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lrrM ! "''I In" I'ik. ille. the enmity Wat, secured a II- lil A ' ""V"
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ll'n BT H A TT i N of If IkIiImi tifc. White county.
Ky.. f.iiiKlit Mrs. I.lt.lii.- Tinker of Ta.-kltt,
rikc -. unity. In tl... ii mi- ft .i 1 1. with Lure
Knn. kl.. . luliH, ti'iion, lirnoiuH, ' pl.it' s. tin. I
kit. In n tit. iixilM fur over half an hour, knot kc.l
r ihnAii .ml out and the ncut day they came
into rik.Mlle, the comity at, tiund a II
niii , ami ic nurrli'd
when thy n-L'istere.l with the j.rohato clerk, who
the Ii. ense to ue.l. (liid InflHted. and hl hlufhlng
d hlin up in his InslHtanco, that tin- clerk write
Mr. lind Stratton. chainiion of the Stratton
ly recorded and they depMrt.-d on hoiHc-
In the hook,
f;i inlly," So It wan .1
h. fl.-.l at the mere I'loposal of .1 tluhl de. l ulnn It w.i le
luaih hi. ii tu do battle with .1 woni-iii. and a Mis Tm krr
moon!, tin-, ti d Ins 1. mi. 11k he .im forced to run. I. in dim his
hilt, to esiai-e a wlni'i'inc.
The next 1 '01; rt 1 r was a lunir time cuniiim lie st.ul.d
l.i him ittiiHioii 10 the i.l.nv diiritn; the ojnitiB of lve! He
w.ii i lnKK' r 11.1111.-1I M.-ru Ans.-t. !. cause his I 1 1 In r had ! . n
one if MoiK iii n raid, is d'trins the civil War Morn was a
I. ill, law Urn. .1. hi'ioelv sort of a man and he I.e.. . I l.iel :e
Fim.i.lv and i. i-nlnllv lie Wiped her ltl the nt ins- w-iU.
Ill her i leaiiiiu. and utuhlx .1 hushes r-n- her.
Morn pmposed alotiK In June, and there was a battle royal
k thni'iKh the mieintaiiiH for Tackltt. win re tin y will
make tln ir home 011 Mrs. Stratum' valley and hillside farm.
Wud won his hri'l" after one of the inopt strenuous court
ships in the history of the world, for Mis. Tin ker had vowed
that never .'iKa'n would flie wed a man who could not whip
In i. and. dutinj; the live years of In r widowhood, she had
whipped or routed four men who proposed until It looked as
If Tom Sharkey w.-ih the only person who had a luince to
win her, JefTi ies uud the others I.eltiK married, and at lit r
style f flphtltiK even the famous sailor piiKilist might have
had a hard time w inning from the Amnion.
Whole Family Always Ready to Fight.
I.llihle Mi rkl" w.i u member of a family that was known
to the revenue .itticeis by fame, althoimh they never tackled
the M. rlile family or interfered with their Hlleljcd Illicit dis
tilliiiK of pure old isirn whisky. There were four boys in
the family, Tom. th ory.-, Kd, and Hamsun, all tl footers and
powerful men, quick on the trigger and ready to flKht with
mins. fists, or roimh and tunihln nt the choice of uny adver
sary that happen.-.! alont; And Klliaoeth, or I.lhbie, through
In r Kirlhood held her own ntrainst any of her brothers.
Tln ir father and mother died early, and tiny urew P on
I lie piece of farm land, in the heart of the mountains, and.
somewhere up mar the top of KaKle peak, the boys niudo
w hisky which was reputed to be excellent, I.lbhle was hard
ly a match for the boys In fthtliiK man style, but the way
she could bite, i.n.l scratch, nnd throw kltehenwai e overcame
In r handicap and hIic maintained the balance of power in
the Merkle tribe.
Tom died .1 iiatural death, T.d was shot In a flnht near
hitcshurK, Harrison enlisted In the iiruiy. and OeorKc ot
Into trouble and lied the country, so I.lhbie was left alone In
tliu farmhouse, and In lw she married Leslie Tucker.
