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VOLUME XXX!V. LAURENS, soUTHi- CAROLINA, WVEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1919. NUMBER 25
Former President Passed
GRIEF OVER SON
Known All Over the Earth. Will Go b
to His Grave as Quiet, Domestic 1
Country Gentlenum. Will Be Burled 1
at Oyster Ray. Was . President 7 e
Years, Active in Country's Interest, (
and Preached Americanism to the E
Oyster Bay, N. Y., Jan. 6.-Colonel
Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth pres
ident of the United 'States, who died
at his home on Sugamore Hill early t
today, -will be laid to rest without pomp I
or ceremony in Youngs Memorial Cei- t
etery in this village \Vednesday after
noon. lie will be burled on a knoll I
overlooking Long Island Sound, a plot I
which he and.Mrs. 'toosevelt selected
soon after he left the White House.
In the words of the clergyman who
will conduct the funeral services
"America's most typical man, known
In every corner bf the earth, will go
to his grave as a quiet domestic, coun
try gentleman, beloved by his neigh
After prayers at the iRoosevelt home,
at which only members of the family
will be present, the funeral service
will be held at 12:45 o'clock in Christ
d0piscopal Church, the little old frame
structure where for years the colonel
and his family attended divine worship.
At the request of Mrs. Roosevelt, no
flowers will be sent. The altar will
be decorated only with laurel placed
on it for the Christmas season. Also
in conformance iwith 'Mrs. Roosevelt's
wishes, there will be no music and no
eulogy, but only the simple service of
the Episcopal Church, conducted by
the pastor, Rev. George E..Talmadge.
The church, founded in 1705 and re
built In 1878 will accommodate less
than 500 persons, so that admittance
will be by card only. These cards, it
iwas announced, will be issued from
the colonel's oilce In New York, and
will be given only to relatives and in
Cable messages and telegrams of
condolence, not only from fellow coun
trymen of high and low degree, but
from distinguished citizens of many
nations were pouring in to Oyster Bay
tonight by the hundred. All express
heartfelt grief at the passing of a,
great man and deepest sympathy for
Mrs. Roosevelt, always devoted to her
distinguished husband, and one of his
most trusted advisers. The widow is
bearing up bravely under the shock of
his sudden death, coniin so soon af
ter that of their youngest son, Lieut.
Quentin Roosevelt, who lost his life
in a battleiwith a German airman last
The death of Colonel Roosevelt is be
hieved by the physicians who attended
4 him to have been hastened by grief
over Quentin's, cou pled with anxiety
over the serious wVoundsl suffered b~y
Captain Archie Roosevelt, while tIght
-lug in France.
1Ie wvas proudl of his soldier sons
and their heroism, but lie wvas a deC
voted father and lie grieved for the one
wyho gave his life 'for his country as
weil as for the othier who wvas wound
edl. lie hid his suffering from thi
wvorldl, however, In tho hope that he
might set an example for otherfatherl
and mothers wvhio had given their son:
to the nation.
To the last IColonel Roosevelt hat
been preaching "Americanism" an<
few realized that his health had beei
ahattered. It was believed that lt
rugged' const ituition iwi ch had sto
him in such good stead through s<
-many years of "strenuous" life woull
not tail him and that lie would regal1
his usual health. Ills messages c
'late, however, has been delivere,
through the medium of editorials ?
public statements instead of as ad(
1'0ven to his neighbors in Oyster Ba
it seemied impossible that life had end(
ed so suddenly for' the Rough Ride
hero of Spanish war (lays; the state:
man who as governor of New Yor
andl as president had ,wielded the "bh
etick" so fearlessly; the big game hun
er of tropical countries; the citize
who preachedl preparedness long bh
-fore his country entered the world cot
T OYSTER BAY
DEATH OF DI. C. A. SAXON.
'or Mqny Years Practicing Physietam
and Leading CitlUen of the County.
Dr. C. A. Saxon, for many years a
racticing physician and leading citi
en of the county, died at his home In
his city Sunday morning and was
uriel at, Bethany church, near Hunt
rigton, Monday, the services be
rg conducted by Rev. J. F. Ja
obs,. of. Clinton, assisted by Rev,
3. T. Squires, of Laurens. Dr.
axon . was in the .75th year of
is age and had lived at the old
;axon home during most of his life.
huring the Civil War he served on the
edical staff of the army, being sta
toned 'at Columbia and after the war'
kc returned home to take up his prac
ice and resumc the pursuits of peace,
>eing largely interested In farming.
