Owego Record Front Page
January 26, 1899
Tioga Co., NY

Transcribed by: Bill Grummons

January 26, 1899



Died, at Smithboro, NY, Thursday, Jan. 19, 1899, the infant son of Frank CARMINO. The interment was Saturday in St. Joseph's cemetery.


Died, at Owego, NY. Thursday, Jan. 26, 1899, of heart disease, Mrs. Ezra WARD. aged 68 years. She is survived by her husband. Funeral Sunday at 8 p. m. at the family residence.


Died, at Owego, NY, Thursday, Jan. 19, 1899, John SHEEHAN, aged 78 years. He is survived by one brother, Timothy, and one sister, Jane, both of Owego. The funeral was held at St. Patrick's church at 9 a. m. Saturday; interment in St. Joseph's cemetery.


Died, at Scranton, PA, Monday, Jan 23, 1899, Myrta L. HUBBARD, wife of Herman L. DOBSON of Scranton, and daughter of William H. and E. Libbie HUBBARD of Candor, NY, aged 25 years. The remains were brought to Owego on the Lackawanna and taken to Candor where the funeral and burial were held today.


Died, at Owego, NY, Saturday Jan. 21, 1899, Simeon MARQUART, aged 84 years. He was for many years engaged in the ice, livery, and hack business which he carried on at North avenue. He is survived by one son, William of 189 North avenue, where his death occurred and where Rev. M. D. FULLER, D. D. conducted the funeral at 8 p. m. Tuesday.


Died, at the residence of her son-in-law, Hon. H. Austin CLARK, 814 Main street. Owego, NY, Thursday, Jan. 19, 1899, Mary T. GILBERT, widow of Charles R. SACKETT, in her seventy-sixth year. She was born March 19, 1823, at Hartford, CT. and is survived by one son, Richard Gilbert SACKETT of New York and by one daughter, Mrs. H. A. CLARK. The funeral was held at St. Paul's church at 2 p. m. Saturday; interment at Evergreen cemetery.


Died, at Owego, NY, Saturday, Jan. 21, 1899, Cynthia Maria SMITH widow of Gilbert NEWELL and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey SMITH, aged 77 years. She was born in Granville, OH, Sept. 16, 1821, and in her early years her parents moved to their former home in Massachusetts. She and Gilbert NEWELL were married Dec. 19, 1839 at Sandisfield, Mass., by Rev. James SQUIRES. They came to Owego in the spring of 1857 and resided here until their respective deaths. She became a member of the Baptist church of this village, of which she was a consistent member and highly respected by all. She is survived by three sons, Orvin L., Friend G. and Frank W. of Owego, and one daughter, Mrs. H. G. CRANE of Minneapolis, Minn. The funeral was held at 8 p. m. Monday at the residence of her son, Frank W., 115 Franklin street, where her death occurred. Internment was in Evergreen cemetery.


Silas FORDHAM, one of the oldest settlers in this section of the country, and one of the best known citizens, died at the Warford House, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 25, 1899, after about two weeks illness of the grip. Mr. FORDHAM for years was engaged in the general merchandise business in East Waverly, then known as Factoryville, and afterward bought a farm just east of Sayre, one of the most valuable properties in in this section. Later he bought a extensive orange grove near Saint Mary's Georgia, and for some time remained in the south. About four years ago he was married to Mrs. LOVEJOY of Owego, and since that time has spent the greater part of his time in that place. He was a frequent visitor to Waverly where he has many relatives. He was a genial dispositional, kind-hearted man and a public spirited citizen of whom it can be said the world is a better place for his having lived on it. He was 79 years of age. The funeral will be held from the Warford House Friday afternoon at 8 o'clock. Rev. J. H. KIDDER, Episcopal rector of Owego, will officiate. Interment will be at the Rest cemetery at Sayre. - Waverly Cor. Elmira Advertiser.


