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   Freeborn County Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1877, Albert Lea, Minnesota                               ALBERT LEA, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1877. iNUMBER 48 -Hf-lT I 8 50 3-50 7 0 OO'lli 00 oaa 26 00 2J, r.oo'u )0 22.00 30 so ''18.00..1J.OO 50.00 00 D. It. P. IIID08. BROWN co.'s ALBERT LEA. JEA, MINNESOTA GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS .TRANSACTED. H.iD. BROWN CO. BANKERS. lit M Bank, Austin. 1st Nat. Bank, St. Paul. Bank. Chicago. 4th Nut. llank, HoA York. THE COOT BASK, Thou. II. .tU.HSTUOMJ, llnnkrr. ALBERT LEA. MINN. Ifoots Shoes. I. J. M.-uuif of Repairing done to order Leather tor All nt the lowest pvu-es, anil warrant- ed to give perfect anti-faction Shop on side of ALBERT LEA MINN TILTON Have just opene.l a new Boot Shoe Shop. WILL CONSTAN i'l.V KKLi' ON IIANL) A FULL LI.M; OF   niiril. IJun't fni! to iidilrcecs I'rof. dl'Mvr WITH INCREASED FACILITIES FOR DOING BUSINESS, HE 1'UO- 1'OSES TO GIVE BETTER SATISFACTION THAN EV.ER BEFORE. pniJ for TiiJcs, Tallow, MEAT MARKEI WILLIAM TUNELL Again calls attention to his FINE MEAT MARKET, can be found at all times, choice cuts of Beef, Pork, Mutton, Also FISH, POULTUY, and AVILD GAME in their season. BROADWAY, near Armstrong's Bank- ALI5KRT LEA, JJ1NN. THE BEGINNING OP THECRUljB. The soul that rises a star." Well, said Syftiin, Phil Adams. in my it ispi' tidy a little craft as ever was set afloat, and I hope it'll have a lone; cruise and a lucky one There was an infinite delight and pride in ihe sturdy captain's voice, for ihe -'mate" whom he addressed was none other than a wife whom ho loved right well, and the "tidy little craft" in question was his firnt-burn who lay before him in a blue-painfcd1 pine cradle, and, with her thumb in her niouth, was looking unutterable wisdom at the brown the ceil- ing. Nothing that Captain Adauis bad ever seen in twenty yours ol'rouuiing up and d.iwn the world was half so beauti- ful und wonderful as that round bundle of a baby in a gown of sprinkled p'nk." You and I wouldliave thought her "just, like any other but undoubtedly we should have been quite wrong and the captain quite lichtusto her superiority- lor the eye ol love, iu- Htead of being, as some ijjnorantly as- sert, blind, is clear and strong of vi.-ion as an aacle's and if the.outer fonif is moulded into a symmetrical likeness ol the soul within, there must have been a deal of hitpnt nobility expressed in babe, even while she lay with her thumb in her mouth, gazing unwink- ingly at the coiling. Captain Adams hud just returned to his home at Lucky Cove aftr-r an eight months' voyage to the .Mediterranean Those were days postal communi- cation was costly and difficult, and peo- ple like the seamen's ramil.es at the Cove seldom wrote letters; so it bad I appened that one letter, rery much af ur date, and one message by a s-l.ip fioin the (Jove, chance made all the ni'ws Cnptain Adams had had of hi home since he left it, and for three mouths not a word Therefore when his ship entered Portsmouth Flaitmr. nnd he was permitted to leave aflYirs in ch of his first officer, C.iptain A jams started nith all speed for Lufkv Cove, though with a heait full oi' kar and trembling, and oppressed with fore- of what miL'ht have h ipreiicd dining the last quarter of a war to turn his snug home into a di.-rra! wil- j People had to reaeli Lucky COVP as they without car, boat, stage, or public conveyance of any kind, uien generally made the journey on font, and in w mien were emiiipr.ily kcnpi_rs at home Cuptain Ad'ims ii.rtuna'fly f-nnJ tho Milage trader's wagon bringing in a three months' supply of goods, nnd. seated in sintc on a lofty pili; of bales, boxes, and hnrrcls, he entered the Cove The third house passed was the tavern, sign of the ]'lue and out of this rushed I he tatei n-Kerper and Jim Tom Kpp, MiMer H tsiinjrs, and various othc'f rthies of Lucky Cove, and eavo throe clu-ors and a tiger at Pin! Adams safe homo These him heart, foi these friends would clieci like that a man coming news so the captain be can to scramble du'.vn from hia uneasy perch. "Come in, Adauis. cnmo in, mv ci icil the landlord, "and I'll stand treat all round for your safe re- turn, and you'll stand treat to the health of the trim little ihey'se got for you up at 3'our house Oh Captain Adams, enter- ing the 15hic M-ickenl with alacrity thon they're nil up nt my house Pi'rtie'ler S'lid Tom Kpp ''I drop in every day. and they were all