Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, December 31, 1889, Page 2, Image 2

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Plie-Ghairman-of the Carnegie
Srce Library Commission
leSArgues Strongly for Permanent
Control of the Project.
The Carnegie Free Library is so fast ap
proaching completion that public interest
may well be said to be very keen in refer
ence to the eventual acceptance by the city
of Allegheny of Mr. Carnegie's superb gift,
and the manner in which it is destined to
"controlled. The action of the Allegheny
City Property Committee on last Saturday
evening has stirred tip a great deal of dis
cission of the various phases of the future
of the library. Some surprise has been
manifested that the control ot a gift of such
kcope and such character should be made
Ihe subject of an unseemly wrangle at least
the views ot leading Alleghenians so style
the committee discussion. Others say that
bad Mr. Carnegie supposed that ward poli
tics and flings at aristocracy would be
Jugged into a matter so widely removed
from ordinary councilmanic business he
might have hesitated before depositing in
the lap of Allegheny a gift which could be
made the subject of the bear-garden politics
which might be reasonably supposed to ap
pertain to the appointment of a hog em
pounder. There were absolutely no limitations or con
ditions imposed by Mr. Carnegie in the cre
ation of his magnificent library, and it was
undoubtedly his hope and belief that dis
cretion and good sense would characterize
the acceptance of the gilt and its permanent
control. A Dispatch representative, who
made a tour yesterday among Allegheny's
Best citizens, fonnd that without a single
"jeeeption there was great disappointment
expressed that any member of Councils
hould stand upon political niceties or ex
ediences, or be tenacious of hard-won pc
itical prestige in any matter that apper
tained to the library. The feeling was that
'ie whole matter should be placed upon a
lusiness plane as far removed from the
inrly-burly of politics as was the institu
tion itself. That an improper spirit had al
ready cropped out seemed to be universally
A man who can write seven figures after
bis name gave utterance to the opinion that
in no city of America could be found a
more complete and beautifully appointed
library than that which Mr.Carnegie was now
nearly ready to call upon the Allegheny
public to admire and enjoy. Lavishly ap
pointed, with absolutely nothing neglected
which could conbuce either to exterior or
Interior, with the original estimates long
since and most generously exceeded, the
free library -is unique and exquisitely
beautiful to the last degree. The million
Sire in auestion said that when Mr. Car
negie came to the city with such a real and
genuine benefaction, it would be a most
crave and irreparable mistake if the catho
licity of the donor's views were not met
more than half way by the citizens' repre
nfatives in Council. "Ii the city of Al
echeny,' concluded the speacer, "cannot
fiord to receive that gift and maintain it
pon the 'broadest-minded and most non--ohtical
plane, the solid citizens of Alle
beny want'fo know it V
Another Alleghenian' said that he hoped
icerclv that those gentlemen in Councils
ho were, jocularly speaking, "clothed in a
ittle brief authority," would paue before
insisting upon attaching political signifi
cance to matters in connection with the
free library. The institution was intended
essentially for the people, and not as a rally
ing ground for politicians or a citadel tor
the use of political factions in or out of
Councils. "It's at a critical stage in its
history, is this free librarv." said this gen
peman, "and there should be nothing done
which the light of experience will show to
have been a mistake. I'm afraid to speak
toy mind in regard to the phase which has
shown to the people that the relentless
spoilsmen intend to swoop upon our beauti
ful library, for I might say something which
would offend some one. But all I feel like
saying is to echo Punch's famous advice to
voung people contemplating matrimony,
which was 'Don't.' "
Vjlany efforts have been recently made to
obtain 'from Mr. James B. Scott, Chairman
of the Carnegie Free Library Building Com
mission, his views upon the snbject of the
permanent control of the magnificent library
and music hall, which have grown to their
present exquisite proportions and admirable
completeness under his experienced eye. As
chairman of the commission, and charged
with the expenditure of any sums necessary
to make the enterprise a successful entirety,
Mr. Scott has worked incessantly to obtain
the best results from the expenditures of the
committee. During the entire time of build
ing ' Mr. Scott has at least once a day. and
frequently oftener, visited the building.
Many modifications of the original plans
bare been made by him, and when the orig
inal gift ot 5250,000 was consumed, Mr.Scott
was -made the disburser of Mr. Carnegie's
further liberality in the completion of de
tails and the elaboration of designs.
fjlX then, anyone should be considered
qualified to speak ex cathedra upon the sub
feet Mr. Scott can be considered the man.
He was seen vesterday at his office, and re
quested to give The Dispatch the benefit
ol iisjviews.
."Js'ow, really," remarked Mr. Scott, "I
am very reluctant to say anything upon this
batter. Sustaining the peculiar relations
to the whole enterprise that I do, I have
felt the utmost disinclination to appearing
r'Bu't, Mr. Scott," remonstrated the re
porter, "now is the very time to acquaint
Jheipublic with the views of those who have
en the benefaction of Mr. Carnegie ripen
and expand."
4'Mr. Scott seemed to be taken with this
Eppeal tor his views, and squared himself
for s statement in detail as follows:
Well, since yon pat it In tliat light, I suppose
Itmust be led like a lamb to the slaughter. I
gay remark, by the way, that I was more than
Upased with the temperate editorial in The
IJlbr'ATCU jn comment upon the recent meet
ing u the AUecbeny City Property Committee.
I awakened, I assure yon, an amonnt of crit
icism 3Dd an expression of views which cannot
fan to bare a salutary effect upon tbe future of
tbe enterprise.
have read with creat interest tbe discussion
tdjrecardto the ultimate control of the tree
library and Music Hall, but bare taken no part
inltatall. Jly relations are simply with tbe
BuHdlng Commission, and our 4ntles will end
jrtjiT the completion of tbe edifice. In abont a
Bipntb. at which time we will be entirely re
Mered, of All connection with tbe noble gif t of
Mpjoarnefne to Allegheny. I bave no greater
interest In tbe project tban any other citizen,
utgjsTncercly hope that Councils will evolve
ira&fman which will be broad and comproben-
jEBSbd effective of tbe best results to tbe
tronitticnltyin ceneral. I am not In sympathy
ijWaUtfUs;l denunciations leveled at Conn-
WaEnjdJJodles, because I recognize that they
Ctmtlemen ot intelligence and ability
gdJH"5j outbide.
flSfhjMtinn which, I think, may be well
SCH to ue t oondln the rct that tbe most
iWrtnjnacim nt of a libnry involves expe-
iguiU qualifications differing entirely
Wjtluve developed in the ordinary channels
iiaijne-s or occupation. The value of such
tfiennoo'is to be cnicfly trained by contlnu-
iSt-gMfjtenure OI duties. This, to inv mind,
euitlbjghjldst distinct argument in favor of a
tentfnuons'directoraie; one jh t subject to the
mutations of political life, and so far as natu
ral conditions will allow, a permanency in
every sense of tbe word.
