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"aft'' wljasssssn .Bwi V a sBHIM BBggggggggggBaBKHnS& wV,'v ''i' BBBBBBBBBBBH nnnnnnnnnnnnBncL! -'vy . ? aBBBBBBBBBBBBBBasi--1;-.!sBBBBBBBBBBBBBW ssvaT iBBBBBBV FR.1XK H. HITCHCOCK, Pitma-sler General and exceedingly interesting and instruc tive collection. Mr. Suter, who now diffuses all the news of the department, is no novice in the profession journalistic, having served on Southern papers before bet-omlng Uncle Sam's press agent for the Post office Department, 'in fact. Mr. Suter has published quite an interesting and exhaustive essay on the rare and unique things collected in the museum for the edification of curious and paifiwtic Americans. Of the many museums and special ex hibits, says Mr. Suter, none has gained more In popularity at the National Capi tal than this museum of the Post-office Department. Only a few years ago this museum con sisted of a few curios and odds and ends, assembled in a small room on the first floor of the department building on Penn sylvania avenue. Month after month the collection has been enlarged, until to-day it is one of the most interesting of all the numerous places for sightseers in Wash ington. This museum has grown to such an extent that the entire corridor of the third floor of the mammoth building is now necessary to display the many arti cles typical of the postal service and which are to be found in no other mu seum in the country. The number of visitors to this museum has increased by the thousands. A conservative estimate, after a several days' tally, places the number o visitors annually at from 73,000 to 100,000. Tbe Paraona Stamp Collection. Since the revival of the interest m postage stamp collecting many people have been known to make special trips to "Washington just to get a glimpse of the great collection which Is on exhibit In this museum. The display consists of a complete collection of postage stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes issued by the United States and all stamp-issuing countries of the world. The actual value of this stamp collection is probably more than $300,000, but if they were ever put on sale in the open market the price they would command would be many times that amount, as the premium on the majority of them has increased to an enormous figure since they were issued. A most interesting section of the ex hibit is that devoted to the equipment used in handling the mails and a com prehensive exhibit of the mail transpor tation facilities, from the dog sledge and the pony express to the newest type of the all-steel mall car now in use. Along with this most elaborate exhibit is the unusual collection of articles from the Dead-letter office. Recently mutoscope picture machines were added to the ex hibit. These machines depict by moving pictures the various operations of the postal service from the time a letter is mailed to the time of its final delivery. Among the miscellaneous collections are many very interesting things that every American is proud to see, such as the original models of the ill-fated battle ship Maine, the Monitor, the Merrimac, first submarine torpedo boat, and the first mail-carrying ocean steamers. This exhibit is now much more than a collection of odds and ends. It is an in structive exhibit, showing how letters are carried in this and other countries, and the collection of curios is confined to those that have come in through the di vision of dead letters. Many of the arti cles in the museum have been shown at the great expositions held in recent years. It may be said that when a large exposition is contemplated this is one of the first of the government exhibits the managers want to draw on. At all ex positions where the Post-office Depart ment has displayed this exhibit it has been considered one of the leading fea tures of the occasion. The Old Stasre Coach. Many of the articles included in this remarkable exhibit are valuable from a historical standpoint. For instance, there is the old stage coach which carried mail in Montana. It saw stirring times in its day and many celebrated people have ridden on it. In 1S77 it was cap tured by -Indians, only to be retaken after a fierce fight by Gen. Howard. In that same year Gen. Sherman used the coach while on his tour of inspection, the distance between Fort Ellis and Helena, 10S miles, being covered on that occasion in eight hours. Gen. Garfield also made use of the old conveyance before he be- BB v -'x-4iriBflBBk BBBs " JBk'BflflflflflflflB THEODORE I,. WEED, Chief dcrk. Fnst-ofllcp Drpartmnit. srrrctarj Tn tm' Paul Siring Rank System. came President, as did his successor. President Arthur. A model of the first steam vessel to carry the United States mails across the Atlantic is to be seen here. The name of this vessel was the Southerner, and be fore it made its initial voyage but one steamer had made the trip across the At lantic; that was the Savannah, and that vessel only used her paddles part of the way, they being contrived so they could be taken adeck when desired. Among the varieties of things