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Wayfarers

By: Algernon Henry Blackwood

I missed the train at Evian, and, after infinite trouble, discovered a motor that would take me, ice-axe and all, to Geneva. By hurrying, the connection might be just possible. I telegraphed to Haddon to meet me at the station, and lay back comfortably, dreaming of the precipices of Haute Savoie. We made good time; the roads were excellent, traffic of the slightest, when— crash! There was an instant's excruciating pain, the sun went out like a snuffed candle, and I fell ...

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Aphorisms

By: Hippocrates

1. Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate. 2. In disorders of the bowels and vomitings, occurring spontaneously, if the matters purged be such as ought to be purged, they do good, and are well borne; but if not, the contrary. And so artificial evacuations, if they consist of such...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: Great Milton. [Illustration: Great Milton.] Great Milton, a picturesque village, near Thame, in Oxfordshire, is entitled to notice in the annals of literature, as the family seat of the MILTONS, ancestors of Britain?s illustrious epic poet. Of this original abode, our engraving is an accurate representation. One of Milton?s ancestors forfeited his estate in the turbulent times of York and Lancaster. ?Which side he took,? says Johnson, ?I know not; his descendant...

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Death Token

By: Maxwell Grant

CHAPTER I. BATTLE IN MANHATTAN: FLOODLIGHTS showed the Queen Mary, docked at her Hudson River berth. On the pier, dwarfed beneath the towering sides of the mammoth liner, two customs officers were inspecting a long, flat express box. The lid was open; the officers thumbed through documents, and checked with a typewritten statement. Contents as represented, declared an officer. Documents for delivery to Mr. Courtney Radbard. Duty-free. He replaced the papers, clamped the ...

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The Lianhan Shee

By: Will Carleton

ONE summer evening Mary Sullivan was sitting at her own well-swept hearthstone, knitting feet to a pair of sheep's-grey stockings for Bartley, her husband. It was one of those serene evenings in the month of June when the decline of day assumes a calmness and repose, resembling what we might suppose to have irradiated Eden when our first parents sat in it before their fall. The beams of the sun shone through the windows in clear shafts of amber light, exhibiting millions...

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Of Human Bondage

By: W. Somerset Maugham

THE day broke gray and dull. The clouds hung heavily, and there was a rawness in the air that suggested snow. A woman servant came into a room in which a child was sleeping and drew the curtains. She glanced mechanically at the house opposite, a stucco house with a portico, and went to the child's bed. Wake up, Philip, she said. She pulled down the bed-clothes, took him in her arms, and carried him downstairs. He was only half awake. Your mother wants you, she said. She ...

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Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses

By: Mark Twain

Excerpt: ?The Pathfinder? and ?The Deerslayer? stand at the head of Cooper?s novels as artistic creations. There are others of his works which contain parts as perfect as are to be found in these, and scenes even more thrilling. Not one can be compared with either of them as a finished whole. The defects in both of these tales are comparatively slight. They were pure works of art.

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National Being

By: George William Russell

Excerpt: In the year nineteen hundred and fourteen Anno Domini, amid a world conflict, the birth of the infant State of Ireland was announced. Almost unnoticed this birth, which in other times had been cried over the earth with rejoicings or anger. Mars, the red planet of war, was in the ascendant when it was born. Like other births famous in history, the child had to be hidden away for a time, and could not with pride be shown to the people as royal children were wont t...

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A Wife Manufactured to Order

By: Alice W. Fuller

AS I was going down G Street in the city of W — — -a strange sign attracted my attention. I stopped, looked, fairly rubbed my eyes to see if they were rightly focused; yes, there it was plainly lettered in gilt: Wives made to order! Satisfaction guaranteed or money refunded. Well! well! does some lunatic live here, I wonder? By Jove! I will investigate. I had inherited (I suppose from my mother) a bit of curiosity, and the truth of the matter was this: now nearing the ag...

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The Episode of the Arrest of the Colonel

By: Grant Allen

Excerpt: Three thousand camels,? I murmured, recalling my dear mother?s lessons; ?all at one fell swoop; not to mention five hundred yoke of oxen, carried off by the Sabeans, then a leading firm of speculative cattle? dealers!? ?Ah, well,? Charles meditated aloud, shaking the ash from his cheroot into a Japanese tray fine antique bronze?work. ?There were big transactions in live?stock even then! Still, Job or no Job, the man is too much for me.? ?The difficulty is,? I as...

