A Burglar's Life
Excerpt from A Burglar's Life: Or the Stirring Adventures of the Great English Burglar Mark Jeffrey; A Thrilling History of the Dark Days of Convictism in AustraliaWho does not know Mark Jeffrey, or "Big Mark," as he is generally called? His well-known form is seen day after day, in wet and dry weather, as he limps along with the assistance of two stout sticks, on business bent always. Though he lives at the Launceston Invalid Depot - an asylum for the indigent aged - he is not an idler; he earns what he can, by honest peddling, turning over a shilling here and a shilling there. But what a life has been his! What trials, sins and wretchedness he has passed through! A chequered life, truly! One full of incident and adventure; and, alas! one full of sin and wickedness. Let the following pages be a warning to the young generation. Many may read them whose lives are cast in happier conditions than his, but to them he would say that they might learn by a perusal of the incidents in his life a lesson of patience under afflictions, which are but as dust compared with those which embittered his life, and reduced him to the condition of a cripple in his old age. Truly it can be said that his temper was the cause cf a great deal of his wretchedness; but uneducated, untutored as he was, and without proper friends to guide him his mind became warped and diseased, and his temper uncontrollable. Under happier circumstances, Mark Jeffrey would have made his name famous; as it happened, his life has been wasted. May his closing years be happier than those which have passed! He is bright in spirits; his manner is now quiet and subdued, and when visitors call to see him he chats very genially of his past experiences. The following pages are written in Marks own language, with very few alterations. Though illiterate, he is a man of sound sense, and has a keen insight into human nature. He possesses, moreover, a remarkable fluency of speech, and those who call upon him will be well entertained by his personal narrations, of which he retains a firm grasp.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.