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THE CHICAGO TIMES ESTABLISHED 18.'I4. 8. 13 and 1<» Pajfoo Daily. to 48 Pujfcs Suuday. No great daily in the United States is so closely in touch with the people as Tuw CHICAGO TIMKB. Its policy is progressive, liberal, tolerant. The Times holds that existing social, political and industri al conditions are not founded upon the principle of equal rights to all and special privileges to none. That under existing conditions injustice necessarily is done the muss of the people. The Times has its own convictions as to how these conditions may be amended. Wliile urging its own beliefs strenuously and intelligently it does not dismiss with contempt or without a hearing the advocates of other economic reforms. The Times is fearless in its utterances and unswerving in its devotion to the great body of the people. The Times believes in free speech, the free coinage of silver and radical tariff reform. J7w Times believes in government control of all natural monopolies. The Times believes in such a tax on laud values as shall lighten the burden of the farmer and make the owner of val U»ble city property pay his just share. The Times believes in the wisdom and good faith of the peo pie, The Times prints a 1 ! the news from all the world in a man »er interesting and instructive to all the people, j»J$IiI> 1 OW Read the People's Paper, SYNOPSIS. Thomas Wlngflelti was born In England ol i>n English father and a Spanish motber. His mother confldedto htm to at a cettttln Spaniard imil sworn to take her life. II—One day, when Thomas waa about 18, ho went out Into tnemayflelJs to a trwt wltli Lily Bozard. A Spanish stranger attacked him on she road, and the boy cudgeled the rufflnn Into helplessness, lenvlng htm tied to a tree. Ut -Lily's rather detects Thomas kissing the maiden to seal a love comvact and forbids further meetings pf the lovers. Returning home, Thomas flnos 'he Spaniard gone and his moth- ar lying dead on a scene where footprints b«- ir.-iy a struggle. iv—The mother lias been stabbed by the Spaniard, Jean dc Garclu, her cousin. Tliomus' father tells the story of his own early advent- urea In Spain, of I>e (iarcla's passion for his cousin and the vow to kill bur because she lied :he eountrr the bride of n deadly enemy. Thomas xwears vengeance on De Garcia. V—Re sulla for Spain. Lily Bozard pledges eternal love. Vf and VII— Thomss Is a medical student nnd Inds employment lu Seville with a popular quack—Dr. Fonseea. Be meets Do Garcln und is prevented from killing him by a woman whom ;b« villain has wronged. VIII and IX—Fonseca dies and .leaves vast wealth to Thomas. De Garcia tm« gone f> the Spanish Indies. Thomas sends Ills wealth home to propitiate LUj's father and nails for Hla- psntols. X—Thomas Is shipwrecked In the Indian sens, escapes De Garcla's power and falls among the Indians of Tabasco, where a native maiden named Marina saves him from lacrlDce. XI—Montezuma's nephew, Gnatemoe, befriends Thomas and takes him to the capital. Thomas saves tbe life uf the prince when hols attieked by a fierce puma. i" **i XII and XIII—In Montez'ima's palace Thomas meets Otomie, the Emperor's daughter. He Is made a god and doomed to sacrifice according to Aztec custom, with one year's grace. The Spaniards land on the Mexican shore. CHAPTER XIV. THB ARISING OF PAPANTZIN. On the morrow Papantzln died and was buried with great pomp that same evening in tbo burial ground at Chapoltcpec, by iho side ot tho emperor's royal ancestors. But, as will be seen, sho wag not content with their company. On that day also I [earned that to bo a god is not all pleasure, since it waa expected of me that I must master various arts, and chiefly tho horrid art of music, to which I never had any desire. Still my own wishes were not allowed to weigh in the matter, for there came bo me tutors, aged men who might have Found better employment, to instruct me In the uso of the lute, and on this instrument I must learn to strum. Others there were also who taught me letters, poetry and axt, as they were understood among the Aztecs, and all this knowledge I was glad of. As to this matter of my sacrifice I was at first desperate. But reflection told me that I had already passed many dangers and come out unscathed, and therefore it was possible that I might escape this one also. At least death was still a long way off, and for the present I was a god. Sol determined that, whether I died or lived, •while I lived I would live like a god and toko Mich pleasures as came