I :was a consistent member of Beth
my Presbyterian church, being for
nany years one of its elders.
Dr. Saxon is survived by one daugh
cr, Mirs. J. At. Philpot, and several
'r andclildren. One of his sons, Mr.
3. L. -Saxon, (lied Just a few months
igo leaving a wife and several clil
iren. A daughter, mother of MIr. J. 11.
Nurff of this city, (lied when the lat
Ler was a child. Besides these he had
another daughter whb was never mar
GRAY COURT BOY RETURNS.
First Member of the 30th DIvision to
Reach Home iI This Section.
Gray Court, Jan. 1.--Thrice wound
ed in the severe fighting in which the
30th Division participated during the
closing days of the war, Corporal We
ford J. Stephens, ot' Company C, 11 8th
Infantry, arrived at home today on a
brief leave of absence. He is now
stationed at tlebyjj e lospital. at Cauil
Oglethorpe, having been senit' therc
froni New York where he arrived lest
than two weeks ago.
Corporal Stephens is fle first mem
ber of the 30th Division from this sec
tion who has returned to tell of tl
stiubborn fightinlg in whuich tle O4
lickory lads took a part. Ile talks in
terestingly.of the fierce drive in whilc
the boys wh'o trained at Camp Seviet
svept everything before fhem. But I
few days before the signing of th<
armistice Corporal Stephens wai
wounded in the head, the arm and th
leg. The head wound -was the mos
serious of- the three. Shortly after
'wards he was one of those sent bacl
to America, arriving in New York be
fore Christmas day.
"Apparently neither Colonel Roose
velt nor his wife had any forebodin
that death would so soon still hits ac
tive mind and body. It was only ye
terday that i-rs. -toosevelt sent a leI
ter t'o Charles Stewvart D~avidson, chal
man of the general citizens' -commni
tee appointed to welcome returnin
soldiers in New York, announcing thW
the colonel would acceput the huonorar
chairmanship of the committee.
"The rhumiatism has inivadied Co
ene lRoosevelt's right hand," wrol
Mirs. Roosevelt, "so lie wants me
write that lie has telegraphied his al
celptance. Trhiis note is to assure yc
that he will be at your service 1
It was 4 :15i o'clock this morning thu
lie former president diedl in his slee
painlessly. Is deamth was due illrc
ly to a blood clot lodged ini one mun
the result of binamatory rhum
I "'l'ut out thme light, please,"' were t
1 former iresident's lett wordis. Th
a were vddresucdl'to his personal attn
.1 dant, James Amnor, a young ne'gro, w
) had beenm in his service since lie 1
r the WVhite H ouse aind who was sitti
o at the foot of his bed.
f Sonme time later Amos noticed ti
d the imatient was breathing heavily a
r became alarmedi. Ho loft the room
call the nurse who had been summc
ed from Oyster hhmay yesterday. Wh
y they returned Colonel Roosevelt I
l- rea'hed his last. They called 31
r Roosevelt, the only miembor of
;- family who was at home. There h
k been a family gathering Christmasd
g but as no hlarm was felt over
t- Colonel's condition, the children ,w
n were able to spend the holiday wm
3- theIr parents had gone to differ<
i- parts of thme country.
MEETS HERE TODAY
luportant Committee of Upper South
Carolina Conference to Hold Two
Day Session Here. Bishop Darling
ton to Attend.
The Centenary Committee of the Up
Per South Carolina Conference, charg
ed with formulating plans for raising
its share of $35,000,000 among the
Methodists of the Southern Methodist
Episcopal Church, will open a two day
session at the First 'Methodist church
of this city this aifterrioon at 4 o'clock.
The gessions will be presided over by
Bishop U. V. W. Darlington, of Hunt
ington, W. Va., and will be attended
by the presiding elders of the Upper
South Carolina Conforence, various
secretaries of the church and by lay
leaders of the conference. The delib
erations of the meeting will be largely
of a routine character, but the public
is invited to attend. In all probability
Bishop Darlington will make an ad
dress at the session this evening.
