OBITUARIES FROM THE ORANGEVILLE BANNER FOR THE YEAR 1918

Source: Archives of Ontario - N258 Reel #38

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ALLEN | BAILEY | CLARKE | COLEMAN | CONNOR | DAWSON | DENT | ERSKINE | HENRY | HUGHESTON | LEWIS | LINDSAY | MANNING | MEREDITH | REID | RUTHERFORD | SCOTT | SMITH | WHITTEN | WISDOM

Dec.26,p.6:Frances Victoria Allen -The sympathy of the community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Allen, lot 13, 4th line, east Mono, in the loss they sustained recently through the death of their daughter, Frances, on Dec. 6th, after two weeks illness from influenza followed by pneumonia. The deceased was 26 years and six months of age, and was one of Mono's estimable young women. She was loved by all who knew her, and her death has caused a widespread gloom in the community in which she lived. She is survived by four sisters and two brothers. The sisters are Mr. Robt. McKenna, Mrs. Harry Simpson, Mrs. Herb Ewing and Miss Florence, at home. The brothers are Willie Allen, of Collingwood and Add, at home. The funeral was held from her home to St. John's cemetery, 7th line, east, Mono, on Sunday, Dec. 8th.
Service was conducted by Rev. P.C. Howard, of Herald Angel church. The floral tributes were: A wreath, "Gates Ajar", from George Aikens; wreath, from the sister; a wreath, from the family; a sheaf from Mr. and Mrs. Herb Patterson, and a spray from Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wood. The pallbearers were the two brothers, Willie and Add Allen, and Messrs. Robt. McKenna, Harry Simpson, Herb Ewing and Jack Willerton.

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Jan.31,p.7:Michael Allen -Michael Allen, a highly respected resident of Mono, passed peacefully away at his home, lot 13, con 4. east, on Saturday, January 19th, at the age of 70 years. His death was due to heart trouble from which he had suffered for many years. Notwithstanding his weakness he was able to go about until the last. Death came as a happy release from ill-health and worldly troubles. The late Mr. Allen is survived by four brothers and four sisters, namely, Henry, with whom he lived; William, also of Mono; Thomas, of Collingwood; Richard, of Huntoon, Sask; Mrs. David Horner, of Primrose; Mrs. George McNabb, of Craik, Sask; Mrs. Reid and Mrs. R.J. Barnett, of Mono. The deceased was a member of the Anglican church and was a good and kind neighbor. The funeral, which took place to St. John's cemetery, was under the auspices of the Mono Britons L.O.L. No. 259, of which Mr. Allen had been a member for over fifty years and was largely attended, many old friends paying their last tribute of respect by accompanying the remains to the burial place. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Howard, rector of West Mono parish. The pallbearers were six nephews, Willie and Lawrence Allen, of Collingwood, and John, Thos., Ira and Ada Allen, of Mono. the sympathy of the community is extended to the sorrowing relatives. Sweet be thy rest!

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Dec.26,p.6:W.T. Bailey: The death of Mr. W.T. Bailey, formerly Mayor of Orangeville and for many years a prominent figure in Dufferin municipal and general politics, occurred at Mundare, Alta., on Friday last after an illness of about two weeks. Mr. Bailey, who was about 70 years of age, had been living in the West for a number of years. The Orangeville waterworks system, which was commenced and pushed through to completion while he was mayor, is an enduring monument to his zeal and executive ability as a public servant. The remains are being brought here for burial.
The funeral will take place from the CPR Station to the Forest Lawn cemetery this (Thursday) morning immediately after the arrival of the 10:20 train from Toronto. An extended notice will appear in next week's Banner.

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Dec.26,p.6:John Clarke -Orangeville lost an old and highly respect resident this week in the person of Mr. John Clark, whose death occurred quite suddenly early on Tuesday morning following a short illness from pneumonia. The late Mr. Clarke, who was 69 years of age, was a son of the late Thomas Clarke of Purple Hill just at the eastern boundary of the town.
He was married to Miss Margaret Arnold, of Barrie, who survives, with two sons, Adolphus Clarke, of Edmonton, and Gunner Albert Clark, one of the first Canadians to go overseas and now with the Canadian army in Germany, and two daughters, Mrs. Norman Graham, of Toronto, and Miss Hazel, at home, a brother, James Clarke, lives in Edmonton, and a brother and sister, Thomas and Miss Clarke, in Winnipeg. The late Mr. Clarke was a cousin of Mr. W.A. Clarke, M.P., of Palmerston.
He was a staunch Conservative and enthusiastic member of the Orange Order, being one of the oldest members of L.O.L. No. 635. He was a quiet, industrious man, who was held in high esteem by his friends and neighbors. Profound sympathy is extended to the bereaved widow and family in their great sorrow.
The funeral will be held from his late residence to the Forest Lawn cemetery at 2:30 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon. There will be service at the house at 2 o'clock.

