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Lincoln Bureau of The Omaha Bee
Former Weil-Known Organ
izer of Nonpartisan League
Charges That Members of
' League After Gustafson.
Lincoln, May 4. The question of
whether the Nonpartisan league and
the Farmers' uniort are really friend
ly has been partially settled, at
least, it being understood that C. H.
Gustafson, president of the Farmers'
union, has withdrawn from, the ac
tion of the recent meeting held in
Lincoln which voted to invoke the
referendum on the new primary law
in full, and has changed in order
to help the. Nonpartisan league put
across its referendum to recall only
a part of the law, that relating' to
convention nomination for state of
ficers below governor.
It is understood that the Nonpar
tisan league favors the referendum
only on the convention part, leaving
in that part relating to party or
ganization in the law. Mr. Gustaf
son gives as his reasons for with
drawing from the committee which
would invoke the referendum on the
entire law, that it seems to be sim
mering down to a matter of politics,
and being a republican, he does not
propose to fall into any trap.
Quigley Makes Change. . ..
In articles published in a Lincoln
newspaper, W. E. Quigley, former
well known organizer for the Non
partisan league, makes -the charge
that members of the league who
also members of the Farmers Uni
are out after the scalp ot Mr. uus
tafson. and it is possible may Mr,
Gustafson is looking toward jAit fu
ture and in going over the Non
partisan league plan,, hopes .to save
his scalp.
C. A. Sorenson of Lincoln. Non
partisan league attorney, has an
nounced that L. SHerroh, editor
of the Farmers Unjon official paper,
is on the state committee for a refer
endum of thefirst section of the
law, relating Jfo the convention,
i Mr. Gustafson is on the commit
tee also which is working to control
theconsTtutional convention, an or
ganization which is said to be tnend-
ly tothe Nonpartisan league, al-
he denies that the league is
real power behind the move
it. Be that as it may. the com-
nnittee havinar the work in charge,
is composed of W. J. Taylor, Non
partisan league representative in the
state senate; C. A. Soreflson and C.
C. FJansburg, who have been legal
advisers and attorneys of the league
jnd Addison Shelton, director of Ihe
state legislative reference bureau,
who is said to be friendly to the ele
ment which has con-ol!ed the
'teague movement. The rst run of
101000 petitions were mailed out Sat
urday, i . . . ,
New Automobile Law
Brings $9,943.42 Into
Treasury for April
Lincoln, May 4. Nine thousand
nine hundred and forty-three dollars
and forty-two cents has been col
lected by the automobile department
of the state since the new law went
Into effect. Twenty-five pet cent of
this has been returned to the several
counties to be placed to the road
dragging fund. The report 3 for the
month ending April 30. -
Douglas county of course has paid
In the most, amounting to $2,031.74,
rvhile Lancaster county comes next
with $779.98. Gosper county comes
In with the lowest amount, $7.50,
kvhile Wheeler is the second lowest
with $15.
The collection by counties follows:
State FeesKlmbal! ...... 4
t 178Lancutr ..... 771
"P. A. Barrows, Correspondent.'
Enemies of Primary Law
Admit It Has Good Points
Sentiment Seems to be Changing on Many Points; Pro
vision for Women is Main Bone of Contention With
Those in Favor of Revoking Recall.
Adam ....
Antelope) ..
Banner ...
jRoono . . . .
Bos Butt.
80 Lincoln 44
84 Loup 71
YUMCfDirmn ....
J7 Madison
f 3 Merries:
Brown ....... 168 Morrill
Cut .........
Ch.yenne .....
Dawea ........
Dawson .......
l")nual -. - -
Xodge .......
Douglaa .....
Dundy . v....
Ftllmor .....
Furnaa ......
Garfield .....
Gosper ......
Greeley ......
Hall .........
Hamilton ....
Hitchcock ....
Hooker ......
Howard .....
Jefferson , . . ,
Johnaon . . . . .
Keith .,....,..
SI Nemaha
68 pawnee
1 Phalpa
68 Polk
461 Red -Willow ...
46 Richardson ....
34 Rock
- 37 Saline IS
44 Sarpy
I.OSlScottabiuff ....
18 Seward
4 Sheridan .v....
64 Stanton
lSWashlngton ...
