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Spanish Prisoners of War

By: William Dean Howells

Excerpt: Certain summers ago our cruisers, the St. Louis and the Harvard, arrived at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with sixteen or seventeen hundred Spanish prisoners from Santiago de Cuba. They were partly soldiers of the land forces picked up by our troops in the fights before the city, but by far the greater part were sailors and marines from Cervera?s ill?fated fleet. I have not much stomach for war, but the poetry of the fact I have stated made a very potent appeal to ...

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On the Life and History of Thucydides

By: Thomas Hobbes

Excerpt: We read of divers men that bear the name of Thucydides. There is Thucydides a Pharsalian, mentioned in the eighth book of this history; who was public host of the Athenians in Pharsalus, and chancing to be at Athens at the time that the government of ...

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History of Friedrich II of Prussia Vol. XIX

By: Thomas Carlyle

PRELIMINARIES TO A FOURTH CAMPAIGN. The posting of the Five Armies this Winter -- Five of them in Germany, not counting the Russians, who have vanished to Cimmeria over the horizon, for their months of rest -- is something wonderful, and strikes the picturesque imagination. Such a Chain of Posts, for length, if for nothing else!

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Gotzendammerung

By: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Excerpt: Vorwort. Inmitten einer duestern und ueber die Maassen verantwortlichen Sache seine Heiterkeit aufrecht erhalten ist nichts Kleines von? Kunststueck: und doch, was waere noethiger als Heiterkeit? Kein Ding geraeth, an dem nicht der Uebermuth seinen Theil hat. Das Zuviel von Kraft erst ist der Beweis der Kraft. Eine Umwerthung aller Werthe, dies Fragezeichen so schwarz, so ungeheuer, dass es Schatten auf Den wirft, der es setzt?ein solches Schicksal von Aufgabe z...

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The Tower Room

By: Arthur Elck

Excerpt: There were many wonderful things that aroused our childish fantasy, when Balint Orzo and I were boys, but none so much as the old tower that stands a few feet from the castle, shadowy and mysterious. It is an old, curious, square tower, and at the brink of its notched edge there is a shingled helmet which was erected by one of the late Orzos.

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Buddha, The Gospel

By: Paul Carus

Excerpt: THE DISCIPLE SPEAKS. REJOICE REJOICE at the glad tidings! The Buddha our Lord has found the root of all evil; he has shown us the way of salvation. The Buddha dispels the illusions of our mind and redeems us from the terror of death. The Buddha, our Lord, brings comfort to the weary and sorrow?laden; he restores peace to those who are broken down under the burden of life. He gives courage to the weak when they would fain give up self?reliance and hope. You who s...

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The Iron Shroud

By: William Mudford

THE castle of the Prince of Tolfi was built on the summit of the towering and precipitous rock of Scylla, and commanded a magnificent view of Sicily in all its grandeur. Here, during the wars of the middle ages, when the fertile plains of Italy were devastated by hostile factions, those prisoners were confined, for whose ransom a costly price was demanded. Here, too, in a dungeon, excavated deep in the solid rock, the miserable victim was immured, whom revenge pursued,— ...

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Fruit-Gathering

By: Rabindranath Tagore

BID me and I shall gather my fruits to bring them in full baskets into your courtyard, though some are lost and some not ripe. / For the season grows heavy with its fulness, and there is a plaintive shepherd's pipe in the shade. / Bid me and I shall set sail on the river. / The March wind is fretful, fretting the languid waves into murmurs. / The garden has yielded its all, and in the weary hour of evening the call comes from your house on the shore in the sunset.

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A Visit to Eton

By: Elizabeth Gaskell

Excerpt: ?I have a great curiosity to see Eton, ?said my friend F?? , as we sat at breakfast one morning in ?the old University Club;? ?you are always praising the system of public schools, and telling stories of the days when you were at Eton yourself. I confess there are some parts of that system of education which I do not altogether approve of; but perhaps a visit to the College, with you at my side to explain all we see, may remove my prejudices. ?

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Spectacles

By: Tertullian

Learn, O you servants of God who are just now entering upon His service, and you who have already solemnly sworn allegiance to Him recall what principle of faith, what reason inherent in truth, what rule in our way of life forbid, along with the other errors of the world, also the pleasures of the spectacles, lest by ignorance or self-deception anyone fall into sin. (2) For so strong is the appeal of pleasure that it can bring about a prolongation of ignorance with a res...

