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The Hidden Children

By: Robert W. Chambers

No undue liberties with history have been attempted in this romance. Few characters in the story are purely imaginary. Doubtless the fastidious reader will distinguish these intruders at a glance, and very properly ignore them. For they, and what they never were, and what they never did, merely sugar-coat a dose disguised, and gild the solid pill of fact with tinselled fiction. But from the flames of Poundridge town ablaze, to the rolling smoke of Catharines-town, Romanc...

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The Gilded Age, Illustrated, Volume 4

By: Mark Twain

Excerpt: He called, with official importance in his mien, at No. Wall street, where a great gilt sign betokened the presence of the head?quarters of the a Columbus River Slack?Water Navigation Company.? He entered and gave a dressy porter his card, and was requested to wait a moment in a sort of ante?room. The porter returned in a minute; and asked whom he would like to see?

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Zone Policeman 88

By: Harry A. Franck

Excerpt: Chapter One. Strip by strip there opened out before me, as I climbed the ?Thousand Stairs? to the red?roofed Administration Building, the broad panorama of Panama and her bay; below, the city of closely packed roofs and three?topped plazas compressed in a scallop of the sun?gleaming Pacific, with its peaked and wooded islands to far Taboga tilting motionless away to the curve of the earth; behind, the low, irregular jungled hills stretching hazily off into South...

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The Old Bell of Independence; Or, Philadelphia in 1776

By: Henry C. Watson

Preface: To awaken in the minds of all Americans that veneration of the patriots and heroes of the War of Independence, and that emulation of their noble example which is so necessary to the maintenance of our liberties, are the objects of this little work. Every day?s developments illustrate the importance of these objects. In the enjoyment of the freedom and prosperity of our country, we are apt to under?rate the means by which that enjoyment was secured to us, and to ...

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Madame de Mauves

By: Henry James

Excerpt: THE view from the terrace at Saint?Germain?en?Laye is immense and famous. Paris lies spread before you in dusky vastness, domed and fortified, glittering here and there through her light vapours and girdled with her silver Seine. Behind you is a park of stately symmetry, and behind that a forest where you may lounge through turfy avenues and light?chequered glades and quite forget that you are within half an hour of the boulevards. One afternoon, however, in mid...

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The Second Epistle. To All Bishops. On Brotherly Love, And on Avoi...

By: Pope Pontianus

Excerpt: Pontianus, bishop of the holy and universal Church, to all who worship the Lord aright, and love the divine worship, greeting. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. (1) These words, most beloved, are not the words of men, but of angels; and they were not devised by human sense, but were uttered by angels at the birth of the Saviour. And from these words it can be understood without doubt by all that peace is given by the Lord, not ...

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Vane of the Timberlands

By: Harold Bindloss

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A FRIEND IN NEED A light breeze, scented with the smell of the firs, was blowing down the inlet, and the tiny ripples it chased across the water splashed musically against the bows of the canoe. They met her end?on, sparkling in the warm sunset light, gurgled about her sides, and trailed away astern in two divergent lines as the paddles flashed and fell. There was a thud as the blades struck the water, and the long, light hull forged onward with sligh...

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A Happy Family

By: Lu Hsun

Excerpt: Having thought so far he suddenly jumped out of bed. It occurred to him that he must make some money by writing to support his family, and he had already decided to send his manuscripts to the Happy Monthly publishers, because the remuneration appeared to be comparatively generous. But in that case the choice of subjects would be limited, otherwise the work would probably not be accepted. All right let it be limited. What were the chief problems occupying the mi...

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The Profits of Religion

By: Upton Sinclair

This book is a study of Supernaturalism from a new point of view -- as a Source of Income and a Shield to Privilege. I have searched the libraries through, and no one has done it before. If you read it, you will see that it needed to be done. It has meant twenty-five years of thought and a year of investigation. It contains the facts. I publish the book myself, so that it may be available at the lowest possible price. I am giving my time and energy, in return for one thi...

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Anabasis

By: H.G. Dakyns

Excerpt: Darius and Parysatis had two sons: the elder was named Artaxerxes, and 1 the younger Cyrus. Now, as Darius lay sick and felt that the end of life drew near, he wished both his sons to be with him. The elder, as it chanced, was already there, but Cyrus he must needs send for from the province over which he had made him satrap, having appointed him general moreover of all the forces that muster in the plain of the Castolus. Thus Cyrus went up, taking with him Tiss...

