While the husbandman shrank back from the dangerous passes, within the safer boundaries of the more ancient settlements, armies larger than those that had often disposed of the scepters of the mother countries, were seen to bury themselves in these forests, whence they rarely returned but in skeleton bands
, that were haggard with care or dejected by defeat.
And nobody that didn't belong to the band
could use that mark, and if he did he must be sued; and if he done it again he must be killed.
But the band
lacks a leader--one who can use his head as well as his hand.
To waylay and harass a band
of trappers with their pack-horses, when embarrassed in the rugged defiles of the mountains, has become as favorite an exploit with these Indians as the plunder of a caravan to the Arab of the desert.
It was a band
of Sioux warriors, upwards of six hundred strong.
This ended the saying of the charm, and they heard a great chattering and flapping of wings, as the band
of Winged Monkeys flew up to them.
Not only Robin himself but all the band
were outlaws and dwelled apart from other men, yet they were beloved by the country people round about, for no one ever came to jolly Robin for help in time of need and went away again with an empty fist.
Having unwound the string that tied the band
on one leg, he carefully coiled it up and immediately set to work on the other leg, glancing up at Pierre.
Just then a rabbit band
of nearly fifty pieces marched in, playing upon golden instruments and dressed in neat uniforms.
Sometimes the band
took measured steps in unison to one side or the other, or backward and again forward--it all seemed very silly and meaningless to me, but at the end of the first piece the Mahars upon the rocks showed the first indications of enthusiasm that I had seen displayed by the dominant race of Pellucidar.
As she explained all this to me, she pointed to the decorations on her golden armlets, upon the knob of her dagger-hilt and upon the band
which encircled her right leg above the knee--always was the design partly made up of isosceles triangles, and when she explained the significance of this particular geometric figure, I at once grasped its appropriateness.
No sooner had they finished eating than they heard the distant blast of many trumpets, and the sound of a brass band
playing martial music; so they all went out upon the balcony.