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The rain wns pouring down outside
our room on the fourth floor of the
Zendlne, and O'Grndy und I sat play
ing twosome bridge with dummy
hands. It was nearly three o'clock In
the morning. 1 was dealing to
O'Grndy, who sat facing the windows.
"I never knew an Irishman In my
bo wouldn't try to 11 ok every
thing, even the worst animal that de
lirium tremens ever—"
O'Grndy stopped short.
I looked up.
He was staring at the window be
hind me. and slowly and carefully be
began to pull out the drawer In the
table In front of him. We kept our
revolvers In that drawer.
I stoppeil dealing. <
"Keep on. Don't move," he com
manded softly.
The rain seemed to have stopped. 1
found later that 1 dealt all the cards
In the middle of the table. Behind
me, through the open window, I heard
the clang of chains and a sort of
scraping on the brick wall. There was
no tire-escape there and the ground
was four stories below. I thought I
heard a low growl.
The next Instant a brown human
■kull fell on the table before me, rolled
over and stopped, staring with empty
eyes nt my throat.
O'Grady tired r#st my head. I turn
ed quickly, and out of the window,
where It had crouched I saw a tilg,
dripping, hideous, one-armed, hairy
flgurp. from whose breast a long horn
And It had no head I
Wo rushed to the window, O'Grady
first, carrying the revolver. The huge
beast was several feet below our win
dow, hanging to the water-pipe, its
feet on a brick cap over the window
below ours. Chains hung from Its
body, and by the light from the street
we could see that Its long hair was
matted with mud.
Horrified, we watched the thing
•trnggle a moment to get a firm foot
ing and to hold with one arm, which, I
noticed t-.ow, was attached to Its
side Instead of Its shoulder.
Then In a muffled growl, the head
less giant spoke I
"Can't you give a guy a lift?" It
We couldn't tell where the voice
cam* from.
"What ure you?" I asked In astonish
"Tnlk up or I'll shoot again,"
O'Grady commanded.
"I'm the Headless Hottentot of the
Himalayas—the Blood-Sweating Kiosk
of the Holy Writ, and my name Is Bill
Klank. You missed me the first time,
but please don't shoot again,
want Is somebody to undo me and let
me get nt the pie-eyed rat that got
me Into this."
All I
"Who? Us?" asked the ever-enu
tlous O'Grndy.
"No," grunted the Headless Hotten
tot, and with remarkable uglllty, con
sidering that he had only one arm, he
began to crawl up the water-pipe.
We helped the wet, muddy giant
Into the room. On bis Instructions we
unhooked him down the back, and Bill
Klank—a whole man—stripped off his
•kin and sank Into a chair. Ills hend
anil one of his arms had been Inside
the padded covering, which was so de
vised as to make the top of his head
level with the shoulders of the henil
Ims animal he represented. To see,
he hud been forced to look out two
■llts In the chest of the skin.
The porter was called from the bar,
cigars were put at the side of t he
Blood Sweating Kiosk, and he told us
this story:
"I vas a high-wire man, doubling In
a trni" ze act with the Blngley Broth
ers' circus until a month ago, when I
mot that heutigen, sneaking yeggnmn
"U ve another drink," Interrupted
the diplomatic O'Orady.
The Kiosk swallowed the liquid with
a toss of his head, and continued:
"Tom Hanks was ballyhoo man at
the side-show. He framed up the
scheme where we were to have so
much money that the prie* of a motor
car would be small change. 'Tlie only
thing about tills plan that makes me
hesitate,' Tom says to me, Ms that
somebody might murder us so as to
steal our act.'
rather I did.
We took the chance—
Tom, the yellow-heart
ed. chccse-bralned—
"Thanks. This Is good liquor.
"The plan was to make a Headless
Hottentot, and take him round the
-country fairs, you know.
Rube routi
I was to be the Hottentot, and Tom
was to ballyhoo. We bought us an
old lion's cage from the circus and
got us a lot of chains, and I made that
eu It. It's a groat suit," he said proud
ly ; "made It out of mule-skin and
horse-hair and a cow's horn. I wouldn't
take a hundred dollars for It. It
hooks up so good you can look all
over me when It's on nnd not find how
I got Into It."
"We got a banner pnlnted. 1 fur
nished the money. Gee, If there ever
was a goat, I »vas IL and all because
that long-nosed son of an ornng—
"Much obliged. This Is better liquor
than we got out In the prairies.
