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

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July 2, 1886 Issue


Yellville Lodge No. 117, A. F. & A. M., meets Saturday on or before full moon of each month. M. H. Wolf, W. M.; Neal Dodd, Secretary.

Jefferson Lodge No. 284, A. F. & A. M., meets on Saturday at 2 p.m. before the third Sunday in each month. J. N. Loury, W. M.; W. T. Gooch, Secretary.

Union Lodge No. 396, A. F. & A. M., meets the third Saturday in each month at 1 o'clock p.m. All Masons in good standing are cordially invited to attend. J. W. Snipes, W. M.; N. J. Bearden, Sec.

J. F. Wilson, Harrison, Ark. DeRoos Bailey, Yellville, Ark.
And Partners in Civil Practice
Offices at
Yellville and Harrison, Ark.
DeRoos Bailey will also practice in the Criminal Courts.

J. C. Floyd, Yellville W. S. Floyd, Bentonville
And Solicitors in Chancery.
Prompt attention will be given to all business entrusted to their care.

Yellville, Arkansas
Keeps consistently on hand a supply of pure drugs. Physicians' prescriptions carefully compounded at all hours of the day or night.

THE MOUNTAIN ECHO. PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY. Subscription rates. One copy one year in advance ....$1.00
One copy six months " " .... .50
One copy three months " " .... .25


The political pot is warming.

The ice cream supper on Tuesday night was well patronized.

There are now three candidates in the field for the Legislature.

The sound of the threshing machines will soon be heard in the land.

Messrs. John Keener and _____Frost, of Harrison, were in town this week.

The church organ has been purchased and placed in position in the church.

Mrs. Dr. W. C. Wilson returned Tuesday from a visit to friends at Harrison.

The Baptist Sunday school convention convened at Gassville yesterday.

"We have traveled some thousand miles or more," but the road to Desoto Springs is the roughest we ever saw before.

Sunday will be the "glorious fourth," and the best way to celebrate it is to attend church.

The county levying court will meet next Monday. Justices of the peace should not fail to attend.

Luke Matlock has sold his barber shop to James Cowdrey, who will continue the business at the old stand.

Mr. A. S. Layton says he had a mess of roastingears for dinner yesterday. He raised them in his garden.

Mrs. Sarah Weast returned Tuesday after a two-weeks visit at Walnut Ridge and Mammoth Springs.

Quite a number of people in and around town contemplate attending the Wheel picnic at Harrison next Tuesday.

Next Sunday is Rev. O. H. Tucker's regular day to preach at this place. Services morning and at night.

The candidates for prosecuting attorney will speak at the court house next Monday. Let all turn out and hear them.

Layton & Cowdrey are agents for the celebrated Springfield wagon, and will sell them, delivered in Yellville, at factory prices.

Another large lot of Lawns just received, prettier and cheaper than ever: You can now get 16 yards for $1.00 at Layton & Cowdrey's.

Bring in your orders for election tickets. You will need them for the primary election. Every candidate should have a lot printed with his name on them.

It is the bounden duty of every Democratic voter in Marion county to attend the primaries on the 7th of August and vote for his choice for county officers.

As the delegates to the State convention from the county did not attend, Marion's three votes were cast by Hon. C. T. Coffman, proxy, of Little Rock.

Just the thing the farmers in this country need - the Little Hocking Valley One-horse Grain Drills, and you can get them at factory price at Layton & Cowdrey's.

We were thinking the office of county and probate judge was "going a-beging(sic)," but Mr. J. C. Rae comes to the front this week. See his announcement.

The band is thinking of getting up an entertainment soon. If they do, we bespeak for them a liberal patronage. They are improving wonderfully and deserve encouragement.

There is some talk of giving a barbecue picnic at this place in the near future. A committee should be appointed and arrangements made to make the affair a success.

Luke Matlock and family have moved back to their home at Desoto Springs. Luke's old customers regret very much that he made this change, but wish him success all the same.

The Mountain Home people are doing a great deal to build up the educational interest of their town. Is it not about time the citizens of Yellville were doing something in that direction?

The primary election to be held on the 7th of August is to be a Democratic affair, as we understand it, and the committee to hold said election being good, sound Democrats, will see to it that none but Democrats will take part in it.

