I say, Buck,” he said, “it will be a case of spade and shovel and billhook to-morrow.
“I believe that the pirate has taken the merchantman,” replied Mr Billhook.
Mr Billhook had taken the telescope and was narrowly examining the stranger.
“Well, then, let us go and look after some others,” exclaimed Mr Billhook.
Keep them to yourself, or, by George, we'll take 'em off with a billhook!
That and a billhook stuck in his belt were his only weapons.
He was, it seemed, a “hedger and ditcher,” and his leathern gauntlets and billhook lay beside him on the ale-house bench.
Looking up, billhook in hand as a horseman struck sparks from the ride by the walk, he recognized Philip Taverney.
They attach to their waist-string or cloth a billhook and knife, and carry their bows and arrows slung on their shoulders.
Here he took the billhook and the saw from his assistant, and strode on, swinging one of the tools in each hand.