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The Carpentry in the Musical
Show is Amazing
as you'll learn in the
article in : : : :
The Sunday Call
Laca Issues From Crater and
Smoke Envelops Top of
t Mountain
Clouds of Cinders Belched up
From the Bowels of the
Countryside for Miles Around
Is Shaken by Series
of Tremors
[Special Ditpatch to The Call]
ing from the crater in the top peak of
Peavine mountain, clouds of sulphuric
Finoke overhang the summit, and the
earth fur miles around trembled and
shook at intervals all day yesterday,
according to reports received in this
A telephone call received in Reno
late in 5 " the afternoon was the first in
formation received that the supposedly
extinct volcano on Peavine mountain
was in eruption. It was declared that
the flow of lava was quite heavy and
ri-that clouds of cinders were being
r> belched up from the bowels of the
Telephone inquiries at the F. Heinze
ranch in Purdy road disclosed the fact
that a pall of smoke had been noticed
hovering over the* crater all day.
i tie volcano is about seven miles
from the ranch and the discharge of
lava was not apparent. Indistinct rum
i'Jings were heard during the day, how
ever. At the H. Jensen ranch, on the
other side of the mountain, similar
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reports were received. Residents had
noticed a smudge of yellowish smoke
over ihe crater, and they, too. had felt
the queer subterranean rumblings.
That ranch is also too far away to
illow the lava to be seen from there.
It has been ascertained that a party
of campers visited the crater of the
supposedly extinct volcano about three
tv.-cks agro. On their return they told
ranchers along the road that the ap
parent activity of the volcano had
frightened them away. The ranchers
paid no attention to the reports, be
lieving that the campers intended to
intimidate them.
Few people are aware of the exist
»m-e of the volcano In Peavine moun
laln. The inactive crater is good sized,
md the mud in its bottom is always
tvarm. Occasionally a sulphuric haze
,:angs over the mouth, rendering it
Visitors to the place in the last few
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months have reported that the heat
iround the <-rater has grown more ap-
The news of the apparent awakening
jf the volcano yesterday was received
writh misgivings among the ranchers on
the mountainside. Many refused to be
iieve that lava was really pouring from
:he sides of the crater and, while
granting that pmoke overhung the
peak, believed that the sleeping mon
ster was Ftill quiet.
Young Hero Saved Quartette in
One Trip
'Special Dispatch to The Call]
SAN RAFAEL. Aug. 23.— Anton Ma
rh«=-tti. an 11 year old boy, carried four
jaliies out of the San Anselmo Presby
erian orphanage at one time during
he fire there yesterday. The boy Is an
>rphan. brotUer of Will Maghetti, a San
Rafael high school athlete and well
tnown Dipsea runner.
When the alarm of fire was given by
Miss Wa'nita McCoy, young Maghetti
.eaped from his bed and rushed to the
-.ursery. \u25a0$rh e > re 26 tiny children were
\';'leeping. Rolling two babies in a sheet
>je knotted the ends and took the
jundle in his teeth. Then he took a
rhild in each arm and staggering
jravely under the combined weight of
ill four, made his way down the long
stairway and through the smoke filled
isllway to a, place of safety in front
,f the building; \,
it X feature of the Corte Madera fire
% : as the faithfulness of a dog belong
ng to Mrs. Robert Kendall, that met
ts death rather than leave the place it
jad been trained to guard. The dog
vas tied on a rear porch, and his angry
prowls frightened away all who at
emptfcd to save liim. He perished In
.he flames.
A conservative estimate of the loss
iy fire in the county yesterday is
J21.0G0. about a fifth of which was
covered by Insurance.
The spring number of Bird Xotes a.nd
\*c\vs, the first of a new volume, x con
:ains part I of the "Story of Bird Pro
ection in Brittain." It is curious to
lote that the first general law on this
subject was enacted in the time of
Senry VIII and that from 1534 to 1869
:here vvas n^ legislation
iealing with" wild Mr; § r; -. apart from
fame. It is alsf ?»otat'te viial the j>ro
ectlon of eggs «-«.* keener In t olden"
« jmes than it Is now; U;« Tudor act
riade the penalty '•-ir 'taking «*:«? of
vild fowl heavier than thai'for •.-. *>\u25a0 jr
:he birds themse:v< .», ivhiJfl^ t.Kv. v.d
The San Francisco Call.
