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recent, while that which he had presented to his wife, was of oriental manufacture, and had been taken by him in the plunder of an Indian Fort, which had been given up to pillage. He had, before he quitted India, carefully enquired and made out a list of all the articles his wife possessed, and placed it in the lands of the English police, on his return home. Having inquired of the lady where she had procured the diamonds, she replied that they had been purchased of a very eminent jeweller. To him Major D. applied ; the jeweller had bought the necklace in settings, and had fortunately not yet melted them. He had, he said, taken out the diamonds and re-set them, because the old settings were not in the fashion, and besides which they were of so pure a kind of gold, that when mixed with the alloy usual in English manufactured articles, would produce great profit. These old settings were immediately recognized by the Major, as having been made up hy him in Bengal. The jeweller on interrogation avowed that he did not know the person from whom he had them by name, but that he should know hiin again if he saw him; he was an elderly man of respectable appearance, and he came in a handsome carriage and four horses. When asked why he bought articles of such value without investigation, he replied, that many men of high respectability in the fashionable world, and nobleinen, were often reduced to straights, though apparently living in the greatest style and that they sapplied their necessities by disposing of their plate, jewels, &c. and that if in such cases too minute enquiries were made, he should lose all his trade in this way, which was exceedingly profitable. Thus stood matters at present, and it was evident that there must be a deep game of some description going on, but where we were at a loss to tell. I had already done my best to bring the villains to justice, and had as much interest in completing the task as any one ; Land, pleased at my story of capturing Dance and Jackson requested my co-operation in this case, besides the act of giving my testimony. To this I cordially agreed, and mentally resolved, that as the rascals had evidently returned to England, and must be some where or other above ground, to ferret them out. On my arrival in London, I found my wife in great distress at my long absence, and the rumours abroad respecting me, which I soon found means to quiet; but also told her the state of the case, and the resolutions I had come to, and that for some time to come, I must have leave and license without censure, for quitting home at any and every time, when business demanded. She in vain besought me not to trouble myself about affairs, which had led me so much into tribulation, and to whom they no longer had any reference. My ship too, rather unexpectedly came safe to port, which I never much hoped for ; the boy Boyce, who had so sturdily stood by me in the hour of need, I took into my service as a sort of half clerk, half friend, thinking that he might hereafter be of assistance to me, for of his willingness I could not doubt. Dance and Jackson, on their arrival at London, were examined privately and confronted with me; they persisted in denying their guilt. As however, the evidence against them, as matters stood, was deemed hardly sufficient for their conviction, they were remanded to Jail until we should be able to make something of the clue we had found, and in the mean time all parties were directed to keep the arrest of these two a profound secret, lest others should hear it and escape.
Such was the state of affairs when Land the Officer, myself and Boyce set about our enquiries ; for a long time the case seemed a lost one, as the person who sold the jewels did not, as was expected, reappear, and had not the jeweller himself been a very respectable man, there would have been grounds for suspecting that he had not given us a correct account. In the mean time I constantly visited the London, East and West India Docks, Blackwall, and all the places where I thought it probable I might meet with seafaring men, if I could perchance recognise more of the pirate crew; in this however I was foiled. We had likewise a vigilant overhaul of the pawnbrokers’ shops to try if we could place our hands on any more of the property, but this too was unavailing. The first thing which led us to the bottom of the business, was a letter from the consul at Rio Janeiro, inclosing copy of a confession of a Portuguese Seaman banged for murder, he confessed having been concerned in the capture and murder of the crew of an English Vessel, and that the pirate was commanded by Groves. He stated that after that, they had set sail for Lima, and committed other piracies, after which the crew quarrelled and he left the ship. In reply to questions respecting the ship and owners he could give no information, but that it belonged to England, and that it was reported on board that the commander's owner was uncle to the lad they had drowned. I had no uncle or other relative who could be alluded to, but I considered in my mind, that the distinction between a guardian and an uncle might easily be mistaken, and I then bethought myself for the first time, that the description given by the jeweller of the person who sold him the jewels, tallied in some respects with my guardian's appearance, although he must have been much altered in years, since I saw him last. This at all events was too valuable a hint to be lost. I forthwith set off with Bryce to the place where he lived in Sussex, but there he was not to be found, as he had quitted his residence two years, and no one knew where he had gone. By dint of persevering enquiry of
coachman, postillions, and others I traced him to London, but there I lost him, and without much hope of again finding hin. We picked up the thread of this ravelled skein however, when we least expected. The jeweller had made particular enquiries of his men, if any of them could recognise the carriage in which the diamond seller had come, but could get vo information. An idle shop boy of his, however, had got behind the carriage and observed a peculiarity in one of the wheel spokes which was cracked; he, one day, came in breathless haste to say, that he had again seen it. Land, the officer, who was at hand, followed the boy and came up to the carriage, wbich was standing at a shop door, but instead of a gentleman being the inmate, it was a lady. On enquiry, however, it turned out that this was a glass coach and not a private one, belonging to a Livery stable in Mary-le-bone. This too was closely followed up, for the officer disguising himself went to a public house, near the stables, where the coachiman and postboys used to meet; there by working his way he found that a person in the parish, had, about the time set forth by the jeweller, hired a coach in four, and he also learnt the number and street. We all then proceeded to reconnoitre. The house was a large and old one, in High street, Mary-le-bone, close by what was the Edgeware road. It had hardly the appearance of being inhabited, and all the lower windows were
