811.7311c Al 5/49

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

No. 828

Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction No. 325, dated March 26, 1921,13 relative to the proposal for an agreement concerning the laying of certain cables of All America Cables, Incorporated, and to the Legation’s despatch No. 822, dated April 5, [Page 814] 1921, enclosing copies of its note No. 279 dated March 31, 1921,14 to the Foreign Office, I have the honor to transmit, herewith, copies of the Foreign Office note (No. 476 April 5, 1921) in reply thereto, which accepts the proposition as set forth in the Legation’s note No. 279. These copies have been carefully compared with the original on file here, but the original will be transmitted on request.

I have [etc.]

Boaz W. Long
[Enclosure—Translation]

The Cuban Secretary of State ( Desvernine ) to the American Minister ( Long )

No. 476

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s kind note No. 279 of March 31, last,15 in which you are pleased to forward, under instructions of the Government of the United States of America, the proposal of an agreement concerning certain cables of the All America Cables, Incorporated, in Guantanamo to take the place of the agreement set forth in Your Excellency’s note No. 257 dated February 7, last,16 and in that of this Department of March 4 last,15 to the effect that the Government of Cuba grant permission to All America Cables Company, Incorporated, to land, maintain, and operate the following cables at Guantanamo:

1.
One cable or more, which this Government, by Decree No. 1201, dated July 20 of last year, authorized the said company to lay between the city of Santiago de Cuba, or any other place in the immediate neighborhood that might be designated by the company, and Guantanamo Bay.
2.
One cable or more, which the Goverment of Cuba, by Decree No. 1202, bearing the same date as that above named, authorized the said company to lay between Habana or Cojimar, or any other place in the immediate neighborhood selected by the company and Guantanamo Bay.
3.
A cable from Guantanamo, which shall have its other terminal in the island of Porto Rico, and may be connected with Santo Domingo and Haiti, if the company so elects.

Your Excellency also says that All America Cables Company, Incorporated, likewise desires to maintain and operate the cables also landed at Guantanamo, which connect the cities of New York and Colon, and also to maintain and operate its relay station in Guantanamo, and also to receive and forward all messages that may arrive [Page 815] there over any of the cables of the company, no matter where they may be; your Excellency adds that the Government of the United States would be grateful if the Cuban Government would consent to a modification, as to the stations established at Guantanamo, in Article III of the Convention concluded between Cuba and the United States of America on July 2, 1903, which regulates the lease of the naval and coaling stations made on February 16/23, 1903, so that All America Cables Company, Incorporated, shall be permitted “to lay, land, maintain, and operate the aforesaid cables at Guantanamo, to maintain and operate its cables now landed at Guantanamo which connect with New York City and Colon, to maintain and operate its relay station at Guantanamo, and to forward all messages sent over its lines.”

In reply it affords me pleasure to inform Your Excellency that the President of the Republic accepts the aforesaid proposal transmitted by Your Excellency on behalf of the Government of the United States in your Legation’s note No. 279 of March 31 last.

I avail myself [etc.]

Pablo Desvernine
  1. Not printed.
  2. Neither despatch nor enclosure printed.
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  4. Not printed; the Department’s telegraphic instruction no. 29, Jan. 31, p. 809, was so garbled in transmission that not all of its provisions were included in the first agreement; to correct the faulty version the agreement here printed was substituted for it.
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