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A SONNET FOR CITY.
This day into the fields jnv steps are led. 1 cannot heal me there! Row after row Thousands of daisies radiantly blow; They have not brought from Heaven my daily bread, But they are like a prayer too often said. 1 have forgot their meaning, and I go From the eok' rubric of their gold and snow, And the calm ritual, all uncomforted. I want the faces! faces! remote and pale, That surge along the city streets; the flood Of reckless ones, haggard and spent and frail, Excited, hungry! In this other mood ’Tis not the words of the faith for which I ail, But to plunge in the fountain of its living blood. —-Anna Hempstead Branch, in Atlantic Monthly. WOOING "AMOVE" ill, Gertrude, won't you help me peel these peaches? It’s most train time and supper isn’t any where near ready.” The voice came with a pleasantly suggestive clink of dishes through the screen door to where Ger trude Woodford stood under a large elm. "I think the train is in,” she an swered. entering the cool, pleasant house in answer to her mother’s call. "For the land’s sakes!” Mrs. Wood ford turned to her handmaid and gave an order with some asperity. Keeping summer boarders was really the one excitement of her dull life, eagerly looked forward to during the long win ter months when her daughter pursued her musical career in the city and she lived alone on the rugged cape. "Small this year, aren't they?” she said, watching her daughter’s pretty bent head and referring to the fruit. "Not more so than usual,” the girl | lc\ U^ilCU. “Well. I don't care.” Mrs. Woodford declared. “Mr. Garst. says lie never tasted sweeter peaches, and as to Mr. Clifford——” “Who's trifling with my august ap pellation.” called a gay voice as a young fellow swung himself on to the piazza. "Miss Woodford, 1 don't know which I shall devour first, you or the peaches, I am so ravenous." "1 was just going to say that your appetite is all right, anyhow," Mrs. Woodford laughed. "Did your cousin come down with you?” she added. "Yes, Garst got as far as the ham mock and collapsed." ■ "Go and call him. Gertrude. Supper if ready,” her mother said. The girl rose and went through the hall. Inside the door she paused, looked with darkening eyes at lie man who lay at full length hi the hammock. Tlie slight clash of the screen as she stepped outside caused him to turn. He sprang up .-it once and came toward her. showing a strong, clean-shaven face and a figure singularly muscular, in spite of the fact that he walked with a slight limp. "It is heavenly here after even a day in town,” he said. "I have .just been thinking that the most marvelous changes in our lives come when wo least expect them. I wonder if you know what this summer has been to me?” He was looking gravely into her eyes and the color mounted to her temples. "Stephen, the fish is getting cold,” his cousin called, impatiently, and Ger trude went quickly into ihe house. In compliance with a previous prom ise to Jack Clifford she went with him after supper to see the sunset from a hill near by. When they were seated on a bowlder, watching the vast sweep of ocean ..rut crimsoning sky, she turned suddenly to her companion. "M by is Mr. Garst lame?” she asked gently. "Well I suppose it won't do any harm to tell you,” Jack hesitated, “though we never speak of it when he is present. His leg was crushed in a railway accident, trying to save the girl to wrorn he was engaged.” “Did he save her?” “Yes.” 4.ini- __ , i , . _ »»Bui iLiarnuii: “Oil, she threw him over for a man twice his age and .the trifling adjunct of §3,000,000.” Gertrude Woodford drew her breath sharply. "She tried to stuff it down Stephen’s throat that she was sacrificing herself to save her father from financial ruin, and I think he believed her,” .Tack went on. “Then she attempted a pla tonic correspondence with him after her marriage, but lie would have none of it. All the same, I don’t believe he has ever quite forgotten her. Anyway, he could not do so now, even if lie would.” “What do you mean?” “'For she is come, she is here,’ as Jean Ingelow says in -The Letter L ’ ” “Here?” “Ves; at the Ocean View. I saw her on the iiiazza to-night as I came up from the train. Handsomer than ever, by Jove! Tall woman, with bronze hair.” "Bronzed, you mean. I saw her ar rive this morning,” Gertrude said coldly. “The old man very considerately ‘shuffled off this mortal coil’ two years ago, leaving her complete mistress of liis millions,” Jack rambled on. “My own opinion is that this alighting next door to where Stephen was staying, in the subdued attractiveness of second mourning, is the beginning of the end. You should have seen