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VOLUME XXX—NUMBER 80
$40,000 of County
Taxes Are Collected
Thought Collections This 1
Year Are About Same
As in 1926
GRIFFINS IS LEADING
Other Townships Behind Collection
Record of Year Ago; Change In
System Responsible
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An estimate coming from the |
sheriff's office shows were around
145,000 of the county's 1927 taxes
have been collected to date. Last
year's collections were not available
yesterday-"lTnd a comparison of 1926
and 1927 collections could not be
made. It is thought, however, that
collections so far this year are about
the same as they were last year at
this time. A small decrease can be ex- 1
pected in view of the fact that the
books were a month late in reaching
the sheriff on account of the. new
county government system recently
put into effect.
Yesterday, Griffins township was
leading in taxes paid, while practical
ly all the other townships were lag
ging behind last year's collections.
Where around $60,000 have been j
collected here in several weeks around
fifty million were collected in New
York Pity last Wednesday. The New
York Times in an article says:
"The City of New York received the
biggest tax total in its history on
Wednesday, according to a statement
issued yesterday by Controller Chas.
W. Berry. The day's collection* total
ed $50,917,490.19. One year ago on
the corresponding day the tax col
lections were $33,371,871.25."
The entire tax levy for the city a
mounts to a little over four hundred
and two million dpllars, and over
three hundred and nineteen million
have already been collected.
COUNTY AGENTS
MEET IN RALEIGH
New Home Agent for Mar
tin To Be There; Will Be
} Here January 1, 1928
The annual conference of county
agents and State extension workers'
will open tomorrow in Raleigh.
Home demonstration work will be
the topic of the first few days' dis
cussion, and only the home ,agents
will attend the first few meetings.
Miss "Pauline Smith states that -Mar
tin county will be represented by a
newly appointed agent. According to
present plans of Miss Smith, the
new agent will be ready to enter up
on her duties in the county not later
than the first of January.
Next Monday Mr. T. B. Brandon
with agents from - over the State
will go to ltaleigh for a week's in
struction. Extension workers from
Washington, D. C. will deliver lec
turse each morning, and in, the after
noons special classes will be held.
Mr. Brandon is planning on taking
special work in poultry raising. He
will also take special work in other
phases of farm work.
Recommend Elimination
Of Many Radio Stations
Washington, D. C., Dec. I.—The
Federal Radio commission recom
mended the elimination of half of
the now-existing radio stations of
this country, if the recommendation
of the commission is followed, around
300 radio stations in the United
States will be closed.
Most of the new stations, especial
ly those built in 1927 are expected to
lose their licenses after the first of
February, 1928.
STRANH
THEATRE IJ
WEDNESDAY
DON'T MISS
Buddy Roosevelt, Jr.
in the
"DANGEROUS DUB"
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Also Comedy and
FREE TICKET
FOR SHOW FRIDAY
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Always a Good Show:
THfi ENTERPRISE^
BUT SIX AUTO
LICENSES SOLD
Local Bureau Reports Slow
Sale; No Extension To
Be Granted
The sale of automobile and truck
Licenses got off to a slow' start la.,i
week and Up until Boon yesterday the
local bureau had sold only six plate 3.
Several reasons for the slow sale of
the licenses by managers ibf the lical
bureau, and while they expect the sale
of the tags to increase shortly there
will likely be one of the greatest
rushes for licenses right at the last
minute than has been experienced be
fore, The State forbids automobile
owners putting the tigs on their cars
before' the first of January, conse- ;
quently the people are in no hurry j
to make their purchases.
According to an announcement made j
by the Carolina Motor club, there will
be no extension of time granted for
the purchase of the tugs this sea-1
son.
BAPTISTS HEAR
y MISS WALTON
Meredith College Girl Talks
In Two Churches of
County Sunday
Miss Katie Lee Walton appeared
in two Baptist churches in this coun
ty last Sunday, speakingTw'the Con
gregation of that denomination in
Everetts in the afternoon and to a
similar congregation here that even
ing. She is one of the fifty Meredith
College gills who came into Eastern
North Carolina thin week end to
speak in behalf of the Centennial (
Fund now being raised by the people
of the Baptist denomination.
