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The Last Lords of Gardonal

By: William Gilbert

Excerpt: Part 1. ONE of the most picturesque objects of the valley of the Engadin is the ruined castle of Gardonal, near the village of Madaline. In the feudal times it was the seat of a family of barons, who possessed as their patrimony the whole of the valley, which with the castle had descended from father to son for many generations. The two last of the race were brothers; handsome, well?made, fine?looking young men, but in nature they more resembled fiends than huma...

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The Noble Koran (Quran) : Succour

By: Transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad

Excerpt: 110.001 When Allah?s succour and the triumph cometh 110.002 And thou seest mankind entering the religion of Allah in troops, 110.003 Then hymn the praises of thy Lord, and seek forgiveness of Him. Lo! He is ever ready to show mercy.

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Holidays in Eastern France

By: Matilda Betham Edwards

Preface: ?Travelling in France without hotels, or guide?books,? might, with very little exaggeration, be chosen as a title to this volume, which is, indeed, the record of one visit after another among charming French people, and in delightful places, out of the ordinary track of the tourist. Alike in the valley of the Marne?amongst French Protestants at Montbeliard?at Besancon amid the beautiful scenery of the Doubs?at Lons?le?Saunier, from whence so many interesting exc...

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London to Berlin

By: Jacques Casanova

Bottarelli -- A Letter from Pauline -- The Avenging Parrot -- Pocchini -- Guerra, the Venetian -- I Meet Sara Again; My Idea of Marrying Her and Settling in Switzerland -- The Hanoverians Thus ended the first act of the comedy; the second began the next morning. I was just getting up, when I heard a noise at the street door, and on putting my head out of the window I saw Pocchini, the scoundrel who had robbed me at Stuttgart trying to get into my house. I cried out wrath...

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The Lani People

By: J.F. Bone

Excerpt: Chapter One. The boxed ad in the opportunities section of the Kardon Journal of Allied Medical Sciences stood out like a cut diamond in a handful of gravel. ?Wanted,? it read, ?Veterinarian?for residency in active livestock operation. Single recent graduate preferred. Quarters and service furnished. Well?equipped hospital. Five?year contract, renewal option, starting salary 15,000 cr./annum with periodic increases. State age, school, marital status, and enclose ...

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Poems in Two Volumes, Volume 2

By: William Wordsworth

Excerpt: POEMS WRITTEN DURING A TOUR IN SCOTLAND. ROB ROY?S GRAVE. The History of Rob Roy is sufficiently known; his Grave is near the head of Loch Ketterine, in one of those small Pin?fold?like Burial?grounds, of neglected and desolate appearance, which the Traveller meets with in the Highlands of Scotland. A famous Man is Robin Hood, The English Ballad?singer?s joy! And Scotland has a Thief as good, An Outlaw of as daring mood, She has her brave ROB ROY! Then clear the...

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Bulfinch's Mythology : Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Mi...

By: Thomas Bulfinch

Who have investigated the origin of the romantic fables relating to Charlemagne and his peers are of opinion that the deeds of Charles Martel, and perhaps of other Charleses, have been blended in popular tradition with those properly belonging to Charlemagne. It was indeed a most momentous era; and if our readers will have patience, before entering on the perusal of the fabulous annals which we are about to lay before them, to take a rapid survey of the real history of t...

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The Entire Memoirs Louis XIV, His Court and the Regency

Excerpt: Chapter One. I was born on the night of the 15th of January, 1675, of Claude Duc de Saint?Simon, Peer of France, and of his second wife Charlotte de l'Aubepine. I was the only child of that marriage. By his first wife, Diana de Budos, my father had had only a daughter. He married her to the Duc de Brissac, Peer of France, only brother of the Duchesse de Villeroy. She died in 1684, without children,?having been long before separated from a husband who was unworth...

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Good Luck Is No Good

By: Thomas Thursday

Excerpt: WAS that a tough break! And was his luck lousy? Where was he now? Sitting, but not pretty, in the county clinkolo. Next stop: State pen. Time: five years. And Maggie McGill had been waiting for him at the pier. Ready to sail for Europe on a honeymoon.

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Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet, Vol. 2. 2

By: Mitchell Kapor

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Foreword by Mitchell Kapor, co-founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation. Preface by Adam Gaffin, senior writer, Network World. Chapter 1: Setting up and jacking in 1.1 Ready, set... 1.2 Go! 1.3 Public-access Internet providers 1.4 If your town doesn’t have direct access 1.5 Net origins 1.6 How it works 1.7 When things go wrong 1.8 FYI...

