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September 13, 1909


Many Improvements Will Be Made
Before Next Season.

Yesterday was the closing day at Forest park. Last night ended a most prosperous season; in fact, the most successful that the park has ever had. The largest day of the season was May 15, when over 26,000 people passed through the gates.

The park will open early in April next year and immediately a number of changes and improvements will be made. Carpenters will start in next week to tear down old buildings and in their place erect new and up-to-date buildings. There will be a new theater erected in the southwest corner of the park. The swimming pool will be improved. A number of new riding devices will be installed and plans are being prepared for the erection of a stadium where sporting and athletic events will be held.

"The success of the park this year was due to the reduction in price of all the salable things and rides," said Manager O'Donnell yesterday. "The 5-cent limit, as it was called, proved the drawing magnet. The same price will prevail next year and the public will not know the place when it opens again."

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August 30, 1909


At Night Park Is Lighted With
10,000 Lanterns.

An elaborate display of Japanese lanterns is to be seen this week at Forest park. Nearly 10,000 of these vari-colored transparencies are distributed over the park, and when illuminated at night make an imposing sight.

Owing to the cool weather the ballroom was the objective point yesterday. There is an entire change in the vaudeville bill.

A pleasing and difficult act is that of the Kaichi Japanese troupe of acrobats. "The Climax" is performed by Mlle. Gertrude La Morrow, who not only dances but sings as well. Elliotte an d Le Roy, in a comedy sketch, are amusing.

Tonight is souvenir night for the women at the carnival.

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August 16, 1909



Annual Picnic of Irish-Americans
of Kansas City Yesterday At-
tended by Crowd Es-
timated at 10,000.
Congressman William P. Borland.

Hot weather did not daunt the Irish-Americans of Kansas City who held their annual picnic at Forest park yesterday. Although the attendance on the grounds was not so heavy in the afternoon by evening no fewer than 10,000 sons, daughters and grandchildren of Hibernia were on the grounds.

Congressman William P. Borland, himself the son of an Irishman, and the orator of the day, spoke on "The Irish in America." After the speaking in the afternoon twelve athletic events took place.

From the early days to the present Congressman Borland traced the wonderful influence of the Irish in the development of this country. He pointed out that the first generation of immigrants turned their hands to anything they could get to do and that for many years most of the unskilled labor was done by Irishmen.

After awhile, he said, the immigration from Ireland fell off, largely for the reason that nearly half of the island's population had already come to live under the Stars and Stripes.


Then a gradual change came in the social status of the Irishman. After having worked for a generation as hewers of wood and drawers of water they arose in the social scale and began to do skilled and professional work until they have entered all fields of endeavor and made good.

"With much condescension," said the congressman, "it has been considered that the Irish are hale and hearty, warm natured and impulsively generous, but the statement has often been made that they lack executive ability. In America they have proved that they can execute ideas as well as conceive them. In fact, as leaders of men, whether it be on the battlefield or in peaceful pursuits, they have demonstrated that they have no superiors."

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July 14, 1909


Takes Wallet Containing $150 Cash
From A. M. Moore.

In a jostle in the rear vestibule of a street car at Eighth street and Forest avenue, at midnight last night, A. M. Moore of 701 West Sixteenth street was relieved of a wallet containing $150 in cash and a promissory note for $140.

He was returning to his home from Forest park. Mr. Moore believed the man who robbed him was tall and slim, with a light mustache.

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July 6, 1909


Street Car Men Were Too Busy to
Lay Off for Supper.

Twelve hundred ham sandwiches were distributed among the employes of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company at supper time last evening, and each man had copious draughts of iced tea to wash down the food.

The lunching places were Fairmount park, where 500 sandwiches were distributed; Electric park, where an additional 500 sandwiches were given the men, and Forest park, where 200 were eaten. The lunches were in lieu of supper.

The company found employment for all of their men yesterday, and as none were left for relief work, it was found necessary to furnish them with lunch. This was done through the office of General Manager W. W. Wheatley.

