My wife seems to think I am a burglar," he said, recklessly.
After the police had sternly reprimanded James Williams for imitating a copyrighted burglar and given him as honourable a discharge as the department was capable of, Mrs.
A burglar with a bad cold," observed Father Brown, "that might assist you to trace him in the neighbourhood.
Well, if you are not going to bother about the burglar, I shouldn't bother about the lunch.
You must remember that mustard, vinegar, oil and so on vanished with the cruet and the burglar.
I wonder why the burglar wanted mustard, too," he went on, taking a mustard-pot from another pocket.
He rushed at the burglars, but another--it was an elderly man--stooped, picked the poker out of the grate and struck him a horrible blow as he passed.
Yes, it was by their light and that of the lady's bedroom candle, that the burglars saw their way about.
These burglars made a considerable haul at Sydenham a fortnight ago.
And now," said he, "it really would be a good thing that we should all go over the house together and make certain that this rather erratic burglar did not, after all, carry anything away with him.
A gang of burglars acting in the country might be expected to vary the scene of their operations, and not to crack two cribs in the same district within a few days.
Is it not extraordinary that a burglary--and a burglar who had had some previous experience--should deliberately break into a house at a time when he could see from the lights that two of the family were still afoot?
You haven't hit upon any reason for the sort of burglar they think you were, ringing up the kind of man they know I am?
Why should a burglar call an innocent gentleman away from home?
I still remember waiting with bated breath for Raffles to ask Maguire if he were not afraid of burglars, and Maguire replying that he had a trap to catch the cleverest cracksman alive, but flatly refusing to tell us what it was.