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By Author of "Hetty , " Etc ,
CHAPTKll XV. ( Coatlauod. )
"Arthur St. John alias Leslie
fiouiothlng else , no doubt , nowadays.
Ho looked like a man of fifty. Hut I
liiiow him ; I know hlni almost In a
" ' " I said doubt
"You couldn't be sure ,
Meg smiled , but did not contradict
me But the smile was eloquent It
dcnpUcd tny folly.
"I had gouo down stalra early , " Meg
continued , leaning back In her chair ,
and pushing her hair from her brow
with a nnivous Impatient little gesture.
"Jt'H not my way to get up early , Is It ?
Hut I was restless , I couldn't sleep , and
I thought I should find a novel If I
went down Htalra. The servants
weren't moving ; but there was a fire
in the study. The blinds were all
down , but the fire looked cosy ; I went
in and stood before It and warmed my
toca. I dare any t was looking un
tidy , Kitty ; I think ho took me for
nn early housemaid ; he came Into the
room quietly , and came up behind me ,
( uul aud ho hlaacd me , Kitty. I hadn't
heard any ono ccmo In , and I nearly
Ecrenmed. But as I turned my head
icuud quickly I saw his eyes , and I
know him , and I didn't scream I was
too frightened to move or make u
"Go on , MQS. "
"Then all at ouco John called to him
from the pasnugo. He called In a very
quiet , mysterious sort cf voice Impa
tient , too.
" 'St. John , ' ho said , 'your sister Is
waltirig , Como. ' < ;
"Ho opened the street door quietly
and led some ono In. They didn't come
back to the study us I ftared they
would ; they seemed to be celling out
on Home journey , and time seemed .to
bo pressing. They stood for a minute
npoaklng softly and quickly In the hull.
Do you know , Kitty , whose voice I
hoard ? It was a voice not to bo mis
taken Madame Arnaud's voice. She
was thanking John. She said such an
ami only one , had taken poeseaslon of
my mind. John had had business mat
ters to talk of with Madame Arnntul !
U wau business that had taken him
there HO often business that they
talked about In such lowered , confi
dential voices ! My spirits had sud
denly grown buoyant , my voice almost
say."Meg , stay hero for u lllllo while , "
I pleaded eagerly. "I want to see John
all alone. "
"An uncommon wish ! " laughed Meg ;
but the soft little glance with which
she looked back at mo robbed the
mocking speech of all Its sting.
John was In the breakfast-room. He
was seated In an arm-chair besldo the
lire , his elbow on the table that stood
near , his head against IIH ! hand. I was
standing close to him before ho saw
"John , " I said In a quick voice that
I tried In vain to steady , "don't lot mo
go away from you ! I don't want to
go , John ! "
lie sprang quickly to hla feet , his
face lighting up.
"Did I want yon to go , Kitty ? " ho
asked reproachfully. "Your wish to
leave mo has been the blttoreat trouble
I have over had to boar. I needn't toll
you that , need I ? You know It only
too well ! "
Ho had taken my hands In his , but
I would not lot him draw me near him.
"I have been jealous , John , " I said ,
bringing out the words In a sharp ,
labored way. "I have been jealous of
Madame Arnaud ! "
"Jealous , Kitty ! Have you cared
enough for me to be Jealous , dear ? " he
asked , sadly. "You have had no need
to be jealous none ! Yet It Is good
news to me , all the same. "
"It wasn't your love for her , John ,
that I minded , " I wont on tremulously ,
the tears springing unbidden to my
eyes. Perhaps perhaps I did mind
that , too ; but that wasn't what I
I DON'T WANT TO GO , JOHN. "
odd thing , Kitty ; I stored It up to tell
you that was what I came to say.