Died, at Great Bend, PA, killed in a railroad accident, Saturday, Jan.21, 1899, John Joseph REEDY, aged 31 years. He was born at Owego, Jan 10, 1868 and had always lived here. He began his service with the Erie more than 18 years ago, as water boy and had worked up until seven and half years ago he became fireman. The day of his death he had intended to deadhead to Susquehanna on Erie train 2 to take his locomotive, No. 311, of which PIERCE was engineer. In some manner, his plan to take that train was frustrated and he started on train 8 which was wrecked at Great Bend, and he was the only one killed in an accident from which it appears, like a miracle, that any one on this engine or combination coach could escape alive. The remains were cared for by the tribe of Red Men at Susquehanna and were sent home on Erie train 5 which had an order to stop at Great Bend for that purpose. There were met at the station and escorted to the REEDY home, 141 Erie street, by relatives and delegations from the various organizations for which the deceased belonged. The deceased was well and favorably known among his townsmen and was held in high esteem by the officials and employees of the Erie, as well as in the Catholic Mutual Benevolent association, division No. 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Sasana Loft Tribe, No. 312, Imp. O. R. M., and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen of which he was a member, and Wave Hose, Co., No. 2, O. F. D., in which he held a well-earned honorary membership. He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. James J. REEDY, Sr. three brothers, John J, Jr., Michael and Will; two sisters, Misses. Sarah and Josephine, all of Owego. A brother Thomas P., died within the week a year ago. Seldom has St Patrick's church contained a greater number of those in attendance at a funeral service then Tuesday morning when those over the remains of Mr. REEDY were conducted by Rev. Martin RYAN. The sympathy of everyone in Owego was awakened by the sad accident which caused his death, coming as it did one year later then the death of his brother. And in consequence there were many present in addition to the relatives, immediate friends, the members of various orders to which he had belonged. The floral offerings were unusually elegant and abundant and were suitable tokens of esteem in which the deceased was held. The bearers were John CARRIGG, W. P. SHAY, John P. McCARTHY, Thomas SWEENY, James BELL and Joseph COLLINS. The cortège that followed the remains to their resting place in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery was as large as any seen here for a long time.



Married at Barton, NY, Jan. 28, 1899, by D. C. BENTLEY, Esq. Fred STORMS and Miss Nora S. YAPLE, both of Barton, NY.


Married at the Baptist Parsonage, Owego, NY, Wednesday, Jan 25, 1899, by Rev. P. B. GUERNSEY, George M. FERGASON and Miss Laura ?? WALDRON, two well known and popular young Owego people. They are "at home" in rooms on North avenue.


At Wilkes-Barre last week, four boys coasting on a bob, ran directly under a slowly moving freight train.. The sled ran under a freight car and struck the wheel on the opposite side. Two of the boys grasped the brake beam and held on, dragging them a considerable distance until the train was stopped and the were not injured. Another boy was was badly bruised by being rolled by a hanging brake, but was not rolled under the wheels. A fourth boy had a leg cut off by the wheels.


Nichols, Jan. 24. - Republican caucus will be held at CADY Hall Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p. m.

R. A. MOUILLESSEAUX of Towanda was in town over Sunday.

The Five States Milk producers' association held a meeting in the American Hotel last Saturday evening. The attendance was large and several new names were added to the list of members.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. John B. BENSLEY of Asbury, Jan. 20, 1899, a boy.

Work has begun under the supervision of G. M. D. TURNER, on the alterations to the building to be occupied by DRAKE and LATHAM as a hardware store.

George BURRILL is reported seriously ill with typhoid fever.


Richford, Jan. 24, - Republican caucus in SWIFT'S Hall Saturday, Jan 28, at 2 p. m.

A donation was held at the Congregational parsonage Friday evening for Rev. J. S. MITCHELL.

Hon. D. P. WITTER is ill at his home in this place.

H. B. ROBINSON is a recent addition to the grip list.

The McCLARY lecture at Newark Valley, Wednesday evening, was listened to by some from this place.

Thomas BRICK of Newark Valley is visiting friends in town.

The "regular weekly jollification" occurred on the streets Saturday evening. Several large sized "drunks" made night hideous and incidentally made regular fools of themselves.


Newark Valley, Jan.25. - Bert BARBER is visiting relatives in Binghamton this week.

Miss Josephine FRANK, who has been spending some weeks with relatives here, returned to her home in Schoharie county yesterday.

Woodford PATTERSON of New York city is visiting his mother in this village for a short time.

