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Pageant of Summer

By: Richard Jefferies

Excerpt: I. GREEN rushes, long and thick, standing up above the edge of the ditch, told the hour of the year as distinctly as the shadow on the dial the hour of the day. Green and thick and sappy to the touch, they felt like summer, soft and elastic, as if full of life, mere rushes though they were. On the fingers they left a green scent; rushes have a separate scent of green, so, too, have ferns, very different from that of grass or leaves. Rising from brown sheaths, th...

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That Fortune

By: Charles Dudley Warner

Excerpt: On a summer day, long gone among the summer days that come but to go, a lad of twelve years was idly and recklessly swinging in the top of a tall hickory, the advance picket of a mountain forest. The tree was on the edge of a steep declivity of rocky pasture?land that fell rapidly down to the stately chestnuts, to the orchard, to the cornfields in the narrow valley, and the maples on the bank of the amber river, whose loud, unceasing murmur came to the lad on hi...

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Famous Reviews

By: R. Brimley Johnson

Preface: Although regular literary organs, and the critical columns of the press, are both of comparatively recent origin, we find that almost from the beginning our journalists aspired to be critics as well as newsmongers. Under Charles II, Sir Roger L'Estrange issued his Observator (1681), which was a weekly review, not a chronicle; and John Dunton?s The Athenian Mercury (1690), is best described as a sort of early ?Notes and Queries.? Here, as elsewhere, Defoe develop...

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Tarzan the Terrible

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Silent as the shadows through which he moved, the great beast slunk through the midnight jungle, his yellow-green eyes round and staring, his sinewy tail undulating behind him, his head lowered and flattened, and every muscle vibrant to the thrill of the hunt. The jungle moon dappled an occasional clearing which the great cat was always careful to avoid. Though he moved through thick verdure across a carpet of innumerable twigs, broken branches, and leaves, his passing g...

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James Otis the Prerevolutionist

By: John Clark Ridpath

Excerpt: THE CHARACTER OF JAMES OTIS BY CHARLES K. EDMUNDS, PH. D. In viewing Washington as the ?Father? of our country, as he certainly was in a sense which we of to?day are coming more and more to appreciate, in classing Hamilton and Jefferson as brothers of Washington in his great work, and in ascribing to Franklin even a greater share in establishing ?The United States of America? than to any of these three, we are apt to forget those patriots who did so much to keep...

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The History of Landholding in England

By: Joseph Fisher

Introduction: This work is an expansion of a paper read at the meeting of the Royal Historical Society in May, 1875, and will be published in the volume of the Transactions of that body. But as it is an expensive work, and only accessible to the Fellows of that Society, and as the subject is one which is now engaging a good deal of public consideration, I have thought it desirable to place it within the reach of those who may not have access to the larger and more expens...

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The Corporation of London : Its Rights and Privileges

By: William Ferneley Allen

PREFACE: Some apology is necessary on the part of one whose acquaintance with civic affairs is of such recent date, for presuming to stand forth as the champion of the fights and privileges of the City of London. No man of common spirit, however, could tamely submit to the insulting charges and coarse insinuations with which the Corporation has long been assailed by malevolent or ignorant individuals. That the civic system is free from spot or blemish, no one in his sens...

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Paul Revere's Ride

By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Excerpt: Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy?five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, ?If the British march By land or sea from the town to?night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light, One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Thro...

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The Northwest Ordinance

Be it ordained by the United States in Congress assembled, That the said territory, for the purposes of temporary government, be one district, subject, however, to be divided into two districts, as future circumstances may, in the opinion of Congress, make it expedient.

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The Aspern Papers

By: Henry James

Excerpt: I had taken Mrs. Prest into my confidence; in truth without her I should have made but little advance, for the fruitful idea in the whole business dropped from her friendly lips. It was she who invented the short cut, who severed the Gordian knot. It is not supposed to be the nature of women to rise as a general thing to the largest and most liberal view ? I mean of a practical scheme; but it has struck me that they sometimes throw off a bold conception ? such a...

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Many Cargoes

By: William Wyman Jacobs

Excerpt: A CHANGE OF TREATMENT. ?Yes, I've sailed under some ?cute skippers in my time,? said the night? watchman; ?them that go down in big ships see the wonders o? the deep, you know,? he added with a sudden chuckle, ?but the one I'm going to tell you about ought never to have been trusted out without ?is ma. A good many o? my skippers had fads, but this one was the worst I ever sailed under. ?It?s some few years ago now; I?d shipped on his barque, the John Elliott, as...

