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Col. Walter B. Dunlap. The Hunted Life. March 1, 1862.

This story by Sylvanus Cobb, Jr. appeared originally as a serial in the New York Ledger beginning in the issue for September 21, 1861.


By the author of "Clifton." Madge Wylde, the Young Man's Ward; or, Lights and Shadows of Orphan Life. April 1, 1862.

Found in: Dime Novels, no. 17; Fifteen Cent Novels, no. 17; Six Penny Tales (London Edition), no. 2; Standard Library of Romance, vol. 2; Girls of Today (Later the New York Mirror), no. 11; Waverley Library (quarto edition), no. 9; New Dime Novels, no. 547; Waverley Library (octavo edition), no. 14.


Ned Buntline. Thayendanegea, the Scourge; or, The War Eagle of the Mohawks. May 1, 1862.

Found in: Six Penny Tales (London Edition), no. 3; American Tales, no. 56; Starr's American Novels, no. 140; Starr's New York Library (Later New York Library), no. 14; Dime Library, nos. 14, 1037.

This story appeared originally as a serial in the New York Mercury, beginning in Vol. XX, No. 1036, November 27, 1858.

Locale: The Mohawk Valley. Battle of Oriskany. Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), Sir William Johnson, General Herkimer, and Benedict Arnold take part in the story.


S. H. Hammond. Hunting Adventures in the Northern Wilds; or, A Tramp in the Chateaugay Woods, over Hills, Lakes and Forest Streams. June 2, 1862.

Originally published in New York, in 1854, under the title, "A Tramp in Chateaugay Woods."


Mrs. Metta V. Victor. The Emerald Necklace; or, Mrs. Butterby's Boarder. July † 15, 1862.

Found in: Dime Novels, no. 14; Fifteen Cent Novels, no. 14; Six Penny Tales (London Edition), no. 5; Waverley Library (quarto edition), no. 10; New Dime Novels, no. 520; Waverley Library (octavo edition), no. 12.


Ned Buntline. The White Wizard; or, The Great Prophet of the Seminoles. August 1, 1862.

Found in: Six Penny Tales (London Edition), no. 6; American Tales, no. 51; Starr's American Novels, no. 165; Starr's New York Library (Later New York Library), no. 16; Dime Library, no. 16.

Originally published as a serial in the New York Mercury, XX, 1858, and in book form in 1862.

West coast of Florida about 1840. Also Manhattan Island and Havana, twenty years later. Spaniards, Seminole Indians, battle with the Indians in the Everglades.


Mrs. Ann S. Stephens. Mary Derwent. A Tale of the Early American Settlers. September 1, 1862.

This novel does not appear in any previous Beadle publication, but is a reprint of a tale issued in America in 1858 as a prize novel in a periodical, and for it Mrs. Stephens received $400. Later, in the same year, it appeared in book form, published by Peterson & Brother, in Philadelphia.

Locale: Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania.

Note for the online edition:
† This novel was not previously published by Beadle in America. It came out originally as a $400 prize serial in Snowden's Ladies' Companion for May, 1838, and was reprinted in the same journal several years later. In 1858, Peterson and Brother of Philadelphia published it in a somewhat expanded form as a book. Then came Beadle's reprint in 1862 in at least two different type wrappers, and in 1865 it showed up as a series in The Family Herald (London).

Locale: England and the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania.

Date: The 1770's and 1786.

Catharine Derwent and two granddaughters, Mary, a hunchback, and her sister Jane, live on an island in the Susquehanna River, near Wilkes-barre. An Indian chief in a near-by encampment has an English wife, who, having had an affair, not very clearly indicated, with Grenville Murray, stages a mock suicide and flees to America, can-nily taking with her nearly 100,000. She and the chief have a daughter, Tahmaroo, who is seduced by Granville Murray's son (known in America as Walter Butler). He wishes to marry Jane Derwent, but the chief's wife gives him the alternative of marrying Tahmaroo with a dowry of 70,000, or of being turned over to the mercies of the Indian warriors. He chooses the former. A year later comes the Revolution, and Butler plots with the Indians to destroy the inhabitants of Wyoming Valley. Some of the dwellers in the valley escape, but in the flight Catharine is killed and Butler is badly wounded. He reforms and with his Indian wife goes to England. Mary Derwent becomes the caretaker of the children of Jane Derwent and Edward Clark.


Mrs. Mary A. Denison. Florida; or, The Iron Will. A Story of To-day. † September 15, 1862.

Found in: Dime Novels, no. 20; Fifteen Cent Novels, no. 20; Six Penny Tales (London Edition), no. 8; Waverley Library (quarto edition), no. 31; New Dime Novels, no. 528; Waverley Library (octavo edition) 8.


Menra Hopewell. Legends of the Missouri and Mississippi. Part I. † October 15, 1862.

Contents. The Osage Indians and their Origin. The Cross-Mark on the Rocks. Bernard Guillet, the First Settler of St. Charles. Bon-Homme or Good Man's Island. The Black Warrior. The Indian's Revenge. The Big Manito Rocks. Life and Adventures of the Old Hunter. Peter Griffin, or, Death of Dr. Baldwin. Rosalie, the Old French Town, where Natchez, the Metropolis of Mississippi, is Situated.


Menra Hopewell. Legends of the Missouri and Mississippi. Part II. March 2, 1863.

Contents. Rosalie, the Old French Town (continued). Discovery of the Pekitanoni (Missouri). The Maiden's Rock. The Calumet Rocks. Hernando de Soto and his Foster-Brother. Blackbird and Little Bow, Chiefs of the Amawhaws. Isaac, the Negro Murderer and Executioner.


Menra Hopewell. Legends of the Missouri and Mississippi. Part III. July 1, 1863.

Contents. Isaac, the Negro Murderer and Executioner (continued). Foot-Prints on the Rocks. The Prophetess; or, The Old Government House. Physical Features of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

Nos. 9, 10, and 11 are also found bound in one volume, bearing on the verso of the title page the imprint "Clayton & Co., Printers," Bouverie Street, London." On the concluding page of the third part, the author says: "At a future day, the author intends issuing another volume of these legends: but, for the present, he bids a hearty farewell to his readers. It is impossible, from the busy elements of decay continually working on the stamina of life, that we all should ever meet again; if not, 'this parting was well made'." E. F. Beadle & Co., are given as the publishers.

Hopewell published several books in this country describing the same region, but I have not been able to find one to compare with this English edition, which is undoubtedly a reprint of his "Legends of the Missouri," which appeared in the Missouri Republican, beginning in the issue for April 12, 1858. The dates of appearance of the different sketches are given in an article by Franklin J. Meine in The Westerner's Brand Book (Chicago Posse), VI, June, 1949.


† Correction made as per Volume 3.
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