him start when he saw her o.i the hotel piazza to night.” Gertrude rose quickly. “How cold it is up here,” she said, with a shiver. “Let us get back to the house.” A group from the summer hotels and pottages was standing near Mrs. Wood ford’s house, watching the sunset when they descended. Gertrude would hare passed on. but Jack Clifford detained her. Unwilling as she was, she had to submit to an introduction to Mrs. Ar mitage, Stephen Garst’s former fiancee. The latter turned to her at once with a scrutinizing look. The girl was too pretty not to be dangerous. “It is beautiful here in these late summer weeks,” .she drawled. “I think it beautiful at all times. The cape is my home,” Gertrude answered quietly. “Indeed! Then you are a—native. I should hardly have though it.” A faint color rose under the girl’s skin at the supercilious tone. “Miss Woodford's forefathers settled here over 200 years ago.” Garst broke in quietly. “I believe her ancestors for six generations back are buried in the little cemetery at Plum Cove. Not many of us can go as far back as that.” Mrs. Armitag" looked "uickly from Garst to the girl beyond him. But Gertrude bad left the group with her head . eld high. She wanted none or Garst’s vindication of her family. She had almost reached the house when he overtook her. “One moment,” lie pleaded. “I want so much to speak ;o you to-night.” “I am afraid I must ask you to ex cuse me.” she said, icily. Had Garst known that the cold, di rect look which she sent into liis eyes was really the outcome of burning jealousy, he would not have turned, away with so heavy a heart. Jack Clifford had hard work to per suade her to accompany them on the yachting party arranged for the next morning. li ivigci m«u x axu uiiuu-. .uiu summer people might object,” she said, with a bitter little smile, and Garst set his heel :'ntu the ground as- he list ened. When they reached the wharf Ger trude turned to Jack Clifford. "Old Captain Lufkin is sick and can't go, the boy tells me,” she said quickly. "I think we bad bettor give up the trip.” "Miss Woodford”—Jack looked at her with mock reproach—"I am pained that you should thus undervalue my yaehts manship. Nothing but patriotic feeling prevented my offering my expert serv ices to Sir Thomas for Shamrock HI. Step on board the Widgeon, ladies, and fear nothing.” But fear entered Gertrude's heart more than once when they had left the little harbor and she noted the darken ing horizon. Mrs. Armitage was sitting near Garst, beautiful in her sob white flan nel yachting suit. After half an hour's sailing Gertrude crossed to where Jack Clifford sat at the helm, thus bringing herself on Garst's other side. "Do put back.” she whispered to Clifford. "We arc going to have a squall, and a bad one.” After a critical glance at the sky Jack put tLc boat’s head around. But even as he did so a cold blsfst, which was as the foreboding of coming ill. shivered over them. Gertrude drew her breath hard. She alone knew what the wind would be when it struck them. Suddenly, as if she had received a mortal blow, the Widgeon went over— over until her mainsail lay almost level on the water. With a horrible hungry, suggestive hiss the sea rose over the combings of the hatchway. Too terrified to scream the women held their breath, cling for dear life to whatever they could hold on by. Mrs. Armitage flung herself on Garst’s shoulder. "Stephen! Save me!” But in that moment when death seemed upon them he was not even aware of her presence. His arm went around the girl at his side and drew her close, his lips brushing her cheek, while her damp hair blew against bis face. Gertrude scarcely cared wheth er it was life or death. Then sire suddenly wrenched herself free and flung her weight upon the til lei. put it hard to port, for Jack’s ama teur skill seemed to have deserted him. The Widgeon came round, shuddering, into the wind, and lay like a frightened thing with flapping sails while the squall raced by. f think we owe nm* livec i,1 Miss Woodford.” Olio of the women from the Ocean View approached Ger trude when they were safely landed on the wharf, but Garst drew j.cr aside. “Sweetheart!” His voice vibrated as he bent over her. Mrs. Armitage turned to look after them, lifting an end of her bedraggled flannel skirt. “Well,” she said slowly, “for nerve give me a native!”