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City Limits 7,199
(Pinal Unofficial Census 1950)
Immediate Trading Area 15.000
(1945 Batlpn Board Figures)
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11 Pa&es
VOL. 62 NO. 8 Sixty-Second Year Kings Mountain. N. C.. Friday. February 23. 1951
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YOUNGSTERS TURN TRAINMEN ? Shown above aro members of the second grade of Park Oraco
School together with th? train they constructed in a unit project. The 33 pupils had to hare help from
Jim Medlin. Marshall Core, and Aubsey Clay in getting materials to make plywood wheels which
would turn, but other than that the children built the train themselves. Before the youngsters com
pleted the train project, they'd gone into business, taken a day's train trip and received prized gifts
from the president ol Southern Railway. (Photo by . Carlis)'.)
Local News
Mrs. Lillian Moore, of Shelby,
Is the new bookkeeper at Baird
Furniture here. She replaces
Miss Martha Cox, who resign
ed to accept a position with
Pauline Mill.
n ft strnnwers, preslawt or
<the First National Bank, under
went a hernia operation- at
Charlotte Memorial hospital
Tuesday. His condition was de
scribed as satisfactory Thurs
Earl E. Carpenter is In a se
rious condition at his home,
following a heart attack suffer- '
, ed Monday night.
Police were ordered to begin
citing to court this week citi
zens who have not purchased
or are not displaying 1951 city
vehicle license tags. Tag sales
at City Hall passed the thous
and mark, with City Clerk S.
A. Orouse reporting 1,001 tags
sold through Thursday.
? Miss Mary Maijard will serve
. as story teller and Mrs. Frank
Ussery as hostess at the story
hour to be held Friday after
noon from 4 to 5 o'clock at Ja
cob 3. Mauney Memorial 11
ortti-y. All children from the
first through the fourth grades
an urged to attend.
The Kings Mountain Wood*
iraen of the World will serve a
fish supper at the MasMcic
Dining Hall Saturday night,
HrfiFS- of
the supper win he one dollar
for adults, 50 cents for children.
The' public to invited to attend.
Delvin Huffstetler, son of Mr.
and Mrs;. pan Hufstetler, and
Bob Jackson, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Wood row Jackson, left
Wednesday for duty in ! the
navy. They weer examined at
Columbia, S. C, and left, for
San Diego, Caltf., Wednesday
night for basic training, it *
? ? NEW *s UCElfA* ?
James A. Yelve rfon, of Selma, 1
assumed duties Wednesday
morning with the police de
partment according to announ
cement by Chief N. M. Farr.
Officer Yelverton recently at
tended a police se*eo! at Ashe
vllle, where Mp Wife now lives.
He expects to move his wife to
Kings Mountain and is looking
for a furnished apartment.
They have no chHdretv
, HEAR omaKL v
Miss Mary Titus, ofWash
Ington, D. C . official of the Nr.
tional education association,
* ibers of ths
February 15. Miss Titus
Mned the founding, growth,
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Second Grade Train
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Project Many-Sided
Second-grade pupils at Park
Grace school started building a
train sometime ago, and therein
lies an interesting <ale, not only
ot learning, tout of initiative, bus
iness acumen, excitement and
It all started as a unit of study
about trains.
rious work and the project excit
ed their attention sufficiently to
make them want to ride on one of
the passenger trains which pass
several times daily near, the
Mrs. Mary Lou Davidson, the
teacher, accompanied several of
the students to the Southern Rail*"
way office here, and a conference
with Messrs L. L. Benson and W.
M. Moorhead brought the infor
mation that a special trip to
Spartanburg, S. C., could be ar
ranged, but that the fare woulfi
be $1.09 per student.
