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The Creeping Death

By: Maxwell Grant

CHAPTER I. DYING WORDS: A DOUBLE row of taxicabs and automobiles came to a stop on the street in front of the Metrolite Hotel. Motors roared and horns honked as impatient drivers waited for the Broadway traffic to clear. They were in the midst of one of the heavy jams that nightly congest the streets of Manhattan.

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Diary of Samuel Pepys, May 1668

By: Samuel Pepys

Excerpt: May 1st, 1668. Up, and to the office, where all the morning busy. Then to Westminster Hall, and there met Sir W. Pen, who labours to have his answer to his impeachment, and sent down from the Lords? House, read by the House of Commons; but they are so busy on other matters, that he cannot, and thereby will, as he believes, by design, be prevented from going to sea this year. Here met my cozen Thomas Pepys of Deptford, and took some turns with him; who is mightil...

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Leila

By: Edward Bulwer Lytton

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE ENCHANTER AND THE WARRIOR. It was the summer of the year 1491, and the armies of Ferdinand and Isabel invested the city of Granada. The night was not far advanced; and the moon, which broke through the transparent air of Andalusia, shone calmly over the immense and murmuring encampment of the Spanish foe, and touched with a hazy light the snow? capped summits of the Sierra Nevada, contrasting the verdure and luxuriance which no devastation of man ...

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The Leopard's Spots

By: Thomas Dixon, Jr.

Excerpt: IN answer to hundreds of letters, I wish to say that all the incidents used in Book I., which is properly the prologue of my story, were selected from authentic records, or came within my personal knowledge. The only serious liberty I have taken with history is to tone down the facts to make them credible in fiction. The village of ?Hambright? is my birthplace, and is located near the center of ?Military District No. 2,? comprising the Carolinas, which were dest...

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Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood

By: George Macdonald

Before I begin to tell you some of the things I have seen and heard, in both of which I have had to take a share, now from the compulsion of my office, now from the leading of my own heart, and now from that destiny which, including both, so often throws the man who supposed himself a mere on-looker, into the very vortex of events—that destiny which took form to the old pagans as a gray mist high beyond the heads of their gods, but to us is known as an infinite love, rev...

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Views Afoot

By: J. Bayard Taylor

Excerpt: THE book which follows, requires little or no introduction. It tells its own story, and tells it well. The interest in it, which induces the writer of this preface to be its usher to the public, is simply that of his having chanced to be among the first appreciators of the author?s talent?an appreciation that has since been so more than justified, that the writer is proud to call the author of this book his friend, and bespeak attention to the peculiar energies ...

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A Doc Savage Adventure : Men of Fear

By: Kenneth Robeson

JOE GOOPY encountered it first. Two of his companions saw it happen. Those companions didn’t believe what they saw and took the attitude that it didn’t matter much anyway. Joe probably would have agreed with them. He was rather tired of living. The three were making their way to the hobo jungles outside Washington. Not one of them was sober. Panhandling had been better than usual. They had bought some canned heat, squeezed the alcohol out and gulped it down. That was one...

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After the Storm : A Story of the Prairie

By: Elia Wilkinson Peattie

WHEN the men drove up for supper, they found the table unset, the fire out, and the woman tossing on the bed. There were six of the men, besides Tennant, the Englishman, who, by the bitter road the younger son must tread, had come to Nebraska and the sandhill country, ranching, and who was put over the rest of the men because he did not get drunk as often as they did. Sharpneck, the cattleman, was in town. So was his daughter, whose hungry cats darted about the disorderl...

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A Far-Away Melody : And Other Stories

By: Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Excerpt: ?A Far?Away Melody? The clothes?line was wound securely around the trunks of four gnarled, crooked old apple?trees, which stood promiscuously about the yard back of the cottage. It was tree?blossoming time, but these were too aged and sapless to blossom freely, and there was only a white bough here and there shaking itself triumphantly from among the rest, which had only their new green leaves. There was a branch occasionally which had not even these, but pierce...

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Tales from the Old French

By: Isabel Butler

The Lay of the Bird. Once upon a time, a hundred years and more agone, there lived a rich villein; his name I know not for certain, but he was rich as beseemeth a great lord in woodland, stream and meadow, and in whatsoever else longeth to a puissant man. And to tell you the sum thereof, his manor was so goodly no town, or burg, or castle hath its like, for to tell you true, in all the world is none other so fair and delectable; and if any were to show you its form and f...

