16 SEPTEMBER 1876, Page 22

The Flag of Distress. By Captain Mayne Reid. (Tinsley Brothers.)

—One of Captain Mayne Reid's wild stories which are written for boys, and attract boys,—full of nearly impossible villains, quite impossible ad- ventures, and heroes who are caricatures of the muscular-Christian school. There is no harm in the stories, unless it be harm to render ordinary boys' books insipid, and this one is rather more exciting than usual.