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Pi-edicted Cold Wave, Tho Not
Severe, -Causes Consternation
After Mild Weather.
Indications Are that Tonight Will
See Mercury Drop Down
Tube Again.
80 weather of Saturday
Fall Was Steady
after 6 p.mof Saturdav A that time
the reading was 34 degrees above. At
midnight the record shows 10 degrees
and by 6 a.m. Sunday the temperature
had fallen to zero. Thru the day the
mercury lingered at the 4 degree mark,
but by 6 $.m it was down to zero
again. At 8 a.m. today the minimum
or 9 degrees was reached, but by noon
the cold had slacked off a couple of
degrees. It is hard to say what will
happen tonight, but it is safe to pre
dict that the cold will at least regain
the ground it lost while the sun was"
That the cold is more apparent than
real is indicated by the fact that plumb
ers have not been rushed with repair
orders. The majority of shops report
that they have had a few bursted pipes
to repair and a few more to thaw out,
but not enough to swamp them. While
all trains have been a little slow in
coming in, due to the difficultv of keep
ing up steam in the face or the cold
wind, the time card has not been seri
ously disarranged.
The charity bureaus report that de
mands upon them have not been in
creased because of the cold. This is
largely due to the fact that they have
been preparing for such an emergency
all winter and now have their regular
dependents warmly housed and clad.
Fuel Market Active.
The fuel market is active, but the or
ders, are for small ton and half-ton lots
for domestic use and the dealers say
that they are still behind last winter's
record of sales. They scout the idea
of a fuel famine. One leading dealer
said today that there was enough wood
available to last thru a cold spell of
ninety days and that the coal supply
was safe as it would be easy to ship in
enough to meet any demand should the
present supply run low, which is im
probable. In connection with the fuel
side* of the present weather the Salva
tioin Army employment bureau reports
a good demand for*wood sawyers.
The wave is booked to linger
for two or three days, and the
chances are that there will be a
further decided drop in temperature, for
reports from North Dakota and the Can
adian northwest show temperatures
ranging from 20 to 28 degrees below
zero. Some of the really cold places
are Qu'Appelle, 28 Devils Lake,
20 Battleford and Prince Albert,
24 Edmonton, 20 and Bismarck,
12. Temperatures on the north Pa
cific coast have already recovered and
gone up to 30 and 40 degrees above.
This warm area will move this way,
and should break the cold here some
time Wednesday or Thursday.
the a
is raging.
stock sufferin from the
sudden' cold, while a little further north
the disturbance takes the form of thun
derstorms accompanied by cold rain and
hail and followed by snow. The warm
wave which passed ovei Minneapolis
last week has moved eastward, becom
ing more pronounced as it approaches
the Atlantic coast and is causing as
much discomfort as the cold in the west.
Baseball games: heat prostrations and
open-air swimming figure largely in the
-eastern dispatches.
Chicago Coroner Finds Large Sui
cide Increase Among Men
Over 60 Years Old.
Journal Special Service.
Chicago, Jan. 22.That the exploita
tion" of Dr. William Osier's chloroform
theories is a contributory cause of the
startling increase in the number of
.suicides in Chicago of men over 60
years old during the last year, is the
deduction reached in the coroner's office
from, a review of the records and a
comparison with those of 1903 and
An increase of 25.8 per cent over the
figures of 1904 for the suicides of men
between 60 and "70 years was found.
Between the ages of 70 and 80 there
was an increase of 33.3 per cent.
The conclusion is that Osier's advo
cacy of the chloroforming of men who
have passed the age of their useful
ness was strengthened by the fa*ct that
eighty-three of the suicides were foi^d
to have been in occupations where they
likely would be readers of newspapers.
\^pman Overcome by Heat on
Streets of ClevelandOhio
Children Suffer.
Tho predicted over twenty-four hours
before it arrived, the cold wave which
struck Minneapolis yesterday came as a
surprise to many. After the uncom
ortably warm weather of last week it ?5 *^*^$
eemed well nigh impossible that the
mercury could get down into the zero
end of the tube in less than a day.
