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SHELBY, N. C. MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1929. Published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Afternoons
The Markets.
'Jotton, spot _.......-20c
Cotton Seed, per bu. ........ 55!ic
Fair Tuesday.
Today's North Caroltna Weather
Report: Mostly fair tonight and
Tuesday. Slightly colder tonight In
northeast and north central por
21 Week-End Deaths.
The death toll in the United
States oyer the week-end reached
11 in four accidents. Nine members
of one family were killed in a grade
crossing crash in New York; three
men were killed in an airplane |
crash at Eos Angeles; five persons. ]
four of one family, were killed in
an auto-bus collision at Elkhart,
Indlania. Four were killed when a
train struck a car at Marysville,
Another Tornado.
A negro woman was killed and
fifteen white people Injured Sunday
afternoon when a tornado struck
the West Wateree section near
Camden, S. C.
Democrats Done
College Leader
Revolt In Party With New View Of
Republican Party May
Mean End.
Washington.—"Existence of wide
spread revolt in the Democratic
party, and the steady growth in the
south of a new attitude towards
the Republican party, threaten
Democratic supremacy,” Prof. J. C.
De Rouhac Hamilton, University of
North Carolina, told the National
League of Women voters in an ad
dress here.
The solid south is "cracked,”
■‘split,” "liquified,” and ‘‘demolish
ed,” Prof, told his audience. "The
future of the Democratic party in
the south” was the subject of his
address and he presented a master
ly picture of conditions in Dixie, al
ready known to political leaders
The speaker said in part "It is
readR^ apparent that there is a wide
spread cleavage between the north
ern and the southern wings of the
national Democratic party. They are
far apart in sentiment no longer do
they reverence the same Gods, their
shibboleths are very different. And
what the ultimate outcome will be
no man knows. But all of us know
the result and of the 1924 and 1928
the first Republican votes thousand
will not return to their original
party allegiance.
Every one of our great party re
volts has seen a similar shifting of
allegiance. In all of them can be
found the same type of dissatisfied
groups Which caused in part at least
the party split. But there are sev
eral elements in the present situa
tion which deserves special men
Religion Plays Part.
The largest and most Important
element Is made up of those whose
refusal to support the party was
based on grounds of religion or mor
als. What they will do In the future
speculation: Will they Join the Re
publican party? Will they overturn
the present Democratic organization
or will they return quietly to the
party fold?
If the declaration of their most
influential leader Bishop James
Cannon that the condition of his
realignment with the Democratic
party Is that its leaders frankly
and publicly admit their mistakes”
and confess their lack of ability to
understand and appreciate the mor
al Issues involved in the election
which determined the attitude and
votes of the anti-Smith Democrats
be accepted by the rank and file
of the Insurgents if the regulars to
quote another prominent anti
Smith Democratic must come on
bend knee to the bolters it is safe
to say that the split in the party
will not soon be mended. And it
may well be remembered that in
a number of southern states this
(Continued On Page Eight >
Mail Will Leave
Here By Bu« Now
It is announced at the Shelby
postoffice that beginning last Sat
urday first-class mail will leave
Shelby by bus for Gastonia at 4:50
each afternoon. Mall intended for
this trip must be at the postoffice
by 4:20. The mail by bus plan came
about in order that outgoing Shel
by mall could catch No. 38 north at
Gastonia. A change in connection
has caused the down Charlotte mail
to miss this train recently, but now
Shelby mail will reach No. 38 and
arrive In Greensboro in time to
catch the air mail.
On Magazine Staff.
A dispatch from Davidson college
states that Mr. Louis C. Roberts,
ron of Vpt. and Mrs. J. P. Jenkins,
has been named assistant business!
manager of the Quips and Cranks,
♦he college annual
Eskridge Gives History
Of Banking In Shelby
First Bank Organized In 1869 In Wooden
Building Next To Courtview Hotel. First
National Bank In 1903. Shelby Has Never
Known A Bank Failure. Cache Of Pennies
Under Hotel Charles.
Who remembers when Shelby's first bank was organized, and where
it was located? Did you know that the present home of Mr C. C.