bright as t.uttons ihis rr.orr intr. and set- ting groat hopes on the Cue weather we've had lately, thouuh n ihody reck- oned on seeing you to-niL'ht." 15e quick, said Adams. I'm in a hurry to get home." Indeed, so great was his hurry that be left tho irlass of tho boconJ treat half emptied, and Lunied a'onir to the other end jf the one village street, thai bent like a bow around tho Cove, stop- pine only to wave his hand or nod his head in answer to the greetings from his neighbors, who stood in their doorways or thrust their heads out of the win dows with a hearty welcome as lie went by; fur tho simple folk in these twenty or thirty houses hid for the most part crown up together from childhood, and their hopes, fears, troubles, successes good and evil fortune, were very neaily common property Tho Adams cottage was tlie last in the village several rods from it was tlie village store, whose t'oods were yet lingering before the Blue Mackerel." while tlie driver comforted himself with several drams, for nutte of which he could render a reason In front of the store a knot of youngsters were bail j- incr a fort in the midst of the sandy, little-traveled road. One of these set up a piping cry. here's Cap'n Adams another shrilly screamed. Say. Mis' Adams here's your Phil And now the wayfarer stopped with readiness for out of the store came n little, gray, wrinkled, tottering, old wonun What a "Ind. qua- vering cry this old woman gave nt sight of the weather-bpatpn seaman, who wns the light of her eyes And Phil, on his part, waa man enough to eatoh the old body in his arms, nnd lift her quite off her shaky old feet, while he hugged and kissed her right heartily. In this joyful encounter Mrs Adams lost her spectacles, which by some hap- py chance hung fast to Phil's shaggy coat; the stiff frill of her cap got quite crushed over her eyes, and the brond, white kerchief pinned over her shoul- ders was dragged awry; but happily oblivious of this disarrangement of her dress, and errand at the store for- gotten, the jubilant old mother had her -wrinkled hand tucked firmly under her son's arm, and trotted off home much faster than she had walked for a year past, and all the burden of her garru- lous tongue was O Phil such a baby The shrill-toned boy came flying after them. I say, Mis' Adams here's your tea wot you left at the store, an' that bundle of starch you dropped while you was Phil! Do tell cried the old lady What a good thing that paper didn't break; and, Phil, of all things, there's my spectacles banning in your btitton- and here I am seeing as clear as day without them! I wouldn't wonder if I was getting uiy second sight." It waa only that the old woman was so happy that she had not considered whether she saw clearly or not. The next day, more Ubed to her happiness, hhe needed the glasses as much as ever And so we have Captain Adams fair- ly at home, and he has seen the wife whom, in long, dark night-watches he hud greatly feared he should never nee again, and he has hud time to sit down by the blue cradle, while his mother prepared the family supper, and ex- amine at his leisure the trim-ringed little craft which is henceforth to be the chief delight of his heart, source of an ever-increasing, unselfish pride There was no end to the excellences of this youngster she had not cried when beside the smooth, rosy face of her mother the big captain's bronzed, rutrucd and shaggy beard 'had obtruded upon her gaze wlun he gin- srerly look the pink thumb out of the pinker mouth, the little hand had firm- ly clinped his forefinger when he ventured to chuck her under the surill. round chin, she had made the ring with such a crow as the captain was quite certain no other babe of three months cou'd Yes, he, and 1m wife, and his mother, all said, a baby And che hasn't any name. said Captain Phil. No, only Baby, until you came home." said the wile said Adams, speaking the >vish of Jus heart, I'd like to name her alur mother there It would please the old lady uiighnly, and she's had troubles enough besides, I've nevi r done anything in particular for her" Never anything in particular Cap- tain Phil AdaBis ignored the fact that since he- was Twenty he h id entiri'ly supported his mother; that so long hie wages i nl) sufficed for tno ho had reurnncd single for her sake, anil onlv when a berth came to him al t'liity GM- had he to marry j Fuur sons and a husband had old Airs Adams seen g'> 10 the sea in ship1-, and f-ome again no more to her hearth- stone, and Phil had, a-> each new loss came, striven