THE Baron de Beranger relates, that, having secured a pickpocket in the

very act of irregular abstraction, he took the liberty of inquiring

whether there was anything in his face that had procured him the honor

of being singled out for such an attempt. Why, sir, said the fellow,

your face is well enough, but you had on thin shoes and white stockings

in dirty weather, and so I made sure you were a flat.

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