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July 5, 1909



Alone, Clara Amberson and Her
Sister Fought a Losing Fight
With Murderer -- Girl Dies
After Four Hours.
Alfred Howard, Who Shot Miss Clara Amberson and Took His Own Life.

Miss Clara Amberson, who was shot in the right temple by Alfred Howard, a rejected suitor, in the dining room of her home, 735 Kensington avenue, just before midnight Saturday, died at 4:20 a. m. yesterday. She did not regain consciousness.

In an unlighted room, and deserted by the young men who escorted them home, and who fled when Howard appeared with his revolver, Miss Amberson, assisted by her sister, Mrs. Mamie Barringer, battled in vain with Howard for possession of the weapon. Finally throwing Miss Amberson to the floor, Howard jumped on her, and then, as Mrs. Barringer seized him about the neck, he pulled the trigger.

The bullet struck Miss Amberson just back of the right temple and she collapsed. Believing that he had killed her, Howard turned the weapon on himself and sent the second shot through his own brain, and fell lifeless beside her. Surrounded by her mother, sister and friends, sthe wounded girl passed away four hours later.

In the light of subsequent events, it is believed that Howard contemplated the murder and suicide Saturday afternoon. It is known that he saw the young women at Forest park in the evening in company with young men, when he had been denied the privilege of escorting them or even calling at their home, and it is believed that the sight of the girl who was all the world to him, encircled in the arms of another man on the dancing floor, maddened him.

Four years ago Alfred Howard, then 22 years old, came to Kansas City from Iola, Kas. He secured a position in a railroad freight office, and roomed and boarded with Mrs. Anna Amberson, mother of the girl he killed. Miss Amberson was then a child of 13.


They were together a great deal. Howard assisted her with her studies, and when she was graduated from high school last year he declared his love for her, and asked her to be his wife. This was objected to by her sister and her mother because of her youth.

Six months ago Howard left their house, and shortly afterward went to Hot Springs, Ark. In the meantime Miss Amberson entered a wholesale millinery establishment and was rapidly perfecting herself in that line when he returned three weeks ago.

Howard had been in poor health since his return, but this did not deter him from declaring his ardent love for the girl whom, he told his friends, no other could replace. Miss Amberson found many excuses for not making engagements. Thursday he called her on the telephone and to his several requests for an evening she replied that she had previous engagements.

Saturday evening he called at the Amberson home and asked Miss Amberson to accompany him to a park or that she spend the evening with him as she chose. Miss Amerson smilingly told him that she had an engagement for the evening and that she was sorry. During the conversation he showed the sisters the revolver which he later used. No thought of violence crossed the minds of either girl.


Miss Amberson and Mrs. Barringer were unaccompanied when they walked to Forest park, a short distance from their home. There they met several friends, among them Orville Remmick of 5212 Independence avenue, and Ed Doerefull of 4621 East Seventh street.

It is believed that Howard shadowed the sisters to the park. H e arrived at the Ambrose home shortly before 10 o'clock in the evening. The noise he made when he withdrew a screen from a window in the kitchen of the Amberson home and clambered in was heard by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wharton, roomers on the second floor, but they ascribed it to a parrot. For almost two hours Howard lay in wait. He chose as his hiding place the bedroom of the sisters, which opens from the dining room to the north.

On their way home, Deorfull, who escorted Miss Amberson, and Remmick, who escorted Mrs. Barringer, suggested that they eat some ice cream. They stopped at the Forest Park pharmacy and chatted for a few moments with O. Chaney, the druggist.


It was warm and the young men carried their coats over their arms. When they arrived at the Amberson home, they conversed for a few moments on the porch just outside the dining room, when the suggestion that they get a drink of water was made. the quartet entered the dining room. Miss Amberson and Doerfull going to one window seat while Mr. Remmick took a chair. Mrs. Barringer went into the kitchen for the water, when suddenly Howard sprang out of the bedroom.

