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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XXX ill—NO. 269 Blythevllle Courier Ulytheville Herald Blylhevllle Dally News Mississippi Valley Lender THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTIfEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOUTU ~fj' "/-, i;, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1037 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS CUTS FLOOD ESTIMATE Her Royal Look Is Wide-Eyed More Than 1,000 Sche/J- uled lo Leave Lale Today for Relief Camp A Frisco Irain, carrying approximately 1,400 refugees, was due lo leave Blythevillc this afternoon for Memphis where a huge concentration camp has been set up to care for refugees from Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. Approximately 700 or 800 persons had been placed in Frisco cars, preparatory to the movement to Memphis, at one o'clock this aflernoon. Frisco officials said It would probably be three or (our o'clock before the train would get underway. Tlie refugees were being loaded in a long line of freight cars on a siding along Ihe main Irnck of il:e Frisco from Ash' street'south. 'National guardsmen were handling Ihe removal of refugees lo the train. Mayor Cecil Shane, who went to Memphis yesterday to complete arrangements for handling Blythc- ville refugees there, said the Blytheville group would be transported from the central railroad station - to the Memphis auditorium, which | has bsen turned into a receiving ' station, and would be sent later to camps established in Memphis. Buffalo Island Exodus Delayed Some 400 refugees at Leachville were removed yesterday to Paragould in buses and automobiles but the exodus was halted today on order of Red Cross officials, Walter Cox, Red Cross chairman at Leachville, said. Mr. Cox said more persons are baing brough't out of the Buffalo ditch area south of Leachville' constantly and that the town -still had between 400 and 500 persons in Leachville today awaiting removal. : \ • X '• -•-..( '.Howevfr. '.while _further orders /.Jvvere:-awaited- frBm "iieS"'c"ross'oIB-. cials to fssume the removal of refugees from Leachville, Mr. Cox • said it was doubtful if much prog- . ress could .be made by highway at this time "because a small bridge had gone out on the Paragould highway near the St. Francis river Tagged T ragecly Occurs Tuesday Night On Buffalo Ditch.; Two Bodies Recovered LEACHVILLE. Ark.. Jan. 28 — The major tragedy of the Hoods ill Ihe Chickasawba district of Mississippi county occurred Tuesday night, five persons being drowned when a boat overturned on Buffalo ditch near here. Walter Cox, head of the Red . Cross organization here, said five persons were drowned when a res- ! CUB boat overturned nt the bridge ' over Buffalo ditch on the Manila- Monette cut-off road, three miles below Leachville. The bridge is being used as a transfer station, persons being removed from the large 1 government Curiosity, with just a touch oE ioy;il hostility, romes in a wide- eyed stare from tlie yoimtf Priiu-cs.s I'!li/;ibc-lh, born last March lo Prinir Pnul and Prill- _ rc.ss Olg:i of YiiBO-SIaviii. This boats south of the bri'dge'ami'trans- ferred to smaller boats north of the bridge to continue lo Leachville, Mr. Cox said a boatman, shoving with a long pole, fell overboard from a small boat and others were plunged into the icy waters as the booat turned over. Two persons were rescued from Ihe .swirlitv li'ilesl piilmc of the baby princess might hint that she will never ;;o into anything with her eyes shut. . • . bridge, A similar situation existed at 197,368 Bales Ginned in County to Jan. 16 Cotton Binned In Mississippi county from the crop of 1030 prior lo Janiinry 1C amounted to 197.308 running bales, according to Chester Danehowcr of LIIXOIII census bureau agent for tills county. As practically nil cotton had been ginned by that date It Is apparent that the 1030 crop fell short of 200,000 running bales. The total in 500-pound bales, however,, presumably will run over 200,000. The county ginned 115,111 bales of 1935 crop cotton prior to January 10, 193G. Preparations Complete for Whatever Flood Situation May Develop Fncouragecl by'reports that the flood crest on the Mississippi river cast of, here'.is not' likely lo come wllhln several feel of (hat predicted several days ago, nimy engineers and leaders In the local' citizens organization which s co-operating, with them believed today that Uiev were prepared to cope successfully with any situation, which may develop. While weather .