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

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August 6, 1886 Issue


Primary election tomorrow.

Layton & Cowdrey keep Cane Mills for sale.

Speaking at the court house today by the candidates.

Circuit court convenes at Marshall, Searcy county, next Monday.

Probate court was in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

This will not be a good year for politicians to "straddle" the fence.

E. T. Record and J. N. Griffin, of Oakland, spent last Sunday in town.

We understand there is considerable sickness in some portions of the county.

Mrs. L. Davenport, of George's Creek, has gone on a visit to her parents in Alabama.

Mrs. Covington, of Baxter county, is visiting relatives in town. She is the guest of her son, Mr. John Covington.

W. B. Flippin, Jr., of White River, paid this office a pleasant call yesterday. He reports everything lovely in the barrens.

Drummers have been as numerous as candidates the past two weeks. If both were like the seven-year locusts the country would be better off.

Rev. O. H. Tucker and family returned on Tuesday from Eureka Springs, where they attended the Harrison District Conference of the M. E. Church South.

B. F. Lantz paid his fine and was released from jail on Tues-day. He was imprisoned for carrying concealed weapons. The county "jug" is now without an occupant.

Dr. Wilson is having the City Hotel raised another story, which will add a great deal to the appearance of the house and give him more room for the accommodation of guests.

Sheriff Snow and Howard West, Esq. of Searcy county, were in town last Saturday. They were in search of the villain who fired the court house at Marshall, and who was thought to be hiding in this county.

The court house at Marshall, Searcy county, was destroyed by fire about 3 o'clock on last Friday morning. Nearly all the county records were burned. Searcy is indeed unfortunate, this being the third court house that the county has lost by fire. It is supposed that the building was fired by a man who is under indictment in that county for murder. No insurance on the building.

The Yellville Watchman, which has been so long a-borning, made its appearance last Friday. Maj. Thos. Newman, the veteran typeslinger, was the accoucheur. The father of the infant sheet, Mr. I. F. Clark, is doing as well as could be expected under such circumstances. The Watchman wears a bright and smiling face, and, although the first number was a tiny sheet, the editor assures the public that it will grow. "There's millions" in the newspaper business, and we hope Mr. Clark will succeed in extracting a few thousand at least.


Nothing new since my last communication, except we have been blessed with copious showers of rain, which was very exhilarating to the farmers in this part of the country.

Mr. Charlie Wood and Mrs. Baker, of Kully Chaha, I.T., were here last week shaking hands with old friends and neighbors.

"Prof." Green Jackson, of Lead Hill, is here circulating among his many friends.

Little stranger at John Goff's. Come to stay, and he weighs ten pounds.

Wheat threshing is now a thing of the past. I was informed by the threshing men that the wheat crop of White River township, all told, was about 7,000 bushels - the largest crop ever harvested in the history of our country. Mr. Fed. Williams raised the boss crop - thirty-five bushels per acre.

Our cotton crop is just splendid while our corn is far above average. Taking everything into consideration, we are happy, if we did not get snowed under for a part of the equalization board. Friend "Gus" will make a good, efficient officer. ... W.B.F., Jr. (Wm B Flippin Jr)

August 13, 1886 Issue (Top)


The example of the President's sister has had a terrible effect upon the sisters, daughters and wives of public men. The latest offender is Mrs. Hamlin, a daughter of ex Senator Sawyer and granddaughter by marriage of Hannibal Hamlin, who is about to publish a book called "A Politician's Daughter."


Miss Virgie Berry returned on Sunday from a two weeks' visit to Desoto Springs.

Mrs. H. W. Hudson is quite unwell. Dr. Jobe, of King's Prairie, is her physician.

Dr. W. T. Bryan went over to Marshall Wednesday. He will return today or tomorrow.

Oyes! oyes! oyes! The honorable circuit court of Marion county will convene next Monday.

On Wednesday evening the little son of Mr. "Bud" McVey was badly burned while playing with blasting powder.

We are glad to learn from the patrons of the public school in District No. 44, that our young friend Bevens is giving entire satisfaction as a teacher.

Mrs. O. H. Tucker will commence her fall term of instrumental music on next Monday. She is an excellent teacher and no doubt will have a full class.

Mr. J. V. Walker, candidate for prosecuting attorney, arrived in town Wednesday evening. He and Wallie Berry started for North Fork township this morning.

Prof. Geo. D. Purinton, of the State Industrial University, was a caller at this office Tuesday. He is traveling in the interest of the University, and was en route to Batesville.

