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The Burgess Bird Book for Children

By: Thornton W. Burgess

This book was written to supply a definite need. Its preparation was undertaken at the urgent request of booksellers and others who have felt the lack of a satisfactory medium of introduction to bird life for little children. As such, and in no sense whatever as a competitor with the many excellent books on this subject, but rather to supplement these, this volume has been written. Its primary purpose is to interest the little child in, and to make him acquainted with, t...

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Facts and Arguments for Darwin

By: Fritz Muller

Excerpt: My principal reason for undertaking the translation of Dr. Fritz Muller?s admirable work on the Crustacea, entitled ?Fur Darwin,? was that it was still, although published as long ago as 1864, and highly esteemed by the author?s scientific countrymen, absolutely unknown to a great number of English naturalists, including some who have occupied themselves more or less specially with the subjects of which it treats. It possesses a value quite independent of its re...

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Nature and Art

By: Elizabeth Inchbald

INTRODUCTION: Elizabeth Simpson was born on the 15th of October, 1753, one of the eight children of a poor farmer, at Standingfield, near Bury St. Edmunds. Five of the children were girls, who were all gifted with personal beauty. The family was Roman Catholic. The mother had a delight in visits to the Bury Theatre, and took, when she could, her children to the play. One of her sons became an actor, and her daughter Elizabeth offered herself at eighteen—her father then b...

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Against the Sabellians

By: Dionysius

1. Now truly it would be just to dispute against those who, by dividing and rending the monarchy, which is the most august announcement of the Church of God, into, as it were, three powers, and distinct substances (hypostases), and three deities, destroy it. (2) For I have heard that some who preach and teach the word of God among you are teachers of this opinion, who indeed diametrically, so to speak, are opposed to the opinion of Sabellius. For he blasphemes in saying ...

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The Iliad of Homer

By: Andrew Lang, M.A.

Excerpt: BOOK I. How Agamemnon and Achilles fell out at the siege of Troy; and Achilles withdrew himself from battle, and won from Zeus a pledge that his wrong should be avenged on Agamemnon and the Achaians. Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles Peleus? son, the ruinous wrath that brought on the Achaians woes innumerable, and hurled down into Hades many strong souls of heroes, and gave their bodies to be a prey to dogs and all winged fowls; and so the counsel of Zeus wro...

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The Frogs

By: Aristophanes

The scene shows the house of HERACLES in the background. There enter two travellers: DIONYSUS on foot, in his customary yellow robe and buskins but also with the club and lion's skin of Heracles, and his servant XANTHIAS on a donkey, carrying the luggage on a pole over his shoulder.

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The Spirit of Contradiction

By: Riviere Dufresny

The scene is a garden before Mr. Townly's house in London. Lucas, the gardener enters in a rage. Lucas: To hell with that bitch and her contradictory nature! Townly: There, there, Lucas, softly. Lucas: No, sir. I can no longer put up with your wife's temperament.

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An Experiment in Misery

By: Stephen Crane

It was late at night, and a fine rain was swirling softly down, causing the pavements to glisten with hue of steel and blue and yellow in the rays of the innumerable lights. A youth was trudging slowly, without enthusiasm, with his hands buried deep in his trousers pockets, toward the downtown places where beds can be hired for coppers. He was clothed in an aged and tattered suit, and his derby was a marvel of dust-covered crown and torn rim. He was going forth to eat as...

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The Wept of Wish Tonwish

By: James Fenimore Cooper

Preface: At this distant period, when Indian traditions are listened to with the interest that we lend to the events of a dark age, it is not easy to convey a vivid image of the dangers and privations that our ancestors encountered, in preparing the land we enjoy for its present state of security and abundance. It is the humble object of the tale that will be found in the succeeding pages, to perpetuate the recollection of some of the practices and events peculiar to the...

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Dr. Faustus

By: Christopher Marlowe

Excerpt: THE Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.

