EARLY CANADIAN CAT SHOWS

PEDIGREED CATS - The Winnipeg Tribune, January 21, 1902
A Large Number Will Be Sent From The South And East For The Poultry And Cat Show.
The secretary of the poultry and cat show, to be held at the drill hall Feb. 17 to 21 inclusive, has received a letter from Mrs. Beson, a prominent Minneapolis cat fancier, in which she says she will bring up from the Twin Cities between forty and fifty pedigreed cats for competition. These will include some of the finest specimens on the continent. He has also advices from Toronto to the effect that a number of eastern cats will be sent up for the occasion. It is likely that a number of local people who own cats will be induced to compete with their favorites, and this new feature should add greatly to the interest in the show.

POULTRY AND FELINE SHOW – The Winnipeg tribune, February 17, 1902

Largest Entry of Birds on Record in Winnipeg — Some Rare Specimens of Cats.

The largest poultry show ever held in Winnipeg will open tomorrow morning in the Alloway & Champion block, Portage avenue. Nearly a thousand birds have been entered [. . .]
An additional feature of this year’s poultry show is the cat show, which is in charge of Mrs. Beson. The entries for this show are still coming in, and by the time that it is opened there will be a keen competition in most classes. Mrs. Beson has herself several magnificent specimens of Angoras and Persians; and many who attend the «how will have an opportunity of seeing, perhaps for the first time, some of the fancy varieties of cats that have become a fad in the United States. The prizes to be given for cats are three silver cups, a gold medal, a bronze medal, some silver spoons, framed pictures, and pieces of fancy china.

In the store that is being fixed up today for the show a reception room for ladies is being tastefully decorated and comfortably arranged, and plans are also being completed by which music will be provided.

Mr. George D. Holden, of St. Paul, will be judge of the poultry, and Mr. W.W. Good, of St. Paul will award the prizes to the cats and pet stock. Dr. George P. Murray will visit the show rooms four times daily, and attend to the sickness, if there is any, among the poultry and pets, but every precaution in the way of disinfecting has been taken against sickness.

THE POULTRY EXHIBITION – The Winnipeg Tribune, 10th February, 1903

The championship cat show, and the Winnipeg poultry exhibit In connection with It, opens tomorrow morning at 264 Portage avenue. Arrangements have practically been completed, and the lower and second floors will be used to display the cats and birds. A special offer is being made this year in connection with the entrance ticket. A numbered stub is attached to each one, and this the purchaser retains. On Saturday night just before the show closes the president will draw a number, and the lucky holder gets a purebred Angora eat.

There are more than half as many again cat entries this year than last, and the poultry exhibit will be every bit as large and choice as last year, when It was a provincial affair.

Mrs. Beson told The Tribune this morning that she had secured from the Orange anti Cream Cat club, of Chicago, of which Mr. F. W. Story, Is president, and Mrs. Boson vice-president for Minnesota, recognition of the Winnipeg show as a champion one. This puts Winnipeg in the same class with New York, Chicago and Cincinnati. Any person who wins four firsts is entitled to a championship cup. The prizes offered here are especially good, and over forty classes are shown. Mrs. Beson herself brought up only eight of her twenty-eight cats. To-morrow school children will be allowed in to the show for five cents.

POULTRY AND CATS – The Winnipeg Tribune, 11th February, 1903

The rooms at 264, Portage avenue, where the Poultry and Cat show opened this morning [. . .] Apparently the interest centers upstairs in the cat department, presided over by Mrs. R. B. Beson, of St. Paul. This show is larger than ever before and the quality is superior. Besides the local animals, four or five of the states are represented. In two of the cages the proverbial foes, cats and dogs, are living together in amity. Mr. J. F. Hartley, of Neepawa, has two large Angora cats, who keep between them a tiny black and tan dog. Ono of the monsters of the show is a local short-haired cat, weighing seventeen pounds.

Miss Armingham, of Winnipeg, shows Frederick the Great, just imported from Paris. Mr. A. K. Maycock has the Duchess and two of her children. Zimmlty-Zim, a prize brown tabby, is shown by Mr. Douglas Sproud, St. Paul, and Mr. Bowser Tom-Kins, of Ft. Paul, is shown by Mrs. E. Matthews. The cat with the hyphenated name is a brown tabby.