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Lilith

By: George Macdonald

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE LIBRARY I had just finished my studies at Oxford, and was taking a brief holiday from work before assuming definitely the management of the estate. My father died when I was yet a child; my mother followed him within a year; and I was nearly as much alone in the world as a man might find himself. I had made little acquaintance with the history of my ancestors. Almost the only thing I knew concerning them was, that a notable number of them had been...

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The Man in Lower Ten

By: Mary Roberts Rhinehart

The old stucco house sat back in a garden, or what must once have been a garden, when that part of the Austrian city had been a royal game preserve. Tradition had it that the Empress Maria Theresa had used the building as a hunting-lodge, and undoubtedly there was something royal in the proportions of the salon. With all the candles lighted in the great glass chandelier, and no sidelights, so that the broken paneling was mercifully obscured by gloom, it was easy to belie...

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Lord of the World

By: Robert Hugh Benson

Preface: I AM perfectly aware that this is a terribly sensational book, and open to innumerable criticisms on that account, as well as on many others. But I did not know how else to express the principles I desired (and which I passionately believe to be true) except by producing their lines to a sensational point. I have tried, however, not to scream unduly loud, and to retain so far as possible reverence and consideration for the opinions of other people. Whether I hav...

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The Rosicrucian Principles of Child Training

By: Max Heindel

CHAPTER I. EDUCATION OF CHILDREN: There is perhaps no subject of greater importance than the education of children. In the first place wise parents who are desirous of giving the child all advantages, commence BEFORE THE BIRTH, even before conception, to prayerfully turn their thoughts toward the task they are undertaking. They are careful to see that the union which is to bring about the germination takes place under the proper stellar influences, when the moon is passi...

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Notes of First Visit to New England

By: William Dean Howells

Long before I began the papers which make up this volume, I had meant to write of literary history in New England as I had known it in the lives of its great exemplars during the twenty-five years I lived near them. In fact, I had meant to do this from the time I came among them; but I let the days in which I almost constantly saw them go by without record save such as I carried in a memory retentive, indeed, beyond the common, but not so full as I could have wished when...

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Legendes Normandes

By: Gaston Lavalley

Excerpt: I. La Deesse de la Liberte. La petite ville de Bayeux avait mis, ce jour?la, ses habits de fete. Les rues etaient pleines de monde. De temps en temps, de bruyantes detonations faisaient trembler les vitres. Le mouvement, le bruit, l'odeur de la poudre, le parfum des fleurs qu'on foulait aux pieds ou qui s'epanouissaient en fraiches guirlandes aux etages superieurs, les drapeaux qui flottaient au vent, les clameurs de la foule, tout annoncait, tout respirait la j...

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The Banquet of the Ten Virgins

Excerpt: THE BANQUET OF THE TEN VIRGINS OR, CONCERNING CHASTITY. PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: EUBOULIOS,(2) GREGORION, ARETE; MARCELLA, THEOPHILA, THALEIA, THEOPATRA, THALLOUSA, AGATHE, PROCILLA, THEKLA, TUSIANE, DOMNINA. Introduction. PLAN OF THE WORK; WAY TO PARADISE; DESCRIPTION AND PERSONIFICATION OF VIRTUE; The AGNOS A SYMBOL OF CHASTITY; MARCELLA, The ELDEST AND FOREMOST AMONG THE VIRGINS OF CHRIST. EUBOULIOS. You have arrived most seasonably, Gregorion, for I have jus...

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Facing the World

By: Horatio Alger

Preface: Horatio Alger, Jr., in ?Facing the World,? gives us as his hero a boy whose parents have both died and the man appointed as his guardian is unjust and unkind to him. In desperation he runs away and is very fortunate in finding a true friend in a man who aids him and makes him his helper in his work as magician. They travel over the country and have many interesting experiences, some narrow escapes and thrilling adventures.

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Verses and Translations

By: Joshua Hutchinson

Excerpt: VISIONS. ?She was a phantom,? c. In lone Glenartney?s thickets lies couched the lordly stag, The dreaming terrier?s tail forgets its customary wag; And plodding ploughmen?s weary steps insensibly grow quicker, As broadening casements light them on towards home, or home?brewed liquor.

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The Gilded Age, Illustrated, Volume 1

By: Mark Twain

Excerpt: THE Squire?s house was a double log cabin, in a state of decay; two or three gaunt hounds lay asleep about the threshold, and lifted their heads sadly whenever Mrs. Hawkins or the children stepped in and out over their bodies. Rubbish was scattered about the grassless yard; a bench stood near the door with a tin wash basin on it and a pail of water and a gourd; a cat had begun to drink from the pail, but the exertion was overtaxing her energies, and she had stop...

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