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Weekly News Digest and Journal of  Observation and Comment.
Vol. I.
NEW WESTMINSTER, B. C, FRIDAY, April 28, 1916.
Number 8 Yf��.
The House of Commons, Ottawa, did well, last
week, on motion of the leaders of the two great historic parties of Canada, who are one in this war, to
decree that all flags on public buildings throughout
the Dominion should be flown from the topmasts on
the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th of April, to commemorate the undying fame won for Canada and the Empire
by the first Canadian Contingent, in the terrible four
days' struggle one year ago, known as the Second Pat-
tie of Ypres.
The fearfully tragic but gloriously thrilling story of
that great achievement of heroism and endurance, in
which the citizen soldiers of Canada, among which
those of our own Province were conspicuous, won the
right to stand side by side with the best soldiers of the
Empire and of Europe, is too familiar to require repetition. Holding the apex of a dangerous salient, and
with their left flank suddenly exposed by the precipitate retirement of the French-Algerian troops before
the first panic-breeding application of asphyxiating
gas by the Germans, cut off for a time from possibility of material support, it devolved upon the Canadians, who had not long before received their baptism
of fire, to do the impossible���to stop the gap and interpose a living dam against the overwhelming German, flood. And right nobly did these practically untried troops respond to this unexpected but terribly
insistent call upon the last ounce of courage, manhood,
endurance, and resourcefulness which they possessed.
The battle commenced on the eve of April 22, and,
when reinforcements arrived in the late afternoon of
April 25th, an awful toll of life had been taken from
the loyal little Canadian army. But immortal lustre
attaches to the gallant dead, to the brave remnant
who straggled out of the trenches too weary and war
worn to appreciate then the praise and fame which they
found to be theirs. And the full significance of their
achievement and what hung upon it was not appreciated until some time after it was voiced in the memorable message of the then Commander-in-Chief, Sir
John French: "The Canadians have saved the situation; they havelsaved the British Army." It was the
purpose of the Germans to force their way through
the apex of the Ypres salient held by the Canadians
and attack the British forces, engaged at Hill 60, in
the rear, imposing the inevitable alternative of surrender or annihilation. But the splendid gallantry of the '
Canadians spoiled that plan.
While it fell to the first Canadian troops thus in an
especial sense to uphold the honor of Canada, to whose
name they have added imperishable glory, it behooves
us, in these anniversary days of that memorable year-
old exploit, to give every meed of honor and praise to
their worthy successors, who, on almost the self same
blood-drenched field are, in these present spring-time
days, emulating those noble deeds.
Referring, last week, to the Bowser Government's
tricky treatment of the woman suffrage question���in
seeking to shelve the Place bill, which, if passed,
would confer the franchise immediately, and announcing instead a referendum on the question���we suggested that, from all the indications, the women of
British Columbia, especially those who have been taking an active part in the woman suffrage movement,
would not gratefully accept the "gold brick" which
the Government had offered them in this matter, even
though "0 K'd" by the official organ of the prohibition
That the women suffragists of the Province Were
and are thoroughly alive to the weakness, insincerity,
and essential unfriendliness to their cause of the
course determined on by the Government, was manifested with very little loss of time. Representing all
the women suffrage societies in the city of Vancouver
and the surrounding district, a delegation appeared,
last week, before the executive of the Vancouver Conservative Association, the object of which, says the
Conservative Province, was to protest against the proposal of the Provincial Government to submit the
question of extending the political franchise to women
to a referendum. It came out at the meeting that the
women have no intention of stopping with this partial
preliminary protest, but that a delegation representing
.all the women's suffrage societies of British Columbia
will interview the Provincial Government at an early
date, provided Premier Bowser replies favorably to a
request which has been made to him to receive such a
The ladies who appeared before the Vancouver
Conservative Association, as above noted, were members of Political Equality Leagues, Women Suffrage
Leagues, etc., and were all pood Conservatives, endeavoring thus to bring influence to bear upon their
own party to take the right coutse in  this  important
matter. One speaker said that she had "learned her
prayers under a life-size pieture of Sir John A. Macdonald, but," she added, "the action of the Government in proposing to allow the men voters to say
whether or not the women should have the vote had
caused her great disappointment." Another declared
that many women who desired the vote, and who had
previously been ardent Conservative workers, were
transferring their influence to the Liberals, as the result of Premier Bowser proposing the referendum after
he had been emphatically assured by the suffragists
that they did not desire the question to be decided in
that manner. Most of the suffragist women, it was
also pointed out, were engaged in Red Cross work, and
would be compelled to drop that if forced to engage in
an active suffrage propaganda campaign.
From all of which two pretjty strong political probabilities begin to emerge. One is that Premier Bowser, who has had a terrible grilling already from delegations, pro and con., on the prohibition question, is in
for the time of his life when the women's suffrage
delegation gets after him for his duplicity and bad
faith on that question. The other probability is that
the Bowser Government will be compelled to back
down again and adopt another, plank of the Liberal
platform. j
An interesting, almost dramatic, incident of the
war was the landing of transports, bearing Russian
troops, at Marseilles, on the Mediterranean, Southern
France, on Thursday last. Surprising as this development was to the outside world, that there was nothing
unexpected or casual about the friendly incursion, so
far as the Allied military authorities are concerned,
was apparent from the complete preparations that had
been made by the French forces to receive their Muscovite comrades in arms, who were cordially and enthusiastically welcomed and escorted to a camp prepared for them, while the felicitous Gallic touch was
added of furnishing these guests of the army and the
nation with copies of a daily paper printed in Russian
for their benefit and containing the first news they had
heard of the capture of Trebi?ond from the Turks by
the Russian army of the Caucasus.
General Joffre, commander-in-Chief of the Erench
armies, welcomed the Russians in an order of the day,
in the following significant terms: "Our faithful ally,
Russia, whose armies already are fighting so valorous-
ly against Germany, Austria and Turkey, desired to
give France further assurance of her friendship, more
striking proof of her devotion to the common cause.
Russian soldiers chosen from the bravest in her army
and commanded by officers of the highest renown have
come to fight in our ranks. You will receive them like
brothers. You will show them that warm sympathy
which you feel toward those who leave their country to
come and fight at our side. In the name of the French
army, I welcome the officers, under-officers and soldiers of Russia who have debarked in France. I bow
before the foreign flags upon which there soon will be
inscribed the glorious names of our victories."