Some of the cases in which their royal highnesses are shown, are elaborately gotten up, with curtain cushions, mirrors and various other things to keep the animals contented and good natured. That appears to be easy. Mrs. Be son has a number of prize cats of her own on exhibition, but they represent but slightly the extent of the kennel. Today was children’s day and quite a number of youngsters were present. The game birds, bantams, canaries and cats, appeared to be of most interest to them.

THE POULTRY EXHIBITION – The Winnipeg Tribune, 12th February, 1903

The Poultry and Cat show is now in full swing. All of the exhibits are in place, and ready for inspection. The cat department appears to be the favourite spot in the building, and it certainly is more elaborate in its preparations than the poultry room. Many of the cages in which the cats are shown are fixed with an eye, not only to the comfort of the prospective prizewinners, but also to the general beauty of the arrangement. This exhibit is the most valuable of its kind ever shown in Winnipeg. Many of the cats are animals that have been imported at considerable expense, and are splendid specimens of their class.

The attendance so far, has been large, and continually increasing, and the promoters are confident that the show will in every way, surpass anything that has been here before. The chance of winning the $50 Angora cat, as well as the excellence of the show, is helping out the attendance. Judging of the cats will commence tomorrow.

JUDGING IN PROGRESS – The Winnipeg Tribune, 13th February, 1903

Judging in the cat department of the Poultry and Cat show commenced this morning, Mr. F. W. Stobart in acting as judge. There is a keen competition in quite a large number of classes, the Brown Tabbies being especially numerous. At the same time the pet birds will also be judged and prizes awarded. These prizes, and more especially those in the cat department, are exceedingly valuable ones. [. . .] To-morrow, all the coops and cages will be ticketed, and a large crowd is expected. In the evening the Angora cat will be awarded to the holder of the lucky ticket number.

THE POULTRY EXHIBITION – The Winnipeg Tribune, 13th February, 1903
It Closes This Evening - A Beautiful Cat to be Given Away.

The Poultry and Cat show will close tonight after a very successful exhibition. At half-past eight the Angora cat, to be given as a prize to the holder of the proper ticket, will be awarded. All of the cages and coops are decorated with the cards and badges, which show, the number of prizes taken. One of the favourites in the cat show is “Tommy Millard,” the heavyweight Tabby, who tips the scales at 17 pounds. Tommy is a resident of the city, and his butcher bill is no light one.

WINNIPEG POULTRY AND CAT SHOW - The Winnipeg Tribune, 16th February, 1903
The Winnipeg Poultry and Cat show closed on Saturday evening, after a most successful exhibition. The holder of ticket number 422 won the Angora cat. The owner was not present, so Mayor Arbuthnot made a second and third draw, but these numbers will not be made public unless the first cannot be found. The number 422 will, however, hold good for one week, at least. It is the intention of the association to hold a similar exhibition next year at bonspiel time.

TORONTO CAT SHOW - The Ottawa Journal, 25th January, 1904
The Royal Canadian Club opens the first exclusive cat show in Toronto today that has ever been held in Canada. Mrs. Mortimer Clarke formally opened the show at 3 o’clock this afternoon and all the Toms and Tabbies arrayed in their best coats like a bevy of debutantes, awaited in St. George’s Hall with beating hearts and anxious mien the advent of the judges, and their mistresses, it might have been observed looked none the less anxious, anticipating individually each for their own favorites carrying off the coveted blue ribbon.

PRIZES FOR TWO DETROIT CATS [IN TORONTO SHOW] – Detroit Free Press, 27th January, 1904
Toronto, Ont. January 26th — (Special.) – Among the awards made yesterday at the Royal Canadian cat show were the following: Long-haired cats, class 2, white females — First, Mrs. Avery Franklands, Detroit – Turquoise. Class 3. black male — First, Mrs. Avery Franklands, Detroit – Prince Mamill.

TORONTO SHOW – The Ottawa Journal, 1st February, 1904
[This snippet shows that cat shows were now part of the social calendar for US society people)
Mrs. Britton Francis, who loft last week, is on a visit to her husband’s mother in Toronto, and besides being present at the opening of the cat show last week, is being entertained right royally. Always making herself popular, she is sure to make hosts of friends in her new home in Chicago, where Mr. Francis now is.

