“Mormon elders and women [in Kirtland, Ohio] often searched the bed of the river for stones with holes caused by the sand washing out, to peep into. N.K. Whitney’s wife had one. I took it to search for a cot [i.e. bandage] I had lost from my injured finger. She said it was wicked to trifle with sacred things. There was much talk about Mormons digging for hidden treasures soon after their arrival in Kirtland.”
Samuel F. Whitney affidavit – 6 March 1885, Naked Truths About Mormonism – Volume 1 (Oakland, CA: Arthur B. Deming & Co., January 1888), 3, column 4.