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Orations

By: John Quincy Adams

Excerpt: Would it be an unlicensed trespass of the imagination to conceive that on the night preceding the day of which you now commemorate the fiftieth anniversary ? on the night preceding that thirtieth of April, 1789, when from the balcony of your city hall the chancellor of the State of New York administered to George Washington the solemn oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States, and to the best of his ability to preserve, protect, and...

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The Golden Dog (Le Chien D'Or): A Romance of the Days of Louis Qui...

By: William Kirby

Excerpt: Chapter 1. MEN OF THE OLD REGIME. ??see Naples, and then die!? That was a proud saying, Count, which we used to hear as we cruised under lateen sails about the glorious bay that reflects from its waters the fires of Vesuvius. We believed the boast then, Count. But I say now, ?see Quebec, and live forever!? Eternity would be too short to weary me of this lovely scene ? this bright Canadian morning is worthy of Eden, and the glorious landscape worthy of such a sun...

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Shams

By: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

I will not attempt at once to define what is implied by the heading of this paper, because I really do not think we have any term of identical signification, and because, moreover, I am not able to locate — as the Americans would say — my ideas with such promptitude and exactness as to put the right one in the right place at a moment's notice. My meaning must, therefore, unfold itself as I proceed.

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The Life and Passion of Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr

By: Pontius the Deacon

Excerpt: 1. ALTHOUGH Cyprian, the devout priest(1) and glorious witness of God, composed many writings whereby the memory of his worthy name survives; and although the profuse fertility of his eloquence and of God?s grace so expands itself in the exuberance and richness of his discourse, that he will probably never cease to speak even to the end of the world; yet, since to his works and deserts it is justly due that his example should be recorded in writing, I have thoug...

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Tales from Two Hemispheres

By: Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

ON the second day of June, 186—, a young Norseman, Halfdan Bjerk by name, landed on the pier at Castle Garden. He passed through the straight and narrow gate where he was asked his name, birthplace, and how much money he had,—at which he grew very much frightened.

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Jimmy Goggles the God

By: Herbert George Wells

Excerpt: ?That?s it,? he said. ?In a beastly little channel she hadn't no business in dodging pirates. It was before they?d put the kybosh on that business. And there?d been volcanoes or something and all the rocks was wrong.

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Komik und Humor

By: Theodor Lipps

Excerpt: Vor jetzt zehn Jahren habe ich in den ?Philosophischen Monatsheften? eine Reihe von Aufsaetzen ueber die ?Psychologie der Komik? zu veroeffentlichen begonnen. Teils eigenes Beduerfnis, teils der Wunsch anderer, hat mich zu einer Umarbeitung und Erweiterung dieser Aufsaetze veranlasst. Daraus ist schliesslich dies Buch geworden. Ich bezeichne den Inhalt desselben als ?psychologisch?aesthetische Untersuchung?. Dabei koennte das ?psychologisch? ueberfluessig ersche...

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Three Noted Chiefs of the Sioux

By: Anonymous

THE delusion of the coming of the Messiah among the Indians of the Northwest, with the resulting ceremony known as the ghost dance, is indicative of greater danger of an Indian war in that region than has existed since 1876. Never before have diverse Indian tribes been so generally united upon a single idea. The conspiracy of Pontiac and the arrayment of savage forces by Tecumseh are insignificant by comparison. The conditions do not exist that ordinarily have led to war...

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Louquier's Third Act

By: Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Excerpt: LOUQUIER had been crossed in love. The old phrase covers his case. The girl does not matter, the circumstances do not matter; nothing matters except that Louquier had fallen in love, and that the lady had not reciprocated not at least effectively, to ...

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Short History of Wales

By: Owen M. Edwards

INTRODUCTION: This little book is meant for those who have never read any Welsh history before. It is not taken for granted that the reader knows either Latin or Welsh. A fuller outline may be read in The Story of Wales, in the Story of the Nations series; and a still fuller one in The Welsh People of Rhys and Brynmor Jones. Of fairly small and cheap books in various periods I may mention Rhys' Celtic Britain, Owen Rhoscomyl's Flame Bearers of Welsh History, Henry Owen's...

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The Corpus Delicti

By: Melville Davisson Post

Excerpt: THE high ground of the field of crime has not been explored; it has not even been entered. The book stalls have been filled to weariness with tales based upon plans whereby the DETECTIVE, or FERRETING power of the State might be baffled. But, prodigious marvel! no writer has attempted to construct tales based upon plans whereby the PUNISHING power of the State might be baffled.

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Cabin Fever

By: B. M. Bower

There is a certain malady of the mind induced by too much of one thing. Just as the body fed too long upon meat becomes a prey to that horrid disease called scurvy, so the mind fed too long upon monotony succumbs to the insidious mental ailment which the West calls cabin fever. True, it parades under different names, according to circumstances and caste. You may be afflicted in a palace and call it ennui, and it may drive you to commit peccadillos and indiscretions of va...

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English Poets of the Eighteenth Century

Preface: The text of this collection of poetry is authentic and not bowdlerized. The general reader will, I hope, be gratified to find that its pages display no pedantic or scholastic traits. His pleasure in the poetry itself will not be distracted by a marginal numbering of the lines; by index?figures and footnotes; or by antiquated peculiarities of spelling, capitalization, and elision. Except where literal conventions are essential to the poet?s purpose,?as in The Cas...

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Indian Idylls

By: Edwin Arnold

PREFACE: Some time ago I wrote and published, in a paper entitled The Iliad and Odyssey of India, the following passages:- There exist two colossal, two unparalleled, epic poems in the sacred language of India, -the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, -which were not known to Europe, even by name, until Sir William Jones announced their existence; and one of which, the larger, since his time, has been made public only by fragments, by mere specimens, hearing to those vast trea...

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The Red Badge of Courage

By: Stephen Crane

Chapter 1 The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring ogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors. t cast its eyes upon the roads, which were growing from long roughs of liquid mud to proper thoroughfares. A river, amber-tinted in the shadow of its banks, purled at the army’s eet; and at night, when the stream had beco...

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My Robin

By: Frances Hodgson Burnett

There came to me among the letters I received last spring one which touched me very closely. It was a letter full of delightful things but the delightful thing which so reached my soul was a question. The writer had been reading The Secret Garden and her question was this: Did you own the original of the robin? He could not have been a mere creature of fantasy. I feel sure you owned him. I was thrilled to the centre of my being. Here was some one who plainly had been int...

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Fisher's Capital and Income

By: Thorstein B. Veblen

The Nature of Capital and Income (1) is of that class of books that have kept the guild of theoretical economists content to do nothing toward the increase and diffusion of knowledge during the past quarter of a century. Of this class Mr Fisher's work is of the best — thoughtful, painstaking, sagacious, exhaustive, lucid, and tenaciously logical. What it lacks is the breath of life; and this lack it shares with the many theoretical productions of the Austrian diversion a...

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The Eye of Zeitoon

By: Talbot Mundy

Excerpt: Chapter One. Parthians, Medes and Elamites SALVETE! Oh ye, who tread the trodden path And keep the narrow law In famished faith that Judgment Day Shall blast your sluggard mists away And show what Moses saw! Oh thralls of subdivided time, Hours Measureless I sing That own swift ways to wider scenes, New?plucked from heights where Vision preens A white, unwearied wing! No creed I preach to bend dull thought To see what I shall show, Nor can ye buy with treasured ...

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The Portent and Other Stories

By: George Macdonald

Excerpt: THE PORTENT A STORY OF THE INNER VISION OF THE HIGHLANDERS, COMMONLY CALLED The SECOND SIGHT DEDICATION. MY DEAR SIR, KENSINGTON, May, 1864. Allow me, with the honour due to my father?s friend, to inscribe this little volume with your name. The name of one friend is better than those of all the Muses. And permit me to say a few words about the story. It is a Romance. I am well aware that, with many readers, this epithet will be enough to ensure condemnation. But...

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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, Volume 2

By: Charles Lamb

Introduction: This volume contains the work by which Charles Lamb is best known and upon which his fame will rest?Elia and The Last Essays of Elia. Although one essay is as early as 1811, and one is perhaps as late as 1832, the book represents the period between 1820 and 1826, when Lamb was between forty?five and fifty?one. This was the richest period of his literary life.

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