LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA
David R. Lindsey's Journal 1865 - 1893
Contributed Feb 2004
by William Lindsey McDonald
David R. Lindsey was the editor and proprietor of the Florence Journal, a newspaper published in Florence, Lauderdale Co AL.
Florence Alabama Business & News Items
1865 - 1893
As recorded by
David R. Lindsey
Editor and Proprietor of the Florence Journal
T. A. Jones and Robert McFarland Jones & McFarland Attys at law Florence Their office was on July 25, 1866 in white bldg west of Court House
A. J. Matthews Atty at law Lexington Ala set out as of Feb 7, 1866
Alex. McAlexander Atty at law Jan 17,1866 Office upstairs in white bldg west of Court House
James Irvine and James B. Irvine Attys at law Office west of Court House The same formerly occupied by Jas Irvine
E. A. ONeal Atty at law Office west of Public Sq Set 27, 1865
F. G. Norman set out as Commander Knights Templer of Tuscumbia Counnandry? #3 L. B. Thornton Recorder
For Tuscumbia Towniannet? See Florence Journal Sept 27, 1866
Coietanis letters from W.J. Hardee and from Genl. N.B. Forrest
Hester and Wood Merchants Sept 19, 1866
Olives S. Kennedy Atty at law Florence set out as of Sept 19, 1866
J. O. Jones all? The removal of his stock to the yellow corner Kirkman & Rice old stand and that the large brick warehouse has been prepared to handle cotton entrusted to his care
Messrs Miller & Crow have resumed business in the corner store lately occupied by Jones Hancock & Co
Calamitous? Fire Florence was the scene of a terrible conflagration last Monday night (Sept 25, 1866); the sight appalled the stoutest heart, and the prospects of our flourishing town are retarded on their onward progress A portion of the business? Part of town now smokes in the ashes of its ruins, and the red glare of the smoldering embers tells the tale of a tan?tabe? destruction Florence but rose from the debris of a raiding military ruin to plunge into the gulph of a Providential calamity, and what was being repaired by the band of a revigorated industry, now lies in the ruins of an incontrollable destiny. What a pity! How sad the thought. That the band of the incendiary worked the destruction, no honest man doubts, and the tale of the destruction is none the less impressive. Fifty thousand dollars have been swept away, and honest industry mourns the loss. The fire broke out in the stable of Mr. S. C. Stafford, and communicating with his store destroyed the dry goods and grocery store of Messrs Miller & Crow, the private residence of Capt. C.A. Tenge, and the ? store of Messrs Smith and Burtwell, when luckily it was arrested, thanks to the ? energy of the citizens, aided by the devotion of several freedmen, whose names are remembered. Mrs. Seale, Messrs. Burnwall & Lyon, A.J. Rice and Co, Patton, Willins & Co, Hester and Wood, and Mr. Joseph Milner, who occupied contiguous buildings, suffered in the recovery of their goods, whose losses we have estimated in the sum of $50,000. But for the fact of the wind being from the South, the destruction of the entire block of which Mr. Stafford store joined the Northern wing was inevitable; how far the raging element would have traversed is left only to conjecture. As it is, the loss is very heavy for Florence and awakes the sympathies of her many friends. Messrs Stafford, Tenge, Dr. Brock and Mrs. Blair who owned the buildings destroyed, and who are the heaviest losers, had no insurance on their property.
Sept 27, 1866
It is set out that J.B. Patton and J.M. Weems have purchased interest of H.G. Evans, in Patton, Weems and Evans, and will continue under name Patton & Weems Sept 27, 1866
Mrs. James Jacksons plantation at Forks of Cypress Creek are advertised for rent Sept 27, 1866, by her son, James Jackson
35 City lots at corner of Main & 6th Streets sold in Tuscumbia on Oct 20, 1866 by Mayor W.A. Peet, and L.B. Thornton, Secretary Town Council
Table on hold Fri. (Sept 21, 1866) at Flo-Weslyan University They presented s? of Lott Cause?
Browns Jewelry Store Andrew Brown proprietor conducted in stated formerly? occupied by Mr. Wm. F. Wilmot?
Henry C. Wood was during 1866 7 Agent for the Aetna and Portland Fire Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn.
Greek & Hyde were on July 25, 1866. Receiving Foundry storage and concession merchants.
