The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on July 18, 1894 · Page 3
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, July 18, 1894
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.,-•' f HUH ALGON1, IOWA, burned*;' the two-sitory ihpuse and con- ,~tents-entailirjg.a loss, of a few thou- •mttcl dollars.-!., Cithe /iiext: day after the tire ; the secret place; .cf deposit of «ome offMolier's money .was discovered on clearing away the'ruins from the cellar. ,!.An-old well was- found there in whichi suspended by a chain, was a •bag of gold weighing many pounds. Calling an officer for witness and protection, .-Molier^ drew up the gold, c:ir- . ried it to the/Lafayette bunk (where he had"inoi'cj' foF'.'/dep'dslt, and then went to'thc'office .pf"the vKtn:i Insur- 1 ance company on Front street, and demanded the nyihey on his, policy for the burned house and c,c>nt?nt!. But instead of getting his money, he was I arrested on a charge of arson und murder, and without bail committed ? to the Hamilton county jail. There lie lay for a mouth, awaiting indictment arid trial. But though in prison. Molier was not deserted. Vivette. like a loving and dutiful daughter as shti was, abandoned her school tind devoted herself to her imprisoned father. -She had his room " fitted up in comparative comfort, cir- ried his me:ils from the hotel, and spent the idle hours rending to her father and cheer'n? the tedious days by her cheerful society. The old m"n at first endeavored to prevent this self- saerifica. saying he would soon be free and she should not suffer for his own bad reputation, whether justlv or unjustly. l!ut Vivette insisted, declaring she could be happy nowhere else. "When TVfoMer's c'lse c'ime up for trisil the first charge—that for murder in the second degree—was tried first. The Indictment charged that he 'iiad feloniously burned his own hou'-e, knowing that it might result in tho death of the girl asleep in an upper room, and that "it had-also .resulted. '-The' pro'-'eaution '•showed probable'motive in a desire to eecura tho insur^nc 1 } money on his property, but produced no direct evi- tlence of the crime. When the def ens T began, the att^r- ncy offered thr* testimony of theda^gh- ter.Vivcttc. 1 his had been anticipated. •and a large audience had pnthered to hear her testify—amonr*- whom were a number of law students anxious to watch the proceedings of. so important a trial. Vivette! appeared before, the jury. •sad but self-compose!:!. 'Her eyes gave token of recant tears, her fieewa« pale at first, but soon flushed with •aioral courage, and s?toff hertouchinp beauty in a most effective manner. She was plainly dressed, but in good taste ' and her fine person appeared to excellent advantage. Tliers was a sensation when she rose to take the oath, followed by profound s'lence. Vivette t?stif'el that s'io herself had "burned the hou r e by acc'dent 1 that she had be n n studying her French lesions until a lats hour by candle-light; that she hud fallen asleep in her chair and \yoke to find the candle, had fired the window curtain, run up the wooden ceiling.which was blazing- above her head, and up the narrow stairway to the room above, where the burned girl glept, cutt nj rfi! all essapo. Sho de' clared that her fathe'r and herself escaped with difficulty, losing even tho'r clothing und everything- but a few email articles carried out by her father. As to tlie insuvancs, she testified t'.itvt her f .ithsr had that very clay received a large invoice of watches an:l silver- wars not covered by insurance, and worth half the amount of tho policy. It was also shown by her testimony that the girl who perished was a favorite of her father and of herself, and that she slept elsewhere more than v half the time, which periods of absence might have been chosen as a time to commit arson. ' ]t was quite evident the stata was not going to get a vcrd'ct when the state's attorney inquired whether there was any sui porting testimony as to the invoice of naw and un nsured goods, 'Ihe attorney for Molier appeared disturbed at this question. He could have had proof of the purchase and delivery on the day of the fire, but lie had neglected that matter, and the tastiraouy of Vivette was unsupported. At this moment a young man from among the law students mentioned TOSO, went to tho attorney and whispered. "Put Mr. Gust upon the si and— pwea} 1 Mr, Gust as a witness, Mr.' Clerk," said tHe attornay. ' Counsel for tha state object2d; but as it was apparent to the court that the dpfen so had not before been aware of such u witness ho was permitted to testify. 