THE WASHINGTON TIMES; SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1915.
ALL PLANS MADE Ardent Patriots Among Women of Washington
TO GREET G. A. R.
HERE NEXT WEEK
Extend City's Hospitality to Visiting Thousands
Capital Is Ready To Entertain Host of
Veterans After Tireless Work By
Committee of 600 Washing-
tonians Since May.
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Many Fear City Will Never Again Have
An Opportunity To Play Host To
Fast Fading Blue Line of
Washington is ready to entertain the survivors of the
Grand Army of the Republic at their forty-ninth annual
encampment and fiftieth anniversary of the Grand Review,
which begins Monday and continues throughout the week.
This announcement sums up the labors of 600 prom
inent and enterprising citizens of Washington who have
worked tirelessly since May to set the stage fittingly for
what, in all probability, will be the last encampment of the
f ast-facling thin blue line ever held in the Nation's Capital.
In the name of the Chamber of Commerce, Board of
Trade, Retail Merchants' Association, and the Board of Dis
trict Commissioners, Col. John McElroy, at last year's en
campment in Detroit, invited the 'veterans to hold their
1915 reunion in. Washington, promising that no energy,
effort, or expense would be spared in making it the most
memorable assemblage in the history of the organization.
Appreciating that the pledges made oy Washington
were more than redeemed when the last encampment was
held here, October 5-10, 1902, and believing it fitting that
the organization meet here in the year marking the semi
centennial of the historic grand review, the G. A. R. mem
bers unanimously voted to come to Washington.
Immediately after the announcement was made that
the 1915 encampment would be held here, plans were
started to make it rival a Presidential inauguration as a
spectacle and preparations were begun early to do every
thing possible for the comfort, convenience, and pleasure
of the visiting veterans. Last winter Congress passed a
law giving the District Corrjmissioners authority to make
all necessary regulations and calling upon the heads of all
Government departments to lend their most earnest co
operation in arranging the encampment.
Last spring the citizens of Washington, 600 strong,
organized themselves into an encampment committee and
got an early start on the arrangements. The result of this
foresight was that ten days ago announcement was made
that the city was practically ready for the great influx of
blue-clad survivors. The committees disposed of details
as they arose and thus eliminated the necessity for eleventh
The executive committee of citizens was composed
, of William F. Gude, John Joy Edson, D. J. Callahan, R.
F. Andrews, E. C. Brandenburg, P. T. Moran, W. T. Galli
her, M. M. Parker, R. N. Harper, James F. Oyster,,S. B.
Hege, E. J. Stellwagen, Charles J. Bell, Col. John McElroy,
C. C. Royce, George H. Slaybaugh, and Harry Standiford.
TO BE LONG REMEMBERED.
William r. Gude wa chosen as gen
eral chairman of the citizens' commit
tee and surrounded himself with twenty-four
chairmen on detailed, arrange
ments, and the latter appointed from
ten to thirty members ot their organi
zations. Under the leadership of Mr.
Gude the chairmen and committee fell
to their stupendous task with vim and
enthusiasm, all determined to make
the 1915 encampment one to be long re
membered by the people of Washington
as well as one of the most successful
and delightful to the veterans. Mr.
Gude and his chairmen were full of
Ideas for the comfort and entertain
ment of the veterans, and at no time
has the citizens' committee been found
without some plan to meet every
emergency which arose.
Col. Robert N. Harper was chosen as
vice chairman of the citizens' commit
tee. He presided as chairman for many
weeks during the absence of Mr. Gude
from the city, and advanced many
I4 as for the shaping of the encamp
ment, and directed the energies of the
chairman with the greatest success.
In addition to being vice chairman,
Colonel Harper was chairman of the
finance committee ana neia the en
campment money bag. Because of his
consummate interest In the encamp
ment and his knowledge of finance, he
was also chosen a member of the
finance committee on stands, which sold
the concessions to construct stands
along Pennsylvania avenue to the high
Through the efforts of Frank B. Lord,
chairman of -the publicity committee,
who had a number of local newspaper
men and correspondents associated
with him, the encampment has been
given nation-wide publicity. The ex
tensive Ulustiated artlctes which have
appeared In newspapers throughout the
country has heightened Interest In the
reunion and will doubtless be responsl-
ble for attracting manr additional vis
itors here next week.
