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The Chargé in Cuba (Reed) to the Secretary of State

110. My despatch No. 1411, October 28. Elections held yesterday without serious disturbances although there was some bloodshed in provinces especially in Santa Clara. Four persons reported killed and many injured in factional disputes. Order was maintained by the Army, two soldiers being detailed to each polling place.

Early returns indicate Liberal successes in all but Pinar del Río Province where Conservative candidate appears to have been elected. Definite results will not be known for several days and in many cases will, as is customary, be delayed by court action in contested returns with probability of new elections being ordered in various districts where fraud can be proved. In any event political complexion of the country will not be appreciably affected.

Voting was light especially in Habana.