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Volume 36 Issue 4 April 2021
Part 8: The Hoosier Sentimentalist
By Peggy K. Newton
“Oh the moonlight’s fair tonight
along the Wabash….”
In the age before radio, when
recorded music was limited to cylinders,
the success of a song depended
on the sales of sheet music. Paul
Dresser found that he could write
successful songs and make as much
money, maybe more, by staying in
one place and concentrating on
songwriting rather than performing.
In a 20-year span he wrote and
published 150 songs, and over his
lifetime he earned about $375,000
(equivalent to $9,670,500 in 2009).
Of that, $100,000 came from sheet
music sales of “On the Banks of the
Wabash, Far Away” alone. The song,
published in 1897, was an immediate
solid hit in the music halls
and vaudeville circuits and soon in
parlors of homes across the country
where the piano was a family’s main
source of entertainment.
It would become the first state
song for Indiana in 1913 (later joined
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Social Security Update. ................................6
Hometown History ...................................8
History Contest. ....................................12
Energy News. .......................................13
by the more “modern” “Back Home
in Indiana,” which is sung or played
each year during opening ceremonies
of the Indy 500). In the first verse
Dresser recalls memories of seeing
his mother standing in the doorway
of the old homestead. In the second
less familiar verse, he refers to an
old love, Mary, who died long ago.
On the original sheet music Dresser
dedicated the song to Mary E. South
of Terre Haute, but she was not the
Mary referred to in the song. Dresser
told an acquaintance that he had
used the name “Mary” for “rhythmic
purposes,” according to South Bend
writer Clayton Henderson, author
of On the Banks of the Wabash: The
Life and Music of Paul Dresser. At
the time it was common practice for
songwriters to dedicate their songs to
people they knew. Dresser couldn’t
think of anyone he knew named
Mary and asked his friend if he knew
anyone named Mary. His friend said
he knew a 14-year-old girl, daughter
of a Terre Haute Big Four Railroad
general agent, who was “as pretty as a
dream and sings delightfully.”
In time, Paul Dresser would
meet her after they exchanged a
series of letters, but he went ahead
and dedicated the song to her, sight
unseen. Was there, in fact, a “Mary”
Louise Dresser at the beginning of
her career (Billy Rose Collection,
New York Public Library)
in his past? Dorothy Clark, a Vigo
County historian recounted a legend
that Dresser courted Mary O’Brien
of Terre Haute early in his career.
Her father did not like the idea of
her going out with a man associated
with show business and wouldn’t
allow her to go out with him. Not
long after Dresser went back on
the road with his touring company,
Mary died. It makes a good story but
has not been verified.
When it came to women,
Dresser was consistently mysterious,
as the protagonist of another of his
hit songs shows.
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Picturing Our Past ...................................15
Cooking Corner. ....................................16
Brain Games. ...................................18 &19
Yesterdays Remembered ..............................20
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“They called her frivolous Sal,
A peculiar sort of a gal….”
For more than a century frivolous
Sal, like Mary, was a mystery. The
song “My Gal Sal” may be forgotten
today but for at least a half-century
it was a pop standard. Jackie Gleason
sang it at the beginning of the Joe the
Bartender segment on his old variety
show. Singers as disparate as Jelly
Roll Morton, the Everly Brothers,
and Bobby Darin have recorded it. (I
can hear Millenials asking, “Who are
they?”) Rita Hayworth played the
title role in the 1940s’ 20th Century
Fox film, My Gal Sal, to Victor
Mature’s Paul Dresser. But the real
gal Sal remained elusive.
Paul’s brother, Theodore Dreiser,
wrote that Sal was Annie Brace, who
used the name Sallie Walker professionally.
Professionally she was
a madam who lived in one of the
fancier “houses” in Evansville. Sallie
Walker’s considerable generosity
matched her beauty. When Paul first
brought his family to Evansville, she
helped provide food and clothing,
and it’s been said that for a while
Paul and Sallie had an intense relationship.
But no one could locate either
Annie Brace or Sallie Walker in the
Evansville newspapers or the city
directories. John Jeremiah Sullivan, a
writer for New York Times Magazine,
told Domenica Bongiovanni, of the
Indy Star website, that he found her
after hours of searching old newspapers
on microfilm. Her professional
name was Sallie Davis and
her real name was probably Annie
Swonner. Her relationship with Paul
Dresser ended due to his seeing other
women, including other prostitutes.
