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HSlost of Mrs. gyres' 3E
(From the Oklaboi
Matilda JaoeB Ayres, the prettiest
young woman and the best cook in
Taylor County, Ky., although ocly 33
years old, has1 been married nino times
and never be?n divorced. It is claim
ed that she'hi>lds tho world's record
as to husbands, but then sha began
early, eloping when she was only 15.
JTer ninth and last marriage took
place last week at the church on Pi
ucy Creek, in Taylor County. Her
full name is Matilda Jane Harkins
Kllct-Boards'Wyckton-Lowman - Low
new mate's name is Mason Ayres.
This woman, whose life has been as
full of romance as Kentucky is of
feuds, is a strong opponent of di
"No man or woman should marry
unless they are in love," she says.
And if they are in love nothing can
separate them but death. Neither
has the right to seek freedom by law,
and while they may separate if condi
tions become unbearable, neither Un
der any eondition has the right to wed
unless the other is dead."
Up above the "Washfoot Baptist"
Church in the hills near Lone Star is
the graveyard, and the row of stones,
side by side, bear inscriptions that tell
briefly the story of Mattie Ayres and
her life of romanee.
For she has buried the eight hus
bands side by side, with graves just
alike, with head and foot stones in
The first headstone in the row con
tains this insoription :
Morgan Adair Eilet,
Beloved Husband of
Till We Meet Again.
And down the line of gravestones
the same inscription appears, only
with a different name each time, until
the casual visitor begins to speculate
concerning the meeting and wonders
if it will not be more like a conven
The girl's romanee commenced when
she was 15 years old and fell in love
with Morg Eilet, who lived in Oamp
bellsville, the county town of Taylor
County, and was the gayest, hardest
riding, handsomest and "drinkingest"
man in all the country round about.
Ho was also the "cornet pi ay ingest"
young man and the "make-lovingeBt"
in the district?to use the form of
speech that is commonest iu tho Tay
lor County hills. Mattie Harkins had
been to Lexington and to Frankfort,
and she was the "citifiedst" girl
around about Taylor County idiom.
She saw Morg Eilet at Campbells ville,
one night when he played a solo with
the Silver Band, and her heart was
But the father objected and one
frosty morning the girl fled across the
bills to join her betrothed, pursued by
the old man. The twain reached a
Justice of the Peace first and she met
ber father a bride. Harkins prepared
to dispose of his new son in-law after
tbe Kentucky fashion, but his daugh
Ipped in front and defied him to
itually old man Harkins forgave
Eleven months after the elope
lorg went hunting. While he
ting on a fence bis rifle slipped,
immer struck ? rail and the bul
rced his brain.
>ie Eliot remained a widow jaBt
nths, when ber heart was won
phen Boards, who was elderly,
and wealthy, owner of a large
nd much timber land,
ybody said.she had married him
money and bated bim accord
Quo day withip seven weeks of
dding, as Boards was riding
award Cnmpbellsville after fore
5 a mortgage, he was shot from
h and Mattie Eilet Boards be
i wealthy widow.
in a swarm of wooers came
l ?b soon bb the 'young widow
to a touch of color to re
ib? ?neavy- mourning wh ich
ened her beauty. She was kind
itient, but not one of them
I any advantage until Ed Wyck
ms from down; about Gadberry
?r County, where he bad been
ing < an illicit still. He was
>g revenue officers and he wan
around Campbells ville and the
> day after they bad been married
months, .the revenue officers
a raid. : There were ten men
party and ?d was away from
They oame to the housewhere
ide was waiting in alarm, and a
Jalldog attacked them and was
by ? shot. Tho officers ; burst
bo bouse, discovered the shrink
to, and domandsd to know ifnere
lusbands "Died With.
na State Capital.)
the still was located.
She refused to tell. At that instant
two of Wyckton's sisters entered, and
a fierce battle ensued, the women
fighting, ecreaming and struggling to |
reach their (runs. Three other sisters,
aroused by the sound of the struggle,
rushed to the house and engaged in
the encounter. After a fearful strug
gle the five were overpowered and
At that instant Ed Wyokton ran
from the wo^ds and opened fire upon
tbe posse believing that his wife and
sisters were being ill-treated. Sta
tioned behind a tree he dropped two
of the posse. Then one man crept
out along the fence?a shot rang out,
and Mattie saw her husband throw up
his hands, reel in a circle, and drop
dead with a bullet in his brain.
