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Mt. Echo Newspaper
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by Gladys Horn Brown

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November 5, 1886 Issue

The Arkansas Annual Conference of the M. E. Church, South, will convene at Ozark on the 24th of this month, instead of December 8th, as stated in last week's paper. The Little Rock Conference will convene on December 8th. Bishop Galloway will preside over both bodies.

       Andrew Jackson Mullican, Alias James Page, Confesses to Killing James Hamilton. He Implicates James Stewart and then Retracts. -- Stewart Examined and Discharged.
       For the benefit of our readers we give below the leading facts in regard to the killing of James Hamilton, as developed in examining court. Mr. Hamilton, who was engaged in farming and cutting timber, on White river, in North Fork township, this county, had two hired hands, James Stewart and James Page. The latter's real name was afterwards found to be Andrew Jackson Mullican. On Sunday evening, October 17th, Mr. Hamilton and his wife, Nora Hamilton, sent over to a neighbor's -- Andrew Young's -- and left the two young men, Stewart and Page, at home to stay with the children. Late in the evening Mr. Hamilton and wife returned home, accompanied by Mr. Young, and found that Page and Stewart had gone off and left the children. It appears that shortly after Hamilton and wife left home that evening, Page and Stewart went down in the field together and shot off the pistols. Later they passed up by Jerry Hamilton's and stated that they were going up to Mr. Hensley's to sit up with the sick. They went on up to Mr. Willaby's about three quarters of a mile from James Hamilton's, and Page refused to go any further. They got supper there and Stewart remained there until about eleven o'clock, when he left Willaby's and went back to Hamilton's. He got there before Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Young went to bed. Page remained at Willaby's, and about 12 o'clock they all went to bed there. About 4 o'clock the next morning James Hamilton was shot in the head and killed while in bed asleep. Mrs. Hamilton, who was in the same bed, awakened at the report of the pistol. Mr. Young, who was sleeping in the same room, got up, and Stewart got up and as he came into the main room Young left and gave the alarm to Jerry Hamilton, brother of the deceased, who lived near by. Mrs. Hamilton and Stewart discovered at once that Hamilton's pistol was gone from the gun-rack, and supposed he had been killed with his own pistol. About the same hour that Hamilton was shot, James Page woke Sallie Willaby and her mother by an unusual noise and loud blowing and fanning. When they first observed him he was sitting on the bed fanning, and seemed extremely warm. He shortly afterwards went out of the room and washed and returned, and repeated this the second and third time. These circumstances led to his suspicion. Page had been at Hamilton's since the 4th of last June, and Stewart had been there only eleven days. The following is a diagram of Hamilton's house. (can't be reproduced here)
       1. Bed where Hamilton and wife slept. Hamilton was lying with his head to the partition wall. 2. Bed where Young slept. 3. Bed where Stewart slept, in the side room. 4. Front door. 5. Door without shutter. 6. Door without shutter. 7. Chimney 8. Where Hamilton's pistol hung on the wall. 9. Where the pistol was found. Willaby's house is about three quarters of a mile southeast of Hamilton's. The assassin entered from the east door (6), passed through side room at (5), went to gun-rack and got Hamilton's own pistol (8), returned to bed (1), shot Hamilton, passed through doors (5) and (6), placed the pistol down near corner of the side room (9), and went back to Willaby's and after disturbing the family, as above stated, went back to bed.
       One of the most interesting and startling scenes ever witnessed in our courts, occurred here on Saturday in examining court before W. L. Due, J.P. The man Mullican or Page, who had been re-arrested and brought back for an examination, and accused of the murder of James Hamilton, was on trial in examining court. Several witnesses had been examined, and while the evidence disclosed facts that pointed to the accused as the real perpetrator of the horrible deed, yet the circumstances were so few that it left room for grave doubt as to his guilt. And then, his manner and looks were calculated to confound one's suspicions and render the affair doubly mysterious. No proof had been offered to show that there was any enmity existing between the accused and the deceased. But Saturday evening a Mr. Holden had a conversation with the prisoner in which he made a certain confessions(sic) to Holden. Then both came forward and Mr. Holden stated to the court that Mr. Mullican had made certain statements to him and that he also desired to make the same statements to the court. Both were sworn, but Holden was not examined. The following is the confession and statement: made by Mullican. We give it in
       He said: Sunday evening after Nora and Jim left home, me and Jim Stewart went down in the field to water the oxen, and he says, Jimmie, let's kill Hamilton." I says, Jim, I aint got anything against Hamilton," and then he says, "If you will kill Hamilton I will give you one hundred dollars inside of a year. "I says, Stewart, what have you got against Hamilton?" He says, "Me and Hamilton had a few short words about the pig pen the other day." I says, "Is that all you have got against Hamilton?" He says, "I think if I had Hamilton out of the way, I could get his wife." He says, Jimmie let's go up to Willaby's tonight." He says "you stay there all night and I will go back some time during the night." He says, "Suspicion will rest on me, me staying there at "Jim Hamilton's, and you will not be suspicioned. He then went on to describe the execution of
       "It was before day at old man Willaby's. I cannot say exactly what time it was. I got up and went on up there to Jim's and I went in at the back room. I went on through the house and I got the pistol and went back to the bed and shot Hamilton. I went then on out through the back room and throwed, or rather stooped and laid the pistol down, out at the corner of the cook room. I went from there back to Willaby's. After I got there I went in the house and stayed about five minutes; then went out doors and I wet my handkerchief and I washed my face and went back to the house; then I reckon I stayed in the house five or six minutes, and I went out again." Here the prisoner broke down and there was a pause in the proceedings. After recovering he was asked what Hamilton said when he shot him, and he replied: "He said, 'Oh, Lord!'" He was asked if he run when he got out of the house after the shooting. He said: "Run? My God! I could not run - I walked." Here the justice closed the examination of the evidence in the Mullican case and stated that he would bind him over to await the action of the circuit court. He then ordered the arrest of James Stewart.
       Tuesday at 8 o'clock the examination of James Stewart, charged as accessory to the murder of James Hamilton commenced. Several witnesses were examined on behalf of the State, but their testimony failed to implicate Stewart in the least. In fact, every circumstance went to show that he knew nothing about it and was entirely innocent. Finally Mr. B. F. Fee, attorney for the State, desired to introduce Mullican, alias Page, and he refused to testify. Mr. J. C. Floyd, who appeared for the defendant, insisted that Mullican be compelled to testify; said defendant had a right to confront Mullican in his former statement. Esquire Due then told Mullican that he would imprison him for contempt if he refused to testify. Mullican, who seems to have a peculiar horror for the jail and the rope, then took the stand and retracted so much of his former statement as implicated Stewart. He said that Stewart knew nothing about the murder, that he was innocent, and that he himself had done the deed, and that no one else knew anything about it. He said that the real cause of the murder was the great attachment he had for Hamilton's wife -- that he had thought that he would have died rather than to have made known that fact-- but that he loved Hamilton's wife, and that he conceived the idea that he would kill him and get him out of the way; that this was the sole cause of the murder. After admitting that he had sworn falsely against Stewart, he asked Stewart to forgive him, and said the reason he did it he thought both might get out of it. Esquire Due then discharged Stewart. Right here we will state that Stewart is completely exonerated in the minds of the people. No one believes he knew anything about it or had any part in the murder. The public generally seems satisfied that Mullican alone conceived, planned and executed the cowardly assassination; and also, that he did it on account of his wild infatuation for Nora Hamilton, wife of the deceased.
       A. J. Mullican, the assassin, is about 5 feet 8 inches high, has light hair and light mustache, light complexion, and is of stout build and well muscled, and is about 22 years of age. He is illiterate and has a peculiar brogue in his speech occasioned by the omission of syllables and words. He says he broke jail at Clinton, this State, a year ago, and adopted the name of Page to avoid detection. He claims that his mother lives on the Boston Mountains.