Won by His Soft Talk. .
Al the time ut the maiTiiiMc the M-uple of the entire
countryside l.lULiInd prematurely enjoyinx the thoiiKht of
whiii their niiiiiied life would be. Tucker was a small, rather
rice looking ynniiK man of 'J7, who had been livltiK down in
Vllllainslur and clerking In a store dow n at I larriman,
Tenn. He knew a little iil.out the world and wore pretty
K.iod clothes, which fact did not win many friends for him
In the bills of Pike hut his soft talk and his superior knowl
edge and clothes won a place In l.il.lile's heart, perhaps be
cause she was accustomed tu such different tlilnuu among
her own brothers.
At that time Klizabeth Tucker was one of the most statu
es. iie Amazons in the world. She stood ti feet tall ill her
Sunday shoes uud she weighed close to lso poiiii.U. Accus
tomed to hard work, to mountain climbintc. to rude fare and
ruder livitiK, her health was perfect and her strength sonic
tlilnK nmazliikf. Iiesplle her coarseness, her strength, and
Inr masculine manners, there was a wild, rude beauty about
the tiirl. then only '.'I years of aire, that would have caused
men to turn and look lit her even in a different sphere of life.
II. r beauty was that of rugged pel fis t health and KlreiiKlh,
and there was nothing in her bearltiK of the worn. ml. tired,
sickly women of the mountains, bent and broken by hard
work, exposure, and poor fare. She had lived in wild freedom
4k Mli h. r brothers and bad lived better than most uf the peo
ple around about.
How She "Beat Up" Number One.
Within a tew Weeks alter the we.l.llim the news of a light
at the Tucker home was circulated through the hilU. It wan
three days before 1-ca Tin ker was able to leave the house,
and then, in response to some lii'iuirics, and the Kibes of neigh
hois, he admitted that I.lbhle had " beat him tip Home," and
he ' lowed " that she was " the ftghtlnest woman he ever
That flKht Kultlocd .-8 for several months, but he came,
back from Whitesvllle drunk one night am) wasn't able to
net out of the house for a week after that. He admitted
that the fault was all his own, and. in proof of the statement
that he was drunk, he testltled that he had attacked Libhie
and tried to whip her ill revenge for the beating she had given
Never .luring the remainder of their year of married life
was there a light in the Tucker household, l.es had learned
his lesson, and he took orders and obeyed them. It. sides his
health failed, and about a year after the marriage he died
and I.lbhle mourned sincerely.
So I.lhbl.) lived alone, working- on her farm. Retting strong
er and more rugged. About a year after the death of her
husband a neighbor I in 111 1 red of her why she didn't get mar
ried again. I.ibble Tucker, standing on the porch of her Ut
ile home, broom In hand, thought a moment and then said:
" I ain't a g.dn' to marry no man 'ccptin' I ran nnd one
what's man enough to whip nie."
Proposes a Strenuous Courtship.
So the word was passed around the mountain district that
any man who thought he could whip I.lhbie Tucker In her
cwn home could have her us his wife, and Be vcral young men
cause she w as pi 1 inly !i
liicunl 1 1 ti.-. r.
It W.11 lite in .lull.- on Sind.lk aft. moon late that ll'l l
proposed, lb- told about il hi:n-elt att. rw.irds. The w . re
tiding hotsib.uk si.le by side along the road ov.-r Council
mount 1.11. to the cast in ar the I'aroh'i 1 l"i,l- 1
"I. lb.' I Siili. ' said Wu.l in relating the slot , "'Lib.
1 wants Met to marry me I II be a g"". plunder. 1 111 plumb
.1. -estr.i.-t. d to mart v imt,'
"An lib she low s she l-kes me loh-r ill.- wi 11 hot th.it I've
got to prove that 1 kin II. k her afore she 1 promise
' ' Shucks.' mis I I ain't a go'-i' to Ii. k a woman '
" ' Mi bhe ,.ii ain't." 'a.Ns Lib. 'but if ou ami 1 ain't a
gom to mati v ii 1 mm. I ain't shore vou kin II' k me nohow.'
