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The Riding-Whip

By: George Robert Gissing, 1857-1903

It was not easy for Mr. Daffy to leave his shop for the whole day, but an urgent affair called him to London, and he breakfasted early in order to catch the 8.30 train. On account of his asthma he had to allow himself plenty of time for the walk to the station; and all would have been well, but that, just as he was polishing his silk hat and giving final directions to his assistant, in stepped a customer, who came to grumble about the fit of a new coat. Ten good minutes ...

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The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland, Volume 1

By: E. Lynn Linton

To EDWARD BARRINGTON DE FONBLANQUE. DEAR MR. DE FONBLANQUE—In asking you to accept the dedication of this book, I do not wish to make it appear that you either share its opinions or sympathize with its aim. I merely wish to claim you as one who, like Christopher himself, loves honesty and practises sincerity, and who will therefore forgive even his defence of vivisection, to which you are so notoriously opposed. Neither do I seek to entangle your assent to that profound ...

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The Mucker

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

CONTENTS, CHAPTER I: BILLY BYRNE was a product of the streets and alleys of Chicago’s great West Side. From Halsted to Robey, and rom Grand Avenue to Lake Street there was scarce a bartender whom Billy knew not by his first name. And, in proportion to their number which was considerably less, he knew the patrolmen and plain clothes men equally as well, but not so pleasantly.

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Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

By: George Paston

Excerpt: BENJAMIN ROBERT HAYDON. Part 1. If it be true that the most important ingredient in the composition of the self?biographer is a spirit of childlike vanity, with a blend of unconscious egoism, few men have ever been better equipped than Haydon for the production of a successful autobiography. In naive simplicity of temperament he has only been surpassed by Pepys, in fulness of self?revelation by Rousseau, and his Memoirs are not unworthy of a place in the same ca...

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The Winding Stair and Other Poems

By: William Butler Yeats

Excerpt: In Memory of Eva Gore?Booth and Con Markiewicz. The light of evening, Lissadell, Great windows open to the south, Two girls in silk kimonos, both Beautiful, one a gazelle. But a raving autumn shears Blossom from the summer?s wreath; The older is condemned to death, Pardoned, drags out lonely years Conspiring among the ignorant. I know not what the younger dreams?Some vague Utopia?and she seems, When withered old and skeleton?gaunt, An image of such politics. Man...

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The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms : Wit...

By: Charles Darwin

Introduction: The share which worms have taken in the formation of the layer of vegetable mould, which covers the whole surface of the land in every moderately humid country, is the subject of the present volume. This mould is generally of a blackish colour and a few inches in thickness. In different districts it differs but little in appearance, although it may rest on various subsoils. The uniform fineness of the particles of which it is composed is one of its chief ch...

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Female Suffrage

By: Susan Fenimore Cooper

{The question of female suffrage has long been resolved in the United States, and—though sometimes more recently—in other democratic societies as well. For most people, certainly in the so- called Western world, the right of women to vote on a basis of equality with men seems obvious. A century ago this was not the case, even in America, and it required a long, arduous, and sometimes painful struggle before the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was r...

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A Miscellany of Men

By: Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Excerpt: THE SUFFRAGIST Rightly or wrongly, it is certain that a man both liberal and chivalric, can and very often does feel a dis?ease and distrust touching those political women we call Suffragettes. Like most other popular sentiments, it is generally wrongly stated even when it is rightly felt. One part of it can be put most shortly thus: that when a woman puts up her fists to a man she is putting herself in the only posture in which he is not afraid of her. He can b...

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Visions of the Daughters of Albion

By: William Blake

PLATE 3, / TheARGUMENT: / I loved Theotormon / And I was not ashamed / I trembled in my virgin fears / And I hid in Leutha's vale! / I plucked Leutha's flower, / And I rose up from the vale; / But the terrible thunders tore / My virgin mantle in twain.

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River of Death

By: Maxwell Grant

THE Hudson River was a broad expanse of darkness. The hour was long past midnight. A haze of fog drifted low on the surface of the river. Nothing was visible except the hazy pier lights of Manhattan and the fainter gleams that twinkled on the New Jersey side. Through that protecting darkness a speedboat moved downstream. The boat was painted jet-black. The men in the boat were black, too. There were four men. Burned cork had darkened their faces so that they looked like ...

