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The Western News
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Devoted to the Development of Libby, and of Lincoln County
Libby, Lincoln County, Montana, Thursday, September 2, 1948
Number 16
Fair-Celebration Program is
Complete; Mansfield to Speak
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Chairman Lloyd Midyett and his
committees announce that the West
ern Lincoln County Labor Day Fair
and Celebration plans have been
rounded out and but little remains
to be completed before, the big
event begins.
A page advertisement sponsored
by some fifty Libby business houses
appears in this issue inviting one
and ail to attend the annual fes
tivities. It is anticipated that larger
crowds will be in attendance than
ever before to see the most pre
tentious program in the history of
Libby celebrations and fairs.
An added attraction for Monday
evening's program, is the announce
ment received too late for publi
cation in last week's Western News,
that the Hon. Mike Mansfield will
deliver the Address of the Day.
Mansfield, this districts represen
tative in Congress is well known
and liked in Lincoln County and
always draws a good crowd.
The parade will start Monday at
1:00 sharp from the Monument in
front of the High School on Lin
coln Boulevard. Floats and other
entries will line up on Montana
Avenue between the school build
ings, and all taking part should
arrange to be in the line-up by
12:30. The line of march will be
north on Mineral Avenue to Second
Street; west On Second to California,
and thence south on California to
Sixth Street and disband. Sid Es
cott, parade chairman, in discus
sing entries for the event, stated
that everyone is urged to enter
something in the parade.
Ralph Roberts of the baseball
committee tells The Western News
to be sure to inform "its readers
that Tinker's Drive-In has promised
a free steak dinner to every player
who during the baseball tournament
hits a home run.
Don't forget the following high
lights of the two days program:—
4-H demonstration and judging con
test Saturday evening at 7:30 in the
High School Building; flower judg
ing the same evening at 9:00 o'clock
in the ball park. The Sunday af
ternoon program opens with the
Libby and Bonner ball game which
will be followed by the game be
tween the fast teams from Tekoa.
Wash., and Simshuck, Spokane.
Sunday evening will feature
plenty of entertainment including
the Andy Gompf Little German
Band, Bill Haney, the Magician, and
plenty of other acts preceding the
big open air street dance. Incidently
Mayor Gompf will be master of
ceremonies at both evening enter
Monday morning will be devoted
to free contests of log sawing, chop
ing etc. Following the parade Mon
day the ball tournament will be
finished at the ball park. The even
ing program will feature Charles
Luedke, the magician, also Leo
Philippin!, accordion player, and
Lois Halfpap, acrobatic dancer. The
address of the day by the Hon. Mike
Mansfield will be followed by the
awarding of special prizes by the
Libby Fire Department, whch will
be a ftting close for two days of
entertainment and pleasure.
Later; As The Western News goes
to press word comes that two rides
including shetlands for the children
have been engaged.
Miller Store Adds
More New Fixtures
Miller's Clothing Store is com
pleting its remodeling this week
and has acquired that attractive
"new look" so much desired.
The new fixtures were all de
signed especially for the Libby store
by Fayette F. Oakley, architect and
interior technician of Spokane. They
were manufactured by Modern Cab
inet Works, Spokane, and Contractor
Bert Erickson has the installation
contract. The work is being done
by Geoi-ge Calkin.
Sixteen glass fronted shelving
sections greet the eye as one enters
the store. Farther back beginning
about the middle of the store on
the right are seven hanger ward
robes. An up-to-the-minute shoe
section, compact with concealed
stock room, and attractive display
front is located in the back of the
room. Other new and modern fix
tures for displaying merchandise
add to the smartness and finish of
the haberdashery, which is well
lighted with fluorescent lamps from
the central ceiling.
All the fixtures are done in
bleached birch Perma Vera, which
lends to the appearance of the
store's interior. Mr, Miller has faith
in the future of Libby and has
shown this faith in a practical man
ner by the installation of these im
prove ments.
Following is the weather report
for the past week furnished thru
the courtesy of the Libby Ranger
August 26
August 27
August 30
August 31
All Libby business houses will
close next Monday for the Labor
Day Celebration and Fair. People
are asked to bear this in mind while
doing their week end shopping.—
The Merchants Comm.
