(All Items of social Interest will be gladly
noted In these columns If sent to Mrs.
George C. Dali, Nineteenth street, between
Tenth and Eleventh avenues. South High
lands. Telephone 988 )
In the east glimmers the tender ra
diance of a rising star. Along the ho
rizon of the universe its rays cast their
first gleams of light. The hillsides of
Judea, where rest the watchful shep
herds, awake in verdant beauty beneath
its divine effulgence. The sea of Gallllee
is dimpled with myriad reflections and
grows tremulous with the kiss of this
new star that seeks to fathom the depths
of its opalescent beauty. Across the arid
plains of the desert are seen coming from
the far orient wise men, who crave to
learn the explanation of this mysterious
messenger of light. Far across the
fields, with weary tread, come the tribes
of Israel to be taxed according to Roman
edict. In the chattering throng rides a
fair woman, upon whose face is stamped
a kinship with her God and in whose
veins throbs the princely blood of Dav
id’s line. At her side walks loyal Joseph
and with loving care tends this woman,
who Is to fulfill the prophecies of old.
The shadows of the deepening night en
wrap her as with a garment and she
holds no converse in the solemn dark
ness, for her soul doth magnify the Lord.
As she reaches the crowded inns she
finds no place for her exhausted frame
until she rests upon the^traw of an in
% hospitable barn. As she falls asleep her
eyes look last upon ihe unfamallar star,
whose rays creep through the crevices of
her rough abode. The olive trees of Pal
estine shed their fragrance upon the
mtdnight air and all nature sleeps save
the shepherds, who talk through the
night watches, of signs and wonders,and
the Maigia," who journey towards the
moving star. The angels crowd the gates
of Heaven, eager to hymn to sleeping
humanity the tidings of great joy. The
prologue in the drama of redemption
has begun, nnd the world receives its di
vine message in silence and in awe.
* * *
How the Christmas tide brings ail hu
manity closer in bonds of loving sympa
thy! Every heart is touched with the
story of the Christ-ehild and every hand
Is outstretched to greet its neighbor.
The streets teem with busy, merry
throngs of people, old and young, bent on
one and the same mission of love. The
stores are crowded with eager buyers
and clerks and customers ponder over
each trivial purchase, knowing it will
bear to some heart a message of affec
tion. The sordid things ot life take on a
beautiful sentiment possible at no other
season of the twelvemonth, and whether
you purchase a nickel toy or u gift that
requires a rich man's check to buy, you
are offering what will bring happiness
to some one whom you love.
As you find your way with difficulty
through the hurrying crowds, you catch
glimpses of human nature that linger
with you as dij the high lights on an im
pressionist’s canvas. There are the bright,
trustful faces of little children, who put
aside their craving desires for the time
when Santa Claus, wrapped in his furs
and bearing his well filled pack, shall
clamber down the chimney and stand be
side their pretty beds, where, in innocent
slumber, they dream of a paradise filled
with all the toys their bonny eyes have
seen. There are the sweet, pure faces
of happy girls, bent upon the purchase of
some gift for the home folk's, and, per
haps, for that mysterious "him," at the
music of whose voice theiv hearts pulsate
with a new found joy. There are hand
some young fellows, in all the pride of
robust manhood, who seek despairingly
for some trifle for dear ones, and more
than a trifle for "her" whose smile makes
all the year a gladsome Christmas time.
There are the perplexed faces of devoted
mothers, who, with scanty purses, find
It a difficult task to make each child as
happy as their true hearts desire.
And so the madding crowd passes be
fore you In a ceaseless stream—some hap
py, some merry, some worn and weary,
but all actuated by the beautiful senti
ment of this Christmas season.
> • *
Amid all this bustle and confusion—
amid the din and turmoil of crackers,
horns, rockets—there still sit upon the
bleak street corners the blind, the lame,
the halt, arid beg their alms in pathettc
silence. The spirit of this Christmas time
will be lost to us If, In the fulness of our
own happiness, we forget God's creat
ures, to whom all days are alike—all dark
and murky with poverty's somber clouds.
0 0 •
Families are gathering together from
the many corners of the world; firesides
wftl grow bright with almost unbroken
family circles, and the blaze of the Yule
log will Illuminate the faces of those who
are near and dear to us.
