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Mt. Echo Newspaper
March 1889 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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March 1, 1889 Issue

Excitement is running high in Indian Territory over the discovery of a number of old placer gold mines near Purcell. These mines it is claimed have been worked in ages past.

The outcropping of a very fine lithograph stone has been discovered in Marion county. Some of the finest engravings known to art are printed from these stones. Such engravings are known as lithographs. -- Sharp County Record.

The tobacco bill has passed both houses. It prohibits any person except parents and guardians from selling or giving to a minor under 15 years of age, tobacco, cigars or cigarettes. Now that the law is made let the good intended by it be felt and seen at once.


Mr. Bruce Miller is on the sick list.

Nin Wood is building a new barn.

Hon. B. B. Hudgins was too ill to preside over the house on the 25.

Neal Dodd is reported to be seriously sick at West Plains.

W. T. Bryan has a few dollars in county scrip and will sell cheap.

Col. Seawel and Eli Dodson is attending court this week.

The infant child of J. H. Endsley died last Tuesday night.

Sheriff Poynter spares neither pains nor money to bring offenders to justice.

P. A. Cox of Gassville is in town this week. He made The Echo a pleasant call.

J. T. Swofford moved to town this week. He occupies the house lately vacated by William Pierce.

Fred Exter and his wife are in town this week. Fred is here looking up his mineral interests.

McMerriott has been fined $800 and costs this week. His fines and costs before he broke jail was over $700; and his woes have just begun.

Albert Wellborn, a promising young attorney, is in town this week attending court. We understand that Mr. Wellborn contemplates locating here.

We wish to announce to the public that we have bought the Yellville mill and will grind for the eight. Our regular grinding days will be Friday and Saturday of each week. We will grind, however, on other days if necessary.

We intend to treat the public fairly and hope, thereby, to build a good patronage. Respectfully, Thomas H. Swofford & Company.

The following have been united for good or ill since we last published the list of marriages:
J. M. Cash 21 - Finey Ingle 20
W. J. Travis 36 - Fermessee Prindy 18
John H. Bawcom 20 - Ella Briggs 20
J. E. Campbell 21 - Lottie Taylor 18
J. P. Jones 22 - Daisy Dillahunty 19
M. V. Cash 19 - Maude Wilson 19
H. C. King 25 - Mary E. B. Thompson 17
G. C. Hackworth 25 - Margaret Due 20
Chas. Brown 24 - Ella Hamblet 17
Stephen B. Johnson 17 - Nora M. Wheeler 22.


The following cases were disposed of up to Thursday noon:

State of Arkansas vs. James M. Yocham, selling liquor without license; nol. pros.

State of Arkansas vs. James M. Yocham, nol. pros.

State of Arkansas vs. Granville Guthrie, fined $50 and costs.

State of Arkansas vs. Carter Guthrie; disturbing peace, not guilty.[remainder is cut off at bottom of the page]


[by Anonymous]

[Continued from last week] [Transcriber note: If this was in last week's paper, it was not readable, as much of the paper was too faded to read.]

