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The Arizona Callahan

The Arizona Callahan

H. Bedford-Jones | Fiction
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An invisible hand seemed to strike the man suddenly, knocking him forward on his face. The canoe staggered, lay over on one side—she had struck bottom. Frantically the man recovered, jerked up the centerboard, threw in the pin. But he was too late; he had lost the game. The bow, with its scrap...

The Poisoned Paradise: A Romance of Monte Carlo

The Poisoned Paradise: A Romance of Monte Carlo

Robert W. Service | Fiction
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She was alone now. Closing her eyes she saw a little U shaped harbour shielded from the sea. It was as delicate as a pastel, a placque of sapphire set in pearl. In the crystal air the red-roofed houses crowded close to it, the terraced town rose on tip-toe to peer at it. All was glitter and gleam...

The Pearl Lagoon

The Pearl Lagoon

Charles Nordhoff | Fiction
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We lived on the coast of California, on the Spanish grant my grandfather had purchased from the mission which still stands, deserted and crumbling, in the Santa Brigida Valley. Our house, built long before the Civil War, overlooked the lower end of the valley, from a knoll above the salt marshes...

Rustlers Beware!

Rustlers Beware!

Arthur Chapman | Fiction
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Two men sat conversing in the railroad station. One was middle-aged, with grizzled hair and mustache, tall and big-limbed, but with no extra flesh on his massive frame. His face was long-jowled and determined looking, and his keen gray eyes were overhung with bushy brows, which were often drawn...

The Sky Sheriff: The Pioneer Spirit Lives Again in the Texas Airplane Patrol

The Sky Sheriff: The Pioneer Spirit Lives Again in the Texas Airplane Patrol

Thomas Burtis | Fiction
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The blazing sun of a Texas afternoon turned air and drab brown earth to gold. Not a breath stirred the huge white stocking that served as a wind-indicator on the airdrome of the McMullen Flight of the Air Service border patrol.

Redlaw, the Half-Breed

Redlaw, the Half-Breed

Jos. E. Badger, Jr. | Fiction
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He was a tall, powerfully-built man, aged probably forty-five years, of a rugged, yet intelligent and almost handsome cast of features; while the rough "home-made" garments that he wore disguised without hiding the splendid contour of his form. There was the slightest possible tinge of the...

The End of the House of Alard

The End of the House of Alard

Sheila Kaye-Smith | Fiction
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There are Alards buried in Winchelsea church—they lie in the south aisle on their altar tombs, with lions at their feet. At least one of them went to the Crusades and lies there cross-legged—the first Gervase Alard, Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Bailiff of Winchelsea, a man of mighty stature.

Dwala: A Romance

Dwala: A Romance

George Calderon | Fiction
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The sun was sinking towards the Borneo mountains. The forest and the sea, inscrutable to the bullying noon, relented in this discreeter light, revealing secrets of green places. Birds began to rustle in the big trees; the shaking of broad leaves in the undergrowth betrayed the movement of beasts...

The Forest Pilot: A Story for Boy Scouts

The Forest Pilot: A Story for Boy Scouts

Edward Huntington | Fiction
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The November sun that had been red and threatening all day, slowly disappeared behind a cloud bank. The wind that had held steadily to the south for a week, now shifted suddenly to the northeast, coming as a furious blast. In a moment, it seemed, the mild Indian Summer breeze was changed to a...

Told by the Colonel

Told by the Colonel

William Livingston Alden | Fiction
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Four Americans were sitting in the smoking-room of a Paris hotel. One of them was a grizzled, middle-aged man, who sat silent and apart from the others and consumed his heavy black cigar with a somewhat gloomy air. The other three were briskly talking.