In the shadows of our rooms, in the
tender gloaming, there may be lingering
the form of some dear one, who, even
amid the Joys of heaven, longed for a
glimpse of those who are bound* to them
by ties that death cannot sever. Per
haps if you put out your hand you may
touch them, so close they are in their
love and yearning. Amid the joy of this
time will come memories that fill our eyes
with blinding tears, but this same Christ
child, with gentle touch, shall wipe them
all away. As deep as the love Mary bears
for her divine Son is the love of our Fa
ther, who does not willingly afflict and
grieve the children of men. Our family
circles are not eternally shattered be
cause some we love keep this Christmas
feast beyond the stars. There they await
our coming In joy and peace.
* * *
There is a remarkable woman visiting
the south just now, Mrs. Ella Knowles
Haskell of Montana. There is nothing un
usual implied in her name, there is less
in her personality. She Is a woman per
haps a little more than medium height,
neither stout nor thin, with an intelli
gent face, fair hair, blue eyes and a soft,
girlish complexion, though she is prob
ably 35 years of age. There Is nothing
in her appearance to attract a second
look at her if you saw her in a crowd
unless you had heard something of her
history. There is certainly nothing to
suggest the presence of genius and suc
cess,and yet she can lay claim to both,for
this thoroughly feminine woman is none
other than the assistant attorney-gen
eral of Montana and the wife of the at
torney-general of that state. She is a
self-made woman in the best interpreta
tion of the phrase, and the success that
has come to her has been the result of
well directed energy and well regulated
mental effort. She entered college and
embraced all the advantages of an ad
vanced clrriculum in opposition to her
father's desires, and In consequence was
forced to earn, during vacations, the
amount necessary to defray her col
legiate expenses. The opposition of her
father was due to his primitive ideas
regarding woman’s ability and woman’s
opportunities. After graduating she
went west to live—she is a native of New
England—and began the practice of law.
She steadily advanced and was soon of
fered, greatly to her surprise, the posi
tion of attorney-general on one of the
political tickets. After deliberation she
decided to accept the nomination and
fnade a vigorous campaign, her opponent
being the same Mr. Haskell, whom she
subsequently married. The political race
was an exciting one, and so close was it
that many days were necessary to de
cide the election. After the count it was
discovered that Mr. Haskell had won by
a few votes. When he entered upon his
official duties he offered Miss Knowles
the position of assistant, which she ac
cepted. Not long afterwards he offered
hpr more than this, for he became so in
fatuated with her womanly qualities
and he plead his cause so fluently that
she consented to marry him.
She has made many large fees In the
practice of law, one last year being no
less than $10,000. She speaks quietly, in
a soft, gentle, womanly way, quite at
variance with all preconceived ideas of
strong-minded females. Her sentences
are well-rounded, clear-cut, and show
thought and cultivation. She goes at
her subject in the most direct manner,
and uses no superfluous words. She
states her facts clearly, concisely, and
wins you by her earnestness and for
getfulness of self. *
All this she does, giving utterance to
many flights of eloquence equal to those
of masculine orators, and yet never loses
for a moment her absolute womanliness.
Were you to meet her on the street, if
you observed her at all, you would natu
rally think, “what a true, good wife and
mother that woman must be!”
Mrs. Ella Knowles Haskell has pro
duced a most profound impression upon
the most conservative southern men and^
women whom she has met. She is a
revelation to those of us who have only
formed our ideas of the advanced woman
from much more pronounced types. Such
a woman as Mrs. Ella Knowles Haskell
is calculated to destroy many prejudices
that naturally belong to us.
• • •
Several weeks ago I published the
beautiful verses of Mr. Robert H. Wat
kins, “An Autumn Rose.” and they have
been extensively copied in papers of the
south because of their unusual merit.
It is said that these verses were sug
gested by a certain white rosebush which
grows in the lovely garden of Mrs. J. C.
Goodloe at Tuscumbia, and now that the
frosts have come and the rose is dead,
at the root of the bush is 'blooming a
bunch of violets. Miss Annie Herndon,
formerly of our city, and with many
friends still here, is a sister of Mrs. Good
loe, and is spending the winter with her
in Tttsffumbia. She has just written the
following verses, which will be read with
great pleasure. They are worthy of the
lovely woman from whose heart and
brain they sprang:
The autumn rose is fair I know.
