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Vol 1. No. 5

Mt. Echo Newspaper
April 2, 1886 Issue
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Linda Haas Davenport

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When the print is so faded that it cannot be read <.....> will be used . All transcription will be as found in the paper, misspellings and all.

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Echo Directory and ads same as transcribed in Mar 12th issue

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"Saturday Night"
The Leading Family Paper in the United States
       The hold which this beautifully illustrated weekly retains upon the people's confidence seems astonishing, but it is due entirely to the real worth of its varied contents. The value of its stories is not measured by the enormous sum of money they cost, but by the eagerness of the people to read them. It takes
       Ten tons of Paper Every Week To Print it.
       That is over 20,000 pounds. And ten times twenty thousand persons anxiously wait its weekly coming.
       The advance agent of one of the best patronized traveling shows in America speaking of the wide-spread popularity of this family paper said that "wherever he found three trees growing, there he found "Saturday Night."
       He meant to say that all the people all over the land, in every town and every village, love their favorite paper and that their liking for it was deep-rooted and permanent, not superficial and temporary, changing as the seasons change and dying with the year.
       Every weekly issue of "Saturday Night" contains a quality and quantity of literary material satisfying to every member of the family, young and old.
       Its stories are of standard excellence. The most gifted authors seek "Saturday Night" as the channel by which they may gain attention.
       Its pictures are gems of beauty, produced by the best artists.
       A NEW STORY EVERY SECOND WEEK: Every paper has six Continued Stories, from six to twelve complete short stories, as many poems, Items of Interest and information, the Latest Fashions, answers to correspondents, and a variety of humorous and entertaining articles.
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       All communications, business or otherwise, must be addressed to: James Elverson, Publisher "Saturday Night", Philadelphia, PA

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The same notice of sale of John & Josephine Langston's Property transcribed in a prior issue

same notice about US Naval Academy test in last week's issue

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       The County Democratic Central Executive Committee is hereby called to meet at the court house, in the town of Yellville, on Saturday, April 10th, 1886 to set a time for holding a convention to elect delegates to the State convention. Also to attend to any matters concerning the best interests of the party. Every member of the committee is urged to be present. -- R J Pierce, Ch'm'n; A W Wickersham, Sec'y

Gov. Hughes has issued a proclamation of the Iron Mountain railroad, directing it to proceed at once to running its trains regularly.

The Newspapers and their outfits in the United States are valued at $9,300,600. The editors and their outfits are not valued so high by a few dollars.

Just as we go to press we learn that the great railroad strike on the Iron Mountain railroad has at last ended, and freight traffic has again been resumed.

The Missouri Pacific railroad employes 14,190 men. Of these 3,717 are concerned in the strike, and most of the others are thrown out of employment thereby

There are fourteen ex-Union officers in the Senate and seventy-nine representatives in the House. There are nineteen ex-Confederate officers now in the Senate and forty-two in the House.

Beware of the whisperings of political enemies. They will tell you politics should be left out of county affairs. That will do for the party in the minority to preach, but it will not do for Democrats to practice or heed such doctrines. Turn a deaf ear to all disorganizers.

Rev Thomas R Welch, United States Consul at Hamilton, Canada, died suddenly at that place on the 28th ult. Dr. Welch was for many years a resident of Little Rock and pastor of the First Presbyterian church of that city. He was well known throughout the State as a pure and upright man. His remains were buried at Little Rock.

Secretary Manning met with a painful accident on the 23d ult. - being seized with vertigo at the tresury, falling and spraining his ankle. He was taken home in his carriage and attended by his physician, who does not anticipate any serious results. The Secretary has been overworked recently, and some of his friends think that his condition is graver than his physician acknowledges.

The sheriff of Miller county telegraphed to Gov. Huges on last Friday for assistance to quell a mob of 400 lawless men, who were in possession of the Iron Mountain railroad yards at Texarkana, offering and doing violence to the railroad property, and resisting the sheriff and his posse. The Governor authorized the sheriff to call on the Gate City Guards, of Texarkana, to render such assistance as was necessary to execute the law.

There are twenty-two States with Democratic Governors. They are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Five are in States where the Republicans control the Legislature - New York, Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey and Nevada.

