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A brierv inne, where wilit-liint* sing
All through the -umnuT ,la>:
A lieeeh-tree old, whose branches (tin;.-
Long shadows o'er the way.
A nest, built up in the rustling houghs,
Lined soft w ith moss, so preen.
A liny dv*elllm;--a woodland house.
With leaves for a sheltering screen.
Three delicate t'tfsts. that j>e rl-tikc lie
Kenenth two l< moiling wines;
\ mate that hovers all watchful hy.
Ur sits In side and sings.
. A careless hoy. with a pitiless heart,
That cares not for lovely things;
A bird. Unit rises with mind start
On scared-and Itutleiine wines.
A sorrowful note of plaint and woe
Hines out on the pulel air.
Ami Hie pearl-like <ees lie crushed below.
On the beech roots, old and bare.
Amt still, in tln* hoiielis of the old beech-tree.
'Mid ifs rustling sprays of green.
The deserted i est yon slili may see
I’eep out from its verdant screen.
lint the bird on Its gay and gladsome wing
Heturns I , the nest no more;
And the mate that won id sit on the houghs and
His Summer songs are o’er.
And naught can tiring from the happy I’asl
w lien iiglu and love have lied
(Though the wal.s of the dear old homes may lasti
Hut memories of the dead.
—Chainhf r' Journal,
HI VM.Nfi ••I'll,OT."
raHHt‘HV Vaga/.lne.
" Who is standing pilot this evening?"
said the superintendent or “ boss," ns
lie was called.
‘‘Seth Martin," wastin' foreman's re
“Toll him to come up here, will yon?
and hurry tip!"
The foreman hastened away, and
lioth he and Seth Martin must have
“spread themselves.” as the former
said, for in a few minutes the engine
driver stood before his chief.
The great man took a comprehensive
look at the engineer, wito llinehed not
a muscle. His clear, steady eyes were
as bine as the sky; a handsome brown
beard ornamented Ids face, which, al
lied rather dirty, was full of character
and determination. To use the popu
lar expression, “he was pure gold down
to bedrock.”
The superintendent, satisfied with his
scrutiny, nodded to the engine-driver,
and said:
“ There's a specie train up out of Col
linsville to-night. Seth.”
“ I know that," was the curt response.
“And it will require close watching,"
continued the chief.
“ I s'pose so—l know that,” repeated
" Von are mighty knowin’ this even
ing,’said the superintendent, smiling;
“ but there is one thing yon don’t know,
sonnv. Von don't know that you are
going to run pilot to that train.”
•' Yes. 1 do," replied the engine-dri
“ Who in thunder told you, then? 1
didn’t know it myself till ten minutes
“ You told me this minute, then 1
knew it,” replied Seth, smiling, and dis
closing his white, even teeth. “I’m
ready, boss.”
“Seth Martin, you ought to he a
judge; your talents are thrown away in
this line. Hut listen; we’ve no time to
split straws in ehall. There's a very
festive gang of desperadoes hanging
about up Hartford way. They nearly
wrecked the through Pacific last week.
Fortunately, the passengers were handy
with their shootin’-irons. and bullets
was rainin’ pretty thick, else there
would have been something unpleas
“ Wa'al,'’ said the engine-driver, “go
“ Now you must run pilot to the spe
cie-train and see that the line’s clear up
its far as Hartford ('ity. Ve can shunt
at the Trestle Bridge siding and wait to
pull the wagons up the Bunker incline
through the cuttings. Once safe there
we can rattle along, and mind ye keep
a good lookout.”
■Von bet!” was Seth’s reply. “I'd
better take my six-shooter, I suppose.
We’ll have to tight, maybe?"
“ Most likely ” replied the superin
tendent, coolly. “ Keep this quiet. I've
got men on the lookout all along the
line. Who's your mate?"
“ English Tom Atkins,” was the reply.
“ lie’s grill”
“ All right, then," said the chief,
“ Now, don't drink; keep a full head of
steam: bring hack the specie safe,
“ Wa'al?" drawled the other coolly.
“ I'll provide for your family if you’re
hurt or shut: if not. I’ll reward yon.”
“Is that all, then? Well, gwod night,
boss, and thank ye."
"<loud luck," wa- the answer. “I'll
not forget yon."
