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North-Central Nebraska’s BIG Newspaper
Volume 72.—Number 20. O'Neill, Nebr., Thursday, Sept. 18, 1952. Seven Cents.
L. C. Walling . . . came lo O'Neill in 1929, successor has been
named.—The Fronlier Pholo.
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Saddle Clubs Appear
in Roundup Here
The O’Neill Saddle club will be
host to four other saddle club
groups from the region on Sun
day and present the first annual
saddle club roundup.
There will be a grand parade
of about 200 horses and riders
moving out from the O’Neill Live
stock Market at 12:30 p.m. The
parade route will be from the
pavilion up Tenth street to Doug
las street, then west on Douglas
to Fourth street, then south of
Fourth to Carney park. The
grand entry at Carney park is
scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
Each of the cooperating saddle
clubs will present a performance
at the park, including flag race
competition, potato races, sur
prise races and other entertain
Besides the host clubs others
participating are the Circle S of
Stuart, the Box B of Butte, An
telope county club of Neligh, Nio
brara river patrol and the Sand
hill Billies club.
There will be a western dance
in the evening at the Legion audi
A meeting of the O’Neill club
will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m. to
complete plans for the roundup.
Mrs. Edna Hendricks
Funeral Rites Today
ATKINSON—Mrs. Edna Hend- !
ricks, 71, virtually a lifelong res- j
ident. of the Atkinson communi
ty, died at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, !
September 16, in Atkinson Me
morial hospital. She had entered
the hospital September 4 and
had been critically ill about a
Funeral services will be con
ducted at 2 p.m. today (Thurs
day) from the Presbyterian
church in Atkinson with Rev.
Neal Phipps, Wesleyan Methodist
church pastor, officiating. Burial
will be at Atkinson.
The late Mrs. Hendricks was
born at Clarksville, la., Septem
ber 27, 1880, a daughter of James
and Josephine Cannon.
She came to Holt county
with her parents as a young
child, settling in the Celia
xieighborhood. Mrs. Hendricks
was reared on the farm now
known as the Pat Kilmurry
In 1903 she married Oscar Nile
Hendricks, who moved from
Otoe county to Holt. The mar
riage took place at Celia.
The Hendricks became the
parents of seven children, one of
whom, Willard, died in infancy
in 1907. Mr. Hendricks died Sep
tember 21, 1931.
Survivors: Sons—Harold G. of
McAllen, Tex.; Mark and Joseph
J., both of Atkinson; daughters—
Mrs. Conrad (Elva) Frickel of
Atkinson; Mrs Paul (Marjorie)
Nelson of O’Neill and Mrs. John
(Lucille) Sutherland of St. Louis,
Mo.; 14 grandchildren; brothers
—Lou Cannon of Pascal, Wash.;
Lester Cannon of Portland, Ore.;
Wesley Cannon, Hood River, Ore.;
Flavius Cannon of Provo, Utah;
sisters—Mrs. Ed (Faye) Wagne
of Yakima, Wash.; Mrs. Bessie
Grunde of Vancouver, Wash.;
half-sister—Mrs. Warren (Velma)
Matheny of Hood River, Ore.
Pallbearers will be Henry Hei
ser, O. A. Hammerberg, Carroll
Raymer, Lloyd McDowell, Gene
Hickok and Emory Hickok.
Tomlinson to Build
20-Unit Motel Here
Dick Tomlinson, O’Neill busi
nessman and stockman, this week
revealed plans for construction of
a 20-unit frame motel on the east
outskirts of the city. Site will
be immediately east of his resi
dence, the former Joe Mann prop
erty, located at the corner of
Tenth and Douglas streets.
The motel will be at the junc
tion of U. S. highways 20-275 and
state highway 108.
Mr. Tomlinson estimates the
cost of the venture will be be
tween $60-< and $70-t£iousand
dollars. Plans include the 20
units, office, laundry, storage, and
living auarters. The property will
Mr. Tomlinson says he plans to
withdraw from the livestock busi
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Brede
hoeft left Monday for their home
in Corvallis, Ore., after spend
ing two weeks here.
