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Mt. Echo Newspaper
July 1887 Issues
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by Gladys Horn Brown

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July 1, 1887 Issue (Top)


B. F. Truelove and John Evans, living near Clarksville, Ark., had a dispute over a razor worth fifty cents. On the 21st ultimo, Evans shot and killed Truelove while the latter was plowing.

The jury in the Cora Lee murder case at Springfield, Mo., failed to agree, and was discharged. The jury stood eight for conviction, four for acquittal. She gave another bond for $7,000, her securities representing over $1,000,000.

Seventeen years ago, four masked men went to the house of Andrew Wilson, in Overton county, Middle Tennessee, and after forcing their way into the house, led him out to his front gate and shot him, before his wife and children. His two oldest boys, one of whom is Rev. J. T. Wilson, the Sunday School Missionary of our town, recognized -- or thought they did -- two of the assassins, but were prevented from publicly accusing them by threats both written and implied. All parties left that country and the matter was seemingly forgot until last Saturday when Rev. Wilson, having recognized in one Whittaker, who lives north of Green Forrest, in Carroll county, one of the men supposed to have killed his father, swore out a warrant against him and had him arrested, and placed in our jail, where he now is awaiting the arrival of a requisition from the Governor of Tennessee. Mr. Wilson expects his brother to arrive in a day or two, when they will go back to the scene of the murder together with the prisoner. -- Harrison Times.


Rev. J. H. Wade will preach here on next Sunday morning.

The parsonage has been painted which adds much to its appearance.

School will begin next week under the new principal, Prof. Jones.

Messrs. Alex. and R. J. Hurst left yesterday for Springfield, Mo., where they go on business.

Mr. Samuel Seawel, we regret to learn is quite sick. He has been in bad health for several months.

Mr. W. R. Brooksher, of Blythe, informed us yesterday that he had threshed his wheat and that the yield was very good.

Mr. James Vandine, the artist, has moved to Mtn. Home. We understand he will return to Yellville in a few months.

Presiding Elder, P. B. Summers, will preach at the Methodist Church at this place on next Wednesday night, and at Oakland Thursday night.

Miss Ora Estes, of Batavia, Boone County, has been visiting friends at Yellville and vicinity for several days past.

"Uncle Billy" Lefevers' calf is outgrowing anything in the country. Even the crops and the grass can't keep up with his calfship. It is now as big as a yearling.

The Methodist is undergoing some needed repairs. This work and that of painting the parsonage is due to the energy of the Woman's(sic) Missionary Society.

Mr. Rodney Davis who has been attending school at Valley Springs, paid us a pleasant call last Saturday. He speaks in very high terms of the school up there.

Miss Dora Rea, who has been attending school here the past session, has returned to her home, in the Rea Valley, to spend vacation. Her many friends hope she will return and enter school again in the fall, if not sooner.

Mr. Henry Lowry, an old and much respected citizen of this county, died at his home on Hampton Creek, on Monday, the 27th ult. He was buried on Tuesday with Masonic Honors. Several of the fraternity of this place attended the funeral.

Marion Circuit Court will commence on the fourth Monday in August, and now we are allowed two weeks instead of one. Judge Powell, of Izard County, will preside, and DeRoos Bailey will ably represent the state.

Mr. H. L. Stanley, of Prairie township, was in town Tuesday and called to see us. He informed us that he would rebuild his store house, gin and mill, which were recently burned, as soon as the work could be done, and would commence hauling lumber this week. Mr. S. is satisfied the house was set on fire, as the mill had not been running for a day and a half before the fire occurred.

Mr. DeRoos Bailey, after spending several days with his many Yellville friends, left on Tuesday for Boone county to spend a few days with his father's family. From there he will go to Jasper, Newton county, to attend circuit court, which convenes there on next Monday, when he will begin his duties as Prosecuting Attorney. His friends wish him much success, and none more heartily than this writer.

It is said that when you marry in June your wife will not henpeck you. Not having tried the matrimonial noose, we are unable to contradict or confirm this statement. If there is anything in the "saying," the following-named gentlemen should be congratulated. Here is a list of those who received permits from our bachelor clerk to try the experiment:
H. E. Chambers, 25 - Miss Arminda J. Mahurine ,20
J. F. Mahurine, 17 - Miss G. A. Wheeler, 15
Ed Lester, 26 - Miss Nancy L. Weaver, 23
John W. Soward, 32 - Miss Alice Fryer, 24
Randolph Tucker, 21 - Miss M. A. Jones, 22
Martin Bailey, 60 - Mrs. Melinda Gimlin, 41
H. M. Lawrence, 23 - Miss Martha J. Helems, 18

