Swartzendruber. - Valentine Swartzendruber was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, May 14, 1863; died at El Reno Sanitarium, El Reno, Okla., Aug. 15, 1920; aged 57 y. 3 m. 1 d. At the age of 21 he united with Old Order A. M. Church. He was united in marriage Oct. 27, 1891, to Mary Ann Rhodes. To this union were born 5 sons and 6 daughters. One son passed to eternity in his childhood. He leaves wife, 4 sons, 6 daughters, a grandson, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of relatives and friends. His children were all present at his death-bed and all live in the immediate vicinity.
Mast. - Elmer, son of Samuel and Emma Mast, was born
in West Liberty, O., June 23, 1902; died June 6, 1920, at the
home of J. A. King where he had come to visit; aged 17 y. 11 m.
13 d. He moved with his parents to Atglen, Pa., in 1911. At the
age of 13 he confessed Christ and united with the Amish Mennonite
Church at that place. He was a bright and promising lad, always
obedient, until recently he became dissatisfied and left home
in December, 1919, but afterwards acknowledged his wrong and intended
to return. He got no further than his uncle's home where he became
afflicted with pneumonia and died. He leaves father, mother, 2
brothers, and 2 sisters. One brother, Ralph, preceded him in death.
All is over, hands are folded
On a calm and peaceful breast.
All is over, suffering's ended.
Now dear Elmer is at rest.
Freed. - Jacob, son of the late John Freed, was born
in Wayne Co., O., Oct. 20, 1845. He came with his parents to Wakarusa,
Ind., where he was married to Mary M. Ruff. To this union was
born a daughter, (Lucy, now Mrs. Albert Burk). He was converted
and united with the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church at North
union. Later he moved to Teegarden, Ind., where his wife died
May 5, 1886. On April 14, 1887, he married Mrs. Susan (Yoder)
Ritzman, who had 3 children (Oscar, Leander, and Clara Hildebrand).
To this union was born 1 son (John). Later he united with the
Church of the Brethren of which he was a faithful member until
death. He died Aug. 12, 1920; aged 73 y. 9 m. 22 d. He leaves
his wife, 2 children, 1 step-children, 11 grandchildren, and 2
brothers. Funeral services at North Union Church, near Wakarusa,
Ind., Aug. 15, 1920, conducted by John Appleman. Interment in
Lefever. - Sister Anna Houser Lefever, widow of Bro.
Christian Lefever, was born near Lampeter, Pa., May 11, 1833;
died in Lancaster, Pa., July 5, 1920; aged 87 y. 1 m. 24 d. Funeral
services at the home of her daughter, conducted by Bros. John
Mosemann and G. R. Hoverter. She is survived by 1 daughter (Lizzie,
wife of Wm. B. Gontner) with whom she made her home, 1 son (Harry
L. Lefever), 1 grandson, 3 granddaughters and 1 great-granddaughter.
Owing to her advanced age, she was confined to her room for over
2 years and for 1 yr. and 6 mo. Confined to her bed. In early
years she united with the Mennonite Church and her consistent
life proved her devotion to the cause of Christ. The one thought
always in mind, was the desire and longing to go home to her Savior.
And, when the days of patient waiting were ended, Grandma peacefully
fell asleep in Jesus. Truly she has gone to her reward, for, "Blessed
are the dead who die in the Lord".
Loehr. - Jeremiah Loehr was born in Northampton Co.,
Pa., Aug. 28, 1849; died at his home in Medina Co., Ohio, July
18, 1920; aged 70 y. 10 m. 20 d. He came with his parents to Ohio
when 2 years old, making the trip in wagons. He was united in
marriage to Maria Rickert Nov. 14, 1874. To this union were born
two children (Freddie and Nettie). Freddie preceded him in death
at the age of 4 y. 5 m. His wife and daughter with her husband
and three grandchildren and three brothers survive him, also a
host of friends. He confessed his Savior in early life and became
a member of the Lutheran Church. About fifteen years ago he cast
his lot with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member
to the time of his death. He bore his sufferings patiently but
longed for his heavenly home. He was a kind and loving husband
and father. His kind disposition won the hearts of all who knew
him. Funeral services July 20 conducted by A. J. Steiner and S.
