It must be those wretched gipsies in the plantation.
A search was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed the gems; but no trace of them could be found, nor would the wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our threats.
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The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
The photograph showed poor people in a wretched village in East Africa.