Mrs. Sarah A. Young and children started for their home in Randolph county today.

John Hickman, of Baxter county, received a pension last week amounting to something over seventeen hundred dollars.

Just as we go to press we learn that Mr. A. J. Noe, the newly elected J.P. for this township, tied the matrimonial noose for a couple from Searcy county this morning.

Our neighbor is a little previous in placing Mr. Soward's name in his directory as Representative of Marion county. Hon. T. H. Flippin will hold that position till the 1st of January.

Our old Batesville friend, Mr. P. C. White, was in town this week. He is selling goods, buying cotton and collecting accounts for James Loewen, one of Batesville's enterprising merchants.

Messrs. Thompson & Covington are putting on the finishing touches to a substantial new hack for Dr. Wilson. It is a splendid piece of work and well suited to the rough roads of this county.

Next Sunday will be Rev. O. H. Tucker's last appointment at this place, for this conference year. A good congregation should turn out and hear him. Preaching in the morning and at night.

Deputy Sheriff Lawson started to Harrison Wednesday evening with A. J. Mullican, who will play checkers with his nose behind the iron bars of Boone county's new jail until February court. Jerry Hamilton went with the deputy.

Constable Isom Cantrell has bought out the tonsorial parlor and shoe-shop, and he is now prepared to arrest you, shave you, shoe you, and give you an electro-magnetic shock on short notice. Office, parlor and shoe-shop over Wilson's drug store.

Mr. DeRoos Bailey will leave on next Monday for Marshall, Searcy county, which place he will make his home in the future.

Mr. Bailey located in Yellville about three years ago, forming a co-partnership with Col. J. Frank Wilson in the practice of law. Their partnership in the criminal practice dissolved two years ago, when Col. Wilson was elected prosecuting attorney; but the partnership in civil practice has continued up to the past week, when it was dissolved by mutual consent. During Mr. Bailey's residence here he has made many warm friends all over the county and received a very liberal share of the law practice. He is a general favorite among the young people of the town, and will be greatly missed. We very much regret his departure from among us but wish him all manner of success and heartily recommend him to the citizens of Searcy as a high-toned gentleman, a lawyer of ability, and a good citizen.

