A LAWYER in whom an instinct of justice had survived the wreck of his ignorance of law was retained for the defence of a burglar
whom the police had taken after a desperate struggle with someone not in custody.
He was thinking what a good story he would have to tell in Cloverdale about having been mistaken for a burglar
. The Rubberneck coach lingered, out of respect for its patrons.
And now, Father Brown, I am ready to answer your question of whether it was a burglar
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.
"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?"
Even if I rescued Raffles for the time being, the police would promptly ascertain that it was I who had been rung up by the burglar
, and the fact of my not having said a word about it would be directly damning to me, if in the end it did not incriminate us both.
Setliffe did not want to lose her burglar
. She was too poised a woman to possess much romance, but there was a thrill about the present situation that delighted her.
Dudley was so eloquent about burglars
that he almost had me going.
Spider sang "The Boston Burglar
" and "Black Lulu." The Queen sang "Then I Wisht I Were a Little Bird." And her sister Tess sang "Oh, Treat My Daughter Kindily." The fun grew fast and furious.
They were his fellow-citizens gone wrong because of imperfect education, Chief Inspector Heat believed; but allowing for that difference, he could understand the mind of a burglar
, because, as a matter of fact, the mind and the instincts of a burglar
are of the same kind as the mind and the instincts of a police officer.
The Cardiff Hill episode sank into instant in- significance, the burglars
were forgotten, horses were saddled, skiffs were manned, the ferryboat ordered out, and before the horror was half an hour old, two hundred men were pouring down highroad and river toward the cave.
"Well, then, there are burglars
in the neighborhood."