The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 31, 1953 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, January 31, 1953
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BlythevUlt Courtor Blyth«YW« D»Uy New* Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald THE DQMIKAKT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAgT /.RKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MJSSOURr NEWS BL.YTHBV1LLE. ARKANSAS, SATURDAY JANUARY 31, 1D53 EIGHT PAGES HONORED GUESTS AT OSCEOLA BANQUET —The Osceola Chamber of Commerce annual banquet last night honoring the "Man of the Year" had u its guest of honor, Arkansas' first citizen. Shown »bo<^ (left to right) are Governor Cherry Miss * * * ' * 'At Oiceola's C. of C. Banquet Willie A. Lawson, recently-appointed Highway Commissioner who spoke at the banquet, and Dr. L. D. Massey, winner of the "Man of the Year" award. ' ' *,Miss Lawson Reviews State Road Issues; Dr. Massey Man of Year Man of the Year" .^hlch the. banquet Is Commerce banquet in Osceoln last'night. Speaking before ^75 persons. Including guest of honor Gov. Francis Cherry, Miss Lawsori, one-time Mississippi County supervisor of schools, said the most immediate task confronting the commission at the present was the selection of a director for the Highway Department. Osceola's award, for „ ju ^ v he.'d each year, was presented last night to Dr. L. D. Massey. In making the presentation, S' W Bowker listed among Dr. Massey's many civic contributions ills work on the new county hospital unit, at Osceola. his presidency of the Kiwanis Club and his chairmanship of the South Mississippi County Heart Association. Governor Cherry was Introduced by J. E. Hyntt. Jr.. and made E few brief and informal remarks. ill's Lawson, who lived here lor six years prior to 1333, was introduced by Basil Segraves. . Pointing out that though this type of work was somewhat new to her. Miss Lawson said she took tha job because she believed that with the help of the people of the state much could be done for Arkansas' highways." She said she had a great deal of faith and confidence in the Intelligence and Integrity of the state officials. Urges Patlende On the choice of a highway director, Miss Lawson said the people should not' become impatient and force the Commission to make a hurried selection. The man chosen, she said, should have outstanding executive ability, be able to work well with large groups, have a good general education in addition to special train- Ing, and should be one "who thinks honesty Is one or the qualifications for the job." Miss Lawson expressed confidence that the proper man could be found If the ricces- wry care is taken tn making (he selection. Using a few statistics to show the See C. of c. on rage 8 • . **. uests -.t b e r of Gov. Cherry Appoints Four To U. of A. Board of Trustees LITTLE ROCK <AP> - Ciov. cherry today announced apn, • of three persons to the University ofArkinsas Boird -f 'trust named a fourth to filr> new term which won't bogin m "" The appointees: L. C. Carter of Stuttgart to succeed Joe Hardln of Grady for Collins Defends Spud Hill Raid as 'Sound WASHINGTON <AP> - Gen. J. Lawlon Collins said today Korea's Operation Smack was a "perfectly sound,and legitimate operation" He mgrily denied it was a specially staged event. SINGLE COPIES frlYB CE*ttl Carrier Planes Heap Destruction On Korean Part ;i 'Mighty Mo' Takes Part in Pulverizing Attack on Wonsan By RORKKT B. TUCKMAM SEOUL «^-Planes from three U. S. carriers and the battleship Missouri — the Mighty Mo—today dumped destruction on the Northeast Korean port of Wonsan, already rubbled by Ihc longest siege m American naval history. The Navy said that Vice Adm James Clark, U. S. Seventh Fleet commander, planned and was watching the big attack from the Missouri. Two destroyers Joined the nias- sve bombardment against the once-ijreat east coast metropolis. Swarms of planes were roaring off the decks or the big carriers Kearsarge, Orlskany and Philippine,Sea in what the Navy termed a "vicious bombardment" and "an all-out aerial bombardment." By late afternoon, no details had been released. The weather was clear. But * thin layer of ice coated the decks on Ihe Mighty Mo. Allied -fighter-bombers ranging across the frozen Korean battlefront caught a large group of North Korean troops in the open todaj' and reported killing 50 of them. Ground Action Light On the ground, Eighth Army headquarters, reported only scattered natiol skirmishes as. the