—M. Louise Cum mins in San Francisco t alk Five Millions For a Fence. The Government of New South Wales has spent over $4,000,000 for all kinds of means to prevent the growth of the rabbit plague, and it has now been decided to fence in the whole country with an immense wire net. The expense for this wire net is es timated ot exceed $5,000,000, and it is thought that the wire required for this purpose can be imported from abroad at the cost of about $150 per mile, delivered at Sydney. The rabbit plague is increasing from year to year, which is best shown by the fact that such an enormous amount as $5,000,000, or nearly ten per cent, of the annual revenue of the country, is to be spent for this purpose.—St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Large Crops From Small Farm. On eight acres of land J. F. Daniels, of Bristol, VL, raised, the past season, 250 bushels of onions, 2200 bunches of small onions, 13,000 cabbages, 900 cauliflowers, 100 bushels of cucumbers, 100 bushels of turnips, 100 bushels of table beets, 150 bushels of green peas, 200 bushels of potatoes, and three acres of sweet corn. A RIOT IN ALABAMA Bad Blood Between the Whites and Blacks the Cause TURPENTINE CAMP FUSILADED ■ ■- • Period of Muttering Against Whites Ends in Night Attack on Village of Wilmer, and Though Shooting was General on Both Sides, an Old White Man Was Only Person Wounded. Mobile, Ala., Special—Sheriff Pow ers and four deputies left Sunday morning for the scene of race troubles at Kilmer, 26 miles west of Mobile, on the Mobile, Jacksonville & Kansas City Railroad, and returned at 7 o’clock at night with four negroes, who are charged with being implicat ed in the attack by the negroes on the white residents of Kilmer. The shoot ing was begun by Cole Daniels, a negio ex-convict and at once became general. The white men, who were armed, participated. The negro mob had followed E. E. Pringle, and a ne gio, Sam MePaston, whom Pringle had shot and was bringing to Wilmer for surgical attention, a distance of six miles. A J. Ellis,’ an old white man, aged 60 years, emptied his revol \T fl T tllO nn -1 E.1 » 1. „ A1 .—>-'-'j ji.ikji CIO rn ill l u the last shot a negro shot him from be hind, a load of buclfshot taking effect in his back and left shoulder, and when the sheriff’s posse left Wiliuer, Lllis was in a dying condition. One of Ellises’ bullets struck the negro Cole Daniels in the head, but be made his escape, though a citizens’ posse is lying in wait for him. A determined attempt was made early Sunday morning to lynch the negro MePaston, but cooler eouncel prevailed. When the sheriff reached Wilmer some ‘JOO white men were as sembled there, gathered from sur rounding country. It is said that there has been muter ings among the negroes in the turpen tine camps against the whites for the past eight months. Everything- was quiet when Sheriff Powers ,aud his deputies left the scene, ihough it is possible that fresh trouble may break out again. In that event, the whites are belter able to take care of them selves. Big Mill Advances Wages. Lawrence, Mass., Special.—-Notices were posted in all departments of the extensive Pacific Cotton Mills here an nouncing that on Monday, March 19, an advance in wages will he given. The Pacific Mills, among the largest in the world, employ nearly 0,000 operatives. The rate of the proposed increase is not, stated in the notices. The advance will he greater in some departments than in others, but it is expected that it will average nearly 10 per cent. When the new schedule gones into effect, the number of mill operatives in Lawrence who have had their pay raised this Year will reach 17,000. Shooting in South Carolina. Columbia, S. ('., Special.—John Marion Ashley, a white fanner of Honea Path was shot and probably fatally wounded by Policeman White, who was endeavoring io arrest Ash lev. The wounded man’s relatives and friends soon gathered and threat ened to do violence to the officer. .Fear ing serious trouble, Governor Hey ward was notified and requested to hurry troops to the scene. Accord ingly the Ander company, under com mand of Lieutenant P. K. McCully, Jr., was despatched to Honea Path by a special train. Latest Georgia Homicide. Milieu, Ga., Special.—A shooting affray occurred Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Scarboro, seven miles be low here, in which two men were kill ed. John Burke and Fed Aycock. both white, quarreled over a'raule and ilie quarrel ended in a row. each killing the other with a pistol. The men were prominent in that section and the tragedy is deplored. News Items. The filling of the Bishopric of Porto Rico is expected to settle the question as to which congregation at Rome has supervision of that island. The New York county grand jury has asked for instruction as to what it shall do relative to campaign con tributions by the insurance companies. The foreign agents of flic Mutual Life Insurance Company are in revolt against the Peabody regime. Charles M. Schwab left Los Angeles Cal., in what is