Almost crazed by grief and the
shock, Mattie devoted her wealth to
freeing the sisters of her husband, and
managed by employing excellent law
yers, to set them free when the Fed
eral Court met at Louisville.
Mattie Harkins, widowed three
times in three years, went baok to live
at home, sear Lone Star, building a
pretty home on the site of the rude
house from which she eloped as a
school girl. Two years later she was
quietly married to Nat Lowman, who
had been one of her girlhood lovers.
Nat lived just two years, then died of
consumption, his wife nursing him
tenderly for over a year.
She buried him alongside of the
others and mourned for nine months,,
then'became the bride of Andy Low
man, Nat's brother, who won her by
his solicitude and tenderness during
his brother's illness and death and
during ber fourth widowhood. He
lived only a short time.
Eleven months after her fifth be
reavement Manuel Hudson came by
chance to the house. He won Mattie's
love by bis kindness to her little giil
baby, and six months after they met
they were married.
Hudson was shot in a row at Frank
fort the next year while lobbying in
the Legislature for a timber land bill,
and one year later his widow was led
to the altar by "Pony" Dumenil, who
met her at Frankfort when as Mrs.
Hudson she attended a session of the
Legislature. Dumenil took her to live
at Harrodsburg, but that same fall he
was stricken with heart disease and
fell dead in the lobby of the Gibson
House in Cincinnati, where he had
gone to buy goods.
The eighth gravestone was erected in
1'Mattie Harkins's" Cemetery, and
the people of Taylor County declared
that her husbands were the "dyiug
est" lot of men they ever saw.
This did not stop the flocking of
baohelors and widowers toward Lone
Star, and the unmarried girls made
complaint that the handsome multi
widow was stealing all the available
men. Mason Ayres, a young saw
miller, Was the ninth man to win her
heart, and although they have been
married for nearly a week he still re
mains happy and hearty, and Mattie
Ayre&'s "waiting list'* is beginning to
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REMEDY FOR HAY FEVER.
After Trying Other Treatments,
Byomei Wae Used With Perfect
J. F. Forbes, a well known Western
railroad man, whose home is at Mo
Cook, Nebraska, writes "I have never
had any relier from any remedy for
hay fever, even temporarily, until I
discovered the merits of Hyomei. t
always recommend it when occasion
There is no Offensive or' dangerous
stomach dosing when Hyomei is used.
This reliable remedy for the eure of
all diseases of the respiratory organs
is breathed through a neat pocket in
haler that cocoa with every outfit; so
that the air taken into the throat and
lungs is like that of the Whito Moun
tain a or other health resorts, where
hay fever is unknown.
The fact that ? vans' Pharmacy agree
to refund the money to asy hay fever
sufferer who us?s Hyomei without
success, should inspire confidence in
its'power to effect a euro. A complete
outfit eosts only tl.00 and extra 'bot
t?ea but 50 cents.
. _-- . ? K - ,y '
? An awfnl easy way to make
money is not to get married.
? A man can learn a lot simply by
realizing that he don't know much.
? To be popular with yoercelf is a
very dangerous thing to-popularity
? A man is very modest about the
qualities he possesses; his vanity is
about those he doesn't.
A girl thinks a man is mad*y in
love withiicr if he says-her baby sis
ter has a sweet disposition.
THE DISPENSARY AND THE
Editors Anderson Intelligencer :
While the question of Dispensary is
imminent, a great many good men are
taking part in it, and they are not so
much troubled about tho thing that
does not hurt them as the thing they
fear will hurt them. These "good"
men don't drink whiskey?or niaybo
they ca.i let it alono?but it is the
schools, the schools that trouble
them! ' What will become of our
children and our grandchildren, and
our great, great grandchildren without
the use of whiskey money in our
"We can't get along without it,"
they think, "and our children, etc.,
etc., etc., will grow up ignorant.''
