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'Ab, yes,' said Miriam; and recovering herself harm him to be removed from the hotel to lodgings, with an effort, she told the man she would see or a house, as short a distance off as such accommoMr St Quentin presently, and dissuade him from dation could be procured? That, the doctor said, attempting to cross, in his state of illness. Already might be possible, if he had a tolerably good night. the weather was unfavourable, and expected to be It was then agreed between Miriam and the doctor

that the best arrangement possible of this kind She did see Mr St Quentin, and she attempted should be made on the following day, to pacify the to dissuade him from his purpose, but in vain. He patient, though, the doctor thought it right to was coldly, sulkily, immovably determined. She warn her, he did not anticipate that it would be left him, feeling uneasy, but yet persuaded that he advisable to allow Mr St Quentin to make even so could not be, in reality, so ill as he appeared, or much exertion. he would not subject himself to the risk and suffer- Then, in her turn, Miriam employed the teleing of so great an exertion. On the following day, graph. She sent the following message to Walter : though the weather was worse, and he did not We are at the Grand Hotel at Dover. Mr St appear to be any better, he persisted in his pur- Quentin is dangerously ill. Can you come to me? pose, and was taken on board the steamer with an I beg of you to come, if possible, by the first train amount of difficulty which Miriam expected to find to-morrow.' considerably increased when it should come to The closing in of the night around illness, susgetting him on shore.

pense, and watching is always terrible, even in The steamer was alongside the pier; the wretched, one's own home, with all the quiet, sympathy, and draggled, dizzy, tired passengers had landed, and consideration which home implies. Miriam never were dispersing, and Miriam's servants had ordered forgot the closing in of the night in that strange rooms at a hotel, and had the luggage carried place, and with all the discomfort of a hotel, of thither. Mr and Mrs St Quentin were the last strange faces, unsympathising servants, and her persons remaining on board. He still lay moaning own overwhelming fatigue. She was not old on the narrow sofa, and she still knelt, holding a enough to do without sleep, or to endure broken restorative to his nostrils. But he must be moved rest, and she had never felt so tired in her life. now, and with much difficulty he was carried on The rolling of the steamer was in her head, she shore to the hotel ; his face being completely was sick and giddy, but her mind was clear enough, covered, and his form merely a mass of wraps. and busy with her position and its future probaThere was a good deal of bustle on their arrival, bilities. The disposition of their rooms, a sittingand Miriam ordered the men to take him at once room and two bedrooms, all three communicating to his room. This was done, and the assistants with each other, was fortunate. Mr St Quentin had dismissed, without any one present having seen been placed in the inner room, and the next was the face of the sick man.

for Miriam. It was not until every preparation had Presently he recovered a little strength, and the been made for carrying out the doctor's instructions first use he made of it was to order his valet to during the night, that Miriam had even the relief despatch a telegram to Messrs Ross and Raby, of changing her dress. She was looking ill and directing them to send a confidential clerk to Dover wan, and her face bore an expression of concenon the following day—'a person competent to take trated care and anxiety. Mr St Quentin was in an instructions for the preparation of a will, were alarming state of pain and exhaustion for several the words of the message-as he was detained there hours, but then became much easier, and Miriam by illness.

yielded to the persuasion of her maid, an English“I feel I shall not be able to travel for some woman, who had replaced Bianca, and permitted days,' said Mr St Quentin, in which the doctor, her to take the post of watcher beside the sick man who was presently sent for to see him, so entirely until the morning. Miriam was staggering with coincided, that he told Miriam he was astonished fatigue, and her fear of falling asleep and neglectMr St Quentin had outlived the journey from ing the patient decided her. She saw the valet Paris.

before she left her husband's room, and instructed Miriam was inexperienced, and had never yet him to go out into the town on the following mornassociated any serious idea with Mr St Quentin's ing, and endeavour to procure apartments, or a illness. All old men had gout, she believed ; and, furnished house, ready for immediate occupation. of course, if he would persist in taking doses of At length her aching head was laid upon her powerful and dangerous medicines to check it, pillow, but it was long before she slept: her limbs instead of staying quietly in his bed, and suffering twitched from fatigue ; her restlessness was disdecently like other people, she supposed he must tressing, for she wanted to think, if she might not expect to be much worse than other people ; and sleep. that was all she had thought about it." But he This was, she felt sure, a crisis in her life. Not had suffered such agonising pain

at Calais, and had so much because she might be about to lose her been ill after so different a fashion from anything she husband, but because, whether he lived or died, it had seen before, that she was very much alarmed, was plain to her he was going to decide her fate

