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BY JAMES R. 310RR1S. WOODSFIRLD, OHIO, FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 1844. Volume L Numbfcr 6.
" ' - ' From the New York irror.
- , , THE vviieckeiis. ;; ;
r JAMKS SHERIDAN KNOWLES.
- It was a March morning Hark, yet
: ' without a drop of rain or breath of
. wind that kind of marbly-black, com-
. pact sky, which is the sure forerunner
- of a storm. ; The night had been a raw
and cold one too cold to sleep with
cornfort in the open air; yet such was
the chamber which o peasant girl, a fin
live of a little fishing-harulet upon the
, roast of Cornwall, had chosen for re
' pose. Her couch was a hard und fear
ful one! the. verge of a cliff that rose
hearly a hundred feet perpendicular
from the sea-shore, and yet not tho soft
est couch that ever was spread in hani
. let, town or city, contained a tenant,
in form, for symmetry in feature, for
beauty the mistressofher who occu
pied that strange, appalling place of
res! Her slutnbtrs were disturbed,
yet deep. Neither the full dawn could
break them; nor the tears that fell up
on her face from the eyes of ono who
: wasbanging-oter her a young man
about her.own age, or a little older,
and who seemed to belong to the pro
fession of the sea.
"And hast thou slept out. again all
highi1,'' he murmured his tears still
flowing. And does it grow worse with
thy poor wits! and shall 1 never see
the day when I ' can make thee my
wife!. They will not let me marry
, the, because, as they say, thou art mad
and knowst not what thou dost; but
when thy mind was sound, 1 was lov
ed by thee! .Had 1 married thee then,
thou still hadft been cherished and lov
. ed! VVoy must I not marry thee now?
I could w,Uch thee then, at night!
My arms wculd enfold thee, then, and
Erevent the from stealing from thy
ed to sleep in such a place as this!"
" . The attachment which united this
young man to the being whom he so
pathetically appostrophized, was ot
that pure and steadfast nature,' Which
can never take root, except in the un
sophisticated heart, he had lost her
reason in, consequence of having been
witness to a transaction of blood, which
made her.an orphan. ' She was to have
been married to him; but, in the unfor
tunate state ofher intellects, no clergy-
- man would celebrate the rites. . But
she did not tho less enjoy his protec
tion. Beneath his mother's roof she
. lived as sacred as a sister the object
ot a passion in which frustration, and
almost hopelessness, had only produced
increase of strengih.
- "Kate! Kate!" he called. "Rouse
thee Kate rouse thee! Don't be fright
ened! 'Tis only William! Get up,
and come home!" '
He offered to raise her, but she check
ed him looked round and fixed her
- eyes, inquiringly, upon the sea.
. ' "Where is it?" she -exclaimed her
voice tremulous with intense emotion!
"Where is the storm! I see the black
skv! but I, want the thunder and the
wind! the white, white sen, and the
big ship, driving upon the reef! or is it
all ovei X No,"' she added" "'tis com
ing 'twill be here! 1 see it!"
. She rose, and passively accompanied
i her watchful lover to his mother's cot
tage; where, leaving her under the Cl'.i
tody of its mistress, the young man re-
paired, on urgent business, to a town
at some distance from the hamlet. ,
T hat morning the storm came on; three
days it continued it was no the
; third day. A lee shore, a boiling sea,
K nnd on the coast of Cornwall! ; A wild
: and fearful offing! Foam! foam! foam!
: which way soever yau looked nothing
? but foam. " flack reefs of rocks,' that
' even in thet., highest spring tides were
nevtr, completely , covered, discorna
ble now only, by a spot here aad there;
so quick the breakers fell upon them!
The spray flying over the cILTsfi ty
eixtyi av, a hundred feet and more,
above the level of the sea, and spread
ing over the land for acres! 1 And all
,4 above pitch black, though at noon-day!