said to be a serious condition of health. Governor Pennypacker, of Pennsyl vania, vetoed the resolution providing for an investigation of the coal rail-, roads, on the ground that the special session of the Legislature had not been called for such a purpose. “Judge” Andrew Hamilton, the head of the legislative bureau main tained by the Mutual Life Insurance Company and other big corporations, returned from Europe “'to face the music. ’ CONGRESSIONAL UOuma What is Being Done Day by Day By the National House and Senate. To Mark Confederate Graves. The House passed the army appro priation bill, also the Foraker Fill providing for the marking of the graves of Confederate dead, buried in the North. Dolliver Speaks for Rate Bill. The discussion of the railroad rate question in the Senate was continued by Mr. Dolliver, who spoke m sup port of the Dolliver-Hepbum bill. He said that the bill was intended merely to supplement the existing in ter-State commerce law and con lead ed for its validity from a constitu tional point of view, predicting that government ownership of the rail roads would be forced upon the country if Congress did not meet, the present demand for regulation.. # Mr. Dolliver was not questioned and when lie concluded the remain der of the day was devoted to the bill providing for the settlement of the affairs of the live civilized tribes of Indians after the termination ’ of their tribal relations. Mr. Dolliver in his speech said he did not agree with either Mr. Fora ker or Mr. Bacon that the secret prac tices have been abandoned. He did not believe the Elkins bill adequate for protection against these practices. “The difficulty about rebates is not in punishing vocations of the law,” be said, “but in discovering them and we have undertaken to amend the law so as to cover that defect.” Returning to the question of ap peals, Mr. Dolliver said that the pow er the commission would exercise in preventing recourse to courts was about as great as the power of “my freinds who are tiptoeing about this chamber talking of the ‘day in court.’ ” isy unanimous consent. Legislation by unanimous consent and under suspension of the rules oc cupied the attention of the House and resulted in the passage of several bills, some of considerable import ance. The adoption of a resolution of inquiry as to whether any crimi nal prosecutions have been begun against individuals in the Northern Securities Company furnished the text for a speech of criticism by Mr. Williams, the Democratic leader. Brief answers wore made by Mr. Jen kins, of Wisconsin, and* Mr. Grosver enor, of Ohio. Mr. Jenkins said that the statute of limitations had run against any action that might he taken in this case and that any effort at prosecution would be useless. Tax Off Leaf Tobacco. The House began its session by passing without discussion or opposi tion a hill for the relief of tobacco growers by permitting them to sell leaf tobacco without paying the tax of 6 cents a pound heretofore charged The balance of the day was devot ed to tariff discussion, the Indian ap propriation bill being the vehicle to cany the debate. Preceding this Mr. Sherman explained the provision of the hill. The tariff discussion was opened bj Mr. Rucker, of Missouri, who brought forth arguments designed to sustain the Democratic idea of tariff for revenue only, and he closed with the prediction that these ideas would pro vail, with W. J. Bryan as the stand ard hearer. In the Senate. The question of tlie enlargement of the Medical Department occupied the major portion of the time of the Senate. The question arose in con nection with the consideration of a bill for the displacement of con tract surgeons by physicans who shall be given the rank of army offi cers and the re-organization of the medical corps. Mr. Hale criticised the hill as an entering wedge for a general increase of the army and said that it was a part of a general plan of the general staff which he charged with a general purpose of enhancing rhe army’s importance. In this connection *Mr. Hale said that the general staff had prepared plans for the invasion of China by an American anny but he added that he did not mean to go into the subject “for with the Secretary of State sit ting on the lid I do not believe we are likely to have war.” Oklahoma a State. The Senate passed a bill for the ad mission of a new State to be called Oklahoma and to he composed of the Territory of Oklahoma and Indian Territory. It was the House joint statehood bill with all the pro visions relating to Arizona and New Mexico stricken out. The motion to strike out was made by Mr. Burrows and it was carried by the close vote of 37 to 35 after having been