On July 28, while a strongly-built old house was being pulled down in the village of Warm Spring, Buncombe County, North Carolina, the workmen found a skeleton behind one of the thick walls.
Upon it was an old leathern post bag containing several letters of the year 1827. In one of them were two $100 notes of a bank which disappeared many years ago.
The oldest villager had never heard of any crime which could account for the presence of these remains of a poor postman; so the case may be set down as a tragical accident the cause of which will never be known.
The Manchester Evening News, August 25, 1883.