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The Stolen White Elephant

By: Mark Twain

The following curious history was related to me by a chance railway acquaintance. He was a gentleman more than seventy years of age, and his thoroughly good and gentle face and earnest and sincere manner imprinted the unmistakable stamp of truth upon every statement which fell from his lips. He said...

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Salome Oscar Wilde

By: Mario J. Mc Loughlin

El joven sirio ¡Que linda está la princesa Salome esta noche! El paje de Herodías Mira a la luna. ¡Que extrana parece! ¡Es como si saliera de una tumba! Como una mujer muerta. Se podría pensar que estuvo buscando cosas muertas. El joven sirio Tiene un aire raro. Parece una princesa que usa un velo amarillo, y cuyos pies son de plata. Es como una princesa con pequenas palomas en vez de pies. Se podría pensar que estuvo bailando. El paje de Herodías Es como una mujer muerta. Se mueve lentamente.

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To My Dear Friend Mr. Congreve on His Comedy Called the Double Dealer

By: John Dryden

Excerpt: Well then; the promis?d hour is come at last; The present age of wit obscures the past: Strong were our sires; and as they fought they writ, Conqu'ring with force of arms, and dint of wit; Theirs was the giant race, before the Flood; And thus, when Charles return?d, our empire stood. Like Janus he the stubborn soil manur?d, With rules of husbandry the rankness cur?d: Tam?d us to manners, when the stage was rude; And boisterous English wit, with art endu?d. Our a...

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The Memoirs of Marie Antoinette

By: Madame Campan

BOOK 1. PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR. Louis XVI. possessed an immense crowd of confidants, advisers, and guides; he selected them even from among the factions which attacked him. Never, perhaps, did he make a full disclosure to any one of them, and certainly he spoke with sincerity, to but very few. He invariably kept the reins of all secret intrigues in his own hand; and thence, doubtless, arose the want of cooperation and the weakness which were so conspicuous in his measures...

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On Nullification and the Force Bill

By: John C. Calhoun

At the last session of Congress, it was avowed on all sides that the public debt, as to all practical purposes, was in fact paid, the small surplus remaining being nearly covered by the money in the Treasury and the bonds for duties which had already accrued; but with the arrival of this event our last hope was doomed to be disappointed. After a long session of many months, and the most earnest effort on the part of South Carolina and the other Southern States to obtain ...

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