to my hand, and I acted on this resolve. During the days that followed the death of Papantzin tho palace and tho city also were plunged in ferment. The minds of men were shaken strangely because of the rumors that filled the air. Every night the fiery portent blazed In tho east, «very day a new wonder or omen was reported, apd with it aome wild .tale of the doings of the Spaniards, who by most were hold to bo white gods, the children of Quetzal, come book to take the land which their forefathers ruled. But of all that were troubled none were in such bad case ai the emperor himself, who during these weeks scarcely ate, drank or slept, so heavy were his fears upon him. In this trait ho sent messengers to bis ancient rival, that wise and severe man, Noca, the king of the allied state of Tezouco, begging that ho would visit him. This king came, an old man with a fierce and gleaming eye, and I was witness to the interview that followed, for in my quality of god I hud full liberty of tho palace and even to bo present at the councils of the emperor and his nobles. When tho two uiouurchs had feasted together, Montozu- ma spoke to Noza of tbo mutter of the omens and of tho coming of the Teules, asking him to lighten tho darkness by hit wisdom. Then Neza pulled his long gray beard and answered that heavy as the heart of Mantezumu might bo )t must grow still heavier before the end. "Sec, lord," ho said, ''I am BO sure that the days of our emplru uro numbered that I will ]>luy you at dlco for my kingdom! which you and your forefathers have evei desired to win." "For what wug«rf" asked Montezuma. "I will play you thus," answered Neza. "You shall stuko threo fighting woks ol which, should I win, I ask thu spun only. I not them against all the wide empire ot Tezcuoo." "A small stake," said Montesuiua. "Cocks uro many, und kingdoms ore few." "Still it shall Hurvo our turn," answered tho agod king, "fur know thut we pluj against futu. AH tlio gumo goes, so shut the issue bo. If you win my kingdoms, ul" is well; if I win tlio cooks, them goodby to tho glory ot Anuhuao, for Its puoplo wil' ceaso to bo a people, and strangers: eual \Ki*tMmi the lund." "Let us pluy and see," said Montozuma. And they wont down to thu place that li pulled tluohuo, whoro tho guuius ore set Hero they begun tho mutch with dlco, urn ut first all went well for MonUoumu, so thut ho culled aloud that ah-owly he was lord of Tuzuuco. "May It bo so," answered tlio ugodNoza, and from that wcmioiit tho clmnoo changed for, strive us ho would, Monteaumu ooul< not win another point, und presently tin sut WUB finished, und Menu hud won tl) cooks. Now the muslo playud, uud court lors cuino forward to give tho king I'om ago on his uuouim But he rose, sighing and said: "I would (ar sooner lose tuy kingdom! than have wou thuso fowls, fur If I hoi lost my kingdoms they would still Imv puwod Into thu hands of ono of my owi race. Now, uliwl my posKUBslouii and 111 must come under thu hund of utriuigors who BhaJl oust 'down our tjoUn uud brUitf our iminus to nothing." And having spoken thus, ho rose, uuc taking farewell al the oiuporor hu doparux for hi* own laud, where, us It uliunoed, h dlod very shortly without living tosw tit fulfillment of his fours. On (he morrow of uU departure c*m further account* of tho doings of Sntiutardtt tlwt plunged Monu>«uni» lutx (till greater alarm In his. terns fee. ten for an astronomer noted throughout the land for the truth of his divinations. The astronomer came and was recerVed by tho emperor privately. What he told him I do not know, but at least it was nothing pleasant, for that very night men were commanded to pulldown the house of this sage, who was burled In its ruins. Two days after the death of the astronomer Montezuma bethought him that, as he believed, I also was a Teule and could give him information. So at tho hour of sunset he sont for me, bidding rd| walk with him in the gardens. I went thither, followed by my musicians and attendants, who would never leave me in peace, but he commanded that all should stand aside, as he wished to speak with me alone. Then ho began to walk beneath the mighty cedar trees, and I with him, but keeping one pace behind. "Teule," he said at length, "tell me of your countrymen and why they have come to these shores. See that you speak truth,'' '•They are no countrymen of mine, O Montezuma," I answered, "though my mother was one of them." "Did I not bid you speak the truth, Teule? If your mother was one of them, must you not also be of them, for are you