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Dec 26,p.6:John Coleman -Another old Dufferinite has passed to the Great Beyond in the person of John Coleman, who died at Froude, Sask., on Oct. 25th in his 86th year. Deceased was born in Mono township on Aug. 23rd, 1833. On April 9th, 1860, he was married to Martha Patterson, of Camilla, and they moved to Amaranth township, just south of Shelburne, where they resided until March , 1891, when they moved to Methven, Man. In February, 1902, they moved to Froude.

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Jan.31,p.7:Mrs. B.F.Connor -Word reached Orangeville last week of the death at Shaunavon, Sask., of Mrs. B.F. Connor, an old resident of this town. Deceased was the widow of the late B.F. Connor, one of Orangeville's early business men. She is survived by her son, Mr. Warren Connor, of Shaunavon, Sask, with whom she had made her home since October 1916. The late Mrs. Connor was about 76 year of age.

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Jan.24,p.2:William George Dawson -William George Dawson, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Dawson, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Huggins, former residents of this town died at Beamsville, on Jan. 8th, after about a week's illness from a cute inflammatory rheumatism. Deceased was 14 years, 7 months of age.

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Jan.24,p.2:James Dent -James Dent, the well-known hotelkeeper at Inglewood, died on Thursday, Jan. 10th in his 68th year. He had been ill a long while. Mr. Dent was an Englishman and came to Inglewood with his wife and son over twenty years ago. Now all three are dead. The son went to the front and was killed nine hours after he entered the trenches. The son's wife died in Toronto very suddenly one morning while serving breakfast, leaving five little orphan children.
Mr. Dent's funeral was held on Saturday, Jan. 12th interment taking place at Boston Mills cemetery.

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Jan.24,p.2:Wilfrid E. Erskine -The death of Wilfrid E. Erskine, a son of Mr. John Erskine, of Alton, occurred in Hamilton, where he had been living for some months, on Friday, Jan. 11th. The end came very unexpectedly from heart collapse. We understand that the young man retired in his usual health on Thursday night and was found dead in bed the next morning. He was 20 years of age. The remains were brought to Alton for burial, the funeral taking place from his father's residence to Alton cemetery on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13th.

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Dec.26,p.6:James Henry -Mr. James Henry, formerly a well-known resident of the Mono Mills neighborhood, passed away at his home on Third street, early on Monday morning after a lengthy illness. Deceased has been in very poor health since he removed to Orangeville in September 1917 and had been seriously ill for six weeks prior to his demise. During his sickness he was given every care and attention that love could suggest by his wife and daughter, Mrs. E.R. Goodeve, who was with him daily during h is last illness. Deceased, who was in his 78th years, was born and spent his boyhood on the 5th line Caledon. After marriage he settled on the 8th line, Mono, where he lived for many years. He also resided in Mono Mills for twelve years or thereabouts before coming to Orangeville He was appointed clerk of the famous 4th division Court of Mono upon the death of the late Squire McManus and filled the position acceptably for many years. His widow, one daughter, Mrs. Goodeve, and a son, Mr. W.A. Henry, of Manasses, Va., survive. Another son, Robert Henry, V.S. died about nine years ago. Mr. R.B. Henry, or Orangeville, is the only surviving brothers.
The funeral was held from the home of his daughters, Mrs. E.R. Goodeve, First Street, to the Union cemetery in Caledon East on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. W.M. Morris, pastor of St. Andrew's church, was the officiating clergyman. The pallbearers, all old neighbors from Mono Mills, were Messrs. Stuart Mason, James Taylor, Wm. McKinley, Robert Harvey, Enoch Snell and George Patterson.

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Jan.31,p.7:Mrs. John Hugheston -The death of Mrs. Mary Hugheston, one of Orangeville's oldest residents occurred at the home of her daughter, in Milton, on Monday, following a somewhat lengthy illness. The deceased, who was about 80 years of age, was the widow of the late John Hugheston, formerly caretaker of Orangeville Public School. The remains were brought to Orangeville for burial, the funeral taking place to the Forest Lawn cemetery yesterday morning. Rev. E.R. Young was the officiating clergyman.