You have always been jealous of Madame -
amo Arnaud and I used to think you
had reason to bo jealous ; but now
well , now , I anrnot &urc. "
"What was It lhal she said ? "
"Sho waa thanking John for having
given her so much of hla precious
' "Wo know , ' she said , 'that every
minute spent away from Kitty is a
-minute you begrudge. You have been
very good ; you have never let me feel
how my affairs'have bored you. '
" 'Thoy have not bored me , ' said
John ; 'we made a compact of friend
ship long ago ; and what Is the line of
friends It they are not ready to servo
in tlrno of need ? ' "
"John Is a paragon to the end ! How
has ho been serving Madumo Arnaud ,
Kitty ? What arc her 'affairs' that
have been 'boring' him and taking up
his time ? "
"I don't know. I don't want to tell
you. Meg not now. "
"You arc a little contradictory , dear ;
but never mind , mystery Is the order
of the day. Do you know that Madame
Arnaud came and went away In a dress
and bonnetand mantle that made her
look quito an old lady , an old lady of
elxty or over ? I looked through the
chinks of the Venetians and saw her
go out. She had puffs of gray hulr be
neath her bonnet ; her gown was
bunched out ( it the sides ; she looked
sixty quite. What does It all mean ,
Kitty ? What Is the , mystery ? "
"I canuot tell you , Meg. "
"But you know ? Kitty , you are
trembling ; what Is the matter with
"Nothing. Meg nothing ! " I returned
liastUy. "I waa thinking trying to
But , try as I might , my thoughts re
fused to shape themselves. One Idea ,
minded most. You had loved her first
and you couldn't help If you loved her
best. You hadn't seen her for so long ;
you didn't know how It would bo
when you came to see her again you
couldn't help it ! And I should have
tried to bear it ! What I couldn't bear
was your always going to sec her , your
having so much to say to her secretly ,
EO confidentially "
"Do you know , " asked John gravely ,
what those talks were about ? Listen ,
Kitty , and I will tell you. "
"I know already. You were helping
the man about whom you told me yes
terday her brother yes , I know.
John , " I went on eagerly , "you will let
me stay ? I said I wanted to go , but I
didn't ; It would break my heart to go !
I'll be content , John ; I'll be different
and not tease you I won't ask you to
love me very much. I'll let my love be
enough for both. And by-nnd-by , as
you said , 'love may come. ' You did
love me you said so before you mar
ried me , and the love may come back
John drew mo toward him. He put
his arm around me , and looked down
at me closely , very tenderly , very won-
"Kitty , you talk In riddles , dear , " he
said. "You won't usk me to love you
very much ? What does that mean ?
You know , dearest you must know-
that , whether you ask or do not ask ,
I love you with my heart and soul. "
I looked up at him in bewilderment.
"You said you said that our mar
riage was a mistake , John , "
"It was you. Kitty , who said that. "
"But I said so because I thought that
you thought so , John. And you agreed
with me. Oh , John , you have for
gotten you did agree with me ! You
said that you felt the mistake and re
gretted it oven more bitterly than I. "
"For your sake , Kitty , for your sake ,
dear ; bccaute my love had failed so
signally to make you happy. You told
me that I had spoilt your Hfo , broken
your heart ; that , when you had a wish ,
It was only a wish to die. "
"I didn't wish to make your life a
bondage , John. "
John's eyes twinkled for a moment ,
and then wore grave again.
"Do you mean to tell mo , Kitty , " ho
asked Incredulously , "that you doubted
that Ilovnlyou ? "
"Do you mean that you could pos
sibly doubt , John , that I loved you ? "
I retorted in the same tone of Incre
"It wan natural enough for me to
doubt , " said John humbly.
"Much moro natural for me , " I re
turned , looking up at him with spark
I had clasped my hands upon his
shoulder ; I put down my cheek against
"I thought , " I confessed , "that you
had married me for kindness' sake
to to provide for mo , John. Everyone -
ono thought so. Meg and Dora and
Aunt .fane and even your sister. You
yourself said that you thought of mar
rying mo before you thought of loving
"Yes , " admitted John ; "years ago , I
had some vague hope that you would
give mo the right ono day to lake care
of you , to make 11 fo smoother for you.
I suppose I didn't love you as long ago
as that I had only a very tender feel
ing for you. Love , when It came , was
real enough In spite of that early
thought. Don't scorn my love , Kitty ,
because I met It with welcome Instead
of rebuff. "
There was not much scorn In my
eyes as I raised my head and looked
softly , smilingly Into the gray eyes
looking down at mo. He kissed me ;
and for a minute we stood In silence.
"Kitty , " ho said at length , "there Is
something that I want to tell you. I
ought to have told you long ago. It
wan a painful story , and I did not toll
It. Come and sit down , and I will tell
It now. "
He drew me to the little sofa be
side the fire ; and there he told me the
story of his first love , the story that In
part I knew already.
