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that two persons, in attempting to save themselves ries, lay in the fact, that the trees surrounding the the travel of three or four hundred yards, by taking plain, for above one hundred yards in depth from the hypothenuse of a right angled triangle, whose their commencement, presented a blasted and decaylongest side was only about a mile, continued walk-ing appearance, gradually decreasing towards the ing for more than three hours in broad daylight, and forest, and having their trunks, and particularly at last found themselves at the precise spot from their branches, thickly covered with whitish-green whence they had set out! Nor is this to be won lichens, for all which I have no theory to offer in dered at. The sameness of the scene, nothing but this place. My friend had advised me to take a gun trees to be seen, with little swamps every now and with me, as pheasants were sometimes to be had ; then, causing you to swerve somewhat from the but we only saw one, which I shot; and, after straight line, which you can scarcely ever regain spending the day in looking at and admiring the correctly,-tend first to put you wrong, and then to new objects around us, we began to think of recompletely bewilder. Sun, moon, and compass, are tracing our steps. I may here remark, that a pellet here only partially useful.

had cut open the crop of the bird which was shot, In order to show how easily and positively persons and exposed the contents: they consisted entirely may be lost in the woods, and that too within a very of the scarcely developed buds of some aromatic limited space, the following true and actual occur- shrub, along with small pieces of the branches to rence may be adduced in proof; and all who which they adhered, having a powerful but far from doubt the possibility and sneer at the results, had disagreeable odour, which the flesh retained in a better have patience until they have the misfortune small degree, even after being cooked. to be in the position described, and then they may Our route was again to be by the frozen creek, try what effect contempt will produce in finding and just as the sun had disappeared under the horizon, their way amongst millions of objects so nearly alike, tinging some wild and ominous looking clouds with that it requires long and stedfast observation to a crimson hue, indicative of any thing but a night of mark the most trifling distinctions.

calm, we bade adieu to the Prairie, and commenced I had long wished to behold a prairie ; the very our homeward journey. Unfortunately the creek name was classic to me, and conveyed ideas of contained many little bays jutting into the land on beauty and of grandeur which nothing could surpass. either side ; and sometimes it happened that these The very contrariety of opinion as to the origin of bays were opposite, forming with the intermediate these strange seas of land added to the interest they creek diminutive lakes. While the light continued created, and my impressions were all in their favour. these were confusing enough, but by and bye, as A level or a rolling plain of almost unbounded extent, that disappeared, and darkness began to pour its and cut out as if by art from the forest, totally destitute shadows around us, we totally lost all idea of the of anything even like a shrub, except where an oc- proper direction in which to proceed,- often thinkcasional clump of full-grown trees obtruded itself, ing we were keeping straight along on the creek, adding to the beauty and loveliness of the whole, and then finding ourselves brought up at the terpresents a wonderful object for contemplation to the mination of a bay. A halt was called and a coninquiring mind ; and, however desirable it is to sultation held, which ended, as might have been know why such places should exist, all researches expected, in a joint confession of complete bewilhave terminated hitherto in vague theories, not one derment, and an expression of resolution to push of which the reason will admit as satisfactory. forwards at all hazards in some direction or another.