For 33 young folk, this amoun
ted to a sizeable sum, but they
were not daunted. One second -
grader was appointed treasurer
of the fund-raising venture, and
the treasurer's first move was to
install a piggy bank on the
classroom premises. The stud
ents, transferring their ice cream
and candy money to the piggy
bank, kept nickles and dimes
flowing in, and. in addition, wept
into business by selling home
made candy, popcorn and pea
nuts to thejr neighbors in the
other grades. Parents helped with
the peanuts and ltome-made
candy, and the children them
selves handled the popcorn busi
ness on two electric poppers
brought to the school. When the
necessary funds had been ob
tained, a coterie of youngsters
visited the Southern Hallway sta
tion and purchased Che tickets
for a special bar trip on February
15. Accompanying the youngsters
were Mrs. Davidson and six grade
mothers, Mrs. Rune Swan son,
Mrs. Charles Oxford, Mis. Marsh
all Gore. Mrs. C. W. Jones and
Mrs. Clifford Kircus. ? ? ,
The trip exceeded their fondest
dreams. En route, the conductor
showed them special attention,
taking them on a tour of the
train ^ In SpSrtanbuirg, they were
met by Mr, ? Brockman, district
passenger agent, a newspaper
photographer and the manager
of the Duke Power Company, who
furnished them with a special
bus for an interesting day of
(Cont'd on <pags eight)
Hospital Opening
Awaits Equipment
The opening date of King*
Mountain hospital was still
questionable Thursday mora
. ing, pending receipts of beds,
bassinets and certain other e
aled for shipment in o?Jer to
tench Kings Mountain by Sat*
urday, no invoice bad yet been
received Thursday morning.
hsbsrt Moeer, administrator
of Clevelahd County hospitals,
eras in Raleigh on business
Thursday morning, but' the
"want list" of equipment fon
the Kings Mountain hospital,
as given by the superintendent
of nurses, also included bed*
side tables, food trays, mat*
trosMs, a delivery room table,
and chairs.
.Most recent shipment of e*
quipment 'received was waste
paper baskets, an Item not too
imperative to getting the hos
pital in position to accept pa*
tients. Hospital officials hope
to open the Kings Mountain
unit by March 1, bat this ap
peased doubtful Thursday.
laycee Paper
Pick-Up Sunday
The Junior Chamber of Com
merce WIH conduct ? city -wide
waste paper drive Sunday after
noon and all citizens arc urged
to place their bundles on the
curbs before 3 p. m.
, Proceeds of the drive go Into
the clubs' park and recreation
fund. - v ...
?' All Kings Mountain citizens
are being asked to cooperate in
the drive, one. of many conducted
by the Jaycees here during the
past five years.
Citizens ar^ urged to have their
waste paper on the curbs before
the starting time of the drive (3
p. m.) in order to avoid some con
fusion that has existed In other
collections. The group will "mop
t/ie city by streets and areas'
in a co-ordinated effort and
promptness by citizens in placing
their bundle* on the curbs will
prevent atoy "back - track ing" and
will enable the crews to thorou
(Cont'd on page eight)
Red Cross Campaign
To Begin March 6
Mauney Gives
For *51
Kings Mountain's 1951 Red
Cross fund campaign will get un
derway with a kick -off breakfast
at the Kings Mountain Country
Club on March 6, according to an
nouncement this week by Aubrey
Mauney, chairman of the drive.
Mr. Mauney also announced
committee chairmen who will
conduct the solicitations in an ef
fort to exceed a minimum quota
of $6,139.
They include: |
Advance gif"ts> Joe H. Thomson;
industrial gifts, Charles Neisler;
residential, Mrs. Sam Davis; bus
iness and .professional, Jayeees,
under direction of the- public
health committee, Dr. Nathan H.
Reed, chairman, Dr. D. F. Hord.i
Jr., and Dr. L. T. Anderson; rural
division, Edwin Moore; Grover,!
C. F. Harry, Jr.; schools, Mrs.
Grady King; Negro division, M.
L. Campbell.
Chairman Campbell has called j
a meeting of the Negro division
solicitors for next Wednesday ev- 1
ening at 8 o'clock at City ? Hall |
The local budget, which claims
71.1 percent of the minimum quo
ta, is as follows:
General and Home
Service Salaries $1,500.00
Home service
assistance 1,200.00
Disaster Preparedness
and Relief 25.00
First Aid and Accident
Prevention . . . : 100.00
Blood Program 362.00
Junior Red Cross .... 10.00
and expenses 1,165.00
Total $4,362.00
In commenting on, the . fq
said the conanltfm would strive
to conduct a concentrated drtve
which would be completed in ?
minimum period.'