Holding a revolver which he pointed at Miss Amberson, he cried:

"Throw up your hands and don't scream!"

"It's Alf! Help!" cried Miss Amberson.

Doerfull was first to see the revolver and the first to get out of the room. He was closely followed by Remmick. Both left their coats and hats. The cry for help brought Mrs. Barringer back to the room. By this time Miss Amberson had grappled with Howard and had clutched the revolver. Then began the battle for possession of the weapon and the shooting.


Screaming for help, Mrs. Barringer, after the shooting, fled to the sidewalk. Neighbors hastened to the scene. Doctors declared Miss Amberson fatally wounded, and said that Howard's self-inflicted wound had caused instant death.

The police who searched his clothing found the note which he had evidently written some time during the evening in which he declared that "Mamie" (Mrs. Barringer) was the cause of the anticipated double tragedy, and asked that Miss Clara and he be buried side by side.


Ed Doerfull, the escort of Miss Amberson, told a reporter for The Journal last evening that he had never been frightened as badly in his life as he was when he looked at that shiny steel barrel and heard the command to throw up his hands.

"I didn't wait to learn any more about who the fellow with the revolver was," said Mr. Doerfull. "Mr. Remmick and I had escorted the girls home and stepped inside the house to get a drink of water. I was close to the door and when I heard the command to throw up my hands and I saw that shiny steel barrel of the revolver, I concluded that I had better play checkers and move.

"I did not stop to grab my coat or hat, but ran. I don't know how I got home, for I was badly frightened. I lay awake all night and got up around 6 o'clock and went over to Remmick's house to see if he got home all right.

"I did not know until then that anyone had been shot, as I was too far away from the house when the shots were fired to hear the noise of the reports.

"I don't know why I ran away and did not notify the police about the man with the gun, but I guess most anybody would act the same as I did if they looked into the business end of a revolver and were ordered to throw up their hands.


"I got my coat and hat this morning at the same time Mr. Remmick got his. We saw Miss Amberson's body then and we will probably go to the funeral together.

"I did not know the young lady very well, having only met her a few times at the park. I did not go back to the house today, as I had an engagement to go to a picnic at Swope park, and it was too late when I got back this evening."

Orville Remmick, who was with Doerfull when Howard entered the room with the revolver in hand, told his parents that he was taken by surprise, and that when he heard the command to throw up his hands and he saw the revolver, his first thought was for his personal safety. He said that he ran for the door and ran home.


Half a block away he heard the muffled reports, and when he got home he telephoned to the Amberson home and learned of the double tragedy. He feared for a while, he said, that his companion, Doerfull, had been shot. Remmick left his coat and hat at the Amberson home and called for them yesterday morning. He spent yesterday afternoon at Forest park and yesterday evening at Electrick park.

Miss Amberson was 17 years old. She was the youngest of three children. Besides her sister, Mrs. Barringer, and her mother, she leaves a brother, Will, who is in the navy. An effort was being made yesterday to notify him by wire and hold the funeral until his arrival, if possible. The Ambersons came to Kansas City from Salida, Col., six years ago.

Howard had been rooming for the last two weeks at the home of Mrs. Ellen Harper, at No. 801 Cypress avenue, just a block from the Amberson home. That he planned the murder and suicide is believed by Mrs. Harper, as his trunk was locked and contained all of the small articles which he kept about his room.

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June 14, 1909


It Is the Top Liner of Fun at
Forest Park.

Families with their baskets occupied the benches and tables under the trees on the lawn of Forest park yesterday and it was a gala day for the children.

The Old Maids' convention opened their regular sessions and soon got down to business. It is not a beauty show, to say the least. To call it such would be going from the sublime to the ridiculous, but their parody sessions on woman's rights and other subjects pertaining to woman, perhaps, furnishes the visitor with more genuine fun than most musical comedies. The idea is truly original, if nothing more. the convention hall was crowded all day and the Salome dance was a scream, being so different from the Gerturde Hoffman dance as to make it ridiculous.

