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THE WASHINGTON TBIES: THURSDAY: ULURCH l; 1917.
tnent of Justice Investigators, who re rtlll hard at work unearthing further detail, of the conspiracy. In addition to the Department of Justice agents; there are a number of the most clever and efficient Sec ret Service men of the Treasury -Department working on caes of neu tralltv violation. No Intimation was given at the. White. House today as to the stepn President Wilson may take as anc suit of the Zlmmemrann-Von Kclc hardt propaganda becoming publ'. It was urged by boric that the- note constituted a casus belli, and that an actual declaration of war may result. It was stated at the White House, however, that the President s'dll waits trooir Congress to- act In com pliance witn the- requests contained In the President's- latest address be fore that body. Facing the possibility of further delay tn Congress, plus- opvosithri to avoidance of an extra session, the Administration today- played 1W trump card", Uie correspondcrce be tween Germany and Its Mexican lep resentatlve whereby It sought to align STexlco-and: Japan betlljrertntly against the United States. The flocu ment.i. m possession of this Govern ment f'-r some time, show rtearly that GerBnmx ment to play this tremandoaa menace as a club- owr the United: States to keep her neutral. Tim letter forming the basis of Ger many's cunning plotting, forwarded from. Berlin January-10 via CoOnt von Berasterft; for the German envoy. Von Eckhardt, st Mexico City, said: "On the 1st of February we intend to begin stthmaxino warfare unre stricted. In spite of this, it la our In teatloK to endeavor to keep the United States of America, neutral. JI this at tempt la not successful we propose an alliance on the- following basis with Mexico: "That we shall make war -together and peace together. "We shall give general financial support, and It Is understood that Mexico la to reconquer the Joet terrt tory in New Mexico, Texas, and Arl rona. "The details are left to you for set tlement. Tou are instructed to Inform the President of Mexico of the above In the greatest confidence as soon as It is crirtaln that there will be an outbreak of war with the United States and suggest that the President of Mexico on his own initiative should communicate with. Japan suggesting adherence at one to this plan, at tlbe same time offering to mediate between Germany and Japan. Please call to the atten tion of the President off Mexico that the employment of ruthless subma rine warfare now, promises to com pel England to make peace in a few months. ZniMKRMAN." This and other documents in the hands of Government heads. Is the answer to the Administration's In sistence upon power for President "Wilson to arm ships and otherwise deal with the German problem. JLaswer t "GoIbk Slew It." It is the answer to the Administra tion's evident concern on the Japanese situation, as shown in ef forts to kill ant!-Uen legislation aimed at the Japs. It is the answer to- President Wil son's "going slowly" In order that he might be the better prepared for ac tion when the, time caret. It Is one of the chief answers to President Wilson's "watchful wait ing" policy as regards Mexico. Above all. it Is intended as the goad to a dawdling Congress It is recalled that only a short time go Carranza suggested an embargo on supplies to the allies, and that there was the hint that the Mexican oil supplies of the British navy would be halted. And Japan has been hinting at trouble if the anti-alien bills were passed. Hence, It is known that in these re spects the two nations were trying the secret club of threatened trouble against the United States. The Administration has shown only part of its hand. The Mexican-Japanese menace has loomed larger than officials cared to admit publicly. The menace, bared In the prima facie evidence of German deceit, re calls stories of emissaries who went back and forth from Mexico City to Tokyo. It recalls etorles of German reserv ists ratherlng In Mexico City. Many "Wild" Stories Itecallrd. It recalls wild stories always branded so officially of the presence of Japanese in large numbers in iower California. It recalls activities of Captain Boy Ed and Captain von Papen, in Mexico and in other countries south of the XMo Grande. It Is given frankly, but not official ly, as one of the greatest reasons the Administration sent Secretary of State I .a ruing and the Attorney Gen eral to Congress to plead for the roost stringent and rigid spy bills this Government has ever considered. And, at last, goaded by