We found by the parish books, that it was tenanted by a person named Cross, but all our inquiries in the neighbourhood could elicit nothing as to his profession or habits, for nobody knew him. They who lived next his house said, that he seldom saw people, or went out of his house, and that from his studious and retired habits, and constantly receiving parcels, of books as it was thought, he was looked upon as a great author desirous of seclusion. This account was by no means satisfactory to us, and so we determined to set a watch upon the house and its inmates ; and this we effectually contrived by hiring the middle story of a sinall house opposite that of Mr. Cross. I observed, which rendered the matter more suspicious, that Cross had visitors, but that they came of a night time ; yet we could not get a sight of them or him. I thought of many stratagems to procure a glimpse of him, though without effect for some time ; but a fortnight after I first settled in the house, he came out at the door way to receive a package which was brought him, and I plainly perceived tnat he was my guardian, whom for delicacy's sake, I shall call by his assumed name. There was no time for delay in following up the trace; I walked after the porter who had carried the package and questioned him as to whence he came and who had given him the job. The man readily replied, that he did not know his employer, as he had
never seen him before, but that he looked like a sailor and lodged at the Black Swan at Blackwall. On this information I suminoned my associates and told them the news, at which they were highly delighted. We deliberated if we should forthwith capture Cross or not; but it appeared that there was little danger of his running away, and it was deemed of the utmost consequence, that we should find out all the ramifications of this damnable business, not doubting but that we should find many more of the pirates than if we at once took the man. It was also thought best to send Boyce down to Black wall to see if he could make anything of the information received. He returned with news, that there were five sailors living at the house alluded to by the porter, who seldom came into the common room, but messed by themselves; one he had seen and from his description I should have thought him the boatswain of the vessel, who had red hair and a squint of the eye. These men were reported to live very freely and to have cash about them. We wished much to leave these men alone for some small time longer, that we might if possible get hold of more of the villains, but being fearful that even these might escape, we would not delay the matter any longer. It was necessary previous to getting a specific warrant against them, that I should see them, for although the Government proclamation for their apprehension was sufficient, yet to guard against opposition we were willing to have every thing necessary. It was, therefore, resolved on to visit Blackwall and to that end, we all three set out; to provide against accidents, we were all well armed with a cutlass and a brace of pistols each, which were concealed under our great coats. We found the Black Swan, which was an obscure and out of the way house with some difficulty, but when we arrived, the landlord did not well know what to make of his guests. He said in answer to our questions that the persons described were in his house, and offered to call them if we wished to speak with them, to this, however, we objected. Finding out that they were sitting in the next room, from which I heard a noise proceed, I took advantage of the landlord's absence, to peep through the green curtain which hung over a few panes of the door, which communicated with their apartment, and beheld Groves, the Boatswain, a quarter master and the first mate, one of the five birds had flown. Unfortunately, their room being rather dark, and ours lighted from above, Grove perceived some one peeping at his companions and cried out to know who the d) was so unmannerly as to look at them in that manner. On this the Boatswain burst open the door and exposed me full to Grove's view. He knew me at once and exclaimed with an oath“ Here's this cursed rogue, Green come to rob us." I saw the game was all up, and that if we were to take them it must be now or never. We were but three to four, and one of us was a youth. I turned to my companions and said “ These are our men- we must have them ; the proclamation is sufficient for us—let us to work.” Land then drew his staff from his pocket and called on them to surrender in the King's name, and then drew his pistol-we drew ours. The rascal Grove on hearing this, jumped up and quickly leapt through an opposite window into the court yard and made his way to a wall. I lost not a second in following him up. He climbed the wall and got into the next garden, when he turned round drew a pistol and aimed at me, but it flashed in the pan, and ere he had time to re-cock it, I had cut him down with my cutlass. The people of the house, in whose garden this occurred, came out, and to them I delivered my prisoner, charging them in the King's name to take care of him; and then, knowing there was work to be done, returned with all haste to the public house. There I saw things in a bad state. Land had shot the quarter master in the left breast, but he was severely pressed by the first mate, who had a tremendous sabre, at which he was apparently very expert, for he had inflicted a severe wound on the police man's arm. The Boatswain had got Boyce down and was in the act of beating out his brains with the lad's own pistol, when I knocked it out of his hand and gave him a cut on the head. This enabled Boyce to rise, who rushed on him like a tiger and presented his pistol swearing he would shoot him dead. I ran to the other side of the room, and knocked the sabre out of the first mate's hand, on which Land rushed on him and handcuffed him. This process was also gone through with the other prisoners, and I cannot well express the pleasure I felt in securing that most abominable of villains Grove. The quarter master was so severely wounded, that his life was despaired of; but the Boatswain when coerced, called out to the Landlord some words, the meaning of which I could not understand, but on hearing which he moved away to the door. I noticed this to the officer, who authoritively stopped him and demanded whither he was going; to this he gave evasive replies; Land, however, who knew these gentry well, plainly told him that he believed he was himself in league with these rascals, and that if he did not afford him assistance in every way, he would not only have him up, but cause his license to be stopped. Terrified at this, the vagabond confessed, that the fifth of these fellows had gone on board a vessel in the river that day, and was about to sail. In this too no time was to be lost, so after giving our prisoners in charge to the local officers, we set off with the landlord to the vessel in the river. The captain offered no obstruction to us, but on the contrary; the men and officers were