not of your mother's bone and blood t" "As tho kingpleases," I answered, bow- Ing. Then I began and told him of the Spaniards—of their country, their greatness, their cruelty and their greed of gold, and he listened eagerly, though I think that he believed little of what I said, for. his fear had made him very suspicious. When I had done, he spoke and said: "Why do they come here to Anahuaol" "I fear, O king, that they come to take the land, or at the least to rob it of all Its treasure and to destroy its faiths." "What, then, is your counsel, Teule? How can I defend myself against these mighty men, who are clothed in metal and ride upon fierce wild beasts, who have Instruments.and make a noise like thunder, at the sound of which their adversaries fall dead by hundreds, and who bear weapons of shining silver in their hands' Alas, there is no defense possible, for they are the children of Quetzal come back to ake the land! From my childhood I have known that this evil overshadowed me, and now it Is at my door." "If I, who am only a god, may venture to speak to tho lord of the earth, "I an- wered, "I say that the reply Is easy. Meet orce by force. The Teules are few, and ou can muster 1,000 soldiers for every ne of theirs. Fall on them at once; do tot hesitate till their prowess finds them rlends, but crush thorn." 'Such is the counsel of ono whose moth- rwas a Teulo," the emperor answered, with sarcasm and bitter meaning. "Tell mo now, counselor, how am I to know hat in fighting against them I shall not >e fighting against the gods; how oven am to learn tho true wishes and purposes of men or gods who cannot speak my tongue and whoso tongue I cannot speak?" "It is easy, O Montezuma," I answered. 'I can speak their tongue. Send me to discover for you." Now, as I spoke thus, my heart bounded with hope, for if onco I could come among tho Spaniards perhaps I might escape the dtar of sacrifice; also thojf seemed a link >etween me and homo. They bad sailed ilther lu ships, and ships can retrace their >ath, for though at present my lot was lot all sorrow it will be guessed that I should have been glad indeed to find myself once moro among Christian men. Montezuma looked at me awhile and answered: 'You must think me very foolish, Teule. What, shall I sand you Co toll my Fears and weakness to your countrymen and to show them the joints in my hur- They begun 'Ac match with dlti. now? Do you then suppose that I do not know you for a spy sent to this Und by these same Teulos to gather knowledge of the lundf Fool, I know It from tho first, and, by Huitzel, were you not vowed to Tozcat your heart should smoke tomorrow on the altar of HuiUol. Be warm d und give mo no moro fnlso counsels, lest your end prove swifter than you think. Lourn that I huvo nuked thuKO questions of you to a purpose, and by the command of tho gods, as It was written on tho hearts of those sacrificed thin day. This wut tho purpose and this wus the command that I might discover your secret mind, and thut I should shun whatever advice you ohuneed to give. Van uounaol mu to light tho Teulos; therefore I will not fi((ht thorn, but moot thorn with gifts und fair words, for I know woll thut you wuuKl huvo mo to do thut which would bring mu to my doom." Thus ho gpoke very fiercely und In u low voice, his howl hulil low .and his ariuu crowed upon his breast, and I saw thut hu •hook with passion. Kv«» tfu'ii, though I was very wuoh ufraid, (or god un I wan u nod from this mighty king would liuvo •ont mo to death by toriuuiit, I woiuli>rud •t the folly of one who iu everything USD won no wise. Why should ho douU mu thus uud ullow nupuMHlcw to drag hi m down to ruin? Today I BOO Urn uunwer. Montezumu did not Uicwu tilings himself, but because tho hand of UtuiUuy worked with hla huud and thu voice uf dwtlny spoke in hlu voicti Tho gods of the Axtoos were faluo gods indued, but I fur one bo- llovo thut thuy hud lUo oud intulllgenoo, (or thu«e hlduouD uhttputt of Ntouu wuro the hubltaUonu of duvlU, and tho priust* •poke (ruth whoa they wild that thu naorUfoi of won wan plouulug to their god*. To tkuso devils the king wont for coup net through tko prl«wt», *ndnow UiUtloom ou them, that tliey wuit give (aluu V 1 ,, oeuutel to tlwlr ewu .destruction, uod to thu dMtriwtlo/j of fho»ti who worshiped them, as was decreed by one toote powerful than tlnty. Now, while wo wero talking tho sun had sunk swiftly, BO that all tho world was dark. But the light still lingered on tho snowy crests of the volcanoes Popo and Iztac, staining them an