The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on April 24, 1895 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, April 24, 1895
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UBLICAN. ALUO*A. ^ -••- B W* JOHNSON. BY~ftAND,M?NAL.LY He remained there inert, devoid of '-^owcr of thought or speech, his brain «ekraded, his tongue dumb. Time possessed no more value to him. Human Sfeeings were specters. One fact gradually became clear to Sais perception—he would no longer tfiare to live here, isolated, defenseless, .Slugging his miserable and ignoble saecret. He must flee from Malta in old age and decrepitude. The Sicilian Collar was his Nemesis, the angel with tthe flaming sword, destined to drive Shim forth from this paradise of _his • ,s>wn choice. How could the instinct > ,:of the miser, which had been the taint «of 'his soul for years, growing to a . .noxious parasite, checking the current . -of all rioble purpose, have chosen a i ^better refuge than this remote island, -Whose inhabitants were prudent, like himself? At leniyth the dormant nature of the 'man was aroused and struggled fierce!• ly for supremacy. The greed of ava- •i-rice wresitled with conscience. It were V-Jbetter to leave the Sicilian dollar --.safely buried out of sight than stand Tbrandecl as an imposter. How he had .-schemed to convert most of the wealth "brought with him into the current .....coinl Now it had become fairy gold, :• -airline -better than a heap of withered : autumn leaves! What! Give up all! ; Lose all: Never! Never! -S?he past rose, at the moment, be"fore th.e .dimmed vision of Jacob Deal"' toy. '(•Hei'lia'd-'dwelt at Jamaica, as Capt. . !"Fillingham surmised. He had been a .-..clericin London, and subsisted on a v meagre salary through youth and -., early -manhood. Then a summons >. from the West Indies advised him, as i:next of kin, that he inherited the ^property of a cousin, a trader of courage and-ability, \yho hadamassed,.con- l_'jsiderable'wealth. "JKKrom the beginning fortune had '""dazzled and frightened Jacob Dealtry, .narrow-minded and economical by education. Sleep forsook his pillow ,-.-at the thought of rash investments, -.and the artful \vilea of his cousin's •old associates. He wished to escape from their net His wife died, and .during the childhood of his son he ^counted his positions with tremu- >lous anxiety. Ho strove ever Lo hold ihis own. The son took ship for Spain, •and married a pretty Andalusian. Jacob Dealtry's inherent suspicion found cause of disapproval of this j-early marriage. He departed from .Jamaica without leaving traces of .himself, or revealing his future plans tto any one. The measure was the outward symp- •torn of a canker of the soul. The young couple would squander his money as lightly as a bride smoked a -cigarette, or toyed with her fan. 'The son devoted the remainder of tis life to finding the missing parent The young man was actuated by apprehension of foul play, and a sincere •wish to fulfil his own final dutiea -Smitten with fever, he left the sole re- .imaining clue in his possession to his -wife and child. He had ascertained, .after much fruitless quest in the labyrinth of London life, that a person o: the name of Jacob Dealtry dwelt a Malta This last hope of succor had led the mother and child to the Watch Tower, whero they had been ungraciously received by a man reputed poor, •and"who earned a humble livelihood by copying documents for an advocate, •when chance afforded such employ- ' *'JUB STOOD AS IF FROZEN ment. or picking up archreological relics, and deciphering Punic inscriptions, self-taught, and zealous in re< (search. The Andalusian daughter-in-law t»4ed, and died of eanui, disappoint* went, and chagrin, leaving HUle 'Polores. The old man rose from the bench and bega» to walU about his narrow . , bead and utteved imprecations, wU4, wrathful anc} imp.ate»t, against those had reaped }Ul» \9 this sorry To reya&l his hoard to all trusted tne crisp bank note, easily folded and secured ifl the lining of raiment, a bed, a chair, tormented by dread of rats and mice, mildew and storms? Blindly, foolishly he had chosen the hard, bright coin, indestructible to mischevious agents of harm the teeth of rodents, and rain. The Sicilian dollar had played him false. He saw it all now that such knowledge came too late, He lived in a sort of delirium. He scoffed at the impending catastrophe. He need not act with undue precipitation., There was still time