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dressed ? Thus it was with me. To gain time, concerned in the disappearance of Smithson. I I asked Moya for a drink of milk.

had been unintentionally her accuser. A brain “ An' welcome,” she replied, entering her cot- fever, which brought me to the verge of the grave. tage. I followed her. A shudder crept through |(from which I have lived to lament that I was my fiame as I took the wooden bowl and held it snatched,) prevented my knowing any thing of to my lips; but my feelings are easier conceived passing events. But it appears that I had been than described, when, on raising the sleeve of the most circumstantial in my tale, having related gown which hung by the fire, I perceived that the even the fact of my placing a stone to mark the wristband was torn off. I rushed out of the cot-spot where Moya had buried the torn wristband. I tage. On reaching home, I shut myself up in The place was examined and the wristband found. my own apartment, and threw myself upon a It matched in pattern, and fitted the tear in her chair. Here an impulse suddenly seized me to gown. Neither did Moya deny its being hers. seek my father; and the stage-coach passing al- To this was added a circumstance that seemed to most at the same instant that the thought occurred, place her guilt beyond a doubt. On the evening I entered it with a small bundle containing a in question, Smithson was seen to enter her cotchange of clothes. That night I reached Dublin. tage before nightfall, and just after dusk, either a My journey had been solitary during the greatest wounded person or a corpse was carried out of it part of the road, and my feelings were so exacer- by four men, but whither conveyed no one knew. bated, by solitude, that by the time I arrived I of this person, whom Moya stated to be a woundwas in an alarming state of nervous irritation. ed man, she refused to give any further account.

Immediately the coach stopped, I entered a car, The assizes took place a few days after her comand ordered the driver to proceed at his swiftest mittal, and the unhappy woman was convicted of pace to the hotel at which my father usually the murder of Smithsun. She heard the awful lodged. He was not there. I again entered the sentence of the law with much calmness, but pervehicle and drove to the house of a friend with sisted in asserting her entire innocence of the whom he bad frequent mercantile transactions, foul crime of which she was accused. She deand to my surprise and dismay learned that four clared she had paid her tilhe to Robert Smithson, days previously he had sailed for England, and and he had left her house alive and well, on the had said that he should probably be obliged to go evening in question. The day appointed for to France.

Moya's execution soon arrived. The wretched “I will follow him," said I.

victim was on her knees preparing for her lasi Mr. Dwyer stared at me.

sacrifice, when she heard loud shouts from with “Follow him! my dear James," he said. out the prison walls. “ What mean you ? What has occurred, my “Great God!" she exclaimed, "who would dear boy, to agitate you in this manner ?" have thought they'd be so impatient for the death

I threw myself upon a couch, and burst into of a fellow Christian, as to begrudge me a few tears. Mr. Dwyer soothed me, and strove to per- moments of life when they have days, and months, suade me to reveal the source of my uneasiness, and years before them.” and the reason of my having left home. I re At that moment the clergyman entered her cell. quested him not to question my motives any fur "Is it time ?" she asked, with composure. ther that evening, but to allow me the night to “I came to speak a few words to you, Mrs. reconsider all. He complied with my wishes. Bourke,” returned Mr. Lynch, evading a reply: 1 A room in his house was speedily prepared for “ I wish to ask if you still persist in denying the me, and I shortly after retired to bed. Strange murder of Robert Smithson ?" and horrible dreams haunted me, shapeless forms “As I am a Christian woman, I swear now in flirted before my eyes, and yells of pain and des- my last hour that I am perfectly innocent." pair rang in my ears. I awoke in a high fever; "I believe you, Moya,” said the clergyman. delirium soon followed, and at length my loud “ I all along believed you guiltless, and now ravings brought Mr. Dwyer and some of the others are of my opinion." domestics to my bed-side. In my frenzy I told “Thank God!" said Moya, the tears streaming all that I had witnessed, and my reasons for seek- from her eyes; "when I am gone, all will not ing my father. I related the particulars so clearly say, “Moya Bourke had the stain of blood upon that my host considered it his duty to see the her soul.'» lord lieutenant, and state to him all that had oc By degrees Mr. Lynch broke to the poor concurred. Being a personal friend of the viceroy, demned one the tidings that Robert Smithson he had no difficulty in obtaining an interview; and had made his appearance at the very door of the while they were conversing, an official paper was prison, and had presented himself before a magisplaced in Lord —'s hands, dated from my native trate; that this fact had been stated to the lord place, and signed by three magistrates, requesting lieutenant, who had sent an order for her imme assistance from the capital to discover what had be- diate release. Though this intelligence was comcome of one Robert Smithson, a tithe proctor, who municated with great caution, the revulsion of had been two days missing, and for whom search feeling was too great, and Moya fell senseless had been made in vain. The lord lieutenant upon the floor. handed the paper to Mr. Dwyer, who agreed with his lordship that its contents appeared to have My brother Edward, as soon as he had finished some connection with the tale I had revealed. his school studies, had been sent to Trinity Col

