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Cleveland Cables Kruger in
Behalf of John Hays
But the Punishment of Those
Convicted in the Transvaal
Is Yet Undecided.
Telegrams Show That Jameson Acted
Under Instructions From High
PRETORIA, South Africa, April 30.—
It is rumored that President Kruger has
received a personal cablegram from Presi
dent Cleveland regardin?.Tohn Hays Ham
mond, one of the leaders of the reform
committee, who was sentenced to death
for hiph treason.
retary Olney, on the 2Mh inst, telegraphed
the Secretary of State for the South Afri
can Republic that it was assumed that the
death sentence of Hammond and other
American citizens was imposed with the
understanding that the sentence would be
commuted, and that he would like assur
ance on that point. The answer came this
morning from tue Transvaal Secretary as
"There was no talk of an understanding
between the Judge and the Government
before the sentence of death was pro
nounced, but before the reception of your
telegram the Executive Council had re
»otved to let mercy take the place of jus
tice and not to enforce the death penalty."
Secretary Olney later in the day re
ceived a second cablegram, which ex
plained why Yice-Cons:il Knight's mes
sage haa not stated the nature or severity
of the sentence of Hammond. The second
cablegram was from Mr. Chapin, the agent
at Pretoria of Grace & Co. of. New York.
He said that the substitute sentence of
Hammond and the four others condemed
to death had not been decided upon. As
for those who were sentenced to two years'
imprisonment, three years' imprisonment
and $10,000 fine the Executive Council had
taken no action.
The petition signed by the Senators and
R'spreFentativeJ asking clemency for Ham
mond will be cabled immediately.
Evidence of tha Duplicity of the Englinh
in the Raid.
LONDON*, E>B., April 30.— A dispatch
from Pretoria to the Times says that the
health of John Hays Hammond is in
such a state as to cause great anxiety.
He is obliged to eat ordinary prison fare,
which in the state of his health is any
thing but beneficial. New rules go into
operation to-day, the correspondent says,
which permit prisoners to have better
food and enjoy many comforts now denied
them. The leaders condemned to death
are coiifined in one small room, where
they are visited by crowds of friends and
A rumor is in circulation on the Stock
Exchange that the Transvaal Executivp
has imposed a punishment of five years'
penal servitude, with banishment at the
end of the imprisonment, upon Ham
mond, Rhodes and the other reform com
mittee leaders whose sentence of death
T *as commuted yesterday.
In the House of Commons to-day Cham
berlain said that he was informed that the
presiding Judge who imposed sentence on
Rhodes, Hammond, Farrar, Phillips and
the other members of the reform commit
tee in the High Court at Pretoria bad been
borrowed from the Orange Free State. His
name, he said, was Gregorowski and he
was of Polish nationality.
Dalziel asked whether the selection of
Judge Gregorowski was an indication of
impartiality or corruption, and Chamber-
Jain made no reply. Dalziel gave notice
that he would ask the question again for
A vastly different aspect has been put
on the Transvaal trouble by the publica
tion of a number of cipher telegrams,
translations of which will be found below.
It has been claimed by many interested
persons that Cicil Rhodes, the head and
front of the British South Africa Com
pany, and other officials of that concern
were not cognizant of the intended raid
into the territory of a friendly State and
had no knowledge that a revolution was
pending in Johannesburg.
Some critics of the company, notably
Mr. i^abouchere, M. P., editor of Truth,
held that the company's officials were
fully aware of the intended movements,
and scathingly arraigned them for their
duplicity and hypocrisy. This called down
upon his head vituperative abuse from
ceitain journals, against whicn there is
more than a suspicion that they are sub
sidized by the company.
It appears now, however, to be pretty
firmly established that the event has justi
fied Sir. Ltbouchere's charges, and this
fact is admitted even by the papers that
have heretoforo been firm in their defense
of Mr. Rhodes and Ins colleagues. The
publication of the telegrams will prove a
rather severe blow to tlie cock-sure di
plomacy of Mr. Chamberlain, Secretary of
State for the Colonies, who has been
lauded on all sides for the great skill he
had displayed in the negotiations with
President Kruger.
A careful review of all the facts since the
trouble beiran will show that every move
on the diplomatic chessboard has been
won by the man, whom many of the Eng
!i;hme« characterized an ignorant Boer.