E. Rohrer. Text, John 14:1-3. Burial at Wadsworth.
There is a vacant place in our home
Which never can be filled,
A voice we loved so well,
Is forever stilled.
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Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 24 - September 9, 1920, Page 479
Mann. - Tobias, oldest son of Christopher and Magdalena Mann was born Aug. 28, 1870, died Aug. 18, 1920; aged 49 y. 11 m. 20. At the age of 21 he united with the Mennonite faith. He leaves wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters. Funeral services at the Prairie St. Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind., conducted by J. F. Funk and W. B. Weaver.
Rohrer. - Susanna Weaver Rohrer, widow of the late Isaac
H. Rohrer, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 14, 1845; died
Aug. 9, 1920; aged 75 y. 24 d. She leaves two daughters, four
grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was a faithful
member of the Mennonite Church for many years. Death seldom takes
three from one family in so short a period of time. Her husband
died Jan. 8, 1920, seven weeks later her oldest daughter passed
away after a few days' illness, and now mother is gone. She was
afflicted for some time from the effects of several light strokes
and two weeks before her death she suffered another which weakened
her body and deprived her of speech. This, together with grief
over the death of husband and daughter, caused her death. While
these losses seem hard to bear, we that remain must try to feel
that our loss is their eternal gain. And live so that when our
time comes to leave this world we can meet them all in heaven.
Funeral services at her late home Aug. 11 by Bro C. M. Brubaker,
and at Strasburg Mennonite Church by Frank M. Herr.
J. A. M.
Meyer. - Kathryn Pauline, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Ben Meyer, was born Jan. 23, 1920, near Wayland, Iowa, died of
complication of diseases Aug. 27, 1920. Age 7 m. 4 d. She leaves
mother, father, two brothers (Donald and Harold), four grandparents,
and a host of relatives and friends. Kathryn Pauline was a blessing
in the home the short time she was with us. But God saw fit to
call her higher while just a bud, and our home is now lonely.
Sweetly sleeps our own dear darling,
All her toils and cares are o'er;
Freed from pain and all earth's sorrows,
Now she rests on Canaan's shore.
Funeral services were held at the Sugar Creek Church on Sunday afternoon, conducted by the home ministers and C. R. Gerig of Albany, Oreg. Text, 11 Kings 4:26.
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Weaver. - Sister Anna Weaver, widow of Bro. Noah Weaver who passed away years ago, died Sept. 3, 1920; aged 76 y. 5 m. 5 d. She is survived by one sister and the following children: Cyrus of California, Emma, wife of L. H. Weaver; James at whose home she died, and Josiah of Johnstown, Pa. Funeral at the Weaver Mennonite Church near Johnstown, Pa., of which she was a member for many years. Buried in adjoining cemetery. Services conducted by Hiram Wingard and D. S. Yoder. Text, 11 Cor. 5:1.
Weber. - Daniel Weber was born in Berlin, Ont., Sept. 11, 1843, and died at his home near German Mills, Ont. Aug. 26, 1920 after a short illness, aged 76 y. 11 m. 15 d. In his youth he was converted and joined the Mennonite Church and had been a member of that body ever since. At the age of 23 he was married to Elizabeth Histand, to which union 4 sons were born 3 of whom survive, who together with 10 grandchildren, also 3 brothers and 4 sisters mourn the loss of a kind parent and brother. His wife pre-deceased him over 3 years ago. The funeral was held on Aug. 29 at the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, with Bro. U. K. Weber speaking in English and Bro. Jonas Snider in German. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Wagner. - Emma Wagner, wife of David Wagner, nee Dellenbach, was born July 1, 1873, near Metamora, Ill.; died August 9, 1920; aged 47 y. 1 m. 8 d. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her youth and remained a faithful member until death. She was a kind and loving wife, her kind disposition won the hearts of all who knew her. She suffered intensely for a course of time but bore it patiently for she longed for her heavenly home. She leaves to mourn her departure a sorrowing husband, five step daughters, two step sons, eight grand step children, three brothers and one sister and a host of relatives and friends. Three brothers and three sisters preceded her to the great beyond. Services at the house by a. A. Schrock; and at the Roanoke Church House by C. F. Berstine and A. A. Schrock.
