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A Madman

By: Maurice Level

He was neither wicked nor cruel, but he hungered for the unexpected. The theatre did not interest him, yet he attended often, hoping for the outbreak of a fire. He went to the fair at Neuilly to see if perhaps one of the menagerie animals might go wild and mangle its trainer. Once he even visited the bullring, but its calculated bloodshed was mundane, too controlled. Meaningless suffering revolted him; he craved the thrill of sudden catastrophe. Then, after ten years of ...

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The Passing of Cockeye Blacklock

By: Frank Norris

WELL, m' son, observed Bunt about half an hour after supper, if your provender has shook down comfortable by now, we might as well jar loose and be moving along out yonder. We left the fire and moved toward the hobbled ponies, Bunt complaining of the quality of the outfit's meals. Down in the Panamint country, he growled, we had a Chink that was a sure frying-pan expert; but this Dago -- my word! That ain't victuals, that supper. That's just a' ingenious device for remov...

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The Congressman's Nightmare

By: Frank J. Morlock

Excerpt: CHARACTERS: Virgie Goodrich, a Congressional Aide, good?looking, but rather sexless in demeanor Paul Horton, a distinguished, intellectual Congressman in his mid?forties Bill Walton, a Congressman of the poker?playing, hail?fellow?well?met variety in his mid?forties Man, a bill collector Arlene, Horton?s ex?wife, extremely attractive with an insinuating southern charm, in her mid?twenties Vanessa Edmonds, a well?dressed, somewhat affected woman in her late?twent...

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The Lives of the Caesars, The Deified Julius

By: Suetonius Paulinus

Excerpt: IN the course of his sixteenth year [c. 85/84 B.C.] he lost his father. In the next consulate, having previously been nominated priest of Jupiter [by Marius and Cinna, Cos. 86], he broke his engagement with Cossutia, a lady of only equestrian rank, but very wealthy, who had been betrothed to him before he assumed the gown of manhood, and married Cornelia, daughter of that Cinna who was four times consul, by whom he afterwards had a daughter Julia; and the dictat...

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The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, And Instruction Series

By: Jonathan Ingram

Excerpt: REGENT BRIDGE, EDINBURGH. Edinburgh, ?the Queen of the North,? abounds in splendid specimens of classical architecture. Since the year 1769, when the building of the New Town commenced, its improvement has been prosecuted with extraordinary zeal; consequently, the city has not only been extended on all sides, but has received the addition of some magnificent public edifices, while the access to it from every quarter has been greatly facilitated and embellished. ...

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The New Accelerator

By: Herbert George Wells

Excerpt: Certainly, if ever a man found a guinea when he was looking for a pin it is my good friend Professor Gibberne. I have heard before of investigators overshooting the mark, but never quite to the extent that he has done.

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The Queen of Sheba

By: Thomas Bailey Aldrich

In the month of June, 1872, Mr. Edward Lynde, the assistant cashier and bookkeeper of the Nautilus Bank at Rivermouth, found himself in a position to execute a plan which he had long meditated in secret. A statement like this at the present time, when integrity in a place of trust has become almost an anomaly, immediately suggests a defalcation; but Mr. Lynde's plan involved nothing more criminal than a horseback excursion through the northern part of the State of New Ha...

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Six Short Stories

By: P.G. Wodehouse

Excerpt: Marjorie was sitting under the cedar on the tennis?lawn. It seemed to me that the best way of spending my morning would be to go and sit under the cedar on the tennis?lawn too. ?Good morning,? I said as I came up. I had seen her before, but ?Good morning? is such an excellent conversational gambit.

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Okewood of the Secret Service

By: Valentine Williams

Mr. Arthur Mackwayte slipped noiselessly into the dining-room and took his place at the table. He always moved quietly, a look of gentle deprecation on his face as much as to say: Really, you know, I can't help being here: if you will just overlook me this time, by and by you won't notice I'm there at all! That was how he went through life, a shy, retiring little man, quiet as a mouse, gentle as a dove, modesty personified. That is, at least, how Mr. Arthur Mackwayte str...