Mrs. Harmon's
Rites Conducted
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary
Jane Harmon, 76, resident of
route one, Shelby, who died at
Shelby hospital at around 8:40 p.
m., (Monday night, were held at
Beulah Methodist chu;ch Wed
nesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Rev. W. E. Rufty and Rev.
Frank Jordan officiated and bur.
ial was in the Beulah cemetery.
Ml*. Harmon fell two weeks
ago and suffered a broken hip.
She was the widow of the late
Charles Harmon, who died In
1934. *
She was a member of Beulah |
Survivors Include two sons,
Frank Harmon, of Shelby, , and
Luther Harmon, of Loup City,
Neu.oska; five daughters, Mrs.
Fred Ooode and Mrs. Lloyd Wolfe
of Shelby, Mrs. Giles Sellers and
Mrs. James Lackey, of Kings
Mountain, and Mrs. Charles
Henderson, of LoweH; four bro
thers, Frank Gamble and H. W.
Gamble, of Kings Mountain, John
Gamble of Shelbyk and William
Gamble, of Chesnee, S. C.; IS
grandchildren and 12 great
Mrs. Harmon was a sister-in
law of Miss Ella Harmon, Mrs.
Minnie Crawford, Mrs. T. P. Mc
GH1, M. L. Harmon and T. N.
Harmon, all of Kings Mountain..
Ted, Warren, Leonard and
John Frank Gamble. Paul Roberts
and Childers Cash served as ac
tive pall-bearers.
The Beth-Ware Progressive
Club will present Its Third An
nual Fiddler's Convention at
Beth -Ware school auditorium
Saturday night, beginning at
7:30. A large number of string
bands and individual perform
ers are expected for the event
Admission will be 80 cents for
adults, 25 cents for children.
Operation to correct the heart
condition of Mtke Reynolds,
14-month-old son of Mr. and
Mrs. Tommy Reynolds, was
postponed by Duke hospital of
ficials. The baby was returned
home Sunday. Duke surgeons
felt the child yum too young to
undergo sWh a tedious opera
tion and advised special treat
ment for eight to tan month*,
at Ot at time, they hope to pair
form the operation. The child it
seph Owen, pastor of Main
Street Methodist church, of Gas
tonia, will conduct a special se
ries of services at Central Metho
dist church here beginning Sun- !
day evening.
Methodist Series
To Start Sunday
Dr. Joseph Owen, pastor of
Main Street Methodist church, !
Gastonfa, wih preach a series of ;
sermoris at Centr.?! Methodist
church here beginning Sunday;
The series will be a part of the ;
district- wide evangelism pro
gram of the Gastonia district. I
During next week, the western
portion of the district will have
special services, while during the
following week the eastern por
tion will have special services.
Services at Central Methodist
church will be at 7:30 each even
ing, Sunday through Thursday.
the finest preachers in all Meth
odism," said Rev. H. Brendall,
Central pastor. "We cordially in
vite the public to Join us for
what We know will be an Inspir
ing series of messages of en
Bites Conducted
Foi Mrs. Williams
Funeral services lor Mrs. Jesse
M. Williams, 84, who died at a
hospital In Charlotte Monday a
round 9:30 a. m. were held at
Central Methodist church Tues
day afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Rev. J. H. BrendaH, Jr., the pas
tor, officiated and interment was
in Forest Lawn Mausoleum, in
Mrs. Williams, the former Miss
Harriett EMzabeth Pendley, had
been an invalid for several years
and had been seriously ill for a
bout a week with pneumonia.
She was the widow of the late
J. M. Williams, pioneer textile ex
ecutive in Kings Mountain who
died February 18, 1949. She was
a member of Central Methodist
. Mrs. WilTiam* to survived by
three sons, J. H. Williams and
Charlie S. Williams, of Gastonia,
and H. S. Williams, of Winston
Salem; five daughters, Mts. Lil
lian Hendrix, of Beaufort, ; Mrs.