Blanton, First National president, was built by the town's first banker
and has been occupied by leading bankers since? Did you know that no
Cleveland county bank has ever failed? And did you know that years
ago all the pennies in Shelby were burled in a jar under the present Ho
tel Charles to get them out of circulation? That was the day when the
bank in Shelby, formed by Jesse Jenkins, was the only bank between
Charlotte and Asheville. .___—
All the above information and
other historical facts about Shelby
were given recently to the Rotary
club here by Mr. Forrest Eskridge.
First National cashier, in a survey
of Shelby banking.
Mr. Eskridge’s talk contained val
uable historic information in re
gard to early Shelby, and the very
interesting story related by him is
reproduced below by The Star just
as delivered to the Rotary club:
The first bank organized in Cleve
land county was organized by Jesse
Jenkins and H. D. Lee about the
first of the year 1869 and opened
for business in the wooden building
adjoining the present Courtview ho
tel, which was owned by Crawford
Durham. One of the outstanding
men of wealth and influence in
Shelby at that time. The name of
the banking firm was called J. Jen
kins & company, private bankers,
the members of the firm being Jesse
Jenkins and H. D. Lee. For years
Jesse Jenkins was clerk of the
court for Cleveland county, and
uncle by marriage of Dr. E. B. fcat
tltnore, Mr. J. J. Lattimore, Mr.
Nelson Lattimore and others of the
family now living in Shelby and
a close kinsman of Mr. J. J. Mc
Murry. In fact Mr. Jenkins and Mr.
McMurry were both named for the
same person, another Jesse Jenkins
from whom they were descended.
Mr. Jenkins had amassed consider
able wealth for that day and time
but had the misfortune to lose It all
in a business venture in Shelby. He
later went to Texas and recouped
his fortune becoming fairly well off.
He died in Texas many years ago,
but his body was returned to his
native soil and rests in Sunset ceme
tery. His monument is the tallest
spire in the cemetery.
Lee Was Partner.
His partner in the first banking
firm was a young lawyer. Mr. Har
vard D. Lee, who had come to Shel
by from South Carolina to practice
his profession, marrying Miss
Dameron, a member of a prominent
family in Cleveland county. When
Major Jenkins lost his fortune and
moved to Texas, Mr. Lee induced
Mr. Burwell Blanton, the father of
Mr. C. C. Blanton, George Blanton
and my mother, to become intere
ested with him, also taking in the
firm the late Samuel J. Green, the
firm name being H. D. Lee & com
pany, private bankers. Later busi
ness interests and investments
caused Mr. H. D. Lee to move to
Knoxville, Tenn., to live and where
he died many years ago. When he
left Shelby his interest in the bank
ing firm was sold to his partners
namely H. D. Lee & company, for
several years, Mr. Samuel J. Green
being in actual charge of the ad
ministration of the bank affairs.
Mr. Jenkins who headed the first
(Continued on page eight.)
Final Tax Paying
Period This Week
Sheriff Allen Now Preparing List
To Advertise Delinqnent
Only a few more days of grace
remain for the late taxpayers
in Cleveland county.
The first day of May Wednes
day, Is technically the last day
1928 taxes may be paid, but
Sheriff Irvin Allen is now pre
paring a list of unpaid taxes
to be advertised in The Star
of Friday, May 3, and taxpay
ers who settle with him prior
to that time will not be on the
Fallston Finals
May 3rd To 7th
Rev. E. B. Jenkins To Preach
Sermon And Dr. J. B. Davis To
Deliver Sermon.
Fallston school finals begin May
2, and continue through May 7 with
the following program.
Thursday evening. May 2.—Ele
mnetary grades in diversified pro
gram of drills, songs and playlets.
Saturday evening, May 4—Senior
play, ‘‘Much Ado Aobut Betty.”
Sunday afternoon. May 5—Bac
calaureate sermon by Rev. E. B.
Jenkins of Rutherfordton.
Tuesday evening, May 7—Gradu
ation exercises; address by Dr. J.
B. Davis, president of Boiling
Springs Junior college.
The following is a list of gradu
Boys—Franklin Bumgardner,
Sherman Beam Costner, Robert
Wason Falls, Talmadge Hoyle Lee
(Valedictorian), Clarence Poe Mor
ris, Charles Dixon Stroup, Paris
Franklin Wilson, Furman Alexan
der Wright.
