837.00/1948: Telegram

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

1. The Minister for Foreign Affairs has just advised me that the fact that the Liberals are already interpreting the visit of General Crowder as a victory for them and direct reflection [on] the President of Cuba may make it impossible for him to receive the General.

I informed Doctor Desvernine that no one knew better than he how unreasonable such claims were. He enlarged upon how such a mission coming [unannounced?] would affect adversely the prestige of President Menocal and observed that if our Government had announced that General Crowder was coming on a mission of friendship to study Cuba’s immediate needs it would have rendered more agreeable a trying situation.