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MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GBIMALDI. 59
"You don't surely mean to say that you have apprehended
the burglars ?"
"'No, no, I don't mean that; I wish I did: they have been
one too many for me as yet. "Why, when they first started in
business there worn't fewer than twenty men in that gang.
Sixteen or seventeen on 'em have been hung or transported, and
the rest is them that has been at your house. They have got a
hiding-place somewhere in Pentonville. I'll tell you what,
master," said Trott, taking the other by the button, and speak-
ing in a hoarse whisper, "they are the worst of the lot; up to
everything they are; and take my word for it} Mr. Grrinaaldi,
they'll stick at nothing."
Gbrimaldi looked anything but pleased at this intelligence, and
Trott observing his disturbed countenance, added,
" Don't you be alarmed, master; what they want is, their
revenge for their former disappointment. That's what it is,"
said Trott, nodding his head sagaciously.
" It appears very extraordinary," said 0-rimaldi. " This is a
very distressing situation to be placed in."
" Why, so it is," said the officer, after a little consideration ;
" so it is, when you consider that they never talk without doing.
But don't be afraid, Mr. Gximaldi."
" Oh no, I'm not," replied the other; adding, in as cool a
manner as he could assume, " they came again last night."
"I know that," said the officer. "I'll let you into another
secret, master. They are coming again to-night."
" Again to-night!" exclaimed Grimaldi.
" As sure as fate," replied the officer, nodding to a friend who
was passing down the street on the other side of the way,>
" and if your establishment an't large enough, and powerful
enough to resist 'em"
" Large and powerful enough!" exclaimed the other,"why,
there are only three women and one other male person besides
myself in the house,"ously destroyed. With the