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Mouser Cats' Story

By: Amy Prentice

Excerpt: WHY CATS CATCH MICE. ?I wish you could think of a story to tell me now,? your Aunt Amy said. ?I am just in the mood for hearing one.? ?It is the hardest thing in the world to stand up and begin telling a story without anything to start one going,? Mrs. Mouser said thoughtfully, as she brushed her whiskers with her paw. ?After you once get into it, of course, they come easy enough. How would it do if I should explain why it is that cats catch mice?? ?Was there ev...

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Darkness and Daylight

By: Mary J. Holmes

CHAPTER I. COLLINGWOOD. Collingwood was to have a tenant at last. For twelve long years its massive walls of dark grey stone had frowned in gloomy silence upon the passers-by, the terror of the superstitious ones, who had peopled its halls with ghosts and goblins, saying even that the snowy-haired old man, its owner, had more than once been seen there, moving restlessly from room to room and muttering of the darkness which came upon him when he lost his fair young wife a...

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A Tramp Abroad, Vol. 4

By: Mark Twain

From Baden-Baden we made the customary trip into the Black Forest. We were on foot most of the time. One cannot describe those noble woods, nor the feeling with which they inspire him. A feature of the feeling, however, is a deep sense of contentment; another feature of it is a buoyant, boyish gladness; and a third and very conspicuous feature of it is one's sense of the remoteness of the work-day world and his entire emancipation from it and its affairs.

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The Progress of Poesy. A Pindaric Ode

Excerpt: I. 1. Awake, Aeolian lyre, awake, And give to rapture all thy trembling strings. From Helicon?s harmonious springs A thousand rills their mazy progress take: The laughing flowers, that round them blow, Drink life and fragrance as they flow. Now the rich stream of music winds along, Deep, majestic, smooth, and strong, Through verdant vales and Ceres? golden reign: Now rowling down the steep amain, Headlong, impetuous, see it pour: The rocks and nodding groves rebellow to the roar.

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Cat

By: Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

THE snow was falling, and the Cat's fur was stiffly pointed with it, but he was imperturbable. He sat crouched, ready for the death-spring, as he had sat for hours. It was night — but that made no difference — all times were as one to the Cat when he was in wait for prey. Then, too, he was under no constraint of human will, for he was living alone that winter. Nowhere in the world was any voice calling him; on no hearth was there a waiting dish. He was quite free except ...

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Mistrust, Or Blanche and Osbright

By: Matthew Gregory Lewis

Excerpt: Chapter One. 8212;?The bird is dead, That we have made so much on! I had rather Have skipped from sixteen years of age to sixty, To have turned my leaping time into a crutch, Than have seen this!? CYMBELINE. Peace was concluded, and the waters of the Rhine again flowed through plains unpolluted with blood. The Palatine 1 saw his enemies at his feet; it rested in his own pleasure to trample or to raise them, and the use which he made of the victory proved how wel...

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Right Royal

By: John Masefield

Excerpt: Part 1. RIGHT ROYAL An hour before the race they talked together A pair of lovers in the mild March weather, Charles Cothill and the golden lady, Em. Beautiful England?s hands had fashioned them. He was from Sleins, that manor up the Lithe; Riding the Downs had made his body blithe; Stalwart he was, and springy, hardened, swift, Able for perfect speed with perfect thrift, Man to the core yet moving like a lad. Dark honest eyes with merry gaze he had, A fine firm...

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The Life and Death of King Richard the Second

By: William Shakespeare
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A Tramp through the Bret Harte Country

By: Thomas Dykes Beasley

Foreword: In California?s imaginary Hall of Fame, Bret Harte must be accorded a prominent, if not first place. His short stories and dialect poems published fifty years ago made California well known the world over and gave it a romantic interest conceded no other community. He saw the picturesque and he made the world see it. His power is unaccountable if we deny him genius. He was essentially an artist. His imagination gave him vision, a new life in beautiful setting s...

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Dombey and Son

By: Charles Dickens

Excerpt: Dombey and Son Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm?chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new. Dombey was about eight?and?forty years of age. Son about eight?and?forty minutes. Dombey was rather bal...

