Why did Trevor and Blackie burn Old Misery's money instead of just keeping it?

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Your question relates to the motivation of the boys for doing what they are doing. Repeatedly, the boys show that they aren't destroying Old Misery's house to steal or to do anything that they think is "illegal" from their point of view. Note what Trevor says to Blackie concerning the money:

"We aren't thieves," T. said. "Nobody's going to steal anything from this house. I kept these for you...

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