THE MEMBER FOR CARLETON – The Ottawa Journal, 12th February, 1904
Toronto, Feb 12 – The agricultural interests of the province were ably defended by Geo. N. Kidd, the stalwart member for Carleton, in the Legislature this afternoon [. . .] Mr. Kidd maintained that while the government boasted of its aid to agriculture the money thus voted was not properly distributed and in consequence the agricultural associations of Ontario did not get one-half what they a were entitled to. He would not be surprised to find a figure in the estimates next year to aid the cat show which had recently been held in Toronto. It was in this manner that the government applied public money.

[TORONTO] – Democrat and Chronicle, 24th July 1904

The Royal Cat Club, of Canada, will hold a cat show in Toronto on August 29th. Cats from all parts of the Dominion and from a few cities of the United States will be shown. Some of Rochester’s highbred pets will be among the entries. Mrs. Jackson will enter her Phyrne, Cupid and King Edward VII. Other cats will doubtless be sent from Chicago, possibly some from New York. Mrs. [Alfred] Jackson [Lockehaven Cat Club, Rochester] expects to attend.

QUEEN IRENE’S FAMILY - Democrat and Chronicle, 16th August, 1904
Mrs. Alfred Jackson’s new brown tabby, Queen Irene, has recently presented her with five beautiful kittens. Queen Irene was born in England and has an ancestry that includes some of the first prize winners of the world. She is called the handsomest brown tabby in the United States. She would be entered at the cat show in Toronto, which opens this month, were it not for the family now absorbing her attention.

PERSIAN BEAUTIES FOR PET STOCK SHOW – The Winnipeg Tribune, 21st November, 1904
Friday Mrs. Robert Thompson, who is to be manager of the cat exhibit at the eighth annual pet stock show to be held here from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 had two beautiful Parsian felines, one white haired and the other prey. The sire and dam of both these cats are champions, and have a long list of medals won at Holland shows. These two aristocratic felines travelled all the way from Antwerp, in a miniature Pullman car, divided into compartments. The floor of the quarters was covered with a rich velvet carpet, and one of the sleeping quarters was a little buffet where dainty food was placed to tempt their refined tastes, and in a pretty basin liquid refreshments were served.

“The cats were not sick,” Mrs. Thompson said to a reporter, "and when the steamer reached New York I had friends meet them who kept them over for a couple of days’ rest and exercise. Then they went on to Chicago, and were carefully tended and rested there. They reached Winnipeg a bit tired after their 3,500 mile journey, but In excellent spirits and health."

Mrs. Thompson is very proud of her contribution to the show, for besides the new arrivals she has several very valuable cats which she has as house pets. One of the handsomest of them is Apollo, a beautiful white Angora, that easily weighs twenty-five pounds.

The catalogue for the eighth annual pet stock show, which is to be held here from November 30 to December 3, has been issued. The premium list is a very long one, and the interest manifested in the approaching exhibition of pet stock is very keen and Is being looked forward to by pet stock fanciers both in Winnipeg and throughout the province. The cats to be exhibits will be a special feature of the show and will be under the auspices of the national cat show of Chicago, who have given ten silver challenge cups to be contested for.

Short-haired cats are to be entered, and it is the wish of the managers of the exhibit that all Winnipeg residents who have pet felines will enter them. This exhibit is to be given specially to stimulate the regard for cats as house pets, and to interest the Humane society to the point of caring for homeless and ill-treated ones.

TORONTO CAT SHOW – Various, 21st February, 1906
Aristocrats of the feline kingdom, several hundred in all, held forth in Broadway hall to¬day at the opening of the annual exhibition of the Canadian Cat club. There were thirty-seven classes in the long hairs and twenty-five in the short hair breeds represented. The exhibi¬tion will remain open until Saturday.

CAT SHOW AT TORONTO - Detroit Free Press, 8th July, 1906
The cat show in connection with the Industrial Exhibition association will be held this year August 29 to 31. The show is improving every year and this year they home to have a better one than ever and think that the exhibitors from all parts of the continent will give them their best support.

