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Among humans there is three kinds, white natur', nigger away the poor critter goes at that last sting, he can't natur', and Indjin natur'; then there is fish natur', and stand it no more, he is furious, and throws down his hat horse natur', musquito natur', and snakes natur', and he and kicks it (he can't kick her, that aint manly), and natur', and she natur', at least that's my logic. Well, roars and bellows like a bull, till he can't utter no more it's the natur' of porpoises, when a she one gets wounded, words, and then off he goes to cool his head by drivin' that all the other porpoises race right arter her, and himself into a fever. chase her to death. They shew her no marcy. Human “Oh! it's beautiful play that; you may talk of playin' natur' is the same as fish natur' in this particler, and a salmon arter he is hooked, and the sport of seein' him is as scaly too. When a woman gets a wound from an jump clean out of the water in his struggles, a-racin' off arrow shot out by scandal, or envy, or malice, or false- and being snubbed again, and reeled up, till he is almost hood, for not keeping her eye on the compass, and shapin' bagged, when dash, splash, he makes another spring for her course as she ought to; men, women, and boys, par- it, and away he goes as hard as he can lick, and out runs sons, and their tea-goin' gossipin' wives, pious galls and the line, whirr-rr! and then another hour's play afore prim old maids, all start off in full cry like a pack of he gives in. bloodhounds arter her, and tear her to pieces, and if she "Well, it's grand, there's no doubt. It's very exearths, and has the luck to get safe into a hole fust, they citin'; but what is that sport to seein' a woman play her howl and yell round it every time she shews her nose, husband. The wife, too, is just such another little gaudylike so many imps of darkness. It's the race of charity, lookin' fly as that which the salmon was fool enough to to see which long-legged, cantin', bilious-lookin' crittur be hooked with, and got up just as nateral. Oh! how I can be in first at the death. They turn up the whites of have watched one of 'em afore now at that game. Don't their eyes like ducks in thunder, at a fos-hunt, it's so she enjoy it, the little dear, smilin' all the time like an wicked; but a gall-hunt they love dearly, it is servin' angel, most bewitchin' sweet; bright, little eyes, sparthe Lord.”

klin' like diamonds, and her teeth lookin' so white, and “But that still don't prove it's a female porpoise," her face so composed, and not a breath to heave her beausaid Cutler.

tiful bosom, or swell her allerbaster neck, but as quiet “ Yes it does," replied Eldad; "they darn 't sarve a and as gentle throughout as one of the graces ; and her man that way: if they get up a hunt on him, he don't words so sweet, all honey, and usin' such endearin' run, he shews fight; he turns round and says, Come on names too, you'd think she was courtin' amost. But one at a time, and I 'll handle you, or two together, if the honey makes the words stick, and the fond names you like, you cowards, or all in a heap, and I'll fight till cover a sting, and some phrases that are so kind have a I die, but I won't run ;' that's he-natur', you see. Now hidden meaning that makes poor hubby jump right on if the wounded porpoise was a male, wouldn't he turn eend, and when he roars with pain and rage, she lays also, butt with his head and thrash with his tail like a down her pencil or her embroidery, and looks up in surbrave fellow ? he'd a seen 'em all shot and speared first prise, for she was occupied before, and didn't notice noafore he 'd run. No, the natur' of a wounded gall and a thin'. Oh! what a look of astonishment she puts on. wounded she-porpoise is to run for it; so that fish is femi "Why, my dearest love,' sais she, what is the matnine-gender, according to my logic.”

ter with you, aint you well? How wild you look! Has There are few among our fair readers who

any thing excited you? Is there any thing in the world

I can do for you? will deny that there is much shrewdness in the

“He can't stand it no longer, so he bolts. As soon following amusing persiflage

as he is gone, the little cherub wife lays back her head


6.Succumb is a charming man, Mr. Slick, and one “ Natur' has given her a tongue," sais I, “so loose of the kindest and best husbands in the world, only he is and iley on its hinge, it's the nearest thing in creation to a little touchy and hasty-tempered sometimes; don 't you perpetual motion. Oh! if ever you was in a fish-market think so?' ' to London, you 'd hear 'em use it in perfection! Don't

