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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 9, 1949
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND 8OOTKKA8T MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 67 BlythertU* KythertlU Courier Blythevtu* Herald l Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 1949 EIGHTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS 10-Year-Old Tells Of Closing Ice Box Door on Playmates WALNUT RIDGE, Ark., June 9. (AP)—A red-haired boy of ten sobbingly told last night how he caused the deaths of three playmates by imprisoning them in' a discarded ice box. State Police Investigator H. R. Peterson said the case- solving story was related by James (Buddy) Chesser, an uncle of one of the victims, all farm children who lived near - 'Walnut Ridge. Young Chesser was released to he custody of his father. Peterson aid it was doubtful that any charge would be liled. in view of the youngster's age. However, Prosecutor Millard Har- Mary Ellen Stafford is Winner of 1949 Beauty Pageant Conducted by Jaycees John M. Bunch, Pioneer, Dies Final Rites Scheduled For 3:30 p.m. Friday In Church at Yarbro din of Newport, who ordered the Last rites for John Marmaduke Bunch, one of the last surviving pioneer residents of tills area, will be conducted Friday at 3:30 at the Cobb Pun era! Home by the Rev *Leroy Henry, pastor of the Yarbro Methodist Church, of which he was member. i Mr Bunch, who was married to Miss Fannie Cordelia Yarbro in 1884, by the Rev. H- T. Blythe, for whom Blytheville was named, died at his home at Yarbro early this morning. Mr. Bunch was born here In 1861 while his father, Ell Bunch, was fighting in the Civil War. Mr Bunch, was named for Genera Marmadfrke, and a messengei brought the news of what his chile should be named from the soldier In September, 1884, Mr. Bunch went to CnruthersviHe, Mo,; for hi; bride, and since travel was difficiil and the young man wanted to be married in his own state, the cere mony was performed at the stall line, under a large oak tree. Mrs Bunch's father, Johnson Yarbro, established the Yarbro community, Mr. Bunch farmed in that area all his life. Burial to Be in Elmwooct Mr. Bunch's wife, Mrs. Fannie Bunch, survives him. Other sur- vi vors in c! ude f on r sons, three daughters, 17, grandchildren and seven great ^grandchildren. Two other sons, George and Starling -. Jgunch. Ijave^been dead for several years. "Hie ^fiAir" aons* : now ^living, Milton, Hucy, Dee and Spencer Bunch all reside in Yarbro, as do two of his three daughters, Miss Ijiille Bunch and Mrs. Herbert Mul- A 'lin.vMrs. T. R. Ivy lives in Blythr ,. vine. Honorary pallbearers includ Dr. I. R. Johnson, Dr. E. V. Hill.Al- vm Huffman, Sr., F. E. Underwood, Herman Cross, Charley Maddox, Curtis J. L.ittte, Herman Matthews, Edgar B. Lloyd, Willie Purcell and D. G. Gracy. Grandsons of the deceased, Norman, Clyde Starling, Edward, Russell, Hilrired, Edward, Don, Harold and Wallace Bunch, will be active pallbearers. Burial will be fn Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Cobb Funeral Home. child turned over to his father, said he had "no comment" on possibility of charges. The three v ic tims were James Delbert Chastaln, two, and his sis- :er, Joyce Ann, nine, children of Mr. and M rs. Ed Chast a in, and Shirley Ann Ramsey, six, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ramsey, and a niece of the Chesser boy, The tragedy occured last Friday. Peterson quoted the boy as saying the other children climbed Into the small, old -fash ioned .wooden box while at play and that he shut the door. He was unable to open the door and as he was tugging at it, his mother called him to go to the store, he told Peterson, Hardln, Sheriff Joe Spades and others. "I got scared and ran home," Peterson quoted him as saying. 