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Sir Walter Raleigh and His Times

By: Charles Kingsley

Excerpt: Truth is stranger than fiction.? A trite remark. We all say it again and again: but how few of us believe it! How few of us, when we read the history of heroical times and heroical men, take the story simply as it stands! On the contrary, we try to explain it away; to prove it all not to have been so very wonderful; to impute accident, circumstance, mean and commonplace motives; to lower every story down to the level of our own littleness, or what we (unjustly t...

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The Stromata, Or Miscellanies, Volume 3

Excerpt: BOOK III.[1] CAPUT I. BASILIDIS SENTENTIAM DE CONTINENTIA ET NUPTUS REFUTAT. AC Valentiniani quidem, qui desuper ex divinis emissionibus deduxere conjugationes, acceptum habent matrimonium: Basilidis autem sectatores, ?Cum interrogassent, inquiunt, apostoli, nun sit melius uxorem non ducere, dicunt respondisse Dominum: ?Non omnes capiunt verbum hoc, Bunt enim eunuchi alii a nativitate, alii vero a necessitate.??[2] Hoc dictum autem sic interpretantur: ?Quidam ex...

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Demons of Snake Swamp

By: Anthony Pelcher

Excerpt: ?I'VE been pretty much all over the world. For the last twelve years I've traveled about the United States and I've learned a few things,? remarked Jim Chamberlin, structural engineer and my closest friend and co?worker. ?Yeah?? I answered. ?What, for instance?? ?Well,? drawled Chamberlin, a husky Westerner, ?the most beautiful natural park within a city is Glen Oak in Peoria; the most beautiful city is St. Joseph, Missouri, in summer; the most gorgeous and brea...

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Jimmie Higgins

By: Upton Sinclair

Excerpt: And Lizzie fell silent; for she too had learned much in three years and a half of married life. She had learned that working men?s wives seldom get all they would like in this world; also that to have a propagandist for a husband is not the worst fate that may befall. After all, he might have been giving his time and money to drink, or to other women; he might have been dying of a cough, like the man next door. If one could not have a bit of pleasure on a Sunday...

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The Memoirs of Louis XIV, His Court and the Regency, Volume 14

By: Duc de Saint Simon

For a long time a species of war had been declared between the King of England and his son, the Prince of Wales, which had caused much scandal; and which had enlisted the Court on one side, and made much stir in the Parliament. George had more than once broken out with indecency against his son; he had long since driven him from the palace, and would not see him. He had so cut down his income that he could scarcely subsist. The father never could endure this son, because...

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Cressy

By: Bret Harte

CHAPTER I: As the master of the Indian Spring school emerged from the pine woods into the little clearing before the schoolhouse, he stopped whistling, put his hat less jauntily on his head, threw away some wild flowers he had gathered on his way, and otherwise assumed the severe demeanor of his profession and his mature age—which was at least twenty. Not that he usually felt this an assumption; it was a firm conviction of his serious nature that he impressed others, as ...

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Wives and Daughters

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood. In a country there was a shire, and in that shire there was a town, and in that town there was a house, and in that house there was a room, and in that room there was a bed, and in that bed there lay a little girl; wide awake and longing to get up, but not daring to do so for fear of the unseen power in the next room - a certain Betty, whose slumbers must not be disturbed until six o'clock struck, when she wakened of herself ...

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The Noble Koran (Quran) : Succour

By: Transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad

Excerpt: 110.001 When Allah?s succour and the triumph cometh 110.002 And thou seest mankind entering the religion of Allah in troops, 110.003 Then hymn the praises of thy Lord, and seek forgiveness of Him. Lo! He is ever ready to show mercy.

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Olla Podrida

By: Frederick Marryat

Reader, did you ever feel in that peculiarly distressing state of mind in which one oppressing idea displaces or colours every other, absorbing, intermingling with, empoisoning, and, like the filth of the harpy, turning every thing into disgust —when a certain incubus rides upon the brain, as the Old Man of the Mountain did upon the shoulders of Sinbad, burdening, irritating, and rendering existence a misery —when, looking around, you see but one object perched everywher...

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History of the Moravian Church

By: J.E. Hutton

Preface: For assistance in the preparation of this second edition, I desire herewith to express my obligations to several friends: To the late Rev. L.G. Hasse, B.D., whose knowledge of Moravian history was profound, and who guided me safely in many matters of detail; to the Rev. N. Libbey, M.A., Principal of the Moravian Theological College, Fairfield, for the loan of valuable books; to the Rev. J.T. Mller, D.D., Archivist at Herrnhut, for revising part of the MS., and ...

