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SIXTIETH YEAR. NO. 12.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10. 1011. FOURTEEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
DYNAMITE AND POWDER
Hundreds of Tons of Explosives Ignited at Plant of
the Dupont Company Near Pleasant
PEOPLE THINK IT
Shock Felt From Clinton, Iowa, to Cleveland, Ohio Damage
Done 50 Miles Away but Only One Man, Em
ploye of Factory, Is Killed.
Pleasant Prairie, Wis, March 10. J the village was Invaded by curiosity
JThe village wrecked, people terror ; seekers and others and asserting that
fetricken, one man killed, three others looting and vandalism was beginning,
missing, one man seriously hurt and ; Sheriff Stahl impressed a hundred
many other persons slightly hurt are deputies and cleared the v'llage. The
the results of an explosion that last first work of the army "was to get ev
night destroyed five of the six pow-j ery one out of town and away from
0er mills of the liupont Powder com- the danger zone. Intermittent explo-
pany here. The dead man is E. S.
.Thompson, foreman of the glaze
Jiouse. Engineer Flynn was seriously
gives the c.rn.
The cause of tiie explosion was giv
en this morning by 3;r. Arthur J.
toe, of Pleasant Prairie, Superin
tendent Brady positively had refused
to make a statement. "The explosion
!';:('" ii ti-"
..ze house," said
): -in! red kegs of
n the glaze
' ill Jl: K't
; . S!-?U1 Is f. ,:r c ,
1 -'a.e 'ylir..; re
: i.- dried and b;o vl,;
i . :
nine of these cylinders
ii! Ih. ,aze h; ise. The extent of the
glaze n the grains of powder detenu
in a Us deri-.e- of explooiven ss. Whe n
the powder is nearly polished and is
dry and hot it is in a dangerous eon
diiUnu - i I- -tu ft tJiiAn ..Aci tirnwM
took place and the initial explosion
vas followed at brief intervals by suc
cessive explosions and of the dynamite
KNOWS THE PKOl'KSS.
lx)we has served nine years in
Pleasant Prairie. He statod he had
often inspected the glaze house. The
Jiropertv occupied by the powder com
pany is approximately I'.'O ac res. There
were five main maazin s. two leaser
magazines and four other buildings in
jwhlch the process of manufacture is
carried on in which the preparation
Ss highly explosive.
ONIi ST1M)S PHT.
Of these 1 buildings, but one, a
maJl oorru;led iron magazine for
, dynamite detonations, now stands
.About half a mile from where the
rr.ain building stood. According to
Jliwe jart of one of the "gl-.iz" cy
linders was hurled two miles and
crashed through-the roof of a twostory
Sbuilding opposite tie railroad ptation
in which a generaJ store is kept by H
t . -
121. King. The ft'c
through the re if
,ind cei'.inc of the
Kin building is
ight feet square.
TIIHF.K HKF.P IIOI.F.S.
The fire in the wrbc&cd powder milt
as out this morning whin daylight
jave a clear view of the rufns Three
.o!ts marked the '.te jvhei e thiee of
jlhe magazines had s'ood TI;e ht "n -s
vere each more thau .' feet j.cross
find as deep One had broken into a I
Fprlng and was half full of water.
Trees -for half a imie around were
tripped of branches and shorn off
,tven with the ground.
W AS .TOO TONS OF IM NAMlIi:.
The magazines con;ained S.t
Jegs of giant posvder. finished: 2..i"'"'
(l-egs of giant powder in privss cf
manufacture; ir.u toi.s f titiished d..-
r.amite, and lo tons f dynamite- in
'process of manufacture. Ail wer: up
In the explosion.
The force of tbe explosion complete
ly demolished houses on the Geneva
road which were ce.nest the mill and
leverv house in Pieasant Prairie wrck l
' ed Almost equal damage was done i
In Bristol, four miles west. j
PEOPLE LEAVK SCKVE.
The wreck of tlie village was fol
lowed by a hegira cf the entire popu-
lat'.on. Blown from their beds and j
with the wreckage of their houses j
Tumbling about their heads, the resi .
dents loaded their ha If -chid families'
rn farm wagons and moved in a io.'.g
Ipdocession of V.atrerid and shivering!
rcfugcis in search of shelter in Kei
m:nd i spkcim. train.