'T went to the store and then forgot."' From young Chesser's story, It apparently was only an hour or so before Mrs. Cha stain, returning home fr,om work' in the cotton fields, opened the ice box door after hearing groans. Her son and Shirley Ann already were dead of suffocation; Joyce Ann died early Saturday, By A. A. Fredrickson + Courier Newc Staff Writer I Blytheville will pin its hopes for state-wide recognition late this month on a 116-pound, brown- haired beauty who will represent this city in the "Miss Arkansas" beauty contest in Little Rock. The Cotton Capital's representative in the slate beauty pageant will be Miss Mary Ellen Stafford, 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elite Stafford of Blytheville, who last night was crowned "Miss Biythevlllr or iMft." Miss Stafford was chosen by three Judges from a field of 22 entrants who paraded before nearly 2,500 spectators at Haley Field last night in the 1949 Beauty Pageant staged by the Blytheville Junior Chamber Pemiscot Officers Seek More Data on Victim of Burns Further action by officers in the case of Everett Winstead, farmer of near Canithersville who was seriously burned Sunday night when hLs clothing was soaked with gasoline, today was awaiting recovery of the victm. Winstefid, who is under treatment In St. ..Joseph's Hospital In Meni- jp>phis, suffered severe burns when an unknown person soaked his clothes in gasoline as he lay sleeping in his truck near a night club near Caruthersville. The gasoline.was not ignited as it was first reported, but the fuel blistered Winstead's body. Winstead told Memphis newsmen he had been drinking and was told to leave the Tiiiht club near which hU truck was parked. He said he believed whoever pourcrt the gas on him apparently hoped he would light a cigarette and ignite the fuel. Deputy Sheriff Milton King of Canithersville -said today that no arrests have been mode and that the next move in the case will hinge on further Information from the virlmi. The officer said Win-stead was h?zy what happened and further qupstiontn? of the victim would be ne-rFsary " "-ire an arrest could be IT - "^ Playground Fund Grows Rapidly Third of Sum Heeded. Reported by Half of : Workers in Campaign Nearly |800 was raised yesterday by teams which have reported on a one-day campaign to raise a minimum of P.300 to finance the chn j- of equipment for four of -.ytheville's live new playground rea» recently acquired by the city. Fewer than one-half of the teams working in the campaign, which was sponsored by the city's Park Commission and the Blythevllle Community Service Council, had submitted their reports to Worth D. Holder, secretary-manager of the Chamber of commerce this morning. Eight of the teams which had not reported were working assignments in the business district and when these and others in the residence districts submit their reports, the sum raised should pass the $1.500 mark, it was Indicated. Mr. Holder said that several of the lists were not assigned at the kickoff meeting because of a shortage of workers. It Is expected that these lists will be worked as soon as additional workers can be recruited . Blytheville Man Held for Trial in Arbyrd Robbery John Pigmon, 40. formerly of Blytheville, wss orderd held to await circuit Court action at his preliminary hearing in Kennett. i Mo., this morning in connection with the armed robbery of_a whiskey store near Arbyrd. Mo., May 30. Bond '.-as set at $5,000. Pigmon, who now lives at Senath, Mo., and another Senath man, Vernon Stonum, 30. were charged with robbing K. A. Barnes, operator of the liquor store of a billfold containing approximately S10 in checks at guns point. Stonum last week waived his preliminary hearing on the charge. Pi?mon was arrested June 1 by Dunklln County, Mo., officers and Stonum was arrested the following day. A Up furnished by State Policemen George Irwln and Tom Smalley of Blytheville that a car, similar to the one used in the robbery, was seen In Blytheville the day after the hold-up, led to the men's arrest. of Commerce. Runner-up in the "Miss Blytheville" competition was Miss Martha Dale Dixon. 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Dixon of Blytlie- ville, who was sponsored by the Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. Thin winner was Miss Betty Joyce Reid 20, daughtei of Mr. and Mrs. T A. Reid of Blytheville. whose sponsor was the New York Store. Miss Stafford WHS sponsored by Feinberg's Fashion Shop. Junior Miss Selected In the opening event of the three-! division contest, four-year-old wan- da Pay Bowen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bowen, was named "Junior Miss Blytheville of 1949." Runner-up was Marietta Graves, three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Graves, in third place was Barbara Ann