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verses of the utmost melody, rich with the Participating in all the actions of that camchoicest English epithets and phrases. paign, he was so severely wounded at Cha
After the publication of these works Dr. pultepec (September 13, 1847) that he was Mackay made a tour to America, where he left for dead on the field. Mentioned in delivered lectures upon “ Poetry and Song,” despatches, he was honorably discharged at receiving everywhere a cordial and enthusi- the close of the war. In 1849 he started astic reception. After his return to England with a body of troops to aid Hungary in her he published his Life and Liberty in Amer- struggle for independence. On his arrival in ica, which is characterized in the Athenæum Paris he was stopped by the intelligence that as a bright, fresh and hopeful book worthy the cause of Hungary was lost by the overof an author whose songs are oftenest heard throw of her arms. He then settled in on the Atlantic. Dr. Mackay lately pub- London and began rapidly to write books lished a narrative poem entitled “A Man's more or less imaginative, but suggested by Heart," and has just edited A Collection of his observation and experience in travel. the Jacobite Ballads of Scotland.
The Rifle Rangers and The Scalp-Hunters Like all the great song-writers, Dr. Mac- were followed by a large number of volumes, kay is a musician and the composer of all the many of them intended for the perusal of melodies published with many of his songs. boys. They have been very popular. He He
possesses in a high degree the rare fac- died in October, 1883, while still in literary ulty of a true lyric poet—that of working vigor, and with no indications of a falling his words and music up into harmony and off in the verve and interest of his writings. unison with the feelings they express.
, CAPTAIN MAYNE REID.
1776, at Honington, in Suffolk, EngT THIS prolific writer was born in A.D. 1818, land. He served his time as a shoemaker's
in Ireland, and educated for the minis- apprentice. It is related of him that he try
But an adventurous spirit caused read by moonlight, being too poor to purhim at the age of twenty to leave his chase candles, and that many of the stanhome for America. From New Orleans zas of his most celebrated
"The he made journeys in the region of the Farmer's Boy,” for lack of pen and ink, Red River, and afterward travelled ex- were scribbled with a shoemaker's awl on tensively throughout the United States. scraps of leather. His poems are chiefly
. Upon the prospect of war with Mexico, he pastoral. Vivid pictures of farm-life, they received a commission in the New York vol- teem with quiet descriptive beauty, but are unteers, and marched from Vera Cruz to lacking in enthusiasm.
He died August Mexico with the army of General Scott. 19, 1823.
S. O. BEETON.