I Wayne
' 41 Webster'
Si Wheeler ......
22JYork .........
20 Total ... 19.943
. 172 Lost p'.atea from
67 various counties.
2 Received State
6 4 Fee. 220.26
' 47 Motorcycles from
2 3 various countlea.
257 Received ...$150.75
Former State Engineer
Dies at Home in Lincoln
Lincoln, May 4. Adna Dodson.
well known civil engineer, for sev
eral years state engineer and in the
last dozen years city engineer of
Lincoln, died Sunday morning at
his home in this city after a long
illness. He was 61 years of age.
Boy Scouts Start Drive
in Lincoln Victory Loan
Lincoln. May 4. Lincoln has but
$55,625 yet to raise for the Victory
lean of the $1,500,000 quota as
signed to the city. The boy scouts
will take hold Of the matter of rais
ing the balance and will begin a
systematic drive tomorrow. ,
Wage Raise Demanded
By Canadian Shopmen
- Montreal, May 4. Demands for a
44-hour week and a 20 per cent in
crease in wages have been made
to the Canadian railway , war board
from 35,000 railroad shop men in
Canada. Delegates from the shop
men will meet a subcommittee of
the board May 12.
Lincoln, May '4. (Special.) The
proposition which faces some of the
new laws enacted by the last legit
lature appears to be a serious one,
especially, upon the administrative
code law and the new primary law,
the latter appearing to be the main
bone of contention, even the ene
mies of the law not appearing to be
able to agree on just what action
to take.
When the move first started, for
invoking the referendum on the new
primary Jaw, there appeared to be a
general "agreement on the part of
its enemies that the whole bill
should be recalled, but as its ene
mies began to cool off and read the
law they discovered that "after all
there were some pretty good things
about it and even now some of them
appear to favor what thy first de
clared was an "onslaught on the
rights of the people
Nature c-FLaw.
Perhaps it migjlt be well to tell
just what the new primary law does
and perhaps then it may not appear
to be such aferrible thing after all.
First it provides that all State of
ficers ; bejow governor, not now
coming yonder- the non-partisan law
shall be nominated at a state con
ventual. .The delegates to such state
contention shall be elected by dele
gates from the several precincts of
ach county to a county conven-
tion. such delegates being elected di
rectly by the voters at the primary
which nominates county officers.
Second, the new law provides that
the county committee of each coun
ty shall be equally represented by
nenand women, each precinct hav
ing one man and one. woman as
members of the county committee.
These are the only material
changes in the old law and the ones
which are causing the enemies of
the law so much contention. Tak
ing a chance that I may be classed
as a reactionary, I will simply dis
cuss the changes as regards their ef
fect upon the people.!
Objection of Old System.
The foundation of our voting sys
tem is builded upon the great fun-J
aanientai principle oi ine casting
of an intelligent ballot. It is a
well-known fact that a large part of
the voters of the state who enter
the primary booth to mark their bal
lot do not cast an intelligent ballot
so far as selecting the best candi
date for the different offices below
governor. The voter may be able
to do so on one or two offices, but
in the majority of cases he is called
upon to put his cross opposite the
name of from two to four men for
many of the Offices and he abso
lutely has no personal knowledge
which one of themis best qualified
for the office. He is expected to
cast an intelligent ballot and yet he
knows nothing about any of the can
didates for most of the offices. Is
he casting an intelligent ballot, the
intelligent ballot that it is expected
a man should cast when he selects
the man of his choice?
Under the new law the, people of
each voting precinct will elect a
representative to the county con
vention and those representatives
will select the county quota of
delegates to the state convention
who -wilUnominate the candidates
for lieutenant governor, secretary of
state, treasurer, auditor,, land com
missioner, attorney eneral and rail
way commissioner. These delegates
will have the opportunity to come
in personal contact with all the
candidates for. these off ices. , They
will have , a chance to see them and
learn of them and their qualifica
tions. They can carry back to their
counties and the voters who have
sent them to the convention, first
hand knowledge of the candidates
and their qualifications. " ;
Therefore the percentage of
chance that the best men will' be
nominated is greater than where
fully 80 per cent of the voters of
the state go into a secret booth and
are compelled to place their mark
opposite the name of some candidate
in . a group of three or four and
they know absolutely noothing of
any of them.- t
Conditions Changed.