Orders were immediately despatched for the ap- lege, with a liberal pecuniary allowance from my prehension of Moya Bourke, on suspicion of being father. Being a lively, good-natured, and gene

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rous youth, he soon became a general favourite pelled to leave Dublin suddenly—and he intended with his fellow students. Poor Edward ! at home, to have done so on the following day—but on the all loved him. He danced well, was an excel- receipt of his note, Mr. O'Ferrall came to my lent hurler, sang a merry and a sentimental song brother's chambers, and in the presence of several equally well, and was universally liked by the of his friends, made use of such language, that a gentler sex. His thoughtlessness frequently led hostile meeting was the consequence. him into scrapes, from which, however, his quick It took place early on the ensuing morning, and and ready wit never failed to extricate him. He O'Ferrall fell, mortally wounded as it was feared. had deep blue eyes and curly hair; and his almost Edward had also received a severe wound, but constant smile exhibited a perfect and beautiful as he had still strength to walk, he was advised set of teeth.

to make the best of his way to a place of conAt college, though none knew when he studied, cealment. With great difficulty he got into a he cut a very respectable figure; and at the period post-chaise, driven by a ragged, curly-headed, and my unhappy tale commences, he had just taken bare-footed postilion, picked up in the streets of his degree with some éclat.

Dublin, and proceeded from stage to stage, till he At a ball, Edward first met Blanche O'Ferrall, reached the cottage of his nurse, Moya Bourke. whose beauty made a strong impression upon On arriving there he fainted, and his wound aphim. Her father, a needy man with a large peared of a more serious character than he had at faraily, soon perceived the effect of his daugh- first imagined. The faithful creature was deeply ter's charms upon my brother, and sedulously ex- and sincerely grieved when she saw her fostererted himself io increase and render it permanent. son in this condition,—but still more so, when, in

Edward was invited to the house, parties were reply to her entreaties to be allowed to send for formed on his account; he had constant opportu-" the docther,” Edward informed her that he had, nities of seeing the young lady, and his admira- he feared, killed a man, and came to her to contion of Blanche soon ripened into a strong attach- ceal him from the police. ment.

“Ohone, Ohone ma gra! and are ye hidin' She evidently perceived my brother's regard, yerself from the pelece. That I should live to and the lover attributed a certain restraint in her see my own garçoon in dhread of a jail. My manner to reciprocal feeling. But he was shortly darlint ye wor ever and always, and it's your ould awakened from his joyous dream of requited love. nurse that’ill hide ye. Wait now till I put some One evening, as he was taking leave of Blanche, dressing on yer wound. Oh! the rascal, to be she contrived to slip a note into his hand unob-afther hurting ye. Bad luck to hini a thousand served, and to whisper in his ear, “Read it when times every day he sees a pavin’-stone, and ten you are alone.” He smiled, pressed the taper thousand times every day he does not !" fingers of the fair girl, and departed. On reach While thus lamenting his misfortunes, Moya ing his apartment, he eagerly opened the billet, Bourke acted as Edward's surgeon, applying to which contained these words:

