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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XL VII. NO. 6.
OMAHA,. MONDAY MORNING, JUNfi 25, 1917.
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U. S. TO SQLVEXARTAGE PROBLEM;
POUGE SHAKE UP
Commissioners Expected to Be
gin Department Investigation
at Once; Maloney Trial
to Come Later.
Change of venue, ganted at Chad-
ron in the conspiracy to blackmail
case, and setting a date of trial Oc
tober IS, clears the decks for a gen
eral police investigation and the com
pletion of the Maloney hearing be
fore the city council.
Because of illness of Mrs. Margaret
Melson. a necessary witness in the
Maloney hearing, it is probable theJ
city commissioners will Begin tne
orV-nral nnlire invectipattrm without
delay and complete the Maloney trial
as circumst: -ces permit.
The city council committee of the
whole Mon'ay morning will discuss
the situation and announce a date to
begin investigation of the police de
partment. . Take,Up all Badges.
One action contemplated by the
council ij to order all police badges
worn by persons not authorized,
taken up. The charge has been
made that during the last few years
it has not been difficult to get an old
star-shaped police badge and reports
of abuse have been received at the
Sentiment among the city commis
tnissioners tends to favor Mayor
Dahlman's plan that the seven city
commissioners assume responsibility
for the police department and appoint
a chief of police who will be given
complete authority, answerabl to the
entire city council. The present plan
is td reappoint Henry Dunn, give him
charge of the detective department
and abolish the office of chief of de
tectives. Suit Against Kugel.
There is substantial authority for
the statement that suit will be
brought against Superintendent Ku
gel of the police department to re
quire bjm, to return to the public
treasury $2,000 expended in three
years for services and expenses of
special in estigators in which ca
pacity Paul Sutton worked for eight
months before he was appointed a
regular member of the police depart
ment. These investigators were given.
carte blanche as to expense money
for "entertainment" while sitting in
at places where they were obtaining
evidence for the morals squad to
Parks Is Suggested.
Friends of City Commissioner
Parks have been promoting the idea
among the commissioners that he
should be given the police depart
ment. Parks i-ays he is not seeking
the place, but if other commissioners
insist, then he may think it over. ,
Somebody launched a rumor that
Steve Maloney intended to resign,
but Maloney denied he had such in
t "What's going to happen to Ma
loney and Sutton?" is a question fre
quently heard, and the echo answers:
"And what is going to happen to
The council has some hard work
ahead. Two charges are pending
against Maloney, one charge against
Paul Sutton and a general police in
vestigation is scheduled.
And vacation time is coming on
Lutherans to Raise
Fund for Army and Navy
Chicago, June 24. Plans to raise
$25,000 for work among men in the
nay and army were made today by
the general synod of the Evangelical
Lutheran church in the United States
in epeeinn hpre. Lutheran churches
throughout the country will be asked"
to take contributions lor tne iunu.
Lansing' Is Host to
Belgian War Mission
Washington, June 24. The Belgian
war mission was entertained by Sec
retary Lansing at a lawn fete yester
dav at the Pan-American grounds. The
guests included the president and Mrs.
Temperatures at Omaha Yerterday.
S a. m 64
(i a. m
Krr ! s a! m 70
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10 a. m 77
11 a. m
1 p. !TI ,
2 p, ID..
U p.' m..
4 p. in..
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s ComjiBreUv Loral Record.
I&17. 19U. 1915. 1914.
Hifl.Mt VMierdty... 88 HI 82
Love vcslfliday 64 68 XI
:u lmipmture. . . 70 70 72 84
Temutiaturo tnd precipitation departures
from the norma
Normal temperature 74
Excess for the day 2
Total deficiency elnce March 1, 1917.... 2X1
Normal precipitation IS Inch
Deficiency for the day is men
Total rainfall since March 1....1S.61 Inches
Kxceaa since March 1, 1917 63 Inch
Deficiency for cor. period 1916.. 4.89 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period 1916.. 2.18 Inches
or cor. penoa jsio.. ... intn.,
L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
Money for Red Cross
RED CROSS TOTALS.