4 Mr. Gust testified that on the day of the fird ho }ud been in tho btoro of Mr. Roller, had te^-n him unpacking a largo lot of silverware and wat'Jlie.s; spoke to Molier about it, and learned that there was more than u thousand dollars' worth, and that Molior had yesolyed to enlarge his business by tho - -*wlditiou o^ articles not kept befora. ' TJ$ fetato'tt attorney nier4y q,sked wt»oss whoVhfr he. was ajrepent, *t Waiter's, pcquaintancc of his and Miss Molier. The witness declared that he barely knew either by, sight and that he rarely ever entered ' the defendant's place of business. As thh witness left the stand and passid cljse to Miss Molier she bowed modestly to him and said gratefully— "I thank you, sir." But the words reached his heart; ho felt as well as hoard them; and from that mom nt he resolved to win her for himself if success was possible. The jury a'jqu'tts-d Molier without leaving their seats. And as the same testimony would acquit him on the charge of arson, tli2 counsel for the state entered a nolle proscqui, and Molier was discharged. Then there was a scsnc. Vivette fill upon her father's neck and broke into sobs with a flood of tears. But Vivette's were tears of joy. Her father was not only acquitted: he was vindicated. And entering a carriage with him, they were driven to the "Broadway house," where temporary quartars were engaged until the burnt building could be rebuilt. Cn the next day a card was sent up to's room which read: "Air. Joseph Giut, Law student." "S'end him up," said Molier to the waiter. "You need not leave, Vivette," (to his daughter; who was about to retire.) "This is our unexpected witness, Mr. Oust." Vivettq blushed rosy red, and her face was still glowing when the servant at the door announced Mr. Gust. Of course Ah'. Gust's reception was a cordial one; and after a moment's embarrassment he f aid—addressing the father, but looking- at the daughter: "I called to congratulate you upon the result of yesterday's trial. And if my own unimportant testimony was of any, servico to you, 1 also congratulate myself." You came most opportunely, Mr. Gu t," replied Alolier, "and you have our most hearty thanks. My daughter's evidence should have been sufficient, but—" "It was altogether sufficient," replied Mr. Gust. 'An unprejudiced jury could not have hesitated a moment after the testimony of Miss—Vivette'?" inquiringly. Vivette bowed. "But 1 did not e::pcct an unprejudiced jury, Mr. Gust. ViVette is my daughter, and the jury would have taken that into consideration." "Oh no, Mr. Molier. It was quite manifest that you had the jury with you before Miss Vivctts had half con- eluded tho history of the fire. How could it bs otherwisj'.' Besides—the very manner of tliB prosecutor's demand for a corroborating' witness told that he felt himself beaten." "But tho witness unexpectedly iu court volunteered in our behalf," Vivetto ventured to say; ''and we appreciate your kindness, Mr. Gust, very highly." After some general conversation in which Molier and Mr. Gust did most of "BUSPKNUEP BY A CHAIN WAS A BAO OF oov.u." the tilkhig, the latter retired—Vivette saving, as her father had omitted it: '••We hope you will call again, Mr. Gust. Our hotel quurtars arc not quite a homo; but papa will build again immediately/" The invitation seemed to include a call at the new homo KOOII to be civet 3d, and Mr. Gust appreciated it accordingly. But no sooner was ho fairly out of tho door than Molier said to his daughter; "That young man is smitten with yourfaoa—or With my money—perhaps both. But he is not the man i have chosen for a son-in-law, oven if that is iu his thoughts. 1 do not know that it u>; but his eyes tell tales which 1 can read at a gluuue," ' 'Should we not bo grateful for hi& assistance'; 1 " «bkod Vivotte. "lie cer- tuinly acted in a rao&t disinterested intmner." "Yes, yes! he is well enough; but he, is only Joe Gust/8 adopted. 6,pn,, £o.nje cjny he ?