-bureau estimates oday do'not'Indicate a stage Unit Windsoi Reported Nego- italing for House at Florida Resort With a tag to mark'Ills Identity Vr, . f T > ?° * a " "' e a & ed m!U1 ' al)OTC ' «aits in a l,-L b , Ut ,. nV =J erC .™ Cpt . Under ;. I »- refugee station at Memphis- Manila, whence 200 refugees were taken to Paragould yesterday. Miss Henrietta Wilkins, Red •Cross executive, said-this afternoon that the removal of refugees from Manila and Leachville to Para- BCiild had been halted temporarily in order to allow more time for completion of arrangements to care for them at the Paragould concentration center. More Refugees Coming In fn tlie meantime the flow of refugees Into Blytheville from the Big Lake and Little River areas continued. Evacuation , of sections where waler has already made removal by any method 'other than .boat impracticable is proceeding from two principal points in the northern district of the county at this time, one at the Roseland ditch Highway 18 crossing and another at Ihe state line ditch, above Calumet Oliver Coppedge. in charae of the j state line receiving station, has boats plying out into Ihe low sections of the Ei? Lake swamp lands west of Gosnell where water from the state line ditch break is now reported as deep as eight feet in some places. At Roseland ditch a swift current is pouring under and slightly over the west end of the bridge, the receiving station being located •at the cast end. Probably a half mile east of the ditch, where a railroad trestle released flood water, held" back at other points by the Frisco railroad embankment, the full force of the current Us easily noticeable as swirls across the highway. A high wheel tractor, placed on duty several days ago. was plying steadily back and forth across n stretch of about a quarter of a mile this morning, it was transporting = ..,„ passengers in a rubber-tired wagon I Jul and on almost every trip it also Will Not Interfere With Crop If Lake and Floodway Dikes Hold ; While water..from levee breaks at, the state'Hue has flooded the area east of. Big Lake to "such a depth that a break now in the east levse, would, have no. immediately •Jffastrous i resui 1 s v tlie;fight; : lo hold il"~jvUl fie/continue'd' \maliated for the,,sake of the protection it will afford during" 'the .approaching planting season. •' ;"."."'.The breaks at the state line, because of the relatively low head of water there, can be "quickly repaired, once Ihe hood subsides, it was explained by John w. Meyer, Drainage District 17 engineer, but a major crevasse in the east levee of the lake.Would be a much .more serious proposition and it might bs 'mnossibie" to close it in time for this year's crop. Slagc IE Stationary Although much of the slate line levee is scheduled for ultimate abandonment with the putting int3 effect of the army engineers program for enlarging the Big Like- Little River Headway, the cost of repairing it would be amply, justified by the value of even just one year's crop, Mr. Meyer said. The drainage district owns draglure equipment which it will mil'oil the lob'there a s soon as conditions permit, he said. The stage at the lake remauud . eluttert In the group were three members of one family, an a»es1 man and a 17-year-old boy. Tolav only two of the bodies had been recovered. The names of the victims could, not be learned today. The accident occurred about 10 o'clock at night. Warm weather today accelerated i the work of boatmen operating as | far south as 12 miles below Lench- ville -from the evacuation base here. Two large government boats were plying Buffalo ditch south bringing out 25 to 30 persons at a time. Smaller boat spuslied \helr way into isolated sections where the wa- ler ranges from five feet to IB inches In deplh. : Marooned residentsSre brought out of the lowlands in the smaller .boats and .transferred -to the larger-boats at the'.;ditches and carried upstream to 1 the steel bridge on the Manna.