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Song of Death

By: Ed Earl Repp

Excerpt: IT never occurred to Vance, until the morning when Dyson?s car rolled up before the house, that there might be a practical use of the thing he had discovered. But as he stood there in the second story window looking down onto the graveled horseshoe drive, the plan hit him with such force that he trembled visibly. His face became alive with an intensity that made his sallow skin grow tight over his cheek?bones.

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The Prince and the Pauper

By: Mark Twain

Preface: I will set down a tale as it was told to me by one who had it of his father, which latter had it of his father, this last having in like manner had it of his father? and so on, back and still back, three hundred years and more, the fathers transmitting it to the sons and so preserving it. It may be history, it may be only legend, a

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Minnesota and Dacotah

By: C.C. Andrews

Introduction: The object of publishing these letters can be very briefly stated. During the last autumn I made a tour into Minnesota, upwards of a hundred and thirty miles north?west of St. Paul, to satisfy myself as to the character and prospects of the territory. All I could learn from personal observation, and otherwise, concerning its society and its ample means of greatness, impressed me so favorably as to the advantages still open to the settler, that I put down in...

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Soap

By: Lu Hsun

Excerpt: With her back to the north window in the slanting sunlight, Ssu?min?s wife with her eight?year?old daughter, Hsiu?erh, was pasting paper money for the dead when she heard the slow, heavy footsteps of someone in cloth shoes and knew her husband was back. Paying no attention, she simply went on pasting coins. But the tread of cloth shoes drew nearer and nearer, till it finally stopped beside her. Then she could not help looking up to see Ssu?min before her, bunchi...

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Fragments from the Writings of Peter

By: Peter, Bishop of Alexandria

Excerpt: I. LETTER TO THE CHURCH AT ALEXANDRIA.(1) Peter, to the brethren beloved and established in the faith of God, peace in the Lord. Since I have found out that Meletius acts in no way for the common good, for neither is he contented with the letter of the most holy bishops and martyrs, but, invading my parish,(2) hath assumed so much to himself as to endeavour to separate from my authority the priests,(3) and those who had been entrusted with visiting the needy;(4)...

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The Moon

By: Prophet Muhammad

054.001 The hour drew nigh and the moon was rent in twain. 054.002 And if they behold a portent they turn away and say: Prolonged illusion. 054.003 They denied (the Truth) and followed their own lusts. Yet everything will come to a decision 054.004 And surely there hath come unto them news whereof the purport should deter, 054.005 Effective wisdom; but warnings avail not. 054.006 So withdraw from them (O Muhammad) on the day when the Summoner summoneth unto a painful thi...

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Peter Schlemihl, The Shadowless Man

By: Adelbert Chamisso

Introduction: ?Peter Schlemihl,? one of the pleasantest fancies of the days when Germany delighted in romance, was first published in 1814, and was especially naturalised in England by association with the genius of George Cruikshank, who enriched a translation of it with some of his happiest work as an illustrator. An account of the book and its author is here reprinted at the end of the tale, as originally given by the translator. To this account one or two notes may b...

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The Prince

By: Niccolo Machiavelli

Introduction: Nicolo Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Nicolo Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute, and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility.

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The Bookbinder of Hort

By: Leopold Von Sacher?Masoch

Excerpt: From ?Jewish Tales,? published by A.C. McClurg &Co. Copyright, 1894, by A.C. McClurg &Co. Looking abroad from the table?land of Esced, over the Hungarian plain that stretches from the foot of Mount Matra to Szolnok, and finally merges into the horizon where the silver thread of the Theiss winds its way, the eye is attracted by a smiling section of country whose vineyards and cornfields gleam brightly in the sun. This fair spot is neither a park nor grove nor ple...

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Returning Home

By: Anthony Trollope

It is generally supposed that people who live at home,—good domestic people, who love tea and their arm-chairs, and who keep the parlour hearth-rug ever warm,—it is generally supposed that these are the people who value home the most, and best appreciate all the comforts of that cherished institution. I am inclined to doubt this. It is, I think, to those who live farthest away from home, to those who find the greatest difficulty in visiting home, that the word conveys th...

