Herald of Truth Obituaries - April, 1894

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HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXI, No. 7, April 1, 1894 - pp 110,111

In Cass Co., Mo., March 6, 1894, Bish. Jacob C. Kenagy, passed away calmly and peacefully, conscious of his approaching end and with a clear mind to the last moment. He was aged 72 years, 7 months and 2 days. Funeral services were held on the 8th by John J. Hartzler and Peter Zimmerman in German, and Henry Richner, of Johnson county, in English. Brother Kenagy moved from Logan Co., Ohio, to Cass Co., Mo., in 1866, and organized a church with but few members, which prospered and steadily increased under his constant and indefatigable care to the number of some 300 members, notwithstanding the vicissitudes and stormy trials incident the office of a bishop where members collect from perhaps twenty or more different congregations, and who are educated into as many different modes and customs which are held as sacred by many as the Holy Scriptures. The number attending this funeral was estimated at 700. Peace be to our worthy brother's weary soul. J.K. ZOOK

KENNEL.-On the 13th of March 1894, near Roanoke, Woodford Co., Ill., of consumption, Catharine Kennel, aged 24 years, 3 months and 13 days. About 2 months before her death she went with her brother to southern Kansas, in the hope of recruiting her health, but she continued to fail so rapidly that she died on her homeward journey at Streator, Ill., shortly after the arrival of the train there. Her remains were taken home the same evening, and were laid to rest on the 15th in the Roanoke Amish graveyard, followed by many friends. She was resigned to God's will and we believe she is at rest. She was a faithful member of the church. Her parents, 3 brothers and a sister mourn her departure. Funeral services by John Smith, John P. Schmitt, E. Hartman, Peter Sommer and Chr. Risser, from John 5:24-30 and Rev. 14:13.

FUNK.-March the 10th 1894, sister Catharine Funk, aged 80 years, 11 months and 26 days. Our beloved sister in faith took sick about a month ago. Her physician soon discovered that heart trouble was existing, and expressed little hope of her recovery. She manifested during her sickness a strong faith in a living Redeemer, and expressed the hope soon to meet her Savior whom she tried to serve, and in whom she implicitly trusted for her salvation. She was exceedingly patient during her sickness and resigned to the will of Him who had power to restore her health if it was His will. She took a stroke of apoplexy on the 7th inst., and from that time remained in a semi-conscious condition. She slept much of the time till the 10th when she fell asleep to wake up we trust with the redeemed of our Lord. The deceased lived with her daughter in the borough of Strasburg, Lanc. Co., Pa. The funeral was appointed to meet at the house at 9 o'clock on the 13th where Pre. Elias Groff held short appropriate services. She was then taken to the Millersville Mennonite meeting-house where Pre. John K. Brubaker preached from the text, Num. 23:10, "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." She was then consigned to her long resting place beside her husband who had gone the way of all flesh a number of years before her, in hope that she will rise when the call is made, that all that are in the grave shall come forth that she may come forth and be placed to the right hand of her blessed Redeemer, whom she so faithfully trusted while she was living.

BRUBAKER.-On the 18th of February 1894, in Juniata Co., Pa., Annie Brubaker, daughter of Barbara Brubaker, aged 15 years and 14 Days. She was sick about one week. Her remains were laid to rest in the Delaware graveyard, followed by a large concourse of friends. Services by William Graybill. Text, Luke 8:52.

SASS.-On the 14th of March 1894, in Danvers, McLean Co., Ill., of infirmities, Christina Sass, maiden name Koenk, aged 79 years, 10 months lacking a few days. She was born in Heid, Holstein, Holland, in 1814, was married in 1834, was mother of 13 children, of whom 4 survive her, also 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. On their way to this country 29 years ago her husband and one son took sick of the cholera and died in New York. With the rest of the family she came to Danver's Ill., in June, where another son died in the harvest field of sunstroke the first week after their arrival. Her remains were laid to rest in the Danvers graveyard on the 15th. Funeral services in English and German by Pre. Larnes and Joseph Stuckey from Eccl. 7:1.

