837.73/24: Telegram

The Minister in Cuba ( Long ) to the Acting Secretary of State


347. Department’s telegram no. 254. I am told by Dr. Patterson that he has been informed by the Secretary of the Interior that without the Habana-Florida cable the Western Union Company could not connect its cable between Habana and Barbados according to the terms of the permits it possesses at present. It was the opinion of the Secretary of the Interior, however, that it would not be possible to prevent the Western Union from relaying communications through its office in Habana.