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Vol 1. No. 6

Mt. Echo Newspaper
April 9, 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 & weekly ads transcribed in prior issue

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The Pan-Electric telephone investigation still goes bravely on, but is not panning out to suit the over-righteous party.

Work has been resumed on the Iron Mountain and the Missouri Pacific railroads, but it cannot be positively stated that the strike is ended.

It is said that Mr. Milburn, the blind chaplain of the House, draws more visitors to the galleries than the eloquence of the statesmen on the floor.

Ex-Senator Roscoe Conkling appeared at Albany the other day on legal business, and when he arose to speak he had an audience such as no man could draw there except himself. It was sometime after he rose before he could proceed with his speech, owing to the applause that greeted him

The Governor of Florida has refused to appoint a man to fill the place of Senator Jones. He says there is no vacancy in the constitutional sense and consequently he has no power to fill a vacancy which does not in fact exist. He seems to think he, and not the Senate, has the power to say whether a vacancy exists or not.

The Mountain Echo, published at Yellville, Ark, has reached us. It is a neat little sheet, and having known its editor, Mr. Dallam, from his boyhood, we can recommend him as being a true Kentucky gentlemen. - Randolph Herald

Thanks, Bro. Bolen. We think we recognize in the editor of the Herald our old-time friend, "Sallie Muggins." Shake!

The Gazette says that is rumored that, ex-Senator Thurman will be invite into the cabinet - probably into the State department; and that Secretary Bayard will be transferred to the Treasury, and that Joseph E McDonald will be made Attorney General in place of A H Gailand; who intends to retire from the department of Justice soon. This is only rumor.

The Bentonville papers state that Prosecuting Attorney J Frank Wilson in closing the case of the State vs Gates for murder in the second degree, made one of the greatest mistakes of his life. The jury returned a verdict of guilty of manslaughter, and assessed defendant's punishment at two years in the penitentiary. The defense was represented by Ex-Senator J D Walker, H A Dismore and Mr Hammonds.

The Democratic State Central Committee met at Little Rock on Wednesday, March 31st, and decided to hold the State Convention June 30th, at Hyde's opera house, Little Rock. The basis of last year's convention was agreed upon for the convention. This is based on the vote for Gov Hughes, and gives one delegate to each 400 votes or fractions of 200 and over, making something over 200 delegates. No proxies will be recognized not authorized by the county conventions.

We publish this week the prospectus of the New Orleans Times-Democrat, one of the very best newspapers in the South. We have made arrangements with this most excellent southern journal by which we can furnish the Weekly Times-Democrat and The Mountain Echo one year for the small sum of $2. The price of the Times-Democrat alone is $1.50. The Daily Times-Democrat and The Mountain Echo will furnish one year for $9. The price of the Daily Times Democrat alone is $12. Subscribe through this office.

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The Life of Little Rock, comes to us this week printed in red ink - a genuine "red headed" paper. Although a paper that should always be "well read," it does not generally come out in such glowing colors. It is a splendid society and literary journal neatly printed on beautiful tinted paper and never gets red headed except when the editor gets red hot. The strike prevented the shipment of the usual supply of tinted paper, and the editor of Life got red hot, and instead of "painting the town red" printed his excellent paper red.

The debate on the Edmunds resolution establishes the fact that the general opinion of Senators is that no adminstration can prosper unless it is run by its political friends. This seems to be the idda of not only the leading Democrats who spoke on the Edmunds resolution, but of the Republicans too. Mr. Ingalls said: "When the people decided a change of administration that implied that there should be a change of the agencies through which the administration might be made effective." "History has show," said Mr. Vorhees in his very able and exhaustive speech, "that no party can administer the affairs of a government through the instrumentality of its enemies." Perhaps Mr Cleveland will at least condescend to listen to such men.

