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Tacitus on Germany

By: Thomas Gordon

The dates of the birth and death of Tacitus are uncertain, but it is probable that he was born about 54 A. D. and died after 117. He was a contemporary and friend of the younger Pliny, who addressed to him some of his most famous epistles. Tacitus was apparently of the equestrian class, was an advocate by training, and had a reputation as an orator, though none of his speeches has survived. He held a number of important public offices, and married the daughter of Agricol...

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The Wellbe Loved

By: Thomas Hardy

Preface: The peninsula carved by Time out of a single stone, whereon most of the following scenes are laid, has been for centuries immemorial the home of a curious and well?nigh distinct people, cherishing strange beliefs and singular customs, now for the most part obsolescent. Fancies, like certain soft?wooded plants which cannot bear the silent inland frosts, but thrive by the sea in the roughest of weather, seem to grow up naturally here, in particular amongst those n...

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The Golden Lion of Granpere

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Up among the Vosges mountains in Lorraine, but just outside the old half?German province of Alsace, about thirty miles distant from the new and thoroughly French baths of Plombieres, there lies the village of Granpere. Whatever may be said or thought here in England of the late imperial rule in France, it must at any rate be admitted that good roads were made under the Empire. Alsace, which twenty years ago seems to have been somewhat behindhand in th...

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A Second Book of Operas

By: Henry Edward Krehbiel

CHAPTER I. BIBLICAL OPERAS: Whether or not the English owe a grudge to their Lord Chamberlain for depriving them of the pleasure of seeing operas based on Biblical stories I do not know. If they do, the grudge cannot be a deep one, for it is a long time since Biblical operas were in vogue, and in the case of the very few survivals it has been easy to solve the difficulty and salve the conscience of the public censor by the simple device of changing the names of the chara...

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The Critic, Or a Tragedy Rehearsed

By: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

ACT I. -- SCENE I. -- Mr. and Mrs. Dangle at Breakfast, and reading Newspapers. -- DANGLE (reading.) -- Brutus to Lord North.—Letter the second on the State of the Army—Pshaw! To the first L—dash D of the A—dash -- Y.—Genuine Extract of a Letter from St. Kitt's .—Coxheath Intelligence.—It is now confidently asserted that Sir -- Charles Hardy.— Pshaw!—Nothing but about the fleet, and the nation!—and I hate all politics but theatrical politics. -- Where's the Morning Chronicle?

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The Life of Abraham Lincoln

By: Henry Ketcham

Preface: The question will naturally be raised, Why should there be another Life of Lincoln? This may be met by a counter question, Will there ever be a time in the near future when there will not be another Life of Lincoln? There is always a new class of students and a new enrolment of citizens. Every year many thousands of young people pass from the Grammar to the High School grade of our public schools. Other thousands are growing up into manhood and womanhood. These ...

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The Portrait

By: Margaret O. Oliphant

Excerpt: THE PORTRAIT. Margaret Oliphant. AT the period when the following incidents occurred, I was living with my father at The Grove, a large old house in the immediate neighborhood of a little town. This had been his home for a number of years; and I believe I was born in it. It was a kind of house which, notwithstanding all the red and white architecture known at present by the name of Queen Anne, builders nowadays have forgotten how to build. It was straggling and ...

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The Light Princess

By: George Macdonald

Excerpt: Once upon a time, so long ago that I have quite forgotten the date, there lived a king and queen who had no children. And the king said to himself, ?All the queens of my acquaintance have children, some three, some seven, and some as many as twelve; and my queen has not one. I feel ill?used.? So he made up his mind to be cross with his wife about it. But she bore it all like a good patient queen as she was. Then the king grew very cross indeed. But the queen pre...

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Iii. On the Veiling of Virgins

By: Tertullian, Christian Theologian of Carthage

Excerpt: Chapter 1. TRUTH RATHER TO BE APPEALED TO THAN CUSTOM, AND TRUTH PROGRESSIVE IN ITS DEVELOPMENTS. HAVING already undergone the trouble peculiar to my opinion, I will show in Latin also that it behoves our virgins to be veiled from the time that they have passed the turning?point of their age: that this observance is exacted by truth, on which no one can impose prescription no space of times, no influence of persons, no privilege of regions. For these, for the mo...

