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A Talc of the North.
Country in the Time
qf Silas Wright
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. - By
, ntVINd BACHEIXER
AstKor of "Ebn Hoidn.i "ff ri Jfcnd
x L" "Darrtl of th Bletted MhT
' "Mping Up With LUiie," Etc, Etc
(Copyright,' by bring Bacfaeller)
CHAPTER XVI I Continued.
Hykfurt beat fast when I saw the
tons and my uncle and Purvis coming
in from the twenty-acre lot with a
lead of hay. Aunt Deel stood on the
firont steps looking down the road.
Xew and then hers waving handker
chief went to her eyes. Uncle Pea
fcody came down the standard off his
asad and walked toward me. -
"Say, stranger, have you seen any
thing of a feller, by the name o Bart
Zayses? he demanded.
"Hare you? I asked.
"Ko. sir, I ain't. Gosh a'mighty!
Cay! what have ye done with that boy
."What have you done to our house?"
I asked again.
,55ailt on an addition.
"Hat's what I re done to your boy,"
J answered. . .
"Tlmnder an lightnin I How you've
raised the roof !" he exclaimed as he
crabbed mj satcheL Dressed like a
statesman an' bigger'n a bullmoose.
1 cant "rastle with you no more. But,
ajtm run ye .a race. I can beat ye
wax carry the satcheV too."
We ran pell-mell up the lane to the
steps like a pair of children.
Aunt Deel did not speak. She just
put her arms around me and laid her
eax old head upon my breast. Uncle
Feabody turned away. Then what a
xflenee! Off in the edge of the wood
lend I heard the fairy flute of a wood
"thrush, . yarrls, you drive that load on the
floor an put up the .hosses," Uncle
Feabody shouted in a moment. "If
yoa (krat like it you can hire 'nbther
soan, I won't do no more till after
dinner. 1 This slave business Is played
AH right, Purvis answered.
t Troa bet it's all right . I'm f er abV
IJtion an I've stood your domlDeerin',
adggcr-driver ways long enough - f er
ne mornin'. If you don't like it you
can look for another man."
Aunt Deel and I began to laugh at
' this good-natured, make-believe scold
tcjj of Uncle Peabody and the emo
tional strain was .over. They led me
lato the house, where a delightful sur
prise awaited me, for ,thie rooms had
lbea decorated vwith balsam boughs
and sweet ferns. A glowing mass of
'violets, framed in moss, occupied the
center of the table. . The house was
filled with the odors of the forest,
which, as they knew, were dear to me.
J had 'written that they might expect
me .some time before noon, but I
oesged them not to meet me In Can
ton, as I wished to walk home after
as soon as they see ye comin' an that
you pull the trees up by the. roots to
git at em.": 'r:-:r;' -r-;;;;;
"A certain amount of such aeyutry
is necessary to , the comfort ,oi our.
Purvis," I remarked. .."If there Is no
body else to take I the responsibility
for it no assumes it himself. His imag
ination lias an intense craving for
blood and violence; If s that type of
American who, egged dn by th6 slave
power,, is 4 hurrying : us into trouble
with MxlcoS :.v'rw f :v
Purvis' came "in presently with a
look in his face whichl betrayed his
knowledge of the fact that all the cob
webs spun by his fancy were now to
be brushed , away, t , Still he enjoyed
them while they lasted and. there was
a kind of tacit claim in his manner
that they were subjects regarding
which no honest man could be expect
ed to tell the truth.
As we ate our pinner they tojd me
that an escaped slave had come into
a neighborilng county and excited the
people with stories of the auction
block and of negroes driven like yoked
oxen ori plantations in South Carolina,
whence he had escaped on a steam
boat. I b'lieve I'm goin to vote for abo
lition." said Uncle Peabody. "I won
der what Sile Wright will say to that."
"He'll probably advise against it ;. the
time isn't ripe for so great a change,"
was my answer. "He thinks that the
whole matter should be left to the gla
cial action of time's forces."
Indeed , I had spoken the view of
the sounder men , of the North. The
subject filled them with dread alarm.
But the attitude of Uncle Peabody
was significant. The sentiment in fa
vor of a change was growing.- It was
now to be reckoned with, for the abo
lition party was said to hold the bal;
ance of power. In New York and New
England and was behaving Itself like
a bull in a china shop. ' v .