Continued page 4
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As for the many songs he wrote,
it is just as well that most of them
remain forgotten, not so much due
to their sentimentality as to their
overt racism. A certain genre of song
was popular in the latter 1800s and
into the early 20th century; there’s
no merit in mentioning the name of
that genre, but Dresser contributed
his fair share of songs.
Soon after the success of “On the
Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,”
Dresser became an active partner in
the Howley, Haviland and Company
music publishers; heretofore he had
been a silent partner. The company
was renamed Howley, Haviland
and Dresser with the idea that his
name would invite other successful
songwriters to sign with them. This
prompted a move to New York.
But one day he was in Chicago
on business when a very young and
beautiful blonde-haired woman
asked to see him. She was from Ohio,
she said, but was born and spent
her early childhood in Evansville.
Her father was an engineer for the
Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad.
Perhaps Paul remembered him. His
name was Kerlin.
Remembered him? He certainly
did! Paul said he was a young kid
selling newspapers on the train to
help make ends meet for his family.
People used to make fun of him
because of his size, but his father was
always kind to him.
The girl, whose name was Lulu,
told Paul that after the family left
Evansville her father was killed in
a train wreck in Ohio. Greatly saddened,
Paul told her he was sorry
to hear that. Was there anything he
could do for her?
Lulu said, as a matter of fact, that
she wanted some advice. She said
she was told that she had a lovely
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Paul Dresser dedicated this song to a
girl he never met until after the fact.
singing voice and decided to go into
show business. Paul thought for a
few minutes and then made a phone
call. He scheduled Lulu for a show
he was involved with in Chicago but
used her given first name — Louise
— and told her to use Dresser as her
last name. He would tell people she
was his sister. And that’s how Louise
Dresser, who became a beloved star
of the musical stage and, later, an
excellent character actress in silent
and talking movies, got her start. In
1927 Louise was one of the three
actresses nominated for Best Actress
in the first Academy Awards.
Paul Dresser’s lifestyle and circumstances
finally caught up with
him as the 20th century entered its
fifth year. With the new century
came a new type of American music
with uptempo, syncopated rhythm.
Suddenly ragtime, or jazz, was all the
rage. Suddenly Paul Dresser’s sentimental
music was old-fashioned.
Paul left Howley, Haviland and
Dresser. His music no longer sold
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and he could not entice the ragtime
artists to sign up with him. Years of
high living took a toll on his health
and finances. He ended up losing
everything he had and moving in
with his sister and brother-in-law.
On January 30, 1906, he suffered
a fatal brain hemorrhage. He was
three months shy of his 48th birthday.
He was buried in an unmarked
grave in Chicago, and there matters
stood until the mid-1920s when
someone proposed a memorial to
the writer of the state song. The
idea took on roots but was forgotten
when the Great Depression hit and
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Tri-State History September1976 to August 1977
By Harold Morgan
September 1976: An anti-busing crowd of 1,200
people in Louisville was tear gassed by police. Smoking
was banned on Evansville city buses. Kent Chevrolet began
rebuilding its burned dealership at Second and Vine
Streets. Patty Hurst, a former kidnap victim, was given a
seven-year prison sentence for armed bank robbery. (She
said she was forced into the robbery.)
October 1976: Barbara Walters was the first woman
TV anchor on the ABC Evening News. Evansville teenagers
were given a community center at St. Joseph Avenue
and Franklin Street; this was a converted IGA market.
The Ray Becker Parkway that would extend St. Joseph
Avenue to the southeast was approved for construction.
The $1.2 million high-tech Evansville airport control
tower off Highway 57 was fully operational and dedicated;
it had been in use since December 1975. Elvis Presley
sang in Roberts Stadium for 13,500 thrilled fans. The
Four-Freedoms Monument was completed on the Evansville
riverfront. Walgreen Drugs bought the former ABC
Discount Center on Washington Avenue.
November 1976: Orr Steel Company closed all operations;
it was Evansville’s oldest business; the Samuel
Orr Company opened on Main Street in 1835. The University
of Evansville received a grant for its Science and
Engineering building. Bob Hope presented an Evansville
Evansville's Four Freedoms Monument was completed
on the riverfront in October 1976. (Willard Library
show for 1,600 guests in the Executive Inn hotel.
December 1976: Gary Gilmore was executed by firing
squad in Draper, Utah for the murder of a Provo hotel
clerk. Swine flu shots were halted immediately across
America from fear of causing temporary paralysis. Ohio
River traffic was halted for a week or more due to an
11-barge tow crashing into the Dam 51 gates near Golconda,
Illinois. The Vanderburgh County building boom
in 1976 was a record setter.
