"What are you doing here, my boy?" he asked.
"I wanted to see Tom," said the child, without any feeling of shyness or terror. "He's somewhere in there, and he's going to be taken before the judge, and perhaps he'll be sent to jail, and I'm afraid of never seeing him again."
"What has Tom been doing?" asked the gentleman.
"Please, Sir, Tom hasn't done nothing," answered the child. "Only Will Handforth's father and another man broke into a house one night, and there was a boy with them, and the police say it was Tom, and they've taken him to jail and he's been there three weeks and more. But it wasn't Tom, I'm sure, and oh! I wish there was somebody to tell the judge."
"How do you know Tom did not go with the Will Handforth's father?" said the gentleman.
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