S.'th Martin turned away with a nod
of acknowledgment, and directed his
step* to the -bed where his engine wa
“ standing pilot." This means that the
engine had t am up (or was “m steam,"
t'i speak technically;. and was ready for
any sudden emergency. The driver
wa> jn-t as well pleased to run a couple
of hundred miles on a dark night, even
with the choice of being shot, as to have
an invitation to the " Whit llnise”
" T< tn!”
“ Hallo!” came back in an unmistak
able English voice.
"Fire up a hit: were bound West;
specie pilot. 10 o’clock. Keep it quiet."
A man unseen by the driver jmt up his
head to listen.
Seth was a man of action, and so was
his mate,Tom Atkins. They looked to
the engine and their revolvers: put a
dozen cartridges in a tin can: tilled a
similar can w.th some old Bourbon
whisky at a saloon close by, whither
they were followed by the man who
had been listening to their conversation,
and who noted their preparations.
After communicating with some ae
! complice, this mysterious individual left
1 iht' saloon and made his way toward
! ihr signal box, which stood some dis
tance down the line.
1 A soon as the engine driver and his
mate were recognized,they were warm
ly we.coined, for they wen* favorites.
Many drinks were tendered for their
acceptance, and declined on various
pleas, till at length one man declared
tin' Britisher wanted to lix an insult on
a free-born citizen, lie offered Seth
and Tom a glass apiece, saying
“ What's up mate? Swore off, eh?"
11 For this evening," replied Seth, "but,
as I'd rather drink than light just now.
I'll take your treat.” So the men each
took the proffered glass, but scarcely
tasted it: and soon afterward Seth, fear-i
ing that some inkling of his intended,
mission might leak out, beckoned to;
his fireman to follow as soon as possi
ble, and then left the saloon.. He lit a
cigar, climbed up into the cab of his {
engine (all American locomotives are '
protected and closed in), and began to
sun ike.
He smoked in comfort for about a
quarter of an hour, then he felt “queer."
" These is stronger cigars than usual,"
he muttered, and he threw it from him. j
But the oppression on his brain became
heavier; ho felt very sleepy now.
" 1 think i'li have a nan: it’s only
about it o'clock. I must; there’s an
hour yet. I wonder where Tom is. It's
my opinion Tom will drink too much
llis train of thought was suddenly
interrupted. All at once it dashed
upon him that he himself had been
*' drugged" in the saloon!
“That's it; what a thundering idiot I
am!" lie essayed to rise, hut fell (pule
bewildered. Me made Inipelcss attempts
to stand upright, hut could do nothing.
He was as useless as a child; hut, worse
than all, he was conscious of his inabil
ity to do his duly. Ten o’clock rang
out. lie stisijjfwl.'.l to ms feet. 11 is
head was spinning round, his feet were
heavy as leaden weights, lie opened
the sliding-door, hut ere he could de
scend a blow from behind sent him
Hying into space—-a splash, and down
he sank into a large pond containing a
quantity of surplus water for the loco
motive tanks.
At the same moment three men
climbed up on the engine and, with a
low hut hearty chuckle, started it out
from toe siding.
“ 1 think we did that slick," said the
shortest of the party. “I didn't listen
to the boss for nothin' this time. The
specie train will run alter all, you see.
Oh! they couldn't catch me tripping.
No sir! ”
“The savage will do the bridge, 1
suppose," said another. “ He's to work
on the up line, isn’t he?”
“ Aye, only on that side. Ye did that
Britisher pretty, I must say. He and
Seth was kinder cautious, too."
“ 1 mixed it strong,” said the other,
with a savage laugh. “ Did you settle
the signals, Ala ? 1
“ Aye; telegraphed ourselves on
special, and then cut the wires and
smashed the instruments. We're clear
now to Hartford. What's that?" he ad
ded, hastily, as the engine lurched for a
second and lifted.
“Only tin l points. We’re mil nmv.
We cun rim easy. I s’pose. She won't
bust, I hope. lien.! goes.”
