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The Story of the Treasure Seekers

by Edith Nesbit

When their mother dies and their father's business partner runs off with most of their money, the six intrepid Bastable children are determined to restore their family's fallen fortunes.

The Empire of the Ants

The String Quartet

Mr. Brisher's Treasure

The Doom That Came to Sarnath

On the Makaloa Mat

by Jack London

The best Hawaii stories, and among London's best stories overall, including "Shin Bones" and "The Water Baby."

The Dust of Death:  The Story of the Great Plague of the Twentieth Century

by Fred Merrick White

A short story in the "Doom of London" series. It begins: "The front door bell tinkled impatiently; evidently somebody was in a hurry. Alan Hubert answered the call, a thing that even a distinguished physician...

The Ghost-Extinguisher

by Frank Gelett Burgess

This short story must have been the inspiration for the popular movie "Ghost Busters" (1984). The humorist-author here tells the tale of a scientist-philosopher who invents devices to capture ghosts and sets...

Strictly Business

by O. Henry

More Stories of the Four Million: The Gold that Glittered; Babes in the Jungle; The Day Resurgent; The Fifth Wheel; The Poet and the Peasant; The Robe of Peace; The Girl and the Graft; The Call of the Tame;...

Armadale

by Wilkie Collins

Armadale (1866) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century semi-epistolary novel. Some chapters consist of letters between the various characters, while other chapters record the events as the characters perceive them....

My New Year's Eve Among the Mummies

by Grant Allen

J. Arbuthnot Wilson (pseudonym of the real author, Grant Allen) tells this short story of his strange night spent inside "the great unopened Pyramid of Abu Yilla" in Egypt. On New Year's Eve, on the night before...

The Door in the Wall

Romola

by George Eliot

Romola (1862–63) is a historical novel by George Eliot set in the fifteenth century, and is "a deep study of life in the city of Florence from an intellectual, artistic, religious, and social point of view"....

Tarzan the Magnificent

Laches

Ivan the Fool

Gulliver of Mars

by Edwin Lester Arnold

Many believe that Edgar Rice Burroughs' inspiration to create his world of Barsoom came from this novel. Transported to Mars in a most unexpected fashion, Lieutenant Gulliver Jones, U.S.N., promptly found himself...

The Warden

The Zeppelin's Passenger

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

Excerpt: "Never heard a sound," the younger of the afternoon callers admitted, getting rid of his empty cup and leaning forward in his low chair. "No more tea, thank you, Miss Fairclough. Done splendidly, thanks....

The Romance of the Secret Service Fund

by Fred Merrick White

Six spy-stories published in the US edition of Pearson's Magazine, Jul-Dec 1900. This series features Newton Moore, the top agent of a fictitious branch of the British War Office called "The Secret Service Fund."...