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The Lone Tiger

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: THERE was a murmur, a stir, throughout the well?thronged courtroom. Buzzing sounds were silenced by the stern rap of the judge?s gavel. The quiet that ensued seemed chilled with fearful omen, particularly to the three prisoners who awaited the verdict. The judge?s eyes were fixed upon that trio. His gavel looked like a weapon more formidable than any that these prisoners had ever before faced. Those raps that the hammer had delivered were fateful strokes that en...

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The Landloper

By: Holman Day

Excerpt: I. IN THE DUST OF THE LONG HIGHWAY The man who called himself Walker Farr plodded down the dusty stretches of a country road. He moved leisurely. He neither slouched like a vagabond nor did he swing with a stride which indicated that he had aim in life or destination in mind. When he came under arching elms he plucked his worn cap from his head and stuffed it into a coat pocket which already bulged bulkily against his flank. He gazed to right and left upon the g...

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Pike Country Ballads and Other Poems

By: John Hay

Introduction: Pike County Ballads and other poems in this volume by Colonel John Hay represent in the best manner the spirit of our strong and independent sister?land across the Atlantic. Pike County Ballads do full justice to the raw material in the United States, and show a loyal temper in the rough. The other pieces show how the love of freedom speaks through finer spirits of the land, and, dealing with realities, can turn a life of action into music. Colonel Hay has ...

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Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains

By: Charles Eastman

Excerpt: RED CLOUD EVERY age, every race, has its leaders and heroes. There were over sixty distinct tribes of Indians on this continent, each of which boasted its notable men. The names and deeds of some of these men will live in American history, yet in the true sense they are unknown, because misunderstood. I should like to present some of the greatest chiefs of modern times in the light of the native character and ideals, believing that the American people will gladl...

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First Across the Continent

By: Noah Brooks

Excerpt: THE price to be paid for this vast domain was fifteen million dollars. The area of the country ceded was reckoned to be more than one million square miles, greater than the total area of the United States, as the Republic then existed. Roughly described, the territory comprised all that part of the continent west of the Mississippi River, bounded on the north by the British possessions and on the west and south by dominions of Spain. This included the region in ...

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The Wives of the Dead

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

The following story, the simple and domestic incidents of which may be deemed scarcely worth relating, after such a lapse of time, awakened some degree of interest, a hundred years ago, in a principal seaport of the Bay Province. The rainy twilight of an autumn day;—a parlor on the second floor of a small house, plainly furnished, as beseemed the middling circumstances of its inhabitants, yet decorated with little curiosities from beyond the sea, and a few delicate speci...

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My Roomy

By: Ring W. Lardner

No—I ain't signed for next year; but there won't be no trouble about that. The dough part of it is all fixed up. John and me talked it over and I'll sign as soon as they send me a contract. All I told him was that he'd have to let me pick my own roommate after this and not sic no wild man on to me. You know I didn't hit much the last two months o' the season. Some o' the boys, I notice, wrote some stuff about me gettin' old and losin' my battin' eye. That's all bunk! The...

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The Haunted House : A True Ghost Story

By: Walter Hubbell

Introduction: The manifestations described in this story commenced one year ago. No person has yet been able to ascertain their cause. Scientific men from all parts of Canada and the United States have investigated them in vain. Some people think that electricity is the principal agent; others, mesmerism; whilst others again, are sure they are produced by the devil. Of the three supposed causes, the latter is certainly the most plausible theory, for some of the manifesta...

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Big Abel and the Little Manhattan

By: Cornelius Mathews

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE Ghost of New York. Whoever has sailed up or down the East River in a fog, or driven to Hallet?s Cove, Long Island, on a dusty day, or walked the Third Avenue in the moonlight, has been beset by the vision of a great white tower, rising, ghost?like, in the air, and holding all the neighborhood in subjection to its repose and supernatural port. The Shot?Tower is a strange old fellow, to be sure! ?spite of that incessant buzzing in his head, he holds...

