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210                       MEMOIRS 01 JOSEPH GBIMAXDI.

table almost immediately after supper:—it was suggested that
he might have taken it in jest, for the purpose of alarming its
owner.

Bradbury and several others went to this gentleman's room,
and communicated to him the loss, and their doubts respecting
him. The young gentleman positively denied any knowledge
of the box, and, after bitterly reproaching them for their sus-
picions, abruptly closed the door in their faces, leaving Brad-
bury in a state of violent mortification at his loss.

On the following morning, nothing more having been heard
of the missing property, the gentleman, against whom Bradbury
now nourished many serious misgivings, sent down word to his
friends, that he was so much vexed with them for their conduct
of the night before, in supposing it possible he could have taken
anything away even in jest, that he should not join them at
breakfast, but, on the contrary, should immediately return to
town.   This message, instead of allaying, as it was doubtless
intended to do, Bradbury's suspicions, caused him to think still
worse of the matter; and upon ascertaining that the yoiing man
had actually taken a place in the next coach which started for
London, he lost no time in obtaining a warrant, by virtue of
which he took him prisoner just as he was stepping into the
coach.   Upon searching his portmanteau, the box was found,
together with several articles belonging to his other companions.
Bradbury was determined to prosecute, not considering the
young gentleman's nobility =any palliation of the theft:  he
was instantly taken before a magistrate, and fully committed
for trial.

~Ho sooner did this affair become known to the relatives and
connexions of the offender, than, naturally anxious to preserve
the good name of the family, they proceeded to offer large sums
to Bradbury if he would relinquish the prosecution,—all of
which proposals he for some time steadily refused. At length
they offered him a handsome annuity, firmly secured for theMs hair beingth, denied.r him. Application was, how-to prove an alibi most satisfae-the kindness of the audience with so much gen-