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The Phoenissae

By: E.P. Coleridge

Excerpt: JOCASTA O SUN?GOD, who cleavest thy way along the starry sky, mounted on golden?studded car, rolling on thy path of flame behind fleet coursers, how curst the beam thou didst shed on Thebes, the day that Cadmus left Phoenicia?s realm beside the sea and reached this land! He it was that in days long gone wedded Harmonia, the daughter of Cypris, and begat Polydorus from whom they say sprung Labdacus, and Laius from him. I am known as the daughter of Menoeceus, and...

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Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White, V2

By: Andrew Dickson White

Excerpt: CHAPTER XXXIII. AS MINISTER TO RUSSIA 1892?1894 Appointment by President Harrison. My stay in London Lord Rothschild; his view of Russian treatment of the Jews. Sir Julian Goldschmidt; impression made by him. Paris; the Vicomte de Vogue; funeral of Renan; the Duke de la Rochefoncauld. Our Minister, William Walter Phelps, and others at Berlin; talk with Count Shuvaloff. Arrival in St. Petersburg. Deadening influences: paralysis of energy as seen on the railways; ...

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A Fascinating Traitor

By: Richard Henry Savage

Excerpt: BOOK I. OUT OF THE DEAD PAST. Chapter 1. A CHANCE MEETING AT GENEVA. ?By Jove! I may as well make an end of the thing right here to?night!? was the dejected conclusion of a long council of war over which Major Alan Hawke had presided, with the one straggling comfort of being its only member. All this long September afternoon he had dawdled away in feeding certain rapacious swans navigating gracefully around Rousseau?s Island. He had consumed several Trichinopoly...

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The Flood

By: Emile Zola

Excerpt: My name is Louis Roubien. I am seventy years old. I was born in the village of Saint?Jory, several miles up the Garonne from Toulouse. For fourteen years I battled with the earth for my daily bread. At last, prosperity smiled on we, and last month I was still the richest farmer in the parish. Our house seemed blessed, happiness reigned there. The sun was our brother, and I cannot recall a bad crop. We were almost a dozen on the farm. There was myself, still hale...

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The Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles

By: St. Adaeus

Excerpt: Strengthen, O our Lord and God, our weakness through Thy mercy, that we may administer the holy mystery which has been given for the renovation and salvation of our degraded nature, through the mercies of Thy beloved Son the Lord of all.

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An Answer to the Jews

By: Tertullian, Christian Theologian of Carthage

Excerpt: IT happened very recently a dispute was held between a Christian and a Jewish proselyte. Alternately with contentious cable they each spun out the day until evening. By the opposing din, moreover, of some partisans of the individuals, truth began to be overcast by a sort of cloud.

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I Can'T Brea

By: Ring W. Lardner

Excerpt: July 12. I am staying here at the Inn for two weeks with my Uncle Nat and Aunt Jule and I think I will keep a kind of diary while I am here to help pass the time and so I can have a record of things that happen though goodness knows there isn?t likely to anything happen, that is anything exciting with Uncle Nat and Aunt Jule making the plans as they are both at least 35 years old and maybe older. Dad and mother are abroad to be gone a month and me coming here is...

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The Fleece of Gold

By: Théophile Gautier

TIBURCE was really a most extraordinary young man; his oddity had the peculiar merit of being unaffected; he did not lay it aside on returning home, as he did his hat and gloves; he was original between four walls, without spectators, for himself alone. Do not conclude, I beg, that Tiburce was ridiculous, that he had one of those aggressive manias which are intolerable to all the world; he did .not eat spiders, he played on no instrument, nor did he read poetry to anybod...

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Nopo Gets His Men

By: Harold A. Davis

THE MUSIC on the radio stopped, and an excited announcer began to talk swiftly. Nopo Beavers hardly noticed. His faded blue eyes intent, lined face serious, Nopo carefully wielded the pair of pliers in his hand. He pulled another porcupine quill from the paw of the hound that sat crouched between his legs. The hound whimpered softly. I've got no sympathy for y'u, Chesty, Nopo Beavers said grave]y, but I his voice was kindly, and the hound's tail beat on the floor. Even a...

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The Iroquois Book of Rites

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