The Chargé in Cuba ( White ) to the Secretary of State

No. 253

Sir: Referring to the Department’s cable instruction No. 106 of July 8, 4 p.m., I have the honor to confirm my telegram of today64 stating that a concession was granted by the Cuban Government to the Western Union Telegraph Company to land at Cojimar, or some other place in Cuba to be determined by mutual agreement, a direct cable from Barbados. The Legation understands that the Western Union Telegraph Company has a working agreement with a British cable company holding a monopoly concession in Brazil, and that this concession was sought in order to link up its system with that of the British company.

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A copy of the concession is enclosed herewith. The Legation regrets that there is not time to have it translated before the pouch closes this evening.

I have [etc.]

Francis White

Executive Decree Granting a Gable Concession to the Western Union Telegraph Company 66

On the petition filed by Mr. J. C. Willever, Vice President of the Western Union Telegraph Company, applying for permission to land at Cojimar or any other place to be selected jointly with the office of the Director General of Communications, the end of a cable that will communicate directly with the island of Barbados;

On the advice of the Office of the Director General of Communications and the recommendation of the Secretary of the Interior;

Be it resolved:

1. To grant the Western Union Telegraph Company permission to land at Cojimar or any other place to be designated by the company jointly with the Cuban Government the end of a submarine cable whose other end will be in the island of Barbados.

[Articles 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are the same, mutatis mutandis, as the corresponding articles of the concession granted the All America Cables, Incorporated, Decree No. 1197, printed on page 63.]

9. The permit granted by this decree to operate and maintain a cable service between Cuba and the island of Barbados will take effect from the date of publication of this decree in the Gaceta Oficial.

M. G. Menocal


Charles Hernandez
Secretary of the Interior

  1. Not printed.
  2. Supplied by the editor.
  3. Published in the Gaceta Oficial, June 3, 1920.