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The Complete Works of Artemus Ward, Part 7

By: Charles Farrar Browne

PART VII. Miscellaneous. 7.1. THE CRUISE OF THE POLLY ANN. In overhaulin one of my old trunks the tother day, I found the follerin jernal of a vyge on the starnch canawl bote, Polly Ann, which happened to the subscriber when I was a young man (in the Brite Lexington of yooth, when thar aint no sich word as fale) on the Wabash Canawl: Monday, 2 P.M. -- Got under wa. Hosses not remarkable frisky at fust. Had to bild fires under 'em before they'd start. Started at larst ver...

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The Hollow of Her Hand

By: George Barr Mccutcheon

Excerpt: Chapter 1. MARCH COMES IN LIKE The LION THE train, which had roared through a withering gale of sleet all the way up from New York, came to a standstill, with many an ear?splitting sigh, alongside the little station, and a reluctant porter opened his vestibule door to descend to the snow?swept platform: a solitary passenger had reached the journey?s end. The swirl of snow and sleet screaming out of the blackness at the end of the station?building enveloped the p...

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The Aeroplane Speaks

By: Horatio Barber

Prologue: Part 1. The ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES The Lecture Hall at the Royal Flying Corps School for Officers was deserted. The pupils had dispersed, and the Officer Instructor, more fagged than any pupil, was out on the aerodrome watching the test of a new machine. Deserted, did I say? But not so. The lecture that day had been upon the Elementary Principles of Flight, and they lingered yet. Upon the Blackboard was the illustration you see in the fronti...

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History of United Netherlands, 160009

By: John Lothrop Motley

Excerpt: THE effect produced in the republic by the defensive and uneventful campaigning of the year 1599 had naturally been depressing. There was murmuring at the vast amount of taxation, especially at the new imposition of one?half per cent. upon all property, and two?and?a?half per cent. on all sales, which seemed to produce so few results. The successful protection of the Isle of Bommel and the judicious purchase of the two forts of Crevecoeur and St. Andrew; early i...

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A Little Tour in France

By: Henry James

We good Americans - I say it without presumption - are too apt to think that France is Paris, just as we are accused of being too apt to think that Paris is the celestial city. This is by no means the case, fortun- ately for those persons who take an interest in modern Gaul, and yet are still left vaguely unsatisfied by that epitome of civilization which stretches from the Arc de Triomphe to the Gymnase theatre. It had already been intimated to the author of these light ...

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