his wound such simple remedies as she could

procure. She did not wish him to leave her, but “We are never, as you may perceive, left alone he feared being traced to her cottage, and bringfor a single instant, and I am narrowly watched, ing trouble on his faithful and affectionate nurse. or I should long since have informed you that my He therefore insisted on seeking concealment in affections were engaged long before our acquaint- a small hut in the mountains, where illicit distilance commenced. This my parents know, but lation had formerly been carried on, but which they little suspect that I am ihe wife of him I was now deserted.' Hither he was borne by four love. I rely upon your honour not to betray me. of Moya's neighbours, on whose discretion and My father is making arrangements to procure for fidelity she could depend. She herself accommy husband an appointment abroad, thinking panied him, carrying for his use some oat cakes, thus to separate us for ever. When the situation butter, hard boiled eggs, a small jug of milk, and becomes his beyond power of recall, we purpose a bottle of whiskey. She made him a rude bed avowing our marriage, and I will share his exile. of fern, and imploring the blessings of ProviBut were our secret suspected, my father would, dence on his head, left him. It was on her road by depriving him of the appointment, condemn homeward that I saw and watched her. Her us both to poverty. Make any excuse you please, affection for her foster-child led her to exaggerate but desist, I implore you, from your attentions to his danger. Should he be found, she imagined Above all things, keep my secret.

that a disgraceful death on the gallows would be “ BLANCHE." his doom. The blood on her sleeve and hands

had flowed from my brother's wound. As it The effect of this note upon Edward was terri- caught her eye, she hastened to obliterate the ble; a bitter pang shot through his heart. Young, stains, lest they should excite enquiry. Would ardent, and loving for the first time,

that on the following morning, when I sought an The first, the very first,

explanation, Moya had given me one !—but she

feared my inquisitive disposition and nervous --he imagined he could never recover the blow irritability, and thought that if I knew of my broinflicted upon his peace. He instantly decided ther's danger, my alarm would betray him, paron not seeing Blanche again, for some time at ticularly if, as she expected would be the case, least. He knew not how he should account to the police should search my father's house for her family for the cessation of his attentions; he, him. With regard to Smithson, some of the peahuwever, wrote a few lines, saying, he was com-Isantry, who had long owed him a grudge, had, on


the same evening that my brother reached Moya's death; I would fain lie under the sod of my nacottage, whither the tithe proctor had gone that tive land. But my father is no more, and Moya very evening and received his tithe, way-laid, Bourke still lives. Since her madness, the mounand carried him to the mountains. What had tain hut has become her abode. As she is perbeen their original plans and intentions I know fectly harmless, she is allowed to roam whither not, but on hearing of the imprisonment and con- she pleases, and she often visits the house of my demnation of Moya Bourke, they liberated Smith- birth. I could not bear to see her–I dare pol son, after first administering to him a solemn trust to the chance of meeting her. I must sleep oath that he would immediately, on reaching the my last sleep in this foreign land. town, show himself at the prison, and also to a magistrate ; that he would not by any means, direct or indirect, betray who were his captors or

From Fraser's Magazine. detainers; and, finally, ihat he would quit Ireland

BOMBARDINIO IN ITALY. before that day month. All this he faithfully executed.

“Contrasted faults through all their manners reign; The moment Moya was liberated from the pri- Thougḥ poor, luxurious ; though submissive, vain; son, she sped to my father's house. He had but

Though grave, yet trilling; zealous, yet untrue; that morning returned, and had learned, with

And e'en in penance planning sins anew.”—GOLDSMITS. equal surprise and sorrow, that his old servant, If, on leaving Baden, you propose going to Müwho had nursed his son, and been the valued nich, or into the interior of Germany, you bad attendant of my departed mother, was about to better go round by Tübingen, instead of taking suffer an ignominious death.

the usual road by Carlsruhe and Stutdgart; beBut, however much he lamented her fate, his cause the former, though longer, leads through an thoughts were otherwise and sadly occupied. interesting and romantic country, whereas the Edward, whom he had left at Dublin, had disap- latter only traverses a stale, flat, and unprofitable peared immediately after the duel with O'Ferrall, district. and from that period no tidings of him had been “Ah! mon prince, how do you do? How are received. My father's anxiety respecting him the lancers of his Imperial Majesty's guard? I was intense.' Mr. O'Ferrall was quite out of hope you have recovered the fatigues of the Polish danger, so that there was no longer any necessity campaign ?" "You shall hear all that to-mortow for concealment; and in those days duels were of as we travel along," said the Prince de W-; such common occurrence in Ireland, that they “I suppose you are going to Münich-what else were soon forgotten.

can bring a man to Stutdgart? I am traveling Moya now told my father where Edward was the same way, and there is a place in my droska concealed, and they proceeded together to the for you. It is more convenient than your seat in hut. On opening the door, my poor brother lay the diligence.” Now, a seat in a prince's droska there a corpse, and evidently had been dead some is, I know, better than a seat in a German dilidays. Wounded and helpless, he had been un- gence; but, knowing that it has its disadvantages, able to obtain assistance, for the hut lay in an I refused at once, saying, that though I was going unfrequented spot, or to open the door which to Münich, yet my mode of traveling was so very Moya in her anxiety had locked when she left different from that of all other mortals, that I him. Edward had died of starvation! .... could not think of being a burden on his highness.