“ And then she goes on as cool as if nothin' had hapthe words come easy, and such words too, no livin' soul

pened, but casts round for a chance to let go and laugh erer heerd afore ; not jaw-breakin' words, such as black

out. So she saysgentlemen use to shew their knowledge of dictionary, but

«« Pray, Mr. Slick, do tell me what sort of folks the heart-breakin' words, not heavy, thick, and stinging. Bluenoses are. Is it true the weather is so cold there, Why they call a feller more names in a minit than would that their noses are blue all winter? Bluenoses ! what sarve half the Spanish grandees, and one of them chap's a funny name ! names cover the whole outside of a letter, and hardly “ That's the chance she was looking for, and then she leave room for the place of direction at the eend of it. indulges in a laugh so hearty, so clear, so loud, and so Pretty names they use too do those fishwomen, only they merry, you'd think her heart was so full of joy, it rehave a leetle-just a leetle- taint about 'em, and aint quired that safety-valve to keep it from bustin'. quite as sweet as stale fish. There never was a man yet * “ Oh! I'd rather see a man played than a salmon could stand them. Well, if they can't fight, and are

anytime; and if women are bad-used sometimes, and above slang, and scorn scoldin', they can tease beautiful, can 't help themselves in a general way, I guess they are drive a man ravin' distracted mad.

more than a match for the men in the long run.” “ Did you ever see a horse race and chase ? tear and bang, jump and kick, moan and groan, round and round, This is followed by a capital story of the over and over a paster' with his mouth open, his nostrils flirtations of the young lady seals, and the way spread wide, his eyes staring', his tail up, his body all in which they previously rid

in which they previously rid themselves of

themsely covered with foam, and he ready to drop down dead! Well, that great big critter aint hurt, he is only teased,

and their chaperons; but our readers must look this

their chaperons ; but our red touched on the flank, and then in the ear, tickled where out for themselves. We select in preference the skin is thin, and stung where it is off. Why it's nothin' after all that does that but a teasin', tormentin',

THE WITCH OF ESKISOONY. hornet ; you couldn't do it yourself with a whip, if you “How strange it is, Sophy, that you couldn't recollect was to die for it. Well, a woman can sarve a man the me! Maybe it's witchery, for that has a prodigious same way; a sly little jibe here, another touch there, now effect upon the memory. Do you believe in witches ?" on his pride, then on his faults, here on his family, there said I, leaning on my elbow in the grass, and looking up on his friends, and then a little accidental slip o' the into her pretty face. tongue, done on purpose, that reaches the jealous spot; “How can I believe, who never saw one? did you ?"

“ Just come from a county in England," said I, “ that's the crown of it, and then suddenly wheelin' him round, chockful of 'em."

give him two or three good, sound, solid kicks. “Dare," “Do tell me," said she, “what sort of looking people said he, lettin' him go, " you is emancipated-you is free they are. Little, cross, spiteful, crooked old women, aint nigga now; dat is ablution. Clar off, you pork and cabthey ?"

bage nigga you. Take dat for de onarthly scream you The most splendid galls," sais I, "mortal man ever woke me up wid, and frightened de lady to de winder da. beheld; half-angel, half-woman, with a touch of che- So make tracks now, and go dine wid massa gubbernor. rubim, musical tongues, telegraph eyes, and cheeks made Yah! yah! yah!" of red and white roses. They'd bewitch Old Scratch himself, if he was only to look on 'em. They call 'em Lan

One more extract, and we have done: we cashire witches."

have culled samples enough to incite all to a pe“ Did they ever bewitch you ?" she said, laughin.'. rusal of Sam Slick's last, if not his best effusion.

“ Well, they would, that's a fact; only I had been bewitched before by a far handsomer one than any of

A SLAVE-STATE INCIDENT. them." “ And pray who is she ?"

One Jaamin Phinny (an itinerant advenIf I was to call her up from the deep," sais I “have turer) loquituryou courage enough to look her in the face ?"

