Wellington Times and Agricultural and Mining Gazette (Tas : 1890 - 1897), Wednesday 3 June 1891, page 2

Hull, the eents lo influential perplo around captain haa lor yeara succeeded in quietly on bis smuggling operations, and .__oitiyinR this influence stood him in good need when oil. the trial ol Pentold came The wily ol the crew on skipper bad got moat bis eidu, re by Insisting that Tenfold alone was sponsible lor the intended mutiny, and ol them three gavo evidenoo agalnat him. Tbe remit ol the trial was that tlio Bailor was sentenced to transportation to Van Dicman'a Land 'lor tbe term ol hit natural life.' In ot 1SU he tbe beginning reached lliudon fllobart Town atterwarda), and cloned his hopeless servitude. l'or a bn worked in weary eighteen years misery at tbe convict setilemcnt, hut on tho morning of the 22nd ot April, 182U, lio waa had to found be miiting. orin No the slightest Idea ol how ho escaped, but treachery was inspected, ns, »ithuul help from an ofliolal, it was impossible that the lifer' could have got in no mysterious away were Tba gaol employees a manner, moat carefully examined, but no blnine could bo brought home to them, Tbe nsual routine ol thepenal station bad been slightly disturbed a neck previously, by tbe arrival ol a convlot ship with a largo number ot tramporleos, and thlfl faotmuat have aided Fenlold in bia csospe, Tbe usual lor him, but was perfunotory searob made without success, and bb time rolled on and be did not return to Ilobart Town, it was generally concluded that he had perished in the inhospitable forests, in which ha would seek shelter from bis pursuers, Some fsw
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TKUB

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ClIItOMCLES.

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occasionally on the mor wandered of those who so thoujtht many tuary island, believed In tbe supernatural. Bplrit its aboda first a had that rumor Tbe started by a queer olronm on the islet, was that happened on tbe evening ol tbo Blsnca II thai Cwioiit; 61b Bsjitfinbtt. ippmm
spirit

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Ho. 0.
or

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»u« It,

aiioBt

smuuan'h
satd that

iblb,

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British history la (nshriucd in Westminster Abbey and Saint l'aule. who Bleep boneatb Tlio grant muu, has boon
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(heir

marblo
are

lablota

in

structurea, nuioli

Intellectual

those venernblo ntepplnu stonBB,
tlio

load tbo student knowledgo, A burial ground,

roid

ot

under any Iwlllg
tuu must
it

aircuuiattincca ot
tun

whether

in
or

tlio

gloom

Outliio in Il
rt

lltlffrnsn, with Ihrco private*, went to tha Ilio purpose ol dig cemetery on that data for to luku cxooullbn waa ging a Brave, aa sn It was whlru of a incro plaao next morning. It was Iho party to dig tho grnvo at night, a bright moonlight evening, anil the oorporal it to do that pleasant bo would more fancied ot tlio moon than tlio work under tlio beams obtained to wait lor ths rliing sun, and bo with. to his pormlBslon carry out cf Ths -pol where they had lo dig the tomb man on a then living the soulli-oiBt side was ol the isle, and clone to tbo beach, This was tho most exposed part, and the unceasing the ollCts into action ol the ocean bad worn strange and fantaalio shapes. began their work with many The fourmen it, and the ultimate, oruol lest xepsaiding It ot fata the death-doomed man, for whom was who was intended, when Heffernan, standing with a shovel in his hand, cicMonly uttered a atilled esolamation of terrified aur prieo, as be pointed, with outstretched arms, In tho direction of tho rook olosulo them. His companions' gaze followed tho direc tion ho polntci', and there In Ironl of (hem, standing apparently on the edge of tbo olid, but was man, Iho dearly outlined figure ot IiIb not auch a man na any tha corporal and comrades lmoiv. He must Biiroly belong lo a prehhtorlo da;, To that tln» when tho there were Dinlo giants in thoio days,' eay« lor he apponred to them as Iho Urobdlgnng
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?rchlteoluro, limitable
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under
less

tropical

dcierla—
or

history What

moro

always important.