L Pr.
43 .00
79 37 .00
86 37 .00
82 39 .00
86 30 .00
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A meeting was held last Thurs
day night at the New Central Audi
torium with Mrs. Lois Leibach, Hel
Music lovers will be interested
the announcement that the Libby
Woman's Club will present Inez
Ratekin, pianist, and Raymond
Riese, violinist and baritone, in con
cert at the Junior High Auditorium,
Libby, September 16, at 8 p. m.
Miss Ratekin needs no introduc
tion, having been active in musical
circles here for a number of years.
She played in many recitals and
programs, but this is the first con
cert she has appeared in since she
accompanied Myrtle Leonard, for
mer Metropolitan Opera contralto,
when she sang here in 1941, spon
sored by the Libby Concert Associa
Mr. Riese, a music major at the
University of Washington, is spend
ing the summer with Mr. and Mrs.
A. Lefebvre. Mrs. Lefebvre is his
mother. He started his violin study
at the age of nine and has taken an
active part in many musical affairs.
In 1944 he was a member of the
Youth Symphony of the Pacific
Northwest in Seattle, He was solo
violinist with the Chelsea Naval
Choir which gave concerts in the
larger churches in Boston and vicin
ity, while serving in the U. S. Navy.
This past season he played in the
University of Washington Sym
phony. He has sung solos in
churches of Tacoma and Seattle,
besides participating in concerts in
San Diego, Boston, Seattle, Tacoma,
and Bremerton. As a member of
the University of Washington Men's
Glee Club he recently returned from
a concert tour of 13 cities in Alaska.
This fall he will resume his studies
in violin, voice, and piano at the
University of Washington.
Mobile X-Ray
To Lincoln Co.
The mobile x-ray unit from the
Montana Tuberculosis Association
will be in Lincoln county Septem
ber 30 through October 14, county
organizer Paul Church announced
this week.
ena, Field Secretary of the Montana
Association, presiding.
Walter Partlow, PTA president,
the PTA health committee under
the chairmanship of Mrs. R.
Brennan took over preliminary
ganization. Others attending
meeting were Supt. O. L. Gillespie,
Miss Angela Huchala, Public Health
Nurse; Dr. Paul J. Seifert; B.
Robinson, county agent; Mrs.
Larson; and Mrs. Harold Barenz.
Those from Troy attending
meeting were Mx-s. Chet Hoising
ton, Mx-s. J. B. Farris, Mrs. M. Zim
merman. Eureka was invited
send delegates, but they were
able to be present.
Free chest x-x-ays will be given
every adult over 12 years of age.
Follow-up examinations will
given in any family where tuber
culosis is found. The mobile unit
is arranged to x-ray 80 people
hour. Clerks and other assistants
will be volunteers from each* com
munity. Appointments for the
rays will be made by a door-to-door
canvas. In Libby the unit wil
stationed on Minei'al Avenue/ Wal
ter Partlow has volunteered to make
arrangements for the power hook
Following is the schedule in which
the x-ray unit will take through
out the county.
Libby—Sept. 30 - Oct. 4.
Troy—Oct. 7-8,
Eureka—Oct. 12-14.
Libby Girl Places
In Beauty Contest
Miss Mary Maurer won the honor
of being selected as First Alternate
in the beauty contest for the crown
ing of Miss Northwest Montana at
the Northwest Montana Fdir which
was held last week in Kalispell. Miss
Maurer and her mother, Mrs. F. H.
Maurer spent Thursday and Friday
at the fair, hotel rooms being
served for the contestants and their
The contestants paraded Thurs
day and Friday before the grand
stand. appearing Friday in formal
gowns. Six communities
tered in the contest for this honor,
Sylvia Fleming of Big Fork win
ning the title. The contest winner
represents Northwest Montana at
Pittsburg, Pa., in a screen test.
were en
Henry Gotfredson announced
terday that he has leased the Bur
gan Meat Market and will give the
icople the very best quality meats
for their money.
Mr. Gotfredson has been employ
ed in the meat department this sum
mer coming from Coulee Dam, Wn.
He has made many friends and
satisfied customers in Libby. Mrs.
Gotfredson and the family plan to
join him here in the near future.