The sneaker, who knew little ahoul
engine-driving, turneil on the steam,
and away they went. He turned Ins
head for a moment. There's something
moving vonder; they’ve found Seth,
Hut this portion of the gang of des
peradoes had met their match in En
glish Tom Atkins. Kora moment or
two lie had heeii overcome by the drug
ged whiskey, hut a simple and very ef
fective remedy cured him,at theco-tof
a few moments’ sickness. (deeping
along the ground, for lie could not
walk, he conceiv 'd the idea of follow
ing these men, so lie held the points
open and sent the “ hravoes ” away into
Hie night on the up line. He proposed
to give the alarm, and follow (on trie
down metal) with a superior force, lint
fate was drawing the fugitives to de
struction. The Up line was cut at the
land a hand, male, I'm dronndin’! ”
This is what Tom heard as In* crawled
rather than walked across the metals to
seek assistance.
■ >* th—Seth Martin: what’s happen
ed to you?”
“Them varmint tossed mein here
when I was half stupid, hut the water
ha- done me good. Help me out, Tom,
ami we ll fix them yet."
loin, who was rapidly recovering,
lent all the assistance he could; and
then tin dripping driver, quickly wring
mg tin- water from his clothes, said,
when his mate had told him what he
had clone —
“ Don’t breathe a syllable to a mortal
man. I know Boh Franklin's engine ia
in steam for the erots traffic. We'll lire
lur no and run them down. We may
save the specie yet Hurry down to
the signal-box whilt* 1 got out the en
; gine."
Tom hastened away as desired, but
soon came back wilt the intelligence
that the box was empty and the wire
" We darsen'l say i word now," said
Seth. “ What fools we were to take
them drinks! Novg Tom. shove it,
some wood while 1 oil the cranks. I'll
leave word for the foreman; we must
trust him "
All these preparations were made al
most as quickly as they are here de
scribed. In ten minutes the ingine was
ready, and as noisple*ly as possible the
great locomotive was brought out of the
shed, but tender first.
“ Never mind," said Seth when Tom
objected. " We can run about us quick.
Now. are ye ready ”
The foreman earn* up at that mo
ment. ”If ye do sieeeed." he said,
" your fortunes are made. If yon fail
1 won’t answer for ytutr lives. Take
my revolver." he addql, “and be oil."
Seth thanked him, adding gloomily,
" If we fail, we ll never comeback alive.
For ns to he heenssed with bourbon i>
j disgrace enough."
A whistle! The foreman opened the
I points ;uul the engine sped away on the
down lino in full port ait of tho despera
iloos to savo tho specie train if possililo.
*■ Wo'vo no hoail jiimpl" exclaimed
Tom, suddenly.
"So much tin hottfr; wo don’t want
to advorlisi' Thoro's
a Mash of something; jgnesswe’ll have a
Tho romnrk was hot nnoallod fur
Tho gleam of lighlnijig every now and
lin n appoarod to r|t upon tho stool |
handli's and glint a loijg the rails. Thoro
was a moaning sound,in Urn air. a fool
ing of oii|>rossiou, whlo occasionally a
heavy splash of ram \joi.ld drop upon
tho roof of tho "cab" ii which tho men
They absolutely tied along the track.
Over the apparently ioundloss prairie
tho lino was lain. Nit a station for
miles. A few water plat -s as intervals
atom broke the love/ I'haraeter of the
prospect when tin' fitful lightning lit up
tlio surroundintrs. hitch daik over
head, except when the Mashes came,
and the only light before the rapi.u*
niDvinjr mure of tln' furnace lireon the
“ road."
" It’s past 11.’’ said the driver. "Wo
ought to have pulled then up- We’ve
run this thirty miles in tho half hour.
There's Hnlh.ilo ('reek. ' ho added, as
they skimmed past,
" Well, then. I tail ford is-mly another
thirtv, and the trestle sidtig on the top
of the cutting in only tweity To o."
“ We must pass them at tho curve,
heliiw. Hallo! look oni. mind that
Tom turned the slide and looked
ahead. Seth shut off steam.
“There they are! lanky we are run
ning tender foremost, i they would
have seen our lire. W. wait out).em
gently till they get on to the trestle
curve. Then we'll win in' and drop
them. Steady, mate '
The engine came silently to a stand
still. The gentle hiss I tho steam,
which was just raising the valves, was
the only audible sound Hroad Mashes
of sheet-hghtiiing lit up the heavy
masses of eiond, hut no thunder follow
ed. Seth looked to In* revolver.
Tom fed the lire and they wailed; it
was their oulv ehauee a surprise.
