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Mt. Echo Newspaper
March 1886 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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March 12, 1886 Issue (There are two pages of this, the first issue, and both are so faded that the information below is all I can transcribe.)

The Echo is published every Friday by H. B. Dallam.

Subscription rates to be paid in advance are one dollar per year, fifty cents for six months, and twenty-five cents for three months.

The Echo would be a politically Democratic paper, not Democrat one week and Republican or Independent the next, but always Democratic without any sideshows.

Representative - T. H. Flippin
County and Probate Judge - Wm. Horn
County Clerk - Neal Dodd
Sheriff - J. J. Keeter
Treasurer - M. H. Wolf
Assessor - A. G. Cravens
Surveyor - William Black
County Examiner - J. C. Floyd
Coroner -- -----

       A Detroit special to the Chicago Tribune says Senator Charles W. Jones of Florida has been in Detroit continuously since last June. For two or three months the strongest possible pressure has been brought to bear to induce him to go to Washington, but he cannot be moved. He is stopping at the Russell house, and apparently has nothing to do. Newspapers all over the country have taken the matter up recently and attributed his presence to the infatuation for a woman. This is true. He is in love with one who will not see nor listen to him, and he has said that he was going to stay until he got her. Those who know the facts assert that the case is a hopeless one. But he is of a sanguine temperament and will not listen to their expostulations. The woman upon whom his affections are centered is Miss Clotilda Palms, the daughter of Mr. Francis Palms, one of the wealthiest lumbermen in the northwest, his fortunes being estimated by some at $8,000,000 and by others at $15,000,000. Miss Palms is a brunette, about thirty years of age, not remarkable for facial beauty, but an educated, refined woman, modest, very pious and charitable. She lives somewhat secluded, seldom going into society. The senator saw Miss Palms first in Washington in the winter of 1882. The following summer, while on a visit to Detroit, he met her at a dinner party. A day or two afterward he called upon her and proposed. She pleasantly and politely declined the honor. He called several times afterward, but was unable to see Miss Palms. One afternoon he waited nearly an hour in the parlor, but she did not come. After that he only went as far as the front door, which was gently closed when the servant saw who was on the top step. Some flowers were sent to the house, but they were not received. The postman brought several notes, but the contents, except the signature of the first, were not read. The Senator remained in Detroit two or three weeks but was not discouraged. Shortly after his departure a letter came in which the proposition was renewed. No attention was paid to it. Another came and still another. Miss Palms appealed to her father, who wrote the Senator, in a considerate but firm way, that his attentions were very offensive and would not be tolerated any longer, intimating that, if necessary, he should protect his daughter from further annoyance. The temperament of the Senator sustains him. The assurance of a friend that if he lived a thousand years he could not get the woman provoked a smile. His son Charles came here in December, and for two months did all he could to get his father to attend to his senatorial duties, but without avail. A friend named Hickey journeyed all the way from Florida on the same mission, but also was unable to get him to leave. A very urgent telegram from Senators Butler, Beck and others friendly to him, saying that his presence in the Senate was absolutely necessary, made no impression. A reporter met Senator Jones last evening and asked him plainly why he remained in Detroit. "I will not be interrogated on any except public questions," he replied. "There have been intimations in various newspapers and injustice may have been done you." "I want no vindication. I am not the only Senator who has been away. Cameron went to Europe and Logan was in Illinois during the session of the legislature, and I do not see why I cannot do as others have done. It is nobody's business." "When do you intend to go to Washington?" "That I won't say."


The pastor of a church at Uniontown, Pa., has been compelled to resign because he rode a bicycle.

Senator Plumb wants Congress to prohibit legislators or their families from applying for free railroad passes under penalty of fine and imprisonment.

The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring instruction in the public schools as to the injurious effects of alcoholic drinks.

Astronomers promise that a bright comet will be visible just before sunrise during the latter part of May. It is the comet "1886" discovered lately by Prof. Barnard.


Mountain Home has a live Temperance Society.

A. P. Grant has been appointed postmaster at Helena.

H. M. Jackoway has been appointed Receiver of public moneys at Dardanelle.

J. B. Smith, assistant postmaster at Nashville, Howard county, has been arrested on the charge of embezzlement.

The grand jury of Conway county indicted Sheriff Spears for criminal negligence in allowing a prisoner, charged with murder, to escape. He was deposed and Harry Coblentz was appointed sheriff.

The Pine Bluff correspondent of the Gazette says "There is a Negro child two months old who was born at Rob Roy who has fourteen well developed fingers and the same number of toes. He will be able to feel his way, and when he becomes a politician to kick when a ca..ous nomination does not suit him."

(The following appears to be a mixture of ads and locals.)

K. J. Hudson keeps fresh family groceries always on hand. Call on him when needing anything in the grocery line.

Send us the news from your respective neighborhoods. Don't expect us to know intuitively all that is going on in the county.