to be inure her comfort and stay to be more to her then ten sons. Never a voyige did Phil Adams come from without bringing his old mother some token that in a foreign land he had thought of her and his home; and yet, by the side of his child's cradle, lookinir over the he con- sidered that he had never done any- thing in particular for his old parent and that in giving his child her name he could best show his filial love you know, Annie, that Elizabeth is no means an name Oh it is a very pretty one, and cUuld call her liess." replied Mis Ailauis cnidially for she had expected this very choice, but had said nothing. that the old woman might be gratified by her SOD'S unbiased decision Aod Aiu.ie's a very nice name, snid Captain Adauis I'd like her to have your -say. now, An- nie Elizibeth, or Elizabeth Annie; how du you like that said his wife, ''only Eliza- beth, only 15ech Bess Adauis thai name just suits such a j >lly, bftiezy lit- tle body And I'm glad your not sor- ry she's not a b'iy Oh Captain A Jams me .ill well enough in their pi. ice. but it's my idea that there's nothing in the wo? Id nicer than such a little girl as ibis." It was always so with Cnptain Adams whatoter happened was the best that eouLl possibly be to be satisfied was the rule of his life, to be dissatisfied the lare except'on Suppor being ready, he came to the table, and would have the wonderful baby in his hip while he ate his wife being in an unspoken agony, which gradually passed away, lost in his mam moth gambols ho should drop the little creature and1 his mother noddimj her old head and crumpled cap overnor tea, and chuckling at the honor of having the baby n'lined for her it was some thing every way more delightful, suit able, and couipiehensible than the pos- session of a kingdom Bess she cried Captain Adams, giving the baby a squeeze and she must take her name with honor with a christi-ning. and all that, like any other little ship." Oh but, said his wife. for christening a baby there must be a uiiuibter, and there's none within twenty miles arid I've heard some- thing about their only christening ba hies whose folk belonged to some Church, though I don't know as that is always so. and you know there's never been a Church, nor nothing like one, at Lucky Cove So there said the Captain; but how heathenish that sounds when you come to mention it When I'm in pnrt. sometimes a parson conies aboard, and asks all hands to his church, and some of us go out of com- pliment. And I'm sure you'd like it, Annie it's an uncommon pleasant way of s-pending part of Sunday, and one feels somehow more quiet and satisfied after the singinir, and praying, and tulkincr, and that." So they said the old lady "and I'd like to bo inside a church once more. When I was a young girl in Portsmouth, I very often wenr, but not over forty times since as many voars iin-o 1 married your father aud "And b cauie here, and I have heard two or three preachings it funarula at the Corners." So hnve said Annie, "and nt uncle's in the country they have preaching once a month in winter, and twice ft month in summer, and we all went when I was visiting there, and the school house was crowded." That's so.' said Phil and don't you remember, Annie, the minister that married you and me? He talked and prayed right well for us, didn't he 1 I'll go to hia chuach the next Sunday I spend in Portsmouth." But about the said Annie. "You see she can't be th'ere's no church, and no minister, nor anything." Poor Bess cried the captain, suddenly twirling her over his head, and holding her suspended in his broad hands. Poor little craft! but she's worse off than a ship; that can hnve a bottle of wine broken, nnd her name sung out, cheered when she's launched and that's what I will have for our Bess. But, I say, Annie, with- out a church or preaching here she's like to gro.w up a heaihen." This dis- mal view set the family to a melancholy consideration of their disadvantages, which appeared 4to them only in nobody to marry or to bury thsm. But the cap- broke'out again I fay, Annie and mother, we can a name feast for our Bess, any way I've brought some nice tidbits on mv ship, which will be along hero next "week, and I'd like to see our neighbors together so we'll 'rivite them to come for a name-feast for our Bess And to wine, I've cix good bottles with me. and we'll have a punch too. and drink the lassie's health right hparty." By all tnenns. thought mother tnd Annie; this name feast was a splendid proposition Hospitality was a thining