While estimates vary as to the num
ber of veteran expected here for next
week's patriotic exercises, social affairs
and business sessions, it Is believed that
ruiiy 33.000 of them wlir be within the
city' rates when assembly is sounded.
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niiuinicu wnn me u. a. R. are a
number of subsidiary organisation
composed of men In the G. A. R
patriotic women and sons of Veterans.
Among the organizations which will
hold their annual encampments or con
ventions here simultaneously with the
G. A. n. are the Woman's Relief Corps.
with a membership of lTO.ooo; the Ladles
of the G. A. R.. the Sons of Veterans,
the Rons of Veterans' Auxiliary, the
Naval Veterans' Association, the Union
Ex-Prleoners of War Association, the
Veteran Signal Corps Association, Ije
glon of Loyal "Women, the Loyal Legion
of Daughters of Veterans, National
Association of Volunteer Army Nurses,
Military Order of the Medal of Honor,
and National Association of Patriotic
The delegates to these encampments
and conventions, together with their
relatives, friends and spectators will
bring the aggregate of visitors up to
between 100,000 anfl 115,000. according to
carefully compiled estimates.
Ample provision has been made for
houslnf and feeding this horde oT
guests. The cltlsens' accommodations
committee of which A. Liftwlch Sin
clair Is chairman, has reserved quar
ters In all the hotels for the delegates
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and thousands of rooms In the bonrdliiR
and lodging houses throughout the city
for veterans and lsUors. Wcvka nso
announcement wns made that nil the
rooms In practically all the hotels hud
been reserved either as living quarters
or meeting plucos for the G. A. It. and
affiliated organizations. The committee
has received thousands of letters from
persons dslrlng quarters and has list-1
ed more than 1.000 boarding and lodging
houses. It Is believed thitt evnry room .
enclVmenVbOeffiedsh0rtlyfl,terl,ie!Left to right, abovy-MRS. ISABELLA WORRELL BALL, chairman
That the citizens' committee nnd vot
erans might be properly equipped with
Insignia, the committee on badgos, of
whloh W. T. Oalllher Is chairman, hud
mors ttrnn 5,000 ornate and decorative
ribbon badges manufactured. Those
badges, which surpass those prepared
for any Inauguration, have been dis
tributed to the citizens and will bo
given to veterans Immediately after
A. C. Moses, chairman of the .Hoy
Scout committee, has arranged to fur
hlsh 1,000 "llttlo troopers" to act as
guides, messengers, escorts, and com
panions for the aged veterans through
out the encampment. Tle Hoy Scouts
of Washington covered themselves with
5 lory at the Wilson Inauguration, ren
erlng consplcloiis first aid and police
service and making themselves gener
ally useful and Indispensable. Realiz
ing their worth. Major Pullman has
ed for several hundred Hoy hcouib
to assist the police In Keeping the
streets clear and the crowd in check
on Wtdnesdsv. tne uay or tna Dig
parude of veterans.
Three Big Events.
Col. C. C. Royce, chairman of the
committee on campfires, has arranged
three big events to be staged in Camp
Matthew O. Emery. First and B streets
northwest, the latter part of the week.
These campfires will take the form of
smokers and general good times, the
veterans being entertained with song.
story. Instrumental music, addresses by
distinguished veterans and public men
Camp Emery, which takes Its name
from Matthew Gnult Emery, a native
of Massachusetts, who organized the
first Union military organization formed
for service In the civil war, Is swathed
In the national colors and canopied
with the stars and stripes and other
banners. Director General Standiford
has been most lavish and artistic In
the grouping of flags, shields, portraits
and historical photographs In the Im
mense hall. It Is doubtful If the vet
erans ever assembled In a hall as pro
fusely or Appropriately decorated as
Camp Emery. A number of veterans
who arrived early and wendod their
way to Camp Jmery said It eclipsed
anything thoy had ever seen at an en
campment. The business sessions of the encamp
ment will begin In Camp Emery on
Thursday, when the veterans will chose
a new commander-in-chief and other
officers. The big event to bo held In
the building, however, and for which
the most elaborate preparations have
been made will be President Wilson's re
ception to the veterans on Tuesday
night. The Chief Executive of the Na
tion will Join with the citizens of Wash
ington In extending greetings to the
survivors on that evening and will de
liver a patriotic address.
