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ITHE COMMISSIONAIRES IN THE…

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I THE COMMISSIONAIRES IN THE CITY. Since the recent jewel robberies in the city, fifteen of the principal firms in Cornhill, including jewellers and watchmakers, have joined together in availing themselves of the services of members of the Corps of Commissionaires, for the protection of their shops and houses at Bights and on Sundays, and a number of picked men have been assigned to that particular duty. Two go upon duty at seven o'clock every even- ing, and remain until midnight, when they are relieved by two fresh men, who keep watch and ward until six in the morning. At uncertain times in the night a superior officer goes the round assigned to the men to see that they are wide awake; and as an additional guarantee for vigilance, tell-tale clocks, similar to those in use at the lobbies of the Houses of Parliament are about to be adopted to show that the commissionaires appointed to this duty patrol their beat a given num- ber of times during the night or any lapse in that respect. The district as yet under their supervision extends only from Birchin-lane to Gracecburch-street, but it comprehends an immense and varied mass of movable property of great value. The experiment has given great satisfaction to those immediately con- cerned the watchmen are exemplary for their vigi- lance and good conduct; a sense of security is thereby engendered: and their services, when once it becomes known that they are available for this particular pur- pose, will probably become in much greater request in the city and elsewhere. The shop of Mr. Walker, in Cornhill, where the greatest of the robberies was com- mitted, is now all through the night regularly lighted with gas in the interior, and exposed to the full gaze of persons passing. An iron grating encloses the whole front of the shop, in place of the ordinary shutters, and an iron safe, containing all that is most costly on the premises, instead of being reflected in a mirror in a back shop, as at the time of the robbery, is placed in a conspicuous position in the front shop, where it is to be seen through the whole night by any one passing. The same arrangement obtains on Sundays throughout the day, and the extreme pub- licity thus given to the contents of the shop night and day is supposed to be the greatest safeguard against robbery.

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