One of the. charges made against
the convention system is that in the
days of the old convention the rail
roads and the corporations ran
things and nominated whom they
pleased. They forgot to take into
consideration that conditions now
are not by a long way what they
were in the days of the old conven
tion system. At that time the rail
roads furnished passes to a majority
of the delegates and were able to
pack the conventions. The 1907
legislature passed an anti-pass law
and the railroads were put out of
business as far as furnishing passes
was concerned. Conditions are dif
ferent now. The railroads do not
dominate politics nor is the liquor
interests playing a part in conven
tions. These have been obliterated
and therefore conditions are not as
they were in the old days.
Btlt were it a fact that corpora
tions did desire to control elections
it could be done under the primary
way of nominating officers much
easier than by trying to control
conventions. Suppose, for instance,
that Mr. Jones was a candidate for
state treasurer and suppose that the
banking interests of the state de
sired to put him across as the nomi
nee of either party. A judicious
advertising campaign in the five big
daily papers oi the state would
nominate him every time and this is
not a case of finding fault with the
papers. Under the law they are
compelled to take advertising as
long as it is legitimate and when a
candidate offers his advertising they
have to take it. This would take
less money and be a much easier
proposition than trying to control a
Specific Instance.
Just to show that this has been
done in the past since we have been
working under the primary system,
a few years ago a gentleman was
a candidate for a state office. Two
of the big papers of the state and
some of the smaller ones, made an
attack upon his candidacy on the
grounds that he was friendly to the
corporations and that the corpora
tions were probably putting up the
money for his campaign. Yet be
fore the primary campaign was over,
every big daily paper in the state
was carrying a full page or half
page advertisement of this candi,
date 'and the smaller papers were
carrying smaller ones. Was he
nominated? Of course he was.
Whff- the voter went to his voting
booth and came to th,e office for
which this man was running, that
name was more familiar than the
others ;.nd he simply voted for him,
knowing nothing of his qualifica
tions perhaps as compared with the
other candidates.
The contention is made that the
new law takes away from the peo
ple their rights to say what they
want, and yet the very men who
are using this argument are depriv
ing, by the contemplated uss of the
referendum, the people from having
a chance to try the new law out,
and see whether it is a good law
or not. Since the primary law was
enacted in 1907 it has been amended
by several legislatures and each
time the change appeared to be ben
eficial. That the law was far from
p -feet has been time and again
Should Have Trial.
The legislature has made another
change in hopes to make it better.
Why should any bunch of men take
such action as' will deprive the peo
ple of the chance to try the law
and see if it will be satisfactory.
Surely, in all fairness, the people
should not be deprived of a chance
to see whether they like the new
law, and then if it is not workable,
the next legislature can make the
needed changes or go back to the
old law if it thinks best. The state
will never get anywhere on any law
if the people are not given a chance
to place their approval or disappro
val upon it and they can not do that
intelligently until they have seen the
new law work.
A business man wants a manager
for his store. He is never sure he
has t' j right man until he has tried
him out. If he turned every man
away" who applied for the job he
would never get a manager. He
simply gives an applicant a trial.
and then he knows for sure whether
he is the one he wants. The peo
ple of Nebraska should be given a
chance to try the new primary law
just as the merchant tries out his
new manager.
Jack Owens Reported Out
of Danger by Physicians
Fremont, Neb., May 4. (Special.)
Jack Owens, federal prisoner who
attempted suicide a week ago by
shooting himself in the chest, is rest
ing easy at a local hospital. Physi
cians say he will recover. The bullet
which barely missed the heart is
lodged under the shoulder blade.
No effort to remove it has been
Miss Mae Pilkens, former wife
of Owens, who came to Fremont
the day following the shooting and
then returned to Omaha when she
was refused to Owens' room, has
made no inquiries about his condi
tion since leaving Fremont, accord
ing to Sheriff Condit. Owens will
have completed his five-months term
next Wednesday.
Fremont jCanteen Workers
Served 71, 000 Men in Year
Fremont, Neb., May 4. (Special.)
