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Mt. Echo Newspaper
Mar 1888 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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March 9, 1888 Issue


Hon. Jno. M. Hewitt, late Speaker of the House of Representatives, died at his home in Marianna February 29th.

You never hear of any trains being robbed up in this part of Arkansas. This is one advantage of not having railroads, we suppose.


George Lawson and family have moved back to their country home.

Public school opens on next Monday and will continue in session three months. See Prof. Jones' notice elsewhere.

Dr. Laird, the Indian Medicine Man, has gone over to Mountain Home, to make fun for the people and money for himself during court week.

Messrs. Len Weast, T. J. Smith and T. S. Nowlin were appointed commissioners to select the jurors for the next term of circuit court. A splendid selection.

Rebecca Watkins is again at her old quarters in "old stony," the late grand jury having indicted her as accessory to the murder of her husband, George Watkins.

Mr. Thos. H. Fee has returned from Peel, his school at that place closing last week. He will probably attend school at Yellville this spring.

The citizens of Peel and vicinity speak highly of Mr. Fee as a teacher.

Irwin Williams, who was captured in Missouri, and brought back here for assaulting old man Barnett, at White River township, is again at large. [The remainder of this article is cut off at the bottom of the page.]

Mrs. Scott, of Gassville, wife of Dr. Scott, who ran away with the widow Sutton of Marion county, a few weeks ago, applied to the medical board last week for a license to practice medicine. The board refused to grant her license for the reason that her knowledge of medicine did not warrant it. ..Baxter County Citizen.

Mrs. Julia A., wife of Rev. J. H. Wade, died at her home, four and a half miles southwest of Yellville, on Saturday night, March 3rd, of pneumonia. She was 62 years of age, and was a devout Christian woman. The bereaved husband and family have the sympathy of a large number of friends in the county.


The following State cases were disposed of Friday and Saturday:

Irvin Williams, seduction; forfeited bail; continued.

W. Q. Seawel, selling intoxicating liquors (McLean's Strengthening Cordial) submitted to the court sitting as a jury. Acquitted.

J. H. Sutton, Sabbath breaking; jury trial; verdict guilty; fined $1.

George Armstrong, larceny; continued.

B. F. Walker, disturbing religious congregation; jury trial; verdict not guilty.

William Bedding, breach of the peace; jury trial; verdict guilty; fined $5.

Jacob Bucher, breach of peace; plea of not guilty; submitted to the court; fined $5.

J. R. Bucher, cruelty to animals; submitted to the court and found not guilty.

Lee Denton, assault and battery; jury trial; verdict guilty; fined $1.

Jake Bowland, breach of peace; continued.

William Cox, assault and battery; continued by consent.

Same continued.

James Holland, wearing weapons; forfeited bail; continued.

Frank Cox, breach of peace; Nol Prosed.

Edward Dodson, wearing weapons; appeal from J. P.; continued.


Mrs. Perry is very low with lung troubles.

The Barnett and Williams war clouds have rolled by and the battle-ax has been laid to rest. Let us return thanks.

Our old friend, George Lawson, says he is a candidate for sheriff. George did some meritorious work in the Hudspeth case. We will expect to see his announcement in next week's Echo.

I have not learned definitely whether C. C. Poynter will be candidate for sheriff or not. In my opinion, he would make a very energetic and able sheriff.

The friends of Judge W. B. Flippin are urging him to make the race for Senator of this Senatorial district. We feel confident that should the judge consent to make the race, he would receive a liberal support. W.B.F., Jr.


March 16, 1888 Issue (Top)


Emperor William, of Germany, died on the 9th inst.

Hon. Jabez M. Smith, late State Senator from the 9th district, died at his home a Malvern, on the 4th inst., after a lingering illness.

News comes from China of an earthquake in which many thousands of lives were lost, cities destroyed and vast tracts of country ruined.

Judge Krekle sentenced the Douglas County, Mo. Bald Knobbers to a short term in the penitentiary for driving homesteaders off government land.

The wife of James McLemore, at Texarkana, has for the third time in three years, given birth to triplets. All nine are alive. There is not much need of an immigration bureau down that way. [Remainder of article cut off at bottom of the page.]

The horrible details of the whipping to death of a Negro convict at Coal Hill, this state, are found in the columns of the Arkansas Press of the 12th. A coroner's inquest over the remains of a Negro convict by the name of Charles Williams, who died very suddenly two or three weeks ago, reveals the fact that he was beaten to death, and the responsibility of his death is fixed upon one J. A. Gafford, warden of the camp at the time. This cruel and inhuman treatment of convicts is the result of the penitentiary lease system. This working of convicts outside of prison walls and in competition of honest labor is all wrong anyway and the system should be abolished. Gov. Hughes has offered a reward of $200 for the arrest of Gafford, the inhuman brute and warden.


Born to the wife of Rev. J. H. Bradford on the 13th inst., a girl.

Dr. John S. Lindley has gone to Izard county on a visit to his parents. He will probably return to Yellville in a few days.

The mail service on the Isabella, Mo., route has been increased from two to three trips a week. Oakland and Stone are on this route.

