A Further Proposal…

by Henry Covert

On December 13th 1795, a meteorite struck Wold Newton, Yorkshire, England. This is historical common knowledge. In 1972, Philip Jose Farmer revealed his findings about the true circumstances of that event – that coaches filled with passengers were irradiated by the peculiar ionization erupting from the meteor striking the Earth twenty yards away. This led to all involved, and their descendants, receiving marked beneficial mutations – enhanced physical strength and intellect, and remarkable skills and talents. According to Farmer, “They never guessed, being ignorant of ionization, that the fallen star [italics mine] had affected them and their unborn”.

Over the years others have continued Professor Farmer’s researches. Some, like Professor Jean-Marc Lofficier in the cases of William de Winter and Joseph Balsamo, have gained evidence of others present at Wold Newton on that fateful day[1].
  Others have traced the remarkable progeny of the animals irradiated that day, as Professor Jess Nevins has with his account of the remarkable canines descended from a fateful bitch in the vicinity that gave birth to a litter of mutant pups at Wuthering Heights[2]. Diligent researchers have ascertained heretofore unknown descendants of the many and often nearly-incestuous dalliances among the offspring of those present at Wold Newton. The study of these many amazing individuals constitutes the core of research devoted to the ‘Wold Newton Family’.

However, there are have been a great number of these odd occurrences throughout human history, and these bizarre ‘fallen stars’ – who many believe to be fragments of the exploded planet Thyoph – have had a hand in subtly,  secretly – but profoundly – altering and shaping the fabric of human destiny. Professor Dennis E. Power, in his crucial document ‘Rocks and Trees’, uncovers evidence of a new array of meteor strikes that have led to beneficial human enhancement over the millennia. Most recently, Professor Power has obtained documentation of another notable such event which led to the 1666 Great Fire of London – a meteor strike at ‘Star Inn’, which irradiated a number of British and European families, as well as their slaves and servants of African, Chinese, and Japanese origins (This author has learned of a small gypsy clan that took shelter outside the inn that night, as well). The descendants of this rarified batch has borne fruit of varying natures – many of the Brits affected have spawned geniuses of a crafty and malign bent; the Asian descendants of those irradiated have shown such tendencies as well, along with enhanced physical gifts – supreme bodily coordination, as well as an aptitude for the sciences and fighting arts. Those holding the blood of the gypsies and slaves affected that day have shown an odd mélange of talents over the many years since.

I have uncovered other such incidences. Many of these have turned out to explain the roots of the remarkable traits evinced by a large number of figures I have been researching that originated in France and Canada over the last 5 centuries. Many of the Gallic beneficiaries of these strains have borne descendants in Canada and New Orleans that have mingled with Native-Americans mutated by similar ‘fallen stars’, as well as with the descendants of those irradiated  at ‘Star Inn’ and, on occasion, at Wold Newton.

Discussed below are a handful of such incidences, as well as brief surveys of descendants of those present at the events. You will see the same patterns emerging as in the case of Wold Newton, or Star Inn, or other encounters with extraordinary stones.

Ensisheim 1492

November 1492. A meteorite strikes Ensisheim, France, and is discovered by a small boy. King Maximilan of Germany sees it as a sign against the French and orders it taken to the Ensisheim Church, where it remains until it is moved during the French Revolution.

Could its half-life be 300 years? We can only guess. In any case, that little boy had to have been irradiated; he also grew up to sire many children. Those who handled the stone in moving it to the church were also likely to have been irradiated. The churchgoers also were exposed to residual ionization over the decades, as were those who traveled to see the fabled object fallen from the sky residing at Ensisheim Church.

At the very least, my researches have uncovered a handful of descendants of those villagers, clergy, and tourists. Perhaps other researchers will turn up other likely candidates.

In my own works-in-progress I have concluded that Chevalier Gregoire de Fronsac is definitely one such ‘Ensisheim Family’ member; and it seems likely that his bride Marianne de Marangias, a matriarch of what my researches pejoratively dub the ‘Logan Clan’, is descended from a French nobleman who visited the church at some point[3].

So perhaps Monsieurs Dupin, Lecoq, and de Winter were not the only irradiated ancestors of the many marvelous figures described on Professor Lofficier’s French Wold Newton Universe website.

I have also pinpointed a great number of meteor strikes in Canada (particularly the Northwest Territories) that have mutated the gene pool of the legendary wandering Quontauka Indian tribe[4], from whom many remarkable fellows are descended.

A small sampling of these follows.  


A meteorite was found in Ontario’s Madoc Township in autumn 1854. It was composed of such an unusual type of iron that one scientist recommended it be classed as “madocite”.

Iron Creek

This meteorite was first reported in 1869. It was found on a hill near Iron Creek (a tributary of the Battle River), in the area of present-day Sedgewick, Alberta. For countless generations, this iron meteorite was venerated by the Native-Americans of the area, who saw the features of a face in the markings of its surface, and gave it offerings of beads and knives before setting out on the hunt. When the stone was moved from Iron Creek to the mission house at Fort Victoria, the Indians feared dire consequences, of which many came to pass.


