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Carriage Thieves.—Among the many thieves who infest the London streets none are more artful or more active than the carriage thieves. No vehicle should ever be left with open windows; and valuable rugs in victorias, &c., should always be secured to the carriage by a strap or other fastening. Ladies should be especially careful of officious persons volunteering to open or close carriage doors. In nine cases out of ten these men and boys are expert pickpockets.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879