The District Conference of the M. E. Church, South, for this district, will be held at Eureka Springs July 22d, 23d, 24th and 25th. Rev. O. H. Tucker and family of this place will attend.

J. S. Pritchard and Chas. Covington have leased the Seawel flouring mill and gin and are now overhauling the machinery and getting ready for the oncoming season. Mr. Pritchard is an experienced miller, and the mill will be run under his personal superintendency.

We by authority announce Capt. John C. Rea, of North Fork town-ship, as a candidate for county and probate judge, subject to the action of the Democratic primary election. Capt. Rea is a good citizen, and although our acquaintance with him is limited, we think he is well qualified for the office and would make a splendid judge if elected.

E. L. Berry went down in the Flippin neighborhood Sunday. From him, we learn that Judge Flippin, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Committee for this district, will make a call for primary elections to be held in each county in the district to vote for delegates to a convention which will be called to meet at Harrison about the first of October. The basis of representation will be the same as in the State convention.

We speak by the card when we say that Dr. R. J. Pierce is a candidate for the Legislature, and we refer you to his announce-ment which will be found in the proper column. Of Dr. Pierce's character, his politics, and his qualifications, our readers know more than we do. As a citizen, he stands high with his neighbors, he is a sober and moral man and his Democracy sound. He is well acquainted with the wants of the people and would make a good and faithful Representative.

Messrs. DeRoos Bailey, J. C. Floyd, James Wickersham and Cam Berry, and Misses Una Jobe, Virgie Berry, Nellie Jeffries and Lillie McDowell went down to Desoto Springs yesterday to spend the day -- that is the part of the day between the going and returning -- roving through the Sylvan groves, gazing on the beauties and wonders of nature and drinking from the crystal fountains of health that are bubbling over down there. It was a lively party and they no doubt had a lively time and a good shaking up before they got home. We speak advisedly as to the shaking up. We have been there.

An elopement is the latest sensational news from Franklin Township. We learn from Deputy Sheriff Lawson, who has just returned from that section, that John Yocomb last week eloped with the wife of his brother, Mike Yocomb. The elopement was something out of the usual order. John did not steal his brother's wife, but they mounted horses in the presence of Mike, John remarking, I have now got the woman I have wanted for the last twenty years," and Mike's wife made the same kind of declaration, only substituting "man" for "woman." They then rode off in the direction of Missouri, leaving five children each to be cared for by a grass-widow and grass-widower, while they "rub out" and begin life anew, as it were. "Such is life" over close to Missouri.

We have learned, and from the sheriff, too, that old man Hawkins was killed in this county, and not in Taney county, Mo. There is something strange about this affair, in as much as it was kept so quiet that the sheriff didn't know that a man had been murdered in his county, although the murder was committed openly and no attempt made to conceal the body. Are murders to be thus committed to our county, and the guilty parties allowed to escape and no effort be made to arrest and bring them to justice? It is strange indeed that the constable and good citizens of Franklin township did not inform the sheriff. We learn from Deputy Sheriff Lawson that the murder was committed on the 27th of May last and the inquest was held on the 28th. Just one month from the day of the inquest a warrant, dated June 29th, was issued for the arrest of Allen Henderson, the young man who did the killing, and Isaac Wheeler as accessory. It was a cold-blooded murder and the guilty parties should not be allowed to escape.

The Harrison mail now arrives at this place at 7 o'clock p.m. instead of at noon, and leaves at 6 a.m. The new contractor, we understand, will run a semi-weekly hack.
The mail for Toney post office now leaves here Monday instead of Thursday.
Application has been made to have a schedule on the Sylva route changed so that the mail for that office will leave here on Friday at noon instead of on Tuesday.

Mr. H. J. Noe has sent in his resignation as storekeeper and gauger for this district. It reads as follows:
Yellville, Ark., June 29, '86
Hon. Thos. H. Simms, Internal Revenue Collector, Little Rock, Ark.
       Sir: -- I herewith respectfully tender my resignation as store-keeper and gauger for this district of Arkansas.
Respectfully, H. J. Noe


All serene about the burg.

Crops in fine fix and farmers in fine spirits.

That genial and boss of all the boys, Wallie Berry, paid White River a visit Sunday. Call again, Wallie, our latch-string is always on the outside.

We were informed by H. R. Poynter, one of the committeemen on picnics, that there would be a grand picnic in White River township in the near future, and that he would give the time and place for publication in the next weeks issue of The Echo.