Girls—Ola Bryte Boggs, Bryte
Co6tner, Maude Alice Gantt (Salu
(Contlnued On Page Eight)
John Champion Is
Buried At Union
Mr. John Champion, age 77
years who died Saturday afternoon
at the home of a relative, Cad
Spake on Gidney street was buried
this afternoon at Union Baptist
church in the community where
he formerly lived. Funeral services
were conducted at the Palmer fu
neral home. He is survived by sev
eral sisters and a daughter, Mrs.
Hunt who lives at Mooresville. Mr.
Champion lived in the county many
years and has many friends who
regret to learn of his death.
Shelby Highs Beat Cliffside
For First Win In Bid For 3rd
N. C. Baseball Championship
Goode, Visiting Third-Saeker, And
Capt Lee Slam Out Homers.
Hamrick Pitches Well.
Casey Morris' Shelby highs got a
flying start in the race for their
third North Carolina baseball title
here Friday afternoon by piling up
a 14 to 4 score on the strong Cliff -
side team in the first game of the
state title series.
Some of the flashiest high school
baseball ever seen here along with
some of the sorriest was exhibited
during the afternoon.
J. Goode, who started the game
at third and wound up pitching,
for “Pop'’ Simmon's team, was
easily the star of the day, securing
two of the five hits made off Sher
rill Hamrick, one a homer with a
runner on, and contributing two
flashy infield stops. Rivalling Goode
for honors was Capt. Owens Lee,
• Continued on page eight )
Shelby In Title
Contest Tuesday
The Shelby highs will play
their second championship
game here Tuesday afternoon
with Henrietta-Caroleen fur
nishing the opposition. The
visiting team is unusually
strong and the local outfit
will have to play jam-up base
ball to remain in the fight for
the school's third State cham
pionship. Admission will be 25
and 35 cents.
"I.efty” Moore may do the
hurling for Shelby as Queen
Is still out with an injury and
Hamrick pitched Friday’s vic
tory. If Shelby wins, Morris’
boys w’il play Lincolnton in
the third title game here Fri
day. Wednesday Shelby plays
a return game with Cliffside.
Historic Talk
('ashler Forrest Eskridge, of the
First National bank. In a talk re
cently before the Shelby Rotary
club gave the history of banking In
Cleveland county which is published
in The Star today.
Son Of Governor
Sees Negro Die In
State Death Chair
Negro First Person To Die Vnder
First Governor To Oppose
Chair Sentences.
(Special to The Star.)
Raleigh, April 29—When Lee Mc
Murry, young negro man. died Fri
day morning in the electric chair
at Raleigh for the murder of J. N.
Dixon. Gaston county farmer, it
was the first execution carried out
under Governor O. Max Gardner,
who Is North Carolina's first Gover
nor to declare against capital pun
As a matter of record the big black
died in the presence of Governor
Gardner’s eldest son. James Webb
Gardner, popularly known among
his Shelby friends as "Decker.”
Young Gardner stood near the dy
namo. but did not go into the
octagonal death room.
"Let me make a little prayer,”
McMurry said s« he stumbled over
the solemn litany intoned by a
quartet of negro preachers leading
him to the electric chair but War
den Honeycutt did not hear the re
quest and McCurry mumbled “Lord
have mercy on me” until four min
utes of fire struck him.
Child’s Brain.
McCurry, a powerful black, de
scribed as having the brain of a
nine-year-old, hardly lived up to
his intellectual reputation. Two
equally stupid men may have died
there, out none Who surpassed him
In sheer senselessness.
McCurry took the current two
minutes and 52 seconds, then Rotar
lan Doctor Wall, of Winston-Sa
lem, dropped a portion of his
sethoscope. Laid against the huge
chest of McCurry, Dr. Wall said,
"better give him a little more.”
The “little more” was a minute
and ten seconds.
Many Attend Funeral
Of W. R. Tesseneer
A large crowd attended the fu
neral of Mr. W. R. Tessener at Zion
last Wednesday, he having died the
previous day with pneumonia. Mr.
Tessener who was 65 years of age
was married to Anne Short who
survives with eight children: Griftin
Dave, Zadie, Everett, Clarence,
James, Artie and Malie Ina.
Serving as pall bearers were R. L.