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Catherine de Medici

By: Honore De Balzac

Excerpt: When we think of the enormous number of volumes that have been published on the question as to where Hannibal crossed the Alps, without our being able to decide to?day whether it was (according to Whittaker and Rivaz) by Lyon, Geneva, the Great Saint?Bernard, and the valley of Aosta; or (according to Letronne, Follard, Saint?Simon and Fortia d'Urbano) by the Isere, Grenoble, Saint? Bonnet, Monte Genevra, Fenestrella, and the Susa passage; or (according to Larauz...

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The Terror

By: Arthur Machen

After two years we are turning once more to the morning's news with a sense of appetite and glad expectation. There were thrills at the beginning of the war: the thrill of horror and of a doom that seemed at once incredible and certain; this was when Namur fell and the German host swelled like a flood over the French fields, and drew very near to the walls of Paris. Then we felt the thrill of exultation when the good news came that the awful tide had been turned back, th...

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Our Mr. Jupp

By: George Robert Gissing, 1857-1903

You knew the man at once by his likeness to a thousand others. His clothes were always in good condition; the gloss of his linen declared a daily renewal; he was scrupulously shaven, and blew his nose with a silk handkerchief. Yet the impression he made was sordid. The very flower in his buttonhole took a taint of vulgarity, and became suggestive of cheap promenade concerts, or of the public dancing-saloon. He had a fresh colour, proof of time spent chiefly out of doors;...

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A Modern Chronicle

By: Winston S. Churchill

Excerpt: BOOK I. Chapter 1. WHAT?S IN HEREDITY? HONORA LEFFINGWELL is the original name of our heroine. She was born in the last quarter of the Nineteenth Century, at Nice, in France, and she spent the early years of her life in St. Louis, a somewhat conservative old city on the banks of the Mississippi River. Her father was Randolph Leffingwell, and he died in the early flower of his manhood, while filling with a grace that many remember the post of United States Consul...

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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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Lady Betty's Indiscretion

Excerpt: ?Horry! I am sick to death of it!? There was a servant in the room gathering the tea?cups; but Lady Betty Stafford, having been brought up in the purple, was not to be deterred from speaking her mind by a servant. Her cousin was either more prudent or less vivacious; he did not answer on the instant, but stood looking through one of the windows at the leafless trees and slow?dropping rain in the Mall, and only turned when Lady Betty pettishly repeated her statem...

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The U.P. Trail

By: Zane Grey

In the early sixties a trail led from the broad Missouri, swirling yellow and turgid between its green-groved borders, for miles and miles out upon the grassy Nebraska plains, turning westward over the undulating prairie, with its swales and billows and long, winding lines of cottonwoods, to a slow, vast heave of rising ground— Wyoming—where the herds of buffalo grazed and the wolf was lord and the camp-fire of the trapper sent up its curling blue smoke from beside some ...

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Crome Yellow

By: Aldous Huxley

Excerpt: Along this particular stretch of line no express had ever passed. All the trains ? the few that there were ? stopped at all the stations. Denis knew the names of those stations by heart. Bole, Tritton, Spavin Delawarr, Knipswich for Timpany, West Bowlby, and, finally, Camlet?on?the?Water. Camlet was where he always got out, leaving the train to creep indolently onward, goodness only knew whither, into the green heart of England.

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The Wandering Jew, Part 2 the Wandering Jew's Sentence

By: Eugène Sue

The site is wild and rugged. It is a lofty eminence covered with huge boulders of sandstone, between which rise birch trees and oaks, their foliage already yellowed by autumn. These tall trees stand out from the background of red light, which the sun has left in the west, resembling the reflection of a great fire. From this eminence the eye looks down into a deep valley, shady, fertile, and half-veiled in light vapor by the evening mist. The rich meadows, the tufts of bu...

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The Iron Puddler

By: James J. Davis

Excerpt: JOSEPH G. CANNON THE man whose life story is here presented between book covers is at the time of writing only forty?eight years old. When I met him many years ago he was a young man full of enthusiasm. I remember saying to him then, ?With your enthusiasm and the sparkle which you have in your eyes I am sure you will make good.?

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