for reflection and to rearrange his disordered ideas. He kept reassuring himself in this fashion. Night and day became as one to him. If he slept or partook of such food as was to be found in the house, the need of nature was mechanically fulfilled. He did not miss his granddaughter. He had forgotten her and a fever of unrest consumed him. Con tending- passions tore his breast, now ursinghim to desperate, frantic action, and again withholding him in a dull passive resignation. Suddenly the note of a church bel reached his car. He paused in his aimless rambling about"house and garden, indulging in fitful soliloquies, and listened. The bell marked the passing hour. He was situ-tied, shocked, appalled. Time was ebbing rapidly, like the sand in the glass. His distorted fancy thus interpreted the warning of the clock. Would he be too late? He stood as if frozen with horror, his white hair bristling on his head, his eye dilated and fixed. A voice shrieked these words: "I am rich, rich! My treasure lies buried here all about me. Help me to unearth it before it is too late!" Who had spoken? He could not determine whether his own lips had moved, or he heard an echo of his thoughts at his side. He was no longer alone. Mocking faces jibed at him, taunting his helplessness, his tardy recognition of tue impending evil. Then a beautii'ul shape, clothed in shining radiance, put aside the others, onlv to prove the more maddening in turn. Tula airy form was the Sicilian dollar. Now it gleamed on the ground, and again it fli^te'd up to the parapet of the Watch.Tower The coin spun here, there,'" on all sides, eluding, dazzling, intangible, Jaec-b Dealtry, aroused to frenzy .haste, after lon^f delay, began .to seek in the crevices of his dwelling, be : neath the fountain basin, behind the beehives, at the angle of the garden vail. If he paused to rest, his feeble ,trength exhausted, the Sicilian dol- ar flashed before his troubled vision, icoffinp- at his forgetfulness of still another hiding-place, and goading aim to fresh exertions. Shrill laughter and odd cries were audible occasionally in the enclosure. Jacob Dealtry hiiil lost his reason, a «• # * * A vessel approve ued Malta, the Elettrico from Me.-.:•>. 11 a. Among the passengers on board were Lent. Curzon and his wife. His brief leave of absence had nearly expired, luut he tvas about to rejoin Ms ship. Dolores, beaming with happlr.ef.a, and her savage grace already reiiued by travel, still held Florio under one arm. Malta gave slight heed to these new arrivals in the more profound emotions of the hour. Malta, whether of high or of low degree, uas bringing i.'ut) .-Sicilian dollar to the trt-asrry mart .H use appointed time. T!:3 coin ar- i-:v3.l in bag, purse, i coffer, and even uvnsported in rude boxes on primi- uvo vehicles, the owners sadly crestfallen and anxious as to results. The fact was clearly proved that the stronghold of the Knights Templar was the richest island of similar di- 1 irunsions in the world. The recluse of the Watch Tower was not the only victim of the pranks of the Sicilian dollar on this occasion. Disbursement of hoards long concealed sowed discontent, envy, and suspicion on every side. Creditors frowned on debtors, proved to haye full pockets. Masters eyed thrifty servants askance, The Busatti couple met on their own threshold*with mutual confusion and ivnger. "Thou!, 1 exclaimed the husband, in accents of unfeigned astonishment, hugging a much-worn, leather pouch under his,arm. "Thou!" echoed the wife, in even sharpei tones, and clutching a heavy sack of coarse linen. ••Eii! What would you have, my soul? A man must make a little provision for age when his children may find him a burden," said the husband, apologetically. •'lhave daughters to marry," said the wife tartly, "May the Madonna help mo to save a soldo for. some musses to be sung for the repose of tny soul when I die!" Eveu Pr. Busatti emerged from the house counting" some pieces of money i« Iji-i left palm, And Dolores? Her face clouded at she onca more climbed tho steps of Valletta. JJemovse and apprehension began to weigh OR her heart Jn vain she sought for the small and beftt form of her grandfather in Ihe crowd, \Yhy should he bu there un 1 -a at" tracted by a sentiment cf wui-io.ity? »•!!