IT IT IT
Johnson of Norfolk
to Succeed Walling
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Switch Effective End
L. C. Walling, district mana
ger of Consumers Public' Power
district’s O’Neill properties, will
officially retire on December 31
of this vear and is to be replaced
by C. E. A. Johnson of Norfolk,
according to an announcement
issued by the district’s general
manager, R. L. Schacht.
Mr. Walling, after more than 45
vears of service in utility work,
23 years of which he has spent
in managerial capacities, becomes
eligible for retirement under the
terms of the retirement plan
adopted bv the district in 1945.
Mr. Walling has lived in
O’Neill since 1929 when he ac
cepted the position of vice-pres
ident and general manager of the
Interstate Power company prop
erties. He continued his utility
career as district manager for
Consumers when Consumers
purchased the Interstate prop
erties in 1940.
Active in the affairs of his
community, Mr. Walling’s plans
are to continue to make his home
in O’Neill after his retirement
Mr. Johnson, district superin
tendent for Consumers at Nor
folk, is expected to start devot
ing part of his time in the near
future to becoming acquainted
with the personnel and proper
ties of the O’Neill district which
extends from Cody in the west,
to Ponca and Dakota City in
Mr. jonnson began ms utility
career in 1918 at Newman Grove
as a lineman and serviceman, for
the Iowa - Nebraska Light &
Power company. He was trans
ferred to Missouri Valley, la., as
a lineman in 1919. In 1924, Mr.
Johnson moved to Beatrice
where he served as a lineman un
til promoted to the position of
line foreman in 1925. He was
appointed district superintendent
for the Beatrice area in 1929.
In 1946 he moved to Scottsbluff
to accept the position of manager
for Consumers’ Scottsbluff dis
trict. He was transferred to Con
sumers’ Norfolk district as su
perintendent in 1949. He has
served in that capacity until the
For six years he served on the
Beatrice board of education. He
is a past president of the Beatrice
Kiwanis club. Until his trans
fer to Norfolk, he served on the
board of directors of the Scotts
bluff YMCA. At the present time,
Mr. Johnson is a member of the
Norfolk Elks club, and associate
member of the American Insti
tute of Electric Engineers.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have a
son, Elmer Chase Johnson, who
is currently serving with the ar
my in Munich, Germany. Their
daughter, Marilyn, is a sonho
more at the state university in
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson wiU es
tablish their home in O’Neill in
the near future.
Family 2d Time
LYNCH—Mrs. Nata Bjornsen
and daughter, Lanora, accom
panied Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
Peters and Gordon of Verdel to
Sioux City to visit Lee Bjornsen
and family there over the week
When Lee was riding horse
back after the cows Friday
morning he and the horse were
knocked unconscious by a bolt of
lightning. However, both Lee
and the horse came out of the
ordeal in good shape. Lee had a
numb arm and leg for several
hours but is okay now. The
horse is still lame.
Deming Biornsen, a brother of
Lee, was killed by lightning
about 16 months ago while doing
plumbing at his mother’s home
The Bjornsen and Peters fam
ilies also visited at the Carroll
Bjornsen home in Sioux City
over the weekend, returning
home Sunday evening.
Mrs. Frank Phalin returned
^r>me S^+urdav evening from
Sioux Falls, S- D.. where she had.
spent nearly three we^ks visiting
her son. Gerald and familv. Her
daughter-in-law. Mrs. Gerald
Phalin. and sons brought her to
H’Neill and visited until Sunday.
Thev were accompanied by Mrs.
William Beha and daughters,
who visited overnight with rela
New Hospital Dedication Next Week
Ex-Convict Wanted in
S.D. Boldly Writes
Checks During Visit
O’Neill figured prominently in
the weekend news when a Cus
ter county, S.D., kidnapper de
cided to while away a few hours
here during a flight across three
states with a 13-year-old girl as
Sherwood Franklin Slrauser,
38, was captured late Saturday
at Sidney, climaxing a wide
Strauser picked up the girls,
Ruby Pond, 13, and Joan Pond,
11, on September 8 while the
two girls were driving cows to
water. The South Dakota states
attorney, Miss Floia Hoagland,
said Strauser lured the girls in
to his car on the promise of
herding the cows home with the
car and then driving them home.
