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Monsieur Lecoq, Volume 2

By: Emile Gaboriau

Excerpt: Le premier dimanche du mois d'aout 1815, a dix heures precises,?comme tous les dimanches,?le sacristain de la paroisse de Sairmeuse sonna les ®trois coups¯, qui annoncent aux fideles que le pretre monte a l'autel pour la grand'messe. L'eglise etait plus d'a?moitie pleine, et de tous cotes arrivaient en se hatant des groupes de paysans et de paysannes. Les femmes etaient en grande toilette, avec leurs fichus de cou bien tires a quatre epingles, leurs jupes a larg...

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The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Volume Iii

By: Lord Macaulay

FRANCIS ATTERBURY. (December 1853.) Francis Atterbury, a man who holds a conspicuous place in the political, ecclesiastical, and literary history of England, was born in the year 1662, at Middleton in Buckinghamshire, a parish of which his father was rector. Francis was educated at Westminster School, and carried thence to Christchurch a stock of learning which, though really scanty, he through life exhibited with such judicious ostentation that superficial observers bel...

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The Taming of the Shrew

By: William Shakespeare

Actus primus, Scena prima. A tempestuous noise of Thunder and Lightning heard: Enter a Ship-master, and a Boteswaine. Master: Bote-swaine Botes: Heere Master: What cheere? Master: Good: Speake to th’ Mariners: fall too’t, yarely, or we run our selves a ground, bestirre, bestirre. Enter. Enter Mariners. Botes: Heigh my hearts, cheerely, cheerely my harts: yare, yare: Take in the toppe-sale: Tend to th’ Masters whistle: Blow till thou burst thy winde, if roome enough.

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The Lilac Sunbonnet

By: S. R. Crockett

As Ralph Peden came along the dusty Cairn Edward road from the coach which had set him down there on its way to the Ferry town, he paused to rest in the evening light at the head of the Long Wood of Larbrax. Here, under boughs that arched the way, he took from his shoulders his knapsack, filled with Hebrew and Greek books, and rested his head on the larger bag of roughly tanned Westland leather, in which were all his other belongings. They were not numerous. He might, in...

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Chess and Checkers : The Way to Mastership

By: Edward Lasker

Preface: The present world war has given great impetus to the game of Chess . In the prison camps, in the field hospitals, in the training camps and even in the trenches Chess has become a favorite occupation in hours of leisure, not only because it offers a most fascinating pastime, but mainly because it serves beyond any doubt to develop what is now the most interesting study for every soldier ? the grasp of the principles underlying military strategy and the ability t...

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J. Cole

By: Emma Gellibrand

Excerpt: ?Wich i hav seed in the paper a page Boy wanted, and begs to say J. Cole is over thertene, and I can clene plate, wich my brutther is under a butler and lernd me, and I can wate, and no how to clene winders and boots. J. Cole opes you will let me cum. I arsks 8 and all found. if you do my washin I will take sevven. J. Cole will serve you well and opes to giv sattisfaxshun. i can cum tomorrer.

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Peter Rugg, The Missing Man

By: William Austin

Excerpt: SIR, Agreeably to my promise, I now relate to you all the particulars of the lost man and child which I have been able to collect. It is entirely owing to the humane interest you seemed to take in the report, that I have pursued the inquiry to the following result.

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No Haid Pawn

By: Thomas Nelson Page

Excerpt: It was a ghostly place in broad daylight, if the glimmer that stole in through the dense forest that surrounded it when the sun was directly overhead deserved this delusive name. At any other time it was?why, we were afraid even to talk about it!

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Lady Clare

By: Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

Excerpt: It was the time when lilies blow, And clouds are highest up in air. Lord Ronald brought a lily?white doe To give his cousin, Lady Clare. I trow they did not Part 1n scorn: Lovers long betrothed were they.

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Omatunto

By: Juhani Aho

Excerpt: SAARISTOKERTOMUS I Oli taas niinkuin aina, harva se paeivae, mutta varsinkin silloin, kun meri myrskysi ja taivas satoi eikae ollut menemistae ulapalle eikae viitsinyt muuhunkaan ryhtyae?oli turinaa ja tarinaa siitae samasta, satoja kertoja vatvotusta, vanhasta, mutta kuitenkin yhae uudesta?merestae ja sen saaliista. Niistae oli aina ehtymaetoen puheenaihe, entisistae hyvistae ja nykyisistae huonoista?mutta varsinkin silloin, kun oli joku vieras, niinkuin nyt sa...