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Jan.31,p.7:Mrs. Thos. T. (Henry) Lewis -Orangeville lost a highly respected citizen this week in the person of Mrs. Mary Lewis, wife of Mr. Thos. T. Lewis, Second Ave. Her death took place early on Sunday morning in Lord Dufferin Hospital, whither she had been taken for care and treatment a few days prior to her demise. Before her removal to the hospital she had been overtaken by a sudden weakness and had fallen on the street while on her way home in company with her husband. Her death was caused by a recurrence of the weakness. The late Mrs. Lewis, who was a daughter of the late William Henry, was born and spent nearly her whole lifetime in Mono. After her marriage to Mr. Lewis she settled with her husband on lot 9, 7th line, Mono, where they lived until they retired from farming and moved to Orangeville about seven years ago. She is survived by her husband, for whom profound sympathy is felt in the cruel blow that has deprived him of the beloved and trusted partner of his joys and sorrows, two brothers, Messrs. John and Wm. Henry, of Mono and four sisters, Mrs. Wm.J. Irvine, Broomhill, Man.; Mrs. John Snowden, Laurel; Miss Sarah Henry, Orangeville and Miss Elizabeth Henry, Toronto. Deceased was a very fine woman, a kindly and sympathetic neighbor and a devoted member of the Presbyterian church, having worshipped regularly in St. Andrew's church in company with her husband since coming to Orangeville. The funeral, which was attended by quite a large number of former Mono friends and neighbors, was held from her late residence to the Forest Lawn cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. W.M. Mooris conducted the services and Messrs. W.A. Henry, R.B. Henry, Jas. Wilson, Wm. J. Armstrong, John White and James Snowden were the pallbearers.

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Dec. 26,p.6:Wm. Lindsay -The death of Mr. William Lindsay, a former resident of Caledon township and more recently of Orangeville, occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.J. Ward, of Weston, on Friday morning. Deceased was in his 73rd year and had been declining health for several months. Interment took place in the Union cemetery at Caledon East on Monday morning.

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Dec.26,p.6:John J. Manning -The end came suddenly for one of the best known of Brampton's citizens on Thursday last, Dec. 19th when John J. Manning passed away. Mr. Manning had been in failing health for some time, but continued to fulfill his duties as customs officer, a position he had held for more than a quarter of a century. He was born in Peel county about 65 years ago, and had been a resident of Brampton almost all his life. For many years he practiced law with the late J. W. Beyond prior to his appointment as customs officer, and was treasurer of the town for nearly thirty years.
Mr. Manning was always prominently identified with public affairs, having been a member of the School Board for many years, taking a keen interest in all matters that were for the benefit of the community. He was also prominently connected with the Masonic Order, was a lifelong Conservative, and a Methodist. He is survived by his wife, four sons, and two daughters, his eldest daughter having died last spring.

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Jan.24,p.2:John James Meredith -The late John James Meredith, whose death occurred in Jamestown, N.Y., a short time ago, was a former Dufferin boy, being one of the sons of the late Thomas Meredith, of Farmington, who used to own the fine property now owned and occupied by J.B. Walker. Mr. Meredith was born on April 25th, 1853, and spent his boyhood around Farmington. When a young man he married Miss Margery Taggart of Singhampton, who, with a family of seven sons and two daughters, survive to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. Not the whole community, where he has lived so long, has sustained the loss of an upright, honest, God-fearing citizen, whose whole influence was always on the side of right and justice. In the United States, as well as in Canada, Mr. Meredith made farming his occupation, and he made a success of it. In religion he was a consistent Methodist, and his life proved that his profession was not a vain show. In politics, he was a Conservative, although he never hesitated to voice his sentiments on any subject, those quiet, reserved nature, which never craved prominence in public life. Those who knew him best, loved him most and those who had dealings with him always found him to be one of nature's gentlemen, who scorned a mean action, and was always ready to reach out a helping hand to those who were in need. Of all the large Meredith family, there are now left only three, namely, Mrs. William Hamilton, of Laurel; Geo. O. of Jamestown, N.Y., now in Florida and Matthew, of Battleford, Sask. To these as well as to the immediate members of the family, we extend sincerest sympathy.
And so time rushes on, making sweeping changes everywhere. Many of Mr. Meredith's old schoolmates and friends will learn with regret of his demise. Long life does not consist in length of years, but in the good accomplished, and Mr. Meredith's case is a verification of the truth of that verse, "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace." Through his long illness from anemia his cheerfulness was remarkable. On Monday, January 14th, at 2 p.m. he peacefully passed away, without a fear to join his many loved ones awaiting him in the Better Land.