BIGGER BENCH SHOW. TORONTO PLANS TO HAVE BEST OF ITS HISTORY – Detroit Free Press, 5th August, 1906
The Eighteenth international bench [dog] show, held in connection with the Canadian national exhibition, will be by far the largest and best of the series. The show has steadily increased in popularity from year to year, and has the active support and co-operation of the most important and representative [dog] clubs on the continent. [. . .] So successful have been the four previous shows of cats that the exhibition management has resolved to have another this year. It will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 29, 30 and 31.

CANADA’S EXPOSITION OPENS – August 27th, 1906
Toronto, Ont. – Canada’ great industrial exhibition was formally opened today with the customary ceremonies. Exhibitors are much more numerous than last year and include a number of Americans. This year $100,000 has been spent in new buildings and the premiums have been increased until the reach a point in excess of $45,000. All departments are well filled, but particularly noteworthy are the live stock exhibit [. . .] a special feature is the dog and cat show. [. . .] The exhibition will remain open until September 10.

INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW - Kansas Globe, 29th August, 1906
Toronto – The international cat show under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Cat club opened today as a feature of the Toronto exposition. It is the fifth annual show of the Cat club and in number and class of entries it far eclipses its predecessors. The exhibits include the aristocrats of the feline race of every known breed and come from many parts of Canada and the United States. The show will continue three days.

NO ROCHESTER CATS AT TORONTO – Democrat and Chronicle, 7th September, 1906
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Brace, secretary of the Lockehaven Cat Club, has returned from the Toronto cat show conducted by the Royal Canadian Cat Club in connection with the Toronto fair. She says it was the smallest exhibition that club ever had. Only eight cats were entered by United States fanciers. The relations between the owners of cats in the States and the Canadian club have been especially friendly, but many fanciers, like those of Rochester, were unwilling to send cats to the Toronto show, when the rules under which it was conducted would not permit the gaining of points toward championships. This was the reason none of the blue-blooded cats of this city was sent there. It was thought not worthwhile to pay the expense of sending the pets and at the same time risk them in the strain which showing involves. It has been found, fanciers say, that the higher bred a cat is, the more delicate is its nervous organism.

TO HOLD CAT SHOW IN TORONTO – Detroit Free Press, 22nd November, 1906
The fourth annual show under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Cat club, Toronto, will be held December 11, 12 and 13 in Broadway hall, Toronto. The entries close December 6 and those wishing to enter their feline beauties will do well to correspond with A.E. Field-Marshall, Beamsville, Ont. The premium list includes prizes for both long and short haired cats and the prizes range from blue ribbons to $2 in cash.

ROYAL CANADA CAT SHOW – The Ottawa Journal, 13th December, 1906
The judging of the long-haired classes at the Royal Canadian cat show was completed yesterday forenoon and a great deal of interest was taken by the fanciers present. The feature of the judging was the beating of the celebrated $1,000 cat Sousa, owned by Mrs. Geo. H. Gould of Ithaca, N.Y., by Mrs. H.G. Dykehouse’s Brenin Gwynne, a cat which the judge says has a remarkable career before him.

NINE MORE KITTENS ARE ADDED TO SHOW – The Toronto World, 29th August, 1918
The ribbons and awards were handed out yesterday to the cats at the Exhibition, and the cages were all gorgeously decorated with the gay ribbons, some cages having ribbons of three colors. Mrs. Fitzpatrick's gray Persian, “Sebastian,” was awarded the prize as the best long-haired cat in the show, besides winning three specials. Mrs. Jones’ orange tabby won the prize for best short-haired cat in the show, and also, carried off seven specials. “Khaki Boy” had the most special prizes of any oat or kitten in the cat show.

Nine kittens have been added to the show since it started. Two stripped gray kittens were born to a short-haired gray cat, and a mother cat, long and lean with five kittens about three weeks old, was found in a tent near the military camp and brought to the cat show to be cared for. Tender care was given the foundlings, and milk and meat was given the good little mother that had raised her babies so carefully without any help. They will be turned over to the humane society, unless someone cares to take them. Today is the last day of the cat show, the dog show being on next.

MERCHANTS SUPPORT CENTRAL FAIR PARADE. The Ottawa Journal, 2nd June, 1921
The Exhibition office has just received word from Detroit that Miss Gertrude E. Taylor, editor and publisher of the Cat Courier, has consented to act as judge of the cat show at the Exhibition. The cat show feature was an innovation last year, and proved so successful that it will likely be an annual part of the fair in the future. The management is making preparations for a larger show this fall.