? Every thins seemed to cower before
, the spirit of the storm every thing1 ex
cent man. ' ' The shore which consist-i
ed paftl of huge masges of rockj part
ly r-f shingle was lined with human
beinus some in groups some alone;
. nromiscuouslv furnished - with boat-
" hooks, gaffs, grapples,' hatchets, and
knives; ready to dispute with the waves
the plunder of the fated s'uip thai, might
be driven within the jaws of that fn-
; hospitable bay ! Lxpectation glisten
'.. ' ed in their; eyes, that kept eagerly
prowling backward and forward, far
and near,over the; waste of 'waters
.. they were wreckers.1 ; Not "a few wo
'. men, as weir its children were unvvng
. ; them;, nor, were these, ' unprovided
against the approach of the wished-for
prey; nil seemed to have theirpppro
' priated places; from which', if they stir
red it was cniy a step or iwo to pe tne
next minute retraced. " Little - was
heard. ; ' ! ' '
At one and the same-moment al
most every head was turned towards
the cliff, at a wild and shrill hollo that
rung from it. :
"'Tis only Kate," cried one, here
and there, as the maniac rapidly de
scended by a crevice, which few of the
lookers-on would have attempted, and
that with wary feet.
"The crazy slut will break her neck,"
carelessly, remarked one to another.
But she was safe in her recklessness or
unconsciousness of danger, and in a
second or two stood among them.
"A lovely day! a fair, lovely day!"
she exclaimed to the first she came up
to. ."Good luck to you! Any thing
yet? No, no," she continued, replying
to herself; "white to the north! white
to tho west white to the south! all
white! not a speck upon the water!
But 'tis coming! 'tis Comingl" she reit
erated, dropping her voice to it's low
est pitch; "1 saw it here last night! a
big, b;nck hull! cne.mast standing out
of three! cannons and stores overboard
rising sinking.', rocking and reeling.'
driving full bump upon the reef where
the William and Alary was wrecked
sevn cursed years ago! I saw, it,"
she repeated, eyeing the standers-by
with a look ihatdared incredulity; then
all at once, her voice sinking into a
whisper, "Hist! hist.'"' she added ; "'twill
be a handful or two for you, and a
load-tor you; and more than you can
carry for you;" ad iress.ing this person
and that successively; "casks, cases,
chests. gear and gold! but what will it
be for Black Nonis? It will be a
brighter day for him than for any of
you. When do they say his time is
"VV hose time is out?" inquired one
of the group she was addressing.
"One two three;" she went on
without noticing the question, until she
had counted seven; "his seven years
were outlast May; he was transported
three years before his hopeful son mur
dered my father."
"Hu-h, you crazy wench," exclaimed
those around her; "if Norrishears you,
you may chance to take a swim in the
creek where he is standing!"
"Crazy !'' she echoed. "Yes: bless
heaven that made me so! It knows
best what it does! -1 saw my father
murdered, though his merderer s? w not
me! they were struggling which should
keep possession ol the prey. Old
Norris' knife soon decided it! I was
powerless with fright! 1 could not stir?
! became mad and the judge would not
believe me! 1 could teil my story bet
ter now, but it will be no use; for they
say 1 am crazy still. There she is!"
vociferated she, pointing toward the
offing at the southern extremity of the
bay. , i ' -
"Where whsre where?" inquired
"No, no!" she resumed, after a min
aU or two of silence, during which her
eyeballs kept straiiiingin the direction
toward which she had pointed. "No,"
she resumed, dropping her hand; "she
is coming, and Black Norris will neith
er want roof nor board, gold nor gear
! '.j welcome back the lather that bred
him up to his own trade. But, where
is he?" inquired she; "where, but upon
the long reef .vhere 1 saw him!" saying
this she proceeded to the southern ex
tremity of the bay. i
A stal worth figure, hi advance of the
legu-'rtrf tine, sat stationed upon the land-ward-end
of a huge reef of rocks, that
gradually dipped into the sea. His
hair, black and lank, thrown Lack from
a swarthy, ill-favored visage, hung
half-way, down his shoulders; his eye,
dark, small and glistening bright, direc
ted towards tho sea, in quick and resf
less motion, was eyery where at once.
A , long boat , book, clenched tight
with both his hands, rested across his
knees; and in a belt which encircled
his waist, were stuck a clasp-knife of
more than ordinary size and a hatchet.
The waves repeatedly washed more
than halfway up his lower extremities
but he paid no more heed than if he
were a part of the rock that scattered
it into mist. ' ; ' . ' '.
1 "A lovely day a fair lovely, day!"
oried the maniac, approaching him.
"How beast thou,' Black Norris? Nay,
1 am good now," ' continued , she in a
deprecating'tone; don't look angry.
