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The War Trail

Mayne Reid

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. . .In a few seconds, they stood at rest again, formed in line—as exact as could have been done by a troop of cavalry—and fronting their leader as he galloped up. Indeed, standing as they were, with their heads high in air, it was easy to fancy them mounted men in the array of battle; and often have wild-horses been mistaken for such by the prairie traveller!

Concealment or stratagem could no longer avail; the chase was fairly up. Speed and the lazo must now decide the result; and, with this conviction, I gave Moro the spur, and bounded into the open plain.

The neighing of the steed had signalled my companions who shot almost simultaneously out of the timber, and spurred towards the drove, yelling as they came.

I had no eyes for aught but the white steed, and after him I directed myself.

On nearing the line of mares, he halted in his wild gallop, twice reared his body upward, as if to reconnoitre the ground; and then, uttering another of his shri. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Brings together the worst elements and clichés of a Western penny dreadful ... Savage injuns, duplicitous Mexicans, and a fair Spanish Maiden to round things out.

"On this wonderful Sunday, I found the opening of a serial story called 'The War Trail,' by Captain Mayne Reid. I did not know what a war-trail might be; I looked at the beginning: and then suddenly found that I was in a world of beauty of romance, a world that I understood from of old, where the la