He may be ignorant, he himself has even
confessed that he has little learning de
rived from books, but ail through the
trouble he has shown that for the Trans
val he is the right man for the place he
holds. He is a natural-born diplomat,
who has made Mr. Chamberlain bis toy
throughout. His keeping all knowledge
of the incriminating telegrams from pub
lic knowledge until the mo«t opportune
moment arrived for their publication is
considered, even by those who can in no
sensa be called his admirers, as a master
stroke of diplomatic sagacity. It leaves
the whole crowd of "chartered free-boot
ers," as they have been termed, without a
leg to stand upon.
So convincing is the proof of their com
plicity in the crime that some of their
apologises intimate that the dispatches are
forgeries, "or that they have been willfully
mistranslated. There is convincing evi
dence, however, that they are genuine,
and that the translations are correct. They
prove that for some time prior to Dr.
Jameson's raid into the Transvaal the
leading official.* of the Chartered Company
were fully aware of what was going on,
and that Dr. Jameson was acting under
instructions from some one high in the
councils of the company. When the crash
came the prime movers in the revolution
ary agitation scurried for shelter, and Dr.
Jameson, thoueh perhaps equally guilty
with tbem, was made a scapegoat for all
their wrong-doing in this direction. As
the case at present stands President Kru
ger is master of the situation, and con
siderable interest is felt as to what the
next move on the part of Mr. Chamberlain
will be.
It is noticeable that the papers that were
so bitter in their comments upon the
Transvaal Government when the an
nouncement was madeof the severe sen
tences that had been passed upon the Pre
toria prisoners are now rather more than
mild in speaking of the matter, which is
very good proof that the publication of the
dispatches has had the effect that Presi
dent Kriiger undoubtedly intended it to
have. Messrs. Rhodes, Beit and Harris
will very likely be called upon to explain
their connection with the conspiracy, and
a further explanation will be due from Mr.
Rhode* of the assurance he gate to Mr.
Chamberlain during his reeeni, visit to
PRETORIA, Sor-rit Africa, April 30.—
A great sensation has been caused here by
the publication of a series of telegrams
that were entered as evidence at the trial
of the members of the reform committee.
These telegrams, it is claimed here,
show beyond any doubt whatever that the
raid of Dr. Jameson was not the result of
a desire to protect the women and children
of Johannesburg, in the event of a rising
there, as lias been argued by certain Eng
lish newspapers, but was the outcome of a
carefully prearranged plan on the part of
certain individuals of the South Africa
Company to seize a portion of the Trans
vaal, a portion well known to be the rich
gold reef of "Witwaters Rand on which
Johannesburg is located. Some of the tel
egrams were in cipner and on their face
were apparently harmless business mes
sages that had passed between different
men connected with Johannesburg and
the South Africa Company.
At the time Dr. Jameson and his com
panions were captured by the Boers the
Jatter found in the doctor's bag a key for
code messages- This was taken possession
of by the authorities, who later obtained
the message- containing words correspond
ing -with those in the Key. In certain cases
the words in the original messages could
not .be deciphered by the use of the key,
and in these cases the code words were
read as in the dispatches.
The dates of the aispatches ranged from
December 7 to December 29. Following
are extracts from the messages:
December 11— Colonel Rhodes, Johannes
burc, to White, Male Icing: Inform Jameson
not to send more horses before January. No
room for them.
December 13— Stevens. Cape Town, to Colonel
Rhodes, Johannesburg: Jameson wires most
strongly urpiag no postponing shareholders'
meeting. Let Hammond inform weak part
ners that any delay most injurious.
December IS— Hammond, Johannesburg, to
Cecil Rhodes, Cape Town: Cannot arrange re
spective interests without Beit. Flotation
must be delayed until his arrival.
December 18— Dr. Wolff, Johannesburg, to
White, I'itsani: I suggest that you immedi
ately instruct Major Grey to forward as soon as
possible 200,000 rounds of his surplus ammu
nition to Gardner Williams.
December 21— Colonel Rhodes, Johannes
burg, to Charter, Cape Town: Inform C. J.
Rhodes stated chairman won't leave unless
special letter inviting him. Definite assurance
been given by all of us that on date flotation
you and he will leave. There must be no de
parture from this, as many subscribers agreed
to take shares on this assurance. You re
sponsible for chairman's departure.