awful red. Never before to my sight had the shape of tho dead woman whose everlasting bier Is ,Ixtao's bulk seemed so clear and wonderful as on t-lmt night, for either It was so or itty fancy gave It the very shape and color of a woman's corse steeped In blood and laid out for burial, No* was It my phantasy ulonc, for when Montczuma had finished upbraiding mo he chanced to look Up, and his eyes falling on tho mountain remained fined there, "Look now, Tculcl" he said presently, With a solemn laugh; "yonder lies the corse of the nations of Anahuac washed In a water of blood and mado ready for burial. Is she not terrlbte in deathf" As he spoke the words and turned to go, a sound of dbleful wailing came from the direction of tho mountain, a very wild and unearthly sound that caused tho blood In my veins to stand still. Now Montc- zuma caught my arm in his fear, and wo gazed together on Ixtac, and it saomed to us that this wonder happened, for In that red and fearful light tho red figure of the sleeping woman arose, or appeared to rise, fnoin Its bier of stone. It arose slowly, like ono who awakes from sleep, and presently it stood upright upon the mountain's brow, towering high in the air. There it stood, a giant and awakened corpse, its white trappings stained with blood, and we trembled to see It. For awhile the wraith remained thus gazing toward the city of Tenoctltlan; then suddenly it threw Its vast arms upward as though in grief, and at that moment tho night rushed in upon it and covered it, while the Bound of wailing, died slowly away. "Say, Teule," gasped tho emperor, "do I not well to be afraid when such portents as these meet my eyes day by day? Hearken to tho lamentations in the city; wo have not Been this sight alone. Listen how the people cry aloud with fear and the priests beat their drums to avert tho omen. Weep on, ye people, and ye priests pray and do sacrifice! It is very fitting, for tho day of your doom is upon you. O Tenoc- tltlan, queen of cities, I Bee you ruined and desolate, your palaces blackened with fire, your temples desecrated, your pleasant gardens a wilderness. I see your high born women tho wantons of stranger lords and your princes their servants; the canals run red with the blood of your children; your gateways arc blocked with their bones. Death is about you everywhere; dishonor la your daily bread; desolation is your portion. Farewell to you, queen of the cities, cradle of my forefathers in which I was nursed!" When Montezuma had made an end of crying his prophecies, I asked him humbly if I should summon to him the lords who wore in attendance upon him, but who stood at some distance. "Nay," ho answered, "Iwould not have them sco we thus with grief and terror upon my face. Whoever fears, at least I must seem brave. Walk with me awhile, Teule, and if it is in your mind to murder me I shall not grieve." I made no answer, but followed him as he led tbo way down tho darkest of tho winding paths that run between the cedar trees, whore it would have been easy for me to kill him If I wished, but I could not see how I should be advantaged by tho deed; also, though I know that Montezuma was my enemy, my heart shrank from the thought of murder. For awhile or more he walked on without speaking, now beneath tho shadow of tho trees, and now through open spaces of garden planted with lovely flowers, till at last wo cnmo to tho gates of tho place where tho royal dead are said to rest. Now, in front of these gates was an open space of turf on which tho moonlight shone brightly, and in the center of this space lay something white, shaped like a woman. Hero Monto- zuma halted and looked at tho gates, then •aid: "Those gates opened four days since for Papantzln, my sister. How long, I wonder, will pass boforo they open for mo?" As ho spoko tho white shnpo upon tbo grass, which I had soon and ho hod not Been, stirred llko an awaking Blooper. As tho snow Rhapo upon tho mountain ba£ stirred, so this shape stirred; UH it hud arisen, so this OHO arose; as it throw its arms upward, so this ono throw up hor arms. Now Montozuuia saw and stood still trembling, and I trembled also. Then tho woman—for it was a woman —advanced slowly toward us, and an she oamo wo saw that sho wan draped in gravo clothes. Presently sho lifted her head, and the moonlight foil full upon her face. Now Montozuma groaned aloud, and I groaned, for wo saw that tho face was tho palo, thin face of tho Princess Papantzin —Papantzlu, who had lain for four days In tho grave. On sho came toward