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The Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Volume 5

By: Louis Constant Wairy

I left the Emperor at Berlin, where each day, and each hour of the day, he received news of some victory gained, or some success obtained by his generals. General Beaumont presented to him eighty flags captured from the enemy by his division, and Colonel Gerard also presented sixty taken from Blucher at the battle of Wismar. Madgeburg had capitulated, and a garrison of sixty thousand men had marched out under the eyes of General Savary. Marshal Mortier occupied Hanover i...

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Happy and Gay Marching Away

Introduction: Here are Tot, Tom and Toby: There are lots of things to see; There are dogs and cats and horses and goats, As happy as they can be. Turn the leaves gently. The dogs and the cats, And the little children, too, Will be hurt if you tear them.

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Captains Courageous a Story of the Grand Banks

By: Rudyard Kipling

CHAPTER I: The weather door of the smoking-room had been left open to the North Atlantic fog, as the big liner rolled and lifted, whistling to warn the fishing-fleet.

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The Ecclesiastical History

By: Socrates Scholasticus

Little Jannita sat alone beside a milk-bush. Before her and behind her stretched the plain, covered with red sand and thorny karoo bushes; and here and there a milk-bush, looking like a bundle of pale green rods tied together. Not a tree was to be seen anywhere, except on the banks of the river, and that was far away, and the sun beat on her head. Round her fed the Angora goats she was herding; pretty things, especially the little ones, with white silky curls that touche...

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Story of My Life

By: Helen Keller

Excerpt: This book is in three parts. The first two, Miss Keller?s story and the extracts from her letters, form a complete account of her life as far as she can give it. Much of her education she cannot explain herself, and since a knowledge of that is necessary to an understanding of what she has written, it was thought best to supplement her autobiography with the reports and letters of her teacher, Miss Anne Mansfield Sullivan. The addition of a further account of Mi...

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The Adventure of the Amateur Commission Agent

By: Grant Allen

MY eccentric American had assured me that if I won the great race for him I need not be 'skeert' lest he should fail to treat me well; and to do him justice, I must admit that he kept his word magnanimously. While we sat at lunch in the cosy hotel at Limburg he counted out and paid me in hand the fifty good gold pieces he had promised me 'Whether these Deutschers fork out my twenty thousand marks or not,' he said, in his brisk way, 'it don't much matter. I shall get the ...

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French Lear or the Beggar King

By: Frank J. Morlock

Excerpt: ACT I. The old king is seated on his throne surrounded by his two daughters, their husbands and their children, along with his councillors and his guards. KING: Approach, my daughters. And you, too, my sons?in?law, heroes without reproach to whom I confided them. My daughters, and you, also, my sons?in?law, who have become my sons, and you, also, my little grandchildren.

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The Doomwell of St. Madron

By: Robert Stephen Hawker

Excerpt: ?Plunge thy right hand in St. Madron?s spring, If true to its troth be the palm you bring: But if a false sigil thy fingers bear, Lay them rather on the burning share.?

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The Third Skull

By: Maxwell Grant

WHO'S there? The voice was a quavering tremolo. It came from the dried lips of a thin-faced old man, who lay propped in bed. Sharp, suspicious eyes glistened from a withered countenance that was as white as the pillows that supported it. There was no answer to the old man's call. The white face showed worriment. Even the dull lights in the shaded wall brackets were sufficient enough to reveal the tense pursing of the withered lips. Tristram, came another quaver. Is it yo...

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Shelley

By: Sydney Waterlow

In the case of most great writers our interest in them as persons is derived from out interest in them as writers; we are not very curious about them except for reasons that have something to do with their art. With Shelley it is different. During his life he aroused fears and hatreds, loves and adorations, that were quite irrelevant to literature; and even now, when he has become a classic, he still causes excitement as a man. His lovers are as vehement as ever. For the...

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Mechanical Justice

By: Alexander Kuprin

Excerpt: THE large hall of the principal club of one of our provincial towns was packed with people.

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The Kid Faces Death

By: Steve Fisher

Excerpt: ?Slug? O?donnel leaned back in his chair, took a toothpick out of his mouth and pointed it. ?Danny,? he said, ?I promised you that time the Hindu kept you locked in his closet that I?d give you a break on another case sometime. Now that was a rash statement, made in a moment of ? of ?? ?Of gratitude,? Mike Ryan, his redfaced detective partner, came in dryly. ?Yes,? Slug O?donnel went on ? ?of gratitude. You must know, Danny, that tipping off kids like you on big...

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The Author of Beltraffio

By: Henry James

Much as I wished to see him I had kept my letter of introduction three weeks in my pocket-book. I was nervous and timid about meeting him -- conscious of youth and ignorance, convinced that he was tormented by strangers, and especially by my country-people, and not exempt from the suspicion that he had the irritability as well as the dignity of genius. Moreover, the pleasure, if it should occur -- for I could scarcely believe it was near at hand -- would be so great that...

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Bill of Rights : An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the ...

Excerpt: Whereas the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons assembled at Westminster, lawfully, fully and freely representing all the estates of the people of this realm, did upon the thirteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred eighty?eight [old style date] present unto their Majesties, then called and known by the names and style of William and Mary, prince and princess of Orange, being present in their proper persons, a certain declara...

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The Annals

By: P. Cornelius Tacitus

ROME at the beginning was ruled by kings. Freedom and the consulship were established by Lucius Brutus. Dictatorships were held for a temporary crisis. The power of the decemvirs did not last beyond two years, nor was the consular jurisdiction of the military tribunes of long duration. The despotisms of Cinna and Sulla were brief; the rule of Pompeius and of Crassus soon yielded before Caesar; the arms of Lepidus and Antonius before Augustus; who, when the world was wear...

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Plain Words from America

By: Douglas W. Johnson

Introduction: The following letter, written by Professor Douglas W. Johnson, of Columbia University, is in reply to a letter, pleading the cause of Germany, which he received from a German correspondent. Professor Johnson?s letter appeared in the ?Revue de Paris? of September, 1916. PLAIN WORDS FROM AMERICA February, 1916. Your two letters, with enclosed newspaper clippings, and your postal card were duly received. I can assure you that my failure to reply more promptly ...

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A Columbus of Space

By: Garrett P. Serviss

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A MARVELOUS INVENTION I AM a hero worshiper; an insatiable devourer of biographies; and I say that no man in all the splendid list ever equaled Edmund Stonewall. You smile because you have never heard his name, for, until now, his biography has not been written. And this is not truly a biography; it is only the story of the crowning event in Stonewall?s career. Really it humbles one?s pride of race to see how ignorant the world is of its true heroes. ...

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Prufrock and Other Observations

By: T. S. Eliot

The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes, The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes, Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening, Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains, Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys, Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap, And seeing that it was a soft October night, Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

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The Queen of Spades

By: Alexander Pushkin

There was a card party at the rooms of Naroumoff, of the Horse Guards. The long winter night passed away imperceptibly, and it was five o'clock in the morning before the company sat down to supper. Those who had won ate with a good appetite; the others sat staring absently at their empty plates. When the champagne appeared, however, the conversation became more animated, and all took a part in it.

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A Doc Savage Adventure : Fortress of Solitude

By: Kenneth Robeson

THERE’S a dead man just outside your door. The voice was calm and controlled. Its tone might have indicated the owner was accustomed to encountering dead men just outside of doors. Certainly the man who spoke was not greatly perturbed. Doc Savage was facing the man as he entered. Except for a quick stirring of his flaky gold eyes, the bronze adventurer himself did not betray great surprise. Yet, until the visitor had announced it, neither Doc Savage nor his four companio...

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