Miss Walton made a short speech '
here and made it well. The direct
, new and simplicity of her manner
won those who heard her. Well
poised, simple in dress and manner,
she herself was an incarnation of the
thing she was speaking of, namely,
Christian education.
Great progress is being made by
the denomination in raising the vari- j
ous quotas, and it was said by the
pastor of the local church today that
he contemplated no trouble whatever
in rai-ing the quota of the William
ston church.
FORD SHOWING
BLOCKS TRAFFIC
250,000 People See New Car
in New York City
Last Friday
Traffic was blocked and as many as
fifteen policemen Were called out to
handle the crowds last Friday as they
went to the Ford showrooms in the
big cities. In New York-City, 250,1)00
people visited the great showrooms of
the dealers in that city and saw the
real Ford. Fifty thousand orders were
placed with the dealers there, and or
ders continued to pour in all Sat
urday and yesterday almost as fast
as they did on Friday.
Messrs. Woolard and Green, local
dealers, stated yesterday that they
had an even greater showing than did
New York, for where one twenty -
eighth or thereabouts of the popula
tion in the big city saw the new Ford,
practically the entire population in
Williaqsston heard about the much
talkad-about thing.
The dealers here would not say
just when they expected their first
car, but gave out strong hints that
I they would receive one the latter part
I or the first of next week.
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County Agent's Report
For Month of November
A report to the county commission
ers in session here yesterday showed
where the greater part of November
was used by the county agent in get*
ting orders for a car of Pyrotol and
making deliveries. Many hogs 'were
treated, as usual Mr. Brandon states
Several days were used by the agtn*
ir. assisting farmers in curing sw t
potatoes.
"Farmers who want to get orders
for farm drain tile are asked to sec
the county agent any time this fhonth
or in January. The proper drainage
of farm lands in this county is ve»y
important, and farmers are urged to
better it whereever possible."
Tlj: report shows where the agent
spent eighteen days in the field, seven
days in-the office, held ninety-nine of
fice conferences, seventy-two tele
j hone calls answered, one hundred
and seventy-two letters written, toAy
mne farms visited, six hundred and
ninety three miles traveled on official
duties and ninety-three hogs treated
Williamston, Martin County, North Caroling, Tuesday, December 6, 1927
ASK FOR SPECIAL
TERM OF COURT
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County Commissioners in
Regular Meeting Here
Yesterday
A resolution, asking for a special
term of superior court in this county
for the trial of civil cases to begin
January 30 and continue two weeks
was passed by the County Commis
sioners at their regular meeting here
yesterday. The session yesterday went
by without features, there being lit
tle business on the day's program.
Mr. J. G. Barnhill was elected chair
man for the ensuing year.
Rosette Knight was allowed the
sum of $2.00 per month on account of
outside poor.
Dr. William E. Warren was again
elected county health officer at a sal
ary of S3O per month.
W. E. Clark, of Cross Roads town
ship was released from payment or
tax on SI6OO solvent credits listed by
error.
The official bonds of the clerk 'of;
i court, register of deeds, sheriff and
I county treasurer were examined, re*
| vised and approved.
REGISTER FOR
POWER ELECTION!
Books Closed Saturday J
| Election To Be Held on
Tuesday, 20th
The registration for the special
power election to be held here the
20th of this month closed last Satur
day evening after 328 people had reg
istered. With little interest in the
registration evident when the books
were first opened, the number gradu
ally increased and in the last day or
so around a hundred people placed
their names on the books. During this
week, the books will be open for chal
lenge, and anyone is at liberty to re
view the registration and should there
be cases of irregular registering, !
I such cases should' be reported to the |
judges of election. *
The election on Tuesday, the 20th i
of this month means much to the
! town proposition merits the
i of everyone who has
registered. If it is a\good thing, the
qualified voters should see that the
election is carried; if it is a bad thing,
it is the, duty of the qualified voters
to tuiii it dow.n. One way or the other,
1 each of us should give the situation
j careful study and vote according to
j the fthdings.
