I I1ERR STEINHAKDFS NEMESIS . I
BY J. MACLAREN COBBAN.
CHAPTER XII Continue!.
"It is not for nie, Fraulein, " I
answered, "to say how w icked he is.
15ut I have told you ho is behaving
very harshly to the dead man's daugh
ter more than harshly, for lie has even
liil her away in n strange town, to try
every means to make her marry his foii,
in order that he may not have to give
n account of the ieail man's property.
And here is a letter which I have re
reived this morning from her other
guardian, who was Ilerr Steinhardt's
beet friend when lie first came to Eng
htnd, and whom he has almost ruined.
He has found the young lady, and
taken her to his own house; but lie
fears he cannot keep her, for Ilerr
Steinhardt may now ruin him outright.
I must therefore return; and tnis,
Fraulein, is my only hope of effectual
ly hindering Herr Steiuhardt from do
ing what he will by frigtening him
with my knowledge. But I do not yet
know enough to do that.
It will thus be seen that I told Frau
lein Haas ju6t enough of the case to
convince her of its urgency; but she
guessed something I had not told her.
"I understand now, Herr Pastor,"
ehe said, "why you are so interested in
Emmanuel Steinhardt's crime; it is
more love than vengeance that pushes
you on. And that, too, Herr Pastor,
will make you better understand why I
am interested in Emmanuel Stein
hardt," she said, simply, looking r.ot
at me, but at her thin clasped hands.
"He was many years ago not the Herr
Steinhardt he seems to be now; he was
good and gentle, though his heart and
mind were set on being rich. But I
detain you, ' she added, glancing up
suddenly. Her hands tightened their
clasp on each other. "If," she said,
with rapidly growing vehemence, "I
tell you what I have seen, in order that
you may be able to deliver the dis
tressed young Fraulein, promise me,
Herr Pastor, for the sake of my past,
and as you hope to be happy and peace
ful in the future promise me that you
will use what I tell you only for the
purpose you say, and that you will keep
it, so far as ever you can, from becom
I gave the promise at once without
"And," she said, "you will leave
Emmanuel Steinhardt's punishment in
the hands of Almighty God?"
I answered I would though It was
a strange question to have to answer.
Phe then turntd almost away from
me, partly, I thought, that she might
be less conscious of my presence, but
more that she might concentrate her
attention on her recollections. Her
hands clasped and unclasped several
times before they settled, the one in
the other, and she began :
"It was, I think, in the March
month of a year ago. I had slept a
loiig time very soundly, for I had been
very tired, when suddenly I felt as if I
were taken up and carried away far
away; and I was made to look at Em
manuel Steinhardt. He looked at me
me if he wished me to help him; at his
feet was a large wooden box, the lid of
which, I was made to understand,
would not ciose. From the opening
protruded a human hand, strangely
discolored. I awoke all trembling. I
put out my own hand to nu.ke sure I
was in my own bed; my mother was
sleeping quietly leside me. I tried to
dismiss the vision from my mind fool
ish dream, I thought it. liut I could
tlaep no more. In two or three hours
it was daylight, and I arose. I went
about my duties all the day as usual;
1 was busy, and had the impression of
the vision much worn away when I
went t bed in the evening rather
early, because I was very tired. 1 had
Blept not very long, when again I was
as if seized up and whirled away, again
to see Emmanuel Steinhardt, with
something at his feet again not now
the wooden box, which was aside, but
three packages of canvas. Again Em
manuel Steinhardt looked at me, as if
be wished mo to go to him, and again
I awoke, all trembling."
She puused in her story of the vis
ions, took her handkerchief and wipd
her damp brow with trembling band.
I watched her intently, a sensation
of creeping excitement and mystery
held me bound to her quiet but intense
recital. She resumed suddenly, with
out looking at me.
"I slept no more that night fer
thinking of what I had seen, and eo I
saw Emmanuel Steinhardt no more; I
tried to sleep in order that I might,
but I could not. A terrible night to
me it was. But next night 1 was
sleeping a light, disturbed sleep, when
I was taken away again to Emmanuel
Steinhardt; this time I knew I was not
in a room; there was no light. He
looked at me across a newly dug spot
of ground, and then turned away. I
did not really wake, though I felt con
scious I was in my own bed at the same
time as I was held where he had left
me, close to a wall. After some time,
how long I cannot tell, he came back
with a rope. I knew at once what he
was going to do before be had done it
fasten the rope in an iron something
on the other side of the wall and pull it
over. I do not know why I did not
think it impossible for a single man to
pull a wall down with a rope, but I did
not. In a little while he pulled, and
the wall fell flat, and, curiously, un
broken, covering over the newly dug
spot and all arouund it. Then I awoke,
as with the noise, and slept no more.