Any hint of the numerical strength of the Russian
expeditionary force, or the route by which it arrived,
has been carefully suppressed. The safe transportation
of the troops was an achievement in anv event, made
only the more brilliant by the complete mystery with
which it has apparently been successfully surrounded,
and, when it is realized that the only two possible
routes were the extremely distant and difficult ones by
way of the Arctic Ocean from Archangel or Kola (the
latter a new port near the Swedish boundary) or by
way of the Pacific from Vladivostock. The first mentioned route is considered the more probable, in which
event the transports would have been convoyed by
British warships doubtless outside the British Isles,
thus avoiding the dangerous North Sea war zone, and
through Gibraltar into the Mediterranean, which would
not be without risks in those waters. The reasons for
choosing such an extreme southern port as Marseilles
as the landing place, thus necessitating entering the
Mediterranean, must have been weighty, and will
doubtless transpire in time.
The significance, strategic as well as political, of
the transference of this Russian contingent (which is
in all probability only a forerunner of more to follow)
to the western front is obviously very great. It signalizes and illustrates most forcibly the complete solidarity and unity of purpose and of action which has
been reached by the Allies as a result of long continued efforts to that end, culminating in the recent Allied
war congress at Paris, and, besides suggesting the
great reserve forces in men possessed by Russia over
and above her requirements to guard her own frontier,
demonstrates that the Allies are so well in control of
the situation that, with all the disadvantages of working on exterior lines, they can, largely through their
control of the  sea, successfully transfer  bodies of
By the recent British budget it was estimated that
Great Britain's war expenditure for the current financial year would amount to $25,000,000 a day. Canada
is not doing so badly either, with a war expenditure
which has nearly reached the million a day mark, with
a little over 300,000, of the 500,000 we have undertaken to raise, enlisted.
India's generosity for war purposes, says recent
advices, continues unabated. Donations fron native
princes and nobles to the various war funds still pour
in from all parts of India. The latest gifts include
funds for motor ambulances, ambulance launches, armored aeroplanes, convalescent homes for officers invalided from Mesopotamia, and a convalescent hospital for sick soldiers.
This is the open season for Provincial general elections, no less than three being secheduled for the next
few months. British Columbia's long and oft delayed
election can hardly be again postponed till later than
the coming summer or fall. The Nova Scotia Legislature will expire within two months, and an election
will doubtless be held in due order. The Quebec Government did not wait till it was compelled to go to the
country, nor tack on an extension to gain time, a la
Bowser, but has dissolved a year in advance of the expiration of the Legislature, and has fixed the date of
election for May 22. In both Quebec and Nova Scotia,
the Legislatures are Liberal by large majorities.
Hon. Wm. Manson, President of the Council in Mr.
Bowser's Government (and who it is hinted will get
the new portfolio of Agriculture, shortly), tried
to do a little much needed missionary work
for the Government recently by addressing
a week end meeting at Mount Pleasant, Vancouver,
but, according to the reports, was unmercifully heckled in a good-natured sort of way. Interrogated as to
where he stood on "compensation," in connection with
prohibition, Mr. Manson said his stand would be known
later when Premier Bowser brought down his bill.
This brought forth the taunt: "Rubber stamp!" And
the President of the Council dutifully acknowledged
the soft impeachment by unabashedly declaring: "So
far as I am concerned, I am right behind Mr. Bowser."
After anxiously consulting the oracle, and sending
out innumerable doves from the ark, ever since the
disquieting thunderbolt of the by-elections fell, there
are not wanting signs that the Conservative party of
British Columbia, whose doves have all returned without any olive branches in their bills and whose oracle
is portentously dumb, have, perforce, taken as their
motto: "Bowser or Bust!" with the rallying cry:
"We must hang together or we'll hang apart." This
desperate decision was formally voiced at a recent
meeting in Vancouver of the Provincial executive of
the B. C. Conservative Association, thus; "That thi?
executive expresses its unbounded confidence in Premier Bowser and his policies, and tenders him its hearty
support and pledges itself to leave no stone unturned
to secure the return of himself and his Government
at the next general election." "No stone unturned"
is good. They might have added: ' "No mud unthrown;
no trick untried; no untruth untold." etc., etc.
Mr. Bowser's belated liberality, in removing the
disqualification dlause from the Elections'Act making
ministers of religion non-eligible for election to the
Provincial Legislature, has had an early reward, Rev.
Wm. Boulton, B. D., of the Beaconsfield Methodist
Church (who incidentally would appear to be the colored person in the Bowser woodpile) having accepted
the Conservative nomination for South Vancouver,
rendered vacant by the withdrawal of C. Stuart Campbell, who held it down as long as he could. Mr. T. D.
Coldicutt, of Burnaby, was also an aspirant, but wilted
before the spell-binding powers of his reverend rival,
who evidently has some conceit of himself and don't
intend to be a "rubber stamn," for he told the nominating convention, last week: "Your representative
must be a man with some ability for leadership," and
further: "There is no place in the world where lead-v
ers are needed more than on the Pacific Coast, and
especially in and around Greater Vancouver." As we
may suppose him to have been speaking primarily
about his own (Conservative) party, he was not particularly complimentary by inference to the Pacific
Coast���and Vancouver���leader of that party, Premier
troops from one front, and from one widely separated
Allied country, to another. Lastly, there is the added
significance, strengthened by other military signs of
the times from both sides, that it is on the western
front that the great decision is destined to be reached
���and that events are rapidly approaching a climax. Page 2
New Westminster, B.C., April 28, 1916
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Nearly a week ago, proceedings were initiated by
Mr. Patrick Donnelly, campagn organizer for the
Liberals in the late Vancouver by-election, against
one Peter Annance, charging him with "inciting to
personate" in the election���in other words, assisting
in having votes illegally cast by persons not themselves qualified, but who voted in the names of deceased or absent voters that had not been removed
from the lists. This is an old and familiar device
of political, "workers" of the baser sovt, known as
"plugging," from which unfortunately no party has
been free, and it is to the credit of the Liberal organization of Vancouver that it initiated proceedings
when it discovered evidences that such tactics had
been pursued in the recent by-election, even though
it is suggested that, in the particular case in question, the "worker" was a Liberal.