Hnhn. five, daughter of Sgt. and Mrs. Arthur G. Bahn. Wanda Fay was sponsored by Walnole Electric. Marietta by Lion Oil Co., and Barbara Ann by Halter's Shoe Shop. In the first junior event for boys to be held here, four-ye;ir- old Kit-hard Shelton, son of Mr. and' Mrs- Sanford Shelion, was named "Mr. Jayeee President of 1975." He was sponsored by The Flower Shop. Selected as nmner-up was William (Buba) Hays, three-year-old aon of Mr. and Mrs. Hadley Hays, who was sponsored by Hays Store. Third place winner was Artie Olson, four-year-old son o£ Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Olson, who was sponsored by the Rustic Inn. As winner of the 1949 "Miss Blytheville" title. Miss Stafford-.'received a check for $100, a bracelet anu ir a bouquet of ' red roses.'Miss Dixon's second place prize was a $25 check and a bracelet. Miss Reid received a $10 check and a bracelet as third place award. Each first place winner in the junior divisions received a loving cup and the second and third place winners were presented identification bracelets. Awards Presented Roland Bishop, president ot the BlythevilTe Junior chamber of Commerce, presented awards to the "Miss Blythevllle" contest winners and Jack Chamblin, co-chairman of the beauty pageant, presented awards to the junior division winners. Charles Moore also was co-chairman of the beauty pageant and Mr. Gilbert D. Hammock, Jr., was ' charge of entries. Mrs. Hammock will assist Miss Stafford in preparing for the "Miss Arkansas" contest and will accompany her to Little Rock where the event will be held June 22-23. A. S. (Tocid) Harrison served as master of ceremonies last night Miss Stafford, who is five feet, six inches tall and has greenish-brown eyes, found Victory last night her second try. She also was entrant in the 1948 Beauty Pageant She was graduated from Blytheville High Schoo! last month and since then has been working Feinberg's Fashion Shop, the firm that sponsored her In the contest The "Miss Blytheville" entrants appeared first in evening gowns anc See BEAUTY REVUE on Page Needham Assault Case Due to Goto Jurors Late Today her is forecast: Considerable '.I*. with scattered thunder- shohor. 's afternoon, tonight and Friday, hi.', much change In temperatures. Missouri forecast: Partly cloudy tonight and Friday with few local showers and thunderstorms ucst and central portions. Little change In temperatures. Minimum this morning—67. Mayirti urn. yesterday—92. RunsiS today-/?: 12. Runris* 1 tpoiprnnv-^4:46. Precipitation' 24 hours from 1 a.m. today—none. Total 'Wboe Jan. 1—28.68. Mean temperature fmlrtway bei -79.5. I 7*. MISSCO X BKAUTY PAGEANT ^l^P^H|H^IPV of beauty'pageants held here and In Osceola on he past two nights are shown above. VasWp^lf^roJlM Mary Ellen Stafford, who won the "Miss Blythe ,'ille" crown in the Jaycees' pageant here last night. At top right is Miss Anna Jean Foster of Osceola, who was named "Miss South Mississippi County in a revue staged by the Osceola Jaycees Tuesday night. Miss Martha Dale Dixon, rutmer-up in the "Miss Blythevllle" contest is shown at, top center. Third place winner in the "Miss Blythevllle" pageant was MissBetty Joyce Reid, shown at botlom center. Four "Maids" selected at the Osceola pageant to reign with Miss Poster are shown In the lower row of pictures. They are (left to right) Miss Marcia Cole, Miss Mary, Alice Golden, Miss Wanda Pope and Miss Wanda. Wood. Dr. George W. Jackson, superintendent of the State Hospital in Little Rock, was used as a rebuttal witness today by the state in the trial in Circuit Court here of Hollis Ed- wavd Needham, 26, who is charged with having raped an eight-year old girl. * After bring qualified ai an expert witness by counsel for the state, Dr. Jackson told the jury that he and members of the hospital staff had found the nVfenrt- ani mentally competent and responsible for his actions, now and at the time of the commission of the alleged rrtme. Dr. O.icar Kozberg, assistant superintendent at the hospital was here to testify In the case but wns not called to the witness stand. Dr. Jackson told the Jury that Dr. Kozherg signed the reiiorl as to the rtefendatit's sanity. The "defendant did not take the stand In his own behalf. Case to Reach Jury Soon Instructions In the case were given to the Jury this afternoon by Judge