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Aaron Trow

In Tales of All Countries, Second Series, 1863. Originally published in Public Opinion, Dec. 14, 21, 1861.

An English convict, Aaron Trow, was sent to the penal colony at Bermuda under a life sentence for murder. He escaped from prison and hid in a remote cave until search for him was abandoned. Driven by hunger, and fearing detection until he could find means to leave the island, he broke into the isolated cottage of Anastasia Bergen, demanding food and money. Terrified by his uncouth appearance and menacing manner, she prepared food for him, but when she failed to provide money he attacked, and nearly murdered her before help came. Caleb Morton, Anastasia’s fiance at the risk of his life, cornered Trow in his cave and in a dramatic battle on the rocks and in the sea killed him.