Joseph Milner was on Sept 27, 1865 conducting a drug business, his son, J.W. Milner is still conducting this business.
Patton and Brandon were on July 25, 1866 conducting a wool card one mile east of Florence, on the Huntsville Road, where they are prepared to card wool at the shortest notice and in the best style. They announced also a new Horse Ferry Boat at the Florence Ferry where there will be no delay in crossing the river. Persons bringing wool to our cards from the South side of the river will have a liberal dedication made in ferriage.
Francis Moran conducted at Main and 3rd Streets, Tuscumbia a marble works known as the Tuscumbia Marble Works
The steamer, Jonas Powell regularly made Florence in 1865 66- 67
Patton and Weems conducted a general mercantile business
R.A. Ellis was the shoe merchant for Florence and his advertisement of Feb 7, 1866 states The unde? would inform the citizens of Florence and surrounding county that he has opened a Boot and Shoe Shop on Main Street, 4 doors South of the Campbell House, Florence Ala, where he is prepared to accommodate all who may give him their patronage
The Florence Book and Music Store was conducted by Harvey Hedden. His store was located on the west side of Court Street, next door to the Campbell House.
Powers & Lansford (J.W. Powers J.P. Lansford and Thomas R. Powers) conducted a Dry Goods and Grocery Business. Their place of business was located at the stand formerly occupied by Hillman and Hancock
Mrs. F. Seale whose place was destroyed by fire reopened by her on Main Street in front of Mrs. Campbells Hotel. This was on Sept 19,1866. The fire concurred Set. 24, 1866
Isaac E. Young was in 1860 conducting a carriage factory in Tuscumbia. This plant was closed during war and reopened by him in 1865 upon his return.
Robert White was conducting a general business in meats, etc. in 1866 Jan 17.
James Brock & Son Apposite and east of Court House was conducting a grocery business. M.P. Asher is set out as one of their representatives.
Among the cotton factors and buyers for this territory were:
Vow? Phul Sons & Co of St Louis, MO
Lowe & Bignon New Orleans, LA 43 Union Street
Payne Huntington & Co 51 Union St, New Orleans
Gilkeson & Sloss Con?ssion Mechts Memphis, Tenn
Sheerer & Fowler 57 Main Street, Louisville, KY
T.L. Wilkinson & Co St Louis
Hunt & Macauley - #80 Caupt St corner of Natchez St
T.T. Green & Co Memphis, Tenn
J.A. Donnally? & Co Eastport, Miss; So. Florence, Ala
Jones & Co Paducah, Key
Carr & Luke St Louis
Simpson, Sanders & Co Memphis, Tenn
Mhoon & Co 14 Monroe St, Memphis, Tenn
Julius H. Smith & Co
Charles S. Kintzing 153 Green St, St Louis, MO
Berthold & Thompson - #13 So. Main St, St Louis, MO
Chick?, Army & Co St Louis
William H. Schutter #4 Springfield Block, Cairo, Ill
Samuel Orr of the Evansville & Tennessee River Packet Co
M. Burns St Louis Packet
Louisville Eastport and Florence Packet Bermuda
William Simpson Jan 3, 1866 conducting a dry goods & grocery business at old stand of Tate, Simpson & Co.
Challen & Peet general auction and con?ssion merchants of Tuscumbia. This firm were particularly noted as auctioneers throughout Tennessee, Ala, Miss, La, and Ky
Thomas J. Fry whose residence was in the jail was the Florence undertaker and cabinet maker. His place of business was set out as being opposite the jail.
William Ragsdale & Bro were on Sept 27, 1865 operating a Tin, Sheet Iron and Copperware manufacturing plant.
Calvert Roberts was among cotton factors his house office was at 41 Union St, New Orleans, La
It is interesting to note that in April 1866 Warson & Petty were conducting the Carlotta Billiard Saloon. They did not however sell any intoxicating beverage.
Died at the residence of her parents in this place on the evening of Thursday the 27th ultinio? In her twenty-sixth year, Ann America Mastin, wife of Maj. F.W. Mastin of Huntsville, and eldest daughter of Gen. Samuel D. and Eliza Weakley. Next follows complimentary remarks. Journal Oct 4, 1866
John C. McMahew of Tuscumbia died on Aug 3, 1866 at Tuscumbia. He was a member of Florence Lodge #14 A.F.& A.M. Committee appt. to prepare resolution consisted of James W. Stewart William Leigh E.C. Young
William Ragsdale was Sec of the Lodge. Their report and resolutions appear on Editorial page of Oct 4, 1866 issue Florence Journal.
