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Affair in Araby

By: Talbot Mundy

Excerpt: Chapter 1. ?I?ll make one to give this Feisul boy a hoist? Whoever invented chess understood the world?s works as some men know clocks and watches. He recognized a fact and based a game on it, with the result that his game endures. And what he clearly recognized was this: That no king matters much as long as your side is playing a winning game. You can leave your king in his corner then to amuse himself in dignified unimportance. But the minute you begin to lose...

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The North Woods Mystery

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: LATE summer heat gripped New York?s Chinatown. It was evening; but nightfall had brought no coolness. The brick walls that fringed the narrow streets had clamped the stifling atmosphere within their confines. Chinatown was quiet. Few tourists had come to this district. This was a season when Coney Island busses outnumbered those bound to Chinatown. With business lacking, the proprietors of Chinese shops were seated in their doorways, puffing pipes and blandly ey...

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Mother Goose in Prose

By: L. Frank Baum

Introduction: None of us, whether children or adults, needs an introduction to Mother Goose. Those things which are earliest impressed upon our minds cling to them most tenaciously The snatches sung in the nursery are never forgotten, nor are they ever recalled without bringing back with them myriads of slumbering feelings and half-forgotten images. We hear the sweet, low voice of the mother, singing soft lullabies to her darling, and see the kindly, wrinkled face of the...

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The Son of Tarzan

By: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Excerpt: THE long boat of the Marjorie W. was floating down the broad Ugambi with ebb tide and current. Her crew were lazily enjoying this respite from the arduous labor of rowing up stream. Three miles below them lay the Marjorie W. herself, quite ready to sail so soon as they should have clambered aboard and swung the long boat to its davits. Presently the attention of every man was drawn from his dreaming or his gossiping to the northern bank of the river. There, scre...

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Die Erziehung des Menschengeschlechts

By: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Excerpt: Produced by Delphine Letttau. The book content was graciously contributed by the Gutenberg Projekt?DE. Die Erziehung des Menschengeschlechts Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Haec omnia inde esse quibusdam vera, unde in quibusdam falsa sunt. Augustinus. Herausgegeben von Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Berlin, 1780 Vorbericht des Herausgebers. Ich habe die erste Haelfte dieses Aufsatzes in meinen Beytraegen bekannt gemacht. Itzt bin ich im Stande, das Uebrige nachfolgen zu lass...

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Ballads of a Bohemian

By: Robert W. Service

My rhymes are rough, and often in my rhyming / I've drifted, silver-sailed, on seas of dream, / Hearing afar the bells of Elfland chiming, / Seeing the groves of Arcadie agleam.

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An Unposted Letter

By: Newton Mactavish

Outside, a hammer pounded mockingly; the gallows were under construction. Through the iron bars of the prison window shone a few straggling shafts of sunlight. My client rested on his elbows, his chin in his hands. The light glistened on his matted hair. He heard the hammering outside. I guess I may's well write a line to Bill, he said, not raising his head. Kin you get a pencil and paper?...

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Lady Betty's Indiscretion

Excerpt: ?Horry! I am sick to death of it!? There was a servant in the room gathering the tea?cups; but Lady Betty Stafford, having been brought up in the purple, was not to be deterred from speaking her mind by a servant. Her cousin was either more prudent or less vivacious; he did not answer on the instant, but stood looking through one of the windows at the leafless trees and slow?dropping rain in the Mall, and only turned when Lady Betty pettishly repeated her statem...

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The Cavalry General

By: H.G. Dakyns

Excerpt: Xenophon the Athenian was born 431 B.C. He was a pupil of Socrates. He marched with the Spartans, and was exiled from Athens. Sparta gave him land and property in Scillus, where he lived for many years before having to move once more, to settle in Corinth. He died in 354 B.C.

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The Day of the Dog

By: George Barr Mccutcheon

Excerpt: ?I?ll catch the first train back this evening, Graves. Wouldn't go down there if it were not absolutely necessary; but I have just heard that Mrs. Delancy is to leave for New York to?night, and if I don?t see her to?day there will be a pack of troublesome complications. Tell Mrs. Graves she can count me in on the box party to?night.?