When autumn skies are brightest,
When autumn leaves are all aglow,
And autumn winds are lightest.
Jlut sweeter far than these I ween,
When winter winds are coldest,
When not a flower or leaf is seen
And winter snows are boldest.
Found ’neath a bed of emerald hue,
Nestling in sweet confusion.
As if ashamed of its dress of blue.
Or fearful of intrusion.
Oh, velvet violet, who can vie,
While sweetly thus reposing,
Witli the deep, pure purple of thine eye,
The sunlight thus disclosing?
All crowned with crystal drops of dew,
A fragrance round thee wreathing,
The story of a promise true,
Life immortal breathing.
Thou comest as welcome to our hearts,
’Mid winters cold and dreary,
As heaven’s rainbow, bright, Imparts
Courage to the weary.
A messenger of love art thou,
A gift to mortals given,
A touch of God’s hands on our brow,
As immortelles from heaven.
ANNIE W. HERNDON.
• * •
The Cadmean circle was entertained
by Mrs. Robert D. Johnston at her homo
on the South Highlands Friday after
noon. Mrs. John M. Martin read a paper,
“A Review of the Art World from 1750
to 1850, Limited to the French, English
and American Schools.’’ Mrs. J. Morgan
Smith read a paper upon “German Op
era, Including Sketches of Mozart, Hay
dn, Gluck and Handell.” Each member
was then requested to name her favorite
picture and song, resulting in answers
as varied as the melodies of the spheres
and as different as the colors on a paint
er's palette. Mrs. Johnston served dain
ty refreshments, when the circle ad
journed, to meet next with Mrs. James A.
Going on Saturday afternoon.
* * •
Mrs. James A. Going, president of tlfe
Cadmean circle, has issued the following
invitation to the members, and an after
noon of rare pleasure is anticipated by
the ladies: “To the Cadmean Circle.
Mrs. James A. Going. At home, lecture
luncheon, Saturday, December 28, 2
o'clock, p. m. Please reply; 2230 Fifth
avenue.” Enclosed is this card: “Miss
W. M. Allen. Some Prose of Places.”
which indicates what a treat is in store
for the Cadmean circle in hearing Miss
Allen lecture in her refreshing, magnetic
* • «
Mr. and Mrs, W. P. G. Harding are
now keeping house on Tenth avenue,
corner of Nineteenth street, South High
lands. They will have with them until
January Mrs. Zunts and Miss Zunts of
• • *
The Nineteenth Century club met on
Wednesday afternoon with Miss Kath
leen Hooper, Twenty-first street. South
Highlands. Miss Margaret Smith and
Miss Cornelia Meade read papers and
Mrs. John London read a selection from
Howells' writings. Delightful refresh
ments were served after the literary ex
ercises were completed. The club will
meet next with Miss Hudson.
• * •
The Duplicate Whist club was enter
tained on Thursday afternoon by Mrs.
William W. Wilkerson. The meeting for
next week will be held with Mrs. David
Roberts on Thursday evening, when the
ladles will have as their guests the hus
bands of the club.
• • •
Miss Leila Herbert, daughter of Sec
retary Herbert, has just returned from
a visit of several months to Europe.
• • *
During his visit to Birmingham, when
he comes to consecrate St. Mary’s-on
the-Highlands, Bishop H. M. Jackson
will be the guest of Mr. and Mrs. David
Roberts on the South Highlands.
* • •
Miss Lucile Fitzsimons is is now in
Waco, Tex., visiting her schoolmate, Miss
Seley. She will return about the middle
of January. She has been the recipient
of much social attention during her stay
• • •
Mrs. M. E. Graham of Talladega is
the guest of her son, Mr. J. F. Graham,
on the South Highlands. She will spend
some time in Birmingham.
• * *
Miss Juliette Whelan has returned to
spend the Christmas holidays in Bir
mingham with her parents, Dr. and Mrs.
• * *
Miss Willie Morrow is at home from
Belmont for the holidays, and Miss Lucy
Morrow, who is now studying dramatic
art in Chicago, will reach home about
January 4 for a brief vacation with fam
ily and friends.
• • •
Among the many notable women who
have visited Atlanta recently is Mrs.