The cold spell began at midnight
Saturday, when chill northwest
winds accompanied by a sting- Pittsburg, Jan. 22.The thermometer
ing scud of dry snow swept' registered 5 and 86 degrees in the
thru the streets and made the streets of Pittsburg yesterday, while
owl car patrons huddle doorways for I 360 feet the air, fanned by the wind,
shelter. By 8 a.m. Sunday, the govern-1 the United States weather bureau's
ment thermometer had fallen to 4 de- i thermometer registered 74 at 3 o'clock
grees above. Today the official quota- i yesterday afternoon. It was the hottest
tions opened at 9 degrees below, with January day within the memory of man.
the chances in favor of a further drop, The records at the weather bureau did
While this does not touch the record not indicate any such marvelous record,
minimum for the last fifteen years, 33 The sun shone brightly and even the
degrees on Jan. 24, 1904, it is causing shady sides of the streets proved un-
considerable discomfort after the upper comfortably warm
Journal Special Service.
Cleveland, Jan. 22.With the official
thermometer standing at 71 degrees in
the shade at 2 o'clock yesterday, Mrs.
Sarah Bergmeyer of Cornell road, south
east, was overcome by the heat at Su
perior avenue and Ninth street. She
fainted while waiting for a streetcar
and was carried into a nearby drug
store, where she was revived.
Mrs. Bergmeyer, a stout woman, wore
a long heavy coat and other midwinter
apparel and these in a measure account
for her tainting. Weather Forecaster
KentaJy said tonight that this was the
hottest Jan. 21 Cleveland has had in
over a score of years.
Hot at Pittsburg.
Steven Hymess, aged 63, a coal miner,
from Mingo Junction, Ohio, while
stending on the street, fell in a heap.
mi js When taken to a police station the sur-
The fall the mercury was steady geo
pron heat prostration. He
wasn takeouncedeitHomeopathic to th hospital,
where the same verdict was passed. He
regained consciousness late tonight.
Physicians report that children suf
fered considerably from the heat.
Rain, Sleet and Snow Pull Wires Down
and Block Traffic.
Chicago, Jan. 22.A severe storm
alternating rain, sleet and snow, which
commenced just before midnight last
night, caused one of the worst tie-ups
this city has known in many years.
This morning only a few telegraph
wires were working Out of the city in
any direction.
Inside the cityj telepho'n'e communica
tion was badly crippled, the electric
lines of street cars were almost out of
commission, it sometimes requiring an
hour to move a car the distance of one
block. The elevated roads were still
greater sufferers. Many passengers on
the Aurora line and Chicago electric
werecompelled to remain all i*ight in
the depots when the road ceased opera
tions on account of the storm.
Large commission brokerage houses
which ordinarily use from twenty to
thirty wires leading to all parts of the
country, were unable this morning to
send a message in* any direction and
were without advices regarding the sit
uation in other parts of the country.
Cable disptaches from Liverpool were
handled early in the day, but with this
exception an absolute dearth of infor
mation regarding crops prevailed. The
long-distance service outside of this
business district was badly crippled.
Storm Moves Eastward.
The weather bureau managed to re
ceive some information before the con
ditions, reached the worst stage. It was
announced the storm was moving slowly
eastward, with the center just north,
of Indianapolis. It was predicted that
the area of low barometer would slowly,
move eastward, altho precipitation'
might be expected in this section for
another twenty-four hours. If this
forecast is verified, it will make forty
eight hours of rain, sleet and snowfall
without cessation.
The railroads, altho in much better
condition to contend against sleet and
snow than the electric lines, were at
times during the day in desperate
straits. On some of the lines running
east of here, hundreds of miles of wires
were down, and the dispatchers were
having a most anxious time in moving
trains. The result was that practically
all trains due in Chicago from the east
were from two to five hours late today,
and there was little prospect for im
mediate improvement in the situation.
Great trouble ^was experienced this
morning by people who use the electric
lines in the outlying sections of the
city to reach their places of employ
ment. To add to the other troubles of
the public, the cable line of the North
Side, the main dependence of people in
that section of the city, after the crip
pled condition of the elevated roads and
electric lines was manifest, broke down,
and thousands of people were compelled
to walk thru the storm to the business
part of the city. Gale Continues.
At noon the situation had not im
proved in the slightest degree. A gale
from the north was tearing across the
city at the rate of forty miles an hour,
driving before it great clouds of snow,
which would, without warning, turn to
sleet or rain.