MEET AT LOCAL
SCHOOL MONDAY
Parents-Teachers Associa
tion and Woman's Club
To Hold Joint Meeting
Mr. S.-.m Perry, of the Wear-Ever
Aluminum company, will give a spec
ial demonstration in the use of Wear-
Ever aluminum at a joint meeting of
the purer, s-teachers association and
Woman'ir club in the school audi-1
torium here next Monday night. Be
sides giving the demonstration, Mr. I
Perry will make a short talk on
"Health and Food Values."
Members of both the school organ
' ization and Woman's club as well as
the general public are invited and urg
ed to attend the meeting.
In connection with the attendance
upon the meeting, Mr. Perry's com
pany will give several prizes, and for
each person present, twenty-five cents
worth of aluminum will be given the
school. Imagine how well a domestic
science room could be equipped with
cooking utensils should the audi
torium li»-packed that'evening.
Mr. Perry gave a similar demon
stration and lecture at the Robetson
ville school last Thursday evening,
and in spite of the bad weather, a
good number attended the meeting
and were pleased with the prizes and
donations made to the school.
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Episcopal Women To
Have Bazaar Thursday
The Woman's Auxiliary of the
Episcopal church have made extensive
preparations during the past several
months for the annual church bazaar
at the Woman's club next Friday
night. The ladies will have many use
ful gifts on display, and are announc
ing a turkey ([dinner for that even
ting.
Christmas Seal Sale
One-Third of Quota
While the local committee is far
from its goal, it has sold around one
third of the tuberculosis Christmas
' seals up to the present time.
the sale ends Christmas, the com
mittee thinks it will dispose of all
the 20,000 seals assigned ss a quota
to this community.
Mr. J. W. Hines, of Oak City, was
a business visitor here today. '
CITY FATHERS IN!
REGULAR, MEET
HERE LAST NIGHT
Only Few Minor Matters
Brought Before Board
Meeting
TAX QUESTION AGAIN
Still Having Trouble With Taxes on
Northern Boundary of '
Town Limits
It goes without saying that the
town has an unlimited numbur of tax
problems bunched along its boundary
just beyond the At a regu
lar meeting of the town commission
ers last night, a relief order was
granted to Gurthie Strawbridge on
property incorrectly Hated in town.
Several months ago the town's boun
dary was extended out beyond the
cemetery, but from the way com
plaints have come before the com
missioners, one would think tfje tax
line went to the canal. Gradually
however, the tax line has been work
ed back to a point within keopiug and
the complaint last night showed where
about one-sixteenth of a lot was in
town and the remaining fifteen
sixteenths of the property were in the
country. During the several months
just passed not over one or t\vo meet
ings have been held without a com
plaint coming from along that boun
dary line. The commissioners have
had the line surveyed and half of the
town's officials have walked the boun
dary from end to end in an effort to
straighten out tax differences.
Permission was refusml Gurthie
Strawbridge to build a stoi* on wheels
and place it On the lot at the rear
of the Atlantic hotel. This .action was
followed when it was found that the
portable structure would be located
in the fire district of the town.
L. B. Shrier, of Norfolk, interested
in a national publicity number of the
Enterprise, before the Board
and asked its support in. publishing
the edition. It was found that such
j procedure on the part of town of
I ficials was illegal, and the matter was
■ referred to the local civic organiza
! tions.
Frank Carstarphen pleaded with
the three members oWs hoard
present at the meeting to extend the
[ time limit for dances held here. The
i'commissioners reflated to listen to
the pleadings, and, stSted that the
dance would have to be held in ac
cordance with the now existing or
dinances. Uptfn a-motion martir'by Mr.
W. T. Meadows, those provisions al
lowing a certain per cent, of dance
receipts go to various organizations
were rescinded, and policing of dances
I was ordered paid in advance.
—Soon after "this procartufe, "the T»o aril
entered into a secret session.
COURT SEASON
BEGINS TONIGHT
Local High School Basket
ball Team To Meet *
Windsor Here
The local high school basketball
team will bpen the season here to
night in a practice game with the
Windsor high school boys. Practice
has been carried on for hardly m&re
than a week, but Coach Hood is fast
developing the boys into a presentable
team, and bids to make a creditable
showing in that sport thi.s season.