“Well, one night I got into a’most an all-fired row. I Well, she looked a little chalky at that, but said, with a steady voice, “Certainly I have. I never did any

never could keep out of them to save my life; they seem

kinder nateral to me. harm to any one in my life; why should I be afraid of

I guess there must have been a

row in the house when I was born, for I can't recollect her, especially if she's so handsome ?" “Well, then I'll raise her; and you 'll see what I never

the fust I was in, I began so airly. Well, one night I saw in England or elsewhere.

heered an awful noise in a gamblin'-house there. Every

I'll shew her to you in the pool ;” and I waved my hand three or four times

body was talkin' at onct, swearin' at onct, and hittin' at

onct. It sounded so beautiful and enticin' I couldn't go round my head, and with a staff made a circle on the

by, and I just up stairs ,and dashed right into it like wink. ground, pretendin' to comply with rules, and look wise. * Come," sais I, "sweet witch, rise and shew your beau

They had been playin' for one of the most angeliferous

slave-galls I ever seed. She was all but white, a platiful face. Now, give me your hand, Miss ;" and I led

guey sight more near white than any Spanish, or Porher down to the deep, still, transparent pool. - Mr. Slick," said she, “ I'm not sure the raisin' of

tuguese, or Eyetalien gall you ever laid eyes on ; in fact,

there was nothin' black about her but her hair. A spirits is right for you to do. But I said I would look

Frenchman owned her, and now claimed her back on his on this one, and I will, to shew you there's nothing to

single resarved throw. The gall stood on a chair in full be afraid of, but doing wrong."

view, a perfect pictur' of Southern beauty, dressed to the “Stoop and look into the water," sais I: “now, what do you see?"

greatest advantage, well educated, and a prize fit for Pre

sident Tyler to win. I worked my way up to where she * Nothing,” she said, “but some trout swimmin' slowly about."

was, and sais I:

“ Are them your sale papers ?" “ Hold your head a little higher," sais I. “Move a little further this way, on account of the light; that's it.

66. Yes,' sais she; all prepared, except the blank for

the winner's name.' What do you see now?"

6. Put them in your pocket,' sais I, dear. Now is “Nothin' but my own face."

there any way to escape ?" “ Are you sure? look again." “Certainly, it's my own; I ought to know it."

* • Back door,' said she, pointin' to one behind her. "Well, that's the face of Sophy, the Witch of Eski

" All right,' sais I; don't be skeered. rll die for you, but I'll have you.'

“The fight was now general, every feller in the root Well, she jumped up on her feet, and she didn't look

was at it, for they said the owner was a cheatin' of them. pleased at the joke, I tell you.

The French and furriners were on one side, the City and A negro's definition of “abolition," or River boys on the other; and as the first was armed emancipation, is not bad, and will put that they was gettin' rather the better of it, when I ups with a matter in a new light to some persons.

chair, breaks a leg off it, and lays about right and left,

till I came to the owner of the gall, when I made a pass ABOLITION.

at his sword-arm that brought the blade out of it flyin.' Well, Cæsar, boy, I'll tell you what ablution is. In I saw him feelin' for a pistol with the other hand, when winter you know da is a foot of snow on the ground." I calls out, 'Quick, boys, out with the lights for your

“In course,” said Cæsar, lookin' very wise, I knows it.” life, lose no time! And as they went out, away he goes

“ Well den, massa gubbernor, who is ablationist, sends too, neck and crop out of the winder, and the gall and I for his hoss, and sais, . You been good hoss, bery faithful, slipt thro' the door, down the back stairs into the street, bery trusty ; I gib you bery good character. Now I drove off home, insarted my name in the blank of the bill mancipate you; you free nigga now. Well de hoss cock of sale, and she was mine. The knave of clubs is a great up his ear, hold up his head, stick up his tail, and kick card, Slick. Oh! she was a doll, and got very fond of up his heels like de debil. Well de medder is all covered me; she stuck as close to me as the bark on a hickorywid snow, and dere's nuffin to eat dere; and off he goes log. She kicked up a horrible row when I sold her again, to de farmer's barn-yard; and farmer he set de dogs on most as bad as the one I got her in ; and I must say I him. Den he take to de woods; but he don't understand was sorry to part with her too, but I wanted the money, brousin', for he was broughten up 'mong gentlemen, and and she fetched a large sum." he got no straw for bed, and no rug to keep off cold, and he wants to be took back agin. He don't like ablution This last extract is something in the Unclein cold country. He rader work for sometin' to eat in Tom spirit and style, only more witty, and winter, dan be free and starve. Dat is all massa gub- prompted by true Canadian mischievousness. bernor knows 'bout ablution. Help me up now, Cæsar

ar Talk of Canada annexation-it will be a long boy, dat is a good feller," and he gave him his left hand;

ed the time before the Blue noses and the Yankees dandy's hat off with the right fist, and nearly demolished come to love one another.