Every large library in the United States has
been begun in charge of a special board of
trustees even to tbe case of tbe city ot Boston
wbicb erected its tree library out of public
funds and yet appointed a special board of
trustees in order to hedge it in from tbe con
tingencies of kaleidescopicai politics. In tbis
way tbo experience gained by one set of men
was in no danger of being lost to tbo public
through a change, even thonch men of highest
attainments should otherwise bave come in'as
successors to the permanent members.
There bavo been a large number of Inquiries
made as to the future conditions under which
the library would exist and be managed. It
was not mere curiosity In most cases, as inti
mations bave been expressed that should the
tutnro management of tbe library bo placed in
the bands of a permanent board valnable con
tributions, botb of books and objets d'art,
would rind their way to- tbe beautitnl rooms
inviting such occupancy and provided for Just
such benefactions. One gentleman cime to
me recently and asked when the art gallery
would bo ready for tbe reception of several
pictures belonging to blm one of them valued
at 310,000. He said tbat be was desirous of as
certaining, also, what wonld be the character
of tbe control ot the Institution as regarded
permanency, and stated that inqulrv to bo tbe
principal object of his visit. This infor
mation, ot course, could not be given him, but
witbin 24 hours, since reading tbe published
accounts of the most recent developments, the
gentleman in question has receded from bis
implied offer of his art treasures, for ho sent
me word tbat be had changed his mind. To
speak Dlalnly. I feel tbat no committee of con
trol, subject to change or fluctuation ot mem
bershiphowever worthy tbe latter can com
mand the gifts and confidence of tbe commu
nity as conld a permanent board. There is a
great deal of space for gifts from generous cit
izens in those magnificent buildings, and it
wonld be too bad, indeed, to bave tbe hand of
public-spirited liberality stayed for any reason
under the sun.
If Councils are desirous of retaining the
management of the institution in tbe b.tds of
those who are the present elected members of
those bodies, I think it would be better for
them to designate byname a special committee
who would not only begin the great work
mapped ont,but continue in office permanently,
or during good behavior, without regard to
the expiration of their terms as Conncilmen.
This would secure the advantages of tbat ex
perience wbicb grows more valnable with age
and continuity of service.
Personally, I do not know tbe name of a
single citizen who wishes to become a member
of such a board, while I am and bave been made
aware of a verv deep and widespread interest in
tbe matter of the future of tbis Droiect. wnicb
assumes so much prominence in view of the
magnificent gift of Mr. Carnegie as a home for
tbe library.
Opportunity involves responsibility. Aside
from the "mere police control of the property,
there comes immediately to tbe front upon tbe
acceptance of tbe gift, the very serious and
necessary duty of stocking the shelves of the
large library and reading rooms with
not less than 100,000 volumes. Owing to tbe
scope and character of such a collection itls
evident tbat this calls for an expenditnre of at
least 8150,000.
To leave tbe shelves unfilled or to be remiss
or laggard in the duty of filling tbem would be
a disgrace to the city and an insult to its mag
nanimous and generous benefactor.
In tbe matter of books and tbo filling of the
catalogue in such a caret nl manner as to fur
nish digestible pabulum for all manner of book
worms, I think tbat at least 100,000 volumes
should be provided within three years. It Is,
therefore, very plain tbat it means tbat 50,000
should be expended each year by tbe Board or
Commission. This work must be supervised
and conducted by the directory with tbe aid
and advice of a thoroughly competent and
educated librarian. The early years of this
enterprise will give cast and character to all its
luture history.
This is a very serious and responsible task,
which I hope has been duly considered in its
importance by tbe gentlemen whose duty it is
to determine what tba character of tbe control
of tbe library shall be.
I bave been surprised to notice tbat in alt
this discussion there bas been no mention of an
intention to' appoint upon or invite into the
permanent committee or board any member of
tbe Allegheny Board of bchool Control. This
seems a serious omission, and an oversight that
should be remedied, as tbe Board of School
Control bas considerable to do with the educa
tion of the younger generation of Alleghenians,
the very class the free library will shed its light
upon. Tbe -omission is tbe more singular as
tbe Board of School Control bas always had
sole charge and supervision of tbe present city
library of Allegheny Citj.
Two Braddock Tonne People Who Sought n
Concrnlnl Slarrvinp Clime.
Mr. "Will E. Itinard and Miss Ada Ar
gyle, two highly connected young people of
Braddock, were joined in marriage at Cum
berland, Md.. yesterday by the Bev. J. C.
Moffatt, a Presbyterian minister. Cards
had been issued last week which announced
that the young couple would be joined
heart and hand on to-morrow night.
The prospective groom had not yet at
tained his majority, and when it came to
procuring a license his mother objected.
Accordingly on Saturday he told hiB bride-to-be
to get ready to leave on the early train
on Sunday morning; that they would hapten
to Cumberland, be married and come back
and show the oik that love cannot be out
done. They returned to Braddock last night and
are now laughing in their sleeves over the
fact "that those who attempt to fool with
young hearts that beat as one" will get the
worst ot it,
The Scn'e Will be Increased 10.04 Over
Iinst Tear's.
A conference was held yesterday at the
Fifth avenue offices between W L. Abbott,
H. M. Curry and Otis H. Childs, as reDre
senting the Homestead branch of the Car
negie interests, and William Weihe, "Will
iam Martin and "W. T. Roberts on the part
oi the. Amalgamated Association of Iron
and Steel Workers. The meeting was for
the purpose of deciding the rate at which
the workers in the Homestead mills should
be paid during the next three months. As
a result of the increased value of the pro
duct during the last six months the rate of
wages will be advanced from to-morrow
16.04 over the rate in vogue during that
Contract Awarded Iiat Evening The Jan
itor' Salary Raised.