George E. Pickett, widow of the famous
Confederate, General Pickett. She is at
present in Atlanta with a party of
friends and her son. Maj. George Pickett
She is now a resident of Washington
city and devotes much of her time to lit
erature. Mrs. Pickett has already ac
complished much with her gifted pen,
and her dialect stories of southern life
have been generously commended by
critics. She has just completed a novel,
describing Washington life, with scenes
also laid in New Orleans and New York.
The New York Herald accepted one of
her stories for its Christmas number.
She is receiving many social courtesies
during her visit to Atlanta.
* • *
Miss Annie Tuttle, who spent two win
ters in Birmingham as the guest of Mrs.
Corinne Tuttle a few years ago, was
married a few days since at Montgom
ery to Mr. Frank C. Fitten of Atlanta.
The Montgomery Advertiser, in speaking
of the wedding, says:
"Brides as Christmas presents a bit
in advance are being bestowed in clusters
upon fortunate young fellows about here,
but the Montgomery men are allowing
outsiders to come in and carry away too
large a share of these precious souvenirs
of love, whose possession makes life
"Yesterday afternoon Montgomery lost
another young woman to a gentleman
from another city. Miss Annie Tuttle,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Tuttle,
was married to mr. Frank C. Fitten of
Atlanta, the ceremony occurring at the
home of the bride's parents on South
“It was a sweet, pretty home wedding.
The house is model in arrangements,
permitting most effective floral decora
tions. and roses, palms and exotics from
the florists were used in such profusion
and in such good taste as to make the
place fairy-like. An orchestra added to
the attractiveness of the surroundings.
"Rev. Dr. Eager performed the mar
riage service ip a very impressive man
ner. The drawing rooms were filled with
relatives and intimate friends.
"Miss Tuttle was dressed in a traveling
suit that became her handsomely, and
after the ceremony she was in happy
humor, emphasizing to her friends with
more than usual charm the brightness
and generousness of her disposition. The
man to whom she has entrusted her fu
ture is of a prominent family and holds
a good position with one of the big
steamship lines which has an office over
in Atlanta, for which city Mr. and Mrs.
Fitten left at 5:30 o’clock. They wdll con
tinue on to New York and other eastern
points and return to Atlanta later.”
• • •
Mrs. M. Sabel of Montgomery, who has
been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. C. Laza
rus, returned home on Wednesday.
• • •
Mr. and Mrs. James Weatherly de
lightfully entertained the Evening Eu
chre club on Friday evening at their
handsome home on Twentieth street,
South Highlands. After many spirited
games of euchre the prize—a beautiful
silver pocket knife—was won by Mr.
Harry Wheelock. Mrs. Weatherly serv
ed delicious refreshments after the
games were completed, when the club
adjourned to meet next Thursday even
ing with Hon. and Mrs. A. G. Smith.
* • *
The Clio Literary circle of the high
school held an unusually interesting ses
sion on Tuesday afternoon, when a sub
ject of much immediate concern was dis
cussed by four gifted members of the
society. The question read, “Resolved,
That there is no impropriety in wearing
bloomers when riding a bicycle.” The
matter was eloquently argued pro and
con by Misses Mary Sholl, Florence Lo
pez, Elvira Lewis and Annie Belle Wil
liamson, Misses Sholl and Lopez for the
affirmative and Misses Lewis and Wil
liamson for the negative. The negatives
won the decision of the judges. The
speeches were so bright and good that
as soon as I have space I shall publish
some of them.
* • *
The services at St. Mary’s-on-the
Highlands on Christmas Day wdll be es
pecially beautiful. The decorations, un
der the direction of Mrs. Sterling La
nier,will be elaborate and handsome. The
music will be splendid, with Professor
Guckcnberger at the organ, a full vested
choir and a quartette composed of the
following fine voices: Miss Annie .Bride
well, soprano: Mrs. Guckenberger, con
tralto: Mr. Gillies, tenor, and Mr. W. E.
* • *
Two lovely girls will arrive on Tues
day as the guests of Misses Mary Vir
ginia nnd Florrie Graves at their hand
some home, corner Fifth avenue and
Twentieth street. They are Miss Mac
Gregor, one of Louisville, Ky.’s young
belles, and Miss Annie Porter Beach of
Knoxville, Tenn. Miss Beach may be
counted as partly an Alabamian, as she
is the great-granddaughter of the late
Hon. Henry W. Hilliard and Mr. John
Whiting, both formerly of Montgomery.
