushottt Hie STATE umi TERItt
TORIES, tt irli trit cure and on tlie must
HOI SES aiel STORES leased. LOANS
XE(TIATEI.ninl('I.AlMSOr' ALL KE
SrmPTIONS IMtoMtTf.Y ( OLI.KI TEH:
and a agneml nXANCI.U.anii AiiExev
ACEN'TSnf tlii OEEK'E. in all fTiitTS
TIES and TylWN'S in ihc STATE, will re-
ooivb ueKTiniinns or rAKM propkbty
mid I'nrtviuil the stuiie to tlie ulwve ud-
A. WHI.VI.i lt,
! Aftfentforthesaloofthdeelclimtwl main
! WAtiON. nnd all lands of AGltK.L'LTl'H
j AL MACHINERY,
j Consininents solicited.
TOWN LOTS, in the town of Miedd, for
MRS. H. D. CODLEY,
FiRvr vnti:i: r, ai.ii an v.
I pOXTKMPLATKfl KNLAKOINII BEtt
; v' bnslncs tli.- coming season, and In
. order to make room will
Soil nt ut for Thirty Days!
Iter entire stock of
! Millinery Goods !
j iionm:t, HATS, ri.OWKIH,
8111 l.U 1.1, I tlltltoIKI 1111 . !
JH OVKICS, UAKIit: III SI. INS, !
and a variety of oilier goods to he found '
First Class Millinery Store ! !
fif" P'en-s' call nndexamine.
BALLET, DAVIS & CO.'s
Take the Highest Rank.
BAVIS ic CO.H fUVIS
i si-leeteil he lln Executive t
IX have Iss
Cotmiittfee 01 tile World s ,f nldii-e ns the
Best 1'lniiOH. No other Piano will he 1
The greatest living Pianist, Who was in
Boston, attending the Jubilee, says: ' j
" The Ilnllel, Iiml, A I'o.'n I'lnno ;
exm-U, In every imrtleiilar, nil oilier !
Cull nnd examine and sec for yourselves, 1
or send for Pi-Iit List and Circulars.
VT. K. BADOKR, Sote Agent,
at Snow A Itoos- Art nailery,
i.) rni su-eei, rorcianu.
REV. J. W. itOOS, PRrXiniNU El
der of the MethodW Clllllvh, San
Emnclsco. savs : "In my opinion, llrorge
UimmIs A Ciit.'n OrKHii liave no e'iial
for richness and SWtietheSS of lone, tvllli
great power, I am familiar with idl the
mo-sf pmuiiiii'iit Unrntls In I lie inarkot,
have ow ned four dlrTen iit kinds, and lln
heslintingly SB)1 I prefer (llOSO of (ieorgu
Woods to any other."
Semi for Price List nnd Circulars for the
finest Organ l the world.
W. K. BADflErt, Sole Agent,
at Snow Rook' Art liallerv, ;
7;i EiiMt street. Porlland. Dr.
August iiWlt liuU
DKALKB IN -
Groceries & Provisions,
HA JUST OPEN EI HIS NEW I JROCER
estahllshmimt on comer of Kllswnrt h
nnd First street, with n fresh stock of
( Jroccrles, Pmrlslons, Candles, tligars, To
e., to which hs Ihvltcs the atten
tion of our citlzeiiH. .
Ineonnuetion with the more he will keep
a Bakery, and will nlwnvs have on hand a
full supply of fresh bread, crackers, 4 c.
Call and son mo.
February Id-Mr I
HAVINIJ PI'RCIIASKll THB' 1NTEH
(Mtoi'C. W. Yoiing in the
I am -prerarMl In do any and all kinds of
folis. on short notice nnd with iiufck dls
patiih. Terms reuoomible. Piicknges rje-
tv4 . V A. .S AltSOLU.
XV HALT EC ,
by unvnra Tot R
1 0 T 1 0 V 8,
I INT FACT
ALMOST A.NYl'mXfi VOL" If VV OAVB
OCC.VIOJt TO i si!.
UNDER ONE ROOF.
WILL FIND, AS IIF.RETOFDRE,
AT THE '
STORK Ot1 THE HVHKCRIBKR,
A. all Tlnaoet,
A Good Assortuient of tho
LO WEST PRICES !
Merchantable Produce !
tflMsM, Orecon, April IgrHU
WHOLESALE AX!) RETAIL
CORN KR FIRST A BROADA LniN-ST,
Aa C. Lrayton,
i 1 If AVK ALVfAYS IN STuRK TU1J.
Tobacco & Cigars,
Which I will sell fur esi um low asitw
lowest, m exclmiiKe for all kinds of uior-
Received and hi store n lai-ge iniantityol
; whloh I will sell eheanertluui ever Lrtni
ottered in this market.
6"I extend a general Invitation 10.1n.4p1
IWTTOO)1o in nils and iidJuiiiinKJgJ
t-i" count i,i, t call m exttiu..jM
tifi'i itnnlitv and priiiwjjj
Cir f o!., as I toeLia
IS5" conflilent of nwjMj
A. C. LAYTOM.
j BLACKiSMITHING !
Ceneral Repair Shop.
rpfE itndkh8iune; uavxho rb-
I X turned to Al'ainv, and taken bis old
i shop on corner of Kllswortli and Second
, streets, announces his readiness to atieud
UUVCKSinTHINt;, MILL A MACTUMIt
Also, lias on hand and for sal,., tb
j Strayer Force-fed
and other PLOWS
WOOD'S REi PER & MOWER,
j w hich In ;lllsellon the most ruasonshi
HORSE SHOEING. -AUronnd,$2,
ivk nr. a tAix.
All work antrustod to me will rrrolr
rniiiptatlrnlinn.niulla-i-viHnl in Ihu
best possible manner, w ith good material
I ! of public patronage N solkiied.
I fc6Minp on corner El Isworl li and Second
I strivts,oinistte Pierce's Ferry,
,Uvl V. Ml Kill
A iiiu vicmin i
Underfeed Sewing Machine !
TC "KMuirr tiii: mast
A friends of tho
Wilson Imurovea Sewing MacHiBe,
To know that In the stnlilrn emitt tor
iierl(,rity In siiiiip,.sorwiirk,iitthe great
Noilheni o do Fair, their favorite hsi
rarrfctdofftlK) two gnat pn miuiiis th
SSf '"!. Kn,.,,u "t-s-hiHsiH mm
Z.Z . 'I'".' O"' '"nloiiin for last embroM
ry. As the great wiiniadltion wnsln then
LsJfeS!L"JrtU 'x'. Hint the Wil
son s victory Is complete. We knew this
bosojlj eouui nt Iwotlmrslso.
I , r" PI,nX wn the fact that tha
-V'tt Vtiison is the best Family ffewlna
Machine now nnnfa( tured capable of
iloing the Nut wrk on any kind if goods,
under all divum-tunees ,w
-ill'.h HW"',I,.",.. ,,,n 1,1'nwt PfTBilnm
sliouldniid will silence the talk of that
argc class of sewing lum-liliir- men who
hnvij iiiaile thl nmehTne t he iect nf thel?
siKs kdeiitiiily.Bimply lx-au: It In a mod
crate )irkd mncdilneanp undersells Ihelr
flo ami see the Premium N'ew Wllsoa
Sewing Maahtns. tho bent In the world,
now ou exhibition at Snow A Rons Art
Lallery, 73 First street, Poll laud, tlregpn.
and iTinember you can buy this nrcuinin
(aY Agents nantetl.