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““I was bred to the sword, worthy sir, before I took the clothyard in my hand,” replied Philipson, smiling, “and it may be I am still more partial to my old trade than wisdom would altogether recommend.””
“And if they found none — why clothyard arrows had done”
“The level rainstorm smote walls, slopes, and hedges like the clothyard shafts of Senlac and Crecy.”
“One figure, we shall say, was visible in the first plate of characters, bearded, pistol in hand, or drawing to his ear the clothyard arrow; I would spell the name: was it Macaire, or Long Tom Coffin, or Grindoff, 2d dress?”
“Shafts were finding loop-holes now, as the rest of the pirates drew nearer, and a soldier reeled and fell from the ledge, gasping and choking, with a clothyard shaft through his throat.”
“By Mitra, the clothyard shafts find every crevice of their harness!”
“The clothyard shafts found every crevice in their armor and the housings of the steeds.”
“The men in the canoes rushed their boats toward the river-wall, and were met by another shower of clothyard shafts and a volley from the small ballistas mounted on towers on that side of the stockade.”
“He clutched the flesh of his broad belly as if it had been pierced by a clothyard shaft.”
“The ascendancy of the cavalry would remain unchallenged until the achievement of revolutions in infantry tactics and missile power, such things as the coming of the massed pikes, and the flighted clothyard shafts of a dozen fields.”
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