Chargé Sleeper to the Secretary of State.
Habana, February 6, 1906.
Sir: In continuation of my dispatch No. 1438 of the 13th ultimo, and in reply to department’s instructions No. 580 of January 20, 1906, regarding the early compliance of Cuba with her treaty engagements in the matter of the sanitation of the cities of the island, I have the honor to inclose to the department translation of Mr. O’Farrill’s reply to the representations I made at the foreign office pursuant to the department’s aforesaid instructions.
I asked Mr. O’Farrill to bring this matter to the particular attention of the President and have been assured by him that the inclosed note embodies Mr. Palma’s views as well as his own.
In the instance of Habana, where the need is most urgent and the work will be first taken up, Secretary O’Farrill makes the statement that the municipality is unable to contract a loan sufficiently large to cover the expense of sewering and paving and for that reason the necessary amount is to be jointly provided by the Government and municipality. Mr. O’Farrill believes that the work will not only be begun but considerably advanced within the present year.
I have, etc.,