The puripose of the Centenary Com
mittee is to secure pledges this year
to the $35,000,000 fund to be Pail dur
Ing the next five years. The proceeds
of the fund will be used in financing
home and foreign missIons besides oth
er benevolences of the church body.
The apportionment of the Upper South
Carolina Conference is $950,000.
The delegates to the meeting here
about forty in number, will be enter
tained in homes of the city, prepara
tions already having been made for a
delightful stay of the visiting dele
The list of delegates as compiled hy
Mir. R. 10. Babb, chairman of the en
tertainment committee who also hap
pens to be State 'Lay Leader of tht
Conference, is as follows:
ilev. Bishop U. V. W. Darlington
Rev. 0. M. Abney, Aiken; B. T
Bleckley, Anderson; James A. Bar
rett, Clover: S. 1. flalles, Fort Mill
irs. 11. W. Hourne; 11. E. Babb. 'Inu
rens; Mrs. W. MI. 'Charles, Conastee
W. M. Crenshaw. lendleton; Rev. ?\
L. Carlisle, Anderson.
.1. ('Clinukseales, S partanburg; Re
10. H1. Dibble, Spartanburg; T. C. Dur11
ean, Uinion: . R. Dye, Chesti;er: E. I
-t 1ierling. Colimbia: C. C. Fienatihet
stone, Green wood ; Rev. L. 1). (illespi
(1 iGeenlwoo(d: Rev. A. L. (Gunter, Edgv
-eld; veo. S. Goodglon. Williaiston
S1. .\. holimes, Greenville.
I,. L. I harden, Chei i'ster; 1. P. 110111.
I Greenville: C. P). iamniond, Spartai
biirg: (. W. Hart, Greenwoo(; Re
(C. C. Herbert, Chester; .1. B. 1iumber
TJr., Anderson; Rev. E. Z. James, Rich
burg; Rev. 0. A. Jeffeoat, Ninety Six
- Rev. '10. S. Jones, Spartanbiurg; le
P. F. Kilgo. Greenville.
- (Rev. .1. W. Kilgo. Greenwood; M.
King, Townville; Rev. \V. C. Kirklan
-Colinbia; Mrs it. R . LKeaton, Pacole
A. W. Love, Kings Creek; Gl. C. Leo
ard, Anderson; W. A. AMerritt, GTree'
9 Me: J. T. Medlock, Greenwood; W.
Murray, Colmbia ; Rev. W. IT. M1u
ray, Verdery; Rev. J. R. T. Majo
F. H. McEachem,. Wallaceville ; 11.
L- feMaikjn, WVelford; 1Rev. Nehlett, Nas
g 'lle: L. (1. Potter'. Ga ffney'; J1 uia
t odger's, Columbilia; R ev. J1. C. iRope
yRev. R1. E. Stackhiouse, Colutubia; M I
H. E. St ackhouse, C'olumtbia ; 3.
Ro1ev. J1. WV. Speake, U'nion; R1ev.
NI. St eadlman. Gr teenville ; W. 1R. Tai
net', J.t. Copes Rev. J1. 0. Wils
aind Mr's. JT. WV. White, Greenwood,
Jr. D. Mceiee Dead.
ft .\r. J. D). MlcKee, familiarly call
"Duffle" by his many fiends here, d
of pneumonia at Rock U1111 Sum
gnight. Mr. McKee former'ly made
a- home hei'e as secr'etar'y and treasu
of the J~Lurens Motor Car Compa
the but imover with his family to Gi'e
yuile last year when the comp~
n-- moved Its main oflce to Columbia.
ho . McKee was traveling in the interest
af this company when he was attacked
ginfluenza and sunbsequently by pn
monia, lie wvas in his early thirl
at and left a wvife andl sever'al child
mnd -besides several br'other's. Mir. Mcl
te 'was very popular in Laurens andl
m.. death was a gi'eat shock to his frie
en here. Definite information as to
adl funeral was not available yester<
r's. h ut it is undl~erstoodl that his bodly
he 'remnovedi to his old home in Abbey
ad county for burial.
he Oyster Sutpper at Friendship.
ho 'An oyster supper wvill be given
ith Fr'iendship school house Friday ni
nt to which the -public is cordially
OQPtWlu TO PRLESS
Governor-Elecet Plans to Recommend
to Legislature Law Similar to Vir
ginia's. List Property at Value.
