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The Life of the Fly

By: J. Henri Fabre

The present volume contains all the essays on flies, or Diptera, from the Souvenirs entomologiques, to which I have added, in order to make the dimensions uniform with those of the other volumes of the series, the purely autobiographical essays comprised in the Souvenirs. These essays, though they have no bearing upon the life of the fly, are among the most interesting that Henri Fabre has written and will, I am persuaded, make a special appeal to the reader. The chapter...

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The Annihilist

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: JOHN Henry Cowlton was the first pop?eyed dead one. Cowlton was a young man who had inherited money, and the newspaper reporters, writing his obituary the next morning, called him a Park Avenue playboy. Cowlton was found in his penthouse gymnasium, and because the gym windows were open and it had been a cold night, his body was frozen only slightly less hard than a rock. There was no mark on John Henry Cowlton?s athletic body. But there was a very peculiar thing...

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Iphigenie auf Tauris

By: Racine, Jean Baptiste, 1678-1747

JEAN BAPTISTE RACINE, the younger contemporary of Corneille, and his rival for supremacy in French classical tragedy, was born at Ferte-Milon, December 21, 1639. He was educated at the College of Beauvais, at the great Jansenist school at Port Royal, and at the College d’ Harcourt. He attracted notice by an ode written for the marriage of Louis XIV in 1660, and made his first really great dramatic success with his Andromaque. His tragic masterpieces include Britannicus, ...

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Pebbles on the Shore

By: Alfred George Gardiner

Preface: These papers were begun as a part of a causerie in The Star, the other contributors to which?men whose names are household words in contemporary literature?wrote under the pen names of ?Aldebaran,? ?Arcturus? and ?Sirius.? But the constellation, formed in the early days of the war, did not long survive the agitations of that event, and when ?Arcturus? left for the battlefield it was finally dissolved and ?Alpha of the Plough? alone remained to continue the cause...

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Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

By: William Morris

CHAPTER I. OF THE KING OF OAKENREALM, AND HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILD. Of old there was a land which was so much a woodland, that a minstrel thereof said it that a squirrel might go from end to end, and all about, from tree to tree, and never touch the earth: therefore was that land called Oakenrealm.

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Les Bijoux Indiscrets

By: J.P. Mourlon

Excerpt: ? ZIMA Zima, profitez du moment. L'aga Narkis entretient votre mere, et votre gouvernante guette sur un balcon le retour de votre pere : prenez, lisez, ne craignez rien. Mais quand on surprendrait les Bijoux indiscrets derriere votre toilette, pensez?vous qu'on s'en etonnat ? Non, Zima, non ; on sait que le Sopha, le Tanza‹ et les Confessions ont ete sous votre oreiller. Vous hesitez encore ? Apprenez donc qu'Aglae n'a pas dedaigne de mettre la main a l'ouvrage ...

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The King's Jackal

By: Richard Harding Davis

The private terrace of the Hotel Grand Bretagne, at Tangier, was shaded by a great awning of red and green and yellow, and strewn with colored mats, and plants in pots, and wicker chairs. It reached out from the Kings apartments into the Garden of Palms, and was hidden by them on two sides, and showed from the third the blue waters of the Mediterranean and he great shadow of Gibraltar in the distance.

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Excerpts from Frame of Government of Pennsylvania

By: William Penn

When the great and wise God had made the world, of all his creatures it pleased him to choose man his deputy to rule it; and to fit him for so great a charge and trust, he did not only qualify him with skill and power but with integrity to use them justly. This native goodness was equally his honor and his happiness; and whilst he stood here, all went well; there was no need of coercive or compulsive means, the precept of divine love and truth, in his bosom, was the guid...

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Hero Tales from American History

By: Theodore Roosevelt; Henry Cabot Lodge

GEORGE WASHINGTON -- H. C. Lodge. -- DANIEL BOONE AND THE FOUNDING OF KENTUCKY -- Theodore Roosevelt. -- GEORGE ROGERS CLARK AND THE CONQUEST OF THE NORTHWEST -- Theodore Roosevelt. -- THE BATTLE OF TRENTON -- H. C. Lodge. -- BENNINGTON -- H. C. Lodge. -- KING'S MOUNTAIN -- Theodore Roosevelt. -- THE STORMING OF STONY POINT -- Theodore Roosevelt. -- GOUVERNEUR MORRIS -- H. C. Lodge. -- THE BURNING OF THE PHILADELPHIA -- H. C. Lodge. -- THE CRUISE OF THE WASP -- Theodore ...

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Air Service Boys Over the Enemy's Lines; Or, The German Spy's Secret

By: Charles Amory Beach

CHAPTER I. BACK OF THE TRENCHES: TOM, what do you suppose that strange man who looked like a French peasant, yet wasn't one, could have been up to late yesterday afternoon? You mean the fellow discovered near the hangars at the aviation camp, Jack? Yes. He seemed to go out of sight like a wreath of smoke does. Why, if the ground had opened and swallowed him up, once the hue and cry was raised, he couldn't have vanished quicker. I wonder if what they say about him can be ...