Congressional delays and prospects of an even wider filibuster starting today to kill the armed neutrality bill, cripple thenavysupply bill and force an extra session, the Admin istration showed part of the plot Behind the plot lies a sinister train of facts. German agents followed developments of the Mexican peace conference at At lantic City. After they appeared. It was noticeable that Luis Cabrera, clever diplomat member- of the Mexican group, gave out disquieting hint He talked of the relations of Japan and Mexico a sinister hint that the American Gov ernment did not fall to note. Since then there have been German spies on the Mexican border. There have been secret missions between THE WEATHER REPORT. Forecast for the District of Colum bia and Maryland Cloudy tonight; Friday fair: temperature near freez lng tonight; gentle north to north east winds. For Virginia Cloudy tonight; rain or snow in aouthern portion; light north to northeast wind. Temperatures. . m 33 0 a. m. 33 10 a. m. VA 11 a. m, ;i3 32 noon..- 33 2 p. m 3 Tide Table. High tides..! :S0 a. m.. height 2 0 f.-.'tt p. m.. height 2.3 Low Udai...8:3S a. in., height 0.2 9:10 p. m height 0.1. Sun nod Moon Table. Sun roe 0.42 a. m. Sun sets 0.01 p. in Moon rose 11 23 a. m. Moon sets 2:07 a.m. ' Ua&t utonobiu laws 0:21 -m. Mexico City and Washington on the part of Teuton diplomats. MessnKe Opportunely Obtained. But the message Intended for the German tnvnv at Mexico City came J Into American Government hands op portunely, and gave this nation suf ficient warning wherewith to combat the machinations. Despite this menacing turn in an already tensely strained situation. Senator I.a Follette has served notice that he had three days' material ready for a filibuster. He Is opposed to the extent of the navy bill. Republicans are backing him, as they want an extra session, believing that the President ought not to "go It alone" In the matter that looks so much like war as the present situa tion does. Senator Hoke ' Smith, Democrat, too. Is opposed to the leg Islatlve bill. Whether these conflicting positions will force an extra session was a problem today. But the Administration hoped the barring of the German plot, plus a growing voice from the fighting folk of the nation, would whip opponU of various measures, especially the armed neutrality bill. Into line. WILSON IS SPONSOR FORINTRIGDESTORY Authorizes Formal Statement in Senate That It Is True. (Continued from First Page.) deliberate' appeal to the Senate to refer the resolution to his committee "for further necessary investigation and inquiry before ill-advised action be taken." Stone Ignores Swanson. "We are not informed as to the source of this news," he said. "We have no facts. It may not be authen tic; it may not be true. "We do know, however, that every possible agency has been used to ex cite American public opinion. There may be," Senator Stone said slowly, "something behind this alleged news of which we do not know. It Is the wlner course to permit the commit tee to Investigate." Senator Stone, one of the Presi dent's strongest supporters, seemed to take cognlxmce of the words which had just fallen from the lips of Sena tor Swanson, giving official authenti cation to the conspiracy report. Senator Hardwlck's objection stood, but when he realized that this would put the matter over to tomorrow, a hasty move was made to have the resolution referred to the Foreign Re lations Committee. Townsend Protests Reference. Senator Pomerene asked that It go there, with a request for Immediate action. Senator Lodge suggested the com mittee might kill the resolution there, but Democrats retorted that Uicre was no Inclination to do so. "If it Is to be killed It might as well be killed out here In the open," Lodge said. "I don't know that there will be a tomorrow for this Senate," Interject ed Senator Townsend of Michigan, hinting at filibustering, and suggest ing that the armed neutrality bill may not be sufflcolent to cope with the situation. "That makes the whole matter doubtful." he continued. "That is why the sooner we know about this, the sooner e will be able to act properly." "I repeat that this Senate Is ready to act and act patriotically upon anything which it 1h asked to act on. Therefore we ought -not to act with out Information." The parliamentary situation became tangled; objections flew for a time to variously worded requests for refer ring the resolution to the Foreign Re lations Committee. Senator Stone, chairman of the com mittee, was uncertain as to how long it would take the committee to act Finally, the bill