Human Documents: Portraits and Biographies of Eminent Men

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McClure, 1895 - Authors - 496 pages
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This heavily illustrated 1895 collection of stories and biographies features a conversation with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Page 42 - I will meet you, or will designate officers to meet any officers you may name for the same purpose, at any point agreeable to you, for the purpose of arranging definitely the terms upon which the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia will be received.
Page 204 - Ocean swept the Land, Ere the Eternal had ordained the Day ? Strange, was it not ? Far from its native deep, One song it sang, — Sang of the awful mysteries of the tide, Sang of the misty sea, profound and wide, — Ever with echoes of the ocean rang. And as the shell upon the mountain height Sings of the sea, So do I ever, leagues and leagues away, — So do I ever, wandering where I may, — Sing, O my home ! sing, O my home ! of thee.
Page 116 - Upon the first we must engraft secondary and imaginary qualities, possibly all wrong; from the second, knife in hand, we must cut away and deduct the needless arborescence of his nature; but the trunk and the few branches that remain we may at least be fairly sure of. On a chill September morning, by the cheek of a brisk fire, and the rain drumming on the window, I began The Sea Cook, for that was the original title.
Page 41 - Commendations, enjoy their Stock of Knowledge like a hidden Treasure, with Satisfaction and Silence. Pedantry indeed in Learning is like Hypocrisy in Religion, a Form of Knowledge without the Power of it...
Page 43 - Government as an entire release from all obligations on their part." I will state further that the terms granted by me met with the hearty approval of the President at the time, and of the country generally. The action of Judge Underwood in Norfolk, has already had an injurious effect, and I would ask that he be ordered to quash all indictments found against paroled prisoners of war, and to desist from the further prosecution of them.
Page 168 - It was August the third, And quite soft was the skies, Which it might be inferred That Ah Sin was likewise; Yet he played it that day upon William And me in a way I despise, Which we had a small game, And Ah Sin took a hand: It was euchre.
Page 129 - Where in the realm of thought, whose air is song, Does he, the Buddha of the West, belong ? He seems a winged Franklin, sweetly wise, Born to unlock the secrets of the skies...
Page 131 - The tossing hemlocks hold the eagles' nests ; By these fair plains the mountain circle screens, And feeds with streamlets from its dark ravines, — True to their home, these faithful arms shall toil To crown with peace their own untainted soil ; And, true to God, to freedom, to mankind, If her chained bandogs Faction shall unbind, These stately forms, that bending even now Bowed their strong manhood to the humble plough, Shall rise erect, the guardians of the land, The same stern iron in the same...
Page 120 - Buccaneers, the name of the Dead Man's Chest from Kingsley's At Last, some recollections of canoeing on the high seas, a cruise in a fifteen-ton schooner yacht, and the map itself with its infinite, eloquent suggestion, made up the whole of my materials. It is perhaps not often that a map figures so largely in a tale; yet it is always important. The author must know his countryside whether real or imaginary, like his hand; the distances, the points of the compass, the place of the sun's rising, the...
Page 130 - We stain thy flowers, — they blossom o'er the dead; We rend thy bosom, and it gives us bread ; O'er the red...

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