Minister Squiers to the Secretary of State.
Habana, Cuba, August 17, 1905.
Sir: Referring to Department’s instructions No. 524, of the 26th ultimo, I have the honor to say that in a conversation with the secretary of state I represented that, owing to the yellow-fever epidemic in Louisiana, the United States was particularly interested in sanitary conditions here, and that owing to the failure of Congress to approve the budget there was some apprehension that without funds the present excellent conditions could not be maintained.
Doctor O’Farrill assured me that everything was being done by his government to preserve the health of the island and that a special decree had been issued (translation inclosed) making available the sums necessary for that purpose. This decree had escaped me, as it was irregularly issued and we did not happen to receive a copy.[Page 274]
I have also conferred with Doctor Finlay, and feel convinced that the authorities are earnestly trying to maintain Cuba’s high standard of sanitary conditions and that there is at present no cause for apprehension.
I have, etc.,