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MEMOIKS OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.                         65

One attempt at robbery similar to that which has just been de-
scribed, committed now-a-days in such a spot, would fill the
public papers for a month; but three such attempts on the
same house, and by the same men, would set all London, and
all the country for thirty miles round to boot, in a ferment of
wonder and indignation.

It was proved, on the examination of these men at the police-
office, that they were the only remaining members of a band of
thieves called the " Pentonville Bobbers," and the prosecutor
and his family congratulated themselves not a little upon the
fact, inasmuch as it relieved them from the apprehension that
there were any more of their companions left behind who might
feel disposed to revenge their fate.

This was Grimaldi's first visit to a police-office. His next
appearance on the same scene was under very different circum-
stances. But of this anon.

The fears of the family had been so thoroughly roused, and
their dreams were haunted by such constant visions ofthe Pen-
tonville Bobbers, that the house grew irksome and distressing,
especially to the females. Moreover, Grrimaldi now began to
think it high time that his marriage should take place; and, as
now that he had gained the mother's approval, he did not so
entirely despair of succeeding with the father, he resolved to
take a larger house, and to furnish and fit it up handsomely, on
a scale proportionate to his increased means. He naturally
trusted that Mr. Hughes would be more disposed to entrust his
daughter's happiness to his charge when he found that her
suitor was enabled to provide her with a comfortable, if not an
elegant home, and to support her in a sphere of life not very
distantly removed from that in which her father's fortunes and
possessions entitled, her to be placed.

Accordingly, he gave notice to the landlord of the ill-fated
house in Penton-place, that he should quit it in the following
March; and accompanied by Miss Hughes, to whom, as he veryonse-