I'll never spy again that h was you." ,
1 The wrecker, moved his, hand to
wards his knife. .-t"r; : . .,
"Stop, stop, Black Norris," cried she
coaxingly Si hurriedly laying her hand
upon his shoulder, keep ,it for other
work! x ou II want, it to-day I before
nuht there will be a hull ashore. There
will be need of knife, axe, hook nnd all
for the storrn is lively, yet the sea
shows not signs of going down the
breakers keep tumbling upon the shore !
Mark how they sweep the shingles up,
and back again. By-and-by they will
have something else to roll. Tis com
ing.' Black Norris.'tis coming! S. huge
black hull one mast standing out of
three; cannons and stores overboard;
rising and sinking; rocking and reeling
driving full bump upon the reef where
the William and Mary was wrecked;
the very reef on which you stand black
Norris; ay and the very spot!"
"Silence jade!" exclaimed tho wreck
er, looking from beneath his hand,
which, with the rapidity of lightning
was raised to his brow and placed there
horizontally, and leaning eagerly for
"In the south!' .
"Yes." - , .
"Just clear of the point?"
"Yes; the looming of smolthingl'tis
a sloop! 1 see but one mast."
'"'Tis a shipl Black Norris. The
other two have been cut away."
"Peace jade, what know'st thou of
tne matter (
"'Tis a ship " she continued . "1 told
you so! There is the huge black hull;'
"Tis there, indeed," exclaimed the
wrecker. "Art thou a witch, as well
as crazed. 'Tis there indeed she is dri
ving right into the bay coming broad
A huge black hull it was, high out ol
the water, as if every article of ,reight
that could be spared had been thrown
overboard. Heeling and pitching she
came on, staggering every now and
then at the stroke of some wave that
broke over her.. Fast was she nearing
the shore. .'
"Now, now, now," ever and anon
exclaimed the wreckers; but she was
Moating still, so much had those on
board lightened her. At length she
was fairly among the breakers. She
touched, and touched; yet went on
at last she struck, nnd a long continu
ed crash came undulating upon the ears
of the lookers-on, accompanied with
halloos and shrieks. ..The shore was
now all astir. ' '". .
"That does for her,1' exclaimed sev
eral voices all at once, as an enormous
wave towering, as if charged with her
doom, came foaming toward her. In
another minute it broke upon her with
i fury that sent the spray to the clouds,
and totally hid her from the shore. j
When she became visible again, the
whole of her larboard broadside was
stove in. in a moment, men. women.
and children, were up t their middle
in the surf. Another billow she was
gone. Planks, pullies, spars, and cor
dage, now came floating in, and every
one went to work every one but
He kept his station upon the reef
a post which common consent seemed
to have yielded u j to him. No one
ventured to dispute his right to it. In
advance of him stood the maniac, con
stantly looking in one direction, a kiud
of cove produced by n forking in the
reef. Thence she never took her eye,
except to throw a glance at Black Nor
ris whfinever he made a mbvement, as
if about to quit the stand which she had
chosen. . ' .
"'Twill bs here," she kept repeating:
'twill be here, that which will be worth
the hull to the, were it hiprh and dry,
and all thine own! wait for it, 'tis sent
to th3e, 'twill be here. Did I not tell
you of the huge black hull, and came it
not? As surely that will come,' which
in that hull was sent to thee. Be ready
with thy boat hook. The minutes are
counted. The wave that is to bnns: it
is rolling in. There it is. I know it.
Here, take my place and be ready.
Here it is a , bodyhook it by the
clothes; ; keep it; clear of . the rocks.
Round round round, here into this
nook. Look if it does not lie there as
if it were made for it. What think you
now, Black Norris? ' What think you
of' crazy Kate! Softly; softly," she
continued, as the wrecker, substituting
his hands for the instrument,' began to
draw the body up tothe beach. Softly;
the pockets are full. Softly, lest any
thing should ' drop from them. That
will do; that. vvill do." . ;'
Scarcely was the body clear of the
surf when the wrecke r began to rifle it.
