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REID, Mayne, author, born in Ireland in 1818; died near London, England, 22 October, 1883. He was the son of a Presbyterian clergyman, and was educated for the church, but, preferring adventure to theology, came to this country in 1838. He engaged in hunting and trading expeditions on Red and Missouri rivers, and travelled through nearly every state of the Union. Subsequently he settled in Philadelphia, where he wrote for magazines and journals until the beginning of the Mexican war, when he became a captain in the United States service, and was present at Vera Cruz and Chapultepec, where he led the forlorn hope and was wounded. In 1849 he raised a company in New York to aid the Hungarian revolutionists, but when he reached Paris the insurrection in Austria had been suppressed, tie then settled in London, and devoted his life to writing tales of adventure for boys. His numerous stories, in which he usually incorporated much information on natural history, and which number about fifty volumes, include "The Rifle Rangers " (London, 1850); "The Scalp-Hunters" (1851); "The Quadroon " (1855) ; " Osceola " (1858) ; " The Maroon " (1862) ; "The Cliff Climbers" (1864) : "Afloat in the Forest " (1866) ; "The Castaways" (1870); and " Gwen-Wynne " (1877). A collective edition of his works was published in New York (15 vols., 1868). Late editions of his works have been published in London in 1875 and 1878. In 1869 he established in New York a short-lived journal, called " Onward."
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