A negro leaped round the corner of the stairs and struck at him with a matchet.
He was very angry when he heard this, and went to the spring the following morning, taking his own matchet with him.
A foot or two below him the man with the matchet was coming up, naked to the waist, and half-crazed with rum.
The fur had fallen partly clear of the flesh beneath, and he saw that Bad Dollar's matchet had done its work.
This gave the king great pain, so he threw down his matchet and went back to his house.
When the cane is ripe, they proceed to the field, each armed with a matchet.
A matchet is a long sharp knife in general use throughout the country.