Mr. Squiers to Mr. Hay.

No. 853.]

Sir: I have the honor to confirm on the overleaf my telegram to the Department reporting an outrage committed against the United States consulate at Cienfuegos, and to inclose copies of correspondence had with the foreign office.

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Everybody, from the President down to the lowest official concerned, has been most profuse in apologies and regrets.

Mr. Palma, as a result of my protests, immediately sent General Rodriguez to Cienfuegos to inquire into the situation and, if he found it necessary, to provide for a stronger force of rural guards.

I also sent Captain Hanna tc look over the situation, to the end that you might be as closely informed as possible.

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I am, etc.,

H. G. Squiers.
[Inclosure 1.]

Mr. Squiers to Mr. Zaldo.

Dear Mr. Zaldo: The following telegram is just received from the United States consul at Cienfuegos:

“When entering the consulate this morning, at 6.30 o’clock, the janitor called me to the entrance, where I found the door besmeared and the coat of arms literally covered with mud. No other violations were attempted. Have reported facts to the police, and acting Mayor Castano ordered immediate investigation. He, in company with other civil authorities, called at the consulate to express their regrets.”

In view of the generally reported state of unrest and disorder now existing in Cienfuegos I must advise that prompt efforts be made toward the detection and punishment of those guilty of this outrage upon the United States consulate.

Ordinarily such acts may not deserve serious attention, but under the existing circumstances it would be very unwise to allow this outrage to pass unnoticed and unpunished.

The news of this will be printed in every American paper to-morrow, and the impression will depend upon the action of your Government in restoring law and order. I beg to request that the local authorities be instructed to make an immediate investigation of the complaint made by Consul Baehr, and that I be informed of the result.

With renewed assurance of my high esteem and consideration,

I am, etc.,

H. G. Squiers.
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[Inclosure 2.—Translation.]

Mr. Zaldo to Mr. Squiers.

Dear Mr. Squiers: I am officially commissioned, in the name of the Government, to present to you our most energetic disapproval of the occurrence which has happened at Cienfuegos, of which you informed me in your letter of yesterday.

We propose that the author of such a low crime, which has greatly pained the Government, shall not remain without punishment.

I shall have the highest pleasure in transmitting to you the results of our investigations at an opportune moment.

Very sincerely, yours,

Carlos de Zaldo.