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The Omaha Daily Bee
Fair VOL. XLVII NO. 300.
OMAHA, MONDAY MORNING, JUNE 3, 1918 10 PAGES.
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VISITS HIS ARMY
Field Marshal Von Hindenburg, Recently Reported Dead
or Gravely III, Accompanies His Sovereign on In
spection of Defensive Positions in Terri
tory Recently Captured.
(By Associated Press.) i
Amsterdam, June 2. PaulRosner in the Lokal Anzeiger
says that Emperor William visited the German army north of
Rheims Thursday, remaining until evening, working with in
dividual commanders and receiving reports from the battlefield.
London, June 2. (British Admiralty, per Wireless Press).
Field Marshal von Hindenburg recently has been reported dead
or gravely ill, but Paul Rosner,
Emperor William, writing in the Lokal Anzeiger, says that on
the battle front at Craonne last Tuesday Emperor William and
von Hindenburg took a long walk between the trenches, craters,
wire entanglements and shell
positions of the Chemin Des Dames.
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To a question as to whether the
climbing of a hill was not too much
for him, von Hindenburg smilingly
said to the emperor: "It is very good
for me to get a little exercise, your
The military correspondent of the
British Wireless service writes as fol
lows concerning the operations on
the western front:
"Although the fighting has been
severe on the Aisne front, particu
larly between the Oise and the
Marne, there has been no very pro
nounced change in the situation. The
main pressure of the enemy is still
directed westward, where he is still
trying to widen his flank in the di
rection cf the forest of Villers-Cot-terets.
German Lines Advanced.
"Yesterday he made advances here
on a 'front between Vatirezis, west of
Soissons, and Botiresches, west of
Chateau Thierry. By the end of the
day his front ran from Vaurezis
r. through Saconin-Et-Breuill, Chadun,
Longpont, Corey and Faverolle to a
point near Chezy and then bent east
ward through Licy to Bouresches.
" Thence the line runs to the Marne,
passing , north of Chateau - Thierry,
which the "French hold.
"Heavy fighting has taken place
on the ground west of Soissons, won
back by the French in their success
ful counter attacks. In spite of the
enemy's efforts the allied gains have
"On the Rheims flank there is very
little change. The enemy made a
very powerful attack with tanks
northwest and north of Rheims and
succeeded in making a little progress
at Fort De La Pomelle. A counter
attack immediately restored the line,
the Germans being thrown back with
a loss of 200 prisoners and four of
, their tanks."
Former Standard Oil
Employe Held as Spy
New York, June 2. Agents of the
military intelligence service brought
here from Croton, N. Y., today Hans
Lentz, a German and a former em
ploye of the Standard Oil company, in
whose possession they said were
found papers taken from the files of
the company, on which were listed all
the Standard Oil ships with those that
have been torpedoed checked off.
Kaiser to Withdraw Troops
From Ukraine to West Front
Stockholm, June 2. Germany is so
well satisfied with the progress of
events in the Ukraine that she has
Wecided to withdraw two-thirds of
the German troops now in the east.
The troops withdrawn will be used
on the western front and they will
be replaced in the east with Austrians.
Further Restriction of
BeeY Production Planned
Washington, June 2. Further re
striction of the brewing of beer is in
prospect, it was learned today. A 30
per cent curtailment of brewing went
into effect April 1, under a voluntary
tgreement which expires June 30.
For Nebraska Partly cloudy Mon
day aild Tuesday; probably'unsettled
in east portion; cooler Tuesday.
6 a. m St
6 a. m 68
7 a. in. 68
8 a. m 60
9a. ra. 63
It) i. m 6a
11 a. Ih 69
12 m. 71
l'p. m.. .......... .73
2 p. m 75
3' 0. nk... ......... .76
4 p. m. 77
6 p. m....f.. 78
6 p. m 78
7 D. m. 78
Off icial'record of temterature and breclDi-
tatlon compared with the corresponding
period of tbs past three years:
1918 1917 116 116
, Lowest yesterday
' 7S . 69 ' 67 75
r.8 61 53 57
' 8 ' ' 60' 60 66
40 00 00
from the normal at Omaha since March 1,
and compared with the past two years.