December 21— Han is, Cape Town, to Colonel
Rhodes, Johannesburg: Beit has telegraphed,
urging start flotation new company. Reply
when you can start float, so I may advise
Jameson same day.
Harris also sent a dispatch similar to the
above to Dr. Jameson at fitsani.
December 23— Harris, Cape Town, to Colonel
Khodcs, Johannesburg: Boit has wired Phil
lips, assuring him thtt chairman starfs im
mediately the flotation takes place. No invi
tation necessary.
December l!3-Harris, Cape Town, to Jame
son, I'itsani: Company wiil be floated next
Saturday midnight They are very anxious
that you do not start before 9 and secure tele
grnph office silence. AVe suspect Transvaal
getting slightly aware.
December 26— Cecil Rhodes, Johannesburg,
to Charter ,Cape 'Town: Absolutely postpone
flotation. Leonard left last night Cape Town.
On the above date Harris re peated the
last-mentioned dispatch to Dr. Jameson,
adding: "You must not move until you
hear again. Too awful. Very sorry."
On the same date Jameson's brother
telegraphed to Johannesburg to Dr. Jame
son, informing him that it had become
necessary to postpone the "flotation"
through unforeseen and unexpected cir
cumstances, and "until we have C. J.
Rhodes' absolute pledge that the officers
of the imperial Government will not be
insisted upon."
On December 27 Harris sent a dispatch
to Dr. Jameson, referring to a share
holders' meeting to he held on January 6,
and requesting him to wait patiently.
On the same clay Harris sent another
dispatch to Dr. Jameson referring to the
distribution of the British South Africa
Company's police.
On December 28 Harris, in another dis
patch to Dr. Jameson, stated that Leonard
and Hamilton had informed him that the
movement was unpopular in Johannes
burg. This message concluded: "Wecan
not have a fiasco."
On December 28 Dr. Jameson telegraphed
to Dr. Wolff at Johannesburg saying:
"Meet me as arranged before you leave,
which will enahla us to decide the best
destination. Make cutting to-night with
out fail. Have great faith in Hammond,
Lawley and miners with Lee-Medford ri
The Harris whose name appears in the
foregoing dispatches is evidently Dr. Har
ris, secretary in South Africa of the Char
tered Company.
Criminals Given Very Short
Shrift at Cripple
Little Doubt That Incendiaries
Caused the Destruction
of the City.
Provisions and Tents for the Homeless
Sent From Denver and Colo
rado Springs.
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo., April 30.— The
cause of yesterday's fire is a matter of
speculation. A waitress in the Portland
Hotel was in the kitchen when the blnze
first broke through the partition-wall, and
she states that the fire originated in the
Chicago Restaurant, adjoining the hotel.
But the fire burst out simultaneously from
so many places as to still leave the iru
pression that arson was committed. Coal
oil fumes were detected about the school
house to-day, and some women created a
sensation this afternoon by telling of see
ing two men trying to set lire to a resi
dence near the reservoir. One unknown
man was killed yesterday, one shot and a
number of suspicious characters were ar
rested during the night and locked up in
boxcars, in lieu of any bettor place to con
fine criminals.
The burned district of yesterday covered
seventeen blocks. The Masonic Temple
building was but partially destroyed, ana
there the mass-meeting of citizens was
held to-day to consider the grave situa
tion. . Committees • were named to take
charge of relief work and headquarter*
were opened at the Midland Terminal
Depot and at the two schoolhouses.
Men, women and children, cold, hungry
and worn out with their hardships of the
night, flocked about the depot when the
relief train from , Denver and Colorado
Springs arrived at 6 o'clock this morning.
Their wants were soon satisfied, the tents
were rapidly set up and by noon pome
thing like order prevailed. What provis
ions were saved from the fire commanded
fancy prices, beef selling at $1 a pound
and bread 25 cents a loaf.