characteristic at Lucky Cove, and the Adnnr-es were well to do among their neighbors; they could set a hearty: feast bcfoie their frieniib, and have a long, good-natured gns-.ip about all the news of the hamh't and the Cor- npis the school, 4he n.ackerel-fishinir, the marriagos that might take place in I the next two years, tl'e news from the ships 'hat were off on a cruise, and the rise or fall in grade the men and youths of the C'-fc who followed the sea Atijl'how is Jini Wren ccining asked Captain Adams Ri'jht bad, and Ann's clear dUconr "gpd lie's his berth as, c-ipt-iin lor he wn1- drunk aboard, and only for his mate. taking the power into his own he'd had Tltf Triton on the rocks, and ail fix of them aboard of her lost So (hey got in. Master listings offered Jenkins the berth of captain, and turned poor Jim rdiift. ISut Jenkins j got theui to let him have Jim lor mate, j ?n there is broad and Gutter for the lam ily yet. only you see Sarah feels as if" it? the beginning of n down, and likely to go from bad to Slu- was so mortified she wouldn't go to a limiting at Ma-tt i last week." homo said the old lady, as the younger woman ceased her ac- count They got in yesterday for two weeks, fo stop a leak md that's bad too, right in the middle of tho Yes, I saw him up (be T'lue I came said JM.il, and I thought he looked a HtHe down and his nose was too red I guessed he'd been lying by there prettv much all day." "Well. I'm glad I'm not snid young Mrs I should think soj cried her mother-in-law. Jim anM my Phil ain'c to be named the same day but Sarah Ann is a very nice woman, and her Lucy is a right, straight-forward, biddable, little girl." No bird of omen sweeping sea-ward j .struck his black wing theii I window pane; no chill breath blew up- i on the little group no banshee riied, j no warning spectre stood among them; nothing of shadow of coming events, falling athwart the still sweetness of a Juno evening, brought a misjiving of j the scenes that between those four cot- tage walls should crowd the lives of stout Phil Adams. And the baby Bess, and that "good, biddable Lucy Wren, when those other I href, the old wife, ami the young wife, mid the dis- couraged Sarah Ann, should have slipped cable from all earthly moorings, and gone out into a sea that has neither tides nor shores Lucky Cove is to-day a plain fishing hamlet, where the utmost simplicity of living prevails, where two thousand dol- lars constitutes iin independent for-' a musical instrument larger than a violin or an aceordeon has never been heard, the silk gown of the mother de- sccnda unimpaired to the daughter, and a journey to Boston or New York is the event of a lifetime What must then, been tho primitive fashion 6fBess Adams' babyhood We may readily believe that within twenty-four hours the grand event of the coming name feast, IIP soon as the ship should come in its coming was not so us that nf the nursery ship that is to bring the fortune the chief subject of conver- sation within nil the village homes. What cakes and pics it would be well to have was made a mutter of nion with the neatest neighbors nnd Sarah Ann Wren gnve her promise to compound a famous raisin loaf -'assoon as the ship onme." This ship was none other than n Lucky- Cove fishing schooner, which Cnptain Adams had found in Portsmouth, and to which he hud committed a box containing figs, Ictti'oViS, rnisins, and n. half- dozen bottles of wine, some preserved ginger, a pot of anchm-ics-r-rare treats for tbfftiame people, which treats were common enough in the Italian port whither he had been for marble All the village, thnrefore took an in- terest in the arrival of the vessel; and when Oaptain Adams went out on the rocky headland at the northern limit of the C'ove, he waa followed by .a troop of urchins, each eager to sec and announce the approach of the Gomiteffe, owne'd by Muster Hastings, the richest man of the hamlet, and the only dweller there not born on the soil. The name of this schooner had been in Danish at the first, but in deference to the wishes of the (Jove, which could not twist its tongue to foreign speech, Master II-is- tings bad translated it to plain English Goorfuiife. A fine scene lay spread -before Cap- tain Adams, us he went out daily to look for the vessel Lucky Cove'was a croecent a mite in diameter, with a bold and indeed dangerous pile of rocks r'ning at either end of 'the bow, and running treacherously out und-ir ibe blue waters, which here curled and fretted, and broke into foam, giving zest to the navigation of that