       Programme of the Public School Exhibition and Mrs. Tucker's Musical Concert.
       Through the kindness of Mrs. O. H. Tucker, we are enabled to publish the programmes of the closing exercises of the public school and music class, presented at the school house on Thursday and Friday nights last.
Programme - First Night
1.Inst. Solo - "Blackhawk Waltz" - Annie Cowdrey.
2.The United Workmen, by boys.
3.Inst. Duette - "Chopsticks" - Virgie Layton and Annie Cowdrey.
4.A surprise party, by little girls.
5.Songs and Chorus - "Sweet Long Ago" - Miss Edna Layton.
6.The New Scholar.
7.Inst. Solo - "The Great Physician" - Miss Lillie McDowell.
8.Nobody's Child -- Annie Cowdrey.
9.Song, Solo - "Why are Roses Red" - Miss Mary Berry.
10.The Virtues.
11.Song, Solo - "Stay on the Farm" - Miss Hulda Hurst.
12.Starting in Life.
13.Inst. Duette - "The Two Students" - Annie Cowdrey and Nellie Tucker.
14.What the Ledger says.
15.Inst. Solo - Variations of "Lorena" - Miss Edna Layton.
16.Blessed are the Peacemakers.
17.Inst. Solo - Variations of "Gently Down the Stream of Time," - Miss Mary Berry.
18.Before and Behind the Scenes.
19.Song and Chorus - "Homeless Tonight" - Virgie Layton and Annie Cowdrey.
20.A Connubial Eclogue.
21.Inst. Duette - "Wedding Bells March" - Misses Nellie Wickersham and Miss Lillie McDowell.
22.The Dark Cupid.
23.Inst. Trio - "The Mockingbird" - Misses Virgie Berry, Hattie McDowell and Una Jobe.
24.Inst. Solo - "Sounds from the Waves" - Miss Hattie McDowell.
25.True Philosophy.
26.Song. Trio - "Come Where the Wild Flowers Bloom" - Misses Una Jobe, Hattie McDowell, and Virgie Berry.
27.The Music Director.
28.Inst. Solo - "The Storm at Sea" - Miss Una Jobe.

[The second night is not transcribed here.]

July 8, 1887 (Top)


Col. J. Frank Wilson returned last Friday from his trip to Arizona.

The wife of Mr. Whittaker, arrested here for murder, died last week. The shock from her husband's arrest is said to have killed her. Their oldest daughter, the Progress says, is also prostrated from grief and excitement.

 The wife of Sigel Lebow, of The Harrison Times, died Sunday morning last. She had been married but a few weeks, and her death at the beginning of her double life is deplorable indeed. Our neighbor has our sincerest sympathy.


Picnic in White River tomorrow.

The school house has been neatly painted.

Judge R. H. Powell stopped over here on Saturday night. He was en route to Jasper to hold circuit court.

Messrs. Vard McBee and Thos. Noe have bought a brand, spanking new thresher, which is said to be a very fine machine.

Dr. J. S. Lindley is having the lumber hauled preparatory to building a neat residence on the lot above his office.

Mr. N. J. Bearden, of Bearden township, smiled on us Tuesday and left with us the wherewith to keep The Echo echoing.

Mr. George Fee, who is farming near Stone, was in town this week. He says the crops are flourishing over in that section.

Mr. Virgil Stillwell, of Doddsville, made us a pleasant call on last Saturday. He was on his way to the Rush Creek mines.

Capt. L. D. Toney and Mr. Wm. Noe, of Gassville, were in town last Saturday. The jovial Capt. appears to be in excellent health.

Hon. T. H. Flippin, Capt. A. G. Cravens, and Mr. T. J. Barb, all of White River, were in town attending county court the first of the week.

Mr. J. M. Smith, of Bearden, came in to attend county court Monday and paid us a call. He will now read The Echo, the best paper in the county.

Remember that the District Normal Institute will be held at this place August 1st. Some arrangements should be made for taking care of teachers who may attend.

D. W. Goforth, who lives on Greasy Creek, planted 12 acres in cotton April 6th to 9th, and found cotton bolls as large as partridge eggs on July 1st. Who can beat this?

Mr. B. M. Estes, the Boone county nurseryman, was in town a few days the latter part of last week, looking after business matters and visiting old friends and acquaintances.

Mr. J. P. Brady, of the Clear Creek neighborhood, was in town Monday attending to some business before the county court. He says mad dogs have been creating a good deal of excitement in his neighborhood.

Prof. W. R. Jones' journalistic career was brief. After getting out two issues of the Dollar Times at Marshall, he sold his lease and retired from the business. He will devote his entire time to our school and hopes to build up a first class graded school.

Mr. Thos. H. Fee will commence teaching the public school at Peel District No. 23, on next Monday. He is a moral, upright young man, with considerable experience as a teacher, and will give entire satisfaction to the patrons of the school. We wish him success.

Our young printer friend, Alex. Mingle, late of Tennessee, has been granted a certificate by our county examiner to teach school. He has an engagement to teach the school in District No. 15, Buffalo Township, and will commence on next Monday.

Our solid friend, Mr. Billy Dobbs, of George's Creek, was in to see us Saturday - the first time he has been in town for two or three months. He said the threshers were quite busy in Blythe, crop prospects good, and everyone in high spirits.