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Daddylonglegs

By: Jean Webster

Excerpt: Blue Wednesday The first Wednesday in every month was a Perfectly Awful Day a day to be awaited with dread, endured with courage and forgotten with haste. Every floor must be spotless, every chair dustless, and every bed without a wrinkle. Ninety?seven squirming little orphans must be scrubbed and combed and buttoned into freshly starched ginghams; and all ninety?seven reminded of their manners, and told to say, ?Yes, sir,? ?No, sir,? whenever a Trustee spoke. I...

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The Clicking of Cuthbert

By: P.G. Wodehouse

Excerpt: FORE! This book marks an epoch in my literary career. It is written in blood. It is the outpouring of a soul as deeply seared by Fate?s unkindness as the pretty on the dog?leg hole of the second nine was ever seared by my iron. It is the work of a very nearly desperate man, an eighteen?handicap man who has got to look extremely slippy if he doesn't want to find himself in the twenties again. As a writer of light fiction, I have always till now been handicapped b...

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Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

By: Jonathan Swift

The author of these Travels, Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, is my ancient and intimate friend; there is likewise some relation between us on the mother's side. About three years ago, Mr. Gulliver growing weary of the concourse of curious people coming to him at his house in Redriff, made a small purchase of land, with a convenient house, near Newark, in Nottinghamshire, his native country; where he now lives retired, yet in good esteem among his neighbours. Although Mr. Gulliver w...

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Graded Poetry : Seventh Year, By Various

By: Katherine D. Blake

Introduction: Poetry is the chosen language of childhood and youth. The baby Graded Poetry: Seventh Year, by Various repeats words again and again for the mere joy of their sound: the melody of nursery rhymes gives a delight which is quite independent of the meaning of the words. Not until youth approaches maturity is there an equal pleasure in the rounded periods of elegant prose. It is in childhood therefore that the young mind should be stored with poems whose rhythm ...

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The Mysterious Key and What It Opened

By: Louisa May Alcott

Excerpt: ?This is the third time I've found you poring over that old rhyme. What is the charm, Richard? Not its poetry I fancy.? And the young wife laid a slender hand on the yellow, time?worn page where, in Old English text, appeared the lines she laughed at. Richard Trevlyn looked up with a smile and threw by the book, as if annoyed at being discovered reading it. Drawing his wife?s hand through his own, he led her back to her couch, folded the soft shawls about her, a...

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Early Letters of George Wm. Curtis to John S. Dwight; Brook Farm a...

By: George William Curtis

Excerpt: EARLY LIFE AT BROOK FARM AND CONCORD. George William Curtis was born in Providence, February 24, 1824. From the age of six to eleven he was in the school of C.W. Greene at Jamaica Plain, and then, until he was fifteen, attended school in Providence. His brother Burrill, two years older, was his inseparable companion, and they were strongly attached to each other. About 1835 Curtis came under the influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was heard by him in Providenc...

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The Death Sleep

By: Maxwell Grant

Excerpt: IT was nearly midnight when a taxicab stopped in front of the exclusive Vanderpool Apartments. Two persons alighted from the car. One was a gentleman attired in a full?dress suit; the other a lady who wore a magnificent leopard?skin coat. The door man bowed as they entered the lobby of the Vanderpool. Clark Doring and his wife were frequent visitors to this apartment house. When they stepped into the elevator, the operator bowed and pressed the automatic stop fo...

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Three Young Knights

By: Annie Hamilton Donnell

Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE last wisp of hay was in the Eddy mows. ?Come on!? shouted Jot. ?Here she goes?hip, hip, hoo?ray!? ?Hoor?a?ay!? echoed Kent. But of course Old Tilly took it calmly. He planted his brown hands pocket?deep and his bare, brown legs wide apart, and surveyed the splendid, bursting mows with honest pride. ?Yes, sir, that?s the finest lot o? hay in Hexham county; beat it if you can, sir!? he said approvingly. Then, being ready, he caught off his own hat a...

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100% the Story of a Patriot

By: Upton Sinclair

Now and then it occurs to one to reflect upon what slender threads of accident depend the most important circumstances of his life; to look back and shudder, realizing how close to the edge of nothingness his being has come. A young man is walking down the street, quite casually, with an empty mind and no set purpose; he comes to a crossing, and for no reason that he could tell he takes the right hand turn instead of the left; and so it happens that he encounters a blue-...

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Trials and Confessions of a Housekeeper

By: T.S. Arthur

Excerpt: Chapter 1. MY SPECULATION IN CHINA WARE. THIS happened a very few years after, my marriage, and is one of those feeling incidents in life that we never forget. My husband?s income was moderate, and we found it necessary to deny ourselves many little articles of ornament and luxury, to the end that there might be no serious abatement in the comforts of life. In furnishing our house, we had been obliged to content ourselves mainly with things useful. Our parlor co...

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