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Vol 1. No. 11

Mt. Echo Newspaper
May 14, 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 unchanged

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Open letter from J F Wilson, Prosecuting Attorney - standing for relection

Local political office announcements previously transcribed

Cut this out and paste it in your hat:
       Township conventions to select delegates to the county convention, will be held in the various townships June 12th.
       County convention, to select and instruct delegates to the State convention, will be held at Yellville June 19th.
       State convention, to nominate a State ticket, will assemble at Little Rock June 30th
       Primary elections in the various townships in the county, for the purpose of nominating a ticket for the various county offices, will be held August 7th.

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Quotes from other papers - mostly national news

On the last day of May there was a strike all over the country for an increase in wages and eight hours for a day's work. In many instances the demands of the strikers were complied with, but in many others the manufactures combined and locked them out, claiming they could stand no advance in wages.

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       We call the attention of the readers of The Echo to the circular of J F Wilson, published elsewhere in this issue. Mr. Wilson was elected two years ago to the office of Prosecuting Attorney of this judicial circuit, and his record will bear us out in saying that he has made a faithful, and efficient officer. As a lawyer he ranks high with his contemporaries. That he is worthy of the endorsement at the polls next September, his past record is conclusive evidence. In referring to Mr. Wilson's announcement, the Boone Banner says: "Col. Wilson has been long and favorably known to the people of this circuit as a clever gentleman and able attorney. His record as Prosecuting Attorney is one of his strongest recommendations for the office. His percentage of convictions in felony cases is the largest ever made in the circuit - about 89 per cent - and in misdemeanor cases it is equal to any. The argument for the retention in office of men who have been tried and have proved efficient, is a very strong one."

Report of "The Chicago Riot" - people striking for more pay and eight hour working day

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"You Tickle Me and I'll Tickle You' Idea Condemned
Psandy Hollar, Mahrion Counter, Arkensaw article suggesting positions on the board of equalization be spread across townships rather than all from White River

STATE NEWS - snippets of news from around the state

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The Rush Creek Mines Booming.
The Crops - Hints to Democrats

Editor Echo: - I take my pen again to give such news items from this part of the county as I have been able to gather

Health here is remarkable good, except a considerable number of our citizens are affected with mining fever. As yet none have proven fatal as far as I know. Miller, of Kansas, of whom I spoke in my former letter, has returned to the mines, accompanied by several other splashing looking gentlemen, who seem desirous of ascertaining the cause of all the racket here about mineral. I am satisfied from the present outlook that they will soon have an attack of the above named fever. There is now no doubt about it. Zinc and Copper are here in abundance, and the boys are lively about it, you bet.

Surveyor Black has been here for several days, surveying mineral claims and some other lands, and a general boom prevails.

Our farmers are busy planting cotton. Some are done. The recent rainfall was thankfully received here, as the ground was getting very hard. The crop prospect here is generally good at this writing.

Mr. B Mears, who got a leg broke some months ago in falling from a wagon, is said to be gradually improving.

Our annual school meeting comes off next Saturday, and the present writer is a candidate for school director. I am determined to keep trying until I get an office. Must have it.

I noticed in The Echo of the 30th ult. the proceedings of the Democratic Central Executive Committee. I heartily endorse the action of the committee in their call of primary elections to nominate a county ticket. A united effort is the only means of success, and I hope that every Democrat will respond and turn out and vote for the men of their choice for the various offices of the county. The Democratic party has done much for this country, as every man who is well posted very well knows. the rest of the article is discussion past and present Democrats and national issues - Jim Pills


Business is dull.

Stock improving.

Health was never better than at present.

Farming operations are going bravely forward.

White river has donned her "Sunday" and now registers ten feet on the government gages.

I was shown some very fine specimens of copper ore by Mr. Jo Lewallen, one of White River's best citizens, recently.