Columbla, Jan. 5.-Reform of the
State taxing system twill be one of the
chief propositions advanced by Robert
A. Cooper, whei he assumes the duties
of.governor January 21.
,It is understood that Mr. Cooper
will recommend to the legislature the
Passage of a law providing an exe
cutive budget, somewhat similar to
the law now in force in the State of
Frequently during his campaign
last summer, Alr. Cooper advocated
making the county the unit or a tax
district. Under this plan which pre
sumes the adoption of the budget
Idea, the total amount of the State
budget would he apportioned among
the counties according to taxable
wealth. The taxable wealth of the
various counties to be ascertained by
a tax survey of each count'.
It is understood to be Mr. Coop
er's idea in making a tax survey that
the counties should be subdivided in
to school districts. In this way it is
thought that all property subject. to
taxation can be listed at its actual
value, as provided by the constitution.
This will also do away with the 'State
mill levy. In lieu of the mill levy,
each county would be rottuired to con
tribute a fixed sum as its part of tlhr
State budget. It. is Mir. Cooper's pu'
i)ose to make education the great abr
of the administration, but he reailze.
that the tax question must definitel3
he settled before any real constructivt
work can be accomplished along othe1
MI'. Cooper was In Columbia re
eently. When asked for a statemen'
Mr. Cooper emphasized that he har
no definite statement to give out. hu
that he would stand firmly by h
_ campa-ign pledges as to tax refori
and 11improvcmen t and developmjuen t 0
gie educntional system.
Ir. teoper is ardently In favor C
Ie proposed central commission fo
the coordinafion of our eduention
Institutins. as well as other iInstitiu
ions supported and maintained h
LE"I'T. 111(11EY 1ETI'lINS.
Oflicer Who Was Wonttaded in ('lhatea
Thilerry Fight lReached Ilonie Ye'
t, blent. Grover C. 1tichey, son of A1
and Mirs. W. I. lichey, reached til
city yesterday from France and w.
7 given a glad welcome by his frien
lere' as well as his relatives. Lieu
: Iichey appears to be In the pink <
health though he was painfully iwouni
ed and gassed in the Chateau Thieri
. fight where the Americans distinguisl
y ed themselves, Lieut. Richey w
j carried from the Chateau Thierry fle
r- unconscious and regalined consclou
iiess only after having reached a ho
pital In the rear. For met Itorilous se
p. vice while undler fi'e on thIs occasli
h. lhe was awvardedl the Crtolx (Ie Gut'
C. by the Fr'enchu gov'ernment. Onle of I
t'; mo(st C'ovet ed imil t ary3 honors Int
-s. girt of the Fr'en'h r'ep~ublic.
New Auto ILleentses Due.
'Although the 'New Yeara has beeni
n-for a week now a gr'eat mtany autont
an b ilists have niot secure'd thlir If
licenses, according to a statenment
Sheriff Held yester'day. .\ r. Held si
cd that lie was allowIng a r'easonial
ed time within whIch 1lIcenises may lie
ed chred, but that autoist s should wru
ay for' the(m righit away' If t hey3 would
us sure of avoiding; a penalty'. Ilie st
-er ed that hie has a fuillI su pply of blar
if and envelopes In his office and wvo1
n- lie glad to fitrinish them to those
niy plying for them.
TIenne sseennt Arirestedi.
Sheriff John Ilol t of Newport, Tet
lo was in Laurenis Thur'sday tot' the p
enpose of carr'ylng back( a pr'isotner V
eewas arrested her'e Sunday by Cl
illakely and wh'lo Is wanited at. Ni
idport on a char'ge of larceny. The n1
hear'restedl Is Dil1man Lee who had h
aempldoyed at one or the cot ton mi
ashere for' the past two ot' thlree mionil
Meeting of D). A. lb.
The Hlenry Laur'ens chapter, 1). A.
will meet ,with Miiss Olytithia Jo
at Frtidlay afternooni at. 3:30 o'clock.
glht thIs Is the meeting when the ant'
in- (lutes are payable, a full attenidane
OLD HICKORY DIV]
DEATH OF ROOSEVELT [
MOURNED IN ENGLAND
London, Jan. 6.-News of the death q
of former President Roosevelt first be
came known in London through a ca
ble message to the Associated Press
here, which was immediately trans
nitted o official circles where the
keenest regret was expressed at the
Soon afterward a British news
agency dispatcl) from New York gave
the news to the I)ublic.
