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    Atortiian Wffl Fad Oar Cot
ami a Latchkey to Over Sixteen
Hondrad Martm County Hamas
Was Well Known in East
Carolina As Tobacco
Robert E. Grimes, one of Roberson
vilto's leading citizens, succumbed to a
two weeks' attack of ptomaine pois
oning and diabetes at his home there
Wednesday evening at 6:13 o'clock.
Mr. Grime* was 58 years old, the
son of the late James H. Grimes and
wife, Caroline Robereon Grimes. He
was the grandson of Henry D. Rob
erson, for whom the town of Rober
sonville was named, and who was one
of the' prime movers in procuring the
extension of the Albemarle and Ra
leigh Railroad from Tarboro to Wil
liamston. ,
Mr. Grimes married Miss Lona
Roberson, who, with three children,
Mrs. Lester Whitfield, Alton Grimes,
and Jessie Walton Grimes, survives.
He also leaves one brother, T. Henry
Grimes, of Robersonville; and two sis
ters, Mrs. R. L. Smith, of Roberson
ville, and Mrs. A. R. Dunning, of Wil
Mr. Grimes, well known throughout
the county, was, during the past 30
years or more, one of the forward mov
ers in helping any cause for the up
building of his community. He made
many friends in every walk of life.
Taking a part in the establishment of
the Robersonville Tobacco Market,
Mr. Grimes since that time has been
either directly or indirectly connected
with the tobacco business as ware
houseman, buyer, or manager. At the
time of his death, he was sales man
ager for the Robersonville market. For
brief periods he wss connected with |
the Rocky Mount and Williamston
; Always outspoken on any question
and generally found on the right side,
Mr. Grimes, through his personality,
made friends wherever he went, and
his death comes as a decked shock
to his relatives and friends through
out the county/
Funeral services were conducted
from the home this afternoon at 2:30
o'clock by Rev. J. M. Perry, pastor,
and Rev. C. B. Mashburu, a former
pastor, of the Roberson ville Christian
church. Interment was in the new
Cemetery, Robersonville.
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Postmaster Says There Is
No Better Slogan Than
"Mail Early"
While there has been no noticeable
increase in the volume of mail receiv
ed and dispatched from the local of
fice up until now,; it will he a matter
of only a few short days before the
Christmas rush ia upon us, Postmaster
Jmsc T. Price said yesterday. At this
season of the year, there is no better
slogan than the one urging postal pa
trons to mail early that their letters,
cards, and packages can be delivered
promptly before Christmas Day.
Thousands of employees are added
to the postal forces of the country
each Christmas season to handle the
increased mails, but even with the aid
of this additional force, the depart
ment finds it impossible to make
prompt delivery when cards and pack
ages are mailed at the last minute. |
Mail early and make sure that your
greetings of good cheer and presents
reach their destination before Christ
mas day or the day after.
Library Receives First
Donation of Books
The library rooms opened several
weeks ago in office No. 5 in the Bailey
Drug Store Building, received the first
books yesterday afternoon. Mrs. W. j
E. Dunn brought six books and these
were checked and entered. Quite a
number of citizens have promised to (
give book*, and if they wish them to (
be sent for, they may notify Mrs. Myr
* tie Brown, president of the Woman's
Club, and she will have some one to,
call for them. Call Mrs. Baown over
phone at her residence. Thursday
■ afternoons between the hours of 2:30
and 5 o'clock the rooms are open.
Curb Market Prices For
Saturday Are Announced
Home Demonstration Agent
The curb market here tomorrow
morning will open its doors at 8:30 to |
any farmer or farmer's wife in the
county. We hope to have a greater
variety of produce by so doing. The
following price* will be found at the
aaaricet here tomorrow:
Hens, IS to 20 cent* pound, live;
I Broilers, 22 cents pound; Cabbage, 10
pounds IS cents; collards, 4 cents per
pound; rutabagas, 2 1-2 cents pound;
* turnip greens, 20 cents pound; cream,
' SO cents pint; eggs, 26 cents dozen;
 ffae* walnut kernels, 50 cents pound.
