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Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett

"Tougher than a grumpy she-bear and faster than a wildcat with his tail on fire and sweeter than honey, so that even hornets would let her use their nest for a Sunday-go-to-Meeting hat."

Davey said that she could make an alligator beg for mercy while she wrestled it to the ground. A man named Mike Fink took the statements as a challenge and set out to try to scare her. She ignored him and Davy laughted at him as he attempted over and over again to unnerve her. Ultimately, he bet Davy a dozen wild-cats that he could scare her "Till her teeth came loose and her toe nails went out-of-joint." Davy took the bet.

Fink dressed in an alligator skin and hid in the bushes near where Mrs. Crockett went walking each evening. when she passed by, he sprung out growling, howling and roaring so he scared himself half to death but not Mrs. Crockett. She just laughed at him.

Claws stretched out, he started walking towards her but she glared so at him that it's said to have lit the sky up from Missouri to California. Fink was not discouraged and kept coming at her. Mrs. Crockett took out a toothpick and knocked the head off the alligator skin with it, exposing Fink's head, now half-bald from the blow. She then kicked the skin out of Fink till he fainted.

Fink explained his resultant conditino by saying he'd been eaten and spit back out by an alligator. Davy, however, knew the truth. Fink had to pay the bet. You can bet he didn't mess with Crockett's wife again.

Slue-foot Sue

The true love of Pecos Bill, Slue-foot Sue was his first wife. She was said to ride as well as Bill. In fact, they met one another when she was riding down the Rio Grande, standing up and holding on with one hand as she shot at the sky with her 6 shooter. It was love at first sight and they were married the very next day.

On the day of their wedding, wedding gown and all, Sue insisted that the only way Bill could prove his love to her was to let her ride his horse, Widow Maker. The horse bucked and threw her. It's said he bucked so hard she was thrown up to the sky but the hoop of her wedding dress sprung when she fell to the ground so that she bounced up again. Problem was, it's said she couldn't stop bouncing. In fact, it kept on so long and she bounced so high she hit her head on the moon. All the while crying buckets of tears.

After 4 nights of this Bill realized he was going to have to shoot her down. Neither he nor anyone else could stop her bouncing and he was afraid she was going to starve to death. Unfortunately, that was the end of Slue-foot Sue. But Bill married again. Several times in fact. But he never loved a woman like he'd loved Sue.

Sal Fink

Sal Fink was known for her scream, so singlar that she was called "The Mississippi Screamer". There are tales of her performing all sorts of amazing tricks. In one story she's said to have ridden down the Mississippi on the back of an alligator. Her father was Mike Fink, a keelboat man famous for his daring deeds too. Her mother was equally brave and was said to have once frightened a theif she caught so badly he swore he'd never steal again if she would just leave him alone.

It's said her scream once stopped a bear and her cubs she'd stumbled upon in their tracks. It only halted them for a minute, but that was enough for Sal to gather her wits together and wrestle the bear. Even though it's teeth and claws got tangled up in her long hair and the fringes of her skirt, she knocked the wind out of it. Then she dragged it home behind her to show her parents. The bear cubs became her pets and often protected her from harm.

One day she was hunting wildcats and didn't have the bears with her. She was carried away by pirates, who's brother had been killed by her father. They tied her to a tree and built a bonfire at her feet while they debated whether to ransom her, sell her or burn her alive.

While they argued about what to do with her, Sal evaluated her situation. They eventually fell asleep. When they did, Sal burst the ropes, quietly threw all their weapons in the woods, tied all their legs together and wove a long cord through the knots. Then, holding on to the rope, she woke them up. She then jerked the rope and pulled them into the hot embers.

She left them there, stole their gold and wildcat pelts and ran off. They heard her famous scream in the distance as they fought against the rope and the coals. Everyone who heard the scream knew Sal had done something else remarkable.
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