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MEMBER
NEWS SERVICE
VOL. XLII, NO. 19
Full Year Term
Now For Officers
Of Local Union 42
Salem, Ohio—At the last meet
ing of Local No. 42 many import
ant questions were up for debate
and were settled in a matter sat
isfactory to the majority of those
present.
President Robert Morrow was
elected conferee to the wage con
ference now in session. He is quite
capable of handling this task for
the members of No. 42, and we are
back of him in his efforts.
Another important resolution had
its third reading and was adopted
by a good majority. Beginning in
December officers will be elected
for a term of one year rather than
six months. This should prove bene
ficial as our officers will have the
time to really get their thoughts
and ideas to working and it should
improve our strength as a body.
The motion to have five decal
girls on each machine also carried,
after a lengthy discussion, both pro
and con. This will provide an op
portunity for those girls who have
dusted and back stamped for sev
eral years to learn the decal trade.
Perhaps in time this will, serve to
unite the decal girls into one group
to better their trade throughout
the organization. At the present it
appears the decal shop is divided,
which can be a dangerous situation
if it is allowed to continue. Remem
ber girls, by working together you
have the strength to better your
trade, but when you are divided,
not only your trade but our union
has to suffer. So let us try to get
some harmony in the decal shop
and really secure those working
conditions that you surely need.
As this was our last meeting to
vote on the referendum and also to
elect a conferee, a good crowd was
on hand. Still with two extra large
crowds at our last two meetings
there were still more than half of
our members who did not vote.
Many will say that their one vote
would not have made any differ
W ence. Let us think thgt ont qver for
moment. If you were to take “a
spark plug from your car it would
proWbly etilt rim MtW with the
efficiency that you expect. That al
so holds true of any organization
where only a very, small minority
constitutes its operating force. It
too runs along, but not as well as
ZZ/ it could if everyone would take an
active part in its workings. And by
putting their shoulders to the wheel
things would move more smoothly
and there wouldn’t be the dissen
sion in our ranks that we now have.
At conference time we cannot
afford to have a divided group re
presenting us at such a crucial
meeting. With living costs at an all
time high everyone should be pull
ing together to help the trade se
cure a much needed raise in our
earnings. Another thing that we
hope comes out of the conference
is a pension plan. This is very
much needed and will provide for
our future.
Is it true that one of our decal
girls is crying her heart out since
a guy by the name of Bob left for
other parts? Only time can heal a
broken heart, so don’t despair and
perhaps there will be another to
take his place real soon. —O.C. 42
TEAMSTERS SIT-OUT
PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Chicago (LPA)—The general ex
ecutive board of the Int’l Brother
hood of Teamsters-AFL voted this
week to limit its political activities
this year to the “local level.” Re
efraining from endorsing any presi
dential aspirant, the board called
on all IBT members to “help elect
the friends of labor whether they
be Republicans or Democrats.” *,
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NEED MORE PAY, CAN’T EAT HAY—If Michigan
NEED MORE PAY, CAN EAT HAY If Michigan Bell Tele
phone .Co. doesn’t come thru with a raise, at least most Detroiters will
know about it. Members of Communication Workers of America-unaf
filiated drive a hay wagon thru town advertising their plight. They also
hired a plane to carry a CWA slogan over the motor city.
Carney Refuses To Testify
Before House
Washington (LPA)—CIO Secre
tary-treasurer’James B. Carey last
week refused to testify before a
subcommittee of Rep. Fred Hart
ley’s (R., N. J.) House Labor Com
mittee which is conducting inquir
ies into Communist influence in the
United Electrical” Workers.
In a letter to subcommittee chair
man Rep. Charles Kersten (R.,
Wis.) Carey said that UE is “a
free and voluntary association of
American citizens and others join
ed together in this country to pro
tect their economic rights.”
The leader charged that recent
Congressional investigations “re
veal a tendency of Congress to
brand labor organizations as con
spiratorial groups and make it in
creasingly difficult for workers to
maiptaip .thej5,organizations as in
tegral American institutions
Carey declared that the commit
tee would accomplish no good by
its investigation of Communism in
unions because “such investiga
tions have in the past always had
the result of giving aid and com
fort to the Communist Party and
served the interests of employers
who would rather do business with
Communists than with bona fide
leaders of organized labor.”