After dinner I tried to put on some
of my old clothes, but found that my
nakedness had so expanded that they
would not cover it, so I : hitched my
white mare on the spring wagon and
drove to the village for my trunk.
Every week day after that I worked
'a the, fields until the senator arrived
in Canton about the middle of August.
On one of those happy days I received
a letter from old Kate, dated, to my
surprise, in Saratoga. It said :
"Dear Barton Baynes: I thought
would let you' know that my father is
dead. I have come here to rest and
have found some work to do. I am bet
ter now. Have seen Sally. JShe is very
beautiful and kind. She does not know
that I am the old witch, I have changed
so. The others do not know it Is
better that way. I think It was the
Lord that, brought me here. He has a
way' of taking care of some people,
my boy. Do you remember when I be
gan to call you my boy you were very
little. It is long, long ago since I first
saw you "in your father's dooryard
you said you were going to mill on a
butterfly's back.- You looked Just as I
thought my boy would look. You gave
But we sat as still as stumps
spared us and went on with the others.
The baying of the hound was nearer
. .. wi Ki.lr
Lnow. suddenly we saw- u uig in
come down to the shore or tne covy
near us and on our side of the stream.
He looked to right and left Then he
made a long leap Into the wAteV and
waded slowly until it covered him; J He
raised his nose and laid ; his antlers
back" over' his 'shoulders and swam
quietly downstream, his nose just
showing above the water.- His antlers
were -like a: bit of driftwood. If we
had not seen him take the water his
antlers might easily have passed for
a bunch of dead sticks. Soon the duck
slowly lifted his head and turned his
heck, and looked at both, shores. Then
verv deliberately he resumed his. place
under water and. went on. We watcnea-
hlm'as he took the farther shore be
low us and made off In the woods
4gali!,';r's;'V;Vi! ' .
ul couldn't shoot at him, it was sucn
a beautiful bit of pbiltics, said the
senator. " '' '; ' -.x---, '. . i-
Soon the hound reached the cove s
edge and swam the river and ranged
up, and down the 1 bank for half an
hour before he found the buck's trail
again. . : . rv'.'C . : '
Tve seen many, a rascal, driven to
water by : the, hounds, go swimming
away as slyly as that buck, with their
horns In the air, looking as innocent
as a bit of driftwood, They come in
from both shoresthe Whig and the
Democratlc-:-ahd they are always shot
at from one bank or the other'
I remember it surprised me a little
to hear : him say that they came in
from both shores. !
"Just what do you want to do V he
asked presently, .
1 T should like to go down to Wash
ing ton with you and help you in any
way that I can."
"All right partner well try it," he
answered gravely. "I hope that I don't
forget and work you as hard as I work
myself. It wouldn't be decent. I have
a great many letters to write. I'll try
thinking out loud while you take them
down in sound-hand. Then you can
draft them neatly and I'll sign them.
You have tact and good manners and
can do many of my errands for me and
?nve me from those who have no good
reason for taking up my time."
"You will meet the best people and
the worst. There's just a chance that
it may come to something worth while
who knows? You are young yet It
will be good training and you will , wit
ness the making of some history now
What elation I felt I
Again the. voice of the hound, which
had been ringing in the distant hills,
was coming nearer.
"We must keep watch another deer
Is coming," said the senator.
We had only a moment's watch be
fore a fine yearling buck came down
to the opposite shore and stood look
ing across the river. The senator
raised his rifle and fired. The buck
fell In the edge of the water.
"How shall we get him?" my friend
at he had not seen Peabody
Rftvries on that roaa uie uu
money was -lost but had only heard
that he was, there. I He knew now that
he couldn't have been there. Gosh
Tfllmiffhtv I as your uncle used 4 to
say .when there . was nothing else to be
said." -r I - ;;-v "lr-- ";ry
It touched me to the soulthis long-
delayed vindication oi my , Deioveu
The senator ate supper with us ana
sent his-jhired man out for hls norse
and buggy. When he had lint on his
overcoat and was about . to go no
turned to my, uncle and said:
"Peabody Baynes, if I have had any
success In the world It Is because -I
have, ' bad the exalted honor and-con?
sclousness that I represented men uko
you." ,'i- -,v ' . v.