The following officers were elected on last Sunday by the M.E.C.S., Sunday School for the coming year:
Assistant Superintendent - Dr. W. C. Wilson
Secretary - Neal Dodd
Assistant Secretary - Miss Una Jobe
Treasurer - Geo. Wickersham
Librarian - Dr. J. S. Lindley
Miss Virgie Berry was elected organist for the month of November.

       We learned from Mr. J. A. Callahan, who was in town last Saturday, that Mr. Caleb Gilley's residence, in Water Creek township, was entirely destroyed by fire about noon last Friday. Mr. Callahan and other neighbors hastened to the burning building, but were too late to save anything in the house. A loom, some plows and other things that were in the smokehouse, were saved. The family were in the field picking cotton when the fire was discovered, and it is supposed the fire originated in the cookroom, the roof catching fire from the stove pipe. Mr. Gilley is a good, industrious farmer and the loss of his home, household goods and wearing apparel of himself and family falls heavily on him at this time. He is a deserving citizen and needs assistance, and it should be promptly given him.


An exchange says "when a man has paid attention to a woman for a year or more, none of their acquaintances are surprised when he proposes to her, but she always is."

A colored girl in Lawrence county, South Carolina, the Savannah News says is named, "Fair Rosa Beauty Spot Temptation Touch Me Not."

If the Chinese nation were to pass before an observer in single file the procession would never cease, for a new generation would be coming on the stage as fast as the procession moved.

A man may have plenty of brains, may tower head and shoulders above his fellows, may in fact be a very demi-god in ability, but he amounts to nothing in the eyes of young and pretty women if his trowsers bag at the knees.


From James Creek

Editor Echo: -- The electricity at this end of the "grapevine telegraph" has been so light for the past few weeks that the "battery" has failed to work.

Farmers are busily engaged in gathering their corn and cotton, which is turning out very well. The more the better for the farmers.

Hays & Son have erected a neat stone chimney at the north end of G. Gregory's commodious residence, which will add greatly to the comfort of the "chaps" these cold mornings.

Samuel Bailes has sold his farm on James' creek to Wm. Denton, Jr.

A few days ago Fulbright & McCracken shipped to St. Louis a drove of the finest fat cattle ever shipped from this county.

The matrimonial market in this township is very dull just now, but we think some of the boys are contemplating going into winter quarters soon.

M. D. Matthews is preparing for himself a residence near Robert Long's.

I will now endeavor to give you as nearly as possible the number of acres cultivated in corn and cotton, and the number of bushels of wheat threshed in this township during the present year, to wit: 750 acres in corn, 300 acres in cotton, and 1500 bushels of wheat, which is a very fair crop for this township.

This township can boast of as rich land, as fine timber, as pure water, as stout women and as fat babies as any township in the county, and we extend a hearty welcome to all energetic, law-abiding citizens who desire to locate among us.

Jack frost came down on the night of the 27th with a vim biting everything that was green, and your correspondent had a narrow escape.

We have no "heroes" in this township who desire to distinguish themselves as prize-fighters or as stump speakers.

Fearing your space is crowded, and your waste-basket is handy, I will close, hoping The Echo "may live long and prosper." ... Nighthawk.


As no report from Prairie township has ever appeared in The Echo, I grasp the pen to jot down a few items. Farmers are busy storing away their crops. Cotton crops are excellent in this vicinity.

Mr. G. A. Glenn has lately erected one of the finest barns in the county.

M. W. Phillips raised the mammoth ear of corn of this locality. It measures 12-1/2 inches in length, the grains on the extreme ends being exactly one foot apart. M. W. would be delighted to hear a little low, easy whistle from the man who can beat it.

J. Y. Phillips, who a short time ago fell a victim to matrimony, has since lost his mustache. The loss is a very great one, as it exposes to public gaze the most hideous part of his abnormal visage.

Miss Mary Elam, of Hampton, is visiting her sister, Mrs. R. B. Garrett of this place.

Mrs. Henrietta Garrett is visiting her daughter, Mrs. John Angel, of Hampton. ... More anon. Timothy Tugmutton. Eros, Ark., Oct. 29, 1886

       Marshal Coursan captured Dave Lockhart in this city last Tuesday evening. He is said to be a rather notorious character, and is wanted in Missouri for horse stealing. It is understood that he has acknowledged his guilt, and is anxious for the Missouri officers to come and get him. -- Newport Herald.
       The readers of The Echo will remember that when Charley Lockhart was killed in Searcy county, several weeks ago, Dave made his escape by taking to the brush. Dave and Charley Lockhart had stolen some horses in Missouri and they were followed to Belle Lockhart's in Searcy county, where Charley was killed while out feeding the stolen stock. Our readers will remember the account of the affair published at the time, and it is unnecessary for us to again give the details.


There were 277,281 acres of U.S. land homesteaded in Arkansas during the past fiscal year.

A little child died at Ozark recently from the effects of a grain of coffee lodged in its windpipe.

An old many named Gay, aged 72 years, living in Independence county, married a woman of 30 years last week.

