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64                          MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GBIMAEDI.

TMs being the signal, the sound was instantly, followed by the
noise of the other two officers unlocking and unbolting the doors
of their hiding-places. The thieves, scrambling up stairs,
rushed quickly to the street-door, but, in consequence of its
being locked, they were unable to escape; were easily made
prisoners, handcuffed, and borne away in triumph.

The affair was all over, and the house restored to order, when
the family came home. The officer who had been despatched to
bring the servant home, and left behind to bear her company in
case any of the companions of the thieves should pay the house
a visit, took his departure as soon as they appeared, bearing
with him. a large sack left behind by the robbers, which con-
tained as extensive an assortment of the implements of their
trade, as had been so fortunately captured on their first ap-
pearance.                                                ,

Grimaldi appeared atHatton Garden the next morning, and
was introduced to the prisoners for the first time. His testi-
mony having been taken, and the evidence of MX. Trott and his
men received, by which the identity of the criminals was clearly
proved, they were fully committed for trial, and Gbdmaldi was
bound over to prosecute. They were tried at iihe ensuing Ses-
sions; the jury at once found them guilty, and they were
transported for life.

This anecdote, which is narrated in every particular precisely
as Hie circumstances occurred, affords a striking and curious
picture of the state of society in and about London, in. this
respect, at fte very close of the last .century. The bold and
daring highwaymen who took the air at Eounshrwy Bagshot,
Knehley, and a hundred other place&of'Cpite fashionable resort,
had ceased to canter their blood-horses over heath and road in
search of plunder, but there still esisted:ia the capital and its
environs, common and poorer gangs of thieves, whose depreda-
tions were conducted with a daring, and disregard of conse-
quences, which to the citizens of this age is wholly extraordinary. the theatre,