Yellville has enjoyed somewhat of a building boom the present summer. New houses have been built, old ones repaired and repainted, new fences put up, and general improvements have been going on. There is yet room for great improvement. Let the work go on.

If the people of Yellville want a railroad they should make some effort to secure one. If you think railroad men will come to you without you show them some courtesy and take some interest in the matter, you will find, when it's too late, that you are sadly mistaken.

The public school will open on next Monday. Prof. Jones went to West Plains this week to meet his wife, and for this reason, could not begin teaching on last Monday. He and his wife arrived on Wednesday, and will be ready to begin their work on Monday. For the present, they will board with Mr. W. I. Lefevers.

Judge Horn was telling us this week of a wonderful cave on Hampton. A man started to dig a well and at the depth of about eight feet he struck the mouth of the cave. There was a large stream of water in the cave; and the judge said it had been explored a distance of 50 to 100 yards. The only entrance to the cave is through the well.

B. M. Estes, proprietor of Estes Nursery, will be here at the next term of court to assist J. A. Cowdrey in taking orders for nursery stock. Look over your orchards and see what you will want. They will take great pleasure in taking your orders and furnishing good stock. This nursery is a home institution. Mr. Estes does his own grafting, warrants first class stock, and true to name.

The Marion County Medical Society met at the courthouse on last Saturday. Drs. Wm. Noe, R. J. Pierce, J. D. Waters, J. M. Coker, W. R. Brooksher, and all the Yellville doctors were in attendance. The following officers were elected:

President, Dr. G. W. Jobe; Vice President, Dr. W. M. Noe; Secretary, Dr. J. S. Lindley; Treasurer, Dr. W. T. Bryan. The next meeting will be held at this place on the first Saturday in August.

The contract for carrying the mail from this place to Isabella, Mo., changed hands on the first inst., Mr. Hudson's time expiring at that time. The new contractor failed to put in his appearance on Saturday and the mail for Oakland and Stone, which are on this route, did not go out on that day. Our subscribers at these places will bear in mind that it was not our fault that they failed to get The Echo on time. A Mr. Hicks of Mtn. Home, is the new contractor.


Flippin, Ark., July 6, 1887

Editor Echo: -- I suppose you think I have quite abandoned The Echo, but such is not the case. A lack of news, time and energy has prevented me from writing oftener.

Wheat threshing is the order of the day. Vard McBee and Tom Noe make their $640.00. "Starved Rooster" got up and hum, while Uncle Billy Reynolds makes his big separator get there all the same.

The recent copious showers of rain have caused our farmers to smile like Apollo when he sat smiling on grief.

We are informed by Dr. J. D. Waters that there will be a picnic at what is known as the Jim Tucker Springs in White River township, on Saturday, the 8th inst. Everybody invited to come and bring well filled baskets. ... W. B. F., Jr. (Wm B Flippin Jr)


George's Creek, July 6, 1887

Still it rains.

Crops in this part are flourishing like the green bay tree.

Wheat threshing is the order of the day.

The school at this place, under the management of Mr. Wheeler, commenced on the 4th, with about 60 pupils in attendance.

Mr. Henry Johnson, of Dallas, Texas, is visiting his mother and brothers at the old home. Hope he has come to stay.

Loafers scrip will soon be in demand at this town as farm work will soon close for a time. In fact, some of the boys have begun to feel their oats a little already, as our clever merchant, J. S. Hudson, and one of his customers, Mr. W. (?) Green, engaged in a little "slam bang" affair on the 5th inst. A chair was the only weapon used to effect. One of the gentlemen assaulted $5 worth with a chair and the other the same amount with that fearful weapon commonly called the tongue. Boys you had better let up for awhile, as it is rather early to commence the fall fights and we think loafer scrip some cheaper than county scrip at this time. Just head up the wound and wait until the fall fights open and give the boys a chance.

Mr. B. Narramore has a little boy who has been very sick for several days. Hope little Fred will soon recover.

Health generally good, and plenty of everything to eat.

Come over, Mr. Editor, and help to consume the yellow leg chickens and roasting ears. Our splendid little fellow, Dr. Brooksher, says mothers must not let the "little ones" eat roasting ears. That lets Willie off -- the corn crop. Success to The Echo.-- Will Say.

July 15, 1887 Issue (Top)


The Blue and the Gray met in brotherly reunion on the field of Gettysburg on Independence Day, and both with hearty good will clasped hands and cheered "Dixie" and "Yankee Doodle."

A reunion of the survivors of The Battle of Pea Ridge will be held on August 25th and 26th. A monument to Gens. McCullogh and McIntosh, who were killed there, will be unveiled at that time.

Arkansians may not be able to make a foreign tour, but there is nothing to prevent them from visiting Paris, London, Toronto, Bagdad, Batavia, Rome, Toledo, Melbourne, Denmark, Canton, etc., without leaving the state.