He left us and we sat down by the
glowing candles. Soon I told them what
Ramsey had done. There was a mo
ment of silence. Uncle Peabody. rose
and went to the water pall for a drink.
"Bart, I believe-I'll - plant i corn on
that ten-arce lot next spring darned
If I don't,", he said as he returned to
"his chair. -'v " , '
None of us e vet spoke of the matter
again, to my knowledge.
me a kiss. What a wonderful gift it asked.
was to me then! I began to love youl I "It will not be difficult," I answered
I have no one else to think of now. I as I began to undress. Nothing was
hope you won't mind my thinking so difficult those days.
much of you. J I swam the river and towed the
"God bless you, i (buck across with a beech withe In his
"KATE FULLERTON." gambrel -joints; The hound joined me
I understood now why the strong I before I was half across with my. bur-
will and singular insight of this worn- den and nosed the carcass and swam
an had so often exercised themselves on ahead yelping with delight.
in; my Denau. i coma not rememDer we dressed the deer and then I
the far day and the happy circum- had the great joy of carrrvimr him
stance of which she spoke, but I wrote
xj long ride. So they were ready for her a letter which must have warmed
I xemember how they Jelt the cloth
am my back and how proudly they sur
wyed'itr ' ? ' ' '
TCQuldn't ; buy; them - 'goods 'round
her heart I am sure.
on my back two miles across the coun
try to the wagon. The senator wished
to send a guide for the deer, but I in-
Sllas Wright arrived in Canton and sisted that the carrying was my Drlvl-
drove up to our home. He reached lege. ,
our door at eight in the morning with ! "Well, I guess your big thighs and
his hound and rifle. He had aged rai broad shoulders ran stnnd if m ha
-Sfcese M parts," said Uncle Peabody. idly since I had seen him last His "My uncle has always said that no
2wr nothln like 'em no, sir.
. "Teels a leetle bit like the butternut
troosers," sard Aunt Deel -as she felt
nqr coot '
v "Ayes but them butternut trousers
hair was almost white. There were man could be called n huntpr until h
many new lines in his face. He can go Into the woods without a guide
seemed more grave and dignified. He and kill a deer and bring it out on
did not lapse into the dialect of his his back. I want to be able to tpstlfv
latners wnen ne spone or tne ancient tftat I am at least partly Qualified'
afia't what they used to be when they pastimes of hunting and fishing as he "Your uncle didn't say anvthine
nau Deen wont to ao. t about fetching the deer across a deep
"Bart he said when the greetings river without a boat, did he?" Mr.
Wright asked me with a smile. ..
Leaves of the beeches, maples and
basswoods yellowed by frost hung
like tiny lanterns, glowing with noon
day light, above the dim forest aisle
young and limber," Uncle Peabody
remarked. "Seems so they was get
33a., kind p wrinkled an' baldheaded-
ke, ,peeially where I et down."
. . Ayes l nal I guess a man can't
grow old without his pants growin'
Id, too ayes I" said Aunt Deel.
were over, "let's' you and me go and
spend a day In the woods. I'll leave
my man here to help your uncle while
We went by driving south a few
m If yer.legs are In 'em ev'ry Sunday miles and tramping , in to the foot of which we traveled.
they Ketch it or, ye," my uncle an-
xrcred, "Long sermons arj hard on
jants; seems to me."
, Aa the longer the legs the harder
the sermbttsr-ln them little seats over
t the schoolhouse ayes !" Aunt , Deel
added by way of justifying his com-
jfttint "There wouldn't be so much
vear fi a ten-mile 'walk no !"
The chicken pie was baking and the
strawberries were ready for the short-
"Tve been wallerln 'since the dew
off gittin' them berries an' vi-
the Stillwater oni our river? a trail The sun was down when we cot to
long laminar to me. The dog left us the clearing.
soon alter we , tooK , it and began to "What a day It has been!" said Mr.
range over thick wooded hills. We sat Wright when 'we were seated in the
down among small,. spirelike spruces wagon.
at the river's edge with a long stretch "One of the best in my life, I an
of water In sight while , the music of swered with a joy in my heart the like
the hound's voice came faintly to our of which I have rarely known in these
ears from the distant forest r many years that have come to me.