J. H. Berry & Son are still at the old stand, opposite the south door of the court house, dealing out their merchandise at hard time prices.

The public school at this place, under the management of Prof. A. W. Wickersham, is in a prosperous condition, and the attendance is quite large.

Mr. Henry Hudson, Sr., is with the railroad engineers. They have engaged his and Thos. Railsback's wagons and teams for the next three months.

Mrs. James Johnson died at her home, on Lee's mountain three miles north of this place, on Wednesday, the 10th inst. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Mr. E. H. Trimble, of the Boone County Tobacco Works, called on us this week. Mr. Trimbel is one of the best tobacco men in the State. He contemplates opening a factory at Lead Hill about May 1st. Our merchants will do well to patronize him.

Rev. D. E. Dortch, the evangelist, will be here about the first week in April, and will hold a series of meetings at the M. E. Church South. He is a successful worker and we hope he will do much good here. More definite notice of the time will be given next week.

A farewell party was given Mr. G. W. Layton, at the palatial residence of his brother, Mr. A. S. Layton, on last Friday night. Those who attended pronounced it a most enjoyable occasion. Owing to a previous engagement with an Arkansas chill, The Echo reporter failed to attend.

Mrs. Maggie McDowell, wife of Mr. G. W. McDowell, died at her home at this place, on Tuesday morning, the 9th inst., after a lingering illness of several months. The remains were consigned to their last resting place on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. O. H. Tucker, of the M. E. Church, South, officiating at the grave. An appropriate obituary will be published next week.


County Clerk Dodd returned from Harrison Sunday afternoon.

Mr. A. S. Layton and Dr. J. B. Sims left on last Saturday for Washington, D. C.

Capt. John T. Warner, of the steamer John F. Allen, was in town last week in the interest of his boat.

De Roos Bailey, Esq., returned home Tuesday. After the adjournment of court at Harrison, he visited his father's family a few days.

Baxter Citizen, 3rd inst.: E. T. Record, of Noe's, Marion county, passed through town yesterday with some fine mules which he was taking to the southern market.

Mr. John B. Milum, of Blythe township, was in town on Tuesday. His brother, F. D. Milum, is suffering with catarrh in the head, and has been totally blind for the past few days from the effect of the disease. He will try Dr. Child's remedy.

Mr. G. W. Layton, who has been visiting his mother and other relatives and old friends at this place for the past few weeks, departed on last Saturday for his home in the far west - New Mexico. This was Mr. Layton's first visit to his old home in seven years, but he thinks he will not remain away so long this time.

Young - to the wife of Mr. J. A. Young, on the 8th inst., a son.
Tucker - to the wife of Rev. O. H. Tucker, on the 9th inst., a son.


Miss Fanny Mills, of Ohio, who is to be married soon, is a lady of fair understanding. She wears a No. 30 slipper, and has had a pair built in New York to wear at her wedding. Their dimensions are as follows: Across the bull, 22 inches; across instep, 22; across heel, 25; around the ankle, 20 inches.

MARION COUNTY - Its Timber, Mineral, Marble and Agricultural Resources- its Climate, Fruits, Railroad Prospects, Etc. [incomplete]
       Marion county is situated in the southern tier of counties of this Sate, being bounded on the east, south and west by the counties of Baxter, Searcy and Boone respectively, and on the north by Missouri. From her throne upon the mountain she shines forth like a jewel in the casket of these North Arkansas counties.
       Towns: Marion has but few towns and all are small. Her people devoting themselves rather to agricultural pursuits than to the building of towns. Yellville, the county seat, and chief town of the county, is situated near the center of the county, on Crooked creek. It takes its name after that illustrious ex-Governor and first Congressman of Arkansas -- Archibald Yell. Although small, Yellville is an important commercial point in this section, and does an immense mercantile business. Last ..... one firm shipped 1040 bales of cotton. Besides Yellville, there are several small towns where considerable trading is done. Among these are Doddsville, Clear Creek, Noes, Flippin, Sylvia, and one or two other points.

March 19, 1886 Issue (Top)


What do you think! Luke will shave you for a dime and give you a drink!

Through the kindness of Deputy Sheriff Lawson, we received our new roller this week. Thanks.

Preaching at the M. E. Church on Sunday, by the pastor in charge, Rev. O. H. Tucker

Mr. K. F. Cantrell, of Sylva, will try The Echo. He called one day this week and ordered the paper sent to his address.

Mr. John N. Pennington was a caller Saturday. He joined the procession and had his name put on our subscription list.

County Treasurer M. H. Wolf paid us a pleasant call last Saturday. He enrolled with The Echo for a year. Let others do likewise.

Mr. T. H. Flippin, Marion county's able Representative, was in town last Saturday attending the organization of the Wheel at this place. ---- Baxter Citizen.