Schools in the county refused to en
ter their teams in the peanut cage
tourney in Ahoksie this week on ac
count of the long schedule which
Would lequire the players to be out
of school a greater part of the week.
Parent-Teachers To Meet
At School Thursday, 3:45
>
The regular meeting of the parents
teachers associat on will be held
Thursday, December 8 in the school
audifbrium at 2:45 p. m. You are ask
ed to be present. -
LOCAL HIGHS TO PLAY
VANCEBORO HTKK FRIDAY
The Becond game on the high school
basketball schedule will be played
here Friday night when the locals
meet Vanceboro.
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E4RLY
Is ,the Town Making Money
On Its Electric Power Plant?
PEANUT SHOW
GETS UNDER WAY
Tobacco PageaVit Staged by
Williamston People At
Opening Last Night
The second peanut exposition to be
held m America was opened last
n.ght at Ahoskie.
The town had made extensive
preparations to receive the many vis
itors from the peanut sections of
Carolina and Virginia. The streets
were a blaze with electric light es
pecially arranged by the Virginia
Electric and I'ower Company. Many
beautifully decorated floats' of the
peanut, corn, cotton, tobacco arrti other
crops and industries paraded the long
streets of the progressive host^^own.'
Tne parade ended at a big toblcco
warehouse where a pageant was pre
pared by Mrs. Francis 1). Winston,
and which brought unlimited praise
and applause from all present.
Airs. Winston showed the waves of
the ocean as they receeded from the
lands. As the waves hurriyd away,
th* sand queen made her appearance.,
The red men finally came to the j
friendly queen, and through the |
friendship which followed, Indian |
corn, tobacco, cotton and the peanut
became close associates in the same
field. _Jealousies followed and each
claimed the king's crown. Gotton, for
a time, held the crown and in turn
corn, tobacco and peanut entered their
priests. ■
The contest was settled by a vote
of the visitors. Indian corn's claim
was presented by the two little twin
town of Woodville and Lewiston.
Cliowan College and Murfreesboro
upheld cotton. The cause of tobacco
was championed by Williamston with
Joe Ilurton.as King Tobacco. Roxobel,
Ivelford and Windsor assisted by
Colerain put the peanut in the run
ying. After a fair discussion, follow
i ing the exhibitions, the crown was
piiMxed on Mr. Peanut.
The tobacco feature was staged by
Mrs. Wheeler Martin as leader with
a large number of local people as
sisting. Young girls, Mary Alice Dun
ning, Elsie Andrews, Rebecca Harri
son, Louise l'erry, Ruth Norton, Mil
dred Gurganus, Jane Moore and
Thelma Cook were dressed in green
and represented the growing plant.
Orange or ripe tobacco was used for
the costumes wron by Eugenia Hoyt,
Ruth. Pee). Whitley, Jthdinu.
Brown, Nellie Teel, Hazel Edmund ion,
Tiliie l'erry and Julia Ward.
As early users of the weed, the foL
lowing countries were represented:
France by Casper Baldwin, England
by Harry Meador, Ireland by Hubert
Morton, Spain by Seth Baugh-un,
America by Leaman Barnhill and Jay
Griffin represented the world.
STOCKINGS FOR
OTEEN PATIENTS
Woman's Club Asked To
Send As Many Christmas
Stockings As Possible
The local Woman's club is a ked
by Mrs. N. Buckner, general chair
man of the Christmas stocking com
mittee for Oteen, to send as curuy
stockings as jtoasibe for t)m— 'lj|ist
mas celebratioh given each year at
the L. S. Veterans' hospital at Ct3en.
For the past several years, the clubs
have very generously remembe;cd all
patients and personnel, at the hospital
on Christmas Eve with a filled Christ
mas stocking as a message of good
cheer. The club women of Asheville
assist in the distribution of these
stockings on Christmas Eve at a
party given by the Red Cross.
Th- patients who are too ill to at
tend the party have their stockings
carried to them by a Red Cross work
er, accompanied by Santa Cl&us, thus
everyone is remembered. *■ ,
Those who will gjve stocking; are
asked to send them to Mrs. J. F,
'i'higpen^
The stockings should be- made of
colored mosquito netting, red or
green where possible,.as this adds to
the Ghristmas touch and are filled
with small gifts, candy in oil paper
bags, nuts, raisins, dates, figs but no
perishable fruit.