Oh, I've been dreaming of this for We rode on in silence with the calls
a long time," said the senator as he, 1 of the swamp robin and I the hermit
leaned back against a tree and filled thrush ringing in our ears as the night
his lungs and looked out upon the wa- fell. ;
ter. creen with lily Dads alontr the "It's a eood time to thlnV nni t.
Srts ayes!" said Aunt Deel, now busy edze and flecked with the last of the we take different rnnds" cm
ft- i;-.?.X , On the 8ummlt: - " ,
My mental assets would give me ai
poor y rating, I presume. In, the com
merce of modern . scholarship " when' I
went to Washington that autumn with
Senator and Mrs. Wright. Still it was
nq smattering that I had, but rather a
few broad areas of knowledge which
were firmly In my possession. My best
asset was not mental but spiritual, if I
may be allowed to say it in all mod
esty, for, therein I claim no special ad
vantage, saving, possibly, an unusual
strength of character in my aunt and
uncle. Those days the candles were
lighting the best trails of knowledge
all over the land. Never has the gen
eral spirit of tb is republic been so
high and admirabi e as then and a little
later. ,It was to speak, presently, in
the Immortal voices of Whlttler, Emer
son, Whitman, Greeley and Lincoln.
The dim glow of the candles had en
tered their souls and out of them came
a light that filled the land and was
seen of all men; -
The railroads on which we traveled
from Utlca, the great "cities through
which we passed, were a wonder and
an Inspiration to me. I was awed by
the grandeur of .Washington itself. 1
took lodgings with' the senator and his
wife." u ' .. '::-
"Now, Bart", said '.. he, when we had
arrived, "I'm going to turn you loose
here for a little while before I put har
ness on you. Go about for a week ox
so and get the lay of the land and the
feel of It Mrs. Wright will ' be your
guide until the eneral situation has
worked its way Into your conscious
ness' It seemed to me that there was not
room enough In my consciousness foz
the great public buildings and the pic
tures and the statues and the vast ma
chinery 'of the government. Beauts
and magnitude have a wonderful ef
fect when they spring fresh upon the
vision of a youth out of the back coun
try. I sang of the look of them in my
letters and soon I began to think about
them and Imperfectly to .understand
them." They had their epic, lyric and
dramatic stages in my consciousness.
One afternoon we went to hear Sen
ator Wright , speak. He was to an
swer Calhoun on a detail of the bank
ing laws. - The floor and galleries were
filled. With what emotion I saw him
rise and begin his argument as all ears
bent to hear him I He aimed not at
popular sentlmen ts In highly finished
rhetoric, as did Webster, to be quoted
In the school books and repeated on
every platform. 1-ut no words of .mine
-and I have usei I many in the effort
-are able to con rey a notion of the
masterful ease and charm of his man
ner on the floor of the senate or of the
singular modesty, courtesy, aptness
and simplicity or' his words as they
fell from his Hi s. There were the
thunderous Webs ttr, the grandeur oi
y hose sentences no American has
equaled ; the agili minded Clay, whose
voice was like a s iver clarion; the far
seeing, fiery Cal)oun, of "the swift
sword" most f oi jaldable In debate-
but I was soon to learn that neither
nor all of these n.n gifted of heaven
so highly :ould -tope with 'the suave,
Incisive, M convers. lional sentences ' oi
Wright going straight to the heart oi
the subject and ' nylng it bare J to his
hearers. That wis what people were
saying as we left the "senate chamber,
late In the evenli i r ; that Indeed, was
what they were iilways saying after
they had heard hln answer an ad
versary. . " A- :"
(TO BE O'.WTINUED.)
white blossoms. "I believe you want friend. "You will turn into the future
to leave this lovely country." ''.;. , I and I Into the past" "
x uui wtiiuugiior , me can io go, x ve ueen ' tninsmg about your
"Well, I'm Inclined to think you are 1 uncle," he said by and by. "He is one
the kind of man who; ought to go," he of the greatest men I have ever known.
answered almost sadly; "You are You knew of that foolish gossip about
needed, i have been waiting until we nim didn't you?"