Messrs. J. P. Sims, J. I. Thompson, T. S. Nowlin, Wm. A. Sims and several others of the county, called and subscribed for The Echo last week. Thanks gentlemen.

We learn from Mr. A. G. Cravens that a large cave has recently been discovered in the northeast corner of this county, near the Missouri line. Tom Malinees and a Mr. Howard made the discovery. It was explored by the above named parties, and they found fine specimens of mineral and a number of curiosities. In the cave are several large chambers, and tracks, and human teeth were found in it.


T. J. Witt, of Conway, was shot and killed in a liquor saloon last Sunday by J. H. Williams, a St. Louis drummer. Both men were drunk.

Ella, the little daughter of Mr. H. W. Hudson, Sr., fell from a swing Tuesday evening and was very badly, but not seriously, hurt.

March 26, 1886 Issue (Top)

MR. W. Q. SEAWELL'S RESIDENCE BURNED (This is a long article, not transcribed. Loss about $3,500, but no injuries)


Stonewall Jackson's war horse died at Richmond, Virginia, aged thirty five years.

White people of means, and education are said to be leaving West Virginia, Ohio, and parts of western Pennsylvania for Arkansas. Their intention being to carry on farming extensively in the productive and healthy sections of this State.


Mr. W. Q. Seawell has moved into the Layton house, near J. H. Berry's residence.

Rev. O. H. Tucker went to Lead Hill on Tuesday to assist Rev. J. H. Cantrell in a protracted meeting.

Messrs. J. J. Horner, W. E. Horner, John Cheek and many others enrolled with The Echo since our last issue.

Mr. Henderson Morris, having sold his farm in the southwest portion of the county, has moved to town, and is occupying J. N. Griffin's house. He thinks he is going to Oregon.

Assessor Cravens is in Hampton today. This is his last appointment for this year. He will commence work on his boos about the 1st of April at his office at this place.

Mr. F. N. Matthews and Miss Dora Baldwin, both well known at this place, were married at Huntsville, Madison county, on the 8th inst. Their many friends here wish them a full measure of matrimonial felicity.

Luke Matlock, the clever barber, now wears a broad smile. He says there is young lady arrival at his house, and although it will take an extra barrel of flour for the family this year, the price of tobacco, cigars and shaving remains steady.

The M. E. Sunday school has decided to buy an organ, and on last Sunday a committee was appointed to solicit donations for that purpose and to make the purchase. The following named were appointed as the committee: Dr. J. S. Lindley, Mr. De Roos Bailey, Misses Una Jobe, Virgie Berry and Hattie McDowell.

Only six marriage licenses have been issued by the County Clerk during the month of March, to this date, as follows:
J. L. Hardister to Miss Malinda Bailey
Simon Hathaway to Mrs. M. L. Blankenship
E. A. Sheridan to Miss R. E. Clark
J. G. Wade to Miss Sarah Roper
Wesley P. Lewallen to Miss Josie Flippin
M. L. Akin to Miss Margaret A. Pascoe


But don't the wind blow cold?

A little stranger at Charley Lewallen's is a girl, and weighs 10 pounds of course.

The hard-fisted yeoman has doffed his big coat and gone to work in dead earnest, while his songs have the old time ring.

On the 21st inst. W. P. Lewallen was married to Miss Jo Flippin, at the residence of Mrs. Julia Flippin, Rev. Thomas Sutton officiating.

James Flippin, the efficient and assiduous singing master, is rendering the community valuable services, affording all an opportunity of learning to sing free of charge. It is to be hoped he will continue his good work.

       Mrs. Rachel S. McDowell, wife of Geo. W. McDowell, died at her home in Yellville, Arkansas, March 9th, 1886. She was born in North Carolina, February 18, 1845. Her maiden name was Wilson. She was most happily married to Geo. W. McDowell, formerly of Memphis, Mo., at Yellville, this State, February 12, 1862. She professed religion and joined the M. E. Church, South, with her husband, under the ministry of Rev. J. A. Walden, August 24, 1873. The Sunday school found in her an earnest and faithful worker. In the Teachers' meetings and the study of the Bible she took great interest. She enjoyed much the presence and power of God to the woman's prayer meeting, and often praised him aloud. Her home was a happy one and a blessing to all who knew her. She bore her lingering affliction with all the patience of a true Christian woman. Anxious to live but ready to die. It was my privilege to visit her often, and always found her cheerful. She loved the old songs, "Home of the Soul" was to her as bread from heaven. In answer to the question, "Do you want anything?" she said, "I want to go and be out of my suffering." To her husband she said, "I am ready to go."
       May He who was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, comfort the bereaved ones, and in a special manner may His blessings be upon dear little Maud.
           O. H. Tucker, Pastor.

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