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Democrats, your attention is respectfully called to an article from "Lucian," published in this issue of The Echo, concerning a county convention to nominate a county ticket. He argues the question in a logical and forcible manner. Read what he has to say. It is time to commence organizing; in fact, the party should always be organized and ready for action. Thorough organization was the secret of the success of the Republican party which held the reins of government for over twenty years. To accomplish anything Democrats must work in perfect unison. Democrats should certainly wish to see their principles prevail, because they believe them to be right and conducive to good government. This being the case, it is folly for Democrats to stand idle and let a party in the minority crowd them off their own ground and establish its principles and hoist its banner. Cast aside your little side issues rather than your political principles. You may have to eat a little "crow" some times, but eat it like a "little man" and a thoroughbred Democrat; 'tis the "bitter sweet" of political life. Now that the Democratic party has the reins in national affairs shall we relinquish our hold on county and State affairs? If we thus allow the enemy to break our ranks, it will not be long before they will regain their former position and power.

       Mr. Editor: - I see that in the last issue of your paper you suggested that our County Executive Committee meet and take some steps looking to the interests of the Democratic party in the coming campaign.
       I think this is a good suggestion. I think the party ought to organize and put its ticket in the field for county officers. Every true Democrat is so from principle. Every true Republican is so from principle. Every true Democrat believes that the principles of the Democratic party are more in the interest of the people than the principles advocated by any other party, and the same may be said of very true Republican.
       Then, if this be true, it is our duty as Democrats to see that the doctrines which we believe to be right prevail in our county and country, so far as our influence goes .
       Then let us have a convention and nominate a county ticket, and I believe that the Democrats of Marion county will rally to the support of the party with an enthusiasm heretofore unknown. The people know, that the Democratic party is the party that is fighting monopolies of every kind. They know it is the party which is opposing that infamous and unconstitutional doctrine of tariff for protection, by which the rich are made richer and the poor made poorer every day.
       With these facts, and an hundred others that might be mentioned, looking for the Democrats of our county in the face, and with a good ticket in the field, who doubts a triumph for the party? LUCIAN

       A Gazette reporter yesterday saw Capt H S Taber, U.S.A., in charge of the the <sic> engineer work of this district. In reply to inquiries he stated that the work of improving the Upper White River which was suspended during the winter, would be resumed again April 1. The work would be in charge of Mr. E F Officer, as it had been before. The work first would be Buffalo Shoals, then the party will move down the river to meet last year's improvements. With the present appropriation, it is expected to be able to secure a fair low-water channel to Buffalo City, and a medium channel over the shoals. Capt Taber is very much interested and active in the improvement of our navigable streams, and is working faithfully and with good results in this direction. - Little Rock Gazette, March 26th

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       Our town was thrown into a state of intense excitement last Monday evening by the report that Ben Graves, living on Mr. Strait's farm, some five or six miles south of town, had murdered his two children. The facts as near as we can learn them are bout as follows: Graves waked his wife up about 12 o'clock Sunday night and informed her that he was going to kill the children, telling her if she moved or said anything he would kill her also. He then took the oldest, which was just two years old, and beat it to death with his fist, and while he was working with the dead child his wife escaped from the house, leaving the other child, which was just six months old, in the bed, and ran over to a neighbor's for help. Mr. Strait and Mr. Knight accompanied her back to the house and found one of the children lying on the floor and the other on the fire, burned to a crisp. Graves escaped in the woods after killing the children, but was captured early next morning and safely lodged in jail. The coroner's inquest developed the fact that Graves had shown his first symptoms of insanity the day before. He claims that he killed the children under the instructions of God, and that they were offerings for the sins of the people. Great excitement prevails in the county, and some have fears that he will be lynched. Up to the time of the killing Graves had a good reputation in the community in which he lived, and was said to be affectionate to his children. -- Baxter County Citizen

