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bug; that money can be borrowed anywhere but I did not see how I could. I have also promised for less per cent., etc., etc. Let such try bor- another regular appointment nine miles out, which rowing money on church property, and they looks promising. I am not likely to rest much on

this field, with my four regular preaching places will learn something. I have learned by actual

outside of the village. Thanks to His name, God tests, often made, that money-lenders have two

gives the needed strength for the pressing work.” objections to lending money on church property:

Another writes : “. Our building, though unfin1. They have an aversion to distressing a church ished, is of great service. Rev. Mr. Davis, pastor of by foreclosing a mortgage. 2. Church property

2. Church property South Boardman Baptist Church, is doing good work. is, as a rule, hard to sell."

Some of our incredible burden has been removed to -Bro. Proper, our General Missionary in his broad shoulders, and none too soon, for my own Kansas, furnishes the following items:

strength would soon have been exhausted by the Thirty of our mission churches in Kansas, hardships that seemed to be necessary to the proswhere aid is voted to sustain the preaching of perity of the cause. Now I am hopeful that God the gospel, have no meeting-houses. One church

will build up this great field, and dot it with New has moved its place of meeting three times since

Testament churches all the way from Reed City to its organization last July; another cannot

Petoskey. We are about to organize a church ten

miles from here. It gives us a heart-ache to see have morning and evening services. Some

the whiteness of this great harvest field and the churches meet in halls, others in school-houses, scarcity of laborers.” and others in rented churches.

Our Society are hoping to take up mission work The money invested for preaching does not among the Poles. The missionary is not to confine bring more than half the results it would if we himself to one place in his labors among this people. had comfortable houses of worship.

At Manistee there are six thousand Poles, and in Of the 107 new white churches organized Detroit there are twenty thousand, beside other during last two years but very few have meeting places in the State where he would find work among houses yet.

his people. We feel that we ought to give them the Word of God and throw about them Christian influences.

Our work among the young people was never more promising than at the present time, and none can be more important. The rapidly increasing demand for Christian labor in our country will require earnest,

consecrated, intelligent leaders, who have been eduTHE WOMAN'S BAPTIST HOME MISSION

cated in systematic methods of work.

A letter from Rev G. W. Huntley, dated January

6th, tells what Home Mission work is doing for our President--Mrs. L. B. Austin, 96 Tremont St., Detroit: country. He says : “ We have abundant reason to Corresponding Sertary-Mrs. S. A. Gibson, 401 Lovell St., thank God for the work done in Dakota. The unex. Kalamazoo. Treasurer-Mrs. WM. A. MOORE, 1015 Wood

pected has taken place. Last November sixty-four ward Ave., Detroit. Supt. of Mission Bands and Young Peo

counties voted against the sale of intoxicating liquors. ple's Work-Mrs. A. B. STEVENS, Ann Arbor.

Prohibition has swept our country like our prairie

firez in autumn. Cass County, the most populous in QUARTERLY REPORT.

the Territory, carried it by four hundred majority. While we come far short of meeting the demands This new law has just come into effect this weekfor earnest, consecrated service, yet we are encour- the week of prayer. Fargo, with its ten thousand aged in the advance made upon the unoccupied fields people, rejoices. Sixty saloons that existed here are of our State. As we read of the cheerful self-sacrifice closed. This is remarkable in a new Territory, of our missionaries as they travel, in spite of cold, where the saloon-keepers were the pioneers and snowstorms, or mud, to meet their separate appoint. | whiskey had pre-empted its supposed rights, where ments amid alternating encouragements and discour- the inhabitants are from every people under heaven, couragements, we feel that to give sparingly or that in the first contest prohibition should be so overgrudgingly to these laborers would be a sin unwil. whelmingly victorious. While we thank God and lingly tolerated.

take courage, we expect the work is but just begun. One who has been two years on a new field writes : • Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.' To main“I am still extending our lines; have opened one tain our freedom from the saloon power and the drink new field, where I have preached twice, and two i demon will cost yet greater effort. But the idea that weeks since went out and organized a Sabbath school it was possible to have such a victory at the polls of forty members, furnishing them with three months' shows the worth of Home Missions in the West. supplies. They have long wanted me to go to them, | Missionaries and mission churches have under God



wrought gloriously, and Dakota, not yet a State, is THE WOMAN'S AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME piaced in the van, and leading older communities in

MISSION SOCIETY. ridding our common country of the saloon and its train of evils. While laboring for this end the mis

President-MRS. THOMAS NICKERSON, Newton Centre, sionaries have also been loyal to the Master in

Mass. Vice-President-MRS. ANNA SARGENT HUNT, Augusta,

Maine. Corresponding Secretary-Mrs. M. C. REYNOLDS, preaching a pure Gospel and winning souls to Christ.