We had the pleasure of seeing a few candidates out rustling around and shaking the old horned fist of working men last week.

We are very sorry to chronicle the fact that our post office, Flippin, has been ordered discontinued after June 30th. So we will be cut off entirely from any office unless we go to Gassville or Yellville, and it is a day's journey to make either trip -- almost like starting to Shoel to go to either place. W.B.F.,Jr.

Later -- We learn from Mr. Jas. Jenkins, our efficient P.M., that it is a mistake about our post office being throttled after the 30th of June. ... W.B.F., Jr. (W B Flippin Jr)


No apologies to make. Health good. Gardens short. Corn and cotton look fine. Wheat light. Oats tolerably good and about ready to be harvested. No peaches. Full crop of apples, pears, cherries, plums and wild berries. Plenty of rain.

Sunday school (Methodist Episcopal) at the Cowan school house every Sunday. W. R. Evans, Superintendent.

Occasional serenade(?) in our vicinity. John White, Jas. McCarty, and Robert Dosier, are to entertain the youngsters by giving them a whole day's free ride on their new swing at White and Hall's mill, on July the 3d. Success to the swing company. June 30, 1886, Wheeler.

Marion Circuit Court, August Term, 1886. Warren Hoskins, Plaintiff, vs.
       The following heirs at law of Jesse Mooney, deceased, to wit: George C. Mooney, Greenwood Mooney, Martha E. Williams, and John Williams, her husband; Mary J. Farmer and Robert F. Farmer, her husband; Jesse Mooney, Laura B. Mooney, Emma F. Mooney, Eugene W. Mooney, Milton L. Mooney, Lorena O. Mooney, Alma J. Mooney, unknown heirs of John Mooney, deceased; Rosella Mooney, Alberta Mooney, Maud Mooney, heirs of Calhoun Mooney, deceased; A. G. Byler, administrator of Jesse Mooney, deceased; A. B. Trammel, T. O. Horn and H. M. Horn, Defendants.
       The defendants, unknown heirs of John Mooney, deceased, Mary J. Farmer and Robert Farmer, her husband; Greenwood Mooney, Jesse Mooney, Martha E. Williams and John Williams, her husband, are warned to appear in this court within thirty (30) days and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, Warren Hoskins. -- Neal Dodd, Clerk. June 18, 1886, by James Estes, D. C.

State of Arkansas
County of Marion
James Creek Township - Justice's Court, J. T. McCracken, Plaintiff,
Thomas Radcliff, Defendant.
The defendant, Thomas Radcliff, is hereby warned to appear before me at my office in James Creek Township, in said county, on the 17th day of July, 1886, to answer the complaint of the plaintiff, J. T. McCracken.
This June 24th, 1886
18 xt? E. H. McCracken, J. P.

July 9, 1886 Issue (Top)


Who will bring us in the first watermelon?

The county jail is a poor excuse for a prison.

Layton & Cowdrey keep Cane Mills for sale.

The cool nights have been injurious to cotton.

Mr. J. N. Griffin came over from Oakland yesterday on business.

It is a good thing to have court, else some people would never come to town.

Next Sunday is Rev. J. C. Barker's regular appointment to preach at this place.

Mr. J. C. (Curtis) Rae, candidate for County Judge, was in town several days this week.

Mike Yocham has instituted suit for divorce from his wife who recently eloped with his brother.

The man who tried to run a newspaper to suit everybody died in an eastern poor house eighty years ago.

Rev. Wm. White, Missionary Baptist, will preach at the M. E. Church, South, on the fourth Sunday in this month.

The oldest son of D. T. Dunlap was thrown from a horse on last Friday and was badly bruised, but no bones were broken.

The Christian churches of Boone, Searcy, Newton and Baxter counties will hold a district meeting at Rally Hill on the 17th of July.

Mr. F. W. Carsten will lecture at the M. E. church on Saturday night on the subject of music. He wishes to organize a singing class.

Why do not teachers of Marion organize a County Normal Institute? There is not enough interest taken in the schools of this county.

There was a grand Fourth of July celebration and dinner on last Saturday in Franklin township. A large crowd we learn was present.

The Boone county Sunday school convention will meet at Belle-fonte July 30th. Marion county has no such institution, that we have heard of.