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Goethe's Opinions on the World, Mankind, Literature, Science, and Art. Translated by

Otro WENCKSTERN, Esq. London: John W. Parker, West Strand. 1853.

The task Mr. Wenckstern proposed to himself A mind filled with abstract ideas, and inflated with conwas one of no ordinary difficulty-one, we may ceit, is ripe affirm, that few besides himself could have suc- There are two peaceable powers : Right and Decency. cessfully achieved. It required a scholar well read in the literature of Germany, and as pro- The adversaries of a good cause are like men who strike ficient in the language of our own country, to

at the coals of a large fire. They scatter the coals and have culled from the voluminous correspondence

propagate the fire. of Goethe the sentiments here collected, and to All laws are made by old men. Young men and have presented them, in an intelligible form, to women lean towards exceptions ; old men alone affect the the British public.

rule. Mr. Wenckstern has, in the present instance, judiciously confined his researches to Goethe's

The enjoyment of personal liberty, the conscious pride

of the English name, and the respect it commands from prose compositions; rightly considering that the all other nations, these are a benefit even to the children, ideal personages who owe their existence to the who in their families and in their schools are treated with imagination of the poet can hardly be deemed greater respect, and left in the enjoyment of more happi

ness and freedom than the children in Germany. on all occasions the true exponents of the genuine opinions of the great author himself. The first look at the world, by the mind's eye, as

The collection before us displays his real cha well as by the bodily organs of vision, conveys no distinct racter in private life with photographic fidelity.

impression, either to our heads or to our hearts. We see

things without perceiving them, and it takes a long time Those who peruse it may readily learn what

before we learn to understand the things we see. and how he thought,“ without plodding their weary way through a pile of books, which, In youth we are none the worse for error; but it ought however interesting they may be to the littéra

to be discarded before we arrive at a maturer age. teurs of his own nation, cannot be expected to Our senses do not deceive us, but our judgment does. engage the attention of the public of another country.”

Those only who know little, can be said to know any Besides the command and choice of language, thing. The greater the knowledge the greater the doubt. so rarely attained by a foreigner, which Mr. Wenckstern here evinces, great indeed must

That is the true season of love, when we believe that

we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so have been the research and industry requisite

before us, and that no one will love in the same way ere this little volume was given to the world. after us. Not only must he have perused with care the conversations published by Riemar, Eckerman, Age makes us tolerant: I never see a fault which I and Luden, but he must have made himself myself did not commit. thoroughly master of the various topics elabo- Men of profound thoughts and earnest minds, are at a rately discussed by the philosophic German in great disadvantage with the public. his letters to Schiller, Stolberg, Reinhard, Zelter, Rochlitz, Woltman, Riemer, Schukman,

Men of genius, after all, are not immortal. What a

comfort for mediocrity ! Reich, and many others, filling, as these epistles do, many ponderous tomes.

Great talents are essentially conciliating. The thought that suggested this compilation was a happy one: the result is strikingly suc

It is a terrible thing to see a great man made much of

uce by a party of blockheads. cessful.

Independently of other and higher considera A clever man is the best encyclopædia. tions, Mr. Wenckstern is indeed entitled to the gratitude of those who cannot peruse in the

in the There are three classes of readers : some enjoy without

judgment; others judge without enjoyment, and some original the works of Germany's most illustrious

there are who judge while they enjoy, and enjoy while

they judge. The latter class reproduces the work of art The following extracts may serve to convey on which it is engaged. Its numbers are very small. some idea of the power of the author, as well

Originality provokes originality. as of the ability and merit of his translator.

The most reasonable course for every one is to remain The immorality of the age is a standing topic of comin that station of life in which he has been born, and to plaint with some men. But if any one likes to be moral, follow the profession to which he was trained. Let the I can see nothing in the age to prevent him. shoemaker stick to his last, the peasant to his plongh, and the prince to his government. For government, too, is a There is a way of getting over French pride, for it is trade which requires training, and to which no one ought akin to vanity. But English pride is invulnerable, for it to aspire who has not learnt it.

is based on the majesty of money.