F. G. Watteraon, of Kings Moun
tain, Mrs. L. D. Shuford, of Forest
City, Mrs. L. C. MinCh, of Char
lotte, and Mrs. Stanley E. Huff
man, of Columbus, Ohio; a sister,
Mrs. J. E. Murphy, of Atlanta,
Ga,; 16 grandchildren; and 14
H. C. Wilson, E. W. Griffin, Sr.,
Beivin Ware, L. L. Alexander,
Grady Patterson and J. E. Hern
don served as active pallbearers.
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Afar Force Revokes
Phifer'* Orders
Marriott D. Phifer, Kings
Mountain business man and a
master-sergeant in the AJr Force
reserve, received notice from the
Commanding General, 14th Air
Force Headquarters, on. Monday
morning that his orders to return
to active A'Jty had been revoke e.,
The telegram revoking the or
ders arrived only a few hours be
fore Mr. Phifer was to leave for
Maxwell Field, Ala., to receive
physical examination prepara
tory to returning to active duty.
The telegram stated that the
orders had been revoked due to
heavy enlistments In the A)r
Force. ... A
W. F. Hemdon, wen-?nown
retired contrac^, underwe^
condition was reported <?vor
abls Thursday morning.
Burlington Mill
To Observe Fifth
Anniversary Here
Burlington Mills' Phenix plant
in Kings Mountain will celebrate
its fifth anniversary as a part of
the Burlington organization with
an open house for employees and
other ceremonies on March 1.
The plant's employees will be
guests at brief ceremonies at the
Masonic Hall in downtown Kings
Mountain. to mark trie occasion.
The cottoh spinning plant,
which today employs 350 persons
with an annual payroll of ap
proximately three-quarters of a
million dollars, actually was ac
quired by Burlington on January
1, 19 lt>. Because the anniversary
date fell so near Christmas, ap
propriate ceremonies marking the
occasion were postponed until
Marcn 1.
During the ceremonies five
year service certificates will he
awarded to 70 employees who
have been with the company
continuously during that period.
Superintendent Fred Daugherty
will preside at the open house
festivities assisted by Ben Nut
tall and Bruce Thorburn of the
Phenix staff.
Frank Asbury, manager of
Burlington's Cotton Spinning Di
vision and other company offici
als are expected to be on hand
for the occasion.
The Phenix plant, one of 77 in
the Burlington Mills organiza
tion, manufactures cotton yarns,
some of which is used in Buriing
ton weave plants and some sold
to outside interests.
One of the older mills in this
section of North Carolina, Phenix
has a history that dates back to
1886. It was known originally as
Dilling Mills Company and. was
operated for approximately 50
years under that name, from
1886 until i936. During <hat peri
od the plant was owned and
(Cont'd on page eight)
Bites Held j
Funeral servlcee for Clarence
Lee (Jhn)) Early, 48, were held
at the home Monday morning at
11 o'clcok.
Rev! T. L. CashwHle, Jr., pastor
of First Baptist church, officiated
and iburial was In Holly Springs
church cemetery in Rutherford
Mr. Early died suddenly a
round 3:30 p. m. Saturday from a
heart attack suffered at his home
at 101 South Watterson street He
had suffered a severe heart at
tack five years ago but had been
in apparent good health prior to
the attack Saturday.
He had been a resident of Kings
Mountain for the past 12 years
and was employed by Piedmont
Distributors, Charlotte, as a sal
esman. He was formerly employ
ed by Kings Mountain FuThlture
Co. and Steichl's.
He was ? native of Rutherford
County and was a member of
Cherokee Kails Baptist* chutch:
Survivors Include his wife, Mrs.
Edith Rob-bins Early; his parer.ts,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Early, of
Caroleen, a son, Jimmy Early, of
Kings Mountain; a daughter,
Miss Carolyn Early, of the home,
now a student at Limestone Col
lege, Gaffney, S. C.; two brothers,
David Early, of Forest City, ?nd
Chlvous Early, of Erwin, Ttenn.;
and a sister. Mrs. Claude McMa
hon, of Concord.
Two Local Students
Make Dean's List
MARS HILL. ? Miss Barbara
Jean Matthews, of 308 N. Oansler
srtreet, and Demauth Blanton, of
1001 W. Mountain street, gained
places on the first semester
Dean's list of Mars Hill College.
Requirements for a place on
the Dean's list are a minimum
of 40 quality points and no grade
lower than C.