"She gave you up because you were
poor ? " I asked Indignantly.
"Don't blame her , Kitty ! She gave
me up for her brother's sake. It Is
more than ton years ago now that her
brother forged that check of which I
told you that first check. There
seemed to be nothing but utter ruin
before him. Arnaud , the man that
Lucia married , had money and influ
ence. Ho used both on the tacit under
standing that she should marry him.
Her brother was saved for the time. "
"Was It the only way ? " I questioned ,
"I think some other way might have
been found. But she could not bo calm
and weigh chances. She was devoted
to this broincr. For ten long years , as
she said the other night in the park ,
she has hoped against hope for his
reformation ; has tried to be brave ,
has tried to hope for the best. And
now , at the end of the ten years , things
are just where they were before , I
think they are worse this time , for this
time he IB loss repentant. She Is sacri
ficing her whole life to him ; but she
docs it almost without hope. She Is
going away with him to South Amer
ica , to banishment. "
I was quiet for a moment.
"John , I have been so unjust to her , "
I confessed In a low tone "so unjust
to her always In my thoughts. "
"She Is one of the noblest women
that I know ! " said John.
Again wo sat silent for a minute.
My heart was beating fast ; I longed
to ask a question which I dared not
"John , I won't be silly , I won't bo
jealous tell me , " I pleaded , "If you
didn't try to love me , would yon love
her still love her best , I mean ? "
John answered gravely , with an air
as earnest as mine.
"I respect her , " ho said ; "I shall
respect her always. I do moro than
respect I admire her. But that Is all !
The old love was dead , Kitty , years be
fore the now love was torn ! "
I was contented. The End.
Another Trick Stolen from Nature.
The easiest way of doing anything is
the way that nature chooses , and ten
to one when an Inventor comes out
with some new and brilliant Idea he
finds that nature has been doing the
same thing since the beginning of the
world. Certain varieties of fljh bays
the power when hard pressed by their
enemies , of throwing out nn Inky fluid
which darkens the water all about
them and enables them to escape In
safety. Perhaps Influenced by this
fact an Inventor has taken out a pat
ent for a smoke-making device. The
Idea Is to enable a vessel closely
pressed by another to envelop herself
In the smoke and to escape under cover
of It. With a view to testing the effica
cy of the Invention a torpedo boat was
placed In the center of a number of
others , which made a circle of about
half a mile In diameter around her.
The torpedo boat thus surrounded then
enveloped herself in the smoke and
under cover of It was enabled to escape
from the circle , though all the other
boats were keeping a very sharp look
out for her. Altogether the experi
ment may bo said to have been fairly
successful , and to have proved the
practical utility of the invention.
Homo Can't. >
Miss Dalnteo What an awful occu
pation ! To bo employed In a place
where they tin meats. Mr. Edgemore
Well , it argues a certain ability. Miss
Dalntce Ability ? Mr. Edgemore
Certainly. They only employ those
who can. New York World.
\tutrnlluii Opal Milling.
Opal mining Is ono of the greatest
Australian mineral industries.
AS TO EXPORT PIUCES
NOV NOW ON FOREIGN CAR-
In I'ri-o Tnnio Tariff TlinfH American
Mniiufnrtnrfxi ViVrj tloiniitlmr * Ix-
liortnl at u ! , ( , bill Tint Cuiiilltlun
No Longer i\- n.d. .
