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Forbidden Gospels and Epistles, Vol. 1, Mary

By: Archbishop Wake

Preface: To uphold the ?right of private judgment,? and our ?Christian liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free;? to add fuel to the fire of investigation, and in the crucible of deep inquiry, melt from the gold of pure religion, the dross of man?s invention; to appeal from the erring tribunals of a fallible Priesthood, and restore to its original state the mutilated Testament of the Saviour; also to induce all earnest thinkers to search not a part, but the whole of th...

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Louis Agassiz as a Teacher

By: Lane Cooper

Preface: If it be asked why a teacher of English should be moved to issue this book on Agassiz, my reply might be: ?Read the Introductory Note?-for the answer is there. But doubtless the primary reason is that I have been taught, and I try to teach others, after a method in essence identical with that employed by the great naturalist. And I might go on to show in some detail that a doctoral investigation in the humanities, when the subject is well chosen, serves the same...

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An Egyptian Princess, Vol. 10

By: Georg Ebers

Chapter XIII. The waters of the Nile had begun to rise again. Two months had passed away since Phanes? disappearance, and much had happened. The very day on which he left Egypt, Sappho had given birth to a girl, and had so far regained strength since then under the care of her grandmother, as to be able to join in an excursion up the Nile, which Croesus had suggested should take place on the festival of the goddess Neith. Since the departure of Phanes, Cambyses? behavior...

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The Voice on the Wire

By: Eustace Hale Ball

?Mr. Shirley is waiting for you in the grill-room, sir. Just step this way, sir, and down the stairs.? The large man awkwardly followed the servant to the cosey grill-room on the lower floor of the club house. He felt that every man of the little groups about the Flemish tables must be saying: ?What?s he doing here?? ?I wish Monty Shirley would meet me once in a while in the back room of a ginmill, where I?d feel comfortable,? muttered the unhappy visitor. ?This joint is...

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Italian Letters, Vols. I and Ii

By: William Godwin

It is not in conformity to those modes which fashion prescribes, that I am desirous to express to you my most sincere condolence upon the death of your worthy father. I know too well the temper of my Rinaldo to imagine, that his accession to a splendid fortune and a venerable title can fill his heart with levity, or make him forget the obligations he owed to so generous and indulgent a parent. It is not the form of sorrow that clouds his countenance. I see the honest tea...

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Lahoma

By: John Breckenridge Ellis

THE TOUCH OF A CHILD. ?I have given my word of honor?my sacred oath?not to betray what I have discovered here.? At these words from the prisoner, a shout arose in which oaths and mocking laughter mingled like the growling and snapping of hunger

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Return to Venice

By: Jacques Casanova

The wound was rapidly healing up, and I saw near at hand the moment when Madame F would leave her bed, and resume her.

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Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia : A Tale

By: Samuel Johnson

Ye who listen with credulity to the whispers of fancy, and pursue with eagerness the phantoms of hope; who expect that age will perform the promises of youth, and that the deficiencies of the present day will be supplied by the morrow, attend to the history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia.

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Strength of the Strong

By: Jack London

And wiped them on his naked sides where his one piece of ragged bearskin failed to cover him. Crouched around him, on their hams, were three young men, his grandsons, Deer-Runner, Yellow-Head, and Afraid-of-the-Dark. In appearance they were much the same. Skins of wild animals partly covered them. They were lean and meager of build, narrow-hipped and crooked-legged, and at the same time deepchested, with heavy arms and enormous hands. There was much hair on their chests ...

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The Precipice

By: Ivan Goncharov

Preface: Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov (1812-1891) was one of the leading members of the great circle of Russian writers who, in the middle of the nineteenth century, gathered around the Sovremmenik (Contemporary) under Nekrasov?s editorship?a circle including Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Byelinsky, and Herzen. He had not the marked genius of the first three of these; but that he is so much less known to the western reader is perhaps also due to the fact that there was...