Fremont canteen workers served
71,000 soldiers and sailors who pass
ed through Fremont during the last
year, according to the report of
Miss Maud May. commandant. The
canteen gave out 200,000 cigarets,
12,000 magazines, 39,500 pads of
patches, 1,250 boxes of chewing
gum and other nicknacks. A total
of $2,456 was sent for sipplieS.
Seine Lake Kearney.
Kearney, Neb., May 4. -(Special.)
Lake Kearney is -being seined by
the state fish commission for the
purpose of removing" objectionable
fish.. The project is a gigantic One
and will require several weeks for
its completion.
J. D. Bell, Pioneer Fremont
Resident, Dies in Hospital
Fremont, Neb., May 4. (Special.)
J." D. Bell, for 40 years a resident
of Fremont, was found dead in his
bed at a local hospital Saturday
morning. Judge Bell, as he was
known, had been in ill 'calth for
several months. He was 42 years
of age and is survived ly a daugh
ter, Marie, teacher in the Denver
schools, and son, Jay, clerk of the
federal court in Juenau, Alaska.
Judge Bell had been admitted to
the bar in the states of Ohio, In
diana and Nebraska.
Minden Boy Loses Foot
When Train Strikes Auto
Minden, Neb., May 4. (Special
Telegram.) Lawrence Jennings, a
13-year-old boy, had his right foot
severed at the ankle when a car in
which he and his older brother,
Harold, were returning home from
school was struck by a train Friday
evening. The boy attempted to
jump from the car and fell directly
in front of the train. His brother,
who was driving the car, escaped
Seek for Service Men
Needing Medical Care
Washington: Mav 3:-M pan-s fnr
finding discharged soldiers and sail
ors needing medical attention or
sanitarium treatment through a pub
licity Campaign were annnnnrert tn.
day by the public health service.
ihis work is done in co-operation
with the wark risk insurance bu
People in Poland Kept Alive
Only "Through Fatalistic
Faith in Future," Eye :
Witness Reports.
New York, May 4. Destitution,
hunger and disease are wrecking
havoc among the great Jewish pop
ulations in Poland and southeastern
Europe, according to reports made
by American. eyewitnesses to the
joint distribution committee of the
American funds for Jewish war suf
ferers, made public here today. The
committee, which, uptodate, has dis
bursed more than $25,000,000 con
tributed by American Jews, is
headed by Felix Warburg of the
banking house of Kuhn. Loeb & Co.
The situation in Poland, is so ter
rible, according to Dr. Borris D. Bo
gen, that the people are kept alive
only through "fatalistic faith in
some miracle in the future." Dr.
Bogen says:
"The population has seen and felt
so much of suffering that it has be
come calloused to hardship and to
want, but the spectacle of hundreds
of starving children, of women, in
the biting cold, clad only in the
scantiest of filthy rags, and of men
listlessly and aimlessly walking the
streets asking for bread, has deeply
affected the committee's represent
Conditions in Czecho-Slovakia are
Second Flag Demobilization
to Be Held Decoration :Day
War 'Camp Community Service ' Explains 'How Silver
Bars Should Replace Stars In Service Flags Spe
cial Services for Fallen Heroes Suggest Program.
'. The second ceremony for the de
mobilization of the service stars
has been set, generally, over the
country, to take place during. the
period of May 30 (Decoration Day)
May 31, and June 1.
The service flag has been the one
central emblem that has represented
the sons, the brothers, the fathers
and the sweethearts of those who
have remained behind. In many
ways it is a flag fury as symbolical
as the flag that has been fought for
and now rests in the museums. It
can be made a sacred flag, to be
preserved and cherished. Eyes with
out number have looked upon the
service flag and have seen in the
stars those who have gone to battle.
The gold stars stand out as the em
blem of the supreme sacrifice.
Sponsored by Community Service.
The war camp community cervice
is sponsor for the idea of making
intensified, according to Henry G.
Alsberg, by a widespread anti-Semitic
The reports in respect to Jugo
slavia are contributed by Miss Het
ty Goldman, who deals more par
ticularly '. ith Monastir. Miss Gold
man says that the city has been al
most destroyed by shell fire and "the
population reduced from about 80,
000 to between 15,000 and 30,000 in
cluding troops.
the "demobilization of . the service
stars" a national affair. The plan is
that the silver service bars be placed
across the stars when the men come
home. ...