Mrs. T. H. BUSHNELL has returned from Oneonta where she has been visiting during the past month.

A large number of people throughout the vicinity are suffering from the grip.

Bert BLISS has gone to Mt. Clemens, Mich., where he will take treatment for rheumatism, from which he has been suffering for some time. He was accompanied by his father, Franklin BLISS of Richford.

Mrs. H. W. CLINTON who has been ill for some weeks with typhoid fever, is now in critical condition. There are very slight hopes of her recovery.

Mrs. H. L. KNAPP was in Edmeston last week to celebrate the wedding of Miss Clara BOOTMAN, well known to many here.

The meetings in the interest of the Five States Milk Producers' association have been held at Fireman's Hall in this village, have signed contracts and a local union to be formed here.

Mr. and Mrs. A. E. STANNARD were in Nichols a few days last week.


Candor, Jan. 26. - Harry McCRACKEN has gone to Spencer, where he has found employment in the new mitten factory.

W. S. MOORE is confined to the house with grip and quinsy.

Miss Sadie SMITH, who has been spending the winter in Far Rockaway, returned to her home in Ithaca Monday, stopping on her way and calling on friends in town.

Mrs. Sarah CONKLIN of Apalachin is visiting her sister, Mrs. Catherine CONKLIN, who is seriously ill.

Twenty-eight young friends of Miss Effa EGGLESON made her a surprise party Friday night.

Lucy DOTY entertained a company of young friends Friday night.

Born, Sunday, Jan. 22, 1899, to Mr. and Mrs. Fred JACOBS, a girl.

Miss. Minnie VanDUZER is visiting her sister, Mrs. Dan WILLIAMS, at Mansfield, NY.

The funeral of Mrs. H. L. DOBSON was held at the home of her sister, Mrs. T. S. BOOTH this morning, Rev. T. R. WARNOCK officiating.

Miss Nina JENNINGS of Binghamton is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. JENNINGS.

Mr. and Mrs. DIMON have been spending several days with friends in Berkshire.

Mrs. J. C. DIXON is visiting friends at Elmira.

HOYT & TOMPKINS, the grocers, have dissolved partnership. Mr. Tompkins will continue the business.

Fred EASTON, who has been spending several days at Hornbrook. PA, returned home Saturday.

A drama, "Dot, the Miner's Daughter; or "One Glass of Wine," will be given at the opera house Saturday evening, Jan. 28, by VanETTEN talent. Admission 15 cents, reserved seats 20 cents.

Rev. Mr. DAY, rector of the Church of the Good Shepard at Binghamton, exchanged pulpits with, Rev. R. M. GRIGG and preached in St Mark's church Sunday morning and evening.

Samuel CRANCE of Cortland is in town for a few days.

Miss Mary and Miss Fannie SACKETT attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary SACKETT at Owego, Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. WOODFORD, who have been visiting their son at Binghamton returned home Saturday.

The friends of Rev. F. W. DICKENSON will make him a donation in the parlors of the Congregational church Friday evening, Jan. 27. All are invited.

Rev T. B. WARNOCK is continuing his meetings at Canatonk another week.

L. F. LITTLE visited friend in Lestershire the first of the week.

F. L. HEATH will leave about Feb. 6, for a trip of several months to California and other western points of interest.

Mrs. Polly ALLEN has returned from her visit to Ithaca.

F. E. HUBBARD was home over Sunday. He is in Pennsylvania this week.

Rev. David PERSONEUS is seriously ill. His many friends hope for his speedy recovery.

Taxes will be collected at one per cent until Feb. 1, after which 5 per cent will be charged.

Frank M. HUMISTON of Owego has purchased the Jesse SMITH property, occupied by Judd ALLEN; possession to be given in February.


John CROW, whose wife is very ill with heart trouble, came home drunk last night and began an argument with his daughter, Kate DUNHAM, who had come home from Virginia on account of her mothers illness. John sought to add emphasis to his argument by means of a stove shovel, with which he attacked his daughter. She responded with the poker and showed herself well versed in the mysteries of the somewhat deceptive instrument. The poker made several scalp wounds on John's head and he retired from the discussion. She appeared before Recorder LORING about 1 o'clock this morning and a warrant was issued for her father's arrest on the charge of assault in the third degree, upon which he was arrested and jailed until Monday at 10 a. m., when the efforts of Jail Physician, H. E. MERRIAM, M. D., to put him together are expected to have been successful.

