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Captain Mayne Reid

The White Gauntlet

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A woman in a wood—encountered accidentally, and alone. ’Tis an encounter to challenge curiosity—even though she be but a gipsy, or a peasant girl gathering sticks. If a high-born dame, beautiful,—and, above all, bright-haired,—curiosity is no longer the word; but admiration, involuntary, unrestrained—bordering upon adoration. It is but the instinct of man’s heart to worship the fairest object, upon which man’s eye may rest; and this is a beautiful woman, with bright hair, met in the middle of a wood.

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The Ocean Waifs

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The Ocean Waifs is written by Captain Mayne Reid. The little boat lying farthest west was the gig of the Pandora, containing her brutal captain, his equally brutal mate, the carpenter, and three others of the crew, that had been admitted as partners in the surreptitious abstraction. Under cover of the darkness they had made their departure; but long before rowing out of gun-shot they had heard the wild denunciations.

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Ran Away to Sea

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Ran Away to Sea is written by Captain Mayne Reid. The mate was an echo of his captain. When the one said "no" the other said "no," and when either said "yes," the other affirmed it. The principal difference between them was that the mate did not drink, and perhaps this lengthened, if it did not strengthen, the bond of friendship that existed between them. Had both been drinkers they must have quarrelled.

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The Scalp Hunters

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The Scalp Hunters is written by Captain Mayne Reid. They are at rest again. The air is filled with odours sweet as the perfumes of Araby or Ind. Myriads of insects flap their gay wings: flowers of themselves. The bee-birds skirr around, glancing like stray sunbeams; or, poised on whirring wings, drink from the nectared cups.

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The Lone Ranch

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The Lone Ranch is written by Captain Mayne Reid. Once they were thicker on the soil; but the tomahawk of the Comanche and the spear of the Apache have thinned off the descendants of the Conquistadores, until country houses stand at wide distances apart, with more than an equal number of ruins between.

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The Tiger Hunter

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The Tiger Hunter is written by Captain Mayne Reid. It was not my desire to combat the superstitions of the Zapoteques; and, dropping the subject, I inquired from him his purpose in carrying the conch--whether it was for whiling away his time upon the journey, or whether there was not also connected with it some other belief of his ancestors?

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The Land of Fire

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The Land of Fire is written by Captain Mayne Reid. This tale is the last from the pen of Captain Mayne Reid, whose stories have so long been the delight of English boys. Our readers may, perhaps, like to know something of the writer who has given them so much pleasure; especially as his own life was full of adventure and of brave deeds.

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The Quadroon

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The Quadroon is written by Captain Mayne Reid. Father of Waters! I know thee well. In the land of a thousand lakes, on the summit of the "Hauteur de terre," I have leaped thy tiny stream. Upon the bosom of the blue lakelet, the fountain of thy life, I have launched my birchen boat; and yielding to thy current, have floated softly southward.

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The Plant Hunters

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The Plant Hunters is written by Captain Mayne Reid. The motives are various. Some are lured on by the pure love of botanical science; others by a fondness for travel. Still others are the employes of regal or noble patrons--of high-born botanical amateurs. Not a few are the emissaries of public gardens and arboretums; and yet another few--perchance of humbler names and more limited means, though not less zealous.

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Wood Rangers

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Wood Rangers is written by Captain Mayne Reid. This mansion belonged to the noble family of Mediana, and formed part of the grand estates of this ancient house. For a long period, the Counts of Mediana had not inhabited the chateau of Elanchovi, and it had fallen into a state of neglect and partial decay, presenting a somewhat wild and desolate aspect.

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