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The Lightningrod Man

By: Herman Melville

Excerpt: What grand irregular thunder, thought I, standing on my hearthstone among the Acroceraunian hills, as the scattered bolts boomed overhead and crashed down among the valleys, every bolt followed by zigzag irradiations, and swift slants of sharp rain ...

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Bush Studies

By: Barbara Baynton

Excerpt: A Dreamer. A SWIRL of wet leaves from the night?hidden trees decorating the little station beat against the closed doors of the carriages. The porter hurried along holding his blear?eyed lantern to the different windows, and calling the name of the township in language peculiar to porters. There was only one ticket to collect. Passengers from far up?country towns have importance from their rarity. He turned his lantern full on this one, as he took her ticket. Sh...

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A Princess of Mars

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

3 I am a very old man; how old I do not know. Possibly I am a hundred, possibly more; but I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood. So far as I can recollect I have always been a man, a man of about thirty. I appear today as did forty years and more ago, and yet I feel that I cannot go on living forever; that some day I shall die the real death from which there is no resurrection. I do not know why I should fear death, I who h...

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Tecumseh : A Drama

By: Charles Mair

Excerpt: ?When the white men first set foot on our shores, they were hungry; they had no places on which to spread their blankets or to kindle their fires. They were feeble; they could do nothing for themselves. Our fathers commiserated their distress, and shared freely with them whatever the Great Spirit had given to his red children.?

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The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of ...

By: Richard Hakluyt

Excerpt: This elaborate and excellent Collection, which redounds as much to the glory of the English Nation as any book that ever was published, has already had sufficient complaints made in its behalf against our suffering it to become so scarce and obscure, by neglecting to republish it in a fair impression, with proper illustrations and especially an Index. But there may still be room left for a favourable construction of such neglect, and the hope that nothing but th...

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The Report of Pontius Pilate, Procurator of Judaea Sent to Rome to...

To the most mighty, venerable, awful, most divine, the august,—Pilatus Pontius, the governor of the East: I have to report to thy reverence, through this writing of mine, being seized with great trembling and fear, O most mighty emperor, the conjuncture of the present times, as the end of these things has shown. For while I, my lord, according to the commandment of thy clemency, was discharging the duties of my government, which is one of the cities of the East, Jerusale...

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The Man of Feeling

By: Henry Mackenzie

INTRODUCTION: My dog had made a point on a piece of lee-ground, and led the curate and me two or three hundred yards over that and some stubble adjoining, in a breathless state of expectation, on a burning first of September. 'Twas a false point, and our labour was in vain: yet, to do Rover justice, (for he's an excellent dog, though I have lost his pedigree) the fault was none of his, the birds were gone; for the curate shewed me the spot where they had lain basking, at...

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Enoch Soames

By: Max Beerbohm

When a book about the literature of the eighteen-nineties was given by Mr. Holbrook Jackson to the world, I looked eagerly in the index for Soames, Enoch. It was as I feared: he was not there. But everybody else was. Many writers whom I had quite forgotten, or remembered but faintly, lived again for me, they and their work, in Mr. Holbrook Jackson's pages. The book was as thorough as it was brilliantly written. And thus the omission found by me was an all the deadlier re...

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The Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Volume 3

By: Louis Constant Wairy

The First Consul left Boulogne to return to Paris, in order to be present at the marriage of one of his sisters. Prince Camille Borghese, descendant of the noblest family of Rome, had already arrived at Paris to -- marry Madame Pauline Bonaparte, widow of General Leclerc, who had died of yellow fever in San Domingo. I recollect having seen this unfortunate general at the residence of the First Consul some time before his departure on the ill-starred expedition which cost...

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Discourse VI : Aga

Excerpt: THE EXCELLENCE OF THE ABIDING GLORY OF VIRGINITY; THE SOUL MADE IN THE IMAGE OF THE IMAGE OF GOD, THAT IS OF HIS SON; THEDEVIL A SUITOR For THE SOUL. With great confidence of being able to persuade, and to carry on this admirable discourse, O Arete, if thou go with me, will I also endeavour, according to my ability, to contribute something to the discussion of the subject before us; something commensurate to my own power, and not to be compared with that which h...

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Original Papers in the Case of Roux de Marsilly

By: Andrew Lang, M.A.

Excerpt: Ever since that Monsieur de Ruvigny was in England last, and upon the information he gave, this King had a very great desire to seize if it were possible this Roux de Marsilly, and several persons were sent to effect it, into England, Holland, Flanders, and Franche Compte: amongst the rest one La Grange, exempt des Gardes, was a good while in Holland with fifty of the guards dispersed in severall places and quarters; But all having miscarried the King recommende...