was referred to the Foreign Relations Committee. TO GIVE PATRIOTIC PLAY Interior Employes to Dramatize Events Leading to Constitution. Itecord crowd are expected to at tend the dramatization of events lead ing up to the adoption of he Constl tuion, as part of a five-day patriotic demonstration under the auspices of the Department of the Interior, be ginning tonight at 8 o'clock a the Caplno Theater. The play, taken from "America First." will be presented tonight, to morrow night and Saturday night, with an extra matinee Saturday. Sun day the United States Indian School Band, of Carlisle, Pa., will give a sacred concert. The next day they will present a play of Indian mythol ogy, entitled, "The Feast of the Red Corn." School children are especially invited to attend the Indian play. All stage properties and parapher nalia have been made by department workers. Only employes of the de partment will be seen In the patriotic presentation. PURIM OBSERVED MARCH 8. Purlm, the Hebrew feuht celebra ting the deliverance from the power of Hainan, will be on Thursday, March H. Services and entertainments will be held at the local synagogues on the evening before This Is one of the minor feasts of the year, and haa never attained as high a degree of spiritual influence an some of the other feasts, always having been more of a folk celebration. afe Milk 'oflnfob & IsTslitJt fabatltuUa Cui Votfl &HorHck's Always on Harrf Quick fcuaco.; Home or Office ONLY VETO CAN SAVE DISTRIGT TO "WETS" House Speeds Sheppard Prohi bition Measure to Enactment. (Continued from First Page.) and the President would be justified Is disapproving such a practice In the Interest of expediency and simply to obtain the passage"of an Imperfect bill. Congress concluded Its considera tion of th measure last night, when the lower body, by a vote of 273 to 137, accepted the Senate bill. A fili buster as determined as the House has seen In recent years delayed, but did not preveijt, the vote. The Senate bill was not amended. Not so much as a punctuation mark has been changed. It goes to the President with the erroneous late In the last section and with the right date In the first section. The House proamnion aavocaies were taking no chances on sending the bill back to the Senate. They preferred to de pend upon the courts to construe "the intent of Congress" and to de clare that the bill Is effective Novem ber 1. 1917, Instead of November 1, 1916. "Gas Rmle Applied. In the House the bill was passed un der a drastic "gag rule." When the "wets" bad their filibuster in full swing, even under a fairly drastic rule, the "djs" of the Rules Committee brought In a substitute for their original special rule. This substitute cut off the all de bate and all opportunity for amendment It provided simply that the House should vote on the Senate bill. Just as It passed the Senate, with no Intervening motion except one motion to recommit Charged Randall Used Terror. On the- motion to recommit there was debate of seven minutes, occupied by Congressman James A. Galllvan, of Boston, who pleaded for a District referendum on the bill. This seven minutes was technically not allow able under the rule, but as a conces sion Mr. Galllvan was given this length of time. Kvcept for the Galllvan speech, wherein the Massachusetts member charged that Congressman Randall. Prohibitionist, of California had frightened the majority of the House and forced a vote on prohibition, there was no discussion of the merits or demerits of the Sheppard meas ure. Mr. Randall Is one of the five Independent members of the next House of Representatives who will wield the "balance of power" In the organization of a body evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. The Galllvan motion to recommit the bill and authorize a District ref erendum was defeated, 23.! to 174 There were ten roll calls during the day, but the highest vote recorded by the opponents of the bill was .in' the motion to recommit- Most of the time the "wets" were able to muster from fifty to one hundred votes. Just sufficient to demand a roll call on dilatory motions. j Henry Twits Learoot. Chairman Henry, of the Rules. Com mittee, who opposed the special rule on tho bill, expressed mock surprise that Congressman Lenroot of Wis consin, one of the original Insurgents against "Cannontsm" and "gag rules," had aided in framing the dras tic rule calling up the bill. "It does grieve me to see the dis tinguished progressive gentleman from Wisconsin, Mr. Lenroot, come here and use such language as he has used In this rule." said Mr. Henry. He assailed