She Is also the granddaughter of the latei
Judge Beach of New York, a man dis
tinguished in the legal and social history
of that city. Both of there young ladies
will be accorded a warm welcome by
• * *
On next Sunday, December, 29, at 11
o'clock, the consecration of St. Mary’s
on-the-Hlghlands will take place. Bish
op H. M. Jackson, assisted* by Rev. Dr.
Beard, Rev. Mr. Fitzsimons and a num
ber of visiting clergymen, will conduct
the solemn sendees. The Christinas mu
sic will he repeated with the same choir.
Rev. Mr. Eeard has kindly consented to
close his church on that day in order
that both congregations can worship to
gether. The officers of the Second regi
ment. in compliment to their chaplain,
the Rev. Mr. Fitzsimons, rector of St.
Mary’s, will attend the consecration in
full uniform. Everything will done to
add to the beauty and solemnity of this
unusual service and to emphasize the
realization of years of labor and self-sac
rifice on the part of the rector and con
• • •
Miss Annie Brewer of Anniston will
spend today with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
If. Molton, Twentieth street, South High
• • •
The marriage, of Miss Janie Sutherlin
Smith of Virginia and Mr. Edward Ware
Barrett of Georgia was an event of in
terest to friends all over the south. It
occurred on the 18th instant at Danville,
Va„ at the elegant home of the grand
parents of the bride, with all the pomp
and eclat that social position and wraith
can give. The home was decorated with
a profusion and elaborateness rarely
seen. Miss Smith has visited Birming
ham, and among her friends linger many
pleasant memories of her charming per
sonality. She is one of the “Fair Women
of Today" in Mrs. Lovell's calendar for
1896 and in the beautiful book arranged
by Dr. Samuel Mlnturn Peck and Mrs.
Lovell. Mr. Barrett comes of a distin
guished Georgia family of wraith and
elevated social position, and is the tal
ented correspondent of the Atlanta Con
stitution. From a telegram to that pa
per these extracts of Interest are taken:
“There were about 200 guests in all.
They came from all parts of Virginia
and other states, and when they had as
sembled in the handsomely decorated
drawing rooms the rich elegance of even
ing gowns, the many types of southern
beauty and manhood under the soft
lights made complete the magnificent
scene. The bridal party assembled in the
second hallway, awaiting the wedding
hour, and when the last stroke of the
clock announcing the hour of 9 had died
away the spendid orchestra from behind
an embankment of ferns and palm3 in
the portico played the wedding march
from 'Midsummer Night's Dream.'
“Theeight ushers,Messrs. Robert Hast
ings. J. P. Williamson, Claude Patrick,
Kurtz Wilson, Lawrence Patrick. Court
land Smith, B. M. Walker, Jr„ and E. T.
Ware, had now improvised an aisle,
formed of broad white satin ribbons, ex
tending through the library and drawing
room to the altar, which was arranged
between the two large west windows
and Immediately in front of the large
panel mirror, and was adorned with smi
lax. ivy and carnations and overhung
with a canopy of roses and lilies.
“The bridal party came through this
aisle in couples, the groomsmen preced
ing the bridesmaids, as follows: Mr. H.
N. Thompson of Washington, Mr. John
D. Little of Columbus, Ga.; Mr. Harry
Charbonnter of Athens, Ga,: Mr. E. S.
Wattson of Danville, Va.; Mr. Charles
R. Crisp of Amcricus, Ga; Mr. Archibald
(Continued on Tenth Page.)
pt2 Send in your mail
orders. They will be
filled at once. In some
cases you get returns the
Is characteristically a season of rejoicing, and will be especially so this
year of grace, 1895, f°r those who buy their CHRISTMAS GIFTS
here. Economy, always judicious, is more so than ever in holiday
season, when one has usually more gifts they would like to give than
than they have money to buy them with. Consequently our widespread reputation as a house of large assortments and low
prices stands us in good stead now, and rea lily explains the throngs of Christmas shoppers that now tax the capacity of our many
Tlldt nTxA/Tl T oft T Only two shopping days left before Christmas—two days in which to get your
J UoL -L VV J—/Cljr o J—idl. Holiday Supplies—two days crowded full of ever increasing activity in our
great establishment, culminating in a torrent of purchases during the last “hours of grace.”