Normal temperature 68
Excess for the day 00
Total excess since March 1, 1918 418
Normal precipitation 17 Inch
Excess for the day 53 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1 ..6.10 Inches
deficiency for, cor. pd. in 117.. .06 Inch
1tisluij lor cor. pd. In 1915.2.(8 Inches
special journalistic attendant of
holes and inspected the defensive
ALL OVER RUSSIA
Counter Movement Unearthed
in Petrograd and Moscow
Attributed - in Part to
London, June 2. The discovery in
Moscow and Petrograd of a large
counter revolutionary plot, which
stretches throughout the whole of
Russia, is announced in a Russian
wireless message received here to
night. To this plot is attributable in
part the mutiny of the Czech-Slovak
troops, which have captured several
important railway junctions and lines.
The Soviet executive decided May
2 to undertake the partial calling to
arms of several classes of workmen
ind the poorer peasants in Petrograd
and Moscow and the Kuban and Don
Moscow in State of Siege.
At the same time Moscow has been
declared in a state of siege. Counter
revolutionaries have been arrested in
considerable numbers and energetic
measures have been taken against the
press. These measures are necessary,
it is announced, owing to the situation
in which the Russian revolution has
The question dominating all others
is that of supplying the people with
bread, now that Russia has been de
prived of the Ukraine granary. The
Kuban and Don regions are, accord
in.? to the Russian scheme, menaced
by a counter revolutionary band,
which hopes by means of compli
cations to proVoke intervention by
foreign powers and thus drive the
Russian masses toward famine.
Owners Conceal Flour.
In some regions the large owners
are mobilizing the well-to-do peasants,
with the object of resisting the efforts
of the government to commandeer the
flour depots and are trying to conceal
their stocks for purposes of future
speculation and finally agents of the
counter revolution in the various
cities throughout the country, says the
statement, "are seeking to excite the
starving masses against the Soviet
U. S. to Send Hospital Ship
Over Seas Without Convoy
Washington, June 2. The naval
hospital ship Comfort, formerly the
Ward steamer Saratoga, has been
selected to serve as ambulance ship
between this country and the Ameri
can naval base abroad. It has been
specially refitted to bring home sick
and wounded sailors and marines.
The present plans are to send the
Comfort across without convoy, notP
fying the German government of its
intended voyage and its purpose.
"MASS MURDER" COMMITTED
Germany Held Responsible for Crime y '''
In Russian Official Protest to Berlin.
BY TURKISH ARMY IN CAUCASUS
Washington, June 2. "Mass mur
der" committed by the Turkish army
advancing in the Caucasian districts
has brought a sharp protest from the
Russian, commissioner of foreign af
fairs to the Berlin foreign office,' ad
vices today to the State department
said. Responsibility for the crime, the
protest said, falls on the German gov
ernment, which enabled Turkey to
take possession of Ardahan, Kars and
Batum provinces after the Russian
armies had driven out the Turks.
"The advance of the Turkish army
on the Armenian front was accom
panied by mass murders and women
and children were killed by thou
sands," said the protest
"The treaty which we were forced
Huns Again Bomb
Sister Among Slain
With the British Army in France,
June 2. British Red Cross hospi
tals have again come under the Ger
man bombing scourge. This latest
attack began at 10:30 o'clock Friday
night and the hostile airmen raided
the same group of hospitals which
suffered May 19. Several hospitals
were hit, and the casualty list among
patients and workers is consider
able. One hospital was almost demol
ished when an enemy aviator
dropped an explosive on it after
getting his bearings by letting fall
a brilliant flare which lighted up the
whole district. One sister was killed
at this place and several others
wounded, one of the latter prob
In one hospital, a ward was de
stroyed and two other wards were
damaged. Several attendants were
''Orders Stand; We Must All
Help Win the War," He
Tells Men He Has
An American City, June 2. "These
orders stand and the only thing to do
is to do the best we can all of us
to win the war" were the words of
Major General Leonard Wood in
farewell address to the officers of his
late command, the 89th division of the
national army, which he trained at
Lamp Minston, for overseas service.
General Wood had expected to go to
France at the head of this division
but at the last moment was ordered
to Camp Funston to train another
At the request of the troops, it was
learned today, General Wood, before
departing for Camp tunston, review
ed the division at an army camp here
and made a brief speech to the
Expected to Lead Division.