mci cuty dipped below zero foi the sew nd daj over the 155 mile line The Western Front was the cold esl—nlno below 7010 Collins, the Army chief of staff, flew In.this morning from Korea. He has bejn asked to supply details of the opcration-S-a combat raid carried out last Sunday before visiting generals and war cprrcspon- dents—at a public hearing of Ihe Hoiise Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Preliminary checks have convinced chairmen of the Senate, and House Armed Services Committee that operation smack was a proper military operation, not a show for visitors. Collins look the same stand today at (he airport, saying that sucl operations had ,bcen carried out many limes before and would be again. He said it wns "by no means any demonstration for visiting firemen or the press." He said he could not "emphasize too strongly' that General Var Fleet (the commander of tile 8th Army) Is more concerned over any operation that causes the loss of a 'single life tbiin anyone except a parent or relative of a man." The chief of staff said he was astonished that anyone would think Van Fleet would order a demonstration which would cause the loss of life. Van Fleet's headquarters already has denied that the attack, In which three men died, was any staged show. , Sen. Ealtonslall (R-Mass) and Rep. Short (R-Mo), chairmen of the congressional Armed Services committees, said in a Joint statement the operation was "necessnry for tactical reasons." They Were See COLI.IN'S on Page 8 Raid Necessary. Phillips Claims Ground Commander Says Congressional Ire 'Uncalled for' which will expire March 1 ' Weather Arkansas Forecast— Cloudy, showers east and south, local thunder r SHOWERS storms southeast portion this afternoon. Cloudy to partly cloudy, colder tonight and Sunday. Lowest 32 to 42 tonight. Missouri Forecast — Considerable cloudiness tonight and Sunday, with scattered light snow extreme term 1062. Barren Lange of Little Rock to succeed Clifford L. Smith of Little Rock for a term to expire Theft Suspect Arrested Here Missouri Burglaries Believed Cleared Up A series of burglaries in Southwest Missouri during the past two weeks appeared to be cleared up last night with the arrest here of L. M. BuJliner, Jr. City Officers Bert Ross and Max Koonce picked up Bulllner about 1:30 o'clock last night In an alley at the rear of a drug jlore on East Main. Though local officers had no previous report on him, a number of articles in the 1936 Plymouth Billiner was driving led officers to pick him up for investigation. Officer Herman Lane said a quantity of Missouri cigarettes in the car led him to notify police at Caruthersville, giving them a description ot the car and Its contents. * Caruthersville officials notified Kennctt Police, who identified the car as having been seen at the scene ol burglaries there, and also identified many of the articles in the cor as loot taken In robberies In Kennett night before last. Kennett Chief of Police Edgar Fuller and Officer James Goodrich came to Blytheville this morning, and Chief Puller said Bulliner, a Missotirian, had made a statement admitting a number of break-ins in Kennett and surrounding territory during the past week. Bulliner signed a waiver of extradition this morning and was turned over to Kennett Police. Some of tha burglaries admitted to by Bulliner Included the robbery of Johnny Stevens Gin. a skating rink and a drive-in theater at Kennett and a gin company hi Caruthersville. northeast portion. Colder. Low tonight near 20 north to near 30 south. High Sunday 25-.10 northeast. No Damages Awarded to near -10 southwest. - — - • Minimum this inornin?—-17 Maximum yesterday—53. Sunrise tomorrow- 6:58. Sunset today—5:28. PreclpKation 24 hours to 7 a m —.22. ' ' Total precipitation since January Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—50. Normal mean temperature for January—39.9. This Date List Minimum this morning—30 frsxlmvtm ysiw.ny- 63. Precipitation January 1 ly this Qdtfi—o.24. In Two-Way Lawsuit No damages were awarded as R Civil Division Circuit Court jury yesterday found for the defendant in a case where both participants in the suit asked damages. Oid Massey brought suit against Mildred Boren for $840 in damages to his automobile. Mrs. Boren filed a cross-complaint asking S300 tor damages to her car and $500 for personal injuries. Yesterday's session closed the January torm of circuit, Court's CIvU Division. ""mm March I, 1961 Earl Williams of Fayetleville to succeed Raymond