Fierce Thunderstorm with Snow in
Journal Special Service.
St. Louis, Jan. 22.Heavy hail, snow
and rain, accompanied by an average
fall of 50 degrees in temperature, visit
ed the middle west yesterday, and last
night a blizzard was reported as far
south as central Texas. In north and
central Missouri the ground was cov
ered with an inch of ice early in the
evening aiad sleet continued to fall un
til midn'ight. The heaviest snowstorm
in several years prevailed thruout north
Texas an,d the temperature went below
freezing, a fall of more than 50 degrees
from the summer-like temperature of
Lightning and Snow.
The snow storm was accompanied by
terrific lightning and thunder. Trains
into north Texas points have been de
layed several hours by the blizzard.
Missouri horticultural authorities fear
great damage to peach and other fruit
Kansas and Oklahoma and Indian
Territory suffered greatly from the bliz
zard, the snowfall being the heaviest of
Continued on 2d Page, 3d Column.
Union Pacific's Head Outwits
Great Northern Man in Get
ting Seattle Terminals.
Who Has Stolen March on J. J. HtH to 1"
5 Seattle. 0
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Journal Special Service.
San Francisco, Jan. 22.By the
transfer of $10,000,000 of stock of the
Pacific Coast company, E. H. Harriman
is credited with getting control of the
company and also with securing ter
minal facilities at Seattle, thus out
witting J. J. Hill. The transfer was
made in New York.
The mosj valuable asset of the Pa
cific Coast is the Columbia & Puget
Sound railroad, about sixty miles long,
with an entrance into Seattle. Its de
pot is between the Great Northern and
NorthernJPacific and it has thirty of the
seventy feet of choicest business water
front. It also has four large wharves,
coal bunker plant and machine and re
pair shops.
This purchase puts Harriman on an
equal footing with Hill and the Great
Northern. By this purchase Harriman
also acquires a feeder for his steam
ship lines, as the company operates ves
sels from Mansaillo to Vancouver and
does a great Alaskan business in sum
mer. In this way .Harriman will prac
tically control the steamship business
on the coast.
Journal Special Service. 'ri~
Louisville, Ky., Jan. 22.The fact
that Philip Fletcher dropped dead on
the street here mdre than a week ago
did not prevent Judge Miller Jeffer
son, in the circuit court here, from
granting him a divorce from his wife,
Mary Fletcher, on the ground of
abandonment. For some reason, not ex-:
plained, Attorney Minton, who repre
sented Fletcher, failed to notify the
court of the demise of his client, so the
divorce mill ground out a legal separa
tion for a dead man from his living
wife. Fletcher's wife will receive a
small life insurance amount, because
her husband died before the divorce
was granted.
Beloit, Wis, Jan. 22.Mrs. Mary A.
Hunt, mother of H. Hunt of Chicago,
celebrated her 104th birthday today. She
is vigorous physically and mentally,
writes a good hand, and is interested In
all current events.
Shortages, Desertions and Ineffi
ciency Among the Problems
a to Be Faced.
IS $400,000 A YEAR
Secretary Taft Recognizes Evils
and Is Seeking Satisfactory
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Jan, 22.A Washington
special to the Tribune says: I is be
coming increasingly apparent to those
who follow affairs in the army that rad
ical measures must be taken to stop the
practices which are demoralizing and
tend to gross inefficiency.
So*me months ago President Boosevelt
notified the Keep commission to request
the assistant secretaries of the war and
navy' departments to investigate the
military branches of the govornment,
but for some reason nothing has been
That there is urgent need for action
is shown by some acts which have
come to light. Supplies have been pur
chased and condemned and sold at less
than cost, and no one has been pun
ished. In' spite of the most minute sys
tem of keeping accounts, which requires
officers to go to the ten-thousandth part
of a cent,in onedepartment alone there
is not a month in which two, and some
times more, officers are short, and
when they leave the service the govern
ment is out by several thousand dollars.
The cost of erecting buildings at
posts has increased 36 per cent in the
last three years, because, according to
the official explanation, of the advance
irftthe price of labor and materials.
Cause of Desertion.