The High School Committee of the Alle
gheny Board of School Control held a
meeting last night and awarded the contract
fur building bookcases in the rooms
of the principal, and City Superintendent,
to Mees & Voel, for 275. The salary of
the janitor of the building was increased
$300 on account of the extra time he is com
pelled to put in at the building when com
mittees meet A. petition was laid before
the committee by a professor of elocution
who asked permission to use one of the
rooms twice a week to hear his class, but his
request was not granted.
The Scaffolding- Gave Wny.
John Neifigan, yesterday, while engaged
in painting the interior of Father Sheedy's
new school at Fenn avenue and Second
street, was precipitated to the ground
through the breaking ol the scaffolding,
sustaining severe injuries to his right side
and arm. He was able to walk home after
Some Who Travel, Some Who Do Not, and
Others Who Talk.
Emile Iiow, a civil engineer nnd
formerly Mexican correspondent of The Dis
patch, now of Cedar Bluff. Va., Is spending
tbe holidays at bis old home In Glenwood,
Twenty-third ward. He is engaged nt present
In building a branch road of the Norfolk and
Western, through tbe Cumberland and Blue
Ridge Mountains. It is a branch running from
Roanoke through to Kentucky. Tbe railroad
company is after tbe coal and iron ore with
wbicb the mountains along tbe line abound.
George Shaffer, of the Forbes School,
bas made a record for himself. Ot tbe 90
pupils of the school who went up for tbe pre
liminary examination for admission to tbeHigh
School, only one scored 100 per cent of the mat
ter snnmitter', and tbat was in geography.
George's teacher was Miss Jennie 0, Simpson.
. t- p sitVf
Statements From the Strikers and the
Company Officials.
The gripmen and conductors of the Pitts
burg Traction Company who are members of
li. A. 2126,lKn5ghts of Labor, struck yester
day afternoon. About three-quarters of the
men employed on the. cars went out. The
cars were abandoned at Oakland, The com
pany suffered a temporary inconvenience,
but had cars enough running within a very
short time to accommodate all its patrons.
The strike took place about 3 o'clock,
when the union men received the following
notice from T. N. Boss, Master Workman ot
D. A. No. 3.
dlstwct assembly no. 3,
Kxights op Labor,
Pittsburq, December SO.
Beothee By the authority vested in your
committee through the action of X. A. 2128, K
of L., you are ordered In. defense of your
brothers wrongfully discharged for connection
with this order, and for your own protection to
leave your car at Oakland nntil your rights are
respected and situations guaranteed througb
faithful duty and obedience of the general roles
governing the road. L N. Boss,
District Master Workman Knights of Labor.
Chris DkLowrt.
Master Workman L. A. 2126, K. of L.
The first man to leaves his car was Louis
Burke, gripman of No. 2. He was going to
East Liberty at the time, and Upon arriving
at the Oakland powerhouse threw down the
brake lever, ana jumped out of the cab
window. His action was greeted with
cheers by the discharged men who "were
standing opposite the power house. The
next car also stopped at Oakland. The first
car to pass Burke on its way to the city did
not stop, but the one following it did.
Within half an hour there was a string of
east and west bound cars standing on both
tracks. The gripmen and conductors con-
greg ited in front of their boarding houses
near Oakland avenue and waited develop
The strike at that hour was wholly unex
pected by the officials ot the company.
They had expected the men to leave their
cars early in the morning. Not having
done so, it was thought that the blow wonld
be struck this morning. At the time the
men "tied up," Chief Engineer Davis was
in the city. He was telephoned" for by his
assistantSuperintendent Edward McDow
ell, who also notified Detective Burbridge,
at the Seventh Avenue Hotel, to bring his
men out.
The new men who were brought here by
thecompiny from Chicago were hurried out
to the power house, and put on the cars.
Some of them had not been over the road
before, but with the assistance of experi
enced conductors they were enabled to
"jump in" at once and run the cars with
saicty. One of the strikers called at The
Dispatch office last night, and said two
grips had been broken by the new men, but
the officials deny this. Tbe first car into
the city after the strike was inaugurated
met with an accident at tbe foot ot Soho
hill. The gripman lost the rope as he was
going around the curve, and the car stuck
until pushed into town by the car follow
ing it.
As each car came up to the power house
and the crew jumped out, there was a wild
shout of enthusiasm from the strikers.
Those who did not leave their cars were ap
pealed to, but upon refusing to "go out"
they were left alone.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Roger
O'Mara, who had been on tbe ground since
6 o'clock in the morning, had a number of
officers with him to preserve tbe peace, but
there was no attempt at disorder! Soger
made several of his characteristic speeches
to the strikers, advising them to keep within
bounds. The men respected his wishes, and
it was soon found that there was no necessity
for the police. Inspector Whitehouse, of
the Second district, was also on hand with a
number of his men. A patrol box stands on
the corner of Oakland and Fifth avennes,op
posite the power house. The Assistant Su
perintendent had tbe wires so arranged that
be could call any number of police within a
few minntes.
In speaking of the strikers afterward, Mr.
O'Mara said: "X have been engaged in
nearly all the strikes in this city within the
past few years, but I never saw a more
orderly lot of men. There is no attempt
made by the officers to keep them from con
versing with the men who refused to go out.
They have not done anything bordering on
violence, and I do not see much necessity
for police protection. The strikers under
stand that we are here to prevent disorder,
and we will preserve the peace if we have to
run in every man connected with the road."
At 4.30 o'clock the company had all the
cars manned again, and running as usual.
Chief Engineer Davis said they averaged 26
cars daily, and had 24 of them out at sup
per timelaet night He said they would
have the other two running this morning.
The strikers were greatly incensed at the
action of one of the gripmen named James
Duddy, who came here trom Philadelphia,
A committee of them stated to The Dis
patch representative that Duddy was the
first man to talc about the organization.
They stated that he induced other men to
join the organization, and when they did so
and were discharged, he went back on them.
When Duddy arrived at Oakland he asked
lor police protection, and Special Officer
McTighe was put in the car with bim. In
addition to the 14 men from Chicago the com
pany called upon some of tbeofficials to take
out the cars. Chief Engineer Davis said he
wonld run a car himself if it became neces
say, hut his services were (required at the
The cause of the strike was printed in
yesterday's Dispatch. The men joined L.