. and began to feel quite bewildered by her solitude. He was about to make a will, and on that will The doctor was decisive about the impossibility must depend the solution of the question whether of moving his patient for several days, under the her great speculation, as she had bitterly called most favourable circumstances, and Miriam en- her marriage in her thoughts, was a failure or a treated him to tell Mr St Quentin this. The invalid | success. If he did not secure to her by this will was much disconcerted, and declared his abhorrence the continuance of the wealth she had enjoyed of being at a hotel. He detested such places ; he since her marriage, then she should have sacrificed was sure he should never get better in one of them. her youth, her beauty, her conscience, incurred the He was told plainly that even a short journey by degradation of a loveless marriage, and exposed rail might, and probably would, kill him. Could it herself to the inalevolent ridicule of the world, for


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a few years of luxury and pleasure, just enough to It was from the firm of Ross and Raby, and unfit her for humbler things and simpler enjoy- informed Mr St Quentin that a confidential clerk ments. She was sorry for Mr St Quentin. She would wait on him at noon on that day. Mr St did not like to see him suffer ; but there was no Quentin then said he thought he could sleep for stronger feeling than natural compassion in this awhile, but gave orders, as emphatic as in his no softening of the mistrustful anger with which wenk state he could make them, that the gentleshe recalled his late conduct, and speculated on man from Messrs Ross and Raby was to be brought his present intentions. She had no reason to think to him, immediately on his arrival. He fell asleep that the sufferings he had undergone, or her assi- very soon, and Miriam sat, hidden from him by duous attendance on him during these latter days, the bed-curtains, listening now to his breathing, had had any influence on his feelings towards anon to the ticking of the clock on the mantelher. He was tranquil and easy, but not sleeping, piece, sometimes to the wind and rain. She wonwhen she left his room, and she had said a few dered there had been no message from Walter. kind words, and taken his hand. But he had only Perhaps he would arrive at the same time with this muttered something inarticulate in reply, and lawyer from London; but it did not matter. Then drawn his hand coldly away. This had not hurt she read the telegram again. The confidential

she cared nothing for him; but it had kept clerk of Messrs Ross and Raby was not coming up the alarm she had never ceased to feel.

direct from town—the message said 'from Deal.' For a long time Miriam lay awake, hearing, No doubt he was already in the neighbourhood on through the open door, the occasional murmurs, business. She would look at the Railway Guide, moans, or impatient questions of the sick man, to find out by what train Walter might arrive. and the soothing answers of the watcher, or her The book was in the sitting-room, and she rose and quiet movements in the adjoining room ; but at passed through her own bedroom with a noiseless length, when the wintry dawn was not far off, she step, leaving the doors unclosed. She found the fell asleep, and awoke, reluctantly, only at the Railway Guide, and was looking over it, leaning appointed hour, when her maid, looking pale and on the table, when she heard steps in the corridor weary, came to rouse her.

close to the door, and one of the hotel servants Mr St Quentin had been very ill towards morn- turned the handle gently, and looked in. Then ing, but the pain had again yielded to remedies, he threw the door open, and said: “Mrs St and he was quiet now. Miriam arose, put on a Quentin is here, sir.' warm dressing-gown, and took her place beside Miriam turned her head, and saw Walter. him, dismissing her maid to rest.