Shakespeare's dramas want ease now and then ; they are more than they ought to be. This shews the great poet.

Every man has his peculiarities of which he cannot get rid, and yet peculiarities, the most innocent, are the ruin of many. • Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure, is as the sun after a shower.

Lord Byron's talent has all the truth and grandeur of nature, but also its savageness and discomfort. He stands alone : nobody comes near him, and nobody is like


I have never made a secret of my enmity to parodies and travesties. My only reason for hating them is be- The world cannot do without great men, but great men cause they lower the beautiful, noble, and great, that they are very troublesome to the world. Inay annihilate it. Indeed, where there is no reality of such, I would still preserve the semblance. The ancients Almost all the English write well : they are born and Shakespeare, while they seem to deprive us of things orators and practical men, with a turn for the real. great and beautiful, create and establish in their place something which is highly valuable, worthy, and satis I do not quarrel with Victor Hugo for his desire to be factory.

rich, or to gather the glory of the day. But if he would

wish to live for posterity, he ought to write less and work Nothing is more terrible than active ignorance. more.

All clever thoughts have been thought before. You With this last and most sensible suggestion, must try to think them again.

which might be advantageously adopted by

more than one living writer, we close this The decline of literature indicates the decline of the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency. volume, so full of rare and sparkling gems, and

bid adieu for awhile to the SPIRIT OF GOETHE.

Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science. No. III. Edited by Edwin LANKESTER, M.D.,

P.R.S., and George Busk, F.R.C.S.E., F.R.S., F.L.S. Illustrated with woodcuts, lithographic

and photographic plates. S. Highley and Son, 32 Fleet Street. We observe with satisfaction the increasing lenses, by which means the structure of the success of this useful periodical, which, under objects under consideration can be still further the able editorship of the two learned gentlemen scrutinized at leisure : of course, in this respect who conduct it, has, in less than a year from its the most elaborate and careful engraving could establishment, attained a prominent and an ac- never compete with them. knowledged position in the scientific world. The last Number of the Journal contains

The revelations of the microscope, as wonder. several important and extremely interesting paful and as important in many respects as those person various subjects by Mr. Busk, Mr. which the telescope has yielded, have of late Quekett, Mr. Shadbolt, Mr. Gray, and others, become of so much importance, that it was found and fully maintains the reputation achieved by necessary to institute a periodical specially to this periodical at its outset. record, not only the transactions of the Micro- We may observe, en passant, for the satisfacscopical Society, but the proceedings and dis- tion of those of our metropolitan readers who coveries of microscopists generally.

derive their supply of water from the impure The number before us is, moreover, remark- mains of the New-River Company, that a corable, as affording evidence of the progress of respondent complacently states, for the informaphotography and of its applicability to the tion of microscopists generally, “ During the most important purposes. Among the illustra- last two months I have obtained from the New tions are two, effected entirely by solar agency: River, near the City Road, Cocconeis clypeus, they consist of positive photographs from Cols Cocconeis pediculus, Fragillaria pectinalis, lodion negatives, taken by Mr. Delves, illus- Synedra válens and lunaris, Closterium Leibtrative of his own, of Mr. Shadbolt's, and Mr. linii, Odontidium mesodon, Navicula hippoS. Highley's papers on photography. Fig. 1 campus and amphirynchus, Hydatina senta, represents the spiracle and tracheæ of a silkworm Surirella striatula, an arborescent Vorticella magnified sixty diameters, exhibiting the elastic with thirty-eight animalcules, Tardigrada, Gomspiral fibre between the layers of the air vessels. phonema truncatum, and a Vibrio.A state

Fig. 2 is the proboscis of a fly magnified 180 of things which causes us devoutly to desire diameters, shewing the divided absorbent tubes. that Mr. F. 0. Ward's simple, beautiful, and

Each object fills a circular disc three inches inexpensive system for furnishing our towns in diameter, is beautifully clear, and distinctly with pure water were already in more extensive defined in every minute detail. In addition to operation. It is surely high time that the mass their unimpeachable fidelity, these plates have of abominations daily poured into our cisterns this manifest advantage over engravings, that by the existing monopolists should be diverted they admit of being themselves examined through into other channels.

