Wayne County Journal-Banner from Piedmont, Missouri on July 5, 1928 · 1
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Wayne County Journal-Banner from Piedmont, Missouri · 1

Piedmont, Missouri
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Thursday, July 5, 1928
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State Historical Sm-iiiy WAYNE COUNTY JOURNAL-BANNER A WAYNE COUNTY NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED AT PIEDMONT Volume 52. PIEDMONT, WAYNE COUNTY, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, JULY 5, 1928 Nubmer 11. OLD CITIZENS WILL SPEAK AT BAKER PARK DEDICATION BODY OF AIR MAIL PILOT FOUND NEAR ELLSINORE BIGGEST EVENT OF YEAR TO BE HELD AT PIEDMONT FINAL INSTALLMENT OF CONCORDIA COLLEGE PUPILS From Globe-Democrat. The Sam A. Baker State Park, in Wayne county, near Patterson, Mo., will be formally opened to the public July 16, with dedication ceremonies, at which Gov., Sam A. Baker, who was bom at Patterson, will be the principal speaker. The dedication will be under the auspices of the Missouri Ozarks Chamber of Commerce. Peaceful now is the little valley surrounding the Sam A. Baker State Park. Restful are the views of its wooded ranges. Isolated are the camp grounds recently installed along the St. Francois river and Big creek, at the foot of the rugged cliffs of Mudlick Mountains, in this public playgrounds. But it was not always so. There was a time in the history of this state park when the midnight sky was lighted by the glare of flaming homes and murder lurked in every fence comer. During the Civil War the bush-whacker stalked through Wayne county. Arson, pillage and rapine swept the country and fugitives fled the ruins of their smouldering cabins. In September, 1864, Gen. Stc-r-lingling Price, like a cyclone, rushed through the narrow valleys. General Price was a Confederate commander and came up with 20,000 men from the south, driving Union troops from Fort Patterson, marching through Stoney Battery flap, at the northwest comer of the Sam A. Baker Park, and on to Pilot Knob. Gen. Prices Raid. Gen. Price was then on his way to capture Missouri and force her into the Southern Confederacy, but his raid, said to have been the worst of the Civil War, ended in failure. It was none the less terrorizing to residents of Wayne county, many of whom are yet living, who will attend the dedication ceremonies July 16. Gov. Sam A. Baker will be greeted at the dedication by many of these pioneers of Civil War davs when he stands beneath the newly unfurled flag to be hoisted to its masthead by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Baker. These pioneers will rise to tell their story of the Perilous days in Wayne county. The first settlers in Wavne county came in 1802. Joseph Parish, a Virginian, entered a large tract of land near the site of the present town of Patterson. He was quickly followed by David, Charles and Robert Logan, Kentuckians, also Thomas Ring and Ephriam Stout, ail of whom received large grants of land along the St. Francois river near the present Sam A. Baker State Park. Four years later, Elijah, Ramson and Overton Bettis came to Wayne county from North Carolina and settled on the St. Francois river across from the present town of Greenville, county seat of Wayne county. These men brought their slaves with them from the South and developed rich plantations in the river bottoms. As it was so far from any trading point, Wayne county developed slowly. Up to 1818 the territory now known as Wayne county was St. Francois Township of Cape Girardeau county. In December of that year, an act of the Missouri Territorial Legislature created Wayne county, and due to its immense area was called the state of Wayne. There was no public buildings in the county and all official meetings were held at the "home of Ramson Bettis, a large land owner and a prominent figure in the affairs of the county. The first court house was a two-story log house, built some time between 1840 and 1849, for in the latter year it was burned, together with all the county records. This log building was replaced by' a brick structure and it too -was destroyed by fire in 1854. Two years later an-, other court house was erected, at a cost of $2500. This burned in 1892. Still another official home for the county