For quite twenty minutes the men
waited; the engine in front had long ago
disappeared. At last Sulii said: “ Now,
Tom, is our time I I'll rim them a race
down to Hart ford City, anil, ill get there
Mist, there’ll he scalps towdl to-morrow.
We’ll round that curve Imfore they see
us, and come in ail living. Are you
ready ?"
Torn signified his eons'id, and away
darted the ponderous engine across tin'
boundless prairii at to speed. On!
on! never mind the rough track; it's
death if you lease it; it'* death, most I
likely, if you remain. There is one
chance, and only one :f you reach i
Hartford tjity and give tie alarm '
“ Tress mi, Seth, it’s n>gl■ midnight. 'I
So whispered Tom, as tin engine swung
roumi the sharp curve. There, seem
ingly motionless, was llieOlher engine.
Faster and faster rattle the pursuer.
They were seen at last. The men were 1
visible through the glass I r an instant.
“ Lie dowii ! roared -Hh.
Only just in time. Tw‘‘ ■ bullets came
crashing overhead; an-ther hit the
handle of the steam whistle and sen* j
out a scream of defiance into the night, i
Seth ro-e-lowly, and. pistol in hand,
watched the foe.
“ He’s goin’ to face n-. hill be don't
know the trick of Mi a ■ --<*i . Join,
We’ll pass 1 1 iin and tit
Seth’s face, u- lie -p and ■ tlti'lied
his revolver, wa- sal! to explain ;
his meaning will-■ w •
On, on, speeding t - the pram- , j
Now, S- tli gaining. others shot
ahead. “ More w -1 :>■■■• the furnace;
pile it in, Tom,” • ~etfi " that sit
A bullet from '■■Mi- steady hand
passed through !' 1 ” “I the other
engine and shattered . driving arm
of the man who 1 odd the regulator,
t “ IJully!” exclaimed the delighted
Seth. " Now for another log. The tire
I was blown up, i.nd like an arrow the
! engines tlew along; but no more shots
were exchanged, for as they were run
ning neck and neck for one instant Seth
perceived a 'ight on the line ahead, and,
before bis companion was aware of his
intention, shut otT the steam. The
other engine tied away into the dark
ness, leaving Seth and Tom far behind.
" What did you shut oil' for'." cried
Tom in amazement.
“ book ahead and you'll know ." was
the grim replv.
Tom looked ahead. \ weired light
w as playing on the track, a halo of un
earthly appearenee. It shimmered and
moved about like a will-o-the-wisp, 1;
was a most ghastly white mist a
ghostly warning,
" \\ hat can it he?" said Tom, his sup
erstitions terrors being now excited,
" What is it
" It's a light, that's all," said Seth
with a fiendish grin. ' 1 know it though:
Ive seen it before. There's sotnebodv
underneath the tails in the bridge, and, 1
yon bet they 're ending the (rack for the t
specie train."
“t'raeious heaven, an that engine!"
’’ That engine will be in the river in
two minutes," said Seth Martin.
‘‘Oh! hurry up and save them it we!
i'iiii," exclaimed Tom. " tio ahead’"
" Oently. mate, gently; let them get
mi a hit." He turned on steam, hull
j ere they had passed halt the dis- j
lance in the direction of the light a :
loud crash was heard, ami amid screams;
of human agony the tiestle I ridge sank .
down down gently. slowly, hut j
surely, to the stream helow. The pom;
dermis i ngiiie dipped forward, gas e one
i heavy roll, righted again, and then
| turning eompleleh over, tell with a
thundering noise into the canon In low.
The lights w ere suddenly extinguished
and the piercing screams of wounded |
and scalded men arose, miHgleti with
the hissing sp am and the dull roar of
thunder. The storm had hurst.
“ l'aught in 'heirowu trap," exclaim
cd Seth. "Serves them right! Poor
critters, I'm kinder sorry, too.”
" Let ns help them." cried Tom.
“ Help! yes; let us run on to Hart
ford and slop the Irallie; the specie is
due in leu minutes.’'
" Cross that bridge?” exclaimed the
" A cs, sir, across that bridge. I’m a
goiu’to try It," replied Seth. “Will
you ehauee it?"