*} is all alone," she fa'.'wo-. ( '{|© «xay have been ill and neglectoU while we Iuvv9 beep so happy, Ah, poor grandpapa.!" fjer husband . r tiotmng, yet the old man in- pired only contempt in the mind of he officer, as on the occasion of their first meeting. Dr. Busatti qnitW the town to visit patient in the vicinity of the Watch Dower. A neighbor hinted that Jacob )ealtry had hot been seen to emerge rom the garden f»ate tnr several days. The young physicte.ti approached ho portal and knock" '. There was no response. At this moment Dolores and Lieut. Curzon appeared On the jath. Greetings were excnaasrea. Possibly these two men recognized, with a swift and mutual intuition oi ihange, how strangely the tangled liread of life had involved and brought them back to a common starting point, the threshold of Jacob Dealtry's door. The day was calm and serene, the silence unbroken. The pigeons flew up on the roof and spread their feathers in the sun. The bees swarmed in a dark cloud over the wall. Dolores grew pale as the knocking on the gate was repeated. Ah, if they had come too latel Florlo increased her agitation by whining pitifully. Did the dog remember the spot? Dolores cast a frightened glance about her, and pressed her hands to her throbbing heart "Grandpapa!" The fresh young voice pierced the stillness. "Grandpapa! Dolores is here. Open the door." Surely the strained attention of the group of listeners detected a sound, a slow movement, within the "Oh, grandpapa!" ANClENt KOAD SUPERStlf IONS. fit* i ne Be off with you, once I to go?" implored "A—a thief! for all." "Where am Dolores. She was stupefied and incredulous of the brusque expulsion. "Return to the convent, if you will. You shall not enter my door again. A spy! A traitor!" The voice of the old man, piercing and sharp, rose to a sort of howl of menace with these words. Dolores turned away, with Florio under her arm. The morning was clear, and the sunshine dazzling, yet the sky seemed about to fall on her head. Was it true that her grandfather had banished her from the Watch Tower for ever? A crushing blow shatters the prism of a crystal. Tho shock of brutal, unforeseen ejection from her home, by her nearest relative, scattered her ideas in a similar manner. Her, .first thought was of Arthur Curzon. Where was he? How could she find him in her humiliation and distress? Dolores lacked the nerve requisite to haunt the quay in quest of him. Or did some instinct of modest .pride withhold her from displaying her shame to the world? Oddly enough, the first and rudimentary comprehension of dread ot public opinion in her mind took the form of a natural shrinking from the eye of slender and grave Dr. Busatti, and his yellow, little mother. The recollection of the ladies of the ball, and of the gentlemen who had been kind to her on that momentous occasion, did not trouble her. There remained for her only the safe refuge of the convent. The sad and monotonous routine of monastic rule was to. be the end of all joy and happiness. A sob rose in her throat. . She walked slowly toward the town. No one noticed her and she passed other pedestrians as if they had been phantoms. ' [CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.] ~T~ A Cola "Wave." «t sdltton* of the Middle Ages tell SfttSft Was & fc«i*abtnld**4 An official o'f the department of public wofks of Ffnnoe has recently pnb- lishecl a book containing a collection of the legends and stipetstitious coiioef uitg toads, bridges, inines aiid othef Similar works, Which is full of curious traditions. Those which date from the middle ages ate particularly noticeable for the patt taken by the devil in the construction of the public works, as, according to them, his satauid majesty was the inost etttetptising and efficient conttactor to be found anywhere. If any engineer, ntohitect or contractor found himself in trouble he had only to make a compact with natan, who Would pet- form his task, generally ill a single night, but very suddenly, at any rate, the only price demanded being a soul. According to the more common legends, the devil Was often bateless about the terms of tho bargain, and nt the conclusion of his labors found himself cheated of the liumno soul ho expected by the substitution of a cock or some other bird or animal. He would then have destroyed in a rage the Work ho had completed, only, tho priest having blessed it immediately after its finish, satau had no further power over it. Tho host place for the invocation of tho devil was held to bo tho crossing of the four roads. American contractors •who are iu trouble may be glad to know tho most approved process for