Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri on September 22, 1963 · 30
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Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri · 30

Springfield, Missouri
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Sunday, September 22, 1963
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Comment, Briefly WE'VE A SENSE of loss, almost of grief, each time we see a fine shade tree lorn from the ground in the cause of progress, or walk by a new, raw slump, marking another victim of Dutch elm disease . , , fir We know that streets must be widened, and we're heartened by the city's pledge to replant the new parkways of these wider streets perhaps not to the" traditional shade trees, but to smaller, decorative trees better adapted " to growth i n borders of concrete. And we recognize that trees afflicted by Dutch elm disease cannot he saved, and are indeed a hazard to healthy trees alongside them, because their dead wood is a breeding place for disease-carrying beetles. We join Ira Miller; city superintendent of grounds, in urging the owners of diseased elms on private property to remove them and destroy their wood, for the good of those which to date have survived. But necessity doesn't lessen our regret and now we learn that scientists ' hard maples, white ash and sweet gum to "decline" and "blight" which so far they can trace" only to "incompatibility" of these trees to urban life. - Concrete limits the nourishment cvailabl to trees. It's true that some cities have ev-priroented successfully with trees plant-d directly in the concrete of downtown sidewalks but they are of varieties especially selected, and the length of their lifetime is yet to be deiermined. Apparently, as Mr. Miller says, we're going to have to adopt "an entirely new plan for the care and maintenance" of urban trees. New trees must be chosen for adaptability to city life and we must revise our expectations of their lifetime downward from a hundred years or so. If a city tree will grow and be beautiful for IS or 20 years, says Miller, "it's worth' planting." New fertilizers are being , developed which can be fed to trees through 1heir leaves sprayed on, for immediate re-vitalization. Watering of older trees,' for "12 to 24 hours at a time." is recommended by Miller leading us to voice again the modest hope that City Utilities' water department may one day be able to support a reduced rate for the purpose of watering gardens, lawns and trees. Spraying o f surviving elms, , to protect them against Dutch elm disease, must be expected and should be welcomed this winter. And continuing encouragement must be given to the city's nursery project, where trees are grown from seedlings for transplanting on streets and public grounds, where experiments are in progress for the production and the care of trees which uiil! liu tttul 4hrivA with ft VmtkinO ritV' We're a "city of trees" some 15,000 - of them growing in our parkways alone. Certainly we want to preserve them, on private and, public property. And we hope earnestly for the replacement of all which must be removed as victims of disease, or staoet widening, or other aspects of our urban growth. , .. mHF MOST DIFFICULT decisions which " I mutt he marfA hv fitv -Council aren't always l)lg ones. Individual situations, the pleas of citizens living within a small area, the' rights of one group weighed against the wishes of another, private opinion versus public policy these are . . issues which rise, time and again, l n council deliberations. Last Monday night, for example One group of residents made a third attempt to get their street paved were blocked, again, by other residents, includ-in; the developer of the area 'prior to annexation', who urged that paving await complete development. A joint sewer district, sousht by an in-the-eity developer seeking to comply with city requirements that all new homes have sewers, was protested by residents who have adequate septic tanks and felt they wouldn't benefit by the joint sewer. Council divided on each issue. But the result was that each proposal for treet ard for sewers was defeated. Without being unduly critical, we'll note tic! the reason many areas within the present city limits do not have streets and sewers are that the residents doc't want them. We share the view of Counc&r.aa Marvin Coon, who thought it jnevniii-jent that council should require a developer tu provide sewers, yet reject establishment of a joint district which would sent, bis proposed new development. And, most empfcSTically, we agree with' Attorney Ralph Hunt that a development annexed in 1855. and platted prior to that tirre. should be "ready" for paw,g In 163. Also at its Monday session, council advanced numerous other street and sewer projects. So progress was made in those areas where it was not opposed by the residents themselves. CLAUDE DICKENS, capable J o u n