Heatwole. - Sister Mary Ann Heatwole, nee McMullen, wife of David G. Heatwole, died of paralysis at the home of her daughter, Sister Hannah Shank July 28; aged 87 y. 11 m. 21 d. Sister Heatwole was married to Brother Heatwole July 20, 1856. United with the Mennonite Church soon after marriage. Her husband died in August, 1857. She was not of Mennonite parentage but she remained a true, loyal, faithful member of the Church for sixty-three years. In appearance she was a pattern of humility. She led a life worthy of imitation. She was a faithful church attendant when the opportunity was afforded her. She leaves a daughter and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Bank Church on July 29 by the Brethren L. J. Heatwole and H. B. Keener from 11 Timothy 4:7 in the presence of a large congregation after which her body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
Leichty. - Harvey C. Leichty was born in Green Twp., Wayne Co., Ohio, Jan. 30, 1889; died Aug. 19, 1920; aged 31 y. 6 m. 19 d. He was the youngest son out of a family of 9 children. Mother and one brother preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his early departure father, three sisters and four brothers; also a large circle of near relatives and friends. In early life he gave his heart to Jesus and accepted Him as his Savior. He united with the A. M. Church, where he served his Master until the final call came to go to his eternal reward. While our hearts are saddened we submit it all to Him who doeth all things well and calmly say "They will be done". Services held at the Oak Grove Church conducted by the brethren J. S. Gerig and I. W. Royer. Texts, Jno 11:36 and Psa. 17:15. Brother thou art sweetly resting, Cold may be this earthly tomb; But the angels sweetly whispered, Come, and live with us at home.
Musselman. - Lena Roggy was born in Germany, Sept. 7, 1834. She came to America in her youth and was united in marriage with David Musselman in March, 1869. This union was blessed with three children, two sons and one daughter. One son died in infancy. She united with the Amish Mennonite Church in her early youth and remained a faithful member until her death which occurred Mar. 15, 1920, at the age of 86 y. 7 m. 8 d. She leaves two children, nine grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. The last three months of her life, she suffered greatly with a broken hip but bore her suffering patiently and expressed herself as ready to depart this life. Short funeral services were conducted at the home of her son near Manson, Ia., by Bro. J. C. Eigsti after which the body was shipped to Tiskilwa, Ill., where services were conducted in the Willow Springs Church by Brethren H. V. Albrecht and C. A. Hartzler. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Schultz. - Menno Schultz was born near Baden, Ont.,
Oct. 22, 1841. After a lingering illness for some months on July
6, 1920, he went to his long desired home beyond in which he often
expressed himself in his favorite hymn (Die welt ist meine heimat
nicht). Aged 78 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was united in marriage to Elisabeth
Litwiller May 22, 1866 and lived in the hold state of matrimony
54 y. 1 m. 14 d. To this union were born 11 children of which
2 died in infancy and 1 daughter at 14 years. In his departure
he leaves a sorrowing widow, 6 sons (Christian, Menno, Peter,
John, Enos, Samuel), 2 daughters (Nancy wife of Peter Boshart,
Matty wife of Dan B. Zehr) and 1 adopted daughter (Emma, wife
of Sol. C. Richer), Ft. Wayne, Ind. Funeral service July 9 at
his late home with his son Enos near Poole, Ont., by Christian
Gascho and at the Poole Mennonite Church by Dan Jutzi and Eli
Frey. Text, 11 Tim. 4:7,8. The remains were laid to rest in the
All is over, hands are folded
O'er a quiet and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
Now dear father is at rest.
