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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER XLVI1I. The rendezvous—Two notorious thieves—The placard--Speaking too roach is injurious—The danger of a local memory—A juridical mistake—M. Delaveau aud M. de Belleytne, or the evil genius and the good genius—Horrible cousequences—One reputation is as good as another—There is a mean path. To judge by the multitude of robberies, the perpetrators of which cannot be detected, we are at first tempted to think that the number of haunts of the kind we have spoken of in the preceding chapter is very considerable, and besides that, it is a difficult matter to convict them. However, he who has not discovered it to-day may tomorrow, for sooner or later impunity has its termination. I could quote a thousand cases to prove it, but confine myself to the following :— M. Tardif, a notary at the corner of Rue de la Vieille Draperie, was for a long time the point of action of a band of robbers, amongst whom were the celebrated cambrioleurs Baudry and Rob£. They, passing one morning before a notary's, saw a bill stuck up, which on perusal they found to be notice of a room to let: it suited them, but was not in proper trim. A new paper was indispensable, and the wainscot wanted painting, and to whom should they confide the care of this necessary embellishment! a young painter had been working in the apartments of the notary, and they sent for him, and whilst he was pasting the paper and ornamenting the wainscot, they talk with him. Unfortunately he possessed a memory for localities, and there was not at M. Tardif's a single arrangement that he did not fully remember, not a chink or corner escaped him, not a piece of furniture of which he could not accurately point out the use and situation in the apartment. Without thinking further of it, he supplied all the requisite information....  
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