A special train was rushed to
rieasant Prairie from Ker.osha. o.eri
the Northwestern ra;ircad to rem iv
T lit? women and the worst injured. At",
available doctors a:d r.ur:-- in Ke
nosha accompanied The train and at
tended to the wounded At daj break
a few- resident of Pleasant Prairie
were attempting to rescue some of
their heufofcold soocs from their shat
tered homes over -which a number of
men had stood guard during the right.
feilEHIFF TAKES CHAIUi.
Aimoijt. ra.ii-u.lj.bf4er.tt .ciasii
UP NEAR CHICAGO,
SuflOTU'O PD C
I II O UHUO
IS AN EARTHQUAKE
sions continued throughout the night
a companied by bursts of flame and
showers -of flaming cinders.
SAW FIRST EXPLOSION.
Night Foreman Flynn, in the hos- '
pital today, said it was the high ;
power powder in the hot cylinders i
a: the giaze mill that exploded first, j
He said he was looking directly at '
the glaze mill and saw it go. The j
walls opened, the roof lifted and a
gust of flame shove a cloud of smoke
't apt into the r.ir. Flynn was thrown !
down and the pump house fell about j
him. A succeeding explosion threw j
more debris upon him. I
m;hcheij ion remains. !
However, he managed to get from i
ii rule, t Vi o xt- r.-e Iluo a -wI Vi i i.t t . o H .
ly injured, searched tbe ruins for
the remains of Foreman Thompson,
hi t in vain. "Thompson was blotted
v." he said. It is now stated SO,
Oto kegs of powder exploded.
i o u i ; i n i: p i . o i i: i.
There are still rive buildings con
taining blasting powder and needing
explosion with a repetition of last
night's damage, according to Dale
Buinstcad. superintendent of the Chi
cago division of the powder com
pany. To imr.rd against this possi
bility he had a large force of men
placed about the property and no
otic is permitted within a mile of
HIT OVE HW1I.Y III KT.
A canvass of the physicians here
and in Kenosha shows, except for '
Engineer Flynn. no one was danger-;
ously hurt. Phil Hess, a farmer, !
living near Truesdale, over two
miles from the f.utory, probably will
Icse lis right ear. which was near
ly severed by a iiece of flying glajss
and E. A. Fox, a farmer lost much
Mood when a vein in his wrist was
IIOI SKS HITNED FOR .N MII.RS.
ir.e otner injuries according to the ;
doctors necessitated nothing more j
than a patch tf court plaster Hard- i
ly a house in Hip
famine region in a rndius of five
pilies from hre :s habitable today
as a res-ult of the explosion.
The trunk and one arm of Fore
man Thompson were found today in
a swamp a mile from the scene of
FKOM CI EVF.l,n TO n.IVTO.
Chiti-o. March 10. The little
town of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., ."5
miles north of Chicago, was whiffed
off the map at S:22 o'clock last night
p.nd simultaneously a region embrac
ed within a radius ranging from
Cleveland. Ohio, to Clinton, Iowa
:nclud:r.g the ri t cf Chicago and
Milwaukee was shaken as by an
I3ut it was not an earthquake. The
catastrophe was caused by the Mow
ing up of the mills cf the Iyafin-Rand
Powder company, recently consoli
dated with the DuPont Powder com
pany. The town cf Pleasant Prairie is i
little more than a settlement grouped
iContinueJ on Pagf Seven.)
Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow fcr
Rock Island, Davenport, Moline
Increasing cloudiness tonight and i
, Saturday, warmer tonight
Temperature at 7 a. m. :5. Highest '. Speaks at High Sclieol and at fliibl
'yesterday t". lowest last night 35. ! I.alKjr Conf creiM-e.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m. 6 miiesi Birmingham. Ala.. March 10
per hour. ; Theodore Roosevelt reached Birming-
Precipitation none ! tarn early th;s morning. He address-
! Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 78. 1 ed tbe pupils of the Birmingham
i at 7 a. m. S3. high school. Tonight he will ad-
! Stase of water 2.S. no change in dress the national chi'd labor con
last 21 hours. I ference.
Only slight chacees in the Miss-i
i issippi will occur from below Du-ilJCll YORK PiQTllPPIPP
buque to Muscatine.