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Tiverton Tales

By: Alice Brown

Excerpt: THE Crucifix Across the Mountains The imperial road to Italy goes from Munich across the Tyrol, through Innsbruck and Bozen to Verona, over the mountains. Here the great processions passed as the emperors went South, or came home again from rosy Italy to their own Germany.

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Miss Lou

By: Edward Payson Roe

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A GIRL?S PROTEST A great, rudely built stone chimney was smoking languidly one afternoon. Leaning against this chimney, as if for protection and support, was a little cabin gray and decrepit with age. The door of the cabin stood wide open, for the warm spring was well advanced in the South. There was no need of a fire, but Aun? Jinkey, the mistress of the abode, said she ?kep? hit bunin? fer comp'ny.? She sat by it now, smoking as lazily as her chimne...

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Fleurie

By: Ross G. Arthur

Excerpt: Alexander was a very handsome and amorous knight. He was married to a beautiful, virtuous lady named Iole, who was very humble in speech, and they had a beautiful daughter named Fleurie. When she was about fifteen years old, her mother died, leaving the daughter devastated. Because she was so beautiful, the King was so much in love with her that he could not control his affections for her. He could not have his way with her properly; so that he could enjoy her l...

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The Botathen Ghost

By: Rev. S. R. Hawker

THE LEGEND of Parson Rudall and the Botathen Ghost will be recognised by many Cornish people as a local remembrance of their boyhood. It appears from the diary of this learned master of the grammar-school—for such was his office, as well as perpetual curate of the parish,—that a pestilential disease did break forth in our town in the beginning of the year A.D. 1665; yea, and it likewise invaded my school, insomuch that therewithal certain of the chief scholars sickened a...

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Afghanistan, A Country Study

By: edited by Peter R. Blood
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The Romance of Zion Chapel [3D Ed.]

By: Richard Le Gallienne

Excerpt: Chapter 1. OF A CURIOUS MEETING OF EXTREMES. On the dreary suburban edge of a very old, very ignorant, very sooty, hardhearted, stony?streeted, meanly grim, little provincial town there stands a gasometer. On one side of this gasometer begins a region of disappointed fields, which, however, has hardly begun before a railway embankment cuts across, at an angle convenient for its entirely obscuring the few meadows and trees that in this desolate land do duty for a...

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Rubaiyat

By: Omar Khayyam

WAKE! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight The Stars before him from the Field of Night, Drives Night along with them from Heav'n, and strikes The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light. II. Before the phantom of False morning died, Methought a Voice within the Tavern cried, When all the Temple is prepared within, Why nods the drowsy Worshiper outside?...

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Edouard

By: Alice Dunbar

PERE BOUTIN came down the sandy, pine-bordered walk with a knotted brow and a gait that grew slower and slower. He was perplexed and his forehead knitted more and more in a comical assumption of dignity. P -- re Boutin thought that he was dignified, but when one weighs two hundred pounds, and is short and rolls in one's gait, is it reasonable to expect that the world will be impressed by one's magnificence? Edouard was tall and lean and brown with a strength of muscle an...

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Geraint of Devon

By: Marion Lee Reynolds

Foreword: Gentles, I will to tell you a fair tale, Echoing from the Lands of Long Ago, Resonant to the Towers of Brave Romance Romance, that stately region of old time, Wherein were truths in grand simplicities, Valiance and gentleness and constancy, And Beauty with a radiance on her brow, And Love, a spiritual lord through earthly life, Source of ideals past all attainment, high.

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Manhattan Hayride

By: Ben Conlon

Excerpt: Lights and music and laughter and menace! Jim Blake, of the narcotic squad, had shadowed too many men not to be aware that he himself was being tailed. Dummy Krail, proprietor of the amusement park, knew he was in the area.

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The People That Time Forgot

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

I am forced to admit that even though I had traveled a long distance to place Bowen Tyler's manuscript in the hands of his father, I was still a trifle skeptical as to its sincerity, since I could not but recall that it had not been many years since Bowen had been one of the most notorious practical jokers of his alma mater. The truth was that as I sat in the Tyler library at Santa Monica I commenced to feel a trifle foolish and to wish that I had merely forwarded the ma...

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