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Self-Denial

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Self-Denial is written by American Sunday School Union. The village school-house was situated on a pretty green, and surrounded by old elm-trees, and at a short distance and in full sight was a candy-shop, kept by an old woman, whom the children called Mother Grimes. Mother Grimes knew how to make the very best candies and cakes that ever were eaten, and almost every day she displayed in her shop-window some new kind of cake.

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Vigorish

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Vigorish is written by John Berryman. The gambler cursed and threw the dice to the roller on his left. He spat blame at Sniffles for not riding with him. He was one big clot of crushed misery. After all, hadn't he wanted to lose? They all do. I couldn't get very upset over his curses. So far he had lost one buck, net. And he'd had some action. So much for gamblers.

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The Sky Trap

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The Sky Trap is written by Frank Belknap Long. The stratoship lurched suddenly. The deck heaved up under Lawton's feet, hurling him against Captain Forrester and spinning both men around so that they seemed to be waltzing together across the ship. The still limp gym slugger slid downward, colliding with a corrugated metal bulkhead and sloshing back and forth like a wet mackerel.

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Tomlins Minor

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Tomlins, flushed with relief at his narrow escape of the Public School extreme penalty, at first regarded his probation and punishment as light and insignificant, and was profuse in his thanks and gratitude tome for my appeal on his behalf; but as the weight of its true significance faded from his memory, he grumbled and complained as much as ever at his hard lot.

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The Old Man's Bag

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The Old Man's Bag is written by T.W.H. Crosland. The old man, who had been quietly laughing to himself, danced about with joy when he saw the policeman leave. Then he ran to the window and put his head out, and called out after the policeman, "I say. When your clothes are quite wet enough be sure you come back and have them dried."

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The Absence of Mr. Glass

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The great Orion Hood's scientific triumphs had deprived him of many things, some said of his health, others of his God: but they had not wholly despoiled him of his sense of the absurd. At the last plea of the ingenuous priest a chuckle broke out of him from inside.

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Fist and Fang

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Fist and Fang is written by Robert E. Howard. MEANWHILE I WAS having my troubles. The minute them two grabbed me, Mike went for them, jerked one of them off me, got him down and nearly tore him apart. At the same instant I jammed my elbow backward, and by sheer luck connected with the other one's solar plexus. He grunted and loosened his hold, and I wheeled round to smash him, but as I did, I felt a sharp prick between my shoulders and knowed one of them was holding a spear at my back. I stopped short and stood still.

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A Soul Above Buttons

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A Soul Above Buttons is written by Myra Kelly. Teacher welcomed him with careful patience but his advent created something akin to a riot in Room 18. There was hardly a child within its walls who was not familiar with his history and awed by his proximity. They all knew how his father had finished gents' garments and his own tired life, in a cellar.

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Mother America

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Mother America is written by Sam McClatchie. Wearily George Turner got up and turned off the colorvision. The political pressures were increasing rapidly; that was obvious. What had started as a national search for the most suitable future parents in America would soon be a free-for-all.

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The Next Time We Die

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The Next Time We Die is written by Robert Moore Williams. The girl glanced sharply at him. She had eyes that were as blue as the skies of Earth on a sunny day. The dirt on her nose made her look human. At this moment, the eyes had anger in them. Back of the anger were unshed tears.

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