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The Seven Knights; Or, Tales of Many Lands. Being Certain Romancer...

By: J.H. Ingraham

Excerpt: THE STORY OF DON FERNANDO DE VALOR. At the close of a summer?s day, sometime near the end of the fourteenth century, a party of young knights, seven in number, were returning to their several countries from attending a great tournament held in the lists of the Moorish palace of the Alhambra, then occupied by John, king of Castile. This tournament was held in honor of the nuptials of the Prince with the Infanta, and from its magnificence had drawn together the fl...

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Peau de Chagrin

By: M. Louis Judicus

Prologue: SCENE I. The Woman without a Heart A garret. Elegant, but old, worn furniture. A piano in a corner. PAULINE: (entering, carrying linen which she places in a drawer in the chest of drawers) If he knew that I stayed up all night to darn and mend his wardrobe, he?d get upset. But Bah! A scientist, always distracted. He never notices a thing. It?s a pleasure to serve him. And then, don?t I owe him gratitude? Didn?t he teach me music, design, grammar in the end all ...

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Thuvia, Maid of Mars

CONTENTS CHAPTER: PAGE I Carthoris and Thuvia 7 II Slavery 18 -- III Treachery . 28 -- IV A Green Man’s Captive 34 V The Fair Race 45 -- VI The Jeddak of Lothar 59 -- VII The Phantom Bowmen . 68 -- VIII The Hall of Doom -- 78 -- IX The Battle in the Plain 89 -- X Kar Komak, the Bowman 99 -- XI Green Men and White Apes 109 -- XII To Save Dusar 121 XIII Turjun, the Panthan 130 -- XIV Kulan Tith’s Sacrifice 141 -- Glossary of Names and Terms 153...

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The Oblong Box

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Excerpt: Some years ago, I engaged passage from Charleston, S. C, to the city of New York, in the fine packet?ship ?Independence,? Captain Hardy. We were to sail on the fifteenth of the month (June), weather permitting; and on the fourteenth, I went on board to ...

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Prince Dracula

By: Anonymous

In the year of Our Lord 1456 Dracula did many dreadful and curious things. Item: The old governor had the old Dracula put to death, and Dracula and his brother gave up their faith and promised and vowed to defend the Christian Orthodox faith. Item: In the same year he was appointed lord in Wallachia. Immediately he had Prince Lasla killed, who was lord of this country. Soon after this he had villages in Transylvania, also a town by the name of Beckendorf in Wurtzland, bu...

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A Rogue by Compulsion

By: Victor Bridges

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A BOLT FOR FREEDOM Most of the really important things in life?such as love and death?happen unexpectedly. I know that my escape from Dartmoor did. We had just left the quarries?eighteen of us, all dressed in that depressing costume which King George provides for his less elusive subjects?and we were shambling sullenly back along the gloomy road which leads through the plantation to the prison. The time was about four o?clock on a dull March afternoon...

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History of Armenia

Excerpt: I.[2] REIGN OF ABGAR; ARMENIA BECOMES COMPLETELY TRIBUTARY TO THE ROMANS; WAR WITH HEROD?s TROOPS; HIS BROTHER?S SON, JOSEPH, IS KILLED. ABGAR, son of Archam, ascends the throne in the twentieth year of Archavir, king of the Persians. This Abgar was called Avak?air (great man), on account of his great gentleness and wisdom, and also on account of his size. Not being able to pronounce well, the Greeks and the Syrians called him Abgar. In the second year of his re...

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The Love Sonnets of a Car Conductor

By: Wallace Irwin

With a harmless and instructive Introduction: by Wolfgang Copernicus Addleburger Professor of Literary Bi-Products University of Monte Carlo...

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Tomorrow

By: Lu Hsun

Not a sound—what's wrong with the kid? A bowl of yellow wine in his hands, Red-nosed Kung jerked his head towards the next house as he spoke. Blue-skinned Ah-wu set down his own bowl and punched the other hard in the back. Bah ... he growled thickly. Going sentimental again! Being so out-of-the-way, Luchen was rather old-fashioned. Folk closed their doors and went to bed before the first watch sounded. By midnight there were only two households awake. Prosperity Tavern w...