The Rula Wold, of St. Louis, published on the 31st ult. 150 reports in reply to a circular sent out to the principal fruit shipping points in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Georgia, from which it is clear that Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky will have no peaches; Tennessee may have a half crop, Arkansas about the same, while Mississippi and Northern Texas report but slight injury. Alabama and Louisiana will have their usual peach and small fruit supply. While Arkansas and Tennessee will not have a half crop of strawberries, Missouri and Kentucky, will have an average of small fruits. The season is reported backward at all points. The vegetable supply and general prospects are equal to those of any former year in the teritory heard from.

A Crank of the spiritualistic persuasion gives the following version of haunted houses; "A house may be haunted by some person in the flesh for some devilment, or it may be genuinely haunted. In the case of a real haunt, it is some earthbound spirit, we think who is held there on account of a desire to finish some work. Sometimes it is a lost will or hidden money, at others some revenge that has not been satisfied. The spirit is constrained by a strong desire to do some good or ill to some one who it had known at the house. When this desire is satisfied the haunt leaves. We could go to such a house with our mediums and hold conversation with the spirits and relieve the trouble. Usually such a spirit is undeveloped, but I think we should be able to communicate with it. At least we should not hesitate to make the attempt."

On the 31st ultimo Representative O'Neill, of Missouri, from the House committee on labor reported a bill to provide for the speedy settlement of controversies and differences between common carriers engaged in interstate and territory transportation of property and passengers and their employes. Mr Reagan, of Texas, opposed the bill on the ground that it would take from the local tribunals the settlement of a local question - a question between the hirer and the laborer. He said: "The remedy for troubles like the present was to be found through the ballot box, by the election of State Legislatures and Congresses and Presidents who would respect the rights of the people, and who would stop the system of robbery of the many for the benefit of the few which had been going on for the last twenty years. Until these large corporations were controlled by law and the monopoly of national banks was stopped, no remedy would be found for these ills." The House passed the bill on last Saturday by a vote of 195 to 29.

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Concerning the address of Mr Powderly, Grand Master of the Knights of Labor, the Louisville Courier-Journal says: "Grand Master Powderly's expressions, which have been published at ample length throughout the country are so mild and conservative, that all apprehensions of extended and serious disturbances in the channels of commerce might be at once dismissed. It may be accepted as a proclamation of peace, not indeed in design, but indirectly through the official statement of policy which is announced for the first time authoritatively, if not in official form. If Mr Powderly speaks the sentiments of his order, or if he does not, it should be regarded as conclusive, if he knows who to weigh his words, for in the one alternative the order must condemn the strike, and most emphatically so in some of its later aspects; and in the other alternative the Grand Master's uttering so emphatically and publicly a sentiment and policy to which the order does not adhere, would simply mean a division between the body and its head - it would imply a lack of organic consistency and motive and harmony, which would also imply impotence. It is to be hoped that Mr Powderly's version of the aims and methods of the order is correct, as nothing could be clearer that it will be to the best interests of working men in common that their organized efforts should be addressed to methods of arbitration, to peaceful, law-observing protests, to the ballot box.

The New York Star says: "Thus for more than eighty years has the Democratic party been pledged to either free trade or a tariff for revenue only. Starting out in Jefferson's time with a declaration in favor of free commerce with all nations, after the tariff once became an issue in politics, the party's declarations were uniformly against the protective doctrine. Again and again the declaration first formulated in 1840, that "no more revenue ought to be raised than is required to defray the necessary expenses of the government, has been repeated and at every democratic convention, with two exceptions, for nearly half a century the doctrine has either been endorsed or renewedly affirmed. It is a doctrine diametrically opposed to the protective theory, and is an essential part of that body of doctrine that binds the Democratic party together. Whosoever opposes it is no Democrat, and if professedly Democratic Congressmen can render the party incapable of asserting and enforcing this doctrine and policy, they will destroy the Democratic party. This might as well be understood plainly by the southern Congressman who purposes attempting to defeat the Morrison bill, which is a very modern step toward redeeming the pledge to revise and reform the tariff given by the last Democratic convention. If these gentlemen propose to deprive the Democratic party of the character and principle that have been its support in the north and west during the years it has been excluded from power, they can do so, but they must do it with their eyes fully open to the fact that the result of their policy will be the restoration of the Republican party to power. If they feel satisfied to this let them inform their constituents what they are about and go ahead."