Tlic sale to foreign consumers of
American manufactured ptoducts at a
lower price than American consumers
arc required to pay Is one of the prin
cipal counts In the Indictment which
free traders bring against the Ameri
can policy of protection. Indeed , this ,
together with the claim that trusts are
fostered and promoted by protection la
almost the only around of attack re
maining for the free traders. The
splendid facts of a icvlved domestic
tradc.of a wondei fully enlarged export
trade , and of a general condition of un
precedented prosperity growing out of
the restoration of a protective tariff ,
these great facts are oo patent and so
Indisputable that the free trader of to
day Is' reduced to the extremity of op
posing protection on two pretexts only ,
that of responsibility for trusts , and
that of enabling our manufacturers to
make big profits on the goods they sell
at home while selling the same class
of goods to foreigners at much lower
The first of these Indictments that
relating to the trusts Is easily dis
posed of by the proof that trusts thrive
In free trade Great Britain fully as
well as In protected America , and that
the most powerful of all our domestic
trusts are those which are not In the
least degree affected or benefited by a
The assertion that protection lays an
unjust burden upon our own people by
compelling them to my higher prices
than foreigners pay for goods produced
In this country prove to be quite In the
nature of a boomerang. To begin with ,
the assertion Is at present false and
promises to remain false for some time
to come. It Is downright absurdity to
suppose that , with our mills and fac
tories running overtime in order to
catch up with orders for goods , our
manufacturers arc sacrificing any part
of their profits In order to sell abroad
at reduced prices goods which they are
unable to supply In sufficient volume
to meet the domestic demand. Ameri
can business men don't do business
Present Information bearing upon
this point Is at hand In the shape of a
report just put out by the treasury
bureau of statistics , whose energetic
chief , Mr. Austin , has just made a tour
of observation to the manufacturing
centers of New England and the Mid
dle states. Mr. Austin concludes that If
the places Included In his visit are
fairly representative of the conditions
generally existing among manufactur
ing establishments throughout the
country , as they undoubtedly are , there
can be no occasion for complaint that
mills and men are lacking employ
ment. Mr. Austin visited the cotton ,
woolen , worsted , silk , fiber , carpet ,
print goods , rubber , boot and shoc.hat ,
pottery and watch and clock manufac
turing establishments , and in no case
did he find a lack of orders for the
manufacturers or of employment for
men and women during employment.
On the contrary the great cotton ,
woolen , silk and other textile mills are
running on full time and overtime ,
while the . manufacturers of rubber
goods , boots and shoes , clothing and
pottery reported their orders far in
excess of their capacity to nil with
"Our chief difficulty , " said the man
ager of a great manufactory of rubber
clothing , "Is to get a sufficient number
of employes and sufilclent machinery
to meet our orders. The crude rubber
we can get , though the importations of
that are increasing rapidly , and the
price advancing because of the In
creased demand ; but the costly ma
chinery and the skilled labor which arc
to do the work are not so easily had.
Wo maintain constantly a school for
the Instruction of young men and
women In the lines of work required
in our factory , and yet with the con
stant reduction of our force by the de
mands upon it from other mills of this
character , we are short of hands and
unable to Keep up with our orders. "
GImilar statements were made by the
managers of other manufacturing es
tablishments. The cotton mllls.woolen
mills and silk manufacturing establish
ments were running at their full ca
pacity , and In some cases over hours ,
while the great boot and shoe manu
facturing establishments were reported
weeks behind with their orders , which
come from all parts of the United
States and of the world. During the
last eight months between $2,000,000
and $3,000,000 worth of boots and
shoes , the product of American facto
ries , have been sent out of the coun
try , the total of the eight months be
ing double that of the corresponding
months of 1S9S. Of this large expor
tation of this single product of our fac
tories the exports to the United King
dom alone were ? 177,73-1 , against $263.-
175 In the corresponding months of
lust year ; to the West Indies , $467,519 ,
against $167,120 In the corresponding
months of last year ; to British Aus
tralasia , $392,439 , against $208,783 In
the corresponding mouths of last year ;
to Mexico , ? 206,8SO , against $66,810 in
the corresponding months of last year ;
to Africa , $94,605 , against $54,653 In
the corresponding months of last year ,
while shipments wcro also made to
Asia , Occanlca , Central and South
America , as well as to the great In
dustrial and manufacturing countries
of France , Germany and the United
An Illiibtratlon of the activity of the
manufacturers In other llnps 1 found
In a statement made by Dr. Wilson ,
the head of the Philadelphia 'Commer
cial museums , and also the director of
the export exposition : "Our chief dif
ficulty In the preliminary work of the
exposition , " oald he , "wan In the fact
that the manufacturers of the coun
try were so busy that many of them
could not find time and the necessary
force of employes with which to pre
pare exhibits satlefactory to them
selves , while In many other cases our
requests for exhibits were met with
the statement that , since they arc now
months behind with their orders , the
display of their products would merely
add to their temporary embarrassment
by bringing them a still greater ex
cess of orders over their capacity for
production. In the great Iron and steel
manufacturing Industries we found
that many of the establishments had
from six to eighteen months' orders
ahead , and that they wcro working to
their fullest capacity and unable to
Increase their product without an In
crease In machinery , which , of course ,
cannot bo made in a moment. "
In the Iron and steel Industry the
figures of our exports show that the
extreme activity of manufacturers ex
tends not alone to the home market ,
but to that supplied by other parts of
the world. The exportation of manu
factures of Iron and steel In the eight
months ending with August , 1899 ,
amount to $068,008,971 , against $52-
925,081 ! In the corresponding months
of 1898 , $40,757,920 In the correspond
ing months of 1897 and $29,957,090 in
the corresponding months of 1896.