The pockets were full; one of them
was speedily emptied, when a laugh
from the maniac, who, squatting, sat
gibbering at the head, arrested Black
Nonis jn the act of examining tho con
tents.:.,!::: : .! . ;. i .- V '-,
J '' What, laugh Vt tbon at, jade?" he in-quired.1''';'-'
"Go on," she replied, "tis a fair, love
Iv day, as I told thee; is it hot, Black
Noma? - ; :
"Peace jade';T exclaimed the wreck
er. . "Jewels;; lie ejaculated, closing a
small case which he had opened. - , '
ine manmc laughed t v -
"Wit thou stop thy cursed mouth,"
ejaculated the wrecker.
"Go on," murmured the maniac. "Go
on, Black Norris. You should not be
angry with me. Did I not tell you it
was coming? Go on: Tis a fair, love
ly dav, is't it, Black Norris?"
"Siience again;" cried the wrecker.
"Gold," exclaimed he to himself, as he
emptied into his haud a portion of the
contents of a purse, which he had ta
ken from the other pocket-r-"broad,
heavy, yellow pieces."
Another lauh, from the maniac.
'I tell you what, mad Kate,' roared
out tho wrecker, 'take to thy heels, or
abide the consequence, if thou utterest
that sound again'
.'Softly; softly;' whispered Kate, 'he
hears you.' ,
'Who, jade?' cried the wrecker start
ing from his knees.
The owner ot the Diamonds and the
gold. His lids have been moving for
the last minute, and now they are wide
The wrecker just glanced at the face
of the shipwrecked man.
'Get thpe away, good Kate,' said he
in a conciliatory tone. 'Go, Kate leave
me by myself, and I'll never be angry
with you again. ' Go good .Kiite; go.'
The maniac looked at the wrecker
for a moment; smiled; nodded her head
significantly, and rose.
'I am gone, Black Norris she cried,
a good day to yen, and a good fair day
it is,& a fovely day, isn't it Black Nof
rsf I'll leave you by yourself; I'll not
stay;I am gone.' And starting toward
a pathway that led up the cliff, and the
commencement of which was sheltered
by a screen of rocks, she was quickly
out of sicht.
The wrecker now began to recon
noitre all around him. Every one was
engrossed with his own occupation,
securing such portions of the wreck or
such articles of property as were bro't
within his reach. His hand approach
ed his knife grasped it half drew
the weapop.from his belt, but suddenly
replaced it, and now lastened on the
axe; the counterpoise to the blade of
which was a wedae-like piece of iron,
broad and flattened at the end. In a
second the instrument swung by his
side. Once again he reconoitred to
wards the beach; then turned toW'ards
the prostrate mm. He thought the
body moved, he trembled from head to
foot. He advanced a single step, but
stopped; the fingers were m motion
A low sound; half voice, half breath;
issued from the throat; which now
evidently began to work. He advanc
ed another step; though a tottering one
another. He was now within a foot
or two of the head; he sank or rather
dropped upon one knee. Ths eves of
the seaman moved, they turned to the
right and to the left, nnd at last glared
back upon tho wrecker. Both hands
had now clenched the axe. Slow
ly 'twas lifted, the edge averted, and
the bluiit end suspended over the fore
head of him that lay. 'Twas raised;
It hovered a moment or two, then fell
with a short, dull crash; a pause for a
moment or two more; limb,eye, everv
thing were still; tho wrecker threw his
weapon behind him, and wiped from
his brow the drops that stood upon it.
"Ha, ha.' you have done it"
The wrecker turned and beheld the
maniac standing behind him with the
hatchet in her hand, her eyes flashing.
"Nay, move not. Black Norris," she
continued, "unless you would have me
give the corpse a fellow. Let me get
farther from thee, without forcing me
to do thee a mischief, and 1 will tell
thee something." She retreated about
twenty paces, without turning her
back; the wrecker now '.' perfectly un
nerved, not daring tj move. "Black
Norris," she resumed, "did I not tell
you that this was a fair, lovely day?
and a fair, lovely day it is and a bon
ny one, too, and know you not why,
Black Norris? This day you have
done what you have done and this
day seven years was the day; the fair,
lovely day, when you murdered my
father, B'ack Norris. Now follow me
not, but good-bye." . . ,
She fled. The wrecker had not
power to follow. ,
By the fire of a miserable hut, was
seated upon a stool, a female of youth
ful but haggard appearance. She had
an infant at herbreast.and was endea
vouring to lull it, rocking to and fro,
with a low, melancholy hum. Every
now and then, she paused and listened,
und after a second or two, resumed her
' "Be quiet, Shark; le quiet," she
would occasionly cry, as aleiui, black,
rough-coated dog, between the New
foundland and the mastiff, and which
was stretched across the hearth, would
raiso his head, and, turning it in the di
rection of the door, keep howling a
midst the gusts of the storni, whiih was
slowly and fitfully subsiding.