assistant manager of City Utilities, is leaving Springfield for better-paying portion as controller of the municipally owned utilities in San Antonio, Tex. Dickens, a native of this city. product of it public schools, a graduate of Southwest Missouri State College and the UnV versily of Missouri, has been employed with our municipal utilities for the past 12 yean, has worked In iU gal department and in the department of personnel and accounting before moving up to comptroller and assistant to Manager Marvin Castle-berry. Submitting hit resignation, Dicken ex-pressed gratitude for "the opportunity to grow" which hai been furnished him Jn ti iniclpal employment here. If we cannot hnM young men of hi capabilities. K' lo know that we have produced them, hiicI that municipal employment in Spring-li ld is recognized as an important factor advancement. park IMQr OUT VAJBATMECAAAKJ $ DOUBLE CROSSED &V A PAAAE " OH ClkJDV! WHEZEAREVOUf L73n nn U U LJ Ll U 1 mVt, -T akjd : nrnr-e . Yl: - irigfieid ciSyf m iThJJi Names and Places in Week's News THE BASICS OF annexation who, what. when, how and sometimes why continued to be the most talked-about topic on the Springfield-Ozarks news front last week. And though there were - stilU some details to be worked out, Spring- field's City Council hurried plans for a special election by mid-December to add an estimated 35 square miles of neighboring territory to its environs. Hoping to belay some fears that it couldn't take care of all that new land at once, and also in an attempt to beat down some opposition before it organized, council decided to annex in two stages a 15-square mile perimeter area Dec. 31, a 20-mile less populated area two years later if the city's voters so will. Lopped off either Join the Team IF YOU'RE IN business in Springfield, youought to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce. You'll have the ooiortunity to join this .Tuesday, as the Chamber conducts a one-day concentrated -membership- campaign. ' T ' ' . The CC's budget of $95,000. which it must raise through memliership is t h e largest in history. The continuous effort . to secure more industry for Springfield-resulting, this year, in the announcement that Litton Industries will establish a plant here is costly. But it is a tremendously . valuable s imu am to Ihe eenerM milium- of our city and the surrounding area, and cenainlv is an effort worthv of Kimnnrt The Chamber does many other things in support of existing business and industry, in research of benefit to agriculture, in legislation of benefit to Spring-f'cld and Greene County, in making Springfield a better place to live, and in publicizing it as such. Specific projects the municipal auditorium for example originate with the Chamber, require much -of "the-time"ahd ""energy oF individual members, and eventually culminate i n developments of value to all of us. Membership now totals 1250, representing 872 separate firms and individuals. There are many others w ho should support the Chamber, and who would benefit by membership In it. We urge all business and professional people to receive the CC ."salesmen" courteously when they call this Tuesday, to give serious consideration to the value of the" Chamber to our city and to the individual benefits to be derived from membership. Good fellowship and the satisfaction of sharing in civic accomplishment arc not the least of these. Letters From Our Readers ... . Good Court Plan Central Qualities Over Problems Falling to Reds To the Editor: Letters in the Sept. 8 News and .Leader included one attacking Missouri's nonpartisan court plan from one J. D. Gustin. This fine plan was put into our constitution by the people through the use of the initiative without any help from the Legislature or Governor. - It is not self-perpetuating as any jilge selected can be removed by the voters. Able judges are practically guaranteed because they are nominated by a commission made up of lawyers and laymen from the district. The commission submits names of three candidates to the governor who must appoint one. As our conslituuon requires a 1 1 judg'-s to be licensed lawyers it stands to reason the lawyers themselves would be most qualified to choose the best possible list of candidates. This pfan removes the possibility a pcrwn who is nothing more than a vote-getter with a big mouth being elected a judge. It seems the voters of Greene County wouW prefer lo have this T"pl3fi in effect here, but tlie Stale Legislature itself is the stumbling block having failed lo provide the manner in bib the question shall be submittH to t h e voter. Apparently the wily group who can make our state r'pres-nta lives Jump Uirou Ji hoop is the League of Women Voters (bleu them). So perhaps lorm-one can persuade the girli to gel after these alowpokei. J. M MacPHAlL rieasant Hope MOKE I, K. I T K R S Oi Pm l-4 bo. Wastes Mo tiaae cabrV- VOTEBS MAKJPATE' WOT POTATOES KEEP