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Cousin Maude

By: Mary J. Holmes

The person thus addressed was a lady, whose face, though young and handsome, wore a look which told of early sorrow. Matilda Remington had been a happy, loving wife, but the old churchyard in Vernon contained a grass-grown grave, where rested the noble heart which had won her girlish love. And she was a widow now, a fair-haired, blue-eyed widow, and the stranger who had so excited Janet's wrath by walking from the depot, a distance of three miles, would claim her as his ...

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The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford

By: William Hale White

Excerpt: Now that I have completed my autobiography up to the present year, I sometimes doubt whether it is right to publish it. Of what use is it, many persons will say, to present to the world what is mainly a record of weaknesses and failures? If I had any triumphs to tell; if I could show how I had risen superior to poverty and suffering; if, in short, I were a hero of any kind whatever, I might perhaps be justified in communicating my success to mankind, and stimula...

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Days with Sir Roger de Coverley

By: Joseph Addison and Richard Steele

SIR ROGER'S FAMILY: Having often received an invitation from my friend Sir Roger de Coverley to pass away a month with him in the country, I last week accompanied him thither, and am settled with him for some time at his country-house, where I intend to form several of my ensuing Speculations. Sir Roger, who is very well acquainted with my humour, lets me rise and go to bed when I please, dine at his own table or in my chamber as I think fit, sit still and say nothing wi...

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Instructions for the Virginia Colony

By: Anonymous

As we doubt not but you will have especial care to observe the ordinances set down by the King's Majesty and delivered unto you under the Privy Seal; so for your better directions upon your first landing we have thought good to recommend unto your care these instructions and articles following. When it shall please God to send you on the coast of Virginia, you shall do your best endeavour to find out a safe port in the entrance of some navigable river, making choice of s...

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Le Chat du Neptune

By: Ernest D'Hervilly

Excerpt: I. APPARITION DE TOM C'etait a bord du steamer Neptune. Nous avions le cap sur le Havre, venant de New?York. Un jour, au coucher du soleil, nous nous trouvions alors a 200 milles de la cote francaise (le mille marin, mes enfants, vaut 1,852 metres; calculez), le matelot en vigie signala: ?Navire a tribord! A ce cri, tout le monde regarda par?dessus les bastingages, a la droite du Neptune. A l'oeil nu, il etait difficile de rien distinguer sur l'immense surface c...

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The Lerouge Case

By: Emile Gaboriau

Excerpt: I ON Thursday, the 6th of March, 1862, two days after Shrove Tuesday, five women belonging to the village of La Jonchere presented themselves at the police station at Bougival. They stated that for two days past no one had seen the Widow Lerouge, one of their neighbours, who lived by herself in an isolated cottage. They had several times knocked at the door, but all in vain. The window?shutters as well as the door were closed; and it was impossible to obtain eve...

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The Normative Lessons of the Coase Theorem

By: Donald H. Gjerdingen

The purpose of this paper is to isolate some of the normative moves made by both the Left and the Right when they “interpret” the Coase Theorem. I will discuss the following questions: -- As proposed by Coase, to what extent was the Theorem a descriptive statement? A normative statement? -- What are the various moves made by the Right (and sometimes the Left) when they give their various Law and Economics interpretations of the Theorem? -- Why did the Theorem become infl...

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Extraordinary Popular Delusions, Vol. 3

By: Charles Mackay

PHILOSOPHICAL DELUSIONS. Dissatisfaction with his lot seems to be the characteristic of man in all ages and climates. So far, however, from being an evil, as at first might be supposed, it has been the great civiliser of our race; and has tended, more than anything else, to raise us above the condition of the brutes. But the same discontent which has been the source of all improvement, has been the parent of no small progeny of follies and absurdities; to trace these lat...

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Vampire

By: Jan Neruda

The excursion steamer brought us from Constantinople to the shore of the island of Prinkipo and we disembarked. The number of passengers was not large. There was one Polish family, a father, a mother, a daughter and her bridegroom, and then we two. Oh, yes, I must not forget that when we were already on the wooden bridge which crosses the Golden Horn to Constantinople, a Greek, a rather youthful man, joined us. He was probably an artist, judging by the portfolio he carri...

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Teamwork

By: Booker Taliaferro Washington

EVERY large and successful business, or other organization, has been built up by what is called teamwork, not by one individual, but by a number of individuals working together. In what I shall attempt to say tonight, I want to emphasize the importance, in an institution like this, of people working together with a common end in view. That is teamwork. In the Panama Canal, which has been completed at so large an expense, we have an illustration in the business world of w...

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