The Witness - Friday, 4 December, 1874


BELL--Dec. 1, at 18 & 20, Shankhill Road, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Robert Bell, of a daughter.

JOHNSTON--Nov. 21, at TattyrickIe, Fivemiletown, the wife of George Johnston, Esq., of a son.


CRAWFORD--CHERRY--Nov. 28, at Banbridge Parish Church, by the Rev. Henry Stewart, Hugh Crawford, Belfast, to Annie, eldest daughter of Mr. William Cherry, Banbridge.

DALE--MUSSEN--At Christ Church, Lisburn, by the Rev. Wm. D. Pounden, William Dale, to Anna Elizabeth Mussen, both of Lisburn.


GRAHAM--Dec. 2, at 5, Walnut Place, Donegall Pass, Belfast, Emma, wife of Moses Graham, aged 28 years.

GREER--Dec. 1, at the residence of her mother, High Street, Portadown, Maggie Ann (Sissie), only daughter of Mrs. Jones Greer, aged 8 years.

M'KNIGHT--Dec. 1, at her residence, Troopersfield, Lisburn. Alice, daughter of the late Robert M'Knight, Lisburn.

WALSHE--Dec. 1, at Fourmileburn, near Parkgate, Fontina Stuart, dearly beloved wife of William Wilson Walshe, aged 40 years.



IN the Court of Queen's Bench, Dublin, on Monday, in the case of William Lander v. Petronella Hallberg, Sergeant Armstrong applied to have the trial postponed. The action was for breach of promise. The plaintiff is a Deputy-Lieutenant for County Roscommon, and seek's to recover ten thousand pounds from the defendant, who married a gentleman property in County Leitrim. She is now resident with her husband in Florence, and the reason urged for a postponement was that she was in an interesting condition. Counsel for plaintiff opposed the motion, saying that nothing was disclosed in the affidavits to show that the defendant would be endangered by travelling, besides, she had not made any affidavit herself. The motion was refused with costs, but the case allowed to stand for a fortnight.

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AT the meeting of the Nenagh Board of Guardians last week, an able-bodied young woman applied for admission to the workhouse. The master stated that the applicant had been taken out of the house three months ago by a farmer, who had agreed to keep her in his service for twelve months. In reply to the chairman the applicant stated that the trade she was put to by her master was to "steal her neighbour's turf and strip their fences, in order to provide fuel for her master"--(loud laughter)--" and her conscience would not allow her to remain any longer at such a trade." (Renewed laughter). The chairman said that no person in his senses would believe such an extraordinary story, and the applicant was accordingly refused admission and ordered to return to her service, and if her master again put her to steal turf she was advised by the chairman to make the fact known to the nearest magistrate.

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A Very painful affair has been brought to light in Montreal--namely, the discovery of a young carried lady having 'been buried while in a trance. Apparently ill for two days, she was at the end of that time pronounced dead, and three days afterwards her funeral took place. After reaching the cemetery, the coffin was placed in the receiving vault or morgue, where a particular friend of the deceased from a distance, who only then arrived, expressed a wish to take a final look on the face of the deceased. The request was granted, the lid unscrewed, when to the horror of all the corpse was seen lying on its side, the head twisted round, the grave clothes disarranged, and the features contorted, bearing unmistakable evidence of a terrible struggle for breath, death eventually resulting from suffocation. It is supposed that the trance was broken through the jolting of the hearse while on the road to the cemetery, though, of course, only to smother the unfortunate being in the coffin. The whole circumstance has caused great consternation in the community.--Correspondent of Scotsman.

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IN an action, at the instance of a seaman, heard at the Greenock Sheriff Court on Wednesday, a melancholy case was narrated. Captain James Parsons, of the barque Nevada, of London, which has arrived at Greenock from Australia, stated that during the voyage he and his family had been wilfully poisoned. A half-caste West Indian was employed on board as cook and steward, and seems to have taken some unaccountable umbrage at the master. He is supposed to have obtained possession of a quantity of arsenic or other poison, and to have used it in an attempt to destroy the life of the master and those with him in the cabin. After he had partaken of a quantity of gruel one day, Captain Parsons became violently ill, and for a time he was affected immediately after food. The captain's wife and two of her children were on board., and they also became ill and exhibited symptoms of poisoning. Mrs. Parsons died after an illness of two days. On arrival at a port in Java medical assistance was obtained, and the Government doctor gave it as his opinion that the captain and his family had been poisoned. The steward was called to account for his crime, but there being no sufficient evidence against him he was allowed to go.