Colonel Roosevelt, who always was
a popular figure in 'Eingland in gen
eral, hecame even more popular duri'
Ing the course of the war because of
his unfalling support of the course of
lie Allies and his constant advocacy
of a pro-Britishi policy for the U1ni
Colonel Roosevelt's reference to the
nicessity, in his view, of Iritisli su
premacy on the seas were given twide
currency in recent weeks during the
discussion on the freedom of the seas.
The afternoon newspapers 'print
prominently the early announcenients
of Colonel Roosevelt's death, and near
ly all of them contain characteristic
pictures of him on their first pages.
The Pall Mall Gazette publishes a long
biographical sketch of the former pres
ident, concludiig w4th the Words:
"By his death, America loses a great
citizen, the allies a good friend and the
vorld a vivid, interesting and virile
personality that. can Ill io spared."
LANSIN AND POINCARE
EUIOGIZ'I NG ROOSEVEl/T
Paris, Jan. 6.-Secretary Lansing
"The death of Colonel Rooseveit re
moves from our national life a great
American. Ills vigor of mind and
ceaseless energy made him a conspie
unus figure ii public affaIrs. Friends
and enemies alike recognized tle
force of hiis personality and tle great
- influence he had in molding piillic
Ihougliht. and purpose. hiis patlriotism
and devotion to hiis couinry will long
he remembeired by all li fellow (-ii
zens, while his sturdy Americalnism
w%,ill be an inspiration to fiture gen
i erat Ions."
I ''c::lent Poincare. iwhen informed
v The Associated Press of the death
If Theodore Roosevelt. said
"I am very much affected by the i.
s -'rt of former President lRoosevelt's
. death. Tt was so unexpected. After
t. tle former president had left tle hos
)f pital some days ago we though t. that
I- all danger had past.
3' "Well do .1 reiemlwebr the dignified
I- letter T received from .Mr. Roosevelt,
is after the death of his son, Quent in. in
i which he Informed me that he w%,as
R- coming to France to visit tle grave of
-his son. Tt is distressing to think that
r poor Roosevelt will not have an op
in port unIty to lay flower's on the grave
re~ of his heiroie son.
ie '"The whuol e hieairt of Froace goes out
ie to Mirs. Rlooseve'lt ini sympa1)thy.
"Friend of Iiber' ty,' friendi of Froance,
ReoSevelt has given. without counting
sonls and( dauightersM his enuergy that
,i libe'rty may live. We ar'' grateful it
mhim. W'e wish to ex\press5 to i's
P oosevelt ou m11 iost 5!inc(ere condol
it~ Yumtir ('ild hhies Fromi Burns.
te Katleen l le.njain, the sev'en yea
.e- ol (aight er of NIir. and1 i's. ,1. C
ite ilenujamini wias so badly hurned at Ihi
lie home of lier pa rents aIn tils city 3'''lTus
it day that she dlied l'rlday morning afte
ks all efforts to relieve her had failed
lid The lit tie giirl was standing befor
40- the tine iwhieii hier clothes became ig
it ed and althbough lier' mothler' w.as se
r'iouisly burnuedl in trying to (liunch th
tiames the child wvas serIously buirnet
mI., 1 ici lIt tie sistei' also had most of lie
ur..- halir bitrned firom her head. The 1h0(
ho was cai'ried to Langston chur'ch Fr
lef (lay ev'eninig and laid to rest in t h
w- family biurying groundl~. NIir. and Alr:
tan Ilenjamnin were tempoiratrily nmakin
M'n theIr home in the Laurens Mfills vi
ills loge preparatory to moving to I lart
his. vylle, whieire i'. Benjamin expectedh
enter Into new duities the fIrst of tI
ne0s Official figures furnished by C.
As MleCravy show that. there were 35,7~
r' hales of,ecottonl ginnedI in this coun
a is to December 13. To the same date ha
yenar the enort wna 33,642
IME HOME SOON
)esignated by Gen. March
- NATIONAL GUARD
lIree Overseas Divisions with Hfeati
quarters Troops of Second Army
Designated for Early Return IIome.