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January 1977: It was revealed that $3,000 was stolen
from an open safe in the Vanderburgh Clerk's office on
December 13, 1976. University of Evansville basketball
coach Arad McCutchan announced his retirement at the
end of the season. The Ohio River was covered by ice and
river traffic was blocked. Evansville had 10 inches of snow
with a -16 degree temperature.
Mead Johnson would build a $20 million expansion in
Mount Vernon. It was 21 degrees below zero on January
17, 1977 and was the second lowest temperature ever recorded
in Evansville. The Ohio River ice was eight inches
thick. The area fuel supply was low because of the ice
blockage of river barges. More than $125,000 was found
missing from Evansville parking meter funds over a fouryear
period, and former parking meter supervisor Harry
Hall and his wife were indicted.
10,000 Vietnam draft evaders were pardoned. The
TV series Roots began on ABC. The conversion to the
metric system was well underway. Evansville’s water system
was shut down to avoid flood crest damage. A minus
12 temperature increased the local heating gas problem.
Evansville had its coldest month in history with an average
temperature of 14.8 degrees.
February 1977: SIGECO asked homes to lower home
temperature at least two degrees, and local stores cut their
open hours to help. The Wadesville Athletic Club was
raided and 90 to 100 people were arrested for drug and
alcohol violations. A major fire in the Princeton oil refinery
developed when a 420,000-gallon oil storage tank
erupted; it was visible 30 miles away during the afternoon
The Beverly Hills nightclub fire killed 165 people and
changed fire regulations around the world. (Public
and the blaze was controlled after an eight-hour fight by
firemen. Former University of Evansville basketball star
Jerry Sloan accepted the position of basketball coach;
after one week Sloan quit the job because it was much
more demanding than he was prepared to take. Whirlpool
returned its air-conditioner production equipment
to Evansville from the Marion, Ohio plant.
March 1977: Eastland Mall was announced for Evansville,
and it was to be completed by 1981. Northbrook
Plaza at First Avenue and Buena Vista Road was announced
for Evansville and would open in late 1977.
Highway signs were posted along highways promoting
the conversion to the metric system over a 10-year transition
575 people were killed when two 747 airliners crashed
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together on a fog-covered runway in Las Palmas in the
Canary Islands. There was a 60-foot visibility and the
airplanes carried a total of 643 crew and passengers. (A
bomb explosion at Las Palmas airport caused the rerouting
of the airliners.)
April 1977: Mount Vernon twice halted water intake
until a “hexa” pesticide spill passed the city water intake.
In a class action lawsuit, Evansville sued the EPA over
February water pollution. The Apple II computer was
introduced at a cost of $1,298. The estimated Evansville
census dropped by 5,000 over the past five years.
The old L&N railroad depot on Fulton Avenue became
the Evansville city garage site. A ship carrying 200 tons
of uranium ore disappeared between Germany and Italy
and the ship was never found; it may have been moved to
Israel to power a small reactor and other things.
May 1977: Evansville’s walkway from Riverside Drive
to First Street was approved. Richard Nixon apologized
for bad judgment during his presidency. The Indiana Supreme
Court halted the death penalty in the state; it cited
unclear federal guidelines. Indiana chose the east “county
line route” for the I-164 corridor; this was option B. 165
people were killed by fire in the Beverly Hills nightclub at
Southgate, Kentucky. (This devastating fire changed fire
regulations across the nation and around the world.)
June 1977: The Evansville to Mount Vernon four-lane
highway project was completed. 22 show horses were lost
in a barn fire at Jasper. Global warming was first mentioned
to be caused by carbon monoxide. Five men held
up the National City Bank on Vann Avenue and took
$12,600; on the next day five men held up Sandleben
Pharmacy on Harriett Street for $1,000.
Lawndale Shopping Center was sold and an expansion
was announced by the new owner. $180,000 was the high
bid for the Pleasant View Rest Home (the former Vanderburgh
County Poor Farm dormitory); $1.2 million
was expected. Oil began flowing through the Alaskan
pipeline on June 20. 42 people died in a smokey jail fire
in Columbia, Tennessee; the fire was set by a juvenile in
a padded cell.