For the first time there this season free vaudeville and new motion pictures were introduced. Quite a novel act was presented by Chris Christopher, a singer of German songs and a trick violinist. The Gee-Jays, the human marionettes, closed the bill. Two reels of motion pictures were also on the bill. The big new attraction is the exciting ride device known as the Humble Peter. It is built on the order of the tickler, only less jolting is the experience.

The entries for the aquatic sports on Wednesday are coming in fast and a large number of contestants competed for the prizes.

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May 16, 1909


Ritter Sisters' Lady Orchestra Con-
certs Afternoon and Night.

Commencing today the patrons of Forest park will be offered as an added free attraction the well known Ritter Sisters' lady orchestra. They will give concerts in the pavilion every afternoon and night and will also render the incidental music for the new feature motion pictures that will be shown in the pavilion all this week. The pictures are all new subjects and the manager of Forest park guarantees that they are shown here for the first time in Kansas City. Pleasing programmes will be rendered by the Sisters Ritter, both afternoon and evening. Children's day was well attended at Forest park yesterday and the little ones all enjoyed the many new devices, especially the Giant Slide or Human Niagara.

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May 1, 1909


There Was Good Attendance in
Spite of Cool Weather.

After 200 men and boys had worked from daylight until 7 o'clock last night, Forest Park was put in readiness and opened to the public. In spite of the cool weather there was a good attendance. The riding devices, which are now 5 cents instead of 10, were liberally patronized. The admission to the park has also been reduced to 5 cents this year.

In the Jolly Follies building there are 100 free devices. The pavilion was opened last night and free vaudeville was given in the open air theater. The vaudeville bill will be given at the park this afternoon and evening.

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April 25, 1909


Everything Has Been Brightened Up
Since Last Fall.

Forest park, which opens next Saturday, has undergone many changes for the better since it was closed last fall, according to Manager James Anderson. "Humble Peter," the "Human Roulette Wheel" and other novelties have been introduced, and the free vaudeville acts are promised to be bigger and considerably more classy than those of the past. The skating rink has been remodeled and converted into a ballroom.

Probably the best of the added features, from a fun-seekers' viewpoint, is the "Jolly Follies" pavilion, ninety feet wide and 290 feet long, containing over 100 new amusement devices and said to be the largest pavilion of its kind in the country.

The moving picture show will be there, but it will have its educational advantages. "A Trip Across the Isthmus of Panama" is the title of one of the pictures to be thrown on the screen, to be accompanied by the swaying motion of water and the roar of a passenger train.

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October 10. 1908



It Was to a Married Man, and the
Forest Park Beauties, in Colors
Which Made a Noise,
Get Into Court.

Notice is hereby given that the partnership mentioned below, heretofore at Forest park, has been dissolved by order of court:

Dorothy -- Aileen
Song and Dance Soubrettes

A letter caused it all. This missive, couched in tender terms, was from Aileen D'Armond, otherwise Aileen Clemm of 1515 East Twelfth street, to F. K. Weston, or John King, manager of the flicker-flicker theater at Forest park, where the "sisters" gave afternoon and nightly exhibitions of terpsichorean and musical skill (See billboards for further adjectives.).

Dorothy, or, more properly, Grace Stafford, had nothing to do with the mailing of missives. It was companionship that brought her into the juvenile court yesterday afternoon with Aileen and Mrs. Henry C. Clemm, mother of one of the"sisters."

There might have been no trouble at all if Weston or King -- his wife called him King -- had not been married. But wives will see their husband's letters, and things began to happen shortly after Mrs. King got her eyes focused on the written page.


To the probation officer for her with a complaint against Aileen, who confesses to being 14 and who, until last year, was a pupil at the Humboldt school. Result, the D'Armonds and the mother of half of them before Judge H. L. McCune. The case was heard in chambers.

Such an insight into theatrical life as was given by the two girls. For her part, Grace Stafford, or Dorothy D'Armond, had a word or two to say from the depths of a deep blue poke-bonnet-scoop combination, trimmed with blue and white feathers.

