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Mt. Echo Newspaper
March 1892 Issues
Abstracted & Copyrighted
by Gladys Horn Brown

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March 4, 1892 Issue


Mrs. Dr. F. L. Brewer, of Oakland, is visiting friends in Yellville this week.

No washing machine needed if you use Diffee's Lightening Washing Fluid.

Not even a wash board is needed when you use Diffee's Lightening Washing Fluid.

Henry Woodward cut his foot very badly last week. He is able to walk around with the aid of a stick.

All parties having Marion county scrip to sell would do well to send the amount they have and what they would take for it to Eli Hogan, Mtn. Home, Ark.

Dr. A. J. Brewere, of Newport, is in Yellville this week having been summoned as a witness in the Hammond rape case. Dr. J. B. Simpson, of Mtn. Home, is also here as a witness in the case.

Mrs. Carrie Harris and daughter, Miss Maggie, who had been visiting Miss Mabel and Walter at Yellville for the past few weeks, returned last Thursday, well pleased with their visit at Yellville. Izard County Register.

Yesterday Revs. L. L. Seawell and D. C. Ross went out to the Cowan Barrens to receive the father of Alf and Ben Johnson into the church. "Grandpa" Johnson is 84 years old.

B. M. Thompson and wife, of Franklin, Izard county, are here attending their sick son, B. T. Thompson. The latter is still dangerously ill.

S. L. Vansant moved this week to Bellfonte. He will either locate there or at Valley Springs. "Uncle Sam" has always been one of our best citizens and we regret to have him leave us.

Mr. Coley, who came from Alabama with Mr. Morgan and is living with him on the "Uncle Sam" Vansant place, lost his little boy this week. The little fellow died from the effect of measles. The family should receive the sincere sympathy of their neighbors as they are in a land of strangers. Arkansas people have warm, sympathetic hearts and they should take time to look after all sufferers around the, and more especially strangers.


Hi Fee, of this place, entered school this week.

J. W. Butler, of Flora, Fulton Co., entered school last Monday.

Joe Johnson has been out of school for some time on account of sickness.

Miss Barbara Thompson has been out of school several days on account of sickness in her father's family.

Miss Mary Pierce entered school this week. Miss Pierce has just closed a two month school at the Hamblet school house six miles southeast of town.

George Shuck, of Shannon county, Mo., came to Yellville this week and will enter the school here. He is a brother to E. J. Shuck, Co. examiner of Baxter county. E. J. came over with him and returned Wednesday.


March 11, 1892 Issue (Top)


George Adams, recently of Bokoshe, Ind. Ty. entered school this week.

Miss Lola Brewer, daughter of Dr. F. L. Brewer, of Oakland, entered school this week.

Tib Johnson, of Valley Springs, a nephew of Rev. Thos. Wilson, has entered school here.


Born on the 10th to Mr. and Mrs. James Gilley, a girl.

A. Bybee, of Indianapolis, Ind., arrived in Yellville this week. He is here looking after our mineral interests.

Dan Reed has got his barber and harness shop partitioned off and contemplates putting in a bath plant.

Dr. J. I. Thompson is home for a few days from the medical college at Little Rock. He will go back as soon as his wife's health will permit.

H. E. Hatch, stenographer for Mr. Winner, left this week for Kansas City to be present at the wedding of his brother. He will be absent but a few days.

I. T. Eoff, a former resident of Marion county, writes us a glowing letter from Broute, Tex. As The Echo is not in the ring to boom anything just now except Arkansas, Mr. Eoff will please excuse us for not giving his letter space.

We forgot to say last week that Dr. W. R. Brooksher, of this county, had formed a partnership with Dr. Kirby of Harrison. Dr. Brooksher is one of the best physicians and surgeons in north Arkansas. The new firm will be a strong one, indeed. Dr. Brooksher will go to Harrison as soon as he can make arrangements.

Judge Wm. Shermerhorn was admitted to the bar last week. He will make a specialty of mining law. The judge had not practiced law for over 30 years, but did not fail to answer a single question. This certainly speaks well for the legal attainments of the judge and we wish him success.


March 18, 1892 Issue (Top)


 Miss Mary Dowd is very sick.

Arrived at Harvey Keeter's on the 15th, a girl.

Mrs. DeRoos Bailey is visiting friends at Yellville.

Mrs. J. W. Treat slipped and fell last Tuesday morning and sprained her wrist and shoulder badly.

Dr. J. G. Adams, in a friendly scuffle with Thos. Harris, got his foot so badly sprained that he has not been able to ride out much this week.

J. W. Pierce last week got his hand badly lacerated by getting it caught in a cotton gin. The hand will probably not have to be amputated but is in a terribly mangled condition.

C. J. Edney has moved to his new quarters northeast of Seawell's store where he would like to meet his old customers and as many new ones as possible.

Peter Jones, brother to this editor, arrived at Yellville from Wayne Co., Ill. last Saturday. He will stay here this summer and will probably make Marion county his future home.

J. H. Johnson, who has been attending school here from Johnson county, and has been sick for several weeks, is better now.

B. T. Thompson, who has also been sick for several weeks is some better.

My sawmill is nearer to Yellville by one half than any other in the county, besides it is a downhill pull all the way. Any kind of order promptly filled. S. J. Ritz.

The beautiful four inch snow that fell last Monday night was quite a surprise to our citizens. Firewood was in big demand. Up north a terrible blizzard has been raging, killing stock, fruit and human beings. - LATER. It is still blizzarding here.