At length I got an opportunity. A friend resident It was better than standing still, so on we went, in Chatham, a small but thriving settlement on the groping in ignorance, and very probably going back river Thames in Canada West, offered to accompany instead of advancing. In a little time we came to a me to a little prairie (but still a real prairie) lying log-hut in the midst of a grove of the sugar maple, six miles to the south-west in the township of Til which had been used for shelter by the sugar bury, extending four or five miles along the shores boilers during the short period in the spring when of Lake Sinclair, and penetrating about as far inland. the manufacture is carried on. The hut looked so It was during the last days of the winter of 1837; comfortable that we fixed to remain within its weland although the snow lay about four inches deep come walls until morning; we had commenced a in the bush, yet we were informed that the prairie search for firewood in all directions, when, most was free. Winter in Canada West is sometimes very unfortunately as it turned out, I espied through the mild, and it is rarely that the snow lies continuously lofty tops of the leafless trees the reflection of the during the season. In order to reach the prairie sun's rays yet tinging the now fast rolling clouds. I with certainty, it was agreed that we should go up called iny friend, and pointing at my notable disthe “ town line," as the road dividing any two town covery, proposed, as we now knew one point of the ships is called, and on which, wherever the land has compass, to take our departure accordingly, and been even partially settled, the trees have been cut trust to the moss on the north side of the trees for down, leaving a sort of road certainly passable at all a guide after the reflection in the north-west should times to men and horses, and sometimes even to wag- have disappeared. Anxious about what his family gons with four wheels, provided they are carefully would think of his absence, he at once agreed, driven, and guiltless of a load! Their chief use is though cautioning me that our chance of getting for the sleighs in winter, when only the bush farmer home was but feeble, and as our course lay nearly can bring his produce to market. A small creek or north-east, we set off, keeping the reddened clouds rivulet flowing from the prairie crossed this road. in our north-west on our left shoulders. We had Being sheltered from the sun, it was still frozen, and not proceeded far ere the snow, which had been we walked along upon the ice in an irregular avenue threatening ever since sundown, began to fall thick of splendid trees, as the surest route to our place of and fast, and the darkness suddenly became indestination, which we at length reached with ease. tense. The red clouds had of course now entirely It is unnecessary to pause in order to describe what disappeared, and we had nothing to trust to save so many have already described. Suffice it to say, that knowledge which some little insight into Indian that the only peculiarity we observed, and which habits had given us. It was now that we bitterly neither of us had heard of before in relation to pra- 1 repented of having left the sugar hut,-a proposal


was made to return, it was useless labour and after having heaped on the fire our whole stock of time spent in vain ; after a whole hour's wandering wood, and turned our feet towards the kindly blaze. we might have been close to it, but as we could per- It would be quite impossible to say how long we ceive nothing, or rather, as we could feel nothing slept, when we both started to our feet simultabut trees, we gave up the search in despair, resolving neously, awakened by the prolonged and hideous to continue our endeavours after a north-east course, howl of a pack of wolves in the very immediate by maintaining which we would come into the road vicinity. However regardless the natives of America or town line, which divides the two townships of may be about wolves, knowing that in that country Harwich and Raleigh. There was nothing for it, these brutes are of a cowardly disposition, seldom, if therefore, but to push on, feeling occasionally round ever, attacking liuman beings, but rather avoiding the large trees for the moss to indicate our direction. | them, yet to us Europeans, whose minds, on being In the deep bush an everlasting calm prevails; the thus suddenly startled, naturally reverted to the wind may rage a tempest aloft amongst the branches, savage wolf of Russia and the Pyrenees, the fact of