Of the 831 students enrolled,
105 gained places on the Dean's
list. 1
Ground- Breaking Set
For Lutheran Church
SPEAKS HERE ? Mrs. Edith
Evans, oi New York, editor of
"Living for Young Homemakers"
magazines addressed members of
garden clubs of the area at the
Country Club Tuesday*
Garden Clubs
Hear Editor
Mrs. Edith B. Evans, of New
York, editor-in-chief, of "Living
for Young Homemakers," was
honored with a lovely luncheon
given at Country Club on Tues
day by the Kings Mountain Gar
den clubhand the House and Gar
den Clut.
The Country club was lovely
with arrangements of spring
flowers. Featured in the living
rooms were arrangements of
bright yellow dalfodils, acuba,
blue dutch iris and shrubs. Potted
azaleas and magnolia leaves al
so added to the attractiveness of
the rooms. These decorations
were done by a committee from
the Kings Mountain Garden club.
L Ip the lunge dining room a pa
triotic color ?cfteme was carried
out In arrangements by a com
mittee from the House and Gar
den club. On the speaker's table
was a very attractive reproduc
tion of the chopping of the cher
ry tree. Two small trees, com
plete with cranberry cherries and
green foliage were placcd on ei
ther side of a large hatchet made
of red, white, and blue carna
tions. "Red tapers based with red,
white, and blue flowers were us
ed at intervals down the U-shap
ed table. Other patriotic arran
gements were placed about the
room. i
A delicious three-course lunch
eon was served. Each guest's
place was marked by a packet of
seeds from Hastings Seed Co., a
box of HolMngsworth candy from
Kings Mountain Drug Store, and
a red rose and match book, the
gift of Allen's Flower Shop.
Mrs. Evans, guest speaker, was
presented a camellia corsage and
a breakfast set by the two hos
tess clubs.
After lunch a large group of
out-of-town guests Joined Gar
den club members to hear a most
inspiring lecture by Mrs. Evans.
A charming speaker, well ac
quainted with problems of Home
makers and Garden club mem
bers. Mrs. Evans spoke of inci
dents where small groups of wo
men have done much toward ci
vic beautification and improve
ment. Mrs. Evans was presented
by Miss Cora A. Harris of Char
lotte, Southern Garden Editor of
Living Magazine.
Mrs. Joe S. Evans is president
of House and Garden club and
Mrs. W. L. Pressly is president of
Kings Mountain Garden Club. Ar
rangements for the luncheon
were made by Mrs George H.
Mauney and Mrs. Drace Peeler.
W. E. Blakely, Kings Moun
tain post master, attended a
meeting of the Erskine College
board of trustees at Due West,
S. C., on Thursday; Feb. 15.
Rumor Mill Lists Many Possible
Contenders For City's Offices
There was no formal political
activity for the forthcoming city
Elections up to noon Thursday,
bat the rumor-mill was grhiding
somewhat more heavily than
in the past few day*.
Political observers were snif
fing the atmosphere and at least
one was supplying a list of possi
ble candidates which Included at
least one potential candidate per
ward for city commissioner. None
of this list included Incumbents.
Bit "feodyacf" list included:
ward for <nty commissioner. Nr>nr
city commissioner; Ward 2, Ltoyd
Davis, loser to Incumbent Cu/1
Mauney for the satae position in
1949 by something less than 100
votes; Ward 3, W. B. (B1T1) Logan;
Ward 4, H. C. Wilson and Clyde
Jolly; Ward 5, T. W. Grayson.
Mr. Grayson admitted to. the
Herald that he was contemplat
ing making the race in May, but
had not yet definitely made up
his mind. The observer who sup
plied the listing said that Mr.
Davis was a "sure" candidate.
Considerable speculation re
mained on the mayoral situation,
still hinging, it seemed, on whe
ther Mayor J. B. Herndon offers
again, or whether he decides to
retire. Mayor Hemdon has beert
known to remark several times
during the past 18 months that
(Cont'd on page eight)
Special Service
Set For Sunday;
Conrad To Speak
Dr. F. L. Conrad, of Salisbury,
president of the United Evangel
ical Lutheran Synod In Ngtrth
Carolina, will be the officiating
J officer at ground -'breaking serv
| ices for the Lutheran Mission in
| Kings Mountain on Sunday aft
! ernoon, at 3 o'clock.