For several days last week the jail was the center of attraction for the town. Everybody wanted to see the man who was crazy enough to murder his own children. There is a diversity of opinions in regard to the case. Some think him a lunatic of the worst type, while others think that he is playing crazy to save his neck. However the authorities all pronounce him crazy. - Baxter County Citizen.

Louisville, Ky., wants a sub-treasury and congressman Willis thinks her chances are good.

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       Anecdotes of Lincoln are innumerable, but now and then a new one floats out of the tide of gossip. An old citizen of Washington gives me this one, which I had never heard before. In his boyhood, Lincoln was befriended by a family in humble circumstances who generously aided hi in the effort to attain advancement in life. He afterward left his little town to seek a wider sphere of action with a mental vow one day to repay the kindness of these unselfish friends. After many years he returned to the scene of his early struggle, a successful lawyer, with a name already known to fame. The community was agitated over a murder committed in its midst by one of its townfolk. Lincoln was requested to undertake the defense; the particulars were furnished him and by a strange interposition of fate he saw a way to repay his early debt - for the accused was the son of his early friend. There was little chance to refute the evidence against the young man, for two respected citizens swore to recognition of his face by the light of the moon as they surprised him at the side of the victim. Lincoln arose to open the defense. He carelessly asked for an almanac, which he saw lying on the clerk's desk, simply for the sake of gaining time, while he sought in his mind for a clew to the sympathies of the jury - a cold, hard set of men, with convictions already formed. As he abstractly flattened the leaves of the book, his eye, even at this trying moment, lit up with something akin to that keen sense of humor so characteristic of him, and he began his speech. His words fell like the rattling of artillery upon the astonished, spell-bound audience, and without leaving the box the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty." He cleared the prisoner and found the witness guilty of perjury.
       "But gentlemen," said Lincoln, years after in telling this story, "I was careful to keep that almanac in my hand the while, and to carry it out of the court with me - there was no other copy there."
       "What had the almanac to do with it?" questioned my friend.
       "It was a year old," said Lincoln, with a twinkle of humor in his eye, "And proved conclusively that the moon did not shine on the night of the date of the murder - in the previous year. When the truth leaked out, as of course it did, they could not try the man over again and wisely concluded that silence is golden." -- Atlanta Constitutional


Health in this section is good.

Hogs are very scarce in this locality.

Corn in this section is reported to be very scarce.

Corn planting is the order of the day. Everybody is busy.

Farmers are going to work with a vim - more so than usual.

Cattle looking remarkably well, considering the hard winter, late spring and scarcity of feed.

The wheat and oats crop in this section is looking remarkably well for this season, and a larger area of both has been sown than usual.

Farmers generally are backward with their crops on account of the unfavorable season. A few have planted corn, but will doubtless have to replant.

Married -- Mr. M. N. Cheek to Miss Susan Thompson, at the residence of the bride's father, in Hampton township, on Sunday, April 4th, 1886, by John Quincy Adams. -- J. P. Rambler

       Notice is hereby given to the miners of the Harrison Mining district of Arkansas that the annual meeting will be held at Doddsville, Marion county, Tuesday, the 4th day of May, 1886 at 1 o'clock p.m. of said day, for the purpose of electing officers, according to Section 4 of the by-laws, and to transact any other business pertaining to the district. J E Rhodes, President. Attest: Wm Kenner, Recorder. April 5, 1886

The craze for the President's autograph seems to surpass any other in Washington at this time.

The Mariana Index suggests Gen Tappan, of Hellena, as he next Democratic candidate for Governor. Simon P. is our choice.

Senator Vance, of South Carolina, made a very able speech in the Senate the other day on the repeal of the civil Service Act. He claims that it is unconstitutional.