At length the intant tell asleep, ana
was transferred from its mother's lap
to a wretched pallet in an adjoining
room. Her charge being thus dispos
ed of, she returned into the outer apart
ment. A cooking vessel was on the
fire. She lifted the lid. The steam
faintly rose from the contents.
"Will it never grow hot," she impa
tiently exclaimed, and resortiBg to a
bellows, through the creviced sides of
which escaped the greater portion of
the wind which was intended tor the
proper vent, proceeded assiduously, but
almost in vain, to urge the sluggish fu
el. "He'll brain me if he comes home
and nothing ready;" she cried to her
self, in a ouerulous under tone. "Heav
en send him luck, and I shall have
peace for a day or two," continued she.
"But for my baby, I wish 1 had never
seen the face of Black Norris."
"Let me in;" cried the wrecker, at
"Thank heaven, he has met with
luck;" ejaculated the wretched wife.
She let him in. He had a trunk up
on his shoulder, and under his arm he
carried a bundle of clothes.
Good luck, Norris?" tremulously and
half-doubtingly, inquired she.
"Yes;" was his sullen reply. "Why
do you ask with such ataceas that?
"1 was afraid you had not met with
"Why?" demanded he, sternly.
"From your looks," timid'y respond
"Curse thee;" muttered the ruffian,
'what business hast thou to mind my
looks? Here; Lend a hand, and help
this load from my back."
The trunk was deposited upon the
"What! Nothing ready? Hast thou
not victuals in the house? Hast thou
not lire? Hast thou not hands? and
why is not my dinner ready? . Bestir
thee! 1 have something to do in the
next room. On thy life let me not be
interrupted till 1 have done. Haste;
Give me the key ot the big chest."
"Don't wake the baby;" entreating-
ly cnioined the wile. "He has not
slept the whole morning, and is only
lustnow dropped otl."
Curse the child;" cried the wrecker.
"Thou thinkest of nothing but the child.
Look to my dinner."
He went into tho next apartment,
shut the door after him, and bolted it.
He examined the iewels again. He
emptied the purse of its contents and
counted them. He opened tho rest of
the packets, lhe trousers he had ta
ken fro n tho bundle, and thrown upon
the floor of the other room all con
tained riches. Ke placed them upon
the ground, applied the key, and hasti
ly began to deposit them in the bottom
of the chest. In the progress of his
work, he started and stopped short, at
a shunting of teet which he heard in the
outer apartment, accompanied by the
sound of voices, as of persons speaking
in a low key. Muttering a curse he
proceeded. "Norris; Norris." whis
pered his wife at the door.
He replied not, but went on.
"Norris;" she whispered again. "You
He answered not, but listened an
xiously. All was silent.
"Norris;" she repeated.
"Nilcnce, and confound thee;" was
the ruffian's reply.
"1 cannot help it, Norris;'! rejoined
she, still whispering. "You are want
ed, husband. O come. Do come."
"Presently," he vociferated. The
last article was put in. He locked
the chest, and unbolting the door, threw
"Well. Is my dinner ready?" he
noisily demanded, entering the outer
apartment, and looking toward the ta
ble which had been constructed out
of the fragments of a wreck; a corpse
lay stretched upon it. At the head
and at the foot was a group of his neigh
bours, lie stood lora moment or two
"What means this?" at length he
boldly inquired, with a loud voice, stri
ving to conceal a cowering heart.
"Merciful powers;" exclaimed one,
lifting the rifled trnwsers, which the
wrecker had thrown upon the ' floor.
'Merciful powers, if it is not your fath
er's body, Norris, that you have been
stripping. ... . , , ; . . '
"My father's body,'', echoed Black
Norris; the; blood utterly forsaking his
"Yes, There it is, stretched upon
the table." Black Norris did not at
tempt to speak. He looked at the bo-
dy at the by-standers at his wife '
at the body again with an expression
of perfect vacuity in his countenance.
