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Jesse James, The Outlaw

By: W. B. Lawson

Three horsemen approached me. They were rather suspicious than angry, and they had just ridden out of the gate of a lonely farmhouse that I had jogged leisurely but observantly by a few minutes before. I knew them instantly, though, very fortunately, they didn't know me in the disguise, half clerical and half agricultural, that I then wore. They were three daring Chicago detectives in the disguise of horse-traders -- Hawes, Jewell, and Whittaker by name. They were on the...

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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

By: Oscar Wilde

Excerpt: Chapter One. IT was Lady Windermere?s last reception before Easter, and Bentinck House was even more crowded than usual. Six Cabinet Ministers had come on from the Speaker?s Levee in their stars and ribands, all the pretty women wore their smartest dresses, and at the end of the picture?gallery stood the Princess Sophia of Carlsruhe, a heavy Tartar?looking lady, with tiny black eyes and wonderful emeralds, talking bad French at the top of her voice, and laughing...

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A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales

By: Guy De Maupassant

Excerpt: ACT I. SCENE I. Mme. de Sallus in her drawing?room, seated in a corner by the fireplace. Enter Jacques de RANDOL noiselessly; glances to see that no one is looking, and kisses Mme. de Sallus quickly upon her hair. She starts; utters a faint cry, and turns upon him.

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The Colour Line (The Golden Flaw)

By: Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

On the cheek of the stout man who reclined in the barber's chair there still lingered a small patch of unreclaimed jungle. Lancelot Purvis removed this with his gleaming razor, and, stepping back, surveyed his handiwork with silent satisfaction; for he was a conscientious barber and took a pleasure in making a good job of it. He now produced a steaming towel from nowhere, dumped it on the stout man's face, kneaded it awhile, whisked it off, applied witch-hazel, and final...

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Poesies du Troubadour Peire Raimon de Toulouse Texte et Traduction

By: Joseph Anglade

Excerpt: J'avais commence, en 1916, la publication des poesies de Peire Raimon de Toulouse dans la revue l'Auta, organe de la Societe des Toulousains de Toulouse. Malgre la bonne volonte de la Societe et de son president, les circonstances ne se preterent pas a la continuation de ce travail. Je l'arretai donc, apres avoir publie quatre pieces[1]. Cette edition etait destinee a des lecteurs non inities, en general, a la philologie romane, mais connaissant leur langue mate...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By: Lewis Carroll

CHAPTER I: Down the Rabbit-Hole Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’...

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Linda Condon

By: Joseph Hergesheimer

Excerpt: A black bang was, but not ultimately, the most notable feature of her uncommon personality straight and severe and dense across her clear pale brow and eyes. Her eyes were the last thing to remember and wonder about; in shade blue, they had a velvet richness, a poignant intensity of lovely color, that surprised the heart. Aside from that she was slim, perhaps ten years old, and graver than gay. Her mother was gay for them both, and, therefore, for the entire fam...

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The Moral Equivalent of War

By: William James

Excerpt: THE war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.

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Emily Montague

By: Frances Brooke

After spending two or three very agreeable days here, with a party of friends, in exploring the beauties of the Island, and dropping a tender tear at Carisbrook Castle on the memory of the unfortunate Charles the First, I am just setting out for America, on a scheme I once hinted to you, of settling the lands to which I have a right as a lieutenant-colonel on half pay. On enquiry and mature deliberation, I prefer Canada to New-York for two reasons, that it is wilder, and...

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By: Abu L Qasim Muhammad, Prophet Muhammad (Saas)

Knowledge of ahadith is essential in an effort to understand Islam. They contain rules and regulations, when implemented, would give cause to a better understanding of everyday life. This is applicable, to the individual of a society and also to the society as a whole. The messages within the ahadith are for the benefit of both, individual and society. Among many missions of the Prophet (peace be upon him), one was to set a pattern of conduct. The conduct of the Last Mes...

