May 31, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)
On last Saturday evening John Webb, colored, while trying to throw a knife open, let it slip and the blade entered his leg just below the knee, severing an artery and inflicting a very severe wound. A physician was summoned, who rendered the necessary medical aid, and at last accounts the wounded man was doing as well as could be expected. This should be a warning against handling knives so carelessly.
[There is a John Webb on the 1870 and 1880 census for Caledonia, Halifax, North Carolina, who was born in 1864/1865. If this was, indeed, him, he would have been approximately 18-19 years old, a believable age for being “careless,” if there ever was one.]