The services will be held at
! the site of the new church, at
the corner of Crescent Hill and
Hawthorne roads.
Announcement of the special
services was made by Dev. Vance
Daniel, mission pastor.
It was also announced that Dr.
! Conrad will preach at morning
j services was made by Rev. Vance
! o'clock at West school auditori
Officers of the new church and
Sunday school department will
participate in the ground-break
ing services.
i The church organization inclu
des: Church council ? Laney
Dettmar, Paul McGinnis, E. K.
Whitener, F. W. Plonk, Hal Plonk
C. T. Bennett, Rufus Mitcham,
Stowe Divenney, and Rev. Mr.
Daniel, chairman ex officio.
Lay chairman, Paul McGinnis;
secretary, Laney Dettmar; finan
cial secretary, Herbert Mitcham;
treasurer, Dorus Bennett; build
ing fund treasurer, F. W. Plonk;
building committee, Hal Plonk,
chairman, C. T. Bennett, E. K.
Whitener, F. W. Plonk, J. C.
Caveny, Hubert McGinnis; head .
usher, Hal Plonk.
The Sunday school organiza
tion Includes: John Rudisill, su
perintendent; Laney Dettmar, as
sistant superintendent; Gaither
Ledbetter, secretary; Bob Led
better, rer; teachers, Mis.
Fred Plonk, nursery, Mm Paul
McGinnis, beginners, Mrs. Phil bp
Baker, primary, Mrs. Gene Glad
den and Mrs. Dorse Wh it ?sides,
juniors, Miss Essie Foster. Inter
mediates, Laney Dettmar, sen
iors, Mra C. S. Plonk, Jr., wo
men's Bible class and Paul Mc
Ginnis, men's Bible class.
Final Bites Held.
For I. T. Goforth ,
Funeral services for James
Thomas Goforth, 75, of route two.
Kings Mountain, who died a
round 1:30 a. m. Wednesday
morning alter an illness of lO
days, were held at El Bethel Me
thodist church Thursday after
noon at 4 o'clock.
Rev. Ray Swink and Rev. W. L.
Pressly officiated and "burial was
in the church cemetery.
He was a former farmer and &
retired groceryman. His first wife,
the former Miss Ida Hamrick,
died in 1917.
He was a member of El Bethel
Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Eliza lita;K Bradford Goforth, two
sons, Herman and Timmons C.
Goforth, of Kings Mountain; four
step -daughters, Mrs. Mary Go
forth, of Kings Mountain, Mrs.
Ben CornweH, of Akron, Ohio, and.
Misses Virginia and Rebecca. '
Bradford, of Cleveland, Ohio;
three step-sons, W. T. Bradford, of
Charlotte, Charles A. Bradford, of
Cleveland, Ohio, and John Brad
ford, of Akron, Ohio; a sister,
Mrs. Elijah Hamrick, of Ellenbo
ro; two ^brothers, Harry Goforth,
of Splndale, and Hatcher Gofor
th of Ellenboro; and three grand
Boyd Harrelson, Rufus Doster,
Myers Hambright, Hal Morris,
/ohn RudisiTl and Jasper War%
served ?s active palbeareTS.
Cagers In Finale
Here Tuesday Night '
Kings Mountain high school's j
1951 varsity basketball teams 1
close out the season at Central
gymnasium Tuesday night cr
gainst teams from Belmont
high school. The opening tip
off Is set for 7 o'clock.
The Mountaineers travel to
Shelby tonight (Friday) for an
other shot at the Shelby high
Lions, who edged the locals
hers on February 9th 43 to 41 in '
a second, "sudden-death" ores- i
time period. t
/ The Friday night games are
I scheduled for the Shelby
school gymnasium (not the Re
creation Center) and the open
er Is set to* 7 p. m.
Belmont's boys edged Kings
Mountain en January 30th at
Belmont by 45 to 43. A pair ot
wins will Insure the local quint
a high Western (AA) confer
ence standing for the season

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