the efforts to force a vote on the "bill while great appro priation bills and measures relating to the International crisis awaited. Declaring the rule reported over his protest by the Rules Committee to be the harshest ever presented. Chairman Henry declared that "in a little while you will be bringing In rules that will make It necessary and highly appropriate that we alt apolo gize to the gentleman from Illinois, Mr. Cannon, for any slight criticism we have ever made of him." Subsequently the "drys" on the Rules Committee presented A rule more far-reschlng than any ever re ported under the Cannon regime In that It provided for taking up a Sen ate bill and voting on It without de bate or amendment. In the filibuster which was not checked until late In the afternoon Federal Kins nee by John l'oole. At 8 o'Clock This Morning every one of OUR depositors received by mail a complete statement of his account for the month ending last night. This Statement Shows I. The old balance brought forward. II. The dates and amounts of deposits made during the month. III. A list of all checks paid in the same period. " IV. The exact balance re maining; to tor's credit. This is really a very great improvement over the .old system of balancing pass books. You are cordially invited to give us your account and en joy this added convenience. FEDERAL NATIONAL BANK Southeast Corner of Fourteenth and G Streets Originators of the Monthly Statement System in Washington Uie "wets" had the assistance of sev--eral able parliamentarians- Congressman Fitzgerald of New York, Stafford of Wisconsin, and Henry of Texas were among those who aided the opponents of the bill in their parliamentary "trench warfare," but all opposition was quickly worn down when tho hard-and-fast rule was finally brought In by Congressman Garrett of Tennessee, a Democratic member of the Rules Committee. The original rule was. brought in by Con gressman Pat Harrison of Mississippi, another Democratic member of the Rules Committee. It required a rule to get the bill before the House at all. As passed the bill does not pre vent an individual from bringing Into the District liquor for his personal use. The manufacture for sale, giv ing away and distribution of Intoxi cants Is prohibited. The bill is not a "bone dry" bill, but It abolishes all saloons- and leg islates out of office the Kxclse Board on November I next. The Corpora tion Counsel and the District At torney, together with the Police De partment, are authorized and directed to see that the law is obeyed. Both fine and Imprisonment are provided for "boot-leggers." COAST DEFENSES PUT ON WAR BASIS Guards Patrol Beach at Capes Night and Day Forts Strengthened. Every possible step to guard vital points along the Atlantic coast line Is being taken with the greatest speed and secrecy possible, it became known today. Without waiting for Congressional action or for the "overt act," the army has been putting all coast de fenses on a war basis. Dispatches from Cape Henry today bring the first direct evidence of what has been ac complished by the feverish activity of the past few weeks. For the first time in history regu lars are patrolling the beach. Last night searchlights swept the waters of the Atlantic for miles and the for bidding looking six-Inch guns were trained on the entrance of Chesapeake bay, as though waiting to welcome another visit from a lighting U-boat. Reports from all along the coast line tell of the same precautions, of Increas ed garrisons, immense supplies of am munition being stored ready for instant use, and of heavier guns being Installed. Two companies of coast artillery from Fort Monroe are on duty at Cape Hen ry, while another company from Fort Howard day and night with sentries doubled guards the entrance to Chesa peake Ray on the Cape Charles side at Fisherman's Island. Here the Govern ment is building a pier where supplies and ammunition can be landed and li beginning the erection of p. radio sta tion. As rapidly as possible concrete foundations are being put down In order that'heaYy Vp.nseBT be In stalled temporarily" at Capo Fisher and Fisherman's Island. These foun dations are for use pending the con struction of the fort at Cape Henry which will he the most formidable in the United States. The guns that are being installed now will have an effective range of fnn seven to ten thousand yards. Within two weeks they will all be mounted. A number of coast artillerymen are arranging a camp site and pitching tents on the beach at Cape Henry. STEAMER AGROUND IN BAY Terrific Seas Batter Raven, Helpless Near Norfolk. NORFOLK. Va. March 1. Pounded by terrific seas, which threaten any minute tn break her up, the American steamer Haven Is ashore half a, mile south of Hodle Island. Unusually thick weather and the seas have so far made it Impossible for llfesavers to reach the helpless steamer. PHONE EARNINGS INCREASE Net earnings of the principal telephone companion for the month of November. U16. showed an Increased of 30.000 over Uie same month a J ear before, according to an estimate made by the Interstate Commerce Commission. The earnings for No ember were J7.K1.741 the deposi- ral lllml ' ! Slrcl. i A.LISNER Parade Flags, each mounted on stall with gilt spearhead. 