This is from the book THE EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEES 1819-1900; BY: John R. Finger ; Published by The University of Tennessee Press/ Knoxville; 1984; pages 66 & 67 “ Petty crime also occurred among the Cherokees, as in the case of Tahquit, who was indicted by the Cherokee County Superior Court for stealing twelve silk handkerchiefs from Thomas and another man. Tahquit promptly fled to Tennessee. The solicitor of the Seventh Circuit Court described him as ‘ a most notorious rascal’ and asked the governor to approve a reward of one hundred dollars for his capture. Publicizing the reward would simply put him on guard., so the solicitor recommended informing only a few bounty hunters who would be able to apprehend the fugitive. The matter apparently ended when the governor declined the suggestion. Occasional crimes such as Tahquit’s , and the even less frequent intratribal violence, in no way diminished the common view that the Cherokees were among the most law abiding people in western North Carolina. “
The Thomas referred to was William Holland Thomas.