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Roger Trewinion   By: (1860-1937)

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[Frontispiece: "She lifted her skinny arm above her head."]

ROGER TREWINION

By

JOSEPH HOCKING

Author of "All Men are Liars" "The Scarlet Woman" "A Flame of Fire" etc. etc.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY GUNNING KING

LONDON

WARD LOCK & CO LIMITED

1905

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

ALL MEN ARE LIARS FIELDS OF FAIR RENOWN ISHMAEL PENGELLY THE STORY OF ANDREW FAIRFAX JABEZ EASTERBROOK THE MONK OF MAR SARA ZILLAH: A Romance WEAPONS OF MYSTERY MISTRESS NANCY MOLESWORTH THE BIRTHRIGHT: A ROMANCE AND SHALL TRELAWNEY DIE? THE SCARLET WOMAN THE PURPLE ROBE THE MADNESS OF DAVID DARING LEST WE FORGET O'ER MOOR AND FEN GREATER LOVE ESAU FOLLOW THE GLEAM A FLAME OF FIRE THE COMING OF THE KING

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PROLOGUE I THE PROPHETIC WARNING II THE WITCH'S WARNING III THE MARCH OF EVENTS IV THE WRECK ON THE "DEVIL'S TOOTH" V THE SHAPING OF EVENTS VI LINK TO LINK VII THE WITCHES' CAVE VIII THE BEGINNING OF THE END IX OMENS OF DARKNESS X THE GATHERING DARKNESS XI THE CALL TO RENOUNCE XII NIGHT XIII A WANDERER XIV "A HOME ON THE ROLLING DEEP" XV THE VOICE OF THE SOUL XVI AFTER LONG YEARS XVII REVENGE! XVIII HELL! XIX TOWARDS RUTH'S GRAVE XX "VISIT HER TOMB" XXI THE VAULT UNDER THE COMMUNION XXII THE VOICE OF THE DEAD XXIII THE SHADOW OF EVIL'S REWARD XXIV CAIN XXV THE VOICE OF A FRIEND XXVI THE VOICE OF GOD XXVII WITHIN THE OLD HOME XXVIII TREWINION'S CURSE XXIX MOTHER AND SON XXX THE TRAIL OF THE SERPENT XXXI TO THE RESCUE XXXII TWO HEARTS XXXIII THE DAWNING OF THE MORNING EPILOGUE

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"She lifted her skinny arm above her head." . . . . . . Frontispiece

"'Hurl him over!' said the devil within me."

"'What have 'ee got there?' he gasped."

PREFACE

When visiting my native county some time since, I was struck with the modern, "up to date," aspect of men and things. In this respect Cornwall has much changed even during the twenty years since I left it. The quiet, old world feeling which I can remember has gone, and instead there is a spirit of eagerness, almost amounting to rush. I discovered, too, that the old stories, dear to me, are forgotten. All the old superstitions have passed away. I remember asking a man whether there were any witches or ghosts in his vicinity. "Look," he said, in reply, pointing at a telegraph post, "they things 'ave destroyed boath witches and ghoasts." And yet, less than four decades ago, when I was a child, ghosts, witches, charms, omens, and the like were firmly believed in. Perhaps the most vivid remembrance I have of my childhood's days, are those connected with the weird stories of the supernatural which my mother used to tell us, as I with my brothers and sisters sat around a roaring fire on winter evenings. I called to mind, too, the haunted places, which I feared to pass after dark; but on inquiring of the new generation concerning these same places, I found an utter ignorance of their old time reputation. Old Tommy Dain, the famous wizard, is forgotten, while Betsey Flew, she who could blight corn, cause milk to turn sour, and ill wish all but the eldest son of a family, has no part in the life of the present generation. And yet I remember wearing, for months, a charm which old Betsey had prepared for me, with what result I cannot tell, save that I never had the disease from which the charm was to save me. As for curing warts, crooked legs, weak backs, and other ailments by the means used in the good old days well, they are utterly forgotten. In short, Cornwall, which even in my boyish days was the very Mecca of Folklore and superstition, has been completely changed. The spirit of "modernity" is everywhere, and thus the old West Country has gone, and a new West Country has taken its place... Continue reading book >>




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