1 ll\.ri IH, & xWjI-*3 1/JZf/t I ii
Confession Makes Him
Equally Guilty of
Captain a Murder
Death is the penalty that confronts
George Wite, the naval deserter, for his
participation in the piratical plot on
the steamer Buckman and the murder
of its captain. The youthful bandit has
woven his own noose. His confession
has revealed him not an accessory, but
as a principal' in the crime. He is
equally guilty in the eyes of the law,
with the man who fired the shots that
cost the life of Captain Wood.
Wise has broken down completely.
He makes no defense, save that he was
drawn into the conspiracy against his
will. He admits his share in the trag
edy. He told his story unreservedly un
der oath yesterday before the coroner's
jury. His sole chance lies in' his hope
that a free confession may invoke the
mercy of the court. He is now a pris
oner at the city jail. This morning he
wijl be transferred to the custody of
the federal government.
Faces Murder Charges
The United States attorneys office
has determined to prosecute him for
murder in the first degree.- It" is for
the killing of Captain Wood that he
must stand trial.
Tiie funeral of the captain will take
place at 2 o'clock this afternoon from
the family residence at 1919 Thirteenth
avenue. Oakland. Mrs. Wood has ar
rived from Portland, prostrated by the
Wise took the stand at the inquest
yesterday after he had been warned by
Coroner William J. Walsh that any
statement he might make could be used
as evidence against him in the trial.
Undeterred, he related under oath the
full circumstances of the conspiracy.
The young desperado was the last
witness called in the investigation.
After a three minute consultation the
jury brought in & verdict charging
French West, alias Joe Thomas, with
the murder, and naming Wise as his
accessory. Immediately after the in
quest Wise was removed to the city
prison, where word was received that
he would be taken into custody by the
United .States marshal's deputies some
time this morning.
Speedy Trial Promised
It appears that Wise will receive a
speed trial, as First Officer Richard C.
Brennan went to the office of United
States District Attorney Devlin yester
day and swore to a complaint charging
Wise with the murder. Several assist
ants to the attorney were placed at
work in gathering evidence of the
crime and outlining the prosecution.
After Wise's statement before the
coroner's jury yesterday and his fre
quent confessions to the officers of the
ship to the detectives who took him
from the ship and the newspapermen,
it is hard to anticipate just what de
fense he can offer — if any at all. It is
an easily to be seen fact that Wise has
been very badly frightened by his ex
perience and arrest.
He has at no time tried to put up
any kind of a defense other than that
he did not.,want to go into the holdup
when he learned of its nature a few
hours before it was committed, but that
he was forced to take a hand through
fear of West. The fact that Wise ran
at the firing of the first shot and left
West to his fate partly bears out the
prisoner's contention. The detectives
who have had Wise in charge and who
have secured his detailed confession
are of the opinion that he will plead
guilty and throw himself on the mercy
of the court and jury.
Demand Extreme Penalty
The friends of Captain Wood, the
murdered skipper, as well a.s officials
of the Alaska-Pacific company, owners
of the Buckman, have expressed a de
termination to demand the extreme
penalty as a warning to other criminals
who may be inclined to turn to piracy.
They were moved to this attitude upon
learning how close two men came to
capturing the ocean going steamer and
driving it ashore for the purpose of
obtaining booty.
The witnesses at yesterday's inquest
were First Officer R. C. Brennan, who
commanded the Buckman after Captain
Wood was killed; Second Officer Fritz
Plath; H. L. Armstrong, a passenger;
Night Watchman William Mlddleton,
Purser A. C. .Watson, Qaurtermaster
Otto Kahlmeister, Boatswain Sanford
Wilson, Chief Engineer J. M., Callfas
and Wise. The stories told by all the
witness were substantially as related
by them on the arrival of the. Buckman
in port.
Watchman Middleton described in
dramatic style how he played hide and
seek with the Imaginary shadows of
the holdupmen and was finally forced
by Coroner Walsh to admit that .his
part in the affair consisted in foot rac
ing from deck to deck to dodge imag
inary foes..