Circus Came, S
Conquered; No Performance
Bitter disappointment wu evi
dent in the hearta of a goodly
number of local people and other*
from neighboring communities
when they gathered on the street*
at the noon hour Wed need* y to
witness Bsrnett Brothers' parad*
scheduled at that time. The circus
came to town, bat toft before stag
ing its parade. Cancelling it* two
performances here, the small cir
cus, traveling in motor trucks, left
for Vanceboro.
It was rumored thst the organi
sation refused to pay the SSO
State, county and town tax and
canceled its This
was branded aa false, the manage
Kentucky Farmers Stop Leaf
Tobacco Sales on Account of
Low Prices Paid at Opening
17 Shopping Days
Before Christmas
Juat 17 more ahopping daya
before Christmas I
Shopping at home this
Christmas season will be of
much value toward relieving
home people who ara in need,
for home merchants give wil
lingly to charity.
Unemployment and Farm
Relief Constitute Two
Main Problems
Convening next Monday, the first
session of the Seventy-Second United
States Congress is facing a fate almost
as uncertain as that faced by the First
Continental body. It will have to deal
with unemployment, monetary prob
lems, low prices of farm products, and
then there is a presidential election
just around the corner. The session
will more than likely continue through
the winter and spring, adjourning in
time for the representatives and Sen
ators tq attend the national
tions of the two major parties some
time in June.
The four paramount questions front
ing the Congress, as mentioned by
many poeple, are as follows:
Ist: Organizing and enlarging the
federal reserve banking laws so as to
enable and require the federal reserve
bank and the member banks through
out the United States to furnish suf
ficient credit to the citizenship of the
United States on which and with which
to do business;
2nd: Legislation providing that the
national banks furnish credit to tlje
farmers and citizens owning real estate
by apothecating real estate bonds se
cured by land mortgages as it did
prior to 1928.
| 3rd: Remedial legislation providing
funds to furnish employment to the
six million, or more, unemployed in
the United States and their depend
jents. This best can be done by the
government issuing bonds, the funds
j derived therefrom to be allocated to
the several states of the Union for the
' purpose of building a national system
'of interstate hard-aurfaced highways,
! and without requiring the states to
! match federal aid;
4th: To call an international confer
ence for the purpose of restoring the
value of silver to its pre-war status.
This automatically would restore sil
' ver to its pre-war values, and would
1 preserve it for the present and future
monetfAr needs of the world, and it
1 would lissen the burdens on gold.
Little interest Locally in
Charity Football Game
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Prospects for even a small repre
sentative attendance from this com
munity upon the charity football
game tomorrow afternoon in the Duke
stadium at Durham are not very
bright juat now: No ticketa have
been offered for sale here, and as far
aa it could be learned today no one
in this immediate community has
planned to witness the game between
Duke-Carolina on the one side and
Davidson, Wake Forest and State on
the other.
According to reports received here,
there ia much interest in the game in
other parts of the State, and a fair
sized attendance ia expected.
Money raised through the ticket
aale will be used for charitable pur
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, December 4, Is3l
ment of the circus stating that
the weather was too cold for the
successful performance of the
troupem And so the traveling
band toft the country better off,
no doubt
Forced out of employment with
one of the larger circuses of the
country, the Bsrnett brothers and
a few troupers bargained for the
loan of the equipment and are at
tempting to provide themselves
employment and make their ex
penses during the dull season, it
was lesrned here.
Well, it was the nearest Wil
liamston hss come to having a cir
cus since Downie Brothers exhib
ited here several years ago.
Unanimously Agree Not To
Raise Any Tobacco
Next Year
Refusing the low prices offered them
(or their tobacco, Kentucky farmers
halted the sales on the Owensboro and
Henderson markets this week, using
drastic measures in doing so. Apples
were hurled at the auctioneers and
the burning of the warehouses was
said to have been suggested. No ma
terial damage icsulted, however, but,
warehousemen jwere Jre»dy to close
their houses until next week, at the re
quest of the growers.
Incensed because of low prices of
fered them, approximately 3,000 farm
ers attending the opening sale of the
season on the Owensboro market
broke up the bidding by hurling apples
at the auctioneers. Then the farmers
unanimously adopted a resolution not
to raise any tobacco next year.