The Supreme Court of Arkansas has decided that a Second(sic) Adventist cannot lawfully ignore the Sabbath because he observes Saturday as his Sabbath. -- Gazette.

After the 1st of next January no intoxicants can be legally sold at Hot Springs a petition for prohibition at that place having been granted by the county court.

The safe of treasurer of Prairie county was robbed of $11,000 on Tuesday night of last week. H. R. Ward, the treasurer, was en route from his office to his home when he was knocked down and his keys taken away from him. He was bound hand and foot and gagged while the robbers returned to his office and made a draw on the county funds. The robbers are at large.

On Monday last week a crazy negro raised a disturbance on the Fort Smith train at Van Buren, and when an attempt was made to put him off the train he drew a pocket knife and commenced slashing at every one in reach. He cut a lady and a drummer dangerously wounding both. The sheriff of Crawford county and his deputy were on board the train starting for Little Rock with some prisoners. The deputy sheriff drew his revolver and commenced firing at the negro, who advanced on him and cut at him, the knife entirely severing his cartridge belt. Four shots were fired by the deputy into the negro when the negro knocked the pistol from his hand. At that moment, a passenger drew his pistol and finished the negro by shooting him in the back of the head.

November 12, 1886 Issue (Top)


The Apache chief, Geronimo, together with fourteen bucks, captured recently out west, have been placed in solitary confinement at Fort Pickens, Fla.

Mr. J. V. Walker entered on his duties as prosecuting attorney yesterday. Mr. Wilson, who retires, has made a faithful official and leaves behind him a record of which he may be proud. Mr. Walker is a talented young lawyer and will ably fill the place to which the people have chosen him. -- Fayetteville Sentinel, 2nd inst.


Benton county will build a six thousand dollar jail.

The State Prohibition Alliance convened at Russellville yesterday, the 11th.

Six murderers have been sentenced to be hanged at Fort Smith January 14th, 1887.

Des Arc was visited by a most disastrous fire on the night of the 29th ult. 'One half' of the town was destroyed.

Harrison is soon to have telephone connection with Eureka Springs. Why cant we have the line extended to Yellville?

The Eureka Springs Echo says the reason why land is so valuable in that section of country is because it can be cultivated on three sides.

Rev. John H. Dye, one of the editors of the Arkansas Methodist,has been selected by the board of trustees of the Blind Institute as superintendent of that institution, vice Dr. Harvey, resigned.

Dave Lockhart, the Missouri horse thief, who was arrested in this city by Marshal Coursan the early part of last week, made his escape from the calaboose last Friday night.- Newport Herald.

It is now reported that H. R. Ward, the treasurer of Prairie county, who was reported to have been knocked down and robbed of $11,000, committed the robbery himself, and he has been arrested.

The following are the newly elected Grand officers of the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows in Arkansas: H. S. Coleman, Grand master; A. S. Jett, Deputy Grand Master; R. P. Holt, Grand Warden; Peter Brugman, Grand Secretary; H. Khrenberg, Grand Treasurer; E. B. Moore, Grand Representative.

A sad accident is reported from Lee's Creek township, Washington county. A man named Potts took a stand one morning, early last week, to get a shot at some deer. near where Potts had taken his stand, was camped a Mr. Humphrey and his son. When Humphrey began to stir early that morning, Potts mistook him for a deer, and fired upon him with buckshot, wounded him and he died in a few hours. While Potts, of course was mistaken, it should be almost considered a case of criminal negligence. How many valuable lives are lost by the careless use of firearms.


The leaves begin to fall.

Take The Echo. No half shells.

There is a demand for tenement houses in Yellville just now.

Now is the time to subscribe for your county paper - The Echo.

The county Wheel will meet at Yellville on the 31st of December.

Mr. L. R. Pierce, of George's Creek, was a pleasant caller on last Saturday.

Step in at Henry Young's and see what a nice line of clocks. Rock bottom prices.

Mrs. John P. Covington and little ones are visiting relatives in Baxter county this week.

The President has designated Thursday, the 25th inst., as a day of thanksgiving and prayer.

An exchange truthfully says: "Never judge a woman by her complexion. It may be all put on."

At the stock show at Harrison week before last Mr. L. Davenport's draft stallion took first premium.

Rev. J. B. Williams, of Lone Rock circuit, will preach at the M. E. Church, South, on next Sunday morning.

Deputy U. S. Marshal B. Flippin was in town Wednesday. He called at The Echo office and exchanged a few yarns with us.

Mr. Jas. A. Young left on last Sunday for West Plains, Mo., to look out a situation. We sincerely hope he will be successful.

Marion county farmers furnished the first prisoner for Boone county's new jail. We do not make this statement with an degree of pride.

Let those who are nearly blind go to Henry Young's and there they will see the best line of spectacles ever brought to Yellville.

The "Little Workers," a children's missionary society, gave a very creditable entertainment at the Methodist church last Saturday night.

Dr. Elam, of Hampton, was in to see us on last Friday. He intends going to Little Rock soon to attend the medical department of the State University this winter.