All schools, churches, factories,
department stores, office buildings,
industrial institutions and fraternal
orders, from which young men have
responded to the call of the colors,
are asked to participate in. the "De
mobilization of the Service Stars."
It is also suggested that . the rural
schools combine this ceremony with
Jheir closing day exercises. - ,
.Community singing should be
given an important place on these
programs. The children should sing
the songs the boys have been sing
ing in the service here and over
there. Home songs should be sung.
So far as posssible returned soldiers
should speak upon this occasion.
The names of the men who have
graduated from various schools dur
ing recent years and who have en
tered the service should be read.
Arrange Program.
The following program, which
caji be modified to meet, various
situations, js in order:
1. America.
.2. Five minutes of community
singing; including war songs, home
songs and some new welcome home
songs. ,
3. Address by civilian, not more
than ten minutes in duration.
4. Ten minutes response by re
turned soldier. '
5. Solo.
6. Five minutes of community
7. Fifteen seconds of silent trib
ute to the men who have fallen.
8 Demobilization of the service
flag stars for those men who. have
returned home or who have died.
9. Frayer.
10. Community singing: "Home,
Sweet Home," and "Star Spangled
Only those stars should be de
mobilized which represent men dis
charged from the service.
1 Be sure to have uniformed men
present. '
The stars should" be demobilized
by pinning a silver bar over the
stars of those discharged from the
service. Later these bars should be
sewed upon the stars.
;If there are gold stars upon the
service flag, second of reverent
silence should prevail, before which
the service star should be pointed
to. Prior to the period of silence,
names represented by the gold
stars should be read. As each star
is crossed by a bar- the name of the
person represented by that star
should be read. If there are not
any gold stars on the service flag,
they should be placed upon the serv
ice flag for this occasion, if any of
those who have been represented on
the service flag have died.
Until the army is demobilized
there should be at times service flag
demobilization at churches, office
buildings, department stores, frater
nal orders, high schools, .public
schools and rural schools. These
ceremonies should be held at inter
vals of from two to four months
and preferably on holidays or me
morial days. At these ceremonies
should be some recognition ot
wounded men.
The silver bars should be as long
as tie
..... . . . i
e extreme -width ot tne star
hnnt nnr-nnartrr as wide as it
js nrng. i , .
i All states are . demobilizing .their
service flags. Nebraska will extend
this honor to her soldiers. 1 -
Dhe-.commtinity singing depart
ment of the War Camp Community
sem'ice in Omaha is prepared to
furnish gratis, any number of song
shfets you may require and to .as
sist in every way possible to make
nomination services as-impres-
as possible.
Nfcw York Call Demands
f Punishment of Raiders
New York, May 4. Asserting that
oise woman had been blinded, possi
bly permanently, anoother crippled,
aifd several men severely injured a
th(: result of a raid on its offices
oit'May 1 by soldiers and sailors,
th New York CalWn a letter to
Miyor Hylan, demanded, punish
ment of the raiders and police 'ot-
ficals'who tailed to prevent the raid.
Soldiert' Hom6 Notes.';
bla. formerly a raaklnnt of Oranrt ;ll;
ami, uui .... v"z z
noma, uiu reoeniiy in wi" nospnai - ,'
ulac. It la reported that hla niothur vii
at hla bedside at the time of hla demlae.
, lira. Thomaa Uaylord. in. cottas S, .la
convalescing from her recent tllnt-as, bvinK
able to lt up for her meals, -rhe will
hve to endure a reit in bed owing to her
weakened Condition. '
Hiss Seta Goodwin has taken a.ienve
of absence for an Indefinite tim, and to
gether with her mother, will visit in the
mountains iuiu,nu. w. "
been employed aa night nuraa In tha.wcvt
hospital for many months. - .