posacsa

atrange anil pathetically true stories written ol almost any cemetery, but there are eomo that Blond out, Mont Mano-llke, above Iho oommon-plaeo God's Acres in the Interest wliioli attaoliea to them. could bo
IbIo tile cemetery Ona ol auch la Daadmsn'a of 1'orl Arthur priaon, TheBtnall lale is nppropriotely named, and the beau tjt bl the spot oould not bo aurrmaaed anywhere in tlio world. It floats like an oasia In Port Arthur, a ahorl distance from the shore,, AU around the gliint oliflj seoni to guard it, and break Ilia irresistible lury ol the frequently Btorm-tonseo Southern Oooin, Standing on (be beaab ol Fort Arthur, with the great prison frowning behind him, Iho liilp oannol spectator contracting tho emerald-Roni, wltbltB beauty and peaoo, with ol ibe rugged uaturo both aipeot and humanity at lib bnolt. Since 1831 Headman's Ills baa been ibe burial plaoo, and prlion strange many chapters oould bo written, regarding thoea havj there who found tueir last restlnR plaoo on eatlli. Tlio gravo baa oloacd over many a human tiger, and inatancea are not a wanting where innocent nun havo met felon'i ignominloUB end, and been laid on tbe islet. It is a oonviot Westtnlnslcr Abbey, and though one haB to read a life's history by a number, and not by a name, tho prison re oorda are ample to do ao* During tbe latter hall of 1831, this inland then Donating ol very few mounds oerunlory, indeed, was tbo BCeno ol a weird event, and for sli fairly one which months puzzled the oonviot authorities at Ilobart Town and Arthur. title Port Under the of lha QhoBt Isle, of Deadman'i this extraordinary obroniole will be told,

persons thought escaped by sea in
or

that
a

Penfold

might have
at

friendly whaler, but, doad not again
seen

alive,

he

was

Hobart

Town, and he
another

was

gradually

forgotten, and
in
re

felon took his number. The growing population ol free people Ilobsrt Town suggested the neoeeiity ot

did lo Gulliver. This muat bo on,
lor 6tenntlo

n

human

it wa-, at least, in proportion.
as

monster Ibey looked thirty loot high, and
Ileffarnan was
as

vtfa
?'-,

moving
Arthur,

the

convict

,

On

the 13th
a

ot

March, 1810,
gave hla
age
a an aa

at

the Leed'a

assizes,

Peuiold,

man, and

who his

name

Robert
was

tlilrty-flvo,
on

obargedwith limiting
aeai.

mutiny
able
was

Iho high and
bla

He' The

had
great

been

aoaman,
on

possessed
mates.

inQuenoe he

over

ship
was

veaid
a

board

ostensibly
reality splritB,
it

Bmall
chiefly

was

merchantman, but in engaged in smuggling

tobaoco and various other articles from Franco and Holland to England. The a captain waa bounceable ruOkn,and though he waa amaaaing a fortune by his illicit prao tioja, tbo riak, got ran most who loamon, little for their trouble. Pentold waa particularly obnoxioua to the ?tipper, but bb he waa able to read and write (qualifications not to be deBpiaed in tho be aiao a good ginning ol the century), and was Captain ataman, Tremayne used him in hla varioua tranaactiona, and conoealed his
dislike.

The
at last retnro

men

were

no

lovers

they deoided to voyage and run Tenfold to be leader. Traaohery discovered the plot to Tromayne, Penfold to tbe and he speedily deuounocd authorities. By a judioious Bystem ot pro Hull, the eents lo influential perplo around