1 The inequality in the treatment of of
ficers and enlisted men is one of the se
rious causes of desertions, which, to
quote one of the high officers in the
service, is the bane and the disgrace
of the army." The loss to the govern
ment on account of desertion is $400,-
000 annually.
way doing business and of congress think
opens the door to irregularities, was
disclosed by the testimony of Colonel
Pond of the quartermaster's depart
ment, before tne house committee on
appropriations. Colonel Pond said it
was the custom to pay for ther improve
ment of grounds around a building out
of the fund for the transportation of
the army. Congress fixed a limit for
the cost of tb constraction of the army
war college, Thi't the department con
strued this- refer,*,to the building
alone*.nd *tfhej transportation fund was
drawn upon to build a sea wall, roads
and sewers and to do the necessary
grading. The cost of this work was
There is reason? to believe that the
transportation appropriation is used for
many other things besides that of the
actual traveling expenses of troops and
soldiers, for which congress specifically
intends it. Congress has been endeav
oring for years to limit appropriations
for buildi'n'gs, etc., by stating that their
cost shall not exceed a specified figure.
But there seems to be ways of beating
the devil around the stump," which
are causing a great deal of criticism at
the capitol.
But while there are many of these
irregularities, the efficiency of the army
is affected seriously by the detail pi
Continued on 2d Page, 5th Column.
i** J^i'itzk WILL HE SURVIVE THE TREATMENT? ^ijlf ijyJg|^
President Eliot of Harvard Pre
dicts Rapid Spread of Dem
ocracy in Next Century.
President of Harvard, Who Predicts
Eapid Spread of Demooracy.
J* **'jT.f fi A i */*&%.* 1
Journal Special Service.
Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 22.-" The
great movement of the world today is
toward democracy. The great keynote
of the present century, the century that
we are just entering upon, will be de
mocracy in all things. One hundred
years irom now the population of our
country, which is now for the most part
wilderness, will be beyond any present
conception and this great nation will
be the most democratic that the world
has ever known. The progress of de
mocracy will be the great feature of
the advance of civilization in the pres
ent century. If this is to be sound, the
character of our people must be as
sound as their proficiency in the arts,
in commerce and in^ government."
This was the stirring prophecy of the
future of our nation with which Presi
dent Charles W. Eliot, president of
Harvard university, began his lecture
on A Just Beverence Consistent with
a Genuine Democracy,'' in the lecture
room of the Prospect union, Cambridge,
yesterday afternoon.
"Tho critics of democracy claim that
democracy has destroyed some of the
finer characteristics or the older days,
such as reverence of children toward
parents, pupil toward teacher, the peo
ile towajd their rulers, there is in all
relations a more genuine relation
than formerly fho their relations have
changed," continued President Eliot.
No nation- in the world has such
reverence for women as have the men
of the great republic. Our reverence
for symbols has diminished. But not
for the ideals which these ^material
signs of religion and love of country
stand for.
Such a belief as this toward the ef
fect of democracy is the only one con
sistent with a belief in the permanent
duration of democracy and a belief in
the permanence of this is necessary for
a belief in the advance of civilization.''
Milwaukee. Jan 22Mrs A P. Hall, 936
Hackett avenue, a sister of Viola Allen, the
famous actress, has practically admitted that the
report concerning her sister's marriage to Peter
Duryea, the noted turfman, is true.
London, Jan. 22 Mrs Sirgent, mother of
J. S. Sargent, the American painter, died of
heart disease yesterday at Carlisle mansions,
London. She was 76 years old.
Warship Sinks as Result of Ex-
plosionOne Officer Only
Is Saved.
Bio Janeiro, Jan. 22.The Brazilian
turretship Aquidiban has been sunk at
Port Jacerepega, south of Bio Janeiro
as the result of an explosion. It is re
port*d that 300 of her crew perished,
and that only one officer was saved.
Michigan Man Center of One of
Fiercest Battles of This
By W. W. Jermane.