-nay, may tear the most gigantic fathers of the hearing the sound of their yelpings so very near, did forest up by the roots, and yet all below remain most incontestibly create in us a most serious alarm, perfectly still and serene; consequently the snow Scarcely, however, had we tiine to collect our scatnever drifts there ; and although it fell very thick tered senses-partly dispelled by sleep, and partly by and heavy, it did not much impede our way; the fear-when, to our indescribable and most uncold, however, was severe enough, and in order to bounded joy, we heard, mingling with the roar of warm ourselves we began to run as we best could, the wolves, the sound of a buffalo horn, most lustily considering the place and circumstances, in a sort of blown at no great distance by some satyr of the jog-trot in Indian file. We had continued thus, as settlements, prolonging its cheering notes through nearly as could be judged, an hour, sometimes the the forest, and ultimately silencing, if not dispersing, one leading the route, and sometimes the other, the unwelcome visitors. It is customary for each until we at length both became almost worn out by settler in the bush to provide himself with a horn fatigue, and the depressing feeling of uncertainty | of some kind, which is used for two purposes, the which pervaded our minds regarding our proceed one to call the labourers from the fields to their ings, when, all of a sudden, I struck against a fallen meals, and the other to scare the wolves. Aware of tree, -fell heels over head on the other side, bruis- this fact, we consequently knew that we were near ing one of my thighs dreadfully, and almost break-to some bush farm or other, at which, could we sucing my gun and my neck-while my friend unwit ceed in reaching it, we were sure of food and shelter tingly followed in double-quick time, pitching right till the morning. Hallooing therefore as loudly as into me with the weight and the force of a buffalo ! possible, and firing off the gun, we were very glad to Here was a consummation! To proceed was now hear our signal returned by repeated solos on the less than ever desirable, and another council of war horn, superior then to any I had ever heard, and, was held. The facts which we could not shut our guiding our steps by the sound, we had not gone eyes against, were simple and few. First, there was above two hundred yards when we stumbled on the lameness in me ; second, fatigue in both of us; and fence of a clearance, and passing that, on a log lastly, there was the reflection that although we shanty, in the door of which stood a man, who welmight be able to creep along, still we had no real comed us heartily to all the accommodation he had confidence that we were in the right path, Taking to give. Explanations were asked and given, and all these into serious consideration, and that the where, on all the earth, do you think we were ? branches of the fallen tree over which we had just why, just beside the “ town line," and within less been precipitated, would afford us a sufficiency of than a mile of Chatham! Although we had perfirewood, we at length concluded to endeavour to formed the feat in daylight, with every advantage to kindle a fire, cook our pheasant, and rough out the help us, we could not have come more directly to night as we best could. Clearing, therefore, a piece the right spot ! But for all that, I have but little of ground from the snow with our feet, breaking up faith in the mossy side of a tree for a guide ; and the rotten branches, and cutting others with our God forbid that I should ever have to trust to it in pocket-knives, we soon accumulated enough of fire- any or similar circumstances. wood to last out the night. How to produce a light | We did not halt, our way was now impossible to seemed, however, at first somewhat difficult--flint be mistaken, being an open road, and, by half-past and steel we had none-the gun was a percussion three in the morning, we had the pleasure of reposone—and we felt a little at sea. At last we hit on ing our wearied limbs and agitated minds in comthe notable plan of tearing pieces of linen from fortable warm beds, surrounded by all the comforts our shirts, smearing one of them with wet gun- which the partial civilization of a new settlement powder, and firing it against a tree from one of the affords; but which far exceed those attainable by barrels, taking care to ram it down next the powder. the most civilized savages, and such we certainly Our success was most signal; we soon had a blaze, were that night. which was communicated to the wood, and in an incredibly short space of time we were sitting comfortably at a splendid fire, endeavouring to satisfy the cravings of thirst and hunger, by melting snow

Miscellaneous. in the mouth, and making a most ravenous repast, eaten in a very savage manner, on the roasted flesh

THOUGHTS OF THE MOMENT.-A man would do well to of the pheasant from the prairie, without bread or carry a pocket pencil in his pocket, and write down the

thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for salt-luxuries which we scarcely missed at the time,

are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, and which can be very easily dispensed with on occa

because they seldom return.-Bacon. sions similar to that we are describing.

CONVERSATION.-Great talents for conversation require A desire for sleep somehow naturally follows in

to be accompanied with great politeness. He who eclipses the wake of fatigue and repletion; and as our ar | others owes them great civilities, and, whatever mistaken rangements for repose were of the simplest kind, we vanity may tell us, it is better to please in conversation were both soon buried in the depths of oblivion, than to shine in it.-- Johnson.

GREEN FROG BAROMETERS.--These frogs are used on the continent as barometers. The first I ever saw was in a shop at Munich. On inquiring of the owner, he informed me he had had it for several years. It was kept in a tall confectioner's glass about a foot high, with a piece of coarse gauze or muslin tied over the top. At the bottom was some wet moss, sufficiently deep for the little creature to hide itself in : this was changed every week or fortnight. It was very fond of fies, but these, the man said, he gave it occasionally, more as a bonne bouche than as a matter of food. A little wooden ladder reached from the bottom to within an inch of the top of the glass. As the weather changed, so did froggy ascend or descend ; and if it was to set fair he would sometimes sit for days on the top step ; whilst, if bad weather came, he would also for days hide himself in the wet moss. I afterwards mentioned the circumstance to the late Mr Douce. He expressed a strong desire for one, which, with some difficulty, I proeured on my next visit to the continent. This lived with me for many weeks. I had a basket made, into which the glass dropped, and which I suspended in the carriage. I am quite sure at last the little creature knew me. Its eyes would sparkle when I came up to it. If I gave it a fly, it would suffer the insect to buzz about for perhaps a minute, then make a sudden dart, and swallow it in a mouthful. Unfortunately, Mr Douce placed it in a glass nearly filled with water, and it died soon after he had it. I have never since been able to procure another. They are extremely interesting, and, in an elegant-shaped glass, would form a most beautiful and useful ornament in any drawing-room as a barometer.-- Gardener's Chronicle.

