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Miss Billy : Married

By: Eleanor Hodgman Porter

CHAPTER I. SOME OPINIONS AND A WEDDING: -- I, BERTRAM, take thee, Billy, chanted the white-robed clergyman. -- `I, Bertram, take thee, Billy,' echoed the tall young bridegroom, his eyes gravely tender. -- To my wedded wife. -- `To my wedded wife.' The bridegroom's voice shook a little. -- To have and to hold from this day forward. -- `To have and to hold from this day forward.' Now the young voice rang with triumph. It had grown strong and steady. -- For better for...

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My Life, Volume I

By: Richard Wagner

Preface: The contents of these volumes have been written down directly from my dictation, over a period of several years, by my friend and wife, who wished me to tell her the story of my life. It was the desire of both of us that these details of my life should be accessible to our family and to our sincere and trusted friends; and we decided therefore, in order to provide against a possible destruction of the one manuscript, to have a small number of copies printed at o...

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The Home Mission

By: T.S. Arthur

Preface: IF it were possible to trace back to their beginnings, in each individual, those good or evil impulses that have become ruling affections, in most cases the origin would not be found until we had reached the home of childhood. Here it is that impressions are made, which become lasting as existence itself. But the influence of home is not alone salutary or baneful in early years. Wherever a home exists, there will be found the nursery of all that is excellent in ...

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Murder Trail

By: Maxwell Grant

HEINRICH VON WERNDORFF, captain of the Munchen, was seated at the tiny desk in his cabin aboard the mammoth dirigible. The big airship was resting in its hangar at Friedrichshafen. From the window of the cabin, the captain could see the gloomy ground below, where occasional workmen passed back and forth. This was the night before the air liner's scheduled voyage. Captain von Werndorff was nervous. That was quite unusual. A veteran of numerous transatlantic flights, now c...

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Lecole des Femmes

By: Charles Franks

Excerpt: Preface Bien des gens ont fronde d'abord cette comedie ; mais les rieurs ont ete pour elle, et tout le mal qu'on en a pu dire, n'a pu faire qu'elle n'ait eu un succes dont je me contente. Je sais qu'on attend de moi dans cette impression quelque preface qui reponde aux censeurs, et rende raison de mon ouvrage ; et sans doute que je suis assez redevable a toutes les personnes qui lui ont donne leur approbation, pour me croire oblige de defendre leur jugement cont...

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A Doc Savage Adventure : Birds of Death

By: Kenneth Robeson

Chapter 1. THE STRANGE MESSAGE: IT was a little way station on the transcontinental railroad in western Canada. Only one man worked there. He had what railroaders call an OS job. About all he had to do was OS trains - telegraph the dispatcher that they were passing his point. Usually, nothing much ever happened around there. Just now, however, the telegrapher looked as if things were happening - big things. His manner was as excited as that of a small boy about to see th...

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Humble Pie

By: Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

THERE are some people who never during their whole lives awake to a consciousness of themselves, as they are recognized by others; there are some who awake too early, to their undoing, and the flimsiness of their characters; there are some who awake late with a shock, which does not dethrone them from their individuality, but causes them agony, and is possibly for their benefit. Maria Gorham was one of the last, and for the first time in her life she saw herself reflecte...

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The Song of Roland

Excerpt: Charles the King, our Lord and Sovereign, Full seven years hath sojourned in Spain, Conquered the land, and won the western main, Now no fortress against him doth remain, No city walls are left for him to gain, Save Sarraguce, that sits on high mountain. Marsile its King, who feareth not God?s name, Mahumet?s man, he invokes Apollin?s aid, Nor wards off ills that shall to him attain.

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Frances Waldeaux

By: Rebecca Harding Davis

Excerpt: Chapter One. In another minute the Kaiser Wilhelm would push off from her pier in Hoboken. The last bell had rung, the last uniformed officer and white?jacketed steward had scurried up the gangway. The pier was massed with people who had come to bid their friends good?by. They were all Germans, and there had been unlimited embracing and kissing and sobs of ?Ach! mein lieber Sckatz!? and ?Gott bewahre Dick!? Now they stood looking up to the crowded decks, shoutin...

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Against Marcion, Vol. 1

By: Tertullian

WHATEVER in times past -- (1) we have wrought in opposition to Marcion, is from the present moment no longer to be accounted of. -- (3) It is a new work which we are undertaking in lieu of the old one. -- (4) My original tract, as too hurriedly composed, I had subsequently superseded by a fuller treatise. This latter I lost, before it was completely published, by the fraud of a person who was then a brother, -- (5) but became afterwards an apostate. He, as it happened, h...

