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Tarzan the Untamed

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Excerpt: Murder and Pillage Hauptmann Fritz Schneider trudged wearily through the somber aisles of the dark forest. Sweat rolled down his bullet head and stood upon his heavy jowls and bull neck. His lieutenant marched beside him while Underlieutenant von Goss brought up the rear, following with a handful of askaris the tired and all but exhausted porters whom the black soldiers, following the example of their white officer, en? couraged with the sharp points of bayonets...

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Children of the Whirlwind

By: Leroy Scott

Excerpt: It was an uninspiring bit of street: narrow, paved with cobble; hot and noisy in summer, reeking with unwholesome mud during the drizzling and snow?slimed months of winter. It looked anything this May after noon except a starting?place for drama. But, then, the great dramas of life often avoid the splendid estates and trappings with which conventional romance would equip them, and have their beginnings in unlikeliest environment; and thence sweep on to a noble, ...

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Her Letters

By: Kate Chopin

Excerpt: She had given orders that she wished to remain undisturbed and moreover had locked the doors of her rooms. The house was very still. The rain was falling steadily from a leaden sky in which there was no gleam, no rift, no promise. A generous wood fire had been lighted in the ample fireplace and it brightened and illumined the luxurious apartment to its furthermost corner. From some remote nook of her writing desk the woman took a thick bundle of letters, bound t...

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The Mill Mystery

By: Anna Katherine Green

Excerpt: I had just come in from the street. I had a letter in my hand. It was for my fellow?lodger, a young girl who taught in the High School, and whom I had persuaded to share my room because of her pretty face and quiet ways. She was not at home, and I flung the letter down on the table, where it fell, address downwards. I thought no more of it; my mind was too full, my heart too heavy with my own trouble. Going to the window, I leaned my cheek against the pane. Oh, ...

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The Return of the Native

By: Thomas Hardy

Preface: The date at which the following events are assumed to have occurred may be set down as between 1840 and 1850, when the old watering place herein called ?Budmouth? still retained sufficient afterglow from its Georgian gaiety and prestige to lend it an absorbing attractiveness to the romantic and imaginative soul of a lonely dweller inland. Under the general name of ?Egdon Heath,? which has been given to the sombre scene of the story, are united or typified heaths...

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A House Boat on the Styx

By: John Kendrick Bangs

Excerpt: Chapter 1. CHARON MAKES A DISCOVERY. Charon, the Ferryman of renown, was cruising slowly along the Styx one pleasant Friday morning not long ago, and as he paddled idly on he chuckled mildly to himself as he thought of the monopoly in ferriage which in the course of years he had managed to build up. ?It?s a great thing,? he said, with a smirk of satisfaction ? ?it?s a great thing to be the go?between between two states of being; to have the exclusive franchise t...

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Wake Not the Dead

By: Johann Ludwig Tieck

Excerpt: ?Wilt thou for ever sleep? Wilt thou never more awake, my beloved, but henceforth repose for ever from thy short pilgrimage on earth? O yet once again return! and bring back with thee the vivifying dawn of hope to one whose existence hath, since thy departure, been obscured by the dunnest shades. What! dumb? for ever dumb? Thy friend lamenteth, and thou heedest him not? He sheds bitter, scalding tears, and thou reposest unregarding his affliction? He is in despa...

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Familiar Letters on Chemistry

By: Justus Freiherr Von Liebig

The Letters contained in this little Volume embrace some of the most important points of the science of Chemistry, in their application to Natural Philosophy, Physiology, Agriculture, and Commerce. Some of them treat of subjects which have already been, or will hereafter be, more fully discussed in my larger works. They were intended to be mere sketches, and were written for the especial purpose of exciting the attention of governments, and an enlightened public, to the ...

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Wilful Murder

By: E.W. Hornung

Excerpt: OF the various robberies in which we were both concerned, it is but the few, I find, that will bear telling at any length. Not that the others contained details which even I would hesitate to recount; it is, rather, the very absence of untoward incident which renders them useless for my present purpose. In point of fact our plans were so craftily laid (by Raffles) that the chances of a hitch were invariably reduced to a minimum before we went to work. We might b...

