the practice of slipping unperceived down the areas of private houses And robbing the lower apartments of plate or other articles.
to practise petty larceny To work under the arm-pits is to practise only such kinds of depredation as will amount, upon conviction, to what the law terms single or petty larceny, the extent of punishment for which is transportation for seven years. By following this system a thief avoids the halter, which certainly is applied above the arm-pits.
to see through or comprehend any scheme, deception, or design An expression used on many occasions. A thief will say to his accomplice, on perceiving the person they are about to rob is aware of their intention, and upon his guard:Stow it, the cove's awake!