A pretentious musical program has
been arranged, and there will be ad
dresses by prominent citizens of Wash
ington and distinguished veterans, as
well as the presidents of the various
women's organizations and Sons of Vet
erans. Under the leadership of Isaac Gans,
wic uvvuidviuiio i.-uiiiiiiiiiee nas aistri
inrouinoui encampment week. The rt
suit or tneir labors Is that from one
end of the city to the other flags of
all sizes are flowing to the breeze and
throughout the city the sign, "Welcome
G. A. R. is to be observed on business
houses and residences as well. Persons
auallflcd to speak say they have sel
om or never seen the city so complete
ly decorated as at the present time.
Grandstands have been erected all
along Pennsylvania avenue to accom
modate the Urge throngs which will
crowd this historic thoroughfare to wlt-
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tive pf the fiftieth anniversary of the
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ly large to accommodate all those seek
ing seats. In addition to the stands.
however, tne mei chants and hotel keen.
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of presa committee W. R. C; MRS. MAMIE PALMER DORSEY,
chairman W. R. C. entertainment committee; MRS. LOTTIE
JOHNSON, chairman ladies of G. A. R. entertainment committee;
MRS. W. E. ANDREWS, general chairman of woman's committee.
Below fttRS. ROSA S. RUTLEDGE, chairman Sons of Veterans aux
iliary committee; MRS. ADA H. WEISS, chairman of committee
of Legion of Loyal Women; and MRS. GEORGIANA D. VAN
FLEET, chairman of national executive committee W. R. C.
rented out their windows to parties
wishing u private viewing place.
Like Inauguration Stand.
The stand In front v of the White
House, from which President Wilson
will review the parade, stundlng on the
same spot on which President Johnton
stood when he witnessed the grand re
view, rlols that constructed for Inaugu
rations V I). Owen, chairman of the
committee on parks and stands, drew
the elaborate plans for the President'
stand, the Lafayette Park stand and
the court of honor. He has tieen high
ly complimented on his success.
These stands, which stiotch for sev
eral blocks along Pennsylvania aveniie
In front of and opposite the White
House, are among the largest ever seen
here. They have been decorated with
festoons of llagH, shields and waving
banners, and have been painted white.
In front of these stands will be placed
hundreds of palms, potted plants, ever
greens and shields, the color scheme
being white and green. The two big
stands will be linked together with
bunting anil electric lights, forming a
court of honor of great beauty and
Dr. Frank E. Gibson, chairman of
the entertainment committee, has com
pleted arrangements for a diversified
program of enjoyable events, among
them being drills by cavalry. Artillery,
and bluejackets, lslts to twelve United
States navy vessels which will anchor
In the Potomac river near the Highway
bridge at noon Monday, searchlight
drills aboard the vessels, wireless teleg
raphy demonstrations, ambulance and
litter drills and a number of other
events of particular Interest to the vet
erans and visitors.
The medical committee, with Dr.
Lewis J. Hattle as chairman, has made
ample provision for giving prompt at
tention to all veterans and visitors who
may he taken 111 or receive injuries.
Hospitals have been established in
Union Station and Camp Emery. On
the dnv of the parade fourteen ambu
lance "stations will be established
along Pcnn.vlvonla avenue, and the
largest general hospital tent In tpo
United Stutes army will be pitched on
the White Lot and equipped with the
latest medical and surgical apparatus
In the S.irgeon General's department.
The historic sites In and around
Washington, about J00 in number, have
been maiked with bronze signs hy v.
P. Van W'icklo and the members of hiH
committee. In addition, the commit
tee has compiled a booklet or several
hundred pages describing about 30ii
places of note in the Nation's Caplttl
and containing many treasurable Illus
trations. Arrangements for furnishing the vet
erans and other visitors with all tho
Information they may desire about
Washington ann i.ie encampment nave
nnmmi;rimin have arranged tor th
comrort and convenience or the visitors,
Major Piillmin will attend to public or
der throughout the week, his force ne
Ing augmented h a score or more out-of-town
detectives; the program has
been complWd and printed by Thomas
Grant secretary of the citizens' com
mittee nnfl H. C '. Stiles; musical pro.
crams have been nrrangod by E. H.
