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The Phonograph and the Graft

By: William Sydney Porter (O’Henry)

I LOOKED in at the engine-room of the Bloomfield-Cater Mfg. Co. (Ltd.), for the engineer was Kirksy, and there was a golden half-hour between the time he shut down steam and washed up that I coveted. For Kirksy was an improvisatore, and he told stories from the inside outward, finely leaving his spoken words and his theme to adjust themselves as best they might. I found Kirksy resting, with his pipe lighted, smutfaced and blue overalled. 'Tis a fair afternoon, I said, but bids to be colder....

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The Tale of Roi the Fool

By: Eiríkr Magnússon, 1833-1913; Morris, William, 1834-1896

There was a man called Roi who was born and bred in Denmark; he was the son of a good bonder, a man of prowess, and strong enow and of good wit. Roi was ever a-going chaffering, and got money together that wise; a good smith he was to wit, and that way also he got money full oft. In those days King Swein, the son of Harald, who was called Twibeard, ruled over Denmark, and was a king well loved of his folk. Now on a summer Roi wrecked his ship on the south parts of Denmar...

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A Trip to Scarborough

By: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Y. Fashion. -- Lory, pay the post-boy, and take the portmanteau. -- Lory. -- Faith, sir, we had better let the post-boy take the portmanteau and pay himself. -- Y. Fashion. -- Why sure there's something left in it. -- Lory. -- Not a rag, upon my honour, sir—we eat the last of your wardrobe at Newmalton—and if we had had twenty miles farther to -- go, our next meal must have been off the cloak-bag. -- Y. Fashion. -- Why 'sdeath it appears full. -- Lory. -- Yes, sir—I made...

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The Story of Hassan of Baghdad and How He Came to Make the Golden ...

By: James Elroy Fletcher

Excerpt: SCENE I. A room ?behind the shop? in Old Bagdad. In the background a large caldron steaming, for the shop is a sweet?stuff shop and the sugar is boiling. The room has little furniture beyond the carpet, old but unexpectedly choice, and some Persian hangings (geometrical designs, with crude animals and some verses from the Koran hand?printed on linen). A ramshackle wooden partition in one corner shuts off from a living room what appears to be the shop. Squatting ...

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Masterman Ready

By: Frederick Marryat

It was in the month of October, 18—, that the Pacific, a large ship, was running before a heavy gale of wind in the middle of the vast Atlantic Ocean. She had but little sail, for the wind was so strong, that the canvas would have been split into pieces by the furious blasts before which she was driven through the waves, which were very high, and following her almost as fast as she darted through their boiling waters; sometimes heaving up her stern and sinking her bows d...

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The Idea of Progress

By: John Bagnell Bury

Preface: We may believe in the doctrine of Progress or we may not, but in either case it is a matter of interest to examine the origins and trace the history of what is now, even should it ultimately prove to be no more than an idolum saeculi, the animating and controlling idea of western civilisation. For the earthly Progress of humanity is the general test to which social aims and theories are submitted as a matter of course. The phrase CIVILISATION AND PROGRESS has be...

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The Adventure of the Amateur Commission Agent

By: Grant Allen

Excerpt: MY eccentric American had assured me that if I won the great race for him I need not be ?skeert? lest he should fail to treat me well; and to do him justice, I must admit that he kept his word magnanimously. While we sat at lunch in the cosy hotel at Limburg he counted out and paid me in hand the fifty good gold pieces he had promised me ?Whether these Deutschers fork out my twenty thousand marks or not,? he said, in his brisk way, ?it don?t much matter. I shall...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: FISHMONGER?S HALL [Illustration: FISHMONGERS? HALL.] [Illustration: ARMS OF THE COMPANY.] These Cuts may be welcome illustrations of the olden magnificence of the City of London. The first represents the river or back front of the Hall of the Fishmongers? Company: the second cut, the arms of the Company, is added by way of an illustrative pendent. These insignia are placed over the entrance to the Hall in Lower Thames?street; they are sculptured in bold relief, ...

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The Case of the Pool of Blood in the Pastor's Study

By: Grace Isabel Colbron; Augusta Groner

Joseph Muller, Secret Service detective of the Imperial Austrian police, is one of the great experts in his profession. In personality he differs greatly from other famous detectives. He has neither the impressive authority of Sherlock Holmes, nor the keen brilliancy of Monsieur Lecoq. Muller is a small, slight, plain-looking man, of indefinite age, and of much humbleness of mien. A naturally retiring, modest disposition, and two external causes are the reasons for Mulle...