DIRECTORS OF THE ‘EX’ TO RUN OWN CAT SHOW. The Ottawa Journal, 25th August, 1922
The measure of success to be attained by the cat show in connection with the Ottawa exhibition will be without the co-operation of the executive of the Ottawa Cat Club, judged by the letter which has been sent by the club secretary to the members. Mrs. Gertrude E. Taylor, editor-publisher of the Cat Courier, Detroit, has been secured as judge of the show. She judged the show last year and aa far as the directors have heard there has been no question of her honesty, ability and sound Judgment. The following letter from Mrs. Taylor received recently by Mr. J. K. Paisley, manager of the exhibition, explains itself.

"I feel that inasmuch as I am scheduled to judge your forthcoming Cat Show, September 12, 11 and 14, that you should know of a certain letter I am in receipt of this morning. This comes from Miss Cross, secretary of the Ottawa Cat Club (incorporated) asking to have it appear in the August Courier as a news item if possible, but if not acceptable that way to run it as a paid advertisement. I am positively refusing to accept it either way.

" ‘The Ottawa Cat Club announce that, owing to lack of confidence in the management committee of the Cat Show they have decided not to exhibit or take any part in the Cat Show to be held at Ottawa on 12th, 13th and 14th September next in connection with the Central Canada Exhibition.’

I take this to be an affront to my judging, but also felt you should know of the antagonistic stand this club is taking toward your show. I have never understood the fight that is waging in Ottawa cat circles but it seems to be a bitter one. It is a great pity for the fancy is none too large to stand for any division in ranks, and it all goes to injure the up-lift of the animal rather than the owners, shows a lack of sportsmanship as well as good breeding and will in time kill the little game altogether.

“I want you to know that I will work through my paper for your cat show, not because I am to judge it, so much as because I do not approve of this sort of thing the Ottawa Cat Club has just sent in. And I feel confident the Central Canada Exhibition Association can easily handle the little cat situation down there and stage a good cat show even so.”

“We are counting on the co-operation of members of both cat clubs in the city,” said Mr J.K. Paisley to The Journal, “I am sure the members of the Ottawa Cat Club have too much interest in the success of the fair to work against any one department. As to the appointment of Mr. J.A. Payne as secretary, this was done by the chairman of the Cat Show Committee, with the approval of the directors. He was chosen because of experience he had in the management of such shows and because he was not connected with either of the cat clubs in the city. His place of residence had nothing to do with it, in fact the chairman informs me that the secretary of the Ottawa Cat Club formerly was next door neighbor to the secretary of the club of which Mr. Hossack is president.

"The chairman states that the first condition on which the Ottawa Cat Club would assume the management of the show was that it should be run under the auspices of the Ottawa Cat Club. The directors refused to side with either faction, and in the best interest of the fair decided that the Cat Show should be run entirely Independent of control by either club. The fact that Mr. Payne has already received a large number of entries for the Cat Show is evidence that he is worth the money paid him and also that the fancy in Ottawa desires to see a successful cat show.

“As to Mrs. Taylor, her reputation for fairness is unquestioned. It is true that through her paper she is endeavouring the secure entries for the Ottawa show, but I am sure her Judging will in no way be affected by the ownership of the animals shown. There seems to be a misunderstanding all around, but I am counting on the good sense and sportsmanship of the members of both clubs and of the fancy generally to make the show a credit to the exhibition and to the city.”

ATTRACTIONS AT OTTAWA FAIR ARE ON A VERY LAVISH SCALE; SHOW SURPASSES FORMER YEARS. The Ottawa Journal, 9th September, 1922
Attractions in connection with this year’s Exhibition [. . .] Then there is the Cat Show, to be conducted this year entirely under the direct auspices of the Central Canada Exhibition Association. The chairman, however, is most anxious that the co-operation of all local cat fanciers be secured. For the judging of the prize pussies, Miss Gertrude Taylor, of Detroit, editor of the “Cat Courier,” has been obtained, one of the best authorities on cats In America. She has judged the Cat Show in Ottawa before, and her decisions can be counted upon to be absolutely unbiased.