-Monctte cut-oil road then transferred again into smaller boats above the bridge and brought to solely. One of the boat crews working below Leachville removed a mai and woman and 'their little daughter from the attic of a house wiiere they had been marooned with the flood waters creeping steadily higher. The boatmen smashed their way Into tlie upper part of the building and made a hoie through which they removed the trio. at an approximate stand today, just under 251.4. but thawing of the ice crust which has covered the levee complicated the job of holding it. As the levee softened water started flowing over it in two places last night and at another point it started coming thr^igh in considerable volume. Sandbagging brought the water under control in ea'ch instance but further difficulties are certain to develop. emphis vails for tlie waters to recede, vails for some relative lo claim ilm and take him some place hat is warm and dry and above 'he flooding waters of the "Ohio' Sycceerj^liifi to iy Seived by Office Is F^'ended R. B. "Skeet" stcut' has been appointed assistant supervisor 01 the commissioner of revenue ir Arkansas in charge "of the Bly- thevllle office. W. E.'• Armstrong who served under the Futrell administration in this office, was ap- Minlcd inspector, and Mrs. Burl Dark was named' clerk. The permanent personnel of the -statfj ine permit station has hot yel been announced. Mr. Slout, who is well known Ihrcughout northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri, has resided here for a number of years. Under the new.. setup he will be in charge of 25 counties, which is a mud; larger territory than under - Ihe former program. He replaces Ira Hall,, half brother of the former governor, in this position. LONDON, Jan. 28 (UP) — The weekly ''"News Review" reix>rtcd tc'diiy that the Duke of Windsor night lake a house nt Miami Beach, Pla., after his expected wedding to Mrs. Wallls Simpson ind that he probably would make marriage- settlement on Mrs. Simpson of $30,000 a year. As to. the Miami Beach report, he News Review, said: 'Gossip Unit the former sovereign-might not', marry Mrs. Simp- ion, 'at least for several months, was discounted by news thai former- Governor David Scholl?. of Florida had been cabled by Herman Rogers, asking him lo rent a house at Miami Beach after the wedding Herman L. Rogers of New. York and hh wile -are Mrs. Simpson's host and hostess nt? : Cannes, France Mrs., Slniuspn must' obtain a film! «ecree.'of..divctce^frohV'Ery nest A Simpson .-before:.she,,caii reman 5 Normally 'a final decree s granted six months after.:the award of a decree nisi.".Mrs. Simp-" son obtained her decree ntsi Oct- jlier 27. - _ would levee bring Ihe lop. even water near (he nt Ihe lowest places, no chances were being taken and hundreds of men were at work today, placing E'andbnns under the direction of tinny engineers. The local clllwms commltlce reported perfection or an . organization through which 1,800 'men are now available for work on Ihe lY-mlle stretch of levee from Missouri line lo a point a shorl distance north of Lu.xora. Arrangements will be made lo furnish as many additional; men" as may be required bul : at prcscnl It does not seem likely-that uccc Puts Crest Five ; Feet Lower Than Army Prediction Lower Stage Would Greatly Reduce Danger to Mississippi ^ River Levees '', WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UP)—Gen. Mn)in Craig, :imi>% cliicf of sliilT, unnuunicd today thai army engineers now, believe (hat Mississippi river levees will hold,firm under, Ihe advancing uest of devastating floods from the Ohio" valley. ' •> , "Our engineers now believe the levees will take carer of all expected water heights on the Mississippi," Crai|if informed Admiral Gary T. Grayboti, chairman of the- Hcd Cross, and other goveinmcnt relief officials. ' ' for them arise. ; condition to handle thai, the "tJluatloi Farmer and Community Leader Succumbs Today at irie Age of 75 LUXOKA, Ark.. Jan. 28.—Frank C. Lewis, long a leading citizen of Lu.xora and once one of the largest farm operators in this vicinity died at 5 o'clock this morning at his home here after an illness of nearly a year. He would have been 75 years old on February 13. The funeral will he held at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon at Tlcn- Wcst Levee Threatened MANILA. Ark-.