#ajr Jpsp MS,'BjeflSjejs boy#e used to call Llttte .toe, idiot? What a wonderful changel" "Yes, wonderful' change; but-fcho- knows thefe will not be anothet change of the same sort? Don't let this young liw student get into your thoughts (of course yea hav • not already done so); your husband—when you get one—must came from a different class. Of cotirse my d lughter will not forget what 1 say. Jn the mean time, treat the young man with all proper respect." Vivette retired to her room, and Old Charley began talking to himself. "Take all Joe Gust has got to do it—education costs money •—fine looking fellow—comes from no where and belongs to nobody—too honest for a lawyer—Vivette must rise in tho World—he wants her bad!—bad about the girl's burning—thought she Was out—new house thirty by fifty—" And so on for half an hour old Molier talked to himself of our whilom friend "Joe," of his own affairs, of his daughter; and at length sayintr, "I will go right now," went out in search of a builder to arrange for a new house on the site of the old ono which had been burned. A few days after this call upon tho Moliers Air. Joseph Gust, junior, dropped in to have a chat with Aunt Ruthy, who had found him "the same good boy" after his shock at the museum, which she had witnessed, as before. "Strange, Joe," (she adhered, to the old title), "that no one but you could be a witness for Charley Alolier and his stuck-up daughter." "Yes; wasn't 1 fortunate in being in court, aunt?" "I think you was very unfortunate. i. should have gone out." "And let an innocent man suffer when you could save him by telling the truth?" "I am not so sure about his innocence. " "But the jury acquitted him without, going out." "Yes. it was that gal's purty fane that did it. I know men. Jf she had been ugly as mud, Old Charley would have got his deserts." '•But, aunt, this c-.ise was perfectly clear; and even the state's attorney approved the verdict." "Well—he hns done so much badness, it would have been all right to punish him anyhow." "Why, aunt—d'o you mean—try him for one offense and punish him for another on which he has not bceii tried?" "I understand, Joe," said Aunt Ruthy with a smile; "that fc;d Vi-vette has bewitched you." "I guess not, Aunt Ruthy," replied he; but he colored to his ears nevertheless. "Oh, Joe, I can sec. But think of the scandal of Joseph Gust's adopted son marrying a daughter of Old Charley Molior!" "It has not come to that, aunt; but in this free country there is no entail of cst'.ites and no descent~bf a bad reputation from father to son. Each stands on his own merits and generally gets full credit for all he deserves." "It is the daughter you are thinking about, Jos, not tho son. What do you know about Vi-vette Alolier and her merits?" "Truly, not much; but all indications point to her as most worthy." "Oh, Joe," said Aunt Ruthy, half p'cased and half vexed, "you are gone! Tho beautiful sparkling eyes—they arc mighty pnrty—have snapt you up. I did hope you would l:avc sumo pride, and rise in the world among good society, and not go down to such as Old Charley Al oiler's set." "Thank you, AJhnty," said J'oc; and with a peculiar .smile which disarmed nil opposition. "It is a long time to my wedding chiy, and 1 shall not act hastily." As he took his leave Aunt Ruthy was tempted to kiss him as in former days of "Little JOB-," but on second thought she did not, as Joe was now near six feet high and had a n'ca, clean-shaven 1 beard. For the lirst time sliB said "Uood-bye. Come again, Mr. Oust." ' Within three months, Molior's new house was completed, furnished in good style and ready for occupancy. It was a line three-story brick,, with business rooms in the lower front, residence rooms behind and above, and hallway from the streat for access. Then he sat down and wroti to his nephew at New Orleans, (where his own eirly days were spent,) inviting him in urgent terms to pay him a visit. This New Orleans family of . Moliers was wealthy, and moved in the best society; and this nephew hart-boon selected by Alolkv as a husband for Vivetto—with- out her • knowledge or consent. But Alolier had not intended that th j young folks should meet KO soon; and this iu- vitation was prompted by what ho had' se.eii bstween his daughter and the attractive young gentleman through whosB aid he had won his suit; but who should not, if his precaution could prevent it, win any suit of his own in behalf of the daughter. He had no spacial objection to young Gust, but ho hud long determined that his daughter should laud a husband and a homo beyond a shadow of his own bad reputation; and this nephew, her cousin, was not only a good match in himself, with wealth and culture to commend him, but could at once introduce her to tha best society of New Orleans. Hardly had Molior become established in his now res cloaca teforo the cousin, Air. Adolf Alolier, made his ap- •poaranca. Ho was a small,near-s-ighted, (spectacled, French-looking gentleman, with the manners of an acocmplished gentleman of iiO years. (ro HIO ' ' BROOKLYN WOMEN,! Hope tlm lt«irttr<l of tj»o Mr. UUliard of Georgia, former minister to Belgium, rushed up to President laneoln shortly uft^r the war, seised 1»& t and and "hoped hispflrdcai would mot be. delays^."