-- Arkansas Sentinel --

The grand jury of Jackson, Miss., has indicted John S. Hamilton and L. W. Eubanks for the murder of R. D. Gambrell on May 5. Gambrell was the editor of a prohibition paper, and was attacked by a crowd of men on the street of his city. He was the son of a prominent Baptist minister.

As a timely warning, we would call the attention of the people of this county to Christian County, Mo. An organization was formed over there for the purpose of correcting certain evils, and while perhaps the intention of the organization was good, the wrong methods were adopted, because they were unlawful. The "Bald Knobbers" have been a curse to that county and crime flourished during the reign of the order. Good people seeking homes would shun that mob cursed county as they would hades itself. Shall we allow our now bright prospects for a glorious future to be blighted by this same curse? The good, law abiding people of this county will do well to ponder over this.

Invades our Peaceful Precincts and Disturbs our Quiet Slumbers at the Midnight Hour.
       About 12:30 o'clock last Sunday night the peace and quiet which had reigned supreme throughout the night was broken by the ringing of a church bell, the report of fire arms and the clatter of horses' feet. The good people who had been sweltering all day and were now enjoying the rest that slumber brings, were startled by these sudden and unexpected sounds, and many rushed from their rooms to ascertain the cause, thinking perhaps the town was on fire or some other dire calamity was about to befall their peaceful homes.
       Upon investigation it was learned by The Echo that an unwelcome and unlawful mob of masked men had dishonored the town and peace and dignity of the state by their presence, and at the time the alarm was given were galloping out of town in various direction. They had been to the residence of Deputy Sheriff Lawson, where Mrs. Rebecca Watkins resides, and had taken the woman to a cedar break, a short distance from the house, where they attempted to scare her into making further revelations in regard to the murder of her husband (George Watkins) and the whereabouts of the body, by placing a rope around her neck and threatening to hang her. The woman, it is said by those who heard her, made piteous appeals to the mob to spare her life. After torturing the poor woman with threats, she was finally returned to Mr. Lawson's house, unharmed but badly scared. It is not known only by the mob what statement the woman made in regard to the murder or the concealing of the body, except that Mr. Lawson heard her say that she did not know where the dead body of her husband was, and that all she knew was that Hudspeth was to kill him and did kill him.
       Deputy Sheriff Lawson says he was awakened about 12 o'clock by persons in his room commanding him to get up and follow them. Lee Nanny was stopping with him that night and they both got up and put on their clothing. They commanded the deputy to give up his arms, and when he went to comply with the request he found that they had already taken possession of his pistol. Soon after he was aroused, he heard Mrs. Watkins, who occupied another room, scream, and soon she was hurried off to the cedars near the house while he and Nanny were left under guard of eight men, who soon marched them also to the cedars. When they arrived Mrs. Watkins was pleading for her life and when the deputy asked them not to hang her someone suggested that both her and the deputy be hung to the same tree. The woman was taken back to Mr. Lawson's house and left, but Lawson and Nanny accepted an invitation to accompany the mob uptown, where they were released and the mob disbursed, some going out of town in the direction of Harrison and others going north, firing as they left. Mr. Lawson says there were about 25 in number, and wore long black coats or robes that came nearly to the ground, high hats and masks. He says they were all well armed.
       As soon as he was released, Mr. Lawson says he ran to the Presbyterian Church and rang the bell. The "Bald Knobbers," as they are called by some, went on their way rejoicing, with none to pursue, molest or make them afraid. The conduct of this mob was unlawful. The motive may have been good, but two wrongs will not make one right. Before resorting to mob violence, they should at least give the law a chance. We hope such a scene as was enacted on Sunday night will never again occur in our county. If the men who participated in the affair will only take a second thought they will be heartily ashamed of their conduct.


J. W. Taff, of Blythe, this week sent us in a fine specimen of oats.

Oakland is a good opening, so we are informed, for a good blacksmith and a doctor.

Rev. J. H. Wade is attending the district conference at Bellefonte this week.

Deputy U. S. Marshall B. Flippin went over to Newton county last week on official business.

I. F. Clark of the defunct Yellville Watchman, we understand has gone to Illinois.

Mr. J. C. Berry and mother went up to Harrison Thursday. They will return tomorrow.

We learn that Mr. George Layton has bought a horse and lot at Oakland. Some more straw.

Dr. D. G. Hart, of Baxter county, was in town this week on his way to attend the district conference at Bellefonte.

Miss Dora Rea was visiting friends in town this week and a certain M.D. smiled for the first time since the school exhibition.

Mr. J. H. Thompson, Jr. made a business trip to Lead Hill this week. He says the foundry at that place is doing a good business.

Mr. P. C. White, representing Adler, Goldman and Company, cotton factors and commission merchants, St. Louis and New Orleans, was in town this week in the interest of his firm.

Rev. O. H. Tucker and family are attending the district conference of the M. E. Church, South, which convened at Bellefonte on yesterday. They will return on next Monday.

Mr. C. W. Noe has moved his family to Oakland to West Plains, Mo. where he will engage in the livery business. While we regret to lose so good a citizen, we wish him much success.

