Tales and traditions of Hungary, by F. and T. Pulszky 1851

The Hungarian robber is usually nothing else
than a homeless outlaw. On some unfortunate
occasion, perhaps, when a quarrel has arisen in
the tavern over a bottle of wine, he has not
precisely enough estimated the force of the blows
given by his fokos,* and has killed his comrade,
whom he intended merely to thrash. …..Amongst the ” Poor Lads,” (for this is the
name these homeless fellows adopt), ……
The most usual weapon of the Hungarian peasant
is a small brass axe, closely resembling that of the
antique ” Celts.”

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