Sunday evening I visited Charley Lewallen, one of my old classmates at school when we were boys, who has been confined to his room for six months with lung fever. He is yet hopeful of his recovery.

On last Saturday I was presented a nice linen handkerchief from Grandma Flippin that she had hemmed with her hands as neat and nice as if it had been done on a forty dollar Howe machine. She gave me the handkerchief as her eighty-eighth birthday gift.

On last Sunday evening at 4 o'clock Wm R Reynolds led Mrs. Margaret Daffron to the hymonial altar, where they were made one. Rev. W H Wood officiated. Your correspondent wishes the happy couple all of the joys incident to a happy married life. They are both highly respected and much liked here, and a host of friends join us in wishing them a bon voyage through life's fitful, changing scenes. --- May 11, 1886 W. B. F., Jr.

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Preaching on Sunday, and no mistake this time.

Fifteen new subscribers this week, and plenty room for more.

Dr. G. F. Elam was in town this week and gave us a call.

The merry crack of the croquet ball is now heard in town.

Big stock of Furniture just received at Layton & Cowdrey's.

The county Wheel will meet at Yellville on next Friday, the 21st.

The M E Sunday School is in a flourishing condition. An organ is badly needed.

Lawyers J C Floyd and B F Fee went to Baxter county yesterday on legal business.

Don't forget the township convention, which is called to meet on the 12th day of June.

The three big A's -- Alex. Scott, Albert Cravens and Abe McVey -- went to Harrison yesterday.

Messrs Marion Wickersham and G Wash Weast started for Texas yesterday in a two-horse wagon.

Mr. J F Davis, of Clear Creek, will please accept our thanks for three subscribers to The Echo this week.

Mr. John Cowdrey and family and Misses Edna Layton and Lillie McDowell returned from Harrison yesterday.

Our Bearden township correspondent, "Jim Pills," furnishes The Echo an interesting letter this week. Read it.

Call at Dr. W C Wilson's and get one of Dr. Bull's almanacs and a trail package of Dr. Bull's Blood and Liver Pills.

DeRoos Bailey, Esq., visited his Boone county friends and relatives since our last issue. He returned home Wednesday.

One marriage license issued since our last report - W H Reynolds to Mrs. Margaret Daffron, both of White River Township.

Mr. E J Rhodes, of Elixir, Boone county, was in town several days this week attending to some business before the county court.

Dr W C Wilson has just received a fresh invoice of Dr. Bull's celebrated medicines - the only place in town where they are for sale.

County court adjourned Wednesday till court in course. The most important business before the court was the settlement made by collector.

Dr. Bull's Herb and Iron, Blood and Liver Pills, and Blackberry Tonic, just received at Dr. W C Wilson's. These are the finest proprietory medicines made.

From all over the county we hear good reports from the farmers. The weather for the past few weeks has been delightful, and they have been making good use of the time.

The Echo is responsible for none of the views expressed in communications appearing in its columns, but no communications will be printed except from responsible parties.

Mr. Alex. Scott is now a gay grass-widower. Mrs. Scott and children left on Tuesday for Decatur, Ills., where she will spend the summer visiting relatives and friends.

Dr. J S Lindley returned Sunday evening from St Louis, where he attended the American Medical Association which convened in that city last week. The doctor no doubt had a pleasant time.

The boys have revived the band and the toot of the brass horn is again heard in the land. This is right. There is plenty of musical talent in Yellville and there should be a good band.

Elder Jacob Smith died at his home in Prairie township, on Sunday night, the 9th inst. He was buried on Monday with Masonic honors at the Patton graveyard. He was an old and respected citizen of the county.

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We have seem some very fine specimens of ore on exhibition at Cunningham & Bradley's store, from the Rush Creek mines in Marion county. It was sent them by a Mr. Miller, an old Kansas miner, who says it is very rich in silver and zinc. - Boone Banner

On Wednesday evening the editor of The Echo was made the recipient of the handsomest and sweetest bouquet of the season. Little Mary Young was the donor, and we thank her most heartily and wish for the little miss a life as pure and innocent as the fragrant flowers her hands plucked amid the exhaling dews of the bright May morning.

