The Minister in Cuba ( Long ) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 20—6:54 p.m.]
216. Attention Norman Davis:
My letter of September 17th.34 There are now at Camaguey only about 150 marines. Hope you will take steps to increase to 500 as suggested.
As there are more than 20 important towns within easy reach of Camaguey which should be covered for at least two weeks prior to elections and my staff observers cannot possibly cover the ground, respectfully suggest that increase in marines include 20 or more officers or non-commissioned officers who speak Spanish and are capable of performing intelligence duty. It would greatly accommodate us if these might be selected among those who were present [Page 23] during the second intervention. It would be necessary to have Navy instruct disbursing officer Camaguey supply marine observers with subsistence $5, hotel $3 daily and with necessary traveling allowance; also that commanding officer at Camaguey be authorized to issue such travel orders as might be required.
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