MUSSER.-On the 15th of March 1894, in Lostcreek Valley, Juniata Co., Pa., George, son of John and Minnie Musser, aged 1 year, 8 months and 2 days. Buried at Lostcreek. Funeral services by William Graybill. Text, "If a man die shall he live again?"

YODER.-On the 16th of March 1894, at the home of Isaac M. Hochstetler, near Nappanee, Ind., of erysipelas, Emma D. Yoder, aged 15 years, 3 months less one day. She was the youngest child of Daniel S. Yoder. Her parents are both dead. She leaves 2 brothers and 3 sisters to mourn her death. She loved to read God's word and to sing hymns. Buried on the 19th at Welty's school house. Funeral services by Bish. Moses Burkholder and J.C. Schlabach from John 5:24-30; 1 Cor. 14 and 1 Thess. 4:13-18.

SLONECKER.-On the 28th of February, 1894, near Colesburgh, Dickson Co., Tenn., infant son and only child of William and Amanda Slonecker, aged 9 days. Buried in the Amish burying ground near Colesburgh, Tenn., on the 1st of March. May God comfort the parents in their bereavement.

Sleep on in thy beauty,
Thou sweet angel child;
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled.

Like the dove to the ark
Thou hast flown to thy rest;
From the wild sea of strife
To the home of the blest. M.S.

RHODES.-On Feb. 4th, 1894, near Rushville, Rockingham Co., Va., of consumption and lagrippe, Sister Elizabeth Rhodes, aged 71 years, 8 months and 18 days. Buried on the 6th at the Bank M.H., in the presence of many friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted by Samuel Coffman and others from Rom. 8:18. She was a consistent member for many years, a widow and a sufferer of consumption, and experienced many privations in this life, yet she bore her sufferings with patience and left behind her a life truly worthy of example and also a bright hope that she is at rest.

WEAVER.-On the 19th of February, 1894, in Richland Twp., Cambria Co., Pa., of consumption, Bro. Daniel Weaver, aged 21 years, 3 months and 19 days. He was buried on the 21st in the family graveyard. Funeral services at the Weaver M.H. by L.A. Blough and Jonas Blough. He left behind a sorrowing mother, three brothers and one sister to mourn their loss, but they need not mourn as those who have no hope, for he died with a bright hope of eternal life. This is the fifth of the family that died of consumption, including father, two sons and two daughters. May God comfort the sorrowing friends.

GARBER.-On the 10th of October, 1893, near Garden City, Mo., John H. Garber, aged 24 years, shot himself accidentally. He was out gathering wild grapes accompanied by his father-in-law, D. Hough, and brother-in-law, W.P. Lyons. They were just preparing to go home, John W. Lyons getting on the back seat of the wagon. D. Hough just got into the wagon as John said to him, "Let me have your gun as I may see a rabbit," and reached and took hold of the barrel and was drawing it over the front seat when it was discharged, the bullet striking him in the left temple passing upward and backward, ploughing a deep furrow through his brain and killing him instantly. His terror stricken comrades were almost paralyzed by the shock, and the agony of his young wife to whom he was married only last winter, and whom he had left only a few hours before, full of life, can be more easily imagined than described. He was not yet baptized, but last spring when Bro. D.D. Miller and D.H. Bender were preaching at the Bethel and Sycamore churches, he was under conviction and resolved to lead a better life, but thought he would first tell his wife and have her to join with him on the Sunday night following, but that night on the way home his wife was thrown out of the spring wagon and had her collar bone broken, and from that time she was sick until his death, a little daughter having been born only three weeks before. Soon after the child was born he told his wife that as soon as she was able to go they would unite with the church. But he was called away in the twinkling of an eye. Oh this was a loud call to all, especially to those who have not yet made their calling and election sure. Today the Savior calls, O hearken to His voice, and do not delay, for to-morrow may not be yours.

MUSSER.-On the 4th of March, 1894, near Camphill, Cumberland Co., Pa., of consumption, Mrs. Ethel Musser, aged 24 years, 5 months. Buried on the 7th. The minister's text was Acts 7:60, "And when he had said this he fell asleep." Mrs. Musser suffered very much. She was confined to her bed thirteen weeks. She left a dear husband and two small children to mourn her departure. She left a bright hope for the eternal world.