-Water 'started ning. Temi.. girlhood home of his Denial by Schcittz ATLANTA, ;Ga., Jan. 27 (UP) — Former Dov. Dave Scholtz of Florida today denied emphatically that he had been requested to rent 1 home • in Miami Beach for oc r oupa'ncy of the Duke of Windsor ind; Mrs. Wallts Simpson after .hey are married. Scholtz said he had received no 'communication of any kind" from Herman Rogers regarding iuch a rental, as reported In a London weekly magazine. rive Bodies Are Held There Awaiting Subsidence of Flood Waters seeping through and flowing over the wes! levee of Big Lake" at n point about a half mile north of the Highway 18 crossing last night and for a time a break seemed imminent, Tlie water, however, was finally checked with sandbags. Chicago Wheat open high low close May 126 l.-B 127 1-2 125 3-4 ',128 1110 1-2 111 1-8 109 7-8 110 1-8 Big Lake to Manila Current Is Swift At the point where the flood water sweeps across the highway unrestricted, from the railroad trestle, mules had a difficult time breasting the current late yesterday and were not used to pull wagons across the water today. One team driver said one of his mules barely, escaped drowning late yesterday when his feet, were swept from Under him in the current. At the receiving station warm food was ready for those who have had a difficult lime getting sufficient dry wood for cooking purposes for several days, even If danger of loss of life has not been great. Warmer weather today lessened the wife, who preceded him in death by only a little more (hail a month. A native of middle Tennessee, Mr. Lewis came to Luxora 33 years ago and engaged In fanning.. Until recent years he operated a very MANILA, Ark. —'Hie todies of five persons who have died since the flood situation reached serious proportions arc being held at the Howard-Thompson funeral parlor here, burial being impossible until the water subsides. Among them is the body ol extensive acreage and at'his'Watli Carl Hlmt > 35 ^ !eve e patrolman was the owner of a large placo| wll ° vvas fouml dcad °n'the flood- northeast of here, management oh v;ay lcvce inst we <*- apparently a which he directed from his sick-j viclim of ex P°sure. bed during the past year. Mr. Lewis and his wife, who was I tlle no<xt nmo "S the others but Miss Dolla Gamer of' Henning 1 ""'ee of them died of pneumonia • .....-,—j ,_ jjy exposure :y were forc- There are no direct victims of cclebraled their golden wedding! Induced in some cases anniversary two years ago. Three experienced when the; ago. Three c areas as well as the selves. Various stories of near escaoss from possible drowning and ol dlf- rtaughters were born to them" only i 01 * ' rom " lc ' r homes. Tlie pneu- ™! Q lonc of whom, Mrs. P. D. Turner i lno " in vlctims are Luther Owens | of Jacksonvlle, Tex., survives 4CI: Vcda Joy Montgomery, infan Mr. Lewis played an Imnorlant! dall Bhler of Mr. and Mrs. Floyi 1 h *™ ° f - Clty council nnd efinite confirmation in moin- , , nc nn stances because names and location ? v. 0!U ' d ' At !lls dpal " mean little when whole ._ areas arc being evacuated. Tills holds true in the story of the little negro boy who got into deci> water while trying to drive cattle out of creeping flood waters to safety. A cow plunged into deep water and tlie youth, stepping into the deeper waler before he realized it made a successful grab for the cow's tall and was pulled to safety by the beast, as., it clambered lo higher ground. v. cUjr New York Cotton NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UP) — Cotton closed steady. open high low close 1279 1285 • 1275 1280 I2C5 1268 1217 1250 1250 1255 1242 1245 \farch May July Ocl Dec Jan 1200 1209 1210 ,1200 1200 1207 1196 1197 1198 1198 1195 1195 Spots closed steady at 1330, up eight. New Orleans Cotton NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 28 (UP) —Cotton reacted sharply in the ifternoon in a wave of profit lak- ing by salisflcd longs. Galas ranging up to 50 cents a bale were wiped out and the close was un- jhanged to 7 points higher. open high low close March 1273 1278 1271 1273 May 1261 1265 1254 1257 July 1249 1251 1240 1243 1204 1206 1195 1197 Oct Dec Highway equipment has beei: out in order and was at work today, conditioning and repairing Ihe gravel roads from Blythe vllle to the cast. Tlie roads wil be kept In any Irafllc on the levee may require,. Telephone service", hoa been re. '.stabllshed lo AriWrel" and.:":Bar leld and the • cltfee'ns- cbmmittei s ^maintaining