Writhing yet under their smashing defeat in the
three by-electioris throughout the Province, and conscious of notoriously crooked and discreditable doings
on the part of the Bowser machine in the Victoria
by-election particularly (criminal inquiry into which,
in the case of the illegal "blind pig" liquor selling
on election day, the Bowser Government suppressed),
the newspaper organs of that Government have
eagerly seized upon the Vancouver incident as a pretext for indulging, in advance of the production of
any evidence, in the most sweeping, and extravagant
assertions and insinuations, suggesting that the
overwhelming Government defeat in Vancouver-
Mr. Macdonald's sweeping plurality of over 4,000���
was almost entirely due to the alleged wholesale
importation of "pluggers" from Seattle! What a godsend if they could only have thought of this before,
when they were making all sorts of humiliating confessions���bad leadership���poor speakers- disapproved
Government policies���necessity of an Opposition to
watch the Government, etc., etc.���to account for
their exemplary turn down.
And now the Bowser Government, hoping they
may be able to transfer a little of the slime and mud
of their own making, in which they are wallowing,
to their opponents, have, with the same avid eagerness as their organs, grabbed at the criminal prosecution begun by the Liberals against alleged personation in Vancouver, and taken a change of venue,
so to speak, to a Government-majority committee
of the House at Victoria���carefully excluding from
the purview of this committee, at the same time,
any inquiry into the notorious Government crookedness in the Victoria by-election and alleged Government crookedness in connection with the Rossland
election, where their minority-elected Minister just
barely managed to save his bacon.
Ex-Mayor Baxter, of Vancouver, who had come to
be almost forgotten, has got himself in the lime light
in a small way by making what might be called a sort
of political balloon ascension and parachute drop in
North Vancouver, over a week ago. There is a kind
of tradition that Mr. Baxter was at one time a Liberal, but he had been a sort of betwixt-and-between for
a long time, with a marked tendency to coquette desperately with the Bowser machine. It was no surprise,
therefore, to anybody when he volplaned right into
the enemy's arms at a North Vancouver meeting, lately���the occasion being a Conservative rally, in the
midst of which Mr. Baxter chose to make his dramatic
descend., "1 stand to-night." he said, "for the first
time on a Conservative platform at a Conservative
meeting, and, at the next general election, I will, for
the first time, vote the full Conservative ticket"���the
inference being that he had been voting half-and-half
before. In his happy relief at getting off his uncomfortable perch on the fence, Mr. Baxter, with the
reckless abandon of the new convert, went the whole
hog at once by declaring that Premier Bowser "is the
right man in the right place." This cheered up the
"rally" quit a bit, and they passed a hearty vote of
thanks to ex-Mayor Baxter and went home.
on the address, when he has full swing���we may take
an accounting of what he has done for���or more correctly speaking to -us. There is always a motive behind all the activities of mankind, for good or evil.
Governments are supposed to "derive their powers
from the consent of the governed." There is no more
sacred trust than spending other people's money.
What has been done with your money ?
In 1903, your member of the Legislature received
$800; he is now getting $1600. Did you recommend
this increase? Were you consulted in this little matter? Or did the one you trusted���the one you employed���your servant���help himself to your money?
When over a million and a half was given to the Columbia & Western for worthless mountain tops, what
was the motive? Where was your member? Were
there commissions or rebates? We don't like to
think this chosen body of men were fools entirely.
More than a million for the new wing of the Parliament buildings. Is there any justification for this
from a business viewpoint, while there was ample accommodation for years and years to come?
Three hundred thousand for a pleasure park
(Strathcona), that will never even be seen by one in
thousands who have to pay the bills. Fifteen thousand a year to an engineer to lay out the curves beautiful and mark the scenic attractions. One hundred
and fifty thousand commissions on purchase of reserves.
Three hundred thousand-only the beginning of
the harvest of the monstrous guarantee folly - and
there is yet more of it���much more of it.
The London agency���one hundred and seventy-five
thousand just voted, in addition to the large amonnt
already spent, for a more than useless institution. We
have yet to hear of any good derived from it. While
it has, no doubt, assisted land sharks and adventurers
to rob unsuspecting investors, that have only to see
at the agency the wonderful display of grains and
grasses from Lulu Island, the Delta and Chilliwack,
fruits from Okanagan, and the mineral display, backed
up by official documents���then to believe the Province
to be one vast garden, with here and there a mountain
ribbed with gold and silver and coal. ��� Now it is easy
for the vulture to do the rest; his shares and sub-divisions are in great demand. Unconsciously our agent
has been working up victims for him, and we know
that many have been victimized and, like the man in
Vancouver who lost a $100 in the Dominion Trust failure, made a million dollars' worth of noise. So each
one of these who lost their life savings in B. C. investments will make a million dollars' worth of noise and
keep on making it as long as life and breath remains.
The only rational thing to do in the interest of the
public is to disorganize this thing at once.
When much bread is broken, many crumbs will
fall All this expenditure of your money, at a time of
so many extra burdens, is all in the interest of the
"pork barrel" system. Pork and partisanship was
ever the despair of a dernocracy. This is no time for
sinecures and sizarships.
And what is,the Government and its cohorts doing
now? Busy as the traditional cat of the rock bound
commonwealth of Massachusetts, trying to cover up
their dirty record by currying favor with everything
Sweating blood for the soldiers. Very condescending to the prohibitionists. Suddenly interested in the
farmer, even to giving him a Minister; also giving
him six thousand a year (the Ministersfaf course���your
money to be sure.) Very nice to the ladies. In short,
anything you like and as you like it.
But make this little note right here- -they had to
be threatened with death before they would give even
their "most serious consideration" to your requests.
Don't you sometimes wonder that so many apologists and defenders are found for a Government like
this rump of a thing? But we must remember that,
where much money is spent without much regard for
economy, there are many beneficiaries, crumb babies,
hanging around for anything that may fall from the
master's table.
It would be illuminating to the public-if some of
our papers that are so frantically defending every
act of the Government would give out an itemized
account of just what they are getting out of it. And
we have a right to believe that any man who suddenly sees virtue in our masters, also sees pelf with
a big P; beware of him.
