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The Antislavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4

By: Stan Goodman

Excerpt: Is Jesus Christ in favor of American slavery? In 1776 THOMAS JEFFERSON, supported by a noble band of patriots and surrounded by the American people, opened his lips in the authoritative declaration: ?We hold these truths to be SELF?EVIDENT, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness.? And from the inmost heart of the multitudes around, an...

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The Contract

By: Margaret Cavendish

Excerpt: Thus in this Semy?Circle, wher they Sitt, Telling of Tales of pleasure & of witt, Heer you may read without a Sinn or Crime, And how more innocently pass your tyme. The Dedication. To Pastime I do dedicate this Book, When idle, then my Readers in't may look, And yet be idle still; yet wish they may Never mispend their time, or wast the day Worse or more idly; since it may concern My Readers all, in every piece to learn Something to lay up still in mem'ries Treas...

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Satires of Circumstance, Lyrics and Reveries, With Miscellaneous P...

By: Thomas Hardy

Excerpt: IN FRONT OF THE LANDSCAPE. Plunging and labouring on in a tide of visions, Dolorous and dear, Forward I pushed my way as amid waste waters Stretching around, Through whose eddies there glimmered the customed landscape Yonder and near, Blotted to feeble mist. And the coomb and the upland Foliage?crowned, Ancient chalk?pit, milestone, rills in the grass?flat Stroked by the light, Seemed but a ghost?like gauze, and no substantial Meadow or mound. What were the infi...

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Baxter's Procrustes

By: Charles W. Chesnutt

BAXTER'S Procrustes is one of the publications of the Bodleian Club. The Bodleian Club is composed of gentlemen of culture, who are interested in books and book-collecting. It was named, very obviously, after the famous library of the same name, and not only became in our city a sort of shrine for local worshipers of fine bindings and rare editions, but was visited occasionally by pilgrims from afar. The Bodleian has entertained Mark Twain, Joseph Jefferson, and other li...

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Fra Bartolommeo

By: Leader Scott

Foreword: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael; the three great names of the noblest period of the Renaissance take our minds from the host of fine artists who worked alongside them. Nevertheless beside these giants a whole host of exquisite artists have place, and not least among them the three painters with whom Mr. Leader Scott has dealt in these pages. Fra Bartolommeo linking up with the religious art of the preceding period, with that of Masaccio, of Piero de Cosimo, his...

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

By: Lewis Melville

Preface: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu has her niche in the history of medicine as having introduced inoculation from the Near East into England; but her principal fame is as a letter?writer. Of her gifts as a correspondent she was proud, and with reason. It was in all sincerity that in June, 1726, she wrote to her sister, Lady Mar: The last pleasures that fell in my way was Madame Sevigne?s letters: very pretty they are, but I assert, without the least vanity, that mine wil...

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V. On Exhortation to Chastity

By: Tertullian, Christian Theologian of Carthage

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Introduction: VIRGINITY CLASSIFIED UNDER THREE SEVERAL SPECIES. I DOUBT not, brother, that after the premission in peace of your wife, you, being wholly bent upon the composing of your mind (to a fight frame), are seriously thinking about the end of your lone life, and of course are standing in need of counsel. Although, in cases of this kind, each individual ought to hold colloquy with his own faith, and consult its strength; still, inasmuch as, in t...

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The Autobiography of Calamity Jane

By: Calamity Jane

Excerpt: Part One Calamity Jane by Herself My maiden name was Marthy Cannary; was born in Princeton, Mo., May 1, 1852; father and mother natives of Ohio; had two brothers and three sisters, I being the oldest of the children. As a child I always had a fondness for adventure and outdoor exercise, and especial fondness for horses which I began to ride at an early age and continued to do so until I became an expert rider, being able to ride the most vicious and stubborn of ...

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The Flying Saucers Are Real

By: Donald Keyhoe

Donald E. Keyhoe, who relates here his investigation of the flying saucers, writes with twenty-five years of experience in observing aeronautical developments. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He flew in active service with the Marine Corps, managed the tour of the historic plane in which Bennett and Byrd made their North Pole flight, was aide to Charles Lindbergh after the famous Paris flight, and was chief of information for the Aeronautics Bran...

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The Life, Studies, And Works of Benjamin West, Esq., President of ...

By: John Galt

Preface: The professional life of Mr. West constitutes an important part of an historical work, in which the matter of this volume could only have been introduced as an episode, and, perhaps, not with much propriety even in that form. It was my intention, at one time, to have prepared the whole of his memoirs, separately, for publication; but a careful review of the manuscript convinced me, that the transactions in which he has been engaged, subsequently to his arrival i...