"We made our first pitch over In
' Nebraska. Tom chained me In the
cage, loosened up the bars so I could
rattle 'em, and fixed the springs so
when I thrashed round—1
vas sup
hnve torn up trees before
they caught ma— tha caga would near
ly fäll
"But what did you do with thlsT" I
asked, pointing to the skull which still
lay on the table.
"That was my head. It was cut
off In the Jungles of Hanky-Foo, where
I tried to murder a gang of the world's
most famous scientists. Oh, you got
to give It to Tom. Be was n big top
spieler. This was his stuff, 1 know It
by heart :
"'Lookf l>ook 1 Look!' he'd yell and
hold up (hat skull.
"The crowd would come on the gal
lop. After a couple or three women
had fainted In the crush of people
who were afraid they'd miss a free
[like at something, he would begin:
"'Upon the In-slde, la-dies and gen
tel-men, Is the mar-vel-us zo-o-log-l-eal
spess-l-man brought here this week for
your approval by your own govern
ment—the United Slates of America.'
wave the head,
searching for orang
utangs In the Himalayan Jungles of
Hanky-Poo, where the most mammoth
species of the beasts abound, a party
led by Prof. Jules Ue Pnx, the noted
French scientist, of whom you all have
heard, came upon a huge, hairy being,
the largest orang-utnng the scientists
ever had seen.
"Then he'd
" 'While
" 'Like the enraged monster It was.
it leaped from a tree with murder In
Its heart.
After a bloody battle In
which two men were struck dead with
trees which the brute uprooted and
hurled at the members of the party,
Prof, Le Pax, with one swoop of
his machete—the only weapon ever
used with success In battling with
orangutangs—severed the beast'»
head from Its body.
"'Never have the chains been re
moved. It Is feared that once re- |
leased It might rush among the people, 1
killing hundreds in Its blind flight.
" 'Prof. Le Pax presented It to
the French government, which turned
It over to the French Society for
Scientific Research, and after the In
fluence of our greatest diplomats was
brought to hear, It was leased by the
United States. A bond of half a mil
lion dollars,was deposited by the treas
urer of this nation, guaranteeing the
safe return of the monster, and the
beast ts now being displayed to cer
talned favored communities.
" 'The Headless Hottentot Is se
curely caged; loaded with chains so
there ts no danger, and any little child
may view with safety this marvelous
educational exhibit In the amphithea
ter behind me. It's a government ex
hibit, ladies and gentlemen, and Just
to cover the traveling expenses the
government authorizes us to charge
only a dime—ten cents—for every ad
mission ticket which you can purchase
from the lady at my left. Here's hl»
head. Go In and see the living, breath
ing body.'
"And the way they would fight to
get up to pay a dime to see me was
enough honor to last me all my life.
Tom would come Inside and give an«
other lecture. I'd try to batter down
the bars, tear round the cage Just as
If 1 could strangle a hull with one
"At night Tom would unlock the pad
lock that held the chains on me, un
hook me, and we'd go to our hotel and
count our money. We saved nearly a j
thousand dollars In three weeks. We
, , , _ . . .
landed here three days ago and have .
been playing to all the Hubes In the |
world, It looked like to me.
"About four hoys jtgo, after the I
show was closed, Tom came round.
But he didn't unlock the cage. He
stood In front and laughed.
" 'What's the Joke?' says I.
" 'It's on you,' he answers, sort of
pert. 'I'm going to leave town with
the capital stock.'
"And, laughing fit to kill, he turned
out the gnsoline lights and walked
out of the tent.
"I thought he was fooling, but he
wasn't. I waited about an hour for
him to come back. There I was chain
ed In the cage In that dark tent
and nobody round. I yelled and tore
anil fought the chains and shook the
wagon—tt wasn't any put on. I was
a raving brute for sure. I woke up all
the people In the neighborhood, hut no
body would come within a block of
me until the town marshal arrived. He
stuck his head In th* tent.
"'What you want?' he says, spenkln'
timid, like.
"'I want out,' I answers, and tears
out a couple of bars.
"He ran off and got the whole police
force. The police force wanted to
shoot me for fear I might get loose
and kill everybody In town ; but the
marshal shook his head, bless hltn,
and said if they did the French gov
ernment might get after 'pm. So they
oil went home and locked their front
doors and went to bed.
"Finally I pulled the chains loose
from where they were fastened to the
cage and got away. I couldn't get out
of the skin, and I was In a fine fix.
The only valuable property I could find
round the show was the skull, nnd 1
thought I might want to start the show
again and brought it along.