an .office day; am night In the chamberpot,, com merce.room al the,' cityVliall 't landlc; reports from the river The rise of the river cast o here has "slowed, up. presumablj as a result'of IhG/openlng of .the Bird's Point-New Madrid • flooit- way, but more, water. Is pit ^he way, and it' Is 'expected lo '. star.l rapidly upward again In a 'day or ' two. By telephone • last night Jesse Taylor, one of Ihe officers of the commlUce, advised Gov. Carl E; Bailey lhat there was -no reason for alarhi over the situation In Mississippi county and no need for martial law, which Is now in effect In a small part of the Arkansas flood area. 10 BEJINIIIED Unnecessary Tiaffic Orci- eied Barled From Cer r tain Roads MEMPHIS, Jau 28 (UP)—Tlio U. S. weather bureau inedicted the flood eicst at Memphis would be 48 feet, five nnd one-half teet under the estimate issued by fli'o U. S. army eiigiiiccib. "We think the piolmblc ciest, hairing further heavy lahifall, will be: Memphis, '18 loot by February 5. to,7; Helena, G7.6 to 68'feet by February 7 to 9," the official weftthei bureau statement- said. Residents in the lowlands were cheered when aadio stations broadcast that the weather butciui aaid the river's rise vyould be five feel less than previously anticipated .anil seven feet below Ihe crest predicted for Memphis . by. Col. Eugene Hcjbold of the Armj Engtnceis several days ago. Levee ..workers dug In harder, Determined lo lick Ihe Balers , Gen. Ford Takes .Command Oo\\ Carl , E Bailey, Arkansas, relinquished commdnd of the /.:- kansas flood_ worK.Yo MaJ" Gen, StaiHej H "roid, commandei' 'of he Seventh Corps Area The executive continued to cooperate in every way wltfi the army forces' Bailey oideied 930 com Ids from two btale prison farms sent undci guard to V^ 1 ^ on the Mellv*ood \evec heloy »HeIcna He said addl- tonal_ convlcta would be a^ailable li,' Ihe'' arinj' needs rcenforcenienls. •The' cony Ids/were sent by-train from . the . Tucker and Cummlngs 'arms to Memphis, then placed on iarges and floated down Ihe river In the 15-mIle-an-hour current. Engineer officials said that every toot of Ihe levees along a 1,00(1- mllc slretch was now manned by work crews, They could not accurately estimate ;thc number of men. holding Ihc dikes bul said it probably was - more than 5fl, 000. "And we are holding our own ms far," Col. Eugene Reybold, hief army engineer at Memphis, -aid. Congress Will Take Time to Consider Miss Perkins' Proposal WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UP) — Speaker of the House William B. Banfcltead said today he had written Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins that as yet he could not ?lve her "assumncc" of congressional action on her request for increased power lo" deal with strikes. Bankhead said he could not assure Miss Perkins of action on her request for power to subpoena parties to Industrial disputes because congress had not had an opportunity to scrutinize her pro- 1207 1210 1202 laoibjP 05111 -;" c , made clear there was no " spots closed steady at 1333. up j prcs . c . nt """cation that congress fu . n would seek to rush through the legislation on an emergency bash two. Montgomery, and an unidentified white woman, who is believed to have come here from the Mllli- gan Ridge section. Tlie fifth body is that of Mrs. Mary Ellen Dodd Needham, 74, wife of J. U. Needham, pioneer resident and for mote than 60 years justice of the iieace in Big Lake township. Dell Man Dies 'j. M. Holms, 49, of near Dell, died at Ihe Blytheville hospital this afternoon, ' His death : was attributed to pneumonia. He had been admit-, . . _ ted lo the hospital last Sntur- May 108 1-8 103 3-4 106 3-1 lf*3 7.-S Chicago Corn open low close day. Jul 102 1-2 103 1-8 101 3-8 101 5-8 CONFIDENTIAL REPORT OPENED TO 1'UniJC For the first time, police have opened to the public the private file of a grent murder mystery, permitting access to every report, every clew, every item of. evidence just as received at police headquarters. For the firstj time you ai'e the detective. Can you solve the crime? Turn to Page 4 for the newest idea in detective fiction, "CONFIDENTIAL REPORT', a great serial, beginning today in ,the Courier Miss Perkins' request was sent to Bankhead and Senate Majority Leader Joseph T. Robinson as an outgrowth of her inability to bring together for a face,to face con, ference both parties to the Gen eral Motors strike. The subpoena power she ask« would not provide mandatory mediation but would enable her to compel the attendance at a labo department Inquiry of both man agement and union. Livestock EAST ST. LOUIS. 