The Romance of Rascality.
--$1,200 worth of jewelry has been taken from a gentleman's dwelling-house, in New York, in broad day, while the family were in another apartment, Soon after the robbery was made known to the police, they arrested three young men, named Joseph Schallis
, Samuel Mossop
, and Frank Swazey
, who were remanded for a nearing at some future time.
The subsequent efforts of the officers to ferret out the guilty parties and recover the stolen jewelry led to the discovery of a regularly organized band of thieves, who have their rendezvous in a small obscure room in a stable in Second street, E. D. The band consists of ten members, who are regularly enrolled and banded together for stealing.--They have a written constitution and by-laws and a set of rules, defining each man's duties and privileges, and the obligation of each toward the other.
A number of well planned schemes for committing larcenies were written out. One of their favorite plans for procuring information regarding houses they intended to visit, was for one or more members of the club to go round with furniture polish, and offering it for sale at some houses of respectable appearance, they would propose to exhibit the qualities of the article by renovating any piece of furniture in the house that the inmates were willing to have experimented upon.
In this way they would pick up a great amount of information that they would subsequently turn to good account.
A number of citizens who have been robbed within the past few months can now recall to mind the previous visit of a vender of furniture polish.
Five of this band — including the three already named — have been taken into custody and committed for examination.