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Captain Mayne Reid’s Work

Reid's Work in U.K. Newspapers and Periodicals

Note: This list does not purport to be all-inclusive. Reid was such a prolific writer that there are almost certainly many more “lost” letters, articles, serials, and/or poems awaiting re-discovery.

All bylines are “By Captain Mayne Reid” unless otherwise indicated in parentheses.

Boys Magazine

  • “Gaspar the Gaucho” (previously titled “The Lost Sister”), serialized beginning late 1877.

The Boys’ Journal

  • “The Ocean Waifs,” serialized 1863.
  • “The Boy Slaves,” serialized 1864.
  • “Afloat in the Forest,” serialized 1865.

Boys’ Illustrated News (Reid was co-editor with John Latey, Jr.)

  • “The Lost Mountain” (illustrated by R. Caton Woodville), serialized beginning April 6, 1881.
  • The Chase of Leviathan,” serialized beginning July 2, 1881.
  • “A Fight in Flood; or Kin Against Kin: A Romance of the Forest of Dean” (a version of No Quarter!), serialized beginning Sept. 21, 1881.
  • “The Scalp Hunters” (illustrated by Melton Prior), serialized beginning Jan. 4, 1882.
  • “Travel, Voyage and Adventure Among the Palmettos: An Adventure in the Swamps of Louisiana,” April 6 & 13, 1881.
  • Misc. short stories and notes on natural history, dates unknown.

Boys of England

  • “The Fatal Cord,” serialized beginning no. 56, 1867?
  • “The Planter Pirate,” serialized 1867?
  • “The White Squaw,” serialized beginning no. 82, date unknown.

Boys’ Own

  • “The Finger of Fate,” serialized beginning January 1868

Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper

  • “The Maroon” (128 chapters, illustrated by J. Swain and C. Green) serialized beginning vol. 9, no. 217, January 25,1862.

Cassell’s Illustrated Travels

  • “A Zig-Zag Journey Through Mexico,” 1871 or 1872.
  • “A Flying Visit to Florida,” 1871 or 1872.

Chambers’s Journal

  • “The War Trail,” serialized beginning January 3, 1857; finished June 27, 1857.
  • “Oceola,” serialized beginning Jan. 2, 1858; finished June 26, 1858.
  • “The Wild Huntress,” serialized beginning July 7, 1860; finished Dec. 29, 1860.
  • “The Flag of Distress,” serialized beginning Aug. 7, 1875; finished Dec. 25, 1875.
  • “Nursing Sisters” (unsigned), May 15,1875.
  • “The Axolotl” (unsigned), Aug. 7, 1875.

Field

  • “A Tour of Texas,” 1871 or 1872

Glasgow Herald

  • “A Brother’s Revenge” (originally titled “The Finger of Fate”), serialized beginning Sept. 11, 1875.

Hereford Times (and nine other provincial newspapers)

  • “The Flag of Distress,” serialized 1878

Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News

  • “Yachting on Ice,” Feb. 1875
  • “Our Home Natural History” (series), 1882
  • Several short sketches, titles unknown, 1874 and/or 1875

Land and Water

  • Article on Mexican axolotl, March 4, 1876

Liverpool Weekly Courier (and other papers)

  • “Gwen Wynn,” serialized 1876

London Journal

  • Title(s) and date(s) uncertain (1850s)

London Live Stock Journal

  • “Best Colours for Summer and Winter Clothing” (letter) Jan. 24, 1879
  • “Potatoes, and How to Regenerate Them” (letter), date unknown
  • “Jacob’s Sheep” (letter), date unknown
  • “The Naturalist on the Wye” series, dates unknown

London Society

  • “The Maniac Skater,” 1871
  • “Captured by Confeds,” May 1872
  • “Ghost, or Grizzly,” June 1872.
  • “The Pierced Heart,” serialized 1874 or 1875

Newcastle Weekly Chronicle (and several other papers including the Manchester Weekly Post, the Bristol Mercury, and the Leamington Labourers’ Chronicle)

  • “No Quarter,” serialized 1880

Penny Illustrated Newspaper

  • “The Militia at Uxbridge” (unsigned), May 12, 1866
  • “The Death Shot: A Tale of the Texan Prairie,” serialized beginning Dec. 23, 1871; finished June 1, 1872.
  • “Adela; or, Saved by an Angel” (a.k.a., “The Lone Ranche”), serialized beginning Oct. 18, 1873; finished April 4, 1874.
  • “The Spectre at the Gate: A Tale of the Mexican Table-Land” (illustrated by Charles Robinson), Dec. 14, 1878.
  • “The Iguana Hunter: A Tale of the Vera-Cruz Coastland,” December 13, 1879.
  • “Billet and Bullet,” December 11, 1880.
  • “The Mad Jackal: An East Indian Adventure,” December 17, 1881.
  • “The Fighting Days of Mayne Reid” (letter), January 27, 1883
  • “A Christmas in Kerguelan’s Land,” Dec. 16, 1883 (posthumous).

The Penny Miscellany

  • “The Headless Horseman” (100 chapters, illustrated by R. J. Hämerton and John Swain), serialized beginning no. 148, vol. 3, July 11, 1868; finished no. 168, November 28, 1868.
  • “The White Gauntlet” (illustrated by Webbe), serialized, dates unknown

Touchstone

  • “Christmas in a Shooting Box,” early 1879

The Young Englishman’s Journal

  • “The Wild Huntress” (illustrated by H. C. Maguire), serialized beginning no. 16, date unknown
  • “The Hunters’ Feast,” serialized beginning no. 65, date unknown

Young Ireland

  • “Dagger Nell,” no other information available

The Young Men of Great Britain

  • “Christmas on a Whale,” serialized beginning no. 1, January 28, 1868
  • “The Planter Pirate,” serialized beginning no. 15, date unknown

Sources:

In addition to microfilmed, digitized, or actual copies of some of these publications, the following named sources were referenced.

Frank Jay, “Peeps Into the Past; being a History of Oldtime Periodicals, Journals, and Books,” 1918-19.

Charles Ollivant, Life of Mayne Reid (unpublished manuscript).

Elizabeth Reid, Captain Mayne Reid: His Life and Adventures (London: Greening and Co., 1900).


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