Mrs. Seale who operated Millinery Shop after she was burned out occupied part of Patton & Weems store.
Sept 19, 1866 Thomas F. Hewlett and Catherine W. Waites by Rev. Thomas F. Brown
Sept 19, 1866 near Rogersville by Rev. Marcus Williams Mr. Benjamin Haraway and Miss Peers? Grisham, both of Lauderdale Co
Sept 20, 1866 near Rogersville by Charles Haraway, Esq Mr. Joseph Martindale and Miss Susan Landrum?, both of this county.
J.B. Weakley and Thomas M. Sloss were in the Goods & Grocery business Jan 31, 1866
J. Pollock was clerk of Town Council 1866
Interesting Confederate Note During the fight and stampede of Wheelers Cav. At Shelbyville, Tenn about 22nd of June 1863, my oldest son, J.W. Musgrove (a Lt in the 1st Reg Ala Cav Confederate, was as I learned wounded and captured. I have never what became of him, whether he died there or was carried to some prison and died; any information about him will be thankfully received. - J.W. Musgrove - My post office is Blountsville, Ala Oct 4, 1866
Capt. L.E. Gilbert who served with the 28th Ala is now one of the proprietors of the Carrolton West Ala Banner? - Journal - Oct 11, 1866
Thomas M. Phillips was Tax Collector Lauderdale Co 1866
Population of Lauderdale Co - We are indebted to Mr. Walter Glenn, who has just finished his arduous task for the following returns of the white and colored;
Population of the County
White males 4839
White females 5149
Total white pop 9988
Colored males 2365
Colored females 2729
Tot Colored pop 5094
Soldiers killed 125
Died of sickness? 233
Idiots 8 Oct 11, 1866
Dr. J.A. Clopton, formerly of Florence has removed to Huntsville where he has gone into the practice of his profession.
At his residence six miles from Florence on the morning of the 11th (Oct 11) Col. G.G. Armistead, age 56 years. This another ? in the cau? Of connection which ? the past with the present , been served, and Lauderdale County mourns the loss of him who was a most clever citizen and ever a useful member of society. Journal Oct 18, 1866
Oct 17, 1866 - Margaret Shelton daughter of Stringer and May White
The Tuscumbia Tournament is described in the North Alabamian of Oct 19, 1866 Should be included in Colbert Co History.
Mars Mattie E., wife of Rev. W.E. Davis born Feb 1, 1840, embraced religion 1858, and departed this life Oct 6, 1866 - (Journal) Oct 25, 1866
Fine Cotton Plantation for Rent
As administrator of the estate of Gray Dunn?, deceased; I will on the first Monday in December next on the premises, rent out to the highest bidder the plantation belonging to said estate situated on the Tennessee River near the mouth of Elk River, now occupied by McKimmin? & Creel , and known of the Dunn? Place. The plantation contains a little upward of five hundred acres. Three hundred of which are cleared and in a fine state of cultivation. There is a new gin house on the place and comfortable quarters for laborers.
James B. Irvine, Administrator
Lauderdale News Mar 22, 1882
Robert McFarland practicing in 1882 Florence Office in Thompson Bldg West of Court House
James G. House representing in 1882 Connell, Morrow & Co of Nashville, Tenn
T.E. Brown in Mar 1882 was proprietor of Corlotta Saloon
Dr. Wm. M. Price offers professional services. Office at A.J. Price & Sons Drug and Book Store.
In 1881, Mrs. O.A. Cutler was a dress maker; she operated at Wilson House on Main Street
ONeal & ONeal practicing 1881 office west of Court House
The Irvine Store houses were sold last Thursday (16th ) by Mr. W.J. Irvine to L.R. Westmoreland for 1,625 - Flo. News - Mar. 22, 1882
We are very sorry to learn that the physicians who have been consulted pronounce the blindness of Capt. Kellers little girl incurable. - Mar 22, 1882
The Mayor has greatly improved the drainage crossings in several places during the past week. He is putting the money where it will do the most good and if the taxpayers would come up and settle, every street in town would be in fine condition. Mar 22, 1882
At Mrs. C.H. Coffees sale last Saturday, the home place containing about 1200 acres was sold at $35 per acre, and the island, about 300 acres, at $9.45. Capt. Wm. Coffee purchased the former and Capt. A.D. Coffee, the latter tract. News Mar 22, 1882
Mr. Thomas K. Ferguson will take charge of the Franklin House, having bought out Col. Parshalls interest.