part of the coast, and forever preventing Lucky Cove from becoming n prosperous town with au available harbor. The houses of the village, none of them more than one story high, were set in a straggling fashion along the line of the shore, and before them, on the sandy beach, fish- ins boats were dragged up and nets were stretched to dry, wbile generally some little vessel lay moored by the rude wooden pipr. One store and one tavern, The Blae made up the public buildings of the Cove Be- hind, the land rose in a long, gentle swell, covered with choice green pas- tures, and two miles away, at the high- est point, four roads met, forming the where was the district school, where fcr ten months in the year a hard headed, well-instructed Xew England school-master reigned supreme over all the youngsters within a circuit of five miles Blue, bright waters, flashing in the sun or glorious in the storm; green swelling pastures whcie sheep and wandered feed- ing village homes where no starving j poverty sat with haggard face, where i no gaudy we-ilth entered with its temp tntions the ckies above all blue, and beautiful, and shining as that sun-love- propitious skie> are for seven- eighifc of the Engl.tnd'b herit- age and held iipori the hcad'and be- tween sen and iky. as a hint that this world nus nut the '-e id lay, circled by a low -lone wall, a ifttle vil- lage of the (ioad Few graves were there; children usually throve at the Cove, and few babes were buried There were few Craves of men as well j for sooner or later the fetuidv sons of the coast, whom old age could not wear out nnr disease quell, went down by Mnr.il or misadventure :at sea. and had onij fiich burial as wind or wave af- d SMIIO said it was because of the hcnhh'iuincss of thin place that it had gotten its iniine of Luckv Cove; other> had a legenQ of -a s-hip long ago here making happy refuge Unm the storm but the children held to the myth that Captain Kidd had once had hiTP iiptr pit win it-in he had buried gold and lovoly wilh shiny hilti-, fit for and spurs -.'rand enough for King Arthur All the lit- tle hi is of the village hoped some day tu discover these spoils and become rich as the prince in fairy tale; to this end dug zealously here and there with WLodcc spadis and bits of broken hoop- iron when they were little, and, when they grew older, secured their humble fortunes by going to sea, as their fathers had befoie them. Well, tho Goadicifc was finally seen, with nil sails set, making straight for the Cove, before the most favorable of breezes, and straightway all the small boys, who had just eotne home from school, tore down to the pier, with breeches rolled above their knees, and sun-bleached locks flying out of (heir ragged caps, all eairer to help Captain Ad'inis bring his goods 1 OIJIP not that these little fellows were going to the but each one knew that his mother would bring him home in her ample pocket a slice of cake and n bit of fruit. Next day Cnptain Adams, carrying Dess in his arms, went to each house in the tillage, inviting his frionds to the naming AH day Sarah Anu and Mrs. AdauiS baked delightful com- pounds in a big brick oven out of dr.ors, while the old lady and little Lucy helped prepare the ingredients in the little lean-to kite-hen at the back of the house. Next moining most of the crockery of the neighboihood was bor- rowed by Mrs Adams: the bis: room that formed the main part of the house was scrubbed and polished, nnd deco- rated fiesh curtains and table coveis trimmed with lace of her own knitting; the two litn'e bed rooms! at the in the arrayed in the finest patch .Tork quilts, home-made mats, and toilet-tables; and Sarah Ann Wren brought, to adorn the middle of the a grand Chinese jug, the one treasured gift her improvi- dent husband, which she n-nv filled with a mighty nosegay of daffodils, and lilacs, and fiagraiit whito jonquils Baby IJCFS was arrayed in a cap nnd robe embroidered by her mother, and a of cotals brought from over seas by her father. Mr's. Adams wore her wedding gown of gray, and the old lady wore lier wedding gown of brown.whish was a little out of fin-hion. but looted very well Master Hastings pent a Danish punch-bowl. T.