Blosser. - Brother Noah Blosser of Dale Enterprise, Va., died very suddenly while driving his car near Mt. Jackson, Va., August 15, 1920; aged 69 y. 7 m. 15 d. He left his home in the morning in company with Sister Blosser and Sister P. A. Swope to attend an old people's singing. When about 30 miles from home they noticed that he was running on the side of the road, when he fell over on the seat and expired. Sister Swope stopped the car. Several men came along who were traveling toward Harrisonburg who kindly assisted them to get to Harrisonburg from which place his body was taken to his home. He was supposed to be in his usual health except he complained a little with his stomach but not enough to cause any anxiety. He had been a consistent and an active member of the Mennonite Church for a good many years, respected by all who knew him as honest and sincere. He was a lover of music from a boy up. He was a song leader in one of the churches here for some years. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, one brother and one sister. Funeral services were conducted at the Weaver Church on Aug. 16 by the brethren L. J. Heatwole and S. H. Rhodes in the presence of a large audience. Text, Revelation 14:3. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.
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Snyder. - Jacob S. Snyder was struck by a street car near the home of his daughter near Massillon, Ohio, on Sept. 8, 1920 and lived only a short time. He was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 12, 1835. He had reached the age of 85 y. 2 m. 26 d. His wife departed this life a number of years ago. He was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren for many years. He leaves 4 daughters and two sons and many relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Funeral Sept. 11 at Pleasant View Church by N. Flohr and I. J. Buchwalter.
Horst. - Mary E. Wenger, wife of Soloman Horst of Shippensburg,
Pa., was born March 28, 1857, died Sept. 12, 1920; aged 63 y.
5 m. 14 d. In company with her husband she was visiting in Lancaster
Co., when she was taken sick and after a short illness died at
the home of her brother, Levi Wenger, R. D., Gordonville, Pa.
She died in the same house in which she was born. A short service
was held there after which the body was shipped to her former
home near Shippensburg, Pa. She was for many years a member of
the Mennonite Church and was active in the work of the Church.
She was widely known and her departure will be keenly felt in
the circle in which she moved. She is survived by her husband
and two daughters, Cora M. Horst and Mrs. Reuben Ebersole. One
daughter Mrs. Christopher Sollenberger preceded her to the great
beyond. Four grandchildren, four brothers and one sister also
survive her. The funeral was held from her late home, Sept. 15,
Bro. C. V. Martin conducting the service at the home. Further
services were held at the Rowe Church, the brethren J. S. Burkholder
and W. W. Hege officiating. Text, Isa. 32: 17,18. The body was
laid to rest in the burial ground near the Rowe Church.
She is sleeping, calmly sleeping
In a new made grave today,
We are weeping, sadly weeping,
For our mother gone away.
One by one the tender Shepherd
Gathers loved ones to His fold.
And He draws them to His bosom
With a tenderness untold.
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Gospel Herald - Volume XIII, Number 27 - September 30, 1920 - Page 527
Zook. - Jacob H. Zook was born Feb. 17, 1835, in Mifflin Co., Pa.; died at Odessa, Mo., Sept. 12, 1920; aged 85 y. 6 m. 25 d. He united with the Church of Christ some years ago, and lived a consistent Christian life. He was never married. In 1871 he came to Missouri, locating at Gunn City. In 1900 he moved to Odessa where he remained until death. He leaves a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Services at Odessa and Sycamore Grove. Text, Phil. 3:20,21. Interment in Clearfork Cemetery. - S. S. H.
Horst. - Sister Catherine W. (Eshleman) Horst, wife of John V. Horst, was born in Washington Co., Md., Feb. 21, 1861; died May 21, 1920, aged 59 y. 3 m. She lived near Maugansville, Md., ever since her marriage. She is survived by her husband, 2 daughters, and 3 sons, Mrs. Leah E. Kuhns of Chambersburg, Pa., Jonas, Christian, Clarence, and Mrs. Anna E. Ebersole, all of near Maugansville, Md. Two infants preceded her to the spirit world. Funeral on May 24 at Reiff's Mennonite Church with burial in graveyard adjoining.