- UhoPre.s.j,cl£n.t uietly remarked, |q the tURN PROM HOME PELtdHTS tO *lie Nevr bekpenAatlon lift* Intrndoeert a IWsrful Imnttns for the study 6f Pnbllc Affairs—Clubg tl'lth Omenon* TIE 1>AST YE Aft has seen an emphatic cbattsro in IJrooklyn. Up to last fail, dating back to the days of its Dutch fotitt* riation, which xvas almost coincident with the beginnings of Manhattan island, t h e City of Churches Was oste'emed as a domestic town par excellence. Its feminine seminaries were famous for their conservatism, and parents widely distant took a pride in sending their daughters to them. Wife, mother and household were the words that could have stood as tho inner significance of the municipality's motto. In fact, the favorite phrase was, "A City of Homes." Hut now the new dispensation of woman's progress has become the marrow of Brooklyn's life. The handful of women who for the past twenty years have been carrying on the Brooklyn Woman Suffrage association and tho Woman's club suddenly tind themselves no longer alone, but hailed as prophets with a good deal of CAURIE SEAMAN. honor. What is stranger still—all this has come about in so short a time —it is not tho elder women alono, nor even tho young matrons, that are tho most enthusiastic supporters of tho new vogue, but budding girls just out of school and debutantes who have just had their first peep into the world. That question which lies been made tho question of the hour this past mouth—woman's suffrage—had nothing to do with it, for the new movement of Brooklyn e-irldom was inaugurated long before the first petition to the constitutional convention was even mado ready. Besides, comparatively few of these young women declare that they want the ballot. Most of them candidly confess that they would rather not be bothered with it. What they want, what they are crying for, is an insight into public affairs, a broad knowledge of city, state and national government, wider interests and enthusiasms than those which occupied the girlish days of their mothers. With this purpose in mind they have gone ahead, and in three separate sections of the city have formed civic clubs, meeting twice each month; sometimes debating in a secret session upon topics of the day, again occasionally getting prominent men to lecture to them. The movement would not be nearly so interesting or prominent if its force wore not so pronounced. It is not a fashionable frivol, for tho members of all three clubs are very serious. They tallc very little about their work, but they crowd the parlors wherein they meet. Without an exception all arc daughters of wealthy and old families of Brooklyn. Tho social tost has been rigidly applied in all instances. Tho three clubs altogether have nearly three hundred members on their rolls, and there are few young women in tho "charmed circle" of the Hill, Bedford, the Park Slope, South Brooklyn or the Heights whose names aru not enrolled. MISS MI.ACKFOBD. The Civitas was tho first of these clubs to be founded. The Ko&mos and the Urbamv havo followed rapidly op it>s hee^B. "J'he Clvitaa is by far tho »p.d most powerful p'f Vl}£ t;r;o, HO\Y 9 ttn , »»* number- |g,r- Thefts are several social «*ta ther*. bnl they keep in louoh with oftS dfeethef., A 'very feto tfetiple j 'kepi tbfe p&efe And of thcs<? few the Dikes are the mo*l powerful and potent Mrs. Camden C. Dike, from he* residence on Columbia Heights, has furnished the impetus for the successful carrying on tf many charities, and i« regarded as the most competent manager in Brooklyn for charitable entertainments on a lurge scale. Her name is more frequently used as a "patroness" than that of any other woman In Brooklyn. Her daughters, v MJsa •tessie Dike and Mra Murray Bibcock (Miss Miriam Dike that *was), are replicas of their mother in tact, in popularity and