Mr. Strobel to Mr. Bayard.
Madrid, November 2, 1887. (Received November 14.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy and translation of a note received from the ministry of state, reporting a modification of the Cuban passport system, which, as I learn from the Department 228 of October 20, 1887, just received, has already been communicated by the consulate-general at Havana. Identification is still necessary, and, as the order applies to American citizens, a man must of course prove himself a citizen in order to be relieved of the necessity of showing a passport. This looks very much like working in a circle.
In view of the persistence with which the legation verbally and in writing has pressed this question upon the attention of the Spanish Government the result is not entirely what was hoped for.
I have, etc.,