J. M. SHKRIilR. Ical Forecaster.
ASTRO fCNMCAL EVENTS,
t Fro .u nc'iin today to coa tomorrow i
TAFT HAS QUIET
-DAY AT ATLANTA
Attends Southern Commercial;
Congress Merely as One of
WILL SPEAK TONIGHT
Keeping Close Ere on Situation on
Mexican Border Hopes for
Atlanta. Ga., March 10. President
Taft reached Atlanta shortly a!ter 11
i today. The train was delayed near
j Galnsville by a slight accident to the
engine. The president was greeted by
' an immense throng. He -was driven to
ilhe commercial confess.
MERELY A SPECTATOR. !
Arriving at the auditorium the j
r resident was greeted with prolong-
ed cheers. Taft was only a spectator j
at the day's session. He will not
speak until tonight. The president .
If the plan to stock the plains
vri'l have a zno at his own door.
was the guest of the Capital City
club for luncheon.
The president will be kept fully
informed of the situation along the
Mexican frontier. He is hopeful,
however, the quick movement of
troons to the border will have a sal-
utary effect, not only on the filibus
ters, but generally upon conditions
MAY SETTLE THE
Fnitcd States Takes Steps Ix.king
ashington. March 10. The repiy
of th American government to Ger-
March 10. The reply
many's note regarding the potash con-
troversy, which has been presented to
the German ambassador, it is sa.d.
'.n official quarters, submits several al
ternatives which gives ground for the
belief the dispute may be adjusted am
icably. EDITOR TO BE A PREACHER
Ifavid Wright leaves Camhridge Ad-
vocate for New K'ield.
j Cambridge, 111.. March 10. (Spe
cial) David Wright, editor of the
Cambridge Advocate, will soon leave
the newspaper field to become a
preacher. Mr. Wright is an ordain
ed minister. He has accepted a call
to the Congregational church at
West Point, Neb.
T. R. AT BIRMINGHAM, AL A.
II L. II I Willi I UU U I I W
IS CONTRACTED FOR
Washington. March 10. Tee con-
i tract for a hew $2,500,000 Xew York
aq ausr.'tp't Tr-iiav t 1 i V.
F.uilr. CcirucUoa coii-day.
TO LOOK OUT
Senator Holstlaw Picked
by Leader as a Dis
BROUGHT OUT AT TRIAL
Furniture Agent Remembers a
Conversation That Had
Springfield. 111., March 10.
seph S. Clark, testifying in the fur-
WHAT IT MAY COME
with wild animals from Africa
niture contract trial this morning ad-
mitted he had forgotten certain in -
cldents w hen he testified before tbe
Chicago grand jury in connection
with the bribery investigation in that
city. He said I.ee O'Xeil Browne
cautioned him before the furniture
contract was let against a certain
i man on the commission. "He was
referring to Hoistlaw." said Clark.
HAD IlLiNIED ON V F.HSATION'Si.
The state's attorney, after calling
attention to Clark's telling the grand
1 jury he had not heard any conversa
; tion implicating anyone in the eolici-
tation of money for a favorable vote
on the furniture contract, brought
nut the declaration from Clark that
, Jjrowne jncident unt today
! b.i.i, against i.obbi.k skirt.
nan rnr?niipn h uui iiir itn w-
' pruiguem. .u.. -m.s " i''
iriaj ui Plain oeuniui .iirtuiuii .t
-'"sepu . v.iu. n. , u lu,!iart in oraf.r that corruption may be
Sangamon county circuit court for
mer State Senator D. W. Holstlaw
of luka and O. H. Freer, formerly ,
-i.V, tha Vl.-ii-t-vv- Tlilv crirnnariT- f'ht.
cago, were the principal witnesses for
the state. Both were afflicted with
it was senator tiuniidw w nose
confession that i-enator lirouertcK
laid him $2,500 for his vote for I,or
iuier resulted in Broderick's indict
ment. Senator IToistlaw also testi
fied that he had conspired to receive
11.300 as his share of the furniture
jack pot" in which indictments also
. , . :
Yesterday Senator HolitUw. al- .
fiough he had forgotten the details.
f ' i TJ
in favor cf the Ford-Johnson Furni
ture company, and that th's sum was
promised him following a meeting
with Frier. Holstlaw testified that
A. B. Johnson of Springfield, loca:
stent of the company, promised the
$l..oo out of his commission.