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Twenty Years After

CHAPTER I: -- CHAPTER II -- CHAPTER III -- CHAPTER IV -- CHAPTER V -- CHAPTER VI -- CHAPTER VII -- CHAPTER VIII -- CHAPTER IX -- CHAPTER X -- CHAPTER XI -- CHAPTER XII -- CHAPTER XIII -- CHAPTER XIV -- CHAPTER XV -- CHAPTER XVI -- CHAPTER XVII -- CHAPTER XVIII -- CHAPTER XIX -- CHAPTER XX -- CHAPTER XXI -- CHAPTER XXII -- CHAPTER XXI -- CHAPTER XXIV -- CHAPTER XXV -- CHAPTER XXVI -- CHAPTER XXVII -- CHAPTER XXVIII -- CHAPTER XXIX -- CHAPTER XXX -- CHAPTER XXXI -- CHAPTER...

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Dorothy Dainty at Glenmore

By: Amy Brooks

Excerpt: Dorothy Dainty at Glenmore

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The Life of the Fly

By: J. Henri Fabre

The present volume contains all the essays on flies, or Diptera, from the Souvenirs entomologiques, to which I have added, in order to make the dimensions uniform with those of the other volumes of the series, the purely autobiographical essays comprised in the Souvenirs. These essays, though they have no bearing upon the life of the fly, are among the most interesting that Henri Fabre has written and will, I am persuaded, make a special appeal to the reader. The chapter...

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A Doc Savage Adventure : The Seven Agate Devils

By: Kenneth Robeson

Next morning, it was in all of the newspapers. They put out extra editions in London. Paris and Berlin sheets had it on the front pages. In remote Japan, they brushed it in queer-looking characters on the public news boards. Doc Savage, of course, read the papers. Long ago, Doc Savage had found it advisable to keep a close check on the news events of the world. This precaution had on several occasions saved Doc Savage’s life. The fact that it had was due to the highly un...

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The Dutch Twins

By: Lucy Fitch Perkins

Introduction: KIT AND KAT This is a picture of Kit and Kat. They are Twins, and they live in Holland. Kit is the boy, and Kat is the girl. Of course their real names are not Kit and Kat at all. Their real names are Christopher and Katrina. But you can see for yourself that such long names as that would never in the world fit such a short pair of Twins. So the Twins? Mother, Vrouw Vedder, said, ?They cannot be called Christopher and Katrina until they are four and a half ...

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Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria

By: William Westgarth

Excerpt: AN INTRODUCTORY MEDLEY. I had long looked forward to one more visit to Victoria, perhaps the last I should expect to make, and the opportunity of the opening of the great Centenary Exhibition at Melbourne on 1st August of this year was too good to be lost. Accordingly, having been able to arrange business matters for so long a holiday, I took passage, with my wife and daughter, by the good steamship ?Coptic? of the ?Shaw, Savill New Zealand Line,? as it is curtl...

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Green Tea

By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Prologue: Martin Hesselius, the German Physician. Through carefully educated in medicine and surgery, I have never practiced either. The study of each continues, nevertheless, to interest me profoundly. Neither idleness nor caprice caused my secession from the honorable calling which I had just entered. The cause was a very trifling scratch inflicted by a dissecting knife. This trifle cost me the loss of two fingers, amputated promptly, and the more painful loss of my he...

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The Noble Koran (Quran) : The Bee

By: Transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad

Excerpt: 016.001 The commandment of Allah will come to pass, so seek not ye to hasten it. Glorified and Exalted be He above all that they associate (with Him). 016.002 He sendeth down the angels with the Spirit of His command unto whom He will of His bondmen, (saying): Warn mankind that there is no God save Me, so keep your duty unto Me.

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A Smaller History of Greece

By: William Smith

CONTENTS CHAPTER I: -- Geography of Greece. CHAPTER II -- Origin of the Greeks, and the Heroic Age. CHAPTER III -- General Survey of the Greek People. National Institutions. CHAPTER IV -- Early History of Peloponnesus and Sparta to the end of the Messenian Wars, B.C. 668. CHAPTER V -- Early History of Athens down to the...

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Monsieur Delamort

By: Rafael Sabatini

He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. And that was all his patrimony. His very paternity was obscure, although the village of Gavrillac had long since dispelled the cloud of mystery that hung about it. Those simple Brittany folk were not so simple as to be deceived by a pretended relationship which did not even possess the virtue of originality. When a nobleman, for no apparent reason, announces himself the godfather of an infant fetched...

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