The Secretary of State to the Minister in Cuba (Long)
254. Your November 29, 3 p.m. Ask the Cuban Government informally if the Western Union Telegraph Company has been granted the privilege of connecting at Habana the cables now in operation between the coast of Florida and Cuba with the cable it is proposed to construct between Barbados and Habana. At the same time you may suggest that the Government of Cuba might be interested to see the landing permits that the said Company now holds for its cable connection between Florida and Cuba.
After making this friendly and informal inquiry you will say that it is made because various reports have come to this Government that the Barbados-Miami cable was to be laid from some place off the coast of Florida, beyond the three-mile limit, to Habana, as no permit has yet been granted for the landing of the cable on United States territory.