Approximately 78,000 pounds of the
dark leaf tobacco had been told at two
warehouses for an averge of $4.61 a
hundred, compared with an average
of $8.47 on the opening day last year,
when close to 500,000 pounds were
As the auction continued and rejec
tion* became more numerous, the
farmers began voicing dissatisfaction.
Shouts of ''You can't take our tobacco
that way I" interrupted the uctioneers.
Threats to wreck the warehouses un
less the sale was stopped were heard.
Become* Serious
The demonstration assumed serious
proportions when some one hurled an
apple at W. G. Crabtree, vice president
and general manager of the Owensboro
Loose Leaf Tobacco Company, oper
ator of six of the seven warehouses
here. C'rabtree dodged the apple, but
the protests became so threatening the
sale was halted.
The farmers withdrew and several
hours later gathered at the courthouse.
Because of their number*, it was nec
essary to hold an open meeting in the
courthouse yard.
Unanimous approval was given to
resolutions to postpone the sale until
next Monday, to appoint a committee
to confer with Jame* C. Stone, chair
ma'n of the Federal Farm Board in
Washington, in an effort to obtain fi
nancing for a tobacco pool; and to
abandon plans for next year's crop.
The farmers also agreed to offer no
tobacco for sale before next Monday.
| In Washington, Chairman Stone, of
the Federal Farm Board, said farmers
I of the Green River District, where the
disturbances occurred, would be giv
en whatever assistance the board could
render. He added he had not yet con
sidered what could be done. Owens
boro farmers are sending a committee
to see him.
County Boards To Hold
Regular Meets Monday
* , ,
The regular monthly meetings of
the county boards of commissioners
and education will be held here next
Monday. As far as it could be learn
ed, no important matters of business
are scheduled for discussion before
either of the two bodies.
Starting a new year next Monday,
the officers will arrange their bonds
*nd handle other routine matters in
connection with the beginning of a
new fiscal year.
Celebrates Birthday With
Party At School Today
LiUle Mis* Patiy King, daughter
of Mr. and Mr». J. E. King, i* cele
brating her sixth birthday thi* after
noon by entertaining her little cla*»-
niates in the first , grade at »chool. A
huge cake and Eikimo pie* were serv
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Few Cases Are Disposed of
During Session Which
Closed Yesterday
The two weeks term of Martin
County Superior court, convening
here November 23 and often referred
to as a special court for the trial of
civil cases only, was adjourned yes
terday, the tribunal clearing a very
small number of issues from its doc
ket. The court suspended its opera
tions when two attorneys were held
out of court on account of illness and
the death of Mr. R,. E, Grimes, of
Robersonville. Two cases were sche
duled for trial during the last day or
two, but it was the opinion of the
attorneys that the proceedings could
not be completed in so short a time,
and they were postponed.
Comparatively few cases have been
cleared from the docket in open court,
but several were removed by agree
ment, it is understood. The appear
ance of Pete Bell, colored attorney of
Plymouth, atjtnacted much (attention
when he pleaded for Cora Hill, col
ored, in a suit against Coburn.
The jury returned a verdict favoring
the defendant, and it was learned la
ter that the case was settled by agree
Fairly good-size crowds witnessed
the proceedings during the time the
court was in session, and many wit
nesses were summoned from as far
away as Richmond and Harnett coun
Next Tuesday, Judg Jos. W. Bailey
will hold a sandwich session of his
recorder's court, and the following
Monday the regular December term
-of the superior coilrt will \fonvene
here for the trial of both criminal and
civil cases.
More Than 300 Attend Dis
trict Session Held
Wednesday -T
The work of the Jimior Order of
United American Mechanics in the
country was strikingly reviewed be
fore more than 300 people in a public
meeting held at Robersonville last
Wednesday evening. Twenty-first
District Juniors lu-ld their business
meeting {here that afternoon and that
evening prominent figures in the or
ganization made public addresses.
Juniors were present from the several
| councils located 'in four counties.
Following the business meeting, the
Juniors took part in a parade, and
soon after supper they assembled, 150
, or more of them, in the high school,
j building, where they were welcomed
,by Mayor C. M, Hurst. The main
| address of the evening was that of
1 Past National Councillor E. A. Llew
-1 ellyn, of Cincinnati, who offered an
1 interesting review of the history of the
Junior Order and told of the valuable
work now being carried on by the
organization throughout the United
States. Moving pictures, showing the
| Lexington, N. C, and Tiffany, Ohio,
orphanages were screened by Council
| lor Harris, of Tarboro. District
' Deputy S. L. Roberson was in charge
of the meeting.
