File No. 837.156/138.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State.
Habana, February 26, 1913.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 195 of the 13th instant concerning the Habana-Casa Grande bridge project, and to transmit herewith enclosed copy of a note, which, in pursuance of the Department’s instructions, I addressed to the Cuban Government on the 24th instant.
On that day Mr. J. A. L. Waddell, representing the firm of Waddell and Harrington, who appear now to be the promoters of the project, called at the Legation and stated that, as he did not consider our objections to the project valid and reasonable, he intended to go ahead “and put the project through despite the objections of the American Government.”
The Legation did not endeavor to enter into a discussion with him as it did not consider it within its province, but, at his request, agreed to inform the Department of his intention of going ahead with the construction of the bridge.
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