Mr. Hay to Mr. Squiers.
Washington, November 25, 1904.
Sir: Referring to Nos. 1101, of October 22, and 1104, of October 28, from your legation, all indicating deterioration in the sanitary condition of certain Cuban ports and districts, and referring also to [Page 251]the Department’s No. 206, of April 13, 1903,a I inclose for your information copy of a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury.
You will point out to the Cuban Government in unmistakable terms that, unless some efficient system of insuring good sanitary conditions for the cities of Matanzas and Santiago shall be carried out before the beginning of the active quarantine season of the coming year, it may and will probably become necessary for this Government to declare quarantine against Cuban ports.
The reports received by this Government from its consular officers and the officers of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service indicate that the sanitary condition of the island is worse than last year, and that the state of affairs is most serious.
I am, etc.,
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