After that night I saw him again for
several nights, for a dim moment or
two, at the same place. They were
but glimpses, which, as the nights
passed on, became dimmer and dimmer,
and then ceased altogether until some
weeks ago, when again I was summoned
to fare him at that same place with
the fallen wall. Hu looked at me
earnestly, and then over his shoulder
at some oi.e whom I did not see but
who I kne ho feared was watching
him. This happened three, four
times, and then no more. There has
br-en no more yet, but what may be,
God only knows. ' That is ull," she
said, with a sigh as of relief, turning
to me. "And now, Ilerr Pastor, you
know what I have had to teli, and you
will not forget your promise to me
you will not set yourself to bring pun
ishment on Emmanuel Stein h irdt."
, "I shall hold my promise to you,
Fraulein," said I, "as sacred."
Possessed as I was with the exciting
thought engendered by her story, I waB
almost forgetting that I had no result
ofmy mission which I could show or tell
to Steinhardt, and the time at my dis
posal must be very short. I looked at
my watch; I had half an hour to spare.
There was no time for the expression of
wonder, or of any kind of fitting com
ment upon what I had heard. Seeing
me look at my watch, she rose.
"And now," she said, "you must go
quickly, I suppose, to your hotel, and
then to the station."
"Yes," I said. "But there is one
thing, Fraulein, I had tlmost forgotten;
not of a painful sort," I made .haste to
add, for she had reassumed her expres
sion of close endurance and resignation.
"I came as Herr Steinhardt's messen
ger, and I have no message I can carry
back to him."
She sat down again, took a sheet of,
paper from a drawer, and wrote in the
middle of the page, in a small German
hand, a few words, which she signed.
When she had written she handed the
paper to me, saying, "You may read."
I read (the words were in German)
- "Repent, and turn away from your
evil, before it is too late."
This, enclosed in an envelope, and
addressed, I put in my pocket for
Steinhardt. There remained now but
one thing for me to do to say farewell
to Fraulein Haas, the poor, lonely lady,
who 6till with fond regret cherished
her memory of a man who was to me
the greatest villain on earth. How I
longed I could do something to cheer
her life, say even some proper word of
comfort and hope! But I felt hei
spirit dwelt on heights too great for any
commonplace words of consolation from
me to reach. I therefore Dade her a
silent farewell. She held my hand a
"If anything happens to him," she
said, "you will send me word?"
I answered I would: and the next
moment she was turned awav from me.
and the next I was out of the room,
anil had eeen my last of Fraulein Haas.
When I was in the train, rushing
back toward England, I unex eetcdiy
found that I was bearing away with me
a pathetic memento of her, and that
1 had left her a memento of myself. I
put my hand into my pocket to find
Birley's letter, but could find only the
following lithographed form, instead.
I suppose I had taken it from her table
when I meant to take up the letter
which I had laid down. The poor lady
might have been looking at it before I
entered her room. This was the form:
"Meine Verlobung mit
Fraulein Emilie Haas von Liestal
zeiie ich hiemit ergebenst an
Basel, November, 1854.
(My engagement with Fraulein
Emilie Hass of Lieetal I herewith make
public in Basel)
In what a fever of excitement, anx
iety, and hope I made the journey
home, I need not stay to describe.
The story of Lacroix's fate I could now
fill in to its last detail; I knew where
his mutilated remains lay buried, or at
least I knew a spot which coincided
with that described by Fraulein Haas,
so what remained for me to do was to
bring the fact of my knowledge home
to Steinhardt in a manner so forcible
that he could not refuse to make terms
to me more than this I could not ac
comnlish, even if I would, considering
my promise to Fraulein Haa9. But in
the sequel I had my conviction re
impressed that I was in this business
but the agent of a Higher Power.