Washington, Jan. 22.There is one
member of congress who has his work
cut put for him this session, and that is
Mr! Hamilton of the fourth district of
Michigan. As chairman, of the com
mittee on territories he is in the storm
center of the fiercest fight that has yet
been attempted on any of the impor
tant bills suggested by the president
and ranking as "administration" bills
of the first magnitude. It is the joint
statehood measure, kno-wn as the Ham
ilton bill, that he has been called upon
to prepare, and for which he will lead
the fight upon the floor of the house
against such old-timers in floor-scrap
ping as John Sharp Williams, the dem
ocratic floor leader, an'd J. W. Babcock
of Wisconsin, the leader of the repub
lican 'insurgents, who are opposing
joint statehood.
ut is in Mr. Hamilton's committee
room that the heavy fighting has sofar
occurred and it has been at hearings
over which he presided that the lie was
as has been recorded in the
aily press dispatches. POT the past
week every day has seen a row in
Hamilton's room, and on several occa
sions the members
have been upon the5
th committee
of fist fight-
Shakes His Fist and Boars.
It has been great and Hamilton could
have sold tickets for any one of the
hearings at $1 apiece to the geneTal
sporting public. The hearings general
ly start peacefully enough, but within
five minutes several men are roaring at
'each other at the top of their voices
and sometimes the chairman kicks his
chair back and rising, shakes his fist at
the committee and in a tremendous
voice orders the committee to keep cool.
The bill providese for the admission
of New Mexico and Arizona as one
state and Oklahoma and Indian Terri
tory as another. Practically all oppo
sition to the latter combination has dis
appeared since Mr. Hamilton has ac
Continued Prom First Page,
cepted an amendment providing for
prohibition in' the "Indian" portion of
the proposed state. AH the big fight
ing now comes from the territory of
There is a large delegation here from
Arizona, some of whom say they will
remain until the end of the session if
they do not sooner defeat the proposed
union of their territory with New Mex
ico. Their claim is that tne people of
New Mexico are by a large majority of
Mexican? extraction, that a state com
posed of the two territories would be
dominated by "greasers" and that
such a union would leave the schools
and other public institutions of Arizona
at the mercy of an ignorant and illiter
ate majority, to the certain ruin there
Why Arizona Complains.
On the other hand, the advocates of
joint statehood for these two territories
say that what is the matter with the
Arizonans is that they have such a
good thing in the present status of
things that they cannot bear to give
it up. They hold that the territory is
entirely and absolutely dominated and
controlled by the railroad and mining
interests, which have for years run it
practically as an independent princi
pality, making the laws and fixing the
taxes to suit themselves, and that the
prospect of losing this dominating po
sition is at the bottom of all the efforts
to defeat the bill. They quote the an
nual report of the governor of Arizona
to prove this to be true, showing by it
that some of the railroads pay taxes ori
an assessed valuation of only $75 a
mile, while some other roads pay no
taxes at all. They also show that some
of the mines, valued in some instances
at as high as $150,000,000, are assessed
at only a few thousand dollars. Under
state government, it is asserted, the.se
interests would have to pay something,
more nearly like a fair share of the
taxes, while their absolute control of
all government machinery would be
much more .difficult, if not entirely im
possible. Of course the men who are
here to combat joint statehood deny
that they are controlled by the rairoads
or the mines and say they represent all
the varied interests of the territory
yet when the governor's report is
sprung upon them they have to admit
its correctness and also have to admit
that the governor is himself against
joint statehood.
Hamilton Is Youthful.
Mr. Hamilton is the youngest man
in the house to hold the chairmanship
of one of the great committees, and the
size of the row he will have to go up
against in the house will come pretty
near showing what good there is in
Jihim as a debater and the floor manager
of a big administration issue. In addi
tion to Messrs. Williams and Babcock,
he will have several of the ablest men
in the house to combat but with the
White House and the speaker on Bis
side, he ought to win if there is any
win in it for the administration. The
speaker thinks the administration has
enough votes to carry the bill, altho
he admits the margin to be close, while
th insurgents are loud in their claims
of a good working majority against the
measure, the democrats in this case be-
Two Bellboys Tell Coroner% Jurj
at Inquest They Gould
Get None.
Building Inspector Says Hotel
Was Complying with All Pro
visions of Ordinance.
There was no water in the West note!
standpipes on the morning of the flr
that claimed eleven lives.
This fact was established by Jamei
Wood and Arthur Atwater, employeel
of the hotel, in their testimony befow
the coroner's jury which convened it
the grand jury room in the eourthous*
today to formally investigate the death
ofSJ. S. Peisinger, who was killed by
jumping from the seventh floor.
