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Chapter NumberI
Chapter TitleST. COLUMB'S COVE.
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Newspaper TitleCamperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954)
Trove TitleIn the Wake of Fortune: An Australian Story
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THE NOVELIST.

(COPYRIGHT.) IN THE WAKE OF FORTUNE. AN AUSTRALIAN STORY.

CHAPTER I. ST. COLUMB'S COVE.

BY IVAN DEXTER.

Within ? dozen miles of Land's End where the grotesque and imperishable tuck*1! nf the " Shark's Fin " and " Tbe Arrat;^'1 Koicbt" learo tbe wild urgei of tfaa At-, lantic, ii situated the anciint hamlet of Stii Columb's Core. ; : '-. v, r:X ; tv The place ii wild and picturesque in ttf'tj 7 extreme. _. ?*. }' r ' j '", The ceaseless billows 61 tho ocean rolling, anus from the short* of America. bare in dented the granife rucks which' factd them into strange and uncouth shapes. Hollows and cures bare been worn by tho erosive action of ac.es, and at times when tbe sea << as lathed to fury it bowled and shrieked amoncst them in doleful and appalling accents. _ / Tbe liltlo core was hollowed oat of i_ silt stratum in the iron-bound • coast, aia within it small craft could find shelter..' t. Lvokinj; from its cliffs ' oil'i'ttntixj the~j dim outlines of the Selily* klanayUny to •outh.wesl could Do discerned, and'l> ice between was the fabled stibraeriiod hn'dW Lvoneesf, or?r which Kine Arthur, of Bound Table fame, and his knighu ussd to'bunn 1' There was not n spot in tho whi>l?, locality that ?ii not associated Wtb"! itranfe and weird legends, — ,' px j Orer at yonderbjwk.ieJilJfVas' the" drcaled plsce where" the1 'ipWri of St. iviurob's made iti omrrioua-spp-.-irnDce as a j hcral.l of eril tn the little |Ssttlcnicn*?-i This portentous visitation took V^hc form of a |,lisntom tbip, black and square ripttdTl followed by a shadowy^ boa^-t^e wfioie | being of unearthly aspect "and worked by no human ban-ls. '?'*_•'/ \ ' l', When tbe rairts rose seaward* our itlie .-lira octio aboot nij;btfatl tbe spectre tbip ?v seen to Rlide lUentl/ toward the <lark brttlinp c'.iO. and apparently rail right into it, Ji?app?aiing v mj-stsrioiuly v tfjhad cimp. '? The apparition boded woo to Colomb hamlet, and tbi primitirs rcrii-nli, nlmatt rrcluaed from the bmy world''rind euper. Mitious to the last degree, placed implicit faith in the legend. [, 01 all peoples on tie esrth t!i(*?'r)f:cbro^ w ?ll are pcrhnps the mostsuperslitiius.knd attach snpernatnral rcasunt to most iom. monplaceeTents. J; From Kinp Artbnr's time down to | the tatter end of the nineteenth century innu merable are the legend* associated with Cornwall, and St, Column's. OoVe' was in tbe very heart of tbe mj stic district. '?' To tbe north the cout town of Tintagcll itoutl with its ruins of Arthur's celebrated cattle, where tbe conrt of Rouml Tabtc'wat held. The famous bells of Tintagell, with tbe weird romance attached to them, an Mill heard by credaloas people chimiop en ccciiioni beneath the ocean. Indeed, eminent men*' hare heard the strange