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Phineas Redux

By: Anthony Trollope

Excerpt: Temptation The circumstances of the general election of 18 ? will be well remembered by all those who take an interest in the political matters of the country. There had been a coming in and a going out of ministers previous to that ? somewhat rapid, very exciting, and, upon the whole, useful as showing the real feeling of the country upon sundry questions of public interest. Mr Gresham had been Prime Minister of England, as representative of the Liberal party i...

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The Lady of the Decoration

By: Frances Little

Excerpt: Behold a soldier on the eve of battle! I am writing this in a stuffy little hotel room and I don?t dare stop whistling for a minute. You could cover my courage with a postage stamp. In the morning I sail for the Flowery Kingdom, and if the roses are waiting to strew my path it is more than they have done here for the past few years. When the train pulled out from home and I saw that crowd of loving, tearful faces fading away, I believe that for a few moments I r...

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Of the Training of Black Men

By: W.E. Burghardt Du Bois

Excerpt: FROM the shimmering swirl of waters where many, many thoughts ago the slave?ship first saw the square tower of Jamestown have flowed down to our day three streams of thinking: one from the larger world here and over?seas, saying, the multiplying of human wants in culture lands calls for the world?wide co?operation of men in satisfying them. Hence arises a new human unity, pulling the ends of earth nearer, and all men, black, yellow, and white. The larger humanit...

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The Emancipated

By: George Gissing

Excerpt: Chapter 1. NORTHERNERS IN SUNLIGHT By a window looking from Posillipo upon the Bay of Naples sat an English lady, engaged in letter?writing. She was only in her four?and?twentieth year, but her attire of subdued mourning indicated widowhood already at the stage when it is permitted to make quiet Suggestion of freedom rather than distressful reference to loss; the dress, However, was severely plain, and its grey coldness, which would well have harmonized with an ...

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In the Court of King Arthur

By: Samuel Lowe

Excerpt: Among the romantic spires and towers of Camelot, King Arthur held court with his queen, Guinevere. According to tradition, he received mortal wounds in battling with the invading Saxons, and was carried magically to fairyland to be brought back to health and life. Excalibur was the name of King Arthur?s sword?in fact, it was the name of two of his swords. One of these tremendous weapons Arthur pulled from the stone in which it was imbedded, after all other knigh...

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Hidden Treasure

By: John Thomas Simpson

A few years ago the author visited the farm in Western Pennsylvania on which he had lived for a number of years when a boy. Much to his surprise there was not a boy of his acquaintance still on the neighboring farms, many of which had passed into other hands, and in some cases even the names of the original owners had been forgotten.

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A Marsh Island

By: Sarah Orne Jewett

Excerpt: One August afternoon the people who drove along the east road of a pleasant Sussex County town were much interested in the appearance of a young man who was hard at work before a slender easel near the wayside. Most of the spectators felt a strong desire to linger; if any had happened to be afoot they would surely have looked over the artist?s shoulder; as it was, they inspected with some contempt the bit of scenery which was honored with so much attention. This...

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State of the Union Addresses

By: Franklin Pierce

Excerpt: December 5, 1853 Fellow?Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives: The interest with which the people of the Republic anticipate the assembling of Congress and the fulfillment on that occasion of the duty imposed upon a new President is one of the best evidences of their capacity to realize the hopes of the founders of a political system at once complex and symmetrical. While the different branches of the Government are to a certain extent indep...

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Chip, Of the Flying U

By: B.M. Bower

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE Old Man?s Sister. The weekly mail had just arrived at the Flying U ranch. Shorty, who had made the trip to Dry Lake on horseback that afternoon, tossed the bundle to the ?Old Man? and was halfway to the stable when he was called back peremptorily. ?Shorty! O?h?h, Shorty! Hi!? Shorty kicked his steaming horse in the ribs and swung round in the path, bringing up before the porch with a jerk. ?Where?s this letter been?? demanded the Old Man, with som...

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The Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Volume 4

By: David Widger

Excerpt: CHAPTER XXIII. It was the 2d of January, 1805, exactly a month after the coronation, that I formed with the eldest daughter of M. Charvet a union which has been, and will I trust ever be, the greatest happiness of my life. I promised the reader to say very little of myself; and, in fact, how could he be interested in any details of my own private life which did not throw additional light upon the character of the great man about whom I have undertaken to write? ...

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Writings Volume Six

By: Abraham Lincoln

Excerpt: THE third section of the ?Act further to promote the efficiency of the Navy,? approved 21st of December, 1861, provides: ?That the President of the United States by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall have the authority to detail from the retired list of the navy for the command of squadrons and single ships such officers as he may believe that the good of the service requires to be thus placed in command; and such officers may, if upon the reco...

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Histoire des Voyages de Scarmentado

By: Voltaire, 1694-1778

Cependant la table chronologique qui est dans le tome LXX de l'edition in-8°de Kehl range les Voyages de Scarmentado a l'annee 1747. Longchamp [i] dit qu'ils furent composes en octobre 1746, avec plusieurs autres romans, pendant la retraite de Voltaire a Sceaux. S'il fallait en croire Colini [ii], Voltaire aurait ecrit les Voyages de Scarmentado apres l'aventure de Francfort, en 1753. -- Encore froisse des injustices qu'il venait d'eprouver, il composa les Voyages de Sca...

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Shelley

By: Sydney Waterlow

Excerpt: Chapter One. Shelley and His Age In the case of most great writers our interest in them as persons is derived from out interest in them as writers; we are not very curious about them except for reasons that have something to do with their art. With Shelley it is different. During his life he aroused fears and hatreds, loves and adorations, that were quite irrelevant to literature; and even now, when he has become a classic, he still causes excitement as a man. H...

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Many Swans : Sun Myth of the North American Indians

By: Amy Lowell

Excerpt: Then Many Swans laughed again because his feet touched grass, not snow. And he gathered twigs and stuck them in his hair, and saw his shadow like a tree walking there. But something tapped the twigs, he stood tangled in something. With his hand he felt it, it was the feather head of an arrow. It dangled from the sky, and the copper tip jangled upon wood and twinkled brightly. This that and other twinkles, pricking against the soft flow of the moon, and the wind ...

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The Cost

By: David Graham Phillips

Pauline Gardiner joined us on the day that we, the Second Reader class, moved from the basement to the top story of the old Central Public School. Her mother brought her and, leaving, looked round at us, meeting for an instant each pair of curious eyes with friendly appeal.

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The Slave Trade : A Poem

By: Hannah More

IF Heaven has into being deign'd to call Thy light, O liberty! to shine on all; Bright intellectual sun! why does thy ray To earth distribute only partial day? Since no resisting cause from spirit flows Thy universal presence to oppose; No obstacles by nature's hand imprest, Thy subtle and ethereal beams arrest; Not sway'd by Matter is thy course benign, Or more direct or more oblique to shine; Nor Motion's laws can speed thy active course, Nor strong Repulsion's pow'rs ...

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A Second Home

By: Honoré de Balzac

The Rue du Tourniquet-Saint-Jean, formerly one of the darkest and most tortuous of the streets about the Hotel de Ville, zigzagged round the little gardens of the Paris Prefecture, and ended at the Rue Martroi, exactly at the angle of an old wall now pulled down. Here stood the turnstile to which the street owed its name; it was not removed till 1823, when the Municipality built a ballroom on the garden plot adjoining the Hotel de Ville, for the fete given in honor of th...

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Youth and the Bright Medusa

By: Willa Sibert Cather

Excerpt: Coming, Aphrodite! I DON HEDGER had lived for four years on the top floor of an old house on the south side of Washington Square, and nobody had ever disturbed him. He occupied one big room with no outside exposure except on the north, where he had built in a many?paned studio window that looked upon a court and upon the roofs and walls of other buildings. His room was very cheerless, since he never got a ray of direct sunlight; the south corners were always in ...

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The Book of the Lover and the Be Loved; Translated from the Catala...

By: Ramon Lull

Excerpt: THE Lover asked his Beloved if there remained in Him anything still to be loved. And the Beloved replied that he had still to love that by which his own love could be increased. Long and perilous are the paths by which the Lover seeks his Beloved.

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Essay on Machiavelli

By: Thomas Babington Macaulay

Excerpt: Part 1. Those who have attended to this practice of our literary tribunal are well aware, that, by means of certain legal fictions similar to those of Westminster Hall, we are frequently enabled to take cognizance of cases lying beyond the sphere of our original jurisdiction. We need hardly say, therefore, that, in the present instance, M. Perier is merely a Richard Roe, who will not be mentioned in any subsequent stage of the proceedings, and whose name is used...

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