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Dublin, Thursday.

IN the Court of Probate, Dublin, to-day, before Judge WARREN and a special jury, the case of Kelly v. Armstrong came on for hearing.

This was a suit to establish the will of the late Mr. Thomas Strean, of Newtownards, in the County of Down, who died on the 11th July last, leaving property worth 30,000. The will was impeached by the widow and nephew of deceased on the usual statuteable grounds. The testator has bequeathed large sums to charitable purposes. The case has not concluded.


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The Witness - Friday, 11 December, 1874


CAMPBELL--Dec. 6, the wife of Joseph Campbell, Esq., Magherafelt, of a son,

CAPPER--Dec. 5, at 11, University Street, Belfast, the wife of John Capper, of a son.

CAMPBELL--Dec. 8, at 37, Albert Bridge Road, Mountpottinger, the wife of Mr. Robt. Campbell, of a daughter.


REANY--HOPPS--Dec. 5, at the Presbyterian Church, Minterburn, by the Rev. A. J. Wilson, B.A., Joseph Reany, Esq., Gortmerrin House, Eglish, Dungannon, to Miss Annie Hopps, Tynan, Co. Armagh.

WARNOCK--PATTERSON--Dec. 9, at Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. John Beatty, assisted by the Rev. J. M'Auley, Mr. H. C. Warnock, Ballynaskin, to Mary, daughter of Mr. John Patterson, Ballyroley, Donaghadee.


BELL--Dec. 8, at her residence, 146, Corporation Street, Belfast, Abigail Sarah Bell.

MOORE--Dec. 2, at 15, Queers Square, Glasgow, of scarlatina, Anna Eliza, daughter of W. P. Moore, aged 71/2 years.

M'ILWRATH--Dec. 6, at his fathers residence, High Street, Newtownards, of scarlatina, William, the beloved son of the Rev. William M'Ilwrath, aged 10 years and 2 months.

THOMPSON--At Ballyhenry, Carnmoney, Mrs. Margaret Thompson, aged 87 years.


Dublin, Friday.

The hearing of the case of Kelly v. Armstrong was resumed in the Probate Court, Dublin, to-day, before Judge Warren.

Mr. Robert Kelly, solicitor, one of the plaintiffs, was examined, and deposed to the earlier stages of his aquaintanceship with the deceased, Thomas Strain, and related all the circumstances of the relationship as stated by Mr. Falkiner, Q.C., in his opening statement the previous day. With respect to the marriage of the deceased with Elizabeth Gibson, or Keenan, he said that, previous to that, she had always acted as servant, but afterwards her position was changed. She sat at table, and otherwise took part in the household, but still continued to cook and do other offices, although there was another domestic in the house. The witness was then taken seriatim through the circumstances connected with the preparation of the various wills. In making a calculation for the purposes of the first will of the 12th April, 1856, he estimated the amount of cash which the deceased had at command, in deposits and otherwise, at 19,500. On the 10th May, 1856, he received a note from deceased asking him to come to Newtownards, as he wanted to make some alterations in his will. He went down on the 15th May, and received instructions. On the 21st May a letter reached him, the body of which was in the handwriting of the deceased, but the directions in that of Mr. Parr, manager of the Belfast branch of the Northern Bank. It instructed him to make his nephews, John and George, equal legatees under the will. He did so, and the instrument was executed on the 10th June, 1856, the witnesses being Mr. Parr, and Dr. Henry MacCormac, of Belfast. The will devised to witness the townland of Ballyrickard, which he had purchased in the Landed Estates Court. By the fourth will, of the 16th March 1866, he added to this devise the townland of Ballyhenry, which lay beside it. Witness never suggested that the devises should be made to him. On the 23rd May, 1868, the will of 1865 was altered, the residue being left to Dr. John Armstrong for life only, as the latter was drinking and not getting on well. On the 7th October a new will was made, leaving 2,500 to each of Dr. Armstrong's daughters, and reducing the annuity to George Armstrong from 100 to 75, and leaving the residue and remainder to witness. The last will was made on the 11th March, 1874.