Albert REASOR was arrested on the charge of cruelty to animals on complaint of Charles STEELE, the agent for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The case was described in Tuesday's RECORD. The defendant was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of $5 or stand committed to the common jail until paid, not to exceed five days. He paid the fine.

The RECORD'S weather report today promises a cold wave, with a fall of 30 degrees by tomorrow morning


Scott Harris is on the sick list.

O. M. CARLSON is seriously ill.

Philip BOWER of Spencer was in town today.

Mrs. G. H. PUMPELLY went to New York city, Monday.

F. A. BELL, Esq., of Waverly was in town yesterday.

James BROUGHAM is passing the week in Binghamton.

John McARTHUR of Binghamton was in town Saturday.

Mrs. Inez SNYDER is improving from her critical illness.

Dr. J. T. GREENLEAF has been passing a few days in New York city.

Mrs. John BUNN of Binghamton is in town, the guest of relatives.

Paul CONKLIN of Watkins was a guest of Owego relatives recently.

Mrs. J. H. FIELD of Binghamton was in town Friday.

N. A. L'AMOREAUX of Tioga bought from W. H. HOLLISTER a farm of 96 1/2 acres of land on the road between Tioga Center and Halsey Valley.

Miss Alice HUTCHINSON is one of the recent victims of the grip.

Mrs. Charles ALLEN is able to be out again since her severe attack of the grip.

J. B. WILLIAMS has secured a position with LIBBY, McNEIL & LIBBY a Chicago house handling meats, and will soon be moving to Waverly.

Miss Mame KEEFE has returned from a weeks visit in Binghamton.

Miss Harriet MILLS of Syracuse will address a public meeting at the W C T. U. rooms Friday evening Jan. 27 at 3:30 p. m. The subject, "Power of the Ballot," will interest her hearers, as she is a young woman of culture and talent. and is an entertaining and fascinating speaker.

Mrs. E. D. DOWNS and Mrs. W. E. RINGROSE were in Binghamton Friday.

Torkel SOLBERG who has been ill for three weeks, is slightly improving.

Mrs. George NORRIS is in Elmira, called there by the illness of her brother.

S. S. EASTWOOD of Bath was in town Tuesday, the guest of his son, C. K. EASTWOOD.

Ezra M. GAGE, the well known farmer, stock dealer, poultry and egg man has sold a part of his Lisle Road farm to his son-in-law, Edward H. ZIMMER, but will retain the house and that portion of the farm on the upper side of the road. In today's record will be found his announcement of a sale on a portion of his farming property. He will not retire from the poultry and egg business.

Mrs. George BOUQUET near DEAN'S tannery, is still confined to the house, nursing the grip.

Mrs. C. T. WALL is passing two weeks in Buffalo, where Mr. WALL has his headquarters.

Miss Inez LOVELL of Ilion. NY, is passing the week in town, a guest of Mrs. Ellery COLBY.

Judge HUTCHINSON, who has been suffering from a severe attack of the grip, is slowly recovering.

Miss GRISWOLD returned Thursday from a visit of several weeks with friends in New York city.

Mrs. B.F. COLLINS and daughter Hazel, of Hornellsville, were in town, guests of relatives, Saturday.

M. J. SWEENEY was attacked by the grip Friday, and after a full strength case, is improving.

Miss Carrie CONKLIN is passing vacation of two weeks with her brother, L. H. CONKLIN, in Brooklyn.

William MURRAY left Saturday afternoon for a visit in Owego and Binghamton. - Ithaca Journal.

Editor DICKENSON of the Waverly Advocate was a welcome caller at the RECORD office yesterday.

Mrs. A. W. PARMALEE and daughter, Miss Mabel, have been passing a few days with friends in Binghamton.

Mrs. Ruth PIERSON of Binghamton is in town called here by the continued illness of her mother, Mrs. D. T. KEELER.

John R. SWEET came out of Temple street yesterday afternoon with his fur coat covered with snow and began a search for his horse and cutter that had preceded him. The horse had turned into the alley between the city steam laundry and Frank McMASTER'S saloon, striking Mr. McMASTER as he endeavored to stop it, but not injuring him seriously. The harness was some what broken.

