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How Will the World End?

By: Herbert C. Fyfe

Excerpt: MANY of us are apt, not without some reason, to regard the world we live in as the centre of the universe, and to look upon the sun, the moon, and the stars as objects placed in the heavens for the special benefit of the human race. That the earth is but a minute object in the Cosmos; that it forms one of a number of bodies, many of them larger than itself, revolving around their central luminary, the sun; that there exist in the realms of space myriads of simil...

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A Connecticut Yankee

By: Mark Twain

Preface: The ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical. It is not pretended that these laws and customs existed in England in the sixth century; no, it is only pretended that inasmuch as they existed in the English and other civilizations of far later times, it is safe to consider that it is no libel upon the sixth century to suppose them to have been in practice in that day ...

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The Tragedy of Tragedies or the Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great

By: Henry Fielding

Excerpt: with Huncamunca .Mr. Jones. Merlin, A Conjurer, and in some sort Father to Tom Thumb .Mr. Hallam. Noodle, Courtier in Place, and consequently of that Party that is uppermost.Mr. Reynolds. Doodle, Courtier in Place, and consequently of that Party that is uppermost.Mr. Wathan. Foodle, A Courtier that is out of Place, and consequently of that Party that is undermostMr. Ayres. Bailiff, Of the Party of the Plaintiff.Mr. Peterson. Follower, Of the Party of the Plainti...

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Stella's Birthday

By: Jonathan Swift

Excerpt: STELLA this day is thirty?four (We shan't dispute a year or more) However, Stella, be not troubled, Although thy size and years are doubled Since first I saw thee at sixteen, The brightest virgin on the green. So little is thy form declined; Made up so largely in thy mind. Oh, would it please the gods to split Thy beauty, size, and years, and wit, No age could furnish out a pair Of nymphs so graceful, wise, and fair: With half the lustre of your eyes, With half ...

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Jennie Baxter, Journalist

By: Robert Barr

Excerpt: Chapter 1. JENNIE MAKES HER TOILETTE AND THE ACQUAINTANCE OF A PORTER. Miss Jennie Baxter, with several final and dainty touches that put to rights her hat and dress?a little pull here and a pat there?regarded herself with some complacency in the large mirror that was set before her, as indeed she had every right to do, for she was an exceedingly pretty girl. It is natural that handsome young women should attire themselves with extra care, and although Jennie wo...

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Expelled from Spain

By: Jacques Casanova

I Make a Mistake and Manucci Becomes My Mortal Foe -- His Vengeance -- I Leave Madrid -- Saragossa -- Valentia -- Nina -- I Arrive at Barcelona If these Memoirs, only written to console me in the dreadful weariness which is slowly killing me in Bohemia -- and which, perhaps, would kill me anywhere, since, though my body is old, my spirit and my desires are as young as ever -- if these Memoirs are ever read, I repeat, they will only be read when I am gone, and all censure...

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Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre : Buch 6

By: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Bekenntnisse einer schoenen Seele Bis in mein achtes Jahr war ich ein ganz gesundes Kind, weiss mich aber von dieser Zeit so wenig zu erinnern als von dem Tage meiner Geburt. Mit dem Anfange des achten Jahres bekam ich einen Blutsturz, und in dem Augenblick war meine Seele ganz Empfindung und Gedaechtnis. Die kleinsten Umstaende dieses Zufalls stehn mir noch vor Augen, als haette er sich gestern ereignet.

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At the Back of the North Wind

By: George Macdonald

I HAVE been asked to tell you about the back of the north wind. An old Greek writer mentions a people who lived there, and were so comfortable that they could not bear it any longer, and drowned themselves. My story is not the same as his. I do not think Herodotus had got the right account of the place. I am going to tell you how it fared with a boy who went there. He lived in a low room over a coach-house; and that was not by any means at the back of the north wind, as ...

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The Coming of the Friars

By: Augustus Jessopp

Excerpt: I. THE COMING OF THE FRIARS. Sweet St. Francis of Assisi, would that he were here again!?Lord Tennyson. When King Richard of England, whom men call the Lion?hearted, was wasting his time at Messina, after his boisterous fashion, in the winter of 1190, he heard of the fame of Abbot Joachim, and sent for that renowned personage, that he might hear from his own lips the words of prophecy and their interpretation. Around the personality of Joachim there has gathered...

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Sketches New and Old, Illustrated, Volume 1

By: Mark Twain

My beautiful new watch had run eighteen months without losing or gaining, and without breaking any part of its machinery or stopping. I had come to believe it infallible in its judgments about the time of day, and to consider its constitution and its anatomy imperishable. But at last, one night, I let it run down. I grieved about it as if it were a recognized messenger and forerunner of calamity. But by and by I cheered up, set the watch by guess, and commanded my boding...

