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A Guest in Sodom

By: Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

YES that was Benjamin Rice. He has been that way ever since the affair of the automobile. His mind was run over and killed by that machine, if minds can be run over and killed, and sometimes I think they can. I have known Benjamin Rice ever since we were boys together, and he was smart enough, but he never quite got through his head the wickedness of the world he had been born into. He thought everybody else was as good and honest as he was, and when he found out he was ...

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Return to Rome

By: Jacques Casanova

Rome -- The Actor's Punishment -- Lord Baltimore -- Naples -- Sara Goudar -- Departure of Betty -- Agatha -- Medina -- Albergoni -- Miss Chudleigh -- The Prince of Francavilla -- The Swimmers As I fell over the Englishman I had struck my hand against a nail, and the fourth finger of my left hand was bleeding as if a vein had been opened. Betty helped me to tie a handkerchief around the wound, while Sir B -- M -- read the letter with great attention. I was much pleased wi...

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Blood for the Vampire Dead

By: Robert Leslie Bellem

Excerpt: Was this then the horrible price Tim Croft must pay for his disbelief in devil?magic philtres?? forfeiture of his own lovely fiancee?s life?blood to the undead corpse of Haunted Hollow! OVER the wind?s midnight howling and the demoniac swirl of the mountain rainstorm came the frantic cry of a man harassed by some hideous mental torment. ?Doc Croft! For God?s sake open up afore hit?s too late!? Tim Croft, recently assigned by the state health authorities to take ...

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A Comedy : Madame de Sevigne

By: J.N. Bouilly

Excerpt: During the entire play the stage represents a rich gothic hall. On one side, to the spectator?s left, a table covered with a tapestry braided in velour; nearby, a door leading to different apartments. On the side, to the right, another door leading to the library. The large door at the back gives on a thicket. BEAULIEU: (alone, entering by the side door to the spectator?s left, holding a broom under his arm, holding in his hand a large port?folio of green morocc...

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The Story of Ferdinand

By: Munro Leaf

Once upon a time in Spain there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand. All the other little bulls he lived with would run and jump and butt their heads together, but not Ferdinand. He liked to sit just quietly and smell the flowers. He had a favorite spot out in the pasture under a cork tree. It was his favorite tree and he would sit in its shade all day and smell the flowers. Sometimes his mother, who was a cow, would worry about him. She was afraid he would be l...

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The Settler and the Savage

By: R.M. Ballantyne

Excerpt: A solitary horseman?a youth in early manhood?riding at a snail?s pace over the great plains, or karroo, of South Africa. His chin on his breast; his hands in the pockets of an old shooting?coat; his legs in ragged trousers, and his feet in worn?out boots. Regardless of stirrups, the last are dangling. The reins hang on the neck of his steed, whose head may be said to dangle from its shoulders, so nearly does its nose approach the ground. A felt hat covers the yo...

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Letters from England 18461849

By: Elizabeth Davis Bancroft

Excerpt: My dear sons: Thank God with me that we are once more on TERRA FIRMA. We arrived yesterday morning at ten o?clock, after a very rough voyage and after riding all night in the Channel in a tremendous gale, so bad that no pilot could reach us to bring us in on Saturday evening. A record of a sea voyage will be only interesting to you who love me, but I must give it to you that you may know what to expect if you ever undertake it; but first, I must sum it all up by...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: PONTEFRACT CASTLE. Pontrefact, a place of considerable note in English history, is situated about two miles south?west from Ferrybridge, nine miles nearly east from Wakefield, and fifteen miles north?west from Doncaster, in Yorkshire. The origin of the town is unknown; and the etymology of its name has been a matter of dispute, in which figures a monkish legend ascribing the name of Ponsfractus, or Pontefract, to the breaking of a bridge, and the fall of many pe...

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Paradise Regained

By: John Milton

I, WHO erewhile the happy Garden sung By one man’s disobedience lost, now sing Recovered Paradise to all mankind, By one man’s firm obedience fully tried Through all temptation, and the Tempter foiled In all his wiles, defeated and repulsed, And Eden raised in the waste Wilderness. Thou Spirit, who led’st this glorious Eremite Into the desert, his victorious field Against the spiritual foe, and brought’st him thence 10 By proof the undoubted Son of God, inspire, As thou ...

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Speaking of Operations

By: Irvin S. Cobb

Now that the last belated bill for services professionally rendered has been properly paid and properly receipted; now that the memory of the event, like the mark of the stitches, has faded out from a vivid red to a becoming pink shade; now that I pass a display of adhesive tape in a drug-store window without flinching -- I sit me down to write a little piece about a certain matter -- a small thing, but mine own -- to wit, That Operation.