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A Singular Passage in the Life of the Late Henry Harris, Doctor in...

By: Thomas Ingoldsby

Excerpt: In order that the extraordinary circumstance which I am about to relate, may meet with the credit it deserves, I think it necessary to premise, that my reverend friend, among whose papers I find it recorded, was, in his lifetime, ever esteemed as a man of good plain understanding, strict veracity, and unimpeached morals,? by no means of a nervous temperament, or one likely to attach undue weight to any occurrence out of the common course of events, merely becaus...

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Henry the Vi, Part I

By: William Shakespeare

Open your Eares: For which of you will stop The vent of Hearing, when loud Rumor speakes? I, from the Orient, to the drooping West (Making the winde my Post-horse) still vnfold The Acts commenced on this Ball of Earth. Vpon my Tongue, continuall Slanders ride, The which, in euery Language, I pronounce, Stuffing the Eares of them with false Reports: I speake of Peace, while couert Enmitie (Vnder the smile of Safety) wounds the World: And who but Rumour, who but onely I Ma...

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The Noble Koran (Quran) : The Winnowing Winds

By: Transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad

Excerpt: 051.001 By those that winnow with a winnowing 051.002 And those that bear the burden (of the rain) 051.003 And those that glide with ease (upon the sea) 051.004 And those who distribute (blessings) by command, 051.005 Lo! that wherewith ye are threatened is indeed true, 051.006 And lo! the judgment will indeed befall. 051.007 By the heaven full of paths, 051.008 Lo! ye, forsooth, are of various opinion (concerning the truth).

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Stateless Socialism : Anarchism

By: Michael Bakunin

Effect of the Great Principles Proclaimed by the French Revolution. From the time when the Revolution brought down to the masses its Gospel—not the mystic but the rational, not the heavenly but the earthly, not the divine but the human Gospel, the Gospel of the Rights of Man—ever since it proclaimed that all men are equal, that all men are entitled to liberty and equality, the masses of all European countries, of all the civilized world, awakening gradually from the slee...

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The Woful Knight

By: Marie De France

Excerpt: THE Woful Knight. Gladly would I call to remembrance a lay whereof I have heard men speak; I will tell you its name and its story, and show you the city whence it sprang. Some call it The Woful Knight, but many there are who name it The Four Sorrows. At Nantes in Bretaigne dwelt a lady who was rich in beauty and wisdom and all seemliness. And in that land was no knight of prowess who, and if he did but see her, straightway loved her not and besought her. She cou...

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A Gold Slipper

By: Willa Sibert Cather

Excerpt: MARSHALL McKANN followed his wife and her friend Mrs. Post down the aisle and up the steps to the stage of the Carnegie Music Hall with an ill?concealed feeling of grievance. Heaven knew he never went to concerts, and to be mounted upon the stage in this fashion, as if he were a ?highbrow? from Sewickley, or some unfortunate with a musical wife, was ludicrous. A man went to concerts when he was courting, while he was a junior partner. When he became a person of ...

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The Dream Doctor

By: Arthur Benjamin Reeve

Excerpt: I. THE DREAM DOCTOR. ?Jameson, I want you to get the real story about that friend of yours, Professor Kennedy,? announced the managing editor of the Star, early one afternoon when I had been summoned into the sanctum.

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The Constitution of the State of Hawaii

Special note: The Hawaii Constitution was framed by a Constitutional Convention under Act 334, Session Laws of Hawaii 1949. It was adopted by the people at the election held on November 7, 1950, and was deemed amended when three propositions submitted to the people in accordance with the Act of Congress approved March 18, 1959, 73 Stat. 4, Public Law 86-3, were adopted by the people at the election held on June 27, 1959. As so amended, it was accepted, ratified, and conf...

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The Chaplet, Or de Corona

By: Tertullian, Christian Theologian of Carthage

Excerpt: IV. THE CHAPLET, OR DE CORONA.(1) Chapter 1. VERY lately it happened thus: while the bounty of our most excellent emperors(2) was dispensed in the camp, the soldiers, laurel?crowned, were approaching. One of them, more a soldier of God, more stedfast than the rest of his brethren, who had imagined that they could serve two masters, his head alone uncovered, the useless crown in his hand already even by that peculiarity known to every one as a Christian was nobly...

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