Saturday collections $ 34.S17.78
Boy Scouti 8,734.27
Previously reported 200,689.05
Collections, all sources $243,938.10
Omaha oversubscribed the Red
Cross campaign fund by $33,938.10.
Although $210,000 was apportioned
as its share of the nation's con
tributiona, the goal was reached
early Saturday, twelve hours before
the whirlwind campaign closed at
the noonday luncheon of team csp
taint at the Fontenelle. -
OF NATION TELLS
OF AID IN CRISIS
One Hundred Highly Trained
Men on National Council Line
Up Country's Resources for
Work During War.
Washington, June 24. Accomplish
ments of the Council of National De
fense, its advisory commission and its
committee since the council was final
ly organized last March, are set forth
in a comprehensive report made pub
lic tonight by Director Gifford.
Only eighty persons, according to
Director Gilford's report, are drawing
salaries and most of these are clerks
and Stenographers. ,
More than IUU highly trained men,
says the report, are giving their en
tire time to the council without re
muneration. Several hundred more, it
ays, are giving free a large part of
The chief accomplishments of the
council are summed up by Mr. Gifford
"Mobilization of the 262,000 miles
of railroads of the country for the
Uose-knit organization ot the tel
ephone and telegraph companies of
America to insure to the government
the most rapid and efficient, wire
"Settlement of the- recent threat
ened railroad (trikes.
"General acceptance bv tabor and
capital of the suggestion of the coun
cil that existing labor standards
should not be changed until the need
for such action has been determined
by the council with the steadying in
fluence on industry growing out of
Get Copper For Army.
"Procurement of 45.000.000 oounds
of coooer for the uses of the armv
and navy at less than one-half of the
then current market price a saving
to the government of approximately
similar accomplishments as to
steel, zinc and aluminum.
"Completion of an inventory for
military purposes of 27,000 American
Money saving to the government,
through appointment over the coun
try of committees of business men to
assist the quartermaster's department
of the army in the economical and ef-
hcient purchase ot supplies.
"Saving to the government of mil
lions of dollars by the co-ordination
of purchases through the agency of
the General Munitions board.
To Rule the Air.
"Creation under the medical sec
tion of the council of a general med
ical board of many of the most highly
qualified surgeons and physicians of
"Selection by the same section of
thousands of doctors specifically
qualified for membership in the medi-
(CoDtlnned on Pas. Two, Column One.)
In German War Plants
Paris, June 24. Several disasters
have recently occurred in munition
plants in Germany, according to the
Zurich Correspondent of the Matin.
The correspondent telegraphs that
he has learned from private German
sources that the hand grenade arsenal
at Spandau exploded June 16 and that
seven ammunition shops at Marien
hall were destroyed by fire on the
18. Some ammunition factories at
Nuremberg, also have been burned
down, according to this authority.
Spandu is nine miles west of Berlin.
Large goevrnment munition works
are there. Nuremberg, rich in his
toric traditions, is more noted for
its varied industrial plants than as a
munition making center. By (Marien
thal in Saxony may be meant.
Company G of Fourth
Leaves for Fort Crook
Alliance, Neb., June 24. (Special
Telegram.) Company G of the
Fourth Nebraska, recruited by J. B.
Miller at Alliance, left here tonight
in charge of Captain Miller for Fort
Crook, where they have been ordered.
Alliance and Scottsbluf citizens have
donated a substantial purse for the
company fund and will give the
members a farewell reception at Alli
H. M. Hundley, Jr., Assigned
To Field Artillery Service
Mrs. H. M. Hundley has just re
ceived word that her son, H. M.
I Hundlev. ir.. has been assigned to the
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neiu aruuery ai i-uit oucinug.
KING OF SPAIN REPORTED WON TO REPUBLIC King
Alfonso ha yielded to the forces of discontent at work in his
kingdorn, according to reports from Madrid, and- has agreed
to abdication and the establishment pf a Spanish republic.