There will be no change in the
operation of the market, Mr. Got
fredson stated.
P.T.A. To Meet
September 15
President W, E. Partlow of
Libby P. T. A. announces that
opening meeting of the year will
be held Wednesday, Sept. 15
stead of the regular date of
first Wednesday in September. This
change is made on account of
Labor Day Fair and Celebration
The meeting will take the form
of a get-to-gether and reception
the Libby teachers and promises
prove of outstanding interest.. The
president urges all members and
others interested to reserve this date
for the P. T. A. meeting.
Mr. Partlow announces the fol
lowing committee appointments:
Publicity. Mrs. Luvia Craven,
Mrs. Carl Rawlings and Mrs. Kyle
Beebe; Membership, Wm. Hiatt
Mrs, F. C. Robertson and Mrs. Art
Atkins: Health, Mrs. Harold Barenz,
Mrs. R. H. Brennan and Mrs. Loiî
Brown; Program, Mrs. Art Sheldon,
Howard Ahlskog, Mrs. F. H. Maur
er and Leo Kyser; Hospitality, Mr»
Raloh Spencer, Mrs. W. G. Guern
sey and Mrs. Darrell Shaurette;
Legislative, Paul Church, Mrs. Jes
sie Fagerberg, Ray Croy and H.
Stordock; Budget Si Finance, Mrs.
J. A. Courtright and Mrs. John
Watch For The
Blue Bear!
During an intervew with Kate
and Dick Brinton who are complet
ing the new confectionary and games
building on Mineral Avenue just
south of the Dome Theatre, the Brin
tons made the following statements:
"You may announce that we are
opening the "Blue Bear" sometime
within the next two weeks. We
will specialize in soft ice cream and
recreation, with sidelines of confec
tionery, soft drinks, light lunches
and school supplies,
"The recreation room has facili
ties for oool. ping-pong, and small
arcade games. We wish to empha
size the fact that our place of busi
ness is not restricted to any age
group. We will encourage young
and old (also those not so old) men
and women to come to the Blue
Bear for recreation and refresh
"With the help of Floyd Morgan
and Glen Browning of the Morgan
General Contractors, and many skill
ed local tradesmen, the Blue Beatl
has become a modern building
every respect, capable of giving
public a clean comfortable atmos
phere. We hope all will inspect the
building both before and after the
opening date. We are sure the
public will be as pleased with the
proiect as we are. '
Further discussing their plans, the
Brintons added:
"As soon as the lots south of thc
building have been leveled, a "drive
In" service will be added, so when
folks are tired and feel that the
front seat is softer than our booths,
and wish their refreshments in pri
vacy, they may just "drive in."
"Many have been puzzled over
the name of our establishment, re
marking they have never seen
blue bear—and most of them have
lived in Lincoln County all their
lives! To satisfy their curiousity
six foot, three inch blue bear will
be placed on the front of the build
ing over the marquee"
" uvu me maiquee.
In concluding the discussion of thc
new business, the proprietors re
"We will appreciate the public's
patronage and will do all in em
power to satisfy with quantity,
quality and service—and tell every
one to watch for the opening date."
Lincoln Co. Man in
State GOP Office
The Montana republican state
convention at Billings last Thurs
day re-elected George M. Gosman
of Dillon as chairman of the state
central committee. Ralph Y. Mc
Ginnis, of Missoula, was selected as
chairman for the first congressional
district. Martin T. Farris, of Troy,
was elected as vice-chairman for the
veterans and Young Republicans in
the first district.
In his keynote speech to the con
vention. Senator Zales Ecton
"During the sixteen years of New
Deal control, the party leaders
moved more and more to the idea
that the millenium for our people
could be blueprinted and having
once been blueprinted all there was
left to do to bring about the millen
ium was to pass a law.
"The effect has been to divide
rather than to unify the nation. It
suggests that individual initiative
is inherently selfish and opposed to
the public interest and that better
standards of living can be bestowed
by the government rather than by
the efforts of the people themselves
Union upset the softball dope
bucket in the last league game of
the year to defeat Zonolite 10 to 9
in a closely contested game. The
"knockout" of the game occurred
when catcher Walt Katarzy and
3'd baseman Bill Baeth. collided
while both were reaching for a
short pop-up.
