Mr. Adee to Mr. Storer.
Washington, August 22, 1899.
Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 41, of the 4th instant, in which you report your action in regard to the Cuban political convicts who have been released from confinement at Burgos and elsewhere, and whose cases have been the occasion of previous correspondence by mail and telegraph.
The prompt action of the minister of state in promising you that the four men released from Burgos, as described in your No. 37, should be at once transported to the seaboard and there be provided with shipping, indicates that no question is or will be raised as to the obligation of article 6 of the treaty of peace, and that it will only be necessary for you to bring to attention any similar cases to insure ready execution of the treaty engagement.[Page 703]
In this relation, and referring to my instruction No. 44, of the 3d instant, touching the presence at Gibraltar of a number of persons claiming to have been convicted of political offenses in Cuba and to have been released from confinement at Ceuta, I send you herewith copy of a later dispatch from the consul at Gibraltar, No. 993, of the 4th instant, in which he confirms his telegram of that date, giving the names of the Cubans stranded and destitute at Gibraltar, and gives additional particulars by which their identity may be more conveniently determined, besides which he sends a list of four other released Cubans from Ceuta, who have applied to him for aid and protection to return to their homes.
I am advised by Mr. Quesada, to whom I showed the lists submitted by Consul Sprague, that the only names therein given which appear on his lists of Cubans imprisoned for political offenses are:
Felipe Martinez Rodriguez, field laborer, Matanzas.
Antonio Rodriguez Romero, tinker, Habana.
Luca Morales, colored, laborer, San José Alaja, Habana.
Felipe Hernandez y Torres, carpenter.
Rafael Acosta y Acosta, cigar work, Santa Clara; age, 28 years (whose place of imprisonment is given in Mr. Quesada’s list as Malaga and not Ceuta).
As to these five names the instruction heretofore given you will hold good.
You should communicate directly with the consul in regard to the other names listed by him, and be governed by the ascertained facts in each case. Mr. Sprague is instructed to-day to assist you in every possible way, to the end that you may bring all deserving cases coming within the purview of article 6 of the treaty to the attention of the minister of state.
I am, etc.,