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The Great War Syndicate

By: Frank R. Stockton

In the spring of a certain year, not far from the close of the nineteenth century, when the political relations between the United States and Great Britain became so strained that careful observers on both sides of the Atlantic were forced to the belief that a serious break in these relations might be looked for at any time, the fishing schooner Eliza Drum sailed from a port in Maine for the banks of Newfoundland.

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Lessons in Life

By: Timothy Titcomb

Preface: The quick and cordial reception which greeted the author?s ?Letters to the Young,? and his more recent series of essays entitled ?Gold Foil,? and the constant and substantial friendship which has been maintained by the public toward those productions, must stand as his apology for this third venture in a kindred field of effort. It should be?and probably is?unnecessary for the author to say that in this book, as in its predecessors, he has aimed to be neither br...

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The General's Will

By: Vera Jelihovsky

Excerpt: It happened in winter, just before the holidays. Ivan Feodorovitch Lobnitchenko, the lawyer, whose office is in one of the main streets of St. Petersburg, was called hurriedly to witness the last will and testament of one at the point of death. The sick man was not strictly a client of Ivan Feodorovitch; under other circumstances, he might have refused to make this late call, after a day?s heavy toil ... but the dying man was an aristocrat and a millionaire, and...

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The Story of King Constant

By: Eugene Mason

Now telleth the tale that once upon a time there lived an Emperor of Byzantium, the which town is now called Constantinople, but in ancient days it was called Byzantium. In days long since there reigned in this city an Emperor; a Paynim he was, and was held to be a great clerk in the laws of his religion. He was learned in a science called astronomy, and knew the courses of the stars, the planets and the moon; moreover, in the stars he read many marvels; he had knowledge...

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Liber Aleph Vel Cxi

By: Aleister Crowley

DE VITA CORRIGENDA. Know, son, that the true Principle of Self-Control is Liberty. For we are born into a World which is in Bondage to Ideals; to them we are perforce fitted, even as the Enemies to the Bed of Procrustes. Each of us, as he grows, learns Repression of himself and his true Will. It is a lie, this folly against self.: these Words are written in The Book of the Law. So therefore these Passions in ourselves which we understand to be Hindrances are not part of ...

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Shamela

By: Henry Fielding

Excerpt: To Miss Fanny, &c. Madam, It will be naturally expected, that when I write the Life of Shamela, I should dedicate it to some young Lady, whose Wit and Beauty might be the proper Subject of a Comparison with the Heroine of my Piece. This, those, who see I have done it in prefixing your Name to my Work, will much more confirmedly expect me to do; and, indeed, your Character would enable me to run some Length into a Parallel, tho? you, nor any one else, are at all ...

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jan/Feb 1662/63

By: Mynors Bright

Lay with my wife at my Lord's lodgings, where I have been these two nights, till 10 o'clock with great pleasure talking, then I rose and to White Hall, where I spent a little time walking among the courtiers, which I perceive I shall be able to do with great confidence, being now beginning to be pretty well known among them. Then to my wife again, and found Mrs. Sarah with us in the chamber we lay in. Among other discourse, Mrs. Sarah tells us how the King sups at least ...

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The Crisis in Russia

By: Arthur Ransome

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Reno

By: Lilyan Stratton

INTRODUCTORY: The magic little word Reno makes a smile creep over the face of anyone who hears it mentioned, as a rule in recognition of the one thing for which it is known. I have smiled myself with the rest of the world in the past; in the future my smile will have a different meaning. I have lived in Reno. I have felt the pulse of its secret soul, and have learned to understand its deeper meaning, and it is therefore that I am able to uphold my intimate conviction in ...

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Affair in Araby

By: Talbot Mundy

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?I?ll make one to give this Feisul boy a hoist? Whoever invented chess understood the world?s works as some men know clocks and watches. He recognized a fact and based a game on it, with the result that his game endures. And what he clearly recognized was this: That no king matters much as long as your side is playing a winning game. You can leave your king in his corner then to amuse himself in dignified unimportance. But the minute you begin to lose...

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