It is said that Alfonso has even offered to serve as the first
president, which would not be impossible in view of the mon
arch's democratic character and his popularity among the
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FOR RED CROSS
Raise Considerable ,Sum for
Relief Work Among the
w- Italian Soldiei atv
Headed by "Uncle Sam," "Italia"
"Columbia" and "Liberty," who rode
majestically-in a large automobile,
700 Italians of Omaha marched
through the streets of Omaha Sunday
afternoon in a magnificent Red Cross
They formed at Washington hall,
marched through the principal streets,
entered the Auditorium and there
shortly after 3 o'clock opened the big
bazar, which before midnight had
netted them nearly $3,000 for the
Italian Red Cross relief work.
The narade and bazar were the out
come of hard work by a committee of
some 150 Italians who have worked
on the Red Cross work and in prep"
aration for this day's demonstration
and bazar for some two months. Louis
Piatti was chairman of the committee.
Julius Cautoni was secretary, and
Sebastian Salino, treasurer. Prior to
yesterday's activities, the committee
had already raised some $2,000 for the
Ked Cross worn in the Italian armies
during the present war. This money)
will go directly to the Ked cross ot
the Italians, but will mean just that
much less of a burden to' the Red
Cross camDaiens now general
throughout the country and the world,
as it will mean that much less to be
alloted to the Italians out of the gen
eral subscriptions' of America and the
Represents Uncle Sam,
Vincent Saitta, in striped trousers,
white whiskers, and star-spangled hat,
represented Uncle Sam. Esther
Lauranzana and Giselda Lauranzana,
respectively, represented "Italia" and
"Liberty." Marie Gillotte represented
Following this group in the auto
mobile came the Italian band, often
known as the Christopher Columbus
band, of some twenty pieces.
American soldiers from the various
regiments stationed about Omaha,
marched ' in the parade carrying
(Continued on Page Two, Column Three.)
Special Buttons for Omaha Men
Who Enlist in the Sixth Nebraska
Every man who enlists in the
Omaha battalion of the Sixth Ne
braska Volunteer regiment next week
will be given an honor button a little
blue button containing a red 6. The
button was designed by one of
Omaha's popular young society girls
whose brother is in the service of the
"The blue stands for loyalty to the
government," she explained to Lieu
tenant Kenworthy, in charge of Sixth
Nebraska headquarters. "The red in
the figure six represents unflinching
courage. When the people of Omaha
see one of their young men wearing
this button they will know that he
has voluntarily offered his services tof
the state and government and that he
possesses the courage of a true blue,
Several hundred of these buttons
have been obtained and will be given
out next -veek when the big drive for
recruits for the Sixth starts.
Omaha is expected to furnish 600
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BIG MAGAZINE IN'
Infernal Machine Placed
Against Wall of For,t Thought
" to Have Been Cause of
Death and Injury.
Havana, June 24. An explosion in
the - magazine of Cabanas fortress,
across the bay from Havana, at 9
o'clock tonight, shook the entire city.
One person is known to be dead and
many wounded. It is believed a
bomb was exploded.
Among the injured were two per
sons whose sight was destroyed by
the flash. It is said that the bomb
had been placed against the maga
zine. Magazine No. 4,
stored explosives used in firing sa
lutes, exploded, opening a wide breach
in the fortress wall on the side iacing
the city. A sentinel pacing his beat
on the wall was not injured, but his
rifle was blown out of his hands.
Stones fell in the city injuring three
soldiers, two of them seriously, nd
The damage to shipping apparently
was confined to a few sailing vessels.
No evidence has been found pointing
to an attempt to release the military
prisoners confined in the fortress.
The fortification of Cabanas occcu
pies an elevated site on the hill across
the harbor from Havana. The land
rises 100 feet abruptly from the
water's edge, where there is a moor
ing place for shipping.
The building of the fortress con
sumed eleven years, from 1763 to
1774, and the cost was $14,000,000.
The ramparts command the city of
Havana, the sea and the encircling
hills. Gbanas, however, has never
fired a shot in defense of Havana, its
chief use in its long history having
been that of a barracks for Spanish
troops and a prison house and execu
tion ground for political offenders,
Russ Scouts Renew Work
Along the Austrian Front
Petrograd, June 24. Lively scout
ing operations between the Russian
and Austrian lines in Galicia is re
ported in today's war statement.
men for the new regiment. More
than a third of this number is already
The War department at Washing
ton has authorized the formation of
this new regiment. It will be strictly
a volunteer organization. The men
who enlist the coming week will con
tinue their regular work until the fed
eral government calls them into serv
ice. The men enlisting in the Sixth
regiment will serve only during the
The Sixth regiment will be mus
tered into federal service along with
the Fifth regiment.
