Apparently a lot of folks carried hatchets in the early days of Western settlement!
Galveston Daily News
Galveston, TX March 6, 1892
Cut With a Hatchet
Daingerfield, Tex., March 5- Last night Judson Moon and Jim Smith had a difficulty which resulted in the former being cut in the head with a hatchet, inflicting a serious, though not fatal, wound. A doctor was promptly called in to stop the flow of blood, and both parties were promptly arrested.
Note: Judson Moon later moved to Caddo and used his full name- William Judson Moon, and became W.J. Moon, wealthy Caddo merchant.
The Caddo Herald
March 20, 1903
Assaulted With a Hatchet
While peacefully eating his breakfast at the Sims Hotel last Friday morning, Sam Heath, a butcher at this place, was assaulted with a hatchet by Annie Smith, a Negro woman who emerged from the kitchen. The wound is a nasty, painful gash and the skull is thought to be fractured.
After being hit, Heath retaliated, and for a few moments there was a disquiet domicile. The woman was slightly injured and Heath has been confined to his room in a critical condition. The Negro was placed under arrest by City Marshal Jim Jackson, who sent word to the federal authorities, who arrested the woman and the preliminary hearing was had before commissioner Parker at Durant Tuesday. Being unable to make a $700 bond, she was escorted to the Atoka jail to await the action of the grand jury.