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The Fifth Face

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: THREE men were gathered in a garish apartment that had an appearance of past glory. Gold?braided curtains were frayed at the edges; mahogany chairs were scratched and battered. Even the fancy wallpaper looked ready to peel itself. As for the men, they had a shabby touch. They were playing cards around a table, and each had a stack of bills along with his chips. But they were harboring their cash, and the sharp looks that they exchanged marked them as a trio of l...

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Stories by Foreign Authors : German

By: Various

The day had scarcely dawned. Over Vesuvius hung one broad gray stripe of mist, stretching across as far as Naples, and darkening all the small towns along the coast. The sea lay calm. Along the shore of the narrow creek that lies beneath the Sorrento cliffs, fishermen and their wives were at work already, some with giant cables drawing their boats to land, with the nets that had been cast the night before, while others were rigging their craft, trimming the sails, or fet...

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Paul Revere's Ride

By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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 Through every...

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On the Firing Line

By: Anna Chapin Ray, Hamilton Brock Fuller

I was dining one day with a very successful business man who, although his business had extensive relations in many lands, was meagerly informed about the work of missions. I thought I might interest him by telling him something of the effects of missions upon commerce. So I told him about how the civilizing presence of missionary effort creates new demands which in turn increases trade. He listened comprehendingly for a while and then remarked: What you say is interesting...

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Mrs. Korner Sins Her Mercies

By: Jerome, Jerome Klapka, 1859-1927

I do mean it, declared Mrs. Korner, I like a man to be a man. But you would not like Christopher -- I mean Mr. Korner -- to be that sort of man, suggested her bosom friend. I don't mean that I should like it if he did it often. But I should like to feel that he was able to be that sort of man. -- Have you told your master that breakfast is ready? demanded Mrs. Korner of the domestic staff, entering at the moment with three boiled eggs and a teapot.

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The Beautiful Slave or Valcour and Zeila

By: Antoine Jean Dumaniant

Excerpt: VALCOUR: (dressed as a slave, to Ali) What! in these parts? ALI: Yes, in these parts. VALCOUR: I am going to see once more all that I loved? ALI: Don't doubt it, it?s she herself. VALCOUR: Delicious moments! I succumb to my impatience; No one can ever burn with so much passion. ALI: French lord, be prudent. One word can ruin both of us. TOGETHER: VALCOUR: ALI: My heart is full of fire Restrain your passion Blazing with impatience. And be less impatient. VALCOUR:...

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Kagekiyo

By: Seami

I am Gy kei, priest of the imperial temple Ninnaji. You must know that there was a certain prince of the House of Taira named Tsunemasa, Lord of Tajima, who since his boyhood has enjoyed beyond all precedent the favour of our master the Emperor. But now he has been killed at the Battle of the Western Seas. It was to this Tsunemasa in his lifetime that the Emperor had given the lute called Green Hill. And now my master bids me take it and dedicate it to Buddha, performing...

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The Flying Saucers Are Real

By: Donald Keyhoe

Donald E. Keyhoe, who relates here his investigation of the flying saucers, writes with twenty-five years of experience in observing aeronautical developments. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He flew in active service with the Marine Corps, managed the tour of the historic plane in which Bennett and Byrd made their North Pole flight, was aide to Charles Lindbergh after the famous Paris flight, and was chief of information for the Aeronautics Bran...

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The Socialist Economics of Karl Marx and His Followers

By: Thorstein B. Veblen

Excerpt: I. THE Theories of Karl Marx The system of doctrines worked out by Marx is characterized by a certain boldness of conception and a great logical consistency. Taken in detail, the constituent elements of the system are neither novel nor iconoclastic, nor does Marx at any point claim to have discovered previously hidden facts or to have invented recondite formulations of facts already known; but the system as a whole has an air of originality and initiative such a...

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Scenes and Characters

By: Charlotte M. Yonge

Of those who are invited to pay a visit to Beechcroft, there are some who, honestly acknowledging that amusement is their object, will be content to feel with Lilias, conjecture with Jane, and get into scrapes with Phyllis, without troubling themselves to extract any moral from their proceedings; and to these the Mohun family would only apologise for having led a very humdrum life during the eighteen months spent in their company. There may, however, be more unreasonable...

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Ambassador Morgenthau's Story

By: Henry Morgenthau

PREFACE: By this time the American people have probably become convinced that the Germans deliberately planned the conquest of the world. Yet they hesitate to convict on circumstantial evidence and for this reason all eye witnesses to this, the greatest crime in modern history, should volunteer their testimony. I have therefore laid aside any scruples I had as to the propriety of disclosing to my fellow countrymen the facts which I learned while representing them in Turk...

