Thanks for checking this out for us. Sometimes I get so busy I forget to check out things like this. Sorry if we have mislead anyone with these photos. ~NW Okie
regarding Okie's story
from Vol. 9 Iss. 18
Yeah... So close. I graduate with SCINCE and Sociology. ~Mike
regarding Okie's story
from Vol. 10 Iss. 12
Duchess of Weaselskin
Bayfield, Colorado - After a successful Thanksgiving gathering in Southwest Colorado, we have updated and wanted to share some updates that we made in our OkieLegacy and ParisTimes Cookbook with a pastry recipe and an appetizer recipe that we used for our Thanksgiving dinner. We will put the recipes and their link in this weeks newsletter.
26 Nov 2011 Chimney Fire -- Morning excitement on the northend of Vallecito Res., Bayfield, Colorado the morning of 26 November 2011, between 10:30am thru 11:22am when our chimney rumbled with a fire started in the build-up in top of chimney and that reached 3-ft above the chimney cover. We closed the fireplace door inside to cut down the oxygen to the fire which cut it down to size while waiting for the Vallecito firefighters.
We also learned that you should have your chimney swept each year when you change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Have you had your chimney swept lately?
Phoenix, Arizona - One hundred years ago today, 28 November 1911, in The Arizona Republican, on the front page of this newspaper printed, published in Phoenix, Arizona, some of the headlines read: Oklahoma Is Arrested, They Want To Live In Community of Brains, Story Is A Silly Fake, Champ Clark Talks Tariff, and Lobsters Finally Get Into Oregon.
I had to read the one that stuck out to me since I was born, raised in Oklahoma. Oklahoman Is Arrested subtitle was Sheriff from that state, charged with attempting irregularly to take banker from Phoenix, is in custody. It said the case had caused real sensation. Events in connection with affairs of Westfall Brothers came to a sudden and startling climax. The claim of the Westfalls in their troubles has been that they were persecuted by members of the former administration of the state which supported the bank guarantee law that the Westfalls vigorously and publicly opposed.
The article reads as follows: Prescott, Ariz., Nov. 28 (1911) Special -- Sheriff Murphy, of Logan county, Oklahoma, having in charge J. B. Westfall, of Phoenix, whom he was taking to Oklahoma for trial, was himself arrested early this morning by a Prescott officer on a warrant issued in Phoenix, charging him with irregularly securing his prisoner. Both men were taken into custody and will be returned to Phoenix to appear in habeas corpus proceedings begun in Westfall's interest.
That many sided episode known in Phoenix and Oklahoma if not elsewhere as the Westfall case, became more sensational and spectacular than ever by the presentation of three new phases. The extradition of Frank S. Westfall and his brother John B. Westfall was authorized. What developed that the whereabouts of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Westfall could be traced to no later date than last Friday night. J. B. Westfall was found by Sheriff Murphy of Oklahoma who came here with requisition papers for the brothers and was taken from the city, it is alleged, between trains. Habeas corpus proceedings were begun in his behalf by Judge A. C. Baker, writs being secured of Judge Campbell charging Sheriff Murphy in effect, with kidnapping, and demanding his arrest, and directing that J. B. Westfall be brought into court. At a late hour Sheriff Hayden's deputies were busy trying to head off the party Oklahoma bound whether it be traveling via the northern or the southern route. At one o'clock in morning it was supposed the party had gone north to Glendale or farther by automobile, and then boarded a Santa Fe train.
Events moved rapidly. Sheriff Murphy of Logan county, Oklahoma arrived and early in the morning placed the matter of the requisitions before Governor Sloan. Though this was a move that had not been dreamed of by most people it is likely the Westfalls was not uninformed as it transpired yesterday that word of the sheriff's coming had been telegraphed here two or three days before. So far as the public had been advised, the Westfalls had cleared themselves before the law of all criminal charges and were now facing only civil actions in the Phoenix courts, which however were irritating and compromising to their business interests.
It appears that the present charges were on new indictments covering the same or similar transactions for which Frank Westfall has once stood trial, except that the present indictments were more numerous and based it is claimed, on more conclusive evidence.
