Searching Emily Geiger did no good. The important message she was carrying could not be found. It was not in writing and not on her person, unless you count her brain. She had memorized the important message.
All this came to be because in 1781, General Nathaniel Greene needed reinforcements, as the British were coming. When a messenger was needed, Emily stepped forward. She knew the countryside. At first, she was able to avoid the British. But, she was caught and questioned. The British needed her searched. Being polite gentlemen, they called for women to search her. Emily ate the secret message while she waited. She got the message through to General Thomas Sumter, who arrived in time to save the day. A paper meal saved her life, and the lives of many others.