A 2126, and some of them were discharged.
After holding a consultation with Master
Workman DeLowry, ot the Traction As
sembly, Mr. Boss decided to call the others
out to make tbe. company re-instate the
men. This the officials claim they will not
do. The order to the men was not issued
until after the reinstatement ot the men was
denied by the labor officials.
One of the gripmen, a latj jolly-faced lit
tle fellow, who was taking in everything in
a good humored war, and who was among
those discharged an Sunday, said yesterday:
"I do not know what I was discharged for
unless the company thought I was getting
too fat and they were carrying too much
flesh or nothing. I took my car to the
power house Saturday night, and the next
thing I heard was that I had been fired.
Yes, I was one of the men who got into the
union; butl do not think the company has
any right to tell me what I shall do after I
aru off dnty. It I want to attend a meeting
of the Knights ot Labor I think that is-niy
business as long as I do not go there on the
company's time. If the officials of this road
have the authority to say I shall or shall not
belong to any labor organization they may
as well say what church a man mast attend.
The only thing that would prevent them
from doing this is the (act that we never get
time to attend church. It would be awfnlly
funny to hear Colonel Elkins say: 'Say,
there, Ho. 15, you go to the Methodist
Church to-morrow, or von will he dis
"There is no use kicking about tbe mat
ter. We are out now and from the 'present
indications I think we will stay out The
Central Traction Company will be ready for
business within a fewweeks and there will
be more jobs than we can filL That com
pany is now looking for experienced men
and I do not think any of our, boys will
starve. They will all catch on there in
time, as it will require experienced men to
hold a job on that road. I think yon will
The Fifth Avenue Lino Grlpmen Out
on Strike.
see a number of accidents here within the
next few days."
President Elkins, ot the company, did
not appear at the power house vesterday af
ternoon. In his absence Chief Engineer
Davis said last night:
"We now have all the cars we want run
ning, and will have more than enough men
in tbe morning. One of the strikers who
was called off his car this afternoon told me
a few minutes ago that he would be on hand
to-morrow to take out his car. He asked
me if his job was still open. As he is a
good marf and, I think, was led into the
strike, I concluded to take him back. All
the men We had here are good, sober, sensible
fellows, and I am sorry that they'' took the
foolish step.
"Within one hour after the strike we had
crews for all the cars. As far as we Are con
cerned the strike is a thing of
the past, and was ill advised.
I do not see what the men
hoped to gain by going into it.
They know we pay better wages than any
road in the State and the treatment given
our employes has never been complained
of. If tbe men want to throw up a good
thing that is theirbusiness. They will find
that we can get along just as vrell without
"Harry," the boy who swings a lantern
at the corner of Ffth avenue and Smithfield
street, "went out" last night. He waited
nntil the last car 'went down town and then
said he was going to quit He stuck to his
place all day and evening warning pedes
trians and drivers of vehicles to get out of
the way of the cars, all the time listening to
the jibes of persons about being a "black
sheep." He said, as he walked away last
night, that he would not swing another
lantern until the company reinstated the
strikers. Pedestrians have come to look
upon "Harry" as a fixture at the corner, t
and his face will be missed this morning.
District Master Workman Boss received
a telegram last night from C. D. Wheeler,
Becording Secretary of D. A. 24, at Chica
go, to the effect that 250 traction employes
left that city Sunday night 1or Pittsburg.
It was presumed that they are going to work
on the Fifth avenue line, and the Master
Workman was told to keep a look out for
them. As soon as the intelligence was re
ceived it was communicated to the strikers
whd went to the various depots to watch for
the new men.
A meeting of the strikers, under the aus
pices of L. A 2126, was called for 12
o'clock last night It was held in Knights
of Labor Hall, on Fifth avenue. District
Master Workman Boss and Mr. DeLowry
were present Speeches were made bvthe
officials, and the men advised to stand firm.
Atl o'clock the meeting was still in seision.
They Diet Last Night and Will Affiliate With
tbe Federation.
In, response to tbe call for the meeting,
there was a full attendance of wagon and
carriage workers, including blacksmiths,
painters and trimmers, at Solon Hall, Grant
street, last evening.
The meeting was called to take steps to
form an organization with a view to pre
senting a claim for tbe redress of certain
grievances which tbe men assert they are
warranted in putting forward. To do this
with success, they propose coming together
and uniting lor the common object The
average rate of wages to carriage workers is
stated as $2 25 per day, and it is said that
more or lfss discrimination with regard to
amounts paid in certain shops is in vogue.
Some ten years ago the carriage workers
were organized in the Knights of Labor, but
they allowed the assembly to lapse. The
proposed union will affiliate with the Ameri
can Federation of Labor.
Woods' Bun Children Slake a Ghastly Dis
covery. A number of children playingona vacant
lot on Yiolet alley, Thirty-sixth ward, yes
terday morning, found the body of a child
prematurely born. While they were exam
ining it, Samuel T.jUiddle, father of one ot
the children, put in an appearance. He
took tbe dead child and threw it in a vault.
The matter was reported to the police, and
Captain Stewart ordered Biddle's arrest
After he had been locked up he stated he
had only thrown it away te hide it from the
children and he was released aeain. The
dead body was found again and taken to
Foley's undertaking rooms. The coroner
will investigate the matter this morning.
The IUster Dllnloff Compnny Increases Its
Cnpirnl Stock le $150,000.
A special meeting of the stockholders of
the Luster Mining Company was held yes
terday at their office, on Fourth avenue.
Tbe capital stock was increased to $150,000.
The mines of the company are gold-producing
and located in Mexico.
The stockholders are principally Pitts
burgers. Captain Dorrington, Becorder
Graham, Mr. Speer, of the Freehold Bank,
and others are interested. Tbe stock of the
company has gone up from $10 to $40 per
Stole His Professional Tools.
About 11 o'clock last night sneak thieves
entered tbe office of Dr. J. A Jacobs, No. 20
Webster avenue, and stole n case of surgi
cal instruments valued at $30. The police
were notified.
Incidents of a Day In Two Cities Condensed
for Bendy Ueadlnu.
