Mr. Sickles to Mr. Hay.
Madrid, September 13, 1899.
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that in answer to an official note addressed by me to the minister for foreign affairs on the 2d instant in behalf of the Cuban political prisoners confined in the “Ceuta penal colony,” and in the Cartagena and Malaga penitentiaries, I have received a communication from the minister of state, an accurate copy and translation of which I beg to inclose.
As you will see, after the reading of said communication, the Spanish Government claims there is but one Cuban prisoner still confined at Ceuta, viz, Yicente Colon (who is the No. 7 in Mr. Quesada’s list of Cuban political prisoners, inclosed in Department dispatch No. 24), and who was convicted for murder in 1894, previous to the last Cuban insurrection, and who, therefore, does not come within the purview of article 6 of the treaty of Paris.
I have the honor to inclose also a copy of my note to Mr. Silvela regarding said Cuban prisoners and a copy of the list of Cuban political prisoners which I inclosed in my note to the minister of state.
I am, etc.,