Twenty-five towns out in the state
have made application for companies
in the new Sixth regiment. During
the past wee:, recruiting stations have
been opened in most of these towns.
Omaha headquarters for the Sixth
regiment are at 1612 Farnam street.
Lieutenant Keating has opened head
quarters in South Omaha in the old
Gas building. ,
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Debtor Pays. When Finds
Debt to Be Paid Red Cross
Chicago. June 24. Ignats Ebner
and Frank Bodach argued be
fore the Legal Aid society over a
"I will not pay you $12," declared
Bodach with finality. "I psid you
$6. Two more dollars will I add, .
not another cent."
"Well," sighed Ebner, "if that's all
you'll pay, I'll take it to the Red
"Red Cross?" queried Bodach
with new interest. "If it's Red
Cross, I'll pay the $12."
They each purchased three $2
memberships In the war relief or
ganisation and shook hands over
HODSE ACCEPTS ,
BY BIG MAJORITY
Strong Prohibition Amendment
Written Into Administration
Measure Passed by Vote
of 365 to 5.
Washington, June 24. The admini
stration food control bill, giving the
president broad authority to control
the distribution of food, feed and fuel
for war purposes and appropriating
$152,500,000 tor its enforcement and
administration, was passed by the
house last night after far reaching
prohibition provisions had been writ
ten into it.
The vote was 365 to 5, Representa
tives McLeinore, Sla'yden and Young
of Texas, democrats, ' and Meexer,
Missouri, and Ward, Nfw York, re
publicans, voting in the negative.
The prohibition provisions adopted
would prohibit the use of foodstuffs
for the manufacture of alcoholic
beverages and would give the presi
dent authority to take over for war
purposes all liquor now on hand.
They were put into the measure dur
ing the evening in committee of the
whole and when the bill came up in
the house proper, the anti-prohibition
faction did not demand that they be
voted .os agajn; - .J..
Bill Goes to Senate.
The bill now goes to the senate
where it probably will be substituted
early next week tor a similar measure
already under consideration. Lead
ers hope to get the measureJo confer
ence by July 1. .
Few important changes were made
by the house outside the prohibition
section. The control powers of the
president were limited to articles
specifically mentioned in the bill in
stead of giving him blanket authority;
voluntary aids in control work were
made subject to the penal provision;
all persons in the food administration
except those servjjig without com
pensation were placed under civil
s-rvice; and the president was re
quired to make an annual report on
the operation of the bill.
There was a hot debate over the
prohibition features. Wets and drys
accused each other of unfairness and
Representative Meeker of Missouri, a
republican, and Representative Kelly
of Pennsylvania, democrat, got into
such a row that their friends sur
rounded them to prevent s physical
encounter and then had the words
they exchanged stricken from the
Reject Keating Change.
When the house returned to con
sideration of other sections of the bill,
an amendment by Representative
Keating of Colorado, providing that
nothing in the bill shall be construed
as repealing or affecting the labor ex
emption provisions of the Sherman
anti-trust law. quickly was rejected, 45
to 162. Mr. Keating read a letter by
Herbert C. Hoover to Chairman
Lever, endorsing the amendment, but
Mr. Lever insisted that a combination
of men in time of national distress
might attempt to limit the manu
facture of food necessaries if such an
exemption were made.
An amendment was adopted provid
ing that all persons employed in the
administration of the food law except
those serving without compensation,
shall be appointed under the civil
In the senate virtually no progress
wa's made on the bill during the day.
The leaders were unable to hold a
quorum and consented to an adjourn
ment after a short session devoted
mostly to routine. Conferences con
tinued looking to a compromise on
most of the contested issues, but it is
unlikely that final vote can be reached
before late next week.
