File No. 811.413 M28/2.

The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Navy.

Sir: Referring to this Department’s letter of the 24th instant1, I have the honor to advise you that the Department, having been informed through diplomatic channels that the Cuban Government will be officially represented at the inauguration of the Maine memorial on the 30th instant and has despatched the cruiser Cuba with one hundred troops of infantry and a military band to participate in the ceremonies, telegraphed to the Governor of New York the expression of its hope that the landing of the band and troops for the purpose of participating in the parade on the day mentioned will be agreeable to the State authorities, and it has requested the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the Collector of Customs at the port of New York to extend the usual customs courtesies to the band and troops.

The Department is further informed that the Government of Cuba will be officially represented at the ceremonies by its Chargé d’Affaires at Washington, its Consul General at New York, the Commander of the cruiser Cuba, Congressmen Pazos and Torralbas, and Colonel José Martí, Chief of Staff of the Cuban Army.

I have [etc.]

J. B. Moore.
  1. Not printed.