"How much do you make a week?" asked the judge.

"I have been offered $30, but would not take it because I would have to appear alone," she said with the wisdom of 19 years. "I make $15."

And then Grace, who is a comely girl, told the judge of how, as her parents wanted her no longer after she was 15, she had struck out for herself. She had done housework, and was making a success of it on the stage. In the end, as she expressed a desire to go home, but said in the same breath that she would not be welcome there, Mrs. Agness Odell of the Detention home was detailed to care for her and find her a home. Her parents live in Oklahoma.

With Aileen it was different. It developed that she was an impressionable girl. As her "sister" said:

""Mr. King was so influensive. He seemed to have Aileen hypnotized."

However, this could not serve as an excuse, Judge McCune being a non-believer in the occult.

It turned out that Mr. Clemm is at Braymer, Mo., where he has the management of a store. Mrs. Clemm expressed her disinclination to move to Braymer, preferring the city. In the end, choosing between rejoining her husband and having her daughter sent to Chillicothe, she voted for Braymer.


The mother and foster mother got a scolding from the judge for dressing the girls, one in vivid blue and her own child in bright red.

"Red always was so becoming to her," she pleaded. The judge was obdurate in favor of quiet tones for dress.

Up to this point the hearing had progressed quietly enough. But when it was announced that Mrs. King was about to appear, the sisters and Mrs. Clemm plainly were flustrated.

"I am afraid she will kill my child," said the mother in genuine alarm. "She has threatened to take her life."

So Mrs. King, a frail little woman, testified with an officer of the court at each side, ready to stop any offensive maneuvers. She said her husband was now tractable and providing for her, paying no more attention to the girl.

"I did say to the girl that 'when I get through with you you won't be such a pretty soubrette behind the footlights," she admitted, "but nothing more, Aileen dear."

When it was all over, Mrs. King thanked the court, thanked George M. Holt, deputy probation officer, thanked everybody, and went her way. As for King, who had sat all afternoon in the courtroom, he was not called nor did he linger after adjournment.

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September 10, 1908


Unusual Robbery of a Skater at For-
est Park Rink.

"He just reached around from behind when I was not looking, took my gold eyeglasses off my face and walked away." Paul J. Drescher, 2415 Myrtle avenue, so reported to the police last night, and the report constitutes one of the most unusual robberies ever recorded in the police annals of Kansas City.

According to Drescher, he was in the skating rink at Forest park when the robbery occurred. Drescher says he was skating around the rink and having a good time. He says the man approached him from behind, and although he did not get a good look at him, owing to the absence of the glasses, he was able to give a partial description of the thief.

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September 5, 1908


It Took a Motor to Catch Car Started
in His Absence.

Incorrigible boys played a practical joke on the crew of an Independence avenue street car about 5:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the entrance to Forest park which resulted in the discovery of a new and unique duty for motorcycle policemen. The car had reached the end of the line and the conductor left the car to obtain a drink of water. The motorman changed his controller and was standing on the front end of the car waiting a signal from his conductor to go ahead.

Two bells were sounded over the motorman's head and he started ahead on his return trip. Policeman E. L. Martin, a member of the motorcycle squad, was passing the park entrance and noticed four small boys jump off the car and run into the park. Seeing that the car was running without a conductor, Martin on his motor went in pursuit of the car. He chased the street car to Independence avenue and Gladstone boulevard, where he called the motorman's attention to the fact that he was minus his conductor. The conductor arrived on the next townward bound car.

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July 8, 1908


Oran A. Russell Was Thrown From
Horse at Forest Park.

Oran A. Russell, 26 years old, a rider with the J W. Riggs Wild West show at Forest park, was thrown from a horse last night at 7 o'clock and was very seriously injured Russell had never before mounted the horse, which was said to be an unconquered bronco. At an unguarded moment, though a practiced rider, he was thrown from the animal in such a manner as to light with his abdomen on a tent stake.