Mr. S. L. Wiggins has just finished a neat and comfortable house for Mrs. Nancy A. Tutt on the site of her old residence, near the Tutt spring. Mrs. T. moved into her new house one day this week.

Hon. S. W. Peel, our worthy Representative in Congress and candidate for re-election, and his opponent, Hon. Hugh A. Dinsmore, at Fayetteville, will speak at the court house on next Monday. They should have a good audience.

Dora(sic) Reed, a young man living on the Layton farm, near town, was bitten on the hand by a snake on last Sunday evening.

Three boys, whose names we did not learn, were sent to jail on last Wednesday for stealing watermelons. They were confined for twelve hours. They are now forever disqualified to testify as witnesses, serve as jurors, or hold office.

Marriage licenses have been issued to the following persons since our last report:
John D. Martin to Miss Eula Owen
S. A. Morgan to Mrs. Sarah Jane Bundy
J. W. Hyman to Miss Mary E. Watson
Wm. Evans to Miss Nancy Smith
J. H. Burlison to Miss Harriet Mode.

Overseer McCabe has the boys at work on the streets this week. We think editors, printers, and newspaper men generally, should be exempt from street work. They have a hard enough time in this world anyway. Dr. Coker, our next Representative, will please paste this in his hat.

Rev. O. H. Tucker will preach at the M. E. Church South, at the usual forenoon hour, on next Sunday. In the afternoon of the same day, at 4 o'clock, he will preach at the camp ground on the subject of prohibition; and at night he will preach on the same subject at the church here in town. We hope he will have good congregations at all the services.

We have frequently been asked, "What has become of the Bachelors' Club?" The members are only following the example set by Congressmen. In Congress a member is allowed to "pair," and some of the members of this club are shuffling and cutting their cards in hopes of doing the same thing. Those who fail will probably hold a caucus in the fall and then retire to winter quarters with the usual number of blankets.

August 20, 1886 Issue (Top)

The Post Office Department will shortly issue a samped(sic) sheet so arranged to fold and seal with gummed edges so that envelopes will be dispensed with. They will be loose and in pads at the leading post offices throughout the country, and at such a low price as to take the place very largely of postal cards.


The woods are full of 'em - Peel men.

Circuit court at Harrison next week.

Judge Pitman will have a "walkover" for re-election.

Mr. Whitfield Harris has been quite sick this week with bilious fever. He is improving at present.

We will publish the circuit court proceedings in full next week. We have been too busy this week to do anything.

We hope the shortcomings of The Echo will be overlooked this week. A rush of ticket printing prevented us from giving the paper proper attention.

The dwelling and out-houses on the Langston place, now owned by Mr. J. H. Berry, was destroyed by fire one night last week. The work of a fire-bug.

The ladies of the M.E. Church South gave an ice cream supper at the Noe building on Monday night for the benefit of the church. The proceeds amounted to about $11.00.

A new post office has been established about six miles south of town. It will be known as Rush post office, and J. C. White will be the P.M. as soon as his commission arrives.

A case of hog stealing, on a change of venue from Searcy county, was tried at this term of court and the accused was acquitted. Capt. Pace, of Fayetteville, and Mr. A. Davis, candidate for prosecuting attorney, were the attorneys for the defense. Mr. Davis made an eloquent appeal to the jury, and we have heard several compliments passed upon his efforts.

Messrs. Robt. King, Chas. Kemmerer and C. D. Vance, and Misses Lulu Ward and Rebeca(sic) Lightburn, of Harrison, and Miss De Emma Jones of Springfield, Mo., paid our little village a brief visit the first part of the week. We acknowledge a pleasant call from Mr. Kemmerer, the champion "Light weight" cigar manufact-urere, and Cadet Vance the fine looking Westpointer.


My kingdom! but don't the sun shine hot. The mercury in the thermometer is getting above the nail.

Road working has been the order of the day here of late. Black Foot Poynter merits praise for excellent work on the James' Creek road.

Mr. Stillwell, the haberdasher of Doddsville, is here in charge of the post office and doing up the chores, while Jackson attends court.

Prof. G. B. Jackson is teaching an excellent singing school here, and has the best singing class in the west.

Crops and health were never better in the "Old Banner" township that at the present.

Dr. Stacey, the celebrated eye doctor, is here and intends making this his home in the future. We extend our [??], Doctor.

White River's defeated candidates have rolled down their collars and let out their suspenders and gone to work in dead earnest. That is right, boys, give us a rest.