Instead, Miss Hoagland said,
he drove into Wyoming, and
then to Custer, where Joan was
Strauser, who waived extradi
tion to South Dakota, denied
kidnaning the girls. He said he
“couldn’t see why they would
hold it against” him because the
family knew whom they were
Miss Hoaqland said the girls'
parents had not oiven Strauser
permission to pick them up.
She said both girls had “cried
and begged” Strauser to take
them home, but he allayed their
fear by buying things for them.
She said Strauser may have a
It was last Thursday Strauser
and 13-year-old Ruby Pond were
in O’Neill. Strauser escorted the
girl to Marie’s beautv parlor
where he ordered a fresh hair-do
for her, passed a check for *11.
Later, at the Mode - O - Day
ready-to-wear shop, he made
some purchases and wrote a
check for *65, which was accept
ed. Checks totaling *42 were
passed at the New Outlaw gro
cery All checks, drawn on an
O’Neill bank, were signed with
hie proper full name.
The people with whom he wac
doing business were informed
that 13-vear-old Rubv was soon to
start school in O’Neill. At each
place he complained about the
high cost of living.
Strauser stood near by while
Ruby was having her haid done.
He told the beauticians how the
work was to be done and Ruby
spoke only a very few words.
Holt County Sheriff Leo
Tom jack said Monday that
Strauser, an ex-convict, had
waived extradition and Holt
county will not be burdened
with the job of prosecuting.
Strauser’s undoing at Sidney
came about in a strange manner.
He called Sidney police to com
plain about a car that was block
ing his path at a railroad right
The policeman noted the li
cense plates and promptly placed
Strauser under arrest
Ruby’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Pond of Hot Springs, S.D.,
rushed to Sidney and were re
united with their daughter.
Try Frontier want ad vs!
O'Neill's new hospital . . . opening is at hand.
—The Frontier Photo by John H. McCarville
Knock, knock . „ . who's there? Berserk car makes 10:45 p.m. visit.
____ —The Frontier Photo by John H. McCarville
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to Be Returned
The body of Marine Pvt. Don
ald D. Miner, 24, Holt county’s
first fatality of the Korean war,
will be returned to the U.S. next
month, according to word re
ceived by his brother, Evert Mi
Private Miner, who was in
ducted by selective service in No
vember, 1951, was killed in action
early this month.
He was born November 3, 1929.
He graduated from Ravenna high
school after which he came to O’
Neill. For about two years he was
employed by O’Neill Transfer
and for nine months drove a bus
between ONeill and Grand Is
Survivors include: Widow—the
former Opal Schattenkirk of
Grand Island; parents—Mr. and
Mrs. Lee R. Miner of Ravenna;
brother—Evert of O’Neill; sisters
Mrs. Guy Lowery of Del Norte,
Colo., and Miss Opal of Ravenna.
Return from Trip
to Denver —
Mr. and Mrs. Ted McElhaney
have returned from Denver,
where they had taken their
daughter, Marjorie. Miss McEl
haney had been here to attend
the wedding of Miss Bonnie Har
mon and Roy W. Berner.
GOP Caravan Coming
September 26 —
The Nebraska republican cam
paign caravan will be in O’Neill
on Friday, September 26.
The caravan that day will stop
at 9 a.m. at Burwell: 10:20 a.m.
at Bartlett; there will be a noon
luncheon in connection with the
O’Neill stop and a street meet
ing at 1:15; 2:30 p.m. at Atkin
son; 4 p.m. at Bassett, and then
on to Ainsworth for the night.
Expected to be in the caravan
will be: Robert B. Crosby, can
didate for governor; Hugh But
ler and Dwight Griswold, for the
U.S. senate; A. L. Miller, for the
Fourth congressional seat; Char
les Warner, for lietenant-govern
or; Frank Marsh, jr., for secretary
of state; Frank B. Heintze, for
state treasurer; Ray C. Johnson,
for state auditor; Clarence Beck,
for attorney-general, and others.
Pancake Day Here
Tuesday, September 30, will be
a red-etter day in O’Neill.