Droop; plans for the reception of the
veterans have been compWd J.y E.
r .nrnndenburg. while J. Harry Cun-
ntngham arranged with tho railroads to
make the lowest possible rotes so as to
allow the greatest number of veterans
to come to the city ror tne encampment.
Colonel McElroy Pushed.
! iim shoulders of Col. John Mc
Elroy fell a gieat volume of the work
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of staging the encampment. Colonel
McElroy h a former senior vice com
mander of the O A. R. In addition he
is the actlns commander of the Depart
ment of tho Potomac and also editor of
tho National Tribune, oftlcial organ of
the G. A. R. Colonel McElroy has been
of Inestimable assistance to the citizens'
committee In making arrangements, be
cause there are certHiu set forms which
have, to be adhered to at each encamp
ment Ho arranged the line of march and
submitted It to Col. David J. Palmer,
comniojider-ln-chlcf of the G. A. It.,
and It wns at once approved. Colonel
McElroy also helped bubdlvlde Camp
Knirry Into headquarters for all tho
men's organization which will ir.eet
tlure. Throughout all the planning for
tho encampment Colonel McElroy wns
the man to bo consulted, because of his
Inexhaustible knowledge of tho G.
Ho nlsn planned tho reunions of the
army corps and other organizations to
be held here. There were twenty-flva
infantry corps nnd two cavalry corps
ln the Union army. Each of these or
ganizations will hold a reunion. The
vottrans will nssemble according to
corps nnd recount slorle of experiences
more than half a eTituiy ago and enjoy
themselves to th full, because of the
ai rangements made for their entertain
ment at these reunolns.
v Wilson To Take Part.
President Wilson will take part In the
Veterans' encampment on three dlf
ferent days. On Tuesday night he will
welcome the veterans. Wednesday
morning, beginning tit 10 o'clock, he will
review the parade, which will probably
last three hours. On Friday afternoon
he will Join with Commander-in-Chief
Palmer In laying the cornerstone of tlys
Arlington Memorial Amphitheater.
Secretary Dauisls and other officials
of the navy win be conspicuous among
the guests and speakers at the "grand
naval dogwatch," arranged for Wed
nesday night by Col. A. G. Fortler. The
dogwatch will be staged in Camp Em
ery, and promises to be one of the high
lights of the encampment. The naval
veterons have not been prominently to
tho fore at previous encampments of
the G. A. R.. but this year they will
be here In unusual numbers nnd take a
prominent part In the reunion.
Mrs. W. E. Andrews and the large
committee of Washington women have
arranged n number of social nffnlrs to
be given the thousands of members of
women's patriotic societies meeting
here. Principal among these events will
be the" reception In honor of Commander-in-Chief
Palmer In the rotunda of the
Capitol, the affair taking placo under
the largest banner In the world, an
American flag 120x53 feet, brought
here from Canton, unio.
To Stage Tree Plantings. ,
The women's patriotic organizations
will stage two tree plantings during the
encampment, the first occurring In
front of the Lincoln Memorial. In Poto
mac Park, on Tuesday afternoon, and
the second at Arlington Just before tho
laying of the cornerstone for tho -tniphl-theater.
Withal, Washington has planned
elaborately and thoroughly for the en
campment, and there Is every prospect
of the reunion proving as enjoyable nnd
memnrnhlii to the citizens of tho Na
tional Capital as to the veterans thom-
Opon house will be tho word among
all the fratQrnal organizations and In
private homes. Nothing will bo too
good for the veterans, and they will be
made to feel that the nation's gratltuda
to theni for their valiant services In
ixll-f5 Is Increasing Instead of decreas
ing as they march westward toward tho
setting sun of life.
Elaborate Preparations Completed by Four
Big Feminine Organizations to Fete and
Entertain Veterans Who Are Flocking
to This City to Participate in What Is
Believed to Be Their Last Grand Review.