Dreamed of Golden Loot
During the testimony of Wise Ire
brought out the point that on the night
of the murder and attempted capture
of the ship West had told him that
there was a large amount of gold dust
in the purser's safe^. This bears out
the theory first advanced that the men
were after big booty and not the mere
few hundred dollars the robbing of the
passengers would have afforded.; -it
Continued on I'age 2, Column 4
Law Makes Wise as
Guilty as Murderer
Cporge Wise, the youthful
pirate, rvas formally charged yes
terday with murder \ in the first
degree. He is held equally
guilty with French West > in' the
killing of Captain Wood on the
steamer Buckman. West fired
the fatal shots. Wise's con
fession stamps him not as an ac
cessory but as a principal. The
authorities say that he faces cer
tain conviction with death' a 5. the
Chamber of Commerce Asked to
Investigate Methods of
Boycott and Picketing
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
OAKLAND, Aug. 23.— A delegation of
independent mill owners and proprie
tors of other establishments in this
city that are bein£ operated on an
"open shop" basis appeared before the
directors of the chamber of commerce
this morning in an effort to secure the
co-operation of that organization in* a'
campaign against a closed shop town!
The chamber was asked to conduct an
investigation into the methods of boy
cott and picketing in this city and to
secure protection for the "open shop."
Alpheus Kendall, president of the
Pacific Coast lumber and mill company,
which was dynamited Saturday night,
and W. I.; Reed of the Rainier mill arid
lumber company," led the delegation.
Kendall said that three : attempts liad
been made within the las{lS months to
dynamite his mill, lie also declared
that proper police protection had not
been given him at his mill Saturday
night. Kendall and Reed both said that
their lives as well as their property
were in danger. Benjamin O. Johnson,
a contractor and Willis B. George, a
master plumber, they had been
threatened with dynamite.
The directors suggested that a com
mittee of five be appointed from the in
dependent mill owners to confer with
the executive committee of the chamber
of commerce. President "W. S. MacKay
said tonight that it would be impossible
for the chamber to take upon itself the
responsibility of conducting a fight for
an open shop city, although it was de
sirable that all workers of the city
receive a square deal. j;r : ;
African Coast District Rivals
Gibraltar as Stronghold
TANGIER, Morocco, Aug. 23.— 1t is
reported here that the greater part of
the so called Anghera country, the re
gion in the extreme northwestern part
of Africa, occupied by the Anghera
tribesmen, has been purchased by
American interests.
The territory has vast, natural re
sources and politically and strategical
ly it is immensely important.
It has a 40 mile coast line on the
Mediterranean, stretching from Tangier
to Jebel Musa, a mountain near Ceuta,
facing the rock of Gibraltar, and con
sidered strategically equal to the Brit
ish fortress. Jebel Musa has an eleva
tion of 2,700 feet and could be con
verted into a second Gibraltar.
If Successful Dreadnaughts Will
Be Absolete
PORTSMOUTH. Eng., Aug. 23. — The
British admiralty has decided to build
an: experimental motor-driven battle
ship, propelled by an Internal com
bustion gas-engine.
Naval engineers have long had their
eyes on this type of engine as the
ultimate form of power for naval ves
sels and satisfactory experiments have
been carried on with the gunboat
Rattler. f * \
A battleship equipped with such a
motor would have no boilers, stokers
nor smokestacks, and would render, .it
is said, all vessels of the present Dread
naught type obsolete.
Bedford at Mercy of Rough Sea
TOKYO, Aug. 23.— The British ar
mored cruiser Bedford, which ran 'on
the Samrang rocks southwest of Quel
part island Sunday while steaming
through a dense fog. was still hanging
on the jagged ledges when dawn broke
today. It was pounding heavily in the
•seas left in the wake of the typhoon
which last week swept across the east
ern, sea. • " .
The high seas have prevented any
attempt at salvage by the fleet of
English and Japanese war vessels
standing 1 by. ' ' \u25a0./
.The- .weather; .today, however, was
. 23. — Crown Prince Frederick William ; will not
Tistt r the United States after his tripUiv India
and the far east, i Count yon Bismarck Bohlen.
\u25a0 lord -chamberlain to - the " household •\u25a0* of
crown 'prince, stated this definitely today. .