The faithful Moya gazed with a vacant stare But no excuse would satisfy him; "he was an at the disfigured remains of her foster-son. My idler like myself, and I should be director-general father attempted to rouse her, but in vain. From on the road.” í knew pretty well, from former that hour Moya was a maniac.

experience, what this meant; but, as the prince Oh! never can I forget the first time she beheld was evidently tired of traveling by himselt, and me after this event! So changed in look, in tone, as I had, in truth, no very valid excuse to offer, we in every thing.

set off together for the Bavarian capital. “Shámus," she cried, “my curse be upon you, There is certainly nothing between Stutdgart for you are a murderer. You said I had killed and Augsburg worth turning round to look at; but Robert Smithson, but you have destroyed your I had lately been reading Raumer's History of the own brother. Had I not, through your devilish Hohenstauffen. It is a dry, stiff, and elaborate spirit, been thrown into prison, my darling would work, but interesting from the mass of valuable be alive now. Out, out of my sight, and may information which it contains. No traveller or the curse of a broken-hearted woman rest on you historical student shouid leave it unread ; and for ever."

Lord Francis Egerton should immediately transAnd that curse still clings to me. I have wan- late it into English. He can afford to work for dered over most parts of the world—I have sought, fame; and here is a book the translation of which in distant lands, forgetfulness of those dreadful will confer same. His lordship may dedicate it occurrences,-but Moya's curse pursues me every to me for my advice. The reading of this book where. Despair has whitened my head, as with had made me take a sort of fancy to every thing the frost of years, and my broken spirit awaits connected with the heroic race of the Swabian with impatience its call to other spheres. I have emperors, who, from lords of a simple castle, long been prepared to die-consumption has fixed raised themselves to the sovereignty of Germany, its deadly' fangs upon me, and has found my Italy, and Sicily; and one of the objects of my sickly frame an easy prey. I would fain see my tour was to see the hill of Hohenstauffen, where father's house before I sink into the repose of stood the fortress cradle of that noble and ill fated

family. I had told the prince this at starting;{monstration, for you cannot on all occasions go and he was delighted with the idea, “the very back to the ABC of a subject. Few possess thing he wanted to see himself-particularly oblig- even the decent politeness required for listening ed to me for reminding him of it." Well, when with common courtesy, and still fewer possess we arrived at the hamlet of Göppingen, not far temper. This is saying nothing of the numerous from the foot of the hill, I proposed, that before class who have always a budget of facts ready to the horses were put to the droska, we should get support any silly theory they may feel disposed to guides, and ascend the mountain. “But is there advance. Never, therefore, attempt to argue a any thing to see there now ?" said the prince. point except pen in hand. If you wish to obtain “ Hardly a stone of the castle left," was ihe re- information from any one, discuss the subject po. sponse. "Why, then, should we give ourselves litely, just hinting or expressing a doubt now and all this trouble? It will be late before we get to then, so as to draw out your informant. With Ulm, and you know how unpleasant it is to arrive foreigners, you had better be complimentary, and late at a German inn; we shall get no supper.” say as many fine things of their country as you “ Vous verrez cela une autre fois, mon cher,can well reconcile to your conscience; ihis will said his highness. “A ros ordres, mon prince," throw them off their guard, and make them speak said we, laughing inwardly at our folly for having freely. You must, of course, sift the information placed our trust in princes.

