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POPULAR ADVENTURE TALES

[Illustration: THE YOUNG VOYAGEURS ON THE RED RIVER.]

Popular Adventure Tales

COMPRISING

THE YOUNG VOYAGEURS OR, THE BOY HUNTERS IN THE NORTH

THE FOREST EXILES OR, ADVENTURES AMID THE WILDS OF THE AMAZON

THE BUSH BOYS OR, ADVENTURES IN THE WILDS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

By

CAPTAIN MAYNE REID

AUTHOR OF " The Rifle Rangers " " The Wood Rangers " &c., &c.

ILLUSTRATED

LONDON SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, HAMILTON, KENT & CO. GLASGOW: THOMAS D. MORISON

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Captain Mayne Reid was born at Ballyroney, County Down, on the 4th April, 1818, and was the son of the Rev. Thomas Mayne Reid. Mayne Reid was educated with a view to the Church, but finding his inclinations opposed to this calling, he emigrated to America and arrived in New Orleans on January, 1840. After a varied career as plantation over seer, school master, and actor, with a number of expeditions in connection with hunting and Indian warfare, he settled down in 1843 as a journalist in Philadelphia, where he made the acquaintance of Edgar Allan Poe.

Leaving Philadelphia in 1846, he spent the summer at Newport, Rhode Island, as the correspondent of the New York Herald , and in December of the same year, having obtained a commission as second lieutenant in the 1st New York Volunteers, he sailed for Vera Cruz to take part in the Mexican war. He behaved with conspicuous gallantry in many engagements, and was severely wounded and disabled at the storming of Chapultepec on the 13th September, 1847.

Returning to the United States in the spring of 1848, he resumed literary work. But in June, 1849, he sailed for Europe in order to take part in the revolutionary movements going on in Hungary and Bavaria, arriving however too late, he turned his attention again to literature, and in London in 1850, published his first novel "The Rifle Rangers," in two volumes. Between this date and his death, he produced a large number of volumes, which indeed no one else was capable of writing, for in them are avowedly embodied the observations and experiences of his own extraordinary career.

Unfortunate building and journalistic speculation and enterprises involved him in financial failure, so he returned to New York in October, 1867. There he founded and conducted The Onward Magazine , but owing to recurring bad effects of his old Mexican wound, he had to abandon work for sometime and go into the hospital, on leaving which he returned to England in 1870. During the later years of his life he resided at Ross in Herefordshire where he died on the 22nd October, 1883, and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.

Mayne Reid wrote in all thirty five works, chiefly books of adventure and travel. As in the case of all authors, the books vary much in merit, but most of them are of a high order in their own department of literature. Many of them have been extraordinary popular and have become standard works. Reid has not been surpassed by any other writer in combining at one and the same time, the features of thrilling adventure and great instruction in the fields of natural history. Many of the works have been translated into Continental languages and are as highly esteemed among the French and Germans as at home.

CONTENTS

THE YOUNG VOYAGEURS

OR

BOY HUNTERS IN THE NORTH.

CHAPTER I PAGE THE FUR COUNTRIES 13

CHAPTER II THE YOUNG VOYAGEURS 16

CHAPTER III THE TRUMPETER SWAN AND THE BALD EAGLE 22

CHAPTER IV A SWAN HUNT BY TORCHLIGHT 29

CHAPTER V "CAST AWAY" 34

CHAPTER VI A BRIDGE OF BUCKSKIN 37

CHAPTER VII DECOYING THE ANTELOPES 41

CHAPTER VIII "A PARTRIDGE DANCE" ... Continue reading book >>




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