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The Euahlayi Tribe : A Study of Aboriginal Life in Australia

By: K. Langloh Parker

Introduction: No introduction to Mrs. Langloh Parker?s book can be more than that superfluous ?bush? which, according to the proverb, good wine does not need. Our knowledge of the life, manners, and customary laws of many Australian tribes has, in recent years, been vastly increased by the admirable works of Mr. Howitt, and of Messrs. Spencer and Gillen. But Mrs. Parker treats of a tribe which, hitherto, has hardly been mentioned by anthropologists, and she has had unexa...

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Corona : America's First Satellite Program

By: J. Kenneth Mcdonald

Since the CORONA satellite made its first successful flight in August 1960, the Intelligence Community’s overhead reconnaissance programs have been among the nation’s most closely guarded secrets. The end of the Cold War, however, has at last made it possible to declassify both information and imagery from the first American satellite systems of the 1960s. To do this, President William Clinton in February of this year ordered the declassification within 18 months of hist...

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Let Loose

By: Mary Cholmondeley

Excerpt: SOME years ago I took up architecture, and made a tour through Holland, studying the buildings of that interesting country. I was not then aware that it is not enough to take up art. Art must take you up, too.

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In Ole Virginia; Or, Marse Chan and Other Stories

By: Thomas Nelson Page

Excerpt: MARSE CHAN. A TALE OF OLD VIRGINIA. ONE afternoon, in the autumn of 1872 I was riding leisurely down the sandy road that winds along the top of the water?shed between two of the smaller rivers of eastern Virginia. The road I was travelling, following ?the ridge? for miles, had just struck me as most significant of the character of the race whose only avenue of communication with the outside world it had formerly been. Their once splendid mansions, now fast falli...

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Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V2

By: Jacob Dolson Cox

Excerpt: CHAPTER XXVII. GRANT IN COMMAND?ROSECRANS RELIEVED Importance of unity in command?Inevitable difficulties in a double organization?Burnside?s problem different from that of Rosecrans?Cooperation necessarily imperfect?Growth of Grant?s reputation?Solid grounds of it?Special orders sent him?Voyage to Cairo?Meets Stanton at Louisville?Division of the Mississippi created?It included Burnside?s and Rosecrans?s departments?Alternate forms in regard to Rosecrans?He is ...

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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

By: Lord Byron

The following poem was written, for the most part, amidst the scenes which it attempts to describe. It was begun in Albania; and the parts relative to Spain and Portugal were composed from the author's observations in those countries. Thus much it may be necessary to state for the correctness of the descriptions. The scenes attempted to be sketched are in Spain, Portugal, Epirus, Acarnania, and Greece. There, for the present, the poem stops; its reception will determine ...

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How Superior Powers Ought to Be Obeyed

By: Christopher Goodman

Excerpt: William Whittingham to all those that love to know the truth and follow it: Grace and Peace. Ignorance, the mother of error and professed enemy to God?s truth, has two daughters by whose flatteries and subtle practices she blinds men?s eyes, obscures the truth, and withdraws us from the way of knowledge: Custom and Negligence. Whereof the first so bewitches us, that although we wallow and wade in dark blindness, yet as it were by dreaming we seem to walk in the ...

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The Egends of the Jews Volume 2

By: Louis Ginzberg

Preface: The arrangement and presentation of the material in this volume are the same as in Volume I. In both my efforts have been directed to bringing together as full as possible a collection of Jewish legends that deal with Biblical personages and events. The sources of those legends and explanations of some of them will be given in the last volume of the entire work, and the numbers throughout the work refer to the notes in the concluding volume.

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The Gold Bag

By: Carolyn Wells

Though a young detective, I am not entirely an inexperienced one, and I have several fairly successful investigations to my credit on the records of the Central Office. The Chief said to me one day: Burroughs, if there's a mystery to be unravelled; I'd rather put it in your hands than to trust it to any other man on the force. Because, he went on, you go about it scientifically, and you never jump at conclusions, or accept them, until they're indubitably warranted. I dec...

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Little Miss Bytheday

By: Lucille Van Slyke

Prologue: The older I get the more convinced I become that the most fascinating persons in this world are those elusive souls whom we know perfectly well but whom we never, as children say, ?get to meet.? They slip out of countries, or towns or rooms even, just before we arrive, leaving us with an inexplicable feeling of having been cheated of something that was rightfully and divinely ours. That?s the way I still feel about little Miss By?the?Day. Perhaps you, too, have...

