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  • However, the mere fact that the Saint was involved made the item meaty enough from a journalistic standpoint to justify the expenditure of ink, and it is probable that hardly any of the readers felt that the space could have been more stimulatingly and entertainingly employed.

    The Saint on Guard

  • It was purely the manner of the curate's advances that took my fancy; in the mere fact of them there was nothing remarkable.

    Frivolous Cupid

  • The mere fact that "Hiawatha" was so readily memorized-and that lapses in memory could be so easily covered up-brought it into a favor which it could never have attained were it rhymed, or were its measure that of English heroic verse.

    Hiawatha; a poem, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Illustrated by John Rea Neill.

  • Safety measures, accident-insurance and their attendant rights have created a juridical concept of the worker and have given it substantive meaning, so that the mere fact that someone is a worker, has by itself certain legal consequences.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations

  • Mr. Moron says the mere fact that Mr. Humala has discussed changing established rules to financial and tax systems is having a chilling effect on investment, as business fears Mr. Humala will open up a Pandora's box.

    Peru Votes in Divisive Runoff for President

  • A parochial residence of one month suffers for the licit contracting of marriage in the parish (Ne temere, art. 5): the mere fact of thirty days stay, even though by chance, if morally continuous, is sufficient.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The mere fact of multiple group-affiliations enabled the person to achieve for himself an individualized situation in which the groups had to be oriented towards the individual.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations

  • As for those for whom General Samsonov had a new task, the mere fact that it took the form of a withdrawal from the right sector and transfer to the left (in readiness to support the onward march of 3rd Guards Tank Division) was better than staying where they were and being shot at by a skilled enemy they so rarely saw.

    First Clash

  • The dark, the long walk, the mere fact that I had left them all behind in the space of a few minutes all made this more dreamlike, and everything about it was larger, even though there was little light, and everything was much more vivid than my mind had ever replayed it in those hundreds of wornout memories.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • The mere fact that this expedition was despatched while Napoleon Bonaparte was First Consul of the French Republic, has led many writers to jump to the conclusion that it was designed to cut out a portion of Australia for occupation by the French; that, under the thin disguise of being charged with a scientific mission, Baudin was in reality an emissary of Machiavellian statecraft, making a cunning move in the great game of world-politics.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

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