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Chapters 1-10

Arthur Harding as a boyThe early chapters of Harding's autobiography deal with his childhood, family life and upbringing in 'The Nichol' and Bethnal Green. It also describes his time as a Barnardo's boy, his early criminal activities, leading to his conviction for stealing rags in 1902, and conditions in Holloway and Wormwood Scrubs prisons. These chapters also deal with Harding's submissions to the Royal Commission on the Metropolitan Police in 1908.