Following receipt of Caret’s res
pectful declination” of the request
that he testify about conditions in
the union of which he was the first
president, Rep. Kersten announced
this week that he would subpoena
both Carey and incumbent Presi
dent Albert J. Fitzgerald Fitzger
ald, with Communist support, sup
planted Carey in 1941.
U. No. 5 Holds
Annual Picnic
Evansville, Ind. The annual
picnic for members of Local Union
No. 5 was held August 28 at Lipp
ers Grove. Mrs. Theresa Montgo
mery was general chairman of the
picnic and along with her commit
tee planned a very entertaining
day for the potters.
Contests, games and dancing to
Jack Swope’s band tfas enjoyed by
all. Barbecue was served through
out the day. No one should have
come away hungry.
Brother John Schutz is repre
senting'.Local 5 at the wage con
ference which is in session at At
lantic City.
79 States Warned Of Mine Hazards
Many Safety Violations Uncorrected
Washington, D. C. (ILNS).—
Officials in 19 states were warned
last April of disaster hazards in
the coal mines of their states, the
Department of the Interior report
ed to Congress.
Governors of 12 states—Ala
bama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana,
Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and
Wyoming—were advised by the
Bureau of Mines that “disaster haz
ards existed or were developing”
in certain coal mines in those
states at the time of the latest fed
eral inspection. At the same time,
Bureau of Mines Director James
Boyd advised the heads of mine in
spection agencies in 7 states—Colo
rado, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Utah and West Vir
ginia—of similar conditions exist
ing or developing in mines in those
states. In all, warnings were issued
covering 529 mines in 19 states,
and this practice since has been
continued by the director of the
Bureau of Mines through letters to
presidents of coal companies con
cerned.
Although not obligated under
Public Law 828, state mining agen
cies and mine owners or operators
were requested to send to the Bur
eau of Mines reports of action
forms, on the correction of safety
code violations pointed out by fed
eral inspectors. In 1,060 reports
submitted by state mining officials,
15,449 violations of the safety code
were indicated.
The report said: More than half
of the 27,313 safety code violations
reported by federal coal mine in
spectors at 1,934 mines during the
year ended June 30, 1948, were not
corrected.
About one-third were corrected
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made” in eliminating another
percent
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Labor Group
Local Union No. 51
Attendance Good
At Last Meeting
Canonsburg, Pa.—Local Union
No. 51 had a very good crowd pre
sent at their meeting August 30,
at which time a great deal of bus
iness was transacted.
The referendum vote was com
pleted and we are happy to state
that this local was favorable for
our National President and Na
tional Secretary-Treasurer.
Brother John Mamrack was elect
ed conferee in a very stiff battle
with Brother Calvin Bixby.
Sister Rose Kopler was appoint
ed Chairlady of the Social Com
mittee and we are expecting some
very good times this winter.
The next meeting will be Mon
day, September 13, 8:00 p. m. All
members are requested to be pre
sent. Let’s make it another inter
esting meeting.—O.C. 51
Ruling Of NLRB
Deprives Strikers
Of Right To Vote
Washington (LPA)—A unanim
ous NLRB last week ruled that men
on strike for higher pay, or over
other economic issues, who have
been replaced on the job, may not
vote in NLRB conducted union re
presentation ballots.
The decision was the board’s
first ruling under section 9 (c) (3)
of the Taft-Hartley law which says
“Employes on strike who are not
entitled to reinstatement shall not
be eligible to vote.”
According to the board this
means anyone who is on strike for
economic reasons whose job has
been filled during the strike. The
board pointed out that if the strike
is over unfair labor practices by
the employer all strikers retain
their voting rights, as do economic
strikers who have not been replac
ed.
The result of the board’s ruling
was to confirm the Retail Clerks
Protective Ass’n-AFL as the union
in the Times Square Stores in New
York City. Local 830 of the Retail,
Wholesale & Dep’t Store Employes
CIO, which had represented the
Times Square workers was on
strike, and didn’t appear on the bal
lot since it is not in compliance
with the Taft-Hartley law. The
AFL union organized non-striking
workers and replacements.