F. Orr of Ft Smith for a term to end March Cherry said that he would designate Paul Sullins of Crossed to succeed p .E. Murphy of Junction City when, the latter's term expires March 1 of this year. The Sullins' appointment Will be for a full 10-year term. The appointment ot Ifardin and Smith made by former Oov Sid McMath had not been confined by the Senate, allowing Cherry free to make his own appointments Orr resigned to accept an appointment to the state Highway Commission of which he is chairman. Carter will represent the Sixth Congressional District; Lanpe the Fifth; Williams the third"; and Sullins the fourth. Appointments of Carter, Lange and Williams will be sent to the Senate Monday for confirmation. Cherry associates said. Lt A. R. Olsen Is Missing in Korean Action First Lt, Arthur R. Olsen of Blytheville haii been reported missing in action in Korea, it was Irar'ied here last night. Mr. and Mrs. c. F. Cockle, parents of Mrs. Olsen, were notilicd last night by Lt. Olscn's father that their son-ln-lHiv was missing They Icft last night tor Chicago to be with their daughter, the former Mi's Mary Jo Cockle. over North Korea as'agimst six car- MIGs: A Superfort normally ries a crew of 11 men. > One P86 Sabre jet was shot down in a dogfight with Communist Mlgs enemy ground fife knocked and down an F8Q Shooting Star Jet. A Sabre and an Australian Meteor jet were lost to "other causes," probably mechanical trouble. The Missouri opened the' attack on Wonsan shortly afler sunrise. The warship's secondary batteries laid down a protective fire to discourage Communist shore gunners in the harbor area. The Navy said there was no answering fire. Longest Sefge Carrier planes then streaked over the port. The action is the first for the Philippine Sea since the carrier returned lo Korean waters for its third tour ot duty. The Navy said the city of Wonsan has been in a state of siege since Feb. 16, 1951, making this "by far the longest "effective siege in United States naval history." The siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War stands next on the list, the Navy said. Wonsan was described as. a blackened >nnss, marked only • by columns which formerly were the smoke stacks of busy industrial plants, the Navy said. The city, which once boasted a population of 100,000, grew Into industrial importance because Its harbor was ice-free throughout the year. Despite (he devastation, the Navy said the Communists of necessity have continued to use the ruins as a distribution point for supplies destined for their front lines. in 17 • ...... >u<iii.a»}ci ui my- thenlle Propane Co.. was recalled to active duty In the Air Force In December, 1S5I. He had been on Korean combat duty about five months and was expected lo return to the United States in March. A pilot during World War II. Lt. Olsen has been serving since hlr, re- NEW YORK <fl>) — Robert J. Home, 26, 6f Stolen Island, joined the Army on Jan. 19, 1351. On Jan. Korea. On Jan. 19. . , . 19, 1952, he sailed for 1953, he was killed . — attack was necessary and that his outfit would make raids of Uie same kind In the future. • Maj. Warren Phillips of Eugene Ore., commander of on infantry battalion, said the Ire sparked in tie U. S.-Congress over the operation was "uncalled for and probably due to a lack of civilian understanding of what we did " Phillips said his outfit hacl made several previous attempts to get a prisoner In the T-Bone Hill area west of Choi-won and had failed He said the assault was planned to take ndvanlage of an Air Force bombing, of T-Bone which already nad been planned. "It was decided by people higher than me that this would be an excellent time to take a prisoner by force," Phillips said. Because the infantry assault was co-ordi- nated with the air effort, there was a great deal of planning, he added No Communist prisoners were captured in tho operation. The Eighth Army officially announced American casualties as three klUcd and 61 wounded. Others More Costly The major said other raids had been more costly than Operation Smack so far as • casualties were amount of air support cut down concerned and that the large casualties in last Sunday's action 'It was capitalize ,on the additional ai power that was being put i there," Phillips said. . attempt by us to The major, 32, said he directed the infantry assault from an observation post 1,000 yards away Phillips said he had a gu?rd at the door of his bunker to keep any visitors from interfering with the operation. He said Allied air and arllllery "completely smothered" Communist artillery and mortar fire, cutting down the number of casualties. But he added that Communist grenades and small arms fire prevented Ihe infantry Ir6m taking a prisoner. Phillips said "we are going make" similar raids again but " See RAID on 1'age 8 lo Passengers, Crew Quit Storm-Tossed Ship KTE? A KO iT3c-c.