was put up in 1892. abandoned 30 years later and now the county, has a beautiful fireproof structure costing $50,000. Pioneer Wakefield May Speak. John B. Wakefield, aged 83, who lives on Cedar creek at the north side of the Sam A. Baker State Park, is the oldest man in Wavne county. He has resided for seventy-eight years on the same farm. He came from Tennessee with his parents when 3 years old. M akefield now owns 600 acres of rich valley land along Cedar creek, which his father procured when he joined the pioneer Wayne county colony. Wake field will attend the dedication exercises at the state park. He may.be persuaded to tell how Gen. Price raided his fathers cattle pens when he was a boy 18 years old and'filled with a desire to join the army. Gen. Prices men camped on the creek along an old wagon trail now State Highway No. 67. They went north well mounted, spic and span in gray uniforms, but they came straggling Considerable excitement was occasioned in Piedmont and other parts of Wayne county Saturday and Sunday by the intensive search being made in thi3 section for Leslie H. Smith, St. Louis air mail pilot, who had been missing since Thursday night, when he took off from Little Rock, Aik., in a De Haviland mail plane for St. Louis with pictures from the Democratic National Convention at Houston. All day Saturday and until noon Sunday air planes passed over this section searching for the missing aviator. In addition to about 20 planes, the dirigible C-52, U. S. Army craft from Scott Field near St. Louis, passed over Piedmont sev- eral times. ( The search ended about noon Sun- day, when the body of Smith and the wreckage of the plane was found nine miles north of Ellsinore in ier county and about 15 miles south- west of Piedmont. The body was ac- eidentall discovered by Otis Tucker, Harry Secrease ana Willard Boyer of Ellsinore, who were out hunting. The plane was apparently forced down by an electrical storm which passed over this region about 8:30 last Thursday night. Indications were that Smith had tried to land blind. The plane clipped limbs from trees for a distance of 300 yards before crashing against the base of a giant oak tree. It was completely demolished by the impact of the tree. The wings were torn off, the motor and undercarriage were thrown 50 feet beyond the tree and the fusilage broke in half at the pilots seat, throwing Smith back to the tail surface. Smiths body was lying face down on the wing, his parachute still strapped to his back and one shoe tom from his foot by the force of the crash. Apparently he had died instantly of a broken neck. His head and body were badly crushed and his right arm and right hip broken. An inquest was held near the scene of the wreck by Dr. T. W. Cotton of Van Buren, Coroner of Carter county. It is thought that Smith was killed by a stroke of lightning. The body was prepared for burial by a Poplar Bluff undertaking-company and was shipped to th home of Smiths parents, who reside in Memphis, Mo. July was ushered in with extremely hot weather, the first real warm weather of the summer. All kinds of farming operations will be benefited by some hot and dry weather. Mbi "'ll! immuuiiiimiiimiiiiiMiwmukui m back after a few weeks in tattered rags- Col. William Carter of Piedmont, whose parents came to Wayne and Carter counties in 1812, and who was bom within three mile3 of Piedmont, is now 80 years of age. Lie has been a resident of Wayne county all of his life, and he will tell of his early day experience at the state park dedicatory exercises. Col. Carter was 13 years old when Price raided Wayne county. He says the country suffered greatly from the bushwhackers, who folowed in the wake of the Southern army. Headed for St. Louis. Not much damage wa3 done by Gen. Prices army, as it was in too big a hurry to get to Pilot Knob and on to St. Louis to capture the latter city, if possible. Conditions in Wayne county remained about the same from 1812, when his parents came, until about 1850, when a great colonization movement of people from Tennessee began. Then much of the valley land along the creeks was put into cultivation. Col. Carter recalls that a real boom set in about 1870, when the Iron Mountain railroad came through Wavne county. Another veteran of Wayne county pioneer davs-who will attend, the