The Florence Mill Co. was operated by Missers Whitlock and Bishop.
John W. Clemmons, a native of Green Hill Lauderdale Co died Mar 14, 1882. He was a mason and a highly esteemed citizen. His death occurred in Arkansas.
The News states Mar 22, 1882 we are glad to see B.M. Jackson, Esq., again on the street. He had a severe though comparatively short spell of fever. He is still very feeble!
S. L. Whitten was in mercantile business 1882
Mr. John W. Powell sold his dwelling house last week to Mr. James W. Jordan for $1000
D.C. Crow purchased in Feb 1882 the saloon owned by J.E. Byrd.
Of interest this editorial note Mar 22, 1882
The lottery craze has struck Florence and although there is very little money in town, the New Orleans Lottery divides each month. At the last drawing several small prizes were won here and this of course makes dealers worse. We hope some Florentine will win the capitol prize for there is no section of country this is more in need of funds than this.
News - Mar 22, 1882
If W.J.T. Stapler, Esq., will consent to be a candidate for a seat in the Lower House of the next General Assembly at the ensuing August election, he will get the support of the under signed and many others, believing as we do, that he will make old Lauderdale an honest capable and efficient Representative. Woodson Simmons, Thomas Goode, J.J. Hurn, Thomas Miller, R.D. Andrews, Lee Butler, W.T. Weaver, A.T. Howie, C.W. Haraway, J.W. Bedingfield, Ingram Fuqua, B.A. Fuqua, J.W. Cunningham, W.L. Oliver.
Ellis & Blair 1882 - Proprietors of the Good Deal Saloon
W.E. Haraway - Probate Judge - 1882
Andrew Brown - Watchmaker & Jeweler
Chisholm, Westfield and Nance - Dentists made quarterly visits to Florence 1881 1882. Their headquarters were at R-L-Blisss Store.
R.T. Simpson, Atty at Law Office in Mr. Irvines Bldg west of Court House.
Charles D. Clarlse? Atty at Law Office in Bldg west of Court House
George P. Jones Atty at Law - Office in Thompson Bldg
In 1880 J.R. Price & Son (will Fort Price) were operating a Drug and Book Store
Henry D. Smith whose office was at N.T. McKays Store was the agent 1881 1882 for Wheeler and Wilsons select sewing machines.
Z. P. Morrison and A.G. Chisholm were undertakers. Their establishment was on Main Street Florence
H.T. Ellis operated a shoe shop in store lately occupied by Hilton Key.
Samuel A. Diehl was a tailor 1881 1882. His shop up over M. Jacobs Store.
Hudson Bros. operated a general mercantile store in building occupied by Lee B. Litten .
W. P. Campbell & Co Bankers They did a general banking business and also collecting in various parts of the Tennessee Valley.
Under the head of Alabama and Georgia Debt Settlements published in Columbia, (Tenn) Independent and recopied in Mar 29, 1882 issue Florence News, a full discussion is given of the reproduction of certain bonds. Write and see if wanted copied.
Indiana, Alabama and Texas R.R.
1. -- Editorial - Croakers?
2. Speeches by Judge Wood
3. Railroad meeting at which Capt. R.T. Simpson was elected chairman
4. An appeal to the people of Lauderdale County in behalf of the Indiana, Alabama & Texas R.R.
Secure copies of these from Mar 29, 1882 issue Florence News
Dr. J.T. Bickley was 1881 and part 1882 County Health Officer
The Cypress Bridge is reported in very unsafe condition - Mar 29, 1882
Dr. J.R. Holgate McClusky Young Block Tennessee Street
Simpson & Jones - Attys at law
Earnest ONeal - Atty at Law
Ashcraft & Vance - Attys at Law - Office No 2 Bliss Block - Tennessee Street
Walker & Hall - Attys at Law - #10 Bliss Block - Particular attention paid to Real Estate & Corporation law. A. E. Walker late of the Va.Bar H.M. Hall, Jr. late of the Maine Bar.