A MAN OF FORTUNE.- One who is so unfortunate as to be released from the necessity of employment for the mind and exercise for the body, the two great constituents of happiness and health ; who has everything to fear and nothing to hope, and who consequently pays in anxiety and ennui more than the value of his money.

THE ALPHABET.-Among all the productions and inventions of human skill, there is none more admirable and useful than writing, by means whereof a man may copy out his very thoughts, utter his mind without opening his mouth, and signify his pleasure at a thousand miles distance, and this by the help of twenty-four letters, and fewer in some places; by variously joining and combining of which letters, all words that are utterable and imaginable may be framed; for the several ways of joining and combining of these letters amount (as Clevius, a Jesuit, hath taken pains to compute) to 585,261,673,849,766,400 ways, so that all things in heaven or earth, that are, or were, or shall be, that can be uttered or imagined, may be expressed and signified by the help of this marvellous alphabet, which may be described in the compass of a farthing.--History of Manual Art.

My power can change the purest clay

From its first and beautiful mould,
Till it hideth away from the face of day,

Too hideous to behold.
Oh, I am a Queen of a ghastly court,

And the handmaids that I keep
Are such phantom things as fever brings

To baunt the fitful sleep!
See, see, they come in my haggard train,

With jagged and matted locks
Hanging round them, as rough as the wild steed's

Or the black weed on the rocks.
They come with broad and horny palms;

They come in maniac guise,
With angled chins, and yellow skins,

And hollow starting eyes.
They come to be girded with leather and link,

And away at my bidding they go,
To toil where the soulless beast would shrink,

In the deep damp caverns below.
Daughters of beauty, they, like ye,

Are of gentle womankind, And wonder not if little there be

Of angel form and mind.

If I'd held your cheeks by as close as a pinch,

Would that flourishing rose be found ? If I'd doled you a crust out, inch by inch,

Would your arms have been so round ?
Oh, I am a Queen, with a despot rule

That crushes to the dust!
The laws that I deal hear no appeal,

Though ruthless and unjust.
I deaden the bosom, and darken the brain

With the night of the demon's skill;
The heart may struggle, but struggle in vain,

As I grapple it harder still.
Oh, come with me, and ye shall see

How well I begin the day;
For I'll high to the hungriest slave I have,

And snatch his loaf away!
Oh, come with me, and ye shall see

How my skeleton victims fall;
How I order the graves without a stone,

And the coffins without a pall.
Then a song, a song, for the Beldame Queen

A Queen that ye fear right well;
For my portal of state is the workhouse gate,
And my throne the prison cell!

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And throne the prison cell.
I have been crown'd in every land

With nightshade steep'd in tears;
I've a dog-gnawn bone for my sceptre wand,

Which the proudest mortal fears.

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No golden vest I own;
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CONTENTS. When Do You Rise ?

339 | Tale.—The Pastor's Daughter, Life of Robert Heron,

341 Hood, Carlyle, and Wakley, on the Law of Literary The Last Lines of Poets,


Copyright, .. Educational Reform.-Universities,



Dr Channing-On the Cause of Intemperance, 348 | POETRY.—Morning,

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man, or sounds to a deaf one, as talk to them of On the morning on which this humble sheet pro- activity, mental or bodily. But there are others fesses to be published, the sun, in popular language, who rise late, and yet are differently constitutedrose upon the British Islands at four o'clock. Reader, and with these we have not to set the stone in when did you rise? Assuming that you rose at the motion, we have merely to change its direction. average period observed by the inhabitants of this They are vigorous, energetic men, and bear the burcountry, we may fix the hour somewhere about nine den and heat of the day in all the matters of actual o'clock that is, five hours after “morning" com- life--but they rise late. Why? They go to bed menced " the waving of her golden hair." Your irregularly—and that answer involves a great deal. sluggishness has robbed you of time, that most pre- A thousand small items in a man's doings, even cious of all things, and it has robbed you of a species when taken separately, will illustrate his character of time which cannot be computed by the ordinary with truthful certainty-just as the eye, when looknotations of clock or sand-glass.

