The million-peopled city
Their Gradations in Proficiency.
In accordance with their training, the pupils differ much from each other. There are numerous grades and sub- divisions in the juvenile thieving department of crime. A certain class of boys do nothing but steal provisions from shop-doors, and sell the provisions they get to lodging-house keepers. There is another class of boys who pick men's pockets, but never touch a woman's. Another class pursue the more difficult employment of picking women's pockets, and give themselves entirely up to what, in a sad insen- sibility to crime, they call " that branch of business." Others addict themselves entirely to stealing tills, or, as it is ordinarily called, " drawing the damper."