A still further evidence which our
foreign commerce figures show of the
activity of our manufacturers Is found
in the rapid Increase in the Importa
tion of materials used by manufactur
ers. The Importations of fibers for use
In the manufacturing Industries In the
eight months ending with August , 1899 ,
amounted to $14,377,758 , against $11-
989,146 In the corresponding months of
189,8 and $9,851,516 in the correspond
ing months of 1897 ; hides and skins ,
$32,606,820 , against $27,747,081 In the
corresponding months of 1898 and $22-
637,280 In the corresponding months
of 1897 ; India rubber , $22,860,318 ,
against $17,418,404 In the eight months
of 1898 and $13,100,645 In the corresponding
spending months of 1897 , and raw silk
for use In manufacturing , $23,452,903 ,
against $16,639,211 in the correspond
ing months of 1898 and ? 13,416,156 in
the corresponding months of 1897.
Docs this look as though our man
ufacturers were engaged in supplying
foreign consumers at cut rates ? They
are , of course , doing nothing of the
sort. There was a time the free-trade
tariff time of 1893-97 when American
exporters wore sending abroad consid
erable quantities of domestic manufac
tures at a very small profit , sometimes
at a loss , for they needed the money
with which to" pay wages and keep
their mills and factories In operation.
Many of them , however , were unable
to continue producing and were forced
to shut down altogether. But wo are
no longer doing business under free-
trade tariff conditions , no longer lookIng -
Ing for a foreign outlet for surplus pro
duction without profit or at a loss.
Foreigners continue to buy our goods
In constantly Increasing quantities ,
but they arc paying current market
prices for them. These are not the
bargain-counter times of "Cleveland
and tariff reform. " They arc the flush
times of McKInley , protection and
lllown Off tlio Enrtli.
An Object Lesson fur Kentucky.
" 'Way clown In old Kentucky" they
are feeling the difference between
keeping the American market for our
selves , In supplying the demands of
the American people with American
products , in keeping American money
at home and in attracting the gold of
other countries to the United Stales
the difference between all that and the
giving up freely to foreigners all the
advantages of the American market.
Mr. George Braden , president of the
Globe Fertilizing company of Louis
ville , recently spoke as follows :
"In Kentucky the general business
conditions arc betler than they have
been since 1893 , and In some respects
they are better than they have over
been since I can remember. Manufac
turers are very busy , and concerns are
paying better dividends than they have
paid for a long time. In addition , a
goodly number of new Industries have
sprung into existence , and there is ,
therefore , plenty of work at good pay
for nil. Money is easy , and we have
felt no stringency whatever. "
This sort of thing ought to swing
Kentucky ove'r permanently to the
party which makes Its fundamental
principle' faith Ihe protection of
Surely nn Orphan.
A calico trust In England has been ,
capitalized at $50,000,000. As Its par
ent cannot bo a protective tariff , Dem
ocrats will claim that this trust Is an
orphan. St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
CHANCE FOR PREE-TRAPERS-
To ( let Up nn Imltntrliil Conntm
There In No rrmporlly.
The figures of the Industrial census
of the American Protective Tariff
league for 1899 , showing , by compari
son with March , 1895 , In free-trade
tariff limes , n gain of 39.56 per cent In
the number of hands employed , a gain
of 54.09 per cent In the gross sum of
wages paid , and u guln of 10.49 per
cent In the average rate of wages per
capita , lead the Press of Paterson , N.