It’s the date for the first an
nual pancake day sponsored by
the Chamber of Commerce.
Serving of cakes and sausages
will be done under tents erected
on North Fourth street, near the
Golden hotel. Teams of Chamber
members will don uniforms and
do the serving, starting at 1 p.m.
and continuing until 8:30 p.m.
Mrs. Hoppe Noted for Remedies
Mrs. Sophia Hoppe, a well
known Holt county farm woman
with a unique sense of humor,
keen memory, good hearing and
vision, and a hearty characteris
tic laugh, Tuesday celebrated
her 85th birthday anniversary.
A party was held in her honor
at the Casper Winkler home near
Mrs. Hoppe, whose maiden
name was Sophia Paulsen, was
born September 16, 1867, in
Schleswig-Holstein (now a por
tion of Germany). Her parents
died when she was 10-years-old.
She came to America when she
was 16-years-old on a vessel
which required two weeks to
cross the Atlantic. Her cousin
was a seaman on that ship.
When young Sophia boarded
a train at New YoTk she got
her wires crossed and discov
ered she was headed for Dixie
instead of Omaha.
A year later her brother, Chris
Paulsen, four years older than
Sophia, came to Omaha. He nev
er married and died in 1944.
The young immigrant married
August Hoppe on September 22,
1887, in Omaha. The marriage
was performed by a Lutheran
minister in the home of her aunt.
Sophia and August had met in
Omaha and he courted her for
They came to Holt county Jan
uary 12, 1888—the day of the fa
mous blizzard. They awakened
the next morning to find the
temperature 42 degrees below
zero and no visibility. The Hop
pes were marooned in O’Neill
three days, having arrived by
train. They hired a livery team
that took them to the home place,
where Mrs. Hoppe still resides.
Mrs. Hoppe had known Pete
Mrs. Hoppe . . . known by
her hearty laugh.
Claussen and Fred Martens in
The Hoppes became the par
ents of three children. Mr. Hoppe
died February 17, 1939.
Mrs. Hoppe continues to do
her own housework. Her hobby
is crocheting and she has pro
duced many pieces of art.
In the neighborhood Mrs.
Hoppe has always enjoyed the
reputation of having an old
fashioned remedy for almost
any ailment and she is noted
for conveying fruit, food and
good cheer to sick neighbors.
Once she carried hot bread on
foot to the Claussens.
Her daughters are Mrs. Sophia
Guse of York and Mrs. Gustie
Cornding of Comersville, Ind.;
She has seven grandchildren and
her son is Carl Hoppe of O’Neill.
Mrs. Mary Lewis and Mrs. Mary
Etherton baked cakes for Tues
day s celebration.
those who gathered at
the Winkler home were: Mr. and
Mrs. G. D. Janzing. Mrs. Mary
-^ewis, Mrs. L. A. Whaley, Mrs.
James Regal, Mrs. Ed Etherton,
Mrs. John Pruss, Mrs. Ed Heeb,
Mrs. John Babl, Mrs. Joe Pon
gratz. Mrs. George Babl, Mrs.
Joe Winkler and Mrs. Joe Babl.
f Frontier for printing!
Car Pays Unusual
Visit; None Hurt
A car driven by 14-year-old
Norma Brady of Atkinson on a
shortlived, unauthorized trip
smashed into the front porch of
the Byron Grenier residence, at
the corner of Sixth and Douglas
streets, about 10:45 p.m. Satur
No body was hurt. The ill
fated car heading north on Sixth
at the intersection turned onto
Douglas street and did a 180-de
gree turn, coming to a stop after
smashing into the porch and
threatening to proceed on into the
The porch had been con
structed only a few months ago
and Holt County Sheriff Leo
Tomjack estimated damage to
the residence at about $250.
Miss Brady and three com
panions were detained overnight
by Sheriff Tomjack and a hearing
was held Monday morning in jus
tice court. Miss Pauline Bausch,
21, who was in the car with Miss
Brady, was fined $50 and costs.
She was charged with procuring
alcoholic drinks for three minors
—Miss Brady, Edward Walnofer,
16, owner of the car, and Jack
Thompson, 16, all of Atkinson.
