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Lord Raingo

By: Enoch Arnold Bennett

Excerpt: Part 1. Chapter 1. EXAMINATION Fifty?five. Tallish?but stoutish. Dressed like the country gentleman which he was not and never would be. Not by taking any amount of thought can you become a country gentleman. From the lower part of his large and somewhat neglected gardens he looked down Moze slope and over Mozewater. Six miles off Eelpie Sand gleamed dangerously in the March afternoon sun. The tide was rising, creeping with stealth into all the inlets that borde...

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Diary in America

By: Captain Frederick Marryat

Introduction: After many years of travel, during which I had seen men under almost every variety of government, religion, and climate, I looked round to discover if there were not still new combinations under which human nature was to be investigated. I had traversed the old continent until satisfied, if not satiated; and I had sailed many a weary thousand miles from west to east, and from north to south, until people, manners, and customs were looked upon by me with indifference.

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The Kid Faces Death

By: Steve Fisher

Excerpt: ?Slug? O?donnel leaned back in his chair, took a toothpick out of his mouth and pointed it. ?Danny,? he said, ?I promised you that time the Hindu kept you locked in his closet that I?d give you a break on another case sometime. Now that was a rash statement, made in a moment of ? of ?? ?Of gratitude,? Mike Ryan, his redfaced detective partner, came in dryly. ?Yes,? Slug O?donnel went on ? ?of gratitude. You must know, Danny, that tipping off kids like you on big...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Monsieur, Madame and Beb...

By: Gustave Droz

Introduction: Antoine?Gustave Droz was born in Paris, June 9, 1832. He was the son of Jules?Antoine Droz, a celebrated French sculptor, and grand son of Jean Pierre Droz, master of the mint and medalist under the Directoire. The family is of Swiss origin. Gustave entered L'Ecole des Beaux Arts and became quite a noted artist, coming out in the Salon of 1857 with the painting ?L'Obole de Cesar'. He also exhibited a little later various ?tableaux de genre': ?Buffet de chem...

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Reineke Fuchs

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Pfingsten, das liebliche Fest, war gekommen! es gruenten und bluehten Feld und Wald; auf Huegeln und Hoehn, in Bueschen und Hecken Uebten ein froehliches Lied die neuermunterten Voegel; Jede Wiese sprosste von Blumen in duftenden Gruenden, Festlich heiter glaenzte der Himmel und farbig die Erde.

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The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth: A Histori...

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: THE Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight. The PROLOGVE. I Come no more to make you laugh, Things now, That beare a Weighty, and a Serious Brow, Sad, high, and working, full of State and Woe: Such Noble Scoenes, as draw the Eye to flow We now present. Those that can Pitty, heere May (if they thinke it well) let fall a Teare, The Subiect will deserue it. Such as giue Their Money out of hope they may beleeue, May heere finde Truth too.

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The Gilded Age

By: Mark Twain

Preface: This book was not written for private circulation among friends; it was not written to cheer and instruct a diseased relative of the author?s; it was not thrown off during intervals of wearing labor to amuse an idle hour. It was not written for any of these reasons, and therefore it is submitted without the usual apologies. It will be seen that it deals with an entirely ideal state of society; and the chief embarrassment of the writers in this realm of the imagi...

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The Singular Death of Morton

By: Algernon Henry Blackwood

Excerpt: Dusk was melting into darkness as the two men slowly made their way through the dense forest of spruce and fir that clothed the flanks of the mountain. They were weary with the long climb, for neither was in his first youth, and the July day had been a hot one. Their little inn lay further in the valley among the orchards that separated the forest from the vineyards.

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A Psychological Analysis of Stuttering

By: Walter B. Swift

Excerpt: 1. PSYCHOLOGICAL ORIENTATION TESTS ON STUTTERERS. By orientation test I mean simply a vague try?out to see just where the problem lies; an initial step to see what further steps are necessary; or in other words enough of an investigation to know where to look next. The orientation tests consisted in requesting a series of twenty stuttering cases to answer two questions. Following their answers an immediate inspection was made of the content of their consciousnes...

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Man Overboard!

By: F. Marion Crawford

YES -- I have heard Man over-board! a good many times since I was a boy, and once or twice I have seen the man go. There are more men lost in that way than passengers on ocean steamers ever learn of. I have stood looking over the rail on a dark night, when there was a step beside me, and something flew past my head like a big black bat -- and then there was a splash! Stokers often go like that. They go mad with the heat, and they slip up on deck and are gone before anybo...

