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The Haunted Quack

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

In the summer of 18—,I made an excursion to Niagara. At Schenectady, finding the roads nearly impassable, I took passage in a canal-boat for Utica. The weather was dull and lowering. There were but few passengers on board; and of those few, none were sufficiently inviting in appearance to induce me to make any overtures to a travelling acquaintance. A stupid answer, or a surly monosyllable, were all that I got in return for the few simple questions I hazarded. An occasio...

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The Ghost Murders

Excerpt: THE voice of the long?distance operator was intermittent as it came across the wire. It paused; clicking connections followed. Then the operator?s words came: ?New York calling... Ready, Philadelphia...? The man with the fez stood listening, a smile upon his sallow lips. Attired in a gorgeous Oriental uniform, red with gold crescents, he had the appearance of a modern Turk. Close scrutiny, however, would have shown his features to be more Spanish than Oriental.

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Piccolissima

By: Eliza Lee Follen

This little story I have translated from the French of Mademoiselle Montgolfier. If children enjoy it as much as I have, and think it as pretty, they will not regret that I have preferred it to any thing I could write for them. Mademoiselle Montgolfier says in her preface to the little book, Notwithstanding the fanciful character of this story, it is, in fact, simply a little lesson in Natural History, and that she would engage for the truth of all that Piccolissima rela...

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To Build a Fire

By: Jack London

Excerpt: DAY HAD BROKEN cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth?bank, where a dim and little?travelled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland. It was a steep bank, and he paused for breath at the top, excusing the act to himself by looking at his watch. It was nine o?clock. There was no sun nor hind of sun, though there was not a cloud in the sky. It was a clear day, and yet th...

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Wanderings in South America

By: Charles Waterton

Preface: I offer this book of ?Wanderings? with a hesitating hand. It has little merit, and must make its way through the world as well as it can. It will receive many a jostle as it goes along, and perhaps is destined to add one more to the number of slain in the field of modern criticism. But if it fall, it may still, in death, be useful to me; for should some accidental rover take it up and, in turning over its pages, imbibe the idea of going out to explore Guiana in ...

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The Episode of the Diamond Links

By: Grant Allen

Excerpt: ?LET us take a trip to Switzerland,? said Lady Vandrift. And anyone who knows Amelia will not be surprised to learn that we did take a trip to Switzerland accordingly. Nobody can drive Sir Charles except his wife. And nobody at all can drive Amelia. There were difficulties at the outset, because we had not ordered rooms at the hotels beforehand, and it was well on in the season; but they were overcome at last by the usual application of a golden key; and we foun...

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The Troubles of Australian Federation

By: G.B. Barton

Excerpt: THE Commonwealth of Australia has been inaugurated in Sydney with all the pride, pomp, and circumstance that can be brought to bear on the occasion. The Earl of Hopetoun, first of a long line of Governors?General, was welcomed on his official landing on the shores of Port Jackson by hundreds of thousands of people gathered together from all parts of this Continent, and from many other corners of the British dominions. For some time prior to the event the mighty ...

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The Master of the World

By: Jules Verne

Contents 1 What Happened in the Mountains 2 I Reach Morganton 3 The Great Eyrie 4 A Meeting of the Automobile Club 5 Along the Shores of New England 6 The First Letter 7 A Third Machine 8 At Any Cost 9 The Second Letter 10 Outside the Law 11 The Campaign 12 Black Rock Creek 13 On Board the Terror 14 Niagra 15 The Eagle's Nest 16 Robur, the Conqueror 17 In the Name of the Law 18 The Old Housekeeper's Last Comment...

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Love and Self Love

By: Louisa May Alcott; 1832-1888

FRIENDLESS, when you are gone? But, Jean, you surely do not mean that Effie has no claim on any human creature, beyond the universal one of common charity ? I said, as she ceased, and lay panting on her pillows, with her sunken eyes fixed eagerly upon my own. Ay, Sir, I do; for her grandfather has never by word or deed acknowledged her, or paid the least heed to the letter her poor mother sent him from her dying bed seven years ago. He is a lone old man, and this child i...

