Mayne Reid, a British novelist, born in the north of Ireland in 1818. He is the son of a Presbyterian minister, and was educated for the church, but, being fonder of adventure than of theology, set out in 1838 for America. Arriving at New Orleans, he engaged in trading and hunting excursions up the Red and Missouri rivers, and travelled through nearly every state of the Union. Subsequently he settled in Philadelphia, joined the army in the Mexican war, and was wounded in the assault upon Chapultepec. In 1849 he set out to fight for the Hungarians during their struggle with Austria; but by the time he reached Paris the revolution had been suppressed. He has since resided chiefly in London, and has written a series of very popular books for boys. Among his works are: "The Rifle Rangers" (1849), "The Scalp Hunters" (1850), "The Quadroon" (1856), "Osceola" (1858), "Ran Away to Sea" (1861), "The Maroon" (1862), "The Cliff Climbers" (1864), "Afloat in the Forest" (1866), "Quadrupeds" (1867), "The Child Wife" (1868), "The Castaways" (1870), and "The Finger of Fate." In 1869 he established in New York a short-lived monthly magazine entitled "Onward".