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State of the Union Addresses of John F. Kennedy

By: John F. Kennedy

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of the Congress: It is a pleasure to return from whence I came. You are among my oldest friends in Washington?and this House is my oldest home. It was here, more than 14 years ago, that I first took the oath of Federal office. It was here, for 14 years, that I gained both knowledge and inspiration from members of both parties in both Houses?from your wise and generous leaders?and from the pronouncements which I can vividly recall,...

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Smith and the Pharaohs, And Other Tales

By: Henry H. H. Rider Haggard

You, whose privilege it is by instruction and example to strengthen the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees of many, may perhaps care to read of one whose human love led her from darkness into light and on to the gates of the Love Eternal.

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A Texas Ranger

By: William Macleod Raine

As she lay crouched in the bear-grass there came to the girl clearly the crunch of wheels over disintegrated granite. The trap had dipped into a draw, but she knew that presently it would reappear on the winding road. The knowledge smote her like a blast of winter, sent chills racing down her spine, and shook her as with an ague. Only the desperation of her plight spurred her flagging courage.

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Villa Rubein and Other Stories

By: John Galsworthy

Preface: Writing not long ago to my oldest literary friend, I expressed in a moment of heedless sentiment the wish that we might have again one of our talks of long-past days, over the purposes and methods of our art. And my friend, wiser than I, as he has always been, replied with this doubting phrase ?Could we recapture the zest of that old time??

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Studies and Essays : Concerning Letters

By: John Galsworthy

A NOVELIST?S ALLEGORY. Once upon a time the Prince of Felicitas had occasion to set forth on a journey. It was a late autumn evening with few pale stars and a moon no larger than the paring of a finger-nail. And as he rode through the purlieus of his city, the white mane of his ambercolored steed was all that he could clearly see in the dusk of the high streets. His way led through a quarter but little known to him, and he was surprised to find that his horse, instead of...

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The Cathedral

By: Hugh Walpole

Adam Brandon was born at Little Empton in Kent in 1839. He was educated at the King?s School, Canterbury, and at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Ordained in 1863, he was first curate at St. Martin?s, Portsmouth, then Chaplain to the Bishop of Worcester; in the year 1875 he accepted the living of Pomfret in Wiltshire and was there for twelve years. It was in 1887 that he came to our town; he was first Canon and afterwards Archdeacon. Ten years later he had, by personal influ...

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Smith and the Pharaohs, And Other Tales

By: Henry H. H. Rider Haggard

PHILIP HADDEN AND KING CETYWAYO. At the date of our introduction to him, Philip Hadden was a transport rider and trader in ?the Zulu.? Still on the right side of forty, in appearance he was singularly handsome; tall, dark, upright, with keen eyes, short-pointed beard, curling hair and clear-cut features. His life had been varied, and there were passages in it which he did not narrate even to his most intimate friends. He was of gentle birth, however, and it was said that...

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The Well-Be Loved

By: Thomas Hardy

Preface: The peninsula carved by Time out of a single stone, whereon most of the following scenes are laid, has been for centuries immemorial the home of a curious and well-nigh distinct people, cherishing strange beliefs and singular customs, now for the most part obsolescent. Fancies, like certain soft-wooded plants which cannot bear the silent inland frosts, but thrive by the sea in the roughest of weather, seem to grow up naturally here, in particular amongst those n...

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Cap'N Dan's Daughter

By: Joseph C. Lincoln

Chapter I. The Metropolitan Dry Goods and Variety Store at Trumet Centre was open for business. Sam Bartlett, the boy whose duty it was to take down the shutters, sweep out, dust, and wait upon early-bird customers, had performed the first three of these tasks and gone home for breakfast. The reason he had not performed the fourth?the waiting upon customers?was simple enough; there had been no customers to wait upon. The Metropolitan Dry Goods and Variety Store was open ...

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Three Weeks

By: Elinor Glyn

I feel now, when my ?Three Weeks? is to be launched in a new land, where I have many sympathetic friends, that, owing to the misunderstanding and misrepresentation it received from nearly the entire press and a section of the public in England, I would like to state my view of its meaning. (As I wrote it, I suppose it could be believed I know something about that!) For me ?the Lady? was a deep study, the analysis of a strange Slav nature, who, from circumstances and educ...

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