" Well, that ti; my spunk an' I tells In r 1 II coin.- over to
h.r house the next day an' if I don't lick Inr then I'll let
cvety man in the Wlue Hidge mount lugs wipe his f.-.-t ..(Ten
And. the next day there was a fight that w is a tight -one
Wi ll the ptl.e ting experts would hae riv.l. .1 in
There wire no witnesses, si the .1. tail, d story of the
tight by rounds never will be !old All that can be learned of
at final battle for a bride and a championship Is from the
few words th.it the bride and groom have said regarding It,
the statements of Mrs. Wlliy Wlair. win. llv. d a .uarter of a
mile down tin- mud road towards Tuckilt from the Tucker
farm, and from the observations of those who saw the couple
within the 11. xl week.
Hud was seen to arrive at the house shortly after ! o'clock
on Hie mottling of June 'JS. He was . 11 to . nt.-r the house.
Furniture, Dishware ai.J Blows.
Within the next live minui. s Mis. Wlair. win) had seen
Wud ride past, and who iiniil that time had no hint that the
matrimonial preliminary bout whs to bike place that morning,
heard a racket that cans. .1 h. r to start up the mud road to the
rescue. She i-ca.-h. .1 tin- trout gate and stood there en
tranced, l-'rom inside Hi. house there came a sound of break
ing furniture, tin- clash of dishware. the sounds of blows, as
If three desperate murders w. ic being done She heard the
r. paired kitchen partition go down with a clash. She heard
the cook stove break to pieces, and. through the op. u front
door she caught a glimpse of the contestants struggling back
and forth across lln kit. 'lien Hour.
She saw thcni break . lean, and dash for different parts
of the kitchen. Sin- saw .hunks of lln vvood hurtling through
the air. ilishpans. dishes, the Hue new. thick white polt.rv,
hatidli less 1 ups. frying pans, brooms, the lamp, and the
kitchen chairs Hying about the room.
Then two figures fell out the back door and the battle
continued In the back v.nd. Hln' ran around the house and
saw Mis. Tucker just gathering up so 1' the stones from
the vtell curb and Inn ling 111. in at Wud who was advancing.
She saw Mrs. Tinker grab the ax and draw back to strike,
then she saw Wild s llsl shoot mil. catch bis. lian.aV on the
point of the Jaw. and saw the x -champion .hop like a log
Into the grass and plalntain leaves of the back yard.
Kilt rn need by the spectacle she stood In her tracks, until
she saw Wu.l bend over, place his arms aroiiii.l the form of his
defeated Inamorata, and lift Inr tenderly towards the well
where he revived lo r with cold water
An hour later Wud and his subduct and obedient tlnncce
rode down the mud road togetlur and turned Into the "Wig
liond " leading to Whltcsville to get the license. His head
who hud been cherishing thoughts of going courting in that
direction suddenly abandoned their plans and sought wives
in other parti! of the mountains.
In 1XJ1 Kben Daniels, who owns the sawmill over on Hob
inson's crick, came a wooing to the Tucker farm thai had
been the Merkle farm. He was a strapping big fellow, weigh
ing about l'.to pounds, and he at first knew nothing of the
conditions set down by I.ibbie. He had seen her at the meet
ing house over tit Jake during the " mlssioner's " revival and
fallen in love.
He called three times and " et up " with Mrs. Tucker.
Then he proposed and she laid down the conditions. Sho
told him that he would have to whip her before she would
marry lilin. She "low.d " thai she liked him " powerful
much," but that she didn't know whether or not he could
whip her. She rather hoped that he would. The man de
parted, but returned several ev. nings later and agreed to
tight. Anyl they fought. At the end of ten minutes lianl. ls
wan floored by 11 blow on the head with a skillet, and when
he recovered his scattered wits he lied ignoininiously.