Box Butte County Gives
More Than Share to Red Cross
Alliance, Neb., June 24. (Special
Telegram.) Reports received today
from the five teams appointed to so
licite Red Cross war funds in Box
Butte county show that the county's
proportion is ncarly"$l,000 oversub
scribed. Work by the teams will con
tinue up until the last minute tomor
row, when it is believed the fund will
Takes Over Field Crops
Amsterdam, June 24. The German
Federal council, according to a Berlin
dispiatch today, has decided that dur
ing the coming harvest year not only
bread gains, but barley, oats, peas,
beans, buckwheat and millet wilt be
requisitioned in their entirety for con
trol and distribution by the Imperial
OMAHA STORES MAY DELIVER
ALL PACKAGES BY PARCELS
POST; BURLESON'S NEW PLAN
Associated Retailers to Con
sider Proposal of Postoffice
Department; Will Cut
Cost of Service.
Extension of United States parcels
post facilities to local deliveries of
merchandise from retail stores to pur
chasers is among the possibilities for
Omaha in the near future. The plan
has the indorsement of Postmaster
General Burleson as a conservation
The Department of Labor will make
a survey ofjvery large American city
that adopts the plan and each city
will be given the benefit of the expe
rience of other cities.
A cursory observation by the post
master general has convinced him
that there is a vast waste of money,
effort and material in the delivery
systems of American , cities, This
waste is due to duplication of labor
on account of many firms making
scattering deliveries with equipment
which is not worked to the "satura
It has been noted that in an Omaha
neighborhood one day last week eight
delivery trucks from as many business
houses made deliveries which easily
could have been made with one ve
hicle. Fanning Will Co-operate.
The new plan is to use the machin
ery of the parcels post system and to
district the city into zones, with de
liveries made to zones by the parcels
post . organization, rather than by
scores of business trucks scurrying
over the, city and crossing each oth
er s paths many tunes a day.
The force of this was strikingly il
kistrated in Omaha here within the
month. Driven ot delivery wagons
of two business houses covered the
same area. They tried the experiment
ot splitting up, one taking part ot the
other's goods along one route and the
other doing likewise. They discovered
they could s:ve from half an hour to
an hour by the interchange. The driv
ers were "found out" when a woman
telephoned to a store where she h?d
made a purchase to inquire why the
delivery truck of .another concern
brought her goods.
"I am ready to co-operate with our
retailers on this proposition," said
Postmaster Fanning. "We have the
parcels post system here working on
the zone basis and it could be en
larged without much trouble. I can
see the logic of the postmaster gen
eral's arguments and it appeals to
every thinking person in these days
of conservation of our resources and
"The details of a city-wide parcels
post delivery system could be worked
out and I am willing to do what I
can to assist our merchants and con
sumers to take advantage of this op
portunity." Hayden Says Plan Feasible,
Joseph Hayden, head of the institu
tion bearing his name, was enthusias
tic over the plan. He appreciates that
the retail distribution system of the
average city is a big factor in the cost
of living and he agrees that the du
plication of effort is enormous.
"The plan is feasible and there
would be no more earnest supporter
than myself toward any movement to
carry into effect the postmaster gen
eral s plain I have thought more than
once of the wasted effort in deliver
ing packages within our city. I do
not maintain that it is all waste, but
there is much duplication of effort,
and the same results might be, ob
tained by some such a plan as the
parcels post system applied to city
deliveries," were remarks by Mr. Hay
Thomas F. Quintan, general man
ager of the Brandeis stores, was
equally impressed with the plan.
Quinlan Favors Change,
"You would hardly believe how
much consumers of Omaha pay for
the delivery of their retail merchan
dise. Each store takes pride in its
own delivery system. We have a sys
tem which is more or less elaborate
and despite our best efforts mistakes
in addresses will occur. But neces
sarily the consumer pays for the de
livery in the end. That is obvious.
I would be pleaed to enter into the
consideration of a parcels post deliv
ery system here."
In the absence from the cijy of
Louis Nash and Thomas Redmond of
Burgess-Nash stores, Treasurer Tay
lor in substance voiced the sentiments
of others who were asked for opin
"As a matter of practical economy
it is evident that the parcels post city
delivery plan would be feasible," said
Mr. Taylor, "In Los Angeles I have
in mind a private coucern which col
lects all packages from a group of
large retail -tores and makes two de
liveries every day. This central de
livering firm does the work at a cost
considerably less than the group of
firms could do it, and there is a profit
left for the delivering firm."