The public school opened on last Monday. Prof. Jones informs us that the attendance averages about 60 students. Considering the intensely warm weather this is a very good attendance.

The Yellville Kid Telephone Company have put up a line from Seawel's store to Wilson's drug store. They use the "oyster can" patent, which works like a charm - when the boys talk loud enough.

The delegates from the Yellville circuit to the district conference which convened at Bellefonte yesterday are: A. S. Layton, Jno. P. Sims and Jeff Summers. Messrs. Layton and Sims went up to attend.

Dr. A. R. Winfield, editor of The Arkansas Methodist, will preach at the Methodist Church at this place on Monday night, the 18th inst. He is an eloquent pulpit orator and will doubtless draw a large congregation.

Our friend, Len Weast, has been promoted to the position of road overseer of this district, having been appointed to fill the place of A. H. McVey. Len doesn't seem a bit stuck up on account of the honors thrust upon him.

Messrs. R. J. and Alex. Hurst returned on last Friday from Springfield, where they purchased a substantial and nicely furnished family hack each. They spent the Fourth in the city and were well pleased with the celebration.

Mr. Robert Wilson, of Mtn. Home, was in town several days this week, swapping horses and yarns with the boys, and looking after some mail contracts.

Mr. Wm. Cowdrey brought us a nice specimen of copper and silver ore this week from the mountain northwest of town. It is a very fine specimen to be found on the surface.

Mr. J. H. Berry has sold his sawmill at Desoto to Mr. Jos. Crunkleton, of Mtn. Home, who will take possession next month. He expects to put in a cotton gin in time for the growing crop.

A large number of people from various parts of the county are expected to be here on next Monday night to hear Rev. Dr. Witfield, of Little Rock, preach, and a committee has been appointed to secure homes for all who wish to attend.

Mr. A. S. Layton has bought Mr. H. J. Noe's fine farm on White River, in North Fork township. It is said to be one of the finest tracts in the county. Mr. Noe, we learn, will probably go to West Plains, Mo., and engage in business. He is a good citizen and we regret to lose him.

Mr. B. Johnson and wife, of Blythe township, will start this week for Texas. Mr. Johnson is an industrious young farmer, a clever gentleman and valuable citizen, whom we regret to lose. His brother, Mr. Henry Johnson, lately returned from Texas, will remain with his mother at their home in Blythe.

We are informed by Dr. J. M. Coker there will be a grand Sunday school picnic and celebration on the 30th of this month at Hamlet's school house, six miles south of Yellville. An interesting programme will be arranged and a most enjoyable time is anticipated. All the Sunday schools in the county are invited to attend. Everyone invited to bring a well-filled basket.

Dr. G. W. Jobe, and family, this week moved back to their country home in Prairie township. Miss Una, who has resided here for a number of years with her uncle's family, will be greatly missed by her host of young friends, for being possessed of those graces of heart and mind that make a woman charming, she has always been a favorite in Yellville social circles, with many warm friends and admirers.

The friends of Mr. A. J. Noe, our worthy postmaster, having learned that the post office inspector who was here some time ago had recommended his removal, are circulating a petition to be sent to the proper authorities at Washington asking that he be retained. The inspector reported that Mr. Noe was getting to(sic) old and feeble to attend to the duties of the office. It is true "Uncle Jack" is afflicted with rheumatism, but he has been a faithful and efficient public servant, always prompt, accommodating, and conducting the business of the office satisfactory to all. If the matter is left with the patrons of the office to decide, as it should be and probably will be, "Uncle Jack" will not be removed. Be sure and sign the petition when presented.

On last Saturday, together with a number of other Yellville people, we had the pleasure of attending the picnic at Ervin's school house in White River township. Not a very large crowd was in attendance, but those present seemed to enjoy themselves to the fullest extent. Swinging, dancing and courting were the principal features of the occasion. The ice cream and lemonade stands were busy serving the cooling delicacies, two dancing pavilions and two swings were well patronized, and dimes and nickels seemed to be plentiful. The "blessed hour of our dinner" was heartily welcomed by this scribe, and he is indebted to the hospitality of Messrs. T. J. Barb and A. G. Cravens and their better two-thirds for an excellent dinner. Friend Cravens caught a nice mess of fish the evening previous, especially for the occasion, and under the supervision of Miss Emma Lewallen, and Cravens as second cook, they were served in a style to please the most fastidious epicure.

Layton and Cowdrey have a few pieces of Lawns yet which they are closing out at good bargains.
Look here! 10 yards for a dollar.
Just listen! 20 yards for a dollar.
Look again! 25 yards for a dollar.
And it is no common stuff, it is good goods and fast colors.

July 22, 1887 Issue (Top)


From The Harrison Times we learn that Lead Hill will soon have a newspaper. The Dollar Times, published at Marshall, Ark., by Cicero and - Brown, has at last reached our table. It is a neat six-column folio, and will be "independent in all things." We wish it success.