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The Young British Soldier

By: Rudyard Kipling

Excerpt: Now all you recruities what?s drafted to?day, You shut up your rag?box an? ?ark to my lay, An? I?ll sing you a soldier as far as I may: A soldier what?s fit for a soldier. Fit, fit, fit for a soldier ... First mind you steer clear o? the grog?sellers? huts, For they sell you Fixed Bay'nets that rots out your guts Ay, drink that ?ud eat the live steel from your butts An? it?s bad for the young British soldier. Bad, bad, bad for the soldier ... When the cholera co...

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The Lady of the Gulf : A Romance of the City and the Seas

By: J. H. Ingraham

It was near the close of an unusually severe day in March, that a person muffled to the eyes in a handsome dark-colored cloak, and wearing a singularly shabby fur cap, might have been seen stealing along the walk, in Chatham street, opposite the Pawnbrokers' or Jews' Row. His step was slow and hesitating, while his eyes furtively glanced about, now up the street, now down, as if fearing that his movements would be observed. His height and figure were good, and his air ge...

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The Adventures of Pinocchio

By: Carlo Collodi

How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child Centuries ago there lived -- A king! my little readers will say immediately. No, children, you are mistaken. Once upon a time there was a piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm. I do not know how this really hap...

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The Wing of the Wind : A Nouelette of the Sea

By: J.H. Ingraham

Excerpt: PART FIRST. IN PORT. CHAPTER FIRST. IN WHICH THE HERO IS INTRODUCED TO THE READER AND SOME DESCRIPTION OF THE. ?WING OF THE WIND? IS GIVEN. The scene of the following tale opens in the month of September, 1827, at that period when the Colombian revolution was creating no little sensation in the world, and especially in the United States, a nation ever foremost to extend its sympathy to a people struggling for political freedom. As the infant Republic had few res...

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My Doggie and I

By: R.M. Ballantyne

Excerpt: Chapter One. Explains Itself. I possess a doggie?not a dog, observe, but a doggie. If he had been a dog I would not have presumed to intrude him on your notice. A dog is all very well in his way?one of the noblest of animals, I admit, and pre?eminently fitted to be the companion of man, for he has an affectionate nature, which man demands, and a forgiving disposition, which man needs?but a dog, with all his noble qualities, is not to be compared to a doggie. My ...

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The Weight of Reputation

By: Harrison R. Howard

Excerpt: FEW are they, leading active lives, who have not learned the great truth that difficulties and dangers appear far more forbidding in the advancing future than in the immediate present. Paradoxically, distance exerts a magnifying influence. Men look ahead to untoward events with fear or misgiving, only to find when the events take place that they can be met gracefully and with equanimity. Fore?fear is the very madness of fear; the leaven of imagination raises it ...

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Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge

By: Rainer Maria Rilke

Ich sehe seit einer Weile ein, dab ich Menschen, die in der Entwicklung ihres Wesens zart und suchend sind, streng davor warnen mub, in den Aufzeichnungen Analogien fur das zu finden, was sie durchmachen; wer der Verlockung nachgibt und diesem Buch parallel geht, mub notwendig abwarts kommen; erfreulich wird es wesentlich nur denen werden, die es gewissermaben gegen den Strom zu lesen unternehmen.

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The Amazing Interlude

By: Mary Roberts Rinehart

Excerpt: THE early days of the great war saw Sara Lee playing her Part 1n the setting of a city in Pennsylvania. An ugly city, but a wealthy one. It is only fair to Sara Lee to say that she shared in neither quality. She was far from ugly, and very, very far from rich. She had started her part with a full stage, to carry on the figure, but one by one they had gone away into the wings and had not come back. At nineteen she was alone knitting by the fire, with no idea what...

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The Wandering Jew, V7

By: Eugene Sue

Excerpt: CHAPTER XL. The EAST INDIAN IN PARIS. Since three days, Mdlle. de Cardoville had left Dr. Baleinier?s. The following scene took place in a little dwelling in the Rue Blanche, to which Djalma had been conducted in the name of his unknown protector. Fancy to yourself a pretty, circular apartment, hung with Indian drapery, with purple figures on a gray ground, just relieved by a few threads of gold. The ceiling, towards the centre, is concealed by similar hangings,...

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Lord Jim

By: Joseph Conrad

When this novel first appeared in book form a notion got about that I had been bolted away with. Some reviewers maintained that the work starting as a short story had got beyond the writer's con- trol. One or two discovered internal evidence of the fact, which seemed to amuse them. They pointed out the limitations of the narrative form. They argued that no man could have been expected to talk all that time, and other men to listen so long. It was not, they said, very cre...

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