The Press: Rogues' Boswell

The aged prisoner who stood briefly in the dock of London's Bow Street Court was just a routine offender, an habitual pickpocket. But the boys on the reporters' bench, watching the Evening News's bald-headed Jimmy Jones at his shorthand, knew that the old dip would soon look different. Next day, to the Evening News's 1,600,000 readers, he did:

In the nineties, when hansoms jingled along the streets of London and every City clerk wore a silk hat, John was picking pockets in the Strand. King Edward came to the throne, and motors began to splutter in Piccadilly, and John's hands went on...

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