Now our Johnny will come marching soon home
again with his little head held very high. Has he
measured up to your expectations or anywhere near
your ideal of a public servant? Will you go out to
meet him with timbrel and song? Or will you hold
him to a "strict accountability"?   Communicated.
(By Izzybo)
There is a tradition in all democracies that men
who are called to administer the affairs [of state are to
serve the public. A certain sum is allowed as stipend,
indemnity or salary, which is supposed to be ample
remuneration for the faithful performance of his duties. The candidate accepts the conditions and always
pledges his honor to look after and protect the people's
Now that the days of real sport are over for  our
Johnny Boy, al;as Rubber Stamp-being the debate
Spring Gleaning
Alwas on Hand a Good Stock of
Japalac, Johnson's
Wood Dye and
We Sell	
"Bapco" Pure Mixed Paints
Hyslop Hardware Co.
Cor. Columbia and Eighth Sts
Phone 237
About It
634 Columbia St.
New West minster
Royal City Pork Butchers
737 Columbia St. 309 Sixth St.
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in All Kinds of
Fresh    and     Home   Cured   Meats,
PorK Pies,   BlacK and  White
Puddings,   Ayrshire   Bacon, Cambridge Pork
All Kinds of Farm Produce Bought for Cash
Phone 219
For Best Values in-
Wall papers
Hudson   Decorating   Store
61 Sixth St.     Phone 511
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IF you want anything in our line don't purchase   until
you get our prices on  Pianos, Victrolas, and Edison Diamond Amberolas
We are making Special Prices on  Sewing Machines
for two weeks, from $10 up.     Easy payments if desired
Write us for prices.    It will pay you
New Westminster, B. C.
Get yours while the cloth  is O. K.    You may be disappointed with future shipments-
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Christy's and
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All the correct shapes to
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Acts as Assignees, liquidators and Receivers.
Agents for the Sale of Real Estate.
House and Property Agents.
Insurance in all its Branches in Standard Companies.
Safety Deposit Boxes for Rent, $2.50 and up per annum,
Agent for the Canada Ivife Assurance Company.
We act as Kxecutor and Trustee under Wills, and  we   will   be
pleased to advise and assist you in drawing up your Will.
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New Westminster, B.C., April 28, 1916
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Your friends can buy any thing you
can give them���except your photograph.
Hurndall does fine work at 624 Columbia
St.     Phone 125R.
May Day celebration is on Friday, the
5th. Get your slippers for the kiddies
at the Popular Shoe Store, 638 Columbia
st.    The prices are right. *
Baron von der Goltz, the great German Turkish commander in chief, is
reported dead of spotted fever, with
strong suspicion of having been poisoned
by the Turks. -    *
Courts of revision of municipal assessments will be held at Ladner for Delta
on May 13; at Mission City for Mission
on May 22, and for the township of Chilliwack on May 13.
Colonel Davidson, well known in this
city and Vancouver, on account of his
connection with the Canadian Northern
Railway, of which he was land commissioner, died at Rochester, Minn., on the
22nd inst., after a short illness.
Mr. Arthur Creighton, son of Mr. J.W.
Creighton, this city, and who has been
tor some years with the law firm of
Whiteside, Edmonds & Whiteside, has
enlisted for overseas service with the
196th Battalion, Western Universities.
Don Trapp, youngest son of Mr. and
Mrs. T. J. Trapp, has written from Bedford, telling of his safe arrival in England. Don is with the Canadian Engineers Signalling Corps. They go into
training at Stotfold, North Baldock,
Kaiser Wilhelm and his advisers have
evidently found President Wilson's "ultimatum" note a hard nut to crack.
They have had it a week now and haven't
answered yet. If he wants to do some
more side-stepping, Kaiser Bill ought to
call in Bill Bowser.
We are still doing business fit tho
old stand. If there is anything we
can do for you in the plumbing, heating or sheet metal line, 'phone 586.
Mannering & MacKenzie will give
your needs their immediate attention. *
Sir Sam Hughes and Col. Wesley Allison have both been rounded up at Ottawa, and the Royal Commission to
enquire into those $1,000,000 commission
fuse contracts got away to a good start,
this week. Sir Sam and his side-kicker
have got a regular body guard of eminent counsel to look after their interests.
Two additional detachments of picked
Russian troops have been landed at Marseilles within the last few days, and,
with the first of the expeditionary force,
which arrived Thursday of last week,
were enthusiastically received, and without great delay proceeded to the front.
300,000 is probable Russian contribution.
The Popular Shoe Store, at 638 Columbia st., is making a big display of patent
slippers, tan and canvas Oxfords and
pumps for the May Day celebration. The
selection of kiddies' goods they have is
hard to beat and at prices ranging from
50c a pair up. They should have a big
rush of eager buyers during next few
days. .
Mr. J. W. Weart, Liberal candidate
for South Vancouver, will give an address at a meeting under the auspices of
the Young Liberals' Association, in the
Liberal Club rooms. Westminster Trust
Building, Clarkson street, Wednesday
evening next, May 3rd. Mr. David
Whiteside, Liberal standard bearer for
the city, will also speak.
The woman suffragists referred to editorially on another page, lost no time in
getting after Premier Bowser, a delegation
meeting the Government on Wednesday
of this week. Mr. Bowser squirmed under
the ordeal, and side-stepped for the time
by promising to "consider" whether he
would accept the Place bill or carry out
the Government referendum   stand-off.
Mayor Gray and Alderman Goulet ascertained, as a result of their Seattle trip
last week, that the Northern , Pacific
Railway Co., lessees of the present market site property on Front street, have
not planned to build thereon this year,
so the market will remain where it is for
the present, and there will be ample
time to decide as to its permanent location.
The following were elected officers of
the Eburne Liberal Association for the
coming year, at the last meeting of the
association: Honorary president, Capt.
W. F. Stewart; president, F. R. McD.
Russell; secretary, J. W. Fairhall; vice-
presidents, M. R. Wells, E. K. DeBeck,
and W. C. Lawrence; executive, E. Mar-
shallsay, B. W. Garratt, John Usher, J.
C. Gibson, and Ben Tones.
The Kitsilano reserve scandal special
committee of the Legislature had Premier
Bowser before it, the other day, to explain
what he knew about the extravagant
$80,000 cotntnisiou deal, which revolved
round a recent employee of his Vancouver
office. Unlike "Songhees" Matson, Mr.