__»i^i - "^ STRANBARE. Scotland Wj The car ferry Princess Victoria ran Into a hurricane between Ire- ' land and Scotland today ami shore stations In Ireland said 100 persons were feared lo have lost their lives when they \vae forcer) to abandon ship. - The 2,6(10-1011 ship belonging to the British nailways apparently went down. She was carrying 183 passengers and crew. ; Shore stations near Belfast which intercepted radio messages from the scene said dozens of bodies were seen floating In the wild water. The 662-ton Belfast steamer Donaghadee,: IM a message received here, said she had picked up 20 survivors and had El ? hird two or three more clinging to a Kist a mile« off Portfiatrick. * A tanker from belfast hov e to In the 113-mile an hour hurricane and began emptying her oil bunk- em in an effort to calm the waters stillidenlly to aid rescue by several vc«c)s which rushed to the scene. Anitmg the 183 jirrson-i aboard weie many children. Rescue ships messaged that tha weather was hitler cold and viability low. High seas washed benumbed survivors oft rafts, and the rescue ships themselves took a heavy pounding In the northern neck of the Irish Sea. Veteran sailors said Inn seas were the worst In their memory. The Princess Victoria was on ner regular 30-mile run between this Scottish port and Urn« K«thw» Ireland, wrxo ifai WH struck by the hurricane. No More Messages She lipped over at a 36-degree list, and water poured Into her engine room and washed over one fide of her deck. Her master. James Ferguson of Klranracr, -;cnt out an SOS and gave orders to abandon ship. The sharp 1M. made It next to Impossible to float liferafts, however. After that no more messages sere received from the Princess. Among the passengers were Maj. J. M. Slnclar, Northern Ireland's finance minister; Sir Walter Smiles, an Ulster unionist member of parliament; and sir Walter Scot!, immanent scuctar.v to the Northern Ireland finance ounli- Dulles in Rome; Hints Aid Cut If Defense Unification Fails l!y JAMKS M. LONG ROME at— President Eisenhow- r's new secreiary of state arrived In Europe today and made clear within 10 minutes that the United States ivnnts to know what Europe is doing about unification for defense. Secretary of Stale John Foster Dulles hinted broadly again along tho lines of the warning In his first If. S. radio speech a' week ago. Up said then Hint the United Stales might re-shape its aid policy toward Western Europe If the nations refuse lo unite. Today he put It this way; 'I am not here to preach or talk GOP Leaders Say — Ike, Congress Can Get Together on Controls WASHINGTON CAP) — Republican leaders said after a White House call today that President Eisenhower and Coneress could easily get , Mr. Johnson said that from together on what to do about price and wage controls. The question lo be decided, llicy*. said, Is whether the controls should bo taken off before the April 3u expiration, date or allowed to die a natural death U|cn. Also, whether the President should be givei .standby power lo reimpose cell ings in future emergencies. The issue was taken up with the chief executive in the midst o speculation over a more dramatic, question: Is Ihe administration planning t big step aimed to bring Ihe Ko rean War to a close? That discussion was fed by presidential appointment will Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy World War H chief of staff to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman There are well backed report.' that Chiang Kat-Shek's Free Chinese forces on Formosa may be turned loose for raids against the Communist-held mainland. Today's congressional callers Sen. CapoJiarl (R-Ind) and Rep. Wolcott (R-Mtch), chairmen "of the Senate and House, Banking Committees, did not disclose the President's attitude on controls. Have Illffercil" In Past But they sold it could be ..„ sumed thnt the matter would be debit with lii (he President's st.