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Jimmy Goggles the God

By: Herbert George Wells

It isn't every one who's been a god, said the sunburnt man. But it's happened to me. Among other things. I intimated my sense of his condescension. It don't leave much for ambition, does it? said the sunburnt man.

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Janet's Repentance

By: George Eliot

Excerpt: Chapter One. ?No!? said lawyer Dempster, in a loud, rasping, oratorical tone, struggling against chronic huskiness, ?as long as my Maker grants me power of voice and power of intellect, I will take every legal means to resist the introduction of demoralizing, methodistical doctrine into this parish; I will not supinely suffer an insult to be inflicted on our venerable pastor, who has given us sound instruction for half a century.? It was very warm everywhere tha...

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Life of Chopin

By: Franz Liszt

PREFACE: To a people, always prompt in its recognition of genius, and ready to sympathize in the joys and woes of a truly great artist, this work will be one of exceeding interest. It is a short, glowing, and generous sketch, from the hand of Franz Liszt, (who, considered in the double light of composer and performer, has no living equal,) of the original and romantic Chopin; the most ethereal, subtle, and delicate among our modern tone-poets. It is a rare thing for a gr...

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Rataplan

By: Ellen Velvin

Preface: If an excuse for this book were needed, the undying interest of young people in both wild and domesticated animals would afford it. From time immemorial they have been amused and instructed by stories of animals, and it is not hard to trace the educational and humane influence of such tales. There are heroes and tyrants, cruel and gentle natures in the animal world, as in our own, and, judged by our standards, their lives are pastorals or tragedies, even as ours...

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The Student's Elements of Geology

By: Sir Charles Lyell

Preface: The LAST or sixth EDITION of my ?Elements of Geology? was already out of print before the end of 1868, in which year I brought out the tenth edition of my ?Principles of Geology.? In writing the last?mentioned work I had been called upon to pass in review almost all the leading points of speculation and controversy to which the rapid advance of the science had given rise, and when I proposed to bring out a new edition of the ?Elements? I was strongly urged by my...

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The Memoirs of Napoleon, V7, 1804

By: Louis Antoine Fauvelet De Bourrienne

Excerpt: arranging the peace; but his intention was to mark his return to the ministry by the renewal of the implacable hatred he had vowed against France. Still, I have always thought that the conclusion of peace, however necessary to England, was an error of the Cabinet of London. England alone had never before acknowledged any of the governments which had risen up in France since the Revolution; and as the past could not be blotted out, a future war, however successfu...

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Home Lyrics

By: Hannah. S. Battersby

Preface: This second volume of HOME LYRICS has been published since the death of the authoress, and in fulfilment of her last wishes, by her children, and is by them dedicated to the memory of the dearest of mothers, whose whole life was consecrated to their happiness and welfare and who fully reciprocated her self?denial, devotion and love.

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A Run with Rosalie

By: William le Queux

From Germany Count Bindo di Ferraris had sent me with the car right across Europe to Florence, where, at Nenci's the builders of motor-bodies, I, in obedience to orders, had it repainted a bright yellow — almost the colour of mustard. When, a fortnight later, it came out of the Nenci works, I hardly recognised it. At Bindo's orders I had had a second body built, one made of wicker, and lined inside with glazed white leather, which, when fixed upon the chassis, completely...

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

By: Richard Hakluyt
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The Tragedy of Tragedies or the Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great

By: Henry Fielding

Queen Dollallolla, Wife to King Arthur, and Mother to Huncamunca, a Woman entirely faultless, saving that she is a little given to Drink; a little too much a Virago towards her Husband, and in Love with Tom Thumb.Mrs. Mullart . The Princess Huncamunca, Daughter to their Majesties King Arthur and Queen Dollallolla, of a very sweet, gentle, and amorous Disposition, equally in Love with Lord Grizzle and Tom Thumb, and desirous to be married to them both.Mrs. Jones...

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