Wallingford, Conn. Treasurer-Miss MARGARET McWHINNIE, The Gospel is the power of God to save, and must

14 Tremont Temple, Boston, Mass. save our country. The church is the salt of the earth. We are planting it in Dakota. Here it must

Ten years ago, the Baptist women of New Eng. grow and flourish.

Lately I have been hard at work land undertook to lift up the standard of the Cross in trying to complete the five new meeting-houses in among the degraded, ignorant women of the South process of construction. On December 11th, after and West. For some years before this, the eyes of many days of pushing the work, I preached the dedi

these women had been turned toward foreign lands, catory sermon of the new house in Bottineau. Others where, amid the dense darkness of ignorance and will be ready soon to open, but we are having a hard superstition, they had lighted many fires which were struggle for means.

burning brightly for Christ. The plaintive cry which We are having a glorious outpouring of the came to them from the women of Mexico, Indian TerHoly Spirit at Mandan. Ten already baptized. We ritory, and the colored women of the South, brought are still needing six more men for North Dakota. clearly to their minds the words of their divine Lord: We are asking God to send them here. We must

“ These ought ye to have done and not have left the organize as soon as possible at Minot, a new town other undone,” and they hastened to carry the gospel of eight hundred inhabitants, and growing. Good to the women of their own loved land. During these Baptist material there for a church. I am waiting for years the women of the churches have given freely of the right preacher for the place. The new year has their time and money for the furtherance of this work, come, and we expect a larger immigration to Dakota and

we say with gratitude, “What hath God than usual, which means more work for the Home wrought?” The work has been accomplished mainly Missionaries. New lines of railroad are already by sending to these degraded, ignorant people Chrisprojected, that means a new town for every six tian teachers. The first aim of each teacher is the miles of new, road, to call on us for church organiza- conversion of her pupils. Beside the knowledge tion and means of grace. There is progress here, gained from books, these girls are taught practical and to be living here at work for the Master at such a housework, sewing, typesetting, etc., etc. Our Soci. time as this is glorious.”

ety is supporting seven teachers at Spelman Seminary, Atlanta, Ga., one at Beaufort, S. C., two at Louis. ville, Ky., two at Richmond, Va., two at Salt Lake

City, one at Wayland Seminary, one at Benedict RECEIPTS FOR THE QUARTER.

Institute, Columbia, S. C., three in Indian Territory,

four in Mexico, one in Kadiak Island, Alaska, and one Eaton Rapids, $11.23; Eaton Rapids Band, $5.09; Big Rapids. $4.00; Alpine and Walker, $7.00; Miss S. Clark, at Fresno, Cal. Grand Rapids, $1.00; Rives Junction, $5.00; Ypsilanti, $3.00 ; Wheatland, $1.50; lekonsha, $1.00; Bronson, şoc.; Howell,

The policy of the Society from its organization has $10.00; Salem, $12.00; Northville, $5.00: Detroit, Warren av., been to keep out of debt. Although many urgent B. H. $1.70; Ceresco, $10.00; Plymouth, $2.75; Ovid B’d, $4-99; Pentwater, $5.00; Hesperia, $1.75 ; St. Johns, $1.00; appeals have come to us during these years, we have Owosso, $7.50; Shiawassee Coll., $1 5o; Traverse City 1. L., for lack of funds taken up only what seemed most $8.00; Thank Offerings, $24.79: Nowell, $5.00: Litchfield, $3.65: Allegan, $4.26; Schoolcraft, $1.60; Schoolcraft, Y. P., $1.00;

needful. Plainwell Bid, $2.00; Miss Mainwaring. $1.50; Deekerville, $2.25; Clinton Ave., B. H., $2.20; Evening Coll., Convention, $20.19;