Jones, Webb Mauney, Will Lane,
Albert Bridges, D. W. Curtis, and
Everett Curtis. Flowers girls were
Pearl Towery, Cora Tessener, Oris
Jones, Virginia Biggerstaff, Ona
Carroll, Johnnie Carroll, Agnes
Green, Rosa Lee Curtis.
Executive Board Of
Scouts To Meet Here
On Tuesday night May 7, the exe
cutive board of the Piedmont
Council Boy Scouts of America will
hold a meeting at the Hotel Charles,
Shelby, according to an announce
ment mads by J. W. Atkins, editor
of the Gastonia Gazette and presi
dent of this council. Thus Ls to be
a very important meeting when
council business will come up and
Mrs. Charles Miller, assistant na
tional field director of the national
headquarters with Mr. F. D. Chad
wick of the regional headquarters
will be present and address the
Paul Putnam, a nephew of Mrs.
J. D. Eskridge, and a veteran of
the World war. remains critically
ill in the national sanitorium at
Johnson City, Tenn.
Election Is
Week Off,
City Quiet
I nusual Quietude Prevails In City
With Flection Right Around
Shelby's biennial battle of ballots
will lake place a week from today
and political interest Is at such a
low heat that it is no easy matter
to start a conversation on city pol
ities, much less stir up an argu
ment. Which, without doubt, is
very unusual for Shelby, a town
that takes its city politics almost
as seriously as the Mexican do
their national elections except for
the shooting.
Even the oldest political observer
in town cannot remember anything
to equal It. Ordinarily “the fur is
flying" a fortnight before the elec
tion. and issue after issue has been
raised, but with only six more days
before hundreds of fvhelby voters
start marching to the polls to pick
a mayor, four aldermen and five
school board members, not a single
issue worthy of rote has bern
raised, and about the worst thing
any of the candidates, or their
friends, have said about the other
candidates, whichever he may be,
is that “he's a good fellow."
Now, Two Years Ago.
It certainly is a contrast with the
campaign of two years ago when
Shelby awoke in the morning talk
ing politics, the candidates and
their Issues, and a good hefty fist
fight could be started in a min
ute's notice on the court square.
This time of year in 1927 circu
lars, newspaper advertisements, and
mouth-to-mouth campaigning had
quite a bit to say about "cleaning
house,” treating rich man and poor
man alike, cutting taxes, operating
city government on economic busi
ness principles, etc., and Shelby
was split in five or six hostile
was just around the corner.
Now it is altogether the reverse
Fact is, not a single candidate for
mayor, or either of the two boards,
has publicly expressed his certainty
to win. And if that isn't a political
freak, what is?
The Silent Vote.
No matter how heated a campaign
gets in Shelby the political observ
ers in their complacent, philosophic
pose about the soda fountain or
court square benches, always ten
der the warning that "the silent,
vote" will decide the outcome. If
the silent vote decides the election
today week, then there is no living
man who knows as much about how
it will go as Jiggs does about the
whereabouts of Whoopee McGurk
and Dinty Moore. Which is to say
that mighty few Shelby voters are
even saying who they are going to
vote for, much less do any predict
Perhaps the belated fireworks
will begin popping this week, but
it doesn’t seem so now, and that
part of Shelby not versed in poli
tics is in a daze as to the reason
for the silence—a silence typical of
that preceding a storm, but the
storm has been anticipated for two
weeks and it hasn't arrived, and
may not.
The Candidates.
When this was written there
were three candidates for mayor:
W, IJ. Dorsey, the present mayor;
Enos L. Beam, theatre owner: and
S. A. McMurry, cotton broker. There
are two announced candidates for
aldermen in Ward One—J. F. Led
ford and P. M. Washburn; two in
Ward Two—Ab Jackson and J. F.
Jenkins; two in Ward Three—John
F. Schenek, jr., and W. A. Broad
way; and one in Ward Four—Z. J.
Thompson. Candidates for the city
school board are: Thad Ford, can
didate-at-large; Roger Laughridge
for Ward One, and H. Clay Cox for
Ward Three. No candidates have
announced for Wards Two and
Write your own ticket; then vote
it today week.
Nolan Willing For
Name On Ticket
Mr. J. B. Nolan, local real estate
dealer, stated today that he would
consent for his name to go on the
school board ticket in the city elec
tion a week from today. Mr. Nolan
lives in Ward Four.