in capacity. It wns ifi this way that tho younger •women's clubs got their initiatory start, and because of this that they are now a permanent, established success. As a matter of history the Civitas Was founded at a "parlor talk" at Mifci Maltby's residence on October 31. Ihe whole meaning and spirit of these three clubs will be best understood when it is said that all their meetings are little else than "parlor talks." They are-, assemblages of fashionably bonneted and frookfd young women, the great percentage of them pretty, and no unseemly parliamentary wrangles arc ever heard at the debates or during the progress of the cssaya It is taid the Civitas has u gavel, but it is very seldom used. It is even more infrequent than the swell receptions the club hus been guilty ol once or twice during tho course of its existence. MUs Jessie Dike is the Civitus' president Her aids in office are as follows: Vice-president, Mibs Ada Gibbj secretary, Aliss Ednj, H. Doughty; treasurer, Miss Marie D. Jb'ahys; senior director, Aliss Katherlno L. Alaltby; directors, Aliss Alary II. Chitlendun, Miss Mabel V. Dickinson, Mrs, Murray Boococlc, Alisa Florence Guertin, Aliss A. Bessie .Tones, Alibs Helen B. 1'ost, Miss Elizabeth H. 1'tickard and Aliss Susie B. Woodward. 'Iho advisory bourd, made up of older women, is this: Mrs. L. Hustings Ar old, Airs. Tunis G. Bergen, Airs. Camden C. Dike, Airs. Joseph l<'ahya, Mrs. John Gibb and Aim. James bcrimgcour. Various topics havo been taken up through the winter—amusements, health, civil cleanliness, education, governments, courts, prisons, newspapers and so on. Such men as General Stewart L. Woodford, St. Clair AlcKelway and tho Ilev. VV. S. llains- ford of New York have addressed tho club at its semi-public meeting's. ' Other members than those mentioned are Aiiss Ada. Bhickford, one of tho leaders among tho Hill giils; Aliss Sadie Nebi&ith, Aliss Nellie bherman, Aliss Carrie Seaman, Aliss Daisy G Talmagc, Aliss Nina Perry, Airs. K. P. Von der Smith, Aliss Mabel Northrup, Aliss Aliserole, Miss Alabcl Dickinson, Aliss Do Witt, Miss Nina Jarvie. Miss Grace Giberson, Mibs Josephine Drakeley, Aliss Alice Lowell and Aliss Fannie Veruou. Tho members come equally from the Heights and tho Hill. DA18V TAI^MAOK. Matrons as well as maids belong to the Kosmos, and some exceedingly well known people are on its rolls. These are a few of- them: Mrs. James Truslow, Aliss Lyon, Airs, James B. Cromwell, Airs, J. O. Carpenter, Miss Ada Blackford, Aliss Colvin, Miss Bhinke, Mrs. E. R. Betts, Airs. Charlas Craigie, Aliss Bowne and the Airs. Pratt. There is little to bo said about the Urbana club, for the reasen that it is only a month old, and is hardly beyond the work of organization. Rumors are heard of yet other societies to spring up in the fall. An Jntororitlu Creature. Tho slug and its habits are peculiarities are well worth a little attention from those who are fond of the UQ-, usual and curious things of earth. A family, upon moving into a house, re-' marked that the sc-llar was lined all over with thin, shining tracks where some slimy creature had crvvled. For jv long time the makers of the track could not be found, but were at last discovered undtrneath a, box in one corner where tho mice had carried some leaves and scraps of vegetables. They seemed to eat but little,but were continually crawling about the jar. At tho Blightest sound they contracted into a leug'th of not more than two and one-half inches, remaining perfectly quiet for a few minutes, when they cautiously put out their feelers find began to move, The head seemed to go on, and the tail was still until the body measured, almostsix inches, whep gradually tho entire Length moved slowly along. As it crawled up the side of tho jivr the under sid-a of the body could be clearly soon through tho transparent material. Jts pro* pvjlsive power seemed to bo u sort of entUess-eluiin arrangement that lengthwise fvaw head to jtail thick as jgfte'si JitWe' finder, A fltfAngo scftne was enacted 1 ifi in* yurd o! the county jail lately, fUiyl the Atlanta Journil. If any one had looked behind In* tall board fence amorig the moon* , fthinera about 6 o'clock tha tittle* morning they would have $eoft frtrttt • tbe earnest cemtrehmtlon of the ffisft and their excited gestufds that s0fn§* thing unusual waa about tJ happen, and if they had peeueJ behind th» fence At 6i80 they would Have