us, gliding liko 0110 who walks in hor sloop, till she stopped boforo tho bush in tho shadow of which wo stood. Now Papunt- •in, or tho ghost of Papantzln, looked at us with blind eyes—that is, with eyes that woro upon and yet did not soon to HO. ''Aro you there, MontoKumu, my brother?" eho wild In thovolqeof Pupuntzlii. ''Surely I tool your presence, though 1 wunot BCO you." Now Moutezuma stopped from tho shad- tw and stood face to fuco with tho dead. "Who uro you," ho said, "who wuur tho fthapo of ono dead \tnd uro dressed in tho garments of thu (loud)"' "I am Pupuntzln," she answered, "und am risen out of death to bring you u men sage, Montozuinu, my brother." '•VVJmt message do you bring my!"' ho. Bjkkod hoarsely. "I bring you a message of doom, my brother. Your empire nlmH fall, anil soon you shall b» accompanied to death by tons of thousands of your pouplo, For font' dayi I huvo lived among tho dead, ami thoro I huvo soon your fuUo gods, which aro devils. Thoro also I huvo sueu tho . . ^ which served thorn and many oC those who worshiped them plunged Into torment unutterable. Heoauso of tho wor- chip of thoso tlojuuji gods tho puoplu uf Aualumo U destined to duntruullim." ''lluvoyou no word of oomfurt fur mo, P«puutgtn, my slstw?" ho/Mkixl. "Mono," nho answered. "Purulmuou If you abandon tho worship uf tho false you nmy nave your soul. Voiir Jlfu you ouiinut suve-Jior the liven of your people." Thou shu turned unit piu>i»ud away into tho vhtuluw of tho tm.'H. 1 huurtl hur gruvo clothes swoop upon tho gross. Now u fury selml Montuzumu, uud hu ruved aloud, Huyiug: "(Jursi's un you, I'lipitnUIn, my Why then do you oomu buck front thu deat! to bring mo MUCH uvll tiding*!' Uud you bv»ughl> hope with you, hud you vhowu u way ot usoupu, then 1 would huvo welcomed you. May you go buck Into d'U'k- nuMi, uwl luuv tho uirlh lio heavy on your heart forever! A« for my uuftn, iny futhei worshiped them, uud I will worship them to Uio tuul. Ay u, If thuy donort me, 1 will. never dottuit them. Thuslie'iravMfon, after the fashion of Weak man maddened with terror, vrhlle! his nobles and attendants, who had followed at a distance, clustered about hlm ( . fearful and wondering. At length there came an end, for, tearing with his thin hands at his royal robes and at his hair- and beard, Montozuma fell and writhed in\ a fit upon tho ground. Then they cnrnledi him Into tho palace, and none saw him for- three days and nights.,. CHAPTER XV. , THB KAMINO OF THE DUIDES. Now, some months passed between the- date of my naming as tho god Tczcnt and the entry of fcho Spaniards into Mexico, and during all this space tho city was In a ferment. Again and again Montezuma tent embassies to Cortes, bearing with them vast treasures of gold and gems as- presents and at the samo time praying* him to withdraw, for this foolish prince did not understand that by displaying so- much wealth he flew a lure which must guroly bring tho falcon on himself, To- these ambassadors Cortes returned courteous answers, together with presents of small value, and that was all. Then the advance began, and tho emperor learned with dismay of tho conquest of tho warlike trlbo of thoTlascalons,who, though they were Montozuma's bitter and hereditary foea, yet mado a stand against tho white man. Next came tho tidings that from enemies the conquered Tlasca- lans had become tho allies and servants of tho Spaniard, and that thousands of their fiercest warriors were advancing with him upon tho sacred city of Cholula. Awhile passed, and it was known that Cholula also had been given to massacre, and that tho holy, or rather tho unholy, gods had been torn from their shrines. Marvelous tales were told of tho Spaniards, of their courage and their might, of the armor that they wore, tho thunder that their weapons made in battle, and the fierce beasts which they bestrode. Onco two heads of white men takon in a skirmish were sent to Montezuma — fierce looking beads, great and hairy, and with them the head of a horse. . When Montezuma saw these ghastly relics, ho almost fainted with fear. Still he caused them to be set up on pinnacles of the great temple and proclamation to bo mado that this fate awaited every invader of tho land. Meanwhile all was confusion in his policies. Day by day councils were held of the nobles, of high priests and of neighboring and friendly kings. Some advised one thing, some another, and tho end of it was hesitation and folly. Ah, had Monto- zuma listened to the voice of that great man Guatemoo, Anahuac would not have