The Minister in Cuba (Long) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received January 6—7:15 p.m.]
5. My telegram of January 3, 5 p.m., January 3, 7 p.m., and January 4, noon. I saw the President just after he had received Céspedes’ cable saying that General Crowder was not coming to investigate the acts of the President of Cuba; hence his visit could not be interpreted as indicating a lack of confidence in President Menocal. This cable and other circumstances caused him to modify his attitude and he said that he would give a statement to the press if I would do the same in the hope that our statements would tend to calm the public now somewhat agitated as a result of newspaper report. Doctor Desvernine was then called in [to give his?] opinion; I believe there is now no doubt but that President Menocal will receive General Crowder.