The RWDSE local charged that
employer unfair labor practices
were responsible for the strike. But
NLRB General Counsel Denham’s:
office ruled that this was not the
case and the strike was for higher
wages. The five-man NLRB said
that it cannot override the General
Counsel’s dismissal of the CIO
charges and so viewed the strike
as a purely economic one.
CIO General Counsel Arthur
Goldberg bitterly attacked the de
cision as “stretching the law even
beyond its stated terms.” Tie de
clared that it means “strikebreak
ers are permitted to vote and tip
the scales in an NLRB election
against the actual employes who
by their ballots have demonstrated
their confidence in their union.”
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AST LIVERPOOL, OHIO, (THURSDAY, September 9, 1948
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Twenty-Three New
Members Initiated
By Local Union 4S
Trenton, N. J.—Local 45 is still
in existence, even if it does not
seem very lively judging by O. C.
45’s stories or lack of them recent
ly*
There are v£ry few complaints.
This speaks well for management
and the local, therefore it is pro
bably the reason for lack of news.
The question of the officers* sal
aries did not cause much of a rip
ple judging by the vote and consid
ering four meetings were held, in
stead of the proposed two and. the
last one on a refreshment nighti
The local owes an apology to
those who came to vote between
the hours of 3 and 5 p. m. August
27 and found no preparations made.
This was probably due to the fnct
that our secretary who usually ar
ranges such things was on vaca
tion.
This local has welcomed 23 new
members since the first of August.
Frequently we have to hold more
than one initiation at each meeting.
Applicants should be present by
8:15 p. m.
Many of our members, including
some who seldom attend the meet
ings, feel that something should
be done to stir up more interest.
The following resolution was given
its first reading September 3.
“Monthly dues paid at the meeting
shall be 50 cents, but if paid to the
assessment collector it shall be one
dollar. Note one month in the hall
at a time.” This will only be done
to insure greater attendance and
the local hopes it will have that
effect.
Other suggestions will be gladly
received and the resolution will be
up for discussion September 17.
Should this resolution be adopted,
we hope it will be taken in good
spirit by everyone, as it is not too
much to expect members to attend
once a month, unless for sickness
or some such valid reason. If they
would rather not attend 50 cents
is not too much for the privilege
of Staying away.
Brother John Cooper, Jr. wa^re
ported sick. Our sympathy is ex
tended to Brother Frank Nowicki
whose mother died August 29. Bro
ther John Simpson was sick, but
we are glad to report he is back.—
O.C. 45
AFL, CIO Heads
Pledge Support
To Pres. Truman
Washington, D. C. (ILNS).—
At separate White House confer
ences, President Truman received
pledges of support from AFL and
CIO union leaders said.jto repre
sent a majority of organized labor.
George M. Harrison, president
of the Brotherhood of Railway
Clerks and head of a committee of
American Federation of Labor
chiefs supporting the Truman
Barkley ticket told the President
that union heads representing 7,
000,000 of the federation’s 8,000,
000 members were now working
for his election.
Philip Murray, president of the
Congress of Industrial Organiza
tions, earlier informed the Presi
dent officially of its endorsement
of the Democratic ticket and of a
door-to-door campaign to be car
ried out in his behalf by the CIO
Political Action Committee through
its 400 state and local groups.
Local Shortages In Labor
Are Seen Probable
Washington, D. C. (ILNS).—
Under the appropriations
Congress fur air force expansion
and the Economic Cooperation Ad
ministration, local labor shortages
—particularly in aircraft and ship
building centers—are probable.
In a study of reports received
from state employment services
throughout the country, the U'. S.
Employment Service concludes that
labor supply is tightest in a num
ber of aircraft centers concentrat
ed in the Great Lakes and Middle
Atlantic industrial regions.
Labor shortages will not be uni
form from area to area, but^will
vary depending upon the volume,
occupational skills, and timing of
employment expansion required in
a given area, the local labor mar
ket situation, and the competition
from other industries for labor
supply in the same area.