Marked Increase In The
I Number Chicks in County
Reports received here from several
districts indicate that there is a sub
stantial increase in the number of
chickens being raised on Martin coun
ty farms this year. However, there is
a scarcity of fresh eggs for sale on
the local market at the present time.
| Large cooperative shipments to the
northern markets are in prospect dur
ing the early part of next year from
this county, but no shipping schedule
has been announced at this time, it
was learned from the office of County
Agent T. B. Brandon this week.
Small Child Dies at Home
Ol Parents Near Dardens
■ »
Hugh Benjamin, the six-month old
child of Mr .and Mr*. Samuel Hop
kins, of near Dardens, died last Sun
day, and was buried in the Hopkins
graveyard near Holly Springs Mon
day afternoon. Funeral services were
conducted by Rev. C. T. Rogers, of,
the local Methodist church.
"It ia a bad situation, and 8.
Clay Williams can not whitewash
it with hi# speeches, n commented
Attorney Calvin Smith, while at
■ tending court hare thia weak. ' i
Mr. Williams, president of the
R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company,
haa been explaining the tobacco
situation before various organisa
tiona throughout the Btate, apeak
tag before the Rotary club in
Oreenrille early thia week.
Welfare Workers Hold Meet
Here Last Tuesday Night
Last Meeting With Revo
lutionary Leaders Took
Place Dec. 4, 1783
General Washington's last meeting
with his officers took place in the
back parlor of Black Sam Fraunces'
Tavery just 148 year ago today, the
historic meeting taking place on De
cember 4, 1783.
On this day, we are told by the
United States George Washington Bi
centennial Commission, George Wash
ington called together ' for tKe last
time the officers of the Revolutionary
Army, then stationed in New York
City. These were the men with whom
for eight years he had counseled and
fought and starved in the War. of In
dependence. It was not necessary to
say farewell.
All recognized"lhe significance of the
summons from their chief. And, when,
shortly after noon, General Washing
ton entered the room, they knew he
had come to give them their last "or
ders." A month previously he had
said good-by to his soldiers and subal
terns, had sent most of them back to
their fall plowing. But now he must
take his leave of these, his veteran of
ficers, who had shared with him in
measure the heavy burden of com
„ The tavern they were meeting in had
associations of itself. In the days
before men began to gather in knots
on street corners and to stop their
buggies at cross roads to talk of "in
alienable rights" and "taxation with
out representation," - this tavern had
had for a device on its sign the head
of Queen Charlotte, and known
in New York as "Queen's Head Tav
But when Samuel Fraunces, stew
| ard, began to invite the murmurers in
the streets into his back parlor to con
tinue their talk of liberty, the name
I was changed to "Fraunces Tavern."
I Later, when the Revolution broke ou(,
! in earnest and "Black Sain" Fraunces;
was active on the Colonial side, the
' place became more and more a re
sort for "Rebels." ,
This historic old house still stands
at the corner of Broad and Pearl
| Streets, and is visited annually by
| thousands of tourists.
The room where Washington and
. his officers assembled, known as the
| "Long Room," ten days before had
| been the scene of an elaborate dinner
'in Washington's honor, celebrating
the evacuation of New York by the
British. Candles had then blazed from
| the chandeliers, bands had played,
toasts had been given and tributes paid
I amid loud applause.
But this December noon the cham
ber was undecorated. The only sound
was the clank of swords as the offi
cers came to attention at the entrance
|of their commander. In all the years
lof campaigning they had never seen
| Washington as visibly moved as he
I was at that moment.
1 Without any formal preliminaries he
began to speak.
"With a heart full of love and grat
itude I now take leave of you. I most
| devoutly wish that your latter days
may be as prosperous as your former
have been glorious and honorable."
