837.00/2086: Telegram

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

69. Statement forwarded in your telegram 97, April 16, 11 a.m., was given to press April 17, 2 p.m., three minor verbal changes being made therein. After Department’s telegram 98 had been [Page 690] carefully considered by General Crowder and me statement was published in La Noche of last night and in today’s morning papers.

The press also carried statement by General Gómez to his party in which he recommends acceptance of defeat rather than endanger the safety of the Republic by another American intervention and announces his intention to retire to private life. Clippings of statements will follow in next pouch.