Dr. W.H. Helden Dentist - Crown & bridgework a specialty. - Over Harrison Hardware Store Court St Florence, Ala
John D. Weeden Atty at Law - Office over National Bank
S.P. Cowardin - Civil and Mining Engineer - Laboratory and office in Reeder Block Chesnut to Florence Cotton & Iron Co - Lawrence Ore Banks
T.J. Ross - Atty at Law - Office Room 6 Bliss Bldg
Weakley & Jordan Lawyers - 1-2-3 Reeder Building - John B. Weakley, Jr. and C.E. Jordan
R.T. Simpson, Jr. - Atty at Law - Rooms - McFarlands old office
Nathan Parkins - Atty at Law - Rooms 2 & 4 Hudson Bldg - Court House Square
Thurston H. Allen - Atty at Law - Intelligence Row - Opposite Court House
Lauderdale Court Abstract Co G? H. Smith - Atty - Titles Examined and abstracts of Title furnished to lands in City or County.
Dr. W.M. Price, physician & Surgeon - Office Southalls Drug Store - 411 Court Street
Dr. A.H. Smith - Physician & Surgeon - Embrys Mills - 8 miles North of Florence - Offers his professional services to the City and County.
Dr. J.W. Jones -0 Dentist - Mr. J.T. Farmer Building Court Street - Florence, Ala
Dr. W.N. White - Dentist - Office and residence corner Katie Bells and Kendrick Streets.
P.S. Boyd, M.D. Telephone 9 - Montgomery Block - Sheffield, Ala
Fire & Inland Insurance H.C. Wood, Ajust. Companies: Aetna, Phoenix, Connecticut, London & Liverpool & Globe, Springfield E & M, Continental, Georgia Home, and Home Protection. Policies written on Buildings, Merchandise, Furniture, Factories, Machinery at lowest rates. Cyclone policies issued. Thirty years experience a guarantee of intelligence and reliable insurance.
H. Hieger watchmaker and Jeweler Tennessee St. opposite Bliss Block.
Fire Insurance W.M. Campbell over the First National Bank represents Mechanies & Traders of New Orleans and Manchester Insurance Company of Manchester, Eng.
A. Hanerwas Brick Manufacturing Works manufacturing on Coxs Creek Florence, Ala
Jesse Patton 1 Fire Team & Victoria Carriage Office in Basement City Hall
Florence Marble Works C.B. Eldred
Florence Livery & Transfer Co. John W. Hall, Manager Telephone #12 Stables College Street
Florence Synodical Female College, Incorporated 1855 President Rev, Jos. Bardwell, D.D. Formerly State Superintendent of Education of Mississippi late of Southwestern Presbyterian University. Course: To cover all branches of higher female education. Location: Noted for health and fine climate. Buildings: To be enlarged and thoroughly renovated before opening. Terms Moderate. Session Opens Sept 15, 1892. Apply to President Florence, Ala
Reserve, Ala Lauderdale County Notes Dec 29, 1892
Mrs. Minerva Rhodes died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.Mary Wooten, on the 26th instant, in the 71st year of her age. She was the mother of ten children, four of whom survive her, three daughters residing in Lauderdale County, and one son in Arkansas. Her husband preceeded her to the grave nearly fourteen years ago. She was a true and faithful member of the M.E. Church and was loved and respected by both old and young. We extend our sympathies to the bereaved relatives. Flo Times Jan 6, 1893
Mrs. Josephine Dally, of near Reserve, is moving to Oakland and will occupy the house vacated by Dr. H.L. Ray.
Mr. J.R. Andrews has bought out Missers. H. Call & Son and has moved to his house in the village. Mersrs Call & Son going to Florence (Seven Points)
Rev, A.J. Maddox preached at Reserve during 1893
Constitutional Convention - The contest for and against a state constitutional convention is on in dead earnest. The Advertiser opposes the move and the Birmingham Age Herald and Mobile Reporter are among its leading advocates. The opponents of the convention claim that amendments can be made to the constitution through legislative action; but its advocates say that that manner of making changes in the organic law have been tried and failed. In the meantime Speaker Pettus has announced himself in favor of a convention and says he will introduce a bill in the legislature after recess with that end in view. - The Flo Times - Jan 7, 1893
There is a very fine article by John B. Weakley, Jr. in the Sat. Jan 7, 1893 issue of The Florence Times onThe District Court. This article should be copied and I shall do so at first opportunity.