Plesse send them -early that they
may be delivered to the Bed Cross at
Oteen Hospital several dyas b('ore
the Christmas Eve party.
Be sure to place your name with
street and post office address in the
toe of the stocking wish to
hear from your gift. Remember this,
for so often a card with no address
is enclosed and the gift is not ac
knowledged. Also remember that
many of the patients are quite sick,
and while your gift is much appreci
ated, they do not feel able to write
a letter.
FERTILIZER TEST
IS COMPLETED BY
STATE STATIONS
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Publish Results of Experi-1
ments Extending Over
Twelve-Year Period
BOOKLET IS FREE
Phosphoric Acid Essential on All Soils;
Similar Tests Conducted Last Two I
Years in Martin County
Results ■ made known of far
' "tilizer experiments with tobacco cov
ering a period of twelve years at the
Oxford tobacco Station and a lesser
I time at Reidsville, have now been
i published in technical bulletin IVJ-T,
•'Fertilizer, Tests with tlue-cured To
bacco" by the L'ifited States Depart
ment of Agriculture. This work in
this State was done in cooperation
with the.State Department of Agri
culture and the North Carolina Fx-1
periment Station at State College.
ly announcing the new bulletin,)
"the. governmental authorities state
| that it will be of great value to to
bacco growers throughout the entire
flue-cured tob&cco regin. They say
also that- it will be of value to ex
tension workers, county agents and
students of agriculture.
Because tobacco is grown for the
most part on light and relatively in
fertile soil, the authors believe that
the growers can go far in regulating
the yield and quality oft the crop by
the wise selection and proportions of
the fertilizer used.
Phosphoric acid was found essential
on all spoils, particularly virgin soils
and those applications of fertilizer
from 800 to 1,000 pounds per acre
' should be of mixtures containing at
least 6 per cent of this element. Vhe
ammonia or nitrogen should alsq be
carefully controlled. Too much inter-'
l feres with the quality of the weed-but
from 30 to 40 pounds per acre favors
r quantity as wej| as quality proJbc
( turns. A combination of materials
from both an organic and inorganig.
source fs recommended. Potash, states
the bulletin, is perhaps the nioHl im
portant single element in insuring
quality in tlfc crop. From 40 to 60
pounds ""an acre provi>d sufficient in
| the combinations tented but higher ap
plications were favorable in giving
I greater resistance to leaf spot
in certain seasons. Also, too much
I chlorine applied potash, in
, jured the burning quality of the leaf.
The tests also indicated the de
sirability of including some magnesia
in~ the fertilizer mixture or applying
it in the form of ground-magnesian
i limestone. Where magnesia is de
i fiieient, both the yieljl and quality of
i the flue-cured tobacco suffer. How
-1 ever, limestone should not be applied
Jto excess as it tends to favor root
diseases and . liberate* ammonia. The
| bulletin indicates that applications of
j|,1,000 pounds per acre of ground dolo
'Tiitii- limestone is favorable for high
er production anil a better quality of
.obacco leaf.
The United States Department of
Agriculture offers the bulletin free of
• barge to tobacco growers and others
I on application.
A similar test was conducted in this
I county this year and last by Messrs.
: J. H. Floyd and Agent T. 11. Brandon.
results at the Oxford station are
(ifVctifiUry th~e same as those found
in thiii county.
TWO PROGRAMS
I FOR EVERETTS
Fiddlers' Convention and
Play at School There
This Week
Everetts and community faces a
well-arranged entertainment program
this week; for on Thursday night,
fiddlers will assemble there from sev
' eral counties and join in an ole time
I fiddlers' convention, and then on the"
I I following night, Friday, the active
Modem Woodmen camp there will
. give, evidence to its beorism by stag
ing ''tteved by the Woodmen", a com
edy drama in four acts.