Arthur Atwater is employed at the
hotel as a bellboy and was on duty th
morning of the fire. It was he wh
saw the flames in the guide rail of" th
elevator shaft and reported it to th*
clerk, who turned in the alarm. ,A*t
water says after reporting the fire /thai
he ran to the second and third floors.
Arriving at the third floor, he unreeled
the hose and tried to get water from
the standpipes. He could not get
drop of water and leaving the hos
and faucet open he laid the hose
the floor and began arousing the guesti
and leading them to the stairway.
Later he returned to the hose, but if
was flat and no water had passed thn
Hose Lay Flat.
James Wood, another bellboy, also
ran upstairs as soon as he heard of the
fire. He saw the hose that had bee^i
unreeled, but it lay flat and no water
was going thru it. He aroused the
guests and helped them to the stair
way, and when the fire department ar
rived, went back on duty at the desk.
B. W. Schimmel, a special insurance
agent living at 1117 Harmon place,
was one of the first men to visit the
upper floors, and he testified as to tb
condition of the standpipes. He was
on a streetcar as he passed the hotel,
and seeing smoke coming out of the
upper windows, got off and ran into the
building. This was about 7:15 and be
fore the department had arrived.
He ran to the fourth floor and in
tended to helrj the guests, when he saw
the hose unreeled and lying on the floor
of the corridor. Thinking .the waters
had not been turned on, he went to thr^
faueet, but found it wide open. The
hose was dry and flat At that time
the fourth floor was only smoked and
had there been water in the pipes much
good could have been done. Returning
from the upper floors, he went to one
of the clerks at the desk and asked him
why the water was not turned on in
the standpipes. He says he received
no answer from the clerk.^
Could Have Stopped Fire.
At the afternoon session, County At
torney Al J. Smith, who examined all
the witnesses, said he would introduce
evidence to show that had there been
water in the pipes the fire could have
been extinguished before it spread
from the elevator shaft, as there were
men there who would have done it.
James G. Houghton, building inspec
tor, was on the stand for nearly an
hour. Altho he admitted that at the
time of the fire the management
was complying with all the provisions
of the fire ordinance, his testimony
showed that the -ordinance affords lit
tle protection, and that it is easy to
dodge around if.
The ordinance, he said, was meant to
govern only the construction of build*
mgs erected after the ordinance was
passed. He has the power, however, to
ordv e-escapes changed or the num
ber increased on all buildings, new and
old. As to changes in- general con
struction of buildings erected before
the ordinance was passed he said be
had no power to demand that they b
Some Strange Conditions.
County Attorney Al J. Smith ques
tioned Mr. Houghton at length regard
ing his interpretation of the ordinances
and incidentally brought to light some
strange conditions in other buildings.
As an example, to get the building in
spector to explain his interpretation of
his powers, Mr. Smith referred to the
Andrus building.
"Why is there no escape therel"
asked the county attorney.
"Because the owners refused to put
one there and because I cannot get a
warrant for the arrest of the responsi
ble persons from the city attorney's
Mr. Houghton said that he was satis
fied that the hall fire started above the
second floor, probably from a gas leak
in the elevator shaft. The fire could
no have started in the basement for
there was no evidence of Are there.
The fire seen in the guide rail was
started by falling brands from above.
Other witnesses will be introduced
later 4o testify concerning the gas leak
which is said to have been of several
years' standing.
Miss Helen Wood, proprietor of the
hotel, attended the inquest with her
attorney. Judge W. A. Kerr. When the
gas leak was mentioned Judge Kerr
asked Mr. Houghton if he had not
learned that two weeks before the fire
the flexible tubes supplying the gas to
the elevators had not been replaced by"
new ones. Mr. Hoqghton said he hall
At the afternoon session several fire
men who were the first on the scene of
the fire were called and employees of
the hotel who were about the building
at the hour of the fire also testified.
Jcnro&l Special Serrioe. fi *3
Boston, Jan. 22.Until* last Thurs
day a chambermaid and waitress in the
household of Stephen Crosby on the
Back Bay, Miss Elizabeth Jennie Mur
phy, js now Mrs. Le Boy Fay, wife of
a millionaire Boston clubman. Mr.
Fay met Miss Murphy last summer. He
sought an introduction and began an ar
dent courtship. He is 35 years old and
his bride 26.

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