ing through a chink, of the circumference of a pinEarly rising is one of those good and proper habits head, can see all that is going on in a large apartwhich few except invalids dare openly to impugn-it ment; and lateness in going to bed is one of these has everything to recommend it, and nothing to retard diamond-sized indications. Is it the public meetit in public estimation, except that it runs counter ing, the counting-house, the shop, the committeeto ease and self-indulgence—and yet how few people room, the theatre, the concert, the ball, the evening are there who systematically persevere in the habit. , party, the tavern, or the study, that keeps you late? It promotes health, punctuality, morals, and des- Occasionally there may be cases where one or other patch both in study and business; and yet it is not of these places may legitimately keep you from observed a result which, we apprehend, arises from your couch beyond midnight, but, like angels' visits, the very simple reason that we do not pay the atten- such instances are few and far between; and whether tion that we ought to all or any of these matters. duty or pleasure, for all these things are resolvable At some stage of existence most persons have risen into the one or the other, be the cause of your unseaearly or resolved to do it; but custom has become sonable hours, you are on a false track, nay on danto them a second nature, and they contentedly plod gerous ground, if you persevere in a course which on in their old ways ; while others still cherish the leads to irregularity in the hours of repose. idea of reform, although, for the last few years, they Is duty your object? Then know that one hour in have tried the experiment for a morning or two, the morning is worth three at midnight, positively and as regularly broken through it. Our object, three, if you take into account the increased mental accordingly, is twofold—it is to arouse the contented power, the additional healthfulness, and theindications sluggard, and to stimulate the uneasy one,

afforded, by morning work, of temperance and order. In addressing the class who rise late, it would be no amount of business can by possibility justify unfair to denominate the whole of them sluggards, systematic midnight labour and late rising. The —for that term, strictly speaking, implies those who, ablest men of business, and those who get through going to bed early in the evening, continue to luxu- | most work, have, since the beginning of the world, riate there until an advanced hour in the morning. risen early. Scott, Wellington, Wesley, and all who Such persons, if rich, lead the life of a certain country hava distinguished themselves by sustained effort, squire, who stated that he spent his time " in eating no matter of what kind, have acknowledged their fat bacon, swinging on a gate, and staring at mail success to have arisen from this cause. If pleasure coaches"_if poor, their desires are few, and they keeps you abroad at night, beware of the hollow consume the days of their years in a state of torpor ground on which you are treading, and go back in not far removed from the vitality of zoophytes. time, if you value soul or body, friends or reputaWith such people it is useless to argue--they are tion. The man who gives his nights to the cup or mere masses of clay, and cannot be reasoned with ; public assemblies, will succeed in nothing except in losing his health, and unfitting himself for actions are not irregular. They are never too soon. Their in this life, and for preparation for that which is to letters are posted the very minute after the mail is come. There is but one royal road to success in shut; they arrive at the wharf just in time to see every department of human occupation, and that is the steam-boat off ; they come in sight of the termiconstant, unremitting attention ; and no real pro- nus precisely as the station-gates are closing. They gress can be made in any undertaking by him who, do not break any engagement nor neglect any duty; in search of recreation, loveth the darkness rather but they systematically go about it too late, and than the light. But apart from mere worldly usually too late by about the same fatal interval. advancement, every one has, or should have, a home, How can they retrieve the lost fragment, so essential to which, as the haven of peace, he should resort at to character and comfort ? Perhaps by a device like the close of the day; and fearfully indicative is it this: suppose that on some auspicious morning they of receding principle, when the tranquil pleasures contrived to rise a quarter of an hour before their of the domestic circle lose their hold on the sym- usual time, and were ready for their morning worpathies. When the debauchee has reached the lowest ship fifteen minutes sooner than they have been for hell of degradation, many is the reminiscence that the last ten years; or, what will equally answer the rises before him, unsolicited and unwelcome, of the end, suppose that for once they merged their mornquiet fireside of early days, now placed at a hopeless | ing meal altogether, and went straight out to the distance from one whom indulgence has enervated, engagements of the day ; suppose that they arrived and whose unbridled passions have driven to the at the class-room, or the workshop, or the place of tomb the cheerful faces which were wont to reflect business, fifteen minutes before their natural time, back the glow of the family “ingle.” Those plea- or that they forced themselves to the appointed rensures are dearly purchased which keep a wife, a dezvous on the week-day, or to the sanctuary on the sister, or an aged mother, watching and weeping, Sabbath-day, a quarter of an hour before their induring the lone hours of night, for the return of stinctive time of going, all would yet be well. This the absent and the erring. Be warned, then, in time system carried out would bring the world and themof this cause of late rising.