seeti a Ibn-gv tall follow walking back and forth aloft* the narrow yard*, looking neither to the rltfllt nflr left, but keeping up the a toady lick ha , had struck, unmindful of the ire* marks made by his companions. , , It was a i«na Walk, for it bejjtttJ at C:3J in the morning and ended tit t in the oveulns?, but the most retntu-k- able part about it was that the tnfttt walked tho day away for the small Bum of fifty cents.. Tbo young man who did the walk' ing is David K. Payue of Uttto& .county, who is nerving a thlrty/day- sentence in jail for illicit dlstilliasf. His home is on Young Cane creek, and he is as wild and untutored as » mountain moonshiner ever getd to be. One morning when oreakfast waa being served, Turnkey Pat MoOut- loujh. in a poking wa/ Siifd to Payne, who had boon bragging about tha lonsr walks ho had takea, "I'll befc you fifty cents you can't walk all < day." "A whole fifty cents?" be ox- claimed, with a whistle of astonishment, "Yos; fifty couts," replied McCul- louffh. , "5fou mean it, pardnor; you alnter joking. J " -Not a bit of it." "it's a go, pavdnor. I'll tatee tho bet of any er you follors will cover tho fifty cents." Tho money was covered and- at 0:80 o'clock Pavno began his walk,- strikinjr into-along, swinging stride, which ho kept up all divy long. Ho walked froni' one side of the yard to tho other, a distance of 1'5'5 yards for thd round trips making it every two minutes. VVhon dinner-time came he did not stop to cat, but took his- plate of victuals in his hand, eat ; ng a ?,4.h o walked. Ho waa given- wato'r many times during tho day, but never stopped to drink it. Ho swallowed it on tho inovo, and novor once lost tho long, swinging stride he stat'ted iu with in the morning. Ho kopt up his walk until? o'clock: that niirlit, novor stopping for a mln- uto after he started. liy making tli3 calculation, it will bo soon tha,t, if ho walked.,150 yards in two m'nutos. he walked from 0:30 to 7, 121 hours, a distance of 83 miles and a fraof. on. He waa given the lift/ cents when ho finished his walk, and seemed very proud of ic as ho 1-ald it uway in hia pocket with tho remark, "That's a good little pilo or money. I tiover did BOO us much as $5 at one time during all my life." llonril Noni) or IIU Own OpertiH. Tho great French composer Auber, tho writer of "Fra Diavolo," "Crown Diamonds," and about .fifty otli'er first-class operas, was a pen u liar gpnlun in more than one respect. Ho never heard u performance of one of his own operas, which, of ifcsolf, is a thing without parallel in musical history. Ho would never allow any one in hia presence to mention death, oc allude in any way to raattersi that might recall.what, to him, was the awful of all subjects, Ho wast wealthy and lived in tho utmost luxury in Pat-is, arid whon at lust he diod, while the city was in tho throes of the war with, tho commune, preparations were made to give him-unelogant funeral. But a mob ounno along during tho ceremony, scattered tho mourners, took the body out. of the hearse, throw it into tho ditch, and led off the horses to draw cunnon. It waa u, singular end to a lifo of luxury and aesthetic oaso—St. Louis Globo- Dcaioorat. It IntoroUuU uu. Sydney Owonson, who was ma4.o suddenly famous by her novel, "Tijo Wild Irish Girl," mot a great actor at .supper: Mr. Komblo (she says in her memoirs) WO;S evident y much preoccupied. He was seated* vis n- vis, und had repeatedly strotohod hia arm across tho liable for the purpose, as I supposed, of helping himself to somo boar's head. Alas' my head happened to bo the ob'ect which fixed his attention, which, be ng a, true Irish cathah head, dark, cropped and curly, sti'i'ok him as a better Hrutus than any in his repurtoira of theatrical perukes. Succeed ins 1 at last in his purpose, ho-actually stuck, hia claws into my locks, and, addressing me in tho dee post sapulchml tones, asked; "little K H» whoi'Q did you buy your vrtg?—Argouu,utr A Grievance In • i(;Ut. "I'd like to know what ails these spectacles." g mwbled Mr. ykinn,* phlint. '"I've, always taken the very boat cure of them, but Vhoy'vo begmj to fail me. l.oup't sep through theui well tiny more." "Why don't you take thera buck to the man, you. bought j-Uon} of i" 1 nsketf Mrs. t kiftnphliub. •'I would if 1 oould," he re'oinefl, savagely, "hut ho diocl fourteen, of rule, ft? .7+1 n"H% m

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