"I've been sneaking through alleys
in this rain all night, carrying my
'head' In my one hand or hung on that I
"Every time I'd start toward a fel
low to ask him to unhook me he'd j
yell, nnd be 16 blocks away before i
1 could say 'good evening.'
"Finally I saw your light and deCld
ed to climb up the water-spout, get
you In a corner where you couldn't
and make you unhook me, even !
If I got killed first."
" 'But how were you supposed to be
fed?" O'Grady asked.
The Headless Hottentot's face wn
"Darned If 1 know,
thought of that before,
only tiling that Tom overlooked."
Nobody ever
That's tht
Yankees Build Great
Military Port at Brest
It Has Become Largest and Most
Modern of Debarkation
Every Facility Is Provided for Car
ing for Camp of 40,000 Men of
Whom Large Proportion Are
Wounded or 8ick—Men
Will Be Fed and
* Housed.
Brest, France—Brest, the ancient
town of Flnisterre that Juts out Into '
the Atlantic ocean, Is destined to live
long In the memory of the American
soldiers that came to save the allied
nations from the Iron heel of Ger
From Its ancient ramparts the i
people of France will see the lust of
the stalwart doughboys tliut traversed
the Atlantic ocean to uld them In
suppressing the expansion of Teutonic
autocracy, writes Louis Selhold, New
York World correspondent.
During the next eight or nine
months more than 1,000,000 of the
2,000,000 fighting men that were sent
by the United States to vindicate the
principles of democracy will find their
wuy through Brest hack to their
homes. Consequently, the Brest that
knew the legions of Caesar and the
deeds of the Phoenicians will always
figure prominently In the historic nar
ratives of the soldiers who will em
bark to recount their deeds on Eu
ropean soil.
City Not Much to Look At.
Brest Is not very much to look at.
The most striking thing about it is
its mud. It Is a sort of mud that
sticks to one's memory as well us to
one's clothes.
There Is no other mud In the world
like that of Brest. It Is always pres
ent, for, with the exception of u very
few days during the year, the low
ering skies of bleak Flnisterre nre
momentarily freshening up, because It
always seems to rain in Flnisterre.
At first It is disagreeable, this mud
of Brest, hut, like other things in life,
familiarity breeds contempt for It and
Inures one to the disadvantages of
always having It about one's person.
One of the bravest spectucles to
witnessed, with the mist that nen
always conceals the sun and fertil
izes the mud, is that provided by the
American girls, who now number sev
eral thousand, that have come over
seas to administer to the wants of
the American boys who have come to
fight for America's principles. Some
of these girls, gently reared and more
accustomed to luxuries than to pri
vation, have become so accustomed to
the mud that It is difficult to dis
sociate them from memory of it.
Recalls the Golden Gate.
Brest Is a natural port. This Is
the precise term employed by the
. te( . hnloul Ulen of the urmy und
Coming in from the Atlantic, trans
ports eastern hound enter the griru
rocked harbor, whose outside aspects
are not dissimilar to those of the
Golden Gate at San Francisco. It is ;

a valuable marine terminus, which !
the French have used for many een- I
furies In which to shelter from the |
depredations of the hostile fleets that !
preyed upon Us commerce.
There Is deep water through the
gate and in the harbor Itself, which ;
spreads fnnllke in an almost
plete oval, confined by ramparts that
rise from UK) to 300 feet along the
shore lines.
Tlie United States engineers and
marine experts, after comparing the
advantages of other harbors, decided
that Brest was best suited to the pur
pose of the western democracy asked
to transport its fighting men to assist
In the crushing of Germany. In nil
the population of the venerable
Breton town Is about 75,(XX). The ne
essities of war have doubled this,
and at intervals it becomes three
times as much. But the influx of
population with tlie restless and im
patient Americans has exorcised lit
tie Influence on the ancient burg.
The city's hotel accommodations are
Just us primitive us they were a een
fury ago, with the exception that there
ure now electric lights Instead of tal
| low dips In one of the hostelries und
an elevator which groans under the
weight of two persons.
Other than tliut things are
much as they were before,
forms and customs prevail
to the Inconvenience of the energetic
Amerlcau and provide excellent
terlal for moving picture artists,
water supply—the one
problem to be solved by the American
I engineers—is obtained by
I I lroc '' SM ' s - lu " rt> ls IU) sewerage
tem. The suggestion of making one for
Brest as they have provided at Ha
j ' unit and Manllu nearly precipitated a
i revolution.