The major source for the air
craft expansion program will pro
bably be from those already em
ployed in other industries, due to
the fact that there is so little labor
surplus and many of those unem
ployed are not occupationally suit
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Byrd Machine
Lays Gravel!
THEY’RE STILL OUT—Strikers at the huge Boeing aircraft
plant in Seattle, have been on the picket lines for months now because
of a company refusal to reinstate tnem under the terms ordered by an
NLRB trial examiner. Boeing has been trying to get the thousands of
members of Int’l Association of Machinists back into the plant without
a contract.
Make Government Model
Employer, Tniman
Philadelphia (ILNS).—President
Truman, in a message to the bien
nial convention of the American
Federation of Government Em
ployes, held up making the federal
government a model employer as
an objective of the nation.
The President praised the AFGE
and other federal employe organ
izations for helping to attain “a
forward looking policy that has
promoted efficiency and raised the
morale of employes throughout the
service.”
“Our ultimate goal,” he added,
“and one to which I commend your
attention, is to make the federal
government an ideal, model em
ployer, and of government service
a career that will attract the best
talent in the land.”
Truman asked federal employes
to help rid the service of inefficient
workers and those found to have
subversive beliefs. He said it was
jnajor responsibility of every sup
ervisory and administrative federal
employe to aid in uncovering in
competent or disloyal persons in
their ranks.
“By and large, I believe the busi
ness of the government is being
carried on by capable, loyal, con
scientious personnel,” Truman
wrote. “Undoubtedly, in an organ
ization so large, there are some in
terested in doing as little as they
can.
“It may also be true that there
are a few whose beliefs, and some
times actions, are opposed to our
form of. government,” he continued,
“but adequate means now exist to
rid the service of such persons.”
Front Royal, Va. (LPA)—The
Byrd machine, controlling force in
the Democratic Party in Virginia,
leaves no stones unturned to make
it inconvenient for those who fight
their hold on the state. That’s clear
to residents in Stonewall Heights,
the union-sponsored housing pro
ject overlooking this textile city.
It seems that when Textile
"worKers Union of America plan
ned the housing development, they
spent over $7000 on the purchase
of rights of way, grading and put
ting down a solid stone foundation
of the 1800 feet of road between
the main highway and the homes.
Last fall, Virginia officials noti
fied the housing corporation that
the state had taken over the road.
Then, a couple of weeks before the
recent primaries, word got around
that Local 371, TWUA might sup
port the Byrd candidate for Senate,
instead of the insurgent candidate,
Colonel Hart.
Just as fast as the rumor reach
ed the state highway department,
they started laying gravel over the
unfinished roadbed.
Then, two days before the elec
tion, Business Agent Charles Lead
man of Local 371 formally ann
ounced he was supporting the
labor-sponsored, anti-Byrd slate.
The next day, the highway men
mysteriously ran short of gravel
and left about 200 feet of the road
unfinished. And to this day they
still don’t know when it’ll be fin
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Urges
labor’SmokesOut
Plan To Eliminate
Labor Department
Washington (LPA)—The week
ly newspaper Labor, official pub
lication of the railway unions, in
an exclusive story last week reveal
ed that the Hoover Commission on
Government Organization has been
“working on a proposal for out
right abolition of the Department
of Labor.” The story brought a flat
denial from ex-President Herbert
Hoover.
A check by LPA of government
and union officials who have been
involved in discussions with mem
bers of the Hoover Commission’s
staff amply confirms a o r* s
charges. Beyond doubt members of
the Commission and its crew of
“experts” have been toying with
the idea of scrapping the Labor
Dep’t.
No formal recommendation has
yet been made to the committee
that the agency set up to serve the
working men and women of the
nation be abolished, but some of
its members are believed to favor
the scheme. One member said that
Hoover himself had considered the
idea.
Labor’s report, however, brought
from Hoover an indignant denial.
“The Commission has never enter
tained anything of the sort. All of
its discussions have included main
tenance of the Labor Department,”
the depression President declared.