The members of Burkett are In hopen
that when the weatter has become more
Bettled the public) will take more of an
Interest in vlsltlng'the hospltala, for vis
itors are at all tlmea welcome and by to
doing they will have a chanoe . to prove
what has been said In regarda to tne con
dttlona aa to the cleanllnesa and perfect
order than they have been In 'he past
eight years. Mr. Dr. Dever ! 'eeP1"1"
ble for such conditions and if tnene- are
any compliments to be given, ahe au-rely
la the deserving one. '
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THIS time of the year there are
many odd jobs about ttie home
that every well man likes to do.
But no man or woman with a
: "bad back" enjoys, doing any-,
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.wrong when every day brings
morning lameness, sharp pains :
when lifting, and a dull, tired state.
Likely it's kidney weakness. Don't
neglect it.! It's easily corrected at.
first, but delay may encourage gravel, dropsy or dangerous Bright's disease.
If your back aches and kidneys are disordered, get Doan's Kidney Pills. This
successful remedy is recommended so strongly" by people you know, you can use it
with real confidence. -
Read These Omaha Cases:
ma Story'
Charles Street
' Mrs. Z. M.-Young, 2711 Charles St., says:
"I suffered a great deal from kidney trouble.
I think nursing and lifting the sick is what
baused my trouble. I had terrible pains through
my back and kidneys and was perfectly helpless
for three months. I had pains in the back of tny
head and was isp nervous I couldn't sleep. My
kidneys were in bad shape, being irregular in
action. I used different remedies for more than
three years, but could get no help, until I used
Doan's Kidhey Pills'. In a few weeks I felt like
a different person. My kidneys acted regularly
and the aches and pains left my back. I used
several boxes of Doan's and was as well as ever."
South Seventeenth Street
J. Roland, 2219 S. Seventeenth St., says:
"My kidneys were in, bad shape about three
months ago. The most troublesome symptom
was the' tod frequent- action of my kidneys.
The secretions were highly colored and con
tained .sediment I always did hard work and
blame being in the heat and drafts for my trou
ble. My back sometimes pained so I would al
most have to give up work; Finally I heard
about Doan's Kidney Pills and soon was re
lieved. I have picked up wonderfully since
using Doan's and gladly indorse them for the
benefit of others.'
North Twenty-fourth Street
P. K. Young, Prop. Tire Repair ( Shop, 5216
N. Twenty-fourth St., says: "I think there is
no remedy on the market equal to Doan's
Kidney Pills. I used to suffer with my back
and my system was filled with uric acid poison. .,
I was handicapped on this account on going
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bit of work. My kidneys were terribly disor
dered, too. I tried everything I heard bf but ,
didn't get relief until I began using Doan's
Kidney Pills. This medicine reached my case
and in a short time I was as well as ever."
North Twenty-sixth Avenue
Mrs. L.' H. Kinkernon, 4002 Nr 26th Ave, ,
says: "I have used Doan's Kidney Pills when;
suffering from kidney disorder arid they have
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I first used Doan's my back was aching terribly
and on getting up in the morning I could hardly
stoop over to lace my shoes. Every move I made
sent painful twinges through my loins and the
pains would extend into my shoulders.. I had,,
weak spells and would be dizzy. After taking .
Doan's Kidney Pills relief followed and soon I
was in fine health and have been ever since."
North Twenty-seventh Street
Mrs. L. M. Palmer, 4105 N. Twenty-seventh
St., says. "I suffered from kidney comolaint.
I felt weak and miserable and my back "ache'il'
every time I went to stoop oyer. I often Jiajlfto j
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Sherwood Avenue . , ,,
" Edwin Meredith, Supt. Standard. Cbemicl v
Co., 1423 Sherwood Ave., says:' 'IArnVnever
. without Doan's Kidney Pills in the house." ! pad. 1
a severe attack of kidney complaint a few gears' 'J
ago. I suffejed everything from this trouble,
which was broucrht on bv a severe illness. I tnnlr
Doan's Kidney Pills and they helped me -wtfnder
fully. ' Doan's-strengthened my kidneys so I
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(Statement "given November 18, 1914)
On November 26, 1918, ,Mr. Meredith said:
"My health has been good and my kidneys'.have
given me no trouble since using Doan's Kidney
Pills several years ago. 1 1 gladly renew-my pre
vious statement." i . v ;
Every Druggist las Doan's, 60c a box. Foster-Mil burn Co., Manufacturing Chemists, Buffalo, N. Y.