This game does not affect top
league standings but leaves Mer
chants and Union tying each other
for third and fourth position, each
having won two and lost four
games. BPOK heads the league with
five wins and one loss, Zonolite tak
ing second with three wins and
three losses.
McNeill Heads
Polio Drive
the ,
the 1
Mr. Frank E. McDonnell, state
representative for National Foun
dation for Infantile Paralysis, visit
ed in Lincoln county last Thursday.
The Lincoln county chapter officers
and Mr. McDonnell met at the Ca
boose at 6:30 that evening for
dinner and a business meeting fol
lowed. Election of officers was held
and the following persons were
elected for the coming year:
Smith McNeill, Chairman
O. L. Gillespie, Vice-Chairman
Mrs. Walter Morrison, Secretary
Miss Mildred Buck, Treasurer
Mrs. Luvia Craven. Chairman of
Women's Division
Dr. J. M. Cairns. Medical Advisor
Executive Committee:
Paul K Church. Libby
Wm. J. Anderson, Libby
Mrs. Juanita McNeill, Troy
Dr. Edward Dickinson. Eureka
After routine business was com
pleted Mr. McDonnell gave a short
talk and revealed that up to August
14th, 25 cases of polio had been re
ported in Montana in comparison
to 11 cases for the same period last
year. In the United States 8,437
cases of polio have been reported
this year in comparison to 2,663
cases a year ago. In Idaho 74 cases
of polio have been reported so far
this year in comparison to 56 cases
for the same period last year.
Mr. McDonnell further stated
that three nurses from Montana
have been sent to California to as
sist in the treatment of polio cases
during the present epidemic. Cour
ses for training doctors and nurses
in the care of polio cases .will be
given in Denver in October. One
person who is a former resident of
Lincoln county has been selected
by the National Foundation for In
fantile Paralysis Inc., to take a ten
month course in physical therapy at
Stanford University in California,
with all expenses being paid by the
National Foundation.
Members of the 1 ibbv Garden
c]ub were surP rised' and pleased
to i earn , h . h d p ^
prize on th ' j Community Collet
ui£ je booth at the Northwest Mon
tlrtJtfc, Fair, nK It Urdu?
Most f th p dit ' thp su( .
cess of this booth eoes to Mrs
w E Darsow who took all the ex
£bite ToKalispS.decorjtS and
arranged the b £ oth and staved all
I f our d . f it 11
xhc b th indeed as a whole
Libby Garden Club
Wins First Prize
as a commuortv nioicct and in ad
dition each en'trv in the booth was
in^ competitionwith overv other ex
b i b u p , , h Fai q individual
entries' in thc booth nine first
pr j zes cieht seC onds and two third
£' 6 r bt Warded th,,d
r There were several exhibitors
I from outside the Garden Club mem
[ bership who will receive prizes for
a their entries
We wish to thank all of those who
helped to make our exhibit a suc
a cess.
other n, r d™ n,.h
wbo helped prepare the exhibits
r™. t™ exhibits
f 0r the showing were Mrs. Harry
Chapman. Mrs. Evan Yaple, anil
Mrs. J, T. Shanholtzer.
-phe Garden Club also wishes to
call attention to the fact that the
Home Beautification Contest is
drawing to a close. The judges have
made visits to each home entered
m the contest, at intervals all sum
j mer and arc well prepared to a
ward prizes to those deserving of
! them. The last visit will be made
j the second week in September and
I prizes will be announced at the end
of that month. The final decisions
will be made on the showing the
garden and grounds have made
throughout the full season and not
on just the way it looks at thc close
of the contest.
! "And please make people careful,
said:!amen," You've seen that slogan on
the forest conservation posters. The
little brown bear with his blue
overalls and straw hat kneeling,
hands clasped, in the forest clear
ing while many of the other forest
animals stand reverently by.
Well perhaps little brown bears
don't really wear blue overalls and
straw hats but if they pray probab
ly it is "And please make people
This weekend lots of the people
will be out in the forest and there
will be camp fires and cigarettes
flipped. Please be careful, see that
your fires are really out. so that
you can put your hand on the place
where it was without being burnt.
Then step on that cigarette too.
don't leave it smoldering. Remem
ber that the forest is very dry now
and there is reallv a need for ex
treme care.