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The Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Volume 9

By: David Widger

Excerpt: Chapter 1. In September, 1811, the Emperor decided to make a journey into Flanders in company with the , Empress, that he might personally ascertain if his orders had been carried out in all matters concerning both the civil and religious administration. Their Majesties left Compiegne on the 19th, and arrived at Montreuil?sur?Mer at nine o?clock in the evening. I accompanied the Emperor on this journey. I have read in O'Meara?s Memorial that M. Marchand was at t...

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Literary Remains (1)

By: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Preface: Mr. Coleridge by his will, dated in September, 1829, authorized his executor, if he should think it expedient, to publish any of the notes or writing made by him (Mr. C.) in his books, or any other of his manuscripts or writings, or any letters which should thereafter be collected from, or supplied by, his friends or correspondents. Agreeably to this authority, an arrangement was made, under the superintendence of Mr. Green, for the collection of Coleridge?s lit...

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The History of King Richard the Third

By: Sir Thomas More

Excerpt: THE history of king Richard the thirde (vnfinished) written by Master Thomas More than one of the vndersherriffs of London: a? bout the yeare of our Lorde, 1513. Which worke hath bene before this tyme printed in hardynges Cronicle.

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Notes of Roundabout to Boston

By: William Dean Howells

During the four years of my life in Venice the literary intention was present with me at all times and in all places. I wrote many things in verse, which I sent to the magazines in every part of the English- speaking world, but they came unerringly back to me, except in three instances only, when they were kept by the editors who finally printed them. One of these pieces was published in the Atlantic Monthly; another in Harpers Magazine; the third was got into the New Yo...

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The Roundup : A Romance of Arizona

By: John Murray

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE Cactus Cross. Down an old trail in the Ghost Range in northwestern Mexico, just across the Arizona border, a mounted prospector wound his way, his horse carefully picking its steps among the broken granite blocks which had tumbled upon the ancient path from the mountain wall above. A burro followed, laden heavily with pack, bed?roll, pick, frying?pan, and battered coffee?pot, yet stepping along sure?footedly as the mountain?sheep that first formed...

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The Devil's Dictionary

By: Ambrose Bierce

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One Day at Arle

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Excerpt: ONE day at Arle ? a tiny scattered fishing hamlet on the north?western English coast ? there stood at the door of one of the cottages near the shore a woman leaning against the lintel?post and looking out: a woman who would have been apt to attract a

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Life of Stephen A. Douglas

By: William Gardner

Preface: De mortuis nil nisi bonum, (of the dead speak nothing but good), is the rule which governed the friends of Stephen A. Douglas after his death. ?Of political foes speak nothing but ill,? is the rule which has guided much of our discussion of him for forty years. The time has now arrived when we can study him dispassionately and judge him justly, when we can take his measure, if not with scientific accuracy, at least with fairness and honesty. Where party spirit i...

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Moments of Vision

By: Thomas Hardy

That mirror Which makes of men a transparency, Who holds that mirror And bids us such a breast-bare spectacle see Of you and me? That mirror Whose magic penetrates like a dart, Who lifts that mirror And throws our mind back on us, and our heart, Until we start? That mirror Works well in these night hours of ache; Why in that mirror Are tincts we never see ourselves once take When the world is awake? That mirror Can test each mortal when unaware; Yea, that strange mirror ...

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The Pool in the Desert

By: Sara Jeanette Duncan

Excerpt: 1. A Mother in India Chapter 1.I There were times when we had to go without puddings to pay John?s uniform bills, and always I did the facings myself with a cloth?ball to save getting new ones. I would have polished his sword, too, if I had been allowed; I adored his sword. And once, I remember, we painted and varnished our own dog?cart, and very smart it looked, to save fifty rupees.

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