In cross-examination by Mr. MACDONOUGH, witness said he never asked Mr. Strain to give him any benefit under the will. In the draft of the first will there was a bequest of 3,000 to him.

On your oath, was not the alteration of your legacy from 200 to 300, and was not the cipher added after this ? I wont swear that.

Will you swear it was or not ? I won't swear anything about it. It is here 3,000.

Judge WARREN--Do you understand the question, Mr. Kelly, and the answer you gave. You are asked was not the bequest of 200 changed to 300 first ?

Witness--I won't swear about it. Whatever alterations were made were made by the testator's instructions.

Mr. MACDONOUGH--Where did the 3,000 come from? I really don't know. I cannot explain that further than what I said. When were you desired to alter the 200 to 3,000? Between the 20th of March and the execution of the will. In the will of 1871 he was made residuary legatee. He did not ask the testator to do that. He could not tell how the testator announced to him that he would make him residuary legatee, but he instructed him to do so. He could not say that the testator expressed himself anxious for the welfare of the Armstrong children. By the will of 1871 the legacies to the children were payable at the age of 25, or before if they married to the satisfaction of the executors. The reason for that was that old Strain was afraid they might marry badly and lose the money. Mr. Taylor, one of the executors named in the present will, refused to act. At the first he consented, but subsequently withdrew. He never said to him (plaintiff) that the will was an improper one. Plaintiff was examined as to his connection with the will of Mr. Delacherois, of Donaghadee, under which he took a legacy of 3,000 and the residue. He gave up the bequest, but not the residue. He remembered preparing a will for Mrs. Beattie, of Belfast; he could not say what he gave himself or his son in that will. Messrs. Seeds, of Belfast, prepared another will in that case.

Mr. MACDONOUGH proposed to interrogate the plaintiff as to the circumstances of Mrs. Beattie's will.

Mr. FALKINER, Q.C., objected, and his lordship ruled in favour of the objection. After a brief re-examination of the plaintiff, the further hearing of the case was adjourned till next morning.


The case of Kelly v. Armstrong has been adjourned to the 14th January, in consequence of the indisposition of one of the jurors.

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The public are likely soon to hear the last of the Joy Street outrage and the Sligo murder for some time. On Wednesday the informations were completed, so far as the Belfast evidence is concerned against the prisoner M'Dade for the murder of Edward Ferguson in Sligo. That evidence disclosed a case which only awaits the formal identification of the articles stolen from the murdered man's house by Sligo witnesses to render it almost as strong as ever, was present in a court of justice. On Friday Edward Orme, Esq., R.M., and J. C. O'Donnell, Esq., R.M., commenced the investigation of the charge against the same prisoner and Brown, in connection with the Joy Street outrage. During the examination Mr. Norton, a scene of a strange and almost dramatic character took place. Having described what took place on the night of the occurrence, the witness was asked by Mr. O'Donnell if he could identify the person who had assaulted him. Norton gazed steadily at M'Dade, who with the other prisoner Brown was present in custody. M'Dade, evidently becoming impatient under the scrutiny, said sharply, "You are looking at me long enough.--Can't you say whether you know me or not?" The witness said he could not swear to the man M'Dade. "Well you may swear, I am the man that did the mischief. I now plead guilty to the charge -- this man (Brown) is innocent. He was not there, but he knew I was going to do it." Mrs. Norton positively identified M'Dade as the person who assaulted her. Mr. Keatley, pawnbroker, identified him as the person who pawned Norton's coat with him. Mr. Carswell one of the directors of the Discount Company, identified Brown as the person who came into the office between six and seven o'clock on the evening of the outrage, making some inquiries about a loan. We may explain that it is believed M'Dade entered the house, and went up stairs while Brown was occupying the attention of the person's in the office till he got concealed. This view was confirmed by the fact that about the same time Mrs. Norton heard the glass door opening and some one on the stairs. She asked who was there and got no answer. She believed however, it was either her husband or one of the directors. The prisoner, Alexander was discharged, and taken as a witness. He proved that a few days before the outrage he saw Brown cut wards out of a number of keys, and he saw the "jemmy" found in witness's house in the possession of M'Dade.