"Thou wert all resigned and patient,
Willing all thy pain to bear;
For thy trust was placed in Jesus,
Who will all our sorrows share.

Sweetly sleep, then, dearest mother,
Since our Savior thought it best,
Earthly life to change for glory,
Cares and trial for sweeter rest."

FREED.-On the 4th of March, 1894, in DeKalb Co., Ind., of old age, Bro. Peter Freed, at the advanced age of 98 years and 6 months. He was born in Virginia, moved to Columbiana Co., Ohio, in his youth, where he married Hannah Miller, Dec 10, 1822. To them were born 4 sons and 7 daughters, 2 and 3 respectively of which survive him, also 68 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. His wife died June 4, 1862. Two years later he moved with his son Henry to DeKalb Co., Ind., making his home with him the remainder of his days. He was a member of the Mennonite denomination over 70 years, and lived a consistent, exemplary life, and passed away like a shock of corn fully ripened for the garner, and we mourn not as those who have no hope. Buried on the 6th in the presence of many relatives and friends. Funeral sermon by Eli Stofer, assisted by Daniel Smith and H.H. Elson from Heb. 4:9.

BOWMAN.-Sister Mary, wife of Bish. Jacob Bowman, was born in Franklin Co., Pa., and died at the residence of her son-in-law, G.W. Vandemark, near Canal Winchester, Ohio, Dec. 23d, 1893, in the eighty-second year of her age. She, with her husband, became a member of the Mennonite church in 1846, and for nearly half a century was faithful unto Him who has called her up higher. Her funeral was conducted by Pre. L.C. Sparks, assisted by Bro. Brenneman, and was largely attended.

DIRTZ.-On the 20th of February, 1894, near Shiremanstown, Cumberland Co., Pa., David Dietz aged 65 years.

"'Tis hard to part with thee, dear father,
We can only wonder why
Thou hast left us grieved and lonely,
May we meet thee by and by.

Human hands have tried to serve thee,
Tender care was all in vain;
Holy angels came and bore thee
From this weary world of pain."

YODER.-On the 7th of March, 1894, in Johnstown, Pa., very suddenly, by accident, Hiram Yoder, aged 27 years, 2 months and 6 days. He was an active young man in the vigor of manhood but in trying to jump on a moving train he was thrown under the wheels and had both legs cut off. He was immediately taken to the hospital, but died a few hours later. On the 8th the remains were taken to his father's home, about ten miles from Johnstown, and were buried on the 9th at the Fry's (Brethren) church, followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and and* neighbors. This is indeed a loud call to the unconverted, and also to those who may venture into danger as he did. He said to his companions who were with him after the accident, "Never do as I did." A sad thought is that he never made an open confession of being saved. So the voice may come from the dead, "Never delay to accept Christ as I did, while in health." The young man grew up a neighbor to the writer and attended his school a number of terms. He was always active and cheerful, but he is now gone and his spirit is in the hands of a just God. But the call comes to us all, "Be ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh."
*Transcriber's note: Typed as printed.

CULP.-Feb. 27, 1894, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, after continued suffering from cancer in the breast, Elizabeth, wife of Michael Culp, aged 79 years, 2 months and 13 days. She was buried at Oberholzer's M.H., where services were conducted by Peter Basinger, Jacob Weaver and Jacob Stauffer.

BLANK.-Feb. 5, 1894, near the Compass, Lancaster county, Penna., of inflammation of the bladder, Joseph E. Blank aged 57 years, 12 days. He leaves a deeply bereaved widow, two sons and three daughters and three grandchildren. He bore his suffering with Christian fortitude. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite denomination. Funeral services at the church by John and Gideon Stoltzfus. Buried at the Blank burying ground.

"Dear husband, how I miss thee,
Since thy voice I hear no more,
Yet I hope I soon shall meet thee
Over on the other shore.

O dear father, how we miss thee,
For thy cheerful smiling face
Lightened all our cares and burdens
Which thou shar'dst with manly grace.

Wife and children all, I love you,
Will you with me glory share?
Only Jesus saves in heaven
Trust Him here and meet me there."

