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50 MEMOIES OP JOSEPH GEIMjLLDI.
-the act of jumping from the wall of the next garden. Upon
seeing another figure the robber paused, and taking it for that
of hiTeomrade in the darkness of the night, cried softly, "Hush!
hush! is that you ?"
" Yes!" replied Grimaldi, getting as near him as he could.
Seeing that the man, recognising the voice as a strange one, was
about to jump down, he dealt him a heavy blow with the broad-
sword. He yelled out loudly, and stopping for an instant, as if
in extreme pain, dropped to the ground, limped off a few paces,
and was lost in the darkness.
Gflmaldi shouted to his friend to follow him through the back
gate, but seeing, from his station on the wall, that he and the
I thief took directly opposite courses, he leapt into the field, and
set off at full speed. He was stopped in the very outset of his
career, by tumbling over a cow, which was lying on the ground,
in which involuntary pantomimic feat he would most probably
have cut his own head off with the weapon he carried, if his
theatrical practice as a fencer had not taught him to carry edge
tools with caution.
The companion having taken a little run by himself, soon
returned out of breath, to say he had seen nobody, and they re-
entered the house, where by the light of the candle it was seen
that the sword was covered with blood.
The constable of the night had arrived by this time; and a
couple of watchmen bearing large lanterns, to show the thieves
Uiey were coming, issued forth into the field, in hopes of taking
fee offenders alive or dead—they would have preferred the
latter;—and of recovering any of the stolen property that might
be teatteared about. The direction which the wounded man had
taken having been pointed out, they began to explore, by very
Bustling about, striving to raise the spirits of the party, and
beginning to stow away in their proper places such articles as suggested in a .whisper that