‘Do not come down until I send for you, she It was a strange meeting. They spoke hursaid. "If he refuses to have a nurse, I must get riedly, cautiously, lest they should disturb the the doctor to speak to him, and persuade him.' sleeper. Miriam could not close the doors, lest he

The doctor came early, and was not encouraging. should call for anything, for he was alone. They Mr St Quentin was greatly reduced in strength, looked long in each other's face, and they both sighed. and there was such debility about the action of Miriam led her brother to the farthest extremity of the heart, that the utmost care and quiet would the room, and seated herself beside him, encircled be necessary. Miriam explained that Mr St Quen- by his arms. How handsome he was looking, she tin was expecting a gentleman from London on thought, but so much older; and how strangely business. Must he be refused admittance? The gray his hair was, almost as gray as Mr St Quentin's, doctor looked embarrassed. It would certainly be Eager question, and answer as eager, soon placed better that he should have nothing to excite or agi- Walter Clint in possession of the circumstances tate him ; but still- Did Mrs St Quentin know under which his sister had summoned him, and whether the business in question was important ? confirmed him in his general impression of Miriam's Very important. It was to give instructions for married life. Then she acknowledged what her his will." The doctor looked exceedingly grave. purpose had been, until Mr St Quentin's illness He was very sorry to find that his patient had so had prevented its accomplishment, and received anxious and imperative a duty on his mind, but from Walter a hasty assurance that she should he could not, considering the immense importance come to him and Florence when she pleased. of such business, and the extreme uncertainty Miriam had so much to say to him, the immediate which, he felt himself bound to acknowledge, circumstances were so pressing, that she lost all attended Mr St Quentin's present state, absolutely sense of his long absence, and made no allusion to prohibit the lawyer's visit. He would see Mr St his adventures. Beyond the surprise of the first Quentin again, when this trying ordeal had been moment, and the sense of the alteration in the gone through. He then left Miriam, deeply im- faces, present to the minds of both, there was no pressed by his gravity of look and manner, and in strangeness after a little while. Miriam told him great perplexity.

that Mr St Quentin had as yet made no will, and She knew nothing about what her position would that a lawyer was to arrive in little more than an be, what her legal rights, if Mr St Quentin should hour's time to make one, and that she had reason die without having made a will, and she had every to believe she

should be left with only a bare reason to believe, if he did make a will, it would pittance. be most unfavourable to her. What should she How do you know?' asked Walter. (What do? Was it in her power to do anything? horrible treachery and injustice !'

Mr St Quentin's valet had come to attend on 'I will tell you. I have seen some memoranda his master, and was in the room when she returned of his-they are there, in that desk—on the floor to it. He was going out soon on the business with at this moment, by which it is evident he which she had charged him. A servant came to means

Hush ! what's that? Did he call ? the door with a telegram.

She arose, went to the open folding-door, and *Bring that to me, Bolton,' said Mr St Quentin. stood listening. Mr St Quentin did not call, did

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not speak. After a minute of deep silence, she core breaks off, and comes up with the drill ; was moving back towards Walter again, when they but in large holes, the separation is effected by a both heard a distinct and peculiar sound. It was blast. An important recommendation of this drill not articulate-it was like the noise, half-clicking, is the speed at which it works. It will bore a twohalf-grating, which a clock makes an instant before inch hole four feet into hard rock in an hour. We it strikes. She stopped, and again stood perfectly are informed that the diamonds last for many still, then said: 'It certainly comes from his room. months or years, and sharpen themselves ; which I shall just look at him, and be back in a moment.' means probably that they do not get blunt. From

She went quickly, but quite noiselessly, Walter's this it will be understood that blasting operations eyes following her through the intervening bed can now be carried on at a much quicker rate than room, but, as she passed into her husband's room, with the ordinary steel drill ; and though the cost she partially closed the folding-doors, and Walter of diamonds is large, it is soon paid for by the lost sight of her.

increased quantity of work. There was no repetition of the sound. Miriam The puddling of iron has long been regarded as looked about. All was precisely as she had left it. among the most laborious of human work, and at The sick man was lying huddled up, and with his the same time inevitable, for puddling by machinhead bent downwards, turned towards the wall. ery was held to be an impossibility. But a rotary The rain splashed upon the windows, and the wind puddling-machine has been invented in America ; rumbled in the chimney. Miriam passed round a few practical Englishmen have crossed the sea the head of the bed with a light step, kneeled to examine it, and their report is so favourable down on its other side, between the bed and the that, as is stated, four hundred and fifty new furwall, to look closely at her husband, and found naces to work the new machine are to be built herself gazing into the fixed, senseless eyes, wide within the next two or three years. Of course the open, and

upon the fallen ashy features of a dead inventor will get a handsome royalty ; but, as the face.