The requisitions were honored by Governor Sloan and the next thing for Murphy to do was to secure custody of his men. He found on inquiry that neither Mr. nor Mrs. F. S. Westfall could be located nor could he find anybody who had seen them since Friday night. He found J. B. Westfall easily however and took him into custody.
Nobody was interviewed last night who would admit knowledge of just where Westfall was found, just when he was found, or just what became of him, it was stated by the officers and others that it was supposed Westfall had been taken to Glendale to catch the north bound evening train.
Immediatel upon learning that Westfall was gone, a friend named W. B. McCandliss under the direction of Judge Baker, Westfall's attorney, petitioned Judge Campbell who happened to be holding court in the absence of Judge Kent for a writ of habeas corpus, which was issued and placed in the hands of the sheriff. At the same time a warrant directing the sheriff to arrest Sheriff Murphy for irregularly taking Westfall away, was issued.
The charge is that Murphy gave Westfall no opportunity to take advantage of the right of habeas corpus and that he was therefore kidnapped in the eyes of the law. Though the conditions are different the charge is essentially the same as that made in connection with the McNamara and other cases of nation-wide interest.
A particularly interesting feature of the case is that Governor Case of Oklahoma who issued the requisition is said to be a cousin of Mrs. F. S. Westfall. The claim of the Westfalls in their troubles has been that they were persecuted by members of the former administration of the state which supported the bank guarantee law that the Westfalls vigorously and publicly opposed.
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Bayfield, CO - We have an inquiry for a book about Woods County Oklahoma, entitled Woods County Oklahoma Rural Cemeteries that may have been printed in the seventies. Does anyone out there no where Vicki could get or buy a copy of the book?
Vicki (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) says, "I Don't have a lot of information about it (the book). I saw it at the library in Alva last week when I was looking for cemeteries that had Carberry, Mitchell, Rounds, Walker, Rauch, Fritsch and Landreth graves in Woods county. The librarian told me there were limited numbers printed and I thought she said it sold for about $50. Thanks so much, again!"
As to Tuck's Wonder in Ingersoll, Oklahoma, Mary Wessels Erskine shared these memories of Tuck's Wonder Store, "Linda, from and old gal from Ingersoll, Tuck claimed to have everything you needed the problem was if you could find it. Tucker was open 24-7 and 1 to 31 to 12 months. My Post Office was Cherokee but we went to church in Ingersoll and grandmother lived there, right on 64."
We heard from a possible GWIN/GUINN family connection who had run across the history of the Gwinn family of Calf Pasture, Virginia [Origins of the GWINN Family]. Lillian (Email: email@example.com) said, "I was delighted to find your web site about the Gwinn family of Calf Pasture, VA. I am searching for information about James Gwinn who settled in the Greenbrier area of Summers, Monroe Co, WV. My ancestor is Jenny/Jean/Jane Gwyn/Gwinn who married Joseph Alford and named her first son, James Alford. After studying information about the Gwinn family, I believe my ancestor Jean/Jane is the daughter of James Gwinn, who with his brother Samuel, being sons of Robert of Calf Pasture, VA, came to Greenbrier River and settled in the area of Monroe/Summers County. Jenny/Jean/Jane Gwinn married Joseph Alford in 1792 in Greenbrier Co, VA and named her oldest son James, who married Margaret Carlisle. Thank you for posting your family research. Any new information you may have about James Gwinn, son of Robert, that you can share would appreciated. Thank you!"
Bayfield, CO - This is a pecan pie recipe that my mother made for us. My sister, Dorthy, and the rest of our Wagner family have made some changes to it by adding 2 cups (or more) of chopped pecans for a more nutty pecan pie without a too gooey, sweet filling like most pecan pies.
We used the Crust recipe that is with "Grandma Paris Apple Pie." Also . . . The vanilla extract that we use is a double intensity pure vanilla extract that we ordered online Zeron Fine Foods.
Ingredients: 2 cups pecans (coarsely chopped)
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 brown sugar
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp. pure Vanilla extract (double intensity)
Instructions: 1. preheat oven to 375F. Spread pecans along the bottom of the pie shell. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over pecans. The pecans will rise to the surface of the pie.
2. Bake at 375F for 40-45 minutes until the filling has set. About 20 minutes into the cooking you may want to use a pie crust protector, or cover the edges of the pie crush with aluminum foil to prevent the pie crust edges from burning.