"I will not say good bye," he told
them, and those who heard him said
his voice trembled with emotion,
but consider it a temporary separa
tion at least I hope so. I have
worked hard with you and you have
done excellent work. I had hoped
very much to take tu over to the
other side. In fact, I had no intima
tion, direct or indirect, of any change
of orders until "we reached here the
"The orders have been changed
and I am to go back to Funston. I
will leave for there tomorrow morn
ing. I wish you the best of luck and
ask you to keep up the high standard
of conduct and work you have in the
past. There isn't anything to be
Ready to Obey Orders.
"The orders stand and the only
thing to do is the best we can all of
us to win the war. That's what we
are here for; that's what you have
been trained for. I shall follow your
career with the deepest interest, with
just as much interest as though I
were with you. Good luck and God
those who witnessed the review
said the troops were never more on
their metal and gave an exhibition
of perfect marching for the benefit of
their former commander.
Eighteen Belgians Executed
In Fortress of Vieux Dieu
Washington, June 2. A cablegram
received at the Belgian legation said
that 18 Belgians confined in the fort
ress of Vieux Dieu had been shot
It said also that Abbe Englebert, rec
tor of Comblain Au Pont and Alder
man Strauss of Antwerp, had been
deported to Germany.
Vatican Refutes Manifesto by
Bishop Against Conscription
London, June 2. According to the
Daily Mail, the Vatican has written
to the Catholic Union disclaiming all
knowledge of the Irish bishop's man
ifesto against conscription.
to sign at Brest-Litovsk afforded the
populations of Ardahan, Kars and
Batum the right to decide their own
destinies. Events now taking place; in
these regions show that the policy of
extermination of the Armenian people
which has been applied for some 10
years still continues.
"Russia was successful on the
Turkish front and was forced to re
linquish Ardahan, Kars and Batum
simply because Turkey had Germany
as an ally. The responsibility for
cruelties against the Armenian popu
lation in the regions now occupied by
the Turkish troops;thus falls also on
the German government, ..which en
abled Turkey to take possession of
U. S. Men Shoot Down Foe
Plane; British Destroy 21
Hun Machines; Zeppelin
Crew Is Drcwncd.
Paris, June 2. Aviator Carter
Landrum Ovington of Louisville, Ky.,
and another aviator were killed dur
ing the first day of the present of
fensive. Ovington was patrolling
with three other machines when the
wing of his machine caught in that
of a sergeant up in the clouds. Roth
machines fell from a height of 1,800
meters and their occupants were
American Fells Foe Plane.
With the American army in Fiance,
June 2. During a fight Sunday after
noon between four American planes
and six German planes north of Toul
one of the American pilots shot down
an enemy biplane.
Almost at the same time, however,
one of the American machines ap
parently was hit by an enemy in
cendiary bullet and burst into flames
and crashed to earth from 45 to 100
meters inside the enemy lines.
After further fighting of short
duration, the American and German
machines separated. There was little
other aerial activity today.
Zeppelin Felled; Crew Df owned.
Copenhagen, June 2. It is re
ported that a zeppelin airplane was
shot down Saturday morning off the
Jutland coast by a British torpedo
boat destroyer. The crew of the
airplane was drowned according to
German Planes Destroyed.
London, Jutie 2. The following
communication dealing with aviation
was issued today:
"There was fine weather Saturday.
In air fighting 21 German machines
were destroyed and four others dis
abled. Four enemy observation bal
loons were destroyed. Four of our
machine are missing.
4 "We dropped 20 tons of bombs dur
ing the course of the day, successful
attacks heing made on the Zecbrufege
mole and the railways at Armentieres,
Rosieres, Boesinghe and Fleres. The
railway at Karthaus and the Metz
Sablons railway 'station also were
heavily attacked, by long distance ma
chines, one .of which failed to re
Pick Up Flyer at Sea.
An Atlantic -Port, June 2. Lost in
a heavy sea fog and forced to descend
when his oil supply ran short, Lieu
tenant Myers, an aviator from a
naval reserve station near here, was
picked up with his craft 30 miles out
side this harbor by a steamship which
arrived tonight from Cuban port.
Myers said he had been afloat with
his hydro-airplane less than a hour,
when a vessel hove in sight.