Frier testified that Holstlaw first
x anted ?R.'"0ft, then cut it to $2.'0o!a3 J'"1 in rHa'ion to a proposed monu -
tnd later to Jl.r.r.o. Fr:er aid Rep-
isentPtive Clark wanted $1,000 for!
. ""7 T7 7- I
Ice Out at LaCroise. i
LaCrosie. Wis.. March 10.-The ice !
'moved out of the harbor here eBter -
day, marking officially the opening of
navigaiion on the upper M.t,isppl
OF SEN. L0R1MER
Illinois Swedish Republicans
Decline to Adopt Resolu
tions of Censure.
DEPLORE PARTY'S STATUS
"View With Alarm" Return to Power
of Democrats Glad Hand to
Bloomlngton. I1L, March 10. ITMnois
Swedish republicans declined to dracv
the name of Senator Lorimer into the
18th annual convention of the Swedish
Republican league of Illinois held here
yesterday. The resolutions were ex
tremely mild and contained no direct
reference to the senator.
After paying a tribute to John Erics
son, the inventor of the Monitor, the
resolutions read as follows:
"TVe extend to President Taft our
earnest congratulations and heartily
endorse his patriotic and splendid
achievements in advancing policies and
is carried out, the western ranchman
securing legislation in harmony with :
(the republican platform and party!
! pledges. We again take pleasure in j
j approving the capable and conscien -j
; (ions administration of state affairs hy j
J Governor Denton.
OEPLtmus party condition. i the expenditure of $221,lf.2,ron, an in
We deplore the disorganized condi- crease of $l 9,000,000 on the irevio-is
tion of the republican party and view
with alarm the dire results to the sta'e
! and nation In the event of democratic
success in 1912, and sincerely pray for
a united party at the earliest date.
This league point3 with pride to the
fact tllfU u took ,he initiative in th
j nit... .,. nf.niaIlli f(,r a nrimarv
, ,aw andf while we ari,,roVe of the;
. . ,
progress rnaue, we urge upon me iegi:i-
j tQ BtrPnRtht.n and make u more effec.
; tiv, , ,he end that the will of the neo
nrj ir k'a jii r-.-eu riidii u: oj ti
heartily endorse the corrupt practices
forever eliminated from our body poll
tic. we aiso reamrm our former dec
laration for the election of 1'nited
! S'au-B senator- by popular vote."
j committee slow.
j The committee on resolutions was
c,iow In reporting and it was said that
i there was an exciting scene in the com-
1 mittee room relative to some disagree-
menta in the wording of the report. ;
The anti-Lorimer element was defeat- j
Pd however, and all effort to secure'
g0;ne reference to the senator failed. ,
Telle, n of Henry county re-i
..... . , . !
sponded to the address of welcome by i
M Carlock. when the convention
. ,,,ri tn rd(,r Th4 Kllhi(w..
forming a national organization of
Swedish republicans .&s discussed and
received favorable action. Message
were sent to all o'her states holding
similar gatherings favoring a national
organization, and asking for a meeting
m lm'u m ut-- riesiue.ii Anoreen
i of Augustana college reported that
nooning aeunne oaa oeen accon.piii.nei
lnfnt ,n memory or John tricsson
TIFT TO BE I.I K T.
Chicago was vo'ed the convention of
m2- Th n,Xt gathering will mark
iLe :,f".h anniit-rsary of tbe Lanie be-
, t ween the Monitor and Merrimae, and
' President 1,
will b-: the g'lest or
Is. ia iianncd to iake uhe next
LONGER HIDES OBJECT
IN SENDING U. S. TROOPS
TO THE MEXICAN BORDER
meeting the most notable in the his
tory of the league.
Officers elected arc:
President Grotto V. Johnson, Mo
Vice President William Ehr, Galos
burg. Secretary Alfred A. Norton. Chi
cago. Treasurer Charles Eje'.iipiist Rock
ford. The convention closed with a ban
quet at night. Among !he speaker
were Governor Charles S. Den-en and
Congressman John A. Sterling.
Favors the .Mobile Plan Placing Fra
ternal Societies on Old Line
Chicago. March 10. The Illinois
fraternal congress today elected V.