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If I Were a Man

By: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Excerpt: ?If I were a man, ... that was what pretty little Mollie Mathewson always said when Gerald would not do what she wanted him to?which was seldom. That was what she said this bright morning, with a stamp of her little high?heeled slipper, just because he had made a fuss about that bill, the long one with the ?account rendered,? which she had forgotten to give him the first time and been afraid to the second?and now he had taken it from the postman himself.

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A Journey to the Center of the Earth

By: Jules Verne

Excerpt: Chapter 1. My Uncle Makes a Discovery LOOKING back to all that has occurred to me since that eventful day, I am scarcely able to believe in the reality of my adventures. They were truly so wonderful that even now I am bewildered when I think of them. My uncle was a German, having married my mother?s sister, an Englishwoman. Being very much attached to his fatherless nephew, he invited me to study under him in his home in the fatherland. This home was in a large ...

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The Chest of Chu Chan

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: JARED SHEBLEY leaned back in his teak?wood chair and toyed with the Burmese katar. His crisp smile, slicing across his parchment face, would have suited an Oriental potentate more than a New York curio collector. Shebley?s surroundings were in keeping with his appearance. This was his curio room, the pride of his Manhattan penthouse. Its walls were adorned with tall, narrow tapestries, woven mostly in gold and silver, set alternately between the glass?fronted ca...

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Ebook of Expositions of Holy Scripture : The Acts

By: Alexander Maclaren

Excerpt: THE ASCENSION. ?The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2. Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the Apostles whom He had chosen: 3. To whom also He shewed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4. And, being assembled together with t...

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Sketches New and Old, Illustrated, Volume 7

By: Mark Twain

I had never seen him before. He brought letters of introduction from mutual friends in San Francisco, and by invitation I breakfasted with him. It was almost religion, there in the silver-mines, to precede such a meal with whisky cocktails. Artemus, with the true cosmopolitan instinct, always deferred to the customs of the country he was in, and so he ordered three of those abominations. Hingston was present. I said I would rather not drink a whisky cocktail. I said it w...

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Fiction Fields of Australasia

By: Frederick Sinnett

Excerpt: MAN can no more do without works of fiction than he can do without clothing, and, indeed, not so well; for, where climate is propitious, and manners simple, people often manage to loiter down the road of life without any of the ?lendings? that Lear cast away from him; yet, nevertheless, with nothing between the blue heaven and their polished skins, they will gather in a circle round some dusky orator or vocalist, as his imagination bodies forth the forms of thin...

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The Oblong Box

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Some years ago, I engaged passage from Charleston, S. C, to the city of New York, in the fine packet-ship Independence, Captain Hardy. We were to sail on the fifteenth of the month (June), weather permitting; and on the fourteenth, I went on board to arrange some matters in my stateroom. I found that we were to have a great many passengers, including a more than usual number of ladies. On the list were several of my acquaintances, and among other names, I was rejoiced to...

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Only an Irish Boy

By: Horatio Alger

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ANDY BURKE. ?John, saddle my horse, and bring him around to the door.? The speaker was a boy of fifteen, handsomely dressed, and, to judge from his air and tone, a person of considerable consequence, in his own opinion, at least. The person addressed was employed in the stable of his father, Colonel Anthony Preston, and so inferior in social condition that Master Godfrey always addressed him in imperious tones.

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Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 16481706

By: George Lincoln Burr

Introduction: The earliest account of the remarkable happenings at Salem, in the spring of 1692, which were to bring to a climax and then to a conclusion the quest of witches in New England, was that which here follows. The Rev. Deodat Lawson was singularly qualified to write it. He had himself, only a little earlier (1684?1688), served as pastor to Salem Village, the rural community in which these happenings took their rise; and, though dissensions in the parish prevent...

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By: Fr. Vincent De Paul

Preface: The reply of Maximilian to the wealthy courtier who tendered him a goodly purse of gold for a title of nobility, was worthy of that emperor: ?I can enrich thee,? he said, ?but only thy own virtue can enoble thee? All true grandeur, excellence, and dignity, are the offspring of virtue. Even the most renowned oracles of paganism proclaim this, and the very persecutors of holiness are often constrained to pay homage to their victim. No wonder, then, that whenever w...

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