File No. 837.156/176a.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.

No. 21.]

Sir: Referring to previous correspondence regarding the concession granted by the Cuban Government to Messrs. Waddell and Harrington for the building of a bridge across the harbor at Habana, you are instructed that the Department desires you to inform the Cuban Government that, in view of the changes that have been made in the plans of this work for the express purpose of fully meeting the objections raised by the War and Navy Departments of this Government against the plans previously submitted by Messrs. Waddell and Harrington, which changes have caused these Departments to modify their objections, this Government feels constrained to withdraw its opposition to the project as heretofore communicated to the Cuban Government by the Legation, thus placing the matter in the position which it occupied prior to the exchange of communications between the two Governments relative to the original plans of the concessionaires.

I am [etc.]

W. J. Bryan.