included among the dead-letter collection is a genuine "infernal machine." It was di rected to Capt. Eulate. of the Spanish man-of-war Vizcaa. at the time that vessel was lying outside of New York, just before war was declared with Spain. Extra precautions being taken by the Post-office Department, the bomb never reached the Spanish captain. Fearing such an attack, the postal officials ad vised Capt. Eulate not to receive any mail until it had first passed through the hands of an expert. The captain assent ed, and the bomb was detected before it reached him. One of the cases contains an envelope in which is inclosed a lock of Charles Guiteau's hair. It was sent by the assas sin of President Garfield in a letter ad dressed to .1 young lady in Baltimore. In the letter Guiteau begged the young lady to aid him in securing funds for his trial. At the time the letter was sent the lady was traveling abroad. No address being left, it was returned to the Dead-letter office. Of the many unusual things to be seen in this museum there are none more in teresting and pathetic than the story of the little Scotch terrier. Owney, whose remains are mounted ana given a promi n nt place in the exhibit with his harness and tags. The story of little Owney has been told, retold, and written about many times in years gone by. but it should be told again for those not famil iar with it, and again as a happy remind er to those that once read of this dog's interesting career. In lfcSS. in the post-offlce of Albany, N. V., a little Scotch terrier was found curled up, fast asleep, on top of some mail bags, wher( it had taken refuge from the cold. The mall clerks took pity on him and adopted him. feeding and housing him from the weather. Quite frequently they would pat his head and say, "Who is your owner?" and in this way he derived his name. One day he followed the wagon to the depot and boarded the cars with the mail. He was unobserved until after the train started, when some of the railway postal clerks, discovering his presence, took charge of him and sent him back to A'bany. Having learned the trick, he made frequent trips with the mall, al ways returning to Albany, though his patrons never knew where he had been. The Much-traveled Dos. Thinking it would be interesting to know where he went, the employes of the office gave him a tag Inscribed "Owney, Albany Post-offlce, Albany, N. Y.," at taching a card thereto requesting the postal clerks to affix tags to show where he had been. His travels soon became so extensive, however, that the tags grew burdensome, so when passing through Washington on one of his transcontinen tal tours Postmaster General Wanamnk er presented him with a set of harness, from which the tags of all sorts and de scriptions were suspended. He traveled from one place to another, always fol lowing the mail. For eleven years he kept this up. visiting Europe and Asia, as well as traveling throughout the Unit ed States and Canada. The Mikado of Japan presented him with a silver medal, on one side of which was the national coat-of-arms. Owney met his fate at Toledo, Ohio, when an attempt was made to have his picture taken. He was chained in the basement of the post-office to await the arrival of the photographer. At such an indignity Owney bristled up and barked furiously. A clerk in the post-office en deavored to quiet him and received a bite In his hand. He spread the report that Owney was mad. and the postmaster summoned a policeman, who shot him, thus ending the career of the famous little dog. Am to Postal Savinn-a Banks. "This is Mr. Weed." said Mr. Suter. as the latter was ready to take his leave after the pleasant talk about the Post office museum. Mr. Weed is the chief clerk of the Post-office Department, but what has brought him still more in the public eye Is the fact that he Is the sec retary of the board of trustees of the postal sa'ings bank system, which re cently has been established throughout the lnlted States. Mr. Weed looks what he is, an excep tionally busy man, who, while most af fable to callers, yet knows that he has to husband every moment, not only dur ing office hours, but more often far Into the night. This introduction caused the talk to swerve to the newly opened sav ings banks, and The Washington Herald thus was enabled to learn the following respecting the rules and regulations gov erning this new departure in the Post office Department: At present there are but forty-six pos tal savings banks In operation, but their number is to be increased gradually as soon as the trustees have satisfied them selves as to the workings of the plan. Age Limit of Depositors. Under the terms of the act deposits may be made by any person of the age of ten years or over and by a married woman. Deposits may be made by children of the proper age in their own name and free from any control or Interference by parents; and the same is equally true in the case of a married woman, whose account shall be free from any control or interference by her husband. The law expressly forbids any person from having more than one