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A Romance of Lake Wakatipu


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Chapter I. The Otago Goldfields—Bill Fox, the Arrow River Discoverer—Full and correct Account of his Adventures as told by Himself—The Dunedin Gaoler—The Lakes Trade—The Devil's Staircase—The Little Old Man with a Grizzly Beard 1
Chapter II. The Devil's Staircase—Wakatipu Trade—Footing it to the Nevis—Getting over the Devil's Staircase—The Old Man's Shanty—Daddy Campbell, of the Arrow—The "Nancy" creeps up alongside Queenstown Wharf 7
Chapter III. A Goldfields Community—Law and Justice on the Goldfields—The Mining Agent—Duncan Campbell 11
Chapter IV. Resident Magistrate's and Warden's Courts 15
Chapter V. Social Usages on the Goldfields 19
Chapter VI. A Journey to Dunedin—The Kawarau River—Cobb and Co. 23
Chapter VII. A Typical Goldfields Teamster—Camping out—Stalactite Caves—The Natural Bridge—Kawarau and Clutha Junction—Eighty-seven Pounds weight of Gold 27
Chapter VIII. A Typical Goldfields Township—The Urban Centre of the Dunstan—The Bar and Bar-parlour—Coach Night—The Warden's Lecture in Aid of the Hospital Fund—Rock-and-Pillar—Rattray Street Corner, Dunedin 30
Chapter IX. The Free Kirk of Scotland Settlement—Dunedin in a Transition State—Extension of the City—Glasgow Arms Inn—The First Church—The Rev. Dr. Burns—Intestate Estate worth a Million and a half Sterling 33
Chapter X. Josiah Begg, of San Francisco—Early Enterprise—Glasgow Fair—San Francisco in the "Forties"—"A Packman or Pedlar on Wheels" 36
Chapter XI. A Little Love Affair—"A Faded Flower with a Bruised Stem"—Merchant Prince of the Golden City—The Colossal Fortune and the Hazel-nut Period—A Still, Small Voice 41 page vi
Chapter XII. The Portioner, or Bonnet Laird—The Kirk and the Covenant—The Family Disgrace—A Provincial Practitioner—Kirk and Market—"A Bit Burky Callant" 45
Chapter XIII. A Home Mission fulfilled—The Manufacturing Centre—Transfigurations of the Commercial Centre—The Clyde as it is and was—A Last Glimpse of the Distant Hills—The Young Men's Christian Association 50
Chapter XIV. He made his Will—A Thankless Task—Mr. Begg's Mind is much exercised—Josiah's Domestic Economy—Jean Stewart—The Last Will and Testament 54
Chapter XV. A Strange Hallucination took Possession of his Mind—Two Strings to the Bow—"Leave all and Follow Me"—The "King of Terrors"—A Flood of Light—Two Solitary Conspirators 58
Chapter XVI. The Faro-table—A Hebrew named Isaac, or Old Iak—Sam Perkins, the Little Old Man with a Grizzly Beard—How Josiah Begg's Will got to Otago—An Irregular Marriage in Scotland—The Story of a Celebrated Lawsuit—"Entitled to succeed quâ Relict" 63
Chapter XVII. Sam Perkins en route for New Zealand—"Sticking up" and robbing the local Bank—Surprise and Capture—The Legal Document of some Importance—A Distinguished Arrival in Otago 68
Chapter XVIII. A Systematic Course of Black-mailing—The Road to Gabriel's Gully viâ West Taieri—Stuck up—The Release, and how effected—Garret, the Bushranger—Tracking and apprehending the Gang 72
Chapter XIX. Muster of Outraged Victims—A Day's Appropriation by the Bushrangers—First Precursory of an Urban Centre—Exchange or Barter, and its Modes—A Novel Consignment of Merchandise—Jock Graham's Cats 77
Chapter XX. Sam makes a Footing—Sam makes a Fall—The Blue Mountain Rush—Trial by Lynch-law—Rescued by the Police 81
Chapter XXI. A Memorable Sunday Morning in Invercargill—Startling Intelligence—Hoards of Mineral Wealth—Bill Fox again—"It's not all Gold that glitters"—A Man with more Enterprise than Honesty—The Mokomoko Jetty—A "Wooden-headed" Railway Scheme—Sam Perkins in Exile—He starts for the New El Dorado—The Nevis 86 page vii
Chapter XXII. The Little Old Man disappears—Distinguished Visitors from San Francisco—Tracking the Old Man—Over the Staircase headlong into the Lake—Back to the Golden City—The Arrowtown Lawyer again—Believes in the Bona Fides of the Will; and what was done in Consequence 91