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Tales from the Arabic Volume 1

By: John Payne

There was once [at Baghdad], in the Khalifate of Haroun er Reshid, a man, a merchant, who had a son by name Aboulhusn el Khelia. [FN#2] The merchant died and left his son great store of wealth, which he divided into two parts, one of which he laid up and spent of the other half; and he fell to companying with Persians [FN#3] and with the sons of the merchants and gave himself up to good eating and good drinking, till all that he had with him of wealth [FN#4] was wasted a...

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A First Family of Tasajara

By: Bret Harte

CHAPTER I: It blows, said Joe Wingate. As if to accent the words of the speaker a heavy gust of wind at that moment shook the long light wooden structure which served as the general store of Sidon settlement, in Contra Costa. Even after it had passed a prolonged whistle came through the keyhole, sides, and openings of the closed glass front doors, that served equally for windows, and filled the canvas ceiling which hid the roof above like a bellying sail. A wave of enthu...

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Tom Swift and His Undersea Search or the Treasure on the Floor of ...

By: Victor Appleton

CHAPTER I. UNTOLD MILLIONS Tom, this is certainly wonderful reading! Over a hundred million dollars' worth of silver at the bottom of the ocean! More than two hundred million dollars in gold! To say nothing of fifty millions in copper, ten millions in -- Say, hold on there, Ned! Hold on! Where do you get that stuff; as the boys say? Has something gone wrong with one of the adding machines, or is it just on account of the heat? What's the big idea, anyhow? How many milli...

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Predictions for the Year 1708

By: Jonathan Swift

I HAVE long considered the gross abuse of astrology in this kingdom, and upon debating the matter with myself, I could not possibly lay the fault upon the art, but upon those gross impostors who set up to be the artists. I know several learned men have contended that the whole is a cheat; that it is absurd and ridiculous to imagine the stars can have any influence at all upon human actions, thoughts, or inclinations; and whoever has not bent his studies that way may be e...

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Julius Caesar's War Commentaries

By: W. A. Mcdevitte and W. S. Bohn

[7.1]Gaul being tranquil, Caesar, as he had determined, sets out for Italy to hold the provincial assizes. There he receives intelligence of the death of Clodius; and, being informed of the decree of the senate, [to the effect] that all the youth of Italy should take the military oath, he determined to hold a levy throughout the entire province. Report of these events is rapidly borne into Transalpine Gaul. The Gauls themselves add to the report, and invent what the case...

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The Medicine Grizzly Bear

By: George Bird Grinnell

A LONG time ago there lived in a camp of Pawnees a certain poor boy. His father had only one pony. Once he had been a leading man in the tribe, but now he seemed to be unlucky. When he went on the war-path he brought back nothing, and when he fought he did nothing, and the people did not now look up to him. There was a chief's son who loved the poor boy, and these two went together all the time. They were like brothers; they used to hunt together and go courting together...

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Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia

By: Charles Sturt

Excerpt: VOLUME I. ?For though most men are contented only to see a river as it runs by them, and talk of the changes in it as they happen; when it is troubled, or when clear; when it drowns the country in a flood, or forsakes it in a drought: yet he that would know the nature of the water, and the causes of those accidents (so as to guess at their continuance or return), must find out its source, and observe with what strength it rises, what length it runs, and how many...

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The Radium Murders

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: BALMY breezes from Long Island Sound wafted across the broad veranda of the Regatta Club. The cool night air streamed through the palatial lobby, and brought a smile to the lips of a clerk who leaned indolently on the marble desk. A rasped voice ended the clerk?s reverie. A thick?set man was pounding on the desk. The clerk saw lips that had a bitter downturn; a flattish nose with widened nostrils. Above were bushy brows, over bulgy eyes. The clerk knew that face.

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The Sea Lions; Or, The Lost Sealers Volume 1

By: James Fenimore Cooper

PREFACE: If any thing connected with the hardness of the human heart could surprise us, it surely would be the indifference with which men live on, engrossed by their worldly objects, amid the sublime natural phenomena that so eloquently and unceasingly speak to their imaginations, affections, and judgments. So completely is the existence of the individual concentrated in self, and so regardless does he get to be of all without that contracted circle, that it does not pr...

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The Hate Genius

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: IT came as soon as he saw Lisbon. The feeling of being afraid. There had been fog, a slate?colored depressing fog around the Clipper during the last five hundred miles of flying; and the plane popped out of it suddenly into bright sunlight. And there directly below was their destination, Lisbon, the westernmost of Europe?s capitals. With its white houses and colored tile roofs and parks and gardens, fronting on the Rada de Lisboa. With its eleven?by?seven mile l...

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