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THE Mayor of Belfast (Jas. Alex. Henderson, Esq., J.P.) has received the following official communication:--"Dublin Castle, December 2, 1874.--Sir,--I am directed by the Lord Lieutenant. to transmit to you the accompanying copies of proclamations of his Grace in Council--(1.) revoking the special proclamation dated 28th of August, 1872, of the Parish of Shankhill, in the Barony of Upper Belfast, in the County of Antrim; and (2.) revoking a special proclamation of the same date of certain townlands in the Barony of Lower and Upper Castlereagh, in the County of Down.--I am. Sir, your obedient servant, T. H. BURKE. The Mayor of Belfast." The official proclamations follow. The townlands affected in County Down are:--Strandtown and Ballyhackamore, in the Parish of Holywood, in the Barony of Lower Castlereagh; and the townlands of Ballymacarrett, Ballyrushboy, Multibogy, and Ballynafoy, in the Parish of Knockbreda, in the Barony of Upper Castlereagh.

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THE ship Pontiac, of Glasgow, 1,050 tons, belonging to Mr. A. Thomson, has been posted at Lloyd's as missing, and in a few days insurance will be paid on her as lost. The Pontiac sailed from Sunderland for Bombay with a cargo of coal in the beginning of April, and was spoken off the Isle of Wight on the 11th of that month, but has not since been heard of. She was a wooden ship, built at St. John, New Brunswick, by Sorely in 1865, and was surveyed at Shields before sailing. It is feared she has shared the fate which has recently befallen many other coal laden wooden ships, and has been burned, and thereafter sunk. She was commanded by Captain Boyle, and had a crew of about 25 men, who have all, it is believed, gone down with her.

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YESTERDAY, Miss Henderson, daughter of the Mayor of Belfast (J. A. Henderson, Esq., J.P.), was married in Belmont Presbyterian Church, to James Boyle, Esq., of the firm of Messrs. M'Lean & Boyle of this town. The church was crowded to overflowin", and the ceremony was performed by the Rev. John Moran. During the day flags were displayed from the steamers and principal shipping at the quay, as well as from the News-Letter Office, in honour of the event.


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The Witness - Friday, 18 December, 1874


DUNWOODY--Dec. 16, at 18, Carlisle Street, Mrs. R. Dunwoody, of a son.

ENGLISH--Dec. 14, at 9, Elgin Terrace, Belfast, the wife of James English, of a son.

GRAHAM-- December 8, at Gowan Bank, Higher Broughton, Manchester, the wife of Mr. David Graham, of a daughter.


DOUGAN--SIMPSON--Dec. 15, in the First Presbyterian Church, Armagh, by Rev. W. J. Brown, Redrock, Mr. David Dougan, of Ballymacauley, to Miss Sarah Simpson, of Cavonagrove.

DOUGAN--MOORE--Dec. 17, in the First Presbyterian Church. Armagh, by Rev. W. J, Brown, Redrock, Mr. John Dougan, of Ballymacauley, to Miss Maggie Moore, of Cavonagrove.

LOGAN--WOOD--October 22, at Trinidad, West Indies, Captain James Logan, eldest son of the late James Logan, of Castlereagh, Co. Down, Ireland, to Miss Rosa Lawrence Rebecca Wood, youngest daughter of the late Rev. Charles Wood (curate of St. Jude's, Turure, and St. Mark's Grenada), and Georgina Wood.

SMYTH--LONG--Dec. 15, by special licence, at the residence of the bride's mother, Coleraine, by the Rev. Robt. W. Fleming, assisted by Rev. James Reid Dill, Dromore, Omagh, the Rev. James Smyth, Crossgar, to Mary Frances Dill, daughter of the late Rev. Andrew Long, Monreagh, Derry.

