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The Tragedy of the Life Raft

By: Jacques Futrelle

Excerpt: Twas a shabby picture altogether?old Peter Ordway in his office; the man shriveled, bent, cadaverous, aquiline of feature, with skin like parchment, and cunning, avaricious eyes.

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The Tinker's Wedding

By: John M. Synge

Preface: The drama is made serious ? in the French sense of the word ? not by the degree in which it is taken up with problems that are serious in themselves, but by the degree in which it gives the nourishment, not very easy to define, on which our imaginations live. We should not go to the theatre as we go to a chemist?s, or a dram?shop, but as we go to a dinner, where the food we need is taken with pleasure and excitement. This was nearly always so in Spain and Englan...

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The Curse of Thoth

By: Maxwell Grant

CHAPTER I: HARRY VINCENT swung from the subway exit and turned southward toward Columbus Circle. Blocks ahead he saw a distant electric sign that was spelling a word in running letters. The sign said: HURRY! Walking briskly, Harry kept watching the sign. Another word unraveled itself across the broad strip. It was a repetition of the first, but exclamation points rendered it more emphatic.

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Modern Superstition

By: Lafcadio Hearn

That superstitions outlive religions is a truth too palpable to require much dwelling upon, especially at this epoch of folklore studies, when modern superstitions are being traced back not only to Greek or Roman days, but beyond them through the dust of dead civilizations back to ages of primitive fetich-worship. Human nature has not very much changed since the beginning of history; the advantages of scientific progress are enjoyed by all, but the methods by which they ...

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Sir Libeaus Desconus

By: Jessie L. Weston

Excerpt: May our Saviour Christ, and the sweet maid His mother, help him who shall hearken to this tale of a knight, wise of wit, a valiant warrior, and doughty in deed.

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Sara, A Princess

By: Fannie E. Newberry

Excerpt: She involuntarily raised both hands to her ears, as if the noise distressed her, then dropped them, straightened herself resolutely, and answered in a pleasant contralto, whose rich notes betokened power and repression,? ?Well, mother?? ?Your fayther?s got to hev them nets mended right away, he says, an? my han?s is in the dough. Be you at them books agin?? ?Yes,? said Sara; ?but I?ll come,? rising with a sigh, and carefully slipping a bit of paper between the l...

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Autour de la Lune

By: Jules Verne

CHAPITRE PRELIMINAIRE: Qui resume la premiere partie de cet ouvrage, pour servir de preface a la seconde Pendant le cours de l'annee 186., le monde entier fut singulierement emu par une tentative scientifique sans precedents dans les annales de la science. Les membres du Gun-Club, cercle d'artilleurs fonde a Baltimore apres la guerre d'Amerique, avaient eu l'idee de se mettre en communication avec la Lune -- oui, avec la Lune --, en lui envoyant un boulet. Leur president Barbicane...

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Two Interesting Cases of Illusion of Perception

By: George F. Arps

Excerpt: BY GEORGE F. ARPS The Ohio State University The first case here reported came to the notice of the writer through the attending physician; the second case was reported by the father of the child after the attending physician had failed of satisfactory treatment. The second case is especially interesting and serviceable in connection with the phenomenon of visual space perception. The first case is that of a boy, nine years of age, healthy, vigorous, who in his p...

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The Awakening of the Lieutenant-Governor

By: Susan Glaspell

THE Governor of Iowa was sitting alone in his private office with an open letter in his hand. He was devoutly and gloomily wishing that some other man was just then in his shoes. The Governor had not devoted a large portion of his life to nursing a desire of that nature, for he was a man in whose soul, as a rule, the flame of self-satisfaction glowed cheeringly; but just now there were reasons, and he deemed them ample, for deploring the fact that fate had made him chief...

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Heroes of the Telegraph

PREFACE: The present work is in some respects a sequel to the PIONEERS OF ELECTRICITY, and it deals with the lives and principal achievements of those distinguished men to whom we are indebted for the introduction of the electric telegraph and telephone, as well as other marvels of electric science. CHAPTER I. THE ORIGIN OF THE TELEGRAPH. The history of an invention, whether of science or art, may be compared to the growth of an organism such as a tree. The wind, or the ...