Daring Feat of Campbell.
Washington, June 2. A second
section of yesterday's conuninique
from General Pershing delayed in
transmission, gives the official story
of how Lieutenant Douglas Campbell
brought down a German airplane
last Friday. It follows:
"A later report concerning bringing
down a hostile machine by Lieutenant
Douglas Campbell, May 31, reported
in yesterday's cable is as follows:
"Lieutenant Campbell flew over the
enemy's lines and while there saw a
German two-seater about to take
off from the airdrome. He waited
until the German machine got over
our lines, then closed in, but remained
at a fairly safe distance, and allowed
the German to fire at him until he
observed that the German had no
more ammunition. He then closed
in and brought the machine down.
Machine fell inside our lines, but
very near the front line."
FIRE IN ARSENAL
BELIEVED TO BE
OF ENEMY ORIGIN
St. Louis, June 2. Army officials
tonight expressed the belief that the
mysterious fire that did $1,000,000
damage at two warehouses at the
United States arsenal here early today
was of German origin.
Anton Ronjack, 23 years old, an
Ausstrian enemy alien, was arrested
shortly after the fire started when he
auempiea to cauit tne rence sur
rounding the government reservation.
He'denied knowledge of the fire's or
igin and said he attempted to climb
the six-foot stockade towatch the
The warehouses are used for the
storage of goods ready for immediate
dispatch overseas. Both buildings are
electrically wired and army officers
are of the opinion that the fire was
started automatically by means of
24 ARE MISSING
Washington. June 2. Four officers
and 20 men are missing from the tor
pedoed American transport President
Lincoln, the Navy department was ad
vised today by Vice Admiral Sims.
The message, which said ihat no
authentic list of the missing was yet
available, did not specify whether the
men were of the army or the navy.
United States Navy
Expects Early Clash
With German Fleet
New York, N. Y., June 2. The
United States now has a large num
ber of first class battleships "pre
paring side by side with the best
ships of the British navy for an en
gagement on the high seas, which is
expected to occur at any time with
the German fleet," according to a
statement made in an address here
tonight by Rear Admiral Albert
"I am not going beyond the
border line of secrecy," declared Ad
miral Gleaves, "when I say that a
few days ago there came an alarm
to the heads of the British navy
that the German battleships were
about to come out for the expected
engagement on the high seas. I
know that the British navy heads
gave the first class American battle
ships a post of honor in preparation
for the attack."
Even Pan-German Press Now
Advocates Statement of
Tormc llrnorl Formerly
Only by Radicals.
Amsterdam. June 2. "Is a new Ger
nan peace offensive coming?" is the
question now being asked in political
circles. What has often been advo
cated in German socialistic and rad-
cal organs, namely, that Germany
hould clearly and unequivocally state
the terms upon which she would be
willing to make peace is noyv urged
even hy the pan-Oennan Kreuz Zei-
tiig, which judges the present mo
ment as a most opportune one.
Urges Public Proposal.
The newspaper says with emphasis
it is 'not a peace offer, but a peace
offensive that is wanted, and it be
lieves the present German military
successes cannot fail to add weight
to any concrete proposal Germany
may make now, only, the newspaper
adds, it should be made publicly. -
There need be no apprehension, the
newspaper declared, that peace of
fensive would weaken Germany's po
litical position, and it arguts. that
those who would leave the entire issue
to the sword take too narrow a view
of this war and show no understand
ing of its political consequences.
Threatens Internal Unity.
The Kreuz Zeitung goes on, point
ing out that the absence of a definite
government peace program is destroy
ing internal unity while the, lack of
political activity in the interval be
tween battles tends to hamper the
confidence of the war and to all sorts
of rumors about disagreements be
tween the government and the army
commanders. The government is called upon by
the Kreuz Zeitung to appoint imme
diately a committee consisting of a
leading economist, a colonial expert,
representatives of the army and the
navy and an international jurist under
the presidency, of an able diplomatist
to work out a complete peace pro
gram; but it urges that time presses
and that it must be done quickly.
Demands Peace Offensive.