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The Law

By: Frederick Bastiat

The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish! If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it.

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Herbert Carter's Legacy

By: Horatio Alger

Excerpt: BIOGRAPHY AND BIBLIOGRAPHY. Horatio Alger, Jr., an author who lived among and for boys and himself remained a boy in heart and association till death, was born at Revere, Mass., January 13, 1834. He was the son of a clergyman; was graduated at Harvard College in 1852, and at its Divinity School in 1860; and was pastor of the Unitarian Church at Brewster, Mass., in 1862?66. In the latter year he settled in New York and began drawing public attention to the condit...

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Aphorisms

By: Francis Adams

Excerpt: SECTION I. 1. Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate. 2. In disorders of the bowels and vomitings, occurring spontaneously, if the matters purged be such as ought to be purged, they do good, and are well borne; but if not, the contrary. And so artificial evacuations, if ...

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Manacled

By: Stephen Crane

Excerpt: In the First Act there had been a farm scene, wherein real horses had drunk real water out of real buckets, afterward dragging a real wagon off stage left.

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The Discovery

By: Frances Chamberlaine Sheridan

Excerpt: THE DISCOVERY. A COMEDY. As it is Performed At the THEATRE?ROYAL. In DRURY?LANE. Prologue. A female culprit at your bar appears, Not destitute of hope, nor free from fears. Her utmost crime she?s ready to confess, A simple trespass neither more nor less; For, truant?like, she rambled out of bounds, And dar?d to venture on poetic grounds.

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Origen against Celsus, Volume 2

By: Origen Adamantius

THE first book of our answer to the treatise of Celsus, entitled A True Discourse, which con-eluded with the representation of the Jew addressing Jesus, having now extended to a sufficient length, we intend the present part as a reply to the charges brought by him against those who have been converted from Judaism to Christianity. [1] And we call attention, in the first place, to this special question, viz., why Celsus, when he had once resolved upon the introduction of ...

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The Letter of Pontius Pilate

Excerpt: Upon Jesus Christ, whose case I had dearly set forth to thee in my last, at length by the will of the people a bitter punishment has been inflicted, myself being in a sort unwilling and rather afraid.

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The Fireside Chats of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

By: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Excerpt: March 12, 1933. I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking with the comparatively few who understand the mechanics of banking but more particularly with the overwhelming majority who use banks for the making of deposits and the drawing of checks. I want to tell you what has been done in the last few days, why it was done, and what the next steps are going to be. I recognize that the many proclamations from state capitols ...

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Sixes and Sevens

By: William Sydney Porter (O’Henry)

Inexorably Sam Galloway saddled his pony. He was going away from the Rancho Altito at the end of a three-months' visit. It is not to be expected that a guest should put up with wheat coffee and biscuits yellow-streaked with saleratus for longer than that. Nick Napoleon, the big Negro man cook, had never been able to make good biscuits: Once before, when Nick was cooking at the Willow Ranch, Sam had been forced to fly from his cuisine, after only a six-weeks' sojourn. On ...

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The Underground Trail

By: Clifford Goodrich

Excerpt: FRED FISHER?S lanky frame humped wearily as he climbed the creaking stairs of the old hotel. He had no thought of danger, no thought of any kind, in fact, except the tired conviction that the man he intended to see probably would refuse to talk. Ordinarily, Fred Fisher was cheerful and optimistic; but the events of the last three weeks had robbed him of all that. And all because he could find no one who would talk. Some cases are tough, others are tougher, Fred ...

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Chaucer's Official Life

By: James Root Hulbert

Introduction: The researches of Sir Harris Nicolas, Dr. Furnivall, Mr. Selby and others have provided us with a considerable mass of detailed information regarding the life and career of Geoffrey Chaucer. Since the publication of Nicolas?s biography of the poet prefixed to the Aldine edition of Chaucer?s works in 1845, the old traditional biography of conjecture and inference, based often on mere probability or the contents of works erroneously ascribed to Chaucer, has d...

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