"Yes," I answered.
your behavior at CobleskllL I think "Well, now, he's krone about his busi-
you have the right spirit that is the ness the same as ever and showed by
all-Important matter. You; will' en- his life that It couldn't be true. Not a
Counter stranere comnany in the srame I word ont of html Ttnt r TnmeAV
of politics. Let me tell you a story." felVsick-Slown on the flat last winter
He told me .many stories of his life 1 By and by his children were rrrW for
in Washington, Interrupted by a sound I bread and the poormaster was going
nite mat oi approacning footsteps, we to taxe Charge . of them. . Well, who
ceased talking and presently a flock should turn up there. Just in the nick
ui pannages came near us, pacing or time, but Delia; and Peabody
uiuug uver uie mat oi leaves in a lei- naynes. They fed those children all
surely fashion. Wesat nerfecUy stilL winter and ken thpm i i,- a
young COCk bird With honnfffnl 1 tha 1, 'ia - . .
to' beetle brain. To hear him talk ruff standing out Mfee Thin 1. !
ira tnixe an 7u ean ow Dacr: or a frightened ' dog. strode Dave Ramsey who tw
hm?T;t aC?1 tow1ard" w wltb a comic threat to his story. He got up In rchtoeTother
!3L my anybody .would suppose manner. It seemd fla u UirK .r Ti"16 r
yer .nemlea go to dlmbln trees! half a mind to knot ua4o r f 3T l?
Aunt you lcok as young as ever,M I
She slapped my arm and said with
r xttock ; severity1:
-Stop that 1 W'y 1 You know better
Ilaw vigorously she stirred the fire should meet to congratulate you on
; , can't return the compliment my
. soal ! haw you've changed ayes 1" she
. ; 1 hope you ain't fit no more, Bart
; 3 can't bear to think o yoa flyin' at
SdOcs an poundln of 'em. Don't seem
it no. Jt-don;t!V; r W
-Why, Aunt Deel, what In the world
a you mean?" I asked.
"Ifs Purvis brain that does the
gxnadin', I guess," said my uncle.
-Ifis kind o got the habit It's a reg-
Vlctim of Popular Song. , .
Lawrence, Kellli tells of an aniuslng
experience he hiXt over the song,
"Douglas Gordon," He! was Intro
duced one evenitg to a gentleman
whose name heUd not catch. "I have
no desire to. meu t you, ;. Mr. Kellle,"
said the stranger. Kellle naturally
looked a little -tistonbhed, but said
nothing. "In fact" the pther went on,
"I hate the very s ound of your name.
For months past ny mther has been
worried by the iMceipi; of telegrams
aud letters of conrlence on my behalf;
and the thing is e ginning to get mo
notonous." "I'm so c ry," jtiald Kellle; "but
what's that got tc 3o with me?" "Well,
Til tell you, sj Id tho mother. v "My
name's Douglas Girdbn, and everybody
imagines that yoi r - confounded song
reiers to me. Anil with that he turned
on his heel and w i it -h
i - Much Dua; v hJttle - Honey. '
: KMany a man I iths i: a tusy as
Deer said uncle iUm, Xv nil hit
umt Duznir anr -k nc bm:
Sewing Machine Hints.
i When your sewing machine belt he
roines loose, do not stop, to take.lt off
in order to tighten it Just drop a lit
tle machine oil upon It and you will
find the belt tight, after a few turns
of the wheel. One sometimes has trou
ble because the' needle ; cuts heavy
cotton or linen goods when stitching.
If the seam Ito be stitched is rubbed
with hard white soap you will have no
more difficulty.; v'
A Tonic for Sewing Machines.
After some years' usage every sew
ing machine Is likely to clog up with
fine dust .which k the . machine oil col
lects on the bearings. As soon as the
machine begins to work heavily, take
out the shuttle and then give each
movable part a generous bath of gas
oline. Work the foot lever briskly, so
that the gasoline may penetrate every
part. The old oil and caked dust will
loosen and fall off In quantities that
will amaze you. Then open the win
dows of the sewing room and let the
fumes of the gasoline escape, w Of
course, during this cleaning process,
the machinist will take good care that
there, Is no lighted gas, lamp or, fire
In the room. It is a good plan then
to let the machine , stand without the
usual lubricating oil until ypu are
ready to use it again. A piece v of
chamois should always be kept on
hand to wipe off the superfluous -oil
before beginning to stitch.
