Drew County, Arkansas Newsbriefs - 1884

Contributed by Jann Woodard.

Arkansas Gazette

Nov. 1, 1884 page 6 col 1:

Monticello, Oct. 29 - Dr. Chas McDermott, for many years a prominent citizen in this part of the state, died at his old home on Bayou Bartholomew some days ago. He was one of the pioneers of the state, having case his lot here many, many years ago. He was one of those few philanthropic souls who are ever willing to lend a heiping hand in bettering the condition of his fellowman. He leaves many friends all over this part of the state, who will long remember his many deeds of generousity and kindness.

Oct. 29: A shadow of gloom was cast over our little city a few days ago, upon the receipt of a telegram by Col. W.F. Slemons, stating that his son Ed, was lying at the point of death in the western part of Kansas. On Monday last another telegram telling that he was dead was received. Mr. Slemons up to two years ago practiced law in our town. He is said to have possessed as fine abilities as any young man ever in this part of the state. He was a universal favorite and his death is deeply regretted. His mother will arrive with his remains Friday.

Dec. 9, 1884 page 6 col 1:

Monticello: Garland Handley who lives in the northwest part of the county, while coming to town yesterday with a load of cotton, fell from his wagon and was run over. Both wheels of the wagon passed over his body, breaking several ribs and dislocating his shoulder. His injuries though painful, are not considered by the physicians as dangerous.

November 19, 1884

Monticello, Nov. 16: As predicted by your reporter before the election, Monticello has not allowed herself to be outdone by her sister towns in her demonstrations of joy over the election of Cleveland and Hendricks. Last night we inaugurated the era of peace and prosperity, which the election of the standard-bearers of democracy insures, in such a manner as the defenders of truth and honesty alone can celebrate such events. Although some of our citizens have fallen into apathy, there are a few, thank God, who will never allow it to be said of us that we have been remiss in our duty, or that we have not been alive in our efforts to secure the success of the democratic party. Yes, though the result of the election does not seem to indicate as much, Drew County can boast of some trusty democrats who will be found at their posts, battling for their party in the hour of peril, and who will not be found slow in giving utterance to the feelings which animate and inspire them in the hour of victory. As an evidence of this fact, the glorious jollification of last night is ample proof. Never before in her history has Monticello seen anything to surpass it. At least 4000 people were present to do yeoman service in celebrating the election of Cleveland and Hendricks. Big and little, old and young, from the gray haired veteran to the omnipresent small boy, all who were able to carry a flag or flourish a torch were on hand to express their joy over the triumph of honesty and democracy. And Monticello's fair daughters did not fail, God bless them, to lend enchantment by their presence. They, too, were there to encourage the enthusiastic young democrats and give inspiration to the patriotic orator. The procession was at least a half a mile long. Two of our old democratic darkies headed it, bearing our banner with the motto "Cleveland and Hendricks, Honest Government and Reform," inscribed thereon. An old democrat from Michigan who had fought in the federal army, followed with the flag. After the streets had been paraded till their enthusiasm refused to urge their weary limbs any further, the happy democrats marched to the court house for the purpose of becoming still happier and yelling themselves hoarse as they listened to the outbursts of patriotism from the enrapturing orators. Col. W.F. Slemons was first called upon and the noble old Roman responded in an able and eloquent speech in which he deprecated the evils to which the republican party had been father, showed the necessity of reform and expressed his hope that the democratic party, since at last it had gotten into power, would effect this reformation. Col. Whittington followed and very clearly showed what would have been the destiny of this nation had James G. Blaine been elected to the presidency. After him Hon. Jas. R. Cotham being called upon, stepped forward and entertained us by a clear-cut, short speech, in which he said that ours was not a victory of the democratic party alone, but a victory of the honest people of all parties and factions. Then followed speeches from others, whom want of space forbids me to mention, and the joyful multitude dispersed to dream for the rest of the night of Grover Cleveland and Thos. A. Hendricks and the manifold blessings that are attendant upon and the advantages that accrue from an honest administration of the government. We believe that in the election of Cleveland has been wrought one of the of the grandest revolutions that this country has ever seen. It was the triumph of honesty and intelligence over dishonesty and ignorance. The case simply stood the embodiment of honesty versus the embodiment of corruption, and the verdict was rendered for the plaintiff. Grover Cleveland and Thos. A. Hendricks are not only the victorious leaders of the democratic party, but the Moses and Aaron of the American people. They will break the bonds of our political servitude and revitalize the entire organism of this government.


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