Modern Joshua in Speeches in
West to Tell How to
Win Election
Even Reactionaries Admit That
Sherman's > Goat Has Gone
With Cannon's
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23.—Repub
lican progressives who have
discussed with Colonel Roose
velt the speeches which he will make
in the west, all of which have al
ready been prepared, say that he has
laid out a nation wide program of po
litical policy. He Avill show the re
publican party the only way by which
he thiuks it can win the** coming elec
He will show, by the general trend
of his speeches, that it is only, by be
coming the 1 progressive party of the
United States that the republican party
can remain. in power. '
According to the statements of the
men who have talked with Roosevelt,
he will have nothing to say about
Ballinger, Aldrieh, Cannon or .even
Taft.;-;: \, \u25a0 \u25a0 JH-:-!''
Ho will discuss 1 policies, -not mrin. He
will frankly discuss the tariff and tho
chances for a tariff commission to; take
the tariff out of. politics. , He. Will dis
cuss the railroads and "corporations.. In
a word, he -will bring the Roosevelt
policies up tOj date. _ \u25a0
It Is admitted here even by. the re
actionaries..that the \u25a0: influence Vice
President Sherman : had with President
Taft is gone. » It is • also understood
that Cannon .and Aldrieh have been
dropped . . overboard . once and for all.
They will not -longer be the advisers
of the administration.
It is conceded here that enough In
surgent republicans will' be elected to
the house to insure the progressive
ness of the republican party and the
death knell of the old Cannon-Aldrich
oligarchy, although country regular re
publicans are dropping out of the race
for re-election.
Even Representative Boutell. one. of
the old standbys, has dropped out. No
insurgent so far has been refused
renomination, while many regulars
have been refused. Seeing this evi
dence of the will, of the people, it is
safe to assume that many regulars will
henceforth be progressives.
Claude Graham=White Due in
San Francisco on
September 24
[Special Cable to j The Call]
LONDON.Aug.-23.— -Beiore sailing to
day on the Gimric for Boston, where he
will take part in the aviation meet pro
moted by the Harvard university aero
nautical association, Claude Graham-
White, the English aviator who made
the plucky attempt to win the London
to Manchester prize, which was seized
from his grasp by Paulhan, said to The
Call's correspondent:
V'l am to give exhibition flights at
Harvard between September 3 and 13.
On September .24 I am due at San Fran-"
cisco, where I am to give exhibition
flights until October 4. Then I return
to New York for the international meet
on Long Island, where,- among other
events. I shall make a try for the blue
ribbon of the air in' the "speed cup con
test. \u25a0' -.. , '. : :W- :
"In the interval between the Harvard
and . San Francisco engagements I may
compete for the World-Post Dispatch's
$30,000 prize for the V; New; York-St.
Louis flight. I cannot speak with cer
tainty about that, however, as, of
course,: the prize may be won by some
one elsebefore I. can get started."
,•• 23.-r-A ; man Mppoeed to ; be * Peter; Starback. -a
'; driller formerly la ; the i employ of .the Southern
'Pacific railroad in the. San Joaquin .vaHey, : was
decapitated by-. a "train on '[ that road-near
Tropleo last night.; : The.body, ; with"; the head
'seTered, was found' lying beside 'the .rails -to-
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. Map of the district in Placer county where forest fires are raging I
between Forest Hill and the top of the Sierra, and a scene near Tahoe, I
where, the forest is threatened. \
Auburn Man Flees With Rich
Ward Before He Can Be
Legally: Deposed
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
AUBURN, Aug. 23.— Frederick A.
Rhodes of this city,- said to be a near
relative of the late Cecil Rl\odes, dia
mond and gold king, has successfully
eluded process servers from . a local
justice court and is now in his way to
New York and England, it is believed,
with Fred yon Mellenthin, aged 11
years, his. ward, of whom the officers
here would like to obtain possession.
A petition was filed a few days ago
in the justice court by Mrs. Estoff Wil
liams, alleging that Rhodes is not the
proper person to be guardian of young
Yon Mellenthin. and asking the court
to take charge, of the boy's estate.
Rhodes Ijeard of. the suit and got out
of town with the boy before the process
servers could reach him.