Mrs. A. M. DEPEW of Hammondsport, has been visiting relatives in town for a week. Friday, she received from Charles WOOD, of Nichols, a deed of a farm consisting of 100 acres, situated in the town of Windham, Bradford county, PA; consideration $2,000. Mrs. DEPEW'S son, C. J. GOODENOUGH of Tioga Center, will take possession of the above farm in the near future. - Owego Cor, Elmira Advertiser.


Will ALLEN and Bert REASOR were drunk Monday afternoon and used a fine five-year-old colt that they were riding behind, for the term driving does not apply to their case, in a very cruel manner, beating it and driving in such a reckless manner that they endangered the people whom they met on the streets.

They ran their horse across the flats behind DEAN'S tannery and LEACH'S mill and both fell from the wagon as the horse entered the mill yard. They were rendered unconscious, but were soon on their feet. ALLEN was in the worse condition of the two and he was a second time unconscious. His father Patrick ALLEN at DEAN'S tannery, was sent for but by the time he arrived the man had recovered and started looking for the horse, which was caught near the E. S. FARNHAM place a mile or more above the mill.

The colt showed signs of hard usage, great welts being raised on his back, flanks and the inside of his legs where the whip had been plied.

This case might lead to a salutary lesson if the agent of the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals should take up the case.


Before Hon. Howard W. MEAD, surrogate Jan, 23, 1899.

Last will and testament of Dellinda SHAW, late of the town of Owego, deceased, admitted to probate. Letters testamentary issued to William H SHAW. Estate valued at $14,000.

Last will and testament of Mary D. COLBURN, late of the town of Barton, deceased, admitted to probate. Letters testamentary issued to Wells L. COLBURN of Waverly, NY, and Carlton A. PORTER of Auburn, NY, Estate valued at $3,500.

Last will and testament of Lucinda B. MERRILL, late of the town of Newark Valley, deceased. Will admitted to probate. Letters testamentary issued to Edwin P. SMITH of Newark Valley. Estate valued at $4,000.

In the matter of the administration of the estate of Edwin H. HOUSE, late of the town of Owego, deceased. Letters of administration with the will annexed issued to Edward H. MILLER and Etta H. MILLER of Owego, NY. Estate valued at $12,500.

Final accounting of the executors of the estate of Valeria A. B. ARCHIBALD, late of the town of Owego, deceased. Decree entered. Balance for distribution $141.21.



This Will Doubtless Interest Many, as Compiled by a Former Owegoan.

Mrs. W. H. MUZZY, died, Nov. 21. 1871.

Capt. FOX, died Aug. 24, aged 74 years.

B. B. BIGNELL was member of assembly.

Hon. Wheeler H. BRISTOL was state treasurer.

The Owego RECORD was established March 18, 1871.

Dr. Ezekiel LOVEJOY died Aug, 15, aged 68 years,

The Park Hotel changed hands four times in 1871.

D. M. PITCHER was assistant assessor of Internal Revenue.

Fourteen inches of snow fell on the night of March 26. 1871

Hon. Chauncey M. DEPEW spoke at WILSON Hall.

The new Catholic church at Waverly was dedicated Oct. 9, 1871.

F. O. CABLE was selling oysters in the fall and winter of 1871.

C. F. HILL was chief of the fire department in 1871.

Mrs. Rhoda BLOSSOM, mother of Mrs. Virgil ELLIS died May 8, 1871.

A 10-pound baby boy came to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis HOUK, November 21, 1871.

The Buckbee Block was built during the fall of and winter of 1871.

N. M. BLACKMAN supplied Masonic hall with a beautiful organ.

Owego contributed over $1,400. to the sufferers of the Chicago fire.

SPAULDING and MOORE bought Sam HOLLINSWORTH'S barbershop in June.

Michael Hall of Owego, an Erie trackman, was killed, May 28, 1871, aged 28 years.

"Than" RICHARDS gave a dance at his West Windham hotel Christmas night.

Lyman CLINTON and wife of Newark Valley celebrated their golden wedding Nov. 7, 1871.

