Mr. Olney to Mr. Dupuy de Lôme.

No. 121.]

Sir: Referring to Department’s No. 111 of the 10th instant, I have the honor to inclose copy of a dispatch from our consul-general at Habana, transmitting the sworn statement of the sole surviving witness of the outrage committed on Dr. José Manuel Delgado.

Accept, etc.,

Richard Olney.
[Inclosure in No. 121.]

Mr. Williams to Mr. Rockhill.

No. 2907.]

Sir: With reference to previous despatches relative to the case of Dr. José Manuel Delgado and his father, and especially my No. 2877 of April 13, in which I transmitted to the Department a copy of the statement made before me on the 18th of March by said José Manuel Delgado, in which he stated that he would endeavor to obtain the deposition of Venancio Pino, one of his farm tenants, and the only surviving witness of the outrage committed on him by orders of General Melguizo by the Spanish troops on the 4th March last, I have now the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of the deposition made before me on the 21st instant by said Venancio Pino, who, as certified to in the medical certificate accompanying the statement transmitted in my said No. 2877, has suffered the amputation of his right arm in consequence of the wounds received by him at the same time of the outrage committed on Dr. Delgado.

I am, etc.,

Ramon O. Williams,
[Subinclosure in No. 121.—Translation.]

Deposition of Venancio Pino.

On this 21st day of April, 1896, before me, the undersigned, consul-general of the United States at Habana, personally appeared Venancio Pino, a native of the Island of Cuba; 70 years of age; married; farm hand; who, being duly sworn, declared as follows:

That while working on the farm called “Dolores,” alias “Morales,” at Bainoa, of which he was a colono, or farm tenant, on the 4th March last, and after the insurgent General Maceo had passed with his forces at about 11 o’clock, a.m., a Spanish column appeared at 1 p.m., a squad of soldiers under command of a Captain Villanueva, of the cavalry volunteers of Jaruco, detached itself from the main force, and entering the residence of Mr. José Manuel Delgado, owner of the said farm “Dolores,” arrested and conducted the deponent, together with several other persons, among whom was the said Mr. Delgado, before the general commanding the Spanish column, General Cayetano Melguizo.

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This deponent further declares that, once in the presence of General Melguizo, he witnessed that the latter, after refusing in a harsh manner to pay any attention to certain papers which Mr. Delgado exhibited to him, slapped him over the face and head with his open hand; and the deponent also noticed that Captain Villanueva received certain orders communicated to him by General Melguizo, and they (the prisoners) were then taken to the rear guard of the column by Captain Villanueva and twelve or fourteen men, among whom was a sergeant named Ricardo del Valle. The deponent saw that upon reaching a place at some distance from the main body of the troops, the prisoners, viz, José Manuel Delgado, Juan de Dios Tavio, Yreno Tavio, two brothers named Guerra, Juan Rodriguez, and the deponent and his son, Gregorio, were tied together, and he then heard Captain Villanueva order his soldiers to use their machetes; and the sergeant, Ricardo del Valle, struck Mr. Delgado, who was tied, with his machete; then shots and machete cuts followed, the deponent receiving four bullet wounds, falling unconscious. When he recovered his senses he managed to crawl to the farm house, where he was attended to, and since then has been under the care of a daughter at a farm near by until his arrival in Habana last Saturday, the 18th April, having been summoned by a military judge to make a declaration, and availing himself of the occasion to also make this present statement. As the result of his wounds the deponent has suffered the amputation of his right arm.

(his × mark)

As witness:
Ernesto L. Tosca.

Before me:
Ramon O. Williams, Consul-General.

A true copy.

Ramon O. Williams, Consul-General.