John Zeiqworth, employed by the King
Glass Company on South Eighteenth street,
got into a dispute with a fellow workman yes
terday, and was struck on the head with a
heavy lantern globe. Ho had tbree ugly cashes
cut in his scalp, but was not dangerously In
jured. William Logan, a coal beaver on the
Pittsburg and Western Railroad, was caught
under a locomotive in tbo yard last night, and
had his foot and ankle mashed. He was re
moved to tbe General Hospital, where the foot
was amputated.
Uoktuactok, Drake, of tbe McKeesport
and Bellevernon Railroad, bas contracted with
tbe Bellevernon Planing Mill lor the construc
tion of three neat little station houses at Belle
vue, Elkhorn and Lock No, 3.
Makt Fitzgkrald died suddenly at her
home, in the rear ot No. 21 Penn avenue, at
1:30 yenerday afternoon. She was 39 years of
ace. Tbe Coroner will hold an inquest this
xiie ooumsiue aieuicai society, iu its meel-vl
ing last night, discussed some peculiar cases of
tuberculosis, heart disease and cancer of the
liven that came under the notice of Dr. Mun
dorf. THE Allegheny Park Committee met last
night, approved bills to the amount of $1,632 53,
and appropriated 150 to bny material to repair
we pavement on w estern avenue uonung tne
Soke of the guests of the Grand Central
Hotel, East End, were robbed Saturday night
by fhieves, wbo broke into their rooms.
Watches, clothes and Jewelry were taken.
The Board of Viewers yesterday held meet
ings on tbe grounds on the grading and paving
ot Larkius alley, and a sewer ou Harcum's
The big new Blythe Coal works at "Bellever
non will be put in operation within two weeks.
The plant will (rive employment to 200 miners.
A tire started in tbe factory of Oliver Bros.
& Phillips' Alleeheny mills abont 6 o'clock last
evening. The damage amonnted to about $500.
Mb. William E. Henabd and Miss Ade
laide SI. Argjle. of Braddock, wore married at
Cumberland. Md., on Sunday.
L. H. Leber has secured the contract to
build the automatic gauge telephone line for
the National Tube Company.
The work on the two new lap weld furnaces
for the 'National Tnbe Works at McKeesport
will begin at once.
The whole of the Joseph "Waltont Co.
river mines will be operating to-day at the 3
cent rate.
The Dnqnesne Tuba Works will add another
lap weld furnace'to Its plant lathe early Sfring.
THE-iaffiEir PLANS.
The Sub-Co&mittee Eeports Against
Society Federation.
Fall Details of the Academy of Science and
Arts Formulated.
At last night's meeting of the sub-committee
appointed by the various scientific
and artistic societies of thisTcity and Alle
gheny, to.Jbrmulate a plan .for an Academy
of Science and Art, beneath whose roof all
the societies of that' nature would meet
'fraternally and with identical interests, the
report of the sub-committee was received
and recommended to be sent to each society
of the nature included in the plans, whether
represented in the sub-committee or not
The gentlemen of the sub-committee who
were present at the meeting held last night
in the parlors of the Piftsburg Club were as
follows: Messrs. C O. Mellor, George A
Macbeth, Charles Davis, John D. Shafer,
and Dr. W." J. Holland. This committee had
as its original mission the task of forming a
plan of union for the various societies. Be
cent developments in regard to matters of
much import in connection with the plans
of a Pittsburg Free Library building at
once placed all previous plans upon a much
broader jjlane, and tbe sub-committee found
itself-chfged -with a much more important
task than the formation of a single plan of
The report of the sub-committee shows
very clearly the change of base taken after
mature deliberation. It is briei but very
We, the sub-committee, report
First 1 hat in-our opinion a scheme o( fed
eration, pnre and simple, is not practicable.
Hecorid That we recommend the formation
of an Academy of Science and Art'whicb shall
bave, as one of its objects, the task of providing
a home for the societies represented in this
Third Tbat we submit tbe following plan of
organization ot an Academy of Science and
Art for consideration.
George a. Macbeth,
W. J. Holland,
C. C. Mellor.
Charles Davis,
Pittsburg, December 28, 18S9.
The bylaws submitted for the proposed
"Academy of Science and Art, ot Pitts
burg," are very cogent and comprehensive,
and snow careiul and profound considera
tion and thorough familiarity with the sub
ject upon tne part ot the committee, and
attention of details bred of long-experience.
Among the aims set forth are: .
The cultivation, study and encouragement of
the various sciences and arts'by meetings for
tbe resdmg and discussion of papers relating to
scientific and artistic research, and by tbe pub
lication of such papers; by the collection of
objects of scientiQc and artistic interest and by
tbe f irmation and maintenance of libraries
devoted to tbe various arts and sciences; and,
when t shall be deemed possible, and the pecu
niary leans sball bave been nrovlded, by tbe
forma ion and maintenance of a botanical and
zooloracal garden, by the extending and mak
ing u? ful a Knowledge of the sciences and arts
throui ii the agency of popular lectnres, and by
rende ing the various collections of tbe acad
emy a icessible to the general public: and for
the fo nation of sections devoted to the study
of sor e special brancb of science and art, and
also i r tbe purpose of offering a common
home o the societies within Allegheny county.
Aft r a nnmber of provisions, such as the
creati m of a council consisting of the five
stated officers and 12 members with various
terms it office; defining active and honorary
memo rship; limiting honorary membership
to 23; lefining the duties of the stated officers;
these ne of theconncil as to the physical
charg of the academy and the decisions as
tosoc :ties applying for membership and
locartoiu ffixing an admission or member
ship feaof $10 with the same sum as a yearly
contribution; providing that non-attendance
for four successive 'meetings' without written
excuse shall forieit a councillorship; pro
viding for commuted or life membership of
$100 eacht providing that the contribution
of $1,0000 the academy shall constitute
anj peisona patron with: singular privi
leges; protidinc a membership ticket which
will securej (1) Admission to the libraries
and. collection of the academy, together with
such friends as he may personally accom
pany; (2) admission to tne lectures deliv
ered under the auspices of the academy; (3;
admission to meetings of any sections that
may be established; (4) the right to vote at
the annual election, or at any meeting.
Chapter eighth is of great interest in the
neat way in which federation is practically
achieved without sacrificing the antonomy
of each society. The provisions are:.