I reached Timperley very late on Sat
urday night, but in spite of the late
ness of the hour and my weariness I
went at once to Birley's; I had warned
him of my coming by telegram from
London. I found him waiting for me,
and with him, as I had hoped, but
scarcely expected, his ward Louise. I
fear his cheerful greeting passed for
almost nothing with me in comparison
with hers. Her manner was undemon
strative, but there was, I felt, a cordial
sincerity in it which came from her
true heart, and I was fluttered with
hope. There were, however, things
more serious and immediate to be
talked of than matters of love could
then be considered.
I inquired concerning Steinhardt,
and was told that they bad not yet
eeen him. What, I asked Birley, did
he propose to do ii Steinhardt came
and demanded the surrender of his
ward? would he admit him?
"Admit him?" he exclaimed. "Of
course. There is no use in shutting
him out. He can sell me up in this
house and jtben tura me out, he has a
bill of sale on everything, and he has
been holding it back for some time, to
use it now, I expect, but Louise shan't
go back to him, unless she likes; I'll
find some roof to shelter me and her.
Yea," said he, turning his bright face!
npon her, "we'll get thro' it all right."
"You are both very good to m,"
said she, going to him, and shedding
some tears on his shoulder.
"There now there," said he, pat
ting her. Then turning to me, "She
means you, 'too, my lad."
"Yes," said she, resuming her seat,
and looking down, "Mr. Birley has
told me all you have done for me to
find out about my poor father and all
that he and you suspect, too. And I
cannot oh, I cannot!" she cried,
shuddering and (leasing her hands to
her eyes "look at that terrible, cruel
"I could not help telling her, my
lad," said Birley, in answer to a look
of reproach from me. "The old chap
wrote questions to her about th' papers
you found, and 1 had to explain."
"But," said I, in some alarm, "you
know, Miss Lacroix, we nm-t not, we
cannot denounce him we murt not, I
doubt, say anything till we have some
evidence that he is really the man. I
think, I am sure, I soon shall have
that evidence, but even then we must
be careful what we say."
This, I was glad to find, was not re
garded as more than a general, though
confident, expression of hope, so I was
not asked awkard questions. Now that
my anxiety concerning Louise was for
the time allayed, I felt exceedingly
tired. I promised to call next day to
tell them about my journey, and rose
to go to my lodgings, where my land
lady, I knew, or her herculean son,
would still be sitting up for me.
Birley accompanied me to the door,
talking according to his wont. He put
on a cap which hung in the hall, and,
leaving the door adjar, walked with me
to the gate. The air refreshed me,
and, full as I was of Fraulein Haas's
revelation, I felt impelled to tell Birley
something of it. Thus, almost uncon
sciously, we wakled away from the eate
down the lane leading to the high road,
and I was led into telling him all, the
more so that he did not seem sceptical
of the value of her visions. We had
thus left the house some minutes, how
many 1 cannot tell, when several
sounds like screams in rapid succession
rose behind us into the still night.
We stopped together and looked at each
"By the L d!" exclaimed Birley.
"I left the door open!"
We were hurried back by a common
impulse. We found the door adjar,
apparently as we had left it, but when
e entered and approached the room in
which we had been sitting e heard
"Well, 'Manuel," said Birley, when
we were in the room, "so you've come;
I expected you wouldn't be long."
Steinhardt turned (Louise wat'hed
him from the other side of the table
with fear in her eyes) ; he did not
answer his brother-in-law, but stared at
"What is the meaning of this?" he
atked. "Were do you come from?"
"From lasel," I answered, "whers
I was not wanted. Fraulein ILiaa
wised to see yon, not me; she is well,
and it is for you she is anxious, not for
lier-elf. She sent you a line by me;"
I handed him the letter.
Ho impatiently tore the envelope,
and read with a Irown. I knew the
words; I tried to read from his face
how ttiey affected him. Their point, I
thought, found a joint in his harness;
he evidently winced; he looked on the
floor, on this side and on that, as if
for once he were made to pause and
consider. But this was only for a
moment; he looked up at me and then
at Birley, the same insistent, master
ml Steinhardt as before.
(To be continued.)
SIGNIFICANT NUM3ER SEVEN.