The yon Mellenthin boy is -a son of
CarlMellenthin, a German, said to be
of noble birth, who is in Germany.
Mrs. Williams alleges that the Mel
lenthins lived there until five or six
years ago. but, that Mellenthin re
turned to Germany leaving his wife
and son here. Mrs. Williams charges
that Rhodes took up his abode at the
Mellenthin home, that Mrs. Mellenthin
got a divorce from her husband and
that* Rhodes was , appointed guardian
of ; the. boy and" placed In charge, of an
estate which is .-.. valued at several
thousand dollars.. She wants Rhodes
deposed as guardian.
Two men -. entered ( the grocery of
George Nick, -Hillcrest drive, just
across the county, line, shortly after
10- 'o'clock yesterday morning and
wanted to purchase; some canned
goods. Nick went -to-the rear of the
store jto get the articles,' and when he
returned' the men has disappeared with
$525 in gold.. $65 in currency and a
check for $25.
Nick notified the ipolice of. this city
and the sheriff of "San; Mateo county,
and Detectives Burke and -Richards of
the Mission district were detailed on
the' case." .
Nick described the thieves as fol
lows: One 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weight
200, pounds, 40 years of age. light hair
and wearing a blue serge suit; the
other- 5 feet, 7, inches tall,, weight 150
pounds, 30 years of age and wearing
a brown suit and soft brown hat.
Burglar Eludes Jailers
The police; have been asked to keep
a » sharp lookout . far Timothy Sheedy,
alias 7 . Timothy Shields,, alias A. T.
Stanley, alias!T. A. Smiley^ a notorious
burglar^for whose! arrest. 'Sheriff Ed
ward J W. . Dewey "of Hartford county,
Connecticut; "; offers a reward of $1,000.
He is believed to have come to. this
city. . -'. ; '.::\u25a0. :;,'.. : v \u25a0'S'-V"', .
Sheedy has been' sentenced to an in
determinate term of 3 to 30 years for
burglary,: and while ' waiting- to
transferred: from the . Hartford s county
jaiKito Wethersfield prison; August 8
he .* and, James; Cornell, a "trusty,''
escaped- in Jan \, automobile. . ,
••.Sheedy ; is aninveterate 'gambler, and
may-be found -?in gambling, resorts. He
is y. 47 'years :- of liage' < 5 "; f eet* 7 Vi\t Inches
tall,'; mixed ; gray. hair. and shaggy ; mus-
More than 100 fire fighters missing in Idaho.
Montana and Idaho militia called out to help United States soldiers
and civilian fire fighters.
Hundreds of settlers and fire fighters missing, but death list
is belov> 100.
Fires sweep through timber of Placer, El Dorado, Su\isou and
Trinity counties.
Rain falls in Idaho. .
Flames Sweep Through
Timber of Northern
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
AUBURN*, Aug. 23. — The forest
fire in the National forest re
serve above Forest Hill. Placer
county, is raging, and with a fe
rocity that means devastation to every
thing In its path.
One hundred and twenty-five soldiers
from San Francisco arrived here last
night and were taken to Forest Hill
today. Auburn sent 50 men, Colfax 25.
and Forest Hill and vicinity has 200
men fighting the flames.
The fire started in the Eureka saw
mill, destroying that and burning 150
feet down the air shaft of the Hidden
Treasure mine, the property of former
Assemblyman 11. T. Power.
The fires are raging between Michi
gan Bluff and Lake Tahoe- In both
Placer and El Dorado counties. The
state commissioner of forestry IS ex
pected here to assume charge of the
battle against the flames. It is now
feared that the entire Lake Tahoe na T
tlonal forest will be destroyed as well
as large private timber tracts in Placer
and El Dorado counties.
GRASS VALLEY, Aug. 23. — Forest
fires which have been raging for the
last week east of this city are re
ported today as being entirely under
control. All of the fire fighters wufh
the exception of 15 left on guard
have been transferred to the Forest
Hill section, where the flames are re
ported beyond control. :.-•
According to, the instructions re
ceived Monday from the adjutant gen
eral's office, headquarters of the de
partment of California,' the Sixtieth and
One Hundrew and Forty-seventh com
panies of the coast artillery corps
under the command of Major A.