Better do your shopping as early as possible, and save time and temper by so doing.
Trade on that prom- I
inent corner—First Avenue
and Twenty-first Street.
THE AL WA VS
□ Lady after lady and gentle
tleman after gentleman have
already selected a nobby par
asol or umbrella for an Xmas
gift and still the stock Is equal
to all demands that will be
made upon it. The stock 13
quite complete and you can
buy them from us for less money than
the ordinary “Gent’s Furnishing’’ and
“Jewelry store" can sell them to you for.
We start them off from $1.09 up for
Twilled Silk covers.
Inspect this department. You will be
Table Linen is excellent as a present
to anyone who has a home. We will sell
you Satin Damask 04 inches wide at 60c.
Extra fine Satin Damask, 72 inch, the
$1.25 kind, at 99c. Hook-fold Napkins to
match—fringe Napkins if you say so.
Towels can be had cheap of us. Now
the 35c large knotted fringe Damask
Towel goes for $3.00 per dozen. Other fine
Towels very low to make Xmas a pleas
Low prices rule on
“Doll Trunks;” sev
eral sizes to select
f from. We show the
r finast, "healthiest
I looking,” full-body,
kid-covered dolls In
the state at the fol
lowing prices: 50c,
75c, $1.00, $1.25 and
$150, barring no line.
For a neat, stylishly
dressed doll at 25c,
X? out-, i ui.| up iu
You need not look elesewhere; you can
not get as good value as here. Dolls
from 5c up If you say so.
They have the lowest prices attached
to them ever shown on any such line
And other styles.
Our buyer shipped us two eases of
fine Rugs that we will sell at 20 per cent
less than you cart bup anywhere in this
city. They are $2.50 and $3.50, and are
worth at least $3.50 and $5.00 to any one.
We will sell Chenille Portieres at $3.98
straight—$5.00 goods. How are these for
Nobby Plush Capes,
full sweew, Thibet
fur trimmed, collar
and down front;
ly braided and jet
ted Plush Capes;
Xmas present for
any lady. In Jack
ets we have the
plums of the season
to show you; Very
full Mandolin (
sleeves. Nobby Bou-t |
clei Jackets. Melon n
sleeves. Bear in
mind that *for an
Xmas present these
g-oods are appreci
Mufflers in soft
heavy China Silk,
black and white, $1
k up to $1.75; value
Py A 1 for these prices.
Nobby China Silk,
w> 4 colored border, gen
tlemen’s, here | at
ouu, <uu aim up. nu
use buying (an ex
cuse) for less money
—they wont last. Ladies' Handkerchiefs
in great profusion. No one goes from
this department without being suited.
The prices start from 5c for a nicely em
broidered one up to $2.60. Of course you ,
can be suited.
"Initial” Silk Handkerchiefs, ladies *
and gentlemen, all prices. i
Nobby line of four-in-hands and Tecks.
Beautiful colorings, correct styles, and
the attractive feature of the department
is—you can buy the best at 50 cents. The
same kind you pay 75c and $1.00 for else
where. The new bows are quite the
proper thing for both ladies and gentle
Real Ostrich short collars now $2.00,
in black and colored.
The long Ostrich and Cocke Boa to go
at $3.75—a regular $5 article.
Other kinds and prices: We cut the
price now while you want them.
Gentlemen's "Foster" Kid Gloves can
be bought of us and they are A 1. We
are exclusive agents for Birmingham for
"Foster’s” Ladies' Glove, and by special
advertising arrangements are able to
place Fosterina quality black gloves that
are valued at $2.50 a pair for the holidays
at $1.25 a pair. You can find anything
you want in gloves in our department. ,
Quite desirable Xmas gifts. Don't you «,
Small Novelties. :
Ladles’ Purses and Pocket-books.
Quite a pretty line of Hair Ornaments.
We have a neat line of side combs that
will please you.
Garters and Hose supporters and many
other pretty small pieces you might like.
Prices are very small on all of above
Child’s Knit Sacques, the price of
which is 75c, now 50c.
Hoods at 20c, 25c, 35c and 60c.
Fascinators can be had of us at 35c,
50c and 75c, the value of which is 50c, 75c
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