Mr. Sleeper to Mr. Hay.

No. 1104.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of the September report from the consulate at Santiago relative to the general conditions existing in that province.

I especially desire to call the Department’s attention to the paragraphs on sanitation and water supply.

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I have, etc.,

Jacob Sleeper.

Mr. Little to Mr. Sleeper.

Sir: I have the honor to submit the following report of the political and similar conditions in this city for the month ended September 30.

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In regard to the sanitary condition, I can only reiterate that which has already been said in previous reports from this office. Nothing whatever has been done to place the city in a more hygienic condition. The streets are very bad; full of holes where water stagnates and rots. Were it not for the frequent and abundant rains which have served to clean the streets and prevent the accumulation of filth in them they would unquestionably be in a very insalubrious condition, as the force employed for this work is so small that it is impossible for it to keep the streets in the condition which they should be kept.

The garbage is not removed regularly, nor as often as it is supposed to be, and when collected it is not burned, as the city claim that they can not afford to buy petroleum with which to burn it; consequently it is simply dumped on the near outskirts of the city and allowed to rot.

It is the same old story—lots of promises, but no money—so nothing can be done. The alcalde and ayuntamiento are supposed to govern the city, but they are greatly handicapped, as everything must first be approved by the superior authorities at Habana.

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The situation with regard to water continues the same. The supply of late has been scanty, in spite of the heavy daily showers. The water has often been turned off several hours in the day in the center of the city without warning. There is no actual work being done toward the construction of a water system, and apparently no prospect of anything being done toward bettering conditions in this respect.

I am, etc.,

C. E. Little.