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The Thesmophoriazusae

By: Aristophanes

Great Zeus! will the swallow never appear to end the winter of my discontent? Why the fellow has kept me on the run ever since early this morning; he wants to kill me, that's certain. Before I lose my spleen antirely, Euripides, can you at least tell me where you are leading me?

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Rameau's Nephew

By: J.P. Mourlon

Excerpt: [This translation, which has been prepared by Ian C. Johnston of Malaspina University?College, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, is in the public domain, and may be used, in whole or in part, by anyone, without permission and without charge, provided ...

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The Pursuit of the Well-Be Loved

By: Thomas Hardy

Once—and that not long ago—there was a young sculptor who had not quite made a great name; and pending that event he lived on a small income allowed him by his father, an inartistic man of trade and commerce merely. The sculptor was not engaged in his art on one particular midnight in the summer season, when, having packed up such luggage as he might require for a sojourn in the country, he sat down in his temporary rooms in a London square to destroy a mass of papers th...

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El Dorado

By: Baroness Orczy

There has of late years crept so much confusion into the mind of the student as well as of the general reader as to the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel with that of the Gascon Royalist plotter known to history as the Baron de Batz, that the time seems opportune for setting all doubts on that subject at rest. The identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel is in no way whatever connected with that of the Baron de Batz, and even superficial reflection will soon bring the mind to t...

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Baree, Son of Kazan

By: James Oliver Curwood

PREFACE: Since the publication of my two animal books, Kazan, the Wolf Dog and The Grizzly King, I have received so many hundreds of letters from friends of wild animal life, all of which were more or less of an inquiring nature, that I have been encouraged to incorporate in this preface of the third of my series—Baree, Son of Kazan—something more of my desire and hope in writing of wild life, and something of the foundation of fact whereupon this and its companion books have been written.

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The Father

By: Bjornstjerne M. Bjornson

Excerpt: THE MAN whose story is here to be told was the wealthiest and most influential person in his parish; his name was Thord Overaas. He appeared in the priest?s study one day, tall and earnest. ?I have gotten a son,? said he, ?and I wish to present him for baptism.? ?What shall his name be?? ?Finn, after my father.? ?And the sponsors?? They were mentioned, and proved to be the best men and women of Thord?s relations in the parish. ?Is there anything else?? inquired ...

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The Witch of Prague : A Fantastic Tale

By: F. Marion Crawford

A great multitude of people filled the church, crowded together in the old black pews, standing closely thronged in the nave and aisles, pressing shoulder to shoulder even in the two chapels on the right and left of the apse, a vast gathering of pale men and women whose eyes were sad and in whose faces was written the history of their nation. The mighty shafts and pilasters of the Gothic edifice rose like the stems of giant trees in a primeval forest from a dusky undergr...

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Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers

By: Arthur Brisbane

These articles may have some interest for the student of modern happenings, because of the fact that the newspapers publishing them have an aggregate daily circulation of two millions of copies, and are read each day by no fewer than five millions of men and women. Such wide circulation of identical opinions on current events, in different parts of the country, is a new feature of our national life. The character of such writings, and their probable influence upon the pu...

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Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions : Book II of Bishops, Presbyt...

Excerpt: BOOK II. OF BISHOPS, PRESBYTERS, AND DEACONS. SEC. I. ON EXAMINING CANDIDATES FOR THE EPISCOPAL OFFICE. THAT A BISHOP MUST BE WELL INSTRUCTED AND EXPERIENCED IN THE WORD. I. BUT concerning bishops, we have heard from our Lord, that a pastor who is to be ordained a bishop for the churches in every parish, must be unblameable, unreprovable, free from all kinds o wickedness common among men, not under fifty years of age; for such a one is in good part past youthful...

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Autobiography of Madame Guyon

By: Madame Guyon

Introduction: In the history of the world few persons have attained that high degree of spirituality reached by Madame Guyon. Born in a corrupt age, in a nation marked for its degeneracy; nursed and reared in a church, as profligate as the world in which it was embedded; persecuted at every step of her career; groping as she did in spiritual desolation and ignorance, nevertheless, she arose to the highest pinnacle of pre?eminence in spirituality and Christian devotion. S...

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