Dixon Springs, Tennessee, had an exceedingly high toned young man named Gammon, but he is dead, and this is how it all came about. He admired the daughter of Mr. Wm. Brooks, not being admired in return, this manly fellow went through the community circulating injurious reports about her. The neighbors told Brooks, whereupon Brooks got his double-barreled shotgun, and going to the young man's home emptied both barrels into his body, fatally wounding him. Brooks then went and told the young man's brother what he had done and where he could find him. At latest accounts, Brooks has not been sought. -- Arkansas Gazette.

The slanderer will generally come to grief and there should be none to sympathize with him. The high-toned young man of Tennessee merited his reward.

       Little Rock, Ark., July 10 - A man named West, formerly a resident of Taney county, Mo., where he had been indicted for murder, crossed over in this State recently and went to work on a farm in Marion county. His whereabouts was discovered and a posse undertook to arrest him yesterday. He was found near an old cotton gin and when asked to surrender by the officers he took refuge in the building, threatening to kill anyone who attempted to enter.
       Several shots were fired into the structure without effect. West, who had a revolver, neither appearing or replying to the fire. Two of the posse then entered firing as they did so when West advanced upon them wounding them both fatally, and he was in turn fatally shot by the men outside who were guarding the gin to prevent his escape.
       West is said to have been a member of the Christian or Taney, Mo., "Bald Knobbers", and it was for this reason he was under indictment for murder. We find the above among the dispatches of several daily newspapers, but there must be some mistake to the place where the shooting occurred. We have inquiry, and can learn nothing of the affair.


A few sickly watermelons were sold in town this week.

Senator Jas. H. Berry and Hon. S. W. Peel will probably be here during circuit court.

Mr. Birdsong, of this place, a veteran of the Mexican war, has been granted a pension.

Mr. J. S. Russell, the clever postmaster at Mtn. Home, came over Monday with drumer(sic) Dixon.

More drummers come to Yellville that any other little town in the State. Some sell goods and others do not.

The Oakland mail leaves here every Thursday and Friday at 6:00 a.m., and arrives Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.

Quite a large number of people have already signed the petition asking that "Uncle" Jack Noe be retained as postmaster at this place.

Mr. Jas. Wright and family, who went from this county to Texas two years ago, returned last week to their old "stamping grounds" near Buffalo City.

Uncle Billy Lefever's fine calf "Jumbo" was two months old Wednesday, and kicked the beam at 230 pounds. It is the mammoth calf of Arkansas.

The contract for repairing the county jail was awarded to J. W. Pierce, he being the lowest bidder. His bid was $192, which is dirt cheap for the work required.

A pedestrian the other night heard a musical voice as he passed the office of a certain M.D. He paused to listen, but here is all he could catch of the sweet music. "Me sol fa Do ra Ra."

Mr. J. W. Black, the county surveyor, was in town yesterday for the first time in several months. He had been down on White River surveying some lands. He says crops are needing rain.

Dr. Winfield made some good suggestions on Monday night in regard to the care of crying babies at church. The very young babe, he thinks, should be quietly removed, while he prescribes for the hopeful "three year old," in addition to the removal, an orthodox spanking. This is the one point on which all denominations will agree.

The Citizen, in speaking of the dead man found in the woods in Baxter county says:"It seemed from the surroundings that the dead man had built up a fire there in the woods and was lying around it when he died." Dead men should be careful about building fires in the woods.

The description of the dead man found in Baxter county corresponds in one particular with L. J. Luten, who left his home on Lee's Mountain, near this place, sometime last May. It is supposed he went down White River in a canoe. Mr. Luten had lost one finger, and the dead man also was minus a finger. Nothing has been heard of Luten since he left here.

We learn from Mr. D. C. Watts, of Iuka, that the dead body of a man was found on last Friday evening by Mr. S. B. Cunningham near his house in North Fork township. Mr. Cunningham was riding along the road and late in the evening when he smelled what he supposed to be one of his dead sheep. After making search, he was surprised and horrified to find, instead of a dead sheep, the body of a dead man lying upon the ground about 100 yards from the road. It seemed from the surroundings that the dead man had built up a fire there in the woods and was lying around it when he died. From appearances, he had been dead a week or two. The body was so badly decomposed that features could not be given and no clue is had as to the identity of the person. An inquest was held and the body buried Sunday. -- Baxter County Citizen, 14th inst.

State of Arkansas Administrators
County of Marion Notice
       Notice is hereby given that the following named administrators and guardians file their accounts current for annual and final settlement at the May term of the Marion County Probate Court, 1887.
       N. E Coventon, guardian of B. F. and P. R. Coventon. Report.
       R. J. Hurst, administrator of the estate of Allen Newton, deceased, account current. No. 2 for annual settlement.
       John F. Baker, administrator of the estate of W. H. McMahan, deceased, account current. No. 4 for final settlement.
       Isaac Kessee, guardian of Esias Copeland, account current. No. 2, for annual settlement.
       W. B. Pannel, guardian of Julia L. Pannel, account current. No. 2, for annual settlement.
       All persons interested in the above settlements are hereby notified to file their exceptions to [the remainder of this paragraph is too faded.]
       Witness my hand and seal (seal) of said court. Hereto affixed, this 20th day of June, 1887. Neal Dodd, Clerk.