thus required, and try its value by your own I have related this little misadventure, in order knowledge, and by the opinion you may entertain to show how difficult it is to meet with a good of your informant. To swear, as many people do, traveling companion. One man prefers a dinner to the truth of every statement that a foreigner to every thing else; another is absolutely idle, and may give respecting his particular country, is abcannot be moved ; a third is restless and fidgety, surd. To argue subjects of national policy with and never happy but when he is whirling along them is also useless: of England they know nothe road. You have to dread the listless traveller, thing; and if you touch upon the weak points of who takes no interest in any thing, as well as the their own country, its government or manners, simple and inquisitive traveller, who plagues all you instantly throw them on the defence, and they the world with silly and useless questions. Then stick at no trifles to maintain their cause. The there is the querulous traveller, who disputes the Russians, in particular, pull the long bow in supsimplest proposition, as well as the cheapest bill, port of their country's grandeur, at a rate that and who is in constant dread of being imposed would startle even Ferdinand Mendez Pinto himupon. Next comes the extravagant traveller, who self. A Russian nobleman of high military rank, gives himself airs upon the strength of your purse, wishing to impress some British officers with a even more than on the strength of his own. just idea of Russian courage, told us of a certain Travel alone, therefore; and if any sight of real Muscovite admiral, who was so indomitably brave, interest is to be seen, be sure you go alone. As that he required to have two men placed near him to lady travellers, the pretty dears are, no doubt, in battle, merely for the purpose of pouring buckmore enthusiastic, and show more feeling for the ets of cold water over him, in order to keep his beautiful than what men do; but they require too fiery valour within moderate bounds. A sort of much attention, and sometimes take off too much stately politeness should also be observed towards attention, so that I would hardly recommend them all chance traveling acquaintances. This is no for traveling companions, unless for a mere plea- bar to cheerfulness and good humour, but is the sure tour, where no inconvenience is likely io be best protection against the selfish and loutish experienced. It is distressing to see them want coarseness always

so ready to break out during a their little comforts when you cannot relieve them; journey. By vapid exclusiveness, you only make and yet it is strange how willingly they brave yourself ridiculous, and make nothing of others. every difficulty, merely for the fashionable honour

For the present I must leave Germany, but canof having been on the continent.

not take my departure without first relating a sort “Au revoir, mon prince: keep a good quarter of adventure that befell me at Passau, on the for me at the Golden Lamb at Vienna.” My travel- Danube. ing companion was going by the way of Satz I had, as usual, ascended the highest steeple in burg ; I was proceeding towards the Danube, so the place, in order to get a good view of the counthat we parted for a time at Münich.

try. The regular guardian of the church happenThe prince and I had discussed many questions ing to be out of ihe way, his daughter, a fine of tactics, literature, and politics, but had argued plump, bright eyed, rosy cheeked, and auburn none; by which mode of proceeding we had haired girl of five and twenty or so, had attended gained pretty nearly all the information we could me; and I was just stepping out of the belfry, well derive from each other, without for a moment after giving her, owing to her cheerfulness and losing our temper or equanimity. I would recom- good humour, á few pence perhaps above the mend all travellers-I might say all the world- usual fee, when she seized my hand, and, with to follow the same rule ; for to attempt a regular her own cherry-ripe lips, actually imprinted a kiss train of argument, or demonstration, in ordinary upon it. I was totally unprepared for any thing society, when you are sure to be interrupted at so novel and extraordinary.' The pressure of a every sentence by persons who get into a rage, in pair of fine female lips upon your ungloved hand, order to avoid being convinced, is pure folly. has, in truth, a strange effect: it felt something Some men want logical heads, and cannot draw like a galvanic shock, and went from the kissed the most simple conclusion ; others want the hand right through the heart to the very extremiknowledge on which you can alone found de- ties of the fingers of the other hand, and for an


instant it almost arrested my breath, so that I cracy had already darkened the fame of her bright could think of nothing better than returning the est times; and their cowardice casts the deepest kiss from whence it came. But, finding that this stain on the last of her days. Many states have kissing of hands was the custom of the country, fallen from the effects of internal dissension, weakI took care to be on my guard ever afterwards, ness, or corruption; others have fallen, some with and would recommend you to follow my example. and some without 'honour, beneath the arms of