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King John, Richard Ii, Richard Iii, Henry VIII

By: William Shakespeare

Excerpt: Act 1. Scene 1. KING JOHN?S palace. Enter KING JOHN, QUEEN ELINOR, PEMBROKE, ESSEX, SALISBURY, and others, with CHATILLON KING JOHN Now, say, Chatillon, what would France with us? CHATILLON Thus, after greeting, speaks the King of France In my behavior to the majesty, The borrow?d majesty, of England here. QUEEN ELINOR A strange beginning: ?borrow?d majesty!? KING JOHN Silence, good mother; hear the embassy. CHATILLON Philip of France, in right and true behalf O...

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Andromaque

By: Racine, Jean Baptiste, 1678-1747

ALBINE: / Quoi ! tandis que Neron s'abandonne au sommeil, / Faut-il que vous veniez attendre son reveil ? / Qu'errant dans le palais, sans suite et sans escorte, / La mere de Cesar veille seule a sa porte ? / Madame, retournez dans votre appartement.

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The Rape of the Lock

By: Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744

WHAT dire Offence from am'rous Causes springs, -- What mighty Contests rise from trivial Things, -- I sing -- This Verse to C --, Muse! is due; -- This, ev'n Belinda may vouchfafe to view: -- Slight is the Subject, but not so the Praise, -- If She inspire, and He approve my Lays. -- Say what strange Motive, Goddess! cou'd compel -- A well-bred Lord t'assault a gentle Belle? -- Oh say what stranger Cause, yet unexplor'd, -- Cou'd make a gentle Belle reject a Lord? -- And ...

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The Birds' Christmas Carol : Dramatic Version

By: Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

It was very early Christmas morning, and in the stillness of the dawn, with the soft snow falling on the housetops, a little child was born in the Bird household. They had intended to name the baby Lucy, if it were a girl; but they hadn't expected her on Christmas morning, and a real Christmas baby was not to be lightly named -- the whole family agreed in that.

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Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North

By: Madame Ida Pfeiffer

The success which attended the publication in this Series of Illustrated Works of A Woman's Journey round the World, has induced the publication of the present volume on a country so little known as Iceland, and about which so little recent information exists. The translation has been carefully made, expressly for this Series, from the original work published at Vienna; and the Editor has added a great many notes, wherever they seemed necessary to elucidate the text. In ...

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The Book of the Laws of Divers Countries

By: Bardesan

SOME days since we were calling [3] to pay a visit to our brother Shemashgram, and Bardesan came and found us there. And when he had made inquiries after his health, [4] and ascertained that he was well, he asked us, What were you talking about? for I heard your voice outside as I was coming in. For it was his habit, whenever he found us talking about anything before he came, [5] to ask us, What were you saying? that he might talk with us about it. Avida here, said we to...

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By Shore and Sedge

By: Bret Harte

On October 10, 1856, about four hundred people were camped in Tasajara Valley, California. It could not have been for the prospect, since a more barren, dreary, monotonous, and uninviting landscape never stretched before human eye; it could not have been for convenience or contiguity, as the nearest settlement was thirty miles away; it could not have been for health or salubrity, as the breath of the ague-haunted tules in the outlying Stockton marshes swept through the v...

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A Treatise of Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes

By: John Mllton

Excerpt: THAT IT IS NOT LAWFUL For ANY POWER ON EARTH TO COMPEL IN MATTERS OF RELIGION. TO THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND, WITH THE DOMINIONS THEREOF. I have prepared, Supreme Council! against the much?expected time of your sitting, this treatise; which, though to all Christian magistrates equally belonging, and therefore to have been written in the common language of Christendom, natural duty and affection hath confined and dedicated first to my own natio...

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The Immorality of the State

By: Mikhail Bakunin

Excerpt: THE Theory of Social Contract. Man is not only the most individual being on earth?he is also the most social being. It was a great fallacy on the part of Jean Jacques Rousseau to have assumed that primitive society was established by a free contract entered into by savages. But Rousseau was not the only one to uphold such views. The majority of jurists and modern writers, whether of the Kantian school or of other individualist and liberal schools, who do not acc...

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Memoirs of General Sherman, Illustrated, Volume 1

By: William T. Sherman

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Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI

By: John Lord

Excerpt: DANTE. * A.D. 1265?1321. RISE OF MODERN POETRY. The first great genius who aroused his country from the torpor of the Middle Ages was a poet. Poetry, then, was the first influence which elevated the human mind amid the miseries of a gloomy period, if we may except the schools of philosophy which flourished in the rising universities. But poetry probably preceded all other forms of culture in Europe, even as it preceded philosophy and art in Greece. The gay Prove...

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