Elaborate preparations have been
mt.de tor tha entertainment of the mem
bers of the four big women's organiza
tions aflfllated with the G. A. R., and
which will meet hero simultaneously
with the veterans' organization.
Following the close of the civil war
thrre wa much sickness and distress
(urcng the Union veterans and out of
tho wilderness of relief societies or
ganized came tho Woman's Relief
Coips, organized In 1883. It Is now the
lctiest woman's organization In tho
woild. The other three woman'i or
ganisations arc the Iadle of the G.
A. R., the Ladles' Auxiliary of the Son
of Veterans, and the Daughters of Vet
erans. Of Social Prominence.
These organizations are made up of
patriotic women all over the countr,
mothers, wives and daughters of states
men, soldiers and Jurists. Included in
their membership are countless women
of social prominence and distinction in
even' State In the fnion. The fitting
entertainment of these thousands of vis
iting women will be a stupendous
task, but tho committees of Washing
ton women entrusted with the task of
ai ranging for the teaa. receptions,
funchf-'n! and other social features , of
the encampment Lave c?mP,el VJf'J
til on 1 1 and there is every indication that
the varPous functions will prove thor-
0TtVe8aUrCeCe?hHv.ng local branches of
the four big feminine organizations and
the committees appointed to arrange for
the reception and entertainment of the
visiting delegates have worked together
7n end that the greatest success might
crown their effort.. All committees are
unUea under the name of the woman's
citizens' committee, auxiliary to the citi
zens' committee of men.
Mrs W. IS. Andrews Is chairman of
the women's committee and has as her
assistants committees appointed by the
Chairmen of the various focal organiza
tions Beside, this. Mrs. Andrews has
appo nted a Jarge committee ":
tlngul.hod women known In both social
and official life.
Active In Society.
Mrs. Andrews, who Is tho wife of
William K. Andrews, of Nebraska, for
eighteen years auditor of the Treasury
n.nimnt. ha. long been an active
figure In both the official and social ltfe
of Washington. She has been a resident
of Washington since her husband made
his appearance In official life as a mem
her of the Lower House of Congress
from Nebraska, since which time she
has won Washington applause of her
laudable and progressive work as a
I?.Vual.-n. nnd still more particularly
in her work as an educator. In which
eVaelty. she has served In college or
women in ner nawvu . -
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of the Wmbla II?lKhUArt Club and
also president of the District Federa-
UMrs. Andrews was a member of the
Board of Lady Manager of the St.
Louis exposition In 190L '
Mrs Andrews Is a graduate of Parsons
College of Iowa, and possesses a voice
of remarkable sweetness. For several
culture in Hastings College, Nebraska,
when her husband was vice president
and professor of Latin and history.
Mrs Andrews has been doing yoeman
work in the interest of the Day Nur
sery and Dispensary Association of the
District, and Is president of the asso
elation Mrs. Andrews has hern her
husband's intellectual companion alt
the years of their married life. She Is a
good politician, a thorough diplomat,
and In her committee work for the na
tional encampment has endeared herself
to every one.
Mrs. Andrews Is a member of the
Woman's Relief Corps of Omaha, and
also a member of tho Ladles of the G.
A. R. of tKat city. Since comng to
Washington Mrs. Andrews has Joined
tho Ellen Spencefr Mussey Tent, Daugh
ters or Veterans, the Legion of Loyal
Women, and at Its next meeting will be
come a member of the auxiliary to
William 13. Cushlng Camp, sons of
Mrs. Mamie P. Dorsey.
Mrs. Mamie palmer Dorsey, chairman
of the Woman's Relief Corps committee
Is president of the Department of Po
tomac woman's .Relief Corps. Mrs. Dor
scv has been a member of the Woman's
Relief Corps oyer twenty years, beln a
charter member -of eGorge H. Thomas
Corps, this city. She Is past department
secretary, and Is past president pf
George H. Thomas Corps of this city.