They were now in a wilderness complete,
       They had plenty of clothing but nothing to eat.
So they concluded they'd try to go
       To an old French fort on Buffalo.
The French and Spaniards were mining there,
       And silver was plenty, legends declare.
Five hundred miles they onward rode,
       Although it rained and froze and snowed.
There was no road to guide their way;
       They would sometimes with the Indians stay
'Till they'd rest their horses and get some food,
       Then would onward ride through the gloomy wood.
They reached White River and went on south,
       'Till they came even with a large creek's mouth;
Here they crossed over, they thought you know
       That this was the mouth of Buffalo.
They now went up this winding stream,
       Believing that the blissful dream
Of finding friends was near at hand,
       In this wild, rocky, savage land.
Their happy hours how'ere were few,
       Some savage Indians came in view;
So they galloped upon their way
       And crossed the stream ten times that day.
That night Lilette being weary and weak
       Suggested the name of Crooked Creek.
Next day while swimming the current a drift came
       And caught Lilette's horse which was instantly drowned.
Here they stopped for awhile and built them a tent,
       In sweet conversation were the weary hours spent.
The ride, the weather, the dangers they'd met,
       Had brought not a murmur from brave Lilette.
But the strain on her mind and that terrible ride,
       Were too much for a woman; so she sickened and died.
The heart broken husband now left all alone,
       Found a tree that by the roots had been blown.
They had left behind them a neat little cave
       Which was destined to be Lilette's lonely grave.
He tenderly buried her and then straightway went
       In his terrible grief to his lone little tent.
He now longed for death in this lonely retreat,
       But was suddenly roused by the clatter of feet;
'Twas Lilette's two brothers, they'd followed their tracks;
       Their faces by mud and exposure were black.
When our hero in tears told them she was dead,
       They demanded at once to her grave to be led.
When they saw the grave so rude and so new,
       They declared he had ruined and murdered her too.
One drew a weapon - our hero then went
       In all haste for his gun which he left at the tent.
They fired as he ran but missing their aim,
       He got to his gun and fired back again.
I will not dwell here - the brothers were dead,
       One shot through the heart, one shot through the head.
Though our hero had killed them in plain self defense,
       The grief he now bore was keen and intense.
By the side of Lilette he scooped them a bed
       And buried them there - they loved her, he said.
He dared not go back to his own southern clime,
       He had deserted the army and that was a crime.
So he considered to stay till summer and get --
       [line is cut off at bottom of page]
Before, however, this strange man died,
       He told who he was and told of his bride.
To avenge his death, the Indian's arose,
       And attacked the miners, who could not oppose
Their wily attacks, and three or four
       Escaped the savage to return no more.
So a silver mine was lost to few,
       If this legend is half way true.


March 8, 1889 Issue (Top)

Pigott, the forger of the Parnell letters, has committed suicide in Spain.

Mr. H. E. Sharpe has bought the Lead Hill Herald. We heartily wish the new management success.


Mrs. Hill paid our school a pleasant visit this week.

Neal Dodd is better and his friends are expecting him home every day.

A. W. Wickersham works like a veteran. No better clerk could have been elected.

John Wood, of Protem, Mo., was in town last week and made The Echo a pleasant call.

Miss Ellen Davenport had a severe attack of pneumonia while attending school at Valley Springs.

Everet Noe will start to Valley Springs to school next Monday. Everet is a nice young man and we wish him success.

Mrs. Hill, of Pennsylvania, is in town; we understand she has large sums of money she wishes to invest in our mineral.

At Henry Young's CASH house, you can buy something to chew, something to eat and something to wear. But on inspection of his low prices just wonder but don't swear.

Mrs. Jones will teach a subscription school at the close of the free school. She does not wish to teach over thirty students; so those who wish to attend had best apply at once.

Elzie Record is attending court. He says he is waiting to be "fired" by the new administration, as the Democratic Administration refused to accept his resignation.

Mrs. Baker has succeeded in getting up a good sized music class composed of the following: Misses Mary Berry, Flo. Blake, Annie Cowdrey, Nellie Wilson, Ethel Harris, Virgie and Flora Layton, Dollie Noe, and Annie Hurst.

Bro. Riley preached last Saturday night and Bro. Downing Sunday and Sunday night at the Presbyterian church. Bro. Riley is a Baptist preacher whose former home was in California, but who is now visiting in Mo. He is a lawyer and is engaged in defending Blankenship.

The Blankenship case has been continued to next term as the principal witness is unable to attend court. The jury failing to agree in the Frank Faught case. Thus, the county is not rid of these two costly cases. It is hoped that some disposition can be made of them next session.

Dr. J. S. Lindley, our former townsman, has ordered his Echo changed from Neosho to Seneca, Mo. We learn that the doctor had the good fortune to be appointed Indian physician at the Quapaw agency, at the salary of $1800 a year and all expenses paid. As the appointment was unsought, we congratulate him in his success; as it shows his skill as an eminent physician has not deserted him since he left our town.


The following criminal cases were disposed of since our report last week:

State vs. Edward Dodson, wearing concealed weapons, continued.