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The Vultures

By: Henry Seton Merriman

Excerpt: I. ALL AT SEA Mr. Joseph P. Mangles, at his ease in a deck?chair on the broad Atlantic, was smoking a most excellent cigar. Mr. Mangles was a tall, thin man, who carried his head in the manner curtly known at a girls? school as ?poking.? He was a clean?shaven man, with bony forehead, sunken cheeks, and an underhung mouth. His attitude towards the world was one of patient disgust. He had the air of pushing his way, chin first, doggedly through life. The weather h...

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Guy Mannering

By: Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet

Introduction: The Novel or Romance of WAVERLEY made its way to the public slowly, of course, at first, but afterwards with such accumulating popularity as to encourage the author to a second attempt. He looked about for a name and a subject; and the manner in which the novels were composed cannot be better illustrated than by reciting the simple narrative on which Guy Mannering was originally founded; but to which, in the progress of the work, the production ceased to be...

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Through the Lookingglass

By: Lewis Carroll

Excerpt: Chapter 1. Looking?Glass house One thing was certain, that the WHITE kitten had had nothing to do with it: it was the black kitten?s fault entirely. For the white kitten had been having its face washed by the old cat for the last quarter of an hour (and bearing it pretty well, considering); so you see that it COULDN'T have had any hand in the mischief. The way Dinah washed her children?s faces was this: first she held the poor thing down by its ear with one paw,...

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Crawfords Consistency

By: Henry James

Excerpt: WE were great friends, and it was natural that he should have let me know with all the promptness of his ardour that his happiness was complete. Ardour is here, perhaps, a misleading word, for Crawfords passion burned with a still and hidden flame; if he had written sonnets to his mistress?s eyebrow, he had never declaimed them in public. But he was deeply in love; he had been full of tremulous hopes and fears, and his happiness, for several weeks, had hung by a...

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Baree, Son of Kazan

By: James Oliver Curwood

Preface: Since the publication of my two animal books, ?Kazan, the Wolf Dog? and ?The Grizzly King,? I have received so many hundreds of letters from friends of wild animal life, all of which were more or less of an inquiring nature, that I have been encouraged to incorporate in this preface of the third of my series ?Baree, Son of Kazan? something more of my desire and hope in writing of wild life, and something of the foundation of fact whereupon this and its companion books have been written.

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Two Penniless Princesses

By: Charlotte M. Yonge

The battlements of a castle were, in disturbed times, the only recreation-ground of the ladies and play-place of the young people. Dunbar Castle, standing on steep rocks above the North Sea, was not only inaccessible on that side, but from its donjon tower commanded a magnificent view, both of the expanse of waves, taking purple tints from the shadows of the clouds, with here and there a sail fleeting before the wind, and of the rugged headlands of the coast, point beyon...

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Rameau's Nephew

By: J.P. Mourlon

Excerpt: [This translation, which has been prepared by Ian C. Johnston of Malaspina University?College, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, is in the public domain, and may be used, in whole or in part, by anyone, without permission and without charge, provided ...

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Germany and the Next War

By: Friedrich Von Bernhardi

Introduction: The value of war for the political and moral development of mankind has been criticized by large sections of the modern civilized world in a way which threatens to weaken the defensive powers of States by undermining the warlike spirit of the people. Such ideas are widely disseminated in Germany, and whole strata of our nation seem to have lost that ideal enthusiasm which constituted the greatness of its history. With the increase of wealth they live for th...

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The Heptameron : Fifth Day

By: Marguerite de Navarre and Duchesse D'Alencon

WHEN day dawned, Madame Oisille prepared for them a spiritual breakfast of such good savor, that it fortified their minds and bodies alike; and the company were so attentive to it, that it seemed they had never heard a sermon to more advantage. The second bell for mass having rung, they went to meditate on the good things they had heard. After mass they took a little walk while waiting for dinner, anticipating as agreeable a day as the preceding one. Saffredent said that...

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The Hunting of Harry Tracy

By: William Macleod Raine

Excerpt: NO HALO of romance hangs over the head of Harry Tracy. He does not belong to the old West. He had no Bret Harte complex. There is no chance that blended fact and fiction will make of his life a legend. He was a criminal at heart, a cold?blooded killing machine. But it must be admitted that in his own line he was preeminent. The most thrilling man hunt America has ever known began on the morning of June 9, 1902, at the gates of the Oregon Penitentiary, and contin...

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