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Death and the Woman

By: Gertrude Atherton

Excerpt: Her husband was dying, and she was alone with him. Nothing could exceed the desolation of her surroundings. She and the man who was going from her were in the third? floor?back of a New York boarding?house. It was summer, and the other boarders were in the country; all the servants except the cook had been dismissed, and she, when not working, slept profoundly on the fifth floor. The landlady also was out of town on a brief holiday.

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: Our strolls to this scene of intellectual amusement, (or ?the gardens with a long name,? as Lord Mulgrave?s new heroine naively calls them,) are neither few nor far between. The acquaintance is of some standing, since The Mirror was the first journal that contained any pictorial representation of these Gardens, or any connected notice of the animals.[1] At that time the Society had not published their ?List,? and our twopenny guide was common in the hands of vis...

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The Autobiography of a Journalist, Volume I

By: William James Stillman

Preface: That a man should assume that his life is worth the venture of a record in the form of an autobiography suggests a degree of self?conceit of which I am not guilty. From my own initiative this would never have been written, and the first suggestion that I should write it, coming from a man of such experience in books and judgment of men as the late Mr. Houghton, then head of the firm of Houghton, Mifflin &Co., was as much a surprise to me as the publication will ...

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The Living Link

By: James De Mille

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A TERRIBLE SECRET. On a pleasant evening in the month of May, 1840, a group of young ladies might have been seen on the portico of Plympton Terrace, a fashionable boarding?school near Derwentwater. They all moved about with those effusive demonstrations so characteristic of young girls; but on this occasion there was a general hush among them, which evidently arose from some unusual cause. As they walked up and down arm in arm, or with arms entwined, ...

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To the Right Honourable Allen, Lord Bathurst

By: Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744

Who shall decide, when Doctors disagree, And soundest Casuists doubt like you and me? You hold the Word, from Jove to Momus1 giv'n, That man was made the standing jest of heav'n, And Gold but sent to keep the fools in play, For half to heap, and half to throw away. But I, who think more highly of our kind, (And surely Heav'n and I are of a mind) Opine, that Nature, as in duty bound, Deep hid the shining mischief under ground: But when, by Man's audacious labour won, Flam...

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Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Preface: In placing before the public this collection of Edgar Poe?s poetical works, it is requisite to point out in what respects it differs from, and is superior to, the numerous collections which have preceded it. Until recently, all editions, whether American or English, of Poe?s poems have been ?verbatim? reprints of the first posthumous collection, published at New York in 1850. In 1874 I began drawing attention to the fact that unknown and unreprinted poetry by Ed...

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Ethan Frome

By: Edith Wharton

I had known something of New England village life long before I made my home in the same county as my imaginary Starkfield; though, during the years spent there, certain of its aspects became much more familiar to me. Even before that final initiation, however, I had had an uneasy sense that the New England of fiction bore little- except a vague botanical and dialecticalresemblance to the harsh and beautiful land as I had seen it. Even the abundant enumeration of sweet-f...

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Immortals Crowned by the French Academy : Conscience, Entire

By: Hector Malot

Preface: HECTOR?HENRI MALOT, the son of a notary public, was born at La Brouille (Seine?Inferieure), March 20, 1830. He studied law, intending to devote himself also to the Notariat, but toward 1853 or 1854 commenced writing for various small journals. Somewhat later he assisted in compiling the ?Biographie Generale? of Firmin Didot, and was also a contributor to some reviews. Under the generic title of ?Les Victimes d'Amour,? he made his debut with the following three f...

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The Case of Congressman Coyd

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: A COLD drizzle had settled upon Washington. The massive bulk of the Capitol building showed hazy in the dulled afternoon light. The high dome of the great building was barely discernible against the foggy sky. Atop the dome, the resplendent statue of Armed Victory formed a shrouded figure amid the swirl of mist. A taxicab was rolling in from the Union Depot. Arriving at the Capitol grounds, the cab pulled up at the east entrance. A wiry passenger alighted, bundl...

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Creatures of Impulse

By: Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

Sir Godfrey Tanner, K.C.M.G., was dining alone in his chambers at the Albany. Before him a plate of soup, so clear and serene that it seemed wrong to ruffle its surface, relieved the snowy whiteness of the tablecloth. Subdued lights shone on costly and tasteful furniture. Behind him Jevons, for the last fifteen years his faithful servant, wrestled decorously with a bottle of hock. A peaceful scene. The thought passed through Sir Godfrey's mind as he allowed his spoon to ...

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