Mr. T. G. Stokes, of George's Creek, gave us a call Saturday and left with us evidence of his appreciation of The Echo, to which he has been a subscriber ever since its establishment.

Mr. F. M. Garvin and Miss Mintie(sic) Crump, daughter of G. J. Crump, Esq., of Harrison, were married at the M. E. Church, South, at that place, on yesterday evening, by the Rev. O. H. Tucker.

Capt. H. F. Jones, of Neosho, Mo., formerly a resident and merchant at this place, arrived here on last Tuesday. The Captain is collecting notes and winding up his business in this county.

An exchange says a man who can run a newspaper that pleases everybody will stoop to the vilest kind of deception, and is so contemptible that it would disgrace a prairie burro to kick him.

Rev. O. H. Tucker went up to Harrison yesterday and will fill his last appointment at that place on Sunday. From Harrison he will go to Ozark to attend conference, which convenes on the 24th inst.

After the first of January we will increase the subscription price of The Echo when taken for a less time than one year. When taken for a year the price will remain at one dollar; six months, 75 cents; three months, 50 cents. Remember this.

DeRoos Bailey, Esq., left on Monday for Marshall, where he will hang out his shingle. Mr. Bailey does not intend to cut himself off entirely from the practice in this county, and will attend the regular sittings of the Marion circuit court and attend to all other legal business in the courts of this county interested to him. His friends will make a note of this.

In a private letter to the editor, Wallie Berry says he is well pleased with Emory and Henry College, Va. He also states that he had the pleasure of hearing Bob and Alf Taylor, of Tennessee, speak a few days since. Wallie is the only Arkansian attending Emory and Henry College.

Encouraging news from the Rush Creek silver and zinc mines this week. Mr. John Wolfer, of the Morning Star claim, informed us the other day that work on the smelter had been commenced, and that it would be ready to make a run of bullion by the 25th of next month. It will be operated by the Rush Creek Mining Co. Mr. Wolfer says the men at work on the smelter thoroughly understand their business.

Messrs. E. D. Judd, C. M. Warner, Chas. Kinney, John Ashley, Frank Dyer, Arthur Ball, Frank Higbee and L. N. Parker, all of Osage county, Kansas, were in town this week. Mr. Judd informed us that they were looking at this section of the State with a view of locating. They will remain in the county several days and will visit the Rush Creek mines and other sections. We hope they will conclude to locate in Marion county.

Mr. J. N. Bearden, of Bearden township, was in town on last Saturday and paid his respects to The Echo. from him we learn that there is a good deal of excitement just now over the recent discovery of manganese near Buffalo City. The ore is being taken out in large quantities and experts pronounced it the finest ever discovered in the State - superior to the manganese in Independence county. Silver and cinnabar have also been found in the same locality.


A letter bearing the Flippin post mark and a poetical superscription was received at the Yellville postoffice the other day, to be forwarded to Oakland. We judge from the chirography that it is Assessor Albert Cravens who has caught the "afflatus," and who, in an unguarded moment, "dashed off" the following lines:
To Jenks Griffin or Charlie Noe
I want this letter to quickly go; To Oakland or to Orcutt Flat -- It will never get there, I'll bet my hat! Get there quick! find the man Get there, Kit, if you can. It was Noe's Ferry, once by name, But get there, now its all the same.


Let those who are indebted to Leonard L. Seawel come forward and settle at once, and thereby save trouble and expense. Henry Young is winding up his old business.

November 19, 1886 Issue (Top)


After a thorough investigation, H. R. Ward, treasurer of Prairie county, charged with robbing the treasurer's office, has been adjudged innocent of the crime of robbery as charged.


The killing of Andrew J. Mullican by a mob at Harrison on the night of the 11th inst., was an atrocious crime. Mullican, it is true, deserved death as punishment for his heinous crime, but there was no excuse in the world for the interference of a mob. The officers of this county did everything in their power to bring the murderer to justice and kept a vigilant guard over him while in their custody. After his examination, the accused murderer was safely lodged in jail at Harrison and there were no possible means of his escape, and in the course of due time he would no doubt, have been legally convicted at the hands of the law. His public and legal execution would have had a salutary effect as an example, while his death at the hands of a mob has left a stain on the county and set a most pernicious example. The argument that by mobbing the accused murderer the county has been saved a great expense, is indeed no argument at all. We might as well do away with all laws, all officers, society and everything, to save expenses. To kill a man to save expenses of a legal trial and execution is to kill a man for money. A "sober second thought" was certainly not entertained by the mob that killed Mullican, or else they would have let the law taken its course and kept their skirts clear of his blood.