Injured In Crash,
Improving Today
Forrest Barrett, who was taken
to the Shelby hospital yesterday
evening suffering from an head in
jury received in an auto wreck, was
reported to be improving today.
Messrs. Sam and Hobson Austell
spent Sunday with Mrs. John Byers
in Charlotte,
Preaches Sermon
Rev, 11. MrDiurmid, above, will
prea< h the baccalaureate sermon of
the Shelby High school Ibis year at
the First Baptist church.
127 Residences
Erected Here In
Period 9 Months
Almost Half A Million Dollars In
vested In Shelby Homes
Since June,
Shelby has almost a half Mil
lion dollars more Invested in
residences than just nine months
ago, according to a summary
made by Mr. E. A. Itudasili, city
building inspector.
127 New Ones.
From June <i, 1928 up to April
25, 1929, Mr. Kuda-sill says that
127 new residences have been
erected within the Shelby rity
limits at an estimated building
cost, as listed with him, of ?482.
During I he same period resi
dential repairs cost $71,009,
baptists Raise
$24,483 To Date
Half Of Goa] Aarhed On S50.000
Additional Needed For Build
ing Project.
At a meeting of the captains of
nine teams who made a canvas of
the congregation of the First Bap
tist church from Wednesday until
Sunday, it was found that $24,485
had been subscribed. Half of the j
objective of $50,000 needed to meet j
the building program is therefore.
in sight and the remaining half is
expected to be pledged this week.
In erecting the educational plant
and remodelling the church audi
torium, the work on which has
been completed, it was found that
the cost was $142,000. Something
over $100,000 was pledged last year
before construction work was start
ed. After the work was underway,
improvements were agreed upon
that were not contemplated at first
and these increased the cost of the
building project, so a second cam
paign to raise $50,000 was decided
upon. Half of the amount is now
pledged and the captains of the
nine teams are continuing with
their canvas this week in the hope
that the entire amount will be in
sight by next Sunday.
Rev. Wade Bostic and sister
Miss Attie Bostic, landed in San
Francisco Friday last where they
will visit the Bostic relatives before
coming to Memphis, Term . where i
they will attend the Southern Bap- |
tisfc convention.
Governor Will Speak
For Shelby Finals;
McDiarmid Preaches
To Charlotte
Mr. IV. E. Jr., dan. above, former
auto dealer here has organized the
new firm of .lordan-MlIls in Char
Motor Dealer Here
In Charlotte Firm
W. .Iordan, Of Shelby, Meads
Jordan-Mills Finn With Pon
tiac Agency.
Charlotte. April 29.—The Jordan
Mtlls cofhpany, Inc , has taken over
the Oakland-Pontiac franchise in
Charlotte and will hatndle the busi
ness formerly carried on by the
Perraut Motor company, it was an
nounced here.
W. E. Jordan, formerly Chevro
let dealer In Shelby. Is president ol
the new' company and will move to
Charlotte within the near future, it
was stated. Mr. Jordan has had
considerable experience in the au
tomobile business, it was stated,
having been connected with the
Ford Motor company in an execu
tive capacity before starting his
Chevrolet business in Shelby.
W. P. T. Mills of Charlotte is
vice president and sales manager
of the company. He has been asso
ciated with the Oakland-Pontiac
company ns field representative in
the Charlotte district for several
years and resigned from this posi
tion to form the new company.
The business will be operated at
the same location, 520 South Tryon
street, that the Perraut company
maintained, Mr. Mills said.
Brother Of Shelby
Woman Wins Game
One Arm; One Leg
Dick Norment, Brother Mrs. Logan
Pitches Victory For I.umber
ton Team.
I.umberton, April 27.—Minus
his right arm and his left leg,
Dirk Norment, I.umberton high
school baseball player, pitched
nine innings against the Clark
ton high school team at Clark
ton yesterday and allowed only
two hits. His team won, 2 to 1.
Norment lost his arm and leg
when seven years old.
Young Norment is a brother
of Mrs. Randolph G. Logan of
Shelby and is well known to
many young Shelby people, hav
ing visited his sister here sev
eral times.
Over 200 Graduates In High
Schools Of County this Month
Commencement Season Over Cleveland In
Full Sway This Week.
Approximately 230 Cleveland
county boys and girls, with the
girls in the majority, will graduate
this month from the high schools
of Cleveland county.