-ite of the Union' message, to be ^deli voi'ffd ;lo" ColigrcSa 1 Monday. -,:1 ' Wolcott and Capehnrl have differed In the past over tho question of stnhdby powers mid bolh ,->nld today they have not changed their opinions. Capehart said he still favors standby authority. Wolcott Is against it but indicated the senator may persuade him to 'take a different fitnnd. Leahy has the same slalus In the Navy lhat Gcu. Douglas MacArthur has in Ihe Army. He Is on active duty without assignment. He Is seeing the President one day before Adm. Arthur H. Rnd- ford. cojnma'nder-in-chlef of the Pacific Fleet, returns lo Washing- ion. The Navy announced Radfoid Is due here Sunday and will remain for n week. May "De-Naturalize" Formosa Highly placed sources yesterday said Elsenhower may "de-neutralize" the Island of Formosa by rccallim; the U. S. Seventh Fleet See EISENHOWER on I'ngc 8 Bachelor Bill Raises Ire of Single Gals LITTLE HOCK (/p t — A new lobby group — called the Association for Prevention of Alarming and Stampeding Bachelors Beyond Hopes of Arkansas' Unmarried Women — has been formed. It was organized yesterday to combat a bill introduced In the House to levy a yearly $750 tax on Arkansas bachelors over 21. Rep. James Hruton, who introduced the bill, is married. The lobby group was formed by eight office girls here. They elected Miss Henrietta Nagel ns president. Miss Nagel. In her first pronouncement, said, the bill would "force young men to leave Arkansas." The girls also took the position that they don't need help In "catching husbands." Walter Vestal Jr., president of the Little nock Bachelors club, said the proposed bill was a blight against the single women of Arkansas and cited membership losses as testimony that Arkansas girls are quite capable of catching their own men. Arkansas GOP Opens Offices LITTLE HOCK «•> — Republican State Secretary Philips B. Saver, sAid the Arkansas GOP will oncn state office here lo handle parly business and patronage. Boycr said the decision to establish the headquartcrK was made at a closed tv.efitlnjr ot the Suite Ex- eculive Committee yr.stcrday. Victor Wade ol Balesville will hrad the office until a permanent director !s chosen, Boy«r §ajd, . Polio Drive Still Short of Quota 56 Per tent of Goal Is Reached Here; Campaign Ends Today As the month-long 1953 March ot Dimes polio fund campaign drew to a close today, lilylhcvllle's response lo a $6,500 quota stood at slightly more than half that amount. By this morning, contributions to- l.iling $11,048.25— or 5G per cent of tiie quota— had been received In Blythevlllc, according lo Eltert Johnson, county campaign dlreclor. a report .the entire county has not . Iwcn compiled yet because several groups and communities have not filed reports. Two days ngo, however, the county total was lagging the county quota of $18,000 by about the enme margin ns thc'Dlytherille drive was missing Its goal. There will lx> no extension of the drive. Mr. Johnson said, adding that he felt this would not -help the campaign* to-.iniy 'dcKrce. , 4 •:,^';K""We'll Just" Have to get along'-'wHll half the money, although tills won't pay the bills." Ho Was rcferrlni; to costs of treating Mississippi County polio patlenU— costs which annually exceed the funds raised here and necessitate disbursements from -tiro National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. '.-'•• . Although no further solicitations will, be made, Mr. Johnson said, donations will still IK welcomed/They may be addressed to ElbcrL Johnson, County March of Dimes Chairman, Blyilicyllle. To raise funds for the March of Dimes, a benefit dance will be spoii- sorcd tonight by the Hotel Noble. i - 'ho c s Mirror Room and tick™" ts |)cr I'"™"- ruary 12. but to listen and learn, so lhat our government may make its d»el- slons wisely with regard to the direction in which you, yourselves, are golnif." Although he said he camo lo listen, he went, to conferences with Prime Minister' Alclcie do after saying plainly about what subject lie wanted to hear. "The European Defense Community," he told reporters, "has caught the Imagination of tho American people. "The United States government and people have- come to look upon Ilils plan as a vital part of tho overall program for cooperation between nations of the Atlantic Pact Community. "We arc particularly interested in learning what progress we can anticipate in this European Defense Community plan." Italy Will Af-rce As far as Italy is concerned, it was clear Prime Minister do Gasperl and his government will agree with Dulles. Italy wants action on the plan, too, and wants (o know why some other nations are lugging- In their interest. The secretary of state and O. S. Mutual