A few months later Will Swa.lley, a dapper young fellow
who taught the school over near Jake, came a courting, but
In the Tucker house. Mrs. Tucker was forced to go to I'lke-
ville for a new set of dishes for the table, and she told the.
storekeeper there that she wanted heavy while ones with
no handles on the cups because handles broke off so easily
when cups were thrown. Also she bought a new " sass "
pan and two new " frying pans " and had Jim White come up
and fix the kitchen partition which had been half torn down,
and put n new leg on the kitchen table.
Morg was able to attend to his work a week later but he
whipped two nu n for mentioning Libbie's name to him so no
one ever got the full details of that affair.
Threw Him Out the Back Door.
The next courier, who was willing to fight for and with
I.ibble was Lorenzo Iteed. and it was currently reputed that
Libhie threw him out of the back door.
There was much speculation in White nnd I'iko counties
last winter when it was learned that Wud Stratton was "keep
ing company" with I.ibble. Wild was the strongest, best na
tured. best liked fellow in all the district of northern White
county from Highhanl; over to Home. He had won all the
"chugging " matches and wrestling bouts at every house
raising in that part of the country.
Wud took Libhie over to meeting at Jake, and he rode
into l'ikeville w ith h. r when she went to buy calico and sugar,
saying that he wanted to get some store tobacco for himself,
and with these marked attentions there was no doubt In the
minds of the mountaineers that he would ask I.ibble to marry
him. Half of tin- people of the mountains thought that I.ib
ble would say "yes" without the formality of a fight and
concede that Wud could whip her-und others declared that
they believed Llbby would let him whip her on purpose be-
Hi I ' m
was cut, one car was torn, and Ids nose was still bleeding.
Mrs. Tucker's eyes were black and a big blue lump was rising
on her forehead, but, us they rode, they held hauls, and
looked happily into the flgtitleas future.
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ZAfiLUPOVSICI. the greatest inasseur in the
world, who. In his office as director of the
lliktitute of Massage of the I'niverslty of Ber
lin, lias destroyed more wrinkles than any man
living, has told the world- the feminine world
especially how t beat Father Time.
This man. who has trained armies of mas
fceiirs and sent them forth to tight age. to re
store beauty, to destroy wrinkles, and balk Time, declares
that beauty may be saved, even restored, by scientific mas
saging, and he denounc. s many of th lotions and medicines
that are used, declaring the human fingers, scientifically ap
plied, are the best makers of beauty.
Here are some of the vital points set forth:
Certain 1111 thuds of mashugt: have efftcucy to r
beauty and rebuild tissues.
HrlnklnK vinegar, absorbing the thyroid gland
lug lemon cures should be forbi.ld.-n.
I'nskillfully luliuililslin d medicines do harm.
often positively dangerous.
Syst.siatiu applications of manipulations of the human
body give It brightness and suppleness.
Zabludovski Explains His System.
lYef Zabludovski. in Kpcukiug of massage In general and
of Ins 1 wn system, or. rather, the system taught In Werlin.
" In many cases a special apparatus may advantageously
r. place the movements of the hands. Nevertheless, for cos
metic massage of the face the most effective manipulations
ioa.uld In- pel formed only w ith the bands. Wy this nnuiia
a complete r. newa.1 of the inusculiir lit r can te effected,
causing 11 Flight irritation of I lie n.TVes. which is transmitted
to the visi.li, slliuul.uiug I b. 111, uud by that fact producing
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a more rapid movement of the sunguincous fluid. .The mas
sage has. moreover, an e.iualiiing effect when the sensitive
ness is exaggerated or weak, and I have on many occasions
caused the disappearance of Hushing and paleness which
many persons display on the slightest .11101 ion.
