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Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic

The sea has always been, by the mystery of its horizon, the fury of its storms, and the variableness of the atmosphere above it, the foreordained land of romance. In all ages and with all sea-going races there has always been something especially fascinating about an island amid the ocean. It's very existence has for all explorers an air of magic. The order of the tales in the present work follows roughly the order of development, giving first the legends which kept near the European shore, and then those which, like St. Brandan's or Antillia, were assigned to the open sea or, like Norumbega o...

Starlight Ranch And Other Stories Of Army Life On The Frontier

Five stories of Army life in the mid to late 19th century. Charles King (1844 – 1933) was a United States soldier and a distinguished writer. He wrote and edited over 60 books and novels. Among his list of titles are Campaigning with Crook, Fort Frayne, Under Fire and Daughter of the Sioux.

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Transcriber's note

Some of the spellings and hyphenations in the original are unusual; they have not been changed. Minor punctuation errors have been corrected without notice. A few obvious typographical errors have been corrected, and they are listed at the end of this bo...

Gabriel and the Hour Book

Brother Stephen has the heart of an artist and wishes to leave the abbey to travel and see the world. However, King Louis has decreed that an "hour book" be made for his bride, Lady Anne, which in turn causes the Abbott to refuse Brother Stephen's request to leave the brotherhood as his illuminations are the most beautiful, and as such, he desires that Brother Stephen should be the one to make the hour book. This decision angers Brother Stephen. Will Brother Stephen stay at the abbey and carry out his task or will he refuse and bring about a ban against him, a serious matter indeed. Or will he...

The Aztec Treasure-House

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THE AZTEC TREASURE HOUSE

By Thomas Allibone Janvier

Copyright, 1890, by Harper & Brothers.

All rights reserved.

TO C. A. J.

Departimiento y ha entre los enga~nos. Catales y ha que son buenos, e tales que malos, e buenos son aquellos que los omnes fazen a buena fe e a buena intencion. ALONZO el SABIO, Setena Partida, Titulo xvi., Ley ii.

[Illustration: The Dying Cacique.]

CONTENTS.

PROLOGUE

I. FRAY ANTONIO

II. THE CACIQUE'S SECRET

III. THE MONK'S MANUSCRIPT

IV. ...

On the Eve –by: Ivan S. Turgenev

On the Eve appeared in 1860, two years before Fathers and Sons, Turgenev's most famous novel. It is set in the prior decade (by the end of the novel, the Crimean War (1853-56) has already broken out. It centers on the young Elena Nikolaevna Stakhov, daughter of Nikolai Arteyemvitch and Anna Vassilyevna Stahov. Misunderstood by both her parents (Nikolai Artemyevitch is at least as interested in his German mistress as in members of her family) she is on friendly terms with both the would-be professor Andrei Petrovitch Bersenyev and the rising young sculptor Pavel Yakovitch Shubin, both of whom m...

The Last of the Chiefs A Story of the Great Sioux War

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THE LAST OF THE CHIEFS A Story of the Great Sioux War

by Joseph A. Altsheler

Contents

I The Train II King Bison III The Pass IV Treasure Trove V The Lost Valley VI Castle Howard VII An Animal Progression VIII The Trap Makers IX The Timber Wolves X Dick Goes Scouting XI The Terrible Pursuit XII The Fight with Nature XIII Albert's Victory XIV Prisoners XV The Indian Village XVI The Gathering of the Sioux XVII Great Sun Dance XVIII The Circle of Death XIX A Happy Meeting XX Bright Sun's Good by

Chapter I The Train<...

Der Dunkelgraf

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Der Dunkelgraf.

Roman

von

Ludwig Bechstein.

Frankfurt a. M.

Verlag von Meidinger Sohn & Comp.

1854.

Erster Theil.

Der Jüngling.

Motto:

Sei den Edlen genaht, niemals gesellt zu den Niedern, Strebst du zum Ziele des Wegs, oder des Handels Gesch"aft. Gut ist Edler Thun und ...

The Pearl of Orr s Island –by: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Go on a journey to the coast of Maine and immerse yourself in the picturesque community on Orr’s Island. See the raindrops glistening on the pine needles and hear the waves crashing on the rocks. This is a tale of romance, tragedy, crusty sea captains, an impetuous boy, a loving girl, complete with village gossips and twists in the plot.

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THE

PEARL OF ORR'S ISLAND

A Story of the Coast of Maine

BY

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY

The Riverside Press, Cambridge

1896

Copyright, 1862 and 1890,

BY HARRIET...

Echoes of the War –by: J. M. Barrie

Short stories with dramatic parts about civilian life in London during the First World War. Some humorous moments. By the author of "Peter Pan".

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ECHOES OF THE WAR

BY J. M. BARRIE

1918

CONTENTS

THE OLD LADY SHOWS HER MEDALS

THE NEW WORD

BARBARA'S WEDDING

A WELL REMEMBERED VOICE

THE OLD LADY SHOWS HER MEDALS

Three nice old ladies and a criminal, who is even nicer, are discussing the war over a cup of tea. The criminal, who is the hostess, calls it a dish of tea, which shows that she comes from Caledonia; but that is not he...

Clotel, or, The President s Daughter –by: William Wells Brown

Clotel; or, The President's Daughter is a novel by William Wells Brown (1815-84), a fugitive from slavery and abolitionist and was published in London, England in December 1853. It is often considered the first African-American novel. This novel focuses on the difficult lives of mulattoes in America and the "degraded and immoral condition of the relation of master and slave in the USA" (Brown). It is about the tragic lives of Currer, Althesea, and Clotel. In the novel, Currer is the former mulatto mistress of President Thomas Jefferson who together have two daughters, Althesea and Clotel. Beca...
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