WHITE--ROBINSON--Dec. 9, at Clyde View House, Partick, Glasgow, by the Rev. Henry M'Caw, minister of Claggan, Co. Tyrone (cousin of the bride), William White, Esq , Edinburgh, to Mary Alice, daughter of Robert Robinson, Esq.


ARMSTRONG--Dec. 11, at 6, College Place North, Belfast, Eleanor, daughter of Mr. James Armstrong, aged 18 years.

BAILIE--Dec. 11, suddenly, at his residence 3, Greenhill Gardens, Edinburgh, John Bailie, late of Ballynahinch, Co. Down.

CRAWFORD--Dec. 13, at 20, High Street, Belfast, John Crawford, Sergeant-at-Mace to the Belfast Town Council, aged 80 years.

DOUGLAS--Dec. 13, at Fitzpatrick Buildings, Ligoniel, Belfast, John, second son of John Douglas, Ligoniel.

GILLIGAN--Dec. 13, at 18, Berry Street, Belfast, Patrick, son of Daniel Gilligan, aged 9 months.

KEARNEY--Dec. 12, at her husband's residence, Diamond, Derry, Elizabeth wife of Mr. Patrick Kearney, aged 64 years.



CASTLEWELLAN TUESDAY EVENING.--The lad Magennis, who was arrested some time ago on suspicion of being implicated in the murder of an old man named Edward M'Kee, at Castlewellan, was brought up on remand to-day before the local magistrates, Messrs. M'Bride, Mulholland, and Lloyd.

Several witnesses were produced, and their evidence taken, after which Mr. Johnston, solicitor, applied, on behalf of the Crown, for a further remand of eight days. Mr.Crawley, solicitor, who represented the prisoner, opposed the Application, which, after some discussion, was granted. The prisoner was then removed.

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THE inquiry into the circumstances connected with the murder of Margaret Langtry at Templepatrick, on the 30th Oct. last, has been going on for several days in the Board-room of the Co. Antrim Jail, Wore Lord Templetown, Mr. Montgomery, P.M., and Captain Brooke J.P. A great mass of evidence had been collected and brought before them, and principally tending to connect the prisoner, William Bill, with the commission of the crime. The inquiry, which throughout was strictly private, was concluded on Tuesday.

Mr. M'LEAN, Sessional Crown Solicitor, who had conducted the prosecution, applied to have the prisoner returned for trial at the ensuing Assizes. The magistrates unanimously decided on sending him for trial. The prisoner, who declined to make a statement, was then formally committed.


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The Witness - Friday, 24 December, 1874


CORRY--Dec. 20, at 2, Walnut Street, Donegall Pass, Belfast, the wife of Mr. Hubert Corry, of a son.

M'DOWELL--Dec. 19, at 48, Clifton Park Avenue, Belfast, the wife of R. W. M'Dowell, of a daughter.

ROSS--Dec. 18, at Ballyboggy House, the wife of Rev. John Ross, of a daughter.


BURROWS--WHEATLEY--Dec. 22, at Trinity Church, Belfast, by the Rev. I. H. Deacon, Alex. Burrows. Hillsborough, to Mary, daughter of Samuel Wheatley, Hillsborough.

CONNOR--M'lLFATRICK--Dec. 22. at Terrace Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, by the Rev. R. B. Wylie, LL.D., pastor loci, John Connor, Hawthorn Villa, Moneysharvin, near Maghera, to Lizzie, only daughter of William M'Ilfatrick, Esq., Newmarket Street, Coleraine.

HAMILL--DRAIN--Dec. 18, at the Presbyterian Church, Ballywillan, by the Rev. M. Woodburn, Mr. John Hamill, Ballykeel, to Miss Margaret A. Drain, Glenmanus.


BURNS--Dec. 20, at Erris Grove, Boyle, Eliza, the beloved wife of James Burns.

BRACKENRIDGE--Dec. 23, at 56, Henry Street, Margaret, eldest daughter of the late Samuel Brackenridge, aged 32 years.