Capt. B H Trimble, the irrepressible, was in town several days this week. He represents the famous Boone County Tobacco Factory, and his brands of tobacco are favorites with users of the weed in this section. Your attention is called to his new advertisement in this issue. He has given out the idea of locating at Lead Hill for the present.

Mr. J P Gilliam, of Desoto Springs, presented the editor of The Echo this week two handsome paper weights, made of Arkansas marble. They are pyramidal in shape, nicely polished and finished, and the workmanship of Mr. Gilliam. They are convenient, as well as ornamental to our table, and we extend sincere thanks to Mr. G. for this kind remembrance.

Mr. W H McDowell, of Columbus, Kansas, was in town Wednesday. He has been prospecting at Rush Creek mine and expressed himself as satisfied with the outlook. He was on his way to Harrison to buy some lands in the Rush Creek neighborhood. From Harrison he will go to his home in Kansas, but will return again soon. He is expecting several other miners here from Kansas in a few days.

White it is our right and privilege to say what we may in advocacy of the claims and merits of any candidate, when that candidate is our decided choice, we shall adhere to the long established and universal rule of newspapers to charge a reasonable fee for publishing communications laudatory of candidates one over the other. Our friends, and friends of candidates, will please bear this in mind. It takes money, not air, to keep a newspaper alive and running.

Dr. Lindley had been wearing a sickly, "sent for-and couldn't- go" expression ever since he returned from St. Louis until yesterday eve, when his face suddenly brightened up, and he skipped across the street to tell us that he felt a "heap" better, and then commenced humming "Every day'll be Sunday by-and by." When we suggested that his recovery was due to the arrival of a certain vehicle from the west, he blushed like a maiden wrestling with her first love.

Of all cranks the religious crank is the crankiest. He, she or it, as you may please to call the crank, can talk all day long, without intermission, and bore a whole town to death without the slightest feeling of compunction. The man whose narrow-contracted mind cannot see any good in any doctrine except his own dogma, might talk until his hairs is as white as cotton and as long as Sampson's before he married, and would never accomplish anything more than disgusting his unfortunate hearers. If you are bound to talk, for mercy's sake hire a hall, and saw the air to your entire satisfaction. Give us a rest, will you?

Next Saturday is the day fixed by law for the annual school meetings, when one director for each school district shall be elected. Turn our and vote for good men who have the school interest at heart. Good public schools have much to do with building up our country. Men seeking homes always inquire about the schools of a neighborhood before settling there. If we want thrifty, intelligent people to settle in this county, good schools will be a great inducement. If we want the scum, of the older States for neighbors and citizens, do away with schools and churches and throw open the doors of saloons and gambling dens.

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County Surveyor J W Black called to see us last Saturday. Last week he was engaged at the Rush Creek mines, laying off mining claims and surveying deeded property. He says there is quite a boom in that vicinity, but a greater one is expected soon. The rich deposits of zinc and copper at that point, and in several portions of the county, are attracting much attention just now. Marion is second to no county in the State in meneral wealth. A railroad through this section is all that is needed. When a railroad is built we may expect a boom that will liven up every class of business, and old Marion will take her place in the front rack.

article about a dummy in front of Betty's store dressed up like a candidate


Twenty-two convicts were recently taken from Fort Smith to the house of correction at Detroit.

The Salem Informer reports considerable damage to property in Fulton county by the hail storm last week.

After five years of labor the Panama canal has penetrated the isthmus for a distance of eight miles, at a cost of $16,000,000. Four times that sum will be needed to complete it.

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Article about the Logan county Agricultural Wheel

Same Land Office notices printed in prior issues

Ad for books - type is too small to read any of the titles

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Ads for local businesses - transcribed previously

Ads for other newspapers

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