Mrs. Mary E. Birdsong and Mrs. Becca Smith were granted divorces from their respective husbands at the late term of the circuit court.

An appeal will be taken in the Hudspeth case. Capt. Pace will go from Mtn. Home to Little Rock, we understand, to look after the case.

Deputy Sheriff J. M. Keeter, on last Monday, arrested E. M. Merriott, indicted for selling liquor without a license by the late grand jury. There are three true bills of indictment against Mr. Merriott. He gave bond for his appearance at next term of circuit court. His "blind tiger" operations, we understand, have been in the southern portion of the county and covering a period of about 12 months.

HARRISON HASH - Boone Banner 8th inst.

Died at this place, on the 7th inst., of consumption, Miss Clara Clift. Friends of the deceased have the sympathy of the community.


On last Thursday, Mr. C. C. Smart and Miss Williams, eldest daughter of William Williams, were married. Mr. Smart has for some time been living alone, enjoying as best he could his of "single blessedness." He, no doubt, is aware of the fact that "it is better to dwell in the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house;" but he has, at last, found a woman who knows no "brawling," and whose even temper and gentle disposition make her the type of woman so eagerly sought after by all sensible men. May their little barque glide smoothly and quietly on the sunny side of the stream of time.


March 23, 1888 Issue (Top)


Miss Belle Ham is assisting Prof. Jones as teacher in the public school.

Rebecca Watkins has been removed from jail to jailer Lefefer's(sic) house on account of sickness. She is quite sick with some kind of fever.


March 30, 1888 Issue (Top)


"Frederick III," is the title by which the new emperor of Germany will be known.

The Batesville Waterworks and Electric Light Company filed articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State on last Friday.

While plowing in a cotton field, Jack Reinhardt, of Lincoln county, North Carolina, stumbled upon a rich vein of gold. He has been offered $20,000 for it but refused to sell.

Mrs. Garfield, who has just returned from Europe, now makes no secret of the engagement of her daughter, Miss Mollie, to J. Stanley Brown, who was the late President's private secretary. They will be married in June and will go to London.

Hanging is too good for the brutal wardens at the Coal Hill convict camp. The official investigation of the state of affairs at Coal Hill reveals the fact that the convicts were most cruelly treated -- men beaten to death, half starved, half clothed, and compelled to work and perform tasks while sick. All the wardens were not so brutal, but there were enough blood thirsty devils employed as wardens to turn the camp into a hell on earth. Some newspapers attempt to smooth the matter over as far as its lessees are concerned, but they cannot be considered wholly blameless.


Messrs. Vard McBee and B. Flippin, were callers to The Echo office Monday.

Mr. J. W. Harris has moved his family out to his George's Creek farm. Mr. Harris will make a crop this year.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Floyd started to Bentonville on Tuesday to visit Mr. Floyd's relatives. They will be gone about two weeks.

Mr. John A. Appleton, of the George's Creek neighborhood, informed us yesterday that he planted some corn last week.

Deputy Sheriff Keeter returned from Little Rock Saturday. He made the round trip in five and a half days -- the quickest time on record.

Mrs. Polly Doshier, who lives four or five miles south of town, fell from a wagon one day last week and sustained painful injuries. Dr. Coker informs us that she is slowly improving.

Uncle Billy Lefevers says he is opposed to building a courthouse on a grave yard, or adjoining one. He has too much love and respect for the dead - especially his own dead - to want to see the spot where they sleep so [this is cut off at the bottom of the page.

We learn that Dr. H. S. Dodd of Doddsville has information from Fayetteville that a contract for the immediate construction of twenty miles of Pacific and Great Eastern Railroad has been let to contractors, and that work will begin sometime soon.

The supreme court has granted a motion for a new trial in the case of Andrew J. Hudspeth, who was lately tried in the Boone county circuit court, on a change of venue from Marion county, and convicted of murder in the first degree. The crime for which Hudspeth was sentenced to hang on the 19th day of April was the killing of George Watkins near Yellville in December, 1886. This action of the supreme court will cause a sensation in Marion and Boone counties. -- Newport Herald, 24th Inst.

We have scanned the columns of the Little Daily Gazette and Daily Press closely, looking for information concerning the Hudspeth case, but we have failed to find a single item concerning the case.

Bulo Pope, returned to Yellville last week after an absence of over a year, and was cordially greeted by the sheriff. Bulo was indicted by the grand jury about two years ago for selling whiskey without license, and the sheriff arrested him on this charge. He was placed in jail, jailer Lefever's charge, who went up the creek with the prisoner in search of a bondsman. It became necessary to cross the creek, and Bulo offered to propel the boat with the pole, which kind offer was accepted by the jailer, who quietly occupied the stern of the craft. When mid-stream, Bulo lightly stepped upon the bow of the boat, dropped the pole and jumped far out into the stream, sending the boat and jailer Lefevers "gently down the stream of time," without a paddle, pole or "pot." "I'll see you at court, Uncle Billy," floated ore the murmuring wavelets, and Bulo was lost to view. It's a pretty pass when a fellow can't visit his old haunts without being arrested for some fool thing or other.

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