Weber. - Sister Susannah Bowman, beloved wife of Bro. Levi M. Weber, was born in Waterloo County, Ont., on Sept. 8, 1852 and died at the home of her son-in-law, Bro. Joseph Cressman, Kitchener, Ont., on Sept. 11, 1920. The cause of her death was heart trouble and dropsy. Her age was 68 y. 3 d. There were eleven children in the family, seven of whom survivie, viz., Leah, wife of Pre. Moses Schmitt; and Jeremiah of Saskatchewan, Melissa, wife of Harvey Bricker; Abram and Burton of Alberta; Melinda, wife of Joseph Cressman, Kitchener, and Susannah, wife of S. S. Shantz, missionaries at Jebba, West Africa. Funeral on Sept. 15. Service at the house by Bro. U. K. Weber and at the First Mennonite Church by the Brethren Jonas Snider and Allan Good.
Benner. - Charles Dwight, beloved child of Bro. Charles
and Sister Mabel Benner, died at his home in Akron, Pa., Aug.
25, 1920, aged 5 m. 20 d. His life tho so short was a great blessing
to our home. Father, mother, two sisters and two brothers survive.
Funeral services Aug. 28, 1920 at Groffdale, Pa., conducted by
Bro. Benj. Wenger and Bish. Noah Mack. Text, Luke 18:16 "Suffer
little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such
is the kingdom of God":
We had a little treasure, Dwight.
He was our joy and pride.
We loved him ah, perhaps too well
For soon he slept and died.
All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts today.
For our darling we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away.
Newcomer. - Dorothy (Kister) Newcomer was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, Nov 8, 1825; died Sept 8, 1920; aged 94 y. 10 m. She was married to (Dea.) Henry Newcomer about 1852 and in the fall of 1853 they moved to Union Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., where she resided the remainder of her life. Her husband died in 1867. 3 sons and 2 daughters, and 8 grandchildren preceded her. She leaves 1 son (Henry), 1 daughter (Eliza Mishler), 11 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren, also 29 great grandchildren by her 2 step sons. She was a member of the Mennonite Church for over 50 years. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. "Gone but not forgotten". Funeral Sept. 10 at the Union Center church conducted by J. H. Bare assisted by D. H. Anglemyer. Text, Rom. 8:1,2.
Snyder. - John R. Snyder was born Oct. 26, 1831 near Mt. Joy, in Lancaster Co., Pa., where he grew to manhood. Died Sept. 10, 1920; aged 88 y. 10 m. 14 d. In 1857 he went west, locating in Woodford Co., Ill., where on Feb. 20, 1862, he was married to Elizabeth Bally. Seven children, three sons and four daughters were born to them - all of whom are living except Mary who preceded him in death in 1902. Bro. Snyder accepted Christ as his Savior in early manhood. He was ordained a deacon in the Mennonite Church in 1869 and served the Church in that capacity as long as his physical condition permitted which was about 50 years. His life was characterized by a sincere Christ-like character and of him can it truly be said. Life's race well run Life's work well done Now comes rest. The funeral was conducted by Bro. J. D. Charles, of Hesston, Kansas on Sept. 14, at the home of his son, P. B. Snyder. Text, 1 Thes. 4:13,14.
Miller. - Benjamin J. Miller was born near Trail, O.,
Aug. 5, 1881; died at his home near Plain City, O., Sept. 1, 1920;
age 39 y. 27 d. He united with the O. O. Amish Church when about
20 years old. Soon after he came to Madison Co., and made this
his home since. He was married to Mary C. Beachy Nov. 23, 1905.
To this union were born one son and three daughters. His first
wife died in Oct. 3, 1913. He married Mary D. Kauffman, as his
second wife Jan. 21, 1915. To this union were born two daughters.
His second wife died Mar. 13, 1919. He was ordained a deacon in
October, 1910 and minister Oct. 24, 1915. He married Amanda (Lambright)
Eash, as his third wife, March 16, 1920. Funeral services were
held Friday, Sept. 3 at Eli P. Bitschy's by Moses C. Troyer and
Eli P. Bitschy after which he was laid to rest in the Amish cemetery.