Harry Ward of Towanda was indicted for the murder of his friend, SHADER, in May, 1871.

Ossian DIMMICK commenced the erection of his hotel in Newark Valley.

A bouncing baby boy of 10 pounds weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Davis, August19, 1871

Rev. James O. BEECHER, preached his final sermon at the Congregational church, March 19.

Frank M. BAKER was appointed ticket agent at the Southern Central railroad about Oct. 15.

The Baptist church was re-dedicated on March 16, 1871, Rev. Dr. Dodge preaching the dedicatory sermon.

Phineas T. BARNHAM was a guest at the Awaga House Oct 9, the newspaper men were dining with him.

L. W. KINGMAN purchased a half interest in Owego Gazette in August. H. A. BEBEE being the senior partner.

Dr. Sterns was running a street car from the Erie depot to the Park Hotel. B. W, HORNBECK being the proprietor.

Tom HOLDER kept a confectionary store on North avenue. He now keeps the news stand in the Illinois Central depot at Chicago.

A fearful boiler explosion occurred at Quirins tannery at Tioga Centre October 31, 1871, Freso Van ORDER was killed and 11 persons more or less were injured.

Thomas I. CHATFIELD was nominated by the Republicans, and Roswell McNEIL by the democrats for state senator in Oct. 1871. The former being elected in November.

Jacob B. Floyd of Waverly was rendered a verdict of $15,000. and $850.47 cost of action March 21 1871 against the Erie, being for injuries received in the CARR'S Rock disaster.

KEELER and HOUK were awarded the contract for building the new court house for the sum of $55,700. The building committee consists of D. M. PITCHER and H. A. BEBEE.

HOWE'S great London circus exhibited in Owego, Oct. 12, 1871. BARNUM'S circus preceding it by three days. The latter got the crowd. The two paid the RECORD $103. for advertising.

Sarah HOAGLAND was married to Daniel HARRIS, and, after her return from their wedding tour, Sarah announced that she would be "at home" prepared to receive calls and presents.

The first agricultural and horse fair was held at Owego Oct 17. 18 and 19. Horace GREELEY delivered the address and was a guest of T. A. CHATFIELD.

Norman WILLIAMS, a child of Lucius WILLIAMS of Newark Valley, was drowned in a barrel of water, Oct 18, 1871. Rev. J. K. PECK preached the funeral service to a large number of people in attendance.

There was an exciting contest for the county judgeship in the fall of 1871, between D. O. HANCOCK and C. A. CLARK, the former being an independent candidate and the former a Republican, and the latter, the Republican and successful candidate.

The Candor fire department held its first annual parade Oct. 25, 1871. It consisted of one fire company of which John H. RUMPFF, was foreman. Wave Hose Co., No. 2.and band were in attendance. It was a great event for Candor.

RULOFF, many times a murder, was executed in Binghamton, May 18, 1871. These witnessing the execution from Owego were Sheriff T. F. PEARL, D. O. HANCOCK, C. H. KEELER, H. A. BEBEE, Tim McROBERTSON, W. SPENCER, and "Tone" Thompson.

H. H. BOOTH of Candor and E. P. GOODRICH of Spencer were killed in a railroad accident in the vicinity of Manunka, PA. September 6, 1871. John Holmes of Candor was seriously injured at the same time. These gentlemen were engaged in buying cattle and had a quantity of stock on board the train.

The M. E. church was completed in December at a cost of $40,000 and was dedicated Dec. 20, 1871 by Revs. Jesse K. PECK and S. I. IVES preached. As usual, enough money was subscribed to pay off the debt. C. M. HAYWOOD, Stephen GOODRICH, James BISHOP, M. L. COMFORT, Scott HARRIS, N. T. BURTON, Ira A. POST, J. S. HOUK, and Charles WHITE gave $1,000. each.

The corner stone of the new courthouse was laid Tuesday, Aug. 1. under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity. About 1,200 Masons were present. Speeches were made by Thomas FARRINGTON, John J. TAYLOR, and Stephen B. LEONARD and Charles A. MUNGER read a poem. None of these persons are now living. Rev. J. H. KIDDER pronounced the benediction. A ball was given in the evening at Wilson Opera House.

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