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Trilby

By: George Du Maurier

Excerpt: PART FIRST ?Mimi Pinson est une blonde,? Une blonde que l'on connait; Elle n'a qu'une robe au monde, Launderirette! et qu'un bonnet!? IT WAS A FINE, SUNNY, showery day in April. The big studio window was open at the top, and let in a pleasant breeze from the north?west. Things were beginning to look shipshape at last. The big piano, a semi?grand by Broadwood, had arrived from England by ?the Little Quickness? (la Petite Vitesse, as the goods trains are called in...

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Uncle Sam's Army Boys in Khaki under Canvas

By: Major Andrew S. Burley

Excerpt: Chapter 1. WATCHFUL WAITING IN CAMP. ?THIS thing is getting some monotonous, Bob, and there?s no use denying it!? ?None of the boys in camp seem to like it a whit better than you do, Sid, for a fact. I hear complaints all around about the inaction.? ?We?re still in Uncle Sam?s service, though the job we were mustered in for guarding the border while Pershing and his Regulars started on that wild goose chase down into Mexico, to round up Villa and his crowd was l...

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Our Master

By: Bramwell Booth

Preface: The present volume contains some of the papers bearing on the Birth and Death and Work of our Lord Jesus Christ which I have contributed from time to time to Salvation Army periodicals. I hope that in this form they may continue the service of souls which I am assured they began to render when, one by one, they were first published. Much in them has, I do not doubt, come to me directly or indirectly by inspiration or suggestion of other writers and speakers, and...

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Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft

By: Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet

Excerpt: Visual Nerve, those upon the Ear next considered?Delusions of the Touch chiefly experienced in Sleep?Delusions. of the Taste?And of the Smelling?Sum of the Argument. You have asked of me, my dear friend, that I should assist the ?Family Library? with the history of a dark chapter in human nature, which the increasing civilization of all well?instructed countries has now almost blotted out, though the subject attracted no ordinary degree of consideration in the o...

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Twelve Keys

By: Basil Valentine

Preface: of Basilius Valentinus, the Benedictine Concerning The Great Stone of the Ancient Sages. When I had emptied to the dregs the cup of human suffering, I was led to consider the wretchedness of this world, and the fearful consequences of our first parents? disobedience. Then I saw that there was no hope of repentance for mankind, that they were getting worse day by day, and that for their impenitence God?s everlasting punishment was hanging over them; and I made ha...

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The Black Arrow

By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Excerpt: Prologue?JOHN AMEND?ALL On a certain afternoon, in the late springtime, the bell upon Tunstall Moat House was heard ringing at an unaccustomed hour. Far and near, in the forest and in the fields along the river, people began to desert their labours and hurry towards the sound; and in Tunstall hamlet a group of poor country?folk stood wondering at the summons. Tunstall hamlet at that period, in the reign of old King Henry VI., wore much the same appearance as it ...

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The Prince of Graustark

By: George Barr Mccutcheon

Excerpt: Chapter 1. MR. AND MRS. BLITHERS DISCUSS MATRIMONY. ?My dear,? said Mr. Blithers, with decision,? you can?t tell me.? ?I know I can?t,? said his wife, quite as positively. She knew when she could tell him a thing and when she couldn't. It was quite impossible to im Part 1nformation to Mr. Blithers when he had the tips of two resolute fingers embedded in his ears. That happened to be his customary and rather unfair method of conquering her when an argument was go...

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The Conquest of the Sons of Mil

By: Book of Invasions

After the death of Mil, as we have said, Emer Donn and Eremon, his two sons, took rule and chief government of Spain between themselves. There was a father's brother of Mil, Ith son of Bregan, with them; he was expert and accomplished in knowledge and in learning. Once when Ith, of a clear winter's evening was on top of Bregan's Tower, contemplating and looking over the four quarters of the world, it seemed to him that he saw a shadow and a likeness of a land and lofty i...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: Richmond Palace [Illustration: Richmond Palace] Richmond has comparatively but few antiquarian or poetical visiters, notwithstanding all its associations with the ancient splendour of the English court, and the hallowed names of Pope and Thomson. Maurice sings, To thy sequester?d bow'rs and wooded height, That ever yield my soul renew?d delight, Richmond, I fly! with all thy beauties fir?d, By raptur?d poets sung, by kings admir?d! but ninety?nine out of a hundr...