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Origen de Principiis, V4

By: Origen Adamantius

Excerpt: 1. But as it is not sufficient, in the discussion of matters of such importance, to entrust the decision to the human senses and to the human understanding, and to pronounce on things invisible as if they were seen by us,[1] we must, in order to establish the positions which we have laid down, adduce the testimony of Holy Scripture. And that this testimony may produce a sure and unhesitating belief, either with regard to what we have still to advance, or to what...

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The Night Horseman

By: Max Brand

AT THE AGE of six Randall Byrne could name and bound every state in the Union and give the date of its admission; at nine he was conversant with Homeric Greek and Caesar; at twelve he read Aristophanes with perfect understanding of the allusions of the day and divided his leisure between Ovid and Horace; at fifteen, wearied by the simplicity of Old English and Thirteenth Century Italian, he dipped into the history of Philosophy and passed from that, naturally, into calcu...

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A Tale of London

By: Lord Dunsany

Excerpt: ?Come,? said the Sultan to his hashish?eater in the very furthest lands that know Bagdad, ?dream to me now of London.? And the hashish?eater made a low obeisance and seated himself cross?legged upon a purple cushion broidered with golden poppies, on the floor, beside an ivory bowl where the hashish was, and having eaten liberally of the hashish blinked seven times and spoke thus.

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The Scent of Death

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: THOUGH dusk was settling in Manhattan?s streets, the setting sun still cast its rays into the offices of Angew Co., importers, situated high up in the building they occupied. There, Wilfred Angew, president of the importing company, sat in conference with two late?afternoon visitors: Preston Marr, an automobile manufacturer, and Hugo Brydan, a retired investment broker. The sun?s glow cast a golden light upon that thirtieth?story scene, and the burnished tint wa...

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Breath of Allah

By: Sax Rohmer

THE strange deeds of anton ferara as herin related are intended to illustrate certain phases of sorcery as it was formerly practised (according to numerous records) not only in ancient egypt but also in europe during the middle ages.

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Flower Fables

By: Louisa May Alcott; 1832-1888

THE summer moon shone brightly down upon the sleeping earth, while far away from mortal eyes danced the Fairy folk. Fire-flies hung in bright clusters on the dewy leaves, that waved in the cool night-wind; and the flowers stood gazing, in very wonder, at the little Elves, who lay among the fern-leaves, swung in the vine-boughs, sailed on the lake in lily cups, or danced on the mossy ground, to the music of the hare-bells, who rung out their merriest peal in honor of the night.

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On the Lord's Prayer, Treatise Iv

By: Cyprian

1. The evangelical precepts, beloved brethren, are nothing else than divine teachings,—foundations on which hope is to be built, supports to strengthen faith, nourishments for cheering the heart, rudders for guiding our way, guards for obtaining salvation,— which, while they instruct the docile minds of believers on the earth, lead them to heavenly kingdoms. God, moreover, willed many things to he said and to be heard by means of the prophets His servants; but how much g...

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Rab and His Friends

By: John Brown, M.D.

Preface: Four years ago, my uncle, the Rev. Dr. Smith of Biggar, asked me to give a lecture in my native village, the shrewd little capital of the Upper Ward. I never lectured before; I have no turn for it; but Avunculus was urgent, and I had an odd sort of desire to say something to these strong?brained, primitive people of my youth, who were boys and girls when I left them. I could think of nothing to give them. At last I said to myself, ?I?ll tell them Ailie?s story.?...

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Slavery in Massachusetts

By: Henry David Thoreau

I LATELY ATTENDED a meeting of the citizens of Concord, expecting, as one among many, to speak on the subject of slavery in Massachusetts; but I was surprised and disappointed to find that what had called my townsmen together was the destiny of Nebraska, and not of Massachusetts, and that what I had to say would be entirely out of order. I had thought that the house was on fire, and not the prairie; but though several of the citizens of Massachusetts are now in prison fo...

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Letters to His Children

By: Theodore Roosevelt

Introduction: Most of the letters in this volume were written by Theodore Roosevelt to his children during a period of more than twenty years. A few others are included that he wrote to friends or relatives about the children. He began to write to them in their early childhood, and continued to do so regularly till they reached maturity. Whenever he was separated from them, in the Spanish War, or on a hunting trip, or because they were at school, he sent them these messa...

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