cost of manufacture will be from ten to fifteen shillings a ton less than at present, and the quality

of the iron will be superior, the gain to the manuTHE MONTH:

facturers will be great. It is said that when the

new furnaces come into operation, they will add SCIENCE AND ARTS.

three hundred thousand tons to the annual producREADERS of the Month cannot fail to be aware tion of iron. For the benefit of uninitiated readers, that for some years past attempts have been made we may explain that puddling is the process by to apply machinery for excavation in mines. These which melted cast-iron is stirred about in a roaring attempts appear now to be brought to a successful furnace until, by exposure to heat and air, it becomes issue, so far as the 'getting of coal is concerned. In converted into wrought-iron. The new machine a mine near Barnsley, a machine has been set to will puddle more than a thousand pounds' weight work, which, in about two and a half hours, cut a at once, and finish by rolling the molten mass into bank' of coal fifty-eight yards long and four feet a single ball ready for hammering. eight inches thick, to a depth of three feet one In America, dynamite has been used at ironinch. This, even to persons inexperienced in coal- works to break up large masses of metal in readimining, will appear remarkable ; and when we ness for melting. Holes are drilled in

the metal ; add that a new coal-breaking machine has been the charge of dynamite is inserted, and fired by introduced which breaks off the coal in huge electricity, and the mass is at once blown to fragblocks, it will be understood that the great waste ments. in dust and small-coal involved in the present A German metallurgist recommends a cement system of coal-mining will be avoided.

for joining pieces of iron, or stopping cracks or A German has made experiments to ascertain leaky joints, to be composed of sixteen parts of the amount of loss that coal undergoes when ex- clean wrought iron-filings, three of powdered salposed to the weather. It will perhaps surprise ammoniac, and two of flowers of sulphur. This many readers to hear that the loss is considerable. mixture is to be worked into a stiff paste by adding Anthracite and cannel-coal, as might be anticipated water containing a very small quantity of sulphuric from their compactness, suffer least ; but ordinary acid, and the paste must be used at once or it will bituminous coal loses nearly one-third in weight, become too hard. and nearly one-half in gas-making quality. From The use of the sand-blast (to which we have this it will be understood that coal should be kept more than once called attention) for engraving and dry and under cover; and that to expose it to rain ornamenting stone and glass, is now fully recogor damp is to lessen its quantity and weaken its nised in the United States. The Franklin Institute quality. Here, too, we have an explanation of the have conferred a medal on the inventor ; and they inferiority of the great heaps of small-coal which say of the process, that glass ornamented thereby encumber the ground in the mining districts. can only be compared with that etched by power

A description has been published of the Patent ful acids, yet the entire absence of all undercutting Diamond Drill, from which we give a few particu- renders it superior ; and that some of the effects lars which may be interesting to readers gener- produced would be hard to imitate by any other ally. This Drill may be likened to a piece of known mechanical process, and yet the sand-blast iron gas-pipe of which one end is faced with small produces them with an ease and precision truly diamonds ; this is the cutting end, and may be remarkable. used either in the vertical or horizontal position. Clean plates are essential in photography, and The drill being made to rotate rapidly by steam, Dr Anthony has read a paper to the Photographie cuts into the rock a ring-shaped hole, with a core Society in which he reviews different ways of platein the centre; and overheating is prevented by cleaning for photographic purposes, and pronounces water forced into the hole. In small holes, the on what he considers as the best, or least trouble




some. There is nothing more vexatious, he says, variable for 2 months. In 1863, S.W. for 8 than attempting to wipe wet plates dry with a months, N.E. 1 month, W. 1 month, and variable. towel supposed to be clean; for he has never In 1864, Ş. W. for 5 months, N. 11 month, S.E. } found any cloth, towel, or leather, however free month, and variable. In 1865, S.W. for 7 months, it was presumed to be from the article soap, but N. 2 months, W. 1} month, and variable. it seemed capable of leaving smears of some kind 1866, S. W. for 6 months, W. 2 months, E. 1 month, on the surface of the glass ; and in his experience N.E. 4 month, and variable. In 1867, S.W. for these smears cannot be got rid of. All this trouble 83 months, N.E. 1 month, E. 1 month, N. 1 month, and imperfection may be avoided by rinsing the and variable. In 1868, S.W. for 8 months, N. 14 plates in a bath of cyanide of potassium, which month, W. 11 month, N.E. 1 month. In 1869, being very soluble, leaves nothing of itself upon S.W. for 5 months, N.E. 2 months, W. and N. the plates, and they come out.chemically clean,' each 1 month, S. $ month, and variable. In 1870, which, as the initiated know, is the very perfec- S.W. 6 months, N.E. 3 months, S. and N. each tion of cleanliness. While recommending the month, W. 1 month, and variable. A record such cyanide for this purpose, Dr Anthony is careful as this is not only interesting in itself, but is valuto add that, by proper precautions, its poisonous able for purposes of meteorology. The Society effects may be entirely obviated.