Why Waste Useful Material?
A uew sowenig« system was ail
right In its wuy, declared the lending
citizens of Brest, whose ancestors run
f the Roman wars,
of wasting
good fertilizer material through the
introduction of modern sanitary
Confronted with this problem v
! hack to the time
but wlmt was the good
they were not able to answer to the
satisfaction of Brest, the American
•nglneers, holding the advantages of
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was ni cîiarge rh TTie vL runui troops (Tetênmhg tho
Argonne forest, had his headquarters in this boombproof shelter protected
by walls of cement.
Prince .Max,
the harbor to he of commanding Im
portance, decided to establish the em
barkation and rest camps outside of
the town.
They worked wonders lg doing so,
and despite the manifest discomforts
of dally ruins and perpetual mud
they have In Pountanezen provided a
half-way station ' between the battle
front, and home which Is second to
none In the world. Pountanezen Is
about seven or eight miles outside of
the town Itself. Its present capacity
is about 40,000. Within three months j
it will have been expanded to take
care of 120,000.
The embarkation hospital at Ker
huon, separated only a few hundred
yards from Pountanezen, will ulti
mately have a capacity for caring for
13,000 cases. It can now care for
between six and seven thousand. Both
plants arc near completion. The plans
when finally worked out will provide
accommodations for three-fifths of the
military establishment maintained by
the United Stntes on European soil.
It Is a gigantic task, this mnking a
new city for the care of both the sick
und well, but It Is one that the men j
Intrusted with the work believe they
can accompll.'tyi under the most un
favorable circumstances.
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As It assumes the form of Its chief
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Importance nil European roads will „
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To Keep the Well Diverted.
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The big thing, as the responsible
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officials view It, Is to provide the
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healthy men with diversion to keep
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them not only out of mischief but In
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good spirits while waiting for trnns
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portation. Men who have been living
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next door to death and constantly un
der the thunder of great guns are .
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finding life at detention and Intern
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ment camps rather uninteresting. It
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Is the purpose of the officials respon
sible for their welfare to keep them
j occupied so that they will not miss
the tumult of war or brood too much

Up to date the chief occupation of
the 40,000 men who are centered here
has been confined to speculation as to
attractions of t
I Some Idea of the native entertain- 1
ment Is furnished by the fact that
there Is only one moving picture show j
I in the town. Severe restrictions nre |
• placed upon the ventures
doughboys In the night life of the
ancient burg. The girls of Brest nre 1
! upon tlie delay of getting home.
dates of departure and taking a close
up view of the few
n n | v 1?8 Held NOW and These
Uf1ly 1 " " e,U ' '
Largely for Minor
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i gloomy shelter for the unconventional
casualties In the skirmishes between
i tlie boys of our army and tlie temp
j tations of Paris.
| A(l the Prisoners Trace Their
Trouble to Being Absent Without
Leave—Many of Them Have
Mighty Good War Records.
(Chicago Tribune Correspondent.)
Paris.—The ancient Petit Roquette
in tlie Rue Roquette, Is a
The fact that 128
our faith
there is not such a shock t
In tlie character o
j It is
tiny group
! ing nier. »
f our soldiers when
■onsidered that this is only a
>ut of the 2,000,000 fight
s element
ho came over.
Petit Ro
The population of the
; quette represents that restli
, In the army which, through the weak
ness of excessive conviviality or « nat
ural Instinct for wrongdoing, has
clashed with the military police. In
of the fact that the fighting is
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The army and navy officiais point
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with pride to the fact that In one dny
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34,000 American troops debarked at
Brest, and that during the next dny
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8,000 were added to the total. This
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means t/.at an aggregation of fighting
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men one-half the size of the mobile
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army of the United States four years
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ago was dumped Into the mud nt
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Brest by a convoy of the most im
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pressive ships that ever suited the
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main—the Leviathan. Mount Wash
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Ington, President Grant,
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Frnnce, Paris and the Lutetia.
not particularly attractive. Their
faces arc not lacking In qualities of
classical beauty, although their hands
nrul feet are not the sort that Inspire
the sculptor or painter to reproduce
them in mud, marble or on canvas.
The military police keep a pretty
sharp eye on the men In khaki, and
the penalties for Infractions of army
law are pretty severe.
The doughboys make light of the
mud-, their well shod feet squash Into
It, and their comfortable clothes re
sist the penetration of the mist that
floats over and around the Flnisterrd
peninsula. There Is 111 tie or no dis
comfort from cold, because while
much further north than New York,
Brest cntches the eastern end of the
Gulf stream, and the temperature
rarely falls below 35 and most fre
quently fluctuates between 45 and 55.