Zal s. Harrison, and only the closing arguments remain to be made before the before It goes to the jury for a decision. Prosecuting Attorney H. G. Partlow and his deputy, A. S. Harrison, were expected to demand A verdict which will carry the death penalty. The ciltne of rape In Arkansas carries the same penalty as first degree murder which is punishable by death or life imprisonment. The defendant Is being represented by Gene E. Bradley, who during his examination of witnesses sought to show that Ihe defendant'Is Insane, or a^ least a borderline case. Mr. Bradley questioned five defense witnesses yesterday after the state had rested its case. The first witness In Needham's behalf was Delbert Riddtck, a cousin of the defendant, who told the Jury that in his opinion Needham was Insane at times. This witness told the court of an incident this year when NeedhRm Is alleged to have thrown a carpenter's "saw horse" through a plate KlosR window of a business establishment on Ash Street for, aa the witness said, no obvious reason. Texan Is Defense Witness Joe Dial, Needham's unole who resides in Galveston, Tex., also testified for the defense and told the Jury that Needhiun, in a fit of anger, tried to choke him at 'a birthday party In Galveston some three years ago. Mr. Dial told the court that Needham "has been & problem child all his life." He testified that he 7 Killed, 2 ' •-• As Dynamite Stick Explodes KENNETT, Mo., June 9. (jp)— One person is dead and two others are in serious condition at Presnell Hospital here as a result of a dynamite explosion nbout 8 last night. All three men who were in their lute 20's, resided near Rives, Mo., and according to Sheriff Jack Barnes, had intended to use the dynamite to kill fish in a draina>; ditch. - : ames Camthers , and Marlin Owen were seriously hurt and brought to the local hospital. The third man was named Trowbridge but his first name was not immediately learned. HLs right hand was blown off and he received multip! larera tions of the body. He was treated at the local hospital then was started to Memphis. Tenn., hospital but died as the ambulance reached Blytheville. Ark. • for Little Rock To See President Truman Mr. and Mrs. R, B. Stout left this morning for Uttle Rock where they will participate In several of the activities planned for President Harry S. Truman, tomorrow night, and Saturday. Mr. Stout was a member of the 35th Division, which is having an annual reunion there, and has been a friend of President Truman's for some time. ,ALso planning to attend the division reunion Is Curtis J. Little. He was scheduled to leave tonight for Little Rock. He will return Saturday, and the Stouts will return Sunday. Soybeans (Prices f.o.b. Chicago) July 222 219',i 222-21H Nov 200vi 197 200V4 Dec 199',: 195'.i 198-%-% New York Stocks CI.OSING QUOTATIONS: A T & T HI 1-2 Amer Tobacco 671-4 Anaconda Copper 26 1-4 Beth Steel 25 Crysler 46 Coca Cola 1261-2 Gen Electric 34 3-4 Gen Motors 53 3-8 Montgomery Ward 48 3-4 N Y Central 10 1-4 Hit Harvester 243-4 National Distillers 17 7-8 Republic Steel 185-8 Radio 10 3-8 Socony Vacuum 145-8 Sears Roebuck 343-4 Standard of N J 63 1-2 Texas Corp 501-8 •J C Penny 46 ,U S Steel 21 1-2 Buck Takes Oath as Chancellor Of Twelfth District's |||w Tribunal Churchill M. Buck, who today became chancellor of the Second Division of the Chancery Court for the Twelfth Arkansas District, as a boy had dreams of becoming a captain on a Mississippi River steamer because it offered an opportunity to go places and see things. But in young manhood the future for river steamer captains did not hold so bright a future for him and he turned to the practice of law and helped Rlytheville and North Mississippi Count; to go places industrially and agriculturally. As a young lawyer he helped to bring the Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad east from Big Lake through Blytheville and on to the Mississippi River at Barfield, which then was a river port. The railroad brought lumber mills, and with the clearing of the forests came the agricultural development. As chancellor of the new court. this Mississippi County pioneer will hear cases in each of the six counties In the district — Mississippi, Cratghead. Crittenden, Poinsett, Green an! Clay. The oath of office was admlnls- —Courier Newt tered in the court hoase here by CIRCUIT CLERK ADMINISTERS OATH—C. M. Buck, veteran Harvey Morris, Mississippi County ^ Blythevllle attorney (left) is shown here taking the oath of office M n"", 1 ,, 0 .",',,*^."