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.
Perker drew himself up with conscious dignity, and brushed some stray grains of snuff from his shirt frill.
Perker smiled, took a very long pinch of snuff, stirred the fire, shrugged his shoulders, and remained expressively silent.
The clerk smiled as he said this, and inhaled the pinch of snuff with a zest which seemed to be compounded of a fondness for snuff and a relish for fees.