COUWCIL. OlsJ THE AAOVSE stage was the Galloway Plant of the Ash Grove Lime and Portland Cement Com- ' pany, with council capilulating to the company's pleas that it wouldn't make a - nod neighbor. Council also decided to resubmit at the same election a public works improvement bond issue, badly beaten last spring. In other headlines over the Ozarks last veck, names were much in the news. Among them Personnel: S. E.' Si Smith. Commercial manager for Southwestern Bell here since 1057, was promoted to employment manager for the St. Louis metropolitan-area of Bell, forcing him to resign as president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Named his successor here with Bell: young Claude ''Swartz, University City . . . Claude Dickens, assistant general manager and comptroller of City Utilities, resigned his $12,500 job here to take a more lucrative one ($17,000 annually i as controller of the municipal gas and electric utilities in San Antonio. Honors: Named Missouri Squires were t h r ee -well-known - Ozarkers President -emeritus Robert M. Good of the School of the Ozarks, Schools Supt, Dillard Mal-lory of Buffalo and Dr. Ruth Seevers. beloved Osceola physician. Crime: John Hunt. Jr., 17-year-old Hickory County farm boy, was held in protective custody at Hermitage after Bill Buicher,. C2, a farm laborer, was shot-(o death. The lxiy said he "lost his head" - and remembered shooting a man, but the rest of it was all hazy to him. - Transportation: Dinner on thediner was changing. The FrisctTpuMnto service on two local trains between here and St. Louis a batch of vending machines, first unattended on-train food service in the nation, on a six-month trial basis. . Weather: Warm days (highs in the up-uer' 80s) and nights kept summer hanging on, as Ozarkers waited and waited ard waited for tropical storm Cindy to bring in much-needed rains. Politics: . Onetime GOP gubernatorial candidate Jean Paul Bradshaw, now a Springfield attorney, confirmed he is giving "very serious and very careful con-side ation" to making the race again, or possibly running for the Senate, but said he wouldn't hurry in making a decision. Meanwhile. Kthan. Shepley, former Chancellor of Washington University and the man mentioned most frequently as a Republican candidate for governor, came into the Ozarks on a "non-political" visit, found time to see GOP leaders at a hastily arranged dinner at Joplin, then lc'ped dedicate a Freedom Shrine pre -.mJ rt yoiTW these ;( V J- I CARCIKJ ALS) 1 To the Editor: The sludents of Central High School have read the article, "Student Smokers Bring Grief to Central Library," which appeared in the Thursday Leader and Press. We are concerned about this because it is our feeling that the image of Central has been damaged. We are proud of a great majority of our students as well as other things. Racial equably a? Central is accepted without question. . . If the newspaper is going to single out Central for publicity, then please give an over-all look and review all of the qualities. In scholastic achievements, Central can boast two finalists in the National Merit Scholarship last year, an outstanding debate record as last year we went to the Nationals. Central sponsors the largest cheerleadiiig clinic in the stat,. every summer, and our Pep Squad brought back a first place from a national clinic. We also place more respect on the State sportsmanship award last year in basketball at Kansas City than on many other Achievements. Democracy can be easily seen at Central because there is real participation in activities by a wide range of sludents. The school has established many precedents for Springfield, Including the first all-girl drum corps in the' United Stales. . The senior class of l3-fi4 will be the 73rd graduating class at Central; therefore, we, as a Khool proud of tradilion, letxlership, ami loyally, wish to express to you our disappointment in the emphasis placed on so few ' at our high school. Central has had many problems, but we have ovcrcom them all. If given a chance, we will solve this one. too. CENTRAL HIGH STUDENTS Why Join City? To the Editor; Our thanks to Dick Bowman who slated, "Some persons prefer a different way of life more independent of others." He expressed the opinon of our neighbors around the West Clover-leaf of 1-44. We have no desire to become part of the city. We have sizable acreages 10, 18, 28, 40, 100, etc. What can the city offer us? We have our own delicious, cool well water, minus chlorine taste and odor, plus efficient sewage systems. We have t h e sheriff if we need protection. Would you send taxpayers' money lo send the police six miles out to kill a groundhog eating our tomatoes? Our county taxes help maintain your city streets. We buy o r groceries, clothing, medical supplies in your city. We visit your doctors and dentists; buy gas and oil and pay mechanic bills. We have automobile loans and real estate payments, plus