lost by the still closer vote of 35 to 36. The Crisis For the Statehood Bill. When the Senate met at 11 o’clock Friday morning in recess session from Thursday, Mr. Beveridge, of Indiana chairman of the committee on Terri tories, continued his earnest advocacy of the joint Statehood bill. Notwith standing the early hour of the meet ing the public and private galleries were crowded and a large number of Senators were in their seats. Exactly at noon, the general debate on the measure closed and the legislative day of Friday was begun. The debate was then continued under the ten minute rule. The voting on the bill will begin at 4 o’clock. It is expect ed that Senator Foraker’s amend ment, providing for the submission of the joint Statehood plan for New Mexico and Arizona to the popular vote of these two Territories, will be adopted by a majority of between eiskt and twelve votes. German Radical Dead. Berlin, By coble.—Eugene Richter, radical leader in the Reichstag since its foundation, Bismark’s old oppon ent and a long time editor of The Fre isinnige Zeitung, died at 4 o’clock Saturday morning. Near the close of 1004 Reieliter suddenly retired.from The Freisinnige Zietuug, which he had founded, and at the same time ceased to appear at the Reichstag. He was then in feeble health and threatened with the loss of his eye-sight. Editor Shoots Down Editor. Shreveport, La., Special—L. Stuc key, editor of The People’s Demands, was shot and killed at Cofax, La., by A. M. Goodwin, editor of The Hali fax Chronicle. The cause of the trag edy was the publication of an arti cle by Stueky which, it is alleged, was a reflection on the character of Good win. The shooting occurred on the depot platform. Goodwin fired three shots, all of which took affect, killing Stueky almost instantly. PROMINENT PEOPLE. Lord Curzon's writing was said to be Very bad at Oxford. Senator Crane, of Massachusetts, is an expert judge of paper. Senator Frye is said to love to visit some of his Maine friends. The late Associate Justice Gray, of the Supreme Court, was very eccentric. The King of Spain lias ordered a supply of Irish tweeds from Ballin rooe. Guests now invited by the King to Windsor Castle are invited for two nights. General Nogi, of Port Arthur fame, is paying the penalty of popularity at the hands of autograph seekers. Prince Edward of Wales has a col lection of seabirds’ eggs from St. Kilda which is said to be finest in the British Empire. Mr. Longworth is said to be engaged in filling his eighth scrap book with clippings about his marriage to Miss Roosevelt. The Khedive of Egypt is one of the potentates who have profited, both morally and financially, from the pro tection of Britain. Maine’s spokesman in the Federal Senate, Eugene Hale, with the general consent of his party, is now the leader of the Republican majority. General Joseph 'Wheeler, who died recently in Brooklyn, was born at Au gusta. Ga., September 10, 1836, and was graduated at West Point in 1859. The German Emperor, the King of Italy, the youthful King of Spain, the Queen of Holland, the King of Bavaria, and the King of Saxony have never taken the trouble to bo crowned. Justice Darling, an English judge, suggested in the course of an auto mobile case recently that the speed indicators of autos might well he marked: "Fine,” “Imprisonment,” “Manslaughter,” “Murder.” LABOR NEWS NOTES. Longshoremen in. Boston, Mass., threaten to strike. The collieries throughout the an thracite region have orders to operate at full capacity until no'-; April. Over one hundred union men went on strike on the new Hotel Dennis contract, at Atlantic Civy. N. ,T. The Queensland (Australia! trade unions registered under the act had a total membership of 527S at the end ff 1904. Glass factories in ihe Steubenville, Ohio, district were threatened with a temporary shut down because of a lack of employes. The weekly wage of more than half of ihe male workers of sixteen years and over in Hungary average from $2.0,8 to $4.16. The Granite Manufacturers’ Associa tion. by a majority vote, decided to susnend work in the 120 shops at Quincy. Mass. The United States Semite sustained the action of the House in abolishing the National Eight Hour law on the Panama Canal. President Palma of Cuba has vetoed a measure passed by Congress prohib iting ihe importation of foreigners to work in rr.e ports during strikes. The great increase in the cost of liv ing and ihe rise in rents in Buenos Ayres is causing great inconvenience and discontent among the working classes. The Philadelphia (Pa.; Central La bor Union lies decided tr take up the fight of the international unions of Engineers and Firemen against the Philadelphia Lager Beer Brewers’ As sociation. Out of 178.059 members of 1054 French trade unions which made re turns to the French Labor Department, as to Ihe state of employment. 