! And with these simple words he
turned to General Knox, who happen
ed to be standing at his side, and em
braced him. "-j
| "Gentlemen," he then addressed the
other officers, "I can not come to each
of you to take my leave, but I shall
be obliged if each of you will come and
take me by the hand." They gath
ered around him then to shake his
hand in a long, firm clasp. It is this
scene that painters have depicted so
often—Washington surrounded by his
officers in full dress uniform, many of
them almost overcome by emotion.
Baptists Announce
Program of Services
Sunday morning at the Baptist
church is the time set aside by thf
congregation for the underwriting of
the budget for the next twelve months
of operation of the local church and
all it* activities.
The pastor asks the membership to
come to the (1 o'clock service Sunday
morning and make their subscriptions
as a part of their worship service.'
And Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock,
the canvassing teams Will meet at
the church for the purpose of calling
upon such members a* have rtot sub
scribed at the morning hour. Ac
cordingly, it is respectfully requested
that all such church members remain
at their homes between two and 3:30
o'clock Sunday afternoon. •
The sermon subject at the church
for the Sunday night service will be,
"The Enlarged Life."
Offering a three-year aubacrip
tion to The Bnterpriae for one bag
of peanuta, the publishing company
hai now atored away a good-sized
• crop of the goobera. During the
paat few daya Martin farmers have
delivered from 6 to 10 bags of the
peanuts to th eoffice daily. The
offer will be withdrawn within the
next few daya, and until that time
Bnterpriae aubscribera are respect
fully urged to take advantage of
A list of names of farmers de
livering peanuta here yesterday
follows: W. J. Griffin and G. W.
Griffin, Williamston, Route 1; S.
T. Woolard, of Robersonville; D.
L. Peel, Williamaton Route 2; J.
F. Terry, Robersonville Route 1;
Henry Roberson and Louis H.
Roberson, Williamaton Route 4;
Everett Estate, Palmyra; Lewis
Roberson and Arthur Simpson,
Williamston. R. P. D. No. 4.
Four Cases Diphtheria Are
Reported by County
Health Officer
Comparatively few contagious dis
eases were reported in this county
during last month, it was learned
from the office of County Health Of
ficer J. H. Saunders here this week.
There were four diphtheria .cases
reported during the month, two in
Williamston township; and one each
in Robersonville and Goose Nest
townships. Three scarlet fever
were reported in Robersonville town
ship. " ' V"
Pellagra, probably the most coittf;
mon disease in the county, and the
one that is ignored by the victims in
tuiny. cases, resulted in one death.
An old colored inmate passed away
at the county home near here during
the month.
While the reportable diseases were
limited in number, other diseases were
common, it was learned from the of
fice of the health officer. One pneu
monia death was reporteil in this
township, and another in Bear Grass
township. Several cases were report
ed in Bear Grass township.
Simple causes lead to serious ill
ness, and in this time of unfavorable
economic conditions, Martin County
people are urged to guard their health
more than they ever have befiye that
suffering and death migh be averted.
Visit your physician for an examina
tion; it might be that you can avert
a serious illness and prolong your life.
New Ruling Made As To
Securing Plates From
Branch Offices
"No license plates shall he issued
to any person who applies for plates
without presenting a card from the
Motor Vehicle Bureau in Raleigh," is
the ruling recently forwarded to all
branch license bureaus of the Carolina
Club, including the one at Wd
liamgton, where a majority of Mar
tin County folks buy their auto tags.
"This is a new State ruling and, un
less the public is informed of it and
heeds it, there is going to he a lot of
confusion and many are going to have
trouble getting licenses,"
The 1932 North Carolina automo
bile license plates arc the reverse in
colors of the 1931 plates. The field
is yellow and the letters are black.
Last the different classifications
of automobiles were licensed in differ
ent serials. This is not to be done
this year. All license plates are to be
in one series.
The 1931 General Assembly enacted
a law changing the method of figuring
the cost of license plates, but the new
law will cause very little change in
license costs. The lowest priced plates
still will be around $12.50.