America - This week we bring you a Native American legend concerning the "Turkey, The Peace Eagle." It is an American Indian Legend, Nation Unknown. If you have heard more about this legend, we would love to hear from you.
An American Indian Legend - Nation Unknown
The Native American "Elders", tell us the Legend of the Turkey is not one we need to explain the Great Mystery and how it functions. So came the Story of the Peace Eagle (Turkey) to the Eastern People.
As the story goes, "In the First World we were pure Intelligence and therefore experienced full consciousness. We were not lost in form and matter. We could integrate and disconnect as we willed it so. We were of pure energy and light. We were of all colors. We broke this direct connection when we moved in greed. We took what was not given and felt separation. The greed destroyed our balance and harmony. We turned from honor and trust worthiness. We tried to hide and moved deeper into form and matter, hoping to not be discovered. We lost knowledge of who and what we were and turned further from our Source."
"In the Second World we began the wheel of return. We became more and more of the state of impermanence."
"So things became very in-balanced. Humans became fearful and unsure. We lost understanding of the Creators Patterns and fell into suffering and the illusion of separation became larger than our faith and we drifted in an ocean of tears and painful remorse for our act of greed and for breaking the trust of Creator."
As each World ends and we renew our great wheel of life we begin the journey of return to full consciousness and direct interaction with the Creator. Always the Creator extended love and guidance. Offering us always the path of harmony and truth."
"We must choose the journey we will take and keep the faith. There were the Real People who remained strong and pure. They keep showing us the path of Return and healing us. Always our cry for help was heard and the Wisdom Keepers come to show us the Way. Many creations of the Creator has tried to help us over and over. Humans kept betraying his Relations and would allow greed to overcome his heart and mind."
"In each World, more and more of our relations turn from us and will no longer trust us as mankind. Our very existence has been placed in jeopardy. And many times the Creator has taken us back to the beginning again, to try and show us our Path of Return."
"The Storytellers were the historians of the Real People. And in the story we were given the lessons and messages we need to understand what we have lost."
So in the days past when our People were overcome with plight and hunger it was the duty of the Chiefs to hunt and provide for the people. The Chief was sad because his people had nothing to eat and were very hungry. He could not hunt the Bear anymore because the Bear said, "If you eat me", I will give you diseases of the heart, for you have become a heartless people."
The Deer said, "If you eat of me, you will get rheumatism and your joints and bones will stiffen and swell with fire because you have lost beauty and grace. You have become embittered and crude. You abuse and rape even your children, destroying their innocence."
The Rabbit said, "If you eat me, you will have weaknesses of the mind and become forgetful. You will feel chilled and then the fires of your Spirit will burn you with fever. You will suffer duality and fear of everything."
The Squirrel said, "If you eat of me, I will give you vertigo, and all you eat will burn your insides. Your stomach will bleed. The great Animals all cursed humans with illness. Humans no longer held a place of Honor in the Circle of Life. They were not honored in the hunt and he forgot the way of appreciation. Life was filled with pain for Humans."
In these days, the Chief" was leader of the People because they trusted him and knew he protected his people. He was the Father of the Nation or Tribe of People. He ate only after his People were all fed. He slept under warm blankets only if everyone was covered and warm. The People called upon him for a great council. They turned to the Chief and ask, "When will the animals come back, when will you hunt again, we are starving and growing weaker. Many are dying and are no more. We must have food soon or we shall all perish." Many shouted to him to call war upon other nations of people who they thought had more than them.
The Chief was a man of great faith. He was trusted and always honored all his relations. He was brave and had great courage, Chiefs from many Nations knew of his valor. He loved his people and gave his life for them. He saw all his children thin and gray. He heard the babies and old people crying and his heart hurt. He had tried to help the People understand how things would need to change, he saw their greed and self destruction. He did all he knew to lead them towards honorable living again. His example was not enough. And some even hated him for it, and said he was a weak man to be so righteous.
So the Chief prepared him self to hunt. He Prayed and did the Ceremonies of the Ancients ways to honor all life. He remembered the wisdom of his Grandfathers and Elders. He walked through the forest for 28 days, fasting, to find a solution to feed his people. He said, Creator, what can I do?