^ 0 ^^"}*^. 1 :^' chancellor of the Second Division of the Twelfth District Chancery Court S«e CHAXCEIXOR •• Pa»* J | from. Harvey Morris, Mississippi County circuit clerk. More Foreign Shipments of Isotopes Bared WASHINGTON. June 9. (/!*> — Lewis L, Strauss, member of the Atomic Energy Commission, testified today that radio-active Isotopea sent to foreign countries could be used in research on germ warfare. Strauss also said It is hU understanding IhRl Russian scientists are not necessarily excluded from laboratories where the American- supplied isotopes are used, although no Isotopes have been shipped to the Soviets. The Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee put Strauss in the witness chair in a continuation of Its hearings on ctiarRc.i by Senator Hlckenlooper fR-Iowa) that there has been "Incredible mismanagement" of (ho Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) under the chairmanship of David E. Ltllenthal. ITickenlooper demands that Lilienthal be fired. Strauss was opposed when the five-man AEC voted 4-1 In 1947 to permit export of some types of radio-active Isotopes to friendly countries. The policy was approved at that time by an advisory committee of scientists and by President Truman and the State Department. , When the committee convened today. Rep. Henry M, Jackson (D- Wash) protested that the whole investigation has become a "carnival of confusion." He said that neither the committee iUelf nor the AF,C is beinsr advised In advance as to the nature of the accusations Hickenlooper will make that day. Hickenlooper, Jackson declared, should submit "a bill of particulars," once talked to the defendant's family nbout placing him In an institution. The victim of the alleged attack Dfas the principal witness for the state. She WHS said to have been carried from her home while asleep and placed In a taxlcab which was operated by the defendant and after the attack was put out of the cab near her home. Nedham was working as a taxicab driver on the night of the attack. Blood-stained clothing and seat- covers taken from the cab were introduced as exhibits during the trial of the case. Needham was arrested In Hnttlea- burR, Miss., the day following the attack. Road Bonds Sold At Unexpectedly Low Interest Rate Hearing for O'Bannon Delayed in Caruthersyille Preliminary hearing for MaJctom O'Bannon of Blytheville In a Caruthersville, Nfo.. magistrate's court on charges of burglary and larceny was postponed Indefinitely today. The Pemtscot County sheriff's office said the hearing was delayed due to the illness of OBannon's attorney. O'Bannon is charged with taking part in the attempted robbery of the O, B. Samford Liquor Store at Holland. Mo.. May 29. Two other men, Walter David Vastblnder and Kenneth Young, also of Blytheville, were captured by Mr. Sftmford In th« store. Officer* Mid they Implicated O'Bannon, who „„ „, M „ hM denied «iy port In the burglary. th« imiueocc of liquor. LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 9. (/F) —Charles A. Puller, Minneapolis, Minn., securities dealer, today was awarded the first $7.COO.OOO Issue of Arkansas' new highway construction bonds with a b!d that brought whistles of surprise from six competitors. The state fiscal control board sold the Issue to Fuller on a bid of a flat Interest rate of 234 per cent and a premium of 118,470. HLs bid was bes t »* $210,814. The bonds mature annually and are to be retired In 20 years. The Interest rate In other bids ranged from 2-6276 to 2.76004 per cent. The law authorizing the bonds had fixed a maximum of 3.2 per cent. The governor and members of the Fiscal Control Board were elated. "The interest rate Is far better than be had anticipated," said Gov. Sid McMath. The law authorizes the state to issue $7,000.000 in highway construction bonds annually foi four years to help finance an $80,000,000 program. Osceola Plans Water Carnival July Fourth Event Arranged by Civic And Patriotic Leaders The first of whnt Is hoped to b« an annual event each year In Osceola will be held July 4 and will be known as the "Osceola Water Carnival," This event will be sponsored