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Bitter’Sweet

By: J.G. Holland

Excerpt: PICTURE. Winter?s wild birthnight! In the fretful East The uneasy wind moans with its sense of cold, And sends its sighs through gloomy mountain gorge, Along the valley, up the whitening hill, To tease the sighing spirits of the pines, And waste in dismal woods their chilly life. The sky is dark, and on the huddled leaves? The restless, rustling leaves?sifts down its sleet, Till the sharp crystals pin them to the earth, And they grow still beneath the rising sto...

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Awakening and to Let

By: John Galsworthy

Through the massive skylight illuminating the hall at Robin Hill, the July sunlight at five o'clock fell just where the broad stairway turned; and in that radiant streak little Jon Forsyte stood, blue- linen-suited. His hair was shining, and his eyes, from beneath a frown, for he was considering how to go downstairs, this last of innumerable times, before the car brought his father and mother home. Four at a time, and five at the bottom? Stale! Down the banisters? But in...

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The Virginians. A Tale of the Last Century

By: William Makepeace Thackeray

Excerpt: VOL. I. Chapter 1. IN WHICH ONE OF THE VIRGINIANS VISITS HOME. ON the library wall of one of the most famous writers of America, there hang two crossed swords, which his relatives wore in the great War of Independence. The one sword was gallantly drawn in the service of the king, the other was the weapon of a brave and honoured republican soldier. The possessor of the harmless trophy has earned for himself a name alike honoured in his ancestors? country, and his...

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Virginia Declaration of Rights and Cardinal Bellarmine

By: George Mason

That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

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Second April

By: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Excerpt: THE trees along this city street, Save for the traffic and the trains, Would make a sound as thin and sweet As trees in country lanes. And people standing in their shade Out of a shower, undoubtedly Would hear such music as is made Upon a country tree.

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Integral Education

By: Michael Bakunin

Excerpt: THE first topic for consideration today is this will it be feasible for the working masses to know complete emancipation as long as the education available to those masses continues to be inferior to that bestowed upon the bourgeois, or, in more general terms, as long as there exists any class, be it numerous or otherwise, which, by virtue of birth, is entitled to a superior education and a more complete instruction? Does not the question answer itself? Is it no...

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Essays before a Sonata

By: Charles Ives

Excerpt: BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Charles Ives (1874?1954) was probably one of the most psycho-intellectually brilliant, imaginative and flexible Americans to ever ?walk the land of freedom.? A graduate of Yale, he became a multi?millionaire in the American insurance industry, introducing brilliant innovations within that industry. He also, unlike a few composers, found the time and the money (being a shrewd and practical businessman) to get married and have children. H...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : The Red Lily, V3

By: Anatole France

Excerpt: CHAPTER XXIII. ?ONE IS NEVER KIND WHEN ONE IS IN LOVE? The next day, in the hidden pavilion of the Via Alfieri, she found him preoccupied. She tried to distract him with ardent gayety, with the sweetness of pressing intimacy, with superb humility. But he remained sombre. He had all night meditated, labored over, and recognized his sadness. He had found reasons for suffering. His thought had brought together the hand that dropped a letter in the post?box before t...

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Michael's Crag

By: Grant Allen

Then you don't care for the place yourself, Tyrrel? Eustace Le Neve said, musingly, as he gazed in front of him with a comprehensive glance at the long gray moor and the wide expanse of black and stormy water. It's bleak, of course; bleak and cold, I grant you; all this upland plateau about the Lizard promontory seems bleak and cold everywhere; but to my mind it has a certain wild and weird picturesqueness of its own for all that. It aims at gloominess. I confess in its ...

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A Master's Degree

By: Margaret Mccarter

Excerpt: IT happened by mere chance that the September day on which Professor Vincent Burgess, A.B., from Boston, first entered Sunrise College as instructor in Greek, was the same day on which Vic Burleigh, overgrown country boy from a Kansas claim out beyond the Walnut River, signed up with the secretary of the College Board and paid the entrance fee for his freshman year. And further, by chance, it happened that the two young men had first met at the gateway to the ca...

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Paris and Holland

By: Jacques Casanova

Excerpt: Chapter One. Count Tiretta of Trevisa Abbe Coste ? Lambertini, the Pope?s Niece Her Nick ? Name for Tiretta The Aunt and Niece ? Our Talk by the Fireside ? Punishment of Damien ? Tiretta?s Mistake Anger of Madame*** ? Their Reconciliation ? My Happiness with Mdlle. de la Meure Silvia?s Daughter ? Mdlle, de la Meure Marries My Despair and Jealousy ? A Change far the Better In the beginning of March, 1757, I received a letter from my friend Madame Manzoni, which s...

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