12x16 Flag 5c 15x24 Flag 10c 25x34 Flag 15c 30x48 Flag 19c Second Floor. 4-foot Flag met'hoider Complete 39c Bunting red, white, and blue: For interior decorating, at 7$ YARD. Fast cote, for exterior use, at 10.YARD. Palais Royal Second Floor. A Wonderful Sale The Prettiest New Frocks Of This Spring Time, at each . SEE THEM And the price will be a delightful surprise. With styles newly fashionable, materials superior, and needlework thor ough, these frocks will prove reliable in every respect and "bar gains" not likely to be duplicated this season. FABRICS Chiffon Taffeta Silk. Crepe de Chine Silk, Crepe Meteor, Novelty Stripe Silks, and Georgette Crepe, plain and in combination. STYLES The latest many developing straight lines, pleated. Some with tunics. Basque and also Empire effects. Chemise mod els and coat styles. TRIMMINGS Plaiting creates newly attractive effects: Em broidery, beading, and braiding create dainty and costly appearing touches. Metal threads give richness to some of these frocks. SIZES The miss and the petite woman, not less than the average and larger woman, will find her size. IMPORTANT An ideal dress will be found for street and all daytime occasions, as well aS for evening wear. So comprehen sive the variety and so low the price that many will gladly make selections for future as well, as present needs. COLORS Rich dark navy, Russian green, and black are de veloped in dresses radically different to the creations in ciel blue, verdure green, plum, Burgundy, and wine shades. Grays in charm ing neutral shades, from pearl to taupe. And a gold color creates gloriojs frocks, not one of which gives a hint of being only $18.50. OBVIOUS The very great advantage of an early selection from a collection that includes one-of-a-kind samples of superla tive attractions. While the last frpek to be distributed will be un usually good value at $18.50, those making earlier selections will be assured the "gems." Distribution begins tomorrow morning, on third floor. And Don't Forget Close'd All Day Monday Washington will be in its best bib and tucker March Fifth Washington women, Washington men, and Washington homes will be criticised by visitors from every State. And don't forget that The Palais Royal is ready with every dress and home need and that tomorrow and Saturday will be the best shopping days this side of Tuesday, March Sixth. Trimmed Hats, $6.50 and $7.50 Hats to make certain that Miss and Madam Washing ton will vie with the most charming .of Inauguration Day visitors. Choice of small, medium, and larce hats, an Ideal for every In dividuality. Karh with a latest fashionable touch of trlmmlns narrow lacquered ribbon, novelty feather, or ornament all colors and black. l"alais noyal Second Floor. Women's Hosiery "Phoenix" Every Pair Guaranteed A coupon Given with every pair. And note that prices are no more than for other hose. TIIOKN'IX" Silk Hose, seam less, with INIe frarter top. These are In black, white, navy. eray. silver, mustard, Havana brown, Arizona silver, taupe, tan, QAp suede, and fawn OUC PHOENIX" Hose, with extra size tops. In black, white, fi -J ( Bray, and suede Oliuu "PHOENIX" Lisle Hose, full regular made: black and white. Hxtra sizes, t!3c. Ordinary cr sizes tlOU "PHOENIX" Lisle Hose, seam less, blaek and while. Very A spei-ial at. per pair 117C 1'nliiln llojnl Street Floor. For Friday Only Fmir special lots at specially re duced priren for tomorrow only on Third Floor. ItODH'ES Of ribbon and flsheye laee voke. elastic wul.it band. Pink and white. All Q1 fA LONG KIMONOS Of serpentine crepe, flame culors or floral and Jhphiicmq pattern Empire or hubbard styles ribbon or braid ti limned. All sizes. Special Q(n for Friday "JUL IIOUES Of all silk crepe de chine, in Empire, straight or waist effects, some have entire waist veiled In shadow lace; others are hand embroidered. Pink, Copcnhaccn, roo. lavender, flesh and light blue. fr QQ Tomorrow iOOtVO LINGERIE -downs. Skirts. Com binations, Envelope Chemise. Plain f'liemlse, tJrawers and Covers alt made of finest nainsook, lone cloth, riaxnn and batiste; some cowns have yoke and sleeves en tirely of lce, while others are plainly tailored with touches of lianil work The bouffant flounces of the skirts are formed of joined Imii'S. Minr .vlth niedallluns out lined In lares. The envelope chemise of silk or crepe de chine, are soft and dainty. Values to $:.'