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Jan.24,p.2:Samuel Reid -The death of Mr. Samuel Reid, an old and widely known resident of East Garafraxa, took place at his home near the Maples on Sunday, January 13th. Deceased, who was formerly a robust, active man, had been in very poor health for a number of years. The late Samuel Reid was born in Etobicoke township 73 years ago, but came to East Garafraxa with his parents when very young. His father, the late Thomas Reid, was one of the pioneer settler in the Maples neighborhood. Deceased is survived by a widow, and two sons, Norman, of Lindsay, and Percy, at home. County Clerk J.C. Reid, Mr. J.B. Reid, ex-Reeve of east Garafraxa, Mr. Thomas Reid, of Orangeville, Mr. Joshua Reid, of Shelburne, and Mr. Isaac Reid, of the Maples are the surviving brother. The sympathy of the community is extended to the widow, family and relatives. The funeral was held to Greenwood cemetery on Thursday afternoon, January 17th, Rev. W.F. Roach, of Laurel, conducted the services at the house and grave. Messrs. John ferns, John Lamb, David Kay and Walter Smith were the pallbearers.

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Dec.26,p.6:Emily Ellen (Ferguson) Rutherford -Emily Ellen Ferguson, beloved wife of George Rutherford, of Main street, Shelburne, died early on Thursday morning of last week, Dec. 12th from the effects of a paralytic stroke with which she was stricken on the Monday previous.
Deceased has been in failing health for the past four years during which time she had been unable to perform her usual duties about the home. She had suffered several paralytic seizures, two of which rendered her entirely helpless. Deceased was a daughter of the late Wm. Ferguson, formerly inspector of Schools for North Grey, and in May 1897, was married to her now sorrowing husband. During the intervening period she has resided continuously in Shelburne, Her death is an irreparable loss to the home circle which has been made desolate by her departure. She was in her 66th years. She is survived by her husband, four step-daughters, Mrs. Wm. Craft, New York City; Eletha E. Rutherford, Detroit; Margaret Rutherford, a home, and Alice Rutherford, of the Post Office Dept., Ottawa; and two step-sons, J. Elmer Rutherford, of Toronto, and Garfield Rutherford, of Spokane, Wash. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. R.J. Watson, of Toronto, and Mrs. Wm. Parker, of Lion's Head, and two brothers, Thos. Ferguson, Priceville, and Herbert Ferguson, druggist, of Port Arthur. Her remains were laid to rest in the Shelburne cemetery on Saturday afternoon last, services being conducted at the house and grave by the Rev. W.W. Wallace, pastor of the Methodist church.

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Dec.26,p.6:Mrs. Margaret Scott - We regret to have to report the death of Mrs. Scott, wife of Mr. Henry Scott, of Melville Cross, which occurred in the Western Hospital in Toronto on Thursday last following an operation. The departed, who was 71 years of age, had been in very poor health for a considerable time.

Mrs. Scott, who was a lifelong resident of Caledon, was a daughter of the late George Nelson, one of the early settlers in the township. She was born and spent her girlhood on the 1st line, west, about a mile south of Melville. She had been married nearly forty years and is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. J.A. McGregor, of West Toronto, and three sons, G.M., of Port Elgin, harry M. Scott, of Rumsey, Alta., and Raspin Scott, of Melville Cross. Deceased was a kind hearted woman, whose sympathies were easily enlisted in behalf of any worthy cause. She was quick to go to the aid of those in need or trouble and the memory of her life and deeds will be warmly cherished by those amongst whom she had lived for so many years. a devoted wife and mother, her loss is a severe blow to her husband and children, who have the sympathy of the whole community in their bereavement. She is also survived by one brother, Mr. Samuel Nelson of Caledon, and two sisters, Mrs. J.H. Ablett and Mrs. Arch. McDougal, of Toronto.

The funeral was held to the Forest Lawn cemetery on Sunday afternoon and was largely attended. Rev. T.R. White, of Alton, conducted the services at the house and grave. The pallbearers were Messrs. H. and N. Nelson, A.N. Adams, Alan Maxwell, Jr., Albert Sawden and R. Jones.

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Dec.26,p.6:Andrew Smith - Andrew Smith, younger son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, passed away at his home, lot 17,7th line, Amaranth, on Thursday evening, December 12th, after a short illness from Spanish influenza and pneumonia. Deceased was about 27 years of age and was a strongly built and health young man. His death came as a great surprise and shock to the many friends of the family. He had been looking after the chores for his married brother, Ernest, while he was laid up with the flu and was himself taken ill just after his brother's recovery. He is survived by his brother and four sisters, Mrs. J. Peterson, Mrs. J. Ferguson and Misses Isabella and Maggie Smith, all of Amaranth. Messrs.. Walter Smith, The Maples, and W.J. Smith, Alton, are uncles.
The funeral was held to Laurel cemetery on Saturday following his death. Rev. J.R. Bell, of Laurel, was the officiating clergyman.