" Yes,” was the leave answer; “its
kill or cun
“Here goes then; shake hand. Hod
hless ye mate; if we don't meet again,
tell (In m I died at my post like a
Tho driver a ml li reman clasped hands
in silence, and, Seth turning on the full
pressure of steam the engine gathered
itself up for its Tumi race.
Not a sound escaped either of the
men. Side by side they stood. As (hey
approached they could see a red glare.
'The bridge had caught, lire. As they
shot past a form ol two hurried ipiiekly
out of sight some of the desperate
I>:11u 1 now cowed inn) <*niH)i<*t). In h
iimiiii'iil more lilt hrdye was in full view.
Tin* crackling timbers of tin* up lint*
welt' all hiiriiin.i; around tin* miyhlv
monster i • ll if, wiii'li Mill t'millt'tl
Minik* anil llaine. Ah a Hash of liyhl
11iiwill in uiiti brief second reveal snr
r< hi t it Ii ny; objects distinct Iy, so the.j'lare
of (lie engine furnace lit lip till' scene
licitiw. iliislicil lII'II IU a
mar, a creaking imisc, the (lame leaped
tip heiieiilli ami the (linger was over.
The down line hml not hcen under
iii ini'tl.
Ah they slackened speed a loin,' deep
whistle was heard, and a dim spt ek was
seen like a pin's head on the line in
“There's (lie specie, Tom. We've
done our duly. Knn down easy and
then see if we can't help the miforlli
nine loafers under the bridge. li was a
narrow sipieak! ’’
|t was, indeed. The peeie train was
saved tin and the (llilm-di rs taken
in the act. Three were drowned, and
| two more terribly injured that they died
■ s ion after from the cHecis. Seth and
| Tom were rewarded, and the former
was snh-etpienily made inspector; hut
i he ami Tom often talk of that summer
: night when they were so nearly killed
while rllllllii pilot.
Before yon begin your heavy spring
work after a, winter of relaxation, your
-vstem iie- ds demising and slrengthen
■l t' to prevent an atUe.k of Aime,
Billions or Sprint? Fever, or some other
Spi in,'sickness that will unfit yon fora
-i a,-on's work. Von will save lime,
much sickness and threat expense if you
will use one Fettle of Mop Bittern in
I (fair family this month. Don't ■■.. it.
See other column.
1 <ii:oj{(.i:,” asked the teacher of a
Sunday-school class, “who. above all
others, shall you first wish to ee when
you yet to heaven?’’ With a face
Frightening up with anticipation, the
little fellow shouted, “fierliith.” An
other hoy wan asked hy his father whom
lie lir-t wished to see in heaven, and
the horse loving hoy quickly replied,
1 “ Jehu, with his fast horses.”
It n humous.
Asa twig is hunt lilt' boy is iuolinotl.
•VflC tWoni.S J'i.MffUHl',
Sonant (aftor situation) " An' do
vo/. go tii hong lira noli or Nowport’,’
For mo own purl, I havo no pnforonoos "
UorfH'i's /i'll 'tie.
In tho way of wotuliip in hot woathor,
a man thinks ho is doing woll onongh
whon In' allows his wifo to go to ohuroh.
A<' (hlnvi.i Pit'llj/itiu\
“.h'liny, what makos yon snob u hail
girl'."’ "Will, mamma, Hod sont you
tho host ohililron ho oonld liml, mnl it'
thoy don't suit von, 1 onn’t ht'lp it."
W o shan't ht> ahh to got ovor to Hol
gimn to allond thosilvor wodding of tho
king, hut tin' old roost or has onr thanks
just tin' sanio, /*mt** /\vs/.
\ hoy at sohool, on hoing askt'd to
dosiTihoa kitit'ii, said, " A kitton is ro
markiihlo for rushing liko mail at noth
ling whatovor, and slopniiig hofiirt' it
I gols thoro. .hit! )i.
I'arwin says a woman lost-.-; out' tonth
of hor tilin' looking for ht'r Ihnnhlo.
( Hi' loooinmoiuls that a sholf for it ho
attaohod to tho fraino of tin* minor.
I sluuit hi V(•nli'ii, on Iln> Unitin'of Slklih,''
I'ho sml 11ml iiui'M nminis puia \\ run'.
I'ulmiliiK M liiMliri lu pu liurk mid mMI 11 lunl,
Oi skip In lliu lull liuunt n lliu hVMillun ll us.
