Mr. Sickles to Mr. Hay.
Madrid , August 24, 1899 .
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I called personally upon Senor Silvela, minister of state, three days ago, and requested the early release of Cuban political prisoners confined in Spanish penal colonies. At the same time I asked his excellency to send me at his convenience a complete list with the full names of all these prisoners.
In answer to my official visit to Mr. Silvela I received to-day an official communication from the under secretary of grace and justice, the Marquis del Vadillo, informing me that the president of the audiencia of Cadiz has telegraphed him to the effect that eight Cuban political prisoners have been liberated from the Ceuta penitentiary.[Page 705]
The civil governor of Cadiz has been instructed to care for the prisoners until the day they are to embark for Cuba.
Orders have likewise been issued to the presidents of the different concerned “audiencias” of Spain to hasten the liberty of the Cuban and Filipino prisoners who have been confined in the different prisons on account of political charges arising from the last colonial insurrections.
No list of names has as yet been received.
I have, etc.,