Economy in Machine Needles.
Keep a piece of white soap In the
machine drawer, and when stitching
6""uo. uu uie seams
and von will fln . lu
- ju can
ease and with no danger
Always keep on hand In thP
drawer a smnli
. clSM,ne, and w
needle bMnmps rtnii u. Ult!
whetstone. Ynn .on 11 Hi
as new. M
An Excellent Spool Rack.
To keep machine
- "vis in htnt 1
order saw a thin hnnrn .r1
. - , ui tt(
vi. ic uionec, marK It With
nafner o ornnnl .ml -..i.
" anu yui a peg 0.
In the center of each rinr v
spool Is In Its own nlace . ...S
the thread does not become mS
With a short hatpin one can 1 1
and place the work. Keep the kJ
In the sewing machine drawer.
, Tea for Tinting.
Tea is better than coffee for iw
Ing the various shades of cream I
because there Is less chance of st!
Ing. Use a strong solution of
tea, and add this to the rinsing ti
ter,. .dipping it once or twice.
gives a better color than using j
strong enough to ghtj it the right jl
the first time it is dipped. After m
has been washed and tinted it shot
be brought back to Its original sk?
by pinning on a clean ironing bot-i
or 'several folds of a towel. Kecji
mind the shape of the lace as yon jq
and pin it so that all the scallops a
the same size. These pins should h
put in very close and the work J
quires a great deal of patience.
Life holds enticing, prospects for the
younger generation , Just i now. The
long vacation is almost here, with days
to be filled with play and quite likely
a Journey and a visit to add to its al
lurements. 5 And there Is always the
certainty of new clothes when one is
to. go visiting. A frock to travel In,
others for. play, and one or two for
grand occasions when everyone dresses
up, all help in making life one .contin
uous round of pleasure" in vacation
tlme.,v '. -V' ''':- -'; j
Since the designing of children's
clothes has been given Into the hands
of specialists who devote' all their time
and thought to It' all the-needs of lit
tle folks are well taken care of, and
mothers need only concern themselves
with making selections from the styles
submitted, to them. At the, left of
the two frocks shown above there is a
model which, is suited to .cotton mate
rials, for everday wear, and will look
well developed -In dark-colored taffeta,
for traveling and street wear. It is
made with knickerbockers and is alto
gether practical. ; ' : ' v
' As shown in the picture the dress
is plain chambray. A single box plait
at each side of the front and a front
piece gathered to a band at the neck
give it good llnes. 4 The three-quaker
length sleeves v and .the f pockets ndd
a band finish, like that of the neck, all
that ene could wish, ' but two large,
pearl buttons are' allowed for adorn
ment at the ends of : the band at 1 the
neck. V The 'wide collar "of ; white ba
tiste or Organdie is a separate affair,
and its-hem is finished with a -narrow
feather-stitching of colored silk , t ,
s ' Plain . cnaabray ' and plaid glnghnrn
' i " - ' f .
' :...tz - - :k
I I ' W- .'.." i ' r ,
' . f . - . ,-)"
make a little dress that will prove
. . . . t-ha dlV.
iui almost any nour vl j
this, romh nation of materials --
always with us. In the dress
left of the group it is shown inaV
. , i V,nr HI III - t
Having a waist or cnaun.' - .j
nf Hnhatn wth thp addition oi M
organdie In a little vestee and
Bands and tabs witn pean ,
hnttnn hnlPS mnke thiS'frOCk UK
ino. Tho stirt has inverted PlalBj
the front back and on the side, i
the' pockets, like so man j
cut on the bias of the goods w
ished with pointed bands.
l: Wornlno Frocks for Summer.
J5imnllcltv shouid guide yo J
dering your morning frocfes on
ham. .Remember smart I
marks these tub dresses.
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ing example or u .- -:
wmcn win De popumi - .p
made -of, blue and white cnec :
ham with trimmings of butcn
A square yoke of butcher i
worked in blue eyelets. thr0"j;e
a blue sUk lacer runs, ine
ment is used on cuffs with tj
4?.qutouts.w A border of
hems the skirt. " ; elets'
suede is punched with blue
fastens with a blue enamel
.. Crinkly crepe is one oi
nhrii novelties oi r
frocks are made of it dow -Usht
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