111. Jan. 28 (UP)—Hogs: receipts, 11,500. Top, 10.15. 170-230 IDS. 10.00-10.15. Lighter weights, 6.75-9.05. Bulk sows, 9.55-9.50. Cattle: receipts, 3,500. Mixed ycarllngs'and heifers, 6.00 12.75. Slaughter heifers, 8,25-8.25. Army Takes C LITTLE ROCK, Jail. 28 (UP) — Orders lo state rangers, pakrol- and 4 revenue Inspector; weio .n^slerrlay to prevent certain vehicles from entering Highway 70, east of Little Rock, Highway ,10 at the Harahan bridge, Highway 61 north of Blythevllle to Ihe stale line and Highway 1,* south, of Forrest Clly t ' , Trafllc which conVovs barred, m- cars .large The U. S. army began taking harge of eastern Arkansas' wide lood zone today. Maj. Oen. Stanley H. Ford, Sev- mlh Corps Area commander, notl- led Adjt. Gen. Dan B. Byrd of he Arkansas National Guard he ras en route here from Omaha, feb., under presidential orders UK! would "assume command at >nce." Already Gov. Carl E. Bailey has declared martial lav> in six flood ountles. Actual execution oE thei order, however, had^been put Into effect only in part of Deslm and 'hilllps counties.- The order will go into effect in oilier areas if and when necessary. Close to 50,000 persons were in Arkansas' refugee camps or on the way, it was estimated. Main concentration points are at Forrest JIty, Jonesboro, Helena, and Marinna. At Jonesboro two regular army rescue teams of 50 men each have arrived from Omaha to help in the evacuation and refugee work. Other "regulars" were on the way to strategic Arkansas points. Needed camp supplies such as tents, blankets and cooking equipment was coming with the troops. At Helena Col. E. C. Robertson, commanding the guards, commandeered vacant housing space and checked food supplies. The chamber of commerce reported enough food for a three weeks siege as Robertson predicted the city would be Isolated in ten days but lhat the 68-foot seawall would hold. High water around the mouth of the L'Aguille river south of Marianna cut off a number of families. Motor boats will be necessary lo rescue them. trucks conveying can, Uucks of cveiy description nol engaged in transposing refugees or food, feed and ctoth"fiT§\' lo 'points,* .Jn Ihese areas'j slghlseers, tourist! and \ehtcles deemed fiot necessary,,.. In Ihls emeigcncy ()'jj -»-r Tlie ordei was I fllscil to main-i tain a continuous patrol-\of these highways and lo keep them open for necessary traffic. v Tlie oidei was Issued by D- I» Ford, commissioner of and A. p. Albright; . iiiipcrlnteiKlr cnt y! state police ' Mr Ford and Mr Albright nro In Blythevllle today making plans for the legulatlng of the traffic in the flood emergency. Because'. Highway 61 goes through Bly- thevllle, there Is n hrge amount of traffic through here and plans are underway, to so that the roads' at all limes. regulate this will be open Closing Stock Prices NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UP) — Steels shares, soared to new highs today on an otherwise irregular and narrow moving stock market; Tlie quantity of meringue wll be doubled If a teaspoon of cole waler Is added to the white of an egg before beating. A T and T . American Waterworks . Anaconda Copper . Bethlehem Steel Chrysler Coca Cola General Electric . . . General Motors International Harvester McKesson-Robblns Montgomery Ward New York Central .. . Packard Phillips Petroleum Hadio Corp . St. Louis-San Francisco Simmons Bed Standard of N J ... . Studebaker Texas Corp U S Smelting .. U S Steel Warner Bros Zbnlte 183 1-2 26 1-4 52 5 8 80 7-8 120 1-2 130 62 3-8 66 3-3 105 1-2 13 1-4 54 T-2 41 1-2 11 Ir8 52 1-2 11 1-8 3 3-8 54 3-4 69 3-i 16 1-4 54 3 : 8 86 3-4 91 5-8 15 1-4 8 5-8 WEATHER Arkansas—Cloudy and unsettled. Colder tonight and Friday, freezing temperatures in north and central portions. Memphis and vicinity — Cloudy and colder tonight ••- and • Friday. Probably occasional rains Friday. Lowest 'temperature tonight 36 to 40. The maximum temperature here jesterday was 46,' minimum 23, clear, according to Samuel P. Norrls, official weather observer.

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