The Chargé in Cuba (Bingham) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received January 27.]
Sir: Adverting to the Department’s confidential telegram January 15, 6 p.m., regarding the Reformation of the Present Cuban Election Laws, I have the honor to enclose herewith copy of the Legation’s Note No. 763 of January 17, in the premises.
The Department’s attention is invited to the fact that this note was addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with the request that it be presented to President Menocal, as it seemed desirable not to neglect any means which would serve to make this a matter of record.
Upon reading the note, Mr. Desvernine agreed frankly that the Cuban Electoral Laws needed improvement and said that the President had twice sent messages to Congress in this sense, which had so far not been acted upon; he said that he hoped that the interest the United States was showing in the matter would have a good effect upon the Legislative Body.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs then went on to say, that he was certain that President Menocal would not agree to having the United States send a commission to Cuba to aid in the supervision of the elections, as this would wound Cuban pride, and that some means could surely be found to accomplish the desired end without such humiliation.
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