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Philosophy 4

By: Owen Wister

Two frowning boys sat in their tennis flannels beneath the glare of lamp and gas. Their leather belts were loosened, their soft pink shirts unbuttoned at the collar. They were listening with gloomy voracity to the instruction of a third. They sat at a table bared of its customary sporting ornaments, and from time to time they questioned, sucked their pencils, and scrawled vigorous, laconic notes. Their necks and faces shone with the bloom of out-of-doors. Studious concen...

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Miss Lou

By: Edward P. Roe

Mother, remarked Farmer Banning, discontentedly, Susie is making a long visit. She is coming home next week, said his cheery wife. She had drawn her low chair close to the air-tight stove, for a late March snowstorm was raging without. It seems to me that I miss her more and more. Well, I'm not jealous. Oh, come, wife, you needn't be. The idea! But I'd be jealous if our little girl was sorter weaned away from us by this visit in town....

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The Messiah Seed Sampler Story Water

I am the logo and I am awakening through each and every one of you.

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Brann the Iconoclast, Vol. 12

By: William Cowper Brann

Friday afternoon, November 19, 1897, marked a street duel and tragedy in which two men were killed, one lost an arm, and an innocent by-stander was injured. Friday afternoon, April 1st, 1898, within an hour of the time of the first tragedy, and within a half block of the locality of the other, W. C. Brann and Tom E. Davis engaged in a street duel in which each of them was mortally wounded, and three others received slight wounds. Four fatalities within five months of eac...

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Memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, Queen of France, Wife of Henry IV...

By: Marguerite De Valois

Excerpt: LETTER XIII. At length my brother returned to Court, accompanied by all the Catholic nobility who had followed his fortunes. The King received him very graciously, and showed, by his reception of him, how much he was pleased at his return. Bussi, who returned with my brother, met likewise with a gracious reception. Le Guast was now no more, having died under the operation of a particular regimen ordered for him by his physician. He had given himself up to every ...

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Hadji Murad

By: Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

I was returning home by the fields. It was midsummer, the hay harvest was over and they were just beginning to reap the rye. At that season of the year there is a delightful variety of flowers -- red, white, and pink scented tufty clover; milk-white ox-eye daisies with their bright yellow centers and pleasant spicy smell; yellow honey-scented rape blossoms; tall campanulas with white and lilac bells, tulip-shaped; creeping vetch; yellow, red, and pink scabious; faintly s...

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The Angel and the Author

By: Jerome, Jerome Klapka, 1859-1927

I had a vexing dream one night, not long ago: it was about a fortnight after Christmas. I dreamt I flew out of the window in my nightshirt. I went up and up. I was glad that I was going up. They have been noticing me, I thought to myself. If anything, I have been a bit too good. A little less virtue and I might have lived longer. But one cannot have everything. The world grew smaller and smaller. The last I saw of London was the long line of electric lamps bordering the ...

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The Two Friends

By: Frank J. Morlock

Excerpt: THE action takes place in the doorway of a Boulevard Cafe. RASIGNAC: Eh, howdy, Mr. La Corne, at last I've found you! I've just come from your place to get some dresses; they told me you were out. LA CORNE: Yes, I went to see them playing skittles on the Boulevard. Didn?t my wife give you those gowns? RASIGNAC: Indeed, indeed, but the thing is I wanted to drink a bottle of wine with you. LA CORNE: Well, instead of wine, let?s drink beer; it?s hot enough today fo...

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Areopagitica

By: John Milton

Excerpt: If ye be thus resolved, as it were injury to think ye were not, I know not what should withhold me from presenting ye with a fit instance wherein to show both that love of truth which ye eminently profess, and that uprightness of your judgment which is not wont to be partial to yourselves; by judging over again that order which ye have ordained ?to regulate printing; that no book, pamphlet, or paper, shall be henceforth printed, unless the same be first approved...

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Quaint Gleanings from Ancient Poetry

By: Edmund Goldsmid

Introduction: The following curious collection I have gathered together during several years? reading in out?of?the?way corners. Manuscripts, in public and private libraries; old books picked up on dusty bookstalls, or carried away as prizes from the battlefield of the auction?room; even pencillings on the inside of tattered bindings,?all have been laid under contribution. I trust this medley, or pot?pourri, of snatches of song, grave and gay, will prove as interesting t...

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Round the World

By: Andrew Carnegie

Preface: It seems almost unnecessary to say that Round the World, like An American Four?in?Hand in Britain, was originally printed for private circulation. My publishers having asked permission to give it to the public, I have been induced to undertake the slight revision, and to make some additions necessary to fit the original for general circulation, not so much by the favorable reception accorded to the Four?in?Hand in England as well as in America, nor even by the f...

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