The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Cuba (Long)
171. Your September 25, noon.
The Department is exceedingly reluctant to send any additional marines into Cuba at this time because of the delicate situation [Page 24] which exists. You may, however, discuss the matter informally with President Menocal and if, in your opinion, such representations are wise at this time, express to him your fear that the Cuban troops in Camaguey are insufficient in number to cope with any serious disturbances which may arise as a result of the elections. If the President should then reply that he was unable to increase the number of Cuban troops in that province as a precautionary measure, but would be glad to have the number of American marines increased, the Department would be inclined to view the suggestion that additional marines be sent to Camaguey more favorably.