the captain, and on a put him ashore with the lugger. away

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shortly after ot Penfold, took steps to 'do sd, te'eoting Teaman's Piniusult as tbe moat suitable place to ereot gaol of Port Arthur. the new The construe '.[,' tlou ot auch a n extenaivo priaon ocoupied a considerable time, but at the end ot 1S33 it was ready lor occupation, and henceforward was the great convict centred Van Dieman's Land. The mortality amongst the prisoners from ii,. »'i' ordinary sickness wbb very high, and with tbe executions and tho ordinary death rate ol the guards, the cemetery of Deadman's 'Isle was speedily put into uae. ',''.„. The islet had been frequently visited by excursionists from Hobart Town and others, ,-,.,ao that the prison authorities regarded it as a matter ol oouree that it should not appear aa an uninhabited island. Almost daily ths prison oDloisls visited the 'plsoe, and the establishment ol the gaol on the peninsula bad the effect ot bringing a greatly inoreaaed passenger trofllo to Port it Arthur. A daily service between and instituted, Hobsrt was Town but now that the lovely islet had been set apart tor burial It, unless purposes few persona landed on they had business to perform. Cemeteries are moat places, tbe not cheerful and when gels the reputation ol being haunted, one when it is broadly stated that one or more ol the defunct reaidenta in the Silent City have taken a cotton to 'walk,' It is still more ' avoided, During tbe month ol September, 1831, such an awesome reputation waa beginning to at taoh itaell to Headman's Isle. It waa whis pered around tbat a ghoat bad been seen there, and superstitious people shook their as beads in at knowing manner, they asked It ?waa any wonder tbat such a dread spot should bB haunted. the idle, on Already thirteen graves were ol whioh eleven were tbcae ol murderers, who bad been banged lor their crimes, and ol the remaining three was tbat ol ths one been formed in blackest villian who bad ever mur burglar, Ho was the shape of man. derer and cannibal, but he bad saoaped tha It must hand. gallows by dylnjr by hia own Be this BUiclde (Eugelbardt), whoso unquiet occasionally on the mor spirit wandered
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priaon, and tho escape

Governor

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indeed, braver thnn tho dare-devil was considered of his regiment— but this colossal npparition life ol him altogether unnervod him. l'or the ho could not tako bia oye« away Ironl tho figure, but as be and tbe soldiers looked it lalMur and gradually to become Beemcd fainter, and at laat it vanished completely. tlio oorporal, as ho 'Merciful QodV'Baid that wiped tho perspiration trim his faco, I oould eco Iho stars waa nothing mortal. shining through its body,' better get back. 'So Hadn't did I, wo a I'm not at lo work to-night,' amwerod bravo most,
moat
men—

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lolJltr. ol the eatno mind In that is peculiarly sus Irishman fear. Ho willchaige suporatilioua wild and or traverse a battery ot artillery, unknown reglom, but ash him to Btsy a night in a haunted bouse, and be will reluBc in

They

were

all

respect,

for

an

ceptible

to

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terror.

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Heflernan Irigbtencd their boat, where
luro.

and his comrades, glaneo backward,

soon

a with many readied

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speedily at tho gaol, and were they told of tbelr etrangc advon

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Next

morning
to

they

accompanied tbo

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superintendent
Been least
an

Ibe spot where Ibey had not tbs Iho apparition, bat tbere was

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sign to Btiow tbat either a material or etherial body bad been there, in faot, if Hetfernan had obacrved what be stated, it must have been a phantom, for no human being could have stood in such a place, as it wsu clifld had simply a prealpioc where Uo been rent, cr worn in twain, The Boldlers were badly rallied by their tbeir faculty of second eigbt, comrades on but all the jokes they listened lo did not Bbake their belief Ibat a ghost had shown it eell to them. Kight days afterwards their story received a Hirong corroboration, which caused the authoriticB to take BtepB to olucl dale the myatery. On the 13 th of September, Lieutenant French, with two wont other eub-ofllcer-, out in a boat from Port Arthur The to fish, lino, and aa they afternoon was remarkably met with luak, they did not take notice, of It was alter midnight the flight ot time. as and aa roncd into Tort

