from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A walking-stick having an air-gun concealed within it.
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Then we shall find the air-cane, the bicycle, perhaps a little stock of poison, and certain other trifles that I have in my mind, which will be good confirmatory evidence, though insufficient in themselves.
In 1823 Rigou, perhaps out of a sense of gratitude, still blew the fire with an air-cane, and left the bellows hanging to the screw.
Arsene and her aunt searched more than a week for them; then they stopped searching and managed to do without them, the old abbe blowing his fire with an air-cane made in the days when air - canes were the fashion, -- a fashion which was no doubt introduced by some courtier of the reign of Henri III.