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July 4,p.?:James C. Whitten - The sudden death of James C. Whitten, a well known pioneer resident of Shelburne on Friday afternoon, June 21st, was quite a shock to the residents of the village and a severe blow to his bereaved wife. He had gone to the Carnegie Library to register and when leaving walked down with John Jackson to the corner of the old Temperance House when he turned to cross the street in front of S.H. Rutledge's implement and monument building. He was within six feet of the sidewalk when he staggered and fell beside the crossing. Chas. Mason and P.W. Fewster were the first to reach him and when they raised him up he gave a couple of gasps and expired instantly. It was all over in a few seconds. He was carried into the implement building and medical assistance telephoned for but all the doctors were out of town. Had they been home nothing could have been done as he died in a second or two after he fell. The late J.C. Whitten was born at Whittington, Amaranth township, his father being one of the pioneer settlers. About 1869 deceased settled on the west half lot 4, on the Toronto and Sydenham Road, Melancthon, just northwest of the Shelburne cemetery, now owned by Mrs. Marshall, of Shelburne. He cleaned up the greater part of his farm and lived there until he sold it some years later, and since that time he has resided here. He was a member of the first council elected for Shelburne after its incorporation in 1878. The election was held in January, 1870, and as the candidates were young and ambitious the contest was one of the liveliest ever held in the village. The result of the election was: Reeve, Wm. Jelly; Councillors, G.R. Hannah, James C. Whitten, Ira Belfry and John McBeth, G.R. Hannah, now in Manitoba, is the only survivor of the first council. Deceased also filled the position of assessor for a few years. He was always strong and rugged and worked hard during the many years that he carried on a planing mill and factory business here and had contracts for building in Dundalk and Markdale. About ten years ago he retired and took life easier and was in the best of health until about two months ago when he had his first attack of heart trouoble. He is survived by his widow, three brothers: Robert John Whitten, Melancthon, William J . Whitten, Winnipeg, and Thomas Whitten, Amaranth; and five sisters, Mrs. Thomas Hewitt and Mrs. Robert Large, Big Rapids, Mich.; Mrs. Phil Watts, Chicago; Mrs. Thos. Graham, Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Robert Boyd, Michigan. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon and his remains were laid at rest in the Shelburne cemetery almost in sight of the farm where he spent his ealier days. The services at the house and grave were conducted by Re. A. E. Thornley, B.A., of Knox Church. The pallbearers were: W.G. Richardson, T.F. Brown, T.Y. McKay, Wm. Hogg, T.J. O'Flynn and Jas. ChaLmers. The bereaved widow and friends have the sincere sympathy of a large ciricle of friends in their sudden bereavement. The following friends from a distance attended the funeral on Monday: Mrs. Graham, Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Thos. Hewitt, Big Rapids, Mich., sister of deceased; Mrs. Dunlop, niece, and sons, Cleveland; Mrs. Vanalstine, niece, Big Rapids; Russel Hewitt, nephew, Mrs. Hewitt and child, Toronto; Mrs. Joslen, niece, Toronto; Messrs. Wm. and Geo. Mara, Sarnia, and Thos. Mara, Brampton, brothers-in-law; Mrs. D. Dingwall, nice of Sarnia; Wm. Jennings, nephew, Syracuse, New York. --- Free Press
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Dec.26,p.6:Walter Wisdom - We regret to record the death of Walter Widsom second son of the late William and Isabella Wisdom, of Hockley. His demise occurred at the home of Mr. Thos. Rutledge, Tecumseth, on Saturday, Dec. 21st.
The deceased was stricken with influenza about a week ago. His illness developed into pneumonia, which proved fatal. He was 29 years of age and is survived by six brother and one sister, namely, Pte. J. Wisdom, Pte. E.L. Wisdom, and Pte. W.R. Wisdom, all in France, Harry Wisdom, invalided home from France two years ago, and now living in Acme, Alta., Norman Wisdom of Relessey, and Miss Mary Wisdom, of Mulmur. The deceased, although crippled, was a bright industrious young man, who won the esteem of all who knew him. In a recent letter to an aunt he said he was so thankful that the war was over and that his brothers, though some of them had been severely wounded, would all soon be back home again. One of them, we might state in passing, is now spending his fourth Christmas overseas. Deceased was a nephew of Messrs. Arch. and James Irwin of this town. The remains were brought to Relessey on Sunday afternoon and laid beside those of his father and mother. Rev. Lynn, of Rosemont, conducted the funeral service.

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