Washington Letter in St. Louis Globe Democrat:
       There are many brilliant and entertaining women in the families of the present Senators. Mrs. Logan and Mrs. McPherson, wife of New Jersey senator, are the two cleverest women in the circle, each in a different way. Mrs. Logan is the typical western woman, and Mrs. McPherson is a typical eastern woman, clever, polished, graceful and brilliant in conversation. Bad health and long absences abroad have kept Mrs. McPherson from being as well known as she would be were she here all the time, but when present she is a power and a force quickly appreciated. Mrs. Mahone is a universal favorite, and, besides shining with front of diamonds on grand occasions, shines by her conversation, which, is full of humor and originality. Mrs. Mahone always has a bubbling of mirth about her, and relates her own experience and describes things and people in a way quite her own. She is an uncompromising American and carried the flag triumphantly through many encounters with the insufferable British tourist during her recent stay abroad. She has a proper scorn for the Europeanized American and his affectations, and a comical story that she once told was of her going to a store or shop, rather, in an English town and innocently asking for crackers. The proprietor hunted through all the shelves and boxes and under the counter, and finally sent the apprentice boy up a ladder and brought down a dusty paper of fire crackers. Though she had to call a cracker a biscuit for the two years she was away, Mrs. Mahone is quite the same as ever now that she is in the land where a cracker is a cracker. Mrs. Spooner, wife of the Wisconsin Senator who has made a stir lately with his maiden speech and funeral oration, is another of the very clever women of the group. Mrs. Spooner is a fine vocalists in addition to other things, and is a quick witted and humorous in conversation. Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Frey give the same honors to Indiana and Maine by their clever conversation, full of witty turns and Senator Dawes' daughter keeps up conversational fire-works right and left all the time. There are other ladies of equal talent in the circle, and Mrs. Don Cameron, Mrs. Call and Mrs. Dolph are considered the most beautiful among them, while Mrs. Eustis, Mrs. Ingalls, Mrs. Manderson and Mrs. Hale are women of fine and striking appearance.

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Secretary of the Interior L Q C Lamar has been invited to deliver the annual address at the Arkansas Industrial University in June.

The Hot Springs News reports the sale of two mines situated in Montgomery and Polk counties, to St. Louis capitalists, for $10,000 each.

Thirty-four buildings, comprising nearly the entire business portion of the city of Helena, were burned on the morning of the 21st ult. the loss is estimated at $325,000, covered by about $225,000 insurance.

Snow two foot deep on the 19th of March is a very remarkable thing for this latitude, yet that is a sight which any citizen of Batesville could have seen last Friday in the rear of J C Bone's furniture store. - Batesville Guard

There's some talk of the Wheelers putting a ticket in the field at the coming election, in this county. We understand, however, that some of the leading members oppose making a political organization of the Wheel. - Baxter County Citizen

Work has begun in earnest on the extension of the 'Frisco road south from Ft. Smith. One hundred thousand feet of lumber has been ordered to build shanties for working men on backbone tunnel, and 120 hands are now at work boring the the <sic> hole. Altus Albion

It is now asserted by persons who claim to be posted in such matters, that the acreage of oats and corn will this season be largely in excess of former years in this State. If this be true we are on the eve of a more prosperous era in agriculture in Arkansas, and meantime, the blighting influence of "anaconda" mortgage will soon be known no more forever among our farmers. - Rural and Workman

The Senate passed the House bill giving the widow of Gen Hancock a pension of $2,000 a year.

Some one claims to have found out that the bushel of corn which the distillers buy for thirty cents is eventually sold to the drinkers for $40.50.

Miss Abigail Bates died at Scituate, Mass., a few days since, aged 89 years. She was one of the two heroines who during the war of 1812, drove the British forces from that harbor by concealing themselves in the bushes and playing vigorously upon the fife and drum, thereby leading the enemy to believe that a large force was ready to receive them.

The total cost of the liquor drank is $527,500,000 per year, and the average per head of our entire population would be ten dollars. Last year $316,000,000 worth of beer was consumed, and there was more money sunk in spirits by $316,000,000 than was paid for boots, shoes and cotton goods. The amount expended on drink yearly would sustain six million people.

A St Louis commercial touris, whose territory is in Arkansas, made a trip through the worst portion of Texas and was making some very uncomplimentary remarks about the country through which they were passing, when a brother traveler asked him if he did not like Texas better than Arkansas. "No," he replied, "I would rather be a bob tailed dog and belong to a negro in Arkansas than to be Governor of Texas."