Careful planning has been made for
the fiddlers' convention which will be
held in the school auditorium there at
8 o'clock, .iind a splendid program is
assured. play which will also be
-held in the fiveretts school audi
torium at 8:00 o'clock is being ar
ranged by members of the camp, and
a packed house is expected to witness
it Friday night.
Christian Philatheas
To Meet Friday Night
The Philathea cfass of the Chris
tian church will meet at the home of
Mrs. Henry D. Harrison Friday night
i at 7:30 o'clock. All members are in
vited. ' i i
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Advertisers Will Find Our Col
umns a Latchkey to Over 1,600 '
Homes of Martin County
ESTABLISHED 1898
Proposed Sale of Plant
Makes Study of Question
Imperative
FIGURES FROM AUDIT
Interest" and Depreciation Cut Gross
Earnings of Plant Down to Where
Los* Is Shown
Is the town making money on its
light plant?
This question has come well to the
front since the selling of the town's
•light -distribution system has, been
put before the people for considera
tion. According to the latest audit
made in June, the Town of William
ston has invested in its light and
water plant $135,417.19. At the pres
ent time the plant is not listed at that
price, but according to the audit it is.
valued at $117,640.24 or $17,777.25
less than the originaf cost.
The town issqed six per cent, bonds,
"amounting to $230,000 for the building
of its light and water system. The
audit \hows that of these bods $207/
000 are now outstanding, and around
$23,000 has been paid. The total in
come from, fight customers for the
year ending May 31, 1027 was $20,-
855,84. The Cost of production was
$10,197.30, making an apparent in
come of $10,658.54. lnteresi on $117,-
640.24, the reputed value of the plant
at this time, amounts to $7,058.40,
and when that "amount'is deducted
from the apparent income, there is
left a sum of only $3,800.13. De
preciation comes in and continues to
cut apparent profits. The entire dis
tribution system must be rebuilt at
once as most of the pole line is un
safe and in its present condition
broken service can be expected.
The question of obsoletion should
be considered, for the steam unit at
the plant at this time is running at
a loss even, though the current it
generates sells for fifteen cents the
kilowatt hour« The cost to operate
the unit is more than the return from
it, and it has to run certain hones
practically every day to furnish the
""necessary power and lights.
The question of what a fair de
preciation would be on a plant similar
to the one here is viewed differently
by many men. The best accountants
figure from six to ten per cent, an
nually. The government allaws eight
per cent., and if that rate is applied
to the local plant, a depreciation a
mounting to $9,161.214- would have to
be cared for. This would make the
plant show a loss of $5,86J|.09 How
ever, street lighting and water pump
ing should be entered as a $5,000 %
credit to the plant, but still a loss of "
$861.00 remains.
Suppose the town charged a ten
cent rate instead of a fifteen-cent
one, the loss would have been around
$7,500 for the year ending May 31,
1027. 4
RECORDER HAS
" BUT ONE CASE
Rufu3 Taylor Sentenced To
Ten Months in Jail;
Appeals
Recorder's court here today was
unusually quiet and had it not been
for ail old case brought over, there
would have been nothing before the
court.
The case was against Rufus Taylor,
a young white man, who got drunk
several months ago and did consider
able fighting and stole a few things.
The attorney for the defendant con
tended that it was not Taylor that
did the fighting and stole, stating it
was the liquor in him.
Judge Bailey admitted the fact that
liquor did its part perfectly in the
fijpht, but for the stealing, he decided
to Jiold young Taylor to blame. The
Judge gave the defendant ten months
in the bo.uuty jail, the last nine of
the term to be served on the Edge
combe . roads. The nine months are
to be suspended upon payment of cost
and on good behavior of Taylor.
From this judgment an appeal was
made to the superior court which will
be held here next Monday. Bond was
fixed ut S3OO for his appearance.
The court's proceedings were heard
by two officers, two lawyers, one de
fandant, one judge, one spectator and
one newspaper man. Some cftwd.
Important Meeting Of
Juniors Thursday Night
An urgent call is being made this
week by officers of the local Junior
Order to jnembers, insisting that they
attend a meeting of the organization
Thursday night at 7:80 o'clock. Im
portant business is scheduled for the
meeting and it is necessary that a
large represntaUon of the members be
: present.
    

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