We are a wicked people. We have forgotten to give appreciation and offering before the hunt, and taking only what we need. We have wasted and killed without honoring our faith. Now none come to us in our hunts, they curse us when we eat to survive. It is true we have taken even when we had more than we needed, and let food sit and rot.
We have begun to war with each other for possession of things and taking a person's freedom away. For all this and more I come to you seeking atonement. My People are hungry, our children are starving. I offer myself in complete giveaway to Creator so my people can be fed.
He prayed long and hard. He chanted all his holy words. I ask to have a relation that my people will feel safe to eat, and that will not give them diseases. The Standing People (Trees), knew him well and told him the Real People must learn respect.
The Plant People in the forest had remained the only friend of humans. They said to him, "Put your heart to the Mother of all form here, (Earth). She has love unending and she heals all form and matter that is of her. Humans have forgotten how to call upon her."
The Chief lay upon the Earth Mother and spoke to her of respect, and promised he would always live by the rule and measure of respect if she would help him and his People. He cried and his tears fell upon her soil. She felt his truth and goodness. The Earth Mother extended herself again to her Children.
Earth Mother, said to the Chief, "You must live by this law you have made Respect. Appreciate everything in your life, that my body brings to your day. All has purpose. There is only the one that is all things. Do not waver from your word. Hold your word as valuable as your next breath."
Creator looked upon this and saw this Chief. Love was again being shown for the gift of life and the Good Earth. He lifted the Chief into the Dream Time Lodge, so he could be with the Chieftains of The Elder Fires.
The Chief was given a vision of a Turkey, it was the color of the Earth, and the Chief knew this was good. He thought the people will know this is a gift from the Creator and is safe to eat. The feathers were also shiny and was like a star filled midnight sky. The Chief thought and the lights of the Sky Nations are there as well.
He watched as the Peace Eagle, (Turkey) walked about. He walks as a noble one of great dignity. He will help the people find dignity again. The wise "Chief" was humbled by how this creation was. Then he saw the beautiful fan as the Turkey spread its tail feathers, and the Chief said, this is good, the people will recognize the sacred ceremonial fan and know it will give us back our strength and make us strong again. Then the Turkey spread its wing feathers toward the ground and began to dance. The People will return to the ancient ceremonies of harmony and flow with the great cycles of Sky and Earth.
The Chief thought, how will we know it is okay to eat him? We cannot kill the sacred messengers for food. And this is a sacred one. It must speak to my people to let them know it has come as give away, to be eaten.
At that moment, the Turkey looked at him and spoke, "Chief, I have been given for only one purpose, to feed you. Your prayers have been pure and your deeds of valor are many. My body will give humans more energy for his muscles than any other, it will carry no curse. My feathers will dance with you and you Chief, will wear my feathers as your cape, to remind all of the unending love, that surrounds all creation. In my feathered cape you will walk proud and free. My bones will give you tools to provide all other needs you have. At my breast over my heart will be a bone that will remind you how Creator fulfilled your wishes. Keep this bone as my example to you humans and spirit are bonded in Life. Make the part of me that touches the sacred ground of the Earth Mother your offering to the Fire, so I may return as often as you need me. Keep this agreement with Creator, and you will not hunger again. I have a message . . . the message is Love and Trust, it says The One That Is In All Things calls to the people to return to honor and harmony. To live in Peace and create beauty where ever you are. Live in Respect and all shall flourish, we are one."
The Chief said, "Sacred Bird, my people will not understand all this. They will be afraid to eat so Sacred a Being. We have suffered many generations now and trust is not the way we live anymore. They will need to hear you tell them, and if you speak such wisdom they will even be less certain they should hunt and feast upon your body. They have become superstitious in their beliefs and practices now. They no longer remember where they come from or who they are. The "Sacred Bird" said, I will do what must be done, let us return to your people they are growing weaker and soon will perish if we do not go now."
The Chief made cornmeal offering of appreciation for this vision and gift. As he started back to camp to tell the people about the Turkey, it began eating his cornmeal offering. He made a trail of cornmeal which the Turkey ate and followed him back to his people, arriving very fat, having eaten so much cornmeal.
The Chief came to the Clan Mother and said, "Creator has sent us this Sacred Bird for food."
