The Minister in Cuba (Long) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 28—3:05 a.m.]
80. My March 25th, 4 p.m. President Menocal informed me this morning in presence of Dr. Desvernine that representative of McGivney and Rokeby bearing full power of attorney, might now come here to settle on basis of Cuba turning over to contractors the [Page 106] 10 per cent of payments due company under the contract; that it [he] would request Secretary Public Works to draw up acta accepting work done by contractors which when signed by Government and accepted by authorized representative, would place upon Secretary of the Treasury responsibility of turning over deposit in New York or [of] Cuban bonds.
President Menocal has made clear that he thinks Cuba has not got value received but would settle this way to have humane treatment. …