Swain County Herald (Swain Co. NC) Thursday, February 7, 1889:
"At Wade, near Fayetteville, occurred a most brutal murder. George Brewington, colored, entered the house of Miss Charity McAllister, a most estimable lady of about 80 years of age, and brutally murdered her. Her kinsman, Alex McAllister, entering at the time, discovered him and shot him dead in his tracks. A young girl was also injured by Brewington. He is supposed to have been temporarily insane. The coroner's jury exonerated McAllister."