That any of the societies who may accept a
home in the building controlled by ths
academy may each preserve its own organiza
sion, elect its own officers, assess and collect its
own dues, disburse its own funds, administer
its own affairs according to Us rules and resnla
tion, except asm connection with the academy
By special provision no member of any so
cieties, norla memberof the academy, shall be
privileged to attend the meetings of any other
society, except by invitation; nor shall a so
ciety member, not a member of the academy,
be allowed topayfisits thereto, except on in
vitation of a member of the academy.
The academy is. by chapter seventh,
authorized to accept in trusty and also to
create special funds for specific purposes,
which shall be distinctly named. All
money which may accrue in the process of
changing an investment of a trust fund to
be invested again without delay for the
same trust by the Council.
There are many minor details which are
inconsequential except in relation to the
general administration of the academy.
It was moved last night and carried that
the members present lay the report of the
special committee before their several so
cieties and endeavor to secure their approval
of the submitted law and report back to an
adjourned meetinc to beheld in the parlors
ot the Pittsburg Librarv on January thirty
first, 1890, at 750 p. m. '
The sub-committee has for several weeks
beenactively canvassing the merits of sev
eral places large enough to afford a tempo
rary home for the various societies includfd
in the Original plan of federation, but now
recommended to be united under the roof of
the Academy of Science and Art A num
ber of places have been visited and inspected
and tbe committee has the refusal of at least
two eligible sites.
The university buildings belonging to the
county are now under consideration. Mr.
Charles Davis recently called upon County
Commissioner McKee to make inquiries as
to the possibility ot securing the buildings,
which from the size of the rooms, etc., are
admirably adapted to the purposes of the
academy. Mr. McKee stated that the
County Commissioners had made up their
minds that the only disposition possible
under the circumstances was the selling of
the buildings at public auction to tbe high
est bidder, and that the academy might
perhaps be able to raise enough to figure in
the sale as the highest bidder. The matter
has been reported to the committee.
Tbo Filubura- Trlepliono Company Doing- a
Thriving; Bnslnru.
The Central District and Printing Tele
phone Company, of Pittsburg, report for
the year ended a total surplus of 5480,351 48.
The assets of $1,116,220 38 are thus made up:
Licenses and trauchfses. 450,000; con
struction and equipments, $652,302 31; sup
plies and instruments in stock, $8,885 10;
accounts recoverable, $13,065 87j real estate,
$90,976 10. There were paid in dividends
during the year $50,000, while tbe surplus
in addition amounted to $120,392 34.
MEN's'undetwearrat James H. Aiken &
Co.'s;iOO'Fifih ate. " , -
How a Young- Man Recd a Yobbs; Lady
and Fonad a Bride A Romance With a.
Christmas Sequel.
A gentleman from Chicago was waiting
in the Fort Wayne station in Allegheny
last evening to board the limited for the city
which expects to get the World's Fair. His
name isL. A.Earseman, and he had stopped
in Allegheny to visit friends on his way
home from Philadelphia, where he Jiad at
tended a wedding around which a halo of
romance had cast its interesting charm.
A fascinating1 young lady from Philadel
phia named Jea'nnette Hill was spending
the summer just past at Charlotte, N. Y
on Lake Ontario, and before she bad been
there many weeks she became an adept at
handling- a sail, and frequently went out
on the lake for exercise and recreation.
There was a young man from Cincinnati
summering at the same place, who was
known as J. C. Cummings, who also en
joyed himself on the lake during the after
noons. He was of a very retiring disposi
tion, and, although a young man of excel
lent qualities, he made few friends.
One afternoon toward the latter part of
August Miss Hill went down to the beach,
and started out for a sail. Mr. Cummings
was of the same mind, and about the same
time started out on tbe lake a few hundred
feet behind the boat in which Miss Hill was
sailing. They had not gone far before a
squall was seen coming up the lake, and In
a few moments the wind had struck her boat.
Before she was able to right it
tbe sails and ropes had become
tangled. Cummings saw the predicament
she was in, and instantly steered his boat
toward hers with the hope of assisting her,
but just as he was about to run up alongside
of the one in which she was standing, die
skiff veered aronnd and he struck it and
Bhips. Miss Hill was knocked into"' tbe
lake. Cummings gallantly jumped to her
rescue, and the boats floated away from
tbem. He grasped her around the waist
and struck out for the shore.
He bad not gone far before Miss Hill in
formed her preserver that she could swim.
This was a surprising statement, but Cum
mings told her to place her hands on his
shoulders and he would try to reach the
beach. The water was very shallow opposite
tbat part of the beach toward which they
were drifting, and when tbey reached the
second bar they were able to stand on the
sand and rest a few moments.
In the meanwhile darkness had spread its
face over the waters, but the electric lights
on the shore illuminated the crowds which
were promenading along the water's edge.
Mr. Cummings and Miss Hill started
toward the shore again and soon reached
the first pier. Bismg again they made the
last trip, and before a week had passed
cupid had clasped their hands and two
hearts had vowed to beat as one.
Detective Lansborst Han't Captured the
Tnrentum Murderers.
There were no new developments in the
Mrs. Paul Budert murder case yesterday.
The detectives are still actively engaged
chasing the clues, and County Detective
Langhorst said last evening that he still
had hopes of one of the men being captured
soon. He said he had heard nothing of im
portance yesterday.
Coroner McDowell had nothing new to
offer. He is waiting on the police and de
tective to complete their search before con
cluding the inquest.
will take hee homb.
An Unfortnnale Girl Who Was Crazed by a
Dog Bite.
Miss Bridget McSwiggan, confined in the
city farm insane department, will soon be
sent to her home in Allegheny county,
Maryland. She was a servant in an Alle
gheny family, and wa3 picked up on the
streets in an exhausted condition a few
weeks ago.
The unfortunate gill's malady dates frcm
the bite of a dog, received when she was 15
years old. She becomes hysterical at times,
but there are no signs of hydrophobia.
Strnck In the Eye.
While opening a barrel in a Fourth ave
nue store Monday, a piece of iron buried it
self in the pupil of one of tbe eyes of George
Brown, a salesman of Schimmell & Co.
The iron was removed, but it is feared that
he will lose the eve.
A Famous Iowa Medicine.