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Cumner's Son and Other South Sea Folk, V3

By: Gilbert Parker

Excerpt: THE PLANTER?S WIFE. I She was the daughter of a ruined squatter, whose family had been pursued with bad luck; he was a planter, named Houghton. She was not an uncommon woman; he was not an unusual man. They were not happy, they might never be; he was almost sure they would not be; she had long ceased to think they could be. She had told him when she married him that she did not love him. He had been willing to wait for her love, believing that by patience and de...

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The Madman

By: Kahlil Gibran

How I Became a Madman -- God -- My Friend -- The Scarecrow -- The Sleep-Walkers -- The Wise Dog -- The Two Hermits -- On Giving and Taking -- The Seven Selves -- War -- The Fox -- The Wise King -- Ambition -- The New Pleasure -- The Other Language -- The Pomegranate -- The Two Cages -- The Three Ants -- The Grave-Digger -- On the Steps of the Temple -- The Blessed City -- The Good God and the Evil God -- Defeat -- Night and the Madman -- Faces -- The Greater Sea -- The A...

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The Garden of Allah

By: Robert Hichens

BOOK I. PRELUDE, CHAPTER I: The fatigue caused by a rough sea journey, and, perhaps, the consciousness that she would have to be dressed before dawn to catch the train for Beni-Mora, prevented Domini Enfilden from sleeping. There was deep silence in the Hotel de la Mer at Robertville. The French officers who took their pension there had long since ascended the hill of Addouna to the barracks. The cafes had closed their doors to the drinkers and domino players. The loungi...

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The Blotting Book

By: Edward Frederic Benson

Excerpt: Chapter One. Mrs. Assheton?s house in Sussex Square, Brighton, was appointed with that finish of smooth stateliness which robs stateliness of its formality, and conceals the amount of trouble and personal attention which has, originally in any case, been spent on the production of the smoothness. Everything moved with the regularity of the solar system, and, superior to that wild rush of heavy bodies through infinite ether, there was never the slightest fear of ...

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Queer Little Folks

By: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Excerpt: HEN THAT HATCHED DUCKS. Once there was a nice young hen that we will call Mrs. Feathertop. She was a hen of most excellent family, being a direct descendant of the Bolton Grays, and as pretty a young fowl as you could wish to see of a summer?s day. She was, moreover, as fortunately situated in life as it was possible for a hen to be. She was bought by young Master Fred Little John, with four or five family connections of hers, and a lively young cock, who was he...

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The Tutor's Ward, Volume 1

By: Felicia Skene

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE life of almost every human being is governed by one master thought the life, we say, of human beings, not human vegetables, of which many flourish in our soil, making a very goodly show, notwithstanding their respectable unconsciousness of all but their material existence. Every thinking mortal has a sovereign thought, to which all others are subservient. Sometimes its nature causes it to be as a guardian angel to the man, one that walks, serene a...

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The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor

By: Ernest Bramah

Excerpt: THE one insignificant fact upon which turned the following incident in the joint experiences of Mr. Carlyle and Max Carrados was merely this: that having called upon his friend just at the moment when the private detective was on the point of leaving his office to go to the safe deposit in Lucas Street, Piccadilly, the blind amateur accompanied him, and for ten minutes amused himself by sitting quite quietly among the palms in the centre of the circular hall whi...

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The Motor Boys; Or Chums through Thick and Thin

By: Clarence Young

PREFACE: 1. Dear Boys: Here's a brand-new line of stories for you, to be issued under the general title of The Motor Boys Series. The motor-cycle of to-day is fast taking the place of the ordinary bicycle, and the automobile, or auto, as it is commonly called, is taking the place of our horses. This being so, it has occurred to the writer to prepare a line of stories, telling of the doings of a number of lively, up-to-date lads who at first own motor-cycles and later on ...

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Narrative of the Voyages Round the World, Performed by Captain Jam...

By: A. Kippis

Excerpt: I esteem myself highly honoured in being permitted to dedicate and present my Narrative of the Life and Actions of Captain James Cook to your Majesty. It was owing to your Majesty?s royal patronage and bounty, that this illustrious navigator was enabled to execute those vast undertakings, and to make those extraordinary discoveries, which have contributed so much to the reputation of the British empire, and have reflected such peculiar glory on your Majesty?s re...

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