Bowser was too well primed, having kept
a diarv from the first, knowing the
Liberals "were laying for him, "and talked like a book.
On Wednesday last, at St. Alban's,
Burmjby, Mr. Copely Walter Chesterton,
manager of the Bank of Montreal, this
city, was united in marriage with Miss
S. Hilda Hamilton Ramsay, daughter of
Capt. P. B. H. and Mrs. Ramsay, well
known in this city and Chilliwack, Capt.
Ramsay having a commission iu the
131st Battalion. The rector of St. Alban's. Rev. H, Fane Edge, officiated',
Mr. and Mrs. Chesterton left for a short
stay in Winnipeg and other Northwest
The Council, at the same meeting, decided to accept the tender of Wood,
Gundy & Co., Toronto, for the purchase of local improvement 5 per cent,
bonds aggragating $152,150. The offer
was 84.5, which will give the city $128,-
582 at 6 1-8 per cent. The last sale of
city bonds, at a more favorable time,
just before the war, brought only 85, so
the sale just made is considered a satisfactory one.
Series of Exciting Events.
The past week has witnessed some exciting minor events directly or indirectly
connected with the war. Early Tuesday
morning, a German battle cruiser squadron raided the east coast of England,
shelling Lowestoft, and killing two men,
a woman and a child. A number of
British light cruisers and destroyers put
the mauraders to flight in about twenty
minutes, no vessels being sunk on either
Sir Roger Casement, a distinguished,
but apparently now more or less demented, Irishman, formerly in the British consular service, who had been conspiring in Germany for some time, wat
captured, early iu the week, together
with about twenty Germans, on a Germany auxiliary, which, with the aid of a
German submarine, was trying to land
arms and ammunition for the Sinn Fein-
ers, a small disaffected group in Ireland. The German auxiliary was sunk
and the gun-runners taken prisoners,
Sir Roger Casement being eventually
lodged in the Tower of London, to await
trial for high treason. The death sentence will not necessarily be imposed.
Almost coincident with these events'
on tlie coast, a local revolution took
place in Dublin, headed by the Sinn
Fein Society, which captured the post
office (where they cut telegraph and telephone wires), Stephen's Green, a large
park near the Royal University, and
houses in various parts of the city. Regular troops, volunteers, and policemen,
after serious fighting, in which a number on both sides were killed and
wounded, put down the rising, and by
first accounts the authorities, who declared martial law in Dublin, had the
situation well in hand, the "revolution"
being apparently local at^first, but at
latest accounts trouble was developing
elsewhere, and martial law was extended over Ireland.
The May Day Festivities.
Notwithstanding grim war's devastations and dark shadows, the children's
glad May Day festival, which is an
historic institution in the Royal City,
will be carried out as usual this year, the
date chosen for the celebration being
Friday next, May 5.
The May Queen-elect, whose coronation will be the chief spectacular feature
of the festivities, is Miss Evelyn Dawe,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Dawe,
sr., 405 Queen's avenue, and a pupil of
the F. W. Howay public school, she
being the one upon whom the high
choice fell after a ballot by the girls of
all the city schools. The present Queen,
Miss Bessie Henderson, will perform the
coronation ceremony, while the maids of
honor will be Miss Louise Cunningham
and Miss Lucy Reichenbach.
Some strikingly new features have
been decided on with regard to the May
Day parade this year. In the first place,
nearly two thousand soldiers will take
part in the procession, and the route and
general arrangements will be entirely
different. The soldiers will start their
march at Queen's Park, and will be
joined on the way down town by the
May Queen and her escort of Boy Scouts
at the Crescent; from which point the
route will be down Columbia street to
Eighth, up Eighth to Queen's avenue,
where the previously assembled school
children will fall in, and the procession
continue to Queen's Park, where the
coronation, the May pole dances, and
the distribution of oranges and candies
will, take place.
The usual dance in the evening, both
for children and grown-ups, will be held
in the Horse Show Building.
For King and Country.
Another New Westminster boy has
died a hero's death at the front. Official
word was received, last week, by Mr.
Robert Lane, 328 Fourth street, that his
son, William Stanley Lane, was killed
in action on April 6th. The young man,
who was 25 years of age, was in his final
year as a law student, and had many
friends here and in Vancouver, where
he joined the 29th Battalion. His parents and two sisters live at the family
home, this city, while three brothers
besides himself answered the call to
serve King and country on the battlefield��� Eldon, of the law firm of Bodwell,
Lawson, and Lane; Wallace, also a law
student; and Ross, a medical student���
these three haviug joined the Queen's
University artillery unit. Iu a recent
letter William spoke of meeting his
brother Ross behind the lines.
Good Place
Kelvin Cafe
New    Wellington,
Lump, Nut, pea
and SlacK
Foot Sixth St.        Phone 105
ft. I
The People's
Main Store    -     193 and 194 ��
Sapperton branch
West End branch
Three Big Stores
of Plenty
Gitv Market.
What with the fine weather, the large
attendance, and the presence of hundreds of soldier boys of the 131st Battalion, which inarched down town this
morning, Market Square was a lively
looking place about 11 o'clock to-day.
Business was lively, too, at the stalls,
flowers and bedding plants being a conspicuous feature, no less than eleven
attractive displays of this nature being
on sale. Rhubarb of generally excellent
quality was in over supply, aud the price
fell from 3c per lb, last week to 1 l-2c
to 2c.
There was a fair supply in all lines of
produce, including meats, with good de-
maud. Poultry was n little short of
demand. Young pigs were in large-
supply, with corresponding demand, at
#3 to ��7 each. There was a good supply
of eggs, prices showing a tendency to
Poultry, dressed, young,,
Poultry, dressed, liens ...
DuckS, live weight	
Poultry,  live weight lb..
Oeese, each	
 l!)c to 'JOc
 Me to 28c
 '21c to 25c
 22c to 24c
 25c to 27c
 21c to 22c
 J1.B0 to $2
City Municipal  Matters.