Exact TJ'lime tiat Troops will Arrive
has not been Stated.
That a large unit of local tiroops
'itlh the armies in France will soon be
it their way. 1101110 Is indicated in a
atellielit froi Gen. Alarcl, issued
;atutirday. General Pershing, so this
tatlenent read, had designated tihte
'hirtieth Division among several di
isions for early return hlole. The
'hirt ieti Division is made ip pin
ipally of troops from South Carlina,
Corlh Carolina, Tennessee and the
listrict of Columbia. Included in the
sotth Carolina leg11 'itnts is the local
'ompany of the 118th In fantry om
nanded by Captain Arthur Lee. No
'urt her an noui nceenlilt has been made
is to the time of their expected ar
ival or the place of their landing or
lemobilization. Many rumors have
een set afloat as to demohiization
lians but no definite statement has
2ome1 from the War Department thus
rar. Thle dispatch carrying the an
nouncemnit of Gen. March was as fol
Washington, Jan. .--The deiojii
ization of the army Is approaching its
fitial phases with1 tile breaking up of
the combat divisions In this country
and the issuance of orders for early
return of tle first three fighting di
visions from France.
General March, chief of staff. an
noulced today General Pershing had
designated the Tiirtiletht and Thirty
seventh (National Gulard) ald the
Ninety-first (National Armv) Divisions
for early retlrn, while in the home
training camps .10,.00 mn en of til com
hat divisions, heretofore ield inact,
had beeln ordered dischartged.
The three ovelseas divisiolns with the
leiadqtualters troops of A1ajor' GOtenral
Reed's Secondl ('orIps. also designated
for return'll. total 82,000 mn11l. Gener 'lal
lar l said that illu('Itdilgl these di
visions, the total numliber of men
avail able for discharge was 1,37.0tit
and that 10.191 ofticers and , 1019 men
had bieen mulstelred ont ull) to yestel
Tho ellief of staff also disclosed that
flte war department. was preparing to
take into the regutlar army uin1der the
propose( reorganization plan, those
reserve and temporary offlice's whose
ecord(1 dring the war show themt to
, ftIted for plrofessional milItary life.
Olicial recor'ds of tle wa' depat -
mttttI, anlouicetd( General Miareb'l, show
that thlt e Fi rst t regilar) Division, 1lht
ti1st ltnit to arrlive in France. landed
in June, 1917, anl thitat the last Amer
icanI d ivisioni to Iandtt was the lEi uhth
iln O't oberI last. Ihet wveen thiese dhat et
10 dlivisions were't sent over'seas, the
atdvantce elementits (it each heinig latndedl
as followvs: .\uguist. 1917, iPe.cond f'
vision: Steptemblcr, f'Tenty-sixth: No
vembe htr, lFoirt y-st's'ondIt: Deccembt er.
Foth. Twntyt -seenth.Nie Sixth. Thirty
spril.tlatl et Thirti-ttth. Twe ty-ihth
Fourth Twny-sl eenir, S tIylith, Thinrty
-tirt d Thirllith and i Ilg ilIeth: t . -n
ftISeven i~t, Elgt ythird, Eight y -
ignth, it y-ndti, Nintieth Thry
t e. seenth and Twenty-nith; tJ-uly.
, I'evety-sixth, aSevenitity-o'int Nine
- firs',and irty-lixth;nd Auguslteigt -
n fIth ren toh, li tyerst. t T illy
. eigth,1 Titrety-nith, Frt tt(ieh; . ap
- he, Onirtylit dle and Thit-egth. i t
y A\rt ill ely. Forty -second Divi sit n. had
- htetn prla(cticallIy wvipetd ot iln actijolt'
c G'enleral13 laIch said Mlajor G;ene ral1
; Menoher', formelr commanider of' . tw
g F"orty-second, whlo is nowv int Wa 'h
f ngton, had stated specificalIly that
0 tultits, lie had. hlad not suIffered( My -
e ulnulsually he(avy losses.
Gener'al 3larcht requtIested t hatI att en -
Ion h~e called( to thle fact thfat, thte
war' risk insurtanice bur1eaul is an ad
-' junci(t of the tr'easurty depar'tmient and
2 (10es not come1 unlder' tihe war deptat
y nment. 1Ie saidl his personal miall was
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