state park dedication, is F. M. Ward, who lives at Silva, near the Baker Park., Ward is 79 years old and came to the county with his family, who brought twenty-five slaves with, them, in 1854. They settled on Hub-hard and Frazier creeks, took up 800 acres of land from the government at 12 1-2 cents an acre, and this land yet remains in nossession of Ward and his son'. Ward has lived for seventy-four years in the same log house he now occupies. This ancient structure has been added to and presents a somewhat comely appearance along state highway N. 67, flanked on either side by beautiul silver maple trees, which Ward set out thirty-six years ago. In the front yard of the Ward homestead is one of the finest elm trees in Missouri 100 years old, Ward says. There are two giant Catalpa trees in his yard which he set out fifty years ago. Ward remembers when Big Creek and St. Trancois rivtr were filled with red-hor.-e fi.sh. a specie now almost extinct, at least by that name. Ward has often killed four or five deer in one day jpn his farm. GREENVILLE R. I. Stamp of Des Arc was a brief visitor on Greenville Monday afternoon. Nathan Frederick, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Frederick of St. Louis, formerly of Greenville, drove down Saturday for a week-end visit with relatives and friends here. Marvin Stephens and a young mna friend-of Granite City, 111., visited over the week-end with the formers I brother, Fred J. Stephens, and other Greenville relatives and friends, Mr. and MrsyfR. E. Slowey and j children of Gafivville, La., are in Greenville this week visiting Mrs. Sloweys parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Car-'Marsh, and other relatives and friends. o. Peters, Dave Wilis, Tom 1 ciubb and daughter, widow of the late Fonse Wills, all of McGee, were in Greenville Saturday attending to matters pertaining to the estate of her deceased husband. Robert B. Osborne of Greenville passed the recent State Bar examination, held at Jefferson City. He has been a student of the law for several years, and for some time has been connected with the office of Prosecuting Attorney Powers. Raymond Smith of St. Louis drove down last Friday and he and his wfife returned to St. Louis Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Smith having spent the previous week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Lee, and other relatives and friends of Greenville. Harry Barrett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Barrett of near Hiram, and Miss Naomi Opal Hopkins, daughter of Mrs. Josie Hopkins of near Hiram, were united in marriage in Judge A G. Templetons office Thursday, June 21. Judge Templeton performing the ceremony. Miss Bessie Leeper, daughter of Mrs. S. B. Leeper, is home for her vacation. Miss Leeper taught in the public schools of Minnesota last year hot tiifc ivas- been employed - tn ' the Greenville High School for the ensuing term and we consider the board very fortunate in being able to secure the services of as able a teacher as Miss Leeper. Fr&nk Herbert Chiswell of Harlingen, Texas, and Kiss Pauline Chilton of near Mill Spring, were in Greenville Wednesday and secured their marriage license for their marriage which occurred Thursday at the home of the brides parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Chilton, near Mil! Spring. Tre ceremony was performed by Rev. G. A. McFarland, pastor Methodist church at Greenville. Leonard Ward of Silva held an examination for Supt. Chas. M. Randall Saturday. The examination was for the boys of Wayne county wishing to compete for a trip to the Missouri State -Fair at Sedalia. Mr. Ward states that a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ott Jones of near Greenville was the only one who appeared for the examination, therefore we presume that he is .sure of a trip to the State Fair. I Roscoe Mabrey and family of Omaha, Nebr., arrived Saturday for a few days visit with relatives and friends m Wayne county. Mr. Mabrey will be remembered as a son of Charley Mabrey, a native Wayne countian, and grardson of the late Henry Mabrey, so well known and esteemed by all Wayne county citizens. Mrs. Mabrey will be remembered as Miss Esther McElhannon, a daughter of the late J. B. McElhannon, for so many years an esteemed citizen of Wayne