Mr. Frank Fnville, a druggist at Dolge
ville, K. Y., says he would not go to the
trouble and expense of sending to Iowa for
medicines if hedid not believe them to be
superior to any he could procure nearer
home. Chamberlain's Cough Bemedy,
manufactured by Chamberlain &Co.,Des
Moines, la., is famous for its cures of
coughs, colds and croup. It will loosen and
relieve a severe cold in less time than any
other treatment; besides it leaves the system
in a strong and healthycondition. For sale
at 60 cents per bottle by E. G. Stnckey,
Seventeenth and Twenty-fourth sts., Penn
ave. and cor. Wylie avc. and Fulton sts.;
also by Merkell Bros., cor. Penn and
Frankstowp aves.. Tbeo. . Ibrig, 3610
Filth ave., Carl Hartwis, Butler st, Pitts
burg, and in Allegheny City by E. E. Heck,
73 and 174 Federal st, Thos. B. Morris, cor.
Hanover and Preble aves.. Fred H. JSggers,1
172 Ohio street, and F. H. Eggers & Son,
Ohio and Chestnut streets. ttsu
Cheering News.
Hamilton's Music House still open till 9
o'clock P. M., where yon can secure those
elegant, first class pianos at prices and
terms to suit you. Organs at $47 60, pianos
at $190. A great lot ot holiday novelties in
music cabinets, piano lamps, fine stools in
plush, carved wood, cane-seat and bamboo,
too numerous to mention. They must be
sold. We don't want to wrap them up and
set them away for next holiday season.
Confe in this week and take your choice at
prices marked away down. Small musical
goods in endless variety. This department
of our business is now an established fact
First-class goods and low prices always win.
, S. Hamilton,
91 and 93 Fifth avenue.
The Fnmona 818 tfntr.
To-day is the last of 1889. We will make
it a memorable day in the clothing trade.
Come in to-day and tike your pick and
choice of our entire stock of fine clothing,
comprising suits and overcoats for $18, for
either suit or overcoat You will have the
pick from tbe finest line of clothing in
America, such as fine Montagnac overcoats
or cape overcoats, regular price from $40 to
$50; fine dress suits, worth from$35.to'$50;
extra fine business suits, worth from $25 to
$45. All these elegant suits or overcoats
will go to-day for 18. This is a chance of
ailifetime so don't miss it, but come right in
to-dav. P. C. C. C,
Cor. Grant and Diamond sts., opp. the
new Court House.
P. S. Eemeniberwe give1 you the pick
out of the entire stock of clothing in our
great store for $18 to-day.
Those who use Frauenheim & Vilsack's
celebrated ale and porter prononnce it ex
cellent in flavor and very beneficial in its
effect. Kept by all first-class dealers.
., . Urllntf.
By our cash system we save you
from 15
per cent to 20 per cent.
TJblino & Son, Merchant Tailors,
Tusa 47 Sixth aye., Lewis Block.
MeGlntj'n Cbrlitmas Dinner
Was composed chiefly of Marvin's new and
famous McGinty cakes, just out Get a
pound from yourgrocer.
Gas Flre, Gn Stove, On Ranees, Etc
OVKeefe Gas Appliance Co.,34 Fifth av.
No Sew Yeab's table should be without
a bottle of Angostura Bitters.
Cash: paid for old gold and ''silver at
Hauch's, if o. 295 Fifth ave.
Deaths From Violent Causes in tbe
' .. Past Three Tears,
Interesting Statistics Relating to His Term
of Incumbency.
The Coroner will hand in his report for
the three years of his. incumbency to-day.
Last night his assistants (Grant Miller and
Hark Donley) were working upon the
figures until midnight, and the following
exhibit will show the deaths from violent
causes, classified in the various depart
ments: The coroner makes a nnmber of recom
mendations which will be of great use to
life insurance agents, as well as a caution
to the employers of labor. Generally re
viewing the list of accidents, Coroner Mc
Dowell says that the management is gener
ally defective in manufacturing and mining
and other concerns With regard to the pro
tection to life. The construction of build
ings, he says, is rather better now than it
was a few years ago, but the Willey build
ing disaster, where 16 people were killed,
and the flimsey work shown by the investi
gations oi the J! ire .Bureau when in active
service, are proofs sufficient that more
care is needed, in the erection of new
TO EXCLUDE inexperienced men.
Another point made by the Coroner in his
report is a demand to exclnde inexperienced
elevator men who are put in charge of the
lives of thousands of people daily. The
same point la made upon the qualifications
of stationary engineers who are promoted in
business honses from beinz office bovs and
watchmen to the position of running the
furnaces and the engines withont knowing
tbe difference between a water gauge and a
thermometer. A bill, framed by the Coro
ner, will be presented at the next Legislature
to provide that none but competent men
be employed as stationary engineers, fire
men or other employes with responsibility
imposed. The addition of a nurse and some
furtherassistants to the staff of tbe jail em
ployes is also recommended in view of the
recent number of deaths in that institution.
A bridge is recommended for foot passen
gers at Boup station, where so manv deaths
have occurred during the year that the
bend bas been christened by the railroad
men as a slaughterhouse.
The official returns for three years are as
follows, showing 2,194 deaths coming from
unexpected causes. The statements are taken
from the official books, and astonishing as
they may seem, are literally correct, lack
of space alone preventing a still further de
scription of details:
In 1887 the number of deaths coming un
der the Coroner's notice reached 745, of
which 185 were caused by railroads, in-
eluding switches, private lines and street
cars; murders and homicides, 19; suicides,
43; alcoholism, 21; boiler explosions, 2; the
oil can route, 29; heart disease, 75; burns.
scalds, etc., oj drowning, 90; miscellaneous.
There was a slight falling off in the list of
mortalities the next year, 1838 showing np
only 705 Coroner's cases, divided ur as fol
lows: Bailroads, including street cars, 158;
murders and homicides, 24; suicides, which
seemed to be on the boom tbat year, 60, at
the rate of five per month.'
This appears to be a sort of temperance
year, for the deaths from alcoholism were
only ten, less than one per mouth, an argu
ment which may be utilized by the appli
cants for license next month. The blowing
np Drocess was limited to theatrical demon
strations, as tbe boiler explosions only num
bered two victims. Oil can and did exter
minate ?A, Uvea., t that-j-earw.whiiel
ourns, scams, ctcLmaue an even dozen,
victims. Notwithstanding an acknowledged
aversion to water on the' part of a great
many of its victims, there were 61 people
who took it to excess, forgetting the fact
that if they had imbibed beer they would
have beerr taken to the Central station,
while taking water in quantities sent them
to the morgue. Tbe miscellaneous cases for
the year number 364.