Ho then approached the table, half seat
ed himself on a corner of it, his bick to
the corDsei and with one leg upon the
floor, kept swinging the othdr, looking
wildly around him. ins win?, who
had dropped upon the stool on which
she had been nursing her chilJ, sat tho
image of horror. The restkeptsilence
"It can't be helped,'4 at last exclaim
ed Black Norris. "The dead have no
use for clothes. We'll bury him ten
morrow and wake him to-night." .
"His auditors looked at one another
but made no remark. Pipes, tobacco
and spirits, were speedily procured and
placed upon the same table with the
corpse, which was now Covered with
a sheet. Black Norris seated himselt
at the head. His neighbours, ;whosd
numbers were now increased by ccca
sional drappersin, accommodated them
selves as they could with stools, emp
ty kegs placed, on end, and pieces ot
p'lank converted into temporary furms
sat ranged around. The room waxed
merry, save where the wrecker's wife
sat crouching near the fire, her head
supported by the wall.. At length the
first supply of spirits was out.
"I'll bring you beUer," cried the
wrecker. "What we have been drink
in; was watered. I'll bring il you ai
pure as from the still."
He disappeared; and, after the lapse
of about ten or fifteen minutes, returned
with a fresh supply. He opened the
door unobserved, but stopped short up-
on remarking that the place which he
had just quitted, was occupied by three,
or four who were intently employed in
examining the head of the dead body,
from which the sheet had been partial-
ly removed. The rest of the company
were leaning forward, apparently ab
sorbed in what was passing. ' .
'"Tis an ugly mark," said on?t -
"No rock could do that," observed
"No," iuterposed a third; "'tis more
like the blunt end of an axe head; see4
here is the regular 1hark of the edge
all around, 1 would not be Black . Nor
ris fnr nil hn has ant hv this dav's work.V''
- - - o .' j . - - -
"Why not?" vociferated the wreck-"
er, coming forward and confronting
the speaker. '
Every eye was turned toward the
wrecker, in whose countenance despe
ration and gathering fury were fearfully
depicted. No answer was returned to
his question. 4
"Why not?" repeated he, with in
creased vehemence. '
"Why not," echoed '-the young man
recovering from temporary surprise.
"Why, who was it stove your father's
forehead in, Black Norris?" added ha
after a pause
He had scarcely time to duck his1
head. The vessel which the wrecker"
carried, flew over it, and in the next
moment, the young man's throat was in
the ruffian's grasp.
'Loose your hold of him," cried sev
eral at once. Black Norris paid no
heed to them. Three or four of tho
strongest and boldest rushed together1
upon him at once; overpowered him
and rescued his almost sufficated vic-i
tim. The wrecker drew his knife and
brandished it. They rushed upon him
again before he had time to make a
stroke with it and wrenched it from
him. His wife, who, it appeared, had
retired into the inner apartment during
the interval ofher husbjnu'3 absence,
now burst from it, san on her kneed
before him. and clasping him round the
legs with one arn., while with the other
she supported herinfant,imploring him
to be calm. A single blow leveled
child and mothor to the earth; With
horror of the savage act, the spectators'
stood a while, as if bereft of the power"
of speech or motion. For a second oi4
two the wrecker glared around him like
a fiend, thensuddenly vanished into tho
inner room. He searched here and
there, blaspheming all the time, cursing1
this thing and that thing, as any thing
came to his hand, except what he wnn-i
ted. At length, however, he succeeded
in finding his pistols Then a pouch
filled with slugs; and, last of all, a powj
der horn presented themselves. Ho
hastily loaded and primed the weapon
and proceed to the door, with one in
each hand, advanced a pace into, the"
outer apartment. '
"Now," roared tho wrecker "no,'
who is the man to come on?" No one
slirred. '1 give you just as much ti me'
continued he,asit will take you to cleat'
the house. When that Is expired I firo
at the man that remains.1
A wild, shrill, piercing laugh was the
answer to his menace. It comes tVoni
the head of the corpse. The maniac
was standing there. .The wrecker's axe
was in her hand; the blunt end testing'
on the mark in the dead manfore-'
head. v; U . " .' :
"Ha, ha,"' she cried, e'xulliiijly 5'.hc i
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