Woven Into the Histiry or tht World In Many
The number seven is not only con
sidered a lucky number by the super
stitious, but it was a symbolical num
ber in the Bible, as well as among na
tions of antiquity, In the Old Testa
ment we note that the Creator took
seven days, and on the seventh was a
sacred day of rest. Every seventh
year was sacred, and the seven times
seventh year ushered in a year of jubi
lee. There are seven principal virtues
faith, hope, charity, prudence, tem
perance, chastity and fortitude and
there are also seven deadly sins pride,
coretousness, lust, anger, gluttony,
envy and sloth. There were seven
champions of Christendom St. George,
England; St. Andrew, Scotland; St.
Patrick, Ireland; St. David, Wales;
St. Denis, France; St. James, Spain,
and St. Anthony, Italy. There were'
seven ages of man, also seven wise
men of Greece. Christ spoke seven
times on the cross. Rome was built
on seven hills, and there are innumer
able other traditions which go to prove
t';at seven was a number to cling to.
In these modern times it is wonderful
how often the number prevails. For
instance, vaccination must take place
every seven years, in order to escape
small pox: fashions change every seven
years, and seven years is always a mile
stone in a person's age.
Charactcriitict ol Gold.
Many people suppose that all gold is
alike when refined, but this is not eo.
An experienced man ran tollntu nlon.a
from what part of the world a gold piece '
comes, ana in some cases from what
particular gold district the metal has
been obtained. Australian gold, for '
instance, ia distinctly redder than that
fmm PnlttVirmt TU TT.n 1 1.1 I I
- '. . A -JVJ UIUI UIU IB LUC
reddest found anywhere.
Visitor Well, my man, what are
you in for?
Convict "Ob, I'm in fer a good
Visitor I don't uderatand you.
Convict I'm in fer lickin' me
mother-in-law, lady. Judge.
rrpIIE car service department of a
jPhlg railway can at almost a nm-
incut's notice tell a shipper of
fast, or what the railway people call
manifest, freight, just where any par
ticular rar Is on the line. The sys
tem which makes this possible Is one
which Is only In use on about four
roads in America, and was introduced
on the line of the IS mud Trunk by M.
C. Sturtevnnt, who previously operat
ed the system on the Illinois Central
under the supervision of the Inventor,
John M. Daly.
Mr. Sturtevnnt, in explaining It to a
uewspaper writer, said that to his mind
It was what might be calle.l a graph io
system, for the reason that the opera
tor had before his eyes at all times
the exact position of every car of fast
freight on the line.
To get an Idea of this system It will
be-necessary to refer to the accompany
ing Illustration. It will he seen from
this that a large hoard representing the
line between Chicago and Portland Is
one of the principal adjuncts. This
board or chart Is divided up Into sec
tions showing the division points nud
the principal stations between these
points. It Is on this board that the po-
their own numbers, t'pon receipt of
this report small wooden pegs hearing
the station cipher, numbered to nl
corresponding with the manifest num
bers reported, are placed In a block
which is known as a train block and
represents the consist of the moving
train. There Is also placed In this block
a peg representing the destination sta
tion of the train. This block is then
hung on the board, its position being
determined by the train district on
which It Is located and the direction of
Its movement. If east bound the block
will be hung on the upper part of the
board, an 1 if west bound on the lower
, Hy a System of Pcks.
As the train proceeds each district
terminal point wires a report to the car
service agent at Montreal showing the
time of arrival and the time of depart
ure. The train block Is then moved
along to the next district. In telegraph
ing this Information to headquarters
the lowest and highest manifest num
bers are sent, aud thus the movement
of twenty-five cars Is obtained at no
greater telegraphic expense than that
of reporting only two cars. If a car
Is set out of a train between district
KEEPING TAB ON FAS I FREIGHT TRAINS.
sltlon of every moving car or fast
freight train is shown.
All Shown Upon a Tab Bo-rd.
The system is xonducte.l hy tele
graphic reports, aira consists of a spe
cial way bill, which accompanies each
car of freight; a label which is placed
on each car. nud which tells switchmen
and others that it Is manifest freight,
and that It must not be held back; a
report for wiring the contents of the
train and the manifest numbers of the
cars; a report for wiring the arrival
and departure of manifested cars ut
manifest stations; a report used by
conductors for reporting disabled cars
set out of trains short of their desti
nation and a board twenty-four feet hy
five divided Into train districts sia
tious being shown Iongtitudinnlly in the
center, wooden blocks representing
trains, and wooden pegs representing
All Important stations are made man
ifest stations, and are assigned a letter
or combination of letters, to designate
them in telegraphing, and are also as
signed a series of numbers to be plac
ed on way bills for cars manifested.