Ben Weast has gone into the chicken business. He has several spring chickens which, strange as it may seem, are visible to the naked eye.

We take pleasure in calling attention to the announcement of Hon. Hugh A. Dinsmore, candidate for Congress, to be found in this issue of The Echo.

The members of the Y.C.B. are requested to meet on next Monday night at the court house for the purpose of arranging for a minstrel performance to be given soon.

Mr. K. J. Hudson returned from Boone county Monday. He was taken quite sick while up there, but, we are glad to say, he is now well and attending to business at the old stand.

The next meeting of the Baptist Sunday school convention of the White River Association will be held with Rehobeth church, in this county, on the fourth Sunday in July, 1887.

It is said that "the son of his father," by the aid of his father, has got his "manifesto" ready to inflict on the unsuspect-ing public at his earliest opportunity.

Mr. Jas. A. Young, after a two week's vacation, commenced teach-ing school again on last Monday at the Masonic Hall. He has a very good school and is giving general satisfaction.

A fishing party, composed of Messrs. W. I. Lefevers, "Dutch" Covington, Cam Berry, James Estes and others, went down to Salt-petre Cave, on White river, on Wednesday. They will return today.

Little Miss Abbie Young, daughter of Mr. H. A. Young, on last Saturday evening gave us some of the finest plums we ever saw. They were of the wild goose variety and were grown on Mr. Young's place here in town.

Messrs. C. A. Martin and Chester Rudolph and Misses Annie and Myra Milum, of Lead Hill, arrived in town on last Friday evening and remained till Monday. The young ladies are nieces of Mr. W. Q. Seawel and were his guests during their short stay.

The following little paragraph, which we publish without com-ment, has been going the rounds of the State press:

"At a recent revival at Yellville, Arkansas, the lawyers, doctors, editors, and hard cases generally professed religion and started upon the way they should go."

A Springfield, Mo. firm, which does a big business at this place, is too picayunish to advertise in this paper to the amount of $10. There(sic) representative called on us and made a terrible face and indulged in a shrill whistle at the idea of paying $10 for a card for a year. It would be a small "ad" at that price. Such firms believe in taking out all the money they can, but "devil a cent" will they willingly leave behind.

The three candidates for prosecuting attorney - J. F. Wilson, J. Vol. Walker and A. Davis - addressed the voters at this place last Monday. It being county court day quite a large number of the sovereigns were present. The trio is the jolliest that ever made a canvass. As Walker says, there is a good deal of pepper in their speeches, but it is only for family use, and while it amuses the hearers it does not create hard feelings between the candi-dates - just enough seasoning to make the canvass lively.

Mr. E. J. Rhodes, one of Boone county's most prosperous farmers, and as clever a gentleman as you will meet in any county, was in attendance at county court Monday and Tuesday. Mr. Rhodes, who never misses an opportunity to "show up" the rich mineral and marble of this section, sent specimens of marble from this place to the recent exposition at New Orleans and has lately received an elegant diploma for the same. Mr. Rhodes lives very near the Marion line, and we only wish that he and several thousand others possessing his energy and enterprise lived within our borders.

COUNTY COURT -- Levying Court [part]

County levying court met on Monday, Judge Wm. Horn presiding. The following justices of the peace were present: Gideon Freeman and Jas. Bowden, Blythe township; J. S. Owens and T. H. Poynter, White River; S. L. Wiggins and John Allen, Union; J. F. Jones, Tomahawk; H. S. Swafford and W. T. Gooch, Prairie; John Dunlap and Thos. D. Stone, Water Creek; D. Fee and Joseph Pritchard, Franklin; E. H. McCracken and I. W. Pangle, James' Creek; Mr. L. Axley, Buffalo; T. J. Smith, Sugar Loaf; W. L. Due, North Fork; J. Q. Adams and R. E. Stafford, Hampton. Only four justices were absent, they have lawful excuses. A levy of 5 mills on the $1 was made for general county expenditures, including building and pauper purposes.


Large number of accounts were allowed. Two new school districts were formed - Nos. 43 and 44. The former is in Franklin township, north of White River, and the latter in Union, south of Crooked creek. A new township to be known as Summers township, was created. It is cut from Bearden and Water Creek townships. Desoto Springs will be the voting precinct.


A South Carolina woman with seven daughters keeps a penny box on her table, and when members of the family speak ill of their neighbors she requires them to contribute in the box. The old lady evidently intends to start a national bank.