We olwei vo llml tin' Washingtonians
lire teaching the young idea how m
shoot. Olio liltlo girl ol (lie i'a) ill it I city
i Inis just succeeded in shooting another
Iniic girls nose oil. lln[loh> /• .iync.su.
\\ hut this country most needs seems
Ii In-some soil ol fiill l that will title
clnna'li festivals over the brief interval
between decayed at lawherriea and grape
shot peaches.
One can sit down in a chair on Coney
Island beach at ten cents per hour.
The object in Hitting down is to patro
nize a poor but worthy man, who lost
his eye while Irv mg to lick a school
teacher,- Vrlnul I'm l'im*.
Americm peanuts have been intro
dneed into Southern Krance. The
Florida cracker feeds them to his pins,
hut the Krenelnnan makes them into
"real olive oil," which he exports to
America, where we smack onr lips over
it and say; " How strange olives won’t
grow in this country." Lowell I'omitr.
.lush Hillings, in a zoological moment
writes: "The peculiarity of the lly is
that he returns to the same spot; but it
is the characteristic, of the mosquito
that he returns to another spot. Thus
he ditlers from the leopard, which does
not change its spot. This is an im
portant fact, in natural history,”
Kdison has invented a machine for
condensing the noise of the elevated
railways of New York, running i( down
a pipe to the battery, loading il on the
Sound steamboats, and dumping il near
lhallleborough, Vl. (treat man, that
ICdisou I The Hrattleborough people
expect to can Ilia noise and sell it for
Fourth of .Inly celebrations. I’/iiht
ileljihlu HiilliUn.
Tin' Ki'i IhlliK Hiiimncr ilnvs Imvn mini'.
I'll mil i li">l of I In' vnir,
Win n iiiniiiiln Him liniii u'ln mill min
Tn li iiiiiiiinii' Mini In ii ;
W hi'ii n)i|ili* witnii'ii niniT mill Ini,
A |ilniin in pour nr in li.
Ciiii-|ilni In In i |i mu li'i'lliitf* nl
llm I'lmli'i n nun liiim plH'li.
Women's eyes Ihi Vo Im'ci >iik 1 1 iin over
tiie needle, women’s hearts have lieen
lin iken over neglect, women's constitu
tions niiecdinlieil under persistent ertl
city, Iml of all the hardships a line
wninaii lias in eneniinler, there in
nothing thiil tries her mind, brain and
Inidy more, than (he attempt In walk
gracefully in a real CaHhinnahle pin ’em
A hoy live years of age having stolen
a run of milk, Ins mother took him to
task, with moral suasion, and wound lip
her diseoiirsn by saying, “ What in the
world were you going to do with the
milk?'' "I was going to steal a dog to
drink it," was the crushing reply.
“ Hull to ImI,” tin* vampin' miiM.
Ah lari> (o faro IIU* foutllllii
'llic.ii t tit- pilrlivi lull cli Mild I lui talrli'T < n I ill.
Ami (Im* Imtirf Inn in* Im onuliirr should
AduH ii I In 1 ulupo wliiru tbw lU’biwr fol*l
A Hurl tint a** a tin inti wiifi:{,
Ami atvvrrii f)•• upIHM a Imntf
I- lumnli tiiH ah a h biiitir
Sf I,on in /’Off,
“ Ve<, sir,' 1 yelled a preacher in a
Dakota ehnreli, one Sunday morning,"
“there’s more lying and swearing and
stealing and general deviltry to the
sip tare inch in this here town than in
all the rest of the Amerian country,’'
and then the congregation got up and
dumped the preacher out of the win
Work on the Itoston postofllce exten
sion is progressing slowly, hut surely,
Knur masons squinted over a block of
stone yesterday (or three hours to (It
eide if it win level, and then went to
dinner, A couple of men who spent
the principal part of the afternoon in
getting in and out of their overalls, got
a-tar as spilling on their bauds before
it wits time to “knock off;” they will
lift a couple of planks early in the week.
Itimlnn (hinnurriul Hull*tin,
A loggerhead turtle, weighing about
1,000 nounds, was captured by a fisher
man's boat n'-.ir Portland, the other
day, making it is said the third large
turtle of tbs species oeer captured in
this part of the world.

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