W. Chase left the Presidio for Colfax
yesterday to fight' the forest fires in
that vicinity.
The companies went fully equipped
for the field with tentage, 1.000 rounds
of rifle ammunition, 1,000 rounds of re
volver ammunition and 10 days* ra
tions as well as axes, picks and shovels
and other Implements to aid In subdu
ing the blaze.
Second Lieutenant Willis C Knight
was; detailed as quartermaster 'and;
commissary of the battalion. Officers
were attached to companies as fol
lows: .Sixtieth company. Captain T. Q.
Ashburn, - Second Lieutenant vW. C.
Knight, Second Lieutenant H. . W.
Stephenson; One Hundred and- Forty
seventh company, Second Lieutenants
R.;E. M. Goolrlck, D. H. Crlasy and R.
E. Lee.
Insurgents Control Riverside
RIVERSIDE,. . Aug. 23. — Insurgent
supporters of Johnson were in fall 'con-*
trol of the;Rlverside codnty republican
convention today, it was a harmonious
gathering. Resolutions were adopted
indorsing Johnson and -the state direct
primary. President Taf t ; was, praised
and; the re-election of -Congressman
Smith an<S the choice of A..G. Spaldlng
as United - States senator /were urged.
YESTERDA Y — Maximtini%mpeJalSrc^JS ;
minimum, 54. #\u25a0;f; f • O^
I sot /Ac forenoon; light tyfyh ttin^ c/ran#Tn|
fo moderate vest. S\ r\ w X £
Forest Supervisor Fears Yale
Graduate and Assistants
Have Been Killed
Soldiers From San Francisco
Presidio Sent to Colfax to
Help Stem Flames
Charred Bodies Found in
Black Path Left by
Forest Fires
The known victim* of the forcut ftrva
number S3, an follows i
In and near Wallace, Idaho, 38.
In and near »wp«rt, Wash_ 8.
»ar St. Joe, Idaho, 0 men, aoppoae<l
<o be foraet ranger*.
At Saltese. Moat, 1.
S 1 -
POKANE, Wash.. Aug. 23.— Interest
tonight in the Idaho forest flre» is
centered upon the fate- of Forest
Ranger 11. F. Kottkey an'J 200 men who
have not been heard from since Friday
night, when they were fighting 'the
flames in the country between Wallace
and the St. Joe river. Kottkey. a grad
uate of th<s Yale forestry school, is one
of the most valued men in the forest
service, and Forest Supervisor W. R.
Welgle feels sure that he would have
sent worJ to his chief if communica
tion were possible. The missing men
were in a section where the flames have
since burned fiercely. Searching par
ties have started in several directions
for Avery, Idaho.
Ranger Van Dyke, on Independence
creek, and Ranger Derrick, at Saltese,
Mont., both reported tonight. It had
been feared that Van Dyke' 3 crew of
75 men had been cut off.
Latest reports from Montana concern
ing the 600 missing rangers are more
A revised count of the known dead
in and near Wallace gives 35 bo'Jies,
only 17 of which have been identified.
In most cases thd bodies recovered are
so charred as to be beyond recognition.
For a time this afternoon rain fell
in Wallace and in other of the canyon
towns. It was only a sprinkle, but it
made the day more hopeful than any
since the fires closed in on the Coeur
d'Alene towns on. Saturday. Heavy
clouds all "day gave rise to hope thai it
might rain; and while only a drenching
downpour could aid the forest fire
situation, even today's drizzle was wel
comed as lessening the danger in som<a
The town of Burke is taking extreme
precautions. Every bit of wood has
been soaked with water. The flume
that gives Burkes water supply has
betn safeguarded by chopping away
brush on every side and by stationing
men with water buckets along every
BEVERLY, Mass., Au(. 23. — Presi
dent Taft's suggestion that the fire
stricken states of the west should call
out their militia to assist the federal
troops in handling the situation has
already borne fruit in Idaho, where
Governor Brady has called out the
national guard.
The president today received a Ion?
telegram from Governor Brady, in
which he described the fire situation
and added: .
I am convinced that these condi
tions warrant me in calling on the
state militia In encampment at
American Lake. Wash., and I have
. ordered General F. M. Rowe to pro-

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