Jointly by the Osceola Chamber of Commerce. Jaycees, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Kiwanls ant! Boat Clubs. They will feature a parade, baseball game, swimming and diving exhibition, boat races, beauty pag- ent, fireworks display and two dances, one a street dance and one at the Community house. A centra] committee has been named to complete arrangements, with James Hyatt as chairman. They Include: Tim Bowles, Dukla Speck, W. M. Thomas, Billy NichoU son and Fred Smith. Other committees appointed by the sponsoring organizations are: Steve Ralph, American Legion; W. V. Alexander, Ira Wright and Owen Crosthwalte, Kiwanis; W. M. Thomas, Boat Club; Fred Smith, Mitchell Moore. Boy Cunningham, and O. B.. Driver, parade committee arid Charles Joliff as coordinator, with Bill McMath and Tim Bowles heading the beauty pagent and dances. Mayor To B« Official Mayor Ben Butler will be th« official host and master of ceremonies. Invitations hare been extended to all county and state officials Including the governor, lieutenant-governor, Congressman E. Or Gathlngs and Senator Fun- bright. ,. • * The parade will be sponsored bj the Bryant-Young Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. TTnfts of the Army, Navy, Marine Oorpa, Coast Guard, National Quart, All Force, American Legion and V.,? 1 . W., together with high school bands and floats will participate, making it one of the largest parades ever held In this section of Arkansas. The ball game will be sponsored by the Mack Qrider Post of the American Legion. Arrangements have been made for two of the best teams available for the game and It is expected to be one of the best games or the season. The teams wlil be announced later. To Have Fireworks Display The Osceola Boat Club will arrange the boat races, to be held at Jacksonville. Landing located one mile north of Osceola. Local amateur fans will compete with amateurs from other areas for this event. The club has made plans for all types of racing for the various class boats and entries may be made up to 12:00 noon. Julv 4th. Excellent swimmer* and divers will be under the direction of Donald WerU, director of the Osceola swimming pool. The Osceola Jaycees will stage the beuty pagent. Entrants will be winners of the various town beauty contests competing for the title of Miss Arkansas and will be hold on barge at the Jacksonville Land- Ing. A fireworks display is being sponsored by the Kiwnnis Club, will be h;'Id following the pagent at the Jacksonville Landing over the water and on Cook's Island. Senate Committee Okays Gray for Top Army Post WASHINGTON, June 9. (>P>--The Senate Armcfi Services Committee today gave quick approval to the nomination of Gordon Gray as Sec retary of the Army. Gray, present Undersecretary ol Army, was nominated by •resident Truman Tuesday to succ Kenneth Royal!, who resigned. The nomination now goes to the Senate for expected approval, pos slbly later today. Driver Fined $25 Louis H»rdin of Dell was fined *25 and coat* tn Municipal court this morning on his ple» of guilty to a charge ol driving while under Missourian Waives Preliminary Hearing William r. Sumner, 33. former Stecle, Mo., resident charged in connection with the theft of a safe from a poultry company In Stcele, today waived preliminary hearing before Magistrate G. W. Yates in Caruthersville and was ordered held for circuit court action. Bond for Sumner was set at S5.000 His case is scheduled to come up at the July term of Pemls- cot County Circuit court, the sheriff's office at Caurthersville said, Sumner. of West Frankfort, Ky, and two Holland. Mo., youths, Harold Biggs and Fay Bradley, were arrested (or the burglary at the Jack Phillips Poultry Co. Jan. 19. Biggs and Bradley also have waived preliminary hearings. They also were held In connection with the burglary of O. B. Samford's dry goods store at Holland several weeks ago. Only papers were In the small safe taken from the poultry firm. Officers said the Holland youths confessed and implicated Sumner, who wns arrested In West Frankfort and extradited. N. O. Cotton NEW ORLEANS, June 9. pp) — Cotton futures quotation: High Low Close Jly .-. 32*X> 3562 3278-77 Oct. 3908 2694 2907-QB. Dec 2*85 3873 2874 Mch 2872 2»67 2871-B Mar 3«1 3KI XX B

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