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MEMOIRS 03? JOSEPH GEIMALDI.                         49


entered the Mtchen, hastily struck a light, and, on lighting a              ||

candle and looking round, discovered that the place had been              yf,

plundered of almost everything it contained.                                          fl*

She was running up stairs to communicate their loss, when               '""'

Grrimaldi and his friends arrived,   Hearing what had occurred,                f\

they entered the hmise in a body, and proceeded to search it                * [

narrowly, thinking it probable that some of the thieves, sur-               ,' I

prised xipon the premises, might be still lurking there.   In they               ; ;|

rushed, the party augmented by the arrival of two watchmen,               \l ,

chosen, as the maj ority of that fine body of men invariably were,               < I,

with a specific view to their old age and infirmities,and began                '''<>

their inspection: the women screaming and crying, and the men                 11!

all shouting together.                                                                                    ' >!

The house was in a state of great disorder and confusion, but *              f 1

no thieves were to be seen; the cupboards were forced, the                !'>

drawers had been broken open, and every article they contained                t > '

had been removed, with the solitary exception of a small net               \"1

shawl, which had been worked by Miss Hughes, and given by               '.'fit.

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her to her chosen mother-in-law.                                                           mi

Leaving the others to search the house, and the females to be-               f*

wail their loss, which was really a very severe one, Grrimaldi
beckoned a Mr. King, one of the persons who had accompanied
him home from the theatre, and suggested in a .whisper that
they should search the garden together. .,.,,.-..

King readily complied, and he having armed himself with a
heavy stick, and. Grrimaldi with an old broad-sword which he
had hastily snatched from its peg on the first alarm, they crept
cautiously into the back garden, which was separated from
those of the hotises on either side by a wall from three to four
feet high, and from a very extensive piece of pasture-land be-
yond it at the bottom, by another wall two or three feet higher.
It was a dark night, and they groped about the garden for
some time, but found nobody. Grrimaldi sprang upon the
higher wall, and looking over the lower one, descried a man in

Er of his old Master, Q-rimaldi," his head. Dubois, as Clown to the Pantomime, had no