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The Crimson Phoenix

By: Maxwell Grant

CHAPTER I. TEN GRAND: A MAN was walking slowly along the fashionable section of West End Avenue. The morning sunlight was not very strong, yet this furtive little man kept his hat brim turned down as though to protect weak eyes from the slanting sunshine. His eyes were neither weak nor nearsighted. On the contrary, they blazed with a ruthless light. He knew he was about to do something that would place his life in terrific peril. But his avarice and the itching desire fo...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

By: Anne Bronte

Excerpt: Chapter One. You must go back with me to the autumn of 1827. My father, as you know, was a sort of gentleman farmer in ? shire; and I, by his express desire, succeeded him in the same quiet occupation, not very willingly, for ambition urged me to higher aims, and self?conceit assured me that, in disregarding its voice, I was burying my talent in the earth, and hiding my light under a bushel. My mother had done her utmost to persuade me that I was capable of grea...

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May 1667

By: Samuel Pepys

Excerpt: May 1st. Up, it being a fine day, and after doing a little business in my chamber I left my wife to go abroad with W. Hewer and his mother in a Hackney coach incognito to the Park, while I abroad to the Excise Office first, and there met the Cofferer and Sir Stephen Fox about our money matters there, wherein we agreed, and so to discourse of my Lord Treasurer, who is a little better than he was of the stone, having rested a little this night. I there did acquain...

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A Charmed Life

By: Richard Harding Davis

She loved him so, that when he went away to a little war in which his country was interested she could not understand, nor quite forgive. As the correspondent of a newspaper, Chesterton had looked on at other wars; when the yellow races met, when the infidel Turk spanked the Christian Greek; and one he had watched from inside a British square, where he was greatly alarmed lest he should be trampled upon by terrified camels. This had happened before he and she had met. Af...

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Pygmalion

By: George Bernard Shaw

I had better explain why, in this little piece d'occasion, written for a performance in aid of the funds of the project for establishing a National Theatre as a memorial to Shakespear, I have identified the Dark Lady with Mistress Mary Fitton. First, let me say that I do not contend that the Dark Lady was Mary Fitton, because when the case in Mary's favor (or against her, if you please to consider that the Dark Lady was no better than she ought to have been) was complete...

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Crime Caravan

By: Maxwell Grant

HAPPY JACK began peeling the bank-roll the moment the big blue job swerved into the buying lot. Fifteen hundred dollars was a safe bet for a first glance appraisal, and to wave the cash with the offer was the set system of Happy Jack Smiley. If you want jack, see Jack was the slogan that went with Smiley's inch-square photograph in all the used car want-ads. So there was Happy Jack with his famous gold-toothed grin right beneath the big banner that stretched across the d...

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Colored Cadet at West Point

By: Henry Ossian Flipper

CONTENTS. RETROSPECT, -- 7 COMMUNICATIONS, ETC., . 17 REPORTING,...29 CANT TERMS, -- 49 PLEBE CAMP, -- 57 STUDIES, ETC., .73 YEARLING CAMP, 102 FIRST CLASS CAMP,...108 OUR FUTURE HEROES, -- 114 TREATMENT, -- 117 RESUME, 166 PLEASURES AND PRIVILEGES,...187 FURLOUGH,...203 INCIDENT, HUMOR, ETC., 207 GRADUATION -- IN THE ARMY, 238 SMITH AT WEST POINT, . 288...

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Stateless Socialism : Anarchism

By: Mikhail Bakunin

Excerpt: Effect of the Great Principles Proclaimed by the French Revolution. From the time when the Revolution brought down to the masses its Gospel not the mystic but the rational, not the heavenly but the earthly, not the divine but the human Gospel, the Gospel of the Rights of Man ever since it proclaimed that all men are equal, that all men are entitled to liberty and equality, the masses of all European countries, of all the civilized world, awakening gradually from...

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The Three Admirals

By: William H. G. Kingston

Excerpt: Fearful danger when re?entering the harbour.

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In the Wake of War

By: Hallie Erminie Rives

Excerpt: There is nothing so elusive yet so fascinating as a chance resemblance. We walk a street crowded with thousands of human atoms like ourselves, yet each meaningless, unindividual. The mass has the consistency of a stream of water parted by a stone. Suddenly one of these atoms acquires form, color, substance, and character; its individuality strikes a chord in the brain. A thousand disassociate fragments memory?worn strands of time and place struggle to coalesce, ...

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