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A Mrs. Wheeler, of Madison county, lately gave birth to triplets -- all girls. How is that for a Wheeler?

The "sweet singer of Benton" will again be in the field to represent Benton county in the next session of the Legislature.

Judge John Baxter of Tennessee, who died recently in Hot Springs, was a brother of ex-Gov. Elisha Baxter, of Batesville.

According to actual county, says a correspondent of the Charleston Vindicator, there are twenty-seven widows within the corporate limits of Ozark.

The river and harbor bill, as completed by the committee, appropriates $75,000 for the improvement of Arkansas river; $18,000 for White; $5,000 for Black and $6,000 for St Francis.

R. P. Pulliam, postmaster at Eureka Springs, was discovered short $600 in his accounts. He afterwards made the sum good, but was suspended and the office placed in the hands of William A. Broad, representing the sureties.

On the 31st ult. The Little Rock Cooperage company's factory was almost totally destroyed by fire, throwing nearly 100 men out of employment. The loss about $20,000, insurance $5,750. The factory will be rebuilt as quickly as possible.

The Carthage and Batesville railroad surveyors say that Mountain View is situated on an elevation 150 feet higher than the county two miles distant east or west, but that the town will have a railroad all the same. So says the Expositor.

Last week a tornado swept the town of Helena, unroofing the court house, tearing the coal barges and flat-boats from their moorings along the river and sending them adrift, and doing other serious damage to the property of the citizens of the place.

The Graphic says the census of the city of Van Buren was taken last week, and shows a very flattering increase over the population in 1880. At that time it was only 1370, and the present census shows 2150 people of which 1477 are white and 673 are colored.

It is said that the farm hands in Pettis and Saline counties have organized a Union. They have, it is said, a grievance demanding redress or they will break every bull tongue and double shovel on the plantation. The proprietor must divide, or a strike will be ordered all along the line - Randolph Hearld.

An exchange says Fordyce has a colored man who has been turning white since 1847. His name is Lemanual Hawley, and he is 63 years old. His face and neck are spotted and his body is almost entirely white. He says when he was brought to Arkansas from South Carolina in 1811 he was as black as the ace of spades.

Says the Rural and Workman, of Little Rock: "Encouraging reports are coming to us from the wheat growing portions of our State. The area sown last year is somewhat greater than formerly, and as a rule, it has wintered well and is coming out splendidly. The oats crop were are also assured, has been given more attention than formerly this season, and is coming forward nicely."

Grand Wheel Appointments:
       As there was no executive committee elected at the last session of the Grand Wheel, I hereby, by authority vested in me appoint the following named gentlemen to act on that committee until the next annual session: R B Carl Lee, Devails Bluff; E T Flippin, Flippinsville; John P Jones, Little Rock; J T Anderson, Heber; W J Blakwell, Clarendon. Isaac McCracken G.P.A.W.
       Feeling that it is proper for the members of the Agricultural Wheel to make an expression concerning said action -- Resolved, that the Economist as an organ of the Wheel should be condemned, all support withheld, and that no member of the Wheel can consistently support P R McKennon for any office.
       Resolved, that this be published in the State Wheel Enterprise and Little Rock Gazette.
       Other papers will please copy.
       JH Stevens; JH Eubanks; JH Swinell; committee; County Wheel, Yell County, Ark. March 20, 1886.

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Corn is reported scarce in this county.

Kraut, pickles and vinegar at L.L. Seawel's.

Mr. John Wood, enrolled with The Echo this week for a year.

Several smiling faces in town. The town branch has subsided.

The public school at this place will close two weeks from today.

A few sidewalks in Yellville would be an improvement which is sadly needed.

Next Monday is the day set for the sale of the lands returned deliquent.

Twenty four pounds of Kraut for $1, and pickles as cheap, at L L Seawel's.

Dr. J. M. Coker was a caller at this office Tuesday and left a dollar in The Echo treasury.

Judge Wm. Horn left a small portion of his salary with us this week to pay for The Echo.