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The Shadow of Doctor Syn

By: Russell Thorndike

Excerpt: Two Topics of the Town In the year 1793, not only in the isolated taverns of the remote district of Romney Marsh, but in the fashionable clubs of London, two subjects of news were passed from mouth to mouth, and were discussed in leading columns of the papers. The first of these was the Reign of Terror, raging across the Channel?terrible and bloody. The second, and perhaps more popular, because of its humour, the latest exploits of the mysterious Scarecrow, who,...

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Constitutional Conventions : Their Nature, Powers, And Limitations

By: Roger Sherman Hoar

PREFACE: THE impendency of constitutional conventions in Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska and New Hampshire, has stirred up a vast amount of legal and lay discussion as to the nature and powers of such bodies. The Illinois, Nebraska and New Hampshire conventions are expressly authorized by the constitutions of those States. But the Indiana and Massachusetts conventions, not being so authorized, are generally regarded as being revolutionary, and are considered b...

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Uncle Christian's Inheritance

By: Erckmann?Chatrian

Excerpt: When my excellent uncle Christian Haas, burgomaster of Lauterbach, died, I had a good situation as maitre de chapelle, or precentor, under the Grand Duke Yen Peter, with a salary of fifteen hundred florins, notwithstanding which I was a poor man still. Uncle Christian knew exactly how I was situated, and yet had never sent me a kreutzer. So when I learned that he had left me owner of two hundred acres of rich land in orchards and vineyards, a good bit of woodlan...

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The Problem of the Broken Bracelet

By: Jacques Futrelle

Excerpt: THE girl in the green mask leaned against the foot of the bed and idly fingered a revolver which lay in the palm of her daintily gloved hand. The dim glow of the night lamp enveloped her softly, and added a sinister glint to the bright steel of the weapon. Cowering in the bed was another figure the figure of a woman. Sheets and blankets were drawn up tightly to her chin, and startled eyes peered anxiously, as if fascinated, at the revolver. Now please don?t scre...

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The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver

By: Edna Saint Vincent Millay

SON, said my mother, When I was knee-high, You've need of clothes to cover you, And not a rag have I. There's nothing in the house To make a boy breeches, Nor shears to cut a cloth with Nor thread to take stitches.

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What's in a Name

By: Aleister Crowley

Excerpt: Writing as Edward Kelly Simon Iff was a magician. A magician is a superstitious idiot. Therefore, Simon Iff, travelling to America, carried nothing but a convenient handbag. Why? To carry more, said he, is to pretend that America is a long way away. This would be an insult to the ghost of Robert Stephenson, I do not mean Robert Louis Stevenson. It is not safe to insult ghosts.

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At Sunwich Port

By: William Wyman Jacobs

Excerpt: Chapter One. The ancient port of Sunwich was basking in the sunshine of a July afternoon. A rattle of cranes and winches sounded from the shipping in the harbour, but the town itself was half asleep. Somnolent shopkeepers in dim back parlours coyly veiled their faces in red handkerchiefs from the too ardent flies, while small boys left in charge noticed listlessly the slow passing of time as recorded by the church clock. It is a fine church, and Sunwich is proud...

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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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John C. Calhoun's Remarks to the Senate of the United States

By: John C. Calhoun

At the last session of Congress, it was avowed on all sides that the public debt, as to all practical purposes, was in fact paid, the small surplus remaining being nearly covered by the money in the Treasury and the bonds for duties which had already accrued; but with the arrival of this event our last hope was doomed to be disappointed. After a long session of many months, and the most earnest effort on the part of South Carolina and the other Southern States to obtain ...

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The Pirate City

By: R.M. Ballantyne

Excerpt: Chapter One. Opens the Tale. Some time within the first quarter of the present nineteenth century, a little old lady?some people would even have called her a dear little old lady?sat one afternoon in a high?backed chair beside a cottage window, from which might be had a magnificent view of Sicilian rocks, with the Mediterranean beyond. The Pirate City 1 This little old lady was so pleasant in all respects that an adequate description of her is an impossibility. ...

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On the Gait of Animals

By: Aristotle

WE have now to consider the parts which are useful to animals for movement in place (locomotion); first, why each part is such as it is and to what end they possess them; and second, the differences between these parts both in one and the same creature, and again by comparison of the parts of creatures of different species with one another. First then let us lay down how many questions we have to consider...

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