The men nre well fed and comfort
ably housed. The mothers of some of
them would probably raise their
hands In horror at one or two features
of their dally life, but the health re
ports of the camp furnish substantial
proof that the precautions taken by
the government are working out much
more satisfactorily than the regimen
inspired by home Influence.
President Lincoln, , La
Medical Regulations Rigid.
The medical regulations that prevail
lu the chief American military de
barkation port are most rigid. No
soldier is permitted to enter or leave
the camp without a thorough exanil
ration and when he receives his ticket
to go aboard ship to go home he must
be 100 per cent physically.
Arriving by train from Interior
points Ills clothing Is taken from him
and is subjected to a process that
precludes the possibility of Infection
or insect life. He gets a comploté
lie was up near the fighting line.
new outfit and many other conveni
ences that were not possible while
over an<1 the Ken nre chafing at their
inability to get home, it is probably
a point in the army's favor that
* ew have Into trouble In search
of relaxation and amusement.
Also It must be remembered
hoys come from an unmilttury
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army Is not yet old enough to have
placed a restraining Impress on the
soldiers whose work In the trenches
Is over.
Almost all the prisoners trace their
trouble to being nbsent without leave.
Having overstayed leave or left their
outfit without leave, the boys fear to
go back. Absence without leave—"A.
thus leads charges
W. L."
ing from murder down to forgery of
Many of the prisoners have a mighty
good war record, some wearing wound
stripes, and several having battled glo
tlie shock divisions that
in the thick of things.
with one or
a not lier
were always
One tall, light-haired hoy had
away to Paris for a holiday after be
Ing In a hospital several
unable to speak nbove a whisper, due
being gassed In the Argonne.
enlisted when sixteen, nnd hnR
ord any ninn might be proud of, but
he got tired of restraint and
In the gloomiest prison he
because he became
weeks and

■ roe
now is
ever sa w
involved In the
use o' forged passes.
Canton, Ohio.—"I suffered from a
female trouble which caused me much
suffering, and two
doctors decided
that I would have
to go through
operation before I
could get welL
"Mymother, who
had been helped bv
Lydia E. Pinkhama
Vegetable Com
pound, advised me
to try it before sub
mitting to an opera
tion. Itrelievedma
from my 'troubles
so I can do my house work without any
difficulty. I advise any woman who is
afflicted with female troubles to give
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Com
pound a trial and it will do as much for
them."—Mrs. Marie Boyd, 1421 5lb
St, N. E., Canton, Ohio.
Sometimes there are serious condi
tions where a hospital operation is the
only alternative, but on the other hand
many women have been cured by this
famous root and herb remedy, Lydia E.
Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, after
doctors have said that an operation was
necessary — every woman who wants
to «void an operation should give it a
fair trial before submitting to such a
trying ordeal.
If complications exist, write to Lydia
E. PinkhamMedicine Co., Lynn, Muss.,
for advice. The result of many years
experience is at your service.
Occasional Lapses.
Mrs. Longwood—Can you always be
lieve what your husband tells you?
Mrs. .Tustwed—Not always, hut some
times. When he says he Isn't worthy
of me.
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head will clear and you can breathe
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blowing, headache, dryness. No strug
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catarrh will be gone.
Get a small bottle of Ely's Cream
Balm from your druggist now. Apply
a little of this fragrant, antiseptic,
healing cream In your nostrils. It pen
etrates through every air passage of
the head, soothes the inflamed or
swollen mucous membrane and relief
comes Instantly.
It's Just fine. Don't stay stuffed-up
with a cold or nasty catarrh—Relief
comes so quickly.—Adv.
in Luck.
lend me a fiver?"
heaven no ; I'm In luck today.'
Jones, can you
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r which caused any
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fiofb Beef and Milk
T HE one breed that
excels In both beef
and milk Is the Short
horn, Shorthorn steers
repeatedly broke the
records at the markets la
ma, making the high
est record on the open
market of $30.50 per c\rt.
And Shorthorn cows
have milk records of
OTer 17,000 lbs. per yonr. it h the farmer 1 » km J,
baring extrm »caie , qmmlitg end quiet kmpemm.nL
Irritating Coughs
Promptly treat cough«, colds, hoarseness
bronchitis end similar inflamed nnd irriuted
conditions of the thront with a tested remedy

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