The First National Bank opened before
9 o'clock in a warehouse and money was
issued upon demand. The Bimetallic
Bank will open to-morrow morning. In
the burned .district of Saturday's fire the
work of erecting temporary building* w»
resumed, and the piles cf salvage from
yesterday's lire, which had been carried
there, were put in something like order to
Trains of supplies of all kinds came in
late to-day and more is announced. The
generous response of the entire State is
greatly appreciated, and while there wil!
be many cases of Hiffe : ig during the
coming two or three day the people will
soon ho able to Ta ■•>- ,' thcui.^elver
There is a determination plainly shown
to rid the camp of undesirable crooks and
tramps. At noon fifty tramps were lined
up and drummed out of town. All arrested
suspects were later on sent to Colorado
Springs. A vigilance committee has been
formed, and no mercy will be shown to
violators of good order. I his committee
will work quietly, and wiil not give out
anything to the public. The result of this
policy has been wholesome, and few com
plaints of thieving have been made.
It is impossible to state to-night how
many were burned in the fire yesterday.
All kinds of rumors are afloat and many
persons are missing, borne ivive gone out
of town and some are off on the hills with
friends. At the improvised morgue are
tbree dead bodies — that of Charles Griilith,
a miner: the unknown incendiary shot by
Floyd Thompson, and an unknown miner.
The revised list of the injured is as follows:
John Rose, broken leg; Claude Stanton.
badly brqiifed; E. W. Lewis, cut and
bruised ; Tom Sewall, leg injured; George
L. Ryden, burned and bruised; J. W.
Criger, head and face cut; E, E. Brad way,
face badly cut; E. K. Hinckley, cut on
head and legs; John Youngstrum, slight
cuts; Charleg Kagodali, skull fractured;
How Huntington's Hench
men Obtain Signatures
to Petitions.
Affidavits Tell of Daring Methods
Employed in Behalf of
Santa Monica.
Discoveries That May Yet Defeat
the Plans of the Southern
Pacific People.
LOS ANGELES, Cxr,., April 30.— The de
ception, duplicity and forgery to which
Collis P. Huntincton's Los Angeles man
agers have resorted in the past in making
a showing from this city presumably in
favor of the Santa Monica harbor scheme
have been brought to licht and exposed by
affidavits from the parties who circulated
the many false and forged documents. It
is an exposition of double dealing to the
point of utter amazement.
To-morrow morning when this darinp
mess of perfidy is published to the world
the public will know for the first time how
to account for many apparent incon
sistencies in connection with this double
harbor fight. Petitions have, from time
to time, been forwarded by Hunttngton'a
henchmen in Washington purporting to
come from "labor organizations" and "cit
izens of Los Angeles" in great numbers
and with hundreds of signatures. The
Chamber of Commerce and Free Harbor
League here, favorable to the San Pedro
appropriation alone, have been at their
wits' end to account for these numerously
signed petitions favoring Santa Monica.
The first inkling the people here had of
the=e wholesale forgeries was contained in
the Times here this morning, in a dispatch
from its special correspondent at Washing
ton. The very first name forged was that of
Colonel Otis, editor and manager of the
paper. From Washington comes tele
grams from committees of the Chamber of
Commerce and other friends of San Pedro
making inquiry as to purported messages
from various prominent citizens and
bodies of men here favoring Huntington's
schemes. When it was discovered tnat
petitions sent by wire had been forged,
inquiry as to mail petitions were sent to
day by the Free Harbor League to Patter
son and Hazard, representatives in Wash
ington of the league and the people. The
following response was received here this
afternoon :
Washington, D. G., April 30, 1896.
To T. E. Gibbon : Have just prepared for
Wells full copies of petitions mailed to White.
Many signatures evidently written by same
person. W. C. Patterson,
H. T. Hazard.
These are undoubtedly the petitions re
ferred to in affidavits of Lowden and Man
ning hereafter appended. In addition to
this dispatch, Hon. John F. Humphreys
of this city, a member of the Chamber of
Commerce and Free Harbor League, re
ceived this afternoon the following:
Did you and Workman (referring to ex-
Mayor Workman) forward me a postal tele
gram April 16, containing petition of large
number of members of Chamber of Commerce
favoring Santa Monica and inner harbor (Saa
Pedro)? See original postal office.
Stephen M. White.
To this Mr. Humphreys immediately
sent the following:
: To Senator Stephen M. White, Washington, D.C.: \
We did not. c Any item with our names thereto '
favoring Hun ting ton's Santa Monica scheme is
& forgery. Long list of forgeries published in
to-day's Times. Great indignation exists here
about it. . The people realize if Hunting- ;
ton gets recognition now he is strong enough
to defeat San Pedro later on.