sounds as of bells chiming, but science now attributes tbe booming noise to' other and natural cauies. ? Close by tbe town is tbe sita of the battle fiell where Kin? Artfiar met hit ritath. Nearer to St. Oolqmb v the celebrated morass which it was part of tbe doom of the wicked Trcpeapj! to drain, and witbin half a railo of the Core bnmlet were fers ral strange sranita rocks on an open mocr. Ofcoiirte a lr^nnrt i? a'tUcheil'to them, ami it is at the txpenie o( a'woHby man of former times, named St. Ju?t. j. Tb:s worthy roan Uwelt nt the welUrn sulc ot tbe Promontory, nnd on the eastern >i>lc Hied another (rood man calledi: St. Kefcrne, whose nams it (till famo?S in Cornwall. ? : , v - : ..,-Mj St. Jest once paid his'brotheribn'ght cuusncu a tint, but on bia leaTbg St. Rcrernc misseJ some of his pn>|jerty. Waxing wruth—lor'etenjsalntj bannered after earthly riches—he pnransJ kUilate tisitor, carrying with him from the? const a few granite rockn of aDoat nton; Weight each. - ..,./. Wi {: Ha oTertook him near 8U Colamb, )> A colossal fight.- ensued-arid^the frocks were omJ as missiles with^siicn effect that St. Just ni glad la dugurje thVttolen pro perty. ? .. ; ..'.; :'*.-!-y. ;',-*: !J. Sach is the girea reason.auigoed by tbe Cornish people for tho "presence jon thf movrotth* itrange rocks, and Jft is ijm^lfl stated as a , aampie "ot trie; jnr^erniitSral reasons to explain rery'natural jcirenm stance*,. ',"? j !• Prom Uma imoieU^ial the hamlpt; of St. Colomb had beeh'sopported by mioini. Up to the year 1819 .its oatjiot of rm bad been considerably but'after:lbat -aiu the yield had gradaallf IftUen ofl until in ISdS', tbe year tnia story opens, it opulditarccij be called a mining district longer. ? '. Tbrougbont Cornwall the/ fstanifcrous areas had becomo less, but^tbe working of other minerals had tmican their.pUeei' --_ Coal tad iron wero bdng inbHitut?noT tin aad copper, and it wu simply ? change in tbe mineral, that made no •JteratiorrrsTtr for tbe better in the progress of tbe dis trict- With St. Columb's Core, howercr, it was different. Tin was the only mineral in tbe neigh bourhood that bad been found profitable to work, and once that injoatry became ex. tinct there wu nothing1 did to take its P 1*"* < j Tbe locality was not St for enter agrioul-. tural or pastoral pursuit*. '"?*?) • The coast-line was sterile and desulate, and the salt spray o! the Atlantic, which in rough weather swept far inlan J, precluded the growth ot regetation, t?vc tbr.t of n marina elaractu. -t,..-, Tbe fens and moors at tlit-backnf'ilrr hamlet were almost m unsiiiltble fur agri culture, and nothing of a rcmoncratiTr nature could be won from th; eailli by Ibat indnstry. As a ntbing village tbe core w?? s]m> ur uiilaUe. -" ''"'• The long wash of the ocean which beat uponthacoast with terrific violencewhffl. t?tr? slight storm ?ro?e rundexeil fisliTc?' asapurtuitout ol thcqueilion in that par ticular spot. " : , . ToecoTe offered few adfgnlsges in tfe< respect, and. v theic were other parU n;.it,. fardiitanl which gato good ibelter fiihing macks jought them.

