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The Drummer Ghost

By: John William Deforest

Excerpt: John William DeForest A bit of village, we can hardly call it a street; at best, the mere fag?end of a street; six houses and a church spire in sight, one of the houses, brick. This is by no means the whole of Johnsonville, for the greater number of its dwellings lie in a neighboring hollow, clustered industriously beside the mill?dam over the Wampoosue, or loafing, as it were, at the two ends of the wooden bridge, or straggling, like picnickers, down the course...

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The Immorality of the State

By: Mikhail Bakunin

Excerpt: THE Theory of Social Contract. Man is not only the most individual being on earth?he is also the most social being. It was a great fallacy on the part of Jean Jacques Rousseau to have assumed that primitive society was established by a free contract entered into by savages. But Rousseau was not the only one to uphold such views. The majority of jurists and modern writers, whether of the Kantian school or of other individualist and liberal schools, who do not acc...

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The Lion and the Mouse

By: Charles Rann Kennedy

Excerpt: Chapter One. There was unwonted bustle in the usually sleepy and dignified New York offices of the Southern and Transcontinental Railroad Company in lower Broadway. The supercilious, well?groomed clerks who, on ordinary days, are far too preoccupied with their own personal affairs to betray the slightest interest in anything not immediately concerning them, now condescended to bestir themselves and, gathered in little groups, conversed in subdued, eager tones. T...

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American Big Game in Its Haunts

By: George Bird Grinnell

Excerpt: Although a local affair, yet of interest to the whole country, is the remarkable success of the New York Zoological Park, controlled and managed by the New York Zoological Society, brought into existence largely through the efforts of Madison Grant, the present secretary of the Club. The Society has also recently taken over the care of the New York Aquarium. The Society is in a most flourishing condition, and through its extensive collections exerts an important...

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On Pimps

Excerpt: THE name and calling of pimp was so odious both to the ancient laws and to those of the Empire that many legal enactments have been published against persons committing offences of this description.

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The Mystery

By: Stewart Edward White

Excerpt: I. DESERT SEAS THE late afternoon sky flaunted its splendour of blue and gold like a banner over the Pacific, across whose depths the trade wind droned in measured cadence. On the ocean?s wide expanse a hulk wallowed sluggishly, the forgotten relict of a once brave and sightly ship, possibly the Sphinx of some untold ocean tragedy, she lay black and forbidding in the ordered procession of waves. Half a mile to the east of the derelict hovered a ship?s cutter, th...

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An Address to the Inhabitants of the Colonies, Established in New ...

By: Richard Johnson

Excerpt: I do not think it necessary to make an apology for putting this Address into your hands; or to enter into a long detail of the reasons which induced me to write it. One reason may suffice. I find I cannot express my regard for you, so often, or so fully, as I wish, in any other way. On our first arrival in this distant part of the world, and for some time afterwards, our numbers were comparatively small; and while they resided nearly upon one spot, I could not o...

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The Damned

By: Algernon Henry Blackwood

Excerpt: I'm over forty, Frances, and rather set in my ways,? I said good?naturedly, ready to yield if she insisted that our going together on the visit involved her happiness. ?My work is rather heavy just now too, as you know. The question is, could I work there with a lot of unassorted people in the house?? ?Mabel doesn't mention any other people, Bill,? was my sister?s rejoinder. ?I gather she?s alone as well as lonely.?

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In Trust

By: Edith Wharton

IN the good days, just after we all left college, Ned Halidon and I used to listen, laughing and smoking, while Paul Ambrose set forth his plans. They were immense, these plans, involving, as it sometimes seemed, the ultimate aesthetic redemption of the whole human race; and provisionally restoring the sense of beauty to those unhappy millions of our fellow country-men who, as Ambrose movingly pointed out, now live and die in surroundings of unperceived and unmitigated ugliness.

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The Purple Land

By: W.H. Hudson

Preface: This work was first issued in 1885, by Messrs. Sampson Low, in two slim volumes, with the longer, and to most persons, enigmatical title of The Purple Land That England Lost. A purple land may be found in almost any region of the globe, and ?tis of our gains, not our losses, we keep count. A few notices of the book appeared in the papers, one or two of the more serious literary journals reviewing it (not favourably) under the heading of ?Travels and Geography?; ...