Local Junior Class To
Present Play Tonight
Members of the junior clasi, under
the direction of their teacher, Miss
Bessie Willis, are presenting "High
Brown Breach of Promise" in the high
school auditorium here this evening at
B'oclock. The cast has been well
coached, and a pleasing performance
Mrs. Grace Evans, who owirt and
operates a large stone quarry employ
ing 52 men, at Monon, Ind., can also
operate any one of the modern ma
chines -with the quarry is
Watch the Label Oa Your
Paper Aa It Carrie* the Date
When Your Subscription Expiree
Member of Governor's Com
mittee Explains Need
Of Organization
"\ou need not look for aid outside
your county," Mr. K. T. Futtrell, Pitt
C ounty superintendent of welfare and
a member of Governor O. Max Gard
ner's unemployment and relief coun
cil, told tjVenty or more Martin Coun
ty citizens when they assembled in
the county court h>>it«c last Tuesday
evening to perfect an organization
through which an attempt vtill be
made to handle welfare problems in
this county during the next several
According to the council member,
destitute conditions will likely pre
vail throughout a large section of the
country this yt&r with the tenant and
poorer laboring classes causing this
immediate territory the gravest con
cern. Anticipating a burden of 500
families in Pitt county alone, Mr.
l'uttrell said that extensive prepara
tions were now underway there to
| care for the unfortunates. He was of
I the opinion that one-third that num
ber would be dependent upon (charity
entirely in this county during the next
five months.
1 here is sufficient food and ample
clothing in the county to care for the
needs of every one of its 23,400 souls,
but pooor distribution creates charity
I cases and to care for our 500 and yuur
1 estimated 165 families, county-w'tjle
I organizations are vitally necessary, the
I governor's representative said.
The county unite suggested by the
welfare man would be headed by a
chairman and an executive secretary
with subcommittees, including those
for food and clothing and unemploy
ment, and a county executive council,
j Mayor Robert L. -Coburn was made
chairman of the county unit, and Jas.
j t . Manning, superintendent of schools,
was given the executive secretary's
task. Miss Lora E. Sleeper, home
I agent, heads the committee on food
, and clothing, and County Agent T. B.
Brandon was mentioned as chairman
of unemployment. The persons whose
names follow will head the individual
or township units: Mrs. I.on Gray,
Robersonville; Mr. B. M. Worsley, of
iGoose Nest; Mrs. T. B. Slade, Ham
ilton; .Miss Armanda Edwards, Pop
lar Point; Mr. G. H. Forbes, Cross
i Roads; Mrs. Nathan Rogers, Bear
(■rass; Mrs. C. A. Roberson, Griffins;
Mrs. Lee Hardison, Williams; Mrs.
J. F. Martin, Jamesvillc; and Mrs. L.
B. Harrison, Williamston.
[ And now Aports are in order, no
doubt. I
WhThy-#ranting the organizations its
every due, it looks as if it will be com
pletely overshadowed by the task just
ahead. There is no help in sight from
| outside the particular community
where suffering and want are found,
and those communities will find it
| necessary to care for their own un-
Ifortunates. Several communities, es
pecially the Oak City section, have al
ready made preparations to lend a
helping hand to their needy ones.
.With the shifting of tenants between
now and- the next crop season, much
welfare work will be necessary, and
it is hoped that the various organiza
! tions now interested in the cause of
j the needy will continue their work
through the next four or five months.
The names of those attending the
meeting last Tuesday night are as
follows: R. I. Leake, J. H. Smith, Miss
Eva Irene Peelc, Miss Myra Sale, Miss
Thelma Dail, Mayor C. M. Hurst, G.
H. Cox, Mrs. Vernon Ward, Mrs. Lon
Gray, and Miss Millie Roebuck, of
| Robersonyillpf R. O. Martin, N. C.
| Barefoot, A. L. Pollock, Mrs. J. E.
I Sexton and Mrs. E. Smithwick, of
ijamesville; B. M. Worsley, of Oak
jCity; Wm. R. Watson, Mrs. John
,Gurkin, and James C. Manning, of
i Williamston, and Principal D. N. Hix,
of Everetts.
Presbyterian Services In
County Are Announced
Sunday, December 6, 1931:
Church school at 9:45 a. m.
j Worship service and sermon at 11 a.
*- Bear Graaa
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 7
p. m. ,
Roberson's Farm
Sunday school at 3 p. m.
Farm Life
Please note that there will be no
service at this point Sunday because of
the recent illness of the sMjjcer. Serv
ices will be held on the in
I We have a seat for and
worship with us.

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