A similar class of stone as that found in Madoc, this object was found on May 12th, 1888 at Thurlow Township in Hastings County, Ontario. It was brought to the surface by plowing, its age unknown.


This was also found in 1888 in Ontario, and is thought to be rather old. The date of its fall, as that of the Thurlow Stone, has not been determined.

Gay Gulch

This object was found in Gay Gulch, near Dawson City, in the Yukon Territory, in 1901. The Gay Gulch stone is thought to be many millenia old, and could well have held an extraordinarily long half-life. This object is often considered part of the same meteorite as that found 16 km north of it in 1905 in Skookum Gulch (see below).



Found in 1904 in the Village of Chambord, Quebec.

Skookum Gulch

Found on January 21st, 1905, this stone is considered part of the same meteorite as the Gay Gulch Stone, and was formerly lumped together with it as the ‘Klondike’ meteorite.

Great Bear Lake

Found in June 1936 in the surface ice of Great Bear Lake, in the Northwest Territory. Possibly centuries old.

<>Belly River
This stone was found on the east side of the Belly River, southeast of Lethbridge, Alberta in the winter of1943/1944, and was of particular interest as it contained an unusual system of metallic veins.

The Quontauka traversed North America for millennia, intermingling with all the native tribes, carrying the blood of those irradiated by any or all of the peculiar stones discussed above. They bred with the ancient Wendigowak and Ithaqua tribes of shape-shifters (theriomorphs), who themselves may have been beneficiaries of the strange rays of fallen stars. They infused the indigenous Iroquois and Mohican peoples with their altered genetic stock, producing extraordinary men such as Chingachgook and Mani. Maverick traders from
France, Scotland, and elsewhere bred with the carriers of these mutant bloodlines, producing such unique fellows as the man called  Pasquinel, and the cannibalistic F.W. Colqwoun[5]

The Great Serpent Mound

The Great Serpent Mound in Ohio is under consideration as the site of a ‘fallen star’ of the type discussed here. Once thought to be the result of a meteor strike, it is now generally believed to have been caused by an explosion of gas from within the Earth. I have not ruled out a fragment of Thyoph being the origin of the Serpent Mound, however. Given the preponderance of human anomalies found in Ohio, particularly Cleveland, further research is probably advisable. The Serpent Mound and other such incidences will be discussed in future proposals.


Henry Covert. 

 Some sources:

Philip Jose Farmer, Tarzan Alive, 1972.

Philip Jose Farmer, Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, 1973.

Dennis Power, Rocks and Trees.

Jess Nevins, Some Unknown Members of the Wold Newton Family, Part 1: “You were nuthin’ but a hound dog”.

Jean-Marc Lofficier, The French Wold Newton Universe, website.

Canadian Meteorite Catalogue, website. http://www.geo.ucalgary.ca/cdnmeteorites

Artcoms Museum Tour: Serpent Mound State Memorial, Peebles, OH, website.

The UnMuseum - Rocks That Fell From The Sky, website. http://www.unmuseum.org


Copyright 2004, 2005 George Henry Smathers, Jr.

[1] These figures are discussed in a number of articles on Professor Lofficier’s wonderful website, The French Wold Newton Universe.

[2] See the article ‘Some Unknown Members of the Wold Newton Family, Part 1: “You were nuthin’ but a hound dog”’, by Jess Nevins.

[3][Chevalier de Fronsac and Marianne are portrayed in the 2001 French film Le Pacte des Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf). De Fronsac is almost supernaturally talented in the areas of natural science, taxidermy, detection, marksmanship, horsemanship, and martial arts. He also heals very quickly and, much to the chagrin of his many enemies, proves very hard to kill. Marianne possesses great courage and intellect, and is a gifted equestrian and marksman. She also possesses a highly magnetic personal charisma and lives a very long life. The so-called ‘Logan Clan’ began in earnest at the point where the offspring of the de Fronsacs began breeding with certain descendants of the notorious Moll Flanders – i.e. bounty hunter Ned Logan and the Mohican Mani (de Fronsac’s blood brother) - as well as descendants of the Corzeny gypsy clan present at ‘Star Inn’.

[4][ First described by Roy Thomas in DC Comics stories published in “Arak: Son of Thunder”, “The Young All-Stars”, and “Infinity, Inc”; alluded to by other authors under other names.

[5] Chingachgook appears in Daniel Dafoe’s novel The Last of The Mohicans. Mani appears in Christophe Gans’ aforementioned film Brotherhood of the Wolf. The connection between Chingachgook and Mani was revealed in the article “Jules Verne – Savior of the World” by Dr. Peter Coogan and Professor Dennis E. Power. Pasquinel is the most colorful figure in James A. Michener’s sprawling novel Centennial. Colqwoun is the antagonist of Antonia Bird’s 1999 film Ravenous.