above mentioned have now published continuous To make wine from malt has often been a ques- tables with detailed explanations for a period of tion among chemists and scientific brewers, and thirty years, and it is greatly to be desired that now the question has been answered by the manu- they will continue the series decade by decade facture of red beer,' or malt wine, at a brewery in until the laws of the wind are fully discovered. North Germany. The beer thus produced is de- To those who are always grumbling at our climate, scribed as of a character something between Rhine it must be a great satisfaction to see how largely wine and Burgundy, with a port-wine flavour, very the S.W. wind, which brings us pleasant weather, lively and agreeable ; and that when looked at in predominates. a glass it behaves like good wine, clings to the The Astronomical Society have given their gold inside of the glass, and there exhibits what the medal to Signor Schiaparelli, Director of the ObserGermans call church-windows.' This, however, vatory at Milan, to mark the high value they set is an effect which crafty wine-merchants know on the researches by which, after years of study, how to produce by the addition of a small quantity he has discovered the law of identity of comets of glycerine to their liquor. The red beer, as may and meteors. His principal propositions are, that be supposed, is made without hops ; but so far celestial matter may be classed as fixed stars, as yet tried it keeps well in bottle.

agglomerations of small stars, or resolvable nebulæ in connection herewith we may appropriately -comets, which are invisible except when apmention that it has been found that paraffine mixed proaching the sun, and fourth, small particles comwith benzole or Canada balsam makes an excellent posing a cosmical cloud. When these clouds enter glazing for frescoes ; and that pure paraffine poured our system, they become drawn out, so to speak, hot into a cask and allowed to coat the whole of the into long strips, which gradually change to a stream inside, will prevent evaporation through the wood, of particles, and of these streams the number is and deterioration of the wine with which the cask very great, whereby the particles appear as showers may be filled.

of falling stars. Mr Wildman Whitehouse has invented what he Thus, says Mr Lassell, President of the Astrocalls a differential micro-barograph, which indicates nomical Society, meteors and other celestial changes in the pressure of the atmosphere even phenomena of like nature, which a century ago if not more than a thousandth of an inch. It were regarded as atmospheric phenomena, are now registers these changes by, a very simple process proved to belong to the stellar regions, and to be and in a form which can be kept for permanent in truth-falling stars. They have the same reference. The instrument is not easy to describe relation to comets as the asteroids have to the without a diagram ; but it combines glass vessels planets ;' in both cases their prodigious numbers partly filled with water, and connected by tubes, make up for their small size. We may presume,' in which the requisite vacuum is produced, and is continues Mr Lassell, that it is certain that falling connected with an air-chamber of large capacity. stars, meteors and aërolites, differ in size only, and It is so sensitive that even the slamming of a door not in composition; and that they are an example will produce a mark on the register, and it records of what the universe is composed of. As in them with great fidelity all the atmospheric waves, large we find no elements foreign to those of the earth, or small, which pass over it. Another merit is we may infer the similarity of composition of all that it gives very early indications of perturbations the universe: a fact already suggested by the at a distance, and thus may render important revelations of the spectroscope. service in the hands of competent meteorologists. It is hardly possible for an astronomer to think

In the Quarterly Journal of the Meteorological of the researches here briefly described without a Society, Mr Glaisher

, of Greenwich Observatory, glow of admiration. has given an elaborate statement of the direction In our last Month, mention was made of the of the wind for ten years, 1861–1870. The tables grand display of aurora of February 4.