telephone and electrical bills. In fact, we do not have much left. I don't know how we can pay a 40 percent Increase in taxes. Many of us are members and help maintain your many beautiful churches. We send our children to your colleges. We invite the council study committee and the good people of Springfield lo drive out West 2W, llaaeltine Road i north' and south i then Ml. Vernon Road east. Please not the vast expanse of farmland. We feel it would be yean before we would receive COUNCIL PLAN'S rr SAFE WITH ITS AKJMEXATMDKJ PLANS""- BETTEf? PAT WEEK'S TRA41C EVENTS .... LEAVS PALL. OP &L.OOAA sented to the public library here by the Exchange Club. Science: Featured speakers before the Chamber of Commerce were NASA Administrator James E. Webb and Sen. Stur.rt Symington. Labor: After a four-week strike, 40 union machinists agreed to a new contract and returned to work at the Mono Manu-, facturing Company. Tragedy: Mrs.- Jackie Werzinski, 2820 South Campbell, a bride of three months, was killed in a car-bread truck collision at a northside intersection, becoming Springfield's first traffic fatality in 69 days and sixth of the year . . , After a five-year battle, Dennis Melton, 11, of H:ghlandville, died of leukemia only two days after the ardent baseball fan received autographed baseballs and roses from his beloved Cardinals. ' Finance: More than 300 Ozarks bankers came to town for their annual district meeting, heard Drury Prof. Leland Howe tell them that banks should be warm and home-like, that bankers should have a lively sympathetic imagination. Miscellany: The Weather Bureau started installing equipment in its quarters at the new municipal airport terminal first agency to move into the nearly-completed facility . , . Arriving for a two-month study of city government was Helmut Drcesen, 33. counsellor of Glad-lieck, Germany . . "."The circus' came to town, with the huge Ringling Brothers, . Barnum and . Bailey, now tentlcss, mak- -jng its first visit to the Queen City in years ... Springfield high school offi- crate-said -a -new rKwnfloking-on-the-school-grounds rule was working "surprisingly ' well" with only 40 smoking students suspended so far and none expelled. But City Librarian Everett Saunders wasn't so pleased, said hordes of male student smokers were gathering ki the pre-school hours outside the main public library and " "out-littering the pigeons." Fall in Offing Fall is early. Because I gee-Worn-out leaves by the dogwood tree. The grass is tough and hard to mow. The northern hills are wearing snow. A quieting effect on my neighbor's son, . He is off to school but he does not run. In the fields the grass is turning brown. The farmer spends less time in town. Time for guessing the harvest-yield, Joy or sorrow is then revealed. I fish the river free from grief, Cast my fly and catch a leaf. WALTER J. KENT. To the Editor: I have just read in the Lender and Press the talk of Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, and I have to ; agree with him 100 percent. It's time we Americans spoke up for our country. It's falling into the hands of Russia each and every day. It's a fact that the leaders in our capital are not doing their part. Instead of being brave and telling the enemy 'where to stand, they are telling us. I think like Rickenbacker that wc had better get a man in for president who will tell them Russians off. instead of some kid who don't know what to do. There has been too many good men die for their country for us to Just give up and let the enemy take over. We need a man in like the Senator from Arizona (Gold-water l. And friends if you don't want the U.S. to fall or go bankrupt, then you'd belter not elect the man again who's in now. What has he done for us? Noth-' Ing, for one thing he's given away lots of your money (that you'll have to pay back) and he's stood back and let the Russians have Cuba, and now they won't stop until they get the rest of the world. If we must fight, then why wait. Let'a do It before it's too late. I served twice and I'd be glad to go again if I had to. Better wake up, Americans. There will be no peace as the Bible nvi so. So who's kidding who. Khrushchev Isn't fooling me. I know the murderer. ' S C. the benefit of your city If we are annexed. MRS. E. F, FUNK Haseltine Rnad Talking Thin WHEN THE DAY comes that industry goes underground, the first suspic - ion is that- it's because of a warj that-isn't the reason, however, for the move currently being made by one Springfield concern. For a long period of years, the Griese-mer Stone Company has been burrowing into the ground at a point on old U.S. 66 two miles east of Glenstone,- and now 'the company is about to move into the hole it has dug. The company, in actuality, Is going underground. Crushing equipment, in which Joe Grics-- emer's outfit has been coverting big chunks of limestone into little ones, has been located along the Frisco