|Produced for:||Fantomen 10/2004|
|# of pgs:||31|
In 1781 the Phantom is on his way in a couch to Portcullen, Cornwall, England. The couch hits a beggar woman who is walking down the road with her young daughter. The Phantom give her five shilling for food and lodgings. Arriving in Portcullen, the Phantom spends the night at an inn and the next day he goes to meet his father-in-law Lord Charles Trelawney at Pendragon House.
A few days later he visits Portcullen and learns that the woman he helped a few days earlier has been executed by public hanging after having been arrested with five shilling assumed to have been stolen from solicitor Wagemaker. The Phantom feels guilty that his help led to her death and decides to investigate.
He visits Wagemaker who tells him that the begging woman knocked on his door a few days earlier and asked for a penny for herself and her daughter. Wagemaker, who suffers from a heart problem, fainted and he believed that the begging woman entered his house and stole the five shilling. While speaking with the Phantom, Wagemaker is attended to by Doctor Phelps.
The same night the Phantom follows Wagemaker's nephew Thomas Wagemaker as he leaves the office and spends the night playing cards at a pub. Hours later Thomas leaves the pub and is attacked by thugs who send him a greeting from "The Leatherhood". Speaking with the Phantom, Thomas claims that the thugs are unknown to him. The Phantom asks around at pubs about the thugs and learns from Doctor Phelps that The Leatherhood is the mastermind behind most of the violent crimes, staying in an old building in the harbour. Entering the building the Phantom is captured by thugs. When he wakes up he is kept in a rowing boat off the coast wrapped in a net. After a scuffle and almost drowning the Phantom manages to get back ashore.
Hiding in a barn he witnesses how two of The Hood's men attack the begging woman's young daughter Jenny. The Phantom attacks the men but the young woman runs off before the Phantom can speak with her. The Phantom finds out where The Leatherhood is hiding through the help of Thomas Wagemaker. The Leatherhood and his men are using an old abbey as headquarters. In the end it is revealed that The Leatherhood is Doctor Phelps who stole money from solicitor Wagemaker, that he put the blame on the begging woman and that her daughter Jenny knew that Doctor Phelps was the criminal mastermind The Hood.
Doctor Phelps is hanged for his crimes and Jenny is employed at Pendragon House.
- Unnamed begging woman
- Jenny, her daughter
- Horatio Wagemaker, solicitor
- Dr. Gideon Phelps
- Thomas Wagemaker
- Ken, drunk
- Patch, thug
- Kenneth, thug
- Murphy, thug
- Douglas, thug
- John, thug
- Edward, thug
This story has been published in the following publications:
- The Phantom #1383 (2004)
- "Nahkahuppu", Mustanaamio 10/2004
- "Lærhetten", Fantomet 10/2004
- "Läderhuvan", Fantomen 10/2004