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Dawn

By: H. Rider Haggard

Excerpt: ?You lie; you always were a liar, and you always will be a liar. You told my father how I spent the money.? ?Well, and what if I did? I had to look after myself, I suppose. You forget that I am only here on sufferance, whilst you are the son of the house. It does not matter to you, but he would have turned me out of doors,? whined George. ?Oh! curse your fine words; it?s you who forget, you swab. Ay, it?s you who forget that you asked me to take the money to the...

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Five of Maxwell's Papers

By: James Clerk Maxwell

On the Unequal Sensibility of the Foramen Centrale to Light of different Colours. -- On the Theory of Compound Colours with reference to Mixtures of Blue and Yellow Light. -- On an Instrument to illustrate Poinsot's Theory of Rotation. -- Address to the Mathematical and Physical Sections of the British Association. -- Introductory Lecture on Experimental Physics.

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The Empty House : And Other Ghost Stories

By: Algernon Henry Blackwood

Excerpt: Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil. In the case of the latter, no particular feature need betray them; they may boast an open countenance and an ingenuous smile; and yet a little of their company leaves the unalterable conviction that there is something radically amiss with their being: that they are evil. Willy nilly, they seem to communicate an atmosphere of secret and wicked thoughts which makes t...

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Satan Danced at Midnight

By: Gary Barton

Excerpt: Penny Haines tossed the newspaper on my desk and the headlines lay there, screaming in the biggest type the editor of the Clarion could find.

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Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories

By: Henry Seton Merriman

Excerpt: SISTER It does not matter where it was. I do not want other people?that is to say, those who were around us?to recognize Sister or myself. It is not likely that she will see this, and I am not sure that she knows my name. Of course, some one may draw her attention to this paper, and she may remember that the name affixed to it is that which I signed at the foot of a document we made out together?namely, a return of deaths. At the foot of this paper our names sto...

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Out of the Earth

By: Arthur Machen

Excerpt: THERE, was some sort of confused complaint during last August of the ill behaviour of the children at certain Welsh watering?places. Such reports and vague rumours are most difficult to trace to their heads and fountains; none has better reason to know that than myself. I need not go over the old ground here, but I am afraid that many people are wishing? by this time that they had never heard my name; again, a considerable number of estimable persons are concern...

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Fanny H : Or, The Hunchback and the Roue

By: J. H. Ingraham

`The plague was in the air, and men breathed death. Fear made all faces pallid, and dried up charity; Love of life drank up all better feeling, and man Looked upon his fellow man with dread! Brother, His brother shunned, and in all breasts died Sweet humanity.' The Charles river flows through many a sweet vale in its inland meanderings; mirrors upon its bosom many a dark hill of wood and rock; conveys beauty and grace to many a fair scene of upland and lowland; and flows...

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The Romance of the Forest : Interspersed with Some Pieces of Poetry

By: Ann Radcliffe

With quiet step and gentle face, / With tattered cloak, and empty hands, / She came into the market place, / A traveller from many lands.

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Amleth, Prince of Denmark from the Gesta Danorum of Saxo Grammaticus

By: Oliver Elton

Horwendil, King of Denmark, married Gurutha, the daughter of Rorik, and she bore him a son, whom they named Amleth. Horwendil's good fortune stung his brother Feng with jealousy, so that the latter resolved treacherously to waylay his brother, thus showing that goodness is not safe even from those of a man's own house. And behold when a chance came to murder him, his bloody hand sated the deadly passion of his soul.

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Marxism, Freedom and the State

By: Michael Bakunin

Life of Bakunin: Chapter I. Introductory -- Chapter II. Marxist Ideology -- Chapter III. The State and Marxism -- Chapter IV. Internationalism and the State -- Chapter V. Social Revolution and the State -- Chapter VI. Political Action and the Workers -- Appendix...

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The Majii

By: Tom Stephens

Excerpt: THE taxi driver whom she addressed had been half asleep behind the wheel of his parked cab, but the text of the woman?s speech was not conducive to further slumber. He sat up straight. The woman asked, ?Have you ever heard of Doc Savage?? ?Who ain't?? growled the driver. ?Say, what kind of a gag?? ?You will take us to Doc Savage,? directed the woman. ?And hurry.?

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