It makes no difference about the
drink?let them be drunk, if they
want to, but an eduoation they must
have. The common schools of An
derson County are some of the finest
institutions on the face of the earth?
the way they are conducted?and we
must lave them; and if we abolish
whiskey we lose our sohools. The
well-meaning, Christian drinking gen
tlemen who give us the full houses in
jails, penitentiaries, poor, mad and
other houses, prosperous gibbets,
gallows, murders, suioides; necessity
for sheriff, constabulary, lawlessness
and lynching?give us whiskey drink
ing and a?er?a cent and a half or
couple oents per year for each ohild in
the State,, and?a?we cannot get
along without that little bit of money.
Truth is, we are too poo?:, too beggar
ly, and we oan't get along without that
little change. Don't know what made
us so poor, but we can't get along
without that couple cents per head
per year to keep up our sohools. The
State is not worth a copy-book, any
way; it could not afford to givo us
schools unless we paid in those big
round thousands of dollars for whis
key?it needs it to pay salaries to
men who keep up the honorable name
of the State! What is the difference
if they are paid on whiskey? They
get their salaries and it's all the same
tous. Don't they givo us out of every
dollar a cent, or maybe two, in twelve
months to keep up our child's honor
and mako a man or woman of the little
"We see quite clear ourselves how it
is, and any one who does not see it as
clearly must be blind as mud. It is
whiskey and sohools, or no whiekey
and no sohools, and we can't afford to
have our ohildreu grow up in ignor
ance: we can't get along without that
small change, and you good friends of
Progress, who throw all you are worth
into the Liquor Tub, fill it, fill it;
we'll laugh at you, and all you drunk
ards and foolish; and we won't let our
wife or our daughter?if we can?
speak to you or be seen with you. We
don't want you in our churches, you
are not good enough for us; but if
you'll keep on drinking we'll use that
little cent and a half, or two oents, at
our Bohools for our ohild. You oan
give in your dollar and keep the empty
bottle. Much obliged."
Editors Intelligencer, that is the
language, of many who think if the
Dispensary is broke up the County
will go to smash 1 Really, is it so?
Can't the school get along without
the Dispensary? Tell ub about it,
friends. R. R. L.
The Mad Dog Fallacy.
In all my own experience -with dogs
I have not only never seen a "mad
dog," bat have never known a dog
owner-?and by that I mean aman who
has had experience in keeping dogs?
who has seen one. If, then, rabies is
so exceedingly searoe hydrophobia be
comes really an impossibility and the
fear of it should be dismissed without
a thought. A person may get dog
bittenj but iu the language of the New
York tough, * 'Forget it.' ' If \t is * a
bad bite it may twitch later on and
you may begin worrying, so it is a
good plan to get rid of the twitching
or. throbbing in order to < forget. I
have been bitten so often that I think
no more of it than a mosquito bite,
and this is what I do. If it is on the
hand I put it under the fauoet and
wash it thoroughly, with the object of
cleaning the wound and preventing
inflammation from any dirt or foreign
cubs tance. While doing this some
one is getting the bicarbonate of soda
and some clean rags or lint. With
water a or earn passe of. the soda is
made sufficient to p?^wor the wound
well, then puttlry > tua on a rag it is
applied to the ??., nud and bound up.
If in the course of an hour or more
the application seemu to be drying, a
little water is poured on the bandage
to soak through to the soda, or tho
hand dipped in water.?Country Life
?Some men never realise whit
hypoorites they are until death stares
them in th? face.
? When a girl declines to let a
young man kiss her it is reasonably
sure to make her angry if he lets it
go at that. ?
I ?- People worry for fear their cool s
will -give notice and their pastors
? Nothing will ever happen to a
girl who gets caught with a man in
.the dark as she will tell it.
Fair Price for Cotton.
Mr. Harvio Jordan, president of tho
Southern Cotton association, has just
senl out the following:
"The South is to bo congratulated
on the prospects for general prosperity
during the uext IS months. Tho loy
alty of Southern farmers in standing
together during the last three months
of tho year and holding their staple off
a depressed cotton market and follow
ing this by curtailing production for
1905 by materially reducing tho cottou
acreage and use of guano under cotton
is more largely responsible for tho
present conditiou of good prices thau
all other causes combined
"The loyalty of Southern bankers,
cotton men, fertilizer companies and
business men goderally who have so
generously contributed funds to the as
sociation, and the Southern press
which, during tho hard struggle of the
farmers for the past six months to
whip in the fight they had undertaken,
has done such valiant and cllcotivo
public service without price and other
highly important factors unite in
making possible existing conditions.