IJUIJJ.K '~W-~f;~-".- .?''? ~ :?' .:??• Sd treacharons was tbs coast lliat a ?ssel UriYefi-'iiear It'Was-inevitably, doomed to |4c^tTUC(i.on.. | l(,WH eaugbt in powerful cur rents when fur off and sucked in to dltaitcr and de?th. ?"•'•- '- '•?lif-BraieS:*<;ines the reputation of tho JiMtWfc.Mtrrnicly evil. u:i?!S 'Tff'iS.tisi '*??•' M a m!*lt" fwyond dis ,puto ili?Lt.tli(i.ium?tcB of a monitor; which washtttlliiear Uie Bluck Cliff, and could Sf..l*??. •j9Wfl.'.l.tIuICB *? seaward, were in iH?ft?Wi ?(, haaglni! a lantern out at night V>,tolieevoyagrr? to destruction. ai?iT*<V good ..monks of comae maintained tbsttlin lump was bung out as a signal of limDjjer to keep mariners away. That might l.be, buUbcreootild be no'disputing tbe fad ?that tbttnsligiooi brothers claimed and re. ceived their full sbarc of the wreckage Ibat Jf^'plnndered from tho ill-fated vessels :K$ a WOK****"*- Xl? 1?t??r u?I? without tbeiuriging put- of false light* lbs wrecks .po.tM xoul were nnmerous and diaaatroua enough' -to', lattsfy any lover of the sensa- Of courts the inevitable legend wu aiio oiated with such disaster*. Onitormy erenings a woman's shrieks were said to be olten heard coming from Keawards, and some few faroured indivi. duals with powerful imaginations had eren caught n glimpse of a femsla form floating tatuoglji tba mist and calling for succor. I KhPi'l^4?!'^lM?d't<> be the^ho!tof * woman wbo long ago bad been tbe only Her husband and family had all been ?wallowed Up in the furious sea when.the ship drove on the rocks ( and sbe, c?njht by ?t<uug9 (ftiwlhsd -beotV'thrownt tntb*a cleft of >qakw where tbe. ns found nncoDSCioas %yy-pftty-'of; ?Trekers. ;>''-';;;i '""•/?'•-' ? r(if/^ tc:ul-;??^P ppi,nfr^"; k intP- tl'? sia they liadtaTcil bcr;biit"ii"was"ioon'found .*?HJfi?fl D?*sS£*? been abatwredibythe nwttil experience of tbe'calamt'tou night. When sti's'Was able to get aboDt sbc used ri>!?iWnd.sifcr'• time wantlcting along the bertlitiL' royka anil wwymii. fiHfH bersad case. * ?-.--= -=?B6lWiinig~when- a-?tonn wa? lisbinc the ocean against tbe cliffs sbe disappeared, but a miner making bis way home h?d seen her end. He bad watched her go to the edge of the Riack Cliil and gais, apparently fascinated, into the tumbling biilowa below. Suddenly she precipitated herself from tbe Cliflaud disappeared for ever. As her body Wm npt^trirahed ashore and sbe nsil tt^rn^stery] attached to ber and the tcmcl ia whicn she watlaJl, the usual legend grew around tbe erent. < It turn happened"lbat in 1E55 through tbe decline of the staple mining industry that (be nsidenta Were {ewer than in former time*V>J?iV' : ..• Tbe remainder still cluDg tenaciously to tbe temnant ot the mining work which re mained. ,t'.-t'*''!' >-uiWj ?.-': , Centuries before the place bad been famous for its output of tin. It was at th?j*{JpTe"so' many hlitorlsm said tbat the oldSSasnicians first landed in search of miiierais;'anj Jong before tbe time ot Julius Cayaribejirecious metals and the baser ones also badjbetn worked from their natireore. W^fk '''*•'.-"&'" ' All OTcr the district could; be found the remains of ancient workings. These bad been aDandoned long anterior to (be local records, but from tbe extensive ruins thsy must hare contained immense deposits of ore. In several places shafts ot profound depth, existed tbat had not been toochod {or cen turies. At what period or by what people they bad been excavated no one could tell. It was bone?t)yi;'T?g?tded as beyond'dis pute tbat for t??hty' cej(tnw? turning bad been carried on^J?-nhervicmiiy b( St. Columb's Co*e,.?ndTr6m*nUc itorics wire current of the' fabulous-riches that had bten won from tbe'earta there. *• - -\-. If B. RilcigbbadfiVed a thousand years btfora he did there would nave been no occasion—bad half the stories been trac tor bim to seek tbe £1 Dorado in the mys terious recesses of a new world. In tba>bO>A's>£nd be.would bare found the wetfUrwirhicb 4e pined. --!*'' Bren in the sixteenth century the bulk of tbe riches bad been taken from tbe place, and as time rolled on the patient but per ?ittcnt miner still further diminished the treasure /nich lay buried in tbe earth. In the 4 jear" 1865 the glory of St. Co luuib'?CoT?ji?d disappeared, or was but a memory of tho past so far as its mineral wealth was concerned, and in the whole district there was but one mine which was still worked. This wu called the " Whrnl Merlin," and tbe site was tuppoaed to bare been painted out as a profitable one to work by the tafoons enchanter of lin\. nanie. , , f feis Jfn'tj ?£j)uV ?C 8 owned, by oni JoSoV Trtflowefb/aijiJ \<y%i. i)een l|n tb'e same family for generations.