State vs. Jesse Blankenship, rape; continued.

State vs. Frank Faught, grand larceny, jury failed to agree and case went over to next term.

State vs. Jesse Blankenship, wearing concealed weapons, fined $50 and costs.

State vs. Burt Adkins, carrying concealed weapons, continued.

State vs. William White, Sabbath breaking, continued.

State vs. B. B. Baker, assault and battery, continued.

Geo. Hays, carrying concealed weapons, fined $50 and costs.

Taylor Loggins, carrying concealed weapons, continued.

Pat Carson, selling liquor, continued.

State vs. William Roper, assault to rape, continued.

State vs. Fountain Norman, Sabbath breaking, continued.

State vs. Melvinn Davis, assault and battery, fined $5 and costs.

State vs. McMerriott, selling liquor, fined $200.

ditto fined $200.

ditto, continued.

State vs. McMerriott, selling liquor, fined $200.

ditto fined $200.

ditto, continued.

State vs. Almus C. Clark and Thomas Robbins, trespass, continued.

State vs. Haywood Chaffin, forgery, jury trial; verdict of guilty, and sentenced to the penitentiary for two years.

       Iva Dimpsy E[blotted out] was born August 17 [year blotted out] and died February 27, 18[year blotted out].
       [The mother's poem below affirms the fact that Iva is a baby. Transcriber feels surname may be Endsley, probably born 1888 and died 1889, but on searching records, no proof found. Poems are not usually transcribed due to having lengthy and flowery rhetoric and little or no genealogical data in them, but an exception is made in this case.]
Our house is lonely and dark, and we are sad and cold.
But we hope to meet her sometime where pleasure is purer than gold.
Dear Iva, we miss you, there's none your place can fill;
But yet we must submit, for it is the Father's will.
If we obey his dear commands, we will be forever blessed,
And one day meet our little babe that is now at peace and rest.
-- Mother.

[Next is a poem written by Annie Milligan, not transcribed, which makes only one reference to the deceased named "Alice."]


March 15, 1889 Issue (Top)

       We have this week entered into business relations with Mr. John O'Neal, and attorney from Illinois. In doing this, we assure our readers that we have not lost our interest in the newspaper work, but will continue to send out a live, wide awake, progressive paper.


Blankenship and Chaffin were taken to Harrison last Monday for safe keeping. This reminds us that we need better county buildings of our own.

The infant child of J. F. Swofford got in the fire last Monday morning while its mother was out getting wood, and was badly burned. Nearly all the hide was burned off its head; it will however, probably recover.

John O'Neal, a fellow teacher and old time friend of the editor, has arrived in Yellville from Illinois. He is well pleased with the country and will make this his future home. He is industrious, energetic, of good moral character, and a Christian gentleman; just such men as we need to help push our county to the front. Mr. O'Neal was admitted to the bar in Illinois, but as the profession is crowded in that state, he came to Arkansas, and will enter the practice at once.

Mack Merriott escaped from custody last Friday night. He was being guarded by Charlie Covington, and pretended that his wound was very painful, and begged the officers to not put him in jail. Friday evening about dusk he pulled off his boots, coat and hat and stepped out at the door. A moment afterward Charlie stepped out and saw Mack jump over the fence about fifty yards away. This was the last ever seen of him. Sheriff Poynter has searched the whole county for him and has sent his description in every direction and will do everything to his power to effect his recapture.

The indications are that Mrs. Jones subscription school will be well attended.

In Marion County Court to M. H. Wolf: You are hereby notified to appear at the April term of the Marion County Court in the town of Yellville, Marion County, Ark., which will be begun and held on Monday, the first day of April, A.D. 1889, and make a full and complete statement with the County Court in said county for all monies and funds which came into your hands while treasurer of said Marion County, Arkansas, and you are further notified that on your failure to appear at that time and place and make said settlement, that the County Court will make said settlement and declare your liability. Given under my hand and seal this 27th day of February A.D., 1889 A.W. Wickersham, Clerk.