The English Bible; containing the Old and New Testaments, according to the authorised version;

newly divided into paragraphs; with concise introductions to the several books, and with Maps and Notes illustrative of the chronology, history, and geography of the Holy Scriptures; containing also the most remarkable variations of the ancient versions, and the chief

results of modern criticism. By R. B. BLACKADER.. We cite the title page in extenso, as the rea- also contains a multitude of brief notes (printed diest method of affording a general idea of the in italics) geographical, botanical, and hisplan adopted in this edition of the Bible, of torical, with illustrations of the text by explanawhich we are here presented with the first por- tions of the customs and habits of the Israelites tion, the Book of Genesis. The plan is as as compared with other eastern nations. In well devised as it is original, and various are an appendix we further find notes of similar the novel features introduced. First, as to the character but more diffuse, and partaking rather division into paragraphs. The combined beauty of the character of dissertations on the various and simplicity distinguishing our English ver- passages requiring elucidation. This appendix sion, whether in the narrative, descriptive, or also gives the various renderings of the Septuadidactic passages, is mainly the result of its gint, Vulgate, Arabic, Aquila, the Targum of scrupulous fidelity to the original-a quality in Onkelos, &c. We could wish to have seen inwhich it far surpasses all other versions, an- cluded in the list Luther and Tremellius, the cient or modern. It therefore suffers in a more latter more especially as being generally a reespecial degree by being cut up into verses, an markably faithful expositor of the original. expedient resorted to for facility of reference, We must remark, moreover, that the mere but which advantage is much over-balanced juxta-position of the diverse renderings of the by the interruption of the sense inseparable several translators tends rather to perplex than from a fragmentary arrangement. To remedy enlighten the searcher after truth; and would, this palpable defect the text is here apportioned therefore, recommend the editor, in the forthinto a series of paragraphs, each complete in coming portions, to institute a comparison beitself as regards the sense, while the common tween the conflicting versions, and, after stating division of verses is indicated by corresponding his reasons for preferring one to another, to profigures. Again, none but studious readers of nounce his verdict accordingly; a task, to the Scripture will take the trouble of turning to the accomplishment of which he appears to be passages pointed out in the marginal references competent. We ought not to dismiss this work as illustrative of the text, though they are free without doing justice to the typography, which quently highly important elucidations of it. is perfect, not only as regards the general text To force them, then, on the attention of the and notes, but also in the Hebrew and Greek careless reader, the most essential references words occasionally introduced. Care in this are set out at full length in the margin, which department is never thrown away.

Ombo. A dramatic Romance in Twelve Acts. bers are such as to defy any attempt at tak

By R. BIGSBY, Esq., LL.D. E. T. Whitfield. ing an account of them in detail: we must thereThe Dragone of Oxforde ande St. George of fore confine our attention to those who present St. Stevenes. Hearne, Strand.

themselves most prominently. The astounding Thomas a Becket, and other Poems. By PA phenomenon of a drama in twelve acts, may TRICK SCOTT. Longman.

fairly claim precedence of all competitors. ForChristmas at the Hall, and other Poems. By midable as it may be in appearance, we may T. J. TERRINGTON. Longman.

safely affirm of it, however, that he who summons The Parish. A Poem. PARKER. 1853. courage to begin will be carried currently and

pleasantly to its close; the design being striking In this eminently practical and matter-of-fact and the interest powerfully sustained. This inage, when the mind is overwhelmed by the con- terest is based on the wily machinations of his templation of the boundless fields of enterprise infernal majesty, who, in human guise, and unopening on all sides, and the truly marvellous der the name of Ombo, pursues his malignant triumphs of science, it is a sort of relief to the purposes throughout, with unabated energy and mind to be occasionally wafted into the aerial consummate dexterity;~ in the fullest force of the regions of poetry, and to yield awhile to the term,“ playing the devil” with everybody gentle dominion of fancy and imagination. It and every thing wherewith he comes in contact. is a fortunate circumstance, then, that there is The scene of his operations is Malta, at the no danger whatever of the genus vatum ever be time of an insurrection of the Turkish galley. coming extinct. So far from this, their num- slaves against the knights of St. John. Ombo

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