.!". Friday CM QQ Sale Price OX.OO anci HOURS: 9 A. M. TO 6 P. M. FRIDAY TO BE A NOTABLE DAY Many splendid lots of new, seasonable goods are priced way down for tomorrow and dozens ol broken lines from stock are marked underworth, put forward without being advertised. WATCH FOR THE FRI DAY SPECIAL SIGNS ON ALL FIVE FLOORS AND SAVE MONEY TOMORROW. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY $18.50 UPWARDS OF 6,600 Handkerchiefs Have Come to Sell Fri day and Saturday at V to Va Less Than Regular Prices. A fortunate special pur chase of manufacturers' samples, all very desirable. On Sale in 4 Lots, At Each, 5c, 8c, lie and 15c AT 15c lot consists of Ladies' Genuine Hand Em broidery Pure Linen Handker chiefs that retail ordinarily at 25c and 35c each, also pure silk Crepe de Chine Handker chiefs "in plain colors and in fancy prints ,that retail regu larly at 25c each. And Pure Linen Hemstitched Handker chiefs that sell regularly at 25c each. AT lie qualities that sell regularly at 15c. 18c, and 20c each. Ladies' All Linen Ini tialed Handkerchiefs in a va riety of different styled letters on fine quality: also, with fancy embroidered corners in "n and U-inch hem, some em broidered in fancy colors, a splendid assortment of very desirable handkerchiefs. Men's Handkerchiefs made from very fine cambric with fancy Longfellow Old English and block initials, in white and colors. AT 8c qualities-that would sell ordinarily at 10c. 12Ac, and 15c each. Ladies' Initialed Handkerchiefs with colored or white initials of fine shamrock lawns; also Fancy Novelty Colored Sport Handkerchiefs in fast colors with embroidered corner; aho plain All Linen Hemstitched Handkerchiefs. AT 5c qualities that sell ordinarily at 8c and 10c each. A splendid assortment of clean, new, white shamrock lawns with assorted style, white or colored initials, some with satin striped borders, excpllent tfua'iiies. G STREET Special 26c Folding- Stool, with top of wooden slats; strong but light: eas ily folded and car ried. Ample quanti ties. Fourth Floor. For the Home The inexpensive touches that brighten. Special lots on sale to morrow. ItAG ItUGS For chamber or bath room: all In the popular hit and miss ratterns, finished with fringed ends. H 23 Ox .... JM.SS 4x38 43e ftxlO.... S.S.73 3x30 3Sc X1S.... 9JS 9x12 Feet Japanese Straw Rryra Heavy quality, closely woven rugs, 'finished with Wall of Troy border: green only. Re- (JC nff duced to 0070 9x12 New Deltox Grass Rugs Blue, green, or brown colors: stenciled all over In ?Q Qjr Chinese effects. Special atWtI0 Palais noyql Seessd Flovr. TWO SPECIAL LOTS Wash Laces Special lot of Normandy Val Lace Edges and Insertions; 3 to G inches. Just the thing for "lfl your new lingerie. Yard.. JLUC Imitation Cluny or Torchon Edees and Insertions to match, for fancy work, and underwear, f width H to :f Inches. Yard... OC Palais Royal, Street Floor. Basement Store Specials Plenty for tomorrow, and postibly for sale on Saturday. OOWNS Extra quality Outing Flannel Clowns, made especially full, of prettv pink or blue stripes. trlmme1 with wash hrel'ls. Sires 15. 10. 17. and 61c 017,, value, at O I C CORSETS Sizes 19. 20. 21 only. Of routil and guaranteed not to rut 114 pairs, reduced for Oyf ' choice to (HC IXMLIKS Scalloped. C and 10 Inch sizes. Made rom an extra nuallty linen damask. Kach, in 5c and 1UC WAISTS Taffeta silk 'and tub silk. Sizes to 41 in one style or another White, n'nk. nav llg blue, and rose. J2.00 Off jq Palais Roynl Rosrment Store. MEN! A Distinct Shop here with distinct entrance- 45 Street two dmrs east of "Kleventli. .SHIRTS at D3r instead of XI. 511 to $-' 00 only because "hrket tnts." Combined, all sizes to 17 are created. In su perior woven, printed and cord ed madras, mostly with soft cuffs. SCARFS at 3e Instead or 53c. Three for only ?1.00. Thev are Klc. not S0p scarfs made with silo easy bands and flow ing end t:i.oVK.s at "me Instead of SI 00. Gray fabric rloves with self or black stitching. Palais Royal- -Street Floor. raXeVf!BaBsB"3' I yt J iHpsJ 1 J -Ym I A Ik iAl " j if I n yjfk JM ' v LI, I v :J 1 y.- Ztt fc?! fc i:' ifrv m Wo MJ m 7 m