John F. Humphreys.
The first and most startling affidavit is
that 'of George Anderson, who manipu
lated the whole business for Huntington's
local managers. These affidavits have
been procured, by the Chamber of Com
merce here and the Free Harbor League.
They , we.* a, given to the correspondents
late this afternoon, and to-night will be
telegraphed to Senator "White, Congress
man ' McLachlan and Patterson and Haz
ard, and will be made public there to
morrow. This, it is believed, will defeat
one of the biggest steals ever attempted on
the National treasury for private ends.
These affidavits will be corroborated by
statements from fifteen out of twenty- two
labor organizations of this city, who de
clare that t.he names of persons purport
ing to belong to said organizations are
fictitious from . beginning to end. The
league has also the affidavit of E. D. Mor
ris, referred to in Anderson's affidavit, fully
corroborating all the allegations in regard
to himself. : ; ' •
According to Anderson's affidavit, he em
ployed one E. D. Morris to procure names
to petitions favorable to Huntingdon, with
out regard to residence or occupation, and
•hat the whole was manipulated and paid
for at so much for each petition ; that J. P.
Carrere, editor of the Evening Express of
this city, made the bargain with him; that
said Anderson filled a clerical position on
the Express and that J. M. Crawley of the
Southern Pacific knew about the arrange
ment; that he employed E.D.Morris to
secure the signatures, and that as fast as
Morris brought in the petitions he (Ander
son) took them to said Carrere.
Morris, in his affidavit, tells how he
wrote the names of any one he could think
of to the petitions and got signatures from
loafers about saloons and similar places
and at Santa Monica. Two supplemental
affidavits are given as follows :
State of California, County of Los Angeles. —
W. Lowden, being first duly sworn, deposes and
says: That he is a citizen of the city of Los An
geles, by occupation a waiter, and is ac
quainted with E. I). Morris; that some three
weeks ago the said E. D. Morris came to him
and asked him to sign his name to a petition
addressed to Senator White and Mr. McLach
lan purporting to be from the citizens of Los
Angeles and asking them to endeavor to secure
the appropriations tor San Pedro and Santa
Monica harbors which the House Committee
on Rivers and Harbors had at one time agreed
to recommend; that he signed his own name
to said petition, and at the request of Mr. Mor
ris signed several other names, probably seven
in all; that in signing such names he was not
endeavoring to get the name of any particular
person, but signed such names as came into
his mind, without reference to any individual
to whom they might belong.
W. H. Lowden.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30 th
day of April, 1986. , , M. K. Young,
Notary Public, Los Angeles County.
State of California, County , of Los ' An
geles.—J. Manning, being first duly sworn, de
poses and says: That he is a citizen of the city
of Los Angeles, by occupation a laborer, and
is acquainted with E. D. Morris; that some
three weeks ago the said E. D. Morris came to
; him and asked him to sign his name to a peti
'. tion addressed to Senator White and Mr. Mc-
Lachlan. purporting to be from the citizens of
Lob Angeles, and asking them to endeavor to
secure the appropriations for San Pedro and
Santa Monica harbors which the House Com
mittee on Rivers and Harbors had at one time
agreed to recommend; that he signed his ow n
name to said petition, and at the request of
Mr. Morris signed several other names, prob
ably 150 in all; that in signing such names
he was not endeavoring to get the name of any
particular person, but signed such names as
came Into his mind, without reference to any
individual to whom they might belong.
J. Manning.
;' Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30th
day of April, 1896. • ,, . M. K. Young,
Notary Public, Los Angeles County; California.
FIVii.V'.* Minority Report on the Santa
Monica Approjyriation.
WASHINGTON, D. C, April 30.— The
division in the Senate Committee on Com
Crowned Ruler of the Santa
Rosa Carnival of
the Roses.
Care Cast Aside by the Joyous
Residents of Sonoma County's
An Elaborate but Tasty Profusion of
Red, Green and Yellow Is
SANTA ROSA, Cal., April 30.— The
carnival holds full sway to-night, for the
Queen has just been crowned with pomp
ana pageantry, and as President J. C.
Sims expressed it: "The peerless Queen
has revealed herself to her loyal subjects,
and- has issued a proclamation of banish
ment to consuming cares."