For the present year the total number of
Coroner's cases up to the 30th inst. is 764,
showing tbe general advance made by
the city in all kinds of business. Of these
murders and homicides number 18; rail
roads, including traction and street cars,
192; drownings, 70; snicides, 41; alcoholism
took in 23 victims, about 60 per cent less
thin last year, but whether owing to Capt-
B. & E.
A large range and choice in
Plain, Fancy and Vest Front Jackets,
All reduced to fi, fo and 57.
PLTJSH CLOAKS, now $15, 120 and $25. '
Finest Styles I Heaviest Cuts !
Your choice of Stylish Garments
at $8, $10, $12 and $15.
One Hundred Dollars for Eighty."
$125 Garments for $100.
505 and 507 MARKET STREET.
Notwithstanding tbe fact tbat our holiday
sales were the largest on record we bave re
plenished our stock by telegram orders and now
show a verv complete Irno for those who antici
pate making New Year presents.
tiia'Wishart's exertions ora deterioration
uterus iuamy oi arms supplied, it is (im
possible to state; boiler explosions," 11 J
woman, oil cans and hastened fires, 32;
aean uisease, e-j; me Johnstown flood, 3:
miaceiiaucous, 4SU.
Amontr the mWllanAn,,. jAt.a :
eluded those occasinn. t- (.. -tWMt
building disaster on January 9, 1889, when'
Charles McKenwn. WlMU r Xr
Bicbard Carrol. Samuel Stringer Georza'
.TnmpH TiOtftn "Rpirl TTinma .Tv-.-- 'Sr.t.
H. Hilit Jr., flame AfcGough, Samnelj
xrowD, ueorpe iuaBon. jonn l Kogersox
Ths Dollar Savins Bank, at FItubs
Gets the New Rrnewnt Boads.
The Allegheny Finance Committee metv
last night and opened the bids for the netrS
4 per cent renewal bonds. There were somefe
half a dozen of them, the best being that of -'t
the Dollar Savings Bank, of this city, ,
which bid 51 05 3-10 for 5100,000 worth.'
That bid was accepted, and the balance of
the bonds. 517,000, were- taken care of by
theSiuking Fund Commission. They met
and authorized the Controller to issue a
warrant for the purchase of 517.000 worth
of 4 per cent renewal bonds with it that
rn.tnp.An Jannanr 1
The Finance Committee also awarded a-.','7.-
contract for license plates to A. & J. Mc-.1'
BTenna. s.f 4
The City Solicitor handed in an opinionifett
deciding that the General Hospital is liable" 'M' ...
for their citjr tax, which they objected pay- -V
ing because it was due before tbey possessed
me property. ,. ,
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A Conntrxman Hon a Largs Time and Pays Wj$
. Heavily for lb f ,.
8. E. Weimer, a resident of Boston, Alls-. ,v
gheny county, came to the city yesterday '
with 5370. He was picked up in the afterv i
noon by Officer Welsh on Wood street. He.
was in a sad state of intoxication, and try- " .
ing to dispose of two or three watches worth
about 51 apiece, which he said had cost inm
525. He was locked up, but was released
last even in it, and left stating that he had
lost about 5250 while an overdoseof gin hadvi ' -possession
of him.
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PrrrsutrBO. Tuesday, Dec 3L 1888;'
The enormous redactions In prices
made throughout our Cloak Depart
mentmnstnece8sarilymake this another
exceptionally busy day.
Nd trifling reductions, no odds and
ends reduced with a view to misleading
ths public Tbe reductions are bona
fide, and some Of tbe largest we have
evermadn. Complete lines of garments
reduced to prices that must command an
Immediate sale and a complete clearance
of medium and heavy-weight winter
coods. All this season's, new, stylish
and fashionable, ia fancy and plair
Long Coats,
Ulsters, ,
Peasant Cloaks,
Newmarkets, ,
Bhort Coats.
Jackets, eta, etc.
All at reduced prices;
S25 coats now only $13. -. i
$20 coau now only $10.
$12 coats now only $3.
And proportionate reductions
higher and lower price garments.
Our stock of seal plush coats, jackets '
and wraps was never more completer. V
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and values never better. , -
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In genuine Alaska seal goods our stock-
Is tbe largest and most complete and J
our establishment is the recoralzed ",
headquarters for this most popular of '
Fnrs In Western Pennsylvania. The i
stock is constantly replenished with new .,
goods, and every earment selected with "&
tbe ntmost care. Good wear guaran- ,."
teed, and the best value obtainable for
the money. . a
Ever since Christmas Day our center
aisle bas been thronged with eager buy
ers, tbe attraction being an enormous
reduction in Mulls. Collars, Boas, Capes,
etc, in leading fashionable fnrs. Hun
dreds still left to select from, but tbey
cannot last more than a day or two now,;
considering tbe prices at which they are
$6 Muffs ).i(fl
Beduced to $3 each. This will give. some. A ,
idea of the extent of the reductions "
New Year's Day Is at hand, and New ' t
Year's gifts mnst be bought We can
supply them. Oar stocks' of Roods suit
able for tbe occasion are still large and.
Handkerchiefs for ladies, gentlemen
and children.
Gloves for ladies, gentlemen and ' '
children. .
Gents' Smoking Jacxets, Dressing
Gowns Umbrellas, W alklng Canes, Ties,
Scarf f, Suspender", etc., etc
Blankets, Comforters, QnilU, Sofaj
Pillows, Headrests, etc, all at mostt.
attractive prices.
Special attention is invited to onr&
o-rrimrlnnallv plftmnt Rtnfifi: nt Rljw-b-W'
Silks, In which wo now offer unuioalrJl
At SI, $150, $2 and $2 50, oar Black- .i
Gros Grain Dress Silks cannot bo
equaled in value. t
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For tbe party season we have made X. !
more than tbe usual preparations. Tbo ,,?.,
latest ana most lasniouaoie weaves im ; u '
all silk, sltk and wool and all wool
delicate evenine shades; also a number '
ot exclusive designs in brocades and '7
high novelties, an Inspection of which is" -
cordially invited.
SPECIAL Ones more let us remind
you that to-day, Monday, the 90th
December, will bo a creat day for bar
gains in- our CloakDepartment. Coma
eatiy ana secure the best.
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