GRAPEVINE TELEGRAPH. -- Cowan Barren's Items

Health good. Corn looks well. Wanted -- a good rain. Oat harvesting is the order of the day. Rev. Alex. Mathis preached to a large congregation at Pleasant Ridge on Sunday. The free entertainment given by the swing company, near White's mill Saturday, was a grand affair. The clever proprietors deserve much praise. A free school at Pleasant Ridge opened up Monday, July 5th, with a good attendance, considering the late season. The young principal, Mr. S. M. Mathis, is a genteel young man and will no doubt teach a good school. Success to The Echo. ... July 6, 1886 Rattlehead.


A copious shower of rain would instill new life into the farmers and make our prospects for a good crop flattering indeed.

I am authorized by the committee to say that the Wheelers will give a grand picnic at Flippin on the 20th of July. Everybody invited to come and bring well filled baskets. ... July 5, 1886. W. B. F., Jr. (W B Flippin Jr)

July 16, 1886 Issue (Top)


Judge Wm. B. Flippin, of White River, was in town yesterday.

DeRoos Bailey, Esq. went to Marshall this week to attend probate court.

Rev. O. H. Tucker will preach at the M. E. church on Sunday morning and at night.

Ben Weast as a weather prophet is a success. He will in future be known as "Old Probs."

J. C. Floyd, Esq., has been in the country all this week attend-ing to business before the J. P.'s court.

Mr. A. S. Layton has put up an addition to his mammoth store house now occupied by Layton & Cowdrey.

Miss Edna Layton, of Yellville, spent a few days in town this week. She returned home Monday. -- Baxter County Citizen.

Dr. W. C. Wilson is having the lumber put on the ground for the enlarging of his hotel. The new building will be two stories high.

We hear from Mr. I. F. Clark that his paper, the Yellville Watchman, will be issued one day next week. He has not yet decided on what day he will issue.

Mr. John Cheek, of Blythe township, has in his possession a gourd 16 years old. His father used it as a powder gourd and Mr. C. uses it now for that purpose. He prizes it very highly.

Mr. Wm. Black is teaching the public school in District No. 27. He opened on last Monday with 90 pupils. He will teach a five months' school -- three months in the summer and two in the winter.

The county clerk has issued marriage license to the following persons this week:
R. M. Crowder to Mrs. Sarah Pearson
W. W. Osborn to Miss Lucinda Lanis
T. L. Umphery to Miss Louisa McGinnis.

An old man by the name of Johnson died very suddenly on yester-day at his home on Lee's Mountain, five miles north of town.

Mrs. Ellen Layton has returned from Baxter county, where she had been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Hart, for several weeks past. Miss Edna Layton has also returned from a short visit to friends and relatives in Baxter.

Mr. W. R. Brooksher, Jr., is teaching the public school in District No. 12, in Blythe township. He has about 60 pupils enrolled. Mr. B. is a model young man, energetic, studious and industrious. The Echo wishes him success and is confident he will give entire satisfaction to the patrons of the school.

Mr. C. E. Cantrell commenced teaching the public school in District No. 19, at the Burns school house, in Water Creek township, on July 5th. Mr. Cantrell is a most worthy young man and in every way qualified to "teach the young idea how to shoot." He is the authorized agent for The Echo in his section.

On last Saturday Deputy Sheriff Lawson sold 107 gallons of whisky at public outcry at the court house. The whisky was levied upon and sold as the property of Jas. Herd to satisfy a judgment in favor of Steakel & Johnson, of Springfield, Mo., and was bought by F. B. Fee for the said firm at $1 per gallon -- 10 cents a gallon above the revenue. [NOTE: F. B. Fee probably B. F. Fee]


 The new township made from Bearden and Water Creek townships, will be known as Desoto township instead of Summers, as stated last week. (description not transcribed)


Mr. J. B. Sims, of Yellville, as one of Arkansas' inventors (a lengthy description of a gear follows but is not transcribed.)

July 23, 1886 Issue (Top)

The war of words between the Arkansas Gazette and Bro. Winfield of the Arkansas Methodist, has subsided. Thanks for the much needed rest.

Mr. Chas. Hite, of Newport, is the Newport Herald's artist and he makes some real good illustrations. Charlie is a first-class draughtsman, and as soon as he gets a little more practice he will be able to use his jack-knife as skillfully as he does the pencil.