July 29, 1887 Issue (Top)


A Pine Bluff prohibition orator asserted in a speech that Pine Bluff was the wickedest place this side of hell, and a Newport "probi" says Newport is Chicago. Must be situated on the other side of that summer resort known in the revised edition as hades.

Major S. A. Doran, a noted gambler and desperado, who was shot sometime ago at Fort Smith by another gambler named Pink Fagg, died on the 18th. The Little Rock Gazette says of Doran. "His death removes one of the few typical desperadoes, still surviving of a class of whom Arrington delighted to write in his blood-curdling sketches of the 'Desperadoes of the Southwest. Doran was a man of blood who courted deadly encounters, and who at last fitly(sic) became a victim of bloodshed. Blood stains marked his progress: His presence was the signal for strife and turmoil, generally ending in the shedding of blood. If the dead can raise up to accuse the authors of their untimely taking-off, more ghosts must of late years have disturbed Doran's slumbers than startled Richard of Gloster in his tent the night before Bosworth Field."


Over an hundred students were in attendance at the public school this week.

Mr. J. B. Wilson and family are moved to town and are occupying the Sewell house in the lower part of town.

Last week the types made us say the Oakland mail left here every Thursday and Friday. We should have said Tuesday and Friday.

Our young friend, J. E. Wickersham, has our thanks for some fine tomatoes of his own raising. Jim, they were delicious, and Dr. Bryan will tell you the same.

Miss Mae Cravens, daughter of assessor A. G. Cravens, returned recently from Batesville where she had been attending school and visiting relatives for the past year.

We learn from Dr. Pierce, who was in town Monday, that Mr. Wiley Patten, of Clear Creek, was painfully injured on last Friday while working around his thresher.

Dr. A. R. Winfield, on his recent trip through this district, dedicated five Methodist churches namely - at Harrison, Bellefonte, Valley Springs, Yellville and Mtn. Home.

While on her way to Hurst's school house to attend church last Sunday, Miss Lillie McDowell was thrown from her horse near the residence of Mr. R. J. Hurst. We are glad to learn that she was not seriously hurt.

J. W. Harris, Esq., returned Sunday evening last from Mammoth Spring, Fulton county. He says that place is on the eve of a "boom," as the company which purchased the Mammoth Spring sometime ago contemplate putting up a fine flouring mill, cotton mill, and a paper mill.

C. W. Noe, of Oakland, Ark., having purchased R. V. Lasater's interest in the City Livery Stable, has become a citizen of West Plains. Mr. Noe is a pleasant gentleman and a good businessman, and we trust he will be pleased with our city and his new business interests. - West Plains Journal.

Mr. John Allen Cowdrey went up to Boone county last Saturday, and on Sunday was married to Miss Ora Estes, daughter of Mr. B. M. Estes, of Batavia, Boone county. John is a clever, industrious, energetic young man, and The Echo joins his many friends in wishing him and his fair bride a long life of prosperity and happiness. They are "at home" to their friends at the residence of Mr. Cowdrey's father near town.

On Saturday last a difficulty occurred in Sugar Loaf township between John Cook and Jasper and Wm. Hays. It appears from the best information we can gather, that the difficulty originated from a quarrel about a milk pitcher. Cook, from this, commenced to use abusive language, and finally ran into the house and grabbed his guns. The two Hays followed him and took the guns from him. Old man Hays took one of the guns out in the yard and fired it off, and Cook's wife took the other gun from Mr. Hays, at his request, and held it, and thus the affray ended. Cook got out a writ for Jasper and Wm. Hays, charging them with an assault with attempt to kill and murder. The trial came up Tuesday before A. J. Noe, J. P., and they were discharged as to that offense, but held for trial on a charge of assault and battery and breach of the peace. Cook and the other State witnesses, in the meantime left, without being discharged by the court, and the cases were continued till tomorrow for trial.