county. Dr. J. W. O'Connell, a representative of a number of individuals who are contemplating the purchase of several thousand acres of unimproved land in Wayne county, was in Greenville the first of last week and took occasion to look over what if commonly known as . the Concrete Investment Companys lands. Dr. OConnell seems to be a splendid gentleman and if he and those associated with him become the owners of tMS or other lands in Wayne court;-we believe they are altogether willing and able to improve and develop the land in a way that will help t-show the real value of the majority of unimproved land in Wayne county, the kind of land that our knockers, who should be boosters, (a larg' nufnber of whom Jive within our own-borders), are prone to call worthless Folks, lets learn to boost instead of knock, for by knocking we cut off our nose to spite our own face. Geo. W. Stivers and son, Junior, were visitors in St. Louis Iff ml..',-. They were accompanied hone b Mr. Stivers daughter, Caroiyn. who has been visiting with St. Louis relatives for several weeks. WJLLIAMSVYLLE Mrs. C, A. Hedspeth made a trip to Poplar Bluff Saturday. Bayies Headrick of Taskee visited Williamsville relatives this week. Miss Johnnie Bennett of Greenville is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Maggie Sliets. Eugene Middleton has enlisted in the Navy and left for his station Tuc-uay. Miss Ruby Randolph has gone to St. Louis to visit her sister, Miss Ce. I, who is employed theie. J -Lewis and family hate moved to tie A i . C'arty residence, recently vau-'id by Rev. O. S. Taylor. Mr-. C. M. Becker motored to Poplar Liuff Thursday, accompanied by ill-. Cunningi.an and Mrs. Sutton. , M's. Claude Sheriday of St. Louis isi heie to spend a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lem Tinker. Mrs. Green and daughter-in-law of St. Louis are here this week on a vis-iU to their cousin, Mrs. Joe Taylor. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Faulkner and sons spent Sunday in the home of her father, John Blackwell, Spring. ' , Aunt Martha Duncan, been seriously ill at the home of her son, Doll Duncan near Leeper, has returned home, but is still feeble. Mr. and Mrs. George Julian motored to Poplar Bluff on a business mission Monday, and were accompanied by Mrs. P. L. Warren and Mrs. Hattie JLOhec. Mr. and Mrs. Billy Warmack and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Byrd came down from Greenville one day last week and visited with Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Sharp. Mi. and Mrs. Jim Stroop of St. Louis, former Wtlliamsville residents, are here visiting Mrs. Stroups mother, Mrs. Hughes, and brothers, John and James Hugiie3. Mis. Lee Duncan and daughter, Cariuyn, are visiting Mrs. Duncans KaXgller, June, in St. Louis. - Mrs. Duncan is taking her vacation from her duties as rutal mail carrier. The two rational conventions are over and now the farmers have time to consider what they have lost in the many rises in the rivers and coeeks during the entire month of June. Rev. O. S. Taylor preached at the Baptist church Sunday, concluding his first year as pastor. He will remain with the church until it is dedicated at least. Tne debt is almost paid off. There was quite an excitement in town Saturday and Sunday caused by the search for the lost air 'mail pilot, which occurred during the storm last Thursday night. He was found dead by the Secrease boys 10 miles from Ellsinore. He is supposed to have been killed when his plane was struck by lightning. JUDGE DEARING ANNOUNCES The name of Judge E. M. Dearing of Potosi appears in our announcement coiumn this week. He is a candidate on the Democratic ticket for re-election to the office of Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit, subject to the primary election August 7. Judge Dearing has served the people of the 21st Judicial Circuit for several years and is known to be a broad-minded Judge, one who has demonstrated his ability to perform tne duties of this office in an efficient manner, and with fairness and Justice to all concerned. He also has a record for promptness in holding court sessions, and for the manner in which he quchly disposes of all ca-es coming before him, thereby -aving the tax-payers a great amount of money. During his tenure of ot:co he has mode a record