Mrs. Dorsey Is also a member of the
Auxiliary of the sons of Veterans and
Its past national secretary. She has
also been a division president and presi
dent of the local auxiliary. Mrs. Dorsey
Is the wife of William F. Dorsey, who
served In First Colorado Cavalry Com
pany G, who Is employed In the Govern
ment Printing Office. Mrs. Dorsey has
alwavs been on active worker In all
patriotic organizations, and ha. been
identified with the church and philan
thropic and charitable work of the city.
Mrs. Dorsey has nearly 600 members In
the eight corps of her department, and
these have been actively interested In
the committee work and general pre
paration for the coming of the ho.ts
of members of the Woman's Relief Crps.
She ha. aranged to care for the nearly
WX) delegates of the national convention,
W. r. r. '
Other Ardent Workers.
The president of the local organisa
tion, who Is arranging for tho national
guests of the 8ons of Veterans aux
iliary, is Mrs. Rosa S. Rutledge, who Is
also secretary of the executive commit
tee of the ladies' citizens' committee of
the G. A. R. She Is aide for the Dis
trict of Columbia on the staff of the
national president of the auxiliary. The
local organization has the honor of
having two department presidents of
the Woman's Relief Corps among Its
members. Mrs. Jennie Ross, of Balti
more, widow of Gen. W. E. W. Ross,
one of the founders of the Sons of
Veterans. The other is Mrs. Dorsey. It
has also a past national senior vice
president of the Woman's Relief Corps,
Mrs. Isabel Worrell Ball.
The chairman of the woman's citizens'
committee of the ladles of the G. A.
R. Is Mrs. Lottie E. Johnson. She Is
pres dent of the William McKlnley
Circle No. 2. Ladies of the G. A. ft
airs. Johnson wbb formerly a member
of the department of New York, and a
ShnJter.4nembr of William R. Seward
Relief Corps. No. 11. Auburn.".
She organized several corps In that de-
JviliimSntxfam? waB,he, wnlxer of the
William McKlnley Circle. Mrs. Johnson
has been closely associated with all the
patriotic work of the District of Co
lumbia for the last generation. She Is
a woman of excellent executiv ability.
L" ?8."il the.,wo-t for the entertain
!k iHitnen.uUoJJal organizations for
the ladles of the G. A. R. well In hand.
Saw Grand Review.
Mrs. Georgeanna Van Fleet, who is
chairman of the National Executive
Board. Woman's Relief Corps, and one
of Mrs. Andrews' committee members,
was born In Baltimore, and Is the
daughter of William E. Chamber., who
served In the Union Army. Mrs. Van
Fleet has been president of Lafayett9
Corps for several years, has been Its
treasurer for ninny years, and is past
president of tho Department of Poto
mac, Woman's Relief Corps. She is
also an active member of the Daughters
of the American Revolution, and Is al
ways interested in everything which
may entertain or. In any way benefit a
veteran of the Grand Army of the R
publlc. Mrs. Isabel Worrell Ball Is a now'
paper woman of some forty yer
standing. She wna the first pioneer all
around newspaper woman of the Fur
West, commencing her work In New
Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. She
was tho tlrst woman admitted to tho
press galleries of Congress, and sus
tained that title for a period of ten
jeurs, doing her work on the same plane
with the men correspondents. She has
done special work on newspapers In
all the laige cities of the country from
Boston to Snn Fraclsco.
She has ncen a member of the
Woman's Relief Corps since 1S84. and
Is a member of tho Ladles of the G.
A. R.. Daughters of Veterans, and the
Auxiliary to tho Sons of Veterans. Hei
specialty for the Inst twenty-flva years
has been the prevention of desecration
of the I r.lteri States flag, and she has
given addresses on this subject In every
section of the country
Mrs. Ada H. Weiss.
Mrs. Ada H. Weiss has twice served
ns president of the Legion of Loyal
Womon, a patriotic organization of the
broadest scope, admitting to member
ship all loyal women. She has devoted
years of her life to the promotion of
patriotic enterprises and the welfare
and comfort of the I'nlon veterans.
' It Is due to the efforts of Mrs." Weiss
that a banner bearing the words of
President Lincoln will wave at Fif
teenth nnd F streets on the day of the
parade. The Inscription on the banner
"There Is one de"t this nation can
never repay the one it owes to the de
fenders of tho Union."
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