MULLICAN MOBBED. The Murderer of James Hamilton Taken from the Harrison Jail and Shot to Death. (Harrison Times, Nov. 13.) On Thursday, the 4th inst., a sheriff's posse from Marion county brought to our town and placed in jail for safe-keeping James Page, alias A. J. Mullican, who, on the 18th of October last killed Jas. N. Hamilton, of North Fork township, in that county. Ever since then, there has been rumors to the effect that, in view of the atrocious character of the crime and the fact Mullican had made a full confession regarding it, there was little doubt but that a mob of indignat(sic) citizens, both from Marion and Searcy counties, would eventually accelerate justice by giving the murderer his quietus. About 12:30 on last Thursday night as the wind whistled about the old bulk which has so long served as a jail, and sent gusts of cold rain through the bars into its dark interior, the two guards, as they paced gloomily without were suddenly confronted by a large body of men who were holding their guns in a manner which was calculated to inspire the boys with a s..dded desire to obey whatever order might be given. Ascertaining that the keys of the jail were in the possession of Deputy Sheriff J. P. Johnson, one of the guards was forced into service as a guide and a committee of the lynchers repaired to Mr. J.'s house, aroused him from bed, and by a vigorous use of shot gun argument induced him not only to furnish the keys to the jail, but to accompany them to the same and see that the opening thereof was satisfactorily accomplished. It took but little time after this committee had returned to enter the jail, sever the shackles which bound Mullican to the floor and tie a rope about his neck; after which the pickets which had been thrown out in various directions were withdrawn and the party departed, crossing the creek on the road to Bellefonte. They did not go far, however, as a tree with strong branches just south of Esquire Andrew's residence suggested itself as suitable for their purpose and preparations were at once made to string him thereto. But by this time many of the people of the central part of town had been aroused and the ringing of bells, shouting of crowds and general racket created by excited citizens perhaps frightened the lynchers into completing their work without further delay; so several gathered about the unhappy man who was begging piteously for his life, a dozen pistol shots rang out upon the air, and leaving Mullican struggling in his gore, they remounted their horses and rode hurriedly away in the direction of Bellefonte. As near as those who attempted to count the mob could tell there must have been about fifty of them in all. Twenty-two of them were seen by parties living near the forks of the road to take the Marshall branch where it leaves the main road near Valley Spring. Very naturally these are supposed to have been citizens of Searcy county. The balance of the party took the Yellville road near Belefonte, and were of course set down as the Bald Knobbers of Marion. About 10 o'clock yesterday morning Coroner Young, of Valley Springs arrived, and immediately summoning a jury proceeded to examine into the matter. Although numerous witnesses were examined no particular light was thrown upon the case, and the following verdict was rendered yesterday evening: "At an inquisition taken the 12th day of November, 1886, at Harrison, in the county of Boone, before J. K. Young, coroner of said county, upon the view of the dead body of Andrew Jackson Mullican, we, twelve good and lawful persons of said of(sic) county, who being in due form sworn, say that the said Mullican came to his death by seven pistol shots in the hands of unknown persons, in the town of Harrison, county of Boone, State Arkansas, on the night of the 11th day of November, 1886."


K. J. Hudson lost a find mare by death the other day.

J. F. Floyd, Esq., went over to Oakland Monday on business.

Mesdames J. H. Berry and H. A. Young visited Harrison this week.

When it comes to carving a turkey, George Lawson is certainly an expert.

A breach of promise suit is docketed for today in Esquire A. J. Noe's court.

Mrs. J. Frank Wilson, of Harrison, is visiting her sisters, Mrs. Dr. Wilson and Mrs. A. B. Scott.

Winter with its chilling blast has come at last, and what will the bachelors do now, poor things!

The Echo is a little late this week on account of sickness in the editor's family. No half sheets, all the same.

A number of the belles and beaux, enjoyed themselves on Monday night at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Layton.

J. N. Griffin, the Oakland merchant, was in town one day this week. He reported everything quiet in North Fork.

The weather the past week has been rather gloomy and winterish. On Tuesday and Wednesday there was a very light sprinkle of snow.

Old Dame Rumor says there is to be another wedding in town soon. Some times the old dame will do to depend upon, and this is one of the times.

Ben Carney says he is going to have a private telephone wire put up from his boarding house to the Rush Creek mines. You can depend upon anything Ben says.

"McCardis American Next of Kin," of Desmoines, Iowa, offers $10 reward for the address of the heirs of Dr. Jack Lyons, who was drowned near New Orleans in 1853. One of his brothers is supposed to reside in this State.

Another Searcy county couple were "Spliced" by Esquire Noe on last Saturday. "Uncle Jack" does the business up in great shape, and Clerk Dodd, we learn, appeared to be deeply affected and made some inquiry about the disease being "ketching." The ceremony was performed in the clerk's office.

On Thursday evening of last week the fifteen-year old son of Mr. Jesse White, living seven miles south of Yellville, while working at the gin had his right arm caught in the saws and was painfully cut and mangled. Drs. Jobe and Lindley were called an amputated the limb below the elbow.