This, generally speaking, is "com
mencent week" for at least six
county high schools and for scores
and scores of children and parents.
Schools holding closing exercises
this week include Lattimore, Fall
stom, Polkville, Belwood. Moores
boro, and Casar. with the majority
of the program beginning Thurs
day night and running through Fri
day and Saturday. The closing
exercises at Grover will be con
cluded today, while the Piedmont
commencement is not until next
week-end. and the Waco commence
ment is the last of the county high
schools, coming on the week-end of
May 17.
The Shelby city schools close the
last of the month as to the Kings
Mountain schools, Several of the
six-month schools closed last week.
A close estimate has it that 230
students will graduate from the nine
county high schools and the high
schools of Shelby and Kings Moun
tain this month.
Gardner To Address Senior Claal
Of Which Son Is President.
Closing Plans.
In view of the fact that thi
Shelby city schools may operate fot
the full term, plans are now under*
way for the school finals, which be*
Kin Wednesday night, May 29, and
it. is announced by Supt. I. O, Grif
fin that Governor O, Max Gard
ner will make the commencement
address unless some duty at the
capital prevents him from visiting
Shelby for the week-end.
An incident worthy of note, If
Governor Gardner does make the
commencement address. Is that his
son. Ralph Oardner, will sit on the
platform with him as president of
the graduating class.
Srrmon At First Baptist.
Following the usual custom of al
tern a ting the commencement ser
mon between the three uptown min
isters, Supt. Griffin states that the
annual sermon will be preached by
Rev. Hector N. McDlarmld, pastor
of the Presbyterian church and the
services will likely be held In the
new First Baptist structure to ac
commodate the crowds.
Unless the present plans are
ehanged the annual sermon will be
preached Wednesday night, May
29. The annual Klwanle banquet
for the graduating class Is sche
duled to be held on Thursday night
at Cleveland Springs, with the class
finals, awards, certificates, di
plomas, and Governor Gardner's
address coming on Friday night,
May 31.
65 To Graduate.
Although the number of gradu
ates depend upon the outcome of
the final examinations it Is esti
mated that there will be between 65
and 70 graduates participating in
the final exercises.
Which Route Will
Shelby To Gaffney
Highway Be Routed?
Meeting Held By Representative*
Of Two States At Gaffney.
Scores Interested.
Gaffney—Representatives of tha
North Carolina highway depart
ment and Cherokee county met
here Thursday morning to consid
er building a direct road between
Gaffney and Shelby. A conference
was held In the office of Maynard
Smith, president of the First Na
tional bank. After thorough discus
sion of the situation, the represen
tatives of the two state departments
looked over the territory concerned.
No decision was reached, it was
stated after the meeting, but the
matter is expected to be taken up
Three possible routes were con
sidered, either one of two of which
would necessitate a Broad river
bridge in Cleveland county, North
Carolina. while the third would
place the river' crossing in Chero
kee county. The latter appeared to
be favored by the North Carolinians
it was said.
The conference here was held at
the request of the North Carolina
road authorities. it was stated.
Cherokee county representatives
present Included Senator W. C.
Hamrick, Supervisor E. J. Clary,
and County Commissioner J. N.
Lipscomb. Engineers from both the
North and South Carolina depart
ments were on hand.
The North Carolina authorities
have been planning for some time
to build an improved road south
from Shelby to the Cherokee coun
ty line, and they want South Caro
lina or Cherokee county to connect
with this proposed route. The
claim is made that the distance be
tween Gaffney and Shelby can be
shortened by one and one-half
miles or more.
Several of the bordering Cleve
land county towns, Including Pat
terson Springs and Earl, are deep
ly interested in the new road, which
it is understood, may not touch
these communities.
Philbeck Child or
Polkville It Dead
The Death Ansel visited the home
of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Philbeck at
Polkville on Wednesday, April 34th
and claimed for its victim their lit
tle son Hubert Lee, who was three
years, ten months and 27 days old.
His little body was buried In the
Polkville cemetery on Thursday,
April 24th, the funeral service be
ing conducted by Rev. V. B. Jones
of Lattimore. The many friends of
Mr. and Mrs. Philbeck sympathise
with them in their hours of bereave
ment and sorrow.

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