IOHAPTKITII.' .-'•:..-,,-C TIIK TBBKOWETH'B. i /-Aimoit v otyai thi bamlm ot St. Columb I&llf waHbo'TrVnuweth tuaXlj. Tradition set them down m being ot memorable antiquity, but whether the an cestor* of John Xrenowetb. trjided with the Phoenicians, or whether a later generatioi. fitted out a (hip and fought with Druki i^tiiinl iire Bi>?nith Armad* it of little con e?T?rt?tlifcHorj. ?^Xhgie wai little doubt that Ihc family wi? that the" Wneal Her.in" hkd been owntu and worked itj the Trenoweths (or many generatioDS. John I'rcnowyh knew this to his co?t, fur in the year 1830, when bis father died ana left him it us Li? unljr po?t'uion, he lov.ua luat the lituv (i bo ohuincl from it wa liktly to be a precarious cnc. lie m uiily tiuhtecn years of a?e at kit l?ltirr'? ienlli ?ud tu?t even: left him an "ot]i'!:ft"ti i 'hia mother ' haTine 'iied i^terai years previoutly. Like nil hia preiieceis >r? lie l,? Inn tii'iugh! of leaiiu^- the old spot, but at onc4; tcttit-tl down to the lot whici. hai ftpjrsrvntly b;ca dfatineii for him. . lie ••juimrn'-five whin lie uarried Mnn t teVjtW, oiirl of the Tillage whom be ha-i kaown sine-; childhooi, uni the remit (•! the union was one child, who *•? nair.ed K'lWArd, nfterkii pranifxther. John Treuowelh was a man of (jreiter ;:i tcrpiiMfn the working of the mine tl.:ui ;?ny6l'tts predeotMiifi. Tbe ?pirit of the nineteenth century <r:. ?rtrong ?i?hin him, and the rudu and primi tire metb3di of working which brjl been in me fat ctnturiea at the mice were soon tiii carded. The lode ran to a great depth and II.<• eha.lt was deepened coaiidfllbly ao that it cbiild be worked more adrantageoaalr. The mouth of tbe main ebsft wu nut tacie than

a couplo ol liondred yards frc.m the cliils on the ocean beach, and hitherto the utmost precautions bad been taken in working toward* the west. A safe dietaries bad been left between the farthest drive leacliajr tint wiy nnd the its,for the miners bad no dctirc to be in terfered with by leakage! from the At lautic. John Trcnoweth wts more venturesome. With tbc sluts one hundred and twenty feet deeper than it bad hitherto been be concluded Ilia! there would not be the lead danger in driving beneath tha ocean bed if necessary. This would K -ivo about one hun dred and tidy feet of ground overnca.l if tbo dntre were continued from tbe lowst level west, and the most experienced miners in the district .considered wilb Trtnowclli that westerly foiling under such circum stances was perfectly 5afe...... After consultation with the miner* they expressed their perfect willingnesi to start a lower drive to tbe west nnd follow the rich ore that was to be obtained in that line. r , Trenoweth was soon rewarded for his en terprise by tbe increased yield o! tho •! Wheal Merlin," and It almost seemed as if the ancient grandeur of tbe family yai about to bo renewed. Tbe turn of. luck did not, however, last long, for the ore tnmedout to be.patchy and realised.no more.;than a lair living for tbc owner alter nif expenses were paid. ? Year followed year, and slowly bat surely tbe underground workings ol the mine be cimo more extensive towards the west. In fact in tbe year 1860 tbe whole of the opuatiom were carried on in that side of the historic mine. ' ? Toe generations of miners who had lived, delved, and died at tbe mine, bad com pletely worked it out In every other place tare the one they were afraid to exploit, and consequently John Trenoweth was forced to confine himself to tne west or abandon the place altogether. ~"He Bsd reason to be'satisfied with the in bchtaoce.left, him, for it was turning out fairly well with bis improved working, and. so it went on till the latter part of ISGB, when an event occurred which completely change! tbe tor tuna.of tbo Tienuweths. ? Before narrating this Edward Trenoweth matt be referred to. The reader has already been informed that the marriage of John Trenoweth with Mary