At the emergency hospital, where Russell was treated by Dr. J. P. Neal, his injury was diagnosed as a rupture of the spleen. Russell said his home is in Kalamazoo, Mich. He has been with the Wild West show five weeks, three weeks of that time at Forest park. The young man's mishap was witnessed by a crowd which was attending the show.

Last last night Russell was said to be dying. He asked that in case of his death his mother, Mrs. Charlotte Flatt, at Kalamazoo be notified. His father, Austin Russell, also lives there.

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June 15, 1908


Novel Attraction Coming to Forest
Park Next Week.

The aerial act scheduled for Forest park did not go on yesterday, as the artists engaged for this act were unable to get to Kansas City on account of the flood. The management replaced this act with one equally as good, namely, the Long Brothers, premier acrobats and tumblers, La Wanda and Garrick pleased all who saw them in their ring contortion stunt and the Luken's bears game ther last performance in the evening. They leave today for St. Louis, where they will play a return engagement at Forest Park Highlands. The bears will be replaced by Roy Fortune, the world's premier one-legged wire walker. The couples' skating contest is popular. There are now entered over forty couples. A large crowd visited the park yesterday despite the threatening weather and the flood.

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May 21, 1908


Free Instructors to Be on Duty at
Forest Park Rink.

The management of the new St. Nicholas roller rink at Forest park will introduce an innovation that should prove popular with those who have not thoroughly mastered the art of being graceful on rollers. Commencing tomorrow the services of courteous and expert instructors will be given free at the rink every afternoon and evening. The band will give two concerts every day and the check room will be operated without cost to the patrons.

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May 11, 1908


Will Report Their Observations to the
Grand Jury.

Names of employees connected with pay attractions at Forest and Fairmount parks were taken yesterday by the county marshal's men and will be given to the Wallace grand jury when it meets this week.

Al Heslip personally visited Fairmount park and saw men and women dancing and gliding on roller skates. Also he witnessed a man selling tickets to the Angora goat farm and the lake.

"If the jury thinks it is wicked to use roller skates and witness a dog show downtown on Sunday," the marshal argued, "it will believe it equally unlawful to skate, ride in a boat or watch the goats on a Sunday in the park." So the marshal put down all the keepers' names.

Deputies Joseph Stewart and Henry Miller made out a complete list of men they caught working and playing at Forest park.

The blue Sunday downtown was brightened a bit by the reopening of the Shubert theater.

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April 25, 1908


Electric, Fairmount and Forest Desire
to Sell Liquor.

Petitions for county licenses to sell ber in Electric, Fairmount and Forest parks were filed yesterday with the county court. It was the last day for filing petitions to be acted on during May, and no more parks are expected to ask for licenses. The court will take the petitions up for discussion on May 1, but may continue the final hearing until later in the month. The Electric park petition was filed by Gilbert E. Martin, Fairmount by W. F. Smith and Forest by J. T. Tippett.

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December 22, 1907


Husband Sought the Divorce, but She
Got It.

Eda Miles, who married John L. Miles at his request the day after she had served him a dish of ice cream at Forest park, was granted a divorce yesterday by a jury in Judge John G. Park's division of the circuit court. The husband, John L. Miles, brought the suit and the jury found for the defendant on her cross-bill.

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June 2, 1907


Several Thousand Took Advantage
of Bargain Day at Forest.

Yesterday was "bargain" day at Forest park and several thousand children took advantage of the reduced rate to concessions. The park was opened at 9:30 o'clock in the morning and a crowd of youngsters were on the outside awaiting the opening. It was the first children's day of the season and a special coupon ticket was issued. It admitted to the theater and nearly all of the concessions in the park. It sold for the usual price of admission to one concession.

All day various attractions were filled to overflowing with children and it was 6:30 before all of them had finished using their coupons. Children's day is to be made a periodical feature this season as it was last. Prizes and games will be offered at the next one.

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