“In Madrid, that bullfights San Isidro”, they say he snappedThe War. But Guerrita, “who collected the bullfighting tradition of a century insurmountably and was in a way bullfighting made man” (El Cossío), did perform in the Madrid square. And one of the times he put one curious condition: in addition to the fees in thousands of pesetas, he demanded the delivery of a serrano ham to the businessman, Indalecio Mosquera, whom Uriarte called “the man with the golden glasses”. The thing came from the previous year, as narrated in “El Cossío”:
“In times long past when the Madrid bullring ruled -the one before Las Ventas-, Don Indalecio Mosquera required Guerrita to face a bullfight from a lot of trouble. Rafael Guerra accepted and proposed an amount of money that the businessman found excessive. He exclaimed:
-Yes, Rafael, and a ham.
The following year, Mosquera wanted to count the absent bullfighter during the season, and said:
-Well, I’m willing this year to give you the money you asked for.
Guerrita warned him:
-Don Indalecio, you have to give me money and a ham.
That season, the War charged a few thousand pesetas and a beautiful Serrano pork leg, despite the fact that he said:
-In Madrid, what does San Isidro fight! »