Walnofer and Thompson were
not in the machine when the in
cident occured. Miss Brady ex
plained she simply lost control
of the car.
County Attorney William W.
Griffin said the incident boosted
o 17 the number of minors having
been hailed into court recently
in connection with drink. He said
he will follow a “crackdown”
policy in connection with minors
and use of alcoholic beverages
and adults figuring in the inci
dents can expect the maximum
P-TA Program for
Program for the first Parent’s
Teachers association meeting for
the 1952-’53 term to be held to
night (Thursday) follows:
Pledge of allegiance to the
flag, by Mrs. W. W. Waller,
“America,” by Rev. R. W. Olson,
joined by members; invocation,
by Rev. R. W. Olson; dance group
from Mrs. Melena’s class (five
small girls); business meeting
in charge of the president, Bob
Hill (announce officers and com
mittees for the year); piano duet,
by Betty Rodman and Connie
Kurtz; recognition of teachers,
by President Bob Hill; response,
by Supt. D. E. Nelson; solo, by
Everyone is invited to the
: home economics room for re
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Hospital Story in
Next week’s issue of The
Frontier will contain a maga
zine supplement dwelling ex
clusively with O’Neill’s new
hospital, St. Anthony’s.
There will be many pages of
pictures and feature stories tell
ing the story of the new half
million dollar hospital. From
cover-to-cover the mazagine
will provide entertaining, infor
All regular subscribers will
receive the magazine supple
ment. Extra copies will be on
sale at The Frontier’s circula
tion counter for 25 cents each,
prepaid to any address in the
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‘Voice* to Broadcast
The “Voice of The Frontier”
will present a 45-minute direct
broadcast of the St. Anthony’s
hospital dedicatory ceremonies
on Wednesday, September 24.
The program will go on the air
—WJAG, 780 k.c.—at 1:45 p.m.,
with George Hammond and
Bill Froelich, jr., at the mic
Portions of the program will
originate from the dedication
stand, other portions from
inside the hospital.
Sponsors of the program in
clude Meadow Gold, Jacob
son’s, Lohaus Motor Co., Central
Finance Corp., and O’Neill
Production Credit association.
Nea! Groeling, 38,
Venus Mail Carrier’s
VENUS — Funeral services
were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday
from the Venus Lutheran church
for Neal Groeling, 38, who died
about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sep
tember 10, in the O’Neill hospi
Mr. Groeling had been driving
a tractor in a hayfield, the trac
tor upset while turning at the
end of the windrow. He was
runover twice, his chest was
crushed, and he died in a few
minutes after reaching O’Neill.
Other members of the hay
crew who were on the other
side of the hill, did not actual
ly see the accident.
Burial was in the Enterprise
Mr. Groeling owned an 88
acre farm one-half mile north of
Venus. He was reared at Or
Survivors inclue: Widow —
the former Pearl Miller; one son,
an Orchard high school student;
two daughters, who attend grade
school; mother—Mrs. Josephine
Groeling of Orchard.
This was the third tractor fa
tality in the vicinity of the Holt
Knox border in three years.
Mrs. John Warner
Expires in Omaha
ATKINSON— Mrs. John War
ner, about 45, an Atkinson farm
woman, died shortly after mid
night early Wednesday, Septem
ber 17, in the Methodist hospital
at Omaha. She had been con
*med to the hospital there since
late July and had been ill many
months. Her husband was near
her when she died.
Funeral arrangements were
not completed late Wednesday.
The rites, however, will be
held at St. John's Lutheran
church in Atkinson.
Survivors include: Widower —
John Warner: sons—Jack of the
navy, now stationed in Japan;
Fred of the air force, now sta
tioned at Travis, Calif.; Wilmer,
of Atkinson; mother—Mrs. Anna
Rossman of Atkinson; sisters —
Mrs. Arthur Robinson of Dayton,
Ore.; Mrs. Richard Davis of
Stoughton, Wise.; Mrs. John
Subka of Madison, Wise.; Mrs.