R.G. Banks & Co - dealers in coal & wood
D.G. Wilcoxson - Tax Assessor - 1893
George Young Furniture Company
Frank Powers in Grocery Business - His store was located on Court Street
Carl Dice - General Grocery Business
Mr. Alexander Crittinten died in Sheffield on the 29th ultinio and his remains were interred in the City Cemetery of Florence on the 30th.
The Exchange Hotel renovated and renewed is again in fine operation, fully equipped to meet the wants of the traveling public.
Mrs. Ida F. Commander removed millenary establishment to James & Sommers old stand on Tennessee St.
B. B. Garner Staple & Fancy Groceries & Feed Stuff 403 Court St Jett and Sinnus old stand
Racket Store Edge & Co
Mrs. Swaine? Milinary & Fancy Goods
On the 20th day of December 1892 by J.W. Herston, Esq. - N.P. & J.P. at the officiating magistrates residence, Mr Charles N. Thompson to Miss Fannie Kerbo
On the 22nd day of December 1892 by Esquire Herston at the home of the bride near Whitehead. Mr.William Ray to Miss Margaret A. Litteral, both of Lauderdale
On the 20th of December 1882, Mr. J.W. Beavers to Miss Hulda Thompson, both of Stutts beat
On the 20th of December by Rev J.W. Garret, Mr. Columbus Michall to Miss Fanny Gray
On the 29th of December by Rev. Mr. Cross at St Jo, Tenn Mr. W.E. Abernathy to Miss Delia Clemmons
On Wednesday evening the 28th ult. By Rev. Dr. Preston at the home of the brides sister, Mrs. C.N. Jones, Mr. Gray of Fayetteville, Tenn to Miss Myrtle Wilson of Florence.
George P. Arthur Insurance Represented the following companies: American Fire (in) Philadelphia; Pennsylvania Fire (in) Phila.; German American (in) New York; Fire Arsin? (in) Phila; Germania? (in) New York; Orient (in) Hartford; Caledonian (US Branch) Scotland
Karsner & Ingram - Hardware, stoves, house furnishing goods, belting, etc. - McCluskey Young three story building, Tennessee St.
Olaf B. Carlson - Merchant Tailor - Tennessee St - Florence
George W. Seawright - Boot & Shoe Maker - Shop with Young and Simpson, Shoe store next door to Brown Jewelry Store.
Harry Smith - Magazines, newspapers, Periodicals, Current literature, etc. - Court Street, next door North of Burtwells Drug Store
Florence Wagon Company - operated in 1892 1893
C.W. Heldens Light Carriage Works at LaRocks old stand Tennessee St.
James Burtwell Druggist
Florence Institute - Alex S. Paxton Principal - Florence, Ala - School of High grades for Boys & Young Men Military training - Next session begins Sept 13, 1892
Oldest Jewelry House in North Alabama - Andrew Brown, Proprietor - 404 Court Street
Jones and Crowell Drugs, Chemicals Dyes, Paints, Oil, window glass, fancy and toilet articles, stationary.
A.P. & J.L. Holtsford Contractors & Builders - addiers lock box 361, Florence, Ala
J.G. Didlake pianos & organs
Partrick & Jackson Peter A. Partrick & Frank Jackson Dry Goods & Hardware
The Merchants Bank Florence, Ala - John H. Young, President; M.B. Shelton, Vice Pres.; S.S. Broadus, Cashier - Capital subscribed = $50,000; Capital paid up = $25,000
Directors: John H. Young, Jerrie McClusky, M.W. Camper, W.H. Kendrick, M.B. Shelton, J.W. Morgan, Jr.; Geo. A. Leftwich, George P. Arthur; S.S. Broadus, J.W. Bedingfield, W.M. Bunting, James H. Freeman. Executive Committee: James McPeters, J.W. Morgan, Jr., John H. Young, M.B. Shelton, Jerrie McClusky. - Correspondents: Chemical National Bank New York (page torn)
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