This person appears to have been none other that Beddington, the famous forger and cracksman
, who, with his brother, had only recently emerged from a five years' spell of penal servitude.
Scape, lately admitted partner into the great Calcutta House of Fogle, Fake, and Cracksman
, in which poor Scape had embarked seventy thousand pounds, the earnings of a long and honourable life, taking Fake's place, who retired to a princely park in Sussex (the Fogles have been long out of the firm, and Sir Horace Fogle is about to be raised to the peerage as Baron Bandanna)--admitted, I say, partner into the great agency house of Fogle and Fake two years before it failed for a million and plunged half the Indian public into misery and ruin.
While he spoke he was moving about the sitting-room, which was charmingly furnished in the antique style, and making as many remarks as though he were an auctioneer's clerk with an inventory to prepare and a day to do it in, instead of a cracksman
who might be surprised in his crib at any moment.
Give it up - whatever it is," he said in an admonishing tone, but not so kindly as if he were condescending to give good advice to a cracksman
You'll be a fine young cracksman
afore the old file now.
Like a Welsh Raffles, he always liked to return, in this instance only as an amateur cracksman
for he never completed the job.
The title for this pilot was taken from that of Hornung's original Raffles tale, Raffles - The Amateur Cracksman