The Minister in Cuba (Long) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 14.]
Sir: Referring to previous correspondence on the rice matter I have the honor to enclose, herewith, a copy of a letter which I addressed to the President of Cuba on the 4th instant urging that some satisfactory solution be arrived at immediately in this case.
As reported in my telegram (No. 234) of October 7th,84 the representatives in Habana of the California Rice Association were informed by General Agramonte that licenses have been issued to cover the importation of 29,500 bags of rice contracted for before September 6th, and that other requests for licenses of the same category are now pending decision. With full knowledge of this the representatives of the Rice Association came to an agreement with General Agramonte for remedial action to be taken within the first 10 days of November—that is after the Cuban national elections. The rice representatives are most anxious that the fact that this arrangement has been come to, and the details thereof, should be kept strictly confidential. I have, therefore, reported the details only in my personal and confidential letter to the Honorable, The Secretary of State, of the 7th instant.85
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