Some stations are assigned more num
bers than others, according to the
amount of fnst freight orlglnnted. The
lowest series of numbers assigned Is
00, while the highest Is Chicago with
890. When a station reaches Its high
est number the plan is to revert to
number one again and start over.
The Manner Check Ia Kept.
When a train of high class freight is
assembled the agent fills out a separ
ate manifest way bill for each car In
the train, lusertiug the station letter
or cipher and manifest number in the
spaces provided for that purpose. Tula
way bill Is made out In two forms, one
a car form which supersedes the ordi
nary tally slip, the other an envelope to
be used in case the regular billing ac
companied the freight. After way
bills are made out, consecutively num
bered and the cipher letter affixed, tue
agent fills out a report showing the
consist of the train and wires the same
10 me car service agent In Montreal,
in whose office Is located the board aud
other paraphernalia employed In con
nection with operating of the system.
This consist report shows the origin,
number, contents and destination of nil
cars manifested, and In the margin at
the left the manifest number of each
The use of manifest numbers to rep
resent the cars In the train simplifies
the operation of the system and admits
of a telegraphic check being obtained
on the movement of all high class
freight for about one-elghtleth of the
expense where the cars reported by
terminals on account of defects, the
conductor Is required to wire a report
showing the point at which it is left
and the reason why. When tills occurs
the peg representing the particular car
Is remove! from the train block and
placed on the board opposite the station
nt which it was set out. There It re
mains with the conductor's report un
til such time as It is lifted by another
train. In case a conductor falls to
make a report showing that he Is run
ning one car short of what he took
over, me ract win make Itself know
"uru wic train readies the next
miuai point and another conductor
me maue not to find out where
particular car is. and it dM
long to do It. In this way all dela,
uo.ifu, nuu tne car service a"
knows exacilv lmw i.u 15
nlng As the reports are received sho
.w..,ewieins or the trains
....u..u..uu uecomes a matter of
or J, the time belucr tn.,.rfi...i
the consist and district terminal
nnrta t a ...;.. ....
' w " "er. vuieii the tr
.eaciies us destination the time
siimed is eommiteri .i..
mne on c
district and nt each terminal point
lug taken intr.
schedule time is not made the ca
ucteiiuun are noted.
Find Any Car on Khort Notice
In cases where the liue ims b "
terrupted on or nenn,,,. ...
'i ui accident
l'T ,he of busin
" uc "ce apparent, the en
situation being observable at a gla
IT ,?,he"ne wl-tro,,bTe
vucviv on uie trallic Is i
nauisheJ. as a record Is made
MAI VAhn it.
r ' . e connection han
to maue the detour IT,,
return t tt . ... . UP
What are the advantages of
tern over the ol.i av.(.., ...
which naturally ero - ' n the
of tho iinli.itL,...., . " lue
J m,eu- a personal
tion does not tak ln
apparent. In the first place It Is
" c, uiiu instead of
month's time to get at the
j uuuuie it can be
a few hours
Another advantage which the
has Is that It lon,i u.,- . ..ue
- "-""o iiaeu 10 tho n
arrangements for the arrival of
at II nortuln .1 . . w,l OI
" ""?. wnich is
"-"""ol oe counted on
It has been Cmm ... ..
uuu also tnnt
LTB,dnat deal l
tul n a" tne dead
' this sya
. .uiil u 1
making schedule time the tralnT'
on the different districts have i jk1
edge of Just exactly what timtT'
have for moving this class of hJ?
The followlnz list win
hat the railway comDanv a,.?
fast freight: "
ned goods, cheese, coffee, dressy b
dressed poury. dry goods, egg. ul
iu. rrult. glucose, high expk '
nther goods, liquors, ale. h. J
stock (through shipments), machinJ
" uuunm nrvvi
iiper. provisions, rubber good, n
mips, tobacco, ten, vegetable!, hid-7
Hint, tinware, vehicles, beaai,
ood, chnlr stock and whiting. '
The above articles mav h m..
ed at any time without asking i
amu-ies OUutfdj of
his list a special order must be m.
elved from the car service office.