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Shoes Make the Man

By: Harold A. Davis

Excerpt: JOE McCARTHY knew that he was too good?natured. He had always been that way, He blamed it on his size. Even when he?d been a kid, he?d been extra large for his age. Not being of the bullying type, he?d learned to shrug and smile when youths smaller than ...

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Jack Archer

By: G.A. Henty

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE MIDSHIPMAN The first day of term cannot be considered a cheerful occasion. As the boys arrive on the previous evening, they have so much to tell each other, are so full of what they have been doing, that the chatter and laughter are as great as upon the night preceding the breaking?up. In the morning, however, all this is changed. As they take their places at their desks and open their books, a dull, heavy feeling takes possession of the boys, and...

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The Golden Bowl : Volume 2

By: Henry James

Excerpt: BOOK SECOND. THE PRINCESS. PART FOURTH. XXV. It was not till many days had passed that the Princess began to accept the idea of having done, a little, something she was not always doing, or indeed that of having listened to any inward voice that spoke in a new tone. Yet these instinctive postponements of reflection were the fruit, positively, of recognitions and perceptions already active; of the sense, above all, that she had made, at a particular hour, made by...

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The Crimson Death

By: Maxwell Grant

CHAPTER I. DEATH IN THE RAIN: THE truck rolled ponderously along the highway, moving slowly in the outside traffic lane. It was late afternoon. A foggy drizzle of rain was bringing darkness earlier than usual. But the truck had not yet switched on its lights. It looked like a tank truck, the sort that carried fuel oil or gasoline. Actually, its purpose was quite different. A sign showed that the truck belonged to an industrial cleaning company. There was a compression en...

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Trail of Vengeance

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: BERT GLENDON rode up the escalator in the Pennsylvania Station, gripping his suitcase in one hand and crunching a telegram in the other. Odd, that telegram, and important, too; otherwise, it wouldn't have been delivered to him on the train at Newark. The telegram worried Bert, for it signified that something might have happened to his uncle Lionel. Glancing at the big clock near the train gates, Bert saw that he had already lost time getting up from the platform...

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Found and Lost

By: Anonymous

...So! I let fall the curtain; he was dead. For at least half an hour I had stood there with the manuscript in my hand, watching that face settling in its last stillness, watching the finger of the Composer smoothing out the deeply furrowed lines on cheek and forehead, the faint recollection of the light that had perhaps burned behind his childish eyes struggling up through the swarthy cheek, as if to clear the last world's-dust from the atmosphere surrounding the man wh...

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Valenzia Candiano

By: Giuseppe Rovani

Excerpt: In una sala del palazzo ducale di Venezia, le cui pareti, tutte coperte di rasce nere, venivano debolmente rischiarate da una sola lampada a sei becchi pendente per tre catene dalla volta; una notte d'agosto del 13... stavano sedute intorno ad una gran tavola diciassette persone; dieci senatori, il doge e sei consiglieri. Era l'eccelso consiglio cosĀ detto dei Dieci, raccolto in sessione. Cola dentro facevasi un perfetto silenzio, non interrotto che dal fruscio ...

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Herodias

By: Gustave Flaubert

Excerpt: Chapter One. In the eastern side of the Dead Sea rose the citadel of Machaerus. It was built upon a conical peak of basalt, and was surrounded by four deep valleys, one on each side, another in front, and the fourth in the rear. At the base of the citadel, crowding against one another, a group of houses stood within the circle of a wall, whose outlines undulated with the unevenness of the soil. A zigzag road, cutting through the rocks, joined the city to the for...

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With Trapper Jim in the North Woods

By: Lawrence J. Leslie

Excerpt: Chapter 1. WHAT LUCK DID FOR THE CHUMS. ?It was a long trip, fellows, but we?re here at last, thank goodness!? ?Yes, away up in the North Woods, at the hunting lodge of Trapper Jim!? ?Say, it?s hard to believe, and that?s a fact. What do you say about it, you old stutterer, Toby Jucklin?? ?B?b?bully!? exploded the boy, whose broad shoulders, encased in a blue flannel shirt, had been pounded when this question was put directly at him.

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Sparrows : The Story of an Unprotected Girl

By: Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Excerpt: Everyone at Melkbridge knew the Devitts: they lived in the new, pretentious?looking house, standing on the right, a few minutes after one left the town by the Bathminster road. It was a blustering, stare?one?in?the?face kind of house, which defied one to question the financial stability of its occupants. The Devitts were like their home in being new, ostentatious folk; their prosperity did not extend further back than the father of Montague, the present head of the family.

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