"All of these things coupled with
bad seasons following in the wake of
a heavily reduoed acreage and an en
ormous demand for spot cotton by the
spinners of the world gives to cotton
the strongest statistical position it
has ocoupied in many years. If crop
conditions do not rapidly improve the
supply of raw cotton for consumption
in 1906 will fall far short of the de
mand and prices will go very much
higher. But abnormally high prices
will be as dangerous for the future to
the produoev and spinneras abnormal
ly low prices, and wo must endeavor
to bo conservative and consistent.
"It will be the part of wisdom for
all cotton producers to discourage
speculative interests that would tend
to drive the prioe of spot cotton above
12 cents per' pound just as it is im
perative that no farmer should ever
again sell a pound of middling cotton
under 10 cents per pound. Lot us not
encourage inflated prices that will
hamper the mills, curtail consump
tion of cotton and encourage the
growth of the staple in foreign felds.
We hold a complete monopoly of the
cotton industry of the world up to 12
cents per pound and at that prioe good
profits to the produocr can be real
"The recent advance in cotton is in
ducing many farmers already to sell
their crop for delivery in Ootober.
This is bad policy and generally in
dulged in will deluge such an enor
mous amount of the Btaple on the
market during that month as to break
prioes and prove injurious to those
who must sell. Learn to market the
orop slowly and do not go into specu
"By co-operative action refuse to
sell any cotton under 10 cents and so
market the staple as to keep the legit
imate demand active and healthy at
"The Southern Cotton association
in its meeting St Memphis, June 29,
1905, endorsed the plans for immediate
construction of warehouses under the
plans and sp?cification of the insur
ance companies and to be owned and
operated by the local communities in
which they are built. The rapid de
velopment of a ootton warehouse sys
tem is absolutely essential to the best
system of marketing ootton for high
prices and this matter should be push
ed at every ootton point in the South.
"It is now imperative that the form
ers rally in eaoh oounty and build up
the membership of the association.
Those counties whiob have not yet or
ganised should get into line at once.
Those that are organised should be
pushed by the looal officers and the
membership of eaoh rapidly increased
after the crops are laid by.
'We want to be in a strong position
by September to bandle the situation
next fall and winter. The outlook is
most encouraging. The State and
oounty officers of the association are
to be congratulated on the splendid
work they have done and now that
success is assured they should redou
ble their efforts.
"We have everything to be proud
of and must not let the golden oppor
tunity now in reach to still better for
tify our position fcr the future, slip
by or fail to.measureup to the highest
standard of our duty one to another."
. ?An old fool is worse ?than a
young one because be is us much surer
by as many more years as he has that
STRENGTHEN THE STOM
' ' .
A wealthy philanthropist in New
York spends thousands of dollars ev
ery summer . providing milk for the
babies, with the result that the mor
tality is greatly decreased. He ap
preciates the fact ihftt, disease germs
are ens?ruon in the summer and that
the stomach must be kept healthy to
resist their attacks.
Older people do not live on a milk
d*et tu insure health, but they can so
strengthen the Btomaeb -and digestive
organs by tho use of Mi-o na that they
Says Animals do Think.
An article printed recently in the
Eagle, which treated metaphysically
the question, "l>o animals think, or
not?" attracted the attention of aSuf
folk County, L. I., farmer, and lover
of all in nature, and he answers th<
question in the affirmative, as follows:
''In order for man to know and un
derstand his so-called brute fellow
creatures, he must live with them,
love them and win their confidence,
when he will soon marvel at the intel
ligence they exhibit and the half-hu
man characteristics they evince and
wonder what would be their outgiv
ings were they capable of communica
tion of what is passing in their brains,
through the power of speech. In my
experience with -horses and dogs, es
pecially, I have found that tluy think
sufficiently to discriminate in their
action in regard to differing objects.