Please be careful!
Please Make People
Careful—Amen !
Owing to a transposition the price
of the Kresky Oil Furnace adver
tised last week in the Partlow Elec
tric Co.'s advertisement, was in
advertently raised $45. The price
should have read $249. The West
tern News management regrets the
error. ___
Mrs. L. W. Leigh visited in Spo
kane during the weekend.
Funeral Rites For
Mrs. Otto Griep
Funeral services were held yes
terday for Mrs. Otto Griep at the
Libby Presbyterian church with
Rev. James Davidson officiatng.
Mrs. Griep passed away August
28, 1948, at the Deaconess Hospital,
at Spokane after a prolonged
She was 68 years old at the
time of her death.
Born in Sweden, Mrs. Griep came
to Libby in 1919 and was married
in 1920. During the 29 years she
has lived in Libby, Mrs. Griep has
been an active member of the
Presbyterian church and ladies aid.
She was also a member of the Re
bekah Lodge.
She is survived by her husband.
Otto R.; two sisters.Mrs. Hans West
man of Libby and Mrs. Ray Mullenix
of Port Orchard, Wash : and a broth
er, Charles Damar of Isle, Minn.
Those from out-of-town who at
tended the funeral were Mrs. Ray
Mullenix. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Da
mar. Mrs. Mary Strieker, a sister
of Mr. Griep and Mrs. Anna Bartch,
his cousin, both of Edgerton, Wis.
Pallbearers at the funeral were
members of the official board of the
Presbyterian church.
Troy Receives An
Additional $1,100
A wire received yesterday by The
Western News from Senator Mur
ray in Washington. D. C., states that
the senator was advised yesterday
by the Bureau of Community Facil
ities that an additional $1,100 has
been allocated to the Troy water
works repairs from the President's
Emergency Fund for flood damage.
This sum is in addtion to the $3.
903.43 allocated from the same fund
for the Troy project as announced
in The Western News' issue of Aug.
The Libbv Vots came back to llfe
Sunda >' and won a closo bal1 R ame
from Eureka 5 to 3. Libby opened
the scorlns in th *-' second inning
when Gehrinß hit a tri Ple. scoring
on DeMer's single DeMer scored
a moment later when Quilling erred
on J Roberts hit to infield
Libby continued with two more
in thp thll ; d «"Auger's walk. Geh
ring s single and DcMers again dnv
ing in both men with a -sharp single
to r 'R ht center Daugharty scored
the last Libbv run when be doubled
Vets Win Sun.
From Eureka
and was drlven acr0SS the P late b
J Roberts' single.
Gehring held Eureka hitters un
td the sixtb wben M 'ller touched
him for a single. Eureka staged
rally in the first of the Ninth when
Davidson walked, J. Ivers singled
and J. Watkins hit a bounce home
run °ï, er tbt ? flcld f '. l
score Eureka s three tuns. Gem in»,
allow . cd l ' v « hlts , b ? f «,' e i\
ï trL 'ÿ out F Watkins to halt an>
further scoring.
Martinson pitched a good game
£° r , FjUrcka ' str ' k j n R ' ,ut nine Llb
bv batsmen, while allowing seven
u,,. ., nd f ( , llr Gehnnc struck
l ' d f ' k ■
out seven Eureka hitters, gave up
six hits, four of them in the Ninth,
and walked two.
Box Scores :
Vignali, 3b
Eggert. 3 b
Auger, cf
Daugharty. ss
Gehring, p
De Mer, lb
J. Roberts. 2b
Thomson. If
B. Roberts, rf
Christianson, c
Davidson, cf
J. Ivers. 3b
J. Watkins. 2b
Quilling, lb
Martinson, p
Hansen, ss
B. Ivers. c
F Watkins, rf
Miller. If
Score by innings:
0 0
2 0
r h
000 000 003 3 6
022 010 OOx 5 7
jL A

Once more Lincoln's Gopher Inn
brings a musical treat to lovei's of
modern dance music when Jimmie
Zito and his famous orchestra, fea
turing 13 artists appear at that place
Saturday evening, September 4. The
Will Osborne Band proved so great
a success and the response was so
good that Mr. Lincoln has decided
to bring this famous name orchestra
in appreciation of this support.
