Monte Kate

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Monte Kate - San Antonio, Texas, MONTI! KATIi. Some of the...
San Antonio, Texas, MONTI! KATIi. Some of the Bright Sides in the Life Of a Notorious. San Antonio favorite. Mionluic Unit (i.,.Ml I. Mlaed Willi IMI, And Mrlue Alune (Urea Suit, .tmitlal llilne. A strange woman died in Lozier, Texas, from drinking and filled a pauper's crave. That woman was at one time well known in thli city" liy the appellation of Monte Kate. She waa not a moral woman, but the wat a woman with a great heart. In early life her blooming womanhood was nipped in the bud by a brtrayer, who had won her love and then deserted her. She arrived in the city soon after the war. None knew where the came from, but she was the queen of the deml monde. She was brilliant, witty, young and beautiful, and many of the now virtuous merchants then paid court to her, laying at the feet of the fair, but frail Venus. Some interesting stories are told of her. An old citizen says he taw one instance of her charity. On the platform at the station was huddled a little group, a nun, evidently a German, his sick wife and three little children, the youogett a baby, who was crying piteously. They were on their way to New Braunfcls, and were out of money. A street hack drove up and Monte Kate alighted. Her cheeks were flushedand the walked unsteadily. The crowd about the poor family caught her eye and she came toward it. When she saw the man's tears and the big, hungry eyea of the children, and the wan, thin face of the mother, her womanly sympathy was aroused. She pushed forward and addressed the man a few words in his native tongue. He wiped his eyes with hit hand and, replied, and for several minutes they carried on an animated conversation. Suddenly Kate began tearing the rings off her white fingers. She called the hackman up, added earrings, a long chain, a costly watch, a necklace of pearls and a diamond breastpin. to the lot and poured them into hts hat. "Sam'," she said, "take thete and get all you can on 'em. Tell him I want the money for a particular purpose." l'resently the man returned and, jumping from his carriage, placed a roll of notes in Kate's outstretched hand. Without looking at the amount she passed over to the German. He fairly capered with joy, and the tick wife would have kissed their benelactor's hand. Kate prevented this act of homage, and dtew back with something like a flush of shame on her face. "No, no," she cried, "not that." Again she was seen at the monte tbale. It was just after pay day, and, judging from the .sire of the "bank" spread out on the table before her, the had made a big winning. It was very cold outside, and the adobe Casino was full of that heterogeneous crowd only to be found on the frontier soldiers, gamblers, cowboys, scouts, Mexicans, rustlets, Indians and negroes. In the back room a ball was in full blast, and the clink of the gamblers' ivory chips kept time to the music of the asthmatic orchestra. When the, dance ended and the dancers came out for the unusual refreshments, Kate motioned my gambler acquaintance to take her place behind the monte table and walked up to the bar with the rest. " It's my treat," she cried. " Everybody drink at my expense." All came forward except the vaquero sitting behind the stove. "Come, paitner," said Kate, clapping the man on the shoulder, " take something." The man shook his head and dropped hit arms. His eyes were red and swollen, and he had evidently been crying. ' "What's the matter, old man t" she asked, and her voice softened in tone. For several minutes the man would not speak, but he finally told his story. He was a poor vaquero, who made a scanty living for a large family of little children, " riding the range" on a big stock ranche. That morning his little son, 10 years old, while riding a broncho pony, had been thrown by the animal , and when he was picked up it was found that hit leg was broken. "I kem in hyre arter ther doctor," concluded the man, beginning to cry again, "but he 'lows ez how he won't go out thar fot lest than $100, an' I hain't got that much money. Jimmy, that's my boy, mum, is cryin' and takln' on terribly with pain, an' I don't know what to do." "I reckon the doctor'll go out," said Kate, very quietly. "I think I can induce him to go." We taw now more of her that night, but the next morning the whole story came out. At the muzzle of her six-shooters the had forced the .obdurate surgeon to mount a led pony, and, gu'ded by the overjoyed vaquero, had conducted the roan of medicine to the poor fellow's camp and had remained there until the broken limb was properly set. "That's like Kate," observed the gambler, who had been running her game. "She can't bear to see any living thing suffer." The surgeon threatened to have Kate arrested, but he never did. As yean went by she became more addicted to the use liquor, and her peerless beauty began to fade. With the wane of her physical charms her luck deserted her, and she was oflener "broke" than "well fixed." During the yellow fever epidemic of 1878, Kate was Brownsville. When the terrible disease be

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  1. The San Antonio Light,
  2. 24 Aug 1883, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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