Amsterdam, June 2. Vorwerts,
commenting on the Krucz Zeitungs
peace affensive mainfesto, complains
that it is a pan-German attempt at a
favorable moment of military success
to tie the German government per
manently to the pan-German an
nexation program, and adds:
"Neverthless, we also demand from
the government a peace offensive and
an immediate announcement of its
concrete war aims. We are not ani
mated by lust of conquest and demand
that the government's copditions shall
be of such nature as can really forth
with lea3 to peace, namely, that they
shall convince our enemies that they
have no oppression, violence or sever
ence of national territory to fear from
a victorious Germany."
Shipyard Strike Ended.
Vancouver, B. C, June 2. The
ship yard strike in British Columbia,
which involved nearly 10,000 men, is
practically ended, according to an an
nouncement by Senator Gideon Rob
MAN TRAP IN NO MAN'S LAND
German Instrument of Torture and Death
to be Shipped to This Country as Trophy.
DISCOVERED BY U. S. SOLDIERS
Paris, June 2. The latest German
barbarism consists of a man trap sim
ilar to a bear trap discovered in No
Man's land by Corporal Leonardo
Manser and Sergeant Victor L. Vau
pel. United States engineers.
Corporal Manser, after bringing in
the trophy to the trenches, told how
he came to discover it. He said: ,
"We were in the trenches on the
right of May 24 when Sergeant Vau
pel and myself decided to go on a
scouting expedition. We crept care
fully over the top, making our way
through the barbed wire entangle
ments and into one shell hole after
"After we got half way across No
Man's land, my cane was jerked from
OF FOE ON PARIS
French Forces With Terrific Smashes Recapture Vantage
Points in Center of Battle Line; Germans Make
Small Gains on Left Wing; Attempt to V
Ford Marne River Foreseen ,
(By Associated Press.)
The strength of General Foch's reserves has been felt by,
the armies of the German crown prince in the "'battle for Paris.'
East of the line running from Soissons to Chateau Thierry,
where the Germans Saturday, in a continuation of their mighty
strokes, gained several additional villages and then attempted
to proceed further westward, magnificent opposition was in
terposed by the newly strengthened lines, and with terrific"
smashes the French forces recaptured Longpont, Corey, Faver
olles and Troesnes, vantage points in the center of the line
leading to the forest of Villers Cotteras, which seems to bethe
present objective! of the enemy.
O MAY FORD RIVER.
FLIES IN FACE OF
Refuses to Submit to Jurisdic
tion of War Labor Body as
to Employes, Taft
New York, June 2. The Western
Union Telegraph company has de
clined to submit to the jurisdiction of
the National War Labor board which
sought to adjust the differences be
tween the company and those of its
employes -who are members of the
Commercial Telegraphers' Union of
America. ...... . v
The Western Union's declaration
became known when the report of an
executive session of the war board
held here yesterdav, was made public
tonight. Jt emnoaied a report Dy vv.
H. Taft and Frank P. Walsfy joint
chairmen of the board, who con
ferred with Newcomb Garlton, presi
dent of th,e Western Union, in an
effort to .compose the difficulties be
tween the company and those of its
employes who had been dismissed,
it was charged, because they joined
the Commercial Telegraphers' Union
Taft and Walsh Investigate.
Complaint against the company's
action was taken to the war board
and Mr. Tft and Mr. Walsh made
an investigation, they then submitted
a proposition in a nature of a com-
promise based on the principles
underlying the work of the war
board. This platform recognizes the
right of men to organize and holds
they should be discharged for mem
bership in trades unions or for legit
imate union activities.
This compromise under which the
Western Union was not required to
recogonize the union and by which
the union was bound not to use the
stfike as a weapon, was submitted to
Mr. Carlton, but he declined posi
tively to permit employes of his
company to join the union unless a
referendum of all the company's
workers showed that a majority of
them favored such a step.
' Submit Their Report.
Correspondence between Mr. Taft
and Mr. Carlton followed with the
result that the joint chairmen ended
their report to the board yesterday
with this statement:
"In view of the correspondence, it
does not seem useful to further pro
long the mediation. The construc
tion of our principles as set forth in
Mr. Taft's telegram to Mr. Carlton
leads to the conclusion that the
Western Union Telegraph company
should accept this compromise. V" It
declines, however to do so, or to
submit to the decision of this board
and no further action of the board is,
therefore, recommended, except the
(Continued on Tags Two, Column One.)
my, hand. Advancing a few steps, I
stumbled on the trap, which had been
released by the pressure of the cane,
On examination I found the trap set
to catch scouts, and chained to stakes
in the ground. I loosened the chain
and brought the trap to our trenches.
