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Stories in Short
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The mayor and corporation of Hamelin outsource a rodent problem to a professional rat-catcher.
by Clay Lane
Portrait of a Lady
Edmund Burke takes time off from campaigning for liberty to reflect on the delights of captivity.
by Edmund Burke 1729-1797
Pot and Kettle
Richard Cobden wondered how the architects of the British Empire had the nerve to accuse Russia of imperialism.
by Richard Cobden 1804-1865
Abolition of Slavery
Young inventor James Watt’s life in London was overshadowed by the perpetual fear of being snatched.
by Samuel Smiles 1812-1904
A young Indian student from Cambridge was selected for England’s cricket team after public pressure.
Shivaji and the Battle of Surat
Charles II was thinking about handing Bombay back to the Portuguese, when an Indian rebel stepped in.
The Copy Book
Think and Speak