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Those Extraordinary Twins

By: Mark Twain

Preface: A man who is born with the novel?writing gift has a troublesome time of it when he tries to build a novel. I know this from experience. He has no clear idea of his story; in fact he has no story. He merely has some people in his mind, and an incident or two, also a locality. He knows these people, he knows the selected locality, and he trusts that he can plunge those people into those incidents with interesting results. So he goes to work. To write a novel? No ?...

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The Landscape Chamber

By: Sarah Orne Jewett

I was tired of ordinary journeys, which involved either the loneliness and discomfort of fashionable hotels, or the responsibilities of a guest in busy houses. One is always doing the same things over and over; I now promised myself that I would go in search of new people and new scenes, until I was again ready to turn with delight to my familiar occupations. So I mounted my horse one morning, without any definite plan of my journey, and rode eastward, with a business-li...

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The Wizard

By: H. Rider Haggard

who bound all to her and, while her father cut his way through the hordes of the Ingobo Regiment, perished of the hardships of war at Buluwayo on 19th May, 1896, I dedicate these tales -- and more particularly the last, that of a Faith which triumphed over savagery and death.

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Ronicky Doone's Reward

By: Max Brand

The rider shot down the street, swung out of one stirrup, and rested all this weight on the other; then, when his pony flung back on braced legs, still traveling with great speed, he leaped down and ran up the steps to the hotel. His eyes were shining. He whipped off his hat and beat the dust from the crown against his leg, a great cloud of it rolling lazily down the wind. Boys, he cried, what d'you think's up? Old Steve Bennett's new man has come to town! This announcem...

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Declaration of Colonial Rights

By: First Continental Congress

[Following the Boston Tea Party and the adoption of the Intolerable Acts, delegates gathered on September 5, 1774, at Philadelphia, in what was to become the First Continental Congress. Every colony but Georgia was represented. They voted on September 6 to appoint a committee to state the rights of the Colonies in general, the several instances in which these rights are violated or infringed, and the means most proper to be pursued for obtaining a restoration of them (Jo...

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Lessons in Life

By: Timothy Titcomb

Preface: The quick and cordial reception which greeted the author?s ?Letters to the Young,? and his more recent series of essays entitled ?Gold Foil,? and the constant and substantial friendship which has been maintained by the public toward those productions, must stand as his apology for this third venture in a kindred field of effort. It should be?and probably is?unnecessary for the author to say that in this book, as in its predecessors, he has aimed to be neither br...

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I. -- The Adventure of the Empty House. IT was in the spring of the year 1894 that all London was interested, and the fashionable world dismayed, by the murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair under most unusual and inexplicable circumstances. The public has already learned those particulars of the crime which came out in the police investigation; but a good deal was suppressed upon that occasion, since the case for the prosecution was so overwhelmingly strong that it was ...

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The Decameron, Volume I

By: Giovanni Boccaccio

Son of a merchant, Boccaccio di Chellino di Buonaiuto, of Certaldo in Val d'Elsa, a little town about midway between Empoli and Siena, but within the Florentine contado, Giovanni Boccaccio was born, most probably at Paris, in the year 1313. His mother, at any rate, was a Frenchwoman, whom his father seduced during a sojourn at Paris, and afterwards deserted.

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The Martyr

By: Katherine Anne Porter

Excerpt: RUBEN, the most illustrious painter in Mexico, was deeply in love with his model Isabel, who was in turn romantically attached to a rival artist whose name is of no importance. Isabel used to call Ruben her little ?Churro,? which is a sort of sweet cake, and is, besides, a popular pet name among the Mexicans for small dogs. Ruben thought it a very delightful name, and would say before visitors to the studio, ?And now she calls me ?Churro!? Ha! ha!? When he laugh...

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Trinity Site : 1945-1995

By: White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office

Radiation at Trinity Site: In deciding whether to visit ground zero at Trinity Site, the following information may prove helpful to you. Radiation levels in the fenced, ground zero area are low. On an average the levels are only 10 times greater than the region's natural background radiation. A one-hour visit to the inner fenced area will result in a whole body exposure of one-half to one milliroentgen.

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