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U. S. Project Trinity Report

By: Carl Maag and Steve Rohrer

Project TRINITY, conducted by the Manhattan Engineer District (MED), was designed to test and assess the effects of a nuclear weapon. The TRINITY nuclear device was detonated on a 100-foot tower on the Alamogordo Bombing Range in south-central New Mexico at 0530 hours on 16 July 1945. The nuclear yield of the detonation was equivalent to the energy released by detonating 19 kilotons of TNT. At shot-time, the temperature was 21.8 degrees Celsius, and surface air pressure ...

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The Only True Mother Goose Melodies

By: Anonymous

Introduction: The editor of the new edition of Mother Goose's Melodies knows much more about the curious history of the Boston edition than I do. And the reader will not need, even in these lines of mine, any light on the curious question about Madam Vergoose, or her son-in-law Mr. Fleet, or the Contes de Ma Mere l'Oye, which are so carefully discussed in the preface. All this is admirably discussed also in Mr. William Whitmore's paper published in Albany in 1889, and re...

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The Madman

By: Kahlil Gibran

Excerpt: You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen ? the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives, I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, ?Thieves, thieves, the cursŽd thieves.? Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me. And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house?top cried, ?He is a ma...

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Olivia in India

By: O. Douglas

Excerpt: ?Happy books are not very plentiful, and when one discovers a happy book it is one?s duty to tell one?s friends about it, so that it makes them happy too. My happy book is called ?Olivia.? It is by a certain young woman who calls herself O. Douglas, though I suspect that it?s a pen?name... Olivia can write the most fascinating letters you ever read.??JAMES DOUGLAS in the Star. ?Extremely interesting. To have read this book is to have met an extremely likeable pe...

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Die Piccolomini

By: Johann Christoph Friedrich (Friedrich Schiller) von Schiller
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Childe Roeliff's Pilgrimage : A Traveling Legend

By: James Kirke Paulding

Excerpt: Roeliff Orendorf, or, as he was commonly called, Childe Roeliff, on account of a certain conceited simplicity which caused him to be happily insensible to the sly ridicule called forth by his little purse?proud pomposities, was a worthy man, and useful citizen of the queen of cities I need not mention the name, who having got rich by a blunder, had ever after a sovereign and hearty contempt for wisdom. He never could see the use of turning his head inside out, a...

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The Imperialist

By: Sara Jeannette Duncan

It would have been idle to inquire into the antecedents, or even the circumstances, of old Mother Beggarlegs. She would never tell; the children, at all events, were convinced of that; and it was only the children, perhaps, who had the time and the inclination to speculate. Her occupation was clear; she presided like a venerable stooping hawk, over a stall in the covered part of the Elgin market-place, where she sold gingerbread horses and large round gingerbread cookies...

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Memoirs of General Sherman, Illustrated, V4

By: William T. Sherman

Excerpt: THE MARCH TO THE SEA FROM ATLANTA TO SAVANNAH. NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, 1864. On the 12th of November the railroad and telegraph communications with the rear were broken, and the army stood detached from all friends, dependent on its own resources and supplies. No time was to be lost; all the detachments were ordered to march rapidly for Atlanta, breaking up the railroad en route, and generally to so damage the country as to make it untenable to the enemy. By the ...

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The Gold Ogre

By: Kenneth Robeson

Excerpt: IF anyone had wanted to find the most gentle and most level?headed man in Crescent City, they correctly could have selected Thomas Worth as the individual. And if they had wished to pick out the man who was least likely to claim that something unbelievable had happened to him, they could have taken Thomas Worth. Gentle, middle?aged Thomas Worth had told very few lies in his life.

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Tom Swift and His Magnetic Silencer

By: Victor Appleton

Excerpt: Chapter 1. A PREMATURE EXPLOSION Had something happened to Tom Swift? His chum Ned Newton was uneasy over the young inventor?s prolonged absence. Partly to satisfy his own feelings as well as to take care of an important caller at the offices of the Swift Construction Company, Ned phoned several places to try to locate Tom. He had no luck. ?I'm doing my best, Mr. Gonzo,? he said to the impatient gentleman who was waiting. ?But it is mos? urgent that I see Monsie...

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