At this time, however, the Society is passing through Tecumseh T. B., $2.75; Worth, $2.00; Highland P. G., a trying period in its history. Early in January, $14.27: Coldwater, $8.62; Lansing, $10.97: Detroit, ist German, $5.00; Parshallville, $9.00; St. Ignace, 500.; Detroit, ist,

1887, the school-house in Salt Lake City was burned. $51.63; Detroit, ist Band, $3.06; Mrs. O. S. Geelly, $5.00; Mrs. It was a wooden building, and the insurance upon it L. B. Fox, $1.00; Mrs. W. C. Colburn, $5.00; Mrs. W. R. Harmount, $1.00; Mrs. S Grant, $1.00; Mrs. C. C. Bowen, but $1,500. It seemed necessary in rebuilding to $5.00; Mrs. L. B. Austin, $30.00; Mrs. Wm. A. Moore, $5.00 South Saginaw, $8.50; Lenton, $ 3.50; Tuscola, $2.00; Allegan,

put up a brick structure. With much sacrifice the $2.19; Hudson, "Busy Bees, " $5.00; Perry Band, $6.55; Bay Baptists of Salt Lake City raised $500, and at our City, Tremont Ave., $5.00; Hudson, $4.00; Adrian, $10.00; Jackson, $6.54; Jackson, A Friend, $10.00; Parma, $3 00:

annual meeting, held in Providence, R. I., May, Parma B. H., 500 Pt. Huron, $10.00; Mrs. J. T. Thornhill, 1887, $500 more was pledged for this purpose. The $10.00; Mason, $7.50: Three Rivers, $10.00: Galesburg, $2.30; York Y. L $2.10; Eastport, $2.00; Cassapolis, $2.25; building has been erected, but we found it necessary Detroit, 12th St., $4:42: Detroit, 12th St., L. Bearers, $2.50;

to pay a bill of $500 for stoves, seats, etc. We could Climax, $4.00; Mrs. Kent and Hulett, $1.00; Battle Creek, Independent B'd, $10.00; Lawton, $5.50; Grass Lake, $10.00; not give up our work in this city of sin and ignorance. Rome ad, $3.50; Detroit, 18th St., $8.50; Ganges, $10.00; Detroit, Clinton Ave., $10.00: Kalamazoo, $44.00; Greenville,

In June, Union Hall, in Atlanta, Ga., was also $1.87; Owosso, $4.58; Milan, $2.50; Harrisville, $5.00; Romeo, burned. This was an old wooden structure used as $2.76; Plainwell, $9.17: Mrs. H. S. Pingree, $5.00; Bad Ax, $1.13; Bad Ax S. S., $1.87; Whitehall, $5.00; Sand Beach,

barracks in time of war. It had been so arranged as $4.00; Litchfield, $3.95; Detroit, Woodward ave., $26.62; De. to meet the needs of the school admirably, but was troit, Woodward Ave. S. Y. P., $5.95; Coldwater, $5.00. Total, $681.70.

insured for only $3,500.


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It was considered unwise to erect a new building of who says: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one wood in the city, if permanence was desireil. After of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done unto careful consideration the Home Mission Society de. cided that a new building would cost from $12,000 to

For the Society, $15,000, and appeals were sent out through all New

MARY C. REYNOLDS, Cor. Sec. England for funds for this object. These appeals have been continued since July, and nobly have the people responded. In the effort to rebuild Union

RECEIPTS FOR JANUARY. Hall the general work has suffered. Any person Maine.

$295 13: Connecticut...

199 83 reading the receipts of the Society in the Echo during

New Hampshire. 78 00 Precisus Jewels.
81 29 Miscellaneous..

773 92 the past few months, would feel assured that money Massachusetts. . 1,383 23

Rhode Island enough has been raised each month to cover all ex

170 00

. $2,983 40 penses. So much of this money, however, has been designated by the donors for other purpose :, that not enough has remained for teachers' salaries.

