The National Police Gazette: New York – February 9, 1884
In this issue we publish the portrait of the great English catch-as-catch-can wrestler, who is to wrestle Edwin Bibby at Providence, near Scranton, Pa., on Feb. 1. Conners has never figured in many matches in this country, but is well known in England, where he won several important contests. He is a powerful wrestler, well posted in all the locks and catches allowed in Lancashire wrestling, and his backer, Patrick Golden, of Scranton, is confident he can defeat any man in America but Joe Acton. Conners, since his arrival in Scranton, has made a host of friends, and his many admirers are confident he will make a great effort to capture the $1,000 Richard K. Fox now holds.