His sickness was typhoid pneumonia. The family and church feel
their loss but it is his gain as we need not mourn as those who
have no hope.
A. J. K.
Weaver. - Willis Walter, son of Menno W. and Catherine V. Weaver, was born near Wakarusa, Indiana, Jan. 19, 1908; died Sept. 5, 1920; aged 12 y. 7 m. 17 d. Death came very suddenly from suffocations as a result of swelling in glands of throat, which was of 14 days duration. His condition was apparently not very serious, being willing to attend to small errands about the home, having his usual physical strength and cheerfulness to the last. Willis accepted Christ during a series of meetings conducted by John W. Weaver in December 1919, uniting with the Mennonite Church. He loved the various services of the church very much. His last work was the writing of a beautiful story for his Sunday school class about the" Beginnings of Solomon's Reign." He was talented to sing, spending much time singing Gospel songs. He leaves father, mother, 3 brothers, 1 sister, grandparents and many other relatives and friends. Thus came forth a bud upon earth, to bloom in heaven. Services and burial at Olive Church Tues, Sept. 7 conducted by Henry McGowen, Henry Weldy, and Silas Weldy. Text, "God is Love". 1 John 4:8,16.
Brenneman. - Orris E. Brenneman, son of Brother and Sister Henry Brenneman of near Orrville, Ohio, was born December 26, 1889; died July 3, 1920; aged 30 y. 6 m. 7 d. He accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour and was received into the fellowship of the Crown Hill Mennonite Church October 13, 1910, in which fellowship he lived and served until death. He was faithful in his attendance at the services of the church and was interested in the Study of God's Word in the Sunday school. During his fatal illness, which was pronounced spinal meningitis, he gave his parents the assurance that he was ready to meet his Saviour, who is a source of real comfort. He leaves to mourn his departure father, mother, one brother, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives and friends. By request of the health officials, the funeral services were conducted only in the presence of the immediate family and the body was laid to rest in the Crown Hill burying grounds on July 5. On July 18 a memorial service was held at the Crown Hill church in the presence of his home congregation with many friends and neighbors in attendance. The funeral and memorial services were conducted by the home ministers and I. W. Royer.
Weidman. - Sister Nora Weidman, wife of Jacob Weidman,
died at the General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., at 1:30 o'clock
September 10, 1920. Her age was 36 y. 6 m. and 6 d. Sister Weidman
was in the act of starting a fire in the kitchen stove preparatory
to preparing breakfast for the family. The fire was slow in starting
and in order to hurry it along she poured coal oil into the stove.
There evidently was a spark of fire left in the stove which ignited
the oil causing a terrific explosion and setting fire to her clothing.
Mr. Weidman heard the explosion and met his wife enveloped in
a mass of flames. He secured a piece of carpet and succeeded in
extinguishing the fire. She was seriously burned about the body,
but was conscious up to the time of her death. She was a member
of the Mennonite Church. She was a Christian woman with an exemplary
character, and was looked upon as the good Samaritan of the community
owing to her many acts of kindness. She is survived by her husband,
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abram Hernley, and the following children:
Elizabeth, Abram, Ruth, and Esther; also by the following sisters
and brother: Mrs. Minnie Stauffer of North Dakota, Mrs. Barbara
Snavely, Mr. Peter Hernley, Mrs. Lizie Hershey, Mrs. Martha Snavely,
and Esther and Anna Hernley at home. Funeral Sunday afternoon
with services at Kauffman's Mennonite Church near Manheim. Brethren
Benjamin Stauffer, John Lefever and Peter Nissley officiated.
Text, Romans 8:18.
Life! We've been long together,
Thru pleasant and thru cloudy weather;
'Tis hard to part when friends are dear;
Perhaps 'twill cast a sigh, a tear;
Then steal away, give little warning,
Choose thine own time,
Say not good-night, but in some brighter clime,
Bid me good-morning.
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