raising tho dovil. It is to stand at such n plaoo at midnight and there cut in two a black hen, meanwhile pronouncing tho terrible words, "Eloiin, Essnim, frugitaviefc appelavi." In comparatively recent times tho author of the book, Paul So- billot, states that tho superstition of the common people concerning the railway was very ridiculous, tho bishop of Orleans going so far as to issue a special prayer for those who might have to travel in such a manner. — Exchange. Match Sft, 1836, the d i«t hotter ttated b * n a upo tj the struggling Tesans before the swptcl of vengeance fell nfc Satt Jnointo. The gattison of doliatl, let! by Colonel James w. Fanhiu, had been overpowered and captured while trying to cut their way through to relieve Major Ttavis at tho 'Alamo. Fflnnifl Was severely wounded iii the fight. At dawri ofl Palm Sunday the prisoners wete matched out tinder protest of beitig counted aiid.btitoheted by bands of Indiaius, specially chosen for the Work. The Wounded were reserved for the last, and Fanniu the last of fill. He asked his executioners to aim at his heart and not his headi seated himself in a chair fronting the rifleman, tied a handkerchief Over his eyes and bared the target for tho fatal volley. Faliiiin was a North Carolinian by birth and Was 80 yeats old. Ho had been in tho field Since the beginning of the Btrtiggle for Texail independence. GEORGE L. Sam Houston as an Indian March 27, 1814, General Jackson CONSIDER THE HORSES. After battering their Io 8 breast ^ vot ii a w ith cannon balls for two hours his storming parties dashed forward aiid made a gallant fight around tho portholes, but could not breach the lino. Major Montgomery leaped upon the works and instantly fell back with a bullet through his head. By his side stood Ensign Houston, with a barbed arrow in his thigh, and maddened with pain and the fall of his leader ho jumped down among tho savages, followed by his company. Tenuosseoans and savages fought like tigers, but tho bayonets were too much for tomahawks, and tho Creeks broke for tho timber in the roar, where they would, be moro at homo. Houston sank down inside tho breastworks and thirtieth antsi?etsa< That WOfi Ulry of the battle w* n *« - •• credited With set- FiVe FOfK5» tling the tate of Petersburg and ftichmond. Sheridafl's army tuttied Lee's right at Five Forks. The key of the Confederate position Wats a slight angle or teturii ia the intreflfth- meat covering Five Forks crossroads, Sheridan deployed his cavalry in froiit of the intrenched Hue and sent Warren a dorps to carry the return* Which Was in the forest and could liofc be located within inauy hundred rods. The first and secdiid divisions of Wrtrren, rnafchitig by the flatlkt passed it, hud the third and last division, Which was also the smallest, led by Rouiayne B. Ayors, fol> lowing the other two, received a gallifig fire from tho Confederates posted behind the auglo. Ayers qtickly faced hid re- servo brigade toward the blazing gutta It Was led by Cokmel Frederick Winthrop of tho Fifth KeW York, a cousin of the hero of Big Bethel. The brigade Was composed entirely of New Yorkers. They charged at double quick, with Wiiithrop at their head, The Confeder- ntes had placed their best guns and men in the angle as a forlorn hope. It was defended gallantly, but Wiuthrop's soldiers plunged though tho heavy flre poured on them and carried tho works. Winthrop fell mortally wounded, the last brigade commander killed in the Army of tho Potoinao. After tho angle had been broken Warren's men marched down the Confederate lino on the rear, leaving little for Sheridan's troops to do, except sweep up the fragments. GEORGE L. KILMER. If I Frequent Watering on a Jonrney Tends to Their Comfort and Health. Occasionally I drive from Downiug- towu, Pa., to West Grove, 18 miles. My horse before starting will drink the contents of a common horso bucket— that is, three or four gallons. About three miles on the way is a good trough ed by a spring. It would bo difficult to get Frank to pass there without a light irink. Then there is a stretch of eight jr nine miles to a trough near Pusy's l, in London Grove. Here ho must lave a good full drink, and then, after drive of three miles, ho wants a light drink at Jacob's trough and does not require a drink at tho end of tho 'drive and is iu no danger of founder or colic, consequently this instinct, and we can imagine tho suffering that hundreds of dorses undergo in being deprived of the chance to gratify it during the heated term. Jacob's well is at Woodsido Mills, on tho road from Dowhingtbwn to Fisherville. Nearly all the travel ori the road use it, tho average being ten an hour. A wheelwright, located opposite to a trough in Downiugtown, says some animals stopping there will bo so thirsty as to almost empty tho tank before they are satisfied. That trough has hundreds of visitors daily and as many as from 80 to 40 before 8 a. m.