Last Tuesday Will Lawson and Allen Tatum, two young men who have been chums heretofore, got into a dispute about a piece of land they had rented of "Grandma" Tutt. From the dispute they began to fight and the result was that Lawson got badly used up, among other damages he had one finger bitten off. We have not yet learned what legal steps will be taken.


March 25, 1892 Issue (Top)

       Springfield, Mo., March 14. - A murderer lynched and deputy sheriff shot dead are the results of an infuriated mob at Forsythe, Taney County, last Saturday. The murderer was John Bright, who shot and killed his wife in cold blood last Thursday, and the deputy sheriff was Charles Williams, who lost his life in the performance of his duty in attempting to save his prisoner from the mob's fury.
       Bright lived in the northwestern part of Taney county and was exceedingly jealous of his wife. One morning she started toward the spring for a bucket of water. Bright, gun in hand, left the house and a moment later the children heard a shot. Bright returned and said that Mrs. Bright had been shot. He then left the house and did not return. The children found the dead body of their mother in a short time and gave the alarm. A posse was immediately organized and the search for the murderer was commenced. He was arrested Friday and jailed at Ozark Station. His preliminary hearing was set for the next day at Forsythe. The people of the county had been worked up to a high degree of excitement over the crime. Just how Williams was murdered is not yet clear, however, he and his prisoner were killed. The deputy shot and the prisoner hanged.
       Taney county is wild over the killing of Williams. Most of the mob are from the neighborhood where the woman was murdered. This killing makes a total of 72 killed in that neighborhood since the war. A posse is out under the guidance of the sheriff to arrest nine men. The posse went up on Small creek where Bright killed his wife as most of the men that were recognized as from that section of Taney. It is believed that when some of this mob is caught a regular war will take place, such as never has been known in south Missouri. It will bring up the old strife between the Bald Knobbers and the Anti-Bald Knobbers that was a terror to Taney and adjoining counties some years ago.
       St. Louis, March 15. - Gov. Francis has taken official notice of the Taney County, Missouri outlawry and has ordered the sheriff to summon a posse sufficient to arrest and hold all concerned in the murder of deputy sheriff Williams and the lynching of Bright Saturday last. The government says if the sheriff is unable to get a posse he will send State aid. There is much excitement in southeast Missouri and more bloodshed will undoubtedly follow.


J. N. Griffin's family this week moved into the house lately vacated by C. J. Edney.

Mrs. Joseph Woods, an estimable lady of White River township died last week. Her obituary will appear next week.

You ought to hear Buckalew talk German when it comes to the subject of Insurance.

Mrs. A. W. Wickersham last week visited her sister, Mrs. J. R. Dowd, of Oakland.

Deroos Bailey was called home from the Baxter Circuit Court on the news that his little child had been seriously burned.

John Allen Cowdrey will soon have a neat cottage completed in the Layton and Cowdrey addition.

Henry McCabe will also soon have a residence completed in Seawell's addition.

Dr. J. A. Young has decided to locate in Prairie township and will move his family down there in a few days. He will occupy a house on the W. T. Gooch place now owned by Henry Dugger.

Prof. E. J. Shuck, of Baxter county, has been installed as one of the teachers in the Yellville Institute. The Prof. comes over well recommended and we trust will wear well. One thing in his favor is he did not have to be bought.

A report from Newton county tells of the murder of Jas. Cross by his neighbor, Jas. Tennison, on Big creek last Saturday. It seems that Cross owed Tennison a small sum and Tennison went to Cross' house and demanded the money on the debt. Cross told him that he did not have the money, and it was impossible for him to pay it at present. Tennison insisted that he did have the money and must pay. Cross denied it, whereupon Tennison attacked him and stabbed him twice in the left breast, from the effect of which Cross soon died. Tennison is still at large. Harrison Times.

Abner Brassfield, convicted of murder in the second degree, last fall in the Baxter circuit court on change of venue from Marion county was sentenced to 21 years in the penitentiary, has been refused a new trial by the supreme court. The judgment of the lower court was last week affirmed and the murderer will have to pay the penalty assessed against him. He is now in the Harrison jail and will be placed in the State penitentiary as soon as Sheriff Byler can get off from court here to take him to Little Rock. Baxter County Citizen.

       On Tuesday night last, the inmates of our county jail, seven in number, completed a neat job of jail breaking which has likely been underway for some time, and retired to private life leaving the county with two fair sized holes, one each in the cage and outer wall, as evidences of their ability and industry. It is likely that they were furnished by friends with some small files with which they sawed off the bar to the inner cells; this bar was then used as a lever and the rear grating of one of the cells prised open; this accomplished and it was but a short job to force an opening into the brick wall, and climb the stockade. Those who escaped were, Abner Brassfield, murder, Searcy county; Elmer and George Hammonds, Rape, Baxter County; Heywood Gaines, larceny, Marion county; Geo. Brooks, assault, Newton; Geo. Coker, gaming, and Matt Daniels, liquor selling, Boone.
       Silas Riggs, of Boone, for selling liquor was also an inmate, but made no attempt to escape. Brooks and Coker have been recaptured, but there seems little hopes of securing the others.
       No blame for the escape can fairly be cast upon our officers. Both Sheriff Eoff and Jailer Walker are as watchful and discreet as it is possible for men to be. H. Times.

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