The City Council, at its meeting Tuesday afternoon, decided, on motion of
Aid. Bryson (Chairman of Finance) and
Aid. Eastman (Aid. Johnston alone dissenting), to hold a tax sale this year, including all property in arrears for taxes
up to and inclusive of the year 1913,
September being suggested as the most
suitable time for the sale. $75,000, it is
estimated, will be received from the tax
sale, which will enable the taxation rate
this year to be 22 mills nett. Otherwise,
the rate would have to be 27 mills,
Potatoes, per ton $16 to $20
Potatoes, per sack !)0c to$l
Onions, per sack $2,70 to $8.00
Carrots, per snek , 75c
Turnips, per sack 75c
Cabbage, peril) 3^c
Beets, per stick 75c
Parsnips, per sack 75c
Rhubarb, per lb  1% to 2c
Apples, per box $1 lo $1,26
Eggs, retail   30c
Eggs, wholesale 25c lo 2(ic
Butter, ilniry, retail 37^c to .10c
Beef, carcass W'Ac to ll^c
Beef, hindquarters 13c
Beef, forequarters lie
Po'k.perlb .'  .'..12c to 14c
Pork, heavy, per lb 8e to lie
Veal. No. 1, per lb lOctolSc
Vea , No. 2. per lb    lite lo 13c
Live bins, voung $,:; lo $4,50
Mothers,   we  are   prepared   to
help you solve the May
Day Dress Problem
Such Smart Dresses can be obtained for the moderate sum   of
$1.00 to $4.00 I
And smartness is by no means  their  only outstanding  feature, %
for the materials are good and designs that  are  correct   to  the X
minute.    There is large assortment in sizes, fitting  girls of  all %
ages from 2 to 15 years.    Make a point of  having  early  choice X
of these.beautiful little May Day Frocks. Y
Hats for the Kiddies in smart little styles
50c to $2.00
�����   Children's Hosiery in every wanted quality and color t
ISc, 200, 250 and UP     j
Grass and Clover Seeds
We have a complete stock of No. 1 Government  Standard Seed,
the best that money can   buy
Seed Grain
New Victory, B. & K. Garton,  American  Banner,  Swedish  or
Albertav Oats,   Marquis  Wheat  (the  best  yielder   for
B. C),   Golden  Vine Peas,    Beardless    and
Hulless  Barley,    Crompton's  Early,
Minnesota No. 13 and White
Cap Yellow Dent Corn
Sutton's Mangels, Swedes and Carrots. Send us your order
Catalogue mailed on application
tbe Brackimm=Rer milling Co., Etd.
New Westminster,  B. C.
373 $
650 X
"Five Roses Flour f
 ' I
A flour of qual-f
ity.   Have  you
tried it ? If not,
get a 49 lb. sack i I
at special price i:
Empress, Local. !j
E. D.Smith's On- j;
jj Regular 75c tins j;
: special 65c.
Stella    Brand    Belgian
Regular 2 for 25 | f
Fraser River Fish Co.
Retail ?re$b fi$b
Wholesale Smoked
Salt and Kippered fi$b
Welding and Brazing
Auto and Motor Boat Supplies and Fittings
First Class Machine Work
New Westminster
Phone 275       724 Front St
Phones 15 and 16
.,Ltd. I
-Dealers  in-
;�����   Crushed Rock, Sand and Gravel, Lime,  Cement, Plas-
:��: ter, Drain Tile, Etc.
$   Forge, House, and  Steam  Coal.     Agricultural  Lime
902 Columbia  Street
New Westminster, B. C.
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The Cake Palace
Cor. of Sixth and Columbia
When in Town Call at
Quick Lunch-Cafateria Style
Ice Cream Parlor
i. *
I to clear 5c per %
| tin. l
Lime and Sulphur Spray. Blue Stone.
Whale Oil Soap, Etc., at
Ryall's Drug' Store
Phone 57. ���     701 Columbia Street
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New Westminster, B.C., April 28, 1916
Before Taking Easter Holidays,
Tired Legislators Wrestled
With Some Characteristic Government Measures and Others.
Our review of the proceedings of the
Legislature in last week's issue covered
the sessions generally up to the end of
the previous week. Coming to the sitting
of Monday, 17th inst., and passing over
discussion in coinmitee on a bill to grant
certain lands to the city of Nanaimo, the
first matter hefore the House was the bill
to amend the Trust Companies Act, which
was taken up on second reading, M. A.
Macdonald having the floor. The provisions of the bill were intended, he said,
to remove some anomalies in the act, and
so far were quiet in order. It was opportune, however, to take up the question
whether the power still retained by trust
companies incorporated in the Province
"to receive money on deposit aud pay
interest on the same" was intra vires or
ultra vires of the Legislature. The ease
of the Dominion Trust���in which responsibility rested squarely upon the
shoulders of the Government���was well
known, in which the Province had to
withdraw powers to receive money on
deposit given after the Parliament of
Canada had refused to grant such powers. It was high time that there was
obtained an authoritative opinion from
the courts on the matter. It was open
to some question just whether this power
to receive moneys on deposit was infringing on the sole right of the Federal
Parliament to deal with banking matters
The Government had the machinery for
referring such constitutional questions to
the Court of Appeal, and to his mind this
step should be taken.
The Premier, who had been in the I louse
throughout Mr. Macdonald's remarks,
made no reply or comment upon them,
and the bill was read a second time.
B. 0. University.
Mr. Macdonald, on the bill to amend
the B. C University Act, asked for a
statement as to the land endowment of
the institution. The question of income
was an acute one for it, and, if this was
not to be secured from the land endowment, there would be a serious charge
on the Provincial revenues. In any case,
he agreed that the lands should not be
subject to taxation until sold or leased.
Dr. Young replied that one block of
eight or nine hundred thousand acres in
the Peace River distrtct* north of the
Dominion belt, had been set aside. In
the existing depression, the University
was suffering financially as were all
other individuals, corporations aud institutions, but this was the only way it
was suffering. It had au excellent staff
and there were over four hundred undergraduates, the annual cost being
about a quarter of a million dollars. Dr.
Young did not know what would be done
with the land, but he entered a very
earnest plea for generous treatment of
the University. He assured the House
that the University of British Columbia
would be found thoroughly modern in
its spirit; that it would be, not an example of the "classic shades," but an
active, correlated function in the state.
Mr. Williams dwelt on the cost of higher education, which lie said was as much
for one per cent, of the population of
the Province as was spent on the assisted
Trades Unions Bill.