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Woman's Future Position in the World

By: Lizzie Holmes

TO be strictly logical one should not treat of woman apart from the rest of the human race, for this is in a manner to admit that women are a distinct class, not affected by conditions, environment, etc., as men are. But we find a woman question actually existing. A great deal of discussion has been going on as to what is proper for woman, what her real nature is, and how many of the duties and privileges of man she should be admitted to. Women do not occupy the same pos...

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Unterhaltungen Deutscher Ausgewanderten

Excerpt: Bassompierres Geschichte von der schoenen Kraemerin Erzaehlung aus Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten (1795) ?Der Marschall von Bassompierre, sagte er, ?erzaehlt sie in seinen Memoiren; es sei mir erlaubt, in seinem Namen zu reden: Seit fuenf oder sechs Monaten hatte ich bemerkt, so oft ich ueber die kleine Bruecke ging denn zu der Zeit war der Pont neuf noch nicht erbauet , dass eine schoene Kraemerin, deren Laden an einem Schilde mit zwei Engeln kenntlich...

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A Treatise on the Anger of God

By: Lactantius

Excerpt: I HAVE often observed, Donatus, that many persons hold this opinion, which some philosophers also have maintained, that God is not subject to anger; since the divine nature is either altogether beneficent, and that it is inconsistent with His surpassing and excellent power to do injury to any one; or, at any rate, He takes no notice of us at all, so that no advantage comes to us from His goodness, and no evil from His ill?will. But the error of these men, becaus...

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Ice Creams, Water Ices, Frozen Puddings

By: S.T. Rorer

Foreword: In this book, Philadelphia Ice Creams, comprising the first group, are very palatable, but expensive. In many parts of the country it is quite difficult to get good cream. For that reason, I have given a group of creams, using part milk and part cream, but it must be remembered that it takes smart ?juggling? to make ice cream from milk. By far better use condensed milk, with enough water or milk to rinse out the cans. Ordinary fruit creams may be made with cond...

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Kings of Crime

By: Maxwell Grant

A WEIRD, mellow light pervaded the somber, black-walled room. The glow had a purplish tinge, and its strange rays centered themselves in a single corner, where they reflected the shining surface of a polished tabletop. All was silent in that room. It bore the semblance of a chamber of death; and most mysterious of all was the spectral figure that sat before the table. Clothed in a cloak of jet-black hue, with visage obscured by the broad brim of a black slouch hat, this ...

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Life of John Coleridge Patteson

By: Charlotte M. Younge

Preface: There are of course peculiar advantages as well as disadvantages in endeavouring to write the life of one recently departed. On the one hand, the remembrances connected with him are far fresher; his contemporaries can he consulted, and much can be made matter of certainty, for which a few years would have made it necessary to trust to hearsay or probable conjecture. On the other, there is necessarily much more reserve; nor are the results of the actions, nor eve...

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The Box with Broken Seals

By: E. Phillips Oppenheim

Excerpt: James Crawshay, Englishman of the type usually described in transatlantic circles as ?some Britisher,? lolled apparently at his ease upon the couch of the too?resplendent sitting room in the Hotel Magnificent, Chicago. Hobson, his American fellow traveler, on the other hand, betrayed his anxiety by his nervous pacing up and down the apartment. Both men bore traces in their appearance of the long journey which they had only just completed. ?I think,? Crawshay dec...

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Khent

Excerpt: Chapter One. ?The fool rolled a stone into a pit; a hundred wise men came to the rescue but they could not draw it out.? ?While the prudent man is considering the fool is across the river and away.? ?The replies of the fool become the proverbs of the people.? Bayazid was besieged. Turks, Kurds, gypsies, vagabonds, and more than twenty thousand lawless freebooters, together with the regular Turkish army, surrounded the half ruined city. Its fires smoked like a wi...

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The Tomb of Sarah

By: F. G. Loring

My father was the head of a celebrated firm of church restorers and decorators about sixty years ago. He took a keen interest in his work, and made an especial study of any old legends or family histories that came under his observation. He was necessarily very well read and thoroughly well posted in all questions of folklore and medieval legend. As he kept a careful record of every case he investigated the manuscripts he left at his death have a special interest. From a...

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Murder Without a Corpse

By: Norman A. Daniels

Excerpt: Patrolman Mike Conway rounded the deserted corner of Ninth Avenue and Barrington Street. He was stowing away his keys after the 1:15 duty call. Therefore Conway?s hand wasn?t very far away from his holstered gun.

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