July 1977: Indiana motorcyclists could now ride without
wearing a helmet; the law requiring a helmet had
been passed in 1967. The former Clearview Hospital near
Buena Vista and Kratzville Road was made a half-way
house for paroled convicts for up to 28 men. Evansville
was given a state grant of $300,000 to restore its old Post
New York City had a total blackout caused by electrical
storms; power began to return after four hours. Alaskan
pipeline oil reached the Valdez Alaska port on July 30,
an 800-mile trip that took 41 days. A male ex-mental patient
was shot and killed at 29 West Franklin Street; he
held police at bay for 90 minutes with rifle sniper fire and
Evansville police entered his apartment when he refused
August 1977: In NYC the street killer “son of Sam”
killed his 12th and 13th victims. A long-awaited Roberts
Stadium audit revealed no fiscal irregularities (an earlier
rodeo promoter-renter claimed fraud). 38 city, county
and state police arrested about 100 youths at Kramer
Lake for drug and alcohol use; the raid took place after 10
PM on Sunday night.
NYC street killer “son of Sam” was arrested; his name
was Berkowitz. Elvis Presley died of heart failure in
Memphis at age 42. The five-county Evansville area had
129,200 workers. The 10-year-old Vanderburgh County
Auditorium was showing “age spots.” MJ
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Surrounding Indiana Counties
Asset Protection for those who
need: Nursing Home, Assisted
Living, Help at Home
Surviving spouses (and their families) routinely come
to me after their spouse has passed away. Most times they
have been receiving phone calls or written demands to pay
by credit card companies. The surviving spouses many times
pay before they consult with me. If they have not, I guide
them through the credit card companies’ rights to pursue
against a surviving spouse.
It is important to know if the deceased was the primary
and sole person on the credit card account. The deceased
spouse may have had their spouse on the credit card as merely
an “authorized” user only. If the surviving spouse is only
an authorized user; and did not sign the agreement with
the credit card issuer and agree to be responsible, then the
surviving spouse is not responsible for charges before death.
The surviving spouse should not charge, nor anyone in
the family, on the credit card of the deceased after death,
or they could be responsible for these charges. Each credit
card company should immediately be notified, preferably in
writing, of the death of the spouse, and the card shredded
and removed from any automatic and electronic payments.
The surviving spouse should also notify the three credit
reporting agencies; and request the credit report of
their deceased spouse to which they are legally entitled to
obtain to make sure all creditors are notified and identified.
Annualcreditreport.com is a FREE service; or notifications
of death and to freeze the credit card, and request for credit
reports can be made by calling or contacting all three (3) of
the credit reporting agencies:
• Equifax Equifax.com 1-800-685-1111
• Experian Experian.com 1-888-397-3742
• Transunion Transunion.com 1-888-909-8872
Most credit card companies will want the death certificate,
either a copy or an original based on their internal
practices. Some companies, like Discover independently
verify. This will “freeze” this credit card and prevent possible
identify theft or family use of the credit card, after the
Indiana law (every State differs) provides that unsecured
creditors, such as a credit card companies, only have
nine (9) months from the date of the death of the spouse
to formally open an estate and pursue their claim/bill. If
an estate is formally opened before this time, notice in the
paper and sending written notice by the personal representative
to known creditors will start the three (3) month time
for a credit card company to file a claim in the estate; but
still subject to the absolute nine (9) month deadline from
date of death for claim to be filed in deceased spouse’s estate.
It is important not to quickly pay a credit card company
so they don’t “jump the line” ahead of other creditors who
have priority, or even administration expenses or taxes lawfully
owed by the decedent.
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By Jancey Smith
Do you remember back, about a
year ago, when traditional holidays
meant a dinner at the house with at
least parents, children and grandkids
creating family memories? Maybe
there were aunts, uncles and cousins
visiting while some kind of game was
involved in the fun. Hopefully soon,
our families can return to those traditions.
Even though they exhaust
me, I miss the little people. They
are germ-carrying, busy little bodies
that are just full of questions. The
hubby and I delight in watching our
children go through the trials of parenting.
This is just how I felt after one
traditional holiday dinner: “They
came and they conquered.” We
endured the in-and-out of shrieking
children through the front door and
that pitter-patter up and down the
stairs for hours. Please just let me
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merry way, preferably home.
Once upon a time, I had a plan
for this holiday dinner but it unraveled
somewhere along the way. There
were interruptions that put me
behind and a few ingredients that I
forgot on the grocery list. It was time
to adapt — and quickly.
The plan was pretty simple considering
some of my grand ideas —
meat, a few sides, like hash brown
casserole, baked beans, assorted finger
foods, especially for the little
people, and a few desserts. The fruit
salad, deviled eggs and customary
Jell-O Jigglers were no problem.