From contained in this statement are very instructive, information since received, we now know that it and as all persons are more or less interested, we was seen in the southern hemisphere, as well as present a few particulars. The small amount com- here in the north ; and some meteorologists are of paratively of easterly winds seems somewhat sur- opinion that 'in all probability a visible electroprising. In 1861, the wind blew from the S.W. magnetic zone enveloped the whole earth.' for 7 months, N.E. 2), months, W. 11 month, and The little kingdom of Saxony has for some years E. and N. for month each. In 1862, S.W. for 7% ranked among the best taught of the states of months, W. for 2 months, N.E. for 1 month, and Germany. But it was found that youths of the

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lower classes during their years of apprenticeship forgot great part of what they had learned at school, for although there were Sunday schools and evening schools established by the government and local authorities, attendance thereat was not compulsory. Now, however, a law has been passed to compel attendance at an evening school during three years of the apprenticeship, and by this, it is thought, the young people who are learning trades will be enabled to retain the knowledge already acquired, if not to increase it. This measure on the part of the Saxon government is deserving of all praise ; and it will be interesting to watch the progress of education in that section of the German empire, and compare it with that of neighbouring powers.



Quaint Frankfort nestles by the Main.

The broad flood rolls below the town With many a foaming warp and strain,

Past vineyards, mills, and bridges brown. The streets are thick with press of trade; Gilt tabards flout the tavern door ;

Stout burghers in the market prate; Housed in the grim cathedral's shade, The red-capped country merchants roar;

The sharp-spurred Prussian stalks elate.

We left the dusky gallery,

Where, high above dark maple floors, Gleamed from the panels, three and three,

The gold ghosts of the Emperors. From backgrounds mailed Byzantine-wise, The gorgeous shadows glimmered through

Procession vast of son and sire ! There one robe counted fifty dyes, Here this one streamed, a world of blue ;

But, rounding all, a flare of fire.

Hirschgraben they have named the street:

Its gables, sheer, triangular,
Blotched by recurrent frost and heat,

Give issue thin to moon or star;
Sly dormer casements twinkle high,
Deep doors below keep wind and gloom,

Long halls show gleams of garden green ;
Huge chimneys slant against the sky,
Odd shadows brood in every room,

And cobwebs droop from wall and screen.
And this, indeed, was once his home!

(Triumphant Number Twenty-three !) These tiles he trod-these stairs he clomb,

Up high as eye can strain to see.
Perhaps he leaned across this sill,
And watched, above the court-yard wall,

That deep-aisled chestnut gather leaf,
What time the swallow's cry is shrill,
When winds and showers are musical,

And clouds are low, and light is brief. We pitied him whose starved critique

Would mar the quiet of the place,
Preferring the austere Antique

To our full-blooded, riper grace.
Fool ! leave to us this precious hour,
The glass case and its treasured freight-

The blotted leaf, the fretted glove,
The rusted quill that bore such flower !
The mildewed seal, the faded date,

The page that tells of Werther's love. A time-old music haunts the place;

(Outside the Strass for tumult roars), Strange lights across the ceiling race,

Strange shadows lurk about the doors.
Here all his ribboned letters lie;
A violet, five cones of pine-

Gathered in what forgotten woods !
A pencilled sketch from Italy—
Three peaks above a land of wine,

White with the rush of torrent floods. 'I knew him,' quoth our wrinkled guide,

When I was young, and he grown old; His great, broad temples, either side,

Were touched with hard and grizzled gold.
His dreams were vast, his words were few,
Yet sown with tangled germ and seed.

He was our clear apocalypse,
Who plumbed our better future true,
Rousing the world from thought to deed

With trumpet-blasts of fifty lips.
"He died—we bragged about his fame,

The thing least precious which he gave; Came after-years, and spikes of flame

Made fiery garlands for his graveSharp flames that stung our dullish sense, Too tame to face the Difficult,

And sloughing strength in dose and tranceFierce fires whose spikes meant no Pretence. You smiling ask : The great result ?

Look up to uslook down on France !' So babbled he, abstracted-lost

In the weird measures of his strain,
Till we had gained the street, and crossed

The market leaning on the Main.
His voice pursued us through the night,
Long after Frankfort's heaped-up eaves.

Grew black against a heaven of wine-
Till Mayence blossomed into light,
And one saw through the vineyards' leaves,


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