Yellville is a little town
Which the hills and mountains do surround;
And on the wings of every breeze
Is born the order of cedar trees.
Just to the south there flows a stream
That reminds you of the Indian's dream
Of paradise, or "hunting grounds," -
So smooth it flows, so sweet it sounds.
All over town from springs of old
Flow sparkling water, clear and cold.
From the hilltops flow the purest air,
Hence health is good and sickness rare.
Now almost every man in town
Owns a house and "patch" of ground,
On which "patch" though strange it seems,
He raises potatoes, corn and beans
Enough his table to supply,
While the summer months are passing by.
Of businessmen, there are not a few -
Their names I'll try to give to you:
As you come from the east, just to the right,
The signs of Layton & Cowdrey strike the sight.
This firm has literally advertised
Their mammoth stock of merchandise.
Just to your left is McDowell's store -
You'll likely see me in the door.
If you'll go in he'll treat you well
And the best of goods to you he'll sell.
Just west of Mc's the tin shop stands;
It's being run by skillful hands,
And is a blessing to the town
And all the county for miles around.
The "drugstore" sign you next will see,
Dr. Wilson on the inside will be;
He'll cure your ills - you drugs will sell,
Or treat you right at his hotel.
Berry's store you next will pass -
Neat as a pin and goods first-class.
At Dr. Bryan's you come at last,
A young M.D. that's rising fast.
The sound of hammer you next will hear,
Thompson and Covington's shop is near.
All kinds of iron work they do,
And do it well and quickly too.
Cantrell will cut your hair, or mind your shoe,
Or shave your face, just as you choose.
The Echo office, you needed not slight,
The Echo man's not bad to bite.
Just walk right in, your dollar leave,
He'll treat you well, you will believe.
L. ?. Seawell & Company, across the street,
Carry a stock that's hard to beat.
If you'll leave here, and go northeast,
Geo. Wickersham will shoe your beast.
At Seawell's store you should go in
And see Jim Thompson smile and grin.
Uncle Jack Noe hands out the mail,
Uncle Billy Lefevers keeps the jail.
Our lawyers are, Harris, Floyd, and Fee,
And D. Lindley's our other M.D.
All understand their business well,
And are making money, the people tell.
Neal Dodd, our great county clerk,
Quietly at his desk will work.
To Charlie Floyd, the teachers go,
to get their license to teach you know.
No saloons are here to tempt the youth,
And happy the people should be, forsooth.
In the two churches the old and young,
Many hymns to God have sung.
And on each Sabbath morning cool,
The children meet in Sunday school
They read God's word and sing His praise.
Make Sunday the happiest of days.
The old school house on the hill,
Has stood for years -- is standing still.
Five more children round it play;
Now who can tell but what someday
Some one of these will write his name
on the pages of the "Book Fam ---"
[line is obliterated]
The people of Yellville are plain but kind,
and their own business they seem to mind.
Indeed for my part, I have found
Yellville a quiet, happy, peaceful town.

Following is the programme of the Sunday School Convention held with Rehoboth Baptist church (Hurst's school house), on last Friday and Saturday, July 22-23.
1. "How to secure the attendance of church members at Sunday schools" -- introduced by Elder Wm. Horn, and followed by P. A. Cox and Elders W. A. Collis and T. W. Wright.
2. "Qualifications of S. S. teachers," by Elder W. A. Collis, followed by Elder H. H. Hilton and J. W. McClure.
3. "Qualifications of Superintendent of S. S.," by Elder J. H. Palmer, followed by P. A. Cox.
4. "Why Baptist cannot affiliate with Union Sunday schools" -- Elder T. W. Wright.
5. "The duty of pastors in regard to Sunday schools." -- Elder Wm. Denton.
6. "Best method of conducting Sunday schools," by P. A. Cox followed by J. M. Horn.
7. "Why should Baptist use their literature in Sunday schools," by B. F. Thompson and Elder J. T. Pryor.
8. "Duty of teachers of Sunday schools," by Elder J. H. Palmer and W. D. Wright.
9. "Shall Baptist teach their distinctive doctrines in their Sunday Schools?" by Elder W. A. Collis followed by Elders H. H. Hilton and T. W. Wright, and Bros. B. F. Thompson and P. A. Cox.
10. "What relation does the association sustain to Sunday schools?" - by Elder H. H. Hilton.
11. "Duty of parents to their children in regard to Sunday school" - Elder T. W. Wright.
T. W. Wright, President
Wm. Horn, Sec'y.
The convention exercises were completed on Saturday and on Sunday there was preaching, in the morning and afternoon. A large concourse of people were in attendance. The next convention will be held at Mtn. Home commencing on Friday before the fourth Sunday in July, 1888.

The county jail now has two occupants - Jos. Lovell and one Ellis. Lovell was indicted at the last September term of circuit court for a misdemeanor, and Capt. Toney went on his bail. A forfeiture was taken on the bond, as Lovell did not appear at last court. His bondsman had him arrested Wednesday and lodged in jail. Ellis was held to wait the action of the grand jury by a J.P. of Sugarloaf township. He is charged with rape.

From Peel: Peel, Ark., July 23, 1887.

Editor Echo - According to promise, I take the opportunity to drop you a few lines to give you an outline of what we are doing.

The farmers are through with their crops. We had a pleasant rain her Tuesday and crops are looking fine.

There are three new buildings going up at Peel.

We have enrolled 104 students and from 95 to 100 in attendance at the public school. The students are manifesting a great interest; and not only the students, but the people are taking as great interest as any people I ever saw. Our directors have visited us twice during the term, and I cannot tell the number of times the patrons have visited the school, all of whom manifest great interest. I have been teaching her two weeks. ...Respectfully, T.H. Fee.

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