About a month ago a young man of this county called at the clerk's office and had Deputy Clerk Estes to issue him a marriage license. Mr. Dodd was absent, else he would have issued the license himself, as he takes great pleasure in assisting young men into the matrimonial noose, and its a real pleasant task for him to fit out a "pair of license" as he fondly looks forward to the time when some clerk will have to do the same thing for him. But to return to the other young man. Mr. Estes issued the papers and warranted them to neither rip, ravel or run down at the heel, and the young man left the office with a happy smile on his face and his heart kicking like a horse with the thumps. About a week or ten days ago the same y.m. entered the office and inquired for Mr. Estes, but that fine large gentleman was out. Mr. Dodd, in his usual urbane manner, asked the y.m. if he could do anything for him. A sickly smile played over the y.m.'s youthful countenance for awhile and he then slowly produced the marriage license. The y.m. explained that the idol of his affections had gone square back on him and that he had as little use for a marriage license as member of the Bachelor's Club. The unfortunate y.m. at once gained the sympathies of the clerk and that official at once devised a plan for the y.m. to work upon. He explained to him that there would be a forfeiture of the bond in case he did not marry and the license not properly returned; that the license were good for sixty days and that he had thirty more days to go on; that if he really loved the young lady to go to her and her parents and explain his predicament, and that certainly, if their hearts were not stone, they would come to terms. Mr. Dodd told him a good deal more -- gave him "pointers" out of his great store of experience, but to make a long story short, we will say the y.m. acted upon the advice of the clerk, and the other day returned the license to the clerk's office properly filled out and appeared to be the happiest man in the county. It is safe to say that "future generations" will arise and call Mr. Dodd blessed. 


King's Prairie Items

Cool nights.

Plenty of frost.

No matrimonial victims.

No fights lately, but a few weeks ago two of King's Prairie's noble women proclaimed aloud their belligerent propensities by assailing each other in regular pugilistic style. Your heroic correspondent not being used to such proceedings, and not having sufficient historical knowledge to predict the outcome, thought it best to hie away to some secluded spot and await developments.

After a few days the flames of passion on both sides having died down to a moderate sized blaze, your correspondent picked up sufficient courage to emerge slowly and quietly from his hiding place, and at the urgent request of a friend, ventured to view the scene of battle. With the exception of two locks of hair and a little patch of ground which resembled that where a thresher had been set, nothing remained to perpetuate the remembrance of the awful struggle. My friend and I then repaired to the scene of trial. The evidence disclosed the startling fact that no brooms were used and the justice very gravely dismissed the court.

The atmosphere in this locality is so intolerably salubrious that Dr. Jobe is seriously contemplating a trip south to recuperate financially.

A letter from W. L. Massey, of Marion county, who is now a student at the medical college at Memphis, Tenn., states that he is well satisfied and is progressing rapidly in his studies. Hope he may return home a full fledged M.D. (Miserable Dog.)

Mr. H. L. Stanley has a new grist mill in connection with his gin and is running the whole business by steam.

On last Sunday the people of King's Prairie were participants in a feast of vocal music conducted by Messrs. Green Jackson, of Boone, and Pierce Richardson of this place.

Time, the great alleviator of human sufferings and eradicator of human defects, is slowly, but surely, replacing J. Y. Phillips mustache. The change adds greatly to his appearance, as it hides a considerable portion of his face. ... Timothy Tugmutton Eros, Ark., Nov. 15, 1886


We are having some nice weather just now, and the cotton pickers are sailing into the cotton fields like a new candidate sails into the "dear people." [Our correspondent evidently intends this paragraph as a joke on the miserable weather this week. --Ed.]

Rev. B. Rose preached here last Sunday and handled sinners in Sam Jones style -- without gloves.

Uncle Henry Fullbright, of Valley Springs, has been stopping at the residence of W. B. Flippin, Sr. When telling yarns, Uncle Henry is a chief. He makes Judge Flippin and Capt. Cravens hunt a dark corner to kick themselves on short notice. It is said that he can make an Indian cigar sign laugh till its patent upper teeth would loose their suction.

We understand that Mr. Lee Denton "buck-eyed" up on mean whisky and went down and painted McBee's Landing and his 4 X ferry red last week.

Our little burg is coming to the front and is putting on city airs. Stillwell is receiving new goods every day and is doing a lively business.

On last Saturday Dock Whitfield of Baxter county was married to Miss Matilda Mahan, of White River township, Rev. H. H. Hitlon officiating. May Gods richest blessings attend them o'er life's storms and land them safely in the happy land of "Leal," where flowers forever bloom and where joyous songs of springtime are sung through endless years. ... Nov. 17, '86 W.B.F., Jr. (Wm B Flippin Jr)

November 26, 1886 Issue (Top)


Two Arkansas banks failed last week -- the Exchange Bank at Eureka Springs and the First National Bank at Pine Bluff.

Another county treasurer gone wrong. I. N. Johnston, treasurer of Green county, has absconded with a large amount of the county and school funds.

The Arkansas Conference of the M.E. Church, South, convened at Ozark on last Wednesday. We will publish the list of appointments for the Harrison district next week or the week after.

Chester A. Arthur, ex-President of the United States, died at his home in New York City early on the morning of the 18th inst. He had been ailing for some time from a complication of diseases, principally kidney affections.


Wheat is said to be looking fine.

Did you give thanks on yesterday?

White river is very low and no prospect of a rise soon.

Capt. H. F. Jones left on Tuesday for his home in Missouri.