BLAIR--Dec. 22, at 195, North Queen Street, Belfast, Mary Eliza, youngest child of Mr. James Blair, aged 9 months.

CARLILE--Dec. 21, at her late residence, Purdysburn, Eleanor, relict of the late John Carlile, aged 70 years.

HENRY--Dec. 19, at Clones, Co. Monaghan, Howard, the youngest and dearly beloved son of Richard Henry, M.D., aged 15 years.

HOLMES--Dec. 19, at Annavale, Henrietta Shaw, relict of the late William Holmes, Esq., Gobbins, Islandmagee, aged 62 years.

ORR--At the residence of her son, Henderson Orr, Meadow Street, Belfast, Mary A. Orr, relict of the late John Orr, aged 90 years.

WILSON--At Wisconsin, U.S.A., Mr. John Wilson, late of Scarva, Co. Down, aged 65 years.



THE returns of the Registrar General for the quarter ended 30th September last show that--

There were 5,387 MARRIAGES registered in Ireland during the second quarter of the present year, this number being equal to an annual rate of 4.1 marriages in every 1,000 of the estimated population ; the average for the corresponding quarter of the preceding three years was 5,517, or 4.1 per 1,000 of the estimated mean population for that period. Of the 5,387 marriages registered during the quarter ended 30th June last, 3,464 were between Roman Catholics, and 1,923 between Protestants ; the former number affording an annual rate of 3.4 per 1,000 of the estimated Roman Catholic population, against an average rate of 3.5 per 1,000 for the second quarter of the years 1871-3, and the latter being equal to 6.2 per 1,000 of the estimated number of Protestants, against an average of 6.3 per 1,000.

The BIRTHS registered during the third quarter of this year amounted to 33,768, being equal to an annual ratio of 1 in every 39.3, or 25.4 per 1,000 of the estimated population. The average number of births registered during the corresponding quarter of the previous five years was 34,061, or 25.3 per 1,000 of the estimated mean population of those years. The number of births registered during the quarter in the registration province of Leinster represents an annual rate of 25.0 per 1,000 of the estimated population; in Munster the rate was 25.5; in Ulster 25.0; and in Connaught 26.8 per 1,O00, The following counties had the highest birth rates--Mayo, 30.3 per 1,000 of the estimated population, Antrim, 29.1 per 1,000; Kerry, 28.4; Carlow, 28.2; Dublin, 27.2 per 1,000; Louth, 26.6; and Armagh, 26.0. The counties having the lowest birth rates were--Meath, 19.6 per 1,000; Fermanagh, 21.4; Tyrone, 22.1; Monaghan, 22.5; Queen's County 22.7; and Wexford, 22.8.

The DEATHS registered in Ireland during the quarter ended 30th September last, amounted to 19,636, affording an annual ratio of 1 in every 67.7, or 14.8 per 1,000 of the estimated population, which rate is 1 per 1,000 over the average for the third quarter of the preceding five years. The deaths registered in Leinster during the quarter afford an annual rate of 17.6 in every 1,000 of the estimated population of the province; the rate in Munster was 13.9, in Ulster 14.9, and in Connaught 11.7 per 1,000, The annual death rate represented by the number of deaths registered during the quarter was highest in the following counties:--Dublin, 23.1 per 1,000 of the estimated population; Antrim 19.0 per 1,000; Westmeath, 18.7; Carlow, 18.1; Armagh, 16.3; and Longford, 16.0. The registered mortality was the lowest in the following counties:-- Leitrim and Sligo, in each of which the rate represented was 10.6 per 1,000; Mayo, in which it was 11.4; Kerry and Roscommon, each 11.9; and Cavan, 12.6 per 1,000.

EMIGRATION.--According to the returns obtained by the Royal Irish Constabulary and the .Metropolitan Police, who acted as enumerators at the several Irish seaports, the number of emigrants who left the ports of Ireland during the quarter ended 30th September last, was 17,688--8,970 males and 8,718 females-- being 1,744 less than the number who emigrated during the corresponding quarter of 1873.


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