"Ramble" gives us some interesting items from Greasy Creek, Hampton township this week.

The name of the Post Office at Noe's ferry, this county, has been changed from Noe's to Oakland.

The steamers Home and John F Allen were at McBee's this week. The Home went up as far as Lead Hill.

The Echo office is indebted to Mrs. J. H. Berry for the first bunch of flowers of the season. Many thanks.

Mr. E. R. LeMarshal of St. Louis, who is visiting the family of Dr. H. S. Dodd, at Doddsville, was in town Wednesday.

Capt. O. E. Hindes, of Lead Hill, who is largely interested in the zinc mines of this county, was in town Wednesday.

Assessor Cravens and J. C. Berry left here last Saturday for McBee's to meet the steamer Home. They went on her to Lead Hill.

Maj. Alf H. Joblin, representing the well-known firm of Hill, Fontaine & Co. of St. Louis and Memphis, was in town this week.

Miss Flora Montgomery, of Huntsville, Madison county, is taking music lessons under the instruction of Mrs. O. H. Tucker, of this place.

Mr. De Roos Bailey will leave Sunday for Marshal, Searcy county, to attend to some business in the probate court, which meets there on Monday.

The following marriage license have been issued since our last report:
W. E. Nipps to Miss Rachel Day<
M. N. Cheek to Miss Susan Thompson

Mr. A. B. Davis, of Clear Creek, called on us Monday and subscribed for The Echo for himself and a friend. That's the way to encourage your home paper.

County court adjourned Wednesday to meet on Monday, May 10. Nothing except the allowing of accounts and routine business was before the court.

The committee selected to collect money to buy an organ for the Sunday School, in a few hours, on Tuesday, had collected and promised forty-two dollars.

Messers. H L Stanley, J A Rose and G A Glenn were in town on Monday. They paid this office a pleasant call and made the heart of the printer glad by subscribing for The Echo.

During this pretty spell of spring weather the good housewives and chickens are very busy, the former planting their gardens, and the latter giving the planted seeds a lift at every oportunity.

Capt E F Officer was passenger on the Allen Monday evening bound for Buffalo City, where he will resume the work of improving the river. Work will begin at once. The officers and crew will use barges or flat-boats for their quarters. - Batesville Guard, 2nd int.

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Attention is called to the notice of the County Examiner, to be found in another column. A public examination of all persons desiring to teach in the public schools of this county will be held on the 30th of this month.

On Saturday Gov Huges appointed the county boards of equalization to serve for the ensuing year. The board for this county is the same as last year. The members are J W Williams, W B Poynter and Thomas Sutton.

The annual meeting of the miners of the Harrison Mining district of Arkansas will be held at Doddsville, this county, on Tuesday, May 4th, for the purpose of electing officers, and to transact any other business pertaining to the district. Read the notice in another column.

The proprietor of the West End House has purchased a new cooking range and the Bachelors Club has made arrangements by which it can offer the old stove as a premium to the first member who commits matrimony. This should be some inducement to the fair sex to capture a member of the club.

The Echo comes out a little late this week on account of not getting our paper from Mountain Home, where it has been for a number of days. The prompts us to say that one of the great needs of this place is a daily hack to Mountain Home, to connect the West Plains back here. The express business alone would be quite an item if the public could ever depend on the hack.

The great strike is not yet ended. It has at last broke out in Yellville. It is assuming interesting proportions. W Q Seawell has made a "strike" at high prices, and they "tumbled". It still goes on at his establishment, south of the court house and if you want to "strike" a bargain we advise you to call on him. One glance at his 5, 10 and 25 cents counters will convince you that his "strike' is in the interest of the people. Many useful house hold articles will be found on his Nickel Counter, such as tinware, towels, handkerchiefs, and other things too numerous to mention. It will pay you to examine the goods on these cheap counters. Remember, Seawel's stock is brand new, not shelf worn nor shoddy.