The Newport Herald is of the opinion that whisky will be voted out of Jackson county at the September election. Mr. T. T. Ward, the editor, is making a bold and vigorous fight for prohibition. Whisky has a strong hold on Newport, but the temperance people have triumphed in larger and "harder" towns than Newport.

The following we clip from the Bentonville Democrat, but opine that it originally appeared in the St. Louis Globe Democrat:
       Doddsville, Ark., July 2 - In this (Marion) county is to be found two mad-stones, one owned by Mr. Taylor and the other owned by Mr. Shelton. Some four years ago two children of David Snapp were bitten by a rabid dog. The same dog bit several animals that promptly went mad, showing conclusively that the dog was a real genuine mad dog. Mr. Shelton's mad stone was applied and adhered a number of times to each, thereby drawing out all the poison and the children are well now and have never had any symptoms of the disease.
       In September last, Logan Clark, a boy 14 years of age and in the writer's employ, was bitten by a rabid puppy which was confined and had no chance to bite anything but a chicken, but the chicken went mad. I promptly sent the boy to Mr. Shelton's mad-stone and it adhered to his wound six times and no symptoms whatever have appeared, as I have seen and conversed with the boy every day since.
       Rev. Wm. C. Jenkins had two children bitten by a rabid puppy. They were promptly taken to Mr. Taylor's mad-stone, and in a few days after his return home another mad dog bit another child, and he immediately took it to Mr. Shelton and all these children are now well. These are all plain, borne facts, and facts are very stubborn things. I could give you many cures that I know of by these mad stones, but give these only as a sample.
       I am aware that physicians generally are prejudiced against the mad-stone, and advise people accordingly, but I am an old and retired physician and were I bitten by a rabid animal I would take the mad-stone in preference to Mr. Pasteur or anything else I know of. Red chick-weed and also elecca-pane [elecampane] root have long been known as antidotes to dog poison.

A SUPRISE(sic). [abstract]

The members of the M. E. Church, South, at Harrison, on the night of July 2d, gave Rev. O. H. Tucker and his excellent wife a surprise party.... residence of Mrs. G. J. Crump....


Seawel as school books.

From all portions of the county comes a wail for rain.

Seawel will sell 12 boxes, containing 960 matches, for 5 cents.

The band made some excellent music at the Flippin picnic.

The candidates were out in full form at the Flippin picnic Tuesday.

Mr. Henry Young rejoices over the arrival of a new heir at his house -- a son.

John Yocham and Mike Yocham's wife, who eloped a short time since, have returned to their respective families.

Mr. William White, Missionary Baptist, has an appointment to preach at the M. E. church at this place next Sunday

Deputy Sheriff Lawson and A. H. McVey started today for the insane asylum with William Magarity; who has been adjudged insane.

Our versatile correspondent, "W. B. F., Jr.," of Flippin, furnishes us an interesting account of Tuesday's picnic at that place, and it is unnecessary for us to add anything.

Gov. Hughes has offered a reward of $125 each for the arrest and conviction of Allen Henderson and Isaac Wheeler, the murders(sic) of old man Hawkins. It is hoped these assassins will be brought to justice.

Chairman Flippin has called a Congressional convention to meet at Harrison on the 1st of October next. Your attention is called to his communication which appears in this issue of The Echo. We do not know whether he intends it as a call or not, but suppose he does.

Rev. O. H. Tucker and family and Mr. James Wilson left on Monday for Eureka Springs to attend the M. E. Church, South, District conference which met in that city on yesterday. The conference will be in session four days. Mr. Tucker will be absent about two weeks, as he will fill his appointment at Harrison before he returns home.

On Wednesday night, at Lead Hill, the stores of Brice Milum and Dick Holt, general merchants, were totally destroyed by fire. We understand that Mr. Milum had no insurance.

On Sunday night or early Monday morning some cowardly, sneaking, lowdown wretch broke out all the glass in the upper sash of one of the front windows of Mr. K. J. Hudson's drug store. K. J. would have made it warm for the miscreant on Monday morning if he could have met up with him.

Mr. Thomas Newman, of Harrison, the veteran printer, publisher and editor of Northwest Arkansas, is assisting Mr. Clark with his new paper, the Yellville Watchman. Mr. Newman is a genial, whole souled gentleman, and right glad are we to know him. The latch-string of The Echo office is always on the outside for such men as Mr. Newman.