REED.-On the 6th of March 1894, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of brain fever, Clayton, son of Elias W. and Mary Reed, aged 1 year and 14 days. Interment at the Oberholzer M. H., where services were held by Adam Brenneman and John Burkholder.

STOLTZFUS.-Jan. 20, 1894, near Lapps, Lancaster Co., Pa., of lagrippe which, after almost seven weeks suffering, suddenly went to the brain, Amos, beloved son of Bishop Gideon and Susanna Stoltzfus, aged 24 years, 1 month, 8 days. He bore his suffering very patiently; one of the last days of his sickness he told his older brother that since sick he had often been in prayer to God, not to be relieved of pain, but for forgiveness of sins, and he knew that God is merciful and that his redeemer liveth. He was a faithful brother in the Amish Mennonite church for five years, and his seat was seldom vacant. He leaves his deeply bereaved parents, two sisters and four brothers to mourn his early departure. Funeral services at the house by Daniel M. Stoltzfus and at the Millwood A.M. church by Daniel U. and Christian Stoltzfus, where a very large number of friends and companions gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one we loved. Buried in the Millwood graveyard.

"Death, dear son, hath borne you from us,
And we take the last farewell
Of our dear and loving Amos,
Why he's gone we cannot tell.

Dearest brother, how we miss thee
When we see thy vacant chair
When we look around to see thee
Naught but sorrow see we there.

We'll not murmur, though we miss thee,
Rest thee now from all thy care,
Soon we hope with wings celestial
To be borne thy joys to share."
-His Sister L.M.Z.


Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah


HERALD OF TRUTH , Vol. XXXI, No. 8, April 15, 1894 - pp 126,127

ERB.-March 11th, 1894, of grippe and fever, near Erb's meeting house, Lancaster county, Pa., Sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. Jonas B. Erb, aged 58 years, 7 months, 21 days. Funeral on the 15th. Text, Heb. 13:14. Buried at Erb's meeting house. A large congregation assembled to sympathize with the bereft family, and as a token of respect for the beloved sister. May the good Lord comfort the bereft family.

SHENK.-March 3d 1894, in Silver Spring, Lancaster Co., Pa., of old age, Bro. John Shenk, aged 85 years, 4 months, 22 days. Funeral on the 6th. Text, 1 Chron. 29:15. Buried in the Marietta cemetery. Bro. Shenk was a faithful member of the church. Three sons and three daughters followed his remains to the grave.

YODER.-On the 24th of Feb'y 1894, near Goshen, Elkhart Co., Ind., of dropsy and old age, Sister Rachel, wife of Bro. Jacob Yoder, aged 83 years, 7 months, 25 days. She was a member of the Amish Mennonite denomination for many years. Funeral services by I. Hostetler in German and D.J. Johns in English from Psa. 90:10. A very large concourse of friends and neighbors followed the remains to the grave. A husband and three sons are left to mourn her departure.

SCHWEITZER.-On the 28th of March 1894, near Fair View M.H. Seward Co., Nebr., Alvin, son of Jacob and Phebe Schweitzer, aged 2 months and 5 days. The remains were laid to rest in the Fair View cemetery on the above date. Services by Jacob Stauffer from John 13:7 and Joseph Schlegel from 1 Cor. 15:22,23.

HERSHEY.-On March 21st 1894, near Menges Mills, York Co., Pa., infant son of Jacob and Minnie Hershey. Buried at Garber church on the 23rd. Funeral services by Samuel Yoder and Martin Whistler. May God give grace to the bereaved parents that they may meet their loved one in heaven.

BRENNEMAN.-On the 24th of March 1894, near New Hamburg, Waterloo Co., Ont., of consumption, Bro. Nicholas Brenneman, aged 24 years, 5 months, 3 days. Since his conversion Bro. Brenneman led a consistent Christian life, showing a good example to his companions. At times he suffered much pain, all of which he endured patiently, though often expressing a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. He leaves his parents and six brothers and sisters to mourn his early death. Two of the family live in Colorado. Buried on the 28th in Steinman's graveyard. Funeral services by C. Litwiller from Rom. 6:3-8 and by J.M. Bender, from Rev. 7:9-17.

