to Mr. Evarts.
Madrid , April 2, 1878. (Received April 24.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose copy and translation of an incident in yesterday’s session of the Còrtes, which I think may interest you. The interpellation of General Salamanca may either indicate that there is some doubt in the mind of the party to which he belongs as to the complete pacification of Cuba, or that he thought it a good topic about which to ask a question that might be embarrassing to the ministry. The answer of Señor Canovas admits, as you will see, that armed resistance still exists, and seems to imply even more than it admits. But I am not sure that it would be safe to draw any inference from this, as Señor Canovas has, from the first, shown great discretion and reserve with regard to the recent events and Cuba. He has shown no elation, and has prudently forearmed himself and others against the reaction of disappointment which follows exaggeration.