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CHAPTER VIII. page 40

`Of course the town swarms with well-known English faces; indeed,
the Peers and M.P.s here at present would form a very respectable
party in the two Houses. We are especially well off for dukes;
the _Fremdenliste_ notifies the presence of no fewer than five of
those exalted personages. A far less respectable class of London
society is also, I am sorry to say, strongly represented: I
allude to those gentlemen of the light-fingered persuasion whom
the outer world rudely designate as pickpockets. This morning
two gorgeously arrayed members of the fraternity were marched
down to the station by the police, each being decorated with a
pair of bright steel handcuffs; seventeen of them were arrested
last week in Frankfort at one fell swoop, and at the tables the
row of lookers-on who always surround the players consists in
about equal proportions of these gentry and their natural
enemies--the detectives. Their booty since the beginning of the
season must be reckoned by thousands. Mustapha Fazyl Pasha had
his pocket picked of a purse containing L600, and a Russian
lady was lately robbed of a splendid diamond brooch valued
at 75,000 francs.[79]


[79] Pall Mall Gazette, Aug. 1869.

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