It would seem that the one rrnt
'eature about this Bysteui l .v.
shipper does not have to watcb kli
freight. The company does tht tut
him. Montreal Herald and Star.
DEAR TRAVELING IN CUBA.
It I Comfortleai, but a Chance t,
Cuba has 124 rnllwnvs. wits
than 2.000 miles of track for the lot, yet
traveling In Cuba Is not cheap. Then
are lines which charge passengeri li
cents a mile.
The average rate Is about 7 cent..
first-class passengers and 5 cento for
second-class, and travel on some of tht
linos means mnny hours of mlr.w.
Jolting over a wretched roadbel
f reignt rates are as exorbitant ai pa
senger rates. So detrimental U tin
railroad extortion to the welfare of tht
country, In fact, that a modification of
rates by military order was talked of,
hut th legality of the step was doubt-
The entire railroad system of Hwiii
and Is valued at $70,000,000. Butof tb
124 lines only seventeen are public Unci
in tue generally nccepted sense.
The rest are private roads, built for
the transportation of sugar cane to th
grinding mills. It Is a curious fact that
tive or the princlpnl lines, representlni
nine-elevenths of the public roada, an
controlled by British capitalists.
Cuba lind a railroad forty-three mlla
long between Havana and Gutoa.
which began to run onlv a few tm
after the first American line wu
opened, but the development of rail
roading under Spanish rule was on I
very different scale. Some people
might not call It development at alL
Hut all that has changed under Amer
ican occupation. A new line now Id
process of construction by Sir William
Van Home and his associates of tit
Cuban Central Railway, connecting at
Santa Clara with the line from TIbmhi
to Clenfuegos, will revolutionize the 111-
a nu s railroad system, open communi
cation with Nlpe, the best harbor on
the whole Cuban coast line, and pre
pare for profitable cultivation an area
estimated nt 10,000,000 acres, or about
one-third of the totnl area of the Island.
A writer who Is himself a mold
millionaire, says It will be a great ml
take to shoot these gatherers-in of the
yellow metal, for, as he says, hey ire
the bees that make the most honey,
and contribute most to the hive even
ufter they have gorged themselves fnlL
The remarkable fact Is stated, that tne
masses of the people In any counter
are prosperous und comfortable Justin
proportion to the number of million
aires In that land.
In Russia, with its population little
better than serfs, living at the point
of starvation, upon the meanest po1
hie fare, such as none of our peopla
could or would endure, you do not in
scarcely one millionaire excepting tn
Emperor and a few nobles who own
the land. It Is the same, to a great
extent, In Germany. There are only
about two millionaires In tbe whole
German Empire. In France, whert
the people are better off than In Ger
many, you cannot count one-half de
millionaires In the whole country. 1
the old home of our race. Britain,
which Is the richest country in all Eu
ropethe richest country In tbe world
save one, our own there are more mil
lionaires than In the whole of tbe rest
of Eurone. and Its neonle are better ot
than In any other. In our land, tlie
same thing holds true; we have more
millionaires than nil the rest of the
world put together.
Kh Hud "Hiiftfl" Him UP-
There In in Institution In Dult
that employs about fifty people, and
among others Is a genial, Jolly, go
fellow, who long ago lost faltb In ha"
restoratives, and Is the possessor of
waist nieiisnrpnipiit of many Inches.
An East End lady dropped Into the
slnro n ilmr v torn nirn. nCCOIUpanlHl
hv her nretrv little 4-venr-old daughter.
The big man was souiewtiatr'teIlt'
Ive to the child, and when the lady bad
finished the business she had ?ome
trnnsnct the little girl said, In a clear
voice, na fhpv left the office:
"Who is the man bigger 'round '
our rain barrel, with the awfol WW
head?"-Duluth News Tribune.
In the great glove houses of Brutf
and France the cutters can earn "J
higher wages than the cutters of w
most fashionable tailors of London
XT V 1. C- .1 1 .It ., I . la ho art Of S"1
CW XUrii, DUUIUltu.no iuv-- ,
ting gloves that most of the PR""
cutters are known to the trade by n
and by fame, nnd the peculiar Wi
whlch-y use In the business are
highly prized that they are banoej
down from generation to generation
Time Aoroas Siberia. .
mu- t m in..l,tnatf)K W "
jlub journey iroui ' aftgfi
kutsk is now accomplished In
as wnen the fast
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