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It was alter midnight the flight ot time. as they roncd into Tort Arthur, and aa they floated ol Deadman'e Isle under the shadow thoy decided to make a night of it,' by tbeir continuing piscatory pursuit. They etopped almost under Iho Bhndow of tbe cliOt, mid continued their south-eastern flail ing. The moon had only riicn ball-an-hour pcrviously, but it was already throwing a Bolt light around. Tho night was unusually seemed calm, and the sea pbospberiscd by ot Usb tho myriads which were darling about. was Lieutenant French looking, in a sleepy way, at tbe shafts of greenish light that tho motion of the full produced, when, happening to raise his eyes to tho tinted dills, he wan startled to see the gigantic figure that hud no frightened Corporal He! his fcrnan and eoippaniona eight daya before, It was undoubtedly the form of a man, but undeniably net material, for objects could be
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man

bo at l'ort Arthur was very remote, that tha hia comrades, with lieutenant and elirht a smile on their lips at the soldier's oredullty, left him for tbelr feeling that the quarters, probably nander shade would for a Ions if Ilefternan's waa time, tho only one panacea tho spirit, that would quieten perturbed and lo be solved in a few yet tho mystery was days.

seen

clearly

tlirutigh

it.

The three olllcun looked at it in bowildercd wonderment, it diatinclly, and each enry to that it eaulil uot bo ttio rtBUlt ol dinordcied French, though awestruck, wns not tupcr slitiaup,and, wniipering to hia companion.!, eer.;u\ nil imr, mid tlio pulled towards cliff to obtain a better view. Tho figure re tnaiueil niutiunlues as they nppronclied, and the lieutenant wr.s that able to eco a long beard fell frnm its chin. Tire dress, as well ho could judi;c, was os oa tho «amo that worn by tbo ordinsry settlers, and the ghoet did sot appear— these outward signs might be depended on— lo be that of a convict. In fact, the appearance— with long, ap parently white, baurd, and peculiar-looking clothing might well have paased as a
lie
il

gigantic Druid
coves

priest

;

and chaamsand
lio,ve

would

been
ot

a

fitting most

and tho surrounding awe-striking precipices dwelling-placo for

exponents creed thai gion
figure of of

cruel and mysteriouB the great national reli tho Auoicnt Britons and the colossal
waa once
;

that

would bavc beon

a

one of their highest robes ol office. As Iho officers looked, with strained eyes, the phantom gradually reoeded, and vaniuL.d it had previously done. as is somo 'Thera here,' spoko mystery French, in a Ion voice I don't believe in ghosts, yet that figure inuit be supernatural. 1 na suppose wo will bo laughed at, tbe came lleflcrnan and hia fellows have been, when havo Been, but thethrooof we tell what we us could not be mistaken, and I will make a fullroportot It lo the superintendent un soon land,' we aa it be?' asked one 'Whatoan of his com panions, with ft slight shiver. Kver since I came to tbla cursed land I have been aeeing and bearing enough to make a man's blood It's bad run cold. enough to bo attending hangings and Hoggings nearly every day, but this supernatural mystery is woibo than ten years ol thai work.' for tho eetlle 'I think we ought to mnko If we ment,' replied the third officer. alay hero, we may havo a return of our unwelcome
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splendid Bpccimen high priests in hiB

visitant.'

This was readily agreed to, and within half-an-hourthey were admitted to tbe outer prison-yard, wbera they aaw Corporal lief on duty. fernan that Tbey acquainted of incident had befallen the that peraonago them, and then the soldier broke tho grave silence with tbe following sage observa tion: 'Gentlemen, it's a ghost, surs enough, It's no ass ssying there ain't no Bech things. I've beard tho Banshee, cry myself, and my father (Ood rost bis soul) once saw a rIiohI It'll of Malshide. in tho churchyard con laid,1 or until tbe tinue to wander until it's secret it possesses is found out by some
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il Laid,' eohoed French, How can be '?' It's only a holy man that oan do that the corporal, scntcn same, sir,' sniwered tioualy. Tha probability ot finding a holy man bo at l'ort Arthur was very remote, that tha
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