tracks atop the man-blasted caves from which the limestone has . been removed. To reach the crushers, trucks have been forced to travel nearly a half-mile underground, emerging to climb a long circling roadway to the ' plant site-a journey of nearly three-quar-tors of a mile in - all. So,- to shorten the distance between digging and crushing operations, primary crushing equipment is to be set up in the cave. All that will be necessary then is for' the raw material to be moved a rela-. tively few feet to the crusher, and, when it's reduced to proper size, to be carried by conveyor belts to the surface either to the stockpile area or to the secondary crusher, if the little pieces are to be made still smaller. Griesemer started digging at the site 17 years ago, first in excavating a huge hole in the ground in the customary manner of quarrying. Then, nine years ago, he started tunneling to the end that today he has cleared out 650,000 square feet of space north of the railroad tracks and has burrowed beneath the tracks to open up a new source. Already this new operation encompasses about two city blocks, beneath a 112-acre farm in which are known deposits of 25 million tons of limestone. The present operation converts approximately 2000 tons of limestone each day, the breakoff of blasting charges that shatter a 27-foot-high wall on a 50-foot face a little less than 20 feet deep. Holes in which the charges are set are drilled three at a time with two men operating the drill and it takes just about 17 minutes to drill to a depth of 17 feet through the solid limestone. Some 72 holes are drilled before the charge is set off, afler which the trucks come in and haul the Year to Erase A Black Mark UNITED FUND has announced its 19G3 goal and the opening , date of the annual campaign when Springfield will have an opportunity to erase a recurring black murk on its otherwise excellent chart of civic accomplishment. Through the years, we've established a -regrettable reputation as a city which does not meet its United Fund goals and which therefore withholds essential support ' from health and welfare agencies and from organizations which perform invaluable services to young people. This can only indicate to neighbor cities, lo prospective industry, to all persons interested in Springfield that we are selfish - Wk, willing to accept the services of these" agencies when we need them, eager to share in the general good which they accomplish for our, town but unwilling to contribute to them. W'e cannot think that this is true. We prefer to believe that many, many Spring-fieldians do not contribute simply because they are not reached. United Fund volunteers work from sunup to sundown during the annual campaign. They ring doorbells. They make speeches to more or less appreciative audiences. They plead and they argue. They cannot do more. Every individual who gives to the United Fund regularly, every employer who believes in its worth to the community, must become a worker for IF if all those who could and should support it are to be reached in the coming campaign. Many workers give their "fair share" to the annual effort. A minimum gift from all the employed persons in Springfield who do not ordinarily contribute anything at all would surely put the 1063 campaign over the top. The goal of $462,528 is higher than that of last year, and still higher than the $400,-2 which was actually raised in 1962. It is a record goal because this growing city demands ever more services from the 23 United Fund agencies and also because the people of Springfield failed to raise last year's goal and so forced the deferral of plans which must now be regarded as essential. UF leaders have expressed determination that the campaign will succeed this year. They are enthusiastically planning for tne kick-off on Oct. 15. It is our hope that the people of Springfield will share their enthusiasm, and will give of their money as generously as these unpaid volunteer workers give of Iheir time and energy. United Fund deseiyes success. It can achieve success if every employed person in Springfield gives thoughtful consideration to the purposes of the agencies which UF support, and gives in accord with his appreciation of the contribution which these agencies make to the community in which he lives. Newsreader SPRINGFIELD NEWSPAPERS, INCORPORA TED, PUBLISHERS 651 Boonvllle. Springfield. Missouri 6T.B01 TELEPHONE UN D-44II-MPO BOX tm SUBSCRIPTION .tATES By Mall Sunday only, News and Leader, per year 7 go By Mail Sundry News and Under with Leader and pres. .1, ...'.'