WOMAN'S BAPTIST HOME MISSION UNION With anxious hearts the Board has met from month

OF CONNECTICUT. to month, since September, to look over expenditures and receipts. The usual receipts of the Society admit

President-MRS. FRANCIS WAYLAND. First Vice President of its supporting the present number of teachers, but -- Mrs. WILLIAM

H. D. Disbrow. Second Vice President, Mrs.

E.S. Wheeler. Third Vice President-Mrs. G. H.SMITH. Secthe fires at Salt Lake City and Atlanta have so

retary-Mrs. W. H. ELKINS. Treasurer-Mrs. J. V. Garron. diverted funds, which usually we are at liberty to use for salaries, that a question has arisen,

Shall we recall any of our teachers ? If so, which one ?” At last,

The Quarterly Meeting of the Woman's Baptist

Home Mission Union of Connecticut, was held in after prayerful consideration the Board has decided

the Broad Street Church, Meriden, Thursday, Januto appeal to the women of the churches. We need $1,000 above our usual receipts before the annual ary 26th. Although the day was extremely cold, meeting in May. Will not each auxiliary do its part there was a good attendance, and we hope another in securing this amount? The plan which the Board step in advance was made in Home Mission work. would suggest for raising these added funds is this:

An interesting Bible reading, drawing lessons from Let every Baptist woman in New England have a

both the old and new Testament, showed us the value Self-Denialweek. By this we mean, let each

of small things, and the large results if used in the woman go without some thing which she is accus.

Master's service. It was the key-note of the whole to ned to have, but which is not absolutely necessary,

meeting. Reports from Circles showed that many and place the money by itself to be given for this pur

hands had been busy preparing material and filling pose. It may be horse car sares, some luxury upon

barrels to send West. Letters from the recipients the table, some article of dress, a concert or lecture,

were intensely interesting, giving an account of their which may be given up. As the money for each sep.

work and the trials they meet with.

One brother writes as follows: arate denial is laid aside, let a loving word of dedica. tion go with it, as well as a prayer that the denial be

“My field of labor is large, consisting of Miner owned and blessed of God.

County and McCook County. I have churches in

both these counties and three out-stations. In McWe would suggest the first week in March as the

Cook County, in the town of Spencer, I am building “Self-Denial ” week. The first day of March is

a very neat, commodious house of worship, so I shall Thursday, the day upon which the Board holds its

not have to preach so much in schoolhouses. We monthly meeting. This day will be observed by

are being aided by the Church Edifice Fund of the them as a day of special prayer for all the auxiliaries

Home Mission Society, or we could not have underof the Society, as well as the schools and teachers.

taken so great an enterprise, as it is going to be a We would also suggest that Thursday afternoon, great struggle, owing to the failure of the crops in the 8th of March, be observed as a time of special these parts. Yet we trust to pull through with the prayer by each auxiliary in New England. At that Divine blessing. This makes the second house of time the result of the week’s denial can be made worship I have been able to build since I have been known. These offerings should be kept entirely dis. in Dakota. I have organized three churches, and in tinct from the mite boxes, but as we meet to pray and one way and another accomplished a vast amount of talk over the work upon this day, some may have work for the Lord. special experiences of blessing, because of the self-de- But there is so much to be done in a new country, nial used. Let this be a week of consecration and and so few to do it, I often think of Christ being prayer, as we try to remove the obstacles out of the moved with compassion when he saw the multitude way of Christ's work.

as sheep without a shepherd. There are people here Let us forget that the self-denial is for a Society, or even without the Word of God in their homes, not an organization, but only remember it is for His sake having heard a Gospel sermon since they came into


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the Territory. It is a part of my work to find them Interesting facts and instructive statistics were given out and preach to them Jesus !

by a member of the organization, cond

oncerning the I am very thankful to say that my work has been schools operated by the American Baptist Home Mis. very much blessed, and though I have many trials, sion Society. This was followed by a talk on "Field and often have to be from my dear family, I am happy Work" as conducted by the Women's Baptist Home in it. It is glorious work to be the means of saving Mission Society, showing the methods employed in souls. What I especially need is more faith and house-to-house visiting, sewing schools, temperance more courage to go forward at the Master's command work and Sabbath services, also suggesting the intiand take possession of the land in the name of our mate relation of school and field work. The conclud. great King."