GERBER.-On the 11th of March 1894, at Sugar Creek, Ohio, of consumption and rupture, Jerry Gerber, aged 26 years, 5 months and 3 days. Buried in the Walnut Creek cemetery, followed by many friends and relatives. Funeral services were conducted by David Beachey, Moses A. Mast and J.F. Miller.

METZLER.-On the 30th of March, 1894, in North Lima, Mahoning Co., Ohio, of dropsy of the heart, Jacob Metzler, aged 68 years, 7 months and 23 days. Burial took place at the Metzler church where services were conducted by Adam Brenneman of Orrville, Ohio, assisted by Allen Rickert and John Burkholder. The number of friends and neighbors that followed Bro. Metzler to his last resting place was so large that not even standing room was found in the church for them all. He leaves a sorrowing widow to mourn her loss; but she has every reason to hope that he was prepared to meet his God, since he had a desire to depart and be with Christ.

MELLINGER.-March 31st in Salem, Ohio, after a lingering illness, Daniel Mellinger, aged 51 years, 10 months and 29 days. He was buried at the Oberholzer M. H. April 3d, where many friends and relatives met to pay their last respects to the deceased. He was a member of the Baptist church. Services by Dr. Eckles.

MISHLER.-On the 8th of March 1894, near Oak Hill, Lane Co., Oregon, of quincy and measles, Frankie, son of P.D. and Rachel Mishler, aged 11 months, 20 days. Funeral services on the 10th by Jacob Schrag in German from John 16:28 and by L.I. Yoder in English from Luke 18:16. The body was laid to rest in the Oakhill cemetery by the side of his father, Bish. P.D. Mishler, who died in January 1894. May God comfort the bereaved household that has been called upon to give up two of its members within a few short months.

STAHLEY.-On the 6th of March 1894, near Nappanee, Ind., Sister Sarah, maiden name Nissley, wife of Solomon Stahley, aged 37 years, 3 months, 21 days. Buried on the 9th. Funeral services by David Burkholder and J. P. Smucker. Deceased leaves her bereaved husband and 6 children to mourn their loss.

METZLER.-On the 22d of March, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of consumption, Joel Metzler, aged 51 years, 4 months and 29 days. Interment at the Metzler M.H. on the 24th where services were conducted by David Hostetter from Job 14:14, assisted by Allen Rickert. Bro. Metzler was confined to his bed only about one week, and had, prior to that time, given explicit directions in regard to conducting his funeral, choosing his pall bearers, undertaker, etc., and forbidding display at the burial. He was conscious to the last moment and had waited patiently but longingly for the final summons that called him home, fully realizing that it is not so important when as how we leave this world to meet the change. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his departure, but not as those who have no hope, for he left with them the assurance that he was ready and waiting for the change. His funeral was largely attended.

YODER.-March 22d 1894, in Mahoning county, Ohio, of cancer and consumption, Mary, daughter of Jacob and Elisabeth Yoder, aged 46 years and 5 months. Buried on the 25th at the Oberholzer M. H. where David Hostetter of Wayne Co., Ohio conducted the services from Rev. 14:13, assisted by Peter Basinger and Joseph Bixler. The sister patiently bore her many sufferings, and, although quite ill for some time, died very suddenly while sitting on her rocking chair. Her last words were that she was going home. A very large concourse of people assembled to pay their last respects to the departed sister.

MEYER.-On the 28th of February 1894, Joseph Meyer, of Plumstead, Bucks Co., very suddenly. He had been to the funeral of Sarah Michener, and also visited a sick brother the same day. He came home, did his evening work, after which he came in to entertain some visitors; but soon after he sat in his chair, he fell back and breathed his last. Buried at Deep Run March, the 4th. Joseph Elkinton, a Friend minister of Philadelphia, had a talk with Bro. J. Meyer the day of his death at Michener's funeral, and also assisted Bro. Josiah Clemmer and the writer in the funeral services over Bro. Meyer. Seven children survive. There was a very large attendance at the funeral to sympathize with the mourners. Peace to his ashes. S. GODSHALK.