Our jovial friend Geo. Layton has bought or traded for a ranch in Marion county.

Mr. J. C. Berry has the thanks of the editor of The Echo for a thanksgiving feast yesterday.

DeRoos Bailey, Esq., of Marshall, was in town a few days this week mingling with his numerous friends.

Those who wish to pay their subscription to The Echo in wood, are requested to bring it in at once. We will have no need for wood next summer.

Marion county is now in the midst of a mining boom, or a mining boom is in the midst of Marion. We hope it will not turn out to be a boomerang.

Luke Matlock invites the public to call on him at his store in Desoto when wanting cheap groceries. He says he is selling at rock bottom prices. Give him a call.

Sheriff and Collector Keeter will commence collecting taxes on the 6th day of December in Buffalo township. See his list of appointments in another column.

Quite a number of young people enjoyed themselves at the residence of Mrs. O. H. Tucker on last evening. It was a musical feast and was enjoyed by all present.

Elders Wright and Denton, of the Baptist Church, filled their regular appointments at this place on last Sabbath. They will preach here (D. Y.) the third Sunday in each month.

Mr. W. S. Morgan, editor of the Free Press, published at Portis, Lawrence county, was in town a day or two this week. He was looking after some land matters in this section.

The personal property belonging to the estate of Jas. N. Hamilton, deceased, is offered for sale on the 20th of December by J. N. Griffin, administrator. Read the notice in another column.

N. W. Dorsey, of Harrison, Superintendent of the White River Mining Company, accompanied by two or three other gentlemen; went over to the mines near Buffalo City last Sunday evening.

Luke Matlock, J. P., of Desoto, was in town Wednesday and favored us with a call. He has opened a stock of groceries and notions at Desoto and is doing a good business. The Echo wishes him much success.

One Horton Jones now occupies the so-called county jail. Deputy Sheriff Lawson captured him one day this week at Lead Hill. He is held in default of bond, to answer three indictments by the grand jury last February.

John H. Thompson, Jr., has just finished an elegant piece of cabinet furniture for The Echo. It is said a shoemaker can make anything out of leather, and John can certainly make anything out of wood. He is a first-class workman.

The immense quantity of valuable minerals in Marion is attracting a great deal of attention just now. A hack load of Harrison gentlemen passed through town last Sunday en route to the manganese and copper mines near Buffalo City.

After a visit of several weeks to his parents and other relatives, Mr. A. Wickersham left on last Wednesday for his home in Portland, Oregon. It is hoped he will make his visits more frequent and more extended in the future than heretofore.

Mr. Emil Holden, engineer for the White River Mining Company, was in town last Saturday. He had just returned from St. Louis where he made arrangements for shipping ore from the Buffalo mines. He is enthusiastic over the success of the mines.

Rev. H. W. Messeck and family, formerly residents of this county, who have been visiting relatives in Baxter and this county, passed through town Tuesday en route to their home at Springdale, Washington county. Mr. Messeck once represented Marion county in the Legislature.

Master Frank Sims is now learning the "art preservative of all arts" in The Echo office. Frank is a sprightly boy and takes great interest in his work. Heretofore the editor of The Echo has been too pious to allow a "devil" around the office, but Frank is a most amiable "devil" and the religious tone of the paper will remain unchanged.


The people of Arkansas have good reason for thanksgiving, but Yellvillians did not seem to think so, at least there was no public demonstration of the fact yesterday, the day set apart for thanksgiving. We have escaped drouth, destructive storms, earthquakes and epidemics, while other sections have been visited by some one of these misfortunes. Should we not be thankful for the many blessings we have been permitted to enjoy?

       Notice is hereby given that by virtue of an order, made in vacation, by W. M. Horn, Judge of the Probate Court, I will offer for sale, at the former residence of James N. Hamilton, deceased, in North Fork township, Marion county, Arkansas, on the 20th day of December, A. D., 1886, within the hours prescribed by law for legal sales, at public auction, to the highest bidder, the following described personal property belonging to the estate of said deceased, to wit:
       2 sorrel mares; 2 colts two years old; 1 colt one year old; 2 yearling mules; 2 yoke of work oxen; 12 cows with calves, 10 dry cows; 4 steers two years old, and about 25 head of other mixed cattle; 1 horse wagon; 1 ox wagon; 1 rifle gun; 1 Smith & Wesson revolver; 1 breech-loading shot gun, with tools: 1 Winchester rifle; 2 cross-cut saws; 1 field or marine glass; 1 saddle; 1 log chain; 1 lot of farming tools; 30 head of hogs; 3 bee hives; 3 stock bells and collars; 1 pair of rubber boots; 1 raft of cedar timber, consisting of 200 piling sticks, length 16 to 30 feet, and 3,000 fence posts.
       The terms of sale of all the property except the raft of timber, will be sold on a credit of 12 months. The raft of timber will be sold on a credit of 3 months.
       The purchaser will be required to give notes with good and sufficient securities.
This 25th day of December, 1886.
Administrator of the estate of James N. Hamilton, deceased.

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