On Monday night L. L. Seawel's store was entered by burglars and his cash box was robbed of about $123. The accommodating burglars were kind enough to leave a five dollar gold piece and a five dollar bill in the case drawer, also a small sum of missionary funds which was deposited in Mr. Seawel's cash box. It is presumed that the burglars entered the house at the front door by means of a key, and left by the back door. The back door was fastened from the inside and it would have been almost impossible to have gained entrance at that door. It is evident that the burglars were familiar with the house and knew where Mr. Seawel kept his cash box, as one not familiar would hardly have found the treasure. On Monday morning the bag in which Mr. Seawel kept his silver money was found near Thompson & Covington's shop, and his large pocket book was found near Hudson's drug store. Some county scrip and notes amounting to two or three hundred dollars were left in the pocket book. Mr. Seawel is on the trail of the guilty parties, and we hope that before long they will be landed behind the walls of the penitentiary.

The following judges of election were appointed by the county court at the late term:
Prairie township - J. P. Pigg, L. Stanley, Lewis Roberts.
Buffalo - James Brewer, Robert Hudson, M. L. Axley.
Franklin - M. C. Lindley, F. L. Ball, E. S. Davis.
Union - Henry Cowdrey, Daniel Wickersham, L. Davenport.
Sugar Loaf - Paton Keessee, Frank Campbell, J. D. McGregor.
North Fork - J. N. Griffin, E. T. Record, S. E. Orcutt.
White River - James Jackson, Henry Lynch, W. H. Wood.
Water Creek - J. P. Carson, Samuel Vanzant, W. G. Moody.
Blythe - Lafayette Pierce, James P. Brady, John Fisher.
Desoto - C. Summers, W. D. Fletcher, L. M. Toney
Bearden - T. M. Rea, A. Thompson, W. Ott
Tomahawk - Wm. Slagle, Jesse Adams, Wm. Davis.
Hampton - J. W. Coker, Buck Keeter, Gould Thompson.
James Creek - T. H. McCracken, Isaac Pangle, G. W. Stone.


Wheat threshing is the order of the day.

Farmers have laid by their crops and now have little to do but eat watermelons and go fishing.

Our cotton is getting well formed and stalky. Taking it all in all, we are happy, if not prosperous, in this part of the county.

Mr. Steve Wood is dangerously ill at the residence of W. H. Flippin, Sr. No other sickness, and everything is lovely and the goose hangs high.

Tuesday was a gala day in White River, and a big time for the Wheelers. The place selected for the picnic was at the well of Jos. Flippin, one half a mile out from our little burg. Early in the morning the people began to gather and by 10 o'clock quite a large number of people had gathered, variously estimated at from 800 to 1200. It was certainly a representative body of our best citizens. It was a gay and joyous scene, every one intent on a day of pleasure, and business cares were forgotten. Peace and good will went hand in hand and pleasure run riot. The picnic was like most others. The children played, young men and ladies arranged themselves naturally into couples and chartered a seat in Old Sandy's swing, and the old and sedate sat together and conversed. About 11 o'clock Mr. DeRoos Baily, of Yellville, was introduced and in an address of an hour's length he condensed some pungent truths. He emphasized, in eloquent language, the fact that the farmers had become the "common grazing ground" for all other classes. He talked to the farmers about their over pro-duction of cotton and under production of hogs and other neces-saries, and advised them to plant less of the fleecy staple. He especially admonished the farmer to steer clear of debt and to buy only what they had money to pay for. His speech was interspersed with lively anecdotes and had a splendid effect.

Shortly after the noon hour a bountiful repast was served to the immense crowd present. The ladies of White River certainly surpassed themselves on this occasion, and their self-sacrificing labors to insure it a grand success should not be forgotten. At the end of the dinner, plenty was left to have fed many more people than were there. Everything passed off pleasantly.