Let me give but one illustration just
"The lirst horse I ever owned was
given to me by my father, when the
animal was i> years old. Ho was re
covering from the disease then termed
distemper and required Borne little ex
tra attention to help him recover tone
apd condition. The quickness with
which he seemed to recognize my care
of him and its benefit interested me
greatly, and it was but a short time
until I loved him as well as I did any
member of my family, and better than
I did myself, for when circumstances
oreatcd tho allotment of comfort and
discomfort between us, it was not him
who received the latter. He was met
tlesome and high spirited and soon be
came restive if auy one but myself
handled him, so that wo became the
only two harmonious when he was a
factor. In the farm work we were
ever together, and he so soon learned
tho difference between corn hills and
weeds from my training that I noticed
him make a short step to avoid tramp
ing on one of the former. After a
while he was coupled in team with an
other one of tho farm horses which
I had lost its eye sight through opthal
mia or some such disease.
"Very speedly my pet learned the
infirmity of his mate and leaned gent
ly against him on the road, guiding
their travel together so uniformly that
the ordinary observer never suspected
aught to be the matter with the eye
sight of either. When turned out to
pasture, the blind horse was kept be
tween his mate, and the fences and
other animals were driven away when
approaehing too near. The olimax
was reached when the two were turned
out in a field where there was a wash
out from a receat rain. Soon after be
ing put into the field the blind horse
' wandered bo muoh toward the washout
I that I was about to go after him to
turn him away. My amazement may
i be imagined when I saw my beloved
pet trot over to his mate, pass around
on the washout side of him, throw his
head over his withers and push him
away from danger. With suoh evi
dence, can there be any doubt of
thought and conclusion in horses, at
In and Out.
A prominent physician in Baltimore
recently perpetrated a witticism at his
own expense. It was late at night.
The doctor had lost his night key; the
door was looked; he was cold from a
long, ride and the more he rang the
door bell the more tho suspicion grew
in his miud that some one had chloro
formed the entire houoehold. Finally,
however, his sister was aroused by a
long ring of the hell. Naturally she
thought that there was some one at
the door who wished to see the doctor,
and that, as the doctor was out she
would herself have to answer the sum
mons, else the caller would keep ber
awake for a long time. So hastily
throwing a loose gown over her night
dress she hurried to the door. Open
ing the door the least bit in order not
to present her dishabile to an entrud
ing eye, she shouted through the crack
in a tone of sleepy impatience: "The
doctor's out," and was about to clo.ie
the door, when the physician thrust
one foot through, at the same time ex
"Yes, I know the dootor's out, but
he wants to get in."
? In summer a man thinks he is
oooling off when he is drinking whis
key and. in winter that he is freezing
to. death when he isn't drinking it.
? Some men do well by doing their
best f rien do.
mv 1B1 tJUHifMKl.
ACH WITH MI-O-NA ANI>
\ too, will be free 'from sickness in the
Mi-o-na restores complete health to
the whole system and oures headaches,
baok-aohe, sleeplessness, pains and
distress after eating, vertigo, heart
burn, and the general debility which
result from a weak stomaah and im
A guarantee to refund the money
if Mi-o-na does not show help, is giv
en with every 50 cent bor. Ask
Evans Pharmacy to show you the guar
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Unexcelled Dining Car Service.
Through Pullman Sleeping Cars on alliTrains.
ConvenientlSchedules on all Local Trains,
WINTER TOURIST RATES are now Injeffect to all Florida ; Point?
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Railway Ticket Agent, or
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ONE CAR OF HOG FEED.
Have just received one Car Load of HOG FEED
(Shorts) at very close prices. Come before they are *
all gone. Now ib the time for throwing?
Around your premises to prevent a case of fever or
some other disease, that will cost you very much more
than the price of a barrel of Lime (91.00.) We bave
a fresh shipment in stock, and will be glad to send you
some, If you contemplate building a barn or any
other building, see us before buying your? ,
. CEMENT and LXHE,
As we sell the very best qualities only,
O. D. ANDERSON
WE have moved our Shopand office below Peoples' Bank, in front of
Mr. J. J. Fretwell's StableB. We respectfully ask all our* friends that need
any Roofing done, or any kind of Repair work, Engine Stacks, Evaporators*
or any kind of Tin or Gravel Roofing to call on us. as we are prepared.to do
it! promptly and in best manner.? ?oHciting'your patronage, we are,
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