Corporation vice presidents, in
dustrial engineers, and Wall Street
financiers dominate the Hoover
Commission and its professional
staff, which includes not one trade
union representative, Labor points
out.
Several months ago the Bureau
of Labor Statistics called in its ad
visory committee, which does in
clude union people, to meet with a
staff member of the Hoover Com
mission. Altho they couldn’t pin
him down, the labor representatives
got the distinct impression that
further emasculation of the Labor
Dep’t was being considered.
Consensus in Washington is that
the expose by the influential rail
road labor paper nipped in the bud
a proposal which the Hoover Com
mission might otherwise have
come up with. The scheme called
for putting BLS in the business
dominated Dep’t of Commerce, and
the rest of the Labor Dep’t
branches into the Federal Security
Agency.
UNION CHIEF’S BODY
RETURNED TO U. S.
Cincinnati, O. (ILNS). The
body of Harry Stevenson, president
of the International Molders’ and
Foundry Workers’ Union of North
America, who died in Manchester,
England, Aug. 24, is being return
ed to Irvington, N. J., for burial.
Funeral services will be held at the
Haeberle and Barth funeral home
in Irvington Tuesday, Sept. 7. Pre
sident Stevenson was stopping in
England enroute home from attend
ing an international congress of
molders at Stockholm.
There was not a large attend
ance, but the group was most at
tentive. Two new members were
initiated. It was voted not to hold
a meeting Tuesday, September 14
unless the conferees have returned.
There was a discussion on medi
cal attention in East Liverpool.
Most members were of the opinion
that the doctors are not taking
proper pains to make calls at night.
The writer had quite a time Sun
day night getting a doctor for a
sick child. He was unable to get
the doctor until Monday at one
o’clock. We feel this situation
should be corrected and a letter
was ordered sent to Trades and
Labor asking their support.
Let us hear from other locals on
this and see if we can work out
something with the doctors. O.C.—
124
Trades And Labor
Ta Meet Sept. 15
The East Liverpool Trades and
Labor Council will elect a delegate
to the A. F. of L. National Conven
tion at its next regular meeting
Sept. 15, all members are asked to
be present for this meeting.
We would like to call attention
to all A. F. of L. members to tune
in on the American Federation of
Labor Broadcast each Tuesday
night from 10:45 to 11:00 p. m.
Eastern Standard time, by Ameri
can Broadcasting Co. It is highly
educational, entertaining, and an
impressive program.
Dr. Warren F. Draper
In UMW Medical Post
Washington, D. C. (ILNS).—
The United Mine Workers of Am
erica has announced the appoint
ment of Dr. Warren F. Draper as
executive officer of its medical and
hospitalization service, effective
Sept. 1.
Dr. Draper was formerly associ
ated with Dr. R. R. Sayers in the
U. S. Public Health Service. Dr.
Sayres, former head of the Bureau
of Mines, now is chairman of the
union’s medical advisory board.
Dr. Draper joined the Public
Health Service in 1910 and was de
puty Surgeon General from 1939
to 1946. He was a major- general
during World War II in charge of
the public health branch at Allied
Headquarters.
Chicago (ILNS).—The Ameri- June
can public evidently has begun at
last to recognize its responsibility
for safe use of the highways. That
was the comment of Ned H. Dear
born, president of the National
Safety Council, as the council an
nounced that traffic deaths in July
went down 3 percent.
The toll in lives for one of the
year’s most hazardous months was
2,700 as compared with 2,780 for
the same month last year. That
brought the year’s traffic death
toll to 16,390—lower by 4 percent
than the 7-month total for 1947.
The spectacular drop in the mile
age death rate prompted Dear
born’s remark. With actual deaths
inching downward and travel soar
ing upward, the number of deaths
per 100,000,000 vehicle miles has
fallen sharply in each month to an
gll-time low, as follows:
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OF OPERATIVE POTTERS
Purchasing Agents Hit
Price Rises, Unjustified
By Latest Wage Increases
I New York City (ILNS).—Profiteering is behind many
price increases, the National Association of Purchasing
Agents charges, in effect, in a i-port made by its business
survey committee.