. or Daily New, ,lx morning, a week. In the Um.eJ . "J? ' Bunvr,Nf.)fl,ilNew, m ubw Sunday New, and Leader, per month l 50 Member of The Associated Pre, Over srs stuff away. The limestone, rated by geologists as virtually chemically pure, Is crushed Into four sizes for stockpiling and sale; the .largest size is known as filter rock, the next largest Is aggregate that is used al-most entirely In highway construction, the third size is a sand that is used by "certain industries, and the final aize, a fine-grained powder, Is agricultural lime used as fM. tilizer and soil "sweetener," and as a min. eral additive in cattle feeds. MOVING THE CRUSHER underground -won't be the first use to which the big caverns have been put. There is, as most everyone knows, one of the biggest storage warehouses in the midwest already functioning there. When Mr. Griesemer first started his excavations, he had an underground ware- . house in mind. So, instead of taking out a maximum of limestone, he very carefully left oversize pillars, 30 feet square, to sup. port the 50-foot-thick ceiling of the cave. One portion Of the cave, containing 129,. 000 square feet of floor space, is currently being used by General Warehouse Corp., - of which Harry Brown is the business opcr! ator. It has been a successful venture from the very start, with some of the space being allotted to permanent ware, housing and some available for the storage of goods in transit. Such items as sugar dried milk, machinery, household goods are in storage there now. Another portion of the cave, containing 110.000 square feet, is under lease to Kraft Foods Co., and is jammed virtually to the doors and to the rafters with raw , cheese collected from plants throughout the middle west. It's a particularly busy operation, with railroad cars and trucks moving in new supplies each day and with aged cheese being moved to the Kraft plant on South Glenstone for processing. Both of these warehouses are served by a Frisco spur that penetrates 576 feet underground. Both warehouses, too, are carefully controlled as to temperature and humidity, Kraft, in its nine rooms, maintains a temperature of from 33 to 45 degrees and a 40 percent humidity; General Warehouse adjusts its controls in aceord-anc?"vPith the needs of items in storage, The equipment that makes such controls possible, is the most elaborate ever established in any warehouse, either above or below ground, and, additionally, the caves have their own standby power and water services so that the entire area is self-sufficient in case of any emergency. Another area of the cave, 411,000-square- -7 feet in slzer represents that portion in which the Griesemer Company has completed excavations on the north side of the railroad. It can be made available for storage purposes on short notice; matter of fact, a major fertilizer company may become an early tenant. ...., . - IT'S ONLY FITTING that our Happy Birthday greeting this week should go to a man who has really left his mark " on Springfield. Come Saturday, Architect Dick Stahl will admit to being 49 years okl (Sept. 28, 1914), and it's a real pleasure -to toss a birthday bouquet his direction. NEXT SATURDAY, three special buses will head southward out of Springfield, carrying 98 fans to Little Rock where they'll sit in. on the Missouri U-Arkansas-L'- football game. It's a pilgrimage being conducted by Mrs. J. N. Wakeman and Mrs. Ed Hawes, who for several years have promoted bus trips to Missouri and Arkansas games "just for the fun of it." When they dreamed up the idea of a journey to Little Rock, they figured it would be the customary one-bus operation, but the response was so immediate they expanded to two buses and then to three and had lo call a halt there because no additional game tickets were available. ; The party will assemble al the Rami's Hereford Room on West College extension, with departure time set for 10 a.m. Overnight lodgings will be had in the two Holiday Inns in Little Rock, with the re-turn trip to be made Sunday. IT'S TO BE HOPED that the Chamber of Commerce presidency isn't a jinx. A couple of years ago we had a fine fellow by name of Wayne MalschuHat in the job, and promptly lost him to Chicapo, Now St. Louis is taking Si Smith. Of course Si goes with our congratulations and very best wishes. MORE THAN 20 airplanes will tie ueil to carry the 70-plus business men who will participate in Wichita's aerbl lour Wednesday and Thursday. Springfield is to be the overnight stop and turning point of the armada ... A big Republican prc-campaign political rally is to take place at Swope Park, Kansas City, on Sunday. Oct. 6 . . . Gainesville's Hoot-in 'n' Hollerin festival is set for Oct. 3, 4, 5, and promises to be a bigger event than ever . . , Hey, hey (again), this la going to be the Year of the Bear (those SMS football Bears, that Is). They looked fine a week ago, and will look finer next time out . . . Tears for those Cardinals (but now mebbe we can get caught up on our homework. Looking ahead to next .year, the only thing we can be sure of is that that particularly offensive radio commercial will still be going strong-ami well slill be reaching quickly for the knob to turn it off. . . C, W. JOHNSON

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