Mr. Sickles to Mr. Hay.
Madrid , August 14, 1899 .
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I have received to-day an official communication from the minister of foreign affairs, acquainting me with the issue of a royal decree, transmitted through the ministry of state to the presidency of the council of ministers, urging the necessity of directing the most pressing orders for the immediate [Page 702] release of all Cubans and Filipinos who may be found in the Spanish prisons, on account of the insurrections of Cuba and the Philippines.
The president of the council of ministers has already given the necessary instructions, and I am assured by his excellency the minister of state that the provisions of article 6 of the treaty of Paris will within a very few days be carried out by His Majesty’s Government.
I am also officially informed by the minister of state that the Cuban political prisoners, Antonio Capablanca, Norberto Rojas, Julian Alvarez, and Hafael Joya were furnished with passports to Cadiz on the 8th instant, from which port they sailed for Cuba on the 10th instant.
I inclose a copy and accurate translation of the Spanish official note.
I have, etc.,