The disagreeable weather this week caused us to suspend the rules and turn loose a spring poet. Hear him warble:
Come spring, hurry! Come rushing like a savage;
Bring forth the early verdure, with candidates and cabbage.
Come roaring like a lion, come raging like the sea,
And strew the earth with plenty, whatever it may be.
Abide amongst us early, especially the grass,
For the hungry hordes of cattle have kept a hungry fast.
Renew the earth in splendor, spread out the velvet green,
Dish out abundant blessings from the subject to the queen.
Come spring, we are in earnest, don't linger on the way,
The turnip-tops are giving out, the corn about to play.
The turkeys want to gobble, and all other hope is lost,
Unless you hasten up this way and sit down upon the frost.

       Of apoplexy, on the night of the 22nd inst., after an illness of but a few hours, James A. Wilson, of this town. He was born in Yancy county, North Carolina, in 1821; removed to Marion county, Ark., in 1846, and was once a Representative of that county in the Legislature. For many years up to the time of his death he had been a prominent member of the bar and had an extensive acquaintance and practice in North Arkansas. He leaves a widow and several children. - Harrison Banner, 26th ult.

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"What's the price of eggs?"

County Court convenes Monday

Subscribe to the Sunday School organ fund.

Subscribe to your county paper. Don't borrow your neighbor.

The wet, cold weather has delayed farmers greatly with their work.

The recent cold snap has undoubtedly killed the peaches in this section.

The steamer Home was at McBee's last Sunday. She will be up again today or tomorrow.

Yesterday was All Fools' day. The day comes but once a year, but the fools we have with us always.

A polar wave struck this part of the moral vineyard Monday, and overcoats and fires have been in demand.

Mrs. O. H. Tucker will begin her instructions in instrumental music next Monday, April 5th, for a term of three months.

Assessor Cravens has been in town this week with "the boys." Cravens is as full of good jokes as an egg is of meat.

This town is in fine trim to receive a snide show or "kangaroo" an egg peddler. The merchants are overstocked with hen fruit.

Only two marriage license issued since our last report, as follows:
R. B. Jefferson - Miss Ida Wood
J. C. Wood - Miss D. E. Palmer

Mr. W. L. Massey, of Hampton Creek township, was a caller at this office on Monday. He has lately been engaged in teaching school in Searcy county.

We have some very "able and efficient hoss swappers" in our town - boys who understand their business. Strangers would do well to steer clear of them.

Another light touch of "the beautiful" on Tuesday. Gentle Spring should be ashamed of herself for lingering so long in the lap of Winter. It is time to quit such flirting.

We acknowledge a pleasant call yesterday from Mr. T. G. Stokes, one of Marion's solid farmers. He says the wheat crop looks finer than he ever saw it in this country at this season. The stand is good.

Rev. Sam Jones is credited with saying that the most beautiful sight in the world is to see a family around a cheerful fire with the head of the family reading his local newspaper, which he has paid for in advance.

The County Wheel held a meeting at the Masonic Hall at this place yesterday. A large number of Wheelers attended. We will publish the proceedings of this meeting next week if we are furnished them.

On last Saturday Mr. K. J. Hudson received a letter from his father, Mr. H. W. Hudson, Sr.; who is with the Carthage and Batesville railroad engineers. At the time he wrote they were at Round Bottom. They expected to get to St. James, Stone county, this week.

In this issue of The Echo the Chairman of the County Democratic Central Executive Committee publishes a call for a meeting of the committee at this place, on Saturday April 10th. Every member of the committee should be present. Read the call, on first page.

Mr. R. P. Carson, living six miles south of town, while hauling wood on Tuesday, met with a very painful accident. While going down a hill the load of wood slid down on the horses, causing them to run. Mr. Carson was thrown from the wagon and run over by the wheels, breaking his arm near the shoulder. Dr. Lindley is attending him, and says Mr. C. is getting along finely.

