chapter  33
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Chapter IX

While I was thus endeavouring to occupy and provide for the intermediate period till the violence of the pursuit after me might be a little abated, a new source of danger opened upon me of which I had no previous suspicion. 165 [] Jones, the thief who had been expelled from captain Raymond’s gang, had fluctuated during the last years of his life, between the two professions of a violator 166 [] and a 167 [minister of executive justice. I believe he] had originally devoted himself to the first, and probably his initiation in the mysteries of thieving qualified him to be peculiarly expert in the profession of a thief-taker, a a profession he had adopted not from choice, but necessity. In this employment his reputation was great, though perhaps / not equal to his merits; for it happens here, as in 168 [all the] other departments of human society, that, however the subalterns may furnish wisdom and skill, the principals 169 [run away with] the eclat. He was exercising this art in a very prosperous manner, when it happened by some accident, that one or two of his atchievements, previously to his having shaken off the dregs of unlicensed depredation, were in danger of becoming subjects of public attention. Having had repeated intimations of this, he thought it prudent to decamp, and it was during this period of his retreat that he entered into the gang.