18.536, or 10.4 per cent., were out of work in November. Whisky Shipped in Barrel of Apples. The United States customs officials have made an important seizure at Newport, at the office of an express company. A barrel supposed to con tain apples, consigned to parties in Maryland from Quebec, was opened and found to contain thirty-two quarts of sealed Canadian whisky. A layer of apples covered the bottles.—St. Al bans Messenger. MANY DIE IM MINE 1,219 Lives Snuffed Out By a Terriffic Expfiosion ALL FRANCE IN DEEP MOURNING Terrible Explosion in Great Coal Pits Near Belgian Frontier Floods the Shafts and Gallieries With Poison ous Vapors, While it Also Disables the Cages and Ladders, Making Only Limited Rescue Work Possible —Gas Still Pouring Into One Pit. Paris, By Cable.—A dispatch from Lens timed 1:20 o’clock Sunday morn ing', says that the numbm of entomb ed men is now given as 3,21!) and that the crowd around the pits totals 25,000. A mining catastrophe of iueaiclable horror and magnitude has stricken the great coal center of Northern France. An explosion of fire-damp at 7 o'clock Saturday morning’ carried ilealli and destruction throughout the net work of coal mines centered at ('ourrlci’cs. and lire followed the explosion, mak ing’ rescue difficult, and almost im possible. The intense excitement, ami confusion in the vicinity prevented 1 . . . ' 4 „ . -.4? a 1 .. . 1 1 1 N V .-I l 111 i.4.1 I V O V'-L L-lVy mulliU ll'.'.-l VI life, but a dispatch received here at 4:30 p. in., gave 1,404 miners entomb ed and probably lost. At 8:45 o’clock in the evening’ a brief dispatch from Lille announced the total of 1.10:» dead. SHOCK TO ALL FRANCE. All France has been profoundly shocked by the magnitude of the dis aster, which is said to fee the greatest in the history of continental mining. President Eailieres sent his secre tary, accompanied by7 Minister of Pub lic Works Oauiier and Minister of the Interior Dublier, on a special train to the scene of the disaster. The ministerial crisis was teinporo rarily forgotten. Senators and Digni ties joining’ in the universal manifes tations of sorrow. SCENE OF THE CAT ASTRO PL The scene of the castrophe is the mountainous mining region near Lens, in the department of Pas-de-Calias. Here are huddled small hamlets of the mine workers, who operate the most productive coal mines in France. The subterranean chambers from a series of tunnels. Six of the outlets are near Lens, and others are at Courrieres. Vardun, and many other points. The output of these mines is particularly combustible and is largely used in tin* manufacture of gas and in smelting. About 2,000 miners work in the group of mines and, with their families, make a population of from 6,000 to 8,000 souls. j. nt5 caiiiM LUjmc luuk. p:.u*r mum n \ after 1.798 men had descended into the mine. There was a deafening ex plosion, which was followed hy Un cages and mining, apparafue being hurled from the mouth of the Courri eres Mine. Men and bourses near by outside the mine were either stunned or killed. The roof of the mine olTiee was torn otT. Immideiately following the explo sion flames burst from the mouth <d' the pit, driving back those withoui who sought to enter and dooming those within. Wants Town Topics Excluded From Mails. Washington, Special.—Representa tive Bourke (Jockran, of Now York, in troduced a resolution requiring the Postmaster General to report to the House -whether Town Topics is admit ted to the mails and whether the gov ernment assists the publication in “its said occupation of extorting money by blackmail.’ Jamestown Exposition Commissioner. Spartanburg, S. C., Special.—Gover nor D. C. Heyward has named Super intendent Frank Evans, of this city schools, as a member of the State commission of the Jamestown Expo sition, to succeed J. Wright Nash, who declined the place because lie felt that he tvas not adapted to the 'work. The appointment of Prof. Evans will meet with general approval, for be is emin ently qualified for the task. He was largely instrumental in getting up the Spartanburg- county exhibit at the Charleston Exposition, which won the first prize of $1,000. Coast Line Increases Stock. Richmond, Va., Special.—The slock holders of the Atlantic Coast Line held a meeting and passed a resolution prepared by the board of directors authorizing the increase of the stock of the company from $50,000,000 to $60,000,000. A number of prominent financiers from New York, Baltimore and Wilmington, N. C., were present. The meeting lasted not quite 15 min utes.