J. , lo ask :
"Is II any wonder that Mr. Bryan
wants the American workers to shut
their eyes lo this state of affairs and
prefers to got his calamity Issues sev
eral thousand miles away In the Phil
ippines ? "
Free trade stump-speakers and free-
trade editors fight shy of the facls of
Dlngley larlff prosperity. They get as
far away from them as possible. Thir
teen thousand miles away , In the Phil
ippines , Is none too far for them. It
they could raise some sort of an Issue
on the planet Mars they would wel
come the opportunity to divert atten
tion from Ihe truth regarding protec
tion and prosperity. They are dis
gruntled at President McKlnley's
Thanksgiving proclamation because it
so convincingly sols forth the greatly v
Improved condition of things. Some . ( *
of them call the proclamation "a. Re
publican stump speech , " while ono
aident journalistic exponent of Bryan-
ism has gone so far as to mutilate the
proclamation by omitting from Its
rescript the statement that "in all
branches of Industry and trade there
has been an unequaled degree of pros
The Industrial census of the Ameri
can Protective Tariff league does not
please the Bryanites and the free trad
ers. Not one of them has referred to
It In any way. it Is not agreeable
reading for them. It does not fit In
with llielr scheme of politics. The way
lo make a hit with Mr. Bryan and his
free-trade friends Is to get up an In
dustrial census that will show pre
cisely the opposite of that which Is
shown in the tariff league's statlsllcs
one that will show depression , disas
ter , desolation and ruin In place of
enormously Increased payments of
wages to American work people. Here
Is a chnnce which the Now England
Free Trade league ought not to over
A PERILOUS REMEDY.
Free Trade Would Smsish Industries
but Would Kot SmtMlt the Trusts.
The fact that trusts are already In-
lernalional and hence lhat the removal
of protccllve duties would aggravate
rather than remedy the evils com-
plnlned of at the hand of trusts , was
forcibly presented in the remarks of
Hon. Henry W. Blair , ex-United States
senator from New Hampshire , deliv
ered ac Ihe Chicago Trust conference
of September , 1899. That portion of
Mr. Blair's contribution to .the delib
erations of the conference relating to
tariff and trusts Is printed In the cur
rent is&ue of the American Economist.
Clearly it Is pointed out that as a con
sequence of the abolition of our pro
tective system the trusts and all other
employers of labor In Industrial en
terprises would be forced to transfer
their field of operation to' countries
where labor is cheaper than in the
United States. Either they must do
this or else they must lower the Amer
ican standard of wages and of living
down to a point where they can suc
cessfully compete with the cheaper
payrolls of Europe and Asia , and , as
Mr. Blair suggests , later on , of Africa
and the Oceanic Islands , whose inhab
itants may easily be taught the use of
the machinery which now does nine-
tenths of the world's work. .
"Any man ? ' gays Mr. Blair , "can
take a million-dollar plant of cotton ,
woolen , sugar , or any other product of
manufacture , to England , Russia ,
China , Japan or Ihe Philippines , In his
pocket , or In his check book , while the
thousand laborers who have lived by
working that plant for half their lives
in Ihis country arc obliged to remain
and starve , unless they choose to work
for foreign pay. " The ease and celerity - ,
ity with which capital can always
adapt Itself to new conditions , while i
labor must remain rooted to the soli
of Its birth or adoption , is tersely Illus
trated in the sentence just quoted. It
Is a point of vital value In the discus
sion of the trust-question , and ex-Sen
ator Blair has done well to bring It
into view in connection with his In-
leresling survey of the perils possibly
attendant upon the removal of protec
tive duties for the purpose of smash
ing the trusts.
Sum Jonc on 1'roxpcrlly.
Sam Jones , the picturesque exhorter ,
occasionally stops his talks on religion
long enough to speak a little on worldly -
ly affairs. A few days ago ho was
preaching In a town In Georgia , and ,
dipping Into politics , got off Iho fol
"The biggest fool in the world Is
the ono who stands up and argues
against facts. I was talking to one of
those old free-silver loons a few days
ago and called his attention to the
great prosperity which has como upon
our country , mills and shops running
on full lime , and I said Iruly prosper
ity has como to our land again. He
said : 'It ain't struck me yet. ' I said :
It's mighty hard to hit nothing. ' "
Bozcman ( Mont. ) Avanl-Courier.
A Typical lrynnlte.
Aguinaldo has progressed so far lhat
ho is willing lo accepi Independence
with a democratic tariff. HO is a silver ,
man , of course , for ho stipulated when
ho sold out to Spain that ho should bo
paid in Mexican dollars. St. Loula
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