Thomas Harding of Neligh and
Mrs. Charles Tasler of Atkinson;
brothers — Wilson Rossman of
MacFarland, Wise.; Truman and
Bernard Rossman, both of Atkin
ATKINSON— A blowout and
loose gravel were blamed for
spilling a car near the Niobrara
river north of Atkinson Saturday
afternoon. The car, driven by
Don Reillv, turned over three
times. Other occupants of the
o^r were Doris Bogue and Silas
Coy, jr. The three young people
were hospitalized and treated.
Young Rilev and Bogue were dis
missed 36 hours later, but the
Coy boy remained for several
ATKINSON — Dr. John E.
Douglas. 63. of Omaha died Sat
urdav. Survivors include: Broth
er—Dr. W. J. Douglas of Atkin
son; sister—Mrs. Anna Douglas
Agee of Omaha.
Half - Million Dollar
St. Anthony’s Now
Ready for Patients
Final plans are being com
pleted this week for the dedica
tion and formal opening of O’
Neill’s new half-million-dollar
St. Anthony’s hospital on Wed
nesday, September 24. The 37
bed medical center is owned and
will1 be operated by the Sisters
of St. Francis.
There will be a dedication
banquet at 12 o’clock noon at
the American Legion auditorium.
The dedicatory rite will begin
at 1:30 o’clock with Most Rev.
Gerald T. Bergan, archbishop of .
the Omaha Roman Catholic dio
Open-house will be observed
in the hospital and there will
be conducted tours. Hundreds
of outoftown visitors are ex
Rev. J. LaVem Jay of O’Neill,
northeast Nebraska district su
perintendent for the Methodist
church, will speak in connection
with the ceremonies. Also to be
heard will be District Judge D.
R. Mounts of O’Neill and O’Neill
Mayor J. E. Davis. Master of
ceremonies will be Julius D.
Cronin, O’Neill attorney.
Nebraska Gov. Val Peterson
had been invited to participate
but was unable to keep the date.
The O’Neill Municipal band,
under the direction of Charles B.
Houser will play and the O’NeiH
high school mixed chorus, under
the direction of James G. Bastian,
will sing “America, the Beauti
ful” and “God of Our Fathers,”
accompanied by the band.
Although the dining facilities
at the Legion auditorium are
limited, tickets are being so id to
“Both the banquet and dedi
cation are public events and aB
persons are invited—even urged
—to attend either or both,”
James M. Corkle, chairman of
the hospital building committee
Banquet tickets are being
sold at $2.50 per plate and
teams of young ladies are sell
ing them door-to-door. Pro
ceeds will go to the Sisters of
The St. Anthony’s building
committee is appealing to all
residents of Holt county to con
tribute cut flowers, garden flow
ers and potted plants to St.
Anthony’s for its dedication day.
The committee asks persons to
bring floral offerings to the hos
pital Tuesday afternoon or not
later than 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
“Please bring all donations
suitable for display in vases with
donor’s name attached,” a
Speaks at Ainsworth
E. A. House of Ainsworth,
president of the Niobrara River
Basin Development association,
announced Monday that Harry
Polk of Winton, N.D., past pres
ident of the National Reclama
tion association, will address the
annual Niobrara meeting to be
held at Ainsworth on Tuesday,
Another outstanding feature of
this meeting will be a brief read
ing of the completed basin report
of the bureau of reclamation,
which will answer all the ques
tions as to estimated per acre
cost to the water users for irri
gation. Also other percentages
to be charged to recreation, wild
life, and flood control.
A model home will be erected
in O’Neill today (Thursday) toy
the North Nebraska Builders, a»
firm formed by Harry E. Keasel*
Francis Gilg and Ed Thorin.
First of the prefabricated dwel
lings will be erected on residential
lots located six blocks north of
the O’Neill traffic signal.
The firm has been appointed
dealer-builders by National
Homes. (For details see advertise
ment on page 6.)
John Murray Books
Sale September 26
John Murray, who resides two
miles northwest of O’Neill, has.
scheduled a sale of his livestock,
machinery, equipment and house
hold goods on Friday, Septem
A complete listing of the prop
erty to be offered may be found
on sale bills to be posted this
weekend and a big ad aopearing
in next week’s issue of The Fron
Col. Wallace O’Connell will be
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