E. Hyde of the Royal league ef Chi
cago, president, and adopted a reso
lution favoring the Mobile plan,
which places fraternais on about the
same plane as the old line com
panies. A NEW PARLIAMENTARIAN
Tiamj Clark Picks Charles Crirs
Son of Former Speukcr.
Americua. Ga. March 10 Charles
Crisp, son of former Speaker Crisp of
the national house of representatives,
has received a telegram from Champ
Clark, 6peaker-to-be of the house, of
fering him the place of house parlia
mentarian and clerk to the ttpeaker
Judge Crisp immediately accepted the
appointment and was instructed to r-j-port
in Washington March 21 for duty
jCARROLL VETO SUSTAINED
Iowa House Falls to Vusn Oregon Pri
mary 1mv ly Tvo-tlijrU.
Des Moines, March 10. The only
development In the senatorial situa
fion in Iowa yesterday was the defeat
in the house of the motion to pass
the "2tU'UhillAULfct.ittt .itUx
of Govednor Carroll. It fell three
votes short of the two-thirds required.
The standpatters who voted for the
plan originally voted to sustain Hi"
GASOLINE AND LANTERN
Osco Man Painfully llnriMNl While
Working With Motorcycle.
Osco, 111., March 10. (Special)--Peter
Gibson met with an accident
while working with the engine on
hi3 motorcycle. His hand became
saturated with the oil and he picked
up a lighted lantern the bla.e ignit
ing the gasoline and burning hi:!
hand quite severely.
E(GAN D INCREASES NAVY
istiniates Provide for Three llrcad.
noughts ami :i.OO Men.
London, March l. The naval es
timates h.sned last night provide for
year. the cost or new construction
is fixed at $7.", SPCs.V The program
I includes five dreadnoughts, tiiree pro-
tected cruisers, one unarmon- l cruis
er, twenty destroyers, six Mibniur in-n
and an increase In the personnel of
the navy of 3,000
' RIPOW QTI I fl FNTS sTRIKF
Insini-sal of Five Cause :loO tlu-r
to Kefuse t Attend.
Itlpon. Wis.. March 10. -ftipon rol
lege students are on a strike, follow-
; ing the dismissal of five k ' 1 1 r i 1 1 f .-. f.c
1 alleged infractions of the school mles
Of the Sno student-i. only a htnall pt-
rentage attended ciasen yes'eruav
Members of th.- faculty arc quoted a-,
haying they will stand bv their dcei.-ion
jevon if every aud-nt leaver
E,ght Ked ,n Snowlid,
j rarson Nev , March lf Th" power
' jiouse of :he Hydro-Ele. trie
? Jordan. Cal.. was d
st roved by
now!id". Seven men an I a womai
were Killed and several oiheis were
AT LAST SESSION
Washington, March 10 The ap
propriation? of the !a-t nejihjon of
congress aggregated i 1 ,01'.",. I S!4.t62.
according to statements made public
today. This is hra than $l,'i0o,o00
i in excess of the total estiinateH of
President Taft on which appropria
tions are based. It is estimated the
turplus of -revenues next year will
Le not less than S 12,'omj.
Representative Tawney sas that
in the six years of his r h airman bh p
of the appropriations committee the
estimates have amounted to fCO!,
2Ti.l,i2. (( which congress giaii'ed
all but $165,602,254.
President Makes it Known
That Insurrection Must
TO KEEP NEUTRALITY
All Soldiers Expected to Be on
Scene Tomorrow and War
Vessels by Sunday.
Washington. March 10. With all
details of the Bouthward movement
'of troops completed and tho scene of
activity shifted from Washington to
'the field, the headquarters! of the army
j '.oday is awaiting complacently the ar
rival of the commands at their ob
jective points Heportu to the war de
partment Indicate that by tomorrow
j nearly all the troops will have re
ported. The naval contingent Is mov-
Irg equally swift an. I will he ready to
report at ih. various destinations by
! IHSHM 20 NI Illir.CIOX.
I El Paso, Texas. .March 10. -News
j reached hero this morning of a fight
opposite Fabeni between Instirrectos
' and federals loiter 2" InsurrecfoH
icame across the river and wer cap
tured and disarmed by American ml
I N l SFHMM, II !':.