It is reported that the cattle around town are dying with some disease supposed to be the black leg. Several head have been lost by some of our cattlemen. - Baxter County Citizen

Ad Dr J H McLean's potion

Ad - those who desire to make money

Ad McLean's Chills & Fever Cure

Encouraging the farmers to read all the newspapers they can get

Ad J H McLean's Liver & Kidney Balm

Need for Good large barns by farmers

Ad worm medicine

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Article - about Spring

       Land Office at Harrison Ark. Mar 17, 1886: Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of intention to make final proof in support of his claim and that said proof will be made before the Register and Receiver of the U S Land Office at Harrison, Ark., on the 27th of April 1886., viz; William I Dial, Hd. Entry No 5531 for the ne trl qr, and nw so sq and sw frl qr sec 4, tp 21 north, range 17 west. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and the cultivation of, said land, viz: Lewis Chaffin, Steven Chaffin, John Robbins and Edward Cruse, all of Lead Hill, Ark. 3-6t. H C Tipton, Register.

       All persons knowing themselves indebted to me for medical services are required to come forward at once and make settlement, either by cash or note. J S Lindley.

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Poem Little Efforts by C.R.

       Notice is hereby given that there will be a public examination of teachers at Yellville, Ark; the 30th day of April, 1886, to ascertain the professional qualifications of all persons desiring to teach in the public schools of Marion County. - J C Floyd, County Examiner, Apr 6, 1886

       Marion Circuit Court - August Term, 1886. W Q Seawell, Plaintiff against Margaret Fee, Mary Noe and the following being heirs at law of Jane Noe, to wit: C W Noe, Thomas Noe, Salina McVey and her husband, A H McVey, Emily Jackson and her husband, David Jackson, Sarah Tatum and her husband, Richard Tatum; also Jane Coker and her husband, Ed Coker, Eden Jefferson and her husband, R A Jefferson, Mary Noe, Minnie Noe and Eizada Belle Noe, heirs at law of Eliza Noe, deceased, the last three named being minors, Defendant. The Defendants, Jane Coker and her husband, Ed Coker; Ellen Jefferson and her husband, R A Jefferson; Sara Tatum and her husband, Richard Tatum, are warned to appear in this court within 30 days and answer the complaint of the plaintiff W Q Seawel. April 8, 1886 - Neal Dodd, Clerk

the same warning order is issued by Abigall Seawell, Plaintiff

Land Office at Harrison, Ark: April 21, 1886:
       Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has final notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim and that said proof will be made before the judge of Marion County, Ark, at Yellville, Ark., on the 15th of May 1886, viz: John C Rae, H E No 156; for the southwest section 6 township 20 north, range 15 west. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of, said land, fiz: J N Griffin, E T Record, G E Orcutt and Jos. W Pace, all of Oakland, Ark. 6 6t H C Tipton, Register

       Notice is hereby given that the undersigned by the virtue of the power given by a certain deed of trust, dated on the 2nd day of February 1881, executed to me by John Langston and Josephine Langston, conveying to me in trust the following real estate hereinafter described to secure to J H Berry the sum of one hundred and forty dollars and forty two cents upon a promissory note executed to the said J H Berry by the said John Langston and dated on the 21st day of February 1884 for the sum of one hundred and forty dollars and forty two cents, one day after date and with interest at the rate of ten percent per annum from date until paid, which said deed of trust is hereby acknowledged and recorded in record book of deeds, Book E at page 159 of the records of Marion county and State of Arkansas, to which reference is hereby made. I will sell, to satisfy the said debt of trust between the hours of 10 o'clock in the forenoon and 2 o'clock in the afternoon on The 10th Day of April 1886, at the court house door, in the town of Yellville, in the county of Marion, and State of Arkansas, at public auction, to the highest bidder, for cash in hand, the following described real estate, situated in the county of Marion, state of Arkansas to wit: The south half of the southwest quarter of Section 17, in Township 17, north of Range 16 west containing 80 acres more or less or so much there of as may be necessary to make the sum of the amount due on said deed of trust. Dated this 5th day of March 1886. H Fee, Trustee

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