At Tuesday's session (April 18), an
important bill was introduced by Parker
Williams, relating to trades unions. The
chief section deals with the right of employees to deal with their employers
through a committee, and throws a responsibility upon the employers to make
a fair attempt to meet their men. It declares that employees shall, if they deem
it proper, select any person or committee
to convey to their employers requests or
complaints or carry on negotiations. It
is made an offence against the act, punishable by fine, for au employer to fail
to make a fair and reasonable attempt to
meet the men's requests or secure a
settlement of their grievances.
Another section makes an effort to
meet the case of discrimination against
trades unionists, and forbids au employer trying to ascertain whether a person
who is seeking work from liim is or is
not a trades unionist.
To prevent another form of discrimination, a third section declares that any
hall which is rented for public meetings
shall be available for renting by a trades
union or for labor meetings.
To Amend Forest Act.
The Minister of Lands brought down
a bill to amend the Forest Act. Several
of the amendments deal with the sale of
special timber licenses. It is to lie provided that, where the stumpage value of
the timber to the Crown is less than $.50(1,
advertisement may be dispensed with
and the sale of the license may be conducted by district officials of the forest
branch in such manner as the Minister
may direct.
There is a change made in the manner
of dealing wtth the deposit wliich a tenderer is required to make and an important stipulation added as to the carrying out of the contract to the satisfaction
of the Minister. The cheque for ten per
cent, of the price offered, wliich now is
applied on the price of the successful
tenderer, is to be held until the completion of the contract. If completed to
the satisfaction of the Minister, the purchaser gets it back, but, if the Minister
is not satisfied, it is forfeited to the
Settlers' Exemption.
Bona fide settlers for six months in
occupation of lands for which payments
to the crown have been completed, or
which are held under preemption record,
are to be entitled to exemption from payment of the royalty on cordwood cut for
fuel to the extent of one hundred and
sixtv ocres. i
The timber manufacture sections are
amended by striking out their application
to lands held under pre-emption entry,
and by adding sections giving to the Lieu-
tenant-Governor-in-Council power to permit the export of unmanufactured timber
from areas adjacent to the boundaries of
the Province in cases where it is proved to
his satisfaction that such timber, owing
to topographical reasons, cannot be profitably manufactured within the Province,
and empowering him to permit the export
of unmanufactured timber during the continuance of the war upon such terms and
conditions as he may see fit.
A Little Gerrymandering.
At the sitting of Wednesday, the 19th,.
Premier Bowser explained the readjustment of New Westminster and Trail elec-
torl districts, of which notice was given
some little time ago by the members concerned as amendments to be added to
the bill amending the Constitution Act.
In the case of New Westminster there was
proposed to be added lot 172, immediately
adjoining the western boundary of the city
and uow a sort of no-man's-land, being
unorganized territory. The interests of the
people living there were with New Westminster and not with the electorial district of South Vancouver, with which the
Redistribution Act had placed it.
Mr. Macdonald asked if this would not
be varying the report of the Royal Commission.
Mr. Bowser replied that, in framing the
act the report of the Commissioners had
not been followed absolutely. The two
Commissioners differed in some particulars, and on the whole the recommendations of Mr. Justice Morrison had been
followed most. As to Trail, it had been
found out during the Rossland by-election
that what is known as the Gulcu addition
to Trail city, which is part of Rossland
riding uow, had been left in that riding,
instead of being placed in Trail riding
(formerly Ymir;.
Mr. Brewster secured a deferring of the
further consideration of these until after
the Easter recess.
Granting Unwarrantable Powers.
Some time was spent in committee on
the Trust Companies Act amendments
and progress was reported. The Companies Clauses Act amendments were approved of in committee.
On the bill amending the B. C. Land
Surveyors Act Hon. Mr. Ross explained
the reason for reducing the statutory meetings of the board in Victoria to one a year,
the first Monday in April. The October
meeting is still to be held if there are any
candidates for admission to study or practice, but in that ease these candidates
must pay the expenses of the meeting.
Mr. Brewster and Mr. Macdonald protested against giving the board, upon the
hearing of complaints or accusations,
power to issue summons with all the force
of a Supreme Court judge upon application.
Mr. Ross cited the Law Society of British Columbia as possessing similar powers.
Mr. Williams argued that it was no
reason for giving improper powers to
any body to say that some other body-
had them.
The section was adopted, as was one
protecting the board from action for
anything done bona fide notwithstanding
any want of form in the  proceedings.
On the latter point Mr. Macdonald
made protest that this was giving greater power to the board anil members than
Justices of the Peace enjoyed, and took
awav a man's right of action for- malicious conduct. He drew no reply from
the Minister of Lands.
Movies Censorship.
The biil to amend the Moving Pictures
Act was given a second reading.
Mr. Brewster said he would let the
second reading go, but iu committee
would wove some amendments with the
object of making it more equitable. The
evil he saw in the bill was that it took
from the municipalities the power left
them to examine and license
operators, and further centralized power
in the Government's hand by turning
this over to a board of examiners. On
the matter of censorship he pointed out
that, while this was quite necessary, it
placed a tremendous power iu the hands
of one man and permitted no appeal
from his decision. In Manitoba, Mr.
Brewster remarked, he understood there
was a central board wliich performed the
censorship for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and it was probable that Alberta
would come in under it.
The Minister of Finance introduced a
bill to amend the Succession Duties Act
in certain particulars, the most important of which to the general public is that
exempting the property of persons killed
in the war or dying within twelvemonths
of disease contracted on active service
from the payment of succession duty.
P. G. E., Woman Suffrage, Etc.
The session of Thursday, April 22, was
a short one, as many o( the members
wished to leave for the Raster holiday und
not a few had left.
As one of the measures wliich will have
to be dealt with after recess will lie that
of further aid to the Pacific Great Knstern
Railway, Mr. Brewster, seconded by Mr.
Macdonald, moved for and was granted
au order of the House for an immediate
return (made up from tlie final estimates
and classification, as accepted and passed
by the Government engineer) in the construction of that portion of the Pacific
Great Eastern Railway south of Port
George, commencing at station 'O' and
ending at station 369 X 60, showing"
yardage of earth excavation, hnrd pan,
loose rock, solid rock, and overhaul;
feet of culvert timber and of crib timber; excavation for cribs; weight of iron
in cribs und culverts; amount ol paving
in culverts; clearing right-of-way in
acres; grubbing right-of-way iu acres
When the Women's Suffrage Bill (J.