Washington. March 10 The Jap
anese Ambassador today emphatically
; denied Japan had secured or ever
I niudc the sltghiepf 'ffort to secure a
1 coaling station for a naval bane from
! ;fiimny iikmk TKOI MI.K.
Iw-rlin. March 1''. It is officially and
explicitly affirmed the Oerman povern
1 nient has received Intimations' from
ts legation or consulates iu Mxtro
nfcrrr Trtrtrtr n iMu'fi"r7)TTrrrerveutlon
! or independent uteps to protect Oer
nian interests there could be founded.
I Xo question Involving a violation of
the doctrine has been riiiHHd
l)I.MI HO. Il l TO INTFIIl i:NI1.
1 New i k . March 10 -(Justav Ma-l-ro.
biother of the Mexican revo-
! lutionarv leader, today admitted the
' rittht of the I'liitcd StalCH to mobllle
troops alone the bnrder to prevent
'the KiiiuKlinri of arms find aitimunl
f on Into Mexieo At the Fame time
he emphatically denied the right of
the Americans to take any step tend
ing to suppression of the revolution
or as a supporter of the fila. -ov
( ern nient .
j tn:ii n not i; ill l.
Baltiinore. March I The ev
'this afternoon prints a dlspat. h from
the editor of the Kl Iliaro at Mexico
City, in which it is stated the heaph
of I'litdent Ina. was n-er better
The massing of the Aniericati troojis
! created a great impression on the
loibli.- at the Mexican rap'tal but tbn
: peopl" have accepted in good faith
President Tuff's r.t ai fiin'iii concern-
' inn the object.
mihi iii:i. pi iipose it:it.
! Washinvtoti. Marh u. That tic
adrnit.istration has oechled to di.-sem
: hie no loiig-'T p8 rcii-otis for the Hidden
I and uiiprec (b-nteil mov. nn nt of tioon
I to 1 he M- xii ail bonb r is Iniiica' "1 l-v
;i!ie follow ing dn-pat' h i'" ivol la-."
nigh' from tie- s'aff on'" pomlent of
tie- Ai-aoclated Press, w ho in ac on.
paining I'rc-id- u' Taft on his Jo'il'ti-y
Tfie di p:.t; ti i-- ',r i ( b;.i lotti s il!e.
Va . :ioi!-b which th" I fc:,idcii '
train i ai s'-ii U.si n.ght at 7:10 o'clo-k.
i k x i ok tiii: iiipi n.
It reads a. folhws :
" !I doiih as '.'I the purpose of th-'
i go' r u It in ei relit g Jo. nun tops t.)
! the M. i an boid r has hi lavt ln-n".
' swept av.-iiy. The I'll it ed States ha',
b ti i n.irn d that th teohitioii m th"
rpii.!ii- fo the hoi'th rri'ni end
'The .")' rb . "in fioo'i' have h'
i-"i,i to fi rm a n-dl i :..i.:'a:v wa'l nl'iri,;
the Klo r;rand-- to stop filibuster!"-'
and to ,ee that ther- is no furtb'-r
niui'gdi.g of arms ar.d men atrocs th"
j international boundary.
win. oo i:ni.
"I- ; be!i"ed that v. i'b thlK wirr"
: f,f cont lub-ilid K lppli' t It off th" In
; Mirrectlonary movnu'-ii', whbh hi
1 disturbed eoiidiM'itis generally fo.
'ii'-arlv a year without no orjjplUhtn :
anythi'. like il,e f'rma'ifi.i of a re
sponsible liilej,i r,il-i t g (verrjmefj',
will npeed:ly corne to a !oe.
I'reMidei.t Taft, on hi way fo A'
lan'a and Augutta for a 10 days' vac t
lion. i.atoBed thiouh here at 7:10
o'clock lajit tiliiht. He appealed well
satisfied with the eltuatlou.
I.1,(N TO (Itl'IKM.
"There is a general h.-ll-f that the
' rapid movement of troops Into Txa,
and southern California will so upec d
ily arccfmpllsh l' purpose that the
, net result in the end will constitute a
; vuiiiaide lesson In quirk mobilization
of an effective fighting force which wi:i
prove a revc'a'lon to the country at
(CoBtiaucd oo Pay tbitit
1 11 1 Bajjjaaafcjaaajjijaax.