The plan will be considered by the
Associated Retailers at an early date.
U. S. Postmaster General Says
Use of Federal System Would
Affect Enormous Saving to
Washington, June 24. Retail and
department store merchants in the
large cities throughout the country
have only to formulate their propos
als for local deliveries of merchandise
by United States parcels post to start
the reform in city cartage. ' ;
Postmaster General Burleson said '
today, discussing the matter, that if
the merchants' organizations would
submit their requests they would re
ceive serious consideration at once.
There is no doubt that the result
would be affirmative. ' ,
, "The whole matter," continued Mr.
Burleson, "is illustrated by what may
u. oven an; muiiiiiiK; iiuim me win
dows of my home. I counted this
morning for instance, seven millc
wagons delivering along our block.
Why seven? Why not one?
"The cartage bill of Washington
alone is $8,000,000 a year, and it is
conducted very much like the delivery
of milk. There is no doubt whatever
of the feasibility of the' plan to de
liver merchandise by parcels post.
The Postoffice depatment could save
not only merely thousands, but many
hundreds of thousands of dollars to
merchants in every city in the coun-
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First in Washington.
The trial of the proposed delivery
by parcels post will be made first in
Washington, where it will have ths
advantage of s local survey of the
delivery problem by the Department
of Labor. It was shown by a study
of the methods, means, and costs ol
merchandise delivery here that, not
withstanding the excellent pavements
and the general use of automobiles,
the percentage of cost of delivery was
higher than anywhere in the United
States. The general average was
found to be 8 per cent on the value
of goods sold and delivered.
' The genera plan for government
delivery for city stores has not been
worked out in detail; but the idea is
to place competent postal officials in
the stores to sytematiie the methods
of sorting packages with reference to
routes'of delivery and then co-ordinate
the delivery of any number of
stores, making one single run of an
automobile sufficient over any one
route to deliver the goods sold by all
the stores. C
Under New Plan. ' ,
Weighing will be in the bulk and
the rate a flat one-zone rate, which
will simplify matters greatly. It is be
lieved that present methods and
standards of . secule wrapDinsr will
nrnv fiiifTirtnr Mr thf. nrnrw,cr!
postal delivery, although ' there will
need to be certain safeguards as to
breakage and loss which Under pres
ent practices are not maintained.
The Postoffice department will take
over a part, at least, of private equip-,
ment, for parcel delivery, but much
of that now in use will not be avail
able or needed in the better co-ordination
of the service. The aim will be to
combine with the delivery of store
inercnannise an tne parcels post mat
ter carried by the postal service.
The stores will therefore have the
benefit of more frequent tleliveriea
during the day than they now can af
ford to maintain. The obvious neces-'
sity of the late evening deliveries will
bring to the Postoffice department the
opportunity to deliver general parcels
post matter for the public at a later
hour than it now undertakes to do. .
In the Larger Cities.
The new system will be gradually
introduced in a few cities under ex
pert parcels post officials, in order
that a demonstration may be made of
what the department can do. When
losses in management and operation
have been gradually eliminated and
local peculiarities and difficulties have
been studied and overcome, a force
can be developed to extend the sys
tem to other cities.
No estimate has been made of the
cost of the new system, but it is as-
serted by expert postal officials that
there can be no doubt as to the
economy of the plan. At the present
regular parcels post rates, the stores
would save a very large proportion of
the cost of delivery under the pres
ent methods, and the Postoffice de
partment procure a large amount of
business as profitable as any now
handled by the parcels post service.
to Do Farm Work
Berkeley, Cal., June 24. More than
18,000 high school students of Cali
fornia are willing or already have ar
ranged to engage in farm work this
summer. This announcement was
made yesterday at a meeting of rep
resentatives of the State Board of
Education and of the Council for De
fense. A survey of 142 high schools, it
was stated, showed that 11,947 boys
and 6.694 girls were prepared to un
dertake the work, much of which will
be supervised by 400 men and women .
school teachers, who have offered their
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