General Sickles to Mr. Fish.
Madrid, December 15, 1872. (Received Jan. 6, 1873.)
Sir: I have the honor to forward herewith a report, taken from the official Gazette, of a debate between the minister of the colonies and Mr. Martinez Villergas, a republican deputy, on a proposition to order prosecutions against certain high functionaries in the colonies for misdemeanors in office. The remarks of Mr. Gasset are in part translated in Appendix B.
It is gratifying to see the minister recognizing the necessity of a redress of grievances in Cuba as being quite as essential as force in effecting the pacification of the island. You will also observe the significant doubt expressed in relation to the real parties sustaining the war in Cuba, and their motive.[Page 833]
The flagrant misconduct of the Spanish officials in the island is unhesitatingly confessed.
I am, &c.,