—Dr. J. B. Edge. Highway Bridge Construction. Ono of tho most essential features of good highways is that of bridge construction. At all crossings of streams which might at any time interrupt the passagoof vehicles good substantial iron bridges should bo erected whero the importance of the highway is sufficient to warrant tho outlay, and iu all oases whoro bridges are necessary they should be of tho most permanent character pos- Nelson Hated to Retreat. called one of his Teuuesseenns to draw tho terrible arrow. from his wound. Two vigorous jerks failed to bring it out Raising his sword, Houston shouted, "Try it again, and if you fail I'll cut you to earth." Pnt- SAM HOUSTON. ting all his strength to the work, the soldier tore the barb loose from the tendons, causing a wound that bled furiously. While a surgeon was stanching tho blood Jackson rode near, and recognizing Houston told him not to go into battle again. Late in tho day there was a call for volunteers to storm the last refuge of the Creeks, which was a portion of the breastworks sheltered by a wooded knoll, whero the trees had been felled for better defense. No one responded to tho call. Houston was with his company looking on. Ordering the men to follow, he dashed ahead without glancing around until he reached tho crest of the ravine. Before his men caught up with their valiant leader ho was shot down with two bullets in bis right shoulder. GEORGE L. KILMER. On March 28,1862, Bold DeedS Sibley's Confeder- of \Var atQ iuva(:iers mad ° < the last stand in In a Wild New Mexico. ran von Scarcely an echo of Canyon. tho littlo war bo . tween tho volunteers of the border ro- Bouudod through tho country, but tho contest was heroic and sanguine for all that. On the 28th Sibley'sTexans and a force of Colorado volunteers, called "Pike's Poakers," met in Apache canyon. Tho Confederates chose the battleground and stationed their fioldpieces , i , _^ J™ _»,;4.K *iifl(jw-irm Cf»ftl'f>frf>fl April 2 is the an nivorsary of son's vio the north at OX Mr (1801). Nelson was v,v.fvfiq ^eeii' under Sir Hyde Parker, vrfregot scared when he saw his lieutenant rushing tho van into the thick of the enemy's fleet,' under tho guns of his shore batteries, and hoisted on the flagship a signal for retreat. Somo" of the ships obeyed the order at once. The Amazon backed off and presented her stern to tho Danish guns. Her gallant captain, Eiou, was cut in two by a ball and the vessel terribly riddled. W.h.eii Nelson' HOW NOT TO MEND A BRIDGE. [From Good Rouds. ] sible to make thorn by placing them upon masonry piers resting upon firm foundations and protecting them by roofs and walls against the destroying agency of water. Good bridges, besides being more economical, appeal strongly to the eye of the traveler and cause a feeling of pride on the part of every citizen, which the government^ for manifest economic reasons, owes it to euoourage, even though the saving oi' dollars and cents did wot appeal go strongly to the same end. Thia result can be reached only by intrusting to a Raffaelli McGugeuheimer (viewing I competent engineer tho work of bridge his work>~Pere's one of yer Aubrey | building. Whiskersley pictures, It ain't J»130h of a likeaess, nor it ain't protty, but it's der fashion, an you bet yer life what goes, I'd rudder be out o 1 out o 1 fashion.-—Truth. Ante Fpi Boad Material Jf» Towns in Plontia have a great boon in the so called paving clay found near and elsewhere farther south. It is not solely clay, but a combination of san<3, clay and oxide of iron. It breaks up under the pigk when dug and needs no other preparation to be put upon the sandy streets of jlorjdiau towns. It is Jaid on several inches deep, wet and then rolled. The result is a hard, smooth surface, tlia.t resists the wear- of traffic. Railway companies in Florida used the ^material toy the ap- to. gjatjofts and for in the woods, with riflemen secreted among the trees. A deep, narrow canyon offers a poor field for regular battle, and this