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The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus

By: Hippolytus

Now these things we are under the necessity of setting forth at length, in order to disprove the supposition of others. For some choose to maintain that paradise is in heaven, and forms no part of the system of creation. But since we see with our eyes the rivers that go forth from it which are open, indeed, even in our day, to the inspection of any who choose, let every one conclude from this that it did not belong to heaven, but was in reality planted in the created sys...

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Lodore

By: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Excerpt: In the flattest and least agreeable part of the county of Essex, about five miles from the sea, is situated a village or small town, which may be known in these pages by the name of Longfield. Longfield is distant eight miles from any market town, but the simple inhabitants, limiting their desires to their means of satisfying them, are scarcely aware of the kind of desert in which they are placed. Although only fifty miles from London, few among them have ever s...

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The Five Books of Youth

By: Robert Hillyer

Excerpt: BOOK I. A MISCELLANY I LA MARE DES FEES The leaves rain down upon the forest pond, An elfin tarn green?shadowed in the fern; Nine yews ensomber the wet bank, beyond The autumn branches of the beeches burn With yellow flame and red amid the green, And patches of the darkening sky between.

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My Wife's Tempter

By: Fitz James O?Brien

Excerpt: I. A PREDESTINED MARRIAGE Elsie and I were to be married in less than a week. It was rather a strange match, and I knew that some of our neighbors shook their heads over it and said that no good would come. The way it came to pass was thus. I loved Elsie Burns for two years, during which time she refused me three times. I could no more help asking her to have me, when the chance offered, than I could help breathing or living. To love her seemed natural to me as ...

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The Boats of the Glen Carrig

By: William Hope Hodgson

I. THE LAND OF LONESOMENESS NOW WE had been five days in the boats, and in all this time made no discovering of land. Then upon the morning of the sixth day came there a cry from the bo'sun, who had the command of the lifeboat, that there was something which might be land afar upon our larboard bow; but it was very low lying, and none could tell whether it was land or but a morning cloud. Yet, because there was the beginning of hope within our hearts, we pulled wearily t...

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The Exhibit

Through a selection of rare books from the Library's special collections and related computer displays, this millennium exhibit explores the development of the book after the invention of movable type in mid-15thcentury Europe. Included in the exhibit is a page from the original 1456 Gutenberg Bible, early New England tracts, and other rare books.

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Guardian of Death

By: Maxwell Grant

LIGHTNING streaked the sky with a jagged flash, and Graydon Towers mushroomed like an Aladdin's castle at a genii's thunderous call. The sight was so fantastic that Harry Vincent still couldn't believe it when he flung his arm across his eyes. The glare had left an after image of a vivid object against a blackened background, a lurid collection of bloody yellow turrets fashioned by some architect whose nightmares must have been his guiding talent. Smashing thunder delive...

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The Confessions of J.J. Rousseau, Book 9

By: Jean Jacques Rousseau

INTRODUCTION: Among the notable books of later times-we may say, without exaggeration, of all time—must be reckoned The Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau. It deals with leading personages and transactions of a momentous epoch, when absolutism and feudalism were rallying for their last struggle against the modern spirit, chiefly represented by Voltaire, the Encyclopedists, and Rousseau himself—a struggle to which, after many fierce intestine quarrels and sanguinary war...

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Try and Trust

By: Horatio Alger

Excerpt: Chapter 1. AROUND The BREAKFAST TABLE. ?Well, wife,? said Mr. Benjamin Stanton, as he sat down to a late breakfast, ?I had a letter from Ohio yesterday.? ?From Ohio? Who should write you from Ohio? Anyone I know?? ?My sister, Margaret, you remember, moved out there with her husband ten years ago.? ?Oh, it?s from her, is it?? said Mrs. Stanton, indifferently. ?No,? said her husband with momentary gravity. ?It?s from a Dr. Kent, who attended her in her last illnes...

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Sermons on Evilspeaking

By: Isaac Barrow

Introduction: Isaac Barrow was born in London in 1630. His father was draper to the king. His mother died when he was four years old. He was named Isaac after an uncle, who died in 1680, Bishop of St. Asaph. Young Isaac Barrow was educated at the Charterhouse School, and at Felstead, before he went, in 1643, to Cambridge. He entered first at Peterhouse, where his uncle Isaac was a Fellow, but at that time his uncle was ejected from his Fellowship for loyalty to the King?...

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