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A Modern Cinderella : Or, The Little Old Shoe

By: Louisa May Alcott

Excerpt: HOW IT WAS LOST Among green New England hills stood an ancient house, many?gabled, mossy?roofed, and quaintly built, but picturesque and pleasant to the eye; for a brook ran babbling through the orchard that encompassed it about, a garden?plot stretched upward to the whispering birches on the slope, and patriarchal elms stood sentinel upon the lawn, as they had stood almost a century ago, when the Revolution rolled that way and found them young. One summer morni...

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Quadratus, Bishop of Athens

By: Quadratus, Bishop of Athens

Excerpt: QUADRATUS, BISHOP OF ATHENS. OUR Saviour?s works, moreover, were always present: for they were real, consisting of those who had been healed of their diseases, those who had been raised from the dead; who were not only seen whilst they were being healed and raised up, but were afterwards constantly present. Nor did they remain only during the sojourn of the Saviour on earth, but also a considerable time after His departure; and, indeed, some of them have survive...

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Daddylonglegs

By: Jean Webster

Excerpt: Blue Wednesday The first Wednesday in every month was a Perfectly Awful Day a day to be awaited with dread, endured with courage and forgotten with haste. Every floor must be spotless, every chair dustless, and every bed without a wrinkle. Ninety?seven squirming little orphans must be scrubbed and combed and buttoned into freshly starched ginghams; and all ninety?seven reminded of their manners, and told to say, ?Yes, sir,? ?No, sir,? whenever a Trustee spoke. I...

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The Haunted Cove

By: Sir George Douglas

Excerpt: COMMONPLACE in itself and showing positive vulgarity in the style in which its pleasure?grounds are laid out, Clyffe, near Berwick?on?Tweed, has yet one delightful feature of its own, to wit, a private bay to which access is obtained by a tunnel seventy or eighty yards long, cut through the soft formation of the cliff from the sloping gardens above. The result is that, if you are a visitor at Clyffe, you have your own private bathing ground, your own private bea...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Monsieur de Camors, Vol. 2

By: Octave Feuillet

To M. de Camors, in principle it was a matter of perfect indifference whether France was centralized or decentralized. But his Parisian instinct induced him to prefer the former. In spite of this preference, he would not have scrupled to adopt the opinions of M. des Rameures, had not his own fine tact shown him that the proud old gentleman was not to be won by submission. He therefore reserved for him the triumph of his gradual conversion. Be that as it might, it was nei...

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Mademoiselle Irnois

By: Gobineau, Arthur, Comte De, 1816-1882

Monsieur Pierre-Andre Irnois fut un des marchands d'argent qui, sous la Republique, firent le mieux leurs affaires. Sans arriver aux splendeurs quasi fabuleuses des Ouvrard, M. Irnois devint tres opulent, et ce qui le distingua surtout de ses confreres, c'est qu'il eut le talent de conserver son bien. Enfin, il n'imita pas Annibal: il sut vaincre d'abord, puis conserver sa victoire; sa race, si elle eut dure, eut pu le comparer a Auguste. Dans sa sphere, son elevation av...

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Cain

By: Lord George Gordon Byron (Lord Byron)

Excerpt: The tale which these disjointed fragments present, is founded upon circumstances now less common in the East than formerly; either because the ladies are more circumspect than in the ?olden time,? or because the Christians have better fortune, or less enterprise. The story, when entire, contained the adventures of a female slave, who was thrown, in the Mussulman manner, into the sea for infidelity, and avenged by a young Venetian, her lover, at the time the Seve...

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When a Man Marries

By: Mary Roberts Rhinehart

I HAVE A WARNING: When it was all over Mr. Sam came out to the spring-house to say good-by to me before he and Mrs. Sam left. I hated to see him go, after all we had been through together, and I suppose he saw it in my face, for he came over close and stood looking down at me, and smiling. You saved us, Minnie, he said, and I needn’t tell you we’re grateful; but do you know what I think? he asked, pointing his long forefinger at me. I think you’ve enjoyed it even when yo...

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Christmas at Thompson Hall

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: SCENE I. An English Hotel Room in the middle of the 19th century. MR. BROWN: If I can?t get something to relieve me, I know I shall never make my way on. MRS. BROWN: But my dear, what can I do? What can I do, my dearie? You know I would do anything if I could. Get into bed, my pet, and be warm, and then tomorrow morning you will be all right.

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