“Versos de Montalgo”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Keywords: Mexico homicide death trick foreignlanguage
Found in: Mexico

Description

Spanish. First line: "En el mil nueve cientos y diez -- Y los cuento sin edal...." Montalgo is killed from ambush in 1910 ten years after he killed Encarnacion. A month later, his body is found. His family mourns. Last verse says the other verses are lies

Notes

Sandburg prints this report from Frank J. Dobie: "In the year 1900, Encarnacion Garcia waylaid and killed another Mexican in Cameron County. Montalgo, a Mexican deputy sheriff, rode up on Encarnacion as the latter was burying his victim. Encarnacion resisted arrest, or at least Montalgo always so claimed, and Montalgo killed him. Ten years later to a day, Encarnacion's gente got their revenge by killed Montalgo." - RBW

References

  1. Sandburg, pp. 302-303, "Versos de Montalgo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, San302