that will stand for jo.irs to come and is spoken of by hi vers and brother jurists as being a Judge who is fair and a man of integrity. The office of Circuit Judge is an important or.e and requires a man of seen judgment and a wide know-Ie.:ge of the law. Such a man is Ju'tge Dearing, as is are I.: ge number of menus d! trict. if nominated, Judge Dearing will be a strong candidate in the general election and he aiks the careful consideration of the voters of this district. ted by his j Gencial, ar.d the efficient and eeo-1 Several different parties of pic-over the i nondcal administration of the busi-1 nicer v-e at the Piedmont Canyon 'ness of the office, I.ue C. Lozier, of i for the Fourth of July. One party Canollton, has nnnonuced his candi- included Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Wilson and Mrs. Wilson's mother, Mrs. Purnegan; Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Malloy and son. Darwin; Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Mubury and a niece, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Williams and child-Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Gassman have platform and in the press. There will j ron, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Skiles and l etmned home f.orr. a visit with reia-jle no promises effecting the office or: Mr. ard Mrs. Jim Hughes and dauch-t i s ar.d friends in PopUr Bluff, jits obligations made by me to anyur, Joan. Another party iiwonled V. lule in Ponlar Eluff they attended "person privately. If nominated and Mr. ar.d Mrs. Ira Nunn ard family f c laying cf the corner-stone of the elected I shal assume the office free and Mr. and Mis. C. E. Carpenter new Butler county court house, which to perfoim honestly, its duties and and family, vliilo. a third party in is being built by Mr. Gassmans bro-1 subject to the control of no person, 'cu.led James Kallenbach and family ther, Contractor George II. Gassman. group, or private enterprise. lof Peach Tree. The mid-summer meetiqg of the Missouri Ozarks Chamber of Commerce and dedication of the Sam A. Baker State Park promises to be one of the biggest events of the year. Thousands bent on learning more of this wonderful section are planning to be at the Sam A. Baker State Paik on July 16th and if the interest now manifested is to be taken as a criterion, there will come from every county repiesented in the Ozarks Chamber of Commerce, laiger delegations than ever attended a mid-summmer meeting before. At tlie meeting of the Piedmont Chamber Wednesday evening, plans for the diversion and entertainment of the vi..ito!s vveie put in motion. ComnntUes weie appointed and are row bus ilv engaged carrying out the plans. 1 is almost a.-sured that the Poplar Bluff Legion band will he with u.s that day and the committees are now trying to get the permission of the Missouri Pacific officials to have the Missouri Pacific hand. With the assuiance of this splendid music, together with a list of such prominent speakers as has been secured, added to the attractiveness of the grounds fronting on one of the Ozarks most beautiful streams, there i3 little left to do but step on the gas and drive to Wayne county. To those of the association and to those near by whorii we would like to welcome into the association, a hearty invitation is extended. What we wish to do is to talk over matters beneficial to us all. We want to make plans for better and bigger communities and the more people present the more representative will he the gathering. Remember there will he swimming and bathirg for those who desire it. PIEDMONT CITY W ATER IS IlRE, HEALTHFUL, CHEAP To the Citizens of Piedmont: I have recently had the State Health Department make another test of the c;t- water of Piedmont and find it entirely satisfactory. We can boast of having as good water as can be found in the state. It is pure mountain spring' water! pro'oerlv 'filtered and treated with liquid chlorine. I want to make an appeal to every citizen of Piedmont to install city water. It costs but a small amount, T)o you know that pure water is es- sential to good health, and that health is essential to progress, prosperity and happiness. The season for typhoid, malaria, chiiis, dysentary, ar.d other dread diseases is at hand, and you know that impure water is the life of