Chargé Sleeper to the Secretary of State.
Habana, August 30, 1906.
Sir: I have the honor to advise the department that the general aspect of the insurrection has not materially changed. The so-called amnesty order, on the subject of which please note inclosure 1, has not yet had the anticipated effect. It has indeed caused a few men to give themselves up, but the small bands roving through the country districts and seizing horses and supplies, keep the spirit of revolt alive and active.
At present Guerra seems to be awaiting for the Government to make the first move; a move which the latter is not yet prepared to make on account of lack of men and arms. It is rumored, nevertheless, that Colonel Avalos with 500 men has been sent by sea to attack the Guerra command some place near the Bay of Cortes, south of San Juan y Martinez, and there establish a base of operations, thus opening a waterway for the Government, in case traffic over the Western Railroad should be interrupted.
In this connection be it noted that Guerra has again notified the general manager of this railroad that he will dynamite his bridges if the transportation of government troops continues.
In the province of Habana, the rebel leader, Asbert, whose interview I cabled on the 29th, continues to harass the Government, but avoids a fight.
From Matanzas and Santa Clara provinces come many conflicting reports. The situation in Matanzas I do not consider threatening, but the state of affairs in Santa Clara is generally considered to be far more serious. I expect to receive reports from our consular officers in these provinces next week, and hope to then be able to more definitely advise the department. Although there are some disquieting rumors from the eastern portion of the island, I have received no official report as to any trouble there.
I have, etc.,
Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim.