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Miss Lulu Bett

By: Zona Gale

Excerpt: I. APRIL The Deacons were at supper. In the middle of the table was a small, appealing tulip plant, looking as anything would look whose sun was a gas jet. This gas jet was high above the table and flared, with a sound. ?Better turn down the gas jest a little,? Mr. Deacon said, and stretched up to do so. He made this joke almost every night. He seldom spoke as a man speaks who has something to say, but as a man who makes something to say. ?Well, what have we on ...

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The Key

By: Maxwell Grant

The speaker, a bluff-faced man with angry eyes, brought his fist upon the table with an emphatic stroke. The action brought solemn looks from the others gathered in the conference room. Silence followed. A paltry half million! With this surprising modification of his first statement, the bluff-faced man arose to tower above his companions at the table. Upon that sum depends the success of our entire enterprise. Mind you, gentlemen, investments of more than fifty millions...

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The Story Girl

By: Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Story Girl said that once upon a time. Felix and I, on the May morning when we left Toronto for Prince Edward Island, had not then heard her say it, and, indeed, were but barely aware of the existence of such a person as the Story Girl. We did not know her at all under that name. We knew only that a cousin, Sara Stanley, whose mother, our Aunt Felicity, was dead, was living down on the Island with Uncle Roger and Aunt Olivia King, on a farm adjoining the old King hom...

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New Testament : The Bible in Swedish

By: Various

Table of Contents: Book 01 F”rsta Mosebok -- (Genesis) -- (1 Mos.) Book 02 Andra Mosebok -- (Exodus) -- (2 Mos.) Book 03 Tredje Mosebok -- (Leviticus) -- (3 Mos.) Book 04 Fj„rde Mosebok -- (Numeri) -- (4 Mos.) Book 05 Femte Mosebok -- (Deuteronomium) -- (5 Mos.) Book 06 Josua Book 07 Domareboken Book 08 Rut Book 09 F”rsta Samuelsboken -- (1 Sam.) Book 10 Andra Samuelsboken -- (2 Sam.) Book 11 F”rsta Konungaboken -- (1 Kon.) Book 12 Andra Konungaboken -- (2 Kon.) Book 13 ...

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The Bellringer of Angel's

By: Bret Harte

Excerpt: THE BELL?RINGER OF ANGEL?S Chapter 1. Where the North Fork of the Stanislaus River begins to lose its youthful grace, vigor, and agility, and broadens more maturely into the plain, there is a little promontory which at certain high stages of water lies like a small island in the stream. To the strongly? marked heroics of Sierran landscape it contrasts a singular, pastoral calm. White and gray mosses from the overhanging rocks and feathery alders trail their fila...

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Baile and Aillinn

By: William Butler Yeats

ARGUMENT. Baile and Aillinn were lovers, but Aengus, the Master of Love, wishing them to he happy in his own land among the dead, told to each a story of the other's death, so that their hearts were broken and they died.

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Northern Lights, Volume 3

By: Parker, Gilbert, 1862-1932

The arrogant sun had stalked away into the evening, trailing behind him banners of gold and crimson, and a swift twilight was streaming over the land. As the sun passed, the eyes of two men on a high hill followed it, and the look of one was like a light in a window to a lost traveller. It had in it the sense of home and the tale of a journey done. Such a journey this man had made as few have ever attempted, and fewer accomplished. To the farthermost regions of snow and ...

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Ethics Part V. On the Power of the Understanding, Or of Human Freedom

By: Benedict De Spinoza

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The Breaking Point: A Novel

By: Mary Roberts Rhinehart

THIS is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind, deserted her domestic gods in the city, took a furnished house for the summer out of town, and found herself involved in one of those mysterious crimes that keep our newspapers and detective agencies happy and prosperous. For twenty years I had been perfectly comfortable; for twenty years I had had the window-boxes filled in the spring, the carpets lifted, the awnings put up and the furniture covered with bro...

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How He Left the Hotel

By: Louisa Baldwin

Excerpt: I USED to work the passenger?lift in the Empire Hotel, that big block of building in lines of red and white brick like streaky bacon, that stands at the corner of Street. I?d served my time in the army, and got my discharge with good?conduct stripes.

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Fairy Tales : Their Origin and Meaning : With Some Account of Dwel...

By: John Thackray Bunce

Introduction: The substance of this volume was delivered as a course of Christmas Holiday Lectures, in 1877, at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, of which the author was then the senior Vice?president. It was found that both the subject and the matter interested young people; and it was therefore thought that, revised and extended, the Lectures might not prove unacceptable in the form of a Book. The volume does not pretend to scientific method, or to complete treatme...

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The Miser Married

By: Catherine Hutton

Excerpt: Dedication to my father My beloved and respected Father. To you from whom I inherit the Faculties which have enabled me to compose a Book; to whose Industry I am indebted for the Means of Leisure; and by whose Kindness I am permitted to enjoy it; do I dedicate that Book, as I have dedicated my life. Of your Talents, which have broken through the Fetters of Ignorance, I will say nothing. They are before the World; and the World has judged favourably of them. Of y...

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The Dream

By: Emile Zola

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

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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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Twentythree and a Half Hours' Leave

By: Mary Roberts Rinehart

Excerpt: I. THE Headquarters Troop were preparing to leave camp and move towards the East, where at an Atlantic port they would take ship and the third step toward saving democracy. Now the Headquarters Troop are a cavalry organisation, their particular function being, so far as the lay mind can grasp it, to form a circle round the general and keep shells from falling on him. Not that this close affiliation gives them any right to friendly relations with that aloof and p...

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The Musicessence

By: Fitz Hugh Ludlow

Excerpt: THE first five years of my manhood were too painful to be dwelt upon. Years, it may be, of much wrong doing years certainly of great ignorance and unwisdom years also of suffering like the inextricable entanglements of some slowly thickening nightmare. Let them be summed up in this: that without any world?knowledge I went into the world, without business capacity I attempted business, with a morbid nature which felt the breath of real life as a flayed surface fe...

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The Wishingring Man

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Walter Sherwood's Probation; Or, Cool Head and Warm Heart

By: Horatio Alger, Jr.

Here's a letter for you, Doctor Mack, said the housekeeper, as she entered the plain room used as a library and sitting-room by her employer, Doctor Ezekiel Mack. It's from Walter, I surmise. This was a favorite word with Miss Nancy Sprague, who, though a housekeeper, prided herself on having been a schoolmistress in her earlier days. Indeed, Nancy. Let me see it. Walter is really getting attentive. His last letter came to hand only two days since. He hasn't forgotten hi...

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