-hich heli two sallons, and Cuptain Phil brewed n notable puneh, and undc arrangements for n j't't further supply At one o'clock the matrons gathered with knitting, the half-dozen men who were nt home came with their pipes, and nd- journed with Captain Adams lo the headland to faJfc over e the last cruise, the next cruise, and the mackerel fishing. At five o'cloek Mrs. Ad'ims mad? n pnt of tea for the older dimes, aided by Surah Ann, Bet the fa- ble, tnlkinsr all tho while to her sur- rounding and giving, nt rheir recipes for vnrious appetizing dishes. Then Lucy Wren was des- Dfltched to call (he men. and in a few moments more tho whole cotndany were falling to, eating in-l drinking with the rojaf hard work, nnd oidii when and Sarah Ann tho plates lor the boules of vririe the tabfe H of hot punch was pla Adams and Torn Kr to serve out egg-n which Phil's fathc; brought from England Now, when J'ljil Adams h-id to every one of punch, lift toonj baby Bess from her mother, and, hold-'l ng her on high, said Friends and neighbors, the little craft, Bem Adams, just setting sail in life, and we ask you to drink her health ctnd 1 a long cruise one And all drank heartily to the dainty- maid. and Mr Hastings rose to make a. little speech when he had con. eluded, his son Rolf, aged five, who WM he only small boy present at the enier- aintnent, and who had been taking rty sips out of his father's glass, felt t incumbent on him to say a word of he new crrmcr on behalf of the juven- le's of Lucky Cove, so he cried out that the punch was tip-top, and the baby was lip-topper a rtviiark deceived with acclamation. The shall drink her own uuidjpliu, putting i spoonful of punch to the litUe pink" Vips. Bess sputtered vigorously, without aking any. Let her be. said the mother; such stuff is not made for babies." It's only too said the captain, lowing the liquid, and offering it again. Jut Bess thought, if blowing was the rdcr of the day, she could do as well t that as her father, and she blew orthwifh to such good purpose that lied her parent's eyes and whiskers with drops of punch and his ountcnance seemed fij funny to huld' jucy Wren that she full under the n a fit of laughter. The baby ha o the health of baby Adams. We perceive from this chronicle, that Lucky Cove was utterly umnstructed inf teuipeiance pi inciples indeed, tuch were nearly unknown then father Mat hew, teniperHtice and societies, had never hee.n hend of. That whNkpy good for iho health, piomoterof wit. soci-ility. longevity, and happiness, was a fund unental article In encti man's cieed. held at (Jove in tho fac" nf the facts that by means of it Jim Wren lost want's, hi- fudbor' had I'ai'en from a uiaet and broken his vii.it toddy had made Tom Epp'a lather a loathsome burden, that drunk- enmss oocnsKmcd the loss of several tetso's about the Cove every year in the face of this logic of they jet advocated whisky asa public benefactor. Hut then the wrong side not ti cubic itsJf to reason it boldly iiiserts (Co? tinned next see I An American Dish. An amusing story is told, of which it is averred that DO less a personage than the late George Peabody, the celebrated American banker, w'atr the hero. It appears that Mr. Peabody had invited cans'atrtlioner, and on this having received as a gift ten ears ot groen corn, determined to renew the recollections of astonish hid English and please.I.is American guests by having it iu the well-known style. Accord- ingly, at a proper tiule, plates of butter and saU were placed before each guest, and the banker, with something of an air of mvstery, announced that ho was now about to treat his guests to a well-- known and delicious American dish of food, cooked in the American manner. It would be no novelty to his Amerl'- can but the watch how it was disposed of by and fellow their example and manner ol disposing of it. Then, at a nigntil, entered a stately butler bearing a large covered dish, which he deposited. i oleumly before Mr Peabody In us moment uioie, in obLclienee to the bank- er's nod, he whUkcd off the there, before the astonished van displayed a pi.e often boil.'d x' The banker gazed for in uiute hoi ror and dismay, mid found voici1 to demand an expla which was finally reached when the was fellow who had never before seen mi ear of Indian corn in hia life. replied vhat he had followed his master's directions to-" strip oil'all the outhido before which he had done most faithfully, not only the husks, as wad intended, but kernels also, so that the banker had only ttUatis, in Ameri- ca, the plate evidence of lite feast indicate what were his good intentions, to his guests. When are wind BheumH and yet Mr. Moody is you cur lighuhouso foe candle. Jloody, a candle is wick-ed. Natural A cockroach. A kiss on the fo ence but there's mentioning. 
                            

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