Unless you are very deaf indeed, you must have powerful aggressors; but it remained for Venice heard a great deal about the politeness of foreign- to show the world an instance of infamy absoers, and their attention to strangers. I believe I lutely unparalleled in the annals of human baseam the only person who has ventured to declare, ness. Venice was perfectly safe; she was pro- ! that the people of the continent are, generally tected by her own fleet, and could, if necessary, speaking, very far behind the people of these call an English fleet also to her aid. The Ausislands in every thing that can be termed real po- trians were descending from the Tyrol, -Napoliteness. The rudeness which our countrymen, leon's retreat was already cut off,—the republic had and country women also, experience, and put up fifteen thousand disposable men at command, who with, abroad, particularly in Italy and Switzerland at that moment could have turned the tide of war -the most boorish countries within the range of against the French. The Venetians knew the the grand tour-leads them to mistake a mere ab- fate that awaited them, in case of Napoleon's sucsence of insolence for politeness. During the cess, for he had proclaimed their doom; but so tour, of which I am here giving the majestic world far from having ihe courage to strike a single so learned and incomparable an accoant, I travel blow for their own or for the general cause, they ed from London to Vienna, and from thence to first allowed Austria, their present ruler, to fall Naples, and back to London, and was never once unaided; and, though inaccessible in their ļaaddressed or spoken to by a foreigner with any goons, they sent their own ships to bring over the view of ordinary courtesy or politeness. I am conquerors, who had not even a boat at their disknown at first sight to be an Englishman, and a posal. When the assembled senate came to the soldado. I wear a good coat, and, as Burghart final resolution of yielding, the doge, a dotard of can tell, I am particular about its make, without the house of Manin, declared, that's their decicondescending to know what others deem fashion;sion could be ascribed only to the direct aid of I am, therefore, addressable. On entering a pub- the Virgin, the high protectress of Venice, who lic room, I also make it a point to say something had evidently enlightened their minds, and into the waiter or the landlord in the language of spired them with wisdom.” the country, so that no supposed ignorance on this Speedy retribution followed. The French, point can be pleaded ; and yet was it only at from the moment of their landing, treated the Passau that a foreigner addressed me, not then to conquered as slaves. Most of the nobles had show me any attention, but to show that he could grown rich at the expense of the commonwealth, speak a little English, which indeed was so little, and were all indebted to the state, to a large that we were forced to translate every sentence amount, for arrears of taxes and other charges, back into German. The constant forcing of bad from which the law did not exempt them, but English on an Englishman who speaks their own from which they had by degrees exempted them. language fluently, is another proof of continental selves. The French instantly claimed these arbad manners. Will any one make me believe that a rears, interest and all, for the service of the repubstranger, known to be such, could travel all through lic. The blow ruined the greater part of the England without experiencing one single mark of Venetian nobility at once; those who could not ordinary politeness? I never saw a foreigner on immediately raise the money bribed the French the top of a stage coach, who was not courteously commanders, just as base and corrupt as the contreated by the rest of the passengers: I have even quered, with statues, pictures, and other articles seen women holding on the poor frightened things. of virtù. Many were forced to pledge all their We Britishers have faults and failings in abun- property to Jews, who are to this day the real dance, but a want of natural politeness is not owners of some of the finest palaces in Venice: among the number. Fashion orders us not to be indeed, there is hardly one of these princely manpolite towards each other, unless under certain sions that is now kept up in a manner denoting circumstances, and according to certain foolish any thing like ease or affluence on the part of the rules, which I formerly exposed; and we are ab- proprietor. Some are entirely deserted, others surd enough to follow her dictates; but the inter-are store and warehouses, and many are going to dict extends not towards foreigners, and we gene- ruin, merely for the want of the most ordinary rally treat them with courtesy. Who ever saw attention; some have even been pulled down for them return the compliment ?

the value of the materials. As far back as 1814, Venice is still enthroned on her hundred isles ; six thousand houses, and four hundred so called hearse-like gondolas still float upon her hundred palaces, had already, owing to the blessings of and forty-seven canals, and pass under her three French sway, been demolished. Of the six hunhundred and six bridges. Her thousand years of dred patrician families that governed Venice, two empire still cast a glory round her; but it is a hundred have become extinct since the fall of the dying glory, for her days are numbered: and republic; and of those that remain, not thirty are however much her former greatness may engage in affluent or easy circumstances. The populaour sympathies, we are, nevertheless, bound to tion of the town is said to decrease at the rate of confess that she well deserved her fate. The three thousand souls a year; but this must be excrimes of her base and selfish mercantile aristo- aggerated.

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