The weather all day has been glorious,
and the preparations for to-morrow's pro
cession have been progressing merrily.
To-night the city is one mass of brilliant
carnival colors and fragrant ftower3. Even
the oldest inhabitants say they scarcely
know Santa Rosa in her '9t> carnival dress,
so greatly have the decorations trans
formed the city. The courthouse, from
dome to stairway, is resplendent in red,
green and - yellow bunting. Streamers
flutter from the apex of the dome to points
all along the parapet, the columns all en
twined in carnival colors, and the statue
of Minerva, which surmounts the struc
ture, wears a tri-colored cap and waves
aloft the American flag.
The square surrounding the courthouse
is one mass of red, green and yellow, for
scarcely one of the buildings has omitted
to decorate, and Fourth street presents
one long vista of fluttering flags, arches
and incandescent lights. Most of the
stores wear the carnival colors, many of
them being resplendent in artistic decora
t.ons, where moss, flowers, bunting and
colored lanterns play a conspicuous part.
There are six arches distributed along
the principal streets, and strings innu
merable of fluttering streamers cross and
reerosa the principal <uree;. Elaborate
decorations nave been lavished upon the
Donahue depot, and even the streetcars
wear carnival colors and are garlanded
with flowers. Wherever a convenient spot
offers pretty airy-looking booths have been
erected along the route of to-morrow's
procession, and in these booths the weary
wayfarer can find food and cooiing drinks
for an almost nominal sum, while he sits
to eat under garlands of roses and ever
Last year visitors came in such hordea
that even bread ran short, but for the
present carnival enough provisions have
been laid in to feed an army. People have
been arriving in town all day, and before
8 o'clock this evening there was a dense
throng assembled outside the Athenaeum
to see the Queen and her cortege arrive.
Her Majesty's procession was led by
Roncovieri's Band playing the ''Fiesta
March," recently composed by the band's
conductor. The Queen rode in a barouche
drawn by six milk-white horses with white
satin trappings, her coach being lined
with satin and furs of white. The maids
of honor followed in gayly decorated car
riages. It was well on toward 9 o'clock
before the strains of the band announced
the approach of the royal procession. By
this tiroe^the.crowd outside tht Athenaeum
had increased and every seat in the build
ing had been taken, while people were en
camped in the aisles on stools.
While waiting for the Queen there was
plenty of time to admire the decorations.
The roof was festooned in carnival colored
bunting, Chinese lanterns and cypress en*
circled the gallery, and the platform wag
banked up with masses of lilies, ferns and
The throne was white, on a dais of white
bearskin, and overhead was a huge pink
and white butterfly. As the commotion
outside warned the people within the
theater that the procession had arrived,
there was a loud and prolonged applause.
The queen and her attendants adjourned
to the anteroom, while the band took the
platform and played the overture to
"Robin Hood."
President Sims, who delivered the in
augural address, said among other grace
ful things:
"The Santa Rosa rose carnivals have at
tracted particular attention and have
achieved a special glory. The residents of
this community annually make princely
preparations for them, ami all take pride
in their success. Thanks to the kind
efforts of the people and of the press of
this State, failures are as yet unknown.
To thesu carnivals all are invited and
given a fitting welcome."
The speaker went on to pay a graceful
compliment to the queens of the various
festivals and spoke warmly of tha
athletic sportWind their beneiicial influ
ence on the young people. : 'In conclu
sion, let me say to those who have favored
us with their presence durine this festival,
that with the fragrance of our flowers, we
mingle the sweeter fragrance of our wel
As soon as the applause aroused by the
president's speech had subsided, a bugle
blast from the entrance, answered by one
from the platform, announced the advent
of the Queen. The band struck up the
"Coronatioa March," the doors were
thrown open, and a train of eight little
maids in white entered, throwing flowers
in the Queen's way. The children, who
all looked about 8 years old, were led by
Mable Ware and Marguerite Kingston.
Next came the maids of honor, dressed
two and two alike, in dainty shades of
white pink and green organdie. They
were: Dacia Fairbanks and Henrietta
Camel, Petaluma; Lena Brash, Clover
dale; Annie McLain, Healdsburg; Sadie
Me Mullen, ISebastopol; Edith Brooks,

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