Trcloir malted in the birth of a son, who was christened Edward, Thii son was born in ISI7 and grew up a vigorous youtb. His parents bad a notion of placing him in one of the liberal professions, and in pursuance of that idea sent him to Eton to be educated. It was'the first time that a Trtnowetb oi 6t. Columb had ever been sent out of the hamlet to be educated, and old people shook their beads in boJeful an ticipation of wbat the result wonld be. It teemed like creating the custom hallowed bj centuries of observance and the wise acres of the Tillage concluded 'that Edward Trenowetb was destined to break tbe long period of family isolation which bad shut oat tbe race from tbe world beyond the dis trict in which they lived. It mas: be said that Edward Trenowetb himself did not fall in cheerfully with the exile from his native Tillage, and be made no secret of'his repugnance to life at Eton. A wild strain was inbred. The youth loved, tte lonely grandeur of the storm-tossed Cornish coast, and to him St.Cotumb's Core was the one place'on e?rtb. . lie. had a farther reason tor this'love of the hamlet, for he had given bis boyish heart to a maiden of the place, and that made, the enforced separation from borne all tbe more intolerable. ... ; Tne girl's nams was Inei Jasper, and her hUlury was a strange one. ? Hbe was In fact a waif of the sea. Oae wild night in' November, IM>, sig nals ol distress were obier'ved rising to sea ward and the few inhabitants of tbe Cove gathered on the beacb to give what help tbeyeonld. ?'y'' -'{'?•? Tnis was very little Indeed. -The few old boats of the fishermen were utterly useless in such a storm outside tbe core. The hardy men ot tbe place well knew thai it would be suicidal tsadnessto put cut to when they could see a great ship drifting on to the rocks. Tho Cove bad probably been sighted by those on board tbe ship during the after noon and as a last hope they bad made towards if. . They must have been strangers to the coast to have done so, for to a veuel of such tonnage tbe Cove was practically inacces sible. ! jXbe spectre lady had been seen to walk tfaW nlgbl previous, so aorat ot the supenti tlous villagers said. ' ThlJ legend bad been whispered Jrom one to another until it was believed, ami as they gathered on lbs beach with the ealt turar Uasaint: in tbeir faces from tbc halt ebd lered Core they bad no bops that the ship would liTe througu the atnrm. They seemed in fact to look upon it as a matter of cuuree that the ship w? doomed. The lew boats were manned at nightfall, *ud the meu roweJ out tv the entrance of me Cort, bevunJ which they d?rod nui gu. From Ihe coarse the ?hip was drmug it m expected she wpuld strike near the en uauce of thu little u?y and all the men cdul 1 do wi'uld be to lend a hand in sating any possible survivors. A few persons took their etaud on tbe jutting cliffs on either niiie vf the Cove with r^pts to throw t<> any clinging ?aif that might be d&sbi-d up by the waves on the iuwer ifJgc of rocks. j As the psopla expected the unknown iu sel drifted altncut inso the entrance of the Had she como fairly in many lives would .iuubtlea* have been saved, but it was noi fated to be. A treacherous current seized and bore her ri|{ht undet tbe Blaok Cliff nhere no hunian help could avail, lloge lirta bad been liguteii at the 6|>ut itumciiiately it wa* seen the >bi|> wii tnsuiki! there, and all m^ht the viiin-rrs |, c[ jtJ into the>c?thii4o(seaa by them ftuii the fitful light in search of a |i?,-?iblc ?ur vivor. Nut one was fayed by them, ami whin morning dswuvd nothirtj; hut wrecltjie strewed the coast, whilst here Rill liitle a battt r> U curpse was to be •ren. Thonjh ilia pt'opto on thu cliff l:al not nucceeded in eaviuf,' s-sinjjlr win I, an old tjsbermaa named Micliasl Ja!per hail been more fortunate. Early in the nigbt lie bud put out to tbe mouth of the Cove in company with his three ku.—Ti k Ctntinutd. Wt i