FAMOUS CATS WILL BE SEEN AT FAIR SHOW. The Ottawa Journal, 11th September, 1922
Visitors to the Cat Show at the Exhibition this year will have the pleasure of seeing some very fine animals. The winners of the Toronto Cat Show have already been entered for the Ottawa Cat Show. Mrs. F. Mauthe, Los Angeles, who did a lot of winning with her Silver Male “Buzz,” will be here with her cat. Mrs Drury is showing her celebrated winner “Lord Tom Blue Boy.” Mrs Taylor, the editor of the Cat Courier, Detroit, Mich, and Miss Ellen V. Celty, of the Cleveland Persian Society, have promised entries. Also it is expected that Mrs. Maxwell and Mrs. Freeman, both of Hamilton, will exhibit. “Sebastien,” the celebrated blue owned by Mrs Fitzpatrick of Toronto, is to be here, and also cats owned by Mrs. Morgan of Toronto. These valuable animals will be accompanied by their owners. Any cat which may not have been properly entered by its owner will be correctly classified before judging.

In addition to the awards which have previously been announced the following prizes will be donated:
Special - For best long-haired kitten in show. Given by the Hampton Cattery.
$1.00 - For best red female kitten in show. Given by Mrs. O. M. Fabian.
Subscription to Cat Courier — For best long-haired cat (local exhibitor not already a subscriber). Given by Mrs G Taylor, Detroit, Mich.
Subscription to Cat Courier — For best short-haired cat (local exhibitor not already a subscriber). Given by Mrs G Taylor, Detroit, Mich.
White Prize-bred Rabbit — For best blue Maltese shown by child. Given by Mrs. H. Drury, Jordan Bay, Ontario.
Black Prize-bred Rabbit — For best tortoiseshell cat. Given by Mrs. H. Drury, Jordan Bay, Ontario.

CAT SHOW FEATURE OF FAIR ATTRACTION. The Ottawa Journal, 14th September, 1922
Greater admiration than ever for the beautiful high-bred specimens of the feline tribe was the impression of thousands of Fair visitors following an Inspection of the Cat Show yesterday at the Central Canada Exhibition. The Cat Show, which is being held under the grand stand, to the right of the main entrance, was remarkably well patronised all day and the visitors were unanimous in stating that they had never seen so many aristocratic “pussies” assembled in Ottawa before.

There are no less than 115 entries in the Cat Show this year, and these include some wonderful specimens in various classes. The number of long-haired cats is greater than that at last year's exhibition. All the leading varieties of thoroughbred cats are represeanted.

One of the most strikingly beautiful cats on exhibition is "Beauty," a silver grey tabby, owned by Mrs R.C. Sills, of Ottawa. This four-year-old cat weighs about 12 pounds and is said to be one of the finest types of his breed in the country. His name of "Beauty" is no misnomer. “Beauty” will be judged today. Another feline beauty that was much-admired and incidentally carried off all premier honors in his class was the entry of Miss Margaret McFarlane, 45 Sussex street, "White San Toy." Both the blue and red tabbies, long and short-haired, are largely represented, while other impressive-looking cats include the long-haired smokes, tortoiseshell and longhaired greys.

Some of the leading cat exhibitors who were winners yesterday were, in addition to Miss McFarlane, Mrs. Dubord of Montreal, with her black cat, "Tonika Second," and a Chinchilla, "Hampton Silver Aryon Pasha;” Herbert R. Hanna, of Hamilton, who won with "Lord Byng of Vimy,” an orange tabby. The winners in the blue tabby class included Mrs. J. A. Freeman, of Hamilton; Mrs. Thompson, who scored victories in the red and tortoiseshell classes; Mrs. K. W. Roper, who had winners in the short-haired blues, and Mrs. Fred Cope, of Scarboro Heights, Toronto, who also had winners in the blues. The judging, which was conducted by Mrs. Gertrude Taylor, editor of the Cat Courier, of Detroit, will be completed this morning.

The visitors to the Cat Show expressed themselves as amply compensated for their call at this feature of the Fair. Today being the last day during which the cats, including all champions and prize winners, will be on exhibition, should see another large crowd in attendance at the Cat Show. Mr. William Macdonald and Mr A. N. Payne are respectively chairman and secretary of the Cat Show committee, and the success of the event to date is a tribute to their efforts in securing such a high-class and representative entry list.

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