been a Spanish fief today 1 For Guatemoo prayed him again and yet again to put away his fears and declare open war upon tho Tonics before it was too late — to ceaso from making gifts and sending embassies, to gather his countless armies and smite tho foe in the mountain passes. But Montozu- ma would answer: "To what cud, nephewt How can I struggle against these men When the gods themselves havo declared for them? Surely, tho gods can take their own parts if they wish it, and, if they will not, for myself and my own fate I do riot care, but alas for my people, alas for the women and tho children, the aged and tb»- weak!" Then he would cover his face and moan ' and weep like a child, and Guatemoo would pass from his presence dumb with fury at the folly of so great a king, but helpless to remedy it, for, liko myself, Gautcmoo believed that Montozuma had boon smitten with a madness sent from. heaven to bring tho laud to ruin. Tho people were distraught with fear of' the future, but not tho less on thai account, or perhaps because of It, they plunged with fervor into pleasures, alternating thorn with religious ceremonies. In those day* tio feast waa neglected, and . no altar lacked its victim. Llko a river' that quickens its flow as it draws near the precipice over which it must fall, BO the people of Mexico, foreseeing ruin, awoke, u it were, and lived as they hod never lived before. All day long tho erica ot victims came from a hundred temple tops, and all night tho sounds of revelry woro heard. among the streets. "Let us eat and drink," they said, "for tho gods of tho sea aro upon ifs, and tomorrow wo die. " Now womou wno hud boon hold virtuous proved themselves wantons, and men whose Dames were honest showed themselves knaves, and nono cried flo upon them. Ayo, even children woro seen drunkon in tho •treats, which is an abomination among tho Aztecs. Tho emperor hod moved his household from Ohapoltopoo to the palaoo in the great square facing tho temple, and this palace was a town in itself, for every night more than 1,000 human beings slept beneath its roof, not to speak of tho dwarfs and monsters and tho hundreds of wild birds and boasts in cages. Hero every day I feasted with whom I would, and when I was weary of feasting It was my custom to •ally out into tho streets playing on the lute, for by now I had in some degree mastered that hateful instrument, shining apparel and attended by . ot nobles and royal pages. Then the no would rush from tbo houses shouting doing mo reverence, tho children pelted With flowers, and tho maidens danced boforo mo, kissing my hands and foot t tlll at length I was attended by a mob 1,000 strong. And I also danced and shouted liko any village fool, for I think that a kind of mad humor, or perhaps It was the drunkenness of worship, entered into me In those days; also I sought to forgot my grluf B; I desired to forgot that I was doomed to tho sacrifice, and that every day brought mo nearer to the red knife of tho priest. In those days, had it not boon for tho tends* kindness of Otomlo, I think thut my heart would have broken or I should have slain myself. 13 ut this great and beauteous lady was over ut bund to ohoor mo in a thousand ways, and now and again 0)10 would lot full some vague words of bopo thut set my pulses bounding. I talked iniiuh with Otomie, instructing her lu (hu mutters of my full)) uud nmnjr other thing*, as I hud douo by Murlua, who, wo now heard, was tho mistress and Interpreter of Cortes, tho Spanish loader. Sho, for hur part, listened gravely, watching me tho while with her tender oyes, but no more, for of all women Otomlo >yu« the most modubt, as tiho was the proudest und most baautlful. Bo mutters went on UU- Ul tho Hpanlards had left Gliolulaou thpjr roud to Mexico. It wus then that I ohuuowl one morning to be sitting in tho gardens, tuy lute In hand, und Imvlng my attendant nobles ana tutors gathered ut u re- speolful distance behind mo. Vtoin where I ««t I could «uo tlio outrunoo to tho court lu which tho emperor mot his council dully, uml 1 noted thut when the prluous hud gone '" - buguu to come, uud ttfUsr them u munlHr of very lovoly girls, uttended by women of middle ago. Presently Uuuteuiuu, tho pi-luai, who now' smiled but rarely, came up to mu smiling uud asked mu if I knew what wus doing yonder, I replied Unit 1 knew nothing und cured less, but 1 fcunnotwU thut Mouto- tuuiu w«» gathering u peculiar treasure to •end to hl» masters, tho Buuulurds. '•£». in

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