Security Chief Harold E. Stnssen, who is accompanying him, expect to find harder going later along their 10-day tour of seven West-European capitals.. Dulles and Stassen arrived her* this morning aboard President El- senhower's personal plane, and went at once Into nn hour-long talk with U. S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and Chnuncey G. Parker, head of (he mutual security administration for Italy. They then called on President Lnlgl Eirmudi, and afterward, went .straight lo the Kalian government. They began conferences with tho Italian cabinet, closed-door talks v.jjth tie'Onsperi, and Joint conferences between Italian government loaders and heads of thu American missions In Home. They will leave tomorrow morn- Ing for Paris, after dinner and a long private talk tonight with thu Italian premier. . The EDC treaty to we!d tha armies of Italy, France.. West Gor- -J»rt"j;tfifeniiJ6ffra ! ';'if > fo"' u Jlmlv - OI1E , uniform'defense force was signed eight months ago but has not been ratified by any of tho participating countries. - . Dulles and ';Staisen .will visit each of these six nations; plus Britain, on ihplr flying .tour'.-''' The secretary for . siate>Vaccom- panied by StasscnV-De qasperi; and U. S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, loft the airport' within 'minutes'- after arriving, heading,straight for a tight-packed program of .talks. •He tolti reporters, "I'm afraid I won't be seeing much of you or yon of me while I'm here."--, Dulles did say, however, \hat (though both bo and Stassen have much to do nl home now with the of the new administration in .. . • —* i"-'™*'. -TL.iii, ui uia-ncw aammisiralion in ; £,ni 0! ri n j a ", joSc/p'T C WDdjInglon. they were making the- Joiner for Fob- trip because President Eisenhower See DULLES nn Cage 8 Oil Officials Are Subpoenaed In Gasoline Price Investigation LITTLE HOCK (AP) - An Arkansas House committee has mado the first move in an investigation of alleged discriminations in the state's gasoline price.?. The committee yesterday Issued*subpoenas for top 1 olflclnls of Arkansas oil refineries lo bring their books before It at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 The subpoenas, signed by Rep Jim Evans of Marion County, were served to: E. I- 1 - nig of Little nock, nian- ager of the Arkansas Division'of Pan-Am Southern Corp. T. M. Martin of El Dorado president of Lion oil Co. A. F. Reed of El Dorado, general sales malinger for Lion. rva Popanz of Magnolia, general sales manager for the Berry Asphalt C'0. ! O.-B, Bingrmm of Smackover sales manager for the Henry H "ross Co. Kull Scale Inquiry Evnns said preliminary investigations by the attorney general's office "reveal that gasoline users of the stale of Arkansas are being grossly discriminated against In some fashion." He added that the Investigation produced enough evi- Icnce to warrant a full scale Inquiry. The oilmen will be asked why icople of Arkansas are paying more for gasoline refined In the stale than are the people of surrounding states. Evans said. The representative said the dif- r cren(fals, exclusive of (axes, range from two to five cents a gallon. The Investigation was 'authored by the House, but as yet no noney has been appropriated for he probe. Ten thousand dollars vas asked. fm/'rfe Today's • Conner News . . . Chlcki whip Greene Tech for win No/ n. . . Itre.ulon's nephew may buy Cardinal* . . Sports . . . Page S. .. .., Society news ... Tfge 4. . . '53 international Truck Shov/ing To Be Monday The 1953 line of International trucks will go on display here Monday at Dcltn Implements. Inc 312 South Second. The new models, called the R- llne. include light, medium and heavy-duty motor trucks whose gross vehicle weight ratings range from -1.200 to 30.000 pounds. Gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas or dlcsel engines are available in the new line. - The new lines will Include 163 basic chassis modes in 205 whcel- tascs and 23 different engines ranging In horsepower from 100 to J56. Truman Recommended For Nobel Peace Prize ATHENS. Greece «>,-Field Marshal Alexander Papagos. prime minister of Greece, proposed today the Nobel Peace Prize be awarded to former President Truman of the United States. "All his efforts and thoughts have been devoted to maintain world peace," P.ipages said. About the only use some moke of Ihcir college French is to pronounce what Ihey wont at the perfume counter. , SIA

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