"George Tartar, who is a most desperate thief and villain, making his home in Kentucky when out of prison, and has added to his numerous crimes that of murder. A dance was given at a distillery near Summerset, Ky., and there was a large assemblage on hand. Tartar, who was out of jail only twelve days, invited himself. After arming himself with a pair of brass knuckles and a dirk, he had not been at the dance long before he showed his determination to create a fight. Tartar commenced by knocking an inoffensive young man down, and others coming to his assistance, Tartar pulled out his dirk, slashing right and left, literally hacking one man to pieces, who afterwards died."
Defenders and offenders. New York: D. Buchner & Co., 1888.