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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

58                          MEMQIES OP JOSEPH GEIMA1DI,

hearty good \vill, that the watchman and half the neighbour-
hood were quickly on the spot. Immediate search was made
for the rohbers in the rear of the house, but they had thought it
prudent to escape quietly.

Upon the return of the family, all their old apprehensions
were revived, and their former fears were increased tenfold by
the bold and daring nature of this second attempt. Watch was
kept all night, the watchers starting at the slightest sound;
rest was out of the question, and nothing but dismay and con-
fusion prevailed.

The next morning it was resolved that the house should be
fortified with additional strength, and that when these precau-
tions had been taken, Grrimaldi should repair to the police-office
of the district, state his case to the sitting magistrate, and claim
the assistance of the constituted authorities.

Having had bars of iron, and plates of iron, and patent locks,
and a variety of ingenious defences affixed to the interior of the
garden-door, which, when fastened with all these appurtenances,
appeared nearly impregnable, Grimaldi accordingly walked
down to Hatton Garden, with the view of backing the looks
and bolts with the aid of the executive.

There was at that time a very shrewd, knowing officer attached
to that establishment, whose name was Trott. This Trott was
occasionally employed to assist the regular constables at the
theatre, when they expected a great house; and Grrimaldi no
sooner stepped into the passage, than walking up to him, Trott
accosted Tirm with:

"How do, master?"

" How do you do ?"

" Pretty well, thankee, master; I was just going to call up at
your place."

" Ah!" said the other, " you have heard of it, then ?"

" Yes, I have heard of it," said Mr. Trott, with a grin, " and
heard a great deal more about it than you know on, master."rbarously destroyed. With the