T. W. Place) was called, Dr. Voung,
who moved the adjournment of the debate the other day, was not iu his place
and when he came in he was nol ready
to proceed. It was quite apparent that
the Government did not want it to go to
a vote, and for a few moments there was
a hitch. J. R. Jackson (Greenwood)
saved the day for the Government in the
meantime by moving that the debate go
over until next sitting.
Big Pay for Revision.
Mr. Brewster elicited the information
from Hon. Mr. Campbell that the revision of the Statutes of British Columbia,
1911, cost $39,500. divided amongst C.
Wilson, K.C., $23,608.99; A. P. Luxton,
K.C.   $15,391.01; ai;d O. Plunkett, $500.
That Saves 40 Cts. on Regular Prices
75c Oil of Joy Cottoq Mop
15c Oil of Joy Cotton Dusttr
50c Bottle Cedar Oil
1.40 Value for      -      -   ' $1.00
Only 50 Sets to go at
this price
Pearline,   special,    5    ten cent
pkgs 25c
Iviqtijd Ammonia, 2 bottles..-25c
Rex Sweeping  Compound,
tin 35c
Liquid Veneer, bottle--.25 & 50c
Royal Crown   Naptha  Soap,   5
for   25c
Old Dutch Cleanser, 3 tins'...25c
Brooms, Brushes, Wash Boards,
Wash Tubs, Cleansers, in fact
everything that housewife needs
about the house during spring
Model Grocery
Matheson & Jacobson
308 Sixth St, Phone 1001-2
East Burnaby, 2nd St. Phone 598
Rdnionds, Gray Block Phone 1111L
Sapperton, Ouhr Block Phone lol2
James & McClughan
Auto Tires & Accessories
New Westminster, B. C.
Phone 302
Valuator    Money to Loan    Farnjs
{or Sale
Notary Public
Guichon Block, Columbia and MeKenzie Sts.,    NKW WESTMINSTER
..May Day..
Many Interesting Scenes
can be snapped on May
Day   with   one   of   our
Price $2.00 to $25
T. J. TRAPP & 10., Ltd.
Store 59       Office 196
Machinery and   Auto Dept.  691
at prices that   are   RIGHT
Quality, Quantity ami .Service  is  our
Phones;   I.SO-732
Belyea & Company, Ltd.
827 Carnarvon Street
Up=to=Date Shoe Repairer
Quick Service and   Best Workmanship Guaranteed
658 Clarkson Street
Gpp. Court House. New Westminster
May Day just around the corner, boys and girls, and new
clothes must be provided for the occasion. We have everything
in the way of children's attire.
Boys' and_ Girls' Hats���There are the Cotton Wash Hats at
35c, 50c and 75c. Straw Sailors and other popular styles for both
boys and girls reach 25c to $1.50. Trimmed Hats for girls���Bonnets for the babies���every attractive bit of headwear needed for
children of all ages.
Children's Hose���All weights, at 25c per pair. Boys' or
Girls' fine 1-2 Ribbed Cotton, Black, White and Tan, all sizes at 35c
per V^ir. Boys' Heavy Double Knee Ribbed Cotton Hose, sizes 6
to 12 inches. Girls' Fine Ribbed Cotton in black, tan or white,
including nice Mercerized Lisle in white, black and tan, all sizes,
per pair 35c.
Children's Parasols���-Colored effects, each 20c, 25c to 75c.
Also a small size for dolly at 10c each.
Hair Ribbons���15c, 20c and 25c per yard. Three lots, containing all silk hair ribbons in complete color ranges.
Special Bow Holders for permanent bows and which treble
the life of a ribbon.    Each 15c.
Ready Made Dresses for boys and Girls. Boys' Wash
Suits, Girls' Middy Suits Middy Waists and Skirts. Children's
Rompers���a splendid new stock.    Special showing this week.
New Westminster,  B. C.
| The Merchants Limited
Children's Straw Hats��=Newest Shapes
Mushroom Shapes, trimmed  with   navy   bands   and   fancy  brim.     Special
value 30c
Plain and Fancy Straws; ribbon trimmed and bound edges with light and dark
blue; a big variety.     Special, each 35c
Fancy Chip Straws, with navy chip  edge  and   trimmed   with   woven   name
bands.    Special value, each 45c
Wear Milan Straw, with emblem bands aud bound edges with white.    Special
each < ^5c
Real Milan Straw "Hats, trimmed with fancy silk braid, butts and tassels; very
smart; in white, pink or blue trimming,     Special, each $1.35
Special lo1 of Baby Boy Hats, trimmed with navy and   sky bands   and  edges.
Special value,   each ��5c
House Dresses $1.50
This is superior finish and well
made from substantial crepe
cloth and fine gingham; in various styles and patterns; all sizes
from 34 to 42; fast colors. Special $1,50
Special Line of
Children's Rompers
In Print, Duck and Gingham;
sizes from 1 to 3; regular to 50c.
Special  price 25c
Ladies' Middy Blouses
Special Value 95c
This Blouse is made from a nice
quality of Indian Head, and
trimmed with navy, sky or white
collars, with braid trimming;
all sizes.    Each 95c
Middy Waists
of Superior Quality
different   styles;
Norfolk;    all
P. O. Box 933
Westminster  Iron  Works
JOHN  REID,   Proprietor
General Machine Work, Engineering and
Manufacturers of  Structural and Ornamental Ironwork
Oflice and Works:
New Westminster, B. G.
Pioneer Furniture  Dealer and Undertaker
Is Doing Business as Usual at the Old Stand
New Westminster, B. C.
g0' Fair Dealing, Goods of Quality at Right Prices.     Phone 176
Phone 1198 Phone 1198
(Sorbon Si ^Halters
-Special Showing of
Ladies' Silk Suits, Friday, at $29.50
Regular Values $35.00 to $40.00
Stylish Millinery, Specially Trimmed Hats,   50   to   choose   from   at   $5.00,
Showing new Hosiery, Glover Underwear for Spring. Your inspection invited
50 and 52 Sixth Street


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