account in his or her own right, and any violation of the spirit of this provision will subject the offender or the transgressor to pen alty. Corporations, Societies, &c Only the accounts of individuals will be accepted by postmasters. Corporations, societies, and tho like will not be accepted as de positors. The regulations arc mandatory and require the signature of the indi vidual to be left with the postmaster at ZSiBajlLLLLBftLaaaaaaaaaaaaa BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBHBflBBBBBBBnlBSQSsBBHBrj aBBPHM?maRBVsnBBBK53?C iiiiifciiii W bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbm avBlBlpal - xj Sjinj?3.5y H$!aannnnl iBLIIIIIIIIIIIBBIBait-ILIIH The old ataice coach. (Pont-offire Department Maaenm.) aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaKELaaaaaaaV FTTB LBBBK' aBBBIIIv R. S. SHARP, niirf iiirctor. Post-office Department. the time the deposit Is made, as well as on its wlthdrawa. Certiflates of Deposit. Certificates of deposit will be issued In various denomi nations, running from Jl to $100. They will be issued in duplicate, the original going to the depositor and the duplicate to the files of the depository. The dupli cate must bear the name of the deposi tor, who is expected to carefully scruti nize it before signing to see that it is drawn for the proper, amount. Limitation as to Deposits. At loast $1, or a larger amount in multiples thereof, must be deposited before an account can be opened: but no one will be permitted to deposit more than $100 in any one cal endar month. The balance to the credit of any one person shall never be allowed to exceed $7)0, exclusive of accumulated interest. In order that smaller amounts may be accumulated for deposit, any person may purchase for 10 cents from aar depository office a postal savings card, to which may be attached specially prepared ad hesive stamps which have been especial ly designed for the purpose and are known as "postal savings stamps," and when the stamps so attached amount to $1, including the 10-cent postal savings card, the same may be presented as a deposit for opening an account. This permission has been granted to encour age thrift among the poor and to teach school children the habit of saving. Withdrawals. When a depositor wishes to withdraw any part of his account he must present certificates equal to the sum he wishes to obtain, and the sur rendered certificates must have been in dorsed on the back and the signature must correspond with that on the filed duplicate before the money will be paid. Certificates are nonnegotiable and non transferable and are worthless In the possession of any other than their lawful owners. Partial Withdrawals. While it is hoped that depositors with the postal savings system will belong to the sa ings class who desire to leave their money on de posit for long periods for Interest pur poses, provision has been made to ac commodate those who wish to withdraw a portion of their account so that inter est will be lost only on the amount with drawn. As an illustration, a depositor with a $100 certificate issued on January 1 who wishes to draw down $30 on July 1 would surrender his $100 certificate and receive in return $50 in cash and a new certificate for $50 antedated to show that It had been drawing Interest from Janu ary 1. Proxy Withdrawals. In order to pro vide for cases of emergency and to ac commodate sick or injured depositors, a system has been provided whereby with drawals by proxy can be made, subject, of course, to most careful regulations. Blanks will be furnished by postmasters which will contain complete instructions on the subject. Interest. Interest at the rate of 2 per cen per annum will be allowed on all deposits, but interest only begins to run from the first business day of the month, so that deposits made after such time in any one month cannot begin to draw in terest until the first day of the next suc ceeding month. In order that the most simple-minded may clearly understand the amount of Interest due them at the back of 'each "certificate showing in sim ple form the amount of interest that will accrue annually. Bond Conversion. One of the most at tractive features of the system, of which advantage will be taken by many, is the tors to convert their funds, after they have been on deposit a given time, into government bonds. These bonds will be issued in small denominations of $20, $10, $6", $S0, $100, and a larger denomination of $500, and will bear interest at the rate of 2'& per cent perannum. They will be both registered andXcoupon bonds. Post- privilege that will be granted to deposl years, a table has been printed on the yuaBBBBBBBBwttkSV ViaLBPWllfcX yrfailB''BtX kWf&Hmmtmii's? 'w '---, t?i'!fealallBiam;5!!