The Clan Mother watched how noble and dignified the Turkey walked. Holding his head with a manner of courage and strength. She said, "We can no longer trust the words of the Chiefs and Warriors. Times before they said it was okay to eat from the hunt and we have diseases of the heart and mind, and aching bones. How can we eat such a fine bird? Birds are, Creators messengers."
The Chief explained his vision and that he gave appreciation and made a cornmeal offering. And then what he thought was a vision became real and the Turkey started to eat the cornmeal. At this point, the Turkey came closer showing no fear, as all the other animals would, and run from humans. This one walked among them knowing no fear. "Clan Mother" saw it was the color of the Earth and felt her woman spirit stir inside her being. The Turkey spread its tail and she saw it was in the shape of a ceremonial fan. Then he spread his wing feathers down and danced. "Clan Mother" said, how can we eat of this, it dances and is a Sacred Messenger.
The Turkey walked into the middle of the circle of people who had gathered to see this Sacred Bird and looked at the Chief and said, "Gobble me up."
The Chief jumped up, stood back in shock and said, "What is it you say to me?"
The Turkey walked closer to him and said again, "Gobble me up." The Chief looked at his people and knew they all had heard the Sacred Bird speak. Now the people would believe and eat of it. So they prepared as they had been given instructions to do.
The Turkey said, "You will rub my body before you eat it with spices and herbs. The garlic, to surrender to the Holy of all Holies. Cinnamon to open it to the powers of procreation. Nutmeg for the Creators spirit of the Evergreens and knowledge of eternal life. Honey to maintain gentle nature and serenity. Peanut oil to enhance assimilation and reconstruction of wholeness and vitality."
This was placed upon his body after all his feathers were plucked carefully, so as not to break or damage a single one. A great fire was made for roasting the Turkey. They put ground corn and a few whole kernels inside. They turned it over and over cooking it evenly. The Clan Mother was glad to see how the People were laughing and happy as they prepared for the feast. Her Woman Spirit felt the union with Earth Mother again and she felt the first tears of joy come.
Soon the Turkey was ready to eat and it was very big. The Clan Mother carved the turkey from the bone carefully as to not break any. She found the Wish Bone and it was as the Sacred Bird had said. She fed all the families. The Chief does not eat unless everyone else has been fed. The Clan Mother came to the Chief and said, "Chief, my arms are tired from carving so much Turkey and feeding all the People. Will you help me carry this Turkey?" And the Chief helped bring the abundance of Turkey to the people.
The Clan Mother said, "Chief, it is time to feed yourself and your family." When the Chief saw all the meat that was left, he was surprised and asked, has everyone been fed?" Clan Mother replied, "Yes, Chief. Everyone has had two servings."
Clan Mother went to the fire and she too was surprised to see the Turkey had totally replenished itself. The Chief was fed Turkey, and all his family ate heartily. As they ate all felt humble for all that was being given and felt their minds, bodies and spirits healing and becoming whole again.
The Turkey replenished itself again and again. The People ate of this Turkey all year long, always with appreciation. They used every part of the turkey, recognizing its complete give away. Everyone was gifted with a turkey feather.
After all went well for a full change of seasons, one morning as Clan Mother went to the fire to prepare the food, she saw two eggs. She knew these were the seeds of the Sacred Bird and that it was pleased with the Peoples offering and trusted them again. She kept the eggs warm and cared for them as a Mother would any child. She sang love songs and sang stories to the eggs as they incubated. She knew if it was to reproduce, it would need to have Woman Spirit of the Great Bird. She made offerings to the Earth Mother for this. And each day sang her woman's way chants. The first egg opened and it was the Hen. She reminded them of the subtle beauty of woman. The females do not need to decorate themselves extravagantly, because they already have inner wisdom and beauty. The second egg opened and it was the male, and with beautiful feathers so man would remember his role and do as he was to be in the Earth. Today the Turkey Cape is worn by the most noble, courageous and generous of men.
The people ate in abundance from then on. They always remembered to give appreciation every day and were always blessed abundantly. Abundance comes when we show appreciation and Thanksgiving. The celebration and feast is the time of friendship and appreciation. Friendship is when we know we are all inner connected, and reflective of each other. The time of Friendship and Thanksgiving is every day.