(Continued on Page Two)
Highway Com.
Discusses How
Jo Raise Funds
''The tourist business is the sec
ond largest one in Montana, and
every' care should be taken to de
velop and encourage that business,'"
stated one of the speakers at the
highway meeting in Helena last Sat
urday. It is estimated that visiting
tourists left $100,000,000 in Montana
during the 1947 season Every in
dication is that that large sum will
be exceeded this year as present
tourist travel is very heavy.
That was only one of the many
highway problems that faced the
state-wide committee that was called
together by Governor Sam C. Ford
to study ways and means of pro
ducing more money for the build
ing and maintenance of highways n*
this state, said Charles D. Rowe
while talking over what had been
done at the meeting with a West
ern News reporter. The governor
had appointed six men from each,
of the 12 highway districts of the
state to study those problems sind,
make recommendations for neces -
sary legislation to be placed before
the next legislature. Mr. Rowe was
one of that
meeting in
group and attended the
A Fine Attendance
Fifty-one men from all parts of
the state took time out from their
own affairs to attend the meeting,
which was considered a very good
attendance out of a possible seventy -
two Governor Ford called the
meeting to order and stated briefly
why he had named the committee
and called the men together. He
said the problem of properly fi
nancing construction and mainte
nance of Montana highways is one
of the largest and most difficult in
the state at this time. He pointed
out that more funds must be raised
if Montana is to continue to develop
and maintain a modern system of
highways, and if the state is to be
able to match federal funds that
are and will be available. The gov
ernor said the state is growing sn
population, agriculture is develop
ing, new industries are coming, re
creational facilities must be de
veloped. The highway department
needs more money to keep the high
ways in step with this over all state
wide development.
Governor Ford discussed the pres
ent financial status of the highway
department, as did also Scott Hart,
chief engineer of the highway de
partment. said Mr. Rowe. They
both pointed out that the state will
have sufficient funds to match fed
eral money that had been allocated
to the state by the 1944 federal act.
This would be for a period of two
additional years. At the end of
that time Montana funds would be
insufficient to match additional fed
eral funds that would become avail
able under a federal act of this year.
The state will need an additional
10 million dollars to match 13 mil
lion dollars of federal money. Thus,
said Hart, would provide funds for
a highway development program for
three years, or added to the funds
that are still available, for a pro
gram of five years. Legislation to
raise the states additional $10,000,
000 is what will be asked of the
next legislature, said Rowe.
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Committee Organizes
The committee chose H. O. Bell
of Missoula as permanent chairman.
It was then decided
executive committee composed of
one member from each of the 12
financial districts of the state, the
representatives from each district
to name their member for the ex
ecutive committee. The members
from District No. 1 composed of
Lincoln, Flathead and Lake coun
ties, named J. M Garey of Kalis
pell to represent this district on
thc executive committee. Members
present from this district were Mr.
Garey of Kalispell. Roy Arnold of
Whitefish, Homer McCullough of
Eureka . Harold Gwynn of Poison,
to name an
(Continued on Page Four)
Bowling to Begin
Monday, Sept. 13
j •
! Harold Zwang will succeed Max
Petrusha as px-esident of the Libby
Bowling League according to Wil
liam Baeth. newly elected secretary
for the league. Others elected to
offices during the annual organiza
tion meeting Friday were, treas
urer, Perce Baker; vice-presidents,
Paul Seifert. Ralph Roberts, Roy
Maness, and Frank
executive board members — A. C.
Austin, L J. Brown, Leonard Sleizer
and Darrell Shaurette.
Bowling will start Monday, Sept.
13 for the eight team leagues which
are scheduled to bowl on Monday
and Friday of each week Four team
leagues will bowl on Wednesdays.
A scratch league and mixed league
are to be organized and will have
regula r bowling days each we ek.
R. M. Broom, Eureka, writes;—
Please renew our subscription for
another year for The Western
News. Enclosed $2.50 for same.
Can't get along without the paper.
Am sending it on to our son who
is on the island of Guam.
Lincoln Fraser of Spokane visited
the week end with his mother, Mrs.
Nina Fraser.
Simurdak; and

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