- v-aaaaaanaaaaaHPWaaaaaaaaaaaaaaW Taaaa' i r JESSE L. SUTER, Xeusiufior representative lost-o(Ac9 Diai Uncut. masters will be supplied with blank forms on which depositors can make the necessary application for bonds. Depositors will be restricted in their operations to one particular office, where the one account to which they are en titled must be kept. If for any reason they wish to open an account at another onlrn in th s:nm rltv. thv mnv An sr end of one year or a given number otMby closing out their account at the first office and starting an entirely new trans action in the second office. URGES MOUNTAIN LAUREL KAISER'S ANTI-RUSSIAN PLANlBRIDESMAIDS PASSING FOR NATIONAL FLOWER Henry Turney Bailey, in his address before the General Federation of Wom en's Clubs at Cincinnati, said: "Let us enlist every woman in the country in the interest of a national flow er of the United States. Old Egjpt has its lotus, Japan has its chrysanthemum, the France of the Middle Ages and the Prance of to-day has its fleur-de-lis, Eng land has its rose. Ireland has its sham rock, and we have nothing! There have been various attempts to give us a na tional flower. Some have advocated the dai--y (but many farmers hate th white weed); some say the golden rod (but farmers hate that, too, in some sections of our country); some one said columbine beautiful but frail. Are such as these fit for a national flower? No. We can not have anything unless it be worthy. "I am going to suggest the mountain laurel, which growre in the thirteen origi nal States, as the national flower. First, because it is a hardwood plant and lasts year after year. In favored places It be comes a tree, but, like liberty, it Is a hardy thing, and will persist under the most adverse conditions. It is ever green. There is another reason why it is appro priate to us in America. It is colored with complimentary colors, the red and the green, and therefore it unites the ex tremes of colors as we unite here in America various extremes. The flowers are white and red, two of the colors of our flag. And the third color, green, is blue warmed by the addition of a little yellow (the symbol of wisdom), so that blue (truth) becomes green, the symbol of fruitfulness. Again, therefore, the colors are especially appropriate for us in America. Its appropriateness is still more evident when you remember that the blossoms of the laurel are always in heads 'E plunbus unum.' Some flowers depend on the wind to fertilize them; some depend upon insects, but the laurel is peculiarly American: it fertilizes itself by means of a mechanical device: it has its own original invention for doing its work. Isn't that American? "The most important thing with regard to a national flower is that the flower shall be easily translatable into the terms of art. You must have a flower that you can use In design. The laurel is such a flower. There is a fine move ment in Its lines of growth. To begin with, it always has good curves, forceful curves. In its elements, which may be utilized in all sorts of decorations. You will have to hunt the vegetable kingdom through to find a more graceful form than that of the laurel leaf. It is always beautiful, even after It withers or is dead, for the leaves of evergreen trees do die in turn, as you know. When you come to the flower itself, there is simply no end to the beauty of it, and when the fruit is ripe, lo and behold, it splits Into a five-pointed star." Glad Xevr Year's Thoasht. Prnm the Topeka Gfpiul It would be a happier world If the statesmen would resolve on New Year's Day to pay space rates for their advertising. .bQmbH BiBStjKKj9p7e -..vitUl! rPiiiiiiiiXsaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aEBterttBsBBaP$SBBBBBBB Vfti By EX-ATTACHE. (Copynsut. 1511. by 0o Bnrntmwd Company.) Russia's leading statesmen arc said to dread the meetings between the Czar and the Kaiser. The latter, when he set3 himself out to please, can render himself most winning, and even those prejudiced against him find It difficult to resist his! iiia&ueiisiu. iiiai ii.uuiaj aui.i.uiiiu) a measure to this fascination when in the company of his cousin William is an established fact. But the influence is rarely of a lasting character. Therefore it Is wrong to attribute undue j importance .to the stories asserting that during the Muscovite ruler's recent stay at Potsdam, an understanding was reached which deals a death blow to the triple entente which has existed between England. France, and Russia ever since his memorable meeting with Edward VII at RevaL some two and a half years ago. Reports to this effect emanate from Ber lin, and not from St. Petersburg; and if Gabriel Hanotaux, former minister of foreign affairs of France, has treated them with a certain degree of importance in his last article in the Paris Revue Heb domadaire, it is rather for the purpose of impressing upon France, England, and Russia the necessity of vigilance against the persistent endeavors on the part of Germany to break up the triple entente by alienating one or the other of the powers concerned from its allies. The Chancellor la Mysterloos. Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg's reference in the Reichstag to the visit of Nicholas was so mysteriously worded as to convey the impression that Ger many's relations with Russia had been notably strengthened at the expense of the triple entente; and tbe officially in spired press affected to find additional confirmation for their stories in Russia's recent dismantling and razing of certain forts along her western frontier, and in her withdrawal from the latter of the bulk of the armies which she had main tained there. But this move had been de termined upon more than a year ago. not by reason of any confidence in the Kai ser's friendship, but because it was fear ed that the Russian advanced posts in Poland near the frontier might become objects of a-turning or enveloping move ment on the part of the German forces in tho event of war. Nor has any corroboration been received yet of the stales printed by the German newspapers to the effect that the Czar That very powerful forces have been brought to bear against Count Achrenthal, especially from Berlin, to bring about his downfall, is undeniable. That Russia is anxious to bring about the downfall of Achrenthal is no secret. There is no foreign statesman who is so cordially de tested at St. Petersburg, where he spent nearly a quarter of a century in various diplomatic capacities. But there is every reason to believe that Aehrcnthal's position is to-day quite as strong as ever; that he enjoys the confidence not only of his sovereign, but also of his principal patron, the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, who does not per ceive the advantage of making any con cessions to Russia. To emphasize this he has just rejected an Invitation to a shooting party on the Czar's great game SAILING CARS. had confided to the Krupps the work of furnishing all the armor plate and ord nance for the new Russian war ships. -Equally false have proved the allega tion that the Kaiser had managed to induce Emperor 'Francis Joseph to sac rifice his minister of foreign affairs. Count Aehrenthal. as constituting the chief obstacle to the re-establishment of the former friendly relations between, the courts of St Petersburg and of Vienna. and to a renewal of the three-emperors alliance negotiated by Prince Btemarck, and which preceded the triple alliance tietweea Qeraaay'Anatrla, ' aad Italy.' Consul Thomas H. Norton of Chemnitz furnishes the following information con cerning the German invention of a sail ing vehicle far use on highways: With the increased study of the wind as a direct factor in aiding locomotion In the air, inventors have taken up again the problem of utilizing the wind for transportation by land. It is true that early experiments with horseless vehi cles included sail wagons as well as steam wagons, but both at the time failed to promise any measure of prac ticl utility. In these days of light construction, rubber tires, ball bearings and,-above all. solid roads, the conditions are totally changed. A German Inventor has perfected and patented a simple sail vehicle which makes fair progress over good roads and across sandy stretches, such as a sea beach. The dominating features in the construction are lightness and effective steering facilities. The present form is a light framework supporting a saddle and a mast for the sail, and resting upon Tour wheels, one wheel on either side and one before and one behind. The two latter are of a larger diameter than the former, and all are far apart, as Is the practice with automobile wheels. The chief peculiarity in the device is the connection of the wheels with one another. The rear wheel and the right side wheel are rigidly connected together. and the same is the case with the front I wheel and tho left side wheel. The two connecting bars are joined with .each other by means of an axle or crossbar, thettachment at each end being of a hingeV. type. A person sitting an the saddle rests his fet on this 'transverse axle, and by suitable pressure can alter at once the ifiom owning land in' Volhynla, Podolia, relation of the 'wheels to the main axis of the framework. This arrangement furthermore leaves his .hands completely free for adjusting the position of the sail or using a brake, t The whole device has a certain light ness and elegance which will appeal probably at first w the lover t aport. preserves in Poland, in a manner calcu lated to affront the members of the house of Romanoff, who, at the instance or Emperor William, were to have been his hosts. Stress has been laid in Berlin on the fact that an understanding had been reached between the Kaiser and the Czar on the subject of Persia, which pro vided not only for the concession of great economic advantages to Germany in the land of the Shah, but also for the exten sion of the Baedad Railroad to Persia and the support of Germany's pretensions for its control, to which Franc Is op- posed, and which England cannbt toler ate, uut tne principal opponents of this scheme are the Russians themselves. But it is not only in Persian that Rus sian manufacturers regard Germany as the enemy. Tho feeling prevails in Rus sia itself, and among all classes of the population. Much of this animosity arises from the fact that throughout the eighteenth century and during the first half of the nineteenth century many of the principal Instruments of the arbitrary