ing address was by the Rev. Wm. Haigh, D.D., In a letter from his wife, in speaking of their pri. District Secretary of the American Baptist Home vations, she says:

Mission Society. Of the many excellent points pre“Oh! how much we need the sympathy and help sented by Dr. Haigh, but one can be noted in this of churches to help us bear the burdens that we have connection. He said : “ The humility exemplified in to bear. I could tell you of some of our trials, but the life of Christ and enjoined by himself and his where shall I begin? I might tell you of our need. apostles, is not a sentiment bnt a service." The reing the commonest necessities of life. I could tell of quirement is not met by a “state of mind” that may weeks together when meat has not been on our table, be described as humble, unless accompanied and and tea and sugar are luxuries we cannot afford. made manifest by humility of SERVICE. In support There is not another Baptist meeting for twenty of this proposition, reference is made to the words of miles. We are doing all we can to establish New our Lord, “I am among you as he that serveth," Testament churches and Sunday schools."

and “If I your Lord and Master hath washed your -A letter from Mrs. Becker always finds a welcome feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet, I have at our meetings, and one read at this time was no ex- given you an example that ye should do as I have ception, as she told us of her increasing interest in done to you.” Truly

“ He made himself of no repu her work and the joy she has in helping those who tation and took upon him the form of a servant." are daily under her care and instruction.

That the Apostle Paul followed this example of -While there is a deep interest in the work both humility in service, we are assured : “ These hands West and South, we do not forget the needs of our have ministered to my necessities and to them that own State. A very interesting paper on State work, were with me. I have shewed you how that so labor. entitled “ What Is Left Undone,” was prepared and ing, ye ought to support the weak." read by Mrs. Cadman, showing us that there is much In the most vivid picture that has been given of the need of mission work at home.

general judgment, when the Son of man shall sit Mr. Ritzmon, a German missionary, followed with upon the throne of his glory, the verdict of the Judge a spirited address, giving us an account of the needs is made to turn upon this same point of actual humil. of the Germans in the State. He begs us to pray for ity of service. Whether or not the " least of these them, that they may be converted, and thus add to my brethren" have been sed and clothed, ministered their other good characteristics Christian citizen- unto in sickness, kindly welcomed when coming as ship. With such a large percentage of foreigners in strangers, decides the momentous issue. our population, we are reminded that we need to be This kind of service is at once the humblest and the very vigilant at home. Only from Christian homes most exalted. Its theatre, the tenement house, the can we send out the Gospel of Christ into the busy, cabin, or forsooth, the wigwam; its utterances, not to rushing towns of the West.

the multitude, but in modulated tone above the pulow - Ministers and teachers must go forth full of the of the sufferer–or to the weary homesick stranger; power and truth of the Gospel of Christ. We stand its deeds often performed in weariness and painfulbehind them banded together in prayer, giving of our ness, yet wrought in Christ's name, all are listed to means as the Lord has prospered us.

the sublime and only point of unity with the eternal Let us not fail them in their hour of need.

“humility of service.” Mrs. W. H. ELKINS, Secretary.


President-Mrs. J. N. CROUSE, 2231 Prairie Ave., Chicago,
III. Corresponding Secretary-Miss M. G. BURDETTE, 2338
Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. Recording Secretary-Mrs. H.
THANE Miller, Cincinnati, Ohio. Treasurer-MRS. R. R.
DONNELLEY, 2338 Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill.

It has seemed appropriate and in harmony with the above to give such extracts from recent letters as will set forth this line of work, as carried on by our missionaries, and rarely reported in press articles.

Miss Jackson writes of their usual Christmas din. ner for the poor; about seventy were sed, and those who were unable to be present, had the dinner taken to them. She says, concerning one of the women

NOT A SENTIMENT, BUT A SERVICE. At a recent meeting of Temple Builders in Chicago, the subject of the evening was: “The Freed People.”

