“A man named Walters … was sent for three times to go to the hill Cumorah to dig for treasure. People knew there was treasure there. [Alvah] Beman was one of those who sent for him. He came. Each time he said there was treasure there, but that he couldn’t get it; though there was one that could. The last time he came he pointed out Joseph Smith[, Jr.], who was sitting quietly among a group of men in the tavern, and [Walters] said There was the young man that could find it, and cursed and swore about him in a scientific manner: awful!”
Norman R. Bowen (editor), A Gentile Account of Life in Utah’s Dixie, 1872-73: Elizabeth Kane’s St. George Journal (Salt Lake City, UT: Tanner Trust Fund, June 1995), 72.