I am perfectly sure it isn't," answered Father Brown, "only you said that nobody could connect snuff and diamonds and clockwork and candles.
The snuff he employed as the fiercest French criminals have used pepper: to fling it suddenly in dense masses in the face of a captor or pursuer.
Snuff is the one great luxury of such Scotch shepherds; it's the one thing with which you can bribe them.
I only suggested that because you said one could not plausibly connect snuff with clockwork or candles with bright stones.
Because this is serious," answered Brown; "this is not spilt snuff or loose pebbles, that might be there for a hundred reasons.
Perhaps you can make a torture out of snuff and bamboo.
My friend," said Flambeau, turning in a kind of fury, "what does all that snuff mean?
Snuff, spoilt Prayer Books, and the insides of musical boxes--what--"
I understood the snuff and clockwork, and so on, when I first opened my eyes this morning.
Diamonds without their gold rings; candles without their gold candlesticks; snuff without the gold snuff-boxes; pencil-leads without the gold pencil-cases; a walking stick without its gold top; clockwork without the gold clocks--or rather watches.
Thieves would have taken the gold snuff-boxes, snuff and all; the gold pencil-cases, lead and all.
He has stripped the house of gold, and taken not a grain that was not gold; not so much as a grain of snuff.