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The Conquest of Fear

By: Basil King

Introduction: By Henry C. Link, Ph.D. Author of THE REDISCOVERY OF MAN, THE RETURN TO RELIGION, etc. There are many books which give some help to many people. There are books which give a set of rules, or even one master rule, by which to meet the problems of life. This is not such a book. It suggests no simple recipe for the conquest of fear. Instead, it presents, what all too few of us to?day possess, a philosophy of life.

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The Strange Disappearance of Joe Cardona

By: Maxwell Grant

CHAPTER I. THE PURPLE DEATH: LOOK at this, Cardona. Fiercely, Police Commissioner Ralph Weston brandished a newspaper before the eyes of his ace inspector, Joe Cardona. The headline, in a big-typed streamer, read: PURPLE DEATH STRIKES AGAIN His swarthy face grim, Cardona received the newspaper with tight-fisted hands. He grimaced when he noted that the newspaper had foregone the usual red ink that it used for sensational headlines. The big letters were printed in purple;...

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The Adventures of Colonel Daniel Boone

By: John Filson

Curiosity is natural to the soul of man, and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections. Let these influencing powers actuate, by the permission or disposal of Providence, from selfish or social views, yet in time the mysterious will of Heaven is unfolded, and we behold our conduct, from whatsoever motives excited, operating to answer the important designs of heaven. Thus we behold Kentucke, lately an howling wilderness, the habitation of savages and...

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A Treatise of Human Nature

By: David Hume

My design in the present work is sufficiently explained in the Introduction. The reader must only observe, that all the subjects I have there planned out to myself, are not treated of in these two volumes. The subjects of the Understanding and Passions make a compleat chain of reasoning by themselves; and I was willing to take advantage of this natural division, in order to try the taste of the public. If I have the good fortune to meet with success, I shall proceed to t...

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Our Mr. Wrenn

By: Sinclair Lewis

Excerpt: Chapter 1. MR. WRENN IS LONELY The ticket?taker of the Nickelorion Moving?Picture Show is a public personage, who stands out on Fourteenth Street, New York, wearing a gorgeous light?blue coat of numerous brass buttons. He nods to all the patrons, and his nod is the most cordial in town. Mr. Wrenn used to trot down to Fourteenth Street, passing ever so many other shows, just to get that cordial nod, because he had a lonely furnished room for evenings, and for day...

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On the Trinity

By: Gregory Thaumaturgus

I see in all three essentials—substance, genus, name. We speak of man, servant, curator (curatorem),—man, by reason of substance; servant, by reason of genus or condition; curator, by reason of denomination. We speak also of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: these, however, are not names which have only supervened at some after period, but they are subsistences. Again, the denomination of man is not in actual fact a denomination, but a substance common to men, and is the den...

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Susy, A Story of the Plains

By: Bret Harte

Where the San Leandro turnpike stretches its dusty, hot, and interminable length along the valley, at a point where the heat and dust have become intolerable, the monotonous expanse of wild oats on either side illimitable, and the distant horizon apparently remoter than ever, it suddenly slips between a stunted thicket or hedge of scrub oaks, which until that moment had been undistinguishable above the long, misty, quivering level of the grain. The thicket rising gradual...

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Miss Billie's Decision

By: Eleanor Hodgman Porter

Calderwell had met Mr. M. J. Arkwright in London through a common friend; since then they had tramped half over Europe together in a comradeship that was as delightful as it was unusual. As Calderwell put it in a letter to his sister, Belle: ``We smoke the same cigar and drink the same tea (he's just as much of an old woman on that subject as I am!), and we agree beautifully on all necessary points of living, from tipping to late sleeping in the morning; while as for pol...

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The Three Musketeers

By: Pere Alexander Dumas

In which it is proved that, notwithstanding their names' ending in OS and IS, the heroes of the story which we are about to have the honor to relate to our readers have nothing mythological about them. A short time ago, while making researches in the Royal Library for my History of Louis XIV, I stumbled by chance upon the Memoirs of M. D'Artagnan, printed -- as were most of the works of that period, in which authors could not tell the truth without the risk of a residenc...

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The Foreigner, A Tale of Saskatchewan

By: Ralph Connor

Preface: In Western Canada there is to be seen to?day that most fascinating of all human phenomena, the making of a nation. Out of breeds diverse in traditions, in ideals, in speech, and in manner of life, Saxon and Slav, Teuton, Celt and Gaul, one people is being made. The blood strains of great races will mingle in the blood of a race greater than the greatest of them all. It would be our wisdom to grip these peoples to us with living hooks of justice and charity till ...

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