Dr. Waters is the most prosperous man in the neighborhood. He has bought a nice $100 buggy and donns(sic) a plug hat.

White River has four well conducted free schools, viz: No. 2, No. 26 and No. 35. We have also a full school of defeated candidates. ... W.B.F., Jr. (Wm B Flippin Jr)

August 27, 1886 Issue (Top)


The late grand jury returned 22 indictments.

On the first page we publish a circular letter from Hon. S. W. Peel, to which special attention of the voters is called.

Mr. Chas. Floyd has been slightly "under the weather" this week, but will soon be able to make a full hand at the table.

About sunrise on next Sunday morning there will be a total eclipse of the sun. It will only be seen as a partial eclipse from this locality.

Mr. George Layton, brother of Mr. A. S. Layton, of this place, returned on Monday from New Mexico. He will probably remain in Yellville several months.

Mrs. A. B. Scott and children returned from an extended visit to Illinois on last Friday. Mrs. M. A. Scott, mother of our genial townsman, Mr. A. B. Scott, accompanied them.

Mr. W. Q. Seawel's little boy, Gussie, has been quite sick with intermittent fever, but is now much improved. Quimby Seawel has also been on the sick list, but is now able to be up.

Dr. J. S. Lindley and Charlie Wilson went up to Harrison on Tuesday. The Doctor went to recuperate his health, and if he fails to find a "healing balm" in Harrison, he will try the health restoring waters of Eureka Springs.

Correspondents should not forget to send their real names with their communications, not for publication but as evidence of good faith. If you don't want your productions to find the waste basket, you should heed this little advice.

Misses Una Jobe and Lillie McDowell are visiting at Harrison this week. They went up on Sunday in company with Messrs. DeRoos Bailey and A. H. McVey. Their numerous friends wish them a pleasant sojourn, and none more heartily than The Echo.

The following persons have been granted licenses to marry since our last report:
C. C. Foster to Miss Z. M. Magness both of Blythe township
James N. Clark to Miss Luticia Campbell, both of Buffalo township
Ezekiel S. Davis to Mrs. Melvina McGowen, the former of Franklin and the latter of North Fork township.
May they all live to a green old age and prosper.

Mr. L. L. Seawel left on yesterday for Fayette, Mo., where he will enter Central College - Mr. Seawel is a quiet, unassuming Christian young man, and he has many friends in and around Yellville who wish him success. His stock of hardware has been removed to the Noe building, and we understand Mr. H. A. Young will continue the business, and he has now gone to Springfield to replenish the stock.

Mr. Ezekiel Davis was in town Tuesday mixing with the boys and "setting up" the cider promiscuously. He was in excellent spirits and seemed as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine. We thought he was feeling good over his alleged prospects of being the next assessor, but on going over to the clerk's office we discovered the real cause of all his mirth and "don't-give-a-cuss" mood. He had secured a paper authorizing the matrimonial tying of himself to the apron strings of a lady who resides in North Fork township, and he wasn't caring a continental about being assessor. One vote was all he wanted and he got that by a handsome majority, and consequently he had just cause to rejoice. May his shadow never grow less.

       Our limited space this week forbids the publication of the court proceedings in full: There were several cases of assault and battery, breach of the peace, selling liquor without licenses, carrying concealed deadly weapons, gaming, petit and grand larceny. Several cases were continued for want of testi-mony. The highest penalty that was imposed was $200 for selling liquor without a license.
       The court sustained the county court in its decision concerning the assessment of certain cotton which was erroneously listed.
       The law and chancery cases disposed of would not be of interest to the general public.
       Court adjourned Saturday evening to court in course.


The grand jury at the February term indicted one A. Langston for perjury, and some time ago he was arrested, and failing to give bond for his appearance at the August term of court, he was given lodgings in the Hotel de LeFevers, sometimes vulgarly called "stony," and by others more improperly termed a county jail. After languishing for a short time within the grim walls of the aforementioned county institution, friends came to his relief, and he was released on a $750 bond. When the August term of court convened last week and his case called, Langston was conspicuous on account of his absence, and his bondsmen not feeling the best in the world over his seeming negligence in the matter, started a posse in search of him. He was captured in Yell county and on Sunday he was again comfortably domiciled in the stone structure above referred to. He has since made a new bond and is again breathing pure, free air.


Australia is overrun with rabbits. The little rascals must be Republicans, it so hard to turn them out.

Dr. Richardson made an incision in the abdomen of John McCarty at Boston, drew out and cut open the stomach and removed a set of false teeth which he had swallowed. The patient is recovering.

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