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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query-continue>
    <allfileusages gafcontinue="Beresford_in_his_Conning_Tower.jpg|2708" />
  </query-continue>
  <query>
    <pages>
      <page pageid="2393" ns="0" title="George Alexander Ballard" />
      <page pageid="2705" ns="0" title="Lewis Anthony Beaumont" />
      <page pageid="2708" ns="0" title="Charles William de la Poer Beresford, First Baron Beresford" />
      <page pageid="2740" ns="0" title="Charles James Barlow" />
      <page pageid="3142" ns="0" title="Oliver Backhouse" />
      <page pageid="3406" ns="0" title="Roger Roland Charles Backhouse" />
      <page pageid="3756" ns="0" title="Dumaresq" />
      <page pageid="3877" ns="0" title="Vickers Range Clock" />
    </pages>
  </query>
</api>