rule of, he Russian Crown were Germans. Peter the Great and his successors in vited thousands of German co'onlsts to settle in Russia, partly with the idea of their developing the agricultural and industrial resources of the country and partly In the hope that their example might tend to civilize the moujik. and Imbue him with principles of industry and thrift, cleanliness and sobriety. Intense Hatred of Germans. The hatred of the German for the last 200 years has been so intense in Russia) that it is idle to place any reliance upon I any treaty that may be negotiated be tween the governments of St Petersburg and of Berlin. Popular sentiment is be coming more and more' of a potent fac tor in determining the action of the Rus sian Crown. No one is more aware of this than Stolypin, who, despite all court lntriques, and the enmity of all the reaction ary element of the imperial family, of the nobility, and (of the bureaucracy, thanks to the support of the Emperor, and above all, through the backing of popular sentiment, has been 'able to main tain himself in the position of prime min ister. Stolypin distrusts the Kaiser, makes no concealment whatever of the fact, and unlike Count Witte, who yield ed to Emperor William, , has always resisted the advances of the Ho henzollern, and pointedly kept out of his way. No one is more thoroughly in touch than he with the masses of the Russian people. He has learned by these means to know the extent to which his country men detest the Germans, and it Is In consequence thereof that Just before tbe New Year he sent to the Duma a law preventing any persons, excepting Slavs. AS WEDDING FEATURE "A happy bridesmaid makes a happy bride," says Tennyson, but there seems to be a prospect that in the near furture there will be no bridesmaids of any kind, either happy or unhappy. An enterpris ing young brido the other week fore swore bridesmaids in favor of what she called a "best girl." and possibly this example may be emulated by other brides In dayi to come In Russia, of course, the "best man" attends on the bride, and he is chosen by the bride herself, his duties including holding her gloves in church when sho uncovers her hand to exchange rings with her future husband, distributing money to the poor, who say they will pray for her. collecting money for the musicians when the dancing is at an end, and so on. It Is not at all likely, however, that the American bride will ever look with favor upon a "best man" In personal attend ance upon herself. The Idea of a "best girl," however, has much to commend it. Not all bridegrooms are possessed of illimitable wealth, and the idea of having to bestow expensive gifts of jewelry on half a dozen fastidious maidens is almost enough to deter the poor man from mar rying tho maiden of his choice. Probably even the wealthy bridegroom will be glad in be rellex'ed from the re sponsibility of purchasing presents for young ladies in whom he is possibly not In the least Interested. Moreover, the bride shines with a greater luster when she is attended by only one. In the multitude of magnifi cent bridesmaids the central figure of the occasion is apt to be overshadowed, and this is more particularly true when the bridesmaids are big and bouncing. and the bride petite and spirituelle. The select of a "besl girl" might also prevent a good deal of heart burning and jealousy, for the choice would naturally fall on the bride's best beloved friend. When several maidens aro chosen there will almost certainly be some among tha bride's acquaintances fwho wiU think; they have been neglected and overlooked., The bride will also be better looked after by one than by a cortege. The girl will be on her mettle, and she will real ize that upon her and her alone rests the responsibility of seeing that the minor matters of the marriage ceremony pasa off "without a hitch." There is more possibility of romanee In the case of a best man and a best girl. It would seem fitting somehow that the two thus chosen for a romantic office, should themselves be drawn altarward. When there are many bridesmaids th excellences of particular girls are not so obviously seen, and so the "best man" goes his way "faacy free." It must be admitted, however, that iff bridesmaids go out of fashion it win b rather hard on shopkeepers, tailors. dressmakers, .nilliners and jewelers. The more bridesmaids the better, from their point of view. and Kieff, the three largest western provinces of the empire." Accompanying the bill was a memorandum addressed to the national legislature. In which the prime minister severely arraigns the Ger man ettlers of those provinces,- and also the policy of his predecessors who aided their lmmicratioa te llusssi. - in the least Interested. I lHIHHHiHPMHssaaaaalalaaaaassnB WllHlnnnBnnBSBsSSslsWHpBBBBPlRPFR? ? &?ivir$SilBBsBBBBB?5ss A$AXtK?-'i f BSK'BBBrSBBBBBBBBBSaBBBBBBBBBBBBVViriSBBBKr DTv'X3 2 TlfKBIlBiiBfiti" C4LBB1IIIHH.IBKHI"I ; goKSlBiKSHKlBti aHHHiQsBBBKSfcMHriHSHLSHB At the bsajanta.7 the ma. vQNX PiatlM t MavsaaW IM&? ? ?'. ikaMii ?i& ,Kl $&le . j. -S-jStK .?.Mi?"