The Woodland Peoples said let us have a seasonal celebration when we seek one we do not know well or is new to our lands and bring them to our feast of Friendship and make them welcome. This is the Feast of Friendship. Today it is called Thanksgiving. For The Real People, it is celebrated at the Full Moon of November. The white meat of the Turkey has the highest protein of all meats. The dark meat has fats needed to assist the body to generate heat. The Real People will not eat from the knee down of the Turkey for that is the part that moves in the auric field of the planet herself and belongs to the Mother. The feet and lower leg is given to the Fire. The Wish Bone is saved intact and strung as ornaments. The Turkey is Sacred to the Eastern Woodlands People. Its Feathers are used in all Sacred Ceremonies. It is a messenger of Innocence, Compassion, Abundance, Trust, Dignity, Peace and Eternal Love. It calls all Mankind to practice Respect. This is how it was told to us by our Elders as children at Thanksgiving.
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Bayfield, CO - We found this Cranberry Salsa recipe on the back of the package of fresh cranberries. Instead of boiling our cranberries for this years cranberry sauce, we used the raw cranberries and other ingredient listed below in food processor, on medium speed to make this salsa. It went good with the turkey, ham and dressing. It is good as a dip for chips and spooned over cream cheese.
Ingredients for Cranberry Salsa:
Bunch of cilantro
1 jalapeno (seeded, minced by hand)
2 limes (juiced)
pkg of fresh cranberries
1 bunch of scallions (cut in 2 inch pieces for processing
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup Sugar (or to taste)
Instructions: Process the above ingredients (except jalapeno) in food processor at medium speed and medium texture. Deseed the jalapeno by hand and chopped fine by hand and mix into other ingredients.
Oklahoma - Could the earthquakes in Oklahoma be due to the extracting of Oil & Gas? Could it be the cause of tracking? We posted the New York Times article on An OkieLegacy Blog at 11/28/2011, 10:10:00 AM. If you have any other factual information to add you can post a comment here or at An OkieLegacy Blog.
Highland County, Virginia - In chapter one of Images of Highland County, by Chris Scott, it says that when settlers arrived in the area of Highland county, there were no real roads. Only trails existed over mountains; wagon roads were not even carved out until much later.
Early roads in Highland county often followed the paths of streams and rivers and meant with an occasional crossing. The ford in Vanderpool is located south of Monterey on Route 220. Dutch explorer John Vanderpool discovered the gap that was later named for him.
A young pastor moving into the area was forced to bring only what a pack mule could carry, leaving all his furniture behind. Roads started to wind through the county, though, with their creation driven by commerce and necessity, as early roads in Highland county were toll roads with a fee for use.
The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike was completed in the 1840's with Claudius Crozet as chief builder. The constructionists began at each end and met in the middle in 1847. It was known by many that Highland county was formed because of the road.
The Staunton-Parkersburg thoroughfare opened up the county to the outside world like never before. It was improved, paved in the early part of the 1930's, officially known as Virginia State Route 250. It continues to serve as a vital conduit for goods and people into and out of the county.
Taking a trip over these roads was a special event, rare business opportunity. In addition to the automobile industry, a failed attempt was made to bring railroads into Monterey in the early 1900's.
As to the image above, left, which shows a 1909 postcard view of turkeys on main street of Monterey, Virginia (which my grandmother Constance Warwick McGill had a copy) I found out the exact date the photo was taken, Dec. 10, 1909.
In the book Highland County book there was an identical postcard showing the Monterey main street with turkeys. The notes under the postcard photo says, "Everything from Highland county had to cross the mountains to get to market. Before the days of big trucks, turkeys were herded on foot over the mountains, and that meant being driven right down Main Street in Monterey, the county seat. The flocks of turkeys would walk all day and roost in the trees along the sides of the road at night. The farmers made what they called "turkey shoes" to protect the turkeys' feet. Waling the turkeys through hot tar and then immediately over sand created tough, protective layers.
It also stated that on the back of the postcard, in the book it had this note written, "1,361 turkey's sold to Swift and Co. of Chicago by Highland Merchants, Dec. 10, 1909. A nice little bunch for the rich to eat at christmas."