March 29, 1889 Issue [Issues on microfilm jump from March 15 to March 29.] (Top)

Representative - J. C. Floyd
County Judge - J. S. Owens
Clerk - A. W. Wickersham
Sheriff - C. C. Poynter
Treasurer - A. S. Callahan
Assessor - J. B. Taylor
Surveyor - J. W. Black
Justice of the Peace - A. J. Noe
Constable - G. P. Lawson

Efforts are being made to get a library for our Sunday school. This is a movement in the right direction. Nothing is more important that our children read good literature. A child's mind is such that it will read something; if it gets hold of good, pure literature the result will be most gratifying, if it gets hold of bad literature, its very being becomes poisoned.
       There is not a place anywhere that a library is more needed than here, as it is difficult to get literature of any kind. Thompson & Ward have kindly consented to make a safe and suitable case to hold the books free of charge; a librarian will be appointed whose business will be to see that the books are properly cared for. The library will be begun with 60 volumes, all of which have been carefully selected by the M. E. Church South, and will cost about $12.


Mrs. Henry Young is some better. She has been very sick.

J. C. Berry is able to be out in town this week.

Elbert Noe is working in Cowdrey's barber shop.

Tom Horton is working with Thompson and Ward, learning the blacksmith trade.

Rev. J. M. Cantrell was visiting relatives and friends here last week and preached an excellent sermon for us.

A new road is being opened up from Dodd City to Peel, via the Flat Hollow mill. - Lead Hill Herald.

H. B. Dallam came up on the train from Newport on Monday last, and left Tuesday for Mountain Home. - Batesville Pilot.

Rev. J. H. Wade writes that his general health is much improved, and that his eyes are much better. He is located at Valley Springs and will remain there for some time.

Coker & Cowdrey, next door to Echo office, have a nice lot of dried beef, bologna-sausage, candies and oysters. All persons wanting something of that kind will be nicely treated at their place.

Wallie Berry eloped with and married a Baltimore beauty the other day. He is expected home soon with his new bride. May the young couple enjoy a long and happy (blotted out).

We have just received and will sell cheap for cash, a splendid lot of cottonades, checks for ladies dress goods, ginghams, lawns, and bleached goods. Berry & Son.

Mr. T. J. Estes is in town representing his brother, B. M. Estes' Nursery. All parties desiring good reliable nursery stock would do well to give him their orders.

W. Q. Seawel went down to the mines Wednesday to put hands to work building his new storehouse at Marionite. He says he expects to have it ready for occupation in 10 days.

       We are prepared to do all kinds of work in our line. Prices reasonable. Copying old pictures a specialty. Produce of all kinds taken in exchange for pictures. Call soon as we will only stay a short time. J. S. Benton & Bro.

We wish to hereby announce to the public that we have bought the Yellville mill and will grind to the eigth(sic). Our regular grinding days will be Friday and Saturday of each week. We will grind, however, on other days if necessary. We intend to treat the public fairly and hope, thereby, to build up a good patronage. Respectfully, Thomas H. Swofford & Co.

Dr. Joe Simpson arrived from St. Louis Monday. He will enter into copartnership with his brother, Dr. J. B. Simpson. --Baxter County Citizen. Joe is an old school mate of the editor of The Echo, is a scholar of the highest order and every inch a gentleman. We wish him success.


Flippin, Ark., March 17, 1889 - Editor Echo: While pursuing his daily avocation, Mr. Wm. Stanley, a young man of this place, accidentally cut his foot very seriously; but is doing well at this writing, owing to the neat manner in which the skilled surgeon, Dr. Bryan, dressed it.

       To M. H. Wolf: You are hereby notified to appear at the April term of the Marion County Court in the town of Yellville, Marion County, Ark., which will begin and held on Monday, the first day of April, A.D., 1889, and make a full and complete statement with the county court of said county, for all moneys and funds which came into your hands while treasurer of said Marion county, Arkansas, and you are further notified that on your failure to appear at that time and place and make said settlement, that the County court will make said settlement and declare your liability.
       Given under my hand and seal this 27th day of February A.D., 1889, A. W. Wickersham, Clerk.

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