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Tom's plan was to disguise himself as a black woman ant rob Judge Driscoll,
He unlocked his trunk and got his suit of girl's clothes out from under the male attire in it, and laid it by. Then he blacked his face with burnt cork and put the cork in his pocket. His plan was to slip down to his uncle's private sitting room below, pass into the bedroom, steal the safe key from the old gentleman's clothes, and then go back and rob the safe. He took up his candle to start.
The judge wakes just as Tom is stealing his notes and grabs Tom's arm. Tom plunges a knife into the judge and flees. The twins arrive just as Tom is leaving but nobody notices him.