The Yellville cornet band furnished the music for the occasion in a grandiloquent style. ... W.B.F., Jr. (W B Flipppin Jr)

       Editor Mountain Echo: Agreeable to a promise I made you while in Yellville, I will give you the facts in regard to the Hawkins murder. You will please allow me to return my thanks to Judge Fee and family for their kind hospitality received while attending county court, also an extension of the same to Judge Horn and others for favors received. I will now proceed:
       Old man Hawkins was shot on the 26th day of May, 1886. He filed an affidavit in my office on the 27th day of May, accusing Allen Henderson of an assault with intent to murder, and accused Isaac Wheeler as an accessory. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the accused and delivered to the constable of Franklin township. Hawkins died on the 28th day of May. I held an inquest over the dead body on the 28th day of May, 1886. I issued a warrant from the findings of the inquest for the arrest of the accused murderer, Allen Henderson, and Isaac Wheeler, accessory, and delivered the same to the constable of Franklin township, who, I am satisfied, used every effort in his power to apprehend the parties, the good citizens of Franklin assisting him; but all efforts failed from the fact that the parties fled immediately after the shooting, and are at large. It is strange that our good sheriff did not hear of the murder until about the 29th of June. One of our citizens was in Yellville on the 30th day of May. He informs me that the murder was the current talk while he was there, hence the strangeness. There was a warrant issued on the 29th day of June and delivered to Deputy Sheriff Lawson for the arrest of the accused parties. I make this statement in order that the public may not be misled and that the facts in the case may be known.

I understand that John Yocham and Mike Yocham's wife, the couple that eloped some time ago, returned to their families, asking forgiveness and a reinstatement. Mike refuses to reinstate.

Crops are splendid in this vicinity. We have had splendid rains the last week. Health is good and money scarce.

Through fear of becoming tiresome to you readers I will bring my remarks to a close. ... J. T. Pritchard


An old bachelor, on seeing the words "Families Supplied", over the door of an oyster saloon, stepped in and ordered a wife and two children.

Marion County Court
M. Yocham, Plaintiff,
S. J. Yocham, Defendant
The defendant, S. J. Yocham, is warned to appear in this court within thirty days and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, M. Yocham.
July 7, 1886 Neal Dodd, Clerk

July 30, 1886 Issue (Top)

John J. Eoff was a candidate for sheriff before the primary election of Boone county and was defeated. [incomplete]


Seawel has school books.

Probate court next Monday.

The Watchman will come out today.

Layton & Cowdrey keep Cane Mills for sale.

The camp meeting will commence next Thursday.

Z. M. Horton, Esq. of Mountain Home, was in town Monday.

J. H. Berry and son have been busy this week "taking stock."

Mr. A. S. Layton is having a new fence put around his front yard.

Miss Una Jobe is visiting her parents at King's Prairie this week.

The string band will soon be able to treat the natives to some choice music.

The mercury has been occupying the upper story of the thermo-meter this week.

Mr. James Wilson returned Tuesday from Eureka Springs. He reports a pleasant time at the District Conference.

Mr. D. W. C. Davenport, of Fayetteville, deputy collector of internal revenue for this district, was in town last week.

Mr. J. N. Hamilton was the delegate from this county to the Republican State convention, which met at Little Rock last week.

Lawyers Floyd and Bailey went over to Oakland Wednesday to attend to some legal business in the justice's court. They are on opposite sides in the case.

The following named persons have been granted licenses to wed since our last report:
William Letterman to Miss Lucretia Bagley
Jos. Cole to Miss Susan Still
J. A. Ott to Miss G. A. Kaler.

Mr. Alex Hurst is breaking his land preparatory to sowing wheat. Mr. H. is one of our best farmers, and his secret of success lies in the fact that he always thoroughly cultivates his land before planting.

Marion is the Gretna Green for the young lovers of Searcy county when hard-hearted parents object to the tying of the connubial knot. Joseph Cole and Miss Susan Still of Searcy, were married in this county, one day this week.

Mr. W. C. Bevens commenced teaching school in District No. 14 on Wednesday. Mr. Bevens is a young man of good moral character, sober and energetic, and he will, no doubt, give entire satis-faction as a teacher. The Echo wishes him success.

The wheat crop is turning out splendidly in this county and is far above an average crop. Mr. Alex Hurst had five acres that yielded 25 bushels to the acre, and the rest of his crop, while not so good as the five acres mentioned, made an excellent yield.

Mr. Morrison Carson, who lives about three and a half miles west of town, is about 73 years old, and perhaps older, has --- year plowed 20 acres of land, making a full "hand" in the crop. His eyesight is good and he can read the finest print without the aid of glasses.

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