The association, which cftn hardly be called a radical or
ganization, supports labor's charge that many price advances
have not been justified by the. latest Wage increases. And it
warns that the “upsurge of prices” threatens economic sta
bility. A
Price upswings which followed summer wage boosts cov
—------------------—Z ZZ-----------Z“*ered more materials and had effect
on more bu’ess than in any per
iod since pr.ces were decontrolled,
the business survey committee
found. Issued by Chairman Robert
Doctors Main Topic
Of Discussion At
L. U. 124 Meeting
At the last meeting of No. 124
Brother Tony Wynn presided in
the absence of President Arm
strong who is attending the wage
conference. The meeting was con
ducted very well by this elderly
brother.
1941 1947 1948
January ........ 12.01 9.1 7.5
February ....... 12.0 8.4 7.6
March ........... 10.8 8.2 7.0
April ........ ..... 9.4 7.7 6.6
May 10*0 7.8 7.6
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C. Swanton, director of purchases
of the Winch^ter Repeating Arms
Corp, divi.'-.un of Olin Industries,
Inc., New Haven, Conn., the com
posite opinion of purchasing agents
comprising the committee disclos
ed that they look on “this but up
surge of prices as creating an un
stable and top-heavy price struc
ture.”
“Some prices advanced beyond
the amount justified by the immed
iate wage increase, indicating a
passing along of accumulated cost
increases fron) freight-rate and
price adjustments,” they said.
"Buyers point to growing public
price resistance products being
priced out of the markets.”
Purchasing agents report that
the general industrial business this
summer has maintained the gains
made from March to June but has
leveled off on that high plateau
and now shows some indications of
a downward trend. Production is
slightly off from June, largely re
flecting the vacation shutdowns
which are more widespread than in
past years.
Backlogs of orders, which start
ed to grow in April, have shown no*
increase since June, although sup
ported by more intensive and ag-«
gresaive sales efforts. Commenting
on the reasons for this situation,^
purchasing executives mention 4
factors: (1) prices being too high,
(2) greater availability of many
lack of any incentive for forward
buying beyond known require-'
ments.
The over-all business picture is
still good, the purchasing commit
tee added, but future developments
seem less certain.
In inventories, they reported that
the tendency is to “live off the fat”
where any fat exists. The trend to
build up stocks, reported in May
and June, has been reversed as
more purchasing agents report in
ventory reductions.
The longest list of price increases
ever reported in one survey period
followed the price raises in basic
commodities, the report continued.
It said the entire list is too long
for publication, and listed only
items in most general use. These
were abrasives, automotive,- alum
inum, bearings, copper and brass,
cadmium, cellophane, cement, cig
arettes, coal, coke, electrical equip
ment, firebrick, graphite, iron,
steel, lead, machinery and repair
parts, office furniture, opticals,
phenol, printing, pumps, refractor
ies, rubber products, sulphuric acid,
tin, tools, valves, wire, wood pulp,
zinc and zinc products.
Reported down in price were
alcohol, air hose, poorer grades of
coal, vegetable oils, grains, sugar,
hides, leather, southern pine, Doug
las fir, mercury, synthetic resins,
screw machine products, shellac,
silver, soap, stearates.
Traffic Death Drop Seen Recognition
Of Public’s Safety Responsibility
11.0 7.1
July................ Not yet available
“In other words, every 100,000,
000 miles of travel in 1941 brought
about 11 deaths,” said Dearborn.
“Last year the same amount of
travel resulted in 8 deaths, and this
year about 7 deaths.
Safety Drive Successful
“The actual decline in July
deaths is especially gratifying be
cause an intensive nationwide effort
was made to hold traffic tragedy to
a minimum over the Fourth of July
and throughout the month of heavy
vacation travel. Government of
ficials and enforcement officers,
newspapers and radio stations, and
the public can take a bow for a jab
well done.”
Three regions of the country are
carrying the burden for the bright
er traffic picture, according to the
council. The North Atlantic, South
Atlantic and Pacific states had
sharp death reductions for the 7
months. The North Central and
South Central states had little
change from last year, and the
Mountain states had a sizeable in
crease in fatalities.
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