affair might have ended in a bloodless draw had tho antagonists been other than borderers, men eager for the fray. The Colorado troops led off by stealing among the trees along the steep Bides of the canyon au'd shooting at the Confederate gunners while their ONVU artillery and infantry marched down tho bed of the valley. No lizard ,w«a TOP great for the Toxans to bold up these dangerous flankers. Lod by Colonel Scurry, the Fourth- cavalry, on foot, deployed across the canyon, frow brink to brink, and rushed forward, with tbror- bowies and pistols drawn: Tho flgnt they opened was one of man against man A deadly hand to hand struggle raped in the gulob for n few moment*, in winch the Pike's Peakers got tho worst of it, although they were at homo in a rough and tumble battle. OHO ot the Confederate detachments, tea by Major Shropshire and Captain Shannon, routed the enemy in their front, and carried away by the elation of. the .moment m ade » dash fpr the. ynjou Battor jes. Tee major and captain ou.ts.trJp' ped their followers. A Pike's Peal?cr pamed Pearco, who had retreated wo farther than the nearest large tree, sprang out ningte handed a,nd fhot the major clead. Sewing the eword o* the s _ *i „., i.n +ni.r>nrl mi Onntnin ShillV :al to haul off to bis chief, the old hero repeated the words, LOUD NELSON. "Leave off action," bitterly, and added, "Now, d—n me, if I do." Finding that his own signal for close action was still flying, ho said to the signal officer, "Mind you, keep it so!" Then, turning to tho captain of his flag- , ship, using the stump of his lostiarin'to emphasize the words, he said, "You know, Foley, that I have only one eye and have a right to be blind sometimes.'' Putting the glass to his blind eye, he swept the lino of vessels behind and exclaimed: "Ireallyclonotsee thesignal. D—n the signal any way 1 Keep mine for closer action flyiug. Yes, nail it to tho mast. That's the way I answer signals to 'leave off action.'" After an hour more of fighting the Danes began to lower their Colors, and their batteries ceased firing. Nelson at once sat down and wrote to the Danish priuco offering terms. A wafer was handed him to seal tho letter with, but ho ordered a candle, brought from tho hold of the ship anc\ ( i affixed a large wax seal. "This is no time to appear hurried or informal," he explained, with exasperating coolness. Tho terms were accepted and the erratic hero was fully pardoned for his flagrant disobedience' of orders. In fact, Sir Hydo Parker is scarcely mentioned in tho English annals .of themctory - 1 Copenhagen. GEORGE L. " " S-J •Af at •^iV'V .tj.' Ji^'i.-'.i- ^J^ i&i Tije pa^<!»« pf K«au *nq»»vy. The cUvjsipB of roads, whip}) jp jjj. glided jn tbe department of a.griou> tyre, was created about twq years ggp at tbe request of the NaHwal QoM - - - Oewerai Rpy Stone— . man, he turned on Captain Shan non, disarmed hiw 8»<J« wwohec|'l>«* to headquarters with the prispner, Another private soldier, but a reg^a*. however, belonging to tbe battery, por formed equally gaJiant wropfc n>* piope Pfopd JB tb« bQttQffl oi the gyic-U opposite, the enemy's cannon, With QW shot he dismounted a Confederate King it rail IB April 2 is the thirtieth anniversary of 111 the Last the fall of Peters- P..^ . '• burg Everything Iji'cCn. gavu way, but there, were hitches in the proceedings of 4 con., quest, for some of tho Confederates made good tho boast to die in the last ditch,, On an old abandoned Ui-.'o near the city limits stood an empty battery called Fort Gregg. It was ono-qaaj ter of a jnile jp advance of the mai:» Confederate trenches,-tQwarcl which tho blue iwd gray-.•$ were racing, and keo's salvation fpr a day, even, depended upou his wen there first. A wide awak" southern toi adier saw that Fort Gregg stoo<l i» way of Grant's column--* and got ' six poundera and 314 rifluiseu «"rt « nonrcvrt into the battery jnst BH < bon's division of 0,000 iwu t<vprra,H fiolci in i'ront, Tho parapet ot Gn-s>} so low that the e»ns were flfed pves top, and the brave paamoneprs fe} rows, like tenpins. The riflemen, ia,: fort held tbeir fire i within 80 ya?c}s, and v*ltt» ing shgta' gesgipn;' Tbe rifles after using ail the Qhests, Wbcn bullets ri fendere hurled etoue§ &nd tb@ walls at tb@ daring ^e?8 were renewed Juf parry tbe fQj t at all' pra were still flying* men sa,w tbali 'Sll , y ' '- Ww up A 6W 8»<* » HBflar few grape art fo| Odtt a away BVW the

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