selves to synchronize; they and the marching hours But taking still lower ground, mere comfort would come to keep step again, and moving on in in getting through the business of the day should harmony, they would escape the fatigue and jolting lead to early rising. Generally speaking, every awkwardness they used to feel, when old Father one has some definite hour at which he must Time put the right foot foremost and they advanced do a given thing, or be at a particular place, the left ; their reputation would be retrieved, and each morning; and inestimable is the advan friends who at present fret would begin to smile ; tage when, by timeous departure from the pil- their fortunes would be made ; their satisfaction in low, the given duty is leisurely performed ; their work would be doubled; and their influence whereas, if rising be delayed till the last possible over others and their power for usefulness would be moment, all is hurry and confusion—the toilette unspeakably augmented.” duties are discharged with fearful haste-breakfast One half of the world does not know how the is cold, and is despatched with equal rapidity other half lives, and it has often struck us that loihousehold messages are heard, but entering at one terers in bed would be surprised were they to see ear they escape at the other-the door is hastily the revelations of morning life. At dawn of morn, opened and as hastily shut, and the late-riser hurries an indescribable freshness floats over creation which up the street, breathless and short-winded. He arrives is discoverable at no other period of the day ; and, too late for his particular business, and he hurries redolent with the buoyancy of healthy repose, the and blusters through his affairs for the whole day, step is firm and elastic, the eye clear, the mind unwithout being able to make up what the sailors call clouded, and the whole man generous and noble. In “ lee way." A day well begun may occasionally go such a state, ordinary scenes would be enjoyed with · wrong afterwards ; but it rarely happens that when high relish ; but the “incense-breathing” of the ina day is ill begun that the defaulter recovers his fant day, like all other kinds of infant beauty, has a lost time or his regularity. And yet some people sweetness of its own. groan continually at their want of punctuality in

“The eyelids of the morning are awake; such matters, and vow mentally and audibly that The dews are disappearing from the grass ; they will make an entire change, but the meshes of The sun is o'er the mountain; and the trees, habit have gradually been closing around them, and Moveless, are stretching through the blue of heaven, what was at first light as the airy bindings of a

Exuberantly green.” spider's web, have grown on and been interwoven We may be mistaken, but we do not recollect until they have obtained the consistency of ropes, reading in the Newgate Calendar or in the Criminal which bind the victim helplessly to the ground. Recorder of any murder being committed in the The Rev. James Hamilton most graphically describes morning, which is a consideration of some importthis class of persons :—

ance. But not to dwell on that or on the landscape “A singular mischance has occurred to some of beauty of vernal day, seeing that the one inquiry our friends. At the instant when he ushered them pertains to the statist and the other to the poet, we on existence, God gave them a work to do, and he must say that there is a pleasantness in the bustle also gave them a competency of time; so much time, of morning life which has a peculiar charm. The that if they began at the right moment, and wrought labourers go sturdily to their work, and do not drag with sufficient vigour, their time and their work their limbs as at night. At the sea side, the din of would end together. But a good many years ago a departing and arriving steam-boats is exhilarating; strange misfortune befel them. A fragment of their and the waters seem instinct with life as they sparkle allotted time was lost. They cannot tell what be- in crystal expanse, or as they are ploughed into green came of it, but sure enough it has dropped out of and white furrows by the sharp prows of the vessels existence ; for just like two measuring lines laid which glide merrily on their surface. Newhaven alongside, the one an inch shorter than the other, fishwives, too, partake of the general elevation, and their work and their time run parallel, but the work in the morning their snow-white caps contrast pleais always ten minutes in advance of the time. They santly with their blooming faces, as yet unrouged

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