" Wy methodical massage one may succeed hi obtaining
from the forehead Hie miiRcUs of which, eillur because they
ure covered with Luge uuautitixs i.f fatty matter or sl.ghlly
parulyted by an affection of tlte facial turves only perform
a small part In the play of the features a recovery after a
certain time of the oosslbility of wrinkling (if there Is no
organic affectlonl if it Is niethodk-ally and skillfully handled
with the lingers. The formation of folds at the impulse and
will of the (atlent. or even unconsciously, soon follows by
movements of association, corresponding with the progress
of the thought. A for.-h. ad a portion of which has shrunk
or become lucking in resistanc. r. a.hly resumes its vigor and
fchaiw when, by means of vibration, it is better Irrigated
by the How of blood."
How the Treatment Is Applied.
In applying the Werlin system tn a person, probably 30
years of age, fat, with a faded complexion and a tendency to
wntiklt an id. ul subj, , t for treatment -the path nt is or
d. red to close her eyes, so that the face may be entirely re
laxed. Then the operator stands on one side or behind.
If the object Is to remove wrinkles of tlm fisr. head the
masseuse stands upright on the right Bide of the path nt.
H.r right hand moves In a transverse direction. The move
ments are zigzag, beginning at the root of the nose and
being prolonged to the line of the hair. The left hand is en
gaged simultaneously I14 a similar movement, beginning at
the base uf the forehead and being prolonged upwards to
the roots df the hair.
If it is desircl to give to the nose a regular form that
nr.'an must be klnaded with the palm surface of the thumb
and forefinger of the right hand. The movement which is
In zigzags and composed of light vibrations, extends from the
point to the root of the nose. Tin- in;.s.-.eiise passes Inr
fingers over both sides of the nose; she stands at the right
side of the patient, and h.r left hand supports the nape of
To Get Rid of Wrinkles.
To g.-t rid of w rinkles the masseuse stands In hind tho
ratietit and smooths them with the litis of the three tlri-t
ling, rs of each hand In a transvi rs- direction along the fore
head, beginning in the c. nt. r und continuing the movement
us far as the temples.
If it Is d. sired to attack the wrinkles beneath the eyes
they must be lightly rubbed with the thumbs. The move
ment begins at the back of the nose, and Is carried over the
maxillary bones h. 11..1U1 tin; lower eyelids, and up to tho
inples. It must be done 1 1 1 i -k I y . bearing in mind that ni.is-
s.'lgi 1,1 the f ice should never exceed lllteell minutes and that
of the body thirty minutes at the outside. A longer period
would produce no better effects and would be contrary to the
methods of massage, which are us follows: II must be done
quickly, with for.-.- or briskness.
The disappearance, or at any rate the partial effaceinent,
of wrinkles of the lower lip. Is also produced by light friction
w ith both thumbs, hi ginning exactly below the lower lip
and continiiid as far us tin- "brunches ascendantes " of the
Massage as Aid to Dieting.
.Not only as to t.10. in. 1 m t.. liguie. In
holds out hop. a. and le reeoiuiu. mis lo..,.,.:K
dieting, both for lat ami thin p. ioii,. S. vii
u-t lares, I.eciUiieS lu I ol. 1 a 1 lc . cm I a 1 1 1 ig . alii
hypocliroinli ia unless uccuu.p.iiia .1 bv mus-.n.
sage, he declares. Is especially In in h. l .1 vv h. ii
inciioii with mixed diets.
"Cosmetic UiUSbUgc," hi. bills "has Mallei
path liinh r tin impulse of the nyi n u! ..-i jr. i i,t
ileis. oils and essences, w ho sell tin in In . :
apparatus with which tu apply them.
'he coml.liii.noii of cosmetics and massage Is oblertion-
uble. The simultaneous use f mnsngc ami unguents Is
wrong, because when mass.m'e is rmhtly practiced the
unguents cause iiiil .tien of tin skin, cot b. n,g lubricating
i iioug h.
"The best n these I. .lions Is white niiui.il vaseline. I'ur
lliase t in small iptunt itics an I k. p In In -rnu-t ie.illy sealed
boxes so that il may not d, generate and decompose."
. aid to
d in con-
opoil a fatal
l-i il ins. povv
in Lull with
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