The contrivance is three feet long and
has jaws 18 inches wide with teeth
two inches long. It is designed to give
the victim great pain and make him
call for help. This attracts his com
rades who become tragets for a Ger
man machine gun fusillade which re
sults in the annihilation of the entire
The trap is in the Paris Young
Men's Christian association and will
be shipped to America as a trophy.
The Germans, however, still have in
their possession the village of Vaiir
ezis, west of Soissons, and further
south Saconin Et Breuil, Chaudun,
Licy and Bouresches, the last named
directly west of Chateau Thierry. A
little to the southwest of Chateau '
Thierry the, enemy has reached the
Marne. . , , -
Nowhere has there been any" at
tempt by the invaders to cross tht
river, and at all points east of Cha
teau Thierry they are hugging the
northern bank of the stream. It il
not improbable, kowever, that the
tactics of the Germany have in view
the fording of the nyr when the
time is more propitious, for in the
center of the line between Chateau
Thierry and Rheims they have pushed,
nacic tne allied iront across tht
Rheims-Dormans road between Olizy.
Violaine and Villa En Tardenois and
are pressing; onward , toward the
Marne. This is the only point on
their left wing, however, where the
enemy has been able to niake fresh
gains, notwithstanding4 the. facts, that
He has .thfowaifieirwft&nf'into the
battle, some of them the best trained
troops in .the German army.
Aim to Outflank Rheims. ,
Having failed in all their effort t
outflank Rheims by direct assault it
now. seems to be the intention of the
Germans further to widen their oc
cupation of territory lying south of
the Rheims-Dorman road and there
by outflank the Cathedral city and
bring about its capitulation.
In the fighting in the immediate vi
cinity of Rheimsthe enemy won Fort
De La Pompelle, but his tenure was
short-lived,' for the French in a coun
ter attack reconquered it
Taken all in all, the seventh .day of
the new battle found the allied Una
from Soissons to Rheims, although it -
naa been Dent back at various points,
not so hard pressed as on previous
days and seemingly more capable of
resisting the enemy's onslaughts.
The British in the region of Arras,
Lens and Bethune are keeoiner uo
their trench raiding operations against
As yet the expected great battle has
not broken in the Italian theater..
Aviation Camp Adjutant
Instantly Killed in Fall
Indianapolis, June 2. Captain Ed
win P. Webb, adjutant of an aviation '
camp here, was instantly killed and
Major Guy Geaheart, commandant of
the camp, was slightfy-injured, -when
the machine in which they were mak
ing a flight fell this afternoon. No
cause was assigned for the accident.
' Although officers of the camp re
fused to assign a cause for the ac
cident, spectators who viewed the fall
a base ballpark and dropping base j
balls with ribbons attached, dropped'
one, tne ribDon ot which caught in !
the mechanism of the machine. Th ' '
plane then went into a spinning nose
dive and could not be righted in timej
to avert the fatal fall. .
Toronto June 2. Cadet, Hector
Strathy Miller of Winning was in
stantly killed in a collision in midair
between two biplanes near the Lea
bide airdrome today. s.
Thousand Unregistered Men
Rounded Up in Tucson
Tucson, Ariz., June 2. A posse '
composed of members of the On
Hundred Per Cent American club,
numbering 599, under the leadership;
of United States Marshal Joe DiHion,'
Saturday night rounded up nearly 1.
000 young men who could not show,
draft classification cards. They, were '
taken to the city hall for examina
tion by the draft board. T
The registered men ere separated
from the draft evaders and deserters,
there being a few of the latter. Some
pool halls were emptied by the raid.'
Finland Must Kneel to Kaiser
For Licenses on All Imports
Stockholm, June 2. How .; little
independence.remains to Finland and '.
how completely the Germanization .
of Finland has been effected is in
dicated by an announcement - today. " '
that all licenses for import into Fin
land must be approved, by German
officials. , . ,
The Deutsche bank has established '
a branch office at Helsingfors f3 1
the control of financial, oneratie$j . m
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