GEHMAN.-On March 5, 1894, near Plumsteadville, Bucks Co., Pa., Elizabeth, wife of Henry Gehman, aged 69 years, 3 months and 23 days. They were blessed with three children; two sons have gone before her, one daughter surviving her, with father to mourn their loss. Buried at Deep Run on the 9th. Funeral services by S. Gross, J. Gross and the writer.

"Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep,
A calm and undisturbed repose
Unbroken by the last of foes." S. GODSHALK.

HAMSHER.-On the 20th of February 1894, near Nappanee, Ind., Lizzie, maiden name Warner, wife of John Hamsher, aged 29 years, 14 days. Deceased leaves a husband and two children to mourn the loss of an affectionate wife and mother. Buried on the 23d. Funeral services by Eli Miller and J.P. Smucker.

STAUFFER.-On the 4th of March 1894, at Roseland, Neb., daughter of Henry and Anna Stauffer, aged 3 days. Funeral on the 5th. Services by J.M.R. Weaver from 2 Kings 4:26.

FRETZ.-On March 20th 1894, Mary, wife of Eli Fretz and mother of Pre. A.M. Fretz of Bedminster, Bucks Co., Pa. Buried at the Brick M. H. at Deep Run on the 24th. Many were present to sympathize with the mourners. The father and seven children survive her, to mourn their loss, but not as those who have no hope. Her age was 63 years, 5 months and 2 days. Services by J. Meyer and William Godshalk.

"Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downy pillows are,
While on His breast I lean my head,
And breathe my life out sweetly there."

ROBINSON.-On the 6th of March 1894, in Elkhart, Ind., of consumption, Sarah, wife of Zachariah Robinson, aged 53 years, 1 month, 5 days. Sister Robinson suffered many months,and for a long time she seemed to hover near the gates of death, and at last she was permitted to go home, to her everlasting rest. Of eight children five preceded her. Her husband and three children mourn the loss of a faithful, affectionate companion and mother. She was beset with many doubts and trials during her long illness, but she triumphed over all and sweetly sank to rest safe in the arms of Jesus. The remains were conveyed to the Olive cemetery, followed by many relatives and friends. Funeral services by J.S. Lehman and J.F. Funk. She selected her funeral text from Rev. 14:13, also the hymn, "Fade, fade each earthly joy, Jesus is mine," etc.

LAPP.-On the 20th of March, 1894, near Roseland, Neb., William, oldest son of Emanuel and Nancy Lapp, aged 11 years, 5 months and 16 days. Buried March 22d in the Roseland Mennonite burying ground. Services by Albrecht Schiffler from Mark 10:14. Little William suffered very much for three days, when death relieved him. His was a complication of diseases, spinal affection, lung fever and inflamation of the bowels. H.H.R.

KULP.-On the 25th of February 1894 in Denver, Col., Jacob Kulp, aged 48 years, 7 months. He was born in Medina Co., Ohio in 1845, and after moving westward finally settled in the above named city with whose commercial interests he was identified. He leaves a devoted wife and a loving son, also three brothers, Joseph Kulp of Omaha, Neb., A.L. Kulp of Crete, Neb. and Lewis Kulp of Elkhart, Ind. The remains were laid to rest in Denver on the 28th. "God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform," but may we submissively bow beneath His judgment and humbly say, "Thy will, not ours, be done."

HERSHBERGER.-On the 24th of March 1894, at Charm, Ohio, Mary, wife of Noah W. Hershberger, of pleurisy and lung fever, aged 37 years, 1 month and 5 days. Buried in the Walnut Creek cemetery, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. Sister Hershberger was a member of the Walnut Creek Mennonite Cong., and was esteemed by her friends and neighbors. She will be greatly missed by her husband and children. Funeral services were conducted by Fred Mast of Marten's Creek, Ohio and others.

WEAVER.-On Jan. 7th 1894, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Solomon B. Weaver, aged 57 years, ---. Bro. Weaver was born in Mahoning Co., Ohio; was a faithful member of the Mennonite denomination, and was buried in the Yellowcreek cemetery on the 10th. Funeral services by Bish. Christian Shaum in German and by Martin Raymer in English.

Transcribed by Jan Wilbur, Utah

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