these dieases. I ara anxious for all our cit:zens to take advantage of all heaRh principles. Drink pure water; it will help to keep your system clean and healthy. Let us give you pure water to drink, and thu3 protect your health. " O'. C. LUCY, Mayor. LUE LOZIER CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL X- ' ' : ISfSil O i i f; c? LUE 0. LOZIER riedgmg conscientious perfmm-r-nceof the duties of the Attorney By L. M. Wagner. Everything points to a grand reunion of Concordia College pupils afc Fredericktown August 11. There will be band music, speaking by some of our pupils who are famous, as well as by visitors, and plenty to eat, drink, smoke and chew will be part of the order of the day. The following names complete the list of pupils so ar as I am able to determine now. Being away from home at the Led-ide of my sick wife, I am unable to reach all my refolds, and the list is partly made up from memory, if any reader notes some names omitted, please inform me, and I will send them in later. Rev. M. Lam. W. I.ane, W. Kinder, Mill.-r, B. Miller, Lizzie Stevens, P. Emma King, Katy King, Solon Moser, James Siiiiimitt, R. Lawson, M. M. Alexander Walton Regan, Anna Edwards, Hon. Lee Kinder, Hon. R. H. Davis, Dude Watts, John Watts, Dr. W. I.agus, May Hood, D. Tucker. L. E. Duncan, Ray Cheneworth, Albert Cheneworth, Dan Cleninger, David McAllister, Barbara Wilkinson, Guy Parish, Hon. Mark Parish, Chester Marsh, Alice Marsh Rev. Leo Howard, Albert Dalton, Edward Saunders, Rebekka Lawson, Herbert McKee, T. W. Ivy, Florence Moser, Prof. T. D. Bennick, Hon. Walter Bennick, Barbara Hahn, Jesse Russell, Jesse Van Dorgriff, Minnie Gregg, Lizzie Barks, James Couch, Ula Isenhower, Rosa Isenhower Everett Isenhower, Bertha Ingrim, Lila Shepaid, Frank Maddox, Letha Hale, Josie Skaggs. Carter Bennett Walter Bennett, Jimmie Bennett, Virginia Davis Levi Heath, Isaac II. Pugh, Agnes Pugh, Henry Butts, J. N'. Butts, Amanda Butts, Andrew Allen, Ashby Saun-lers, Henry Glaves, Frank Giaves, George Cluhh, George Cobh, Monroe Sitzes, Charlc Ford, Mollie Ford, Roscoe Patterson, Alda Patterson, Rev. E. T. Simmons, Rev. W. Simmons, Noah Simmons, Pony Simmons, Lewis Senter, Will Senter, Cora Senter, Lee Darnell, Ida Brin-ley. James McOullom, Lester Ward, Hardy Ward. Mary Mathews, Virgil Mathews, Henry Huff, Dan Glaves, J is. Skaggs.. Cha3. SkKggs, Join Glover. Dua Glover, Allen Sutton, Cora Sutton. Hor.. P. C. Lfftle, Hon. J. L. Bradshaw. Will Durham. Cora Barnhart, Josie Barnhart, Joseph Stevens, T. Westmoreland, Eli Bell, May Short, Chas. W. Phillips, Henry Gloves, Brice Terry, Will Johns, Bcrett Ward, Sam Freeman, Robert Tinrin. Sam Pogue, Theo. L. Hovis, Geo. Gaines, S. A. C. Butts, David Evans, Tom Haddock, Josie i Sitzes, J. W. Headrick, Ernest Daggett, Luther H. Carver, Jacob Wise-carver. W. F. Reed, Robert Shearrer, Anna Tinnin. Amanda Henkel, Lonnie Cline. Lottie Cline, Montgomery Tucker, N. C. Burrow, N. A. Burrow, Jas. Adams, A. G. Livingston, G. N. Whitener, A. F. Bugg, J. B. Snvder, Dovia Barnhart, Emma Burk, Miles Fox, Ida Whitener, Mary Stroup, Nora Stroup, B. L. Myers, F. Vincent, Warren Craig, Janie Harrison, Barbara Wilkinson, U. E. Kinder, Geo. Bollinger. Edward Collir.3, W. W. Patterson, Angus Huffman, Daniel Huffman, J. N. Bennett, Sam C. Whitener, Byron Adams, D. M. Bollinger, David Crites, James Fulton, R. S. Lucy, S. B. Cook, M. P. Lucy, Minnie Dixon, Julia Heath, Eva Heath, Birdie Rhodes, F. M. Bennett, J. W. Adams. J. H. Banister, Chas. Wilkinson, Minnie Kinkie, Mary Gaines. Lizzie Gaines, John Gaines, Frank Pogue. Carry Wray. S. Mathews, Lon Whitner, Carter Bennett, Orta Whitener. NcBie Bell. Henry Gill, W. ?ff. Henson. Minnie Bennett, Charles Davis, ?ff. C. Butler. R. C. Tillman, George Bril, Alex Deaton, Leo Rose, J. Kirkpatrick, Ben Chilcutt, Minnie Fox, Amza Kinder, Walter Bennett, Rezha Hale, Amy Graham, J. Hopkins. R. B. afy i. W. Kolladay. Harry Whitener. Fanny Dunaway, Florence Owens, Will Henson. Nora Bell, C. ! A. Halbert. Cyprian Sanders. Bertha Faulkner, Doram K.rkpatriek, Nm-! thar.iri DeRu.se. Bertha Ingrim, Em-' ma Johnson. Minnie Clifton, Nellie Johnson, Hattie Ingrim, J. C. Altzeil, i W. P. Smith, Martha Johnson, Ar-! thur Clifton. Reunion August 11 at Frederick -! town.

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