from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hammer for breaking or rough-dressing stones.
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One more man appeared at the clerk's door: he was a powerful fellow with a horse-pistol and a stone-hammer.
As I have said, they do not seem to have known the proper way of putting the handle on to a stone-hammer; and, though they used bronze, they had not applied it to making such things as knives and spear-heads.
The modern hog is to his progenitor as the man with the steam-hammer to the man with the stone-hammer, -- infinitely more useful, though not so free.
With the primitive stone-hammer and chisel very little could be done.
Then, with a sudden hurry of violence and swearing horribly, he threw the bottle from him, and stooped; and I saw in his hand a stone-hammer with a long heavy handle.
Migo was upon him in an instant, and felled him to the earth with a blow of his stone-hammer.
For his one recorded reminiscence of his four years of dungeon-life is, that "he had such abundant leisure for promenading that he wore in the rock pavement a little path as neatly as if it had been done with a stone-hammer." [
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