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At a recent meeting of the Bachelor's Club, a member, noted for his gallantry, and who never allows the town branch to interfere with his engagements, arose in his usual dignified manner and addressed the Club on a most important subject. The Echo man being present took down the speech in short hand. The following is the able address:
       "Mr. Chairman: There seems to be a great stumbling block in the way of this club's matrimonial progress. I, for one, Mr. Chairman, am not hankering so everlastingly after this single cussedness. I am in favor of removing that infamous obstacle that obstructs my pathway to matrimonial bliss. I am after quitting bachelordom. I want to don the silken harness, so to speak. I want to meander down life's rugged pathway in double harness awhile. To come more to the point, Mr. Chairman, I want a wife. I am tired, yes, awfully tired of sewing on buttons, darning socks and half-soling pantaloons. I am tired of so-called single blessedness. I want someone to love me, someone to caress me, and some one to -- make fires next winter. Thems my sentiments, Mr. Chairman. [Applause] Now, Mr. Chairman, I have made a thorough canvass of this matter, and I find that a certain bylaw we adopted some time ago, in a moment of temporary insanity, is the cause of my several ignominious failures lately to get a wife. I refer, Mr. Chairman, to that famous, or infamous, if you please, "boarding house clause". I was pouring out the longings of my tender heart to a fair young maiden only the other evening and when I told her how madly and blindly I loved her, and how I longed to make her my better half by a large majority, she turned up her nose and recommended the cook to my consideration. She said, "Do you suppose I want to run a boarding house and cook for your horrid old Bachelors' Club?" Yes, Mr. Chairman, she turned up her nose! [Sighs] And she is not the only one, Mr. Chairman. None of them want to run a hashery! In conclusion, Mr. Chairman, let me say, that "Boarding house law" must go - must be repealed, or myself expelled! I want to marry and I'll be totally jumped up if I don't! Don't suppose the Senator from the sunny south is the only great man who is love sick. My name is not Jones, but I am going to have a wife if takes all summer and if I have to repeal every law this club has ever made."
       This eloquent speech did its work. A motion was made to repeal the odious law, and was carried without a dissenting vote. The eloquent orator was then voted a leather medal and a wig for his valuable services to the club.


Health is just splendid.

Overcoats are in demand.

The ground is thoroughly soaked and "fenny."

The steamer Home rounded out from McBee's lading Sunday with a good down trip.

The wheat crop is looking remarkably well. The prospect was never better at this season of the year for a fine crop.

Candidates have not broke the ice yet, but as the weather moderates you will see that White River has a full school of the "howdy, dowdy do, and how's your wife and how are you," beseiging the "dear people" for their votes at the September election.

On Saturday last I saddled up my pony and hied away toward the sunset. After traversing some ten miles west of Yellville, I reined up at the residence of John Tabor, the oldest settler in the county, having emigrated here twelve years before Arkansas was a State. After taking care of the horses and partaking of a hasty supper, we then gathered chairs around the old fireplace and indulged ourselves in a pleasant colloquy. Mr. Tabor's reminiscence of the juvenile days of the county is still fresh on his mind, and is his favorite topic. He told us that he was the first man to set out an apple tree in the county, and was the first man to cut a stick between White River and Yellville. Forty or fifty of the apple trees that he set out fifty-eight years ago on the farm of Aunt Patsy Tucker are still living. He also stated that he had "tripped the light fantastic toe" with an Indian squaw, with galtigaskins on and a big silver ring in her nose, for a partner. -- March 30, 1886. W. B. F., Jr.

Lee, the "egg man", had the merchants of this place and other points in the county buying up eggs for him several weeks, and when hen fruit "took a tumble", he "silently folded his tent" and skipped to parts unknown, and left the eggs behind.

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When nature falters and require help, recruit her enfeebled energies with Dr J H McLean's Strengthening Cordial and Blood Purifier. $1.00 per bottle.

       Those who desire to learn a business at which they can make big money can now do so by addressing (with 20 cts. to pay postage) "C", Box 51, Batesville, Ark.

Far better than the harsh treatment of medicines which horribly grip the patient and destroy the coating of the stomach. Dr J H McLean's Chills and Fever Cure, by mild, yet effective action will cure. Sold at 50 cents a bottle.

Ad for Dr McLean's Homeopathic Liver & Kidney Balm & his Candy Vermifuge for kids with worms - transcribed before

       We will send The Mountain Echo and the Arkansas Gazette, one of the best weeklies in the South, one year, to any address for $2.50. The subscriber will be entitled to the Gazette premium, a splendid two bladed pocket knife, which will be sent by mail prepaid. Now is your chance to get your State and county papers and a good, nice knife.

2nd publication of notice to prove Homestead of William I Dial - see previous issues

Ad - for Prickly Bitters - transcribed in previous issues

AD - Friedman Bros - transcribed in previous issues

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Reprint of the Delinquent Tax Sale list

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Same ads as transcribed for Column 6 in previous issues

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