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who had been quite ill: “When I went in to see her, and other supplies. These are but incidents of the her first words were, “I can't go this week to the les. work, as the usual number of meetings and schools son, and I'm mighty sorry.' While I was building a are reported. fire and making her some tea, I realized as never before, how little she had to make her life pleasant and did not wonder that the meeting was a bright spot to her, or that she made such an effort after her hard day's work to get there. I was glad I had some gar- The conviction that this school ought to be furments to make her and the little ones more comfort- nished with a comfortable building, and that the de. able. After reading the lesson from the Bible, and nomination would respond to an appeal for the neces. doing what I could for her, I left, thinking how little sary funds, led the Society at its Tenth Annual Meetwe could do for these poor mothers if we did not going, held May 24-25, 1887, to instruct the Executive into their homes and see their needs."

Board to take measures for the erection of such a

building. The entire cost, including necessary grounds Miss Seils— " The weather has been unpleasant, and furnishing, is estimated at $50,000. This sum is damp and cold, yet we are thankful the Lord did not

apportioned to different States as follows: send us Dakota weather. My health has been very New York, $15,000 ; Pennsylvania, $10,000; Illigood, so I could go on my way from house to house, nois, $10,000; New Jersey, $5,000; Ohio, $2,500 ; often long distances, carrying heavy bundles to clothe Indiana, $2,500; Wisconsin, $1,000; Minnesota, the poor, and then come home, eat supper, and go to $1,000 ; Iowa, $1,000; Kansas, $500; Nebraska, meeting night after night, and after meeting often

$500 ; Frontier States, $1,000—Total, $50,000. stay late talking with those who are inquiring the There is no uniform plan suggested for raising way of life. After such day's work one would think

these amounts. “Whosoever is of a willing heart, rest would come to you soon--but no, there are a

let him bring an offering.” Thus far, contributions hundred things to think of-plans to make for this or and pledges have been made in sums ranging from that part of the work; souls who wished to be re

ten cents to one thousand dollars each. Friends who membered. But after all, how sweet it is to lean on desire further information can obtain it by conferring the Saviour's breast, there to rest, though the eyelids with State Vice-Presidents, officers of City Unions, are not closed and as the angels look down upon us, Associational Directors, or the Corresponding Secre. I think they find none in all the earth happier than

tary of the Society. All funds for this object should the missionaries, for their day's work is for Jesus.” be sent to the Treasurer, Mrs. R. R. Donnelley,

2338 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill. Miss Sandberg—“My work has been of various kinds. One Sunday morning a man came over to the house quite early-his wife was very sick, he thought

Notes. she would die. I went over and stayed with the children while he went for the doctor, and about the The resignation of Mrs. B. P. Ward, of Rochester, time when I had to be in the Sunday school I got a

from the Vice-Presidency of Western New York, is a girl to come and stay. I just tell this to show in how great loss to the work in that district. Her eight many different ways people depend upon us.”

years of service have told in excellent results. Pro

tracted illness, and a prospective sojourn of several Miss Winlund (Danish)—“I am trying in every months in California, have made it necessary for her way to lighten the burdens of my fellow beings, to to yield this work to other hands. brighten the homes, and ease the sick and weary.


Mrs.C. R. Blackall declines the Vice Presidency of have spent many afternoons down at the Relief Soci

Eastern Pennsylvania. In response to the letter ety for the poor, getting wood, groceries, etc. ; have

from the Board asking her to assume this work, Mrs. carried bundles of clothes to them from many different

Blackall speaks of her earnest and hearty sympathy, places; have washed and scrubbed for the sick. To.

her desire to promote the interests of the Society, day I have been out working for a poor sick family, but feels that she cannot give to the Vice-Presidency small children, and no one else to do it. I could not

the time and strength that are requisite to successful leave them in their dirt and misery. Well, one whole

work. day has gone for that, yet it seems to me that the Lord is pleased even with such service, when it can

Several missionaries have been detained for some lighten a burden. Many times girls come to me and

months from their fields on account of illness. want me to help them find a place to work. They Among the number are Miss Ella L. Brainard, Miss

Ida M. Clough, and Miss Belle C. Harris. The lat. are new comers, cannot talk, and are not acquainted. I must spend time with them, helping them get

ter will probably never be able to resume the work to work.”

which she has given the most devoted and heroic

service. From her home in Joliet, the pastor writes Miss Maria Janes reports for a single month the of her rapidly failing strength, and her desire to be disbursement of 235 garments, meal, coffee, meat “ with Christ.”

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