Swain County Herald (Swain Co. NC) Thursday, January 10, 1889:
"Georgia---A fatal fight between two Negroes, Ely Walker and John Thomas occurred at a Negro church located a few miles south of Tunnel Hill. In the affray Ely Walker received a number of fearful stabs about the chest from which he died. John Thomas, who did the cutting, escaped and is still at large. He is usually a quiet, peaceful Negro. Walker was a desperate fellow when under the influence of whiskey and he was drinking at the time."