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with the Cranberry 7-up Salad
because I had used the gelatin for the
Jigglers. I had no time for a grocery
store run, nor did I have refrigerator
space. After a few more interruptions,
that entire idea went out the
I also had the great idea of using
a can of leftover pumpkin for a cake
drizzled with butterscotch topping
and crushed Butter Finger bars. As
luck would have it, I didn't bring
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just have to get back to that experiment
later. But let me tell you, that
one turned out pretty good, but just
not for that holiday. Oops!
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than the traditional ham, and besides, pork loins had
been on sale.) I seasoned it with a dry rub that's perfect
for grilling and rolled it up with stuffing tucked inside.
Now of course, to make it even better, I wrapped each
loin in bacon. Why not? (the hubby called it pork-apalooza!)
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2 T. dry rub of choice
1 box pork flavored stuffing mix
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Preparation: Preheat oven to 350.
Make stuffing according to package directions and
Slice each loin in half lengthwise, almost through,
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Recently on the TV, I heard
several stories about the teens of
this era being very bored and upset
at not being able to attend school
because of the pandemic. I certainly
understand the need to keep the kids
from getting into a crowded classroom
to learn. But I wondered how
the kids would have survived if they
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many of the audience reading this
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As a kid who grew up in the
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that it wasn’t true! However, as a
country kid, I remember being called
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For the city kids, they never
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store for the latest blouse or pants.
Their lives were different!
Because I was convinced that
the ‘country kid’ was a stigma that I
would have to endure, I walked the
mile down the country road each
morning and caught the ES&N bus
and rode to the station that was
on the corner of 2nd Street. After
getting off the bus, I would walk
to school and arrive prior to the bus that I would have
naturally been riding on, therefore avoiding the stigma
of riding a school bus to school.
My mother was taking care of her invalid mother
at that time (no nursing homes then!) so I was on my
own after school. While my friends were having a soda
at Eddie’s, I was building a fire in the coal stove and preparing
an evening meal for my parents. My parents did
not have the funds to provide me with the latest clothes
or shoes. So, fortunately for me, I had learned to sew very
early in life and I was able to make the clothes I wore. I
had the ability to watch what the other kids wore and
replicate them for myself from fabric that mother would
bring home from my grandma’s house.
School was certainly different in those days, too. My
home room teacher was a tiny little old lady who wore
dresses that looked like a nightgown. She was what was
labeled as a ‘spinster’ and she had a spinster sister and a
bachelor brother at home. She was not very strict, and
the older boys in our home room really got out of hand
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as did the rest of us in the room. She also taught Latin,
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Today, I can only remember the phrase “Ego, Amo, Te”.
One of my teachers was a man named Loge, for
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be teaching us history. However, if there was a game
that weekend, whether it was basketball, football, or
baseball, that was the subject for the day. Of course, on
Monday we rehashed the games of the past weekend.
His disciplinary actions were stricter than many of the
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week, although we had not cracked the book. Any one
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favorites. One of the boys in the class
was named Frank. He was a genius
at those problems. However, when
it came time for the State Math
Contest I outscored Frank on the
qualifying test and won the opportunity
to go to Indy. I came in 7th
in the state. Upon returning to class
on Monday, the teacher informed
me that I should have let Frank go
because he would have won!
One of the English teachers was
a real delight. She had brilliant red
hair and dressed like a beauty queen.
I had taken all the required classes in
English but she taught a class called
Speech. Naturally I took that one as
an elective. She was very thorough in
trying to make us speak properly. She
also led a group from her class called
Dramatics. What a delight it was to
perform under her supervision for
the entire school in the auditorium
during “activities period”. I remember
the year that the Dramatics
Class memorized and presented the
Preamble to the Constitution for
the entire school assembly in unison.
And, of course, we had the
National Honor Society that awarded
their membership to persons who
were voted on by the other members
in your classes with the final
vote coming from the teachers. I
did not make it during my junior
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the teachers and students had a bit
of pity on me, because I did win the
honor that year. I was also voted into
the Thespian Society, which was an
award given to those who participated
in many artistic events.
One of the high points of that
time was